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Update: Team Penske tests first IndyCar Body Kit (Update 1)UPDATE It appears, we had things a little off with our original rumor.
Last week, we were of the belief that Team Penske was testing on the Homestead-Miami Speedway road course, as we heard they were off to 'Texas' this week for further testing of the new Chevrolet aero-kits.
However, the latest word is the team ran on the Homestead oval last week. And while they are in the state of Texas, they are not at TMS apparently, rather Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
Could Tony Stewart's actions at Charlotte impact possible civil suit? Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth, and Denny Hamlin‘s roles in Saturday night's post-race melee at Charlotte Motor Speedway are already well-defined.
But Tony Stewart also was involved in this particular sequence of events. After Keselowski and Hamlin had their skirmish on the track during the cool-down lap, Keselowski then ran into both Kenseth and Stewart near the entrance to pit road.
Stewart responded by backing his No. 14 Chevrolet into Keselowski's No. 2 Ford, crushing in the front end of the latter’s (Sky) Blue Deuce. That decision may come back to haunt him.
Mercedes paid big money to make their car in a class of its own in 2014
The age old question, 'how fast do you want to go'? Was answered with the usual 'how much do you want to spend' in F1 this year. Mercedes have revealed they boosted spending on Formula One by 17 per cent to a record $522 million this year which won them the constructors' championship and put Lewis Hamilton on track to win the drivers' title.
Hamilton won Sunday's Russian Grand Prix, extending his lead over his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to 17 points and the victory handed Mercedes the constructors' title for the first time in the 64-year history of the sport. The secret to their success has been turbo-charging their spending.
Company documents for Mercedes' F1 engine manufacturing division in Northamptonshire show that in 2013 they spent $214 million, which is nearly double the budget they had just three years earlier. Their costs now come to nearly double those of the sport's lowest-spending team, Caterham.
Has Ferrari targeted Hamilton as Alonso's replacement? (Update)UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' because Hamilton will not leave Mercedes when they have such a dominant car. Plus Vettel is almost certainly going to Ferrari, not Hamilton.
Hamilton to replace Alonso at Ferrari?
Rumors continue to circulate regarding Fernando Alonso’s future plans, and the consensus is that in the next few days we will learn a bit more about how the 2015 entry list will look.
Alonso has been linked with McLaren and Honda for months, and his name has obvious appeal to the Japanese manufacturer, which sells a lot of motorbikes in Spain.
It's absolutely imperative that McLaren has a star on board, and with due respect to Jenson Button, the paddock acknowledges that Honda is working from a very short list, headed by Fernando, Lewis Hamilton, and Sebastian Vettel.
Will Ferrari get its 'Super Team' of Alonso, Vettel, and Raikkonen? A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, I may have thought of the answer to the puzzle of who is driving where in F-1 next year. This answer tracks with the several comments already made, e.g.,
1.Christian Horner's pronouncement that Vettel is going to Ferrari, and
2.Raikkonen's comments that he isn't at all worried about his ride with Ferrari, and would be happy to have Vettel as a teammate, and
3. Particularly, with Alonso's comments to Will Buxton that he [Alonso] will not have a Mercedes engine next year, plus when people learn the answer, they will say, [something like] "Oh, of course."
Briatore eyes Lotus switch for Ferrari's Alonso (2nd Update)UPDATE #2 Now that Lotus is going to be using Mercedes engines next year (the first piece of this rumor) supposedly paid for by Canadian Billionaire Lawrence Stroll, is it possible Alonso is headed to Lotus so he has the superior Mercedes engines behind him? He recently denied he will have Mercedes power next year, but that could be a decoy.
09/25/14 (GMM) Lotus team owner Gerard Lopez, and the Fernando Alonso-connected Flavio Briatore, have played down the latest explosive F1 rumors.
Germany's Sport Bild claimed this week that Briatore, the former boss at Enstone and still playing a guiding role in protege Alonso's career, is behind an audacious bid to pave the way for a title bid at Lotus.
