IndyCar vs. NASCAR vs. F1: Harlem Shake Battle

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The Harlem Shake phenomenon may have tailed off a bit, but that hasn’t stopped a few race car drivers and teams from joining in on the fun.

Shortly after the YouTube craze had begun, IndyCar rising star Josef Newgarden and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway decided to put a Brickyard spin on it. Up to now, it had been the undisputed champion of racing-related Shakes:

Newgarden’s always shown a willingness to ham it up for the cameras, so he’s a natural choice for something like this. Also, you can’t help but laugh at the IMS “yellow shirt” official dozing away in a chair while the madness ensues on the frontstretch.

But now, we have challengers to Newgarden’s throne — and they’re none other than the winners of last Sunday’s Daytona 500:

Jimmie Johnson and his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team are a bit late to the Shake party; it appears they weren’t the first in the HMS shop to do one. But this is still a hoot. You gotta love Johnson carrying the Harley J. Earl Trophy around like a master blaster. And that guy on the dirtbike? None other than Johnson’s crew chief extraordinaire, Chad Knaus.

Of course no sooner had these two vied for the throne atop this meme than a Formula 1 team decided to get in on the act. Late Friday, Sauber, a Swiss (Swiss!) team, brought one out for a pit stop during testing.

We’ll leave it up to you. Who do you think did it better: Newgarden at IMS, Johnson with his posse, or Sauber in the pits?

F1 2017 driver review: Lance Stroll

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Team: Williams

Car No.: 18
Races: 20
Wins: 0
Podiums: 1
Best Finish: P3 (Azerbaijan)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 40
Championship Position: 13th

Lance Stroll’s arrival in Formula 1 at the start of the 2017 was a far from smooth one despite a significant private testing program being undertaken in the months leading up to his grand prix debut.

Even with older hand Felipe Massa at Williams, Stroll looked uneasy behind the wheel of the FW40 car through the opening run of races as he failed to reach the checkered flag in any of his first three starts.

The Canadian was left deflated after his first decent effort in Bahrain was cut short after a clash with Carlos Sainz Jr., calling it his “rock bottom” moment – but things would turn around on home soil.

Stroll produced a stunning fight through the field to take an excellent P9 in Canada, proving his talent seen in Formula 3 the previous year and shushing many of his critics.

Better would follow two weeks later in Baku when Stroll became the youngest rookie in F1 history to score a podium, dodging a crazy race to finish third. It would have been second had he not lost a drag race against Valtteri Bottas to the line.

Stroll’s form then fluctuated greatly. He was sublime on occasion, the best examples being Monza, when he started a remarkable P2 on the grid and ended as the top midfielder in P7, or Mexico where he took a brilliant sixth.

But there were too many weekends he was a little anonymous. Sure, Williams didn’t have the best car this year, but perhaps a little better was expected from Stroll.

2018 will be an even bigger challenge as he looks to the lead the team when a new teammate arrives – and at only 19, it is a lot to handle. Nevertheless, there are positive signs to be found; you just need to look for them a little.

Season High: Taking a shock podium in Baku after dodging chaos in front.

Season Low: A poor opening two races in Australia and China.