Stewart Confirms Retirement Plans
Three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart confirmed his plans to retire from NASCAR following the 2016 season, after anonymous sources leaked the news earlier this week. The 18-year NASCAR veteran has 48 career wins, though none since 2013, and he did not qualify for this year’s season-end Chase. Stewart plans to continue his involvement with the four-car Stewart-Haas team, of which he is part-owner.
Haas Announces Grosjean Signing for 2016
The new U.S.-based Haas Formula One team confirmed this week that Romain Grosjean has signed on has the first driver for the stable heading into its inaugural season. Grosjean has been with Lotus for the past five seasons, with the French driver tallying up 280 points and 10 podium finishes in that time. Haas is the first American team to race in F1 since 1986.
Red Bull Engine Issues Could Spell F1 Exit
Motorsport.com looks at the ongoing engine-supply troubles faced by Red Bull’s Formula One team, and the increasing possibility that it could mean an end in the sport for the stable. With under six months remaining until the start of the 2016 season, and after cancelling its contract with Renault, Red Bull still does not have an engine-supply deal in place. Speculation had been rife that either Mercedes or Ferrari might offer up their engines for 2016, but no deal has been agreed on with either manufacturer.
Hinchcliffe Back on Track
More than four months after suffering a near-fatal crash at Indianapolis, Canadian driver James Hinchcliffe has progressed far enough in his rehabilitation that he was able to return to the track in a test session this week. He piloted his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team car through a test run at the Road America course in Wisconsin, where an IndyCar race is tentatively scheduled to be held in June 2016.