McLaren’s “Tooned” animated series returns

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McLaren may not be having the greatest of seasons on the track, but that hasn’t stopped them from bringing its animated series “Tooned” around for a second run – which began around the recent British Grand Prix with the clip above.

Created in partnership with Framestore Animation, “Tooned” first debuted in 2012 as a series of shorts that aired during Formula One television coverage in the United Kingdom. Last year’s first run focused on Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton getting into mischief and causing all sorts of headaches for the team’s head of engineering, Professor M (voiced by British comedian/actor Alexander Armstrong).

Along the way, key McLaren figures such as Mika Hakkinen and Ron Dennis dropped in, and the final episode of Series One even managed to cleverly write off Hamilton (who was in the process of making his way to Mercedes) and bring in the team’s newest pilot, Mexican rising star Sergio Perez.

But Series Two is giving the self-contained episode style a rest in favor of a continuous arc that focuses on McLaren’s 50th anniversary and its rich motorsports legacy. There’s also been a new character added to the mix – an old mechanic, voiced by Brian Cox (“The Bourne Identity”), who claims to have witnessed the beginning of McLaren’s story with his own eyes.

McLaren has promised to upload each episode of the series onto its YouTube channel shortly after their original airings on UK television.

Red Bull Air Race: Yoshi Muroya joins Sato as Japanese champs at Indy

Photo: Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool
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Takuma Sato isn’t the only major Japanese athlete to take home top honors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year. Countryman Yoshihide Muroya joined him in that on Sunday after winning Red Bull Air Race at IMS, and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the process.

Fittingly, the 101st Indianapolis 500 champion was there on site to join him in the celebration.

Muroya flew with a track-record run in the final and erased the four-point deficit to points leader Martin Sonka. The record run came after a disappointing qualifying effort of 11th in the 14-pilot field in the Master Class.

A day after the win, Muroya joined Sato in heading to Sato’s new Verizon IndyCar Series team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s, Indianapolis-based shop.

A few social posts from Muroya’s victory and the subsequent celebration are below.

CHECKING OUT EACH OTHER’S RIDES

ASTLES BREAKS THOUGH AS WELL

Muroya wasn’t alone among big winners at the Speedway. In the Challenger Class, Melanie Astles of France became the first woman to win a major race at IMS, and is the first female winner in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

Nine women have competed in the Indianapolis 500 (Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Simona de Silvestro, Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge) and Mann is the first woman to have been on the pole position at IMS, having done so for the Freedom 100 in 2010 in Indy Lights.

Photo: Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool