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Gasly denies claiming he’d replace Kvyat for Singapore GP

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Red Bull junior driver Pierre Gasly has denied claiming that he would take Daniil Kvyat’s Formula 1 seat at Toro Rosso for the Singapore Grand Prix.

After being demoted from a Red Bull seat to Toro Rosso for the Spanish Grand Prix in May, Kvyat has struggled for form with Toro Rosso, conceding before the summer break that he had stopped enjoying racing.

Since returning from the break, Kvyat has failed to score any points, finishing 14th in Belgium last weekend before retiring from Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix.

Kvyat’s malaise has coincided with Gasly’s upturn in fortunes in GP2, where he leads the championship with four races remaining.

Gasly is seen to be the only driver who could replace Kvyat at Toro Rosso for 2017, but speculation on Sunday at Monza suggested it may come as soon as the Singapore Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.

Gasly was rumored to have told Spanish TV that he would replace Kvyat for Singapore, but took to Twitter to deny this.

Gasly is understood to have met with Red Bull Racing consultant and advisor Helmut Marko over the Belgian Grand Prix weekend in which the possibility of a race seat in 2017 was discussed.

When informed of Gasly’s alleged comments by British TV channel Sky Sports, Marko reacted curtly.

“It’s absolute rubbish. Kvyat will have his chance to recover and we won’t make any decisions before mid-October as to who will have the seat next year in Toro Rosso,” Marko said.

“Believe me, I’ll be on the phone with [Gasly] immediately.”

Chip Ganassi to be honored in Petersen Museum exhibit

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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.

Dario Franchitti’s 2010 Dallara IR-05. Photo Kahn Media

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.

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