In the round-up: The mayor of Atlantic City, New Jersey has officially signed off on a development project that includes plans for a 2.4 mile racing circuit
Atlantic City signs off on ‘F1-spec’ track development in New Jersey
The disused airfield at Bader Park is being transformed with a $3 billion dollar development package including living areas, retail space and a circuit reportedly designed to ‘Formula 1 specifications’.
Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small Snr signed off on the development proposed by Deem Enterprises yesterday. The project is estimated to take six to nine years to complete.
New Jersey was originally announced to host a Formula 1 street race at Port Imperial from 2013 back in 2011. The race was later cancelled.
Tsunoda not expecting too much from AlphaTauri upgrades
Yuki Tsunoda says he does not expect a lot from AlphaTauri’s upgrades coming at the Australian Grand Prix.
Tsunoda missed out on his team’s first point in 11th place in Saudi Arabia, overtaken by Kevin Magnussen in the closing laps. With the team one of only two yet to score in 2023 along with McLaren, Tsunoda warns that the batch of upgrades coming for Melbourne will not dramatically change their standing in the field.
“I wouldn’t expect too high [from that update],” he said. “Obviously I’ve just got to do the same job as the last two races, and even hopefully more. And if the car is good, just score points.”
Wheldon brothers gain Gainbridge support at Andretti
Andretti junior drivers Sebastian and Oliver Wheldon, will be sponsored by Gainbridge through their 2023 campaigns, Andretti has announced.
The two brothers, sons of late two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon, will have Gainbridge branding for their racing programmes this season.
“We announced in 2021 that we’d be helping Sebastian and Oliver to climb the ranks and develop their careers, and I’m very happy to welcome Gainbridge as a supporter in their growth,” said Michael Andretti.
“Both boys have continued to impress us through their karting competition, and Sebastian recently completed a successful test day in an F4 car. They are on the right track and we have no doubt they will continue to positively build the legacy set by Dan.”
“It was overwhelming. You feel you have to look strong for the children and you want to look strong for the whole situation. But it was very difficult, to see everything that was happening. I felt I had to be stronger than if it was a public ceremony.”
” Jumping into the simulator, learning their car and helping shape the development are all things I’m focused on doing. In turn that will develop my abilities, my confidence and my enjoyment behind the wheel. It’s been a tough couple of years professionally, so there’s an element of that competitor in me wanting to remind people that I’m still here, still a professional and still contributing to success.”
“Getting into a NASCAR ride required such a specific proprietary approach and personality and style of driving, that you saw the guys who did try it were just never successful. Villeneuve, Montoya, Scott Speed, all of them. The Next Gen car is much more in line with where other motorsports are around the world.”
“The circuit at the Sambadrome looks like it will be amazing and the thousands of people that like to join carnival and spend some time in Brazil will be able to stay for the race, Zero Summit and the big music festival happening all on the same weekend. I’m sure the passionate Brazilians will fill up the grandstands!”