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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Max goes in-depth

Max Mosley plans to remain on the job until his intended retirement date in 2009, according to an exclusive interview with the Sunday Telegraph.

Mosley said he has had “slightly more than seven” club presidents tell him he must stay on the job and fight the allegations against him, and for that reason he will not step down.

The FIA head maintains in the interview that his personal life is a private matter, and categorically denies the alleged Nazi connotations of the videotaped session.

Mosley faces a vote of confidence June 3. Despite the many opinions, often critical, coming from the Formula One community, Mosley suggested his future is the FIA’s matter, and no one else's.

Regardless, citing his age, Mosley said it was always his intention to retire when his term ends in 2009.

Read the entire Sunday Telegraph package here.

Historic day for US open-wheel racing

In Japan...

Well, it only took 50 races, but Danica Patrick finally won an IndyCar race, winning the Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi.

She is the first female to win an IndyCar race.

No word on whether she wore "domestic appliance" white, as Bernie Ecclestone once suggested...

and in Long Beach...

Champ Car is no more, as Will Power won the final race in series history at the beautiful Long Beach street circuit.

Despite its flaws, Champ Car/CART was huge in its heyday, luring as many great drivers as it groomed. The series may have lost the plot a bit in the '90s, and its own arrogance may have led to the disastrous split with Tony George which would ultimately bring about its doom, but the action on the track was always exciting.

One can only hope that the IndyCar series will have learned its lesson in all of this and embrace the mix of ovals, street circuits and road courses which made open-wheel racing in the US unique, and not continue to fall victim to the idiotic notion that this country only likes guys who can turn left. 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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