Crowd-funded Cutters Race Team effort seeks to make Indy 500

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There could be a crowd-funded effort in this year’s Indianapolis 500, if Cutters Race Team’s two principles, Travis Tetrault and Jason Godby, gather enough fan interest to support the run.

“The People’s Race Car,” under the CuttersRT name, has a $1 million goal established. Each fan who pays $100 to become a sponsor would have his or her name on the car, with the target of 10,000 fans to meet that financial goal.

Names of individuals, rather than corporations, would be the only ones that appear on the car.

“The only way we could figure out how to do that was be a part of the big race and go out there with the corporations and sponsor a car,” Tetrault said, via NBC Indianapolis affiliate WTHR 13.

If the goal is met, Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing would operate the car at the Speedway.

Important to note though, the CuttersRT effort is independent of being an SFHR program, and is also independent of SFHR’s second car, run in one race each of the last two years by RW (Rotondo Weirich) Motorsports’ Steve Weirich.

Weirich is still a team partner, and the team will release more regarding his specific involvement this year at a later date.

The car could still run with corporate sponsors if the all-fan target amount is not met. More information can be found at cuttersrt.com and the group’s social media platforms.

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.”