No. 1018
October 16, 2019

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OCTOBER 2, 2019

Chevrolet's first mid-engine GTLM race car - the Corvette C8.R - made its surprise debut alongside the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible at the Kennedy Space Center today (10/2). “The C8.R is much more than just a race-tuned version of the 2020 Corvette Stingray. It’s a culmination of many years of testing and development between GM Design, Propulsion, Engineering and the Corvette Racing team,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. vice president of Performance and Motorsports. “The collaboration between these teams has allowed us to take these vehicles’ performance to the next level, both on the street and the track.” Since 1999, Corvette Racing has won 107 races – the most of any professional sports car team in North America - including 13 Team championships and 12 Driver and Manufacturer titles. In 2015, Corvette Racing became the first sports car team in fifteen years to win endurance racing’s Triple Crown - victories at The Daytona 24 Hours, Twelve Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Le Mans - in the same season. The No. 4 Corvette C8.R will be presented in a new silver livery, which is inspired by the color of iconic Corvette concepts such as the 1973 Chevrolet Aerovette and the 1959 Corvette Stingray Racer. This car also features yellow accents. The No. 3 Corvette C8.R will be presented iCorvette Racing's traditional yellow livery with silver accents that continues the lineage of the successful GTLM racing Corvettes of the past 20 years. The new C8.R will make its racing debut at the Daytona 24 Hours.

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Lewis Hamilton (No. 44 Mercedes-AMG Petronas) scored his 82nd F1 victory in the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday after a virtual safety car cost Charles Leclerc (No. 16 Scuderia Ferrari) the lead. Hamilton's win edged him closer to a sixth world title and came after Ferrari's chances of victory fell apart following a controversy over Leclerc's teammate Sebastian Vettel (No. 5 Scuderia Ferrari) disobeying team orders. Ferrari's pre-race plan was for Leclerc to tow Vettel down into the first corner to remove the risk of Hamilton, starting second, taking the lead. Leclerc kept his side of the bargain, but once Vettel was in the lead, he refused a demand to let his teammate back past him. (Typical Vettel, given his past record.) Valtteri Bottas (No. 77 Mercedes-AMG Petronas) finished second, and Leclerc ended up third. (Thanks to BBC Sport.) Watch video highlights hereEditor-in-Chief's Note: This brewing controversy at Ferrari is classic F1 Bush League Bullshit. Leclerc should be the new No. 1, and Vettel needs to be phased out of his ride. All of the hand-wringing and drama that are destined to happen will be a giant waste of time. -PMD
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Chase Elliott (No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet) won Sunday’s Bank of America ROVAL 400 at the 2.28-mile, 17-turn Charlotte Motor Speedway road course. Early in the final stage of the 109-lap event and after a restart on Lap 65, Elliott locked up his brakes and plowed straight into the tire barrier, taking out the “Tums” logo in the corner known as Heartburn Turn. After pitting to address the damage, Elliott fell to 37th in the running and spent the rest of the race working his way forward. After a spate of opportune cautions, Elliott took the lead for good on Lap 104, passing Martin Truex Jr. (No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota) for second and Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford) for the top spot after the final restart. Elliott crossed the finish line 3.016 seconds ahead of teammate Alex Bowman (No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet), who made a strong run from the rear of the field to finish second and wrestle the final berth in the Round of 12 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs from Aric Almirola and Ryan Newman. Kurt Busch and Erik Jones were also eliminated from playoff contention. Harvick finished third. Next up is Dover International Speedway. (Thanks to NASCAR Media.) Watch a video here. 
Tanner Foust (
No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle R Rallycross) had a perfect weekend at the ARX of Austin at the Circuit of the Americas, taking his Andretti Rallycross Beetle to wins in every Heat race, the Semifinal and Final of the event. In an enthralling Final, Foust took the lead on the third lap and then withstood extreme pressure from a trio of Subarus. With erstwhile championship leader Scott Speed sidelined by an injury incurred at the Nitro World Games in August, Subaru drafted in Andreas Bakkerud and Joni Wiman to bolster the title hopes of Patrik Sandell and Chris Atkinson. "The Beetle was awesome today,” said Foust. “We won every practice, every Heat, Semifinal and Final. You can’t ask for a better day. And that was coming up against the stiffest competition and the most cars we have had this year. I can’t thank Andretti, Volkswagen of America, Volkswagen R, and Rockstar enough. It has been a tough journey coming in with basically the car we had last year, but it shows the engineering prowess we have.” Foust now leads the championship by 17 points from Patrik Sandell going into the last round of the year, at Mid-Ohio on October 5-6. Chris Atkinson is just two points behind Sandell. Coverage of the ARX of Austin round will air on CBS Sports on Wednesday, October 2nd at 9:00 PM (ET). (Thanks to VW Media.)
(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)
IndyCar tested its new Aeroscreen at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday. Will Power (Team Penske Chevrolet Turbo V6) and Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Turbo V6) evaluated the cockpit protection device - which is slated to be on every car for the upcoming 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season - in a special test at The Speedway. The early reviews from both Powere and Dixon were very positive. 
(Photo by Chris Owens/INDYCAR)
(Photo by Chris Ownes/INDYCAR)