It seemed a matter of when, not if, Bernie Ecclestone’s days running Formula 1 on a day-to-day basis would end once Liberty Media Corporation acquired the sport. Monday provided the formal confirmation, with Chase Casey installed as CEO of Formula 1 in addition to his existing duties as chairman. Meanwhile Ross Brawn and Sean Bratches have been named to Managing Director positions of Motor Sports and Commercial Operations, respectively. Reactions to the news have began, and are linked below. Newly crowned World Champion Nico Rosberg thanked Ecclestone, while noting a change has been “overdue.” Romain Grosjean of Haas F1 Team posted his thoughts: Zak Brown, new executive director for the McLaren
In recent years, NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Rusty Wallace has been a regular at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Collector-Car Auction and Saturday night he was there to sell a special 1978 Corvette he customized. The gleaming black Corvette featured a 450-horsepower Chevrolet engine built and dyno-tuned by Doug Yates, who runs Roush-Yates Engines, the company that builds the powerplants for Ford teams in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Wallace and Yates are next-door neighbors, and Wallace said the engine was "the star of the car." On stage at Barrett-Jackson, Wallace said, "It's got a ton of power, it runs beautifully, it's a fantastic car. … I'm really proud of this hot rod. I've personally
On Monday evening, NASCAR kicked off its 2017 preseason media tour with what now happens so often, it is close to being labeled a tradition, like spraying champagne in Victory Lane. Races will now consist of three stages, with each stage awarding bonus points that will count toward the postseason, added to points awarded from a restructured scale, which now rewards race winners with more -- both during the 26-race regular season and the playoffs. NASCAR is initiating a new points system that rewards drivers throughout a race and throughout the season. Dividing races into segments and rewarding the winner of each is a concept that harkens back to the Saturday night short tracks, where the majority of NASCAR competitors have their roots.