Report: IMS will add a vintage race in June 2014

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The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is committed to improving its bottom line in 2014, and there’s hard evidence already of that given the announcement of IndyCar’s Grand Prix of Indianapolis road race May 10 as a new, potentially lucrative event.

That takes care of the present, and on Monday, a link was discovered that will see IMS embrace the past.

A post on the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association, or SVRA, website revealed that IMS will host an SVRA Vintage race in June 2014 on the newly reconfigured 2.44-mile road course. For all the history that exists about IMS, this will actually be the first ever vintage race at the iconic speedway on 16th and Georgetown. To boot, fans will be able to camp in the infield.

Perhaps the days of old, when roadsters ruled the Speedway and the Snake Pit was hopping aren’t as far removed as we thought.

Lewis Hamilton comes home to Mercedes factory after fourth title

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On Monday, the Formula 1 schedule finally allowed teams to be in Europe before heading to Abu Dhabi for this weekend’s season finale.

And as such, that provided a window for now four-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton to return to the Mercedes AMG Petronas factories in Brackley and Brixworth to be celebrated for taking the driver’s title, as Hamilton an Valtteri Bottas delivered Mercedes its fourth straight constructor’s title.

Hamilton was at Brixworth, the home of Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) and its highly successful Mercedes-Benz Power Units first before heading to Brackley, where he was welcomed with a “guard of honor” as the entire team came out to greet him.

The champion was overwhelmed at the response and the welcome.

“This a very emotional day. I was not expecting this, thanks everyone for the warm welcome,” he said. “Today is something that I will never forget, turning up at the front gate of the factory and seeing everyone out on the street to welcome me – I’m blown away.

“This has been an incredible year, it’s been an incredible journey together. There’s a huge amount of respect and appreciation I have for everyone. I’ve been in the sport for a long time now, but to see the work ethic in Brixworth and Brackley really inspires me. Every time I come around, I see everyone operating at 100%, which encourages me to bring my best performance.

“Thank you all for helping me achieve my dreams, it would not have been possible without you. This is the best championship year, because we’ve been fighting another team and because we’ve had the difficulties and challenges we’ve had – that just makes it so much greater.”

A social roundup of images and videos are below, all via Hamilton and the Mercedes team on social media.