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LONG BEACH, CA (APRIL 2017) Having
arguably the car to beat at the season-opening
Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg four weeks
ago, James Hinchcliffe ensured victory would not
slip away again today at the Toyota Grand Prix of
The seventh-year Verizon IndyCar Series veteran
turned in a stellar performance on the 1.968-mile
temporary street course to collect his fifth career
TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH: Box score
Hinchcliffe, driver of the No. 5 Arrow Schmidt
Peterson Motorsports Honda, started from the
outside of Row 2 and assumed the lead on Lap 63
by going one lap longer on track before pitting than
Andretti Autosport rivals Ryan Hunter-Reay (No.
28 DHL Honda) and Alexander Rossi (No. 98 NAPA
Auto Parts/Curb Honda). From there, Hinchcliffe
outlasted pressure from Hunter-Reay, Rossi and
St. Pete winner Sebastien Bourdais to earn his first
Indy car win in over two years.
“To do it here and finally at this place,” said
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NEWPORT BEACH, CA (APRIL 2017) UNCHAINED:
THE UNTOLD STORY OF FREESTYLE MOTOCROSS
Screens at Newport Beach Film Festival April 26th
Legendary FMX stars Mike Metzger and Seth Enslow.
The ultimate, most intense, high-stakes extreme
sport on the planet, filled with rebels and hellions,
willing to pay the ultimate price for the ultimate
rush: Freestyle Motocross. Emmy Award ®
nominated “Unchained” is the definitive, adrenaline-
soaked and sometimes heart-wrenching story of the
birth and never-ending evolution of this sport. The
film is narrated by Academy Award ® nominated
actor Josh Brolin and features action sports
luminaries including Travis Pastrana, Brian Deegan,
Mike Metzger, Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg, Carey
Hart, Jeremy McGrath, Tony Hawk, creator of
Monster Energy drink and early supporter of the
sport, Mark Hall, and Ron Semiao of ESPN and the
X Games, among many others.
Following in the footsteps of “Dogtown and Z Boys”
and “Riding Giants,” award-winning filmmakers Paul
Taublieb and Jon Freeman, both intimately involved
with the evolution of the sport, tell the story of how
a group of former racers smashed the uptight
racing culture and against all odds, create a reality
-- and lifestyle – all their own. The film is
supported by Monster Energy.
LOS ANGELES, CA (MAY 2017) The Franco-American Cultural
Fund, a partnership of the DGA, MPA, WGAW, and France’s Society of
Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music (SACEM), announced today
that Mr. & Mrs. Adelman, written by Nicolas Bedos and Dora Tillier, and
directed by Nicolas Bedos, won the distinguished COLCOA Audience Award.
A Woman’s Life was awarded the COLCOA LAFCA Critics Award by the
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Jury at the 21 annual COLCOA French
Film Festival. The film, co-written by Stéphane Brizé and Florence Vignon,
and directed by Stéphane Brizé, will be released in the U.S. by Kino
Lorber this month. A Woman’s Life also won the COLCOA Coming Soon
Award, a prize given in association with KPCC 89.3, to a film presented
with an attached U.S. Distributor. A Bag of Marbles, co-written and
directed by Christian Duguay, won the Audience Special Prize while the
Critics Special Prize went to Elementary, written and directed by Hélène
Angel. Little Gems received the Best Documentary Award, co-written
and co-directed by Xavier de Lauzanne. The First Feature Award went to
Tunisian-French co-production Hedi, written and directed by Mohamed
Ben Attia. Introduced this year,the American Students Award went to
Polina, written by Valérie Müller-Preljocaj and directed by Angelin
Preljocaj and Valérie Müller-Preljocaj. This award was voted on ex-
clusively by a jury of nine students from high schools and colleges.
Special Mentions were given by the audience to Like Crazy, the Italian-
French co-production presented at the festival in association with Strand
Releasing, which will release the film this month in the U.S., and to A
Kid, a drama co-written and directed by Philippe Lioret. Distrib Films U.S.
will release the film soon after the festival. Presented in association with
TV France International and TITRA Films, the COLCOA Television com-
petition has three TV Series winners: Call My Agent (Season 2) was
chosen best TV series by the audience,one year after it won for Season 1.
