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:

Racing world reacts to Danica Patrick’s Daytona, Indy double news

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Here’s a sampling of quotes and social media reaction to Danica Patrick’s news announced earlier Friday that this would be her last full-time season as a driver, and that she’ll race in the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 only in 2018.

This ends a full-time stretch in the top flights of NASCAR and IndyCar. She was in NASCAR from 2012 through 2017, and IndyCar from 2005 through 2011.

Her’s her own post on Twitter and Instagram.

Well…. 2018 Daytona 500 and Indy 500 here I come. 🙌🏼

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IMS President J. Douglas Boles

“We’re glad Danica plans to return to the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil next May,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “Her final career start will make what’s already shaping up to be a terrific Month of May even more interesting for our fans.

“It’s also fitting that Danica is wrapping up her career at the place and in the race where she became a household name and captured the world’s attention in 2005 – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500. We’re looking forward to seeing her back in an Indy car next May alongside all of the tremendous drivers of the Verizon IndyCar Series.”

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