“All the pieces are coming together” for Mexican Grand Prix

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Mexican FIA Senate member Carlos Slim Helu believes “all of the pieces are coming together” for Mexico to hold a round of the world championship as early as next year.

Tavo Hellmund, who was behind the plan to build the Circuit of the Americas, is involved in the plan to bring F1 back to Mexico. The last Mexican Grand Prix took place in 1992 at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

“I believe it is the right choice to have more races in the Americas,” Slim told the FIA’s Auto magazine. “Races in Europe are difficult to see in America because they are either at three o’clock in the morning or seven o’clock in the morning on a Sunday. But the timing of races in America is perfect for Europe.”

“I believe there is potential to do more races in the Americas and I believe that Mexico is the right spot to do it. It’s a stable country by and large, our economy is doing quite well and we have drivers people can identify with them.

“All of the pieces are coming together and I believe the potential promoters are doing a good job in trying to secure something.”

Slim’s father Carlos Slim Helu is reputed to be the richest man in the world. His Telmex telecommunications company supports the Escuderia Telmex which helped Sergio Perez (pictured) and Esteban Gutierrez reach Formula One.

INDYCAR: Josef Newgarden quickest again in second practice at Road America

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Josef Newgarden continued to be quickest around Road America, first this morning and again this afternoon in the second practice session for Sunday’s KOHLER Grand Prix.

Newgarden had a best lap in the second session of 1:42.6279, followed by rookie Robert Wickens (1:42.9025), Sebastien Bourdais (1:43.0020), Will Power (1:43.0545) and teammate Simon Pagenaud (1:43.1599).

Sixth through 10th were Graham Rahal (1:43.1995), Scott Dixon (1:43.4212), Ryan Hunter-Reay (1:43.4755), Takuma Sato (1:43.5410) and Marco Andretti (1:43.6221).

One significant incident of note occurred during the session when Alfonso Celis Jr., making his IndyCar debut this weekend, lost control coming out of a turn and slammed into the tire wall, causing damage to his suspension.

The third and final practice session of the weekend will be Saturday at Noon E.T., followed by qualifying later in the afternoon.

The race will take the green flag on Sunday shortly after 1 p.m. ET. It will be televised live on NBCSN.

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