In report, Cindric douses Penske LMP1 rumors

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Penske Racing president Tim Cindric moved to fan some flames on a growing rumor about any potential LMP1 involvement for Penske with Porsche.

In an interview with SPEED.com’s John Dagys, Cindric denied rumors that plans are in place for a 2014 appearance in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

“Right now, we don’t have any plans for 2014 for sports cars as we sit here today,” Cindric said Thursday. “There’s nothing at all, and nothing really on the horizon, to be honest. There’s an outside chance of one situation but it’s not what everybody has been talking about.”

Penske Racing currently fields a pair of IndyCar Chevrolets for Helio Castroneves and Will Power, and four cars in NASCAR split between two Sprint Cup Fords (Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano) and two Nationwide Series Fords (Sam Hornish Jr. and a combo of Keselowski, Logano, Ryan Blaney and AJ Allmendinger) full-time. There’s also been a third IndyCar for Allmendinger in selected races, but none since Detroit.

Daniel Ricciardo would relish being Lewis Hamilton’s teammate

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BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo says he would relish the challenge of having Lewis Hamilton as his teammate if he joins Mercedes next year.

Ricciardo is out of contract at Red Bull at the end of the season and expressed interest in joining teams like Mercedes or Ferrari to help him challenge for the championship.

The Australian says he would “love to obviously be challenged against the best and Lewis is obviously up there.”

He adds: “I don’t want to say it’s just Lewis I’m looking for but that would be a good challenge.”

Ricciardo says he won’t accept a faster car if it means playing second fiddle to an established star.

He says “there’s always been really good clarity and fairness (at Red Bull) … and I would expect that environment everywhere.”