It all ties in not only with the rumors Alonso and Ferrari are in the obvious throes of divorce, but that Canadian retail billionaire Lawrence Stroll is interested in buying Lotus and paying for the struggling team's switch to F1-leading Mercedes power.
Faced with all the rumors, Luxembourger Lopez, the current Lotus team owner, is quoted by Auto Motor und Sport: "I read all about it for the first time on the internet yesterday."
Hamilton leaving Mercedes for McLaren? (3rd Update)UPDATE #3 This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today. Fernando Alonso confirmed he will not have Mercedes power next year, which means he's either going to McLaren-Honda or staying at Ferrari. It also means Lewis Hamilton is likely staying with the factory Mercedes team. Why would he leave the team with a car/engine so good no one else can beat them? With the engine freeze in place, he's almost guaranteed the F1 title this year, next year and perhaps 2017 as well.
Is it Ecclestone behind the moves in F1 of the top-3 drivers, Vettel to Ferrari, Hamilton to McLaren and Alonso to Mercedes?
(GMM) F1's top three drivers are all now caught up in the most intriguing 'silly season' for some time.
As the Suzuka paddock was packed up mere days ago, it seemed almost certain that Sebastian Vettel is headed to Ferrari next year to replace the McLaren-bound Fernando Alonso.
But then a third top driver entered the speculative games: Lewis Hamilton.
Rumors suggest Ron Dennis' former protege recently visited Woking, where a deal to vacate his seat at Mercedes may have been discussed or struck.
Lotus F1 Team Considering Switch To Mercedes Power In 2015 (4th Update)UPDATE #4 This rumor is again upgraded to 'fact' with today's official announcement.
07/05/14 This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. Mercedes has agreed to supply Lotus with Formula 1 engines from 2015 in a move that should help the team's current supplier Renault focus on Red Bull, AUTOSPORT reports.
Renault's head of trackside operation Remi Taffin said: "I think it [working with three teams] makes life easier for Red Bull to go towards what they wish, and there is no downside for anyone.
"The gap between these teams and how they operate, if the big one [Red Bull] is going forward, maybe at a higher rate, I think it will pull the rest up."
Taffin also made it clear that there would be no budget issues even though Renault could lose income from the Lotus deal.
Foyt to open 2nd race shop in Indianapolis (Update)UPDATE
AJ Foyt (L) signs the papers
This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. The Speedway Indiana Redevelopment Commission and AJ Foyt Racing signed agreements for purchase and renovation of the 45,000 square-foot building located at 1180 Main St., Speedway.
The new location will serve as an expansion of AJ Foyt Racing's team offices in Waller, Texas. The team will begin renovations with a brick facade to the north side of the building and installation of windows on the south side.
As auto racing's most inspiring champion, A.J. Foyt is the record winner of 67 IndyCar races, and seven national championships. He is also the only driver to win all three major motorsport races: the Indianapolis 500, the Daytona 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Hinchcliffe to Schmidt team on Tuesday (Update)UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' with today's announcement.
10/02/14 Look for James Hinchcliffe to be announced driving for the Sam Schmidt IndyCar team in 2015 and his sponsor United Fiber & Data is rumored to be coming as well. If true that means we'll have another year of the UFD grid girls in the paddock.
Not just Sainz in running for Kvyat seat (GMM) Carlos Sainz Jr is not the only candidate to replace the Red Bull-bound Daniil Kvyat at Toro Rosso next year.
Christian Horner and Dr Helmut Marko have already admitted the talented Spaniard, the current cream of Red Bull's famed young driver program, is the frontrunner for the newly-vacant seat in the wake of Sebastian Vettel's shock news.
Hornish Jr. to RPM's #9 to replace Ambrose The rumored replacement for Marcos Ambrose in the Richard Petty Motorsports #9 Ford ride for next year now looks like it will be Sam Hornish Jr. Speculation is the former Indy Car star and current Joe Gibbs Racing part-time Nationwide Series driver will get another shot at a full-time Sprint Cup ride next year when Ambrose returns to his native Australia. Motor Racing Network
Vettel masterminded massive $64M per year Ferrari deal (Update)UPDATE Vettel "is thought to have been offered a three-year deal" worth $64M a season, not the $80M originally rumored, which "will still make him the highest paid driver in the sport's history."
