David Ward confirms bid for FIA presidency

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David Ward has today resigned from the FIA Foundation in order to challenge Jean Todt for the FIA Presidency later on this year.

The Briton, who has headed up the FIA Foundation since 2001, has thrown his hat into the ring to oppose former Ferrari CEO Todt in the upcoming elections that will play a large part in the direction that the organization takes in the coming years.

“After much careful thought I have decided to stand as a candidate in the 2013 FIA presidential election,” Ward explained. “The election period begins in September and it will be necessary for me to approach FIA members to secure nominations.

“In these circumstances I think that the correct course of action is to resign. Election processes inevitably involve robust and lively debate, and whilst the Foundation is independent and there is no legal requirement for me to resign, I believe that it is in the best interests of the charity that I stand down now.”

Ward has played a big part in the growth of the FIA Foundation, with the charity promoting road safety and sustainable approaches to motoring and motor racing. However, he could be set to take the biggest job in world motorsport should he defeat Todt in the elections later on this year.

Incumbent president Todt is yet to formally confirm his involvement in the elections, but he is expected to run for a second term after defeating rally legend Ari Vatanen back in 2009 following the resignation of Max Mosley.

Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry.

The idea of Hamilton attending the season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).