De Silvestro’s old IndyCar for sale on eBay

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Want a piece of IndyCar history? It can be yours for $30,000.

Simona de Silvestro’s 2011 race car, which became a cult hero and Internet celebrity on its own thanks to her PR representative creating a Twitter account for the car (now closed), is up for sale on eBay.

The car itself was known as “Pork Chop,” as it was one of the oldest previous generation Dallara chassis, and underwent many repairs after accidents.

The car’s weight meant de Silvestro was at a disadvantage compared to the rest of the field, as she would need to ring more out of a heavier chassis in order to start higher up the grid.

“Pork Chop” – the backup car for HVM Racing – was pressed into action after the team’s newer chassis was destroyed in a practice accident at Indianapolis. De Silvestro suffered burns to her hand in the accident but managed to qualify the older, heavier backup car prior to Bump Day to lock herself into the 2011 Indianapolis 500.

And thus began the legend of “Pork Chop.”

 

FIA returns Manor’s F1 entry fee for 2017

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Good news: Manor Grand Prix Racing Limited got a refund of an entry fee it paid to the FIA to run in this year’s F1 season.

Bad news: Manor still hasn’t run this year, and won’t be for the foreseeable future (especially as Manor’s former leadership staff is moving that team into FIA WEC’s new-look LMP1 class in addition to its LMP2 program).

Manor Group’s receivership outfit, Just Racing Services Limited, went into administration earlier this year. As there was no new buyer for the F1 team, Manor dropped from the 2017 grid before the season.

The FIA said it would return its entry fee to help Manor Group pay off outstanding debts.

It basically means nothing in the grand scheme of things since Manor missed out on 10th place in the constructor’s standings in 2016 and fell from the F1 grid as a result, but hey, it’s a goodwill gesture going into Thanksgiving this week.