Tarmac replaces gravel at Monza’s legendary Parabolica

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The modernization of Formula One circuits continue with news Thursday that the legendary, iconic Autodromo Nazionale d’Monza will have the Parabolica corner, the last corner leading onto the front straight, lose its gravel trap to be replaced by tarmac.

While the tarmac may be safer in getting cars to stop, it may remove some of the challenge for drivers in that corner.

ESPN F1 reported that with a possible World Superbike return in 2015, this change may be in anticipation for that.

Drivers are already lamenting the change – here’s thoughts from ex-F1 shoes Karun Chandhok and Jerome d’Ambrosio, as well as current rising star Tom Dillmann from GP2:

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)