Tony George re-elected to Hulman and Co. board

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IZOD IndyCar Series founder Tony George has returned to the board of directors at Hulman & Co. after resigning last fall due to the appearance of a conflict of interest.

George, who founded the series in 1994 and currently serves as a co-owner for his stepson Ed Carpenter’s team, stepped down from the board in October of 2012 due to his involvement in a group that was, at the time, exploring the possibility of buying North America’s top open-wheel series. Hulman & Co. continuously maintained that the series was not for sale.

However, with George no longer looking to acquire the series he created, he has been allowed to return as a board member for INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s parent company.

In addition to George, the current Hulman board consists of his mother, Mari Hulman George; his sisters, Nancy George, M. Josephine George, and Katherine George-Conforti; Hulman CEO Mark Miles; IMS president/CEO Jeff Belskus; John Ackerman; Andre Lacy; James Morris; and Michael Smith.

According to the Associated Press, George made a five-page proposal to the Hulman board on Oct. 5, 2012 that called for a management team to take over operations of the series and separate it from IMS. However, the proposal expired ten days later without being considered, and George resigned from the Hulman board on Oct. 19, 2012.

Gabby Chaves to sub for Joao Barbosa at Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen

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Gabby Chaves is set to return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Watkins Glen International later this month.

The Columbian-American driver, who last competed in IMSA in 2016 – with the DeltaWing outfit – will sub for the injured Joao Barbosa – he hurt his wrist in a cycling accident earlier in June – in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.

Chaves will partner Filipe Albuquerque and Christian Fittipaldi in the No. 5 Cadillac.

Chaves expressed gratitude for being asked to fill in, but kept his enthusiasm muted, noting that he is getting the opportunity ultimately because another driver got hurt.

“The first thing is of course that you never want to have an opportunity because someone got hurt, so this is an unfortunate circumstance with Joao having his injury,”said Chaves. “But I appreciate the opportunity to join the championship-leading team. Mustang Sampling Racing has had a strong start this year and hopefully I can help the team continue to have those kinds of results.”

Chaves added, “I love Watkins Glen, it is a great track and I am looking forward to racing the Cadillac Prototype there. I’m excited to be going back to endurance racing. With different classes all racing at the same time, there is a lot for the driver to deal with as you work through traffic. So I am looking forward to racing at the Glen again, and I really appreciate this opportunity with Mustang Sampling Racing.”

Chaves’ most recent IMSA event was the 2016 Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, when he finished seventh in the Prototype class.

The No. 5 Action Express Cadillac currently sits tied with the sister No. 31 Whelen Engineer Racing Cadillac of Eric Curran and Felipe Nasr atop the IMSA standings, though Barbosa’s hopes of a driver’s championship are set to take an enormous hit with him missing Watkins Glen.

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