Marino Franchitti is going for quality over quantity in terms of his 2014 racing appearances; the Scotsman has driven to the overall victory at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in March with Chip Ganassi Racing and now he’ll have a chance to race an Audi R8 at Road America this weekend.
Franchitti will slot into the GT Daytona-entered No. 46 Fall-Line Motorsports Audi R8 LMS alongside Charlie Putman, replacing Charles Espenlaub for the weekend.
“It was great to get the call from Michael (Harvey, Team Manager) to come and drive with Fall-Line at Road America and I’m really looking forward to working with the team, Charlie, and Charles this weekend,” Franchitti said in a team release. “Hopefully I can bring a fresh perspective to the program and help the team on the road back to the kind of performances they’re capable of.”
Fall-Line has a sixth place at Sebring in GTD as its best result of the season, but has otherwise struggled to convert qualifying pace into race results of note.
Formula 1 owner Liberty Media is set to unveil a new logo for the series on Sunday following the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit.
F1 has used its current logo – a black F with a white 1 that is often missed due to the red swoosh on the right-hand side – since 1993, as introduced by former ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone.
Ecclestone’s tenure as CEO of F1 came to an end in January when Liberty completed its $8 billion takeover of the series, with American executive Chase Carey being installed as the new CEO and chairman.
Liberty has made a number of changes to F1 since taking over, including a relaxing of social media guidelines for teams in the paddock and a push into new realms such as eSports, and the logo is due to be the next switch.
F1 lodged three possible new logos with the European Union’s Intellectual Property Office last week, with the selected design set to be unveiled on Sunday. It is unclear if it will be any of the three below.
The change in logo marks the end for yet another era in F1 in Abu Dhabi this weekend, with a number of important periods also coming to a close at the checkered flag.