Like most American kids that grew up in the 80's I watched the Indy 500 every year and became interested in motorsports thanks to that race, but I didn't really get hooked until I started watching Formula 1 racing in the late 90's. My favorite era were those years with the great Mika Hakkinen/Michael Schumacher battles. (I was a Mika Hakkinen fan) So my fondness for Formula 1 waned once Mika retired and Schumacher started winning everything, even at the expense of his teammate Rubens Barrichello. My interest in F1 has only been lukewarm since.

Then I turned to Champ Car racing here in the US for my motorsports fix. However that was quickly extinguished once Champ Car and Indy Car merged and we were stuck with Tony George and his many foibles. (It was entertaining to watch the Hulman/George drama I'll admit.) My interest has been less than lukewarm with Indy Car lately, even without Tony George at the helm.

Over time however, the excitement I once had for motorsports has slowly gone. Maybe it has to do with my age, I don't know. But I think I will pour my efforts into my Trooper and my interests in the outdoors to add excitement to my life.

Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoy it. I will still post racing news when I find something interesting or noteworthy.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Windsor clarifies USF1 name change

(by Speed staff speedtv.com 3-6-09)

USF1 sporting director Peter Windsor has moved to clarify stories suggesting that the team has been told to change its name by Formula One Management.

Stories have circulated in recent days that FOM objected to the team's use of the trademarked phrase "F1" in their title, but speaking exclusively to SPEEDtv.com, Windsor has diffused the story, saying that it was never the team's intention to compete under such a name, and instead they plan on competing under the name US Grand Prix Engineering.

"It’s not true as written" said Windsor in reference to the original story. "Our original logo was basically a placemark for a project in progress. Now that we’re in business, it’s important to create a logo and team name that is fully in accordance with FOM rules. This we are now doing."

"In the meantime, we’re diverting web traffic to one of the many domain names we registered some five years ago. We kinda liked USGPE because of the early FW days (referring to Williams Grand Prix Engineering). We’ll be back soon – bigger and better."

Windsor also added that he has been encouraged by the response to the team since they formally announced their plans to compete live on SPEED on February 24. "The response to the announcement was overwhelmingly positive" said the former Williams and Ferrari team manager. "Over 4000 articles were published about us in the month of February alone, and the site was getting something like 350 hits per second during and after the show. For a 'minority sport', F1 in the US seems to be alive and well!"

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