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Grosjean snubs Sir Jackie Stewart

Published July 19, 2012

Jackie Stewart says he has advice he thinks would be beneficial for Romain Grosjean, so he invited the young Lotus-Renault driver to lunch.

Grosjean turned him down, saying he has all the help he needs and doesn’t think Stewart could add anything.

Kids today . . .

If you’re out to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park this weekend for the American Le Mans Series race, you’ll find some major league talent on display.

The list got longer Thursday when Marino Franchitti and Andy Lally were added to the list.

Franchitti is the brother of Guess Who? and speaks with the same Scottish accent. An experienced sports car racer, he did all (or most) of the development work on the DeltaWing Project prior to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Sadly, he never got to drive the beast in battle because it was eliminated in a crash before he got a chance to race.

Lally is a Grand Am and occasional ALMS driver who won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year award in 2011. Critics will point out that he was the only first-year racer eligible but that in no way should take away from his glory. He was able to put a full season together and the others couldn’t. End of story.

For a closer look at the weekend’s ALMS action, please see our Le Mans Preview special section that will be posted at wheels.ca Friday morning.

Speaking of the Sprint Cup (we weren’t really, but what the hell . . .), those guys are on a weekend off. Only the Nationwide and Trucks series are going this weekend and they’re both at Chicagoland Speedway with the Camping World Series set for Saturday night and the stock cars on tap for 3 p.m. Sunday.

Open wheel racing sees Formula One at the German Grand Prix and the IndyCar series in Edmonton.

The big question: will Bernie Ecclestone show up at the Hockenheimring and risk arrest? Or will business keep him at home in England?

(Or have all the Bernie-in-handcuffs story suggestions simply been the work of overseas reporters with too vivid imaginations . . . ?)

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