The COLCOA Television Competition Jury gavethe Best Series award to
Beautiful Loser and a special prize to the StudioCanal series Midnight Sun.
As for TV Drama, the audience favorite by a large majority was Plessis’
Girls, written and directed by Bénédicte Delmas, while the Jury chose
Boulem Guerdjou’s drama Marion Forever 13 (Best TV series) and
Arnaud Sélignac’s Box 27 (Jury Special Prize). For the COLCOA Shorts
Competitions, two films were awarded twice: Chasse Royale (Best Short
Film given by the Jury and the Audience Special mention), and Thank
You Mister Imada (Audience Award and Jury Special Mention). Special
Prizes went to What Tears Us Apart? (Jury) and The Fisherman and the
Businessman (Audience). The COLCOA Web Series Competition was intro-
duced at this year’s festival with six entries. The winner of this inaugural
competition was the Studio+ series, Amnesia. While 82 programs…
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LOS ANGELES, CA (May 2017) Founded in 2009 by Susan
Johnston, Director of New Media Film Festival, she is known as a Media
Futurist. The New Media’s mission and objective is to honor stories worth
telling. The New Media Film Festival constantly introduces new tech-
nology; communication of ideas through panels and Q & A’s to implement
a more expansive use of 21st technology in storytelling for artists and
content creators. The Goal of New Media Film Festival is to bring the
world the Best in New Media – Honoring Stories worth Telling of emerging
and established video and new media artists throughout the world.
The New Media Film Festival has always been on the cutting edge of
filmmaking and this year will be spectacular. They are bringing in the
heavy hitters with superstars and masters for their Web Series and
Technology Panels. The 8th Annual New Media Film Festival is happening
June 6, 7, 8, 2017 at The Landmark Theater, 10850 W. Pico Blvd, LA,
CA 90064. Each year, Susan Johnston, Founder/Director, New Media
Film Festival makes sure that Film Fest impresses international audiences
with its diverse genres and cutting edge methods of storytelling – from
web series, 3D, 360, AR, AI to 5D extravaganzas. Eighty-seven (87)
new media films and content from 34 countries and outer space will be
shown. There will be 29 World Premieres, 11 US Premieres and 21 L.A.
Oscar winner, Nicholas Reed marvels at the festivals innovative
programming, "The New Media Film Festival seemed like an outlier when
it started in 2010, with their strange categories, web series, 3D
storytelling, digital comics, now all of a sudden these phrases are the
new normal. The NMFF is always looking to the future, challenging
creators, the market and the audience to discover new storytelling. There
are not many festivals pushing the limits - go NMFF!" The festival ex-
tends its forward thinking to promote a positive future and proudly honors
luminaries with its Socially Responsible Conservationist Award. The fest-
ival honored Leonardo DiCpario with the award after his film Worst Shark
Attack Ever premiered as part of the SRC - Socially Responsible Content
Category in 2015. The Director of this film and International Surfing
Champion, Veronica Grey accepted the award on behalf of DiCaprio.
Judges at the New Media Film Festival include representatives from
Marvel, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Television
Academy and other pioneers in the entertainment industry. There's even
a competitive category for Sniplers®,30-second mini-trailers featured to
garner attention for films not yet made. Filmmakers vie for a chance at
$45,000 USD value in awards …
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HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA (APRIL 2017) The world’s best
big wave surfers gathered in Huntington Beach tonight for the 2017
World Surf League (WSL) Big Wave Awards. The gala ceremony at the
Pasea Hotel and Spa awarded the greatest rides of the past year and
celebrated the tenets of the big wave community.
This year’s event saw $350,000 in prize money allotted across the seven
categories. Ranging from the greatest tubes to the biggest wipeouts, the
seven committed and daring winners were given top honors and a TAG
Heuer watch to close out another incredible big wave season.
Jamie Mitchell claimed the Surfline Men’s Overall Performance Award this
evening after showcasing incredible feats throughout the season, in-
cluding his historic win at the inaugural Big Wave Tour (BWT) Nazaré
Challenge. Mitchell’s win tonight is his second at the Big Wave Awards
and further establishes his place in the history books.
