Van der Garde pushing through first two races

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Two finishes in the first two starts represent a decent beginning to Giedo van der Garde’s Formula 1 career. It could have been a lot worse given some of his exploits in the first two rounds with Caterham F1.

The Dutchman’s off course excursion in Friday practice in Melbourne cost him valuable track time. The disjointed qualifying session that started Saturday and ended Sunday also threw him for a loop.

“I think we’re very realistic about where we are at this point of the season, so anything more would have been a bonus, even in those conditions. We made the call to go to inters at the right time and if luck had gone our way a little more then maybe it would have been a different story, but it is what it is,” he explained in his official Formula 1 rookie diary.

Van der Garde and Caterham are primarily battling Marussia at the back of the grid. Neither team has scored points in their histories in the sport, but Marussia’s Jules Bianchi already has a 13th-place finish under his belt at Malaysia.

Racing world reacts to Danica Patrick’s Daytona, Indy double news

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Here’s a sampling of quotes and social media reaction to Danica Patrick’s news announced earlier Friday that this would be her last full-time season as a driver, and that she’ll race in the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 only in 2018.

This ends a full-time stretch in the top flights of NASCAR and IndyCar. She was in NASCAR from 2012 through 2017, and IndyCar from 2005 through 2011.

Her’s her own post on Twitter and Instagram.

Well…. 2018 Daytona 500 and Indy 500 here I come. 🙌🏼

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IMS President J. Douglas Boles

“We’re glad Danica plans to return to the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil next May,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “Her final career start will make what’s already shaping up to be a terrific Month of May even more interesting for our fans.

“It’s also fitting that Danica is wrapping up her career at the place and in the race where she became a household name and captured the world’s attention in 2005 – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500. We’re looking forward to seeing her back in an Indy car next May alongside all of the tremendous drivers of the Verizon IndyCar Series.”

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