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Jul 15

Sauber Takes Sirotkin For 2014

Sauber Takes Sirotkin For 2014

Photo: LAT Photographic

Sauber has announced new partnerships with three Russian entities and says it will employ Renault 3.5 driver Sergey Sirotkin in 2014.

The Swiss team has been under severe financial pressure in recent months and was in dire need of some new funding.

Jul 11

Miller’s Mailbag, 7.10

Miller’s Mailbag, 7.10

Photo: Marshall Pruett

Hello open-wheel types and thanks for all your questions. I intend to answer your questions every week during the season, so just email me at openwheelmailbag@gmail.com. Don’t feel left out if I didn’t directly respond. I appreciate your interest and passion.

~Robin Miller

Q: It was a great show all the way around Sunday at Pocono, nice weather, a very good crowd, and a very interesting race. I feel really bad for Marco, he had everyone covered. The ill-timed pass by TK on Dixie that broke his wing and RHR/Sato misfortune on pit lane were equally as disappointing for those drivers with fast cars I’m sure. There wasn’t a lead change every two laps, but the racing was good all day; my gal Simona showed fine form and I feel would of had a top six finish with a bit of better racing fortune that would have kept her in the lead pack. The Ganassi 1-2-3 was pretty impressive, and I don’t think you can say it was just a fuel mileage advantage, their pit stops were sharp and Dixon had the second fastest lap of the race. All and all a classic super speedway race and it makes me wonder how the series could stay away from a great place like Pocono for so long? Hoping they make this race a Fourth of July event regularly on the schedule!

Alan in Louisville

Jul 9

Boles Named As New President Of Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Boles Named As New President Of Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Photo: Marshall Pruett

It was more of moving the furniture that’s already in place than adding new pieces in Tuesday’s announcements out on West 16th Street.

In the most newsworthy move, Mark Miles promoted Doug Boles to president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a position held by Jeff Belskus since taking over for Tony George in 2009.

Jul 9

Pocono Does IndyCar Proud

Pocono Does IndyCar Proud

Photo: Marshall Pruett

Not many promoters are willing to take a gamble on an oval-track race for Indy cars these days but the Igdalsky brothers gave it a shot at Pocono over the weekend and may have laid the foundation to have a future.

Sure, the massive grandstand wasn’t half full and the infield didn’t resemble the masses at a NASCAR race but considering Indy cars had been away for 24 years it was encouraging.

No official figures were released but counting grandstands, bleachers, suites and the campers an estimate of 30,000 seemed to be in the ballpark.