“This really is dedicated to my wife and my little baby daughter at home,”
said Mitchell. “Thank you to everyone here. You all inspire me and push
me to chase every swell and probably the ones that I shouldn’t. I would
like to thank all of my sponsors. Without the support of them, I would
not be able to travel the world and chase all the swells. I really want to
thank all the water patrols because I really love coming home to my
family and we do some crazy stuff out there. I am honored.” Mitchell
was also nominated for the Billabong Ride of the Year, but it was Billy
Kemper who earned the big win. It is no surprise that the Maui local
secured this year’s title on a gigantic wave at Jaws as this break saw him
earn back-to-back BWT Pe’ahi Challenge events. Kemper previously had
a 2010 Ride of the Year nomination, a 2013 Wipeout of the Year nomi-
nation and a 2014 Ride of the Year nomination, but Kemper finally
earned the headlining award with his incredible barrel at Jaws on Nov-
ember 11, 2016.
“This is a dream come true,” Kemper said. “First and foremost, I have to
thank my beautiful fiancé for supporting me and giving me an amazing
life with our children. Next, my sponsors, who have given me a platform
to perform like this. I was just a kid from Maui, I had nothing at one
point. This is all passion. I love to do this and nothing is going to stop me
from this. This is for my mom.” Paige Alms earned the Women’s Best
Performance Award after six-straight nominations for the award starting
in 2012. Alms started charging big waves at the age of 15. Not unlike
most female big wave surfers, Alms’ career has been self-supported
through juggling multiple jobs to fund her travel and training. Her
commitment, hard work and passion paid off tonight with her second win
at the Big Wave Awards. In addition, Alms was also celebrated for her win
at the Pe’ahi Challenge to become the first ever Big Wave Women’s
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LOS ANGELES, CA (MAY 2017) ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO
JAIL. The film played to critical acclaim at the Toronto and New York film
festivals and, following screenings at dozens of additional festivals,
including Opening Night of the Full Frame Documentary Festival, it will
open in Los Angeles on June 9 at the Landmark NuArt Theater. A national
rollout will follow.
ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL tells the incredible saga of the Chinese
immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown,
New York. Accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney
Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Abacus becomes the only U.S. bank to face criminal
charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The indictment and
subsequent trial forces Thomas Sung and his formidable daughters to
defend themselves—and their bank’s legacy in the Chinatown community
—over the course of a five-year legal battle. Tracking the many twists
and turns of the case, Oscar-nominated James creates a moving portrait
of a family, a community, and a way of life.
“[Steve James] is one of our most humanist filmmakers… [He] has an
amazing ability to capture entire communities by focusing on a few
people within them... The big picture doesn’t matter if we can’t see how
it’s impacting people on a day to day basis.” – Brian Tallerico, Roger
“In its intimate, well-observed way, the film is deeply moving... A
snapshot of a loving family coming together during a crisis.” –
Tim Grierson, Screen International
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NEWPORT BEACH, CA (APRIL 2017) The Newport Beach
Film Festival (NBFF) announced today the winners of the 2017 Festival.
On April 27, 2017, the Festival wrapped up its eight day run with the
Southern California Premiere of THE EXCEPTION starring Christopher
Plummer, Lily James and Jai Courtney at the Lido Theater (3459 Via
Lido, Newport Beach) with the post party in the Via Lido Plaza. The
Festival opened with the West Coast Premiere of Take Every Wave: The
Life of Laird Hamilton. The Newport Beach Film Festival celebrated
outstanding contribution to global cinema at a special event during the
18th annual Festival at the Balboa Bay Resort on April 22. Additionally,
The Festival’s selection committee reviewed more than 2,500 films. The
Festival screened over 350 films, representing 50 countries. The films
competed for Jury, Festival Honors and Audience Awards.
