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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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. 👀
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. 🛻💨
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.
Take a trip to far away motorsport lands
✍️ 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.
🏆 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.
The Money Lap Podcast | Episode 18
Episode 18 is out NOW! From Parker's heart-pounding escapades at Watkins Glen to the suspense of Denny Hamlin's potentially rocky road ahead at JGR, this episode is jam-packed with twists and turns. The duo pulls no punches, delving into the GMS's shock decision to shut down its truck operations and pondering the magical cocktail of elements that made Xfinity at Watkins Glen such a spectacle. A moment of controversy emerges when NASCAR admits to a restart error affecting our very own Parker!
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