Good morning! With Formula 1 heading into summer vacay mode, the focus shifts to NASCAR and IndyCar this week! NASCAR, fresh off a new media deal, heads north to the Irish Hills of Michigan and IndyCar will once again take on the streets of Nashville!
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Steering through Uncertainty: Alpine’s Leadership Maze
Alpine's racing team is taking unexpected twists and turns, 🔀 with major shifts in its leadership. The recent departure of team principal Otmar Szafnauer and sporting director Alan Permane has left the team's direction unclear, and the timing is raising eyebrows. 🤔
Bruno Famin, the new Vice President of Alpine Motorsports, explains the big picture: "We have ambition as well, and we have decided to make some changes in order to go faster to reach the level of performance we are aiming for."
The team's intentions are clear, but with frequent changes at the top and lack of a clear succession plan, there's uncertainty over how Alpine wants to reach their ambitious goals. Szafnauer himself hinted at underlying tensions, agreeing that his exit was a "mutual agreement." 🤝
For a brand that wants to fight for podiums and wins, Alpine's doesn’t seem to be on the fast track to success.
See Us on the CW
The CW Network has sealed the deal to broadcast all NASCAR Xfinity Series races from 2025 through 2031, 🤝 marking a pivotal expansion in their live sports programming. The agreement, reportedly worth about $115 million per year, 💰 makes room for CW's all-in-one coverage of all 33 events, including practice and qualifying sessions.
"NASCAR Xfinity Series on The CW will deliver more access for fans and far more revenue opportunities," says Dennis Miller, President of The CW. Meanwhile, NASCAR is making progress on media rights renewal for its Cup and Truck series, hinting at a potential increase in revenue, though talks have currently stalled on pricing. ⏱️ Still, with 18 months left on the existing deals, they're in no hurry.
Swede Dreams: Lundqvist Hits the Track in Nashville
Get ready for a fresh face on the IndyCar circuit 🏁! Reigning Indy Lights champ Linus Lundqvist will make his debut at Nashville's Music City Grand Prix this weekend, driving the No. 60 Meyer Shank Racing Honda. Stepping in for Simon Pagenaud, who's been sidelined with concussion symptoms, Lundqvist is both pumped and pensive.
"This is a moment I've been dreaming of...but also the toughest challenge of my life," he said. With Tom Blomqvist committed elsewhere, it's Lundqvist's time to shine alongside mentor, 4-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves. 💪 "Working alongside Helio will also be a huge asset," added Lundqvist. He's got big shoes to fill, but this Swede's ready to roll!
Take a trip to far away motorsport lands
🆕 Alpine LMDh car ready for testing: The French manufacturer’s new prototype for the Le Mans Hypercar class is set to hit the track soon, aiming to compete in the 2024 FIA World Endurance Championship.
✌️ Proton’s second Porsche 963 to debut in Fuji: The Malaysian team will field two of the retro-styled cars in the Super Taikyu series, inspired by the iconic Porsche 962 that dominated endurance racing in the 1980s and 1990s.
🆚 Honda Civic vs Honda NSX: A GT500 comparison: The Japanese manufacturer has switched from the mid-engined NSX to the front-engined Civic for its Super GT500 challenger this year.
🔧 Honda and Toyota engines: A Super Formula analysis: The two Japanese rivals have been battling for supremacy in the premier single-seater series in Asia, but how different are their engines in terms of power, reliability and fuel efficiency?
The Money Lap Podcast | Episode 14
Episode 14 is out NOW! In this episode, They kick off the episode reminiscing about Parker's nail-biting near win at Road America, where he led the race for 15 tantalizing seconds with just two laps to go. They then shift gears to discuss Max's dominating 22-second win over Perez, debating the importance of having a teammate that complements but doesn't outpace you. The dynamic duo also reflect on their personal experiences of having teammates in similar equipment, and how this camaraderie and competition play out on the track.
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