G’Day, mate: Dogecoin effort may fund Australian V8 Supercar effort

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It’s likely that at least some old-fashioned and conservative race team owners scoffed when cybercurrency Dogecoin and loyal Reddit.com users got together to help fund Josh Wise last month at Talladega (and will do so again there later this fall) and then voted him into the Sprint All-Star Race.

Now there’s another crowdfunding effort afoot by the Dogecoin/Reddit aficionados to help fund another driver in an upcoming race.

Only this time it’ll be across the Pacific Ocean and in the Australian V8 Supercar series.

According to Jalopnik.com’s Patrick George, “a crowdfunding effort on Dogeraiser called #SuperV8Doge aims to sponsor driver Lee Holdsworth’s Erebus AMG Mercedes E63 racer at the Townsville 500 in July. Their goal is to raise 110 million Dogecoin for the Doge artwork on the car, clothing items and pit wall, and an associated media campaign. That’s about U.S. $50,000.

“… They have 20 days left and are at more than half their goal.”

Erebus Motorsport manager Jeff Reibel told Speedcafe.com that donations have already started to roll in to support Holdsworth’s Mercedes.

“From there, there are other levels of funding that go onto the bonnet (hood) and other major inventory on the car that can be achieved (through more donations), all the way up to the major branding package (the full car),” Reibel said.

Reibel has studied how Wise and team owner Phil Parsons were able to maximize the Dogecoin/Reddit involvement and believes much of how that evolved can be duplicated with his own team.

“This is an opportunity to engage a whole new fan base online,” Reibel said. “We saw what happened with Josh Wise, who is a guy that doesn’t race full-time, beating Danica Patrick in the All-Star vote. More eyeballs to our sport and more interest in our sport can only lead to better outcomes for everyone.”

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Formula One: Recapping the past week’s news

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While the FIA Formula 1 World Championship is still two months away from beginning its 2018 season, this past week did bring about news items that filled out the 2018 grid and shed some light on individual team and car launches as the season-opening Australian Grand Prix draws closer.

Below is a recap of F1 news from this past week:

Williams Signs Sirotkin for 2018 Drive, Names Kubica as Reserve Driver

The saga of the second seat at Williams Martini Racing was finally resolved early on in the week, with former Renault Sport F1 Team test driver Sergey Sirotkin officially confirmed as a teammate to the incumbent Lance Stroll in 2018.

The announcement concluded months of speculation that saw multiple drivers test for the team in an auditioning capacity. Most notably, Robert Kubica looked to be a main contender for the seat before Sirotkin emerged as the favorite.

However, Kubica, who has not raced in Formula 1 since a devastating rally accident in 2011 left him with brutal injuries to his right arm, was named as a reserve and development driver for the team.

This announcement also completes the 2018 Formula 1 driver lineup, with all 11 teams having their seats now filled. Among those who were left without F1 drives are Paul Di Resta, who drove for Williams at the Hungarian Grand Prix in relief of Felipe Massa and even tested with them during the Winter months, and Antonio Giovinazzi, who filled in for Pascal Wehrlein at the Australian and Chinese Grands Prix.

Former Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat is also without a race seat for 2018, but did sign on with Scuderia Ferrari as a development driver.

Mercedes, McLaren Reveal Dates for Their 2018 Car Launches

While most teams have not yet released dates for when their 2018 cars will be publicly launched, three notables have.

Mercedes AMG Petronas will introduce its 2018 challenger on February 22nd, the same day Ferrari is doing so, while McLaren will unveil its car one day later on the 23rd.

Testing will commence on February 26th at Circuit de Catalunya.

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