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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Indy to return as soon as ‘09?

Indy boss Tony George confirmed on an Indianapolis radio station that IMS has hired a marketing firm in hopes of landing a sponsor to bring F1 back to the speedway.

Indianapolis hosted the US date on the F1 calender from 1999 through 2007, but the race was put on hiatus this season when George and Bernie Ecclestone could not come to financial terms on a new contract.

In the interview, George hinted that the race could be back as early as 2009, but that any package would have to include sponsorship. He confirmed that there were interested parties.

I hope there is truth in this report. As we close in rapidly on June, I find myself missing my annual trip to the Hoosier state, and to St. Elmo Steak House in particular.

Jacques in the racing hinterlands

Where do you go when you are a former Formula 1 world champion, yet you can’t pull together the sponsorship to run in NASCAR? How about the Middle Eastern-based, NASCAR-like Speedcar series?

Jacques Villeneuve is set to join the final two rounds of the road racing series that features NASCAR inspired machines. He will join a host of F1 vets, including Jean Alesi, Johnny Herbert, Stefan Johansson, Ukyo Katayama, JJ Lehto and Gianni Morbidelli, for the Bahrain and Dubai rounds.

I guess you race in the series you have, not necessarily in the series you want.

As the Ferrari spins...

Ferrari confirms what we already knew, Felipe Massa’s race ending spin in Malaysia was a result of driver error.

Massa’s apparently clipped a kerb, which caused the aerodynamics to “stall,” according to the Prancing Horse.

Ferrari also took the opportunity to deny that they have no deal in place with Fernando Alonso for 2009 as reports surfaced to that effect in the media.

We know what that usually means. If something in F1 is denied, then it most likely is true. Don't miss the top stories of the day, subscribe to the SpeedRead Web newspaper now! -- Email SpeedRead -- Learn more about author C.D. Six


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