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May 23

F1: Hamilton Questions If Rosberg Has Enough Hunger To Win

Lewis Hamilton (right) attends a press conference with teammate Nico Rosberg (left). (Photo: Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton (right) attends a press conference with teammate Nico Rosberg (left). (Photo: Getty Images)

With Mercedes looking certain to run away with the Formula 1 constructors’ championship, the promising battle between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg should provide an intriguing backdrop for the rest of the season.

Rosberg is only three points behind Hamilton, the championship leader, who has won the past four races. The two go back a long way, to their days karting together. But with so little separating them in the title race, their friendship looks set to be tested.

Hamilton has even questioned Rosberg’s desire to win.

May 23

IndyCar: Ganassi Finds Speed In Final Indy 500 Practice

Tony Kanaan was fastest in the final Indy 500 practice with a lap of 227.838 mph. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Tony Kanaan was fastest in the final Indy 500 practice with a lap of 227.838 mph. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Scott Dixon insists that Ganassi Racing wasn’t trying to bamboozle anybody.

After struggling last week and failing to put a car in the fast nine for qualifying, the team led by defending Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan staged a rally on Carb Day. Kanaan was left atop the leaderboard Friday with a lap of 227.838 mph, while Dixon was next-fastest at 227.773 mph.

“We definitely didn’t do it on purpose,” said Dixon, who will start in the middle of the fourth row Sunday. “We would like to roll out straightaway and be quick. I think we are normally.”

May 23

Michelin To Become Official Tire Supplier Of MotoGP

Michelin will become MotoGP's Official Tire Supplier starting in 2016. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Michelin will become MotoGP’s Official Tire Supplier starting in 2016. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Following French tire manufacturer Michelin’s official tender, Dorna is pleased to announce that Michelin is to become the Official Tire Supplier to MotoGP as of the 2016 World Championship season.

At the beginning of May 2014 Dorna, in agreement with the FIM, opened a tender for tire manufacturers interested in becoming Official Tire Supplier to MotoGP from the 2016 season.

May 23

SportsCars: Nissan Announces Factory LMP1 Program For 2015

Nissan plans to begin testing the GT-R LM NISMO LMP1 car in October. (Photo: Nissan)

Nissan plans to begin testing the GT-R LM NISMO LMP1 car in October. (Photo: Nissan)

Following months of speculation and intrigue, Nissan officially announced Friday its entry into the LMP1 class for 2015, which will see a two-car full factory program in the FIA World Endurance Championship with the legendary GT-R model.

The Japanese manufacturer’s all-new prototype, the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO, will take on the likes of Audi, Toyota and Porsche in what will be a global effort encompassing technical resources and facilities in Japan, Europe and the U.S.

May 23

F1: Allison Has No Problem With Ferrari Adding Technical Talent

James Allison supports Ferrari's decision to search for more technical assistance. (Photo: Getty Images)

James Allison supports Ferrari’s decision to search for more technical talent. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ferrari chassis technical director James Allison says he has no problem with the team searching for new technical talent to bolster the team – and he remains confident in the support that he receives from the management.

Stories about an approach to Adrian Newey continue to make the headlines, although not surprisingly new team boss Marco Mattiacci denied yesterday that he had made one.