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07/16/19
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Jarett Andretti Announces Livery Design for 2019 USAC Indiana Sprint Week
John Andretti in the Rollie Helmling #4 Midget, 1985
John Andretti in the Rollie Helmling #4 Midget, 1985
Continuing what has become a tradition in years past, third generation champion USAC racing driver Jarett Andretti today announced the livery design for his non-wing sprint car entry for the 2019 USAC Indiana Sprint Week Races. 

Andretti’s #18 Andretti Autosport Superior Auto sponsored entry will feature a deep cherry red body with white and chrome silver accents. The colors and design are reminiscent of the 1985 midget raced by Andretti’s father, John Andretti for Rollie Helmling. 

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07/16/19
irl

SmartStop Self Storage and Sage Karam and Daly Back with Carlin in Iowa
Karam gets another race
Karam gets another race

Sage Karam and Conor Daly will be Carlin’s drivers when the NTT IndyCar Series resumes action this weekend at Iowa Speedway.

Karam drove for Carlin at last weekend’s Honda Indy Toronto, a street circuit race at Exhibition Place. It was Karam’s first race with the team, and he finished 21st.

"We were very impressed with Sage's steady progression throughout the Toronto race weekend and his willingness to learn and adapt," team principal Trevor Carlin said. "The fact that he hadn't been on a street course since 2015 and was still able to come right out of the gate confident and constantly improving every session was extremely impressive."

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07/16/19
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f1
irl

Final weekend TV Ratings
The on-site crowd was decent this year
The on-site crowd at Toronto was decent this year
IndyCar on NBCSN was up 13.8%. Sounds like a lot, right?  Not really.

The rating (0.33) was still so low a sponsor would run for the hills if they saw it.

Now in it's 10th year broadcasting IndyCar races, we have said for 10 years that IndyCar will never grow as long as the majority of its races were broadcast on NBCSN. Ratings table follows below:

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07/16/19
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Video: 2019 NYC E-Prix Weekend Review
NY City Statue of Liberty
NY City Statue of Liberty
An unbelievable climax to the ABB FIA Formula E Championship season resulted in two sensational races in New York City.

A new champion was crowned, while records tumbled in the summer sun.

Join Saunders to recap all the action and the key stories coming out of this weekend.

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07/16/19
irl

Podcast on IndyCar drug smuggler, Randy Lanier, Available Today
Randy Lanier
Randy Lanier

What: “Smoked” is a six-part podcast and multimedia series charting the extraordinary life of South Florida’s Randy Lanier as reflected in the cultural shift toward legal marijuana. He was a racing prodigy who rose to stardom at the Indy 500 while living a secret double life as one of the biggest pot kingpins in American history. In 1984, he won the International Motor Sport Association championship and was then named Rookie of the Year at the 1986 Indy 500. But off the track, Lanier’s secret life as a marijuana smuggler brought his lavish lifestyle to an abrupt half and landed him in prison until 2014.

Lanier's release and post-prison life offers a modern lens through which "Smoked" also examines society's changing relationship with marijuana, and the legacy of those already incarcerated for it. The world he’s in now, after nearly 30 years behind bars, is much friendlier to the plant that he was imprisoned for trafficking. Today, Lanier works with recovering addicts at a substance abuse treatment center in Florida.

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07/16/19
SST

Brabham battles the elements to come out on top in Toronto
Matt Brabham (c) wins in Toronto
Matt Brabham (c) wins in Toronto
Matt Brabham braced the wild weather on Saturday to secure two podiums and the overall round win in Stadium SUPER Trucks this weekend in Toronto.

The Championship leader was the fastest qualifier, outclassing the field by more than a second.

The pole position saw Brabham start at the rear of the field for race one when the grid is inverted, but he bagged maximum points against his title defense in the session.

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07/16/19
f1

F1 selecting tracks for 'money' not racing
Hamilton must have his head up where the sun don't shine. How does his huge salary get paid if teams don't get maximum revenue from the races?
Hamilton must have his head up where the sun don't shine. How does his huge salary get paid if teams don't get maximum revenue from the races?
(GMM) F1's drivers should have more say about which circuits host the races.

That is the view of Lewis Hamilton, following earlier criticism about 'boring' grands prix in 2019.

But in Austria and again Silverstone, the races were thrilling -- and Hamilton says that is more to do with the actual tracks than the cars or the rules.

"We know better than anybody which tracks we can overtake on and which tracks we can't," the Mercedes driver said after Silverstone.

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07/16/19
f1

Italy loses faith in 'disastrous' Vettel
Every driver reaches an age when they no longer have it. For some it's earlier than others, and some later. Vettel, like Jimmie Johnson in NASCAR, are now past their prime
Every driver reaches an age when they no longer have it. For some it's earlier than others, and some later. Vettel, like Jimmie Johnson in NASCAR, are now past their prime
(GMM) The Italian press has lost faith in Ferrari's current number 1 driver, Sebastian Vettel.

Charles Leclerc battled for victory in Austria and raced spectacularly at Silverstone, while his teammate Vettel was outqualified and then slammed into Max Verstappen in the race.

"Ferrari has a new leader," said the authoritative La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"Leclerc is combative and energetic and has finally captured the heart of the Ferrari fans," it added, describing Vettel as "again disastrous" last Sunday.

