The Week In IndyCar, Sept 2, with James Hinchcliffe

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It’s the Week In IndyCar guest show with Andretti Autosport driver, NBC Sports reporter, and co-host of Off Track with Hinch & Rossi’s James Hinchcliffe who joins in after the doubleheader at World wide Technology Raceway to dive into a bunch of questions submitted via social media.

A sampling of the items posed this week:

  • “What were your first thoughts when the producer told you to go interview Alexander Rossi after the debacle of the start in the first race?”
  • “James, any hope of seeing you back in a car in 2020? Andretti and Genesys have to be happy with you!”
  • “Hinch, your Indy 500 mask was awesome! Have you worn in it in public? I think you should get similar mask of other drivers and wear them like a hybrid Lee Corso/Leatherface
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Bentley to contest remaining 2020 IGTC rounds with customer teams

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Bentley will defend its Intercontinental GT Challenge points lead over the remainder of the series, despite axing its factory assault with M-Sport back in June.

The British manufacturer has announced a new customer programme that will reunite the winning Bentley Team M-Sport crew of Jules Gounon, Maxim Soulet and Jordan Pepper from the Bathurst 12 Hours IGTC opener in February over the final three events of what is now a four-round series.

The trio of factory drivers will race together in a Bentley Continental GT3 run by the K-PAX team when the IGTC resumes with the new Indianapolis 8 Hours fixture on 4 October and again at the rescheduled Spa 24 Hours round later in the month.

They will then switch to a car fielded by M-Sport for the series finale in South Africa, the Kyalami 9 Hours on 22 November.

The Flying Lizards-run K-PAX squad is rejigging its GT

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250 Italian Doctors and Nurses Will Be 2020’s First Formula 1 Spectators

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For the past several months, healthcare professionals the world over have put their lives on the line in the fight against COVID-19. Adequately thanking them for their sacrificed time, health, and, in some cases, lives, borders on the impossible, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth trying. Ferrari certainly is, and not with clapping or flowers, but by giving 250 doctors and nurses tickets Formula 1’s Italian Grand Prix, making them the sport’s first spectators in nine months.

To be dispersed throughout the grandstands of Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, the 250 healthcare professionals will be the first members of the public to view a Grand Prix in person since last December’s Abu Dhabi race. They will enjoy the privilege of watching Scuderia Ferrari make its 999th Grand Prix start, though given the team’s difficult 2020 so far, it is unlikely the venerable Italian team will repeat its display of race-winning

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Road to Indy Set for Standalone Triple-Headers

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With the oval track portion of the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires season now in the books, both the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship will return to road course action this week. The triple-header Cooper Tires Indy Grand Prix will take place on the 2.439-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway Grand Prix circuit in Speedway, Ind.

The action will take place this Thursday and Friday, September 3-4, alongside a pair of races for the Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup, which, in common with the Road to Indy, is administered by Andersen Promotions.

DeFrancesco Returns to his Roots
After a standout karting career followed by five years of racing cars both in Europe and Asia, Devlin DeFrancesco, from Toronto, Ont., Canada, has switched his focus toward a future in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. The 20-year-old Italian-Canadian has joined Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport

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Muller “paid the price” for dirt on tyres in closest-ever DTM finish – DTM

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Audi driver Nico Muller says he “paid the price” for getting dirt on his tyres during the final lap of the DTM’s second Lausitzring race, which was decided by 0.089s.

Reigning champion Rene Rast had been on course to take a comfortable victory in the second race of the weekend, having outduelled polesitter Robin Frijns, until Muller closed in the latter stages.

After failing to make a move on his Audi stablemate at Turn 1, Muller took advantage of a double boost of push-to-pass and DRS while exiting the final banked corner, pulling alongside as they drove approached the finish line.

But Rast just held on to deny him a fourth win in as many races, with the smallest winning margin since the DTM was revived in 2000.

After suffering his first defeat of 2020, Muller said the pickup on his tyres after being pushed into the dirt by Rast

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Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport Racer Earns First Indy Pro 2000 Win

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Devlin DeFrancesco has proven to be a quick learner in his rookie season of competition on the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires. Today at World Wide Technology Raceway, DeFrancesco drove like a veteran in only his second ever start on an oval, leading throughout the closely contested Indy Pro 2000 Oval Challenge of St. Louis Presented by Cooper Tires.

