Ecclestone raises New Jersey doubts but organizers remain positive

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Bernie Ecclestone says next year’s planned grand prix in New Jersey could still go ahead but warned the promoters won’t be given any more help to make the race happen.

Ecclestone told Adam Cooper: “We’ve been mucking around and waiting long enough. We’ve compromised enough.”

“We sent them 10 million to pay some of their debts, and keep the doors open, so we’re a little bit serious”

Ecclestone said F1 remains keen to put on the race: “If they can comply with the contract, we want to be there. If they come to me next week, and show they have complied with whatever it should be, it’s alright. They’ve got to finish the circuit, so they need to pay, and they need to comply with the conditions for us.”

However the mayor of West New York does not share Ecclestone’s doubts. Felix Roque told NJ.com: “As far as we are concerned, the race is still on.

“[Construction crews] are working diligently on Boulevard East, getting curbs and sidewalks done… They are out there today.”

And promoter Leo Hindery Jnr told GP Update there were no concerns over getting the track ready: “The only obstacles in front of us now are execution, they’re not structural.”

“The course never changed its configuration from the time we first identified it. It’s been clearly and frequently vetted by [FIA race director] Charlie [Whiting] and his colleagues on behalf of the teams.”

The race on the banks of the Hudson river was originally supposed to take place last June, but was pushed back to next season due to delays getting the venue ready.

“In a difficult financial market it became clear late last fall, really early in the winter that we would not make 2013,” Hindery added.

MRTI: Telitz gets creative to help racing career

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To say that Belardi Auto Racing’s Aaron Telitz has endured a difficult start to the 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season would be an understatement. The Wisconsin native only completed four corners through the first three races – Races 1 and 2 at St. Petersburg, and Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park – with St. Pete being especially problematic.

He took the pole for Race 1, but a crash during qualifying for Race 2 prevented him from actually starting. What’s more, the damage was so severe that the Belardi team needed a brand new chassis, with Telitz’s Dallara IL-15 damaged beyond repair.

They also had to borrow a car from Carlin for Race 2, but Telitz’s race ended after he got tangled up with Victor Franzoni in Turn 2 on Lap 1.

With the damage bill well into the six figures as a result, Telitz has taken to some unique, or rather, creative ways to raise money in the aftermath to help cover the costs. “Creative,” in this case, meaning Telitz is using his art skills.

An artist in his spare time, Telitz has begun selling his own original paintings to help raise money.

 “I’ve been to a lot of art shows and I see stuff and I go, ‘Holy cow, someone’s going to pay a thousand dollars for that thing?’” Telitz quipped in a story posted on the Milwaukee Journal.

In discussing his artistic abilities, Telitz added, “I’m working at getting better. I’d like to be able to paint some animals, those types of things. I got a request from Alexander Rossi to see if I could paint his dog. Unfortunately I can’t do that yet.”

Further, in a partnership with The Styled Garage, Telitz is selling his own merchandise, and accepting donations, to help his cause.

Telitz finished fourth in Race 2 at Barber on Sunday, and sits seventh in the Indy Lights championship, 59 points behind leader Pato O’Ward.

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