Nurburgring temporarily closed for graffiti defacing

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The iconic Nurburgring was temporarily closed as a result of graffiti that defaced the track.

Several pranksters defaced the track’s notorious Brunnchen corner with a depiction of a giant penis. Police estimated that 20 liters of paint were used for the creation, apparently aimed at a Danish driver who was using the track. (Fans have been able to drive around the full circuit for about 20 euros and has been a popular destination for enthusiasts.)

Paint was still wet on the track on Sunday, and it took several hours to remove it from the surface.

No one has claimed responsibility for the defacing yet.

The full Nordschleife, 14.2 miles, is one of motorsport’s most iconic circuits and last year went through financial turmoil. The shorter circuit is used as a home of the German Grand Prix for Formula 1, after the full one was taken out of commission for F1 grands prix after 1976.

Defending winner Takuma Sato to grace front of 2018 Indy 500 tickets

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The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has unveiled what the ticket for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 will look like.

The ticket features blue and red foil stamped with a sculptural embossing of last year’s 500 winner, Takuma Sato, in victory lane, holding the ceremonial winner’s bottle of milk. Sato became the first Japanese driver to win the Greatest Spectacle In Racing, driving for Andretti Autosport.

The ticket was revealed Thursday during a ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse that featured Sato, now with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, as well as Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, Hulman & Company President and CEO Mark Miles, IMS President J. Douglas Boles and Hulman Motorsports Senior Vice President of Events Allison Melangton.

The Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil will be held Sunday, May 27 at IMS.

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