Brickyard GP may move out of NASCAR weekend at Indy

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For the last two years, GRAND-AM sports car racing has served as the opening act for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s NASCAR “Super Weekend.” But that may not be the case in 2014.

Next year’s schedule for United SportsCar Racing – the new entity that will debut following the merger of GRAND-AM and the American Le Mans Series – has not yet been released, but it’s likely that Indy will stay on. However, according to a Friday story from Curt Cavin of The Indianapolis Star, IMS president Doug Boles has confirmed that multiple new dates are being discussed for the Brickyard Grand Prix.

The most interesting possibility is a doubleheader pairing in early May with the IZOD IndyCar Series that would start the run to the Indianapolis 500 on the track’s legendary oval. Before anybody jumps to conclusions, keep in mind that Cavin notes the potential event is something that Boles currently regards as simply “conceptual.”

Additional options for Indy’s sports car race also include a move to August or September according to Cavin.

Back in May, Hulman & Co. president Mark Miles said that his group would be willing to make improvements to Indy’s oft-maligned road course if the decision was made to race IndyCars on the circuit. Based on that and the talk of a potential sports car/IndyCar doubleheader, it’s safe to say that IMS really wants to ensure major use of its ‘other track’ in the years ahead.

Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

Photos; Walt Kuhn
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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)