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Carl Edwards Announcement Expected Tuesday Joe Gibbs Racing have announced a press conference set for Tuesday at 10am, where they are expect to announce the signing of Carl Edwards to drive a fourth entry for JGR in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for the 2015 season.
Edwards announced earlier this year he would be leaving Roush-Fenway Racing after spending his entire 12-year Sprint Cup career with the organization. He has repeatedly told the press his current contract with Roush precluded him from discussing his 2015 plans.
Which American racer will land an F1 seat in 2016?
It's likely any driver, including Alexander Rossi, will struggle with a new F1 team. Haas Automation has a lot to learn about producing a winning F1 car.
We've been promised an American-born F1 driver in 2016 - but who will get the nod at Haas Formula?
When Gene Haas' new Formula 1 squad debuts in 2016 it will do so with an overtly American theme. This is intended to be a U.S F1 squad - though hopefully with rather more success than the disastrous USF1 effort of 2010.
Haas has already made it clear how he sees his driver lineup for year one: an experienced F1 peddler paired with an American rookie. After all, having a U.S-born racer in the car will ensure maximum exposure back home, which will be crucial if Haas is to make his bold venture successful.
(GMM) Eric Boullier has admitted McLaren is looking to eventually "refresh" its driver lineup.
Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen only debuted this year, but Mexican Sergio Perez was also only a single season into his McLaren career when he was ousted at the end of 2013.
It is rumored strongly that, ahead of the start of its works Honda partnership, Woking based McLaren is seeking a top driver to spearhead the project, such as former team racers Fernando Alonso or Lewis Hamilton, or quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel.
"I can only do my best and hope that is good enough," said Magnussen.
3M leaving Roush team for Hendrick Team (Update)UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' now. Jeff Gordon will have 3M as a primary sponsor of his No. 24 Chevrolet for 11 Sprint Cup races starting next season.
Hendrick Motorsports announced the deal, which includes an associate sponsorship, as covering the 2015-2017 seasons. Last week, the team announced the AARP Foundation's Drive to End Hunger would return as a primary sponsor for 13 races in 2015. The car also has primary sponsorship from Pepsi and Axalta.
"At 3M, we play to win, and we push hard every day to do just that," Jesse Singh, senior vice president, 3M Global Sales and Marketing, said in a team release. "With this deal, we align with champion driver Jeff Gordon and an organization at the top of its game in Hendrick Motorsports. What they do in the garage and on the track exemplifies what we're all about in our labs, plants and business teams around the world."
All other drivers saw Ward but Stewart? (2nd Update)UPDATE #2 A fellow driver in the sprint car race where 20-year old Kevin Ward, Jr. was killed after being struck by a race car driven by NASCAR's Tony Stewart is pouring cold water on speculation that poor lighting and Ward's black racing suit made him difficult to make out during the late-night race. Ward ran onto the track after Stewart's car put his car into the wall and the caution flag waved to show his displeasure to Stewart when his car passed by Ward's wrecked car on the next lap. Paul Kinney, a 30-year old driver in Saturday night's sprint car race on the dirt track at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park, told NBC News that he didn't see the collision that claimed Ward's life, but he knew driver visibility didn't contribute to the collision.
"I drove right by him," Kinney told NBC News in a phone interview Monday. "He looked a little bit angry. I didn’t think much of it. A lot of drivers do that." Kinney conceded that it wasn't a good idea for Ward to get out of his car and run onto the track towards other cars as they passed by as a lot of drivers do when they are upset about an on-track crash. "People get a little carried away. I actually got a little bit angry at a fellow racer last year," he said. "You don’t really think when you get out of the car. You just want to let ’em know what you’re thinking." "But nobody can speak for Tony," Kinney said. "Only Tony knows exactly what happened." He added, "I seen Kevin clear as day. Nobody else ran into him, either."
Pocono to dump IndyCar after this year? (2nd Update)UPDATE #2 In the days leading up to the recent Pocono INDYCAR 500 at Pocono Raceway, reports circulated that ticket sales weren’t keeping pace with the 2013 event and without improvement, track management might consider bailing out of the last year of its three-year contract.
According to Brandon Igdalsky, president and CEO of Pocono Raceway, a visitor to Watkins Glen International this weekend, IndyCar ticket sales did not match that of the 2013 race, but all may not be lost. While non-committal about the future of the race, he said there’s on-going communication with Verizon IndyCar Series management and an announcement is anticipated shortly.
