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Petty team close to signing big sponsor for Bubba Wallace
Half-White Bubba Wallace and his white father
Bubba Wallace scored his first top-10 finish in a month Saturday and teased a potential deal that he said will send his Richard Petty Motorsports team “over the top if we can get it done.”
"Everybody say a prayer for us," Wallace told NBCSN’s Marty Snider after the race. "There’s a big deal on the line right now and this can only help so much. I’ve yet to check my phone to see the status of it. This will send us over the top if we can get it done. Been a lot of hard work off the racetrack from my team, everybody involved to make things better and that’s what we’re trying to do. So putting solid runs tighter and having awesome restart all night this is only going to help the effort."
Is Mercedes also guilty in Racing Point Cheat Storm?
Are Toto Wolff and Mercedes just as guilty for sending CADD design drawings to Racing Point on 10 separate occasions to ensure the 'pink' Mercedes was almost an exact copy?
The Mercedes F1 team have been drawn into a ‘cheating’ storm that casts a shadow over the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix this weekend.
On Friday morning when the FIA fined Racing Point $400,000 and stripped them of 15 points for copying parts of the Mercedes car.
But most intriguing is reference in the verdict to a ‘transfer from the former to the latter of a complete set of Mercedes 2019 BDs (brake ducts) that arrived at Racing Point on or about January 6, 2020.’
Although the stewards acknowledged this ‘did not constitute a significant breach of the sporting regulations’, it raises the awkward question of why elements of one team’s car ended up inside the Silverstone factory of another.
Hulkenberg to replace Perez again this weekend (2nd Update)
Perez tests positive again
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' this morning. Racing Point have confirmed Nico Hulkenberg will once again stand-in for Sergio Perez at Silverstone after the Mexican returned a positive result for Covid-19 after a prior negative one.
On Thursday, the pink team said Perez had completed his seven-day period of self-isolation, in line with Public Health England guidelines, and would be tested to see if he could return to the cockpit after missing the British Grand Prix.
The dream of a 9th world title for Marc Marquez, at least for this year, so all but over now. The second operation he underwent for his arm yesterday will certainly have serious repercussions on his championship.
Emilio Perez de Rozas, in El Periodico, rumors that Marquez has decided to take an August holiday to allow the arm to heal properly. Therefore, if true, it means he would return for the Misano races, scheduled for September 13th and 20th.
Last year Simon Pagenaud beat Alexander Rossi in a shootout to win.
So far the Indy 500 has only 30 confirmed entries for the Indy 500 with practice starting next week. They need 3 more but money is tight. If not for Andretti Autosport's 6 cars (7 if you count their association with Meyer Shank Racing) things would be dire.
So far there are 15 Honda powered cars and 15 Chevy powered cars. We expect Dale Coyne to run a 3rd car for either Stefan Wilson, James Davison or Oriol Servia, so that brings up the count to 31. Carlin and Dreyer & Reinbold can both add a 2nd car to bring the total to 33.
Rokit is close to announcing major new sponsorship deals with a team in IndyCar and one in F1 company co-founder and chairman Jonathan Kendrick tells Sports Business Daily.
Rokit has been very active in motorsports (Williams F1 but not in 2020), NHRA (Alexis DeJoria), W-Series, BTCC and more. The ROKiT Group is a next-generation global media company engaged in multiple aspects of content production and distribution, including movies, television, sports, music, and drinks.
Opening IndyCar practice to be cancelled? (Update)
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. Practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, including rookie orientation, will start Aug. 12, a Wednesday and one day later than originally scheduled.
08/03/20 Hearing rumors that opening practice for the Indy 500 on Tuesday Aug 12th may be cancelled. No details as to why, except one can assume it is one less day of virus spread and it was only a 2-hour session anyway.
Second race for Hulkenberg in Perez's seat 'likely'
Hulkenberg expected back in the 'pink' Mercedes this coming weekend
(GMM) Nico Hulkenberg is likely to get another chance this Sunday to take Racing Point's fast and controversial 'pink Mercedes' to the start line at Silverstone.
Reports suggest that because Sergio Perez needs a full ten days in isolation following his positive coronavirus test, the Silverstone based team will once again rely on Hulkenberg's last minute back-up services.
The former Renault driver was unable to start Sunday's race with an engine problem.
When rumors surfaced that Chip Ganassi was after Wallace to replace Kyle Larson, RPM immediately offered him partial ownership in their team in an effort to keep him
David Smith, writing in Forbes, says Richard Petty Motorsports has offered Bubba Wallace partial ownership of the team and part of the offer for him to return next season:
Bubba Wallace’s whirlwind 2020 NASCAR season may result in partial ownership of the team for which he drives.
Richard Petty Motorsports team owner Andrew Murstein confirmed to Forbes SportsMoney that the organization offered an ownership stake to Wallace, whose current contract with RPM expires at the conclusion of this season.
"We’re in discussions with him about an extension that includes ownership in the team," said Murstein, who expects an agreement to be finalized "within the next couple of weeks."
Sergio Perez, as good as he is, has to buy his seat in F1
A Racefans.net source with links to Mexico suggests Sergio Perez journeyed back to Mexico where he contracted Covid-19 with the blessing of Racing Point given that his future is uncertain in the face of Sebastian Vettel’s availability after being cut loose by Ferrari for next year. The word is that Perez sought additional funding from benefactor Carlos Slim, reportedly the world’s fifth-richest man with various business activities in Latin America.
