Howard talks “Rush” on Today Show (VIDEO)

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Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard’s been on NBC’s “Today” before, but probably not in this context. Howard shared insights about his upcoming film “Rush,” which chronicles the 1976 Formula One World Championship bout between James Hunt and Niki Lauda, earlier on Tuesday’s show.

And of all places to have the interview with Howard and Lauda, it was at the full Nurburgring Nordschleife – site of Lauda’s accident in 1976. The link is here.

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.