French investigators to hold press conference Wednesday on Schumacher accident

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A French prosecutor has informed Agence France-Presse that local authorities will hold a press conference concerning their investigation into Michael Schumacher’s skiing accident.

That prosecutor, Patrick Quincy, has said that the conference will take place Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. GMT (5 a.m. ET in the United States) in Albertville, France, an hour north of Grenoble, where Schumacher remains in a medically induced coma and in stable but critical condition at the city’s University Hospital Center.

Quincy recently told the Associated Press that French investigators were seeking to obtain a copy of an alleged smartphone video of the Schumacher accident that has been cited by a German publication, Der Spiegel.

Schumacher’s press officer, Sabine Kehm, has already confirmed that a helmet camera worn by the Formula One legend during the accident was “voluntarily” handed over to authorities to help in their efforts.

Per AFP, prosecutors are looking at multiple factors in their investigation that looks to determine responsibility for the accident.

They include: Schumacher’s speed at the time he fell and hit his head on a rock in an off-piste section of the Meribel ski resort, whether the boundaries of the ski runs next to the accident site were properly marked, whether the rock was close enough to the piste to warrant some sort of protection or warning signage, and whether the safety releases on Schumacher’s skis operated properly.

Montoya: ‘Hopefully I get a chance to do Indy again’ (VIDEO)

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Juan Pablo Montoya is on site at this weekend’s United States Grand Prix, his latest trip in a summer and fall filled with a lot of international travel and a number of different race cars he’s been in.

Montoya is committed to a full season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Acura Team Penske in 2018, as he’ll share one of the team’s Acura ARX-05s with Dane Cameron.

However, the question of whether he’ll be able to race in the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil remains.

Team Penske has said it plans to only run four cars next month of May, with Helio Castroneves as the fourth driver alongside the three full-time cars driven by Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud and Will Power.

While Montoya has said elsewhere that he’s shopping offers and has talked with other teams, it’d be highly surprising to see the two-time Indianapolis 500 champion who developed the Chevrolet engine for IndyCar’s 2018 Dallara universal body kit in a Honda-powered IndyCar, although he is running Honda’s brand (Acura) in sports cars.

Montoya elaborated on his Indy 500 prospects in an interview with NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton at the Circuit of The Americas.

“Not full-time no,” Montoya told NBCSN of his IndyCar 2018 prospects. “Hopefully I get a chance to go to Indy, hopefully with Penske, (and) if not someone else. We’ll see.”

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Montoya has extolled the early testing both on the 2018 IndyCar and on the Acura ARX-05.

The first Acura chassis has run at Road Atlanta and Sebring International Raceway thus far, and will be put through its paces at other venues over the next few months.

“It’s been good. We did a lot of work with INDYCAR on that car. Fans are gonna like it,” Montoya said of the 2018 kit.

“Going to IMSA with the Acura program, we’ve done a lot of testing. It’s a beauty to drive. It drives better than what it looks! I haven’t had that much fun driving a race car in a long time.”

Acura ARX-05 Daytona Prototype international (DPi) race car to be campaigned by Team Penske in 2018