Video: Franchitti, Kimball visit NBC’s “Today” show

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Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti and Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Charlie Kimball were busy today in New York getting the word out about the new IZOD IndyCar Series season.

As part of their media tour, they made a special television appearance this morning on NBC’s “Today” show, which you can see here.

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The Ganassi duo also stopped by for a chat on CNBC’s “Street Signs,” which you can see below. You can catch Franchitti, Kimball and the rest of the IndyCar gang as they race in the season-opening Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Fla.) on Sun., March 24 at Noon ET — only on the NBC Sports Network.

Audi bids farewell to Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich upon retirement

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Audi bid farewell to its iconic head of motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, at its end-of-season ‘Race Night’ event in Germany on Friday upon his retirement.

Ullrich took over the reins as Audi’s head of motorsport in 1993 and stayed in the role for 23 years, overseeing its arrival in the prototype class of sports car racing and domination of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ullrich stepped down from the position at the end of 2016, handing the reins over to ex-Audi DTM chief Dieter Gass, and attended his final racing event with the German marque at its first works Formula E outing in Hong Kong earlier this month.

Ullrich was honored at the Race Night event on Friday and thanked for his efforts in developing Audi into a force within global motorsport.

“In 566 factory-backed commitments during this period he celebrated 209 victories, 13 of them in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, eleven in the 12-hour race at Sebring and nine in the ‘Petit Le Mans’ at Road Atlanta,” a piece on Ullrich’s tenure for Audi’s website reads.

“31 driver titles in super touring car racing, in the DTM and in the sports prototype category are credited to him. 57 campaigners were Audi factory drivers during Wolfgang Ullrich’s era and he was responsible for 18 new developments of racing cars – an impressive tally.”