Reading between the lines, one’s sense is that IndyCar will return to the venerable tricky-triangle but not on the 4th of July weekend, as fans have let it be known they want to see the race but not on a holiday weekend. motorsport.com
IMS To Keep loser MotoGP Event, Drop loser IMSA Race
Of course there was no mention that you could shoot a cannon into the grandstands at both races and not hit anyone. When is IMS brass going to learn? Kick all other series out and just run two IndyCar races a year. Both will eventually sellout and IMS won't look like a loser track with empty grandstands.
MotoGP "likely will race" at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in '15, while IMSA's sports cars "will not."
Track President Doug Boles said that the "Thursday-Friday format used by sports cars the past three years on NASCAR's Brickyard 400 weekend has not worked for either the sanctioning body or the track."
He added that "there are discussions about IMS hosting a standalone sports car event in the future, but there wasn't enough time to flush out details" for '15.
Boles "expects IMS will be on the schedule" that Dorna Sports, the MotoGP commercial rights holder, announces in the fall. IndyStar.com
Another rumor floating about during the August break and F1 team factory shutdown period is that Honda, McLaren's returning works engine supplier for 2015, may be eyeing a Japanese driver for the foray.
26-year-old Naoki Yamamoto (brother of Sakon Yamamoto from the former Hispania F1 team?), currently carrying the number 1 for the Honda-linked Mugen team in Japan's premier open wheel Super Formula series, told Japanese TV it is "not impossible" he will play a role.
Alonso Reportedly Asking For New Three-Year Deal Worth $140M (2nd Update)UPDATE #2 (GMM) Fernando Alonso has taken time out of his summer vacation to deny speculation about his future.
Currently on a cycling tour in the Italian Dolomites, the Spaniard has obviously read rumors about his potential switch to McLaren, or perhaps his demands for $50 million a year to sign a new Ferrari contract.
Without referring specifically to either of the rumors, Alonso told his more than 2 million Twitter followers: "A thing that's not true, even if is copied a thousand times, will remain false.
"Always helpful to remember this," the 33-year-old added.
Rick Hendrick's plan for NASCAR Nationwide Series phenom Chase Elliott evidently entails a few NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts next season, the champion car owner said Wednesday in an interview on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. The 18-year-old Elliott tops the Nationwide Series standings and leads all series regulars with three race victories. Dale Earnhardt Jr., co-owner of his JR Motorsports race team, has said that Elliott is likely to run another full season on NASCAR's No. 2 circuit next year. Hendrick, also a co-owner at JRM, sounded as if a few premier series starts will also be sprinkled into that mix. A test session in which Elliott tested the cars of Hendrick Motorsports champion drivers Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon convinced the team owner the youngster was ready, even before he took the Nationwide circuit by storm.
Who will replace Ambrose on Petty team? If Marcos Ambrose does duck out of NASCAR after 2014, who would drive the No. 9 Ford for RPM come 2015?
As long as RPM has sponsorship, there's no chance that they’d shut down the team, but they don’t have anyone in the queue either that’s ready for Sprint Cup. Nationwide Series rookie driver Dakota Armstrong is still miles away before he’s ready for the premier series, if ever.
So it's likely, the Ford-powered team would have to look outside their organization should Ambrose vacate the No. 9 seat.
Another out there choice is the current No. 5 driver. Kasey Kahne is in his final year of his first contract with Hendrick Motorsports. If he weren't to get a contract renewal, could he end up back with RPM, where he first raced with back in 2010?
The future of the Honda Indy Toronto? (4th Update)UPDATE #4 We heard the last weekend in June next year for the Toronto IndyCar race this past weekend in the Mid-Ohio paddock, but our sources in Toronto say the first week in June (June 5-6-7) is what the city of Toronto wants. That would come one week after Detroit on May 29-30-31.
08/01/14 We're hearing here in Mid-Ohio the weekend that the last weekend of June next year for the Honda GP of Toronto.
07/31/14 A reader asks, Dear AR1.com, Why doesn't IndyCar wake up and move the Toronto race from that terrible street circuit and put it at Mosport or what is called now Canadian Tire Motorsport Circuit where the race belongs. They would have a 100,000 fans there and could have a doubleheader weekend. If they can race at Mid-Ohio and Elkhart Lake they sure in hell can race at Mosport. Wake up IndyCar and do the right thing. Bert Walsh
Dear Bert, We were told there are government tax incentives for businesses that create jobs inside the greenbelt around Toronto. And race promoter Kim Green to me the race would never move from its downtown location. They just need to get around next year's scheduling dilemma. Mark C.
