Rumor Roundup: Motorsport Rumblings from the Past Week
As another week in the world of racing comes to a close, it's time to take a look at the rumors, reports, and rumblings from the past seven days. Please note that none of the following information is completely confirmed. Therefore, some of the rumors appearing in this slideshow may eventually be proven partially or entirely false. Without further ado, it's time for Rumor Roundup...
The race for BMW-Sauber replacement heats up
With BMW having announced their departure from Formula 1, a variety of prospective entrants are scrambling to take the place of the Swiss-German team. Peter Sauber, former owner of the team, has been previously reported to be making a bid for the spot, while Le Mans squad Epsilon Euskadi aim to be the thirteenth team on the grid. This week, two new candidates emerged, with a Malaysian government-backed Lotus competitor and a Neel Jani (pictured)-led group of Indian investors confirming their intentions.
Open-wheel princess stock car-bound
Danica Patrick (pictured) visited the Stewart-Haas Racing shop earlier this week, her second visit to the series-leading stable's facility. Team owner Tony Stewart "guaranteed" the female superstar would be making a move to NASCAR, and new reports have surfaced suggesting it's all but certain that the face of IndyCar will be behind the wheel of a stock car in 2010. Patrick would compete part-time in Nationwide, Camping World Truck, and ARCA, while running a full schedule in the Indy Racing League.
Despite a team-best runner-up result in the 2009 season, Vision Racing's future is in doubt. Team owner Tony George, who resigned from Indy Racing League power earlier this season, has suggested that if sponsorship is not found for 2010, the team may not participate in the series he founded. Speculation has suggested current sponsor Menards is on the way out after George rejected the hardware store's offer to be the IndyCar Series' title sponsor.
Nationwide star eying former boss' ex-crew chief
NASCAR Nationwide Series standout Brad Keselowski (pictured) has confirmed his move to Penske Racing's Sprint Cup team, and may not be the only one leaving the Hendrick fold. Brad has apparently invited Tony Eury, Jr., the much-criticized former crew chief of Dale Earnhardt, Jr., to join him at Penske for the 2010 season.
No Yanks allowed
Charlotte-based Team US F1 may not field an American-born driver in the 2010 Formula 1 World Championship. The latest reports indicate that the American constructor are looking towards GP2 for a well-funded young driver. Spanish racer Roldán Rodríguez appears to be the leading candidate for the seat. Franck Montagny, currently competing on a limited basis in IndyCar, has also been linked to the ride, while US driver Jonathan Summerton (pictured) met with the team earlier this week. Summerton is reported to be looking at a test/reserve role next season.
British racer Alex Lloyd (pictured) will rejoin the IndyCar Series for the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway as he partners with HER Energy Drink and Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing to pilot the 06 Dallara-Honda. Lloyd participated in the Indianapolis 500 earlier this year. Alex won't be the only driver in a pink vehicle in the race, as Sarah Fisher's car will don a new livery in support of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.
Searching for the next Brad K.
With the departure of Brad Keselowski confirmed, JR Motorsports (owned by Sprint Cup star Dale Earnhardt, Jr.) are looking for a new throttle jockey in 2010. Kelly Bires (pictured) appears to be the leading candidate, as recent reports suggest the Wisconsinite will take over the number 88 Chevrolet next season assuming full sponsorship is found.