Gone fishing: F1 giant Ross Brawn makes it official — he’s retired

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Rather than take a rumored job with McLaren, it appears that Ross Brawn’s sabbatical after leaving Mercedes at the end of last season will become permanent.

The Telegraph in the United Kingdom reported Saturday that Brawn, who has won 16 Formula One titles — eight drivers’ and eight constructors’ crowns — in his storied career, announced at a fishing tournament in Scotland that he is officially calling it a career.

“I’m retiring – it’s not tongue in cheek,” Brawn told The Telegraph. “I’m going to take a year to enjoy the fishing and then see what life brings. I’m looking forward to it but I’ve got no other plans.

“What they didn’t realize when I was invited here (to the fishing tourney) was they had a scoop because the world’s press was trying to find out if I was retiring or not. This is the busiest time of the year for Formula One and I said I would come along and open the River Dee.

“If they had put two and two together they would have realized I was definitely retiring.”

Rumors began flying in the last month that Brawn, 59, would soon join McLaren as CEO, a new role created shortly after Ron Dennis returned to the organization.

Brawn has served in a number of roles and with several teams since he first joined Williams as a mechanic in the 1970s. He eventually became technical director at Benetton in the early 1990s, leading Schumacher to F1 titles in 1994 and 1995, and then spearheaded a run of five consecutive titles with Ferrari and Schumacher from 2000 through 2004.

Brawn went on to form his own team, Brawn GP, and won the 2009 F1 title with Jenson Button driving a Mercedes.

Brawn announced after last season that he was ending his association with Mercedes and was “going fishing.”

Now, he’ll have plenty of time to worry about rods in his hands than rods inside some of the most sophisticated motors in auto racing.

IndyCar at IMS Friday: How to watch, start times, live streaming info

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With three races remaining in the NTT IndyCar Series season, Scott Dixon has a commanding lead and history on his side entering Friday’s opener of the Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The five-time series champion leads defending champ Josef Newgarden by 72 points.

Since 2014, the points leader with three races left has won the championship in five of the past six years, including Dixon in ’18.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver has led the championship standings following every round after opening 2020 with three consecutive victories. Dixon also led the points by 78 points with three races remaining when he won the title in 2008.

Dixon, Newgarden, Pato O’Ward, Colton Herta, Will Power, Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato are championship eligible.

Anyone outside 108 points of the lead after Indy will be eliminated heading into the Oct. 25 season finale at St. Petersburg, Florida.

Here is the IndyCar Harvest GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course schedule for Friday (all times are ET), including details and start times:


Indianapolis Motor Speedway TV schedule for Friday

IndyCar Harvest GP Race 1: 3:30 p.m., USA Network, NBC Sports Gold and streaming on the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com); Leigh Diffey is the lead announcer for IndyCar on NBCSN this weekend with analysts Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy.


IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 1 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway start times, information

COMMAND TO START ENGINES: 3:53 p.m.

GREEN FLAG: 4 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 85 laps (207.35 miles) around Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s a 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course in Indianapolis.

TIRE ALLOTMENT: Nine sets primary, five sets alternate (A 10th set of primary tires is available to any car fielding a rookie.) Teams must use one set of primary and one set of alternate tires in the race.

PUSH TO PASS: 200 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 20 seconds per activation.

FORECAST: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 57 degrees with a 0% chance of rain at the green flag.

QUALIFYING: 6:20 p.m. Thursday (NBC Sports Gold)

ENTRY LIST: Click here for the 25 drivers racing this weekend at Indianapolis