The IndyCar event in Toronto has long been one of the sport's hallmark events. Could it be headed for the crowded graveyard of failed Indy car races?
Editor's note: The following Toronto Sun article by Dean McNulty was written after the Honda Indy Toronto two weeks ago. However, it is a very good breakdown of the logistical hurdles in place for a potential IndyCar race in Toronto in 2015. Further, McNulty notes that a change in local government could result in the municipality not chipping in an estimated $2 million annually in support of the race. Yes, according to McNulty another once glorious Indy car event may be set to join very crowded ash heap of failed Indy car events.
For more detail on the very unfortunate history of failed IndyCar events, see this article by AR1's Brian Carroccio from last September. In the meantime, here is McNulty's article talking about the future of Toronto.
With another Honda Indy Toronto in the books, the next item on the motorsports agenda in Southern Ontario has got to be to make sure there is a next Honda Indy Toronto.
And it says here that is not a slam dunk by any stretch of the imagination.
Ecclestone to propose Bavaria build a circuit with his money In London, Christian Sylt wrote Ecclestone's lawyer Sven Thomas said the F1 boss will asked the court "to use the $100M he is paying as a fine to stay out of jail to build a new Formula One track in the region." Thomas said, "the $100 million is for the state of Bavaria. Maybe they will try and build a circuit. I will propose this - that they should build a nice circuit." London INDEPENDENT
Wood Bothers to leave Roush Fenway Racing stable According to AR1.com sources, the Wood Bros are leaving the Roush Fenway Racing stable next year. Our sources say that in 2015 they will get cars and engineering support directly from Penske Racing. For all intents and purposes it will be a satellite Penske team we hear.
(GMM) Mere days after officially leaving Ferrari, Luca Marmorini looks set to take another high-profile job in formula one.
The 53-year-old's departure was interpreted as the latest rolling head at Ferrari amid the fabled Italian team's poor start to the new turbo V6 era.
Marmorini, formerly Ferrari's engine and electronics chief, could now take some of his closest colleagues at Maranello with him to another struggling F1 engine supplier, Renault Sport F1.
That is the claim of the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, reporting that Marmorini's arrival is part of a restructuring at Renault after also erring with its first turbo V6 prominently supplied to reigning world champions Red Bull.
Bianchi, Gutierrez, Sainz star in 2014 F1 'silly season' (Update)UPDATE
Sauber might replace Gutierrez
Esteban Gutierrez is hoping to open talks with Sauber regarding a new contract for 2015 in the next few weeks despite a difficult campaign in 2014.
The Mexican driver has failed to score any points alongside teammate Adrian Sutil (who is also point-less) as the C33 car continues to give all at the Swiss team a headache. Gutierrez did look capable of scoring points in Monaco and Hungary, but retired from both races.
He is currently embroiled in a five-way fight for a seat at Sauber next season with Sutil, reserve driver Giedo van der Garde, young protege Sergey Sirotkin and affiliate driver Simona de Silvestro. However, he still hopes to sit down and sort out a new deal in the next few weeks.
"That's something we need to speak [about] in the next few weeks," Gutierrez explained to Sky. "Obviously it’s a subject that we’ll bring up pretty soon and something that we also need to look after certain opportunities that we can get around and see what’s really the most convenient one."
The new Indy Lights car sure does look good. But can team owners afford it?
UPDATE Regarding our rumor from Toronto that no one can afford the new Indy Lights car........There are currently no orders for the new Indy Lights car. The cost for the chassis is rumored to be $250,000, which is more than the old chassis. Many of the Indy-area would-be owners, especially the Foyt family, remember when the USAC Silver Crown cars tried to go with radical new chassis design, when a few teams bought the new car, but not enough to run a series, and so Silver Crown soldiers on with a "large sprint car" design. No doubt many teams would rather add an extra Indy car – where sponsor money can be obtained – rather than try to run an Indy Lights car, which depends on the supply of rich kids that can afford $1 million to run a season. Tim Wohlford reporting from Mid-Ohio
Will aero-kits ruin the close racing we've seen since the advent of the DW12?
