Marussia assets to be auctioned off on December 16-17

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The assets of the Marussia F1 Team are set to be auctioned off in mid-December according to the website of auction house CA Global Partners.

The preliminary announcement of the auction states that inspection will take place at the team’s headquarters in Banbury, England on Dec. 13 and 15 before the auction officially takes place from Dec. 16-17.

A full catalog of items up for auction has yet to be posted, but the announcement states under “Sale To Include” the following: “Marussia Formula 1 Race Cars (No Engines), Complete Test Lab, Race Day Trailer Fleet, Complete Machine Shop, Corporate Offices, Large Quantity of Spare Parts, Including Race Day Replacement Parts & Tools, High Tech Server Equipment.”

Additionally, a large number of photos showcasing the items are online as well. The collection includes everything from team trucks and machinery to what appears to be a model of Marussia’s 2015 machine.

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Credit: CA Global Partners.

Marussia was unable to compete in the final three races of the season due to its financial problems. It made an attempt to join the grid at Abu Dhabi, but ultimately could not attend.

Nonetheless, the team managed to finish ninth in the World Constructor’s Championship – a final period to the end of a tumultuous 2014 season that saw them score their first-ever points in Monaco thanks to Jules Bianchi but then him being seriously injured in a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix.

At last update, Bianchi is out of an artificial coma and has been transported back to his home country of France.

Hunter McElrea wins Mazda Road to Indy USF2000 Scholarship

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Hunter McElrea bested 18 competitors to win the third annual Road to Indy USF2000 $200,000 Scholarship Shootout on Sunday at Bondurant Racing School in Chandler, Ariz.

The two-day contest featured on-track competition in Formula Mazda cars as well as interview sessions and assessment from a panel of judges.

“I can’t believe it,” McElrea said at IndyCar.com. “This is definitely the most exciting opportunity that I have had in my racing career. I cannot thank Mazda and everyone enough for making this possible for me. The fact that I am going to be on the grid next year thanks to them is a dream come true.

“They have given me the opportunity to prove myself in such a high level that I never even thought I would be able to reach. I have to thank Andersen Promotions, Cooper tires, all of the judges, everyone from Mazda, the Bondurant Racing School and the other competitors, who literally pushed me to the limit.

“I am just so happy. It is still sinking in, but I just can’t wait to get next year started, and I’ll be representing Mazda in that nice Soul Red USF2000 car.”

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The 19-year-old McElrea was born in California, but reared in Australia.

As a result of winning the award, McElrea will compete in the 2019 season of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship, the first rung of the Mazda Road to Indy development ladder.

McElrea won the Australian Formula Ford Championship this year on the strength of 13 victories in 21 races.

Early competition resulted in a final field of six drivers that included Jake Craig, Michael Eastwell, Braden Eves, Flinn Lazier and Ross Martin. They competed in a qualification session and 30-minute simulated race. McElrea won that race.

“Today was an incredible day,” said Tom Long, Mazda Motorsports factory driver and one of the judges. “There was so much talent here for the shootout. Hunter McElrea just rose to the top when it was time to shine, but our decision was very, very difficult.

“In the end, given all of the circumstances, we were able to make a pretty good decision and we are really, really proud of not only Hunter but our whole team here with Mazda to be able to grant this $200,000 scholarship for his opportunity in USF2000 next year.”