The 20-year-old Italian-Canadian from Toronto, Ont., Canada, had to work hard for his laurels, heading an intense four-car battle throughout the 55-lap race. On the final lap, Braden Eves (Exclusive Autosport), from New Albany, Ohio, squeezed past Russia’s Artem Petrov to secure second position, with Petrov’s Juncos Racing teammate Sting Ray Robb, from Payette, Idaho, also close behind in fourth.

After securing the Cooper Tires Pole Award yesterday, DeFrancesco made an exemplary start under cloudy skies to lead the field into Turn One. Petrov tucked into second place ahead

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Marotti Autosport signs Simon Sikes for Indy GP

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 Marotti Autosport announced today that it has signed Simon Sikes, the current points leader in the F1600 racing series, to race in this week’s Cooper Tires USF2000 Indianapolis Grand Prix. The races will take place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Thursday and Friday, September 3 and 4.

“This is the biggest opportunity of my life,” Sikes, 19, said. “I’m honored to work with such a determined and inspired man such as Will. I have always wanted to race in USF2000, and now we have set our minds to figuring out how we can run the full season together next year.”

With backing from Medi-Share, a healthcare sharing ministry that partners with Marotti, Sikes will make his first-ever trip to the world’s most historic racing venue. The announcement continues Marotti’s partnership with Legacy Autosport. Legacy is a professional racing team operated by the Meyer family, whose grandfather and great grandfather was

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NASCAR launches dedicated channel on Motorsport.tv – Motorsport Network

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NASCAR has launched a dedicated channel on Motorsport.tv, Motorsport Network’s digital OTT platform devoted to racing and automotive content.

The NASCAR channel will bring fans rich content from behind the scenes of some of the world’s most exciting and fan-friendly racing series.

The NASCAR channel will be available to Motorsport Network’s 56 million-strong monthly audience of global racing and automotive fans, with the ambition being to bring this audience inside the heart of some of the most successful series in motorsport.

Motorsport.tv is part of Motorsport Studios, a global content production and distribution group that leverages the Motorsport Network’s extensive image and video assets to help brands and stakeholders tell their stories in motorsport.

Motorsport Network and NASCAR already have a strong partnership story.

Motorsport Games has a multi-year license to create the NASCAR Heat video game franchise and manage the eNASCAR Heat Pro League eSports series.

This year’s release,

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Sainz retains “100% confidence” in Ferrari to overturn decline – F1

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Carlos Sainz says he retains “100% confidence” in Ferrari, as he dismissed any suggestion he could be having second thoughts about his move there for the 2021 Formula 1 season.

The Spaniard will replace Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari next year, after signing a deal to move from McLaren before the start of the season.

But Ferrari’s struggles this year have prompted some to suggest that the McLaren driver may have been better off staying where he is.

Earlier this week, F1’s managing director of motorsport Ross Brawn suggested that Sainz could have reason to be concerned.

“What looked like a dream move to Ferrari next year isn’t looking too good right now and inevitably, he must be nervous about his prospects next season,” said Brawn.

But Sainz has rubbished any talk that he is uneasy about the decision to join Ferrari, as he denied that there was any regret about

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What the Williams family’s departure says about the team’s F1 future – F1

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The news that Frank and Claire Williams will step down from their roles at the Williams Formula 1 team is a clear sign of the team’s future direction, explains JONATHAN NOBLE

Few could deny that the imminent departure of Frank and Claire Williams from the team that bears their name is a sad moment for Formula 1.

Current driver Nicolas Latifi admitted that he had been “shocked” when first told of the news on Thursday morning.

While Williams has not enjoyed the most competitive of times in recent years, it has remained an important cornerstone of grand prix racing ever since its first race in 1977.

Its 114 wins, seven drivers’ and nine constructors’ championship titles are locked into the history books, and Frank’s contribution to the sport as its longest serving team principal will never be forgotten.

But while right now is a moment of reflection for all that

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