Tony George re-elected to Hulman and Co. board

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IZOD IndyCar Series founder Tony George has returned to the board of directors at Hulman & Co. after resigning last fall due to the appearance of a conflict of interest.

George, who founded the series in 1994 and currently serves as a co-owner for his stepson Ed Carpenter’s team, stepped down from the board in October of 2012 due to his involvement in a group that was, at the time, exploring the possibility of buying North America’s top open-wheel series. Hulman & Co. continuously maintained that the series was not for sale.

However, with George no longer looking to acquire the series he created, he has been allowed to return as a board member for INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s parent company.

In addition to George, the current Hulman board consists of his mother, Mari Hulman George; his sisters, Nancy George, M. Josephine George, and Katherine George-Conforti; Hulman CEO Mark Miles; IMS president/CEO Jeff Belskus; John Ackerman; Andre Lacy; James Morris; and Michael Smith.

According to the Associated Press, George made a five-page proposal to the Hulman board on Oct. 5, 2012 that called for a management team to take over operations of the series and separate it from IMS. However, the proposal expired ten days later without being considered, and George resigned from the Hulman board on Oct. 19, 2012.

Toro Rosso at crossroads after Kvyat’s point, Hartley’s strong debut

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In a weekend with something to prove at Circuit of The Americas, Daniil Kvyat rose to the occasion with what he called “his best race of the season for sure” at the United States Grand Prix.

But it may not be enough for the Russian to have saved his seat at Scuderia Toro Rosso for the three final races this year.

Meanwhile, New Zealander Brendon Hartley capped off his roller-coaster debut weekend in Formula 1 with a solid 13th place finish after starting from the rear of the grid, learning as the race went on and bringing home his Toro Rosso chassis to the flag.

Toro Rosso faces a dilemma of three drivers available but only two seats to fill for the final three Grands Prix, with the Mexican Grand Prix coming up just next week.

Frenchman Pierre Gasly will be back after missing Austin due to his Super Formula commitments at Suzuka in Japan, but ultimately that went for naught as the races were canceled due to a typhoon.

Kvyat qualified 12th, was promoted to 11th by way of grid penalties and ended 10th, scoring a point for only the third race this year and first time since coming ninth in the Spanish Grand Prix back in May.

It was a weekend where he would have been expected to outdo Hartley, and did so, but not by a massive margin. And he was already coming in with a track time disadvantage, losing out in FP1 as Indonesian Formula 2 driver Sean Gelael ran in his chassis.

As it was, he rated his weekend performance highly and didn’t do his chances of staying in the car any harm.

Speaking to NBCSN after the race, Kvyat said, “Yeah, it was a perfect race. I did everything well. Brought the points home. It was close with (Felipe) Massa.

“We had some energy release issues on the engine. But it was a massive weekend. It was great. I really enjoyed myself. It was a good job by the team to keep it together with very limited running.

Hartley built up confidence throughout the weekend as he learned the car, the Pirelli tires and how an F1 race races versus an endurance race that he’d been used to doing for several years.

Having coming into the weekend with no expectations and just taking the race session-by-session, he felt good at the end of it.

“There’s so many little things to reflect on,” he told NBCSN. “I’ll put the eyes at rest and process it all. I did the standing start and it wasn’t the best… it’s been a long time.

“But yeah, (you’re learning) in terms of following in traffic, what 20 laps on these tires means, how much you can push it. I’m pretty satisfied. The pace was pretty strong. I made the mistake of getting passed by (Lance) Stroll. I couldn’t pass him back. Lots of challenges. I hope I can get another shot at it.

“Up until this moment… I didn’t want to know. I just wanted to do the job. I’m really relaxed. Now there might be some conversations.”

Toro Rosso figures to reveal its Mexican Grand Prix driver lineup early this week.