Racing

NASCAR, sponsors cool on Confederate flag, but fans still fly it

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 3, 2015

NASCAR's move to get rid of the controversial Confederate flag after the murder of 9 black worshippers in South Carolina comes as the racing circuit and track owners court major new corporate sponsors such as GM, Toyota and Microsoft....
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Ford ad agency names NASCAR exec as COO

12:43 pm U.S. ET | June 16, 2015

Ford's ad agency, Global Team Ford, has named Kim Brink as its new COO. Brink had been NASCAR's senior vice president of marketing....
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Porsche defeats Audi at 83rd Le Mans endurance race

June 15, 2015 12:32 CET

Porsche won the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race for the first time since 1998, defeating Audi, which triumphed in 10 of the 11 prior contests. Porsche's 919 Hybrid car took first and second places, while Audi's R18 e-tron came in third....
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Porsche, Audi, Nissan, Toyota hybrids battle at Le Mans

June 13, 2015 06:15 CET

Audi's R18 e-tron Quattro has won the Le Mans LMP1 race every year since the new hybrid powertrain rules were established in 2012, but this year it will face stiff competition from Porsche, Toyota, and Nissan....
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Ford returns to Le Mans race in 2016 with GT supercar

1:27 pm U.S. ET | June 12, 2015

Ford will return to endurance racing next year as it celebrates the 50th anniversary of its historic top-three sweep in the 1966 24 Hour of Le Mans....
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Audi rules out entry into Formula One

May 18, 2015 16:06 CET

Audi has no plans to enter Formula One, the company has said, seeking to end speculation that the carmaker was tempted to broaden its commitment to motor racing....
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IndyCars test Honda, Chevy engineers

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2015

The Chevrolets and Hondas that millions of Americans drive have at least one thing in common with the high-revving, single-seat open-wheeled cars that will be zipping around the track during next Sunday's running of the Indianapolis 500 - the engineers who develop the cars....
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Lotus Formula One team not for sale, chief says

May 15, 2015 12:29 CET

The Lotus Formula One team is not for sale despite lingering speculation about former engine partner Renault's intentions in the sport, the team's boss said. Lotus switched from Renault to Mercedes engines at the end of last season but won titles in 2005 and 2006 as the French manufacturer's works team....
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Formula One is an option for Audi, CEO says

May 12, 2015 11:46 CET

Formula One racing remains an option for Audi, the carmaker's CEO Rupert Stadler was quoted as saying amid speculation about a partnership with former world champions Red Bull....
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Denise McCluggage has legacy as racing, journalism pioneer

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Denise McCluggage, a pioneering motorsports journalist, race car driver and author who was “the heart and soul” of Autoweek magazine, died May 6. She was 88....
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MARK VAUGHN

BLOG: Longtime auto journalist, racecar driver Denise McCluggage dead at 88

10:02 am U.S. ET | May 7, 2015

Word came late Wednesday that our friend, colleague, mentor and favorite staff racecar driver Denise McCluggage had passed away. She was 88....
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Q&A

Nissan charts own course to raise racing profile

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Darren Cox, global director of motorsports for Nissan and head of sales and marketing for the Nismo performance brand, is tasked with raising Nissan's profile in world racing. That includes making NASCAR-centric Americans more aware of Nissan as a bona fide source of performance technology....
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JESSE SNYDER

BLOG: Why does Ford race? Because it can

3:56 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015

He's not yet taking orders from Jay Leno for the Ford GT and GT350R, but the head of Ford Performance, Dave Pericak, still has a full plate....
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Toyota thinks TRD to win younger buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2015

Since 2007, Toyota has been racing the nation's best-selling car, its Camry sedan, in the nation's most-watched motor sports series: NASCAR. Now, it hopes to finally leverage some of that track cred in the showroom as part of President Akio Toyoda's bid to zest up the brand's stodgy image and win over younger shoppers....
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2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

McLaren will unveil P1 GTR hybrid supercar

Jan. 19, 2015 12:53 CET

McLaren will unveil a production-ready version of the P1 GTR hybrid supercar, its fastest and most powerful vehicle to date, at the Geneva auto show in March....
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White House rolls out tire safety, efficiency program with NASCAR

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2014

The White House rolled out a new program aimed at getting American consumers to buy tires that will enable cars to get better mileage and take better care of them to cut down on tire-related crashes....
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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

BLOG: Prepare to embrace McLaren's anticipate-and-act tactics

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014

People in the car business are so used to being lectured on how they are doing things wrong -- social media, customer service, what have you -- that it's notable whenever an automotive company sets a new benchmark for the rest of the world....
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Audi's F1 entry subject of feasibility study, report says

Dec. 8, 2014 10:39 CET

VW Group is conducting a feasibility study under former Ferrari executive Stefano Domenicali on whether Audi should enter Formula One to challenge Mercedes, a report said....
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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

BLOG: Prepare to embrace McLaren's anticipate-and-act tactics

10:20 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2014

People in the car business are so used to being lectured on how they are doing things wrong -- social media, customer service, what have you -- that it’s notable whenever an automotive company sets a new benchmark for the rest of the world....
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VINCE BOND JR.

BLOG: Chevy Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo concept pays homage to past, future

3:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014

It's ironic that the most futuristic Vision Gran Turismo virtual racer to date also has the deepest historical ties to motorsports....
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Toyota to pack track-tested tech into next Prius

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2014

Toyota is testing technology to be used in the Prius in its high-performance TS040 Hybrid Le Mans racer....
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway restorationist Bill Spoerle dies at 80

4:20 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2014

Bill Spoerle, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway restoration manager, died Tuesday. He was 80....
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Audi's motorsport boss knocks back F1 speculation

Nov. 4, 2014 18:28 CET

Audi has knocked down speculation that it plans to enter Formula One in 2016 after recruiting former Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali....
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Toyota's mean, green fuel-cell car dons racing stripes

8:52 am U.S. ET | Nov. 1, 2014

Toyota's new hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle broke cover at a Japan rally race with speed demon Akio Toyoda behind the wheel to prove that the green car is also a mean one....
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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Dissecting Daimler's motorcycle deal

12:53 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2014

Daimler's purchase of a stake in motorbike brand MV Agusta is nothing like Audi's purchase of Ducati....
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