ESPN Show 08-18-12

Aug 19, 2012 by     No Comments    Posted under: Uncategorized

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Marcos Ambros  wins at Watkins Glen in dramatic style
Superb last lap at Watkins-Glen between Kyle Busch, Marcos Ambrose & Brad Keselowski

Combs’ analysis predicts $29M in tax revenue.  This would mean they are prediction somewhere in the range of $350 to $400 million dollars in additional revenue brought in by the race.  LINK

Related story from Friday:  New Attorney General opinion leaves questions about race money.  Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott released an opinion Friday leaving more questions about whether the Grand Prix event should be able to receive state funding from the METF fund. Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson requested for opinion from the AG’s office. LINK

$5,000 per night on!  Formula 1 Racers Private Retreat,10 Mi. From Formula 1 Track, 5200 SqF  Right off SH130  LINK

F1 still on summer break, next race is Sept 7,8,9 at Monza

Ecclestone visits Olympic Park  Bernie Ecclestone paid a weekend visit to London’s Olympic Park against a backdrop of F1 being considered as one of four bids involved in the legacy planning of the site once the 2012 games are over.  LINK

Reprieve for Nurburgring?   After Nurburgrimg went into administration last month, the Rhineland Palatinate state has injected capital to guarantee loans that the circuit took out as part of a big regeneration programme in 2009.

It is hoped that the 2013 German Grand Prix can go ahead as scheduled at the Eifel track after Bernie Ecclestone recently said that the event may have to be moved to Hockenheim.
With more than 20% of the current F1 grid from Germany (Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg, Nico Hulkenberg and Timo Glock) and a rich history, the German race is considered one of those that should be protected although both Nurburgring and Hockenheim have struggled to make the figures add up in recent years despite the home interest. LINK

Dodge SRT taking next year off in NASCAR. Dodge could have gone with a smaller team. Furniture Row Racing was interested in moving from Chevy to Dodge. But Dodge wasn’t interested. They were spoiled by Penske. Going to a team that holds its annual Media Tour event at one of its furniture stores amid dressers and mattresses just wasn’t in the cards.  LINK

Dodge is out of NASCAR next year but they are stepping up in ALMS.  A couple of recent developments show Dodge’s commitment to racing…

  1. Chrysler’s SRT brand becomes the title sponsor of the Grand Prix of Baltimore.  LINK
  2. SRT Viper returns to ALMS. LINKLINK2




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