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Gossage: No interest in Texas IndyCar race without fans

Gossage: No interest in Texas IndyCar race without fansTexas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage says that the track will not host this year’s NTT IndyCar Series season-opener as a TV-only event, but says he has for a long time advocated the idea of an IndyCar/NASCAR Cup double-header. With Belle Isle, Detroit Grand Prix double-header canned as of Monday this week, the GP of Indianapolis and Indy 500 being shifted to July and August respectively, the cancellation of the races at Barber, Long Beach and Circuit of the Americas, and St. Petersburg possibly postponed until October, Texas Motor Speedway currently sits as the NTT IndyCar Series new season-opener on June 6. Gossage, who has run TMS for 16 years, said that while the rebranded Genesys 600’s date is as secure as it can be given the still-fluid nature of the response to the coronavirus pandemic, a successful race there would require fans to be in attendance. He told Motorsport.com: “For now, we are anticipating the June Indy..

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eNASCAR Heat Pro League draft sets field for Season 2

eNASCAR Heat Pro League draft sets field for Season 2The second season of the eNASCAR Heat Pro League is set for the green flag with the completion Wednesday of the league’s second annual draft. The league, a collaboration among Motorsport Games, NASCAR and the Race Team Alliance features 14 eNASCAR teams is played on NASCAR Heat 4, the newest iteration of the NASCAR video game franchise. Each team features one Xbox player and one PlayStation4. Each team was required to drop one of its two players from 2019 and three teams – Chip Ganassi Gaming, GoFas Gaming and Gibbs Gaming – elected to select two new players. The 2020 eNHPL regular season will kick off on Wednesday, April 22 with Cup Series race at the virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway. The draft order was determined by an inverse of the 2019 season standings. Stewart-Haas eSports won the inaugural eNASCAR Heat Pro League championship. There were a total of 17 vacancies to be filled on Wednesday with 48 available players, who had ..

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Binotto urges against “emotional” decisions on F1 future

Binotto urges against "emotional" decisions on F1 futureFerrari Formula 1 team boss Mattia Binotto says he's open to a reduction in the cost cap for 2021, but says the sport should avoid making "emotional" decisions in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Teams have provisionally agreed to reduce the cap, outlined in the new FIA financial regulations, from $175m to $150m. However, McLaren and others are now pushing for $125m, and a sliding scale downwards has been discussed for future years. Ferrari, who along with Mercedes and Red Bull are most affected by the cap, have reservations about dropping any further without the consequences being properly assessed. "We are fully aware of the difficulties of some teams," Binotto told Sky Sports News. "We are fully aware that we somehow need to address costs for the future of F1, reducing the costs, which is the first driver of making each single team surviving. "We are currently discussing with F1, the FIA and all the teams a budget cap ..

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Dale Jr. to join IndyCar Esports field at Michigan

Dale Jr. to join IndyCar Esports field at MichiganDale Earnhardt Jr. will make his IndyCar Series debut this weekend at Michigan International Speedway, albeit in the virtual world Earnhardt floated the idea days ago, expressing his interest but said he had not yet received an invite. On Wednesday, he tweeted 'invite received,' confirming he would indeed join the field for the IndyCar esports race at the two-mile Michigan oval. The series, known as the IndyCar Challenge, has run two events so far at Watkins Glen International and Barber Motorsports Park, won by Sage Karam and Scott McLaughlin. This will be the series first race on an oval. Earnhardt, an avid sim racer, has been competing in several televised and/or streamed events as of late including the popular Pro Invitational NASCAR Series, finishing as high as second at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Another NASCAR star in Jimmie Johnson has taken part in the first two IndyCar races on road courses, finishing as high as ..

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Aprilia: Racing 2020 bikes next year “not madness”

Aprilia: Racing 2020 bikes next year "not madness"Aprilia Racing CEO Massimo Rivola says the idea of MotoGP following in Formula 1’s footsteps and racing with current machinery next year to save costs is “not madness”. The 2020 MotoGP campaign is on indefinite hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the opening eight races either cancelled or postponed, with the Mugello and Barcelona rounds the latest to be delayed until later in the year. This lack of racing has left teams facing financial problems, with promoter Dorna Sports last week announcing a €9m financial aid package for all independent MotoGP teams – as well as KTM – and the 31 Moto2 and Moto3 squads to be rolled out over the next three months. Ex-Ferrari F1 sporting director Rivola praised F1’s decision to delay its 2021 rules package by a year in a bid to cut down on costs amid the current uncertain climate, and thinks MotoGP should look at similar measures. He also mooted the idea of the MotoGP class scaling back ..