The 2017 Newport Beach Film Festival jury featured an impressive roster
of film industry professionals, including Claire Best, CEO and owner of
Claire Best & Associates, Hunt Lowry, producer and CEO/President of
Rosework Films, Actor Robert Reed Carradine, Mike Repsch, Senior Vice
President of Distribution and Sales at Breaking Glass Pictures, Arianne
Rocchi, VP of Publicity at Magnolia Pictures/Magnet Releasing, Larry
Greenberg, Head of Acquisitions and Domestic Distribution for Ambi Media
Group, Oscar Nominated writer/director Tom Van Avermaet, and Todd
Slater, co-founder and partner at Blue Fox Entertainment.
Newport Honors Awards :Aishia tyler | Artist of Distinction Award
Aisha’s passion for volunteering and giving back to the community is
reflected in her work beyond the lens. She has been involved in org-
anizations such as Planned Parenthood, where she served on the board,
the Trust for Public Land organization, International Rescue Committee,
and the Family Violence Prevention Fund…. Continue
Attendance at the 2017 Newport Beach Film Festival was on par with last
year’s record attendance of 50,000 people. The 18th annual Festival had
the largest participation of International filmmakers and showcased films
from over 58 countries with delegations attending from Australia,
Germany, Ireland and Canada. The Newport Beach Film Festival is
sponsored in part by City of Newport Beach, Visit Newport Beach,
Experian, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Celebrity Cruises, Fashion Island and
Los Angeles Times.
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NEW YORK, NY (MAY 2017) The National Academy of Television Arts
and Sciences (NATAS), announced the winners of the 38th Annual Sports Emmy® Awards
at a special ceremony at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City.
“Tonight we salute the competence, skill and grandeur that is the sports broadcasting
industry,” said Bob Mauro, President, NATAS. “In addition to celebrating the outstanding
work by this evening’s nominees, we are pleased to honor Brent Musburger for his long
and prolific career and present him with the Sports Lifetime Achievement Award.” The
awards were presented by a distinguished group of sports figures and television per-
sonalities including Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery (CBS); Bob Ley and Jeremy Schaap
(ESPN); Kevin Burkhardt, Alex Rodriguez and Frank Thomas (FOX); Andrea Kramer
(HBO); Harold Reynolds and Bill Ripken (MLB Network); NASCAR’s rising star, Daniel
Suarez; David Feherty and Tara Lipinski (NBC); Dan Hellie, Willie McGinest and Michael
Robinson (NFL Network); Brandon Marshall and Mauro Ranallo (Showtime); and Pedro
Martinez, Jimmy Rollins and Gary Sheffield (Turner Sports). Winners were announced in
41 categories including Outstanding Live Sports Special, Live Sports Series and Playoff
Coverage, three Documentary categories, Outstanding New Media, Outstanding Play-by-
Play Announcer and Studio Host, among others. The awards recognize outstanding
achievement by individuals and programs broadcast throughout the 2016 calendar year.
Yangaroo, Inc. is the official provider of the Digital Media Distribution System Awards
Management Solution (“DMDS”) for the submission, judging and voting of all categories
for the 38th Annual Sports Emmy Awards. A detailed listing of all awards is below as
compiled by the independent accountancy firm of Lutz and Carr, LLP. A list of winners for
the 38th Annual Sports Emmy Awards is also available on the National Television
Academy’s website at www.emmyonline.tv.
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MALIBU, CA (MAY 2017) "UNCHAINED: The Untold Story of
Freestyle Motocross" WINS EMMY AWARD! TAKES WIN in PRESTIGIOUS
"OUTSTANDING LONG DOCUMENTARY" CATEGORY!
The acclaimed NETFLIX feature documentary from TAUBLIEB Films and
Crusty Demons, backed by Monster Energy, "UNCHAINED: The Untold
Story of Freestyle Motocross" won the EMMY for Outstanding Long
Documentary on Tuesday, May 9th at a ceremony hosted by National
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at Lincoln Center in New York
Written, Directed and Produced by Paul Taublieb, in true cinematic
fashion "UNCHAINED" tells the adrenaline-soaked story of the birth and
explosion of the most extreme sport on the planet, Freestyle Motocross.
Narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor Josh Brolin, who also
serves as Executive Producer, it stars the pioneers of the sport, including
Travis Pastrana, Seth Enslow, Brian Deegan, Mike Metzger and Carey
Hart, along with the likes Jeremy McGrath, Cameron Steele, Tes Sewell,
Jeff Emig, Eric Johnson, Stephen Astephen and Micky Dymond, among
"UNCHAINED" was produced by TAUBLIEB Films and Crusty Demons.
Executive Producers Mark Hall, Susan Cooper, Sam Pontrelli, Mitch
Covington, Jeff Bowler, Dana Nicholson, Nat McCormick, Brian O'Shea
and Brolin. Co-Producer/Co-Director Jon Freeman. Co-Producer Stacy
Transou. Consulting Producer Eric Johnson. Associate Producers Marc
Levine, Chris Ackerman, Brian Meehan and Doug Parsons. Director of
Photography Chris Zamoscianyk. Lead editor Carl Cramer. Produced in
conjunction with Monster Energy.
"I'm grateful to so many people who made this possible, especially the
stars of the film, who let us tell their stories. And also to the team at
Monster Energy who supported this effort and the sport of freestyle
motocross itself right there from the beginning, thanks to Monster's Mark
Hall," said Taublieb, for whom this is his second Emmy. "I'm also in
ebt to my wife and partner, Susan Cooper, who provides the backbone
for TAUBLIEB Films, and also to everyone at ESPN and the X Games who
took a rebel sport and helped build it into a truly global phenomenon.
And have to add that the gravitas and passion Josh Brolin brought as…
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LOS ANGELES, CA (MAY 2017) Today, Project FANchise announced that
they will debut a fan-controlled franchise in the 2017 Indoor Football League (IFL) season.
Through Project FANchise’s proprietary technology fans who are used to screaming
from the stands will have an unprecedented voice, allowing them to control every part of
the FANchise. From choosing the players that make the roster to making in-game play
calls, fans will run the show.
Introducing a whole new word to the English dictionary, Project FANchise defines
1. A professional sports team that provides its fans unparalleled access to, and control of,
their sports entertainment experience; especially: the right to exercise the powers of a
General Manager and Coach. “Today is an incredibly exciting day for the millions of
sports fans who have always dreamed of running their beloved team,” said Sohrob Farudi,
Project FANchise Founder and CEO. “We are empowering fans to make real decisions; to
be part of the team. This is the start of a new era of fandom, designed to give fans true,
Building Game-Changing Technology:
Bridging the gap between fantasy sports, video games and live sports, Project FANchise
is creating a mobile app which allows fans to manage a real world sports team including:
*Interviewing, hiring, evaluating (and potentially firing) the GM and coaching staff.
*Designing the logo, mascot, jersey and apparel.
*Sitting in on practices and film sessions, providing input/feedback to the coaching staff to
decide which players make the team and create the team’s depth chart.
*Making real-time decisions on game day including all play-calling and second
*Analyzing game film and offering input on strategy and scouting reports.
Project FANchise is ending the era of the ‘frustrated faithful,’ evolving the way we consume
and engage with our teams via:
*Live-stream cameras and mics throughout the arena and in players’ helmets, providing a
FPV (First Person View) of practices and games. The new “Coach of the Fans” coaching
position, equipping the game-day sidelines with a voice for the fans. Off-field access to
players, coaches and front office personnel via streaming video from practice, film
sessions, meeting rooms, weekly featured episodes and social media. Open forums giving
fans direct communication with players and coaches.
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LAS VEGAS, NV (MAY 2017) 2017 AMAZING LAS VEGAS COMIC CON
TICKETS ON SALE NOW, plus SPECIAL BONUS!
Amazing Comic Con enters our 5th year in Las Vegas with best guest of comic creators
and pop culture personalities in the West. The event takes place at the Las Vegas
Convention Center on June 23-24-25, and tickets are on sale starting today, March 2 at
As a special bonus our partners at IDW and #TeamEastman have a special incentive for
the early ticket buyers. We are giving away a FREE VARIANT of TEENAGE MUTANT
NINJA TURLTES #50! This is a key issue for any fan of TMNT, or Pop Culture, and can
be signed by artist, creator KEVIN EASTMAN during his appearance at Amazing Las
Vegas Comic Con.
