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today is Jan 23, 2022

In the round-up: Kevin Kalkhoven, the former head of Champ Car who later co-owned a team which won the Indianapolis 500, has died at the age of 77.

In brief

Kevin Kalkhoven dies

Kevin Kalkhoven, the man who tried to salvage the series once known as CART after it fell into bankruptcy, has died at the age of 77 following a period of illness.

Together with Gerald Forsythe and Paul Gentilozzi, Kalkhoven bought the collapsed series in 2004. He also acquired engine builder Cosworth from Ford, ensuring a supply of motors for the championship, which continued for four more years as the Champ Car World Series.

But in 2008, as the series continued to struggle, Kalkhoven sold the championship to Tony George, who had provoked a split in American open-wheel racing by setting up his rival Indy Racing League 12 years earlier. The reunified championship is now known as IndyCar.

In 2013 the KVRT team Kalkhoven ran with Jimmy Vasser scored victory in the Indianapolis 500. It closed four years later, having scored its final victory in Detroit with Sebastien Bourdais.

Kalkhoven continued to serve as a chairman of the board at Cosworth. “Since his involvement with Cosworth in 2004, he had been a key source of inspiration for the business,” said CEO and chairman Hal Reisiger. “His passion for motorsport is well documented, but he was also a visionary and pioneer of future technology.”

Kalkhoven also co-owned the Long Beach Grand Prix Association. “The entire Grand Prix Association of Long Beach family is saddened to hear of the passing of our co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven,” said president and CEO Jim Michaelian. “He has provided strong support and visionary leadership over the past 16 years and his contributions to our company as well as to the racing community will be sorely missed.

“Our condolences go out to his wife Kimm and all of the Kalkhoven family in these difficult times.”

McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown said he was “deeply saddened” by the loss of “a great colleague and friend, whose business success was mirrored by his generosity to great causes.”

McLaren SP hires Penske engineer Ward

McLaren SP has hired Penske race engineer Gavin Ward for the upcoming IndyCar season. Ward was previously at Red Bull during their title-winning run between 2010 and 2013. “Gavin will play a key role in our long-term ambitions in the NTT IndyCar series,” said McLaren SP in a statement.

Family trio join Prema’s Formula Regional Asia squad

Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema will field a three-car entry in the Formula Regional Asia series for sisters Amna and Hamda Al Qubaisi and their 46-year-old GT racing father Khaled. “We worked with Khaled, Amna, and Hamda several times during the years, and it will be special to field them all together this time,” said Prema boss Rene Roisin.

Miniature Monaco measures 38 metres

Hamburg’s famed Miniatur Wonderland in its historic Speicherstadt is now home to a recreation of the Monaco grand prix circuit, complete with a Porsche 99X Electric Formula E car. As with the rest of the exhibits they are rendered in 1:87 scale. The car is six centimetres long and was recreated using a CAD model supplied by Porsche Motorsport.

Porsche Formula E car model

Porsche Formula E car model

Porsche Formula E car model

Porsche Formula E car model

Hamburg Minatur Wonderland Monaco

Hamburg Minatur Wonderland Monaco

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