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07/16/19
automotive

Watch the Aston Martin Valkyrie Make Its Dynamic Debut at the British Grand Prix
Aston Martin Valkyrie debuts at British GP
Aston Martin Valkyrie debuts at British GP
At the British Grand Prix race at the Silverstone circuit in England this past weekend, the Valkyrie made its public dynamic debut ahead of the Formula 1 race, marking the first time it had been driven publicly.

The Valkyrie was piloted by Chris Goodwin, Aston Martin's head test driver. He called the day "exceptionally special," adding that while there is still a lot of development work yet to be done, "We can now begin to really push the physical testing process and realize the capabilities of what we have developed over the past months."

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07/16/19
f1

Gasly 'perfect' at Silverstone - Horner
At Silverstone Pierre Gasly showed promise again
At Silverstone Pierre Gasly showed promise again
(GMM) Pierre Gasly thinks he has put his F1 career back on track.

After Austria, Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko said the Frenchman's recent performances had been "unacceptable".

But Gasly appeared to have bounced back strongly at Silverstone, finally looking near the pace of his highly rated teammate Max Verstappen.

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07/16/19
f1

McLaren to remain 'independent' - Seidl
Andreas Seidl
Andreas Seidl
(GMM) McLaren is determined to remain "independent".

That is the view of the British team's new boss Andreas Seidl, following comments made by works Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo.

Ricciardo had joked that if Renault and its engine customer McLaren collaborated in the area of the chassis, they would produce a "pretty decent racing car".

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07/16/19
f1

Hamilton steps back from claims of 'racism'
The Libtards make everything about race, and a left-wing nut job reporters questioning of Hamilton had race bait undertones
The Libtards make everything about race, and a left-wing nut job reporter's questioning of Hamilton had race bait undertones
(GMM) Lewis Hamilton has distanced himself from suggestions that the British media has an attitude with "racist undertones" about Lewis Hamilton.

Heading into his home race, one reporter for the left-wing newspaper The Guardian asked the Mercedes driver about his British "accent", the time he spends in the US, and the fact that he lives in Monaco.

"I remember watching Jenson Button and all the others coming through and every one migrated to Monaco and no one ever said anything about it. When I did, they had something to say about it," Hamilton responded.

But then, former British footballer Rio Ferndinand wrote a social media post about Hamilton and said there are "racist undertones" to the criticism of him.

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07/16/19
f1

F1 allowing 'hard racing' again
Leclerc raced Verstappen hard at Silverstone
Leclerc raced Verstappen hard at Silverstone
(GMM) Formula 1 may now be allowing "hard racing" once again, according to Ferrari's Charles Leclerc.

In Austria, the young Monaco-born driver was disappointed when Max Verstappen was not penalized for his aggressive overtaking move.

But at Silverstone, the pair went wheel-to-wheel again, and at one point Leclerc even pushed his former karting rival off the track.

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07/16/19
f1

Silverstone wants new race date for 2020
Silverstone
Silverstone
(GMM) Silverstone is pushing for a new race date on the 2020 calendar.

At the British grand prix, Lewis Hamilton complained that his home race had not been scheduled to avoid clashes with the cricket world cup and Wimbledon finals.

Silverstone's owner, the BRDC, is now pushing for a new race date for 2020.

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07/15/19
irl

With win #3 Pagenaud puts himself into IndyCar title hunt
Pagenaud answers media questions
Pagenaud answers media questions
With his third IndyCar win of 2019 Simon Pagenaud has put himself into the IndyCar title hunt by moving up to third in the point standings (39 points back) behind Josef Newgarden and Alexander Rossi.

He had this to say in the post-race press conference on his hunt for an IndyCar title.

As to his hot and cold performances all year, Pagenaud indicated when the car is working he can get the job done.

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07/15/19
nasmon

NASCAR switching to 18-inch wheels
NASCAR Goodyear Tires
NASCAR Goodyear Tires
After decades of using 15-inch diameter tires, NASCAR and Goodyear definitely will increase tire size diameter – probably to 18-inches – beginning in 2021 when the new Generation 7 Cup Series racecar is put into use, Kickin’ the Tires reports.

“It is not just a tire change, it is the overall Gen 7 package that everybody is working on for 2021,” said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s Director of Racing. “Part of the whole idea is to try to update the cars somewhat, make it a little bit more relevant to what you see on the street these days. So, I think there will be probably some more differentiation among manufacturers, the car itself will be totally different from a performance perspective.

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07/15/19
nasmon

ISC Announces Merger Agreement With NASCAR Holdings, Inc. (2nd Update)
ISC facilities
ISC facilities. Once deal closes the France Family, should they choose, can sell it all to Liberty

UPDATE Wells Fargo has dropped International Speedway (ISCA -0.7%) to an Underperform rating from Market Perform.

"We see no upside potential to the current share price given pending minority shareholder approval of $45/share cash acquisition offer by NASCAR for the ~25% of voting shares not controlled by the France family," advises WF.

The firm also sees downside risk on the low chance that minority shareholders reject the deal.

Wells' price target of $41 is below the sell-side average PT of 44.

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07/15/19
f1

Masi Confirmed As F1 Race Director For Remainder Of 2019
Michael Masi
Michael Masi

Michael Masi’s appointment as permanent F1 race director was confirmed by the FIA after the British Grand Prix.

Masi has been in the position on a race-by-race basis since the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, following the sudden death of Charlie Whiting.

Whiting died from a pulmonary embolism in Melbourne on March 14. He was 66.

