Rebellion Racing is losing one of its aces, Neel Jani, to Porsche’s factory FIA World Endurance Championship effort at the end of 2013. But the team confirmed late Tuesday it has locked up Nicolas Prost, son of four-time World Champion, Alain, through 2014.
The younger Prost joined the team in 2009 and counts the 2012 Petit Le Mans overall win among his victories with the Bart Hayden-led team. He co-drives with Jani and Nick Heidfeld at this weekend’s Petit Le Mans, the American Le Mans Series season finale, in the team’s Lola B12/60 Toyota.
“I’m very comfortable here and I am always involved in the development of the team,” Prost said in a team release. “We have grown together over the years and it feels like absolutely the right thing to stay with REBELLION Racing.The R-One project is really exciting and I am proud to have been associated with the project from the first meeting.”
The aforementioned R-One is a new-for-2014 LMP1 prototype the team is building for 2014 as part of new FIA/ACO P1 regulations, to race in the WEC. Rebellion has been the lone privateer survivor this year against factory efforts from Audi and Toyota, while the OAK, Pescarolo, Strakka and JRM teams have temporarily disbanded their P1 efforts over the last two years due to high costs and issues with equivalency balancing as petrol-powered cars against diesel and gasoline hybrids.
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.
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.
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).
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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).