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Indy qualifying today at 4p EST.
Pole Day tomorrow at 1p EST.
MotoGP at LeMans tomorrow at 7a EST.

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Fifth Gear.
Behind the scenes at the Indianapolis 500.
Mercedes Benz A45 AMG vs Aston Marton.

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Now thats a turbo.
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Don't you wish this season's turbos sounded like that?frown.gif

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Prost wants better PR for F1:


Alain Prost feels Formula 1 should have done more to promote its new greener regulations and explain the fundamentals.

This season, the sport moved towards greener power, adopting a 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 engine with ERS.

However, other noise complaints, four-time World Champion Prost says very little has been explained to the public about the new regulations.

Speaking to Press Association Sport, Prost said: "Formula One has moved to a very different engine.

"What they are doing is fantastic in a way, but has not been very well explained, and that is a problem.

"At least everybody knows that with Formula E what you see is an electric car, but in Formula One there is sometimes a little bit of confusion.

"I was in London when the first (F1) test took place earlier this year, which was a disaster, but it was not important that one team did five laps or 10 laps.

"What was important was that people, and the media, understood what Formula One was doing and explained what was being done and why.

"At the moment it is not fantastic, it is not really the case because right now the cars have the same power, but are using 30 to 40 per cent less fuel, which is amazing, so big.

"But the fans perhaps do not care too much, so there is a little bit of confusion and young people aren't following and aren't interested.

"With Formula E it is much more interesting, and with the organisers we are all in the same boat. We're bringing new ideas, and that's what I like."

Speaking earlier this week when the first Formula E cars were delivered to their teams, the 59-year-old is confident that series such as Formula E will not impact on Formula 1's popularity.

"I don't think you can replace Formula One with something like this, and that is the good thing," said the Frenchman.

"It's something new, a new formula, a new area, so you can't compare.

"Having a new discipline, going so far into the technology, it's the way to go, and I must say what has so far been done on the technical and marketing side is absolutely exceptional.

"The whole world is talking about Formula E.

"The only things I would say are the same as F1 is that you need to find the money, the sponsors and you need to win, which is part of the game of motor racing."

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Toto Wolff is a smart guy:


Despite having a healthy advantage over their rivals in Spain, Toto Wolff has warned that Monaco is a "different story" and "can bite".

The Brackley team claimed their fourth successive 1-2 of the Championship last Sunday in Spain and did so in emphatic style.

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, who crossed the line with just 0.6s separating them, were a massive 49 seconds ahead of third-placed Daniel Ricciardo.

It was an impressive showing on a weekend where Mercedes' won the first round of the 2014 development war.

However, as Wolff notes, next weekend's Monaco Grand Prix is a completely different grand prix to those already run.

"We came away from Barcelona with plenty of positive points and the most encouraging was that our development package worked, which allowed us to maintain a healthy gap to our rivals on that circuit," he enthused.

"But," he added, "Monaco is a different story every year.

"It's a place that rewards driveability, confidence and a strong qualifying performance. Most of all, though, it's about avoiding mistakes: the drivers have no room for error and neither does the team.

"We have been pushing hard since the last race and nobody will be backing off in our teams at Brackley, Brixworth and Stuttgart."

And although the Mercedes executive director has every reason to be bullish about his team's chances next Sunday, Wolff insists everyone at Mercedes is keeping their feet firmly on the ground.

"We are heading to Monaco with our feet on the ground because it is a place that can bite you if you get over-confident," said the executive director.

"We have a quick Silver Arrow and Lewis and Nico are specialists around the streets. But we need to bring every piece of the puzzle together if we want to maintain our run of success next weekend."

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Le Mans 2014 is a month away and I can't wait.

Here is the entry list:
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Surprised to see only the Vettes from USCC in LMGTE.Big prototype field,good to see.
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Simon Pagenaud will be wearing a helmet reminiscent of Ayrton Sennas in the Indy 500 as a tribute to the legend.
http://www.indycar.com/News/2014/05/5-16-Pagenaud-to-wear-Senna-tribute-helmet

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Surprised to see only the Vettes from USCC in LMGTE.
Traditionally, the factory team (the one that competes in USCC) goes to Le Mans.
However, privateers often will go with the previous year's cars.
Maybe none were available this time around?

I'm still bummed the SRT team won't be there with their Vipers....

