Off The Grid: It’s tough at the top for Mercedes boss Toto Wolff (VIDEO)

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Put yourself in the shoes of an outsider to Formula One. You notice that Mercedes has been dominating all season long with drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, and is seemingly on the way to a World Championship.

So, you’d figure their boss, Toto Wolff, has been feeling rather loose ever since it was clear that his squad was going to pummel the competition in the wake of F1’s new technical regulations.

In reality, it hasn’t always been a perfect situation for Wolff this year.

As Hamilton and Rosberg have fought for the championship, they’ve had their share of clashes this season that include a tense Monaco Grand Prix weekend and an on-track incident last month at Spa.

Additionally, both of them have suffered reliability problems – especially glaring considering how strong the Merc package has been in 2014.

Put it all together, and Wolff is not always as relaxed as an outsider may expect.

“Sometimes it looks like a nice place to be, but – of course, this is a luxury problem – but it’s very intense in the team,” Wolff told NBCSN’s Will Buxton during an interview for the latest edition of “Off The Grid” in Singapore.

“For the first time, we have the possibility of winning the World Championship in 60 years with two drivers fighting strongly…I wouldn’t want to change it for the world, but still, it’s not always easy.”

Wolff also discussed how he considers the big picture of the championship, his own passion for racing, and the unique situation of having his spouse – Williams test driver Susie Wolff – drive for the competition.

You can see his interview with Buxton in the clip above, and you can watch the premiere of “Off The Grid: Singapore” this Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN following coverage of the Russian Grand Prix.

Chip Ganassi to be honored in Petersen Museum exhibit

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This Saturday, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles will debut a new exhibit honoring one of the most successful teams in American motorsports.

Titled “Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute,” the exhibit will display several significant cars, trophies, and other artifacts from CGR’s storied racing history. Ganassi will formally be honored April 15, 2020 at the Petersen’s Annual Racers Night before the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Dario Franchitti’s 2010 Dallara IR-05. Photo Kahn Media

Vehicles displayed in the exhibit will include the 1983 Patrick Wildcat MK9B raced by Chip Ganassi to his best finish in the Indianapolis 500, the Lexus-powered Riley MK X1 raced by Scott Dixon in the 2006 24 Hours of Daytona, the Dallara IR-05 driven to victory by Dario Franchitti in the 2010 Indianapolis 500, the Ford GT that finished first in the LM GTE category at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by Kurt Busch in the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series.

“Chip Ganassi is an influential member of the automotive community, and his team’s penchant for success is a reflection of his raw skill and passion for the sport,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Complemented by a visually dynamic and compelling 180-degree video, ‘Chip Ganassi Racing’ will celebrate the team’s victories and tell its story while taking visitors on a trip down memory lane.” 

“Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute” will run through January 31, 2021. The museum will host a ticketed opening reception on December 13. More information on the Petersen Museum can be found at www.petersen.org.

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