Life after Ferrari: Luca di Montezemolo could become head of Rome’s 2024 Olympic bid

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Luca di Montezemolo may no longer be in charge of Ferrari, but he’s certainly kept busy. In November, he became chairman of Italy’s national airline, Alitalia, and in December, he joined the board of directors for CVC, Formula One’s controlling shareholder.

Now the 67-year-old may also be in line for another big job.

The Associated Press reported late this week that Montezemolo has gained major support to become the head of Rome’s 2024 Summer Olympic Games bid.

In fact, the AP says multiple Italian publications are already reporting that the president of the Italian Olympic Committee is expected to install Montezemolo to the post within two weeks.

Mario Pescante, a longtime International Olympic Committee member, is one of Montezemolo’s supporters.

“It’s not my job to [choose] but I have to say he’s perfect, because of his experience in international sports and business,” Pescante told the AP.

He added that Montezemolo “has connections all over the place and he’s very efficient…He’s the right choice. He possesses most of the characteristics needed for the job.”

So far, Rome and Boston, Massachusetts are the only two cities that have confirmed a 2024 Olympic bid. The International Olympic Committee will announce the host city in 2017.

Last October, Montezemolo resigned as head of Ferrari following a 23-year tenure – one of multiple changes within the Ferrari structure over the last year. He has been since replaced in that role by Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne.

IndyCar race weekend doubleheader schedule at IMS road course

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The NTT IndyCar Series will return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the third time this season but with a weekend schedule that will put the action in front of fans for the first time in 2020.

The track’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course will play host to IndyCar and sports cars series over four days. The action will begin Thursday with practice and concluding with an eight-hour race Sunday featuring the Intercontinental GT Challenge and GT World Challenge America.

The NTT IndyCar Series will hold a Friday-Saturday race doubleheader called the Harvest GP presented by GMR.

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The name is a nod to the Harvest Classic, which was held Sept. 9, 1916 to help the track stay solvent during World War I. The event had three races of 20, 50 and 100 miles (all won by Johnny Aitken) that was the only racing held outside May at IMS from 1911-93.

A limited crowd of 10,000 will be allowed each day this weekend, and those fans will be the first to experience new video boards, concession stands, restrooms and 5G wireless connectivity.

Here’s the IndyCar weekend schedule for Indianapolis Motor Speedway Harvest GP:

(All times are Eastern)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Thursday, Oct. 1

Noon — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America test session
2:25 p.m. — IndyCar practice (NBC Sports Gold)
6:20 p.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 1 (NBC Sports Gold)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Friday, Oct. 2

10:20 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
1:40 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
3:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 1 (USA Network, NBC Sports Gold)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Saturday, Oct. 3

10:20 a.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC Sports Gold)
12:10 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America qualifying
2:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC, NBC Sports Gold)
5:30 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America pole shootout

IndyCar weekend schedule: Sunday, Oct. 4

10 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America race