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Alonso leaving F1 for IndyCar, maybe not (13th Update)
Alonso at Monza
UPDATE Zak Brown says that McLaren's IndyCar deliberations will also consider whether it competes full-time in the series or just races in the Indy 500. It could still opt against racing Stateside at all next year.
"Fernando is testing next Wednesday in an Andretti car at Barber and that's for him to evaluate what an Indycar feels like on a road course," said Brown.
"From there he'll start to take a decision on what he wants to do next year and clearly, IndyCar is one of the series under consideration.
Rumor has it that the Government of the City of Buenos Aires (GCBA) is evaluating the possibility of IndyCar running at the "Oscar and Juan Galvez" Autodrome.
Although the steps have already begun, the race could be in 2020 and would be part of IndyCar's international expansion that includes Mexico and Australia. It is expected that people linked to IndyCar visited the circuit to inspect the Buenos Aires circuit, which would have to meet FIA Grade 2 homologation, and choose the variant in which it would run.
Juncos looking for 2 ride-buyers for IndyCar in 2019
Ricardo Juncos (c) runs all his racing operation with ride-buyers
Team owner Ricardo Juncos says he will expand his team to two IndyCar entries next year because it makes most sense both performance-wise and economically.
The #32 Juncos-Chevrolet has run in 11 of the 15 rounds held so far this year, with reigning Indy Lights champion Kyle Kaiser running four rounds, former World Series Formula 3.5 V8 driver Rene Binder in six, and Alfonso Celis Jr. due to make his second start this weekend in Portland.
Tesla had VW funding lined up to go private, report says
At the end of the day Musk did not want to give up control to a competitor
After Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced earlier this month that he planned to take the company private, investment advisers hooked a big fish to provide the funding, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal on Monday.
In a long report about the Tesla board's deliberations over taking the company private, the Journalrevealed that investment advisers from Goldman Sachs and Silver Lake had lined up to $30 billion of financing for the privatization deal.
What helping more, Shell's fuel or the hybrid battery in the Ferrari - half supercapacitor, half battery
The new fuel from Shell is said to be giving up to 20% improvement to Ferrari’s upgraded engine in terms of performance.
The turbo hybrid system introduced in 2014, relies heavily on a complex energy recovery system. However, most manufacturers have continued to find gains by improving internal combustion engine technology.
Ferrari’s Spec C was complemented by Shell’s latest fuel which is claimed to have improved the engine’s performance by “over 20 percent”.
Speaking to Motorsport, Shell motorsport technology manager Guy Lovett said: “This circuit will exaggerate the difference because it’s longer and power-demanding, which is a good thing.”
Stroll's Force India switch to screw four F1 drivers
After his daddy bought a whole F1 team for him, Lance Stroll's move to daddy's team will force 4 other drivers out of a ride or to another team
Lance Stroll’s widely-expected move to Force India could lead to four Formula 1 seats changing hands as early as the next race at Monza, RaceFans has learned.
By displacing Ocon at Force India, Stroll could set in motion a chain of moves which will see Esteban Ocon and Stoffel Vandoorne change teams, Robert Kubica return to F1 and Marcus Ericsson left without a drive.
When asked by RaceFans, Stroll did not deny reports he will have a seat fitting at Force India next week. Ocon gave a similar response when asked about rumors he has already visited McLaren for the same reason.
Visser to sell Furniture Row to GMS Racing (Update)
UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today. Furniture Row Racing met with team principals from GMS Racing on Tuesday in Denver, but neither party expects a deal between the two organizations to materialize.
President Joe Garone told RacinBoys.com that Furniture Row Racing’s top priority is to fill the sponsorship void created by 5-hour Energy’s departure at season’s end.
“Everyone wants to stay together,” Garone said. “We have an unbelievable team, but we need a sponsor. Our partners need to know what we’re doing. We’re in a critical time frame and have decisions that need to be made.
Steve O’Donnell. It has long been speculated that NASCAR would make a run at Supercars at some point
UPDATE NASCAR bosses have headed to this weekend’s OTR SuperSprint on a fact finding mission as America’s leading race category looks to Supercars for inspiration to improve its systems.
Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’s executive vice president and chief racing development officer, and John Probst, its vice president of innovation and racing development, have traveled to Australia to open dialog and forge a relationship with Supercars.
The duo met with high ranking Supercars management and spoke with several team bosses on Friday at The Bend Motorsport Park to learn more about the category’s successes and share ideas from their own NASCAR series.