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What’s behind Aston Martin’s share price wobbles, Wolff links

What's behind Aston Martin's share price wobbles, Wolff linksThe confirmation of Lawrence Stroll's massive £536 million fundraising effort into Aston Martin last week was supposed to be a momentous occasion in helping the British sportscar manufacturer look towards a brighter and better future. With Stroll's Yew Tree consortium bringing with it some financial muscle, including an injection of £260m of new capital, and shareholders approving a plan for Aston Martin's F1 works team, this should have been a win-win for everybody involved. But in these unprecedented times of a global pandemic putting untold pressure on businesses, even those eye-watering cash figures were not enough to lift the gloom. Against the backdrop of the company warning that, even with Stroll's input as its future executive chairman, it did not have the capital to survive the next 12 months unless it changed path and found even more cash, the stock market gave its verdict on what it ..

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Bell and Larson win Lucas Oil round of Short Track Challenge

Bell and Larson win Lucas Oil round of Short Track ChallengeThe second round of this week's virtual Short Track Challenge took place at Lucas Oil Raceway. William Byron locked himself into the ten-driver field for the championship race at Martinsville Speedway with a sweep of both races Monday at Rockingham. On Tuesday, six new drivers now got their chance to join him and Kyle Busch in the title-decider. Read Also: Byron sweeps Rockingham round of Short Track Challenge Race 1 Lucas Oil Raceway hosted the second round with twin 40-lap races and just like Rockingham, a field invert was to take place after the first event. Kyle Larson led from pole in Race 1 and went mostly unchallenged. Behind him, Justin Allgaier and Christopher Bell spun on the opening lap after coming together on the backstretch. Denny Hamlin later went for a half-spin in pursuit of Harrison Burton for third-place. Larson would ultimately take the win ahead of Chase Briscoe and Burton, locking himself into t..

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Dale Jr. and Carl Edwards among 2021 NASCAR Hall nominees

Dale Jr. and Carl Edwards among 2021 NASCAR Hall nomineesOn Tuesday, NASCAR revealed the 15 nominees for the 2021 NASCAR Hall of Fame Class. NASCAR also introduced the 'Modern Era' and 'Pioneer Ballots' for the first time. New names on the Modern Era ballot include Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards and Jeff Burton On the Pioneer side are Jake Elder and Banjo Matthews. The Class of 2021 will consist of two inductees from the list of Modern Era nominees, and one from the list of Pioneer nominees. From the editor, also read: NASCAR changes its Hall of Fame voting and eligibility rules Modern Era Ballot Neil Bonnett, won 18 times in the NASCAR Cup Series including consecutive Coca-Cola 600 victories Jeff Burton, won 21 times in the NASCAR Cup Series including the Southern 500 and two Coca-Cola 600s Dale Earnhardt Jr., Two-time Daytona 500 winner, 15-time NASCAR Cup Series Most Popular Driver and two-time Xfinity Series champion Carl Edwards, winner of 28 NASCAR Cu..

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Spa World Rallycross round postponed until October

Spa World Rallycross round postponed until OctoberThe Belgian round of the World Rallycross Championship has been re-scheduled to move from May to October, while the dates of the Norwegian and Swedish events are in question. The Spa circuit, which joined the World RX roster last year, was originally planned host the the third round of the 2020 season on May 16-17. But, with the Spanish and Portuguese events already postponed due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the Belgian circuit had become the temporary defacto season-opener, although it has been highly unlikely for some time that the event would be able to go ahead. The Belgian round has now been penciled into the calendar for an October slot (3-4), in a gap in the original schedule between events in Latvia and Abu Dhabi. Read Also: Coronavirus: When will motorsport resume in 2020? “Due to directives issued by the National Security Council of Belgium, which include the suspension of all outdoor events in the country in light o..

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FIA extends Formula 1 shutdown period

FIA extends Formula 1 shutdown periodThe FIA has announced the mandatory shutdown for all Formula 1 teams due to the COVID-19 pandemic has been extended. After the opening eight races of the 2020 season were called off, F1 teams agreed last month to bring the usual August shutdown period forward to free up more time in the summer for races to be rescheduled. A number of teams have already started their shutdowns - due to last three weeks - but this will now be extended to five weeks following a meeting between F1 officials on Monday. "Following unanimous approval by the Formula 1 Strategy Group, Commission and all teams, the World Motor Sport Council has ratified by e-vote the decision to extend the Formula 1 shutdown period from 21 to 35 days, to be taken in March, April and/or May, for all competitors and Power Unit manufacturers," a statement from the FIA reads. "Further discussions regarding this topic remain open between the FIA, Formula 1 and all teams in light of the ongoing ..

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