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07/15/19
irl

Toronto IndyCar race attendance up
Just one (of many) grandstand for yesterday's IndyCar race
Just one (of many) grandstand for yesterday's IndyCar race
Crowd estimates "exceeded 30,000" for yesterday's IndyCar race in Toronto, marking "one of the best crowds the Toronto race has seen in recent years." TORONTO STAR

And all the grandstands were full meaning promoters Green Savoree can look to add more rows to the grandstands next year.

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07/15/19
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IndyCar Toronto TV Rating
The race start
The race start

NBCSN earned a horrible 0.36 overnight rating for yesterday's NTT IndyCar Series Honda Indy Toronto, up slightly from an equally horrible 0.35 overnight for last year's race.

Editor's Note: How do you grow a series with ratings that low?  What sponsors want to sponsor a car with ratings that low? Why not put 100% of the races on NBC, and pay the delta so teams can be flush with sponsorship and NTT Data can get more value for their IndyCar sponsorship?

Why? Why? Why?

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07/15/19
nasmon

NASCAR Kentucky TV Rating

NBCSN earned a 1.2 overnight for Saturday night's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, down 7.7% from a 1.3 for last year's race.

FS1 earned 333K viewers for Friday night's NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series BuckleUp 225 at Kentucky, up 23% from 270K for last year's race.

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07/15/19
irl

Honda Indy Toronto Race Highlights
Re-live all the action from the 2019 Honda Indy Toronto in less than seven minutes.

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07/15/19
fe

Formula E New York City E-Prix Race 2 Highlights!
Frijns leads - note the huge crowd.....NOT!
Frijns leads - note the huge crowd.....NOT!
Envision Racing Highlights of them winning Race 2 in Brooklyn NY Sunday - the final race of the 2018/2019 season. 

Note the lack of fans and the fact the track is laid out in an industrial park void a many fan amenities.

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07/15/19
f1

Furious Haas boss slams 'unacceptable' weekend
The Steiner run Haas team is now in complete disarray
The Steiner run Haas team is now in complete disarray
(GMM) Gunther Steiner says Haas' two drivers made a bad situation even worse at Silverstone.

The American team had spent the entire race weekend embroiled in a saga with its controversial title sponsor Rich Energy.

That situation may now end up in the courts.

"Our client is entitled to recover by way of damages from Rich Energy the $7.5 million currently outstanding," read a letter from Haas' lawyer to Rich Energy's William Storey.

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07/15/19
f1

Bottas took 'good step' towards 2020 contract
Valtteri Bottas may have ensured Esteban Ocon won't take his seat
Valtteri Bottas may have ensured Esteban Ocon won't take his seat
(GMM) At Silverstone, Valtteri Bottas took a "good step" towards a new deal to stay at Mercedes in 2020.

That is the claim of his team boss Toto Wolff, even though other drivers are being linked with the plum seat alongside Lewis Hamilton.

Wolff told German television RTL that both Hamilton, the actual race winner, and Saturday's pole sitter Bottas "deserved the victory" at the British GP.

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07/15/19
f1

Hamilton's father urges Alonso to return
Who would Alonso drive for if he would return? At his age, who would want him?
Who would Alonso drive for if he would return? At his age, who would want him?
(GMM) Lewis Hamilton's father has urged Fernando Alonso to return to Formula 1.

In 2007, Hamilton made his debut for McLaren, with two-time world champion Alonso as his teammate. The pair clashed badly and Alonso left the team after that season.

But now, Hamilton's former manager and father Anthony Hamilton thinks Alonso should return from his current 'retirement'.

"Personally, Fernando retired too soon, although I understand why he left," he told the Spanish broadcaster Movistar.

"If he returned it would be fantastic. We need someone like him in this sport again."

However, notwithstanding Alonso's undoubted talent and potential interest in a comeback, a return looks unlikely.

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07/15/19
f1

Raikkonen could have worked harder in F1 - Rosberg
It's time for Kimi Raikkonen to retire now
It's time for Kimi Raikkonen to retire now
(GMM) Nico Rosberg has defended the racing ethos of F1's oldest and most experienced current driver.

He is talking about Kimi Raikkonen, who astonished with his talent when he entered the sport with almost no experience in 2001.

But the best part of two decades later, many think the now 39-year-old Raikkonen should have won more than a single title and 21 wins.

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07/15/19
f1

Vettel could lose number 1 status - Ralf Schumacher
It seems likely Vettel is disillusioned with F1 and will retire soon
It seems likely Vettel is disillusioned with F1 and will retire soon
(GMM) Sebastian Vettel is at risk of being usurped by his young Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc.

After standing on the Silverstone podium, Leclerc said it had been "the race I enjoyed the most in my Formula 1 career".

At the same time, it may have been one of 32-year-old quadruple world champion Vettel's least enjoyable.

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07/15/19
f1

Todt wants F1 to reduce driver aids
With all the driver aids and engineers winning races, not drivers, Todt knows F1 is indeed 99% car and 1% driver
With all the driver aids and engineers winning races by telling drivers when to go fast, when to slow, whether to pass or not, Todt knows F1 is indeed 99% car and 1% driver

(GMM) Jean Todt has added to his list of suggestions for improving Formula 1.

Earlier, the FIA president said the sport should look into reintroducing refuelling, as the cars have become much heavier than in decades past.

"With a lighter car, we could fight harder," said championship leader Lewis Hamilton when asked about Todt's proposal.

