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Texas blocks release of F1’s U.S. Grand Prix payment details

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The Texas attorney general’s office will keep secret how much money Formula One receives from organizers of the U.S. Grand Prix to run the annual race.

The Associated Press had requested financial information related to the 2015 and 2016 races from the governor’s office under state public records law. Race host Circuit of the Americas receives more than $20 million in taxpayer funds to help pay for the event.

Formula One requested that details of total payments, rights fees and negotiations with the circuit remain secret. F1 attorneys said releasing those details would have harm negotiations for other races.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office agreed in a ruling dated Feb. 2. It cites a 2015 state Supreme Court decision that allows government agencies and contractors to keep some contract payment details secret.

The Texas Legislature is considering a bill that would close that exemption.

Dakar Rally video highlights from the concluding Stage 14

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EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET and Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

The 40th Dakar Rally is now history.

Nearly 550 competitors began the early 5,600-mile long race 15 days ago and concluded Saturday.

As we’ve done throughout the Rally, here are some key video highlights from NBCSN’s coverage of the Rally:

TRUCKS

CARS

QUADS

 

MOTORCYCLES