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.

Marco Andretti to drive throwback scheme to honor 25th anniversary of grandfather Mario’s last win

Photo courtesy Andretti-Herta Autosport
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Marco Andretti wanted to do something really special to honor the 25th anniversary of grandfather Mario Andretti’s final Indy car win in 1993 at Phoenix International Raceway (now known as ISM Raceway).

So the third-generation Andretti, along with his team, Andretti-Herta Autosport, came up with a plan and design that will take longtime race fans back in time when it appears early next month for the Phoenix Grand Prix.

Marco Andretti’s No. 98 Oberto Beef Jerky Circle K/Curb Honda will be decked out in the colors of the car his grandfather won his last race on the one-mile short track 25 years ago.

“When the idea of a throwback livery celebrating my grandfather’s final win was thrown around, Oberto was ready to get to the drawing board,” Marco Andretti said in a media release. “The black, white and red car resembles many of my family’s race cars and was a big part of my life growing up.

“It’s really cool to be able to add one of my cars to that family legacy.”

The car is a virtual double of the legendary Newman-Haas Racing and Texaco/Havoline-sponsored car Mario drove on that celebratory day in the Valley of the Sun 2 ½ decades ago.

Various events and ceremonies during the April 6-7 race weekend will honor the senior Andretti. That includes several of his former competitors who will be on hand to celebrate with Mario, including Emerson Fittipaldi, Bobby Rahal, Jimmy Vasser, Paul Tracy, Arie Luyendyk, and of course, son Michael Andretti and grandson Marco Andretti.

Check out what happened on that day 25 years ago:

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