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07/14/19
f1

Vettel accepts blame for Verstappen incident
Vettel punts Verstappen
Vettel punts Verstappen
Sebastian Vettel apologized to Red Bull Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen immediately after the British Grand Prix for their collision during the race.

Verstappen had just passed Vettel in the battle for third place on lap 37 when the German attempted to retake the position down the inside of Vale - only to lock up and hit the defending Verstappen when Verstappen moved to block him.

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07/14/19
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BMW's Sims on Pole for Championship final, title battle still wide open
Alexander Sims
Alexander Sims
BMW Andretti's Alexander Sims took his first ABB FIA Formula E pole position in New York as Sebastien Buemi was eliminated from title contention, setting up a three-way championship fight.

Buemi, who won Saturday's opening race, needed pole position to keep his slim title hopes alive and the Nissan e.dams driver was the first to hit the track in superpole.

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07/14/19
f1

Haas seeking 35 million from Rich Energy for contract breach
Haas Letter
Haas Letter
British Grand Prix – The Rich Energy Twitter account has released a letter, purportedly from Haas’ lawyers, that show the team are seeking 35 million pounds in damages.

Rich Energy has released a letter that appears to have been sent from Ebury Partnership, on behalf of Haas, to the company.

This has been done in order to verify the claim from the same Twitter account earlier this week that they had cancelled their sponsorship agreement with Haas.

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07/14/19
f1

Hapless Haas team trolled by their sponsor
Hapless Haas drivers
Hapless Haas drivers
Rich Energy are fast proving to be the sponsor that no one wants, and who could blame them.

In the build-up to the British Grand Prix, Rich Energy announced on Twitter that they had ended their sponsorship of the Haas F1 team. They cited “poor performance” and F1’s “PR” world.

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07/14/19
f1

Honda Indy Toronto Starting Lineup and Tire Choice
Simon Pagenaud
Simon Pagenaud
Stating Lineup and Tire Choice
SPCarDriver NameEngineTire
122Pagenaud, SimonChevyRed-Soft
29Dixon, ScottHondaRed-Soft
310Rosenqvist, Felix (R)HondaRed-Soft
427Rossi, AlexanderHondaRed-Soft
52Newgarden, JosefChevyRed-Soft
620Jones, EdChevyRed-Soft
798Andretti, MarcoHondaRed-Soft
818Bourdais, SebastienHondaRed-Soft
921Pigot, SpencerChevyRed-Soft
1030Sato, TakumaHondaRed-Soft
1128Hunter-Reay, RyanHondaRed-Soft
1215Rahal, GrahamHondaHard-Black
1359Chilton, MaxChevyRed-Soft
145Hinchcliffe, JamesHondaRed-Soft
1512Power, WillChevyHard-Black
1688Herta, Colton (R)HondaRed-Soft
1719Ferrucci, Santino (R)HondaRed-Soft
1826Veach, ZachHondaHard-Black
194Leist, MatheusChevyRed-Soft
207Ericsson, Marcus (R)HondaHard-Black
2131Karam, SageChevyRed-Soft
2214Kanaan, TonyChevyRed-Soft


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07/14/19
il

Oliver Askew Takes Home Fourth Win of Season
Askew
Askew

From the drop of the green flag, Oliver Askew drove to the checkered flag for his first Indy Lights win around the streets of Exhibition Place in Toronto. The newly-crown Freedom 100 winner, who started today's race in the pole position, claimed his fourth victory of the season in a dominating fashion.

The American rookie has boded well in Indy Lights with four wins, four poles and nine podiums in 11 races. Askew joined Andretti Autosport in 2019, after competing in the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires where he finished third in the championship with one win. In 2017, Askew won the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship with seven wins and 11 podiums.

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07/14/19
irl

Rosenqvist leads IndyCar Sunday warm-up
Sunday warm-up times Honda Indy Toronto
PosNoNameTimeDiffGapSpeedEngineTeam
110Felix Rosenqvist59.947--.------.----107.255HondaChip Ganassi Racing Teams
212Will Power59.9600.01300.0130107.232ChevyTeam Penske
39Scott Dixon1:00.0420.09490.0819107.085HondaChip Ganassi Racing Teams
415Graham Rahal1:00.0790.13180.0369107.020HondaRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
52Josef Newgarden1:00.1120.16500.0332106.961ChevyTeam Penske
622Simon Pagenaud1:00.4260.47890.3139106.405ChevyTeam Penske
727Alexander Rossi1:00.4720.52470.0458106.324HondaAndretti Autosport
888Colton Herta1:00.4960.54880.0241106.282HondaHarding Steinbrenner Racing
930Takuma Sato1:00.5330.58660.0378106.216HondaRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
1021Spencer Pigot1:00.5720.62550.0389106.147ChevyEd Carpenter Racing
1198Marco Andretti1:00.5940.64670.0212106.110HondaAndretti Herta w/ Marco & Curb
1218Sebastien Bourdais1:00.6460.69880.0521106.019HondaDale Coyne Racing w/Vasser-Sullivan
1328Ryan Hunter-Reay1:00.6560.70860.0098106.002HondaAndretti Autosport
1420Ed Jones1:00.6760.72910.0205105.966ChevyEd Carpenter Racing
155James Hinchcliffe1:00.7020.75550.0264105.920HondaArrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
1626Zach Veach1:00.8440.89700.1415105.674HondaAndretti Autosport
1719Santino Ferrucci1:01.0091.06200.1650105.388HondaDale Coyne Racing
1831Sage Karam1:01.0121.06530.0033105.382ChevyCarlin
1914Tony Kanaan1:01.0301.08270.0174105.352ChevyAJ Foyt Enterprises
2059Max Chilton1:01.1141.16680.0841105.207ChevyCarlin
217Marcus Ericsson1:01.4511.50410.3373104.630HondaArrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
224Matheus Leist1:01.4951.54770.0436104.556ChevyAJ Foyt Enterprises


