Good Morning! It’s Bristol Week, baby! NASCAR storms into Thunder Valley for some short track racing while F1 gets back underway in Singapore. And to top it all off? Dale Jr. makes his return to the seat for his first of two appearances in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year!
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Motorsports is a Meritocracy
In the midst of the 2024 F1 season, Williams' Team Principal, James Vowles, clarifies what American rookie Logan Sargeant needs to nail down his spot with the team. Having transitioned from Formula 2, Sargeant's F1 career is yet to yield a point, with teammate Alex Albon bringing in all 21 points for Williams this year.
Vowles emphasized the competitive nature of F1 to Sargeant: “It’s a meritocracy, you’re not here just because we want you to be here, you have to earn your place... It’s how you earn your pathway into Formula 1.” For a racer with a few slip-ups already, it's a clear call to up his game.
Though Sargeant's 2024 seat remains unconfirmed, Vowles acknowledges his developmental trajectory: “In terms of where Logan is, he is on the right path... he has to just keep stepping it up race on race.”
On the brighter side, with Williams currently ranking seventh in the constructors' standings, Vowles expressed contentment over the team's progress, a leap from their 2022 performance. 📈👏🏼
Shane van Gisbergen (SVG) is gearing up for a return to NASCAR in 2024. After making history as the first driver in 60 years to win his debut Cup Series start, the Kiwi sensation is solidifying his status with a move to Trackhouse's developmental program next year.
"It is time for a new challenge and this adventure into NASCAR will be the biggest challenge of my career and one I’m really looking forward to," SVG expressed.
His boss-to-be, Trackhouse founder Justin Marks, chimed in: “This is going to be a tremendous challenge for Shane but he is a tremendous driver... Next year will be about getting him acclimated.”
But before SVG goes full-throttle in the States 🇺🇸, he's revving up for a title battle Down Under 🇳🇿. He trails just 137 points behind championship leader Brodie Kosteckie with the endurance rounds just ahead. 🏁
IndyCar’s New Negotiations
In the wake of the 2023 NTT IndyCar Series finale, the gears are shifting as Penske Entertainment prepares to negotiate a fresh broadcast and streaming contract, ✍️ with their current NBC deal set to expire in 2024. Riding a wave of resurgence, the CEO Mark Miles noted, “We have momentum, we have people who understand objectively that our metrics are positive and improving, and there are multiple platforms interested in our rights.”
The spotlight is on the escalating interest from streaming platforms. "They have more sports and live sports as part of their strategies," said Miles, highlighting an expanded focus on sports by networks like The CW. The aim? Elevating television income while amplifying linear and streaming audiences. A bright horizon with potentially more lucrative deals beckons, 💰 as IndyCar leverages its positive trajectory to attract diverse broadcasting partners.📈
Take a trip to far away motorsport lands
🏁 40 cars on Valencia Sprint Cup entry: The GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup will have a 40-car grid for its final round at Valencia, with several new entries and driver changes.
The Money Lap Podcast | Episode 21
Episode 21 is out NOW! The excitement gears up right from the start as Parker fulfills a long-standing promise by joining Cameo, much to the delight of fans. Adding to the festivities, the duo shares the exhilaration of receiving a notable shout-out from Denny Hamlin on his podcast. As they dive deeper, the conversation shifts to the epic finish at the Truck Series, where Christian Eckes clinches a heart-stopping victory. Without losing momentum, Parker recounts his impressive rally through a series of 10 races, triumphantly securing a spot in the Xfinity series playoffs over Riley Herbst - a journey interspersed with light-hearted banters and a slight disagreement over one of Parker's 'meaningless' statistics. The excitement doesn't end there, as they delve into the nitty-gritty of the cup race, analyzing the tire issues that haunted playoff drivers and put Truex in a precarious position.
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