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F1 Scouting Miami Locations For Potential Future Grand Prix (Update)
The Miami Formula E race lasted 1 year and died. We predict an F1 race on the streets of Miami will NEVER happen. Too congested
UPDATE (GMM) Miami is emerging as a possible destination of a second US grand prix in the near future.
With Liberty Media now owning F1's commercial rights, the coastal city in Florida has been mentioned as a potential venue of a street race by the likes of Chase Carey and Ross Brawn.
Now, the local Miami Herald newspaper claims that "executives and engineers" working for F1 including Sean Bratches were in the city last month to scout locations and meet with the mayor about a potential race for 2020.
UPDATE This rumor is now upgraded to 'fact' - Santander is gone and they are now joining McLaren either. Santander has terminated its partnership with Ferrari, and Formula 1 as a whole, after signing a new sponsorship deal with the UEFA Champions League.
Spanish banking group Santander has supported Ferrari for the last eight seasons, and has worked with Formula 1 over the last 11 years.
But it has now chosen to move on to football's Champions League, agreeing terms from next season (2018/19) through to 2020/21.
"Santander's partnership with the UEFA Champions League, the world's most global and aspirational sporting competition, builds on our support of Libertadores and, more recently, Racing Santander, the local football team of the Cantabrian city where our bank was founded 160 years ago," commented Banco Santander Executive Chairman Ana Botin.
Leclerc to Alfa Romeo Sauber team in 2018 (4th Update)
Will Charles Leclerc (L) be driving a Alfa Romeo Sauber in 2018?
UPDATE The Alfa Romeo portion of this rumor becomes 'fact' with today's announcement. We now await the Leclerc announcement, which is pretty much a foregone conclusion at this point.
11/22/17 Sauber is poised to finally confirm its 2018 driver line-up at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, as rumors swirl that the team could even bring the Alfa Romeo name back to Formula 1 as part of a stronger alliance with Ferrari.
Haas engines to be badged Alfa Romeo (2nd Update) UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' with today's announcement that Sauber, not Haas, will be badged Alfa Romeo.
07/13/17 Some time ago, Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne said the iconic Italian name "should be reiterated as a sports brand and consider the possibility to race in F1".(GMM) Alfa Romeo could be ready to enter formula one.
"How? Probably in collaboration with Ferrari," he added.
Now, Germany's Auto Bild reported rumors that Alfa Romeo could support the Ferrari 'B team' Haas next year.
January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona could have a second active Formula One driver on the grid, with Lance Stroll understood to be in the frame at Jackie Chan DCR JOTA, in a possible ‘all-star’ lineup for the Florida endurance classic.
Multiple sources have indicted to Sportscar365 that Williams F1 driver Stroll, along with Mercedes-AMG-affiliated pilots Felix Rosenqvist and Daniel Juncadella, plus Audi GT3 factory ace Robin Frijns, could make up the lineup in the team’s lead Oreca 07 Gibson.
Is Mark Miles asleep at the wheel or will IndyCar offer Coors a much lower price and snare them from NASCAR? They won't bite if races remain on cable TV. It's the ratings stupid.
MillerCoors and NASCAR have not yet been able to reach an agreement to extend Coors Light's official beer deal with the sanctioning body that expires this year, according to sources. That makes a renewal look increasingly unlikely as the sport's offseason begins.
Coors Light has been the official beer of NASCAR since '08 when it replaced Budweiser in a five-year deal that was originally valued around $4M annually. The deal was renewed in '12.
While the sides maintain that they have not stopped negotiating and that a last-ditch save of the deal thus remains possible, sources said that NASCAR and MillerCoors have not been able to find a suitable arrangement to move forward despite negotiating for months after the brewer sought to renegotiate terms of a possible extension.
Prior to Sunday's season finale race, the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, OEM representatives from all three NASCAR manufacturers participated in a press conference to address different topics within the sport. Dave Pericak, Global Director, Ford Performance was part of the group that addressed the media Saturday afternoon.
Ferrari gets beat year in and year out by the Aldo Costa designed Mercedes, and could see profit swell if it just quits F1 and saves face
UPDATE Ferrari is on track to gain about $132 million in profits annually if it pulls out of Formula One according to analysis of its latest filings.
Earlier this month Ferrari’s chairman Sergio Marchionne sent shock waves through the sport when he revealed that the Italian marque is considering pulling out after 67 years of racing. Ferrari’s contract expires at the end of 2020 when F1 is expected to introduce a new engine and balance the prize money payments to teams. It has fueled Ferrari’s concerns.
Marchionne said that F1 "has been part of our DNA since the day we were born. So it’s not as if we can define ourselves differently. But if we change the sandbox to the point where it becomes an unrecognizable sandbox, I don’t want to play any more."
AJ Foyt to replace Daly with Foreign Ride-Buyer (2nd Update)
Leist at the Foyt shop
UPDATE The Foyt team confirmed Leist 12 hours after our rumor went to 'fact' yesterday
11/15/17 This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. We can confirm that Brazilian driver Matheus Leist, 19, will be representing Brazil in the 2018 IndyCar season. The agreement was signed with AJ Foyt Racing, and he will pair with Tony Kanaan. We have updated our 2018 IndyCar Silly Season Page.
Indy winner Sato in extra-marital affair with announcer Satoko Naito
Takuma Sato's new lover, Satoko Naito
It has been quite a month for professional racing car driver Takuma Sato. Last week, the winner of this year’s Indianapolis 500, greeted U.S. President Donald Trump at a state banquet at the Akasaka Palace hosted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
However, this week’s issue of Shukan Shincho leaves the 40-year-old driver appearing less than dignified, claiming he is engaged in an extra-marital affair with freelance announcer Satoko Naito.
IndyCar race around Nissan Stadium in Nashville eyed (3rd Update)
With races on NBCSN and little exposure for the City of Nashville and a potential title sponsor, this race was done before it started
UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today. A proposed Grand Prix of Nashville outside Nissan Stadium is "no longer in the works" due to "logistical issues."
Metro Sports Authority Dir Monica Fawknotson, speaking for Nashville Mayor Megan Barry's administration, today said that "Metro has halted talks with the race's promoters and has stopped pursuing the event."
The race was proposed by former Pocono Raceway President Joe Mattioli and former Baker Curb Racing CEO Matt Crews. The group had said that they were "interested in partnering with either IndyCar or IMSA" TENNESSEAN.com
Ford’s factory GTE-Pro effort in the FIA World Endurance Championship is confirmed only through the 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship ‘Super Season’ as a result of the championship’s shift to a winter calendar, according to newly named motorsports boss Mark Rushbrook.
The American manufacturer had committed to a two-year extension of its program shortly after claiming class victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2016, back when the WEC schedule was set to remain contested over a calendar year.
Stewart-Haas to shutdown Danica's #10 car (2nd Update)
Danica Patrick out of a ride
UPDATE The team will not shutdown the #10, Almirola will drive it in 2018 and Danica Patrick is out.
10/19/17 This rumor is upgraded to 'strong' today. More evidence Danica Patrick's ride at SHR is toast. Now both of her sponsors have backed out. Aspen Dental is not expected to return to Stewart-Haas Racing next year, according to sources, amid the forthcoming departure of driver Danica Patrick.
Almirola to replace Danica Patrick at SHR in 2018 (Update)
Aric takes over Danica's Ford with new sponsorship
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. Stewart-Haas Racing has signed Aric Almirola to join its Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series lineup in 2018. The 33-year-old from Tampa, Florida, will drive the team’s No. 10 Smithfield Ford Fusion - the #10 was Danica's car so she is definitely gone.
Almirola has won races in each of NASCAR’s top-three national touring series and is currently in his sixth full season in the premier NASCAR Cup Series. Almirola has one NASCAR Cup Series victory, three NASCAR Xfinity Series wins and two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series triumphs.
Hamilton Avoided Taxes On $22M Jet, Paradise Papers Leak Claims
Playboy Lewis Hamilton
(GMM) World champion Lewis Hamilton has found himself at the center of an international tax avoidance scandal.
A trove of documents known as the 'Paradise Papers' reveals that the Mercedes driver as well as wealthy peers including Bono, Apple, Nike and even the Queen avoid tax through a series of secret offshore deals.
The Hamilton accusation centers around his private jet, in which Hamilton actually received a more than $4 million tax refund by importing it into the Isle of Man and claiming it was mainly used for business.
McLaren set to announce Norris as 2018 reserve driver (Update)
UPDATE This rumor is now upgraded to 'fact.' Lando Norris will replace retired world champion Jenson Button as McLaren’s test and reserve driver next season, the Formula One team announced on Monday.
The 17-year-old has been part of McLaren’s Young Driver program since the start of the year and is expected to compete in Formula Two in 2018 after winning the European Formula Three championship this year.
