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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Changes, F1 unlikely for IMS

As newly-appointed president and chief executive officer Jeff Belskus takes over from Joie Chitwood at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, he said he expects few changes, Autoweek reports.

F1 Grand Prix of USA

Much of the interview focuses on the upcoming Brickyard NASCAR race, but it also briefly touches on the future of MotoGP and F1 at the speedway.

While the MotoGP race is entering the second year of a three-year commitment, F1 dropped off the schedule and looks unlikely to return, with Chitwood saying "he hasn't thought about bringing it back to IMS 'in a long time.'"

Uses for the road course, currently only utilized for the bike race, are being looked at. One answer might be sports cars, and part of Chitwood's new role with International Speedway Corp. will be oversight of the Rolex Grand Am series.

FIA mudslinging

The back biting continues between Jean Todt and Ari Vatanen. Vatanen's comments drew the ire of the FIA Foundation, Todt is hopeful the election will maintain its integrity.

US F1 update

They may not have a functional Web site, but Team US F1 plans to have a car ready in October.


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