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Reports: IndyCar Series expected to announce 2015 race near New Orleans


According to multiple media reports, officials of the Verizon IndyCar Series are expected to announce Monday that the series will hold a race next season in suburban New Orleans.

The race will reportedly take place on the 2.75-mile road course at NOLA Motorsports Park in suburban Avondale, La., about 15 miles from the Big Easy.

IndyCar has never raced in or near New Orleans. The IMSA series held a street race through downtown in 1995.

It’s unclear whether the series will expand its schedule to accommodate the new race, or if a race will be taken away from an existing venue. Series officials are expected to address that in a press conference scheduled at the track on Monday.

Of this season’s 18 races, 12 are on street or road courses. If reports are accurate, it would be the second straight road course added to the schedule in as many years. Indianapolis Motor Speedway was awarded and will host its first IndyCar road course race on May 10.

NOLAMP was designed by Alan Wilson, who also designed Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., which hosted last weekend’s IndyCar race, as well as Miller Motorsports Park near Salt Lake City.

NOLAMP opened in 2011 and has hosted a variety of smaller open-wheel series including Indy Lights, Pro Mazda and USF2000. The $60 million facility also hosted an AMA motorcycle event in 2012.

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NHRA: New book a celebration of life, love and drag racing

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The overpowering smell from nitromethane that powers Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars in the National Hot Rod Association oftentimes brings fans to tears after getting a whiff of the stuff.

Now there’s a new inspirational book that will also bring tears to the eyes of die-hard drag racing fans.

Veteran crew chief Jim Oberhofer has released “Top Fuel For Life, Life Lessons From A Crew Chief,” a touching homage to both his late wife and persevering and overcoming adversity in the highly competitive world of NHRA drag racing.

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Oberhofer wears a number of hats as vice president of one of the sport’s most veteran and successful teams, Kalitta Motorsports, including serving as crew chief for Top Fuel driver Doug Kalitta’s dragster.

Oberhofer relates a number of stories about overcoming adversity in the book, but none more touching than how he watched his beloved wife “Tammy O” lose a long and painful battle to stage 4 metastatic lung cancer.

While Oberhofer has spent his life using wrenches and tools working on 10,000-horsepower engines, his new book shows that he is also a very gifted writer.

Known in the sport as “Jim O,” Oberhofer describes the fight his wife went through in gritty and descriptive prose, but with a foundation built upon what the love of his life meant to him – and continues to mean to him more than two years since she passed away.

“When you take a long hard look at your life, I guarantee you that being a winner has little to do with crossing the finish line,” Oberhofer said. “After many mistakes and a whole lot of heartache, I learned that happiness comes from a deeper, simpler place. That’s the big win.”

“Top Fuel For Life” is available on Amazon for $19.95.

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Report: Ecclestone believes F1 could be sold by year’s end

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Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone on Tuesday said the racing series is up for sale and has as many as three potential buyers.

Ecclestone told The Associated Press that a deal could still be struck by year’s end.

“I think so, maybe this year,” Ecclestone said. “There are three people mentioned to buy. So it’s a case of whether CVC or Mr. Mackenzie wants to sell.”

Ecclestone was referring to F1’s largest and controlling shareholder, CVC Capital Partners co-chairman Donald Mackenzie.

But even if F1 is sold, the 84-year-old Eccelstone doesn’t plan on going anywhere.

“The people that I’ve spoken to … have asked me if I would stay,” Ecclestone told AP.

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