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Jul 6

3D-Printed Car Could Lead American Manufacturing Revolution

The Strati is a 3D-printed electric sports car. (Photo: Local Motors)

The is a 3D-printed electric sports car. (Photo: Local Motors)

Local Motors wants to change the way America makes things. In fact, it already has.

The Phoenix-based automotive and industrial design and manufacturing outfit was one of the pioneers of cloud-based co-creation, where members of a 150,000-member strong online community submit and refine ideas for products, dramatically speeding up the process.

Founded in 2007, its first project was the Rally Fighter, a high-speed off-roader built from a mix of original parts and off-the-shelf components that’s manufactured in small numbers at what Local Motors calls a microfactory. Each vehicle it produces is an updated version of the one before it.

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Jul 6

Montoya Wins First IndyCar Race In 14 Years

Juan Pablo Montoya won from pole position at Pocono. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

won from pole position at . (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Juan Pablo Montoya has won the race at Pocono Raceway, the highlight of a triumphant return to open wheel racing after seven years in NASCAR.

was second to make it a 1-2 finish Sunday for team owner Roger Penske. Montoya won for the first time in the CART/IndyCar Series since 2000 and had his first major victory since he won a road course race at Watkins Glen in NASCAR in 2010.

With double points awarded in the 500-mile races, Castroneves moved into a tie for the points lead with Team Penske teammate . Power was hit with a blocking penalty on Castroneves late in the race and had to serve a drive through penalty, costing him a shot at racing for the win. He finished 10th.

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Jul 6

F1: Bottas Shines With Charge To Second Straight Podium

Valtteri Bottas celebrates on the podium after finishing second at Silverstone. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

celebrates on the podium after finishing second at Silverstone. (Photo: LAT Photographic) 

Valtteri Bottas proved to be one of the stars of the British Grand Prix as he converted 14th on the grid into second place at the flag.

The Williams driver actually qualified 17th, but gained three places from penalties before a sensational first lap saw him jump up to ninth before the red flag.

Thereafter, he made some great passing moves as he worked his way up the order with his late and sole pit stop proving just the ticket. The result came on the heels of his third-place effort in Austria.

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Jul 6

F1: Hamilton Wins Home Grand Prix As Rosberg Retires

Lewis Hamilton drove to his fifth race win of the season on Sunday. (Photo: Getty Images)

drove to his fifth race win of the season on Sunday. (Photo: Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton won a crash-hit British Grand Prix on Sunday to cut Mercedes teammate ’s lead in the drivers’ championship from 29 points to just four after the German had his first non-finish of the season.

Hamilton, the 2008 champion, started sixth on the grid. The British driver leapt to fourth on the opening lap before it was red-flagged, and suspended for an hour, following a crash involving 2007 champion of Ferrari and Felipe Massa of Williams.

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Jul 6

IndyCar: Winning Is The Only Option, Says Dixon

Scott Dixon qualified 15th for Sunday's race at Pocono. (Photo: Getty Images)

qualified 15th for Sunday’s race at . (Photo: Getty Images)

Just one year ago, Scott Dixon used Pocono Raceway as the launching pad that propelled him to a third career Series title. He entered the 2013 Pocono 400 Fueled by Sunoco seventh in the standings, 92 points out of the lead. He led a 1-2-3 Ganassi Racing sweep at Pocono and then a double-header sweep the following weekend in the Honda “Two in T.O.” Dixon had won three races in just eight days.

Dixon realizes he is going to need something drastic to happen again if he is going to be a viable contender in the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series championship.

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