Ron Howard talks “Rush” with The Crossover’s Michelle Beadle (VIDEO)

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“Rush” director Ron Howard recently sat down with Michelle Beadle of NBCSN’s The Crossover to discuss the upcoming film, which has at its core the duel for the 1976 World Championship between James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

But as Howard explains in his conversation with Beadle, he and script-writer Peter Morgan wanted to tell more than just a typical racing tale.

“[Morgan’s] great at unlikely rivalry stories and he identified in the cool, amazing, sexy, and I think, really cinematic world of Formula One, this fantastic rivalry story,” Howard said.

“So this combination of a really good, emotional, dramatic story and this ‘70s world and that sport I thought, directorially, I really could do something immersive and exciting, you know, like an experience for audiences.”

For more of Howard’s thoughts, check out the full clip above. “Rush” will make its American debut this Friday in a limited release before going to theaters everywhere on Sept. 27.

BMW confirms IMSA, WEC GTE line-ups for 2018

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BMW has confirmed its driver line-ups for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship campaigns.

In an announcement made at its end-of-year Sports Trophy event on Friday night, BMW firmed up its roster across its factory WEC team and its customer RLL Racing IMSA squad.

Two of the 2018 BMW M8 GTEs will enter the WEC next year, joining a hotly-contested GTE-Pro class that already features Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin and Ford.

BMW factory drivers Antonio Felix da Costa, Nick Catsburg, Augusto Farfus and Martin Tomczyk will share the two cars across the 13-month ‘super season’.

The quartet will be joined by Tom Blomqvist, Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng for the 24 Hours of Le Mans

In IMSA, the RLL Racing team will once again field Sims and John Edwards, who will be joined by the incoming Connor De Phillippi and Jesse Krohn.

BMW also confirmed on Friday night that Tom Blomqvist would see out the Formula E season with its Andretti-affiliated team, having been benched for Kamui Kobayashi in Hong Kong.