American Brad Hollinger increases stake in Williams up to 10 percent

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American healthcare executive Brad Hollinger has taken on a greater share of ownership in Williams Martini Racing, upping his involvement from 5 percent up to 10 percent, per reports.

Hollinger bought his first 5 percent of shares from Toto Wolff last June. A remaining 10 percent was up still to be sold by Wolff, now the head of Mercedes-Benz motorsport, with Hollinger now acquiring 5 more percent.

Hollinger told Reuters he is “never in business not to make money,” and hailed the financial potential of Formula 1 as he said it was “on the cusp of another major explosion.”

Overall, Sir Frank Williams still holds majority investment in the team with 52 percent ownership.

Williams co-founder Patrick Head and Hollinger now have 10 apiece, with Wolff at his 5 percent and 3 percent going to an employee trust. Some 20 percent is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

Hollinger, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., is founder and CEO of The Hollinger Group and Vibra Healthcare.

Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry. Time just published a brief piece by Wallace saluting Hamilton as a trailblazer.

The idea of Hamilton attending the NASCAR season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it would seem right for Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — to spend some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).