So-called “NASCAR loophole” tax break set to expire

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This is one from the business of racing department, but the so-called “NASCAR loophole” that accelerates the depreciation of race tracks, and thus provided a small tax break for builders, is pretty much gone for 2014, per a report from the Washington Post.

According to that report, this break allowed NASCAR tracks to, in theory, compete on a level playing field with other theme parks. An earlier Post report from June 2012 said the cut expired itself at the end of 2011, as it was not renewed by Congress. The revenue impact though, wouldn’t happen until Fiscal Year 2013.

The loophole could occur because, according to a 2012 Daily Beast report, NASCAR racetrack owners could deduct the depreciation over seven years instead of the government-estimated 39 years. The cost to the government was estimated at that time at $40 million per year, and the cost to extend, per the Post today, would be $50 million annually.

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.”