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Friday, December 19, 2008

Friday catch-all

Here's what's making news in the world of F1 and beyond...

>>>Grandprix.com is reporting rumors coming out of Tokyo Jarno Trulli could be replaced by Kamui Kobayashi, despite a year remaining on the Italian's contract. It is also rumored the team will kill its young driver program.

>>>FOTA boss Luca di Montezemolo calls for Bernie Ecclestone to go in a frank interview with The Times.

Here's just a sample:

“Do you think it is normal that we don’t have one race in North America? Do you think it is normal that we understand from the newspapers that the Canadian Grand Prix is over? Do you think it is normal that we see important sponsors decide to leave the small and moderate-sized teams? Do you think it is normal that we pay unbelievable amounts for hospitality to promote ourselves at the races? Do you think it is normal that we cannot discuss the timing of races?”

>>>Sebastien Bourdais admits he is considering his options if he is not retained by Toro Rosso, including America and the IRL.

"I'm pretty open. Right now I need a good programme and America would be an interesting option," the Frenchman told Autosport.

>>>Mercedes is set to usher out the SLR with a special Stirling Moss edition, according to Autoweek.

>>>Outside of F1, the Detroit Grand Prix, lately an IRL/ALMS event, is canceled for 2009, another casualty of the poor economy.

>>>And, despite denials, rumors continue to swirl that Corvette Racing will skip Le Mans this year.

"It's not true," General Motors road-racing boss Steve Wesoloski responded when contacted by Autoweek about the rumor, which appeared in Autosport. "We are still going ahead with our plans for a reduced program of Sebring, Long Beach and Le Mans. No one has come knocking to tell me otherwise. We are, of course, prepared for all eventualities. It all hinges on what happens in Washington [with financial bailout talks]."

Corvette Racing is planning to transition from GT1 to GT2 over the course of the season.

Interestingly, Autoweek reports a high-ranking GM official as saying the company would axe its NASCAR program before pulling out of Le Mans. 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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