Petit Le Mans flashback: DeltaWing’s wild ride in practice (VIDEO)

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A year ago, the controversial and radical DeltaWing made its North American race debut at Petit Le Mans. The race debut nearly didn’t happen because of this accident, when Gunnar Jeannette, driving the then-Nissan DeltaWing collided with a GTC class Porsche Cup car driven by Peter LeSaffre.

Jeannette’s car crested the hill after the Turns 10A/B chicane and dove to LeSaffre’s inside. The unsuspecting Porsche released wide off exit and as he came back on track, made contact with the DeltaWing. That pitched the black car and flipped it over.

The team, comprised of then-Highcroft Racing mechanics, rebuilt the car in order for Jeannette and Lucas Ordonez to race. Race they did, and the car finished an impressive fifth overall as an unclassified entry.

The DeltaWing has taken on new life in 2013 with a new team running the car, a new tire partner in Bridgestone, and most recently, a switch to a closed-top coupe version. Andy Meyrick and Katherine Legge will wheel the car in the team’s home race this Saturday, in a race that marks the sendoff to the American Le Mans Series.

Recapping the proper Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel rivalry (VIDEO)

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Lewis Hamilton and Sebastien Vettel are the two most decorated drivers currently on the Formula 1 grid, with seven World Championships between them (four for Vettel, and three for Hamilton).

However, their paths have rarely crossed on the track, and only in 2010 did both drivers battle each for a World Championship in the same year. They also battled Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber that year, with Vettel emerging on top to claim his first World Championship.

However, the 2017 season sees Hamilton and Vettel in the two best cars on the grid, and they have gone head-to-head multiple times already this year, with each claiming two victories through the first five races. Currently, Vettel leads Hamilton 104-98 in the world championship, and the two men are developing a strong on-track rivalry.

Monaco Grand Prix coverage continues with FP3 and qualifying on Saturday. Full times are linked here.

 

Take a look behind the scenes of Fernando Alonso’s Indy 500 qualifying runs (VIDEO)

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In Friday’s NASCAR AMERICA Motorsports Special on NBCSN, we take you behind the scenes during F1 superstar Fernando Alonso’s qualifying runs for the Indy 500, including when he was on the pole for a brief period. He’ll eventually start fifth. 

Simulator ride tells what Fernando Alonso can expect in Indianapolis 500 (VIDEO)

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On Friday’s NASCAR AMERICA Motorsports Special on NBCSN, Parker Kligerman and his backseat driver, Kyle Petty, took to the iRacing simulator to make a mock run around Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.

They look at the challenges of IMS, as well as the challenges two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso will face in the first oval track race in his illustrious career. Alonso is among the favorites in the race and will take the green flag from the middle of Row 2 (fifth position).

Check out the above video.  

Legendary announcer Ken Squier gets you ready for Sunday’s big day of racing (VIDEO)

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Sunday is the biggest day of the year in motorsports, starting in the morning with Formula 1’s legendary Monaco Grand Prix.

Then, at Noon ET, it’s the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The final part of the tripleheader of racing is NASCAR’s longest race of the season, the 400-lap, 600-mile Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Newly-named NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018 inductee Ken Squier gives you a great primer for what promises to be a memorable day around the world (see video above).