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07/14/19
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Wickens will give the command today for IndyCar drivers to start their engines
Robert Wickens
Robert Wickens
Not only will Robert Wickens drive an Arrow-modified Acura NSX in the pre-race ceremonies for today’s NTT IndyCar Series race at the Honda Indy Toronto, but the Guelph, Ont.-native will also follow it up by giving the command for 22 IndyCar drivers to start their engines.

For Wickens, it will be a grand welcome home as he continues his recovery and rehabilitation from injuries sustained in a racing accident last August. A personal highlight of his racing career was finishing third last year in Toronto during his rookie IndyCar season for Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

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07/14/19
nasmon

Kentucky recap: Relive Busch brothers' battle in 3 minutes
Recap all the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series action as Kurt Busch punches ticket to the Playoffs by beating brother Kyle Busch at Kentucky.

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07/14/19
irl

Video: IndyCar Toronto Qualifying Highlights
It came down to the wire during qualifying for the 2019 Honda Indy Toronto, but Simon Pagenaud outlasted Scott Dixon to secure his second NTT P1 Award of the season.

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07/14/19
irl

Video: Bourdais, Sato fight after IndyCar practice
Sebastien Bourdais and Takuma Sato traded words and a shove or two after practice for the 2019 Honda Indy Toronto. Here's what they had to say.

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07/14/19
f2

Aitken secures home win in Silverstone
Louis Deletraz, Jack Aitken, and Nyck De Vries
Louis Deletraz, Jack Aitken, and Nyck De Vries
Jack Aitken gave British racing fans a reason to cheer at Silverstone, clawing his way from fourth on the grid for a first home win in the Sprint Race. The Campos driver achieved his best finish since Azerbaijan, crossing the line ahead of Carlin’s Louis Deletraz and ART Grand Prix’s Nyck De Vries. 

Aitken got the better of another British driver at the race start, as he joined Deletraz and De Vries in lunging ahead of reverse grid pole-sitter Callum Ilott who was slow off the line. The trio flung themselves down the right of the Ferrari Junior and dropped him to fourth at Turn 1.

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07/14/19
f3

Pulcini pounces for first win of the season
Robert Shwartzman, Leonardo Pulcini, and Liam Lawson
Robert Shwartzman, Leonardo Pulcini, and Liam Lawson
Leonardo Puccini denied Championship leaders PREMA a win for the second round in a row, edging out Robert Shwartzman for his first taste of champagne this season, with a blistering drive in Race 2.

The Russian racer made a late charge through the field, but could only rise as high as second, coming unstuck against the dominant Italian who secured his team’s second victory at Silverstone. Reverse grid poleman Liam Lawson completed the top three to earn his first podium in FIA Formula 3.

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07/14/19
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Sunday Morning IndyCar Report from Toronto
Pagenaud will lead the field to the Green Flag
Pagenaud will lead the field to the Green Flag

It is race day across the US border, where the  85 lap Honda Indy Toronto is scheduled for today at 3:42 pm local time.  Temperatures are expected to reach 78 degrees by race time.  The series was able to get qualifying in yesterday afternoon before a huge thunderstorm rolled through the area and stopped track activities for almost 2 hours. Alex Tagliani, former IndyCar driver, won the NASCAR Pinty Series race which ended around 8:15 pm.

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07/14/19
f1

Renault back on track after failed upgrade
Daniel Ricciardo - best of rest
Daniel Ricciardo - best of rest
(GMM) Daniel Ricciardo says Renault is getting back on course after a recent setback.

At Paul Ricard, for the French works team's home race, Renault brought a major car upgrade but some of the parts did not work.

But at Silverstone, Ricciardo was 'best of the rest' in qualifying behind the top three teams.

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07/14/19
f1

Kvyat hoping fatherhood can wait until after race
Daniil Kvyat
Daniil Kvyat
(GMM) Daniil Kvyat is crossing his fingers that fatherhood can be held at bay for another day or two.

The Russian's girlfriend Kelly Piquet, whose father is the F1 legend Nelson Piquet, is due to give birth to their first child at any moment.

"Honestly yes, there is the risk that it will happen now," the Toro Rosso driver, who lives with Piquet in Monaco, told Russia's Sport-Express at Silverstone.

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07/14/19
f1

Stronger Giovinazzi good for Raikkonen - boss
Giovinazzi
Giovinazzi

(GMM) Frederic Vasseur says it is good that Alfa Romeo's second driver is now closer to the pace.

Earlier, it was said that of the 20 drivers on the grid this year, it is Pierre Gasly, Robert Kubica and Alfa's Antonio Giovinazzi who were struggling the most.

But Italian Giovinazzi finally scored his first point two weeks ago in Austria, compared to teammate Kimi Raikkonen's 21.

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07/14/19
f1

F1 'must' impose budget cap - Seidl
Lando Norris - McLaren
Lando Norris - McLaren
(GMM) F1's proposed budget cap for 2021 "must become reality".

