Relatives of MH370 passengers forced to switch hotel as F1 arrives in Kuala Lumpur

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Relatives of the passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have been moved out of a hotel in Kuala Lumpur in order to make way for the arrival of Formula 1 fans and personnel for next weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix.

Flight MH370 left Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 00:41 local time on Saturday 8th March with 239 passengers on board. However, it disappeared from all tracking devices whilst en route to Beijing, with its last known position being in the Malacca Straits.

Since then, no trace of the aircraft has been found, and a wide-reaching search has ensued, encompassing all areas within seven hours of the aircraft’s last known position.

A number of Chinese families arrived in Kuala Lumpur in order to receive updates regarding the search, and were staying in the Cyberview Hotel. However, due to the hotel being fully booked as a result of the Malaysian Grand Prix, they have now been moved by Malaysia Airlines to another residence.

The families were taken by bus to the Bangi-Putrajaya Hotel in order to accommodate the incoming guests at the Cyberview Hotel.

Speaking to Reuters, transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein said: “We will be moving out of here because the F1 race is going to go on.”

Practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix gets underway on March 28 at the Sepang International Circuit.

To read the full NBC News report, click here.

AJ Foyt Racing promotes Benjamin Pedersen from Indy Lights to IndyCar for 2023 season

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Benjamin Pedersen is the first driver to land a promotion from Indy Lights into IndyCar for next season as AJ Foyt Racing confirmed Wednesday he’ll be part of its 2023 lineup.

Pedersen, a 23-year-old dual citizen of Denmark and the United States, spent last season running the full Indy Lights schedule for HMD Motorsports. Linus Lundqvist, his teammate, won the Lights title, and Pedersen finished fifth in the final standings. Pedersen earned his only win earlier this month when he led every lap from the pole at Portland.

Pedersen also ran four races for HMD in 2021 with back-to-back runner-up finishes in his debut. Pedersen landed on AJ Foyt Racing team president Larry Foyt’s radar through a “trusted colleague” and Pedersen spent most of last season shadowing the IndyCar team.

His promotion to IndyCar comes ahead of all four drivers who finished ahead of him in the Indy Lights standings, including champion Lundqvist.

“We are really looking forward to having Benjamin as part of the team,” Larry Foyt said. “His enthusiasm is infectious, and he is 100 percent committed to IndyCar, AJ Foyt Racing, and doing the best he can to win races.

“It’s been great to have him embedded with the team this past season, and everyone is excited to hit the ground running when testing begins. It is also great to have a multi-year program in place, which will help him and the team grow together.”

Foyt did not announce a car number for Pedersen. Kyle Kirkwood spent his rookie season driving AJ Foyt’s flagship No. 14 but Kirkwood is moving to Andretti Autosport. The team has not yet announced if Dalton Kellett will return for a fourth season, and a third car for Tatiana Calderon was pulled from competition after seven races because of sponsorship non-payment. Shutting down Calderon’s team removed the only semi-regular female driver from the IndyCar field.

Pedersen, however, was signed to an agreement Foyt said “spans multiple seasons as the team plans to develop the young rookie and is aligned to a longer-term plan for AJ Foyt Racing.”

Pedersen was born in Copenhagen but raised in Seattle and currently lives in Indianapolis. He said his time shadowing the IndyCar team has given him a jump on his rookie preparations.

“I’ve spent a lot of time this season with AJ Foyt Racing learning the ins and outs of making the jump to IndyCar and it’s been really nice to do that in conjunction with my Indy Lights season,” Pedersen said. “IndyCar has been my target goal since I started open wheel racing in 2016. The racing, atmosphere, fans, events, tracks, etc. are all awesome.”