The 100th Indianapolis 500 only attracted 33 cars—enough to fill the grid, but not enough to have entries bumped from the grid during qualifying. Despite the milestone year, teams are still very conservative with who they’ll put in a car. Here’s why just making the grid was so hard this time.
IndyCar may need to take a good, long look at its shrinking grid this year. If not even the 100th running of its most famous race can buck the trend of teams scaling back, there may be an issue. Case in point, the all-female Grace Autosport effort, who wasn’t on the entry list because they couldn’t get a car.
A 35.5 percent stake in Formula One held by CVC Capitol Partners could could have a new owner soon, according to a report by The Sun. Bernie Ecclestone runs the sport for CVC, so could this also be a sign that the 85-year-old may retire soon?
“I don’t think we have to have an Italian Grand Prix,” misguided elf-king of Formula One and infinitely wrong man Bernie Ecclestone told The Daily Mail. Tifosi, it’s time to get out those pitch forks and torches. Monza—historic wonderland and Ferrari’s home race Monza—could be replaced by Las Vegas.
Circuit of the Americas was given an unpleasant surprise last year when state of Texas cut its contribution to the United States Grand Prix’s sanctioning fees by $5.5 million. Fortunately for COTA, the Austin American-Statesman reports that a recalculation in the value of the venue itself may save the track millions…
For about a fourth of what my usual morning latte costs, Renault bought a 90 percent stake in the Lotus Formula One team for only £1. According to company documents obtained by the Telegraph, the deal was finalized right before Christmas and puts Renault back in charge of the team for the first time since 2009.
Motorsports isn’t just a great place for people to get together and compete in the fastest cars and bikes on the planet. It’s also a good way to waste/launder the questionably rich’s ill-gotten gains.
After dragging through a season full of late freight shipments and unpaid bills, the Lotus Formula One team’s financial savior has finalized their purchase of the team, per the BBC. Renault signed a letter of intent to purchase the Lotus F1 team at the end of September, and the principal contracts of the purchase were…
A $33 million dollar hosting fee that was supposed to be paid ahead of last month’s Formula One United States Grand Prix has yet to be paid by Circuit of the Americas, according to a report published in the Austin American-Statesman. That fee was supposed to be paid ahead of the October 25 race date.
The Team Formerly Known As Renault is finally going back to being Renault’s works Formula One effort. The struggling power unit supplier intends to buy a controlling stake in the struggling Lotus F1 team, which oddly, is the team Renault sold its stake in after the 2010 season to Genii Capital.
All of us that were hoping to get a boost for our stock portfolios because of the Detroit Auto Show should probably consider other avenues for financial gain (Alpacas?), at least according to analysts at Goldman Sachs. The buzzkills over there remind us a recession is coming, car sales will decrease, people will stop…