That is the view of Andreas Seidl, the new team boss at McLaren.

The German arrives at McLaren from Porsche, where he oversaw the German marque's domination of the world endurance championship and Le Mans.

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07/14/19
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Sunday TV Times
All Times Eastern
Sunday, July 14LocationTV TimesNetwork
Formula 1: Pit Lane LiveSilverstone7:30am-8:30am (L)ESPN3.com
Formula 1 Pre-RaceSilverstone8:30am-9:05am (L)ESPN2
Formula 1 RaceSilverstone9:05am-11:00am (L)ESPN2
Superbike World Championship #1Laguna Seca8:30am-9:30am (R)beIN Sports
IndyCar Sunday WarmupToronto12:15pm-12:45pm (L)NBC Gold
Superbike World Championship SuperpoleLaguna Seca1:55pm-2:55pm (L)beIN Sports
Blancpain GT RaceZandvoort3:00pm-5:00pm (SDD)CBS-SN
IndyCar Pre-RaceToronto3:00pm-3:30pm (L)NBCSN
IndyCar RaceToronto3:30pm-5:30pm (L)NBCSN
IndyCar Post-RaceToronto5:30pm-6:00pm (L)NBCSN
Formula E Race #2New York3:30pm-5:00pm (L)FS1
Superbike World Championship #2Laguna Seca4:55pm-6:00pm (L)beIN Sports
Formula 1 RaceSilverstone6:00pm-8:30pm (SD/R)ESPNEWS
Superbike World Championship #2Laguna Seca10:00pm-11:00pm (SD/R)beIN Sports
Formula 1 RaceSilverstone1:00am-3:00am (Mon.)ESPNEWS

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07/14/19
f1

Ocon hoping for 'competitive' 2020 car
Esteban Ocon
Esteban Ocon
(GMM) Esteban Ocon is now hopeful he will be back on the Formula 1 grid next year.

Sitting on Mercedes' reserve bench in 2019, the ousted Force India driver has been linked with Valtteri Bottas' place for next season.

But the rumor mill is also suggesting that Renault, Haas or Williams could be options for the 22-year-old.

"There are discussions going on with many different teams," Ocon admitted in an interview with Top Gear.

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07/14/19
f1

Gasly puts career back on track in Britain
Pierre Gasly at Silverstone
Pierre Gasly at Silverstone
(GMM) Pierre Gasly has begun to put his Red Bull career back on track.

The Frenchman's struggles since replacing Daniel Ricciardo this year have fired up speculation that he may be ousted -- even before the end of the season.

But Gasly has been competitive all weekend at Silverstone, and he qualified fifth, right behind his on-form teammate Max Verstappen.

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07/14/19
irl

GESS, Capstone Engage Conor Daly as Brand Ambassador for Remaining INDYCAR Season and Future Race
Conor Daly
Conor Daly
GESS International and Capstone Turbine Corporation announced today the engagement of Conor Daly as its Brand Ambassador for the remaining 2019 NTT IndyCar Season with future race options in the NTT Indy Car Series.

Conor Daly has already participated in off-track events at Capstone Turbine's Van Nuys, CA facility and biogas plants in Milwaukee, WI with GESS International. "I couldn't be more excited to be working as an ambassador for GESS International and Capstone Turbine Corporation this year," said Conor Daly. "Their dedication to making the world a better, cleaner place is something I can really get behind. I look forward to being able to use my platform and their commitment to motorsport to be able to grow and expand awareness of green energy along with their business."

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07/13/19
irl

Sato and Bourdais throw punches in Toronto
Bourdais
Bourdais
Things got heated and grew to an altercation between Sebastien Bourdais and Takuma Sato on pit lane in Toronto this morning after morning practice. 

After Bourdais passed Sato during the final lap of Saturday morning's practice session on the streets of Toronto Sato was furious. 

"It was a ridiculous moment," Sato said later in the afternoon to Jim Ayello of the Indy Star. "I saw Josef (Newgarden) was sort of warming up his tires on the back straight so I had to back off. There’s not point to overtake him, because what do you gain?

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07/13/19
f2

Ghiotto captures first F2 Feature Race win
Nicholas Latifi, Luca Ghiotto, and Guanyu Zhou
Nicholas Latifi, Luca Ghiotto, and Guanyu Zhou

Luca Ghiotto continued his return to form in the FIA Formula 2 Championship, following up his double podium placing at Spielberg, with his first ever Feature Race win. The UNI-Virtuosi man came out on top of a fierce battle with rival Nicholas Latifi, before building up a solid 5s gap ahead of the DAMS man, and third placed teammate Guanyu Zhou.

The Italian went wheel-to-wheel with his polesitting teammate when the lights went out and eventually cemented P1 at the end of Turn 2, edging ahead of Zhou. It was just as tight between the two DAMS behind him, as Sergio Sette Camara and Latifi battled it out for third. 

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07/13/19
irl

Q&A with Sage Karam in Toronto
Sage Karam
Sage Karam
THE MODERATOR: We are happy to be joined today, on many levels, I should say, we're happy to be joined by Sage Karam, driver this weekend of the No. 31 SmartStop Self Storage Carlin Chevrolet for Carlin. And I say that because we've known Sage a long time from USF2000 Champion to Pro Mazda Rookie of the Year, Indy Lights Champion, NTT IndyCar Series driver, a lot of things in this sport. You've been successful at every stop.

