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F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix
June 6 - Charles Leclerc put his Ferrari on the pole for the
2nd race in a row.
Lewis Hamilton took the lead on Lap 3.
Max Verstappen passed Leclerc for 2nd place on Lap 7,
and then his Red Bull teammate, Sergio Perez, got by him
on the next lap to take 3rd.
During the first pitstop,Verstappen and Perez emerged ahead
A tire problem caused Lance Stroll to crash on Lap 32.
The safety car was then deployed.
A few laps from the end, Verstappen was cruising to victory
when his left rear tire blew, tossing him into the wall at 200
mph in the ultra-long Baku straight.
At that point, the race could have ended under yellow with
Perez winning, followed by Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and
Instead, F1 threw a red flag and would restart the race with
two laps remaining. This decision had some major effects.
Firstly, race fans had to wait around for ~30-40 minutes for
them to get ready for the standing start. The way I see it,
this wasted possibly a combined 500,000 man-hours for
just those watching on ESPN.
With Verstappen out, Hamilton would retake the points lead.
However, Hamilton overshot the first turn and was out of
the race! I'm sure Verstappen breathed a big sigh of relief.
That then moved Vettel up to 2nd and Gasley onto the
podium - Alpha Tauri's first podium of the year.
Fernando Alonso took advantage of the restart by
aggressively passing four cars to come home 6th in his
IndyCar Driver News
June 15 - Felix Rosenqvist had quite a jolt when his throttle
stuck at the Detroit Grand Prix Saturday, sending him straight
on into a barrier. While he does not seem to have any
injuries, it is not known if he'll race this weekend at Road
Rinus VeeKay wrecked his bicycle and suffered a collarbone
injury, which I assume means broken clavicle. Considering
those types of injuries heal slowly and that seat belts are tight
in a race car and go over the clavicle, I would guess he may
be missing some races, particularly this weekend.
Isn't it ironic how often race car drivers survive 200 mph
races week after week, and then get injured on bicycles or
Cody Ware will finally get a chance to race an IndyCar this
weekend. Rick Ware Racing had wanted to team with Dale
Coyne Racing to race Ware in the Indy 500, but lack of
sponsorship prevented that.
Ware tested a IndyCar at Sebring, Texas Motor Speedway
and the Indy Motor Speedway this year.
This year, Ware finished fourth in the LMP2 class at the
Rolex 24, He has also raced in six Xfinity races and 14
Nascar Cup races.
June 16 - Due to injuries received in the first race at Detroit
last weekend, Felix Rosenqvist missed the second race on
Sunday. Filling in for him was prior-McLaren SP driver,
Oliver Askew. That was Askew's first IndyCar race in
2021. While the other McLaren driver, Pato O'Ward, went
on to win Detroit #2, Askew retired on lap 46 with engine
Oliver Askew will race again this weekend, but this time he
will be subbing for the injured Rinus VeeKay, who drives
for Ed Carpenter Racing.
Rosenqvist has not yet been cleared to drive, so McLaren is
bringing in Kevin Magnussen to sub for him at Road
Magnussen has been competing in IMSA's DPi class this
year after six seasons in Formula 1. However, he has never
driven an IndyCar before. It will be interesting to see what
Magnussen will have two 45-minute and one 30-minute
practice sessions and a 90-minute qualifying session to get
up to speed.
The 27 y/o Dane is set to compete in WEC next year.
June 26 - Indy Lights Series graduate and Cleveland, Ohio
native, Ryan Norman will be making his IndyCar debut
next weekend at the Honda Indy 200 aboard the No. 52
Koinu Inu / EVO entry of Dale Coyne Racing with RWR
at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Norman had the opportunity earlier this week to test with
the team at his home track alongside Romain Grosjean.
“My goal throughout my whole racing career has been to
become an NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver,” said Norman.
“So many years of hard work and sacrifices have finally paid
off and I want to thank Dale Coyne for giving me a shot to
show what I can do in the series.”
The 23-year-old driver moved to the Indy Lights Series in
2017 and scored podiums and victories over three seasons
finishing fourth in the Championship.
June 28 - 2020 Dale Coyne driver, Santino Ferrucci did not
have an IndyCar ride in 2021 until Rahal Lettermand Lanigan
Racing put him in the Indy 500, where he finished in 6th!
They decided to take him to the next races in Detroit, where
he scored another 6th and a 10th place finish.
RLL announced Ferrucci will also drive for them this
weekend at Mid-Ohio.
June 29 - Felix Rosenqvist has been cleared to drive for this
weekend’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. The Arrow
McLaren SP driver missed the last two NTT IndyCar Series
rounds after suffering a massive crash at the first race of the
Detroit doubleheader on June 12.
This means Kevin Magnussen won't be at Mid-Ohio.
Jun 30 - After breaking his collar-bone, Rinus VeeKay
returns to the race car this weekend after having missed the
last IndyCar race.
That puts his relief driver, Oliver Askew, back on the
Felix Rosenqvist and Rinus Veekay both return to racing this weekend
after recovering from injuries.
Ganassi Sells Off His Nascar Cup Team
June 30 - Chip Ganassi is selling his Nascar team to Justin
Marks, team owner of Trackhouse Racing, who has been
trying to break into Nascar Cup.
Ganassi's drivers include Kurt Busch and Ross Chastain.
They may be retained for Trackhouse Racing.
Ganassi said he is keeping his other race teams, which include
IndyCar, IMSA and Extreme E.
Ganassi expanded to NASCAR in 2001.
|Justin Marks & Chip Ganassi