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Eduard Pons, Akira Miura enjoy maiden triumphs at inaugural Baja Greece

Akira Miura seems to be comfortable in a Toyota Hilux already. Although he entered the Baja Greece with the goal of getting used to his new ride, he ended up winning the premier Ultimate class altogether.

After driving a Toyota Land Cruiser for a decade and winning four Dakar Rallies in the Stock category, Miura joined Overdrive Racing for a two-round FIA World Baja Cup schedule in the Hilux starting at Greece. Overdrive team-mate Yazeed Al-Rajhi was the early favourite as he beat Miura by fourteen seconds in the Prologue, but his brakes failed shortly after starting the first Selective Section; forced to race conservatively, Al-Rajhi ended up being the last finisher in the class. Miura beat Miroslav Zapletal for the Stage #1 win.

Al-Rajhi rebounded to win Stage #2 by seven minutes over Miura, but the previous day’s issue left him nearly an hour behind in the overall.

“I am very happy to have won my first Ultimate class race with the help of the team’s excellent work,” said Miura. His next race in the Hilux will be the Qatar International Baja in early November. “This race is the beginning for me and the OPEN COUNTRY M/T-R, which we developed for this car, and we want to work hard together and improve so that we race even better.”

Miura’s overall time was good for third outright among all FIA entrants, trailing the Challenger caries of Eduard Pons and Lionel Baud. Pons took the overall lead after surviving Stage #1, clearing Miura by fifteen minutes while having a four-minute edge on Baud. To preserve his lead, Pons opted for a safer strategy during the final day to seal the win by thirteen minutes over Baud and seventeen ahead of Miura. Both Challenger drivers enjoyed their best career finishes in a cross-country rally.

2024 Desafio Ruta 40: 115 on entry list

The second edition of the revived Desafío Ruta 40 will have a triple-digit grid in Argentina as 29 FIA cars, 54 FIM bikes and quads, 17 Open teams, and 15 Desafío Ansenuza navigation-based competitors take the stage.

Nasser Al-Attiyah will seek to defend his 2023 win as one of nine Ultimate entries. Every entrant is a T1+ regulation car, all the big three of Toyota, Prodrive, or Mini.

Conversely, Mitch Guthrie is not entered in Challenger, meaning the class will see a new winner with Rokas Baciuška headlining the twelve. Nicolás Cavigliasso, set to overtake the absent Austin Jones for second in points, hopes to close the World Rally-Raid Championship gap to Baciuška at his home event.

Ricardo Ramilo was the highest finishing W2RC driver in SSV at the 2023 edition and hopes to do the same among the seven.

Eleven bikes comprise RallyGP as full-timers Hero MotoSports and Monster Energy Honda Rally Team finally have more company, with two of Pierer Mobility Group’s W2RC marques GasGas and Husqvarna set to return led by reigning champion Luciano Benavides; the two brands have not appeared in the series since the season-opening Dakar Rally in January. His brother Kevin would have represented KTM in Argentina but got hurt while training in early May. Besides their usual duo of Ross Branch and Sebastian Bühler, Hero has added José Ignacio Cornejo to their roster; the team will also make their début in Rally2 with new test rider Ramiro Barco Oliva.

2024 Monaco Grand Prix: What the Team Principals said after the Race

Charles Leclerc took victory around the streets of Monaco on Sunday, from Oscar Piastri and Carlos Sainz Jr, allowing Scuderia Ferrari to close the gap at the top of the constructors standings to Oracle Red Bull Racing.

It was a day of mixed fortunes for many, with seven of the ten teams scoring points around the Principality. Pierre Gasly scored his first points of the season, as did Williams Racing with Alex Albon ending the day in ninth, just behind the Visa Cash App RB of Yuki Tsunoda.

Read what the team principals had to say after the race, including Fred Vasseur and Christian Horner:

Fred Vasseur — Team Principal — Scuderia Ferrari HP 

“It was the perfect weekend and one to remember for Charles, having had a couple of tough races in the past here in Monaco. He was flying from lap 1 in FP1 and he did the perfect job. The race itself was a bit strange because after the red flag, we had to manage 77 laps on the same set of tyres. 

Newgarden goes back-to-back in thrilling, rain-delayed Indy 500 win over O’Ward

Only four times in the 108-year history of the Indy 500 has the race been decided with a pass for the lead on the final lap.

After Sunday’s stop-and-start, delayed-four-hours race, two of those wins belong to Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden.

