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Indy Speedway Not Enough: Penske Interested In Mercedes-AMG F1 Team

Fresh off the heels of a headline grabbing purchase of both the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the IndyCar series as a whole, racing mogul Roger Penske has set his sights on Formula 1 with a rumored bid to purchase the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One racing team.

Motor Authority, from a rumor first posted by the German F1 Insider, reports that Roger Penske is one of two potential bidders for the series dominating Formula One team.

3 The Captain

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Roger Penske has been a figure that has loomed large in American motorsports for decades, starting with a successful partnership with Mark Donahue earning Indianapolis 500 and Can Am racing wins.

Today, Penske has run successful open wheel, NASCAR, and sports car teams. He recently purchased the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the IndyCar series.

2 Mercedes Dominant

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For the last six years, Mercedes AMG Petronas has been the dominant force in Formula 1 having won both the drivers and constructors championship for the last six years. Mercedes is reportedly looking to get out of the day to day team operation and instead become an engine supplier.

With the tri-star brand starting a Formula E team for the series' sixth season, it might signal a shift in priorities for Mercedes Benz. MB motorsport boss with the impossibly cool name of Toto Wolff has said that the team has nothing left to prove in Formula One.

1 F1 at Indy

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With Penske's recent purchase of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the bid for the top F1 team could also mean that the second American F1 race could find a home in Indianapolis. The Brickyard hosted Formula One races from 2000 to 2007 on a track that used the original oval and a new road course built into the infield.

Currently there is a bid for a temporary circuit in the Hard Rock Stadium parking lot outside of Miami, but that still has local zoning hurdles to clear.

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