Zak Brown’s marketing company up for sale

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Just Marketing Inc., the global motorsports marketing company that was founded by current INDYCAR CEO candidate Zak Brown, is now up for sale.

According to Jenna Fryer of the Associated Press, Brown informed the JMI staff that Spire Capital Partners is trying to sell its 60 percent stake in the company. As for any possible connections to a potential jump to INDYCAR by Brown, a copy of the memo obtained by the AP states that any sale is “completely unrelated” to that scenario.

“There is no immediate timeline in place for a transaction to occur and no guarantee that one will occur in the near future,” wrote Brown, who still owns a 20 percent stake in JMI (the other 20 percent is with the WPP advertising agency).

“JMI’s leadership and employees continue to be focused on providing excellent service to our clients and continue to grow our business.”

During the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg weekend, Brown was acknowledged by Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles as a candidate to replace Randy Bernard as IndyCar’s top dog. Right now, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president and CEO Jeff Belskus is handling that job on an interim basis.

“I have a lot of passion for IndyCar and I’m getting to know Mark,” Brown told the AP in an e-mail about the situation. “We are exploring to see if there’s a way to work together. It’s a great product and I’m positive I could contribute to its growth and success.”

Hamilton: Abu Dhabi ‘the last race with good-looking cars’ in F1

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Lewis Hamilton believes that this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be remembered as the last race with good-looking Formula 1 cars ahead of the introduction of the ‘Halo’ cockpit protection for next year.

Officials from the FIA and F1 Strategy Group confirmed earlier this year that the Halo would be fitted to all cars from the 2018 season in a bid to improve safety standards, with the deaths of Justin Wilson and Jules Bianchi putting head protection high on the agenda for the series’ chiefs.

Hamilton has long made his opposition to the Halo clear, believing it will ruin the look of F1 cars, and echoed his thoughts ahead of the final Halo-less race in Abu Dhabi this weekend.

“It’s the last year of looking good I think in the cars. It’s the last race where the cars will look good,” Hamilton said.

“I think next year, it’s all downhill from there in terms of how they look.

“But safety will go up at least, and maybe it could be successful in some way.”

Hamilton’s F1 title rival Sebastian Vettel was less bothered about the change, believing the field will adjust and move on.

“The cars will look different next year. Everything I’ve seen so far looks different, but on the other hand it is something we all get used to,” Vettel said.

“But no doubt the cars look better now, but we’ll get used to it, and we’ll work on the aesthetics so it can be better. It is less of a big deal.”

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo shared Vettel’s view, saying: “I don’t think it’s gonna be as dramatic as most people make it out to be.”