GP of America organizers issue statement on race postponement

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Shortly after the FIA released its finalized 2014 Formula One schedule minus the Grand Prix of America in New Jersey, race organizers got out a statement saying that the group is working on “restructured financial arrangements” to ensure that the event will go off in 2015.

Today marks the second year in a row that the GP of America has been left off the final F1 schedule, which will no doubt lead to a heightened sense of skepticism over whether it will ever be a full-fledged Grand Prix. The event had been listed for June 1, 2014 on a provisional schedule.

In the statement, GP of America executive chairman and promoter Leo Hindery Jr. maintained that “our entire management team and our supporters in New Jersey, New York and throughout the Formula One community obviously want to see the inaugural Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial take place as soon as possible.”

“Bringing a world-class race to the world’s largest media market is a huge undertaking that has required balancing construction of our road course, without tapping any public money, with the sport’s own timing demands,” said Hindery, who also thanked FOM, New Jersey governor Chris Christie and other local officials and property owners “for their patience.”

Also commenting in the statement was F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone. His desire for a race in the New York metro area remains unabated despite today’s events.

“There is great demand for a race in New Jersey and I have no doubt we’ll be racing at Port Imperial in 2015,” Ecclestone said. “New races can take many years to get started, but there is significant momentum and we are close to realizing a New York City F1 race.”

Audi bids farewell to Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich upon retirement

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Audi bid farewell to its iconic head of motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, at its end-of-season ‘Race Night’ event in Germany on Friday upon his retirement.

Ullrich took over the reins as Audi’s head of motorsport in 1993 and stayed in the role for 23 years, overseeing its arrival in the prototype class of sports car racing and domination of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ullrich stepped down from the position at the end of 2016, handing the reins over to ex-Audi DTM chief Dieter Gass, and attended his final racing event with the German marque at its first works Formula E outing in Hong Kong earlier this month.

Ullrich was honored at the Race Night event on Friday and thanked for his efforts in developing Audi into a force within global motorsport.

“In 566 factory-backed commitments during this period he celebrated 209 victories, 13 of them in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, eleven in the 12-hour race at Sebring and nine in the ‘Petit Le Mans’ at Road Atlanta,” a piece on Ullrich’s tenure for Audi’s website reads.

“31 driver titles in super touring car racing, in the DTM and in the sports prototype category are credited to him. 57 campaigners were Audi factory drivers during Wolfgang Ullrich’s era and he was responsible for 18 new developments of racing cars – an impressive tally.”