BTW, where the HELL is Ford?rolleyes.gif
They didn't even bother with a works team when the Ford GT streetcar was brought out.mad.gif

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Traditionally, the factory team (the one that competes in USCC) goes to Le Mans.
However, privateers often will go with the previous year's cars.
Maybe none were available this time around?

I'm still bummed the SRT team won't be there with their Vipers....

BTW, where the HELL is Ford?rolleyes.gif
They didn't even bother with a works team when the Ford GT streetcar was brought out.mad.gif
They should have taken the bailout check a few years back. 😉
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When was the last time Ford had a car at LeMans? I remember Robinson Racing ran a private GT in ALMS and LeMans a few years back,but no Factory car in a long time.
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James Hinchcliffe got hit in the visor by about a 12" square piece of wing that flew off of someones car at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis. It happened at 170 mph. Very similar to what happened to Massa with the spring. He got a concussion and was not allowed to drive for 5 days but is doing well in quali at Indianapolis. Amazing.

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Jacques Villeneuve is driving at Indy this year.

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Castroneves is driving a yellow Pennzoil car painted to look like Rick Mears 1984 Indy 500 winning car. Great stuff.

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That is quite the speed they are running,the top 9 at over 230 avg. is pretty cool.
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Can't wait to see 'em do it 3 wide! That's where the large attachments really come in handy.

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Dario Franchitti will be driving the pace car. Very cool.

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Montoya has Al Unser, Jr.'s #2. His car even has a similar paint scheme.

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Martin Plowman, the 2013 24 Hours of LeMans LMP2 class winner, is driving Indy.

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California Chrome wins the Preakness. Triple Crown?

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They should have taken the bailout check a few years back. 😉
They didn't have to.
The CEO had perfect timing and mortgaged the company to generate the necessary cash.cool.gif

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I remember Robinson Racing ran a private GT in ALMS and LeMans a few years back,but no Factory car in a long time.
I remember that too.
The Robinsons put a lot of love into it without much payback from Dearborn.

It's sad Henry Ford's mighty company doesn't have the "large attachments" these days to race on an international scale.
I guess the bean counters have won...and NASCAR and Mustangs are as far they will go.rolleyes.gif

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Mind games?


Jenson Button is adamant Nico Rosberg is too strong and intelligent to be undone by any mind games Lewis Hamilton may play.

If the early season form is anything to go by, this year's Championship will be decided between the two Mercedes team-mates.

After five grands prix it is Hamilton who has the advantage out on the track and in the standings having claimed four wins to his team-mate's one. As a result, he now leads the German by three World Championship points.

And although it all seems calm and happy at Mercedes at the moment, there are some suggestions that Hamilton is already playing mind games with his team-mate.

Although he claimed pole position and the victory last weekend in Spain, Hamilton insisted several times that Rosberg had been the quicker driver. The implication of that being, and yet he still beat him.

Button, though, is confident Rosberg won't allow the Brit into his head.

"I am sure there will - if there aren't already - be mind games going on. There were a few things he played on me," Button, who partnered Hamilton at McLaren, told BT Sport.

"It would work on some drivers, whereas others it just makes them stronger because they laugh it off.

"Nico is intelligent to know if Lewis is playing mind games or not, which in some ways could help Nico or harm him. He might just end up getting fed up with it.

"But Lewis is fully of confidence at the moment and he is a fierce competitor when he is like that, even when he is not having a good day."

So far this season Mercedes have played fair with both drivers even allow them to race side-by-side in Bahrain and to the line in Spain.

Button reckons the Brackley team, for their sake and for F1, will continue to keep a level playing field.

"The thing is with that team is because they are going to walk away with it - I know we are only five races in, but they have such a big lead - they're not going to favour just one driver.

"They will let their drivers race because they need to keep the show going, and we need them to keep the show going and let both drivers race.

"So there is no point trying to get the team behind you because they won't. I think they will be very fair, and they need to be for the sport."

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As I have read at http://2015releasedateprices.com/2015-toyota-supra/ it will most probably be at that price range. But I think that Supra will be a model for 2016

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Just came across DTM on CBSSN.Start at 6 pm.
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I hate to interrupt all of the non-F1 talk, but Black Jack Brabham died.
http://espn.go.com/racing/f1/story/_/id/10951686/three-formula-one-champion-jack-brabham-dies-88

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I hate to interrupt all of the non-F1 talk, but Black Jack Brabham died.
http://espn.go.com/racing/f1/story/_/id/10951686/three-formula-one-champion-jack-brabham-dies-88
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