“Lando is an outstanding young talent. Today’s announcement is thoroughly deserved, and underlines the incredible high regard in which we hold his abilities," said McLaren executive director Zak Brown in a statement.
Ryan Blaney's is from Northeast Ohio, the heart of IndyCar country, and Blaney has always wanted to compete in the Indianapolis 500.
He reaffirmed that desire on Friday at Texas Motor Speedway.
"I would love to do it," Blaney told AutoWeek. "I have a lot of respect for the people that have done it. That is a tough day of racing -- 1,100 miles and the plane rides back and forth. When Kurt (Busch) and Tony (Stewart) did it, I thought that was really neat.
Third IndyCar engine manufacturer If you hear any rumors or talk about a third engine manufacturer coming into IndyCar you can immediately dismiss them as false. We have heard talk about this for the last 9 years, and for the last 9 years it did not happen. And it won't happen as long as IndyCar is pulling the kind of TV ratings that it pulls on NBCSN.
We recently heard someone suggest Hyundai and we had to laugh. Why would a manufacturer spend all that money on an IndyCar engine program with the minuscule exposure the IndyCar TV package delivers?
Liberty Media to Introduce Cost Controls To 'Encourage Competition'
Marchionne against cost controls
Formula 1's top teams "could be on track to lose" up to £155M ($205.9M) in prize money under proposals drawn up by F1 owner Liberty Media, according to Christian Sylt for the London INDEPENDENT.
Liberty bought F1 for £3.7B in January and has "yet to make any major changes to the sport."
It began to outline its plan on Tuesday when it unveiled the engine specification it "hopes to introduce" from '21. This will be followed by details of its "blueprint for the future of F1," which the teams will discuss at a meeting in November.
The Verizon IndyCar Series has been just as hectic off the track since the season ended as it was on it. With an offseason filled with key moves and changes, the makeup of the 2018 driver lineup brings a new dynamic to IndyCar’s marquee series. After a flurry of activity from drivers and teams, here are a few of the big moves and remaining questions from this year’s silly season.
No longer the lone Canadian, James Hinchcliffe returns to the No. 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda for 2018. The first piece of the SPM puzzle for upcoming years, the Oakville native was rumored for rides at Chip Ganassi and Andretti Autosport before confirming the extension. Hinchcliffe scored a victory at Long Beach in 2017, his first IndyCar victory since an injury-shortened 2015 season.
NASCAR officials eye switch to electric One thing synonymous with attending a race is hearing the sound of the cars as they pass by on the track. Now imagine attending a race where the cars were mostly silent because they’re all electric.
NASCAR officials have at least entertained the idea of an all-electric racing series according the Adam Stern of the Sports Business Journal. Nothing would affect the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, but they could change either the Xfinity Series or the Truck Series to an all-electric race in the future.
F1 could scrap 'two by two' race grid (2nd Update)
Today there is usually contact and 2 or 3 cars damaged with a 2-wide grid. Imagine the carnage with a 2-3-2-3 grid?
UPDATE A reader writes, I agree, it’s one of the dumbest ideas ever to change to a 2x3 grid. A clear indication that those in power really don’t have a good grasp on the sport, and may even see it as some type of circus where they can change part of an act in order to “wow” people.
So, we are basically going to intentionally create a situation where no car behind a 3 car row can get past the 3 car row on the start? Wow, talk about pretty much taking away most opportunities to pass any car in the row in front of you if you make a good start. Why? Well, if a car in the row behind any 3 car row makes a good start, to pass ANY car in front they will basically have to go four wide. How often do we see four wide passes in F1? Yep, next to never, but that’s what the F1 powers think will be a great idea to spice up what is arguably the most exciting thing to watch in all forms of motorsports, the standing start in F1.
Newgarden, like Alexander Rossi, will never be given a real chance in F1 unless they can bring a huge sum of money
2017 IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden has revealed that he would be very interested in joining Formula 1 should the opportunity arise.
The American secured a first Championship title in his maiden campaign with Team Penske and, while he is happy to continue in the IndyCar series, he would love to test himself in Formula 1.
"I've got to understand where I am at," Newgarden told ESPN. "I'm in the best situation I could ever possibly dream of in the American side.
"With IndyCar, with American racing, you can't beat Team Penske. Even on a global scale, they are arguably one of the greatest motorsport teams in all of history. You look at that and you say, 'Well, I'm in a phenomenal position.'
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