TMNT #50 Variant is *FREE* to first 250 people purchasing Single Day tickets, Full
3Day Admissions, and VIP Packages.
AMAZING LAS VEGAS COMIC CON is Nevada’s premiere pop culture event, taking
place June 23-24-25, 2017. The event returns to the Las Vegas Convention Center
bigger than ever before with the very best creators and pop personalities in the world,
with local favorites from the Las Vegas Community, extensive programming, an
International Artist Alley, and the Wizards of Cosplay.
Kids 10 and Under are ALWAYS FREE at Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con!
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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (MAY 2017) Another packed house filled in
at the eastern end of Saquarema's Itauna Beach for Finals Day at the Oi Rio Pro. And the
heavily partisan hometown crowd did not go home disappointed. After Owen Wright and
Jordy Smith -- two World Title contenders who are tied for No. 2 on the Jeep rankings --
dropped out in the Quarterfinals, the door was thrown wide open for Adriano de Souza,
who's now sitting at No. 4, to make his move.
Then, just when the next-level excitement form the beach seemed to have reached a
peak during Semifinal 1 (featuring Brazilian De Souza's victory over upstart Yago Dora),
the meter was turned past 10 to 11.
Green and yellow flags draped a standing-room only crowd for the Final between
homegrown legend and 2015 World Champ De Souza and wily Tour vet Ace Buchan.
What resulted was an eruption of joy and passion unrivaled anywhere else on the WSL
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INDIANAPOLIS, IN (MAY 2017) - SATO'S LIFE COMES FULL CIRCLE
WITH FIRST OVAL WIN AT INDIANAPOLIS 500 By Jeff Olson | Published: May 29, 2017
Takuma Sato first watched the Indianapolis 500 on television when he was 6 or 7 years old.
He didn’t know at the time he was watching the race he would one day win.
“I didn’t realize it was the Indianapolis 500, but now I can tell you 100 percent (that it was),”
Sato said this afternoon, 21 hours after becoming the first Japanese driver to win the race.
“It was a superspeedway, it was an oval and I am familiar with this scenery. It was the
Indy 500.” Running on adrenaline after a short night of sleep, Sato was the toast of two
continents for winning the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
His day-after duties included appearances on network television shows, magazine photo
shoots and a two-hour photo session on the start-finish line at Indianapolis Motor
Speedway that included photos with the iconic Borg-Warner Trophy and Andretti Autosport
crew members and their families.
Sato was awake until 3 a.m. ET today answering emails and texts of congratulation from
Japan, where his victory was the story of the day. A native of the Shinjuku ward of Tokyo, the
40-year-old Sato is treated with the same reverence in his homeland as other Japanese
sports stars like baseball’s Ichiro Suzuki. “Everybody is so happy,” Sato said. “I’ve got
probably hundreds of thousands of emails of congratulations so far. … It’s just non-stop.
I must admit that this is the happiest of things, and I can get on with that.” Sato’s journey
to Indy 500 winner is intertwined with Honda, the Japanese auto manufacturer that has been
involved with Indy car racing since 1993. Initially part of Honda’s Formula One program,
Sato moved to the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2010 after seven years in F1. Today, with
Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s expansive frontstretch as his backdrop, Sato
marveled at his accomplishment.
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FRANCE (JUNE 2017) This time next week the wait will nearly be over for the
Le Mans 24 Hours 2017. Anticipation for the on track action will be at its peak and all the
cars will be being prepared for action. Here we look at the talking points from a new look
prototype field and what we can expect to see during Le Mans 2017.
Toyota vs Porsche
It is the clash of the titans we’ve all been waiting for. This year it is slightly different too,
with Toyota, for the first time, bringing three cars to Le Mans. Toyota will be out to right
the wrongs of last year, and try out some new talent too. The No. 9 car features returnee
Nicolas Lapierre, Japanese Super Formula champion Yuji Kunimoto and WTCC champion
Jose Maria Lopez (who was in the No.7, but has been moved to the third car after his shunt
at Silverstone cost him a race at Spa, and the experience to go with it).
