Luca di Montezemolo expected more thanks from Ferrari

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Former Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo expected a greater show of thanks from the Italian marque following its successful floatation on the New York Stock Exchange.

After 23 years at the helm of Ferrari, Montezemolo confirmed in September 2014 that he would be resigning at the end of the year, making way for Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne.

Scuderia Ferrari has since enjoyed a revival in Formula 1 under the stewardship of Marchionne and team principal Maurizio Arrivabene, and is expected to challenge for both championships in 2016.

Although Montezemolo remains busy as chairman of Italian airline Alitalia and heading up Rome’s bid for the 2024 Olympic Games, he still feels that Ferrari should have thanked him for his efforts.

“When Ferrari went public [in October 2015], of the results they presented, 23 of 24 years were down to me and my people,” Montezemolo told the Financial Times.

“So the least I expected from the owners was an official thank you. I didn’t expect a present because the value [an initial $9.8bn] was unbelievable, but at least a thanks.”

Regarding Rome’s bid for the Olympic Games, Montezemolo believes that it will offer the city a chance to regenerate and modernize in the coming years.

“Without a major challenge, without a goal, without competition it will be extremely difficult to give a push to this town,” Montezemolo said.

However, he believes that staging the Olympics in Rome will be an incredible sight and plans to incorporate all of the city’s historic landmarks.

“Can you imagine the marathon beginning inside the Vatican, passing a mosque and synagogue, with the finish line under the Arch of Constantine, where the Romans celebrated their victories?” Montezemolo said.

IndyCar releases schedule for 2023 season

IndyCar schedule 2023
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The NTT IndyCar Series’ 2023 schedule will feature the same number of races and tracks as this season with some minor reshuffling of dates.

IndyCar will open the 2023 season March 5 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, and will conclude Sept. 10 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. The 107th Indy 500 will take place May 28 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 17-race schedule will conclude with a stretch of eight races in the final nine weeks.

“The NTT IndyCar Series is on an impactful upward trajectory, making progress at a pace that befits our thrilling style of competition,” Penske Entertainment Corp. president and CEO Mark Miles said in a release. “The 2023 season provides an opportunity to further build on this trend, bringing our sport and its stars to more markets and households and reaching new consumers across the globe.”

There will be 15 events on NBC: 13 races (including six of the final seven) plus Indy 500 qualifying May 20-21. There also are three races on USA Network and the Toronto race exclusively on Peacock. All races on NBC and USA also will have live simulstreams on Peacock.

In partnership with NBC Sports, the 2022 IndyCar season was the most-watched in six years and the most-watched across NBC Sports on record. The 2022 season also was the most streamed season on record.

“We’re very excited for our 2023 NTT IndyCar Series schedule and to build on this past season’s viewership milestones,” NBC Sports vice president of programming Mike Perman said in a release. “In providing comprehensive coverage across NBC, Peacock and USA Network, NBC Sports is once again looking forward to telling the stories of these world-class drivers and this compelling series.”

Notable elements on the 2023 schedule:

–There will be the same balance of seven road course races, five street courses and five ovals.

–St. Pete will be the season opener for the 13th time.

–The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix will move from Belle Isle to the streets of downtown.

–The NASCAR doubleheader weekend at the IMS road course will shift to mid-August.

–The World Wide Technology Raceway event will move from Saturday to Sunday.

Start times for the 2023 events will be announced at a later date.

Here’s the 2023 IndyCar schedule:


Date Race/Track Network/Platform
Sun., March 5 Streets of St. Petersburg NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 2 Texas Motor Speedway NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 16 Streets of Long Beach NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 30 Barber Motorsports Park NBC, Peacock
Sat., May 13 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) NBC, Peacock
Sun., May 28 The 107th Indianapolis 500 NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 4 Streets of Detroit NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 18 Road America USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 2 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 16 Streets of Toronto Peacock
Sat., July 22 Iowa Speedway – Race 1 NBC, Peacock
Sun., July 23 Iowa Speedway – Race 2 NBC, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 6 Streets of Nashville NBC, Peacock
Sat., Aug. 12 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) USA Network, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 27 World Wide Technology Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 3 Portland International Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 10 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca NBC, Peacock

*dates and networks/platforms are subject to change