IndyCar stars to race in Sebring 12 Hours

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IndyCar’s defending series champion, rookie-of-the-year and Indianapolis 500 polesitter all get another racing opportunity before the St. Petersburg IndyCar season opener.

Ryan Hunter-Reay (center), Simon Pagenaud (far right) and Ryan Briscoe (far left) will all race for the Level 5 Motorsports team in the American Le Mans Series’ Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida on March 16, according to a report.

While Hunter-Reay has raced with this team before, Pagenaud and Briscoe make their first starts with Scott Tucker’s team. Each gained prototype racing experience before their IndyCar careers began in earnest.

Marino Franchitti, younger brother of Dario, will also race for the team with Tucker driving in both the team’s HPD prototypes.

Unfortunately, this race marks Briscoe’s first confirmed race of 2013. He is currently without a full-time ride in the IndyCar ranks, as Roger Penske will downsize his team from three full-time cars to two. Hunter-Reay and Pagenaud resume with Andretti Autosport and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, respectively.

Townsend Bell, one of NBC Sports Network’s pit reporters for IndyCar last season, is also projected to race in a GT class Ferrari F458 Italia.

The race in Sebring occurs on March 16, one week before the IndyCar curtain raiser at St. Pete on March 24.

Formula One names Stefano Domenicali as its new CEO

Stefano Domenicali named F1 CEO
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Former Ferarri chief Stefano Domenicali was named the new president and CEO of F1, replacing Chase Carey in January 2021, Liberty Media announced Friday.

Domenicali, 55, will join Formula One from Lamborghini, where he had been CEO and president.

He worked on Ferrari’s F1 team for nearly 20 years, becoming the team principal in 2008. He left in 2014 and worked at Audi before joining Lamborghini.

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“I am thrilled to join the Formula 1 organization, a sport that has always been part of my life,” Domenicali said in a release. “I was born in Imola and live in Monza.  I’ve remained connected to the sport through my work with the Single Seater Commission at the FIA and I look forward to connecting with the teams, promoters, sponsors and many partners in Formula 1 as we continue to drive the business ahead.

“The past six years at Audi and then leading Lamborghini have given me broader perspective and experience that I will bring to Formula 1.”

Carey, who had led F1 since Liberty’s Formula One Group took control of the organization in 2017, will move to the role of non-executive chairman.

“Chase has done a phenomenal job leading F1,” Liberty Media President and CEO Greg Maffei said in a statement. “He assembled a first-class commercial and sporting organization that has a long list of achievements, including broadening the appeal of the sport, growing its digital presence, establishing new technical regulations, securing a cost cap for the first time and reaching a new more equitable Concorde agreement with the teams.  His actions have reinforced F1 as the pinnacle of motorsport.”

Said Carey: “It has been an honor to lead Formula 1, a truly global sport with a storied past over the last seventy years. I’m proud of the team that’s not only navigated through an immensely challenging 2020 but returned with added purpose and determination in the areas of sustainability, diversity and inclusion.  I’m confident that we’ve built the strong foundation for the business to grow over the long term.”