Whilst the picture at Toyota has been of wholesale changes to technical parts and per-
sonnel, at Porsche, the car has taken a much more evolutionary approach, but the driver
squad has had a thorough shake up. Out is the retiring Mark Webber, and last year’s
Le Mans winners Roman Dumas (here in an Alpine LMP2) and Marc Lieb who is here as
a reserve. In has come ex-Audi LMP1 star Andre Lotterer, and returning Le Mans winners
from 2015, Nick Tandy and Earl Bamber. So far it’s been advantage Toyota, winning at
Silverstone & Spa and setting the fastest times at the Le Mans Test Day. However,
Porsche shouldn’t be counted out, the new (for 2017) 919 has proved quick, using an
aero package which wasn’t designed for use at Silverstone and Spa, and its driver set is
both experienced and youthful. Who will come out on top? At this point it’s too early to say.
One thing’s for sure though, it will be a historic result whatever happens. It’ll either be
Toyota’s first victory, or Porsche’s 19th! ByKolles without competition, but still with interest,
the ByKolles Racing Team has kept the LMP1 privateer on life-support this year. The
Austrian team, with its Nissan-powered CLM P1/01 has the potential to mix in with the new
and high powered LMP2s. It may not sound like much, but the car will be fast in a straight
line, and should be competing with the top-end LMP2 teams. This year in particular, filling
the gap between LMP1-H and LMP2 is not necessary, instead, the team will be excited
about the prospect of seeing just how high up the order it can finish…
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INDIANAPOLIS, IN (JUNE 2017) Takuma Sato earned $2,458,129 from an
overall purse of $13,178,359 for his victory Sunday in the 101st Running of the Indianapolis
500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Winnings
were distributed at the annual Indianapolis 500 Victory Celebration, held Monday evening
at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis. 101st INDIANAPOLIS 500: Official Box Score
with earnings Verizon IndyCar Series veteran Sato, from Tokyo, became the first Japanese
winner of the Indianapolis 500, fending off three-time winner Helio Castroneves by 0.2011
of a second to the checkered flag in the No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda. It was the sixth-
closest finish in Indy 500 history.
Sato took the lead from Castroneves for good on Lap 195 of the 200-lap race. He led twice
for 17 laps. Castroneves, who dodged multiple on-track incidents and led nine laps even
after receiving a drive-through penalty, earned $770,629 for finishing second in the No. 3
Shell Fuel Rewards Team Penske Chevrolet. He became one of seven drivers with three
Indianapolis 500 runner-up finishes. Toward the end of the race, Castroneves had to
worry about third-place finisher, rookie driver Ed Jones, in his rear-view mirror. Jones
never led in the race but ended up as the top rookie finisher in the No. 19 Boy Scouts of
America Honda for Dale Coyne Racing, earning $535,629.
Max Chilton, the Chip Ganassi Racing driver who led a race-high 50 laps, finished in
fourth place in the No. 8 Gallagher Honda. He earned $484,129. Rounding out the top five
was 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner and Chilton's teammate, Tony Kanaan, in the No. 10 NTT
Data Honda. Kanaan, who led 22 laps, earned $438,129.
Pole sitter Scott Dixon earned $446,629 despite placing 32nd in the No. 9 Camping World
Honda. Dixon was unhurt after a frightening crash with Jay Howard on Lap 53 in which
Dixon's car went airborne and hit the inside SAFER Barrier between Turns 1 and 2.
Fernando Alonso earned $305,805, including $50,000 for being named Sunoco Rookie of
the Year for the race. The two-time Formula One world champion was the top-qualifying
rookie, in fifth, and led 27 laps -- more than any other rookie -- before ending up 24th after
a mechanical problem on Lap 180 halted his race while running seventh in the No. 29
The Indianapolis 500 purse consists of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Verizon IndyCar
Series awards, plus other designated and special awards. The Victory Celebration was
presented by Ice Miller and Allied Solutions.
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DETROIT, MI (JUNE 2017) With his second win in as many days, Graham Rahal
completed a near-perfect weekend at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear.
