Germany’s famed Nurburgring saved from insolvency, possible extinction

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The future of Germany’s iconic Nurburgring race track has apparently gone from cloudy at best to very sunny.

According to MotorAuthority.com, the track has been sold to German automotive manufacturer Capricorn, thus saving the legendary 16-turn, 5.148 kilometer/3.199 mile from potentially going out of business or even being scrapped and having its massive land area developed.

Track officials had declared the facility insolvent in 2012, but it continued to operate and host major events including Formula One’s German Grand Prix.

Capricorn is no stranger to the facility, according to Spiegel Online, with approximately 100 of its 350 total employees working in a factory on the grounds to produce pistons, camshafts, crankshafts and a variety of other engine parts.

Now that it owns the track, Capricorn is expected to further expand its production footprint, including a new technology center being planned.

Nicknamed “Green Hell” by F1 great Jackie Stewart, Nurburgring’s sale must still be approved by European Union regulators, but that would appear to be a mere formality, given the track had few other suitors to rescue it from its nearly two-year-old insolvency.

F1 president Bernie Ecclestone had made an offer for the track in mid-January, but Capricorn’s offer was reportedly significantly larger.

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Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

Photos; Walt Kuhn
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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)