Dueling with Pato O’Ward of Arrow McLaren, the Nashville native found himself behind the young Mexican driver with just two turns to go on Lap 200. As O’Ward started “snaking” down the backstretch, Newgarden gained momentum and pulled alongside the five-time IndyCar race winner. In Turn 3, it looked like two would careen into the outer wall together, but Newgarden found grip, and pulled ahead in one of the most daring moves you’ll ever see at the Indianapolis.

“I don’t think it works unless you’re racing someone like Pato,” said Newgarden. “It’s not that Pato didn’t race me hard, he just raced me clean. That move doesn’t work unless you’re racing someone like that. It just doesn’t. It’s very easy that that doesn’t work out.“

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2024 Monaco Grand Prix: What the Drivers said after the Race

Charles Leclerc took his first victory around the famous streets of Monaco, as both Scuderia Ferrari cars finished on the podium at Round 8 of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

The race was largely uneventful after a lap one red flag that saw four cars out of the race, including Oracle Red Bull Racing driver Sergio Pérez.

Read what the drivers made of the weekend and the race:

Charles Leclerc — Scuderia Ferrari — 1st

“I can’t really explain how I feel. The race seemed to go on for ever, but maybe that made it even nicer. Winning here means so much to me, because it’s the race that made me dream of becoming a Formula 1 driver when I was little. So I want to thank the people of Monaco, on the lap of honour I saw so many people on the balconies and I thank all of them for their incredible support.


2024 Monaco Grand Prix: Leclerc Takes Victory Around the Streets of Monaco

Charles Leclerc finally took victory around the famous streets of Monaco on Sunday, converting his third pole position at his home race to the win ahead of Oscar Piastri and his Scuderia Ferrari teammate, Carlos Sainz Jr.

The 2024 Monaco Grand Prix was a race that lacked overtaking action, although there was plenty of drama on lap one, with a red flag coming out and delaying proceedings for almost an hour. Many of the drivers completed the race on the tyres they started with on lap three after the red flag, including the top four runners.

What happened during the race?

Leclerc got a great launch on the front row to fend off Piastri alongside him. Sainz in the other Ferrari also got a good start bringing him alongside the McLaren on the front row. The Spaniard moved alongside the Australian but some contact gave Sainz a puncture, causing him to fall down the order. 

Further back there was a massive crash, bringing out the red flag. Sergio Pérez was squeezed up Beau Rivage by the two Haas F1 Team drivers, but Kevin Magnussen in particular. The Dane spun round Pérez after getting too close to the former Monaco Grand Prix winner. Nico Hülkenberg was caught up in the accident too, getting spun round. The incident left all three drivers out of the race.

The two BWT Alpine F1 Team drivers also came together on lap one at Portier. Esteban Ocon tried to pass his teammate, Pierre Gasly on the inside but the room wasn’t there causing Gasly to lift his teammates car onto three wheels and up in the air. Gasly, who secured Alpine’s first Q3 and top ten start on Saturday, wasn’t pleased with his teammate at all as the red flag came out for the accident involved the two Haas cars and Pérez. Team boss Bruno Famin wasn’t pleased with Ocon when speaking on French TV.

LIVE UPDATES: Engine problems strike multiple Honda cars as McLaughlin leads 108th Indianapolis 500

It’s race day for the 108th Running of the Indianapolis 500, and approximately 345,000 fans are expected to fill the grandstands and infield at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Scott McLaughlin will lead the field to green (scheduled for 12:45 p.m. local time), followed by Team Penske teammates Will Power and Josef Newgarden.

Storms are expected to hit the Indianapolis area around 1:00, which could delay the start of the race and some pre-race festivities. IMS president Doug Boles said that his team will continue to monitor the storms in the hours leading up to the start of the race. The showers, according to some estimates could leave the area by 2-3 p.m., with more rain potentially returning around 8:00. During practice for this year’s race, IMS crews dried the track in 77 minutes after a bout of rain. Crews have Air Titan jet dryers at their disposal, renting them from NASCAR for today’s events.

Stay tuned here for updates throughout the day, including exclusive live trackside updates for everything before, during, and after the race.

LAP 80/200 – McLaughlin leads Herta, Newgarden

Robb and Daly have cycled out of the top 10, and now the top three goes McLaughlin-Herta-Newgarden.

Best Bets: Indy 500

Best Bet: Santino Ferrucci, +210 for Top 5 Finish

When it comes to this race, it is hard to bet against someone who has never finished outside of the top 10 in five starts at Indianapolis. A.J. Foyt Racing’s Santino Ferrucci nearly won the Indy 500 a year ago, leading a few late laps before finishing in third. The Connecticut native did suffer from a few issues throughout this month’s practice sessions, but a sixth-place starting position should give bettors confidence for a top 5 finish, given that Ferrucci has improved on his starting position in each start of his career at IMS.

Sleeper: Felix Rosenqvist, +3000 to Win

Felix Rosenqvist looks like he’s found a new life with Meyer Shank Racing after departing from Arrow McLaren after the 2023 season. The 32-year-old Swede has been a qualifying ace with an average starting position of 4.5. Rosenqvist still hasn’t finished outside of the top 10 this season, and his qualifying position on the outside of the third row today should give him a good chance to keep that up. He’ll also be looking to avenge his late-race crash that ended his chances at an Indy 500 win a year ago.

Long Shot: Kyffin Simpson, +8000 to Win

While Kyffin Simpson is a name not many will immediately recognize, the Chip Ganassi Racing rookie is the highest-starting first-year driver not named Kyle Larson. While big results haven’t come yet for the Caymanian 19-year-old, the consistency has. With finishes of 12th and 15th this season, and a starting position of 18th later today, bettors should keep an eye out for the No. 4 car should rain shorten or delay the race later today

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Meet the man hosting an all-Indiana tailgate at the Indy 500

Once a year, for three weeks, a small enclave of Indianapolis known as Speedway turns into the capital of the racing world. There sits the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a 2.5-mile oval that has hosted the Indianapolis 500 since 1911. While the stands are packed on race day and during practice and qualifying sessions during the preceding weeks, the true off-track center of life is the infield.

The inside part of the Speedway spans 253 acres – big enough to hold four holes of the adjacent Brickyard Crossing Golf Course. On race day, approximately 100,000 fans file into the infield, and chaos ensues.

Some are race fans, some haven’t been to a race in their lives, and some just like to drink. The one thing in common?

A shared sense of community with hundreds of thousands of others.

Spangle watches over the infield at the 2023 Indianapolis 500. Credit: Luke Johnson/IndyStar

No truer will that sense of community be on Sunday than with Indiana native Nate Spangle. He’ll be hosting what he says is the first ever Indiana-only tailgate at the 500 this year. For his purposes, Indiana-only means every product at the tailgate will have Hoosier ties. That goes all the way down to the 1986 Dodge W250 truck he bought for this specific purpose – it was purchased off of Facebook Marketplace in the small town of Akron, Indiana.


2024 Monaco Grand Prix: What the Drivers are Saying after Qualifying

Charles Leclerc took a magnificent pole position on Saturday at the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix – the third time he’s secured top spot at his home circuit.

The Scuderia Ferrari driver will be hoping it’s third time lucky as he looks for his first victory around the streets of Monte Carlo, but there will be a stern challenge from Oscar Piastri, who secured a front row spot in qualifying for the second consecutive race weekend.

Read what the drivers had to say after a thrilling hour of qualifying:

Charles Leclerc — Scuderia Ferrari — 1st

“I’m very happy. We were fast right from the beginning of the weekend and I really think the whole team deserves this pole position. 

2024 Monaco Grand Prix: Leclerc Takes Third Monaco Pole

Charles Leclerc took his third pole position at the Monaco Grand Prix in a qualifying session full of shocks and surprises.

Leclerc will be hoping it’s third time lucky at his home circuit, having failed to secure even a podium from his last two pole positions. Oscar Piastri matched his best qualifying to secure a spot on the front row.

It was a great day for Scuderia Ferrari as Carlos Sainz Jr. completed the top three, for Ferrari’s best qualifying of the year. 

Q1 – Sergio Pérez and Fernando Alonso knocked out

Q1 saw constant running as you’d expect at Monaco with the drivers looking to make the most of track evolution and stay out of the way of traffic as much as possible. Ferrari chose to run both Leclerc and Sainz out of sync during the first set of runs, leaving the Monegasque slightly frustrated when he was left down the order going onto the final few runs. It wasn’t too much of an issue though as he managed to put in a lap time more than good enough to get him through into the next part of qualifying. 

2024 Monaco Grand Prix: Leclerc Leads Final Practice

Charles Leclerc once again set the pace in the final hour of practice ahead of qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix.

