F1: Gene Haas among possible bidders at ongoing Marussia auction


Today saw the beginning of a two-day live webcast auction of the assets of the former Marussia Formula One team.

And among the potential bidders for some of those assets is new F1 team owner Gene Haas, who indicated to the Guardian that he was likely to take part in the auction.

In his interview with the Guardian, Haas also noted that he had been looking at several sites in the UK for his team’s European operations.

“We looked at a place in Abingdon [Oxfordshire] and there are several available in that area,” he said. “I guess it might be a possibility to take a look at the Marussia HQ too.”

Main design for the Haas machines will take place in Kannapolis, North Carolina in a campus adjacent to his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series side, Stewart-Haas Racing.

Haas also insisted that his team would avoid the same fate as Marussia (and perhaps Caterham if they’re unable to find a buyer for their team). Early this fall, his team announced a technical partnership with Ferrari.

“If we did it the way Caterham and Marussia did it, we would have the same result so I think we are going to do it differently,” Haas said. “A lot of the teams in the UK build everything themselves.

“They seem to have this English mentality that this is the way it has to be done and that is just not our business model at all.”

Meanwhile, a variety of old Marussia items and memorabilia have already gone on the auction block.

The British Press Association reports notable sales from Day 1 such as: £15,000 for a nose cone from Max Chilton’s former machine; £2,200 for a 2010 steering wheel; £700 for an old fire suit and pair of racing boots of driver Timo Glock; and £100 for a four-pack of team umbrellas.

Day 2 of the webcast auction will begin tomorrow at 10 a.m. GMT or 5 a.m. ET here in the States. Assets will also be auctioned through timed online sales that will occur this Thursday and on Jan. 21, 2015.

A notice on the website makes it clear that the Jan. 21 auction will feature Marussia’s 2014 race cars (albeit without their Ferrari engines), 2014 car components and spare parts, 2014 race day pit equipment, and some GP3 race cars as well.

Peacock to stream all Supercross and Motocross races in 2023, plus inaugural SuperMotocross Championship

Peacock Supercross Motocross 2023
Feld Entertainment, Inc.

NBC Sports and Feld Motor Sports announced that Peacock and the NBC family of networks will stream all 31 races of the combined Monster Energy Supercross, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross and the newly created SuperMotocross World Championship beginning January 7, 2023 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California and ending October 14 in the place where Supercross was born: the Los Angeles Coliseum.

The combined series will create a 10-month calendar of events, making it one of the longest professional sports’ seasons in the United States.

The agreement is for multiple years. The season finale will air live on Peacock and the USA Network.

Peacock will present live coverage of all races, qualifying and heats across both series. The 31 total races will mark a record for the combined number of Supercross and Pro Motocross events that NBC Sports will present in a single season.

NBC, USA Network and CNBC will provide coverage of all races, including the SuperMotocross World Championship Playoffs and Final, through 2023 and beyond. For more information about the Peacock streaming service, click here.

“With our wide array of live and original motorsports offerings, Peacock is a natural home for Supercross and Pro Motocross races,” said Rick Cordella, Chief Commercial Officer, Peacock. “We’re looking forward to providing fans with an easily-accessible destination to find every race all season long, including the exciting finish with the newly formed SuperMotocross World Championship.”

MORE: A conversation about media rights created the new SuperMotocross World Championship Series

The NBC family of networks has been home to Supercross for the past several seasons and this is a continuation of that relationship. The media rights for both series expired at the end of 2022, which allowed Supercross and Motocross to combine their efforts.

In fact, it was that conversation that led to the formation of the SuperMotocross World Championship (SMX).

The SMX series will begin on September 9, 2023 after the conclusion of the Pro Motocross season. Points will accumulate from both series to seed the SMX championship, which creates a record number of unified races.

“The SuperMotocross World Championship adds a new dimension to the annual Supercross and Pro Motocross seasons that will result in crowning the ultimate World Champion,” said Stephen C. Yaros, SVP Global Media and Supercross for Feld Motor Sports. “We are thrilled to be extending our relationship with NBC Sports so our fans can watch all the racing action streaming live on Peacock and the option to also watch select rounds on NBC, USA Network and CNBC.”

Complete 2023 coverage schedules for Supercross, Pro Motocross and the SuperMotocross World Championship on Peacock, NBC, USA Network and CNBC will be announced in the near future.