November 25th, 2013
With Camping World Truck Series going to Gateway Motorsports Park next year, NASCAR racing would also return in the St. Louis area that bred the likes of Ken Schrader and the Wallace brothers (Mike, Rusty and Kenny).
A productive event can keep Gateway on the chart to move up and finally get back its position on Nationwide Series calendar that it held from the year 1997 to the year 2010; before it was closed by Dover Motorsports, the former owner.
This weekend, Jim Cassidy, the NASCAR vice president of racing operations told that they were reintroducing stock car racing to the region. The 1st step in doing that is bringing back the trucks and making it the biggest and best event they could.
Now under Curtis Francois’ care, Gateway has been developing over the past year because of Francois’ redevelopments to the tune of US$ 11.5 million. He came in a lease for the chase in the year 2011 and after that he bought it directly in this last spring.
Since taking Gateway’a control, Curtis has tempted back the NHRA and has now been able to do very same thing with NASCAR. He said the Post-Dispatch that he anticipates the local people to back the CWTS program and a new Gateway.
Curtis Francois told that the supporters in this region good racing and the NASCAR truck series really bring it. They were doing all the things at the track to make it relevant in updating the facilities and to offer a good fan experience.
October 3rd, 2013
Formula One team Toro Rosso has stated that the team feels absolutely no compulsion to rush into naming a replacement for the outgoing Daniel Ricciardo for the new season.
Red Bull Racing, the sister team of the Italian constructors announced recently that they will be promoting Ricciardo to the senior team as a replacement for the departing Mark Webber for the new season leaving Toro Rosso with a man short for the 2014 racing season.
The team is expected to keep hold of Jean Eric Vergne for the new season as well with the open driver’s slot going to one of the team’s young test drivers, according to sources close to the team. Antonio Felix da Costa, the Formula 3.5 driver is the early favorite to fill in the vacant slot left by Daniel Ricciardo but the likes of GP3 drivers Daniil Kvyat as well as Carlos Sainz Jr. both of whom tested for the team at the Silverstone Young Driver Test earlier this year are names doing the rounds as well.
Franz Tost, the team principal for the team was equally unmoved when asked about the possible replacement for Ricciardo in the team as he stated that the team will look at the options at their disposal and make a decision on the new driver at a later date, adding that they are in no rush to name a replacement for the outgoing driver.
He also extended his blessings for Daniel Ricciardo stating that he would have preferred to keep him in the team as he is a great young driver and has done a brilliant job for the team as well but at the same time, when a big team comes calling, it’s only fair that an ambitious driver heads that way to further his progress and desire for success.
September 25th, 2013
McLaren are set to confirm a new contract for their star driver Jenson Button despite poor performance from the team during the 2013 season. After the departure of Lewis Hamilton, Button became the number one driver at McLaren.
The former world champion, though, has been unable to get the team competing at the same level as last season. They are very far off the top teams like Red Bull and Ferrari in terms of race pace. This has prevented them from challenging even for a race victory this season. Button won the world championship with Brawn GP back in 2009, but he has not added to the championship victory since then. Read the rest of this entry »