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Sauber ‘working very hard’ to secure title sponsor

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Sauber Formula 1 chief Monisha Kaltenborn is “working very hard” to secure a title sponsor for the Swiss team as it looks to rebuild following its recent takeover.

Sauber has struggled financially for the past few years, but its long-term future was secured after being taken over by Longbow Finance last month.

Kaltenborn believes that this new-found stability will help in her search for a title sponsor, something Sauber has lacked since the exit of German manufacturer BMW at the end of 2009.

“We are working very hard on [a title sponsor],” Kaltenborn told the official F1 website.

“And that is not easy, but if you can again show stability and confirm that to potential partners, that is in itself a big help.”

Sauber currently sits at the foot of the F1 constructors’ championship without a single point to its name in 2016.

However, Kaltenborn was defiant when discussing the team’s prospects, saying remaining in that position was not a consideration.

“Now that we have a stable basis it is much easier to plan and eventually move back to where we belong: in the midfield,” Kaltenborn said.

“But also to be very honest: finishing in P11 is no option!”

IndyCar’s Vasser-Sullivan expand into IMSA for 2019

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Not even one year after returning to the IndyCar ranks, Vasser-Sullivan Racing is taking AIM at the IMSA world, you might say.

While team co-owners Jimmy Vasser and James “Sulli” Sullivan will continue to partner with Dale Coyne Racing on the IndyCar side, they expanded their holdings Tuesday, announcing a partnership with AIM Autosport to campaign a new two-car Lexus-backed RC F GT3 effort in IMSA’s GT Daytona class.

The new team – named AIM Vasser-Sullivan – will replace 3GT Racing, which was part of Lexus’ sports car program launch in 2016. It will announce its two drivers in the coming weeks, the team said.

“Sulli and I are excited and looking forward to entering a new chapter in our racing careers,” Vasser said in a media release. “I have driven sports cars before, but my career was pretty much limited to the 24 Hours of Daytona, including a ‘class’ win in 1992 and second overall in 2008.

“The AIM Vasser Sullivan team, with the support of Lexus and our sponsors, has the tools to get the job done and we are looking forward to this new challenge.”

Lexus has made significant progress in its first two seasons in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition, having earned a combined two race wins, five poles and finished third in the 2018 GTD Manufacturer point standings.

Vasser and Sullivan were part of the ownership group of KVSH Racing in IndyCar from 2011 through 2016 before the organization folded.

They also owned Tony Kanaan’s 2013 Indianapolis 500-winning car.

After sitting out the 2017 season, Vasser, a former CART champion, and Sullivan rejoined forces this past February, just before the start of the 2018 IndyCar season, partnering with Coyne to form a satellite team led by driver Sebastien Bourdais, who previously drove for KVSH.

Bourdais kicked off the new team’s effort with a win in the season-opening Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. He finished seventh in the overall season standings.

AIM Vasser Sullivan will have two home bases for its IMSA program: AIM’s current facility in Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada, as well as a new U.S. shop in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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