Racing Point – to be renamed Aston Martin from 2021 – runs what are effectively cloned year-old Mercedes cars and provides Vettel’s only realistic hope of a competitive drive in the 2021 F1 season. Were Perez to lose his seat to the four-times champion, he would likely return to Sauber, where he began his career, or accept a drive with Haas. Neither appeals for obvious reasons, and Perez hopes that a boost in Mexican funding would see him retained.
Sandbagging Lewis Hamilton turned up the wick in qualifying and demoralized the other teams
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' after the Mercedes team demoralized the competition in qualifying for the British GP.
08/01/20 (GMM) Red Bull suspects Mercedes is hiding its true superiority so far at Silverstone.
Just as the energy drink owned team appears to take a step forward with new parts designed specifically as a reaction to Hungary, Mercedes' drivers reported that they are struggling with their otherwise dominant 2020 car.
Sergio Perez won't be in the 'pink' Mercedes this weekend
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. A team statement read: Following the announcement that Sergio has tested positive for COVID-19 at the Silverstone Circuit ahead of the Formula 1 Pirelli British Grand Prix, the team regrets to announce that he will be unable to participate in this weekend’s race.
Sergio is physically well and in good spirits, but he will continue to self-isolate under the guidelines of the relevant public health authorities, with safety the ultimate priority for the team and the sport.
The entire team wishes Sergio well and looks forward to welcoming him back into the cockpit of the RP20 soon.
Did Racing Point Copy the Mercedes or did someone slip them the plans?
The Racing Point 'pink' Mercedes performs so well to just be a copy made from photographs. Liberty wants to reduce costs for teams and letting customers buy year old cars is one way to do that. So is the FIA turning a blind eye to what Racing Points has done? It certainly performs like a year old Mercedes - better than all the 2020 cars on the grid except Mercedes.
Martin Brundle, in an interview with Autosport, says what everyone is thinking - did Racing Point copy last years Mercedes so well that they were able to understand the design concepts and get the car to work so well, or did someone like Toto Wolff, who has now invested in Aston Martin (Racing Points new name in 2021) slip them all the design drawings for last years Mercedes?
Ex-F1 driver and current Sky Sports F1 pundit Brundle said it was "difficult to believe" Racing Point had managed to copy the 2019 Mercedes so well and understand it enough to make it work.
"To replicate a car that works, it is stretching my imagination on that," Brundle said in an interview with Autosport.
"Having said that, they do buy - in a legitimate way - the engine and gearbox, which fixes your rear suspension, pick-up points, and suspension elements.
"They buy everything they can.
"There's an awful lot of reference points on the car that they legitimately buy.
UPDATE (GMM) Formula 1 is "fully open" to welcoming a new Russian team to the sport, according to sporting boss Ross Brawn.
Rumors about Russian interest have been circulating for some time, especially since last September, when trade minister Denis Manturov said a Russian team is "not far off".
Around the same time, SMP Bank founder Boris Rotenberg, who backs Sergey Sirotkin, said: "Do we want to create a Formula 1 team? I think the more teams there are, the more opportunities there will be for our drivers."
Ferrari eyes IndyCar starting in 2022 (7th Update)
Roger Penske had better play his hand with Ferrari soon
UPDATE Roger Penske, who currently owns both IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, said earlier this month that Ferrari is "definitely interested in participating", and now Indycar President Jay Frye believes that a third manufacturer will arrive "sooner or later". Frye told Autosport.com: "Roger (Penske) has a huge impact on motorsport. I think that will open more eyes for the value and marketing opportunities that IndyCar has to offer. That's why I definitely think that sooner or later a new team will join. Ferrari? That would be great."
When asked whether Frye would see Ferrari as the most obvious company to join Honda and Chevrolet in the IndyCar Series, he replied: "There are always several conversations going on - and then things like Ferrari can suddenly fall out of the sky. A year and a half ago I would have said that they were not so interested, but something has changed in their business world and there are new interests".
Too slow to win anymore in NASCAR, Johnson eyes possible move to IndyCars
When seven-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson announced he was retiring from NASCAR Cup racing in after 2020, there was an immediate rush to speculate on exactly who would be brought to Hendrick Motorsports to take his place in the No. 48 Chevrolet come 2021. But the pandemic has ravaged all industries, including NASCAR.
During an appearance on PRN's The Pit Reporters Podcast, veteran NASCAR reporter Lee Spencer shared a rumor suggesting that Jimmie Johnson's replacement could come from within Hendrick Motorsports, with Alex Bowman moving from the No. 88 team to the No. 48. In the event of that scenario, the No. 88 team would shut down, and Hendrick could contract from four cars to three.
"As far as the No. 48 situation, I think that they're really gonna have to look at the economics just like everybody else and see whether or not it's cost-effective to continue to run four organizations," said Spencer. "... I think we're still in maybe that 'Stay tuned' (mode). There's so many moving balls going on with the pandemic right now. Once things kind of get shook out a little bit, we'll have a better idea of what's gonna go on there."
Nurburgring, Portugal and Imola to be added to 2020 F1 Schedule (2nd Update)
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. F1 announced three more events for the 2020 calendar with Imola, Portimao and Nurburgring replacing the officially cancelled US, Brazilian, Mexican and Canadian rounds.
The events will take place on October 9-11 (Nurburgring), October 23-25 (Portimao) and Imola (31 October – 1 November). It means the latter will be conducted over a condensed two-day schedule for the first time.
UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today. Hockenheim will not host a Formula One race this year after being vetted as a possible stand-in race, the German circuit's manager Jorn Teske said on Thursday.
Teske told Reuters that a crowd ban had been a sticking point, with Formula One hoping to allow spectators back later in the year after the championship started this month behind closed doors.
"A decision was taken after weeks and months talking to Formula One," he said.
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