BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone says he will accept the Imola circuit in San Marino as a substitute for Monza as host of the Italian Grand Prix if negotiations over a new contract at Monza fail.
The Imola circuit last hosted a F1 grand prix in 2006 but is emerging as a candidate to replace Monza, which has held a grand prix every year except one since F1 began.
Ecclestone, speaking Saturday at the European Grand Prix in Azerbaijan, said if Italy’s national sporting body “was not happy in Monza, and they want it in Imola, we are happy to support Imola.”
The future of the Brazilian Grand Prix is also in doubt, and Ecclestone said “the chances are it won’t happen” beyond this year.
Chip Ganassi to be honored in Petersen Museum exhibit
This Saturday, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles will debut a new exhibit honoring one of the most successful teams in American motorsports.
Titled “Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute,” the exhibit will display several significant cars, trophies, and other artifacts from CGR’s storied racing history. Ganassi will formally be honored April 15, 2020 at the Petersen’s Annual Racers Night before the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Vehicles displayed in the exhibit will include the 1983 Patrick Wildcat MK9B raced by Chip Ganassi to his best finish in the Indianapolis 500, the Lexus-powered Riley MK X1 raced by Scott Dixon in the 2006 24 Hours of Daytona, the Dallara IR-05 driven to victory by Dario Franchitti in the 2010 Indianapolis 500, the Ford GT that finished first in the LM GTE category at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by Kurt Busch in the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series.
“Chip Ganassi is an influential member of the automotive community, and his team’s penchant for success is a reflection of his raw skill and passion for the sport,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Complemented by a visually dynamic and compelling 180-degree video, ‘Chip Ganassi Racing’will celebrate the team’s victories and tell its story while taking visitors on a trip down memory lane.”
“Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute” will run through January 31, 2021. The museum will host a ticketed opening reception on December 13. More information on the Petersen Museum can be found at www.petersen.org.