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Vegas natives looking for home wins in Sprint Cup, Nationwide

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Maybe some home cooking will be the cure for what’s ailed the Busch brothers early on this NASCAR Sprint Cup season.

Younger bro Kyle and older bro Kurt find themselves sitting 14th and 30th respectively in the standings, with the latter coming off a DNF last Sunday at Phoenix due to a blown engine.

But the Las Vegas natives will have a chance to right their respective ships in front of their home fans this weekend at the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Kyle has had a greater degree of success at LVMS over the course of his Sprint Cup career. He won there in 2009 and has four Top-5s and five Top-10s in 10 overall starts.

Kurt, on the other hand, hasn’t had a lot of good results with no wins and just one Top-5 in 13 overall starts, a third-place showing in 2005 for Roush Fenway Racing. In his last 8 LVMS appearances, his best finish has been a ninth-place result from 2010 with Team Penske.

The Busch brothers aren’t the only hometown racers this weekend, though. Brendan Gaughan and rookie Dylan Kwasniewski, both Vegas natives as well, will race against Kyle in the 300-mile Nationwide Series undercard on Saturday.

Gaughan, driving for Richard Childress Racing, will be making his fourth Nationwide start at LVMS. He hasn’t fared badly there with past NNS finishes of seventh (2009), 13th (2010) and fifth (2012). Additionally, he has two Cup starts and 13 Camping World Truck Series starts at LVMS to his credit.

As for the 18-year-old Kwasniewski, he’ll be making his NNS debut at LVMS. However, he competed regularly at the track’s nearby .375-mile “Bullring” while making his way up the ranks. He earned back-to-back runner-up finishes on the Bullring in 2011 and 2012 in K&N Pro Series West events.

Johnny Cecotto Jr’s retirement lasts just three weeks

2015 GP2 Series Round 8.
Autodromo di Monza, Italy.
Friday 4 September 2015.
Johnny Cecotto (VEN, Trident) 
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Three weeks after announcing his retirement from motorsport, Johnny Cecotto Jr. will return to racing this weekend at the GP2 round in Sochi, Russia.

Cecotto said on Twitter that “today my career ends” on September 17, announcing that he had lost his backing provided by the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

However, the GP2 veteran will return to racing this weekend with Trident, having last raced for the Italian team at Monza one month ago. He will partner Ferrari junior driver Raffaele Marciello once again.

Cecotto’s return is just one of a number of driver/team stories heading into the GP2 race weekend at Sochi:

  • American driver Alexander Rossi returns to GP2 with Racing Engineering this weekend following his two-race stint in F1 with Manor. He will also take part in grands prix in the USA, Mexico and Brazil before returning to GP2 once again in Abu Dhabi.
  • Julian Leal has announced his retirement from GP2, and is replaced by debutant Dean Stoneman at Carlin. Stoneman won at Sochi in GP3 last year en route to second place in the championship.S
  • Sean Gelael will race for Carlin once again, having missed the round at Monza due to a Formula Renault 3.5 clash.
  • Nicholas Latifi returns to GP2 this weekend with MP Motorsport, racing alongside Rene Binder.
  • Nathanael Berthon also returns, racing for Team Lazarus.
  • Hilmer Motorsport will miss the round in Sochi altogether, reducing the grid down to 24 cars.

Formula E adds Hong Kong race for October 2016

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The FIA Formula E Championship will add Hong Kong to its calendar for its third season, 2016-2017.

The race will take place on October 9, 2016 – exactly one year from now – around the city’s Central district. The 2km circuit will run between Lung Wo Road and the Star Ferry, with cars reaching speeds of up to 225kph (140mph).

The launch event today featured the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Honourable CY Leung; Mr. Gregory So, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development; Mr. Alejandro Agag, CEO, Formula E Holdings; Mr. Lawrence Yu Kam-Kee, President of the Hong Kong Automobile Association; and reigining FE champion Nelson Piquet Jr.

“The Hong Kong ePrix will be one of the highlights on the FIA Formula E Championship calendar,” Agag said in a release. “As one of the most innovative, cutting-edge and fun-loