FIA: Tire changes for safety reasons, not to reduce stops

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The FIA has entered the on-going tire debate by stating that any changes made by Pirelli will be to ensure the safety of the drivers, not to improve the quality of racing by reducing the number of stops.

Pirelli, who has supplied the sport with its tires since 2011, confirmed in the aftermath of the Spanish Grand Prix that they would be making changes to the compounds in order to reduce the number of stops. Paul Hembery claimed that the optimum four-stop strategy was “too many”, making it difficult for the fans to follow. Despite protests from Ferrari and Lotus, the matter appeared to be over, and a new design would be introduced at the Canadian Grand Prix.

However, the FIA has today confirmed that the changes are not intended to reduce the number of stops, but instead reduce the number of tire failures. In Spain, many drivers suffered punctures which, at high speed, could be very dangerous.

“Discussions between the FIA and Pirelli are ongoing regarding the tyre failures and making changes to prevent them happening again,” an FIA source told Autosport. “These talks do not involve the subject of degradation or the number of pitstops.”

Therefore, one would imagine that the changes made would be minor, despite many fans expecting a drastic change in the behavior of tires. However, with driver safety paramount, this move will hopefully reduce the chances of a puncture, although it remains to be seen just how great the changes are and quite what impact they have on the racing.

Chip Ganassi to be honored in Petersen Museum exhibit

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This Saturday, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles will debut a new exhibit honoring one of the most successful teams in American motorsports.

Titled “Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute,” the exhibit will display several significant cars, trophies, and other artifacts from CGR’s storied racing history. Ganassi will formally be honored April 15, 2020 at the Petersen’s Annual Racers Night before the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Dario Franchitti’s 2010 Dallara IR-05. Photo Kahn Media

Vehicles displayed in the exhibit will include the 1983 Patrick Wildcat MK9B raced by Chip Ganassi to his best finish in the Indianapolis 500, the Lexus-powered Riley MK X1 raced by Scott Dixon in the 2006 24 Hours of Daytona, the Dallara IR-05 driven to victory by Dario Franchitti in the 2010 Indianapolis 500, the Ford GT that finished first in the LM GTE category at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by Kurt Busch in the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series.

“Chip Ganassi is an influential member of the automotive community, and his team’s penchant for success is a reflection of his raw skill and passion for the sport,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Complemented by a visually dynamic and compelling 180-degree video, ‘Chip Ganassi Racing’ will celebrate the team’s victories and tell its story while taking visitors on a trip down memory lane.” 

“Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute” will run through January 31, 2021. The museum will host a ticketed opening reception on December 13. More information on the Petersen Museum can be found at www.petersen.org.

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