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🏎️ Horner Halts RB19 Upgrades

Red Bull redirects their focus to 2024 car

Good Morning! We have some good news and bad news this morning… The good news: Red Bull has announced that they are finished with updates for the incredibly dominant RB19. The bad news: they are finished with the updates because they are already shifting their focus to 2024.

Here’s to hoping that limited wind tunnel time will be enough to close the gap next year!

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F1

Horner Halts RB19 Upgrades

In a bullishly dominant year, Red Bull Racing’s Christian Horner signaled a stop on the team’s upgrades for their RB19 car. After clinching a historic unbeaten streak by winning the first 12 races of 2023, Horner says it’s time to shift gears 🔄: "I think that's pretty much it. We've got six months to come up with another one, and with a lot less wind tunnel time than our opponents," he mentioned to Sky Sports.

Why the halt? Besides being reigning champs 🏆, Red Bull is also contending with reduced wind tunnel testing times thanks to a 2021 cost cap breach penalty. But Horner isn't sweating it: “The reduced tunnel time kicked in from last October.” Horner added that they’ve had to be “hugely selective.”

Oh, and that historic detail? Breaking McLaren's 35-year record with a straight run of victories. 🥇🔥 "1988 was the last time that anything like this was achieved," mused a proud Horner.

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NASCAR

Third Times the Charm

NASCAR is tweaking its game 🔧 at the Indianapolis road course with a few significant procedural updates, all in the quest for a cleaner Turn 1 competition. For starters, the restart zone is being moved a tad earlier, between Turns 13 and 14. 

This mirrors a similar change on the Chicago street course. The goal? Preventing the dive-bomb drama into that notorious right-hander by giving racers more room to breathe. 🚗💨 Elton Sawyer, NASCAR's SVP of Competition, shared, “I thought our drivers and athletes did a great job there... The goal is to hopefully eliminate some of the carnage in Turn 1.”

Wait, there's more: NASCAR's laying down the law on Turn 1 shortcuts. Remember Ross Chastain's cheeky move last year? Well, this time, skipping the turn requires a mandatory stop-and-go. 🛑🟢 And, for the very first time, the choose rule will make its appearance at the Indy course, positioned before Turn 7.

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IndyCar

Restart Ruckus

IndyCar's restart procedure isn't sitting well with Scott McLaughlin of Team Penske. After securing 2nd place in the recent Nashville race, McLaughlin expressed his vexation: “I just think from a sport perspective, the restarts are a joke.” Arguing for changes that align with practices in Supercars and F1, he emphasizes a cleaner restart at the start/finish line. 🏁

McLaughlin's frustration is further fueled by chaotic collisions 🚧, referencing a Nashville restart where several racers clashed. He debunks the idea of a "gentlemen's agreement" between drivers, stating, “When it goes green, there's kamikazes at the back…”

McLaughlin’s not just venting – he plans to chat with IndyCar top brass about the issue. “It pisses me off, it really does,” he concluded.🔥

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GLOBAL MOTORSPORT

Take a trip to far away motorsport lands

👋 Erebus confirms Brown’s departure ahead of Triple Eight switch: Will Brown will leave Erebus Motorsport at the end of the 2023 Supercars season to join Triple Eight Race Engineering as Shane Van Gisbergen’s replacement.

🤔 How Alpine F1 team can learn from Toyota’s unique WRC management approach: How team principle changes, teamwork and cohesion has built Toyota’s successful WRC operation and what Alpine can take away from that.

🔧 Hyundai to use October joker to improve WRC package: Hyundai Motorsport will introduce a series of upgrades to its i20 Coupe WRC car in October, hoping to boost its performance and reliability in the title fight.

🇬🇷 Ogier set for Acropolis Rally WRC return: Sebastien Ogier will make his comeback to the Acropolis Rally, one of the toughest events on the WRC calendar.

🔀 BMW could move IMSA drivers to WEC Hypercar program: BMW is considering transferring some of its IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship drivers to its new FIA World Endurance Championship Hypercar program, which is set to debut in 2024.

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