Screwed over by Renault and Red Bull this year, Vettel headed to Ferrari a rich man
(GMM) The word at Suzuka on race-day Sunday is that Sebastian Vettel pulled off a masterstroke.
Not only has he exposed Fernando Alonso's Ferrari split and revealed that Red Bull's doors are closed to the Spaniard, the reigning world champion has reportedly single-handedly brokered perhaps the most lucrative deal in F1 history.
Famously, Vettel is one of those rare drivers who negotiates his own deals without the help of a manager.
"I have a head and a brain," the 27-year-old smiled on Saturday after his shock Red Bull exit was announced.
Incredibly, British newspapers claim Vettel's new Ferrari deal - which is yet to be announced - could be worth up to an astonishing $80 million per year, making him easily the highest paid driver in F1.
Earnhardt Jr. to race for his own team in the future
Earnhardt Jr. getting tired being beat by his faster Hendrick Motorsports teammates?
Dale Earnhardt Jr. met with members of the media at Kansas Speedway and discussed many topics, including:
Q) WHAT ARE YOUR HOPES AND FUTURE PLANS FOR JR MOTORSPORTS WITH REGAN SMITH STAYING AT LEAST THROUGH NEXT YEAR? HAVE YOUR PLANS CHANGED? IS IT EVOLVING AND WILL WE SEE DIFFERENT THINGS THERE? WHAT DO YOU LOOK AHEAD TOWARDS? Earnhardt Jr.: "Well the Nationwide Series is a year to year deal. Our sponsorships are short term compared to the Cup level so our relationships with our drivers have to fit in those windows as well. That is nothing unusual about going year to year or every two years with a driver contract. We do the same thing with the sponsorships as well sometimes. We would love to have longer agreements, but that just depends on the money just like every other piece of the puzzle. The money really has a big effect on it. I am really happy that we are basically going to have a carbon copy of what we did this year next season. We have had a lot of success and I think we can build on that and everything is going to stay in place and we are going to go on down the road. On down the road is just 12 months. When you talk about the Cup Series you look a little further. I would like to race for that company one day, so I hope to keep it healthy until that opportunity presents itself. Whenever I'm done Cup racing to jump in a Nationwide car and do that for a couple of years in my own shop."
Alonso to McLaren: What you want to pay me $82m per year? Of course I'll take it.
Fernando Alonso is in talks over his future with Ferrari, the Italian giants said yesterday as McLaren dangled a reported 50 million ($82 million) deal to lure away the Spaniard.
"At this moment, in Japan, Alonso is discussing his future at Ferrari," said its president, Luca di Montezemolo.
Double world champion Alonso has been linked with a return to McLaren either next year or in 2016 with Spanish press reports claiming his former employers were preparing a 50 million deal, around 30 million more than his present contract.
"He has had some fantastic races for us over the last four years," said Montezemolo.
"Our team manager Marco Mattiacci has talked to him about the future and I am sure we will find the best solution for him and for Ferrari, whatever that may be."
Caterham F1 team close to closing doors after bailiffs seize F1 equipment? (3rd Update)UPDATE #3 Staff at Caterham F1's Oxfordshire base "fear the team will leave" its U.K. factory at the end of the season, "or worse collapse amid the increasingly precarious financial climate" for F1's smallest teams, according to Daniel Johnson of the London TELEGRAPH.
Caterham sources said that "work on next year's car at Leafield had 'ground to a halt,' with difficulties buying in materials for construction."
Their concern is that the 180 jobs at the team’s factory "will be lost" as Colin Kolles -- the "former Spyker boss who masterminded the takeover from Tony Fernandes a few months ago" -- relocates the operation to continental Europe, "most likely Germany."
Incoming team principal Manfredi Ravetto "insists that the 2015 car is being tested at Toyota's wind tunnel in Cologne, Germany, and it is their intention to be on the grid next season." The alarm at Caterham "comes as the future of several teams at the back of the grid remains uncertain."
A two-time Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, 'Bia', made 29 IndyCar starts from 2010-2013. She scored a best finish of 11th at Toronto in 2011 with Dreyer and Reinbold Racing. Her most recent IndyCar race was at Iowa in 2013, when she finished 22nd driving for Dale Coyne Racing. During 2014, Beatriz has been running Stock Car Brasil, and currently sits 29th in the standings.
And who might Bia drive for next year at Brasilia and Indy?
Yesterday, Team Penske announced the signing of Simon Pagenaud as part of a 4-car Verizon IndyCar Series effort for 2015. The Frenchman will campaign the #22 Dallara Chevrolet, joining reigning series champion Will Power and Indianapolis 500 winners Juan Pablo Montoya and Helio Castroneves in what promises to be a rather formidable four-car stable.
And while the news of Pagenaud to Penske had been rumored, the official announcement that Team Penske would in fact run 4 full-time cars for the first time in its celebrated history came as a surprise to many. Well, AutoRacing1 has learned there is likely a lot more to the hiring of Pagenaud than meets the eye?
Alonso rumors keep shifting into higher gear (Update)UPDATE (GMM) The high uncertainty surrounding Fernando Alonso's future could be connected with rumors emerging from the Honda camp.
It is well known that the Japanese manufacturer, returning to F1 with McLaren next year, has made an audacious bid to lure the highly rated and increasingly frustrated Spaniard from Ferrari.
In the past few days, the extent of the disintegrating relations between Alonso and Ferrari have become clear, making it seem more and more likely that he will leave the fabled but crisis-struck Maranello camp.
It has stirred real fears that McLaren could dump its protege Kevin Magnussen after just a single season, with many regarding Alonso alongside fellow champion Jenson Button as an ideal pairing to steer the early direction of the works Honda project.
Pagenaud to replace Hinchcliffe at Andretti (Update - No)UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' with news today that Pagenaud has signed with Penske. Hinchcliffe could go to Schmidt Peterson as co-owner Peterson is also Canadian, but Andretti may have an option on Hinchcliffe until October to see if he can secure sponsorship.
James Hinchcliffe leaving Andretti opens the door for Pagenaud
After six races in 23 days, IndyCar will take this week off before gathering Aug. 2-3 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Much could happen in the meantime.
Andretti Autosport owner Michael Andretti confirmed Sunday that it's possible an Aug. 1 deadline passes without having James Hinchcliffe signed for 2015, allowing the driver to talk to other teams.
The team has a one-year option on the Canadian driver, but it hinges on the sponsorship being in place, and it's currently not, Andretti said.
8Star set to run Indy Lights team in 2015 (2nd Update)UPDATE #2 This rumor is now 'fact'. In an expansion of its newly-established young driver academy, 8Star Motorsports has committed to an order for the new Dallara IL-15 open-wheeler for its 2015 campaign in the Indy Lights Series Presented by Cooper Tires.
Sanctioned by IndyCar and operated by Andersen Promotions, Indy Lights is the final stage of the Mazda Road to Indy driver development program – a three-phase ladder system that includes the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda and the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.
The Cooper Tires-backed Indy Lights Series is set to undergo significant changes in 2015, with the advent of the Dallara IL-15 open-wheeler. The new chassis, tire and engine formula has been created to enhance the growth and value of Indy Lights and a top priority for the series is to provide a cost-effective platform for teams, drivers and partners.
Pagenaud to Penske? (2nd Update)UPDATE #2 This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' with today's announcement. We will also update our IndyCar Silly season page soon.
09/24/14 IndyCar's hottest free agent has made a decision about his 2015 employment; he just isn't ready to reveal it.
But Simon Pagenaud, who has finished in the top five of the standings each of the past two seasons, said Tuesday that the news will be coming soon. Best guess as to when: After his contract with Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports expires Oct. 1.
"Yes, I've made a decision," Pagenaud said during a break in Firestone testing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "But (the contract) is not fully done yet."
Indianapolis 500 champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, one of the four Verizon IndyCar Series drivers testing at IMS, doesn't expect the 30-year-old Frenchman to return to Sam Schmidt's team for a fourth consecutive year.
Tony Stewart giving up on Sprint Car racing For Tony Stewart, there was no greater joy than escaping his everyday life and climbing behind the wheel of a sprint car. He loves the feel, the way they drive, the purity he finds at all the tiny dirt tracks across the country.
When he broke his leg racing his sprint car a year ago, an injury that sidelined him for six months, he was almost defiant in his desire to never give up his hobby. But after the death of Kevin Ward Jr., who was killed when Stewart's car struck him as Ward walked on an upstate New York dirt track on Aug. 9, Stewart may never get back in a sprint car.
Dover to install lights (Update)UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false.' "We thought people would think that but didn't think you'd be first! It's actually for a new catch fence we're installing in 2015." Dover PR
09/26/14 Could night racing at Dover International Speedway become a reality? We have no idea, but Dale Earnhardt Jr. sure did spot something interesting on Thursday. Per Dale Earnhardt Jr's twitter: "I see foundations for light poles." There hasn't been any kind of announcement from the track to suggest that night racing is in Dover's immediate future. FoxSports
Will Kevin Kalkhoven take Cosworth back into F1 instead of IndyCar?
(GMM) Cosworth could be eyeing a return to formula one, with the support of none other than Bernie Ecclestone.
Although the expensive new engine rules and a lack of customers sent the British company off the grid at the end of last year, Cosworth announced recently it is setting up a new manufacturing centre at its Northampton base.
The company confirmed that the facility, to "deliver the next generation of automotive internal combustion engines", is bolstered by a British government grant.
And according to Speed Week, there may even be an F1 component to Cosworth's next plans.
Truex out of the #83 ride? Ryan Truex's run in the #83 Burger King/Borla Exhaust Toyota appears to have come to an end, after BK Racing replaced the New Jersey native with former Camping World Truck Series champion Travis Kvapil last weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Sources within the team said the change stemmed from unhappiness with the level of feedback received from Truex. He is not expected to return to the car this season. Messages left with BK Racing officials seeking comment were not immediately returned. Godfather Motorsports
Honda plans to charm Alonso at Suzuka (Update)UPDATE Honda are reportedly willing to fork out 30 million euro to get Fernando Alonso out of his Ferrari contract and lure him to McLaren.
McLaren Group CEO Ron Dennis has openly admitted that he would love to re-sign Alonso for the 2015 season when their partnership with Honda comes into effect.
Despite constant denials from both Ferrari and Alonso that the two-time World Champion will remain at Maranello next year, the Spaniard's future remains one of the most-talked about subjects in the paddock.
The frustrations, though, are getting to Alonso and he lashed out in Singapore over the weekend, saying: "Sometimes it's sad when it comes from Italy, or they create these rumors for some strange purpose which is not helping Ferrari, which is why we're all here."
Alonso, Button rumors rumble on Monday (GMM) Even with much of the F1 world on the long-haul return to Europe, the silly season continued to churn on Monday after the Singapore grand prix.
Fernando Alonso is still the main character, even though he is technically under contract to Ferrari for 2015 and beyond.
But there is high speculation either the frustrated Spaniard can trigger a performance-related exit clause, or that McLaren's new works partner Honda is prepared to spend millions to simply break Alonso's contract and sign him up for 2015.
Italy's respected La Gazzetta dello Sport on Monday said Alonso has even now told Ferrari that he intends to leave.
Sauber, Lotus or Marussia team to be sold? (5th Update)UPDATE #5 Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll "will invest in F1," according to Roger Benoit of BLICK. The only remaining question is "what team will receive money." Stroll "has been in negotiations with Sauber and Lotus." Stroll's most important requirement is that his 16-year-old son Lance "will receive a driver seat in either team." Former Renault boss Flavio Briatore and F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone "advise Stroll to invest in Lotus." Former F1 driver Gerhard Berger "sees Sauber as the better investment." Stroll "himself knows that he would have more input at Sauber in terms of reorganizing the team and even regarding driver selection for '15." Sauber "is also in talks with a businessman from Singapore." Stroll "is expected to make a decision by the end of October" Blick
As reported by AR1.com back on September 8th (below), Lawrence Stroll may now have moved his attention from Sauber to Marussia.
In the paddock at Monza recently, it was strongly rumored that the Canadian fashion industry billionaire and racing enthusiast was in detailed negotiations to buy financially embattled Sauber.
Rumors quickly followed, however, that the deal had collapsed at the final hurdle.
"Lawrence Stroll received a negative response from Peter Sauber and Monisha Kaltenborn regarding his offer to take over the Swiss team," said a report by Italiaracing.
But Stroll may now be switching his attention from one embattled Ferrari customer to the next, the Italian report added.
Hornish could be interested in #9 car While [Sam Hornish's] competitive side yearns for a full-time NASCAR ride, he's also the married father of three and relishes his family time. Hornish has examined other possibilities and acknowledged that those have included the coming vacancy in Richard Petty Motorsports #9 car. But he said his next ride would have to be the right situation. He insists that he still has "a lot going on" between testing, public appearances and TV commentary on the IndyCar series. But until Hornish finds something that fits, he's happy learning things from a different perspective with JGR. "I can't tell you exactly what I want right now," said Hornish, who's trying to stay in shape as he considers his options.
"The perfect thing is not available. I'd like to be full time next year; I want to put myself in a good place with good opportunities, good people around it. That was one of the great things about being able to come to Joe Gibbs Racing, just to see how things are run a little bit differently," Hornish said. "For me, while a lot of people might have taken things harder, I just enjoyed the fact of getting a little bit of a new outlook on life and what's going on around me." Associated Press
FIA could ease radio clampdown in Singapore (GMM) The FIA could back down over its newly-imposed radio communications ban.
It was the hot topic of controversial conversation in Singapore on Thursday, as the teams and drivers prepare for the rest of 2014 with tight restrictions on what they can and cannot say over the pit-to-car radio.
Then the team managers headed for their usual pre-race briefing with Charlie Whiting.
"It might be a long one," said Lotus' Alan Permane, according to Auto Motor und Sport.
A spectacular race that went down the last corner, an enormous global audience, unique pit stops and an innovative tire solution that mirrors real world scenarios on the road – history was made this weekend at the world’s first ever fully-electric open-wheel race took place in Beijing.
The successful season opener of the FIA Formula E Championship was held on a spectacular temporary race track built around the city’s iconic Olympic ‘Bird’s Nest’ Stadium and was won by Audi Sport ABT’s Lucas di Grassi.
Some 40 million are believed to have watched the race worldwide on television with 75,000 attending on site and one billion social interactions recorded around the race.
The race was also unique in rather than drivers and teams changing tires during the race, they actually changed cars after expending the battery capacity in their racers.
“When it comes to energy efficient tires and responsible motorsport, Michelin has emerged as a pioneer,” Pascal Couasnon, Director of the Michelin Group’s Motorsport Department said.
AR1 hears it will cost over $1 million to run a full season Indy Lights program in 2015.
AutoRacing1 recently spoke with an organization that was looking at running a full season entry in the 2015 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship. This group did not take part in the 2014 season, but with the advent of the new Dallara IL-15 chassis thought the timing would be good to enter the series.
As for costs? They told us their estimated budget to do the program right was about $1.1 million.
Merged Carpenter and Fisher-Hartman team to name Chevy (2nd Update)UPDATE #2 This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' as expected. The merger of Ed Carpenter Racing and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing - a pair of Indianapolis-based Verizon IndyCar Series teams now known as CFH Racing - will work with Chevrolet in 2015, a senior team official confirmed Tuesday.
Formal confirmation will come in a Wednesday morning teleconference.
