McLaren Parting Ways With Magnussen
F1 McLaren reserve driver Kevin Magnussen will not have his contract renewed for the 2016 season, it has been revealed this week. The 23-year-old pilot had spent the past two seasons with the team, but will be leaving after the final race of the current campaign in Abu Dhabi. It is expected that new GP2 champion Stoffel Vandoorne will taking over the role of reserve driver for the team behind Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso. As for Magnussen, recent talks with new U.S.-based Haas team fell through when the squad signed Romain Grosjean to a contract for 2016, with Esteban Gutierrez expected to follow soon.
NASCAR Rule Changes Expected to Increase Excitement
Following successful testing of new configurations designed to reduce downforce on its cars, NASCAR is looking to finalize the changes for next season, and reaction from fans and circuit teams and drivers seems to be fairly unanimously positive. This week the new guidelines for the required configurations were delivered by the circuit’s sanctioning body to NASCAR teams, and they include a shorter rear spoiler, smaller radiator pan, and an engine package that includes roller lifters.
10-Year-Old Newfoundland Boy Makes Final in World Drag Racing Event
A 10-year-old from Kelligrews, Newfoundland, turned in a second-place finish in a world drag-racing event in Memphis, Tennessee this past weekend, and his parents are now looking to acquire a bigger car for the autistic young driving phenom. At the International Hot Rod Association finals in Memphis, Darien Legge drove an under-sized car, dubbed ‘the little engine that could’ by other racers, to victory in every heat until the finals. Legge competed against much older drivers in much better cars.