Remembering the classics: Paul Page’s old Delta Force Indy intros

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No need for too many words from me on this one. With the news Paul Page will return to the microphone for the Indianapolis 500 and the rest of the IndyCar Series season for IMS Radio, I just did some searching on the YouTube for “Paul Page Delta Force” and found these classic intros for the Indianapolis 500.

Because awesome always lives. And with Page back in 2014, there’s a chance for more awesome moments like these to air over the radio airwaves.

1995: LAST CART RACE AT IMS, UNDER USAC SANCTION

1994: MARIO ANDRETTI’S FINAL 500

1993: EMERSON FITTIPALDI’S SECOND 500 WIN

1992: BEFORE LITTLE AL’S FIRST WIN

1991: BEFORE MEARS’ FOURTH AND FINAL 500 WIN

1990: ARIE LUYENDYK WINS FASTEST 500 PRIOR TO 2013

1989: EMMO VS. LITTLE AL

1988: DELTA FORCE DEBUTS

Hamilton leads damp first USGP practice at COTA, Hartley debuts

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Lewis Hamilton continued his impressive Formula 1 record at the Circuit of The Americas by topping opening practice for the United States Grand Prix on Friday for Mercedes.

A four-time winner of the USGP at COTA, Hamilton set the pace in damp conditions in first practice after rain hit the Austin area in the lead-up to the start of the session.

After initially venturing out on intermediate tires, Hamilton made the switch to super-softs at the halfway point in FP1, ultimately posting a fastest time of 1:36.335.

Hamilton’s time saw him finish over half a second clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who he could beat to the F1 drivers’ championship at COTA this weekend should results go his way.

Mercedes got two cars into the top three as Valtteri Bottas wound up third in the second W08 car, six-tenths back from Hamilton, while Max Verstappen ended FP1 fourth for Red Bull.

Felipe Massa led Williams into the top 10 with an impressive lap en route to fifth, finishing ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne.

Vandoorne was left to lead McLaren’s charge after a hydraulic leak sidelined Fernando Alonso for much of the session, limiting the Spaniard to just four laps in total.

Force India managed to get both its drivers up into the top 10 as Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez finished eighth and ninth respectively, edging out Renault’s Carlos Sainz Jr. who was P10 in his first appearance for the team.

Brendon Hartley enjoyed his first run-out in Toro Rosso’s STR12 car ahead of his grand prix debut on Sunday, taking P14 overall.

The New Zealander had not driven an F1 car since a test with Mercedes in 2012, but put in a solid first display in practice, even though his race hopes are set to be hindered by a grid penalty.

Second practice for the United States Grand Prix is live on the NBC Sports app from 3pm ET today.