Reports: Ecclestone could pay to settle corruption case

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This Tuesday, Bernie Ecclestone’s in the news for more than just his call for the FIA to scrap standing restarts for 2015.

Media reports out Tuesday including the Deutsche Press-Agentur in Germany, The Times in the UK and Bloomberg, among others, have said the FOM supremo seeks to pay 25 million Euros ($33.6m U.S.) to Bayerische Landesbank in order to settle the corruption case outstanding against him.

Per the Bloomberg report, Ecclestone’s lawyers said the case had become “extremely burdensome” and sought to end the case against Ecclestone. A court spokesperson said via email to Bloomberg that the details would still need to get sorted.

Ecclestone’s in a bit of a no-win situation here as it regards to the corruption case, which has been in the news off-and-on for well over a year.

There’s nothing good from a PR standpoint about saying “we paid our way out” of this case – although Ecclestone probably doesn’t need the distraction anymore as he’d rather tend to the day-to-day job of continuing to run of F1.

Yet the longer the case lingers, the worse his chances are of retaining control of the sport because a decision could come down the pike and could leave Ecclestone set up for jail time as a result of the bribery offered to banker Gerhard Gribkowsky.

Gribkowsky did take the bribe and is now in the middle of serving an eight and a half year sentence.

The most recent story in this case came a couple weeks ago, when Ecclestone offered details of the payment.

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.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

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.