SEMA eNews Vol. 12, No. 29, July 23, 2009

Racing News: Panoz Says American Le Mans Not for Sale

NO SALE HERE: American Le Mans Series owner Don Panoz said the
series and sanctioning body, IMSA, are "not for sale" during the ALMS
stop at Lime Rock Park last weekend.

ANOTHER ONE GONE: Only three weeks after Tony George stepped down, Indianapolis Motor Speedway COO Joie Chitwood III will leave his position at IMS on August 6. He will return to his native Florida, where he has accepted a position with International Speedway Corp. in Daytona Beach.

BANQUET TIME: The IndyCar Series banquet will be held at the W Hotel South Beach (Miami) on October 11, one day after the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

BIG WINNERS: Levi Jones won the USAC-sanctioned Indiana Sprint Week finale at Tri-State Speedway. The victory gave him the overall Sprint Week title by a narrow margin over Bryan Clauson; Donny Schatz earned $50,000 for winning the Kings Royal World of Outlaws sprint-car race at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway; Eddie MacDonald topped the famed Oxford 250; and Nobuhiro Tajima won the Pikes Peak Hill Climb for the fourth-consecutive year.

SUPPORT: Current FIA President Max Mosley endorsed former Ferrari leader Jean Todt as a candidate to replace him when the position comes up for re-election in October.

STILL ON TOP: Tony Stewart remained top of the National Speed Sport News Power Rankings, which rates drivers from all auto-racing disciplines. The rankings appear weekly in America’s Motorsports Authority.

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