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Autoweek February 11, 2019

Autoweek tells the stories from every corner of a vibrant car culture. From the historic to the cutting edge, from the glitzy to the grassroots, Autoweek documents the people, events and machines that spark the interests of car people all over the world. Get unbiased reviews on the newest models, keep up with the hottest trends and innovations in automotive design and performance, and even the collector lifestyle. For over 57 years, Autoweek has also been trackside, covering every form of motorsports. Each issue contains driver and team features and interviews, racing coverage from all major series and in-depth analysis from expert reporters. Every other week, Autoweek will inspire and inform you with insightful articles and amazing photography.

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keep racing

IT FELT LIKE THERE WERE twice as many people at the Daytona 24 this year, and last year was supposed to be the all-time attendance record. Before the race, the infield was shoulder to shoulder, and even the stands were crowded with fans. The weekend saw a record 19 manufacturers in competition. I don’t know that I could name 19 manufacturers without cheating.We’ll see what the final numbers were, but it’s not crazy to think that sports car racing is as big as it’s ever been in the U.S.Even through the rain, the racing was impossibly beautiful. Alonso and Castroneves battling at dusk, and then Alonso again in the morning, in turn 1, displaying mastery of a car he barely knew, mastery of a downpour that consumed some of the…

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about the cover

The 57th IMSA Rolex 24 at Daytona will long be remembered for a nearly daylong deluge that brought America’s premier sports car spectacle to its knees. A steady rain started with a few drops at 4:27 a.m. on Sunday and sent teams scrambling for rain tires minutes later. While the race was halted for good—short of the 24-hour mark for the first time in event history—there was plenty of time for drivers Fernando Alonso, Jordan Taylor, Renger van der Zande and Kamui Kobayashi to dominate the race in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R pictured on our cover. Autoweek motorsports correspondent Steven Cole Smith tells the story starting on page 34. ■…

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these are the glory days

I have a feeling that I’m going to make a great curmudgeon one day (editor’s note: One day?).I’ll be that old guy rocking on the porch telling the grandkids all about the good ol’ days—even though I’m guessing that years of listening to heavy metal and hanging out in the pits at the racetrack will make it hard for me to hear whatever they’re saying in response.One thing we’ll be talking about is the good ol’ days of motorsports. And I think I’ll be talking a lot about those good ol’ days of way back in, oh, 2019. It’s not that far of a stretch to say that these are the glory days when it comes to motorsports.Consider the all-time greats who are racing for checkered flags in 2019—seven-time Monster…

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not done yet

AT 9 IN THE MORNING on Oct. 18, seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson fired off a tweet that has unintentionally become his rallying cry for the 2019 season and beyond.“I’m not done yet, JA.”Johnson had been reminiscing about the series of decisions that cost him a spot in the second round of the playoffs, dive-bombing under Martin Truex Jr. on the last corner and last lap of the inaugural Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval race. Simply finishing second would have sent him to the next round, but Johnson had yet to win in 2018 and was on the verge of announcing his separation from Chad Knaus, the brilliant engineer behind his decade of dominance.Thus, it was a victory that he really wanted, and he wiped out both himself and…

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muscle up

NOBODY IS QUITE SURE who first floated the idea—longtime Mustang enthusiast Edsel B. Ford II, maybe? Someone at marketing in Dearborn? Maybe a forward-looking NASCAR team owner? Or perhaps a racing engineer flying home from a Sunday assignment?In any case, the name of the person who first linked “Mustang” with “Cup racing” has been lost to time.Not to worry. We’ll be hearing those words often during the upcoming NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series season. For the first time since its street debut in 1964, Ford Motor Co.’s iconic muscle car will officially be part of stock car racing’s top series. Now if only we can figure out who wanted it to happen.“I don’t know, but what changed was NASCAR’s rule that before 2018, manufacturers had to run high-volume sedans in…

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monster energy nascar cup series schedule

• FEB. 10 *The Clash at Daytona FS1, 3 p.m.• FEB. 14 *Duel at Daytona FS1, 7 p.m.• FEB. 17 Daytona 500 Fox, 2:30 p.m.• FEB. 24 Atlanta Fox, 2 p.m.• MARCH 3 Las Vegas Fox, 3:30 p.m.• MARCH 10 Phoenix Fox, 3:30 p.m.• MARCH 17 Fontana, Calif. Fox, 3:30 p.m.• MARCH 24 Martinsville, Va. FS1, 2 p.m.• MARCH 31 Fort Worth, Texas Fox, 3 p.m.• APRIL 7 Bristol, Tenn. FS1, 2 p.m.• APRIL 13 Richmond, Va. Fox, 7:30 p.m.• APRIL 28 Talladega, Ala. Fox, 2 p.m.• MAY 5 Dover, Del. FS1, 2 p.m.• MAY 11 Kansas City, Kan. FS1, 7:30 p.m.• MAY 18 *Charlotte, N.C. FS1, 6 p.m.• MAY 26 Charlotte, N.C. FOX, 6 p.m.• JUNE 2 Long Pond, Pa. FS1, 2 p.m.• JUNE 9 Brooklyn, Mich. FS1, 2…