Ecclestone: Mexico a possibility for 2014 calendar

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Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed that there is a possibility that Mexico City could host a grand prix next season, as well as expressing his desire for the race in New Jersey to go ahead.

Speaking to NBC Sports’ Will Buxton on the grid for the Belgian Grand Prix, Ecclestone spoke about the issues surrounding the Grand Prix of America that is planned next season in New Jersey.

“They’ve got a contract which I hope they respect,” Ecclestone said. Reports broke earlier this week suggesting that the race would be cancelled for next season, but the President and CEO of FOM admitted nothing was confirmed.

“We’re waiting to see whether they respect the contract before we put it on or off.”

However, when asked if a race could go ahead in Mexico (Buxton confirmed to MotorSportsTalk in Belgium that they were talking about Mexico City, not New Mexico as stated in the video), Ecclestone acted coy.

“Could be. Everything is possible with me, you know that.”

Mexico last hosted a grand prix in 1992, but with two Mexican drivers now on the grid and Carlos Slim becoming increasingly influential in Formula One, the push to take a grand prix back to Mexico City could be enough to see it join the 2014 calendar.

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.