But it was no Sunday afternoon cruise.
After winning the opening race of the Verizon IndyCar Series doubleheader weekend front
the pole position on Saturday, Rahal started third today in the No. 15 SoldierStrong /
TurnsForTroops.com Honda. Rahal led 40 laps and beat Josef Newgarden to the
checkered flag by 1.1772 seconds to claim his sixth career Indy car victory and the 25th for
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. “Buckeyes like to win up in this state,” said Rahal, a
proud Ohio native and avid Ohio State University sports fan. “It was just a good weekend.
Thanks to the crowd, thanks to (race promoter) Roger Penske, Bud Denker and everybody
for putting this on. It’s a tremendous event.
“It’s a special day for us. We’re the first one to win the double (in Detroit), it means a lot.
It feels great, trust me. Any day you can beat a Penske driver, it means a lot.”
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Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, Newgarden climbed from the 13th starting position to
challenge Rahal late and post his best finish in 10 starts at Belle Isle. “We tried to have the
same strategy as (Saturday),” Newgarden said. “Three (pit) stops, running fast and the
yellows worked out a lot better for us today. I think that second-to-last stint we lost too much
ground when we got stuck behind Simon (Pagenaud) and Will (Power). We couldn’t clear
those guys and I think if we could have cleared them we could have had a better shot at
Rahal.” Power (No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet) rounded out the podium in third place, while
Pagenaud (No. 1 DXC Technology Chevrolet) came home fifth to give Team Penske three
of the top five finishers in the event operated by team owner Roger Penske’s group. Takuma
Sato, winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on May 28,
sat on pole in the No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda with a new track record of 1 minute,
13.6732 seconds and finished fourth for his second top-five finish in nine races on the
island’s 2.35-mile, 14-turn temporary street course. “It was a solid result,” said Sato,
who remains third in points behind Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves. “I think the team did
a great job. We did everything we could and made no mistakes, but we just didn’t quite have
the speed today.” Rahal first led on Lap 23 when he stayed out a lap longer than Sato on
the first round of pit stops. After reclaiming the lead following the stops on Lap 30, Rahal
appeared uncatchable until late issues befalling two competitors put the outcome in
jeopardy. The lone full-course caution of the day came out on Lap 66 when James
Hinchcliffe (No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda) and Spencer Pigot (No.
20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Ed Carpenter Chevrolet) stopped on track in separate incidents.
INDYCAR officials brought out the red flag at the conclusion of Lap 67 to set up a…
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FORTH WORTH, TX (JUNE 2017) Will Power survived a wild night of racing
at Texas Motor Speedway, winning the Rainguard Water Sealers 600 in a race that ended
The victory is the 31st Indy car win in the Team Penske driver’s career, tying him with
Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy for ninth all time. Tony Kanaan finished second in the
248-lap race that saw 66 laps run under caution due to numerous on-track incidents. The
primary incident came on Lap 152, triggered when the cars of Kanaan and James
Hinchcliffe touched entering Turn 3. Hinchcliffe’s car veered into the SAFER Barrier and
a total of nine cars were collected in the incident.
Power, driving the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, led a race-high 180 laps and
made what wound up being the decisive pass for the lead on Lap 243 when he edged in
front of Scott Dixon in the No. 9 NTT Data Honda. On the next lap, Indianapolis 500 winner
Takuma Sato attempted an inside pass of Dixon for second place on the dogleg heading
into Turn 1 but his No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda clipped the grass and spun, collecting
Dixon, Conor Daly and Max Chilton.
It brought out the final caution of the evening, allowing Power to cruise to his second victory
of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Only nine cars from the original 22-car field
were running at the end of the race. Following Power and Kanaan in the finishing order
were Simon Pagenaud, Graham Rahal, Gabby Chaves and Marco Andretti on the lead lap.
Dixon finished ninth but retained the unofficial championship lead after nine of 17 races with
326 points. Pagenaud is second with 313, Sato third with 312, Helio Castroneves fourth
with 303 and Power fifth at 286.
The next Verizon IndyCar Series race is the KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America on
June 25. The race airs live at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts
INDYCAR Radio Network.
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