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Slipstream Saturday: Arrivederci, Massa; the Italian Grand Prix

Felipe Massa (Getty Images)

This week Felipe Massa announced that this year would be his last in Formula 1.  In some ways, this proclamation comes as no surprise.  The 35 year old Brazilian driver has put together a rather solid, yet hard to say it, unspectacular career.  Let’s look at the numbers first. In 242 starts, Massa has earned …

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Happiness Is…Marketing, PR & the Weekend

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Check Kyle Larson’s name off the list.  He is, depending on how you group drivers, the first of the latest generation of  take the checkered flag in the Cup series.  His win last Sunday at Michigan validated what everyone has seemingly said about him – that he’s got all the talent and that his break …

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Slipstream Saturday: Break’s Over & The Belgian Grand Prix

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Three weeks have slipped past since Formula 1 last took to the track.  The summer break always seems to be an interesting thing as teams are forced to shut down for a few weeks and gain some valuable rest.  One question would be whether or not such a long break does anything to teams or …

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Happiness Is… Chris Buescher, Sponsorship & Power

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

This upcoming Sprint Cup race at Michigan will mark the sixth straight that Dale Earnhardt Jr has missed due to his concussion.  All he can do is watch as Alex Bowman takes over his car for the second time this season.  Earnhardt will also miss his seventh race next weekend, when Jeff Gordon returns to …

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Slipstream Saturday: F1 Returns to Hockenheim & More

This weekend Formula 1 visits one of its old stomping grounds when the series hits Hockenheimring for the German Grand Prix.  If you recall, there was no German GP last year.  In one of those moves that angered fans and confused those within the sport, F1 supremo leveraged the race against more money and ultimately …

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Slipstream Saturday: Radio Rules, Track Limits and More at the Hungarian Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg during practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 21, 2015 in Spa, Belgium. (Credit: Getty Images)

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As Formula 1 is set to have back-to-back race weekends before the summer break, here’s a look at what’s happening at this week’s Hungarian Grand Prix.   – Mercedes and Nico Rosberg tested the limits of the radio rules governing F1 this year at Silverstone, giving with the team giving him coaching which resulted in a …

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Happiness Is… Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Sitting Out

(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

What to do, what to do?  One of the things that Bill France decried when shepherding the sport of NASCAR was that the fans should walk away knowing who won the race.  Apparently that meant that the fans knowing something equated to cementing the results and tinkering with infractions later.   Matt Kenseth failing laser …

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