Friends, family plan to build memorial to honor stock car racing legend Dick Trickle

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Friends and family of Dick Trickle are looking to build a memorial to honor the late stock car racing legend in his hometown of tiny Rudolph, Wis.

Although still in the early planning stages, according to the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune, a group will kick off a fund-raising drive starting in mid-May to raise money for a memorial to Trickle that will likely include a statue, ceramic tiles and photos.

“I think it’s a phenomenal thing they’re doing,” said Trickle’s younger sister, Delores Iwanski. “Dick entertained so many of his fans for so many years.”

Rudolph is a town of just over 400 about 170 miles northwest of Milwaukee, in the center of the state.

“Dick deserves it,” longtime Trickle friend and fellow racer Tom Reffner told the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune. “He did the best of anybody from our area by far, and I just think it’s the right thing to do, and I think it’s the right thing to do for Rudolph itself.”

Trickle died nearly a year ago in Iron Station, N.C., at the age of 71.

“Just for what he gave back to his fans, I think this memorial is well deserved in his honor,” Iwanski said.

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Alonso would be ‘very happy’ to finish F1 career with McLaren

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Fernando Alonso says he would be “very happy” to see out his Formula 1 career with McLaren after signing a new multi-year contract with the British team, announced on Thursday.

Alonso, 36, ended speculation about his future by agreeing a new deal with McLaren, hopeful of returning to the front of the field next year when the team swaps Honda power for Renault engines.

Alonso admitted to considering options outside of F1 before agreeing to stay at McLaren, and was thought to only be chasing a one-year extension in order to be in a position to snap up a more attractive seat in the volatile 2019 market.

However, Alonso confirmed in an interview with the official F1 website that the deal with McLaren stretched beyond the end of next year, adding he would be content to see out his time in the sport with the team.

“I never talk about contracts, but one thing I can say is it is a long-term partnership,” Alonso said.

“I am very happy to finish my career at McLaren. So I don’t think it is going to be only one year.”

Alonso also revealed he had options with teams high up the field in F1 for 2018 just a couple of months ago, but was always leaning to staying at McLaren despite not scoring a podium with the team in almost three years.

“There were some other options in F1. In the summer there were still some options at the top teams, but my desire was to stay with McLaren,” Alonso said.

“But at that time they were in conversation with different engine suppliers, so I had to give them time to sort out their situation.

“Then McLaren opted for a Renault engine which delayed my decision, because I had to understand what Renault’s plans were for next years.

“But when I had everything on the table, everything was pretty clear.”