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Monday, June 2, 2008

Penske's 300th

Ryan Briscoe won the Indy race in Milwaukee this weekend, giving former F1 team owner Roger Penske his 300th victory in motorsports.

"This is a celebration for everyone who has been part of the Penske Racing family for the past 42 years," said Penske. "A milestone like 300 wins couldn't have been accomplished without a great team - some of the best drivers, team members and sponsors in the business."

Penske competed in Formula One from 1974-1976.

He remains a mainstay in the U.S. open wheel scene, maintains a NASCAR squad, runs an ALMS team, and has participated in Trans-Am and CanAm.

Penske’s sole Formula One victory was delivered by John Watson at the 1976 Austrian Grand Prix.

Who will replace Max?

As Max Mosley prepares to face the judgement of the FIA tomorrow, the list of potential replacements continues to grow.

Jean Todt and Gerhard Berger have both been linked with the leadership role in a post-Max world.

Alain Prost has forwarded himself as a candidate, and The Figaro reports current French Prime Minister Francois Fillon saying FIA leadership would fulfill a lifelong dream.

Now, German news agency SID published a list of candidates, including Deputy President of the FIA Marco Piccinini, German FIA Vice President Hermann Tomczyk, and Jurgen Hubbert, formerly of DaimlerChrysler.

The difficulty in naming a successor to Max (or Bernie) is that I have difficulty believing anyone is in place to take over. In fact, I fully believe the next leader of the FIA is easy to find. Max Mosley.

Renault can close the gap

Renault’s Pat Symonds believes the team can out-develop its rivals and become a player in the top three this season.

ITV reports Symonds said the team’s rate of improvement is better than other teams, and he sees no reason the team can’t keep improving, and while he doesn’t expect poles, he thinks BMW Sauber and McLaren are well within reach.

Symonds believes the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, traditionally a strong track for the French team, will provide an excellent opportunity to score points. Renault stands at just nine points so far this season, trailing it’s customer squad, Red Bull.

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