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07/13/19
irl

Honda Indy Toronto Qualifying Groups
Pagenaud fastest in practice
Pagenaud fastest in practice
Group 1

10 Rosenqvist, Felix
19 Ferrucci, Santino
98 Andretti, Marco
18 Bourdais, Sebastien
21 Pigot, Spencer
15 Rahal, Graham
12 Power, Will
59 Chilton, Max
30 Sato, Takuma
4 Leist, Matheus
31 Karam, Sage

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07/13/19
irl

Pagenaud tops 3rd practice for Honda Toronto Indy
Simon Pagenaud
Simon Pagenaud

In a session interrupted by several red flags, Indy 500 winner Simon Pagenaud turned the fastest lap of 59.365s to lead the third practice session for the Honda Indy Toronto.

Pagenaud's time of 59.356s again beat Felix Rosenqvist, this time by just 0.07s.  What has everyone scratching their heads is how Pagenaud is the only Chevy in the top-9 and his Penske teammates Will Power and Josef Newgarden are out to lunch. 

Ryan Hunter-Reay who caused one of the red flags, was third quick, while Santino Ferrucci and Colton Herta rounded out the top-5.

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07/13/19
irl

Saturday Morning Report from Toronto
Pagenaud fastest on Friday
Pagenaud fastest on Friday
It is a sunny morning here in Toronto, Canada.  Temperatures are expected to reach 80 degrees Fahrenheit this afternoon.  There are thunderstorms predicted to move into the area around 2 pm, which just happens to be the scheduled time for the Firestone Fast Six Qualifying.  Talking with a local yesterday, the storms can be a hit or miss so we might not get wet this afternoon.

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07/13/19
f1

Hamilton sets new Silverstone record in Q1
However, Leclerc was only 0.02s slower on harder tires.

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07/13/19
irl

Capstone Turbine Corporation to sponsor Herta for Toronto GP
Herta ran blank sidepods in Friday practice
Herta ran blank sidepods in Friday practice
Harding Steinbrenner Racing is very excited to announce that Capstone Turbine Corporation will be upgrading as a primary sponsor for the Honda Indy Toronto. Capstone Turbine Corporation has been a committed partner for Harding Steinbrenner Racing since joining the team as an associate sponsor at the INDYCAR Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

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07/13/19
f3

Vips survives PREMA onslaught for breath-taking lights-to-flag victory
Juri Vips
Juri Vips

Jüri Vips produced a defensive masterclass at Silverstone to keep the relentless Jehan Daruvala behind him and drive a lights-to-flag victory in the FIA Formula 3 Race 1. The Hitech Grand Prix man survived several overtake attempts from the pacey PREMA to retain the position come the checkered flag. The duo were followed by the second PREMA of Marcus Armstrong in third.

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07/13/19
f1

Ferrari run 1-2 in final British GP practice
Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc

Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel set near identical times (car is 99%) to lead the final practice session for the British GP at Silverstone Saturday morning.  

In a session hit by drizzle for a short period, Leclerc turned a lap of 1m25.905s in his #16 Ferrari to nip Vettel's #5 Ferrari by 0.026s. Leclerc's time was less than one tenth off last year's pole time on the 3.6-mile Northamptonshire airport circuit

Crowd favorite Lewis Hamilton was third just 0.049s back in his Mercedes.

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07/13/19
f1

Hamilton slams Sunday sports clashes
Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton
(GMM) Lewis Hamilton has hit out at the sporting clashes that will come to a head on Sunday.

On British GP race day, other major sporting finals including the cricket world cup, Wimbledon and a hill stage of the Tour de France will also take place.

"I don't understand why the organizers put the race on the same day as all these other big events. I really don't understand it," the Mercedes driver said.

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07/13/19
f1

Schumacher 'communication' not the same - Todt
Jean Todt
Jean Todt
(GMM) Jean Todt has admitted that "communication" with Michael Schumacher is now compromised.

More than five years after the seven time world champion's French skiing accident, almost nothing is known about the extent of Schumacher's brain damage.

His former Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello, for example, has been forbidden from visiting the great German at his home in Switzerland.

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07/13/19
f1

Pirelli tires struggle on new Silverstone surface
The Ferraris were chewing up their tires after 7 laps
The Ferraris were chewing up their tires after 7 laps
(GMM) Pirelli's controversial 2019 tires are getting a special workout this weekend at Silverstone.

The British GP venue has been completely resurfaced, following problems with an earlier resurfacing and the cancellation of the MotoGP race last year.

But the new surface's debut on Friday saw the F1 drivers struggle with extreme and highly visible wear on their 2019 Pirellis.

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07/13/19
f1

Williams upgrade 'doesn't change much' - Kubica
Robert Kubica
Robert Kubica
(GMM) Claire Williams says Robert Kubica remains an important part of the British team.

In recent days and weeks, there have been reports that the disgruntled and underperforming Pole might quit or be ousted after Spa in September.

"I don't know where this speculation has come from but in the past couple of weeks there seems to be a lot of speculation about Williams," boss Claire Williams said.

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07/13/19
f1

Seidl denies rescuing McLaren from debacle
Andreas Seidl
Andreas Seidl
(GMM) Andreas Seidl has denied that his arrival was the key to McLaren's surge in 2019 form.

The German, who is best known for leading Porsche's ultra successful Le Mans team, started work at Woking on May 1.

