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.

Indy 500 analyst role part of looking forward for Danica Patrick

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It’s been 10 months since Danica Patrick last competed in an auto racing event and she is completely fine with that.

Patrick was last seen in a cockpit in last May’s Indianapolis 500, part of her mini-retirement tour from racing that also included a run in the Daytona 500.

Now she’ll be back at the track, serving as an analyst for NBC’s broadcast of the 103rd Indy 500 on May 26.

It will be an interlude to her post-racing career.

“I really don’t miss racing,” Patrick said during a teleconference Wednesday.  “I’m really happy. I selfishly set out (with) the intention I wanted to travel a lot. I’ve definitely done that. Also working on my other businesses.”

Without racing, Patrick is able to look over her “Warrior” clothing line and her Somnium wine. She’s also been a host of ESPN’s Espy Awards show.

“I’m not a look-back kind of person, I’m a look-forward (person),” Patrick said. “This is something that’s part of looking forward. This is something totally new and different for me. It’s coming at a place where I have a lot of history, but it hasn’t been my job, which is why I’m going to work really hard to make sure I’m ready, like anything else I do that’s different.

Since retiring, Patrick said she watches racing “when I can.”

“I’m not going to lie, I’m happy doing what I’m doing,” Patrick said. “It’s allowed me new opportunities like this.”

This won’t be the first time Patrick has served in an analyst role for a race. She did the same for some Xfinity Series race broadcasts in the last few years of her NASCAR career.

“It’s very good to have had that experience,” Patrick said. “Obviously I was giving my driving experience sort of perspective and that insight, which is something I’m going to be doing again. But it was a guest spot.

“This is firm and established, part of a small team of two with Mike (Tirico) and I. I think there’s going to be a lot more preparation involved, I’m going to need to know a lot more information.”

Patrick said there will be one difference in her Indy 500 experience this year compared to the eight times she competed in the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

“I didn’t purposely look at the buildup of the day,” Patrick said. “I didn’t want to see the fans rolling in, all the pomp and circumstance. I really liked to keep it quiet. I wanted to just walk out there and have it be the event, not let myself get built up too much in my head with nerves, just the platform, the iconic event that it was, the millions of people. I just wanted to stay focused and go do it.

“This time, I’m sure I will see the buildup. I’m sure I’ll see the place fill in and turn from a quiet, peaceful, magical place, (and) at the shot of a cannon it’s going to start unraveling. That will be a cool perspective for me that I purposely haven’t really watched closely.”

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