Here’s everything you need to know about the wonderful world of motorsports this week.
The Iranian Government is planning to enter the world of Formula One.
The head honcho of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organisation — Masoud Soltanifar — announced last week that the Middle Eastern nation intends to build a Formula One specification race track.
According to NBC Sports, Iran plans to build the facility on Qeshm Island in the Strait of Hormuz.
Soltanifar believes the Qeshm Island facility, just across the Persian Gulf from the UAE, has the potential to be one of Formula One’s more beautiful destinations, INRA reported.
This proposal is Iran’s latest attempt at an F1 race track. A previous plan to build a facility near Tehran failed. There’s no word whether F1 has any plans to organise a race in Iran.
JR. wins at Talladega!
Dale Earnhardt Jr. took his first victory of the season over the weekend at the Talladega Superspeedway. JR’s #88 Chevy led 67 of 188 laps on his way to a narrow win over Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson.
Pole sitter Jeff Gordon finished way back in 31st position after a pit lane speeding violation forced the #24 Chevy to the back of the pack with just 26 laps left. Series points leader Kevin Harvick maintained his grip atop the championship standings with a strong 8th-place finish.
Volkswagen could be headed back to F1.
With the recent resignation of long-time VW Group chairman Ferdinand Piech, the company’s prolonged self-imposed exile from Formula One may be coming to an end.
According to BBC Sports, sources inside the German auto industry say that the only thing keeping VW Group’s family of brands out of the sport was Piech’s personal animus towards F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone. With Piech gone, the barriers to F1 seem to have lifted.
VW’s Audi brand — enjoying a 15-year-reign over endurance sports car racing — has conducted a feasibility study on the prospects of F1. It is also believed that Martin Winterkorn, Volkswagen’s current CEO and Piech’s likely successor, is a strong proponent of racing, Motorsports.com reported.
In the last year, Audi has quietly snapped up some serious F1 talent, hiring of former Scuderia Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali as well as ex-Williams/BMW engineer and race car designer Jorg Zander.