Before that, McLaren had gone through the disastrous Honda era, hosted the demise of Fernando Alonso's F1 career, and set up the 2019 Indy 500 effort that failed even to qualify.

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07/13/19
f1

Haas title sponsor could be bankrupted
Magnussen in the Haas
Magnussen in the Haas
(GMM) Haas' disruptive and highly controversial title sponsor could be wound up.

Rich Energy, an elusive British energy drink, has been hogging the headlines this weekend as an internal battle for control of the company became highly public.

"We were briefed that there was a ... an incident," driver Kevin Magnussen told BT newspaper.

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07/13/19
f1

2021 rules will decide Vettel's F1 future
Vettel waiting to see 2021 rules
Vettel waiting to see 2021 rules
(GMM) Sebastian Vettel says he wants to know the details of the 2021 rules before re-committing to Formula 1.

The 32-year-old German's Ferrari contract runs out at the end of next year, but he has even been tipped to announce his retirement before then.

"I want to see exactly what the future regulations look like," he said at Silverstone.

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07/13/19
f1

Todt wants F1 to bring back refuelling
The mental midgets in F1 refueled under pressure, instead of gravity feed like IndyCar and NASCAR. The result - July 1994 Jos Verstappen Benetton pit lane fire
The mental midgets in F1 refueled under pressure, instead of gravity feed like IndyCar and NASCAR. The result - July 1994 Jos Verstappen Benetton pit lane fire
(GMM) Jean Todt says he is an advocate for the potential return of refuelling in Formula 1.

Refuelling was banned in 2010, for strategy and safety reasons.

But Todt, the FIA president, said reintroducing refuelling would be a good way to address the common complaint about the cars becoming increasingly heavy.

It would also be a good way for the sport to promote the likely introduction of biofuels.

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07/13/19
f1

McLaren would release Alonso for 2020 return
Brown says Alonso is free to go elsewhere
Brown says Alonso is free to go elsewhere
(GMM) McLaren will "support" Fernando Alonso's potential return to Formula 1 next year.

That is the claim of Zak Brown, the McLaren supremo who recently denied that the British team has split with Alonso as a brand ambassador.

However, McLaren has re-signed Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz for 2020, meaning that if Alonso does want to return next year, it will be with another team.

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07/13/19
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Weekend TV Times
All Times Eastern
Saturday, July 13LocationTV TimesNetwork
F1 Practice 3Silverstone5:55am-7:00am (L)ESPN2
Formula 1 QualifyingSilverstone8:55am-10:00am (L)ESPNEWS
IndyCar Practice 3Toronto10:20-11:05am (L)NBC Gold
Superbike World Championship HighlightsDonington1:00pm-1:55pmbeIN Sports
Superbike World Championship SuperpoleLaguna Seca1:55pm-3:00pm (L)beIN Sports
IndyCar QualifyingToronto2:00pm-3:30pm (L)NBCSN
MotoGP HighlightsGermany3:00pm-4:00pmbeIN Sports
Formula E Pre-Race #1New York3:30pm-4:00pm (L)FOX
Formula E Race #1New York4:00pm-5:00pm (L)FOX
Superbike World Championship #1Laguna Seca4:55pm-6:00pm (L)beIN Sports
NASCAR Cup Pre-RaceKentucky7:00pm-7:30pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Cup RaceKentucky7:30pm-11:00pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Cup Post-RaceKentucky11:00pm-12:00am (L)NBCSN
Superbike World Championship #1Laguna Seca10:00pm-11:00pm (SD/R)beIN Sports
Sunday, July 14LocationTV TimesNetwork
Formula 1: Pit Lane LiveSilverstone7:30am-8:30am (L)ESPN3.com
Formula 1 Pre-RaceSilverstone8:30am-9:05am (L)ESPN2
Formula 1 RaceSilverstone9:05am-11:00am (L)ESPN2
Superbike World Championship #1Laguna Seca8:30am-9:30am (R)beIN Sports
IndyCar Sunday WarmupToronto12:15pm-12:45pm (L)NBC Gold
Superbike World Championship SuperpoleLaguna Seca1:55pm-2:55pm (L)beIN Sports
Blancpain GT RaceZandvoort3:00pm-5:00pm (SDD)CBS-SN
IndyCar Pre-RaceToronto3:00pm-3:30pm (L)NBCSN
IndyCar RaceToronto3:30pm-5:30pm (L)NBCSN
IndyCar Post-RaceToronto5:30pm-6:00pm (L)NBCSN
Formula E Race #2New York3:30pm-5:00pm (L)FS1
Superbike World Championship #2Laguna Seca4:55pm-6:00pm (L)beIN Sports
Formula 1 RaceSilverstone6:00pm-8:30pm (SD/R)ESPNEWS
Superbike World Championship #2Laguna Seca10:00pm-11:00pm (SD/R)beIN Sports
Formula 1 RaceSilverstone1:00am-3:00am (Mon.)ESPNEWS

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07/13/19
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Inspirational racer Wickens returns to track in Toronto
Robert Wickens
Robert Wickens
Robert Wickens has inspired the masses with his unrelenting determination to fully recuperate from a multitude of injuries from his accident last August at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, with the most serious being a spinal cord injury.

On Sunday in front of a home Canadian crowd, the 30-year-old Guelph, Ontario, native will enjoy another monumental achievement in his recovery process when he drives an Acura NSX equipped with hand controls on the parade lap for the start of the Honda Indy Toronto at Exhibition Place.

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