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Richmond to replace Pocono IndyCar race (6th Update)
Mark Miles blowing off Pocono
UPDATE AR1.com has learned that ABC Supply has committed to sponsor additional Pocono 500 races if IndyCar is willing to come back.
One Pocono spokesperson told AR1.com that "ABC Supply has committed to sponsor every IndyCar race at Pocono. We have given IndyCar multiple proposals and IndyCar executives have been at the track all weekend and they have made zero effort to talk to our executives."
Pocono's large size makes the attendance look worse than it really is. There will be more fans here today at Pocono than a race at Richmond would get, but it appears IndyCar is blowing off Pocono and are going to make their bed with IndyCar's #1 enemy.
Will the ABC Supply 500 be on the 2020 IndyCar calendar? IndyCar is not even returning Pocono's calls
UPDATE As for the rumor about Herta moving to Meyer Shank Steinbrenner Racing in 2020 below - that is not happening - see this updated rumor on where Herta will drive in 2020.
08/17/19 There's been a lot of chatter in the paddock here at Pocono Raceway this weekend, and we'll start with the event itself. Word is Pocono Raceway really wants to keep an IndyCar race and they have made several generous offers to IndyCar. Remember, the track is hosting only one NASCAR weekend in 2020. Also, on Thursday they brought in a contingent from the Pennsylvania State Bureau of Tourism to look over the track and rumor has it that the track has asked the bureau to help save this race.
Of course, they can help with strong advertising for this race. However, in our opinion, what this race really needs is front money to bring in two big concert names for an IndyCar race.
UPDATE Sao Paulo governor Joao Doria is again vowing to keep the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos after next season.
The future of the race at the historic circuit was cast into doubt earlier this year when the country's president Jair Bolsonaro declared the race would be moving to Rio de Janeiro in 2020 at a new track in the suburb of Deodoro.
That date has since been pushed back to 2021 with the Autodromo Carlos Pace already having a contract in place for next year, but Sao Paulo isn't giving up without a fight.
“Formula 1 will not leave Sao Paulo,” Doria was quoted by Motorsport Week as telling Terra.
Herta and Steinbrenner to move to Meyer Shank (Update)
Michael Andretti to make room for Herta and run a 5th car
UPDATE We are downgrading this rumor to 'false' today. We hear that Michael Andretti is likely to run Herta out of his shop and not put him in a satellite team like he did this year at Harding.
So Meyer Shank racing will likely stay a 1-car team and Andretti Autosport will run Herta, we assume somehow in association with George Steinbrenner IV, in a 5th car, in a similar fashion to how the #98 car is run in association with Bryan Herta and Marco Andretti. Our 2020 IndyCar Silly Season page has been updated accordingly.
Is Michael Andretti, therefore, spreading his team too thin with a 5-car operation?
Despite their growing success, Honda is still discussing whether to continue in F1 beyond 2020 given the huge investment.
Following an increase in form which includes two wins and a pole position, Red Bull Honda driver Max Verstappen is now breathing down Valtteri Bottas' neck in the Formula 1 world championship. The managing director of Honda F1 says everything is going well even though Pierre Gasly underperformed in the 2nd car.
Who will replace James Hinchcliffe as Honda Spokesperson?
Hinchcliffe likely to lose Honda gigs
Our sources tell us that James Hinchcliffe is likely to honor his contract with Arrow SPM that runs thru 2020 and will become Arrow McLaren SP.
This means Hinchcliffe can no longer be a Honda Spokesperson.
As for James continuing on as a Honda spokesman in television commercials here in the US, that is an annual agreement. It likely will be reviewed by both parties in the off-season and we expect will not be renewed since he will be driving a Chevy powered car next year.
The move of the Arrow McLaren SPM team to Chevy power in 2020 not only screwed up James Hinchcliffe as spokesman for Honda, it also screws the Mike Shank and Jim Meyer-owned Honda operation who, without its technical alliance with Arrows SPM, would be severely handicapped due to their limited resources.
Who Meyer Shank Racing teams with is important because the team wants to run fulltime in IndyCar in 2020. The team runs Honda’s luxury brand Acura in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, where it leads the GT Daytona class with the No. 86 Acura NSX GT3, so switching to Chevy is doubtful.
