McLaren to lose Hugo Boss sponsorship to Mercedes

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McLaren’s 33 year partnership with Hugo Boss will come to an end this year as the German brand begins a new deal with Mercedes.

The British team first joined forces with the luxury fashion company in 1981, but according to reports in the paddock at the British Grand Prix, their deal will not extend into 2015 as McLaren’s other long-term deal with Mercedes also ends.

Mercedes has been McLaren’s engine supplier since 1995, and until the entry of its works team in 2010, the German marque’s focus was the British team. Honda will be powering the McLaren cars from next season, rekindling the famous McLaren-Honda partnership from the late 1980s.

The loss of Hugo Boss will leave McLaren with even more ad space on its car. Former title sponsor Vodafone (Verizon) ended its deal at the end of last year, and although talks were held with several companies, the team is running without one in 2014.

It is likely that new sponsors will be found, with Unilever reportedly set to leave Lotus to join McLaren, but the loss of such a long-term partner will be disappointing for McLaren.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.