🏎️ Haas Holds Steady

Silly season is winding down as only five seats remain unclaimed for 2024

Good Morning! It’s going to be a hectic few days with IndyCar in St. Louis, F1 storming back into action and NASCAR’s last call to make the playoffs! Here’s everything you need to know headed into the busy weekend:

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Dutch GP Driver Odds (provided by BetMGM)

-400 Max Verstappen

+800 Sergio Perez

+1400 Lando Norris

+1600 Lewis Hamilton

+2200 Charles Leclerc

Daytona Driver Odds (provided by BetMGM)

+1200 Chase Elliott

+1200 Denny Hamlin

+1300 Joey Logano

+1300 Ryan Blaney

+1300 Brad Keselowski

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Based on current trends and previous race statistics here is the ideal lineup for your NASCAR Fantasy team heading into Daytona:

  1. Denny Hamlin

  2. Ryan Blaney

  3. Brad Keselowski

  4. Joey Logano

  5. Chase Elliott

Garage: Austin Dillon

F1

Haas Doubles Down

Haas F1 took the spotlight at Zandvoort as they confirmed Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg for 2024, choosing experience over overhaul. 📢✨

Haas rarely announces their drive lineup so early, but a dip in car performance compared to last year seems to have inspired a tactical choice. Though the team's points are a mere shadow of last year, Hulkenberg's energy has boosted team morale. Magnussen, on the other hand, thrives in the close-knit Haas environment, making him a natural choice for retention. 🔄

“I think it’s safe to say that we’ve had an extremely solid driver pairing this season in Formula 1 and ultimately there was no reason to look to change that moving forward,” stated Team Principal Guenther Steiner.

Big picture: With Haas settled, only five seats for 2024 are up in the air. Eyes are on Mercedes – but Hamilton's continued run looks promising. 👀

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NASCAR

GMS Closes up Shop

GMS Racing, a force to be reckoned with in the NASCAR Truck Series, is closing its doors after this season. The team, which boasts 5 titles across various series, will wrap things up after a solid nine-year run. The connected GMS Fabrication will also close shop after the final championship race in Phoenix.

Maury Gallagher, the team owner, praised the hardworking crew behind the success: “Every employee at GMS has strived to be the very best.”

Mike Beam, the pivotal leader since 2015, added, "Our success wouldn’t have been possible without the talented people that have walked through our doors."

Hope's not lost for this year, though - driver Grant Enfinger still has a shot at another championship 🏆. It’s business as usual till the final lap. 🛻💨

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IndyCar

Andretti’s New Ace

Marcus Ericsson is hitting the track with Andretti Autosport for the next IndyCar season, parting ways with Chip Ganassi Racing 🔄. This shuffle casts a shadow over Romain Grosjean’s spot at Andretti.

Ericsson said, “Andretti is one of the most legendary names in motorsports… Exciting times are ahead and I’m thankful for this opportunity.”

Team boss Michael Andretti echoes the sentiment: “We are excited for the winning mindset that Marcus brings… eager to see what next season has in store for us.”

Meanwhile, Grosjean's IndyCar future hangs in the balance ⚖️, even as he gears up for Lamborghini’s 2024 IMSA SportsCar Championship.

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GLOBAL MOTORSPORT

Take a trip to far away motorsport lands

🏁 Hinchcliffe eager to get back behind the wheel in sports cars: The IndyCar veteran talks about his passion for sports car racing and his plans to compete in more endurance events in the future.

👀 New Toyota/Lexus GT3 car spied on testing in Japan: A prototype of the rumored successor to the Lexus RC F GT3 has been spotted at Fuji Speedway, sparking speculation about its debut date and potential customers.

🚩 Bathurst 12 Hour to utilize Full Course Yellows from 2024: The Australian endurance classic will adopt the Full Course Yellow system instead of Safety Cars next year, aiming to reduce the number of lengthy interruptions.

✍️ Morgan Short set for British GT debut: The 19-year-old Australian will join Team Parker Racing for the final round of the British GT Championship at Donington Park, driving a Bentley Continental GT3 alongside Nick Jones.

👋 Pye’s Team 18 split now official: The Supercars driver confirms his departure from the Charlie Schwerkolt-owned squad at the end of the season.

🏆 Why VIR is crucial for IMSA’s GT title hopefuls: The Virginia International Raceway hosts the penultimate round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship this weekend, with the GT classes facing a tight battle for the championship honors.

🤝 United Autosports signs Keating and Quinn for 2024 IMSA campaign: The reigning LMP2 champions announce their driver lineup for their LMP3 entry in the IMSA Prototype Challenge next year.

The Money Lap Podcast | Episode 18

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