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NASCAR's Hailie Deegan Switching From Toyota To Ford
Up-and-coming NASCAR driver Hailie Deegan appears to be in line for a surprising switch from Toyota to Ford next season, according to sources, despite the Japanese carmaker touting her as one of its rising stars. The 18-year-old has yet to announce her ’20 plans, but sources have linked her with a move next season to DGR-Crosley, a team that announced this week that it is switching from Toyota to Ford. She would likely be sponsored by Monster Energy and run a combination of ARCA and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races. Deegan is still at least a couple years away from competing in the Cup Series.
NASCAR Fans Nationwide Could Lose Race Coverage if Congress Doesn't Act Soon
No one wants to miss the Daytona wreckfest
Lindsay Holman from Inside Sources writes - Can you imagine coming home from church on Sunday, February 16, 2020, and not having access to watch the Daytona 500? Unfortunately, this may become the reality for NASCAR fans and rural Americans across the country if Congress doesn’t act to protect satellite TV subscribers by renewing the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization, or STELAR by the end of this year.
F1 to move to Rio, Sao Paulo says no (11th Update)
New Rio circuit could still have active land mines
UPDATE Leaked documents revealed that "the site earmarked for a new racetrack in Rio de Janeiro" linked with hosting F1 in the future "could remain an active minefield."
The new track is being constructed on the site of the Deodoro military base. MotoGP has agreed to a deal to race at the new venue, while Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro claimed that F1 would also make the move.
Sportlight Agency uncovered reports pertaining to the site's decommissioning as a military base, which claim that a "sweep of the area for mines was not fully completed," as documents say that "permanently flooded areas and watercourses were not subject to sweeping" GP FANS
Hamilton (44) and Rossi (46) go out on identical Yamahas
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. Lewis Hamilton has confirmed reports that he had a minor incident whilst riding Valentino Rossi's MotoGP bike at Valencia this week.
Amid an information blackout in the 24 hours after the Mercedes and Yamaha swap, Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport reported a rumor that Hamilton had crashed with "no consequences" for the world champion.
But many media outlets described that report as "fake news", especially when the six-time world champion told his fans on social media that there had been "no problems".
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. WRT Team Audi Sport today announced the driver line-up for its 2020 DTM campaign. For its second season in the top sportscar series, the Belgian squad is renewing entirely the line-up and betting again on young talent. The Audi RS 5 DTM will be entrusted in 2020 to Fabio Scherer and Ed Jones, who both come from single-seater formulae.
Fabio Scherer (20), a promising young talent born in Canton Obwalden in Switzerland, has taken part to the FIA F.3 European Championship in the last two season, after having graduated from Formula 4, where he spent three season racing in Germany, Italy and the EAU.
Holden Commodore to be discontinued to Australia (Update)
Teams like the Walkinshaw Andretti United team, which run Holden Commodores, will soon be in search for Ford Mustangs
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded t 'fact' today. However, the Commodore will continue in Supercars until the end of 2021 amid the bombshell announcement the brand will retire the iconic nameplate.
In a move which has shocked the automotive industry, both the ZB Commodore and BK Astra will be withdrawn from the market next year as Holden looks to narrow its portfolio exclusively on SUVs and light commercial vehicles.
The Commodore model, which has been present since 1978, will continue to be sold until the existing stocks are depleted.
(GMM) No official comment is yet to be made amid rumors Racing Point owner Lawrence Stroll also wants to take over the struggling British carmaker Aston Martin.
Reports suggest Canadian billionaire Stroll, the father of team driver Lance Stroll, is leading a consortium that is eyeing Aston Martin and intends to re-brand his F1 team and paint the cars British racing green.
Aston Martin is currently Red Bull Racing's title sponsor.
New baseball stadium would kill the Long Beach GP (2nd Update)
Is this why Jim Michaelian was seen smiling the other day?
UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today, which is good news for the Grand Prix, but now the City is looking for new ways to possible screw the race
11/01/19 Some great news for the Acura GP of Long Beach - As the Los Angeles Angels head toward an end-of-the-year deadline to decide whether to leave the city of Anaheim, the prospect of the team landing in Long Beach has dimmed after team officials said the city was “on the back burner.”
After the Long Beach Post reported in February that the team and Long Beach were in early talks to bring the team to a proposed Downtown waterfront ballpark, the Angels have dealt almost exclusively with Anaheim.
Hinchcliffe, Camara or Palou to replace Bourdais at Dale Coyne Racing? (Update)
Sergio Sette Camara
UPDATE Motorsport.com reports that James Hinchcliffe is on Dale Coyne's shortlist of drivers to replace Sebastien Bourdais, but said that F2 ace Sergio Sette Camara and Super Formula race winner Alex Palou are also in the running.
Asked directly about Palou, who won a race and finished third in Japan’s Super Formula championship this year, Coyne told Motorsport.com: “No, he hasn’t signed yet. We’ll see.
“Alex was highly impressive when he tested for us at Mid-Ohio. He was 0.8 sec quicker than Felipe Nasr in the Arrow [Schmidt Peterson] car, and Nasr had the advantage of knowing the track. So yeah, Palou did a hell of a job considering everything was new to him.”
Alonso in talks with Andretti about Indy 500 (8th Update)
If Honda says yes, Alonso will leave McLaren and drive for Andretti in 500
UPDATE At the Abu Dhabi GP this past weekend Fernando Alonso said "the Andretti and Arrows McLaren SP teams are not the only options but for sure they are the strongest two. I have a loyalty to McLaren and there is also how good I felt with the Andretti team, and I feel part of that staff and team. I have a very good relationship there."
Alonso was said to have been blocked by Honda from using a car with one of their engines at Indy last year, after his criticisms of the Japanese company when they were supplying McLaren in F1 between 2015 and 17.
The Andretti team uses Honda engines, but Alonso insisted there would be "no problem" in him driving a Honda-powered car for them at Indy next year.
(GMM) F1 looks set to begin to freeze engine development in Formula 1 from 2022.
The move comes after Honda decided only to commit to the sport for one more year - 2021 - beyond the end of its current contracts with Red Bull and Toro Rosso.
"Honda is waiting to see how the rules will change for 2021 and, above all, 2022, especially if engine development is frozen to cut costs," said Red Bull team boss Christian Horner, according to Speed Week.
Young F2 driver Brazilian Sergio Sette Camara is eyeing one of the open IndyCar seats at Dale Coyne Racing, Carlin, AJ Foyt Racing, and Ed Carpenter Racing. After three years in F2 he sees no opportunity to move up to F1 - he has to bring too large a check.
“I’ve done quite a few seasons in F2 already, I’m still quite young -- I’m 21 -- but I arrived in F2 quite early and F1 was not possible for 2020 so I’m considering options,” Camara told RACER’s Chris Medland. “For sure one of the big options is to try something in the United States, but I don’t have anything confirmed yet.
NASCAR might be eyeing the streets of Long Beach. They might have to double their grandstand capacity
NASCAR is considering adding temporary tracks in city centers or sports stadium parking lots to the season as soon as 2021, Sports Business Journal reports.
Along with its signature oval tracks, NASCAR currently competes on two road courses (Sonoma Raceway and Watkins Glen International) and a so-called “roval” set up in the infield of Charlotte Motor Speedway. Sources tell SBJ that NASCAR is aiming to add 8 new markets by 2022, which would likely require the elimination of several current events.
Motor Trend rumors from well-placed source that the range-topping C8 Corvette ZR1 will add a performance hybrid system to boost it to 900 hp.
Rumors of a hybridized C8 have been flowing for quite some time, but now Motor Trend claims it has exclusive confirmation from a senior official at GM. The ZR1 will build on the Z06's all-new engine with a performance-oriented hybrid system to fill in torque gaps and increase total output to an even 900 hp.
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