At the event: Michael Andretti has stated that Andretti Racing is interested in competing in the Le Mans 24 Hours in the future and entering Formula 1.
Andretti’s ambition extends to the Le Mans hypercar entry
Andretti Racing is looking to further expand its operations to include the Le Mans 24 Hours and the World Endurance Championship, as well as entry into Formula 1.
Andretti, who has officially announced his intention to enter F1, is competing in the IMSA Sports Car Championship in the United States with Wayne Taylor Racing. Speaking at a press conference ahead of next weekend’s Daytona 24 Hours, Michael Andretti spoke of his family’s racing team’s ambitions to compete in the Hypercar class at WEC and Le Mans.
“One of the goals is to hopefully have a WEC team in the next few years,” Andretti said.
“That (Le Mans) is a definite goal for us. Our goal is to be at the major racing events in the world. And, obviously, Le Mans is one of the biggest. And so, down the road, we definitely want to be there.
Michael Schumacher’s first Jordan is up for auction
The Jordan 191, which seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher raced in opening practice at the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix, will be auctioned off in less than two weeks.
Schumacher made a famous debut at the circuit to stand up for Bertrand Gachot, who was ordered to be jailed in Britain for attacking a taxi driver. Schumacher qualified in chassis number five and began the opening practice session in chassis number six, which will be auctioned at Bonhams on Thursday, February 2. The car has an expected sale price of between €1.4m-€2m.
After finishing an impressive fifth on the grid in a different car, Schumacher would retire from the first race after burning out the clutch. He will sign with Benetton for the next round.
Wurz expands leadership at FROC.
Charlie Wurth, son of former Formula 1 driver Alexander Wurth, took the championship lead in the Formula Oceania Regional Championship – formerly known as Toyota Racing – in New Zealand.
The 17-year-old won two of three races at the Terretonga circuit in the second round to extend his championship lead, taking the win from Callum Hedge by 24 points in the first round. There are three more rounds, the next coming this weekend at Mansfield.
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