Sean Edwards (Porsche)

Sports car and racing communities mourning loss of Edwards

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The flood and outpouring of support for Sean Edwards, who was killed while in the passenger’s seat in an accident in Australia Tuesday, has already been massive.

Edwards competed in three championships this season: the American Le Mans Series and two Porsche series, Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland and the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. He was one of the biggest stars and most talented drivers in all those series; from a domestic standpoint, those paying attention to the ALMS’ GTC class will have recognized his immense skills.

“Our thoughts are with his family and we want to express our deepest condolences to his relatives,” Hartmut Kristen, Head of Motorsport at Porsche, said in a statement.

As you’ll see below, Edwards’ impact was not just limited to sports car racing. Tweets from around the world of motorsports have also come in.

We wish, once again, we didn’t need to compile all these. All of us in the NBC Sports MotorSportsTalk family express our condolences.



Newgarden fastest as Castroneves returns in weather-shortened Barber test

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The Verizon IndyCar Series took to Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday for an open test, with 24 entries tackling the 2.38-mile road course.

Weather intervened in the afternoon, preventing nearly the entire field from going out, but the weather held off during the morning enough for one session to be run in its entirety.

Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden led the way, with a quick lap of 1:07.979, ahead of Team Penske teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves. For Castroneves, this marked his first IndyCar outing of 2018.

Helio Castroneves was back in an IndyCar on Tuesday at Barber Motorsports Park. Photo: IndyCar

Sporting the Pennzoil “yellow submarine” paint scheme, Castroneves turned 41 laps around Barber in the morning session, with a quick lap of 1:08.315. He was also the only driver to venture out on track in the afternoon, completing eight laps.

The Dale Coyne Racing duo of Sebastien Bourdais and Zachary Claman De Melo completed the top five.

Results are below.