Ed Carpenter's team partnered with Chevrolet the past three seasons; in that time the team owned by Sarah Fisher and Wink Hartman worked with Honda.
CFH Racing will field two cars next season, the No. 67 driven by Josef Newgarden. Carpenter will co-drive the No. 20, although his partner has not been finalized as Mike Conway, who won two races in the recently completed season, mulls European options.
This Speedcafe Australia article indicates that Roger Penske's new Australian V8 Supercar effort may have a different engine supplier in 2016. Penske, of course, will field a car for Marcos Ambrose in the Australian-based series beginning next season in conjunction with Dick Johnson Racing.
What exactly will Penske do? We don't know. But The Captain is forever in search of the 'Unfair Advantage,' and it seems his grand schemes and machinations have already more than begun Down Under. Here's the article....
Motor racing giant Roger Penske has not ruled out moving away from Ford after DJR Team Penske’s maiden V8 Supercars season, but cautions that he would need “a good deal” to switch brands.
Former Team Penske NASCAR development driver Parker Kligerman took part in this past weekend's Chris Griffis Memorial Test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The 24-year-old Connecticut drove a Schmidt Peterson Motorsports entry and posted a time just three tenths slower than 2014 Pro Mazda Champion Spencer Pigot, who also tested for SPM.
Might we see Kligerman take part in a partial or full season Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires?
Josef Newgarden is a big fan of the 2015 Indy Lights chassis. Might the young American contest a few Indy Lights races in 2015?
After testing the new Dallara IL-15 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires chassis over the past few days at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, CFH Racing's Josef Newgarden suggested that he would be interested in running both Indy Lights and IndyCar in 2015.
"I was excited because I heard a lot about it from other drivers and I really wanted to try it for myself. After experiencing it, I would really like to run both championships next year. I honestly would. If somehow we could work it out where I could run the Lights championship and IndyCar championship, I think it would be so much fun especially with a brand new car like this. It is such a proper race car and they did a really good job with it. The transition between the Lights and the Indy car are going to be really close and a lot of things that work for the guys in IndyCar are going to work for the guys in Lights. It's a perfect training ground. The cars are super similar and the guys are going to have fun with it. I'm excited for everything that is happening now in Indy Lights."
Austin track, F1 race, in jeopardy of losing funding?
Could F1 race at COTA be in jeopardy?
When local organizers applied for the first installment of $250 million in state funding to bring Formula One car racing to Texas, a letter from race CEO Bernie Ecclestone was their first exhibit.
Ecclestone's London-based company, Formula One Management Ltd., had evaluated Circuit Events Local Organizing Committee's bid and selected Austin to host a race for the next 10 years, he wrote in a letter dated July 10, 2012.
The language was required by law. A state statute says that unless such a bid, or application, is filed with a "site selection committee" - in this case Formula One - the event is ineligible for taxpayer money from the Major Events Trust Fund, according to an opinion issued by Attorney General Greg Abbott in August 2012.
Ferrari could take $25m stake in F1 (GMM) Ferrari could become the first F1 team to actually own a stake in the sport, the Telegraph reports.
F1 business journalists Christian Sylt and Caroline Reid reveal that, as a non-executive director of the sport's holding company Delta Topco, departing Ferrari president held an option to buy into F1 to the tune of about $25 million.
But a source close the Maranello team explained: "Ferrari, not Mr. Montezemolo, is entitled to exercise the rights."
The source added that "these rights are for Ferrari, and once again not ad personam for Mr. Montezemolo".
Montezemolo received the option in 2012 as formula one organized itself ahead of a floatation on the Singapore Stock Exchange.
But the sport's majority owner CVC delayed the floatation amid the eurozone crisis in 2012 and the corruption scandal surrounding F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone.
Formula E to add Hong Kong next year In Hong Kong, Alvin Sallay wrote Formula E "came to the streets of Beijing" on Sunday. Among the interested observers was Hong Kong Automobile Association President Lawrence Yu Kam-kee, "who is confident the series will come to the streets of Central next year."
