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NASCAR chairman Brian France: Iowa Speedway not in plans for future Sprint Cup race


Fans of Iowa Speedway that have been hoping NASCAR would bring a Sprint Cup race to the 7/8-mile asphalt tri-oval are likely going to be disappointed.

During his mid-season state of the sport address at Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR chairman/CEO Brian France on Saturday said that the track east of Des Moines – which was purchased last November by NASCAR’s sister company, International Speedway Corp. – is not on the radar for a Sprint Cup race.

“On Iowa, we don’t have plans for a Cup date there,” France said matter-of-factly. “We’re working with the state representatives and others to help us build racing in Iowa to the highest level that we can.

“They’re doing a great job with us, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the entire effort that the communities have made in and around Iowa.

“But they’ve got a nice full schedule with IndyCar and Nationwide, and I think that’s where that remains.”

However, while Iowa will likely keep the current series it hosts now, France did say that NASCAR officials are looking at perhaps more international racing – although nothing is on the immediate horizon.

“Internationally, we’ve always liked when we’ve had opportunities to go to Montreal or Mexico City or even abroad for exhibition events, and when those opportunities present, we will certainly want to look at them,” France said.

But when asked if there are more international expansion plans in the works, France replied, “Not in the immediate future, but that sort of changes around, as well, as we go down the road. So we’ll have to see.”

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Pippa Mann, breast cancer survivors paint IMS’ start/finish line pink

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We’ve written a fair bit on MotorSportsTalk about the efforts Pippa Mann has done in working with the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer awareness. Susan G. Komen has supported Mann’s last two runs at the Indianapolis 500, when she’s driven the No. 63 Honda for Dale Coyne Racing.

This being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the awareness hit a new level with Mann working alongside breast cancer survivors to paint the start/finish line at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s iconic Yard of Bricks pink for the day.

IMS president Doug Boles also joined in the opportunity.

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Mercedes set to clinch F1 constructors’ championship in Russia

SOCHI, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 08:  Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP speaks with members of the media in the paddock during previews to the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on October 8, 2015 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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For the second year in a row, Mercedes is poised to wrap up the Formula 1 constructors’ championship in Sochi at this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix.

Mercedes won its first F1 teams’ title in Russia last year, having returned to the sport as a works constructor in 2010. When it last enjoyed such status in the 1950s, there was no championship for the teams.

Just as it did in 2014, Mercedes has dominated proceedings in F1 this season, winning all but three races and sweeping to eight one-two finishes to leave drivers Lewis Hamilton (pictured) and Nico Rosberg battling for the drivers’ title for the second straight year.

Now, Mercedes seeks the knock-out blow in the constructors’ title race by officially wrapping it up in Sochi this weekend.

To do so, the team must simply outscore rivals Ferrari by three points this weekend. The lead currently stands at 169 points, with 215 still on offer. After Sochi, there will be 172 remaining.

“We return to Russia with positive memories from last season, when the team sealed the first constructors’ title for Mercedes-Benz with a one-two finish,” team boss Toto Wolff said.

“A repeat performance in Sochi would be fantastic and this is absolutely the target – but we are under no illusions that it will come easy. The job is not done yet.”

The tire allocation for this weekend’s race could pose problems to Mercedes just as it did in Singapore, potentially allowing Ferrari to spoil the party and delay the victory celebrations at Brackley.

However, if the form book is to be trusted, Sochi could be playing host to another Mercedes party on Sunday night with a second world title in the bag for the Silver Arrows.