Good morning! Finally, ‘Monday Martin’ has been defeated in NASCAR’s rain delayed race at Michigan. The unsuspecting challenger has sparked a revival in RFK’s racing program as Chris Buescher won his second consecutive race. Is this the start of RFK’s return to the top?
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In a push for parity, Williams F1 team principal, James Vowles, suggests the racing world takes a page from the NFL's playbook. He argues for teams to collaborate without focusing on individual victories, 🏁 emphasizing the "greater good of the sport." Vowles says, “This is about for the greater good of the sport… on any given Sunday you don’t know who’s going to particularly win.”
He stresses the importance of facilities that allow teams to produce and progress, bringing up a recent chat with NFL's CEO Roger Goodell, who highlighted how the league’s value skyrocketed when teams worked collectively. 🤝
Vowles underscores that change isn't simple: “There’s no way of just letting Williams gain facilities...” but he's hopeful for mindset shifts in future discussions. The ball's in their court, or rather, their track. 🏈
Keselowski’s RFK Revival
RFK Racing's momentum in NASCAR is undeniable. Chris Buescher locked down his second straight win this 2023 season at Michigan International Speedway. Teammate and co-owner, Brad Keselowski, trailed not too far behind, snatching a fourth-place finish. 🏆
Coming from a bleak previous season, this is quite the glow-up. 📈 "It’s been two great weekends. I’m just thrilled to death for our company,” gushed Keselowski. And while the past paints a picture of struggle, Keselowski's 2022 entry marked a shift in tide, especially with the introduction of the Next Gen car.
“We're letting our results speak for themselves,” Keselowski confidently declared. Though a win would've been the cherry on top 🍒 for the Michigan native, he's all in, whether in the driver's seat or as an owner. 🏁
Nashville’s Redemption Race
Goodbye, 'Crashville'.💥 On Sunday, Nashville surprised us all by being, well, normal. Despite being notoriously dubbed 'Crashville' after its first two events resembled demo derbies more than NTT IndyCar Series races, the recent 80-lap contest, masterfully won by Kyle Kirkwood, was refreshingly average. "It’s the race Nashville’s promoters have been hoping for since its debut in 2021," writes Marshall Pruett in a recent article. Even amidst weather challenges, the Music City GP matched the standards of Detroit or Toronto street circuits.
While the race had its share of flags, including a notable multi-car pileup on lap 75, upcoming changes promise even better things. In 2024, Nashville will see a shorter track layout, axing the accident-prone Turns 10-11. 🚫🔄 Next year’s circuit through downtown Nashville isn’t without concerns (190 mph into a hairpin, anyone? 🤔), but after this year's performance, the event's reputation is on the mend.
IndyCar's choice to move Nashville to the season’s end? A potential game-changer. Remember the packed Laguna Seca tracks of the '90s? Nashville could bring back that grand finale feeling. 🎉🥳
After all, "Taking the party to Nashville, where celebrating is the town’s singular focus, is among the smartest things I’ve seen the series do since it was purchased by Penske Entertainment."
Take a trip to far away motorsport lands
🏁 BTCC Set for Scottish Showdown: The British Touring Car Championship heads to Knockhill this weekend for rounds 16, 17 and 18 of the season, with Ash Sutton leading the standings by 11 points over Colin Turkington.
⚡ Frijns Returns to Envision in Formula E: Robin Frijns has confirmed that he will stay with Envision Virgin Racing for the 2023/24 Formula E season, partnering with Nick Cassidy for a second consecutive campaign.
🤝 Toyota Outlines Long-Term Commitment to WRC: Toyota has reaffirmed its commitment to the World Rally Championship until at least 2025, as it aims to continue its success in the sport and develop its hybrid technology.
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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