Good news this week about the Long Beach Grand Prix. The Los Angeles Angels baseball team announced an agreement to remain in Anaheim through 2050. A major portion of the track was considered for a new stadium for the Angels after their current stadium contract with Anaheim expires at the end of 2020. A baseball stadium would significantly impact the Grand Prix. The Acura Grand Prix is the second longest running event on the NTT Indycar Series calendar. 2020 will be the 45th running of a race on the streets of Long Beach.
The Indycar race has fought off other attacks in the past few years. The city council considered proposals to return the event to an F1 race. That idea was voted down. The race is safe for the next thirty years. I wonder if the Angels were simply using the exploration of Long Beach as leverage to get a better deal from Anaheim.
The Formula 5000 Drivers Association will have three Revival Races in 2020, at Road America, Watkins Glen, and Circuit of the Americas. This sounds like something worth an extra trip to Road America for me. Full information is in the link below:
Formula 5000 ran from 1967-1976 with 5 liter V-8 engines. Originally under SCCA sanction, USAC joined the Sports Car group in sanctioning the series. The sound of these cars was amazing. If one of these events is near you, I encourage you to attend.
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Fernando Alonso has confirmed he will enter the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500. He is still uncertain which team he will drive for. The decision will be between Andretti and Arrow McLaren SP. I see a possible issue with each team. Will Honda allow Alonso to drive for Andretti? In 2019 Alonso failed to qualify for the race with McLaren. While the team appears to be in better shape than last year. However, James Hinchcliffe barely made the race last year after missing the 2019 500.
Alonso will not announce which team he will be with until after the Dakar Rally in January.
Back next week with more observations and a special post recognizing some podcasts.