Report: Iowa Speedway owners plan to sell track

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The U.S. Motorsport Corporation is planning to sell the 7/8-mile Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa according to NBC affiliate WHO-TV in Des Moines. Iowa Speedway currently hosts the NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and IndyCar Series.

WHO-TV reports that the company will sell to an undisclosed buyer – only known as “Iowa Speedway, LLC” in documents given to Newton City Council members. The Council will hold a special meeting tomorrow to vote on approving the terms.

The news comes more than two months after the track’s CEO, Doug Fritz, resigned. At that point in time, The Des Moines Register also was reporting that the track was behind on some vendor payments.

In 2011, the Manatt family sold the U.S. Motorsports Corporation to the family of Featherlite Trailers founder Conrad Clement. NASCAR legend and track designer Rusty Wallace remained involved as a minority owner through the exchange.

Iowa has earned praise for its short-track brand of racing, but has had to reduce its schedule from five major weekends this past season to three for 2014. The NNS will visit twice next May and August, while the Trucks and the IndyCars will pair up next July.

NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.