The biggest talk in the IndyCar paddock these days is the condition of Robert Wickens, the championship battle between Scott Dixon and Alexander Rossi, and the car count for 2019, which could drop.
There is a real concern for everyone in the paddock is that Wicken's injuries to his spine could lead to partial paralysis. These next several weeks will be crucial. The swelling has to go down around the injured area to relieve pressure on the nerves in the spine. The operation that was necessary to stabilize his broken vertebrae in itself caused swelling, so at this stage we cannot jump to any conclusions and everyone is praying for the best possible outcome.
Verizon and Toyota IndyCar money moves to network TV?
Did minuscule ratings on NBCSN drive Verizon and Toyota out of IndyCar to seek exposure on network TV?
The "newly-available marquee sponsorships" for the pregame and halftime shows for Fox' "TNF" broadcasts have been bought by Verizon and Toyota, respectively, according to Anthony Crupi of AD AGE. Verizon's decision to acquire Fox' pregame deal can be seen "as a function of its interest in getting in on the ground floor of a branding opportunity that is unlikely to present itself again any time soon."
Marketers who "manage to nail down a marquee NFL position on Fox tend not to give them up." Verizon's deal "suggests that it was satisfied by the results of its sponsorship of the halftime segments in each of Fox's 64 inaugural FIFA Men's World Cup broadcasts."
Truex Jr. may not be driving for Furniture Row in 2019 (Update)
Furniture Row saved?
UPDATE Furniture Row Racing has grown more confident in recent days that it will renew deals with driver Martin Truex Jr. and engine manufacturer Toyota for '19, according to sources, though it is unclear where the funds are coming from.
FRR has been actively pitching sponsors on joining or stepping up with the team next year after 5-hour Energy’s decision not to return after the '18 season.
FRR Owner Barney Visser had made clear that he did not want to use his own funds to sponsor the team anymore. Truex said last week that he could not yet say for sure that he would be back with the team in '19. Adam Stern/SBD
08/20/18 In 2017, Martin Truex Jr claimed 8 race wins in the premier division of NASCAR. That tally more than doubled his career total. Between 2004-2016, Truex claimed 7 wins.
Furniture Row Racing went on the claim the series championship. However, 5-hour Energy moved from the second car of Erik Jones to the primary car of Martin Truex Jr. For 2018, Furniture Row Racing has been reduced to a single-car operation as Erik Jones went over to JGR.
In July, 5-hour Energy announced they would not return to FRR for 2019. Despite 4 wins so far in 2018, the championship defending team is seeking sponsorship.
Speedway Motorsports Inc. President and CEO Marcus Smith said Saturday that with the creation of Charlotte Motor Speedway’s ROVAL it was possible that IMSA and/or the Verizon IndyCar Series could return to the iconic facility.
IMSA visited the facility in the early 1980s, utilizing the speedway’s old road course. Indy Cars raced on the 1.5-mile oval 1997-98.
Will the father of Nikita Mazepin sue to stop the sale?
Uralkali, the Russian chemical giant run by the father of Force India’s development driver Nikita Mazepin, has claimed the Formula 1 team’s administrators did not act in its best interests in handling the sale which was agreed earlier this month. FRP Advisory announced on August 7th a consortium led by Lawrence Stroll, father of F1 driver Lance Stroll, would rescue the team from administration.
However a statement released on Tuesday by Dmitry Mazepin’s Uralkali company claimed “the process conducted by the administrator of Force India Formula One Team Limited may not be in the best interests of Force India creditors and stakeholders, and the sport in general.”
It’s a few minutes before 5 p.m. here at Pocono Raceway. Final practice for tomorrow’s ABC Supply 500 is rained out and there will be no warm-up Sunday morning. So we figured, we’d catch everyone up on a few items we’ve gathered today here at Pocono.
To begin, we hear IndyCar is heading back to Texas Motor Speedway in 2019 with a multi-year agreement soon to be signed. Interestingly, the contract reportedly comes without an ‘exclusivity’ clause, as TMS President Eddie Gossage's previous stance was that IndyCar would not race at TMS if it scheduled another race in Texas.
The perfect 2019 IndyCar schedule (2nd Update) UPDATE Word is that COTA is still in the running for a '19 IndyCar race and is currently more likely than at Richmond Raceway to get the final open slot available, per source. An IndyCar race at COTA is now possible because IndyCar is no longer offering year-round territorial exclusivity, so TMS can't veto. Adam Stern
08/16/18 Below was the 'perfect' schedule, now let's speculate on what's likely to happen.
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