Chinese fans packed the main grandstands around the emblematic "Bird's Nest." Some lined the track sides, "carrying children on their shoulders as the futuristic whine of the cars sounded across the track, and techno music added to the atmosphere."
After the race, Yu said that "he was going to try to seal a multi-year contract with organizers to bring a race to Hong Kong." He said, "I want to find out how many years the race will be run in Hong Kong and also nail down the funding." SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST
Formula E Looking To Attract Carmakers Ahead Of Possible Initial Public Offering Formula E, bankrolled with $100M by Boston Celtics managing partner Wyc Grousbeck and others, "wants to seduce sports fans and carmakers with a view to a possible initial public offering," according to Alex Duff of BLOOMBERG.
At the series offices in London, Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag said that "Renault SA is a series sponsor and Audi AG, which is backing one of 10 teams, also has 'a foot in the door.'" Agag said luring more carmakers is “very, very important” for the series and representatives from 10 auto companies were guests in Beijing. He "declined to identify them," saying he did not want to jeopardize confidential negotiations.
Penske Racing to field V8 Supercar team with Ambrose (10th Update)UPDATE #10 This rumor is now 'fact' with today's announcement. According to AR1.com sources, NASCAR has plans the eventually buy the V8 Supercar series as it expands its brand internationally.
09/14/14 Official confirmation of Marcos Ambrose’s return to the V8 Supercars Championship with a Team Penske/Dick Johnson Racing partnership is set to take place Tuesday morning, Australian time.
Ambrose has announced at this weekend’s Chicago NASCAR event that he will return to Australia following the 2014 Sprint Cup season.
Team Penske is now set to reveal Tuesday that it will run Ambrose under a V8 Supercars Racing Entitlements Contract it has purchased from Dick Johnson Racing’s Steve Brabeck.
Ambrose’s car is expected to be run out of DJR’s workshop alongside the Queensland team’s remaining entry.
With Ambrose's departure, David Ragan has emerged as one of the top candidates for the #9 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford. While the driver of the #34 Front Row Motorsports Ford is content where he is, at his age he would entertain offers to improve his position. "If Richard Petty had interest in me driving the car, I would certainly talk to them some," Ragan told Motorsport.com on Saturday.
"As a 28-year-old, I want to be around the sport for a long time and feel like I have a lot of good years in front of me. I'm very grateful for the opportunity that Bob Jenkins and Front Row Motorsports have given me. I've had a lot of fun and won a race. But you never know what the future might hold. About this time every year, you look at your options in other series or with other teams and other sponsors to go and race and I'd love to have the opportunity to talk to them for a little bit. But I'm sure there are a lot of drivers in that same situation."
Ferrari's On-Track Struggles Could Prompt Shake-Up Of Corporate BoardUPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' with yesterday's news of Montezemolo stepping down.
09/08/14 Ferrari's "fall from grace is no longer just a worry on the Formula One track," according to the AP. It is "a cause for concern in the corporate boardroom, too." The events at and around the weekend’s Italian Grand Prix "appear to have set the stage as a tipping point for sweeping changes." For the first time since '08, Ferrari "failed to land a car on the podium in their home race."
Team Principal Marco Mattiacci said, "In Formula One, as in sport in general, there are days to forget and this was certainly one of them." Speculation "had been swirling" even before the weekend that Ferrari President Luca Di Montezemolo "was being forced out." Montezemolo "held court in the Monza paddock and insisted he was happy to stay."
According to Mark Miles, IndyCar's financials have improved during 2014.
This SBJ article by Tripp Mickle suggests that Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles may have steered his company into the black during fiscal year 2014.
The IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway are on track to be profitable for the first time in more than five years.
The series and track, which are owned by Hulman & Co., have been losing money for years, but a combination of eliminating some positions and generating new revenue through increases in ticket and sponsorship sales helped the company’s Hulman Motorsports division return to profitability.
“We had a very good year and turned the corner,” said Mark Miles, Hulman & Co. CEO, who declined to discuss specifics regarding the company’s financial performance.
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