IndyCar needs a sponsor to save Pocono race (Update)
The Family only really cares about their Indy 500
UPDATE On yesterday's Pocono 500 preview conference call Graham Rahal said IndyCar should give Pocono another chance and we agree. Next year there will be only one NASCAR weekend at Pocono which means there will be a much better opportunity to sell tickets (3 big weekends in the span of 9 weeks just does not work - cannot sell that many tickets in the market).
Rahal also suggested, as AR1.com has on numerous occasions, that the race weekend needs to include some big concerts, a la the USGP at COTA and the Indy 500 concerts. There is so much dead time at Pocono throughout the weekend, and so little for the fans to do besides roasting in aluminum bleachers, that fans do not see the value.
On a conference call to preview the Pocono 500, Graham Rahal confirmed the Rahal Letterman Lanigan IndyCar team are talking to sponsors about a third car for 2020.
The main benefit he talked about more cars, mean more data, which means better team performance. They are competing against bigger teams in Penske and Andretti who get more test days and can try different setups on race weekends.
Arrow SPM to switch to Chevy engines with McLaren and Herta (3rd Update)
Sam Schmidt moves team to Chevy
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' with today's announcement. Still no word on Colton Herta as the driver......or will Fernando Alonso bite the bullet and make the move fulltime?
08/08/19 McLaren Racing is in the advanced stages of forming an IndyCar partnership for next year, according to sources, and the team could announce its new deal in the near future.
McLaren has been working on fielding a full-time entry in next year’s NTT IndyCar Series, and Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports continues to be the team that sources say McLaren is most likely to align with.
As first rumored by AR1.com, Carlos Slim saved the race as he has big investments in all those companies
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. Some of the "most powerful businesses in Mexico opened their wallets and came to the rescue" of the Mexican F1 Grand Prix, ensuring the race will remain in the country through '22.
Sources said that thanks to "direct intervention" by Mexican billionaire magnate and motorsports enthusiast Carlos Slim, a "group of sponsors" including Citibanamex, Hidrosina, Telcel, Seguros GNP, Heineken and Diageo will provide funding after the government announced it would no longer fund the race.
Diageo Dir General Erik Seirsen said that the businesses intend to "continue the current agreement" with race organizer CIE. Heineken will reportedly be the race's title sponsor. MSN.
2019 Mexican GP to be last. Door open for IndyCar? (5th Update)
Mexico City packs the grandstands
UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today. The Mexican Grand Prix organizer has announced the race will remain on the Formula 1 calendar beyond the end of its current contract, which runs out after this year's event.
An official announcement will be made at the mayor's office on Thursday and is expected to be for 3 years.
The news was confirmed in a video by Mexico City mayor Claudia Sheinbaum, who assumed office in December.
Dutch tree huggers are out to stop the Dutch GP at Zandvoort. It really should be at Assen anyway - a superior circuit
(GMM) Dutch GP boss Jan Lammers has played down suggestions Formula 1's return to Zandvoort in 2020 is in doubt.
Organizers revealed recently that, thanks to Max Verstappen's success and popularity, a million people registered to get tickets for the first Dutch GP since 1985.
But this week, an organisation called Rust Bij De Kust - whose motto says locals are "Tired of racing noise in the dunes and in your backyard" - indicated that it will step up its efforts to disrupt plans for the 2020 race.
According to BNR Nieuwsradio, the group intends to object to Zandvoort's planning applications to upgrade the circuit, which could mean the circuit runs out of time to be ready for 2020.
UPDATE (GMM) A Qatari broadcaster has slammed Formula 1 for contemplating a grand prix in Saudi Arabia.
This week, it emerged that Liberty Media is in talks with the powerful Kingdom for what would be a race on a novel street circuit. One rendering depicts the F1 cars racing underneath a clear-bottomed swimming pool.
The Saudi talks were already controversial given the state's human rights record, but now they are also under fire by Qatar broadcaster BeIN Media Group.
Renault eyes stake in Fiat, by reducing stake in Nissan
Renault and Nissan Motor Co. have held talks that would see Renault reduce its stake in the Japanese carmaker and help the French company restart merger discussions with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The sides are weighing plans under which Renault would cut its 43.4 percent holding in Nissan, a move meant to rebalance their global alliance, the Journal said, citing internal emails as well as people briefed on the talks. Any reduction of the stake would need approval from France, which owns 15 percent of Renault.
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