Rumor in the paddock that the owners are nervous about the new IndyCar aero kits. They are concerned about the cost of the kits, combined with the costs of wind tunnel testing to be competitive. No doubt that many wonder if the parity we’ve seen this year will continue once the big-money teams start working on tweaking the new parts. Chevy and Honda seem to want their respective teams to look like they have different cars, but one has to wonder if the change will bring in additional sponsor dollars to pay for it all – and the lack of sponsor support is why we do “kit car” racing today, isn’t it? Owners are also concerned that one package will be clearly superior to the other, which would be just as bad as one engine package being clearly superior. Sponsors, it seems, don’t want to hear that you can’t get the good bits.... Tim Wohlford reporting from Mid-Ohio
Might we see Sage Karam back in the cockpit later this year?
Recall, we originally rumored in Detroit that 2013 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Champion Sage Karam was looking to potentially run more races this season. Karam, of course, ran the Indianapolis 500 in a satellite Chip Ganassi Racing entry for Dreyer and Reinbold/Kingdom Racing. The Nazareth, PA native has also participated in a handful of Tudor United Sports Car races for Ganassi, including last week's Brickyard Grand Prix, where he and Scott Pruett finished second.
Now, Karam told us in the Motor City, the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma was a possibility due to a test in advance of the August 24th race. However, we bumped into the talented youngster this morning and it seems that if Karam does run again in 2014, it will likely in the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway. Further, Karam's ride would be in conjunction with Dreyer and Reinbold, not a fifth Ganassi entry.
Of course, Karam agreed to a long-term contract with Ganassi in April. And we can report that the team boss has asked the Nazareth, PA native to be at each of the remaining four races. Karam was on Scott Dixon's pit stand during this morning's practice session at Mid-Ohio, and is being mentored by four-time series champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti.
Ryan Blaney to drive for Wood Brothers in 2015 (Update)UPDATE
Blaney does have one career Sprint Cup start, making his debut with Team Penske earlier this season at Kansas. "We're focused on winning the truck championship this year and focused on this weekend at Pocono," Blaney said. "Keep growing this (program). Those days will sort themselves out down the road." Team Penske Vice President Jonathan Gibson said via email Friday that the organization has plans for Blaney's future. "Ryan Blaney continues to do a great job with our organization and we have a plan for his progression within Team Penske," he said. "While we have had some discussions with our partners at Ford, nothing has been finalized." nascar.com
08/02/14 Ryan Blaney will drive the #21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford in 2015, sources have told Motorsport.com. Blaney, 20, will run a limited Sprint Cup schedule in the venerable #21 Ford along with Nationwide Series races for Team Penske as part of a technical alliance between Penske and the Wood Brothers. An announcement is expected around the race at Michigan International Speedway on Aug. 17. Blaney currently leads the Camping World Truck Series points driving the #29 Ford for Brad Keselowski Racing. In just his second full season on the tour, Blaney has two wins - the first coming in just his third career start. Blaney has a stellar average finish of 7.6.
Overheard in Toronto - Friday (3rd Update)UPDATE #3 AR1.com rumored in Toronto that JR Hildebrand is working on sponsorship for a fulltime IndyCar ride in 2015 and Ed Carpenter has said he would like to expand the Ed Carpenter Racing team to a second car next year.
As ever, finding the funding to make it happen will determine whether it will in fact, happen.
"We would like to expand," Carpenter said during Wednesday's INDYCAR conference call. "I think we’ve talked about that in 2012 when we started the team, that's something we would like to do. But there are always a lot of variables with that, getting to that point. Hopefully we get there. We're working hard to be able to expand. We’ll just have to wait and see what the future holds."
Valtteri Bottas rumored to replace an aging and slowing Jenson Button
(GMM) Mika Hakkinen has acknowledged rumors linking his protege Valtteri Bottas with McLaren.
The fellow Finn and double world champion has been a key to Bottas' formula one foray so far, culminating in the 24-year-old's debut at Williams last year after a season on the testing and Friday practice bench.
But it is in 2014 that Bottas, with a hat-trick of podiums in June and July and a regular top-three qualifier, has hit the kind of form that now has him linked with a bright F1 future.
"At the moment the two hot names in F1 are Bottas and Ricciardo," Hakkinen, who has been involved in Bottas' management, said in his latest interview with sponsor Hermes.
When Hakkinen retired, he famously advised McLaren that if the British team wanted to continue to win, "get the Finn" -- referring to Kimi Raikkonen.
Marmorini 'in danger' at Ferrari (3rd Update)UPDATE #3 We already rumored this three weeks ago, but finally today Ferrari has confirmed that the head of its engine and electronics department, Luca Marmorini, has left the team.
Marmorini's job has been in doubt since the start of the year when it became clear that the Ferrari power unit was not a match for rivals Mercedes.
"Ferrari announces that, as of today, Luca Marmorini, director of the engine and electronics department, is leaving the company," read a team statement on Thursday. "As part of the restructuring of the Power Unit department, Mattia Binotto will assume the role of chief operating officer."
Marmorini's departure follows Stefano Domenicali's resignation as team principal in April and the appointment of Marco Mattiacci as his replacement. The team confirmed that technical director James Allison remains ultimately responsible for car design.
This RACER.com article by Marshall Pruett says Tudor United SportsCar driver Guy Cosmo is looking to race in the Verizon IndyCar Series as early as next season. While it's not known how many races Cosmo would run, the 37-year old West Palm Beach resident is of course, a product of the American Open Wheel Racing ladder system, and won the 2002 Pro Mazda Championship. He has spent the last decade successfully racing sports cars, and is looking to pursue his dream of racing Indy cars.
Outside the car, Cosmo has been spending time lately working on his First Gear Project. With the assistance of his wife Louisa, Cosmo has created an innovative platform which helps support automotive and racing industry initiatives.
AR1's Brian Carroccio spent some time recently talking with Cosmo about First Gear Project. Look for an article about the unique project in the next few days about the on the AR1 home page.
Mexico could be 'double points' finale in 2015, use CART circuit layout
Rumor has it that F1 will copy CART and the circuit will cut through the stadium that seats 40,000 to bypass the dangerous Peraltada corner. In 2002 the CART race drew 250,000 in Mexico City and the photo below shows the crowd just in the stadium. This was before Tony George destroyed it
(GMM) Mexico could close next year's world championship with a 'double points' finale.
That is the claim of FIA vice president Jose Abed, who represents Mexico on the governing body's World Motor Sport Council.
It was confirmed last week that, after a more than two decade absence, the sport is returning in 2015 to the iconic Mexico City layout, which is being renovated.
It will disappoint some, however, that Abed confirmed to Grupo Formula radio that the exhilarating Peraltada corner will be axed from the new F1 layout.
"Firstly, the old banked curve is too dangerous," he explained, "and the second reason is that we need to accommodate another 40,000 spectators."
But the 2015 Mexican grand prix could be spectacular for another reason, Abed revealed.
"Perhaps we will see the season finale in Mexico -- with double points," he said.
No. 11 Hamlin to be penalized (2nd Update)UPDATE #2 Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) is aware of the penalty issued by NASCAR today regarding the #11 team's post-race inspection infraction following Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race in Indianapolis. JGR will plan to appeal the penalty, however, crew chief Darian Grubb and car chief Wesley Sherrill will begin to serve their suspensions starting this weekend in Pocono. Joe Gibbs Racing PR
07/29/14 This rumor is now 'fact'. The #11 team that competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has been penalized for a rules infraction discovered in post-race inspection July 27 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This infraction is a P5 level penalty which is outlined in Section 12-4.5 A (9) of the 2014 NASCAR rule book:
Approved parts that fail or are improperly installed to fail in their intended use of great importance (e.g.; rear wheel well panels that fail and allow air evacuation in the trunk area; oil box cover that fails and allows air evacuation in the driver compartment; shifter boot cover that fails and allows air evacuation through the floor pan). This infraction violates Sections 12-1, 20-2.1, 20.3.4, 22.214.171.124.
Edwards to leave Roush (15th Update)UPDATE #15 Yet another AR1.com source has Edwards going to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2015, but nothing is expected to be announced until September.
07/27/14 This rumor is now 'fact.' Carl Edwards, winner of 23 races for the organization since 2005, will not return in 2015, Roush Fenway Racing announced Sunday. Greg Biffle has signed a contract extension to continue in his current ride.
Sunday's announcement by news release was no surprise. Both Edwards and Joe Gibbs Racing officials have been mum when asked if the 2011 Cup runner-up would move to a new fourth JGR team next season.
Team owner Jack Roush said a driver leaving is part of the business and it was not emotional for him. He said Edwards had told him more than a month ago that he was in serious discussions with another team and did not tell him where he was going.
Ecclestone Lining Up Azerbaijan Grand Prix for 2016 (5th Update)UPDATE #5 "I am delighted to officially announce that we have signed a contract to bring Formula 1 racing to Baku in 2016. Our location at the crossroads of eastern Europe and western Asia is a new frontier for Formula 1 racing," said Azerbaijan's Minister of Youth and Sport, Azad Rahimov.
"Azerbaijan is a modern European country that has established a reputation as a centre of sporting excellence. The deal to bring Formula 1 racing to Baku is a very significant new chapter in our ongoing success to attract the world's largest sporting events to our country," he added.
While the design and exact course of the city street racetrack has yet to be finalized, Minister Rahimov revealed that it is envisaged that Baku's Azadliq Square will accommodate the race start, main grandstand and pits and that the racetrack will include major roads and landmarks such as Neftchilar Avenue, Government House and Maiden Tower.
New Jersey F1 race delayed again, alternate city emerges
The area around Liberty State Park in Jersey City overlooks Lower Manhattan. The Statue of Liberty is so close you can touch it. It would be a great location for the track
A Formula One Grand Prix race in North Jersey once scheduled to debut in 2013 now won’t start its engines before 2016 at the earliest.
Carl Goldberg, whose Roseland Property owns most of the land that would be used for the 3.2-mile race in Weehawken and West New York, said Thursday there was "no possibility" of a race taking place next year.
Goldberg's comment confirmed a report by Forbes that quoted Bernie Ecclestone, the chief executive of the Formula One racing circuit, as saying that 2016 would be "the soonest" that New Jersey could be added to an F1 calendar that features about 20 races per year all over the world.
Force India 'could collapse' amid Mallya crisisUPDATE The Indian government today said some banks have initiated the process of declaring debt-ridden Kingfisher Airlines as willful defaulter. “Some banks have already started the process,” Financial Services Secretary G S Sandhu said when asked as to whether the banks are going to declare Kingfisher Airlines and its promoter Vijay Mallya as willful defaulter. Once declared willful defaulter, criminal proceedings can be initiated against promoters and directors of the company.
Besides, they would not be allowed to raise fresh funds from banks and set up new ventures for five years. “This (declaring willful defaulter) would be done by banks and it would be their individual decision,” he said.
Ecclestone signs Mexican F1 deal for 2015 (2nd Update)UPDATE #2 This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. Mexico will return to the Formula 1 calendar next season after a 23-year absence, organizers said on Wednesday.
The event will take place at the 2.747-mile Mexico City circuit.
During a press conference in Mexico on Wednesday, F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone sent a message saying he was delighted the country was getting F1 back.
"I feel it is the right time for F1 and Mexico and I'm sure it will be to the benefit of both for many years," he explained.
Close to retirement, Bernie's too old to think about buying F1 again, but he did think about it
Formula One is on track to get a new owner next year and Bernie Ecclestone isn't planning to buy it according to rumors in the Telegraph and American business magazine Forbes by Christian Sylt.
For the past few years speculation has run wild about the sale of F1 with rumored buyers ranging from Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation media empire to Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund Mubadala. The origin of the talk is that the sport's single largest shareholder CVC is a private equity firm meaning that it used other people's money to buy its stake so will have to sell up at some stage to give them a return. The big question is when this will happen and at last we have an answer.
Advance microchip implant in Michael Schumachers future? While Michael Schumacher continues to recover from a serious head injury suffered in a skiing accident on Dec. 29, his family may be considering a non-traditional course of treatment.
Pagenaud to Andretti? (4th Update)UPDATE #5 This rumor is upgraded to 'strong' with the rumor Hinchcliffe may not stay with Andretti's team.
07/13/14 There continues to be a sense among some drivers that Simon Pagenaud has agreed to join Andretti Autosport for 2015. Pagenaud has twice denied that to The Indy Star newspaper.
06/28/14 I've confirmed that if a Pagenaud-to-Andretti situation comes to fruition, it would be as a fifth car, not at the expense of one of the current drivers. A potential lineup of Ryan Hunter-Reay, James Hinchcliffe, Marco Andretti, Carlos Munoz and Pagenaud could move Andretti Autosport into a class of its own.
As they sit in the championship right now, RHR (third), Simon (fourth), Marco (fifth) and Munoz (sixth) are already offering a glimpse of what 2015 mike look like under Mikey's tent...
What do you think? Should Simon stay with the merry band of overachievers at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, or take his talents to Andretti Land? And if he does depart for Michael's team, who should Schmidt pursue to lead the team in Pagenaud's absence? Marshall Pruett/Racer.com
Turner Sports could disappear in potential media mergers The latest machinations of the corporate media giants could result in the end of one of sports broadcasting's great brands. According to multiple reports, 21st Century Fox is pushing to acquire rival giant Time Warner. Even after an initial $80 billion bid was rebuffed, Fox and its leader Rupert Murdoch are said to be "determined and unlikely to walk away anytime soon".
Much of the talk surrounding a potential Fox acquisition of Time Warner has focused on sports and with good reason. Through Turner Sports, Time Warner has one of the most impressive sets of sports rights on cable television. Adding Turner Sports' haul to the existing Fox Sports line-up - the rest of the MLB playoffs, the NFL, NASCAR and college football - would turn the latter into the dominant player in TV sports. ESPN would still be the leader in many ways, but FOX and Fox Sports 1 would have a virtually unmatched portfolio.
Sainz debut in 2014 'possible' (2nd Update)UPDATE #2
Carlos Sainz Jr
Caterham Team Principal Christijan Albers has downplayed suggestions that Red Bull young driver Carlos Sainz Jr. could race for the team in 2014.
Sainz Jr., who currently leads the Formula Renault 3.5 Championship, confirmed that he held talks with Caterham during the British Grand Prix weekend, but insisted that his future is in the hands of Red Bull.
Albers dismissed thoughts that Sainz Jr. could race for Caterham in 2014 and insists that he is happy with the current pairing of Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson.
F1 in steep decline in Germany As we predicted, the horribly sounding engines and Mercedes domination will kill off interest in F1. F1 spent all the money on the new engines and they are destroying the sport.
With German television audiences already in decline, ticket sales for this weekend's race at Hockenheim are not pointing towards a sell-out even though German Nico Rosberg is leading the championship for Mercedes. Grandstands were largely empty on Friday.
Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff admitted the lack of crowds on Friday were disappointing.
"It's not satisfying," explained Wolff. "If you compare Hockenheim Friday to Friday at Silverstone and Friday in Austria, it's a different world.
"We have to understand why that is. I'm not sure whether we have an exact number for Sunday already - you know, there are lots of people probably deciding at short notice, depending on the weekend - and we have to analyze the phenomenon."
Psst, someone tell Toto it his team that is destroying sport. Mercedes pushed for the ridiculous 'green' engines they now use. They are expensive and sound horrible, a sure recipe for disaster.
"If the weekend continues like it does now, we need to think about it."
F1 is facing growing calls to consider radical changes in a bid to stop interest in it declining - with FIA president Jean Todt this week backing the idea of a summit for the sport to address its issues.
New engine regulations have made F1 so expensive ride buyers like Marcus Ericsson are essential. And the new regulations have ruined the racing and they sound horrible. Way to go F1!
(GMM) After over 40 staff were shown the exit this week, arguably the most nervous drivers in the Hockenheim paddock are wearing green.
Marcus Ericsson is probably safe due to his healthy sponsorship purse, but bringing much less to Caterham's table in 2014 is Japanese Kamui Kobayashi, who was signed by the now-departed Tony Fernandes mainly for his fight and experience.
"If I'm not doing a good job tomorrow," he said in Germany, "maybe I'll be fired tomorrow."
The rumors at the newly-sold Caterham could be tying in with rumors at Sauber, another team struggling at the back of the grid this year.
The Swiss team's boss Monisha Kaltenborn refused to categorically back drivers Esteban Gutierrez and Adrian Sutil as she mused Sauber's pointless year so far in Hockenheim.
"In our history," she was quoted by German reporters, "we have never been so bad.
IndyCar 2015 Silly Season underway Don't look now. But in 47 days, the Verizon IndyCar Series will conclude its 2014 season at Auto Club Speedway. Granted, there are still 6 races to run in what will no doubt be a grueling stretch run for the drivers and teams.
Still, with the end of the 2014 season fast approaching in this condensed season, it's not too early to start talking 2015. Today, AutoRacing1 will take a look at the 2015 IndyCar Silly Season.
Of course, scuttlebutt and reports have and will continue to surface regarding possible destinations of drivers. The information presented below is a product of numerous factors, such as the nuts-and-bolts info from team press releases and official announcements regarding the contractual status of drivers, and discussions AR1 has had with team personnel. While there is speculation/opinion interwoven into what is below, we've gone to great lengths to be clear on what is ‘official status' and what is speculative in nature.
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