F1 Returning to Indianapolis? Ben Sulayem Meets Up With Motorsport Kingpin Roger Penske

Published 05/05/2022, 3:56 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – New FIA President Press Conference – Paris, France – December 17, 2021 New FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem during the press conference REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of FIA, recently met up with Roger Penske. The two motorsport enthusiasts caught up at the notoriously famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This track that used to host F1 races long back has seen some dramatic moments. Though it currently hosts IndyCar races, F1’s rising popularity might see its revival.

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Roger Penske’s company, Penske Corporation, currently owns the 13-turn circuit. As of now, reasons are unknown for this grand meet-up, but we’re sure something is in store for the fans.

Roger Penske and Mohammed Ben Sulayem might hold F1 talks

Penske has a wide CV that proves his adroitness in several fields of life. He is the owner of a multi-million dollar company and a former successful racecar driver. Very bright in his racing days, he famously won a Riverside race after a clever interpretation of rules. Moreover, he later shifted to business and was just as successful in this field too.

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Sulayem, who is a newly elected president, posted a photo with Penske. By claiming that he met “to discuss areas of mutual interest, ” he has left everything up for interpretation. Sulayem since his election as the president has brought in several changes to F1. He is determined to help the sport gain tremendous support in America.

Races run in Indianapolis’s blood

IMS, on the other hand, is a track famous for its beauty and straights. The track that ran in the opposite direction of its oval shape hosted Formula 1 races from 2000 to 2007. Notably, Michael Schumacher, who won most of IMS’s racing editions, gave an iconic moment to fans. Schumacher, back in 2002, slowed down his car dramatically to hand over a win to teammate Rubens Barrichello. This was understandably controversial.

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Moreover, in 2005, only six cars competed on the track after the formation lap. There was a Michelin tire supply problem, leaving only Bridgestone cars to have the chance to compete with its tires.

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Furthermore, in 2008, F1 decided to not host a race in Indianapolis. However, Drive to Survive’s outrageous help in giving F1 a popularity boost, and 3 scheduled American races, might bring this famous track back.

Since IMS is not new to racing and has hosted races before, it shouldn’t be a problem for FIA to make its space in the calendar again.

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Khyati Yadav

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Khyati Yadav is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. She is a Hospitality Graduate and a huge fan of Lando Norris. She believes that F1 as a sport deserves a lot more attention and is intrigued by the process that goes behind the making of a car and the hard work that goes into the setting up of any Grand Prix.

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