The Monegasque is chasing his first win around his home town circuit in any category and this year presents his best chance to do it, with Max Verstappen and Oracle Red Bull Racing still struggling to match the pace of Scuderia Ferrari.

The drivers spent most of the session on the soft tyres, completing qualifying simulations and getting up to speed ahead of one of the most important and exciting sessions on the F1 calendar – with overtaking hard to come by, track position is crucial.

Despite complaining throughout the session on the team radio, Verstappen managed to put a lap together good enough to go second but it was still +0.197s behind Leclerc’s time of 1:11.369 that was set earlier on during the soft compound runs. 

Photo: Getty Images/Red Bull Content Pool

Lewis Hamilton completed the top three and a solid set of practice sessions for Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team, a further few tenths behind Verstappen. Oscar Piastri ended the hour in fourth, with Sergio Pérez and George Russell behind.

VCARB Happy with Tsunoda and Ricciardo Lineup

Visa Cash App RB are keen to keep both Yuki Tsunoda and Daniel Ricciardo for 2025, leaving Liam Lawson’s F1 future hanging in the balance.

Tsunoda and Ricciardo have been teammates since the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix when the Australian replaced Nyck de Vries. Both drivers have managed to turn around the fortunes of VCARB, both helping the team move up from the worst car on the grid, to the best of the rest even ahead of Aston Martin Armaco F1 Team at times. 

Tsunoda has scored 15 points this season with a number of impressive performances, whilst Ricciardo has scored just five, which all came during the Miami Grand Prix Sprint. Ricciardo has been getting more comfortable with the car as the season has gone on though, and he could be considered unlucky not to have more points compared to his teammate. Ricciardo is also considered key for car development, which is rumoured to be a massive part of VCARB’s rise up the grid so far this season.

Photo: Getty Images/Red Bull Content Pool

VCARB ceo Peter Bayer is keen to offer Tsunoda and Ricciardo new contracts for 2025 and keep their blend of youth and experience within the team.

When asked about Tsunoda’s start to 2024, Bayer said: “I definitely believe he has made a big step forward. It’s physical preparation, but it’s also his mental readiness to perform and deliver. One example I mentioned the other day.

2024 Monaco Grand Prix: What the Drivers are Saying after Friday Practice

It was action packed day of Friday Practice at the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix as the drivers took to the track for the first and geared up ahead of qualifying.

Lewis Hamilton topped the first session, while home town hero Charles Leclerc was the quickest of all in the second. It was another difficult Friday for Oracle Red Bull Racing, with both Max Verstappen and Sergio Pérez coming away unhappy with the RB20. 

Read what all the drivers had to say after a busy day in the F1 paddock.

Charles Leclerc — Scuderia Ferrari — FP1: 5th, FP2: 1st

“All in all, it seems that we have a good car for this track and I felt quite confident with it today. We have to keep that rhythm in place for FP3, because I may have taken a bit more risk today than others did, which paid off in terms of lap times, but the key here is to put it all together in qualifying when everyone starts really pushing the limits.

2024 Monaco Grand Prix: Home Hero Leclerc Tops the Times in Second Practice

Charles Leclerc was the fastest driver during the second hour of free practice for the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix.

The medium and hard tyres were the choice of compound for all the teams in the first few runs as the drivers continue to build their confidence around the streets of Monte Carlo. The tight corners and narrow streets demand incredible car control and driver skills, so the first few hours of practice are crucial for building up to the all important qualifying session.

As we saw in Free Practice One, the teams soon switched to the soft compound tyre for their qualifying simulations. Visa Cash App RB and Stake F1 Team Kick Sauber didn’t run the softs, leaving Yuki Tsunoda and Daniel Ricciardo down in eleventh and sixteenth, Valtteri Bottas in nineteenth and Zhou Guanyu last. Oscar Piastri also didn’t get a chance to set a time on the softs after brushing the wall on his medium tyre run.

The big headline was Max Verstappen ending the session five tenths down from Leclerc at the top of the timesheets. The Oracle Red Bull Racing driver wasn’t happy with his RB20 throughout the session, giving the team lots to do going into Free Practice Three on Saturday morning.

Photo: Scuderia Ferrari

Leclerc ended the session at the top of the times, with a 1:11.278, going nearly a second quicker than Hamilton’s time in Free Practice One. Hamilton was two tenths behind the home town hero in second, while Fernando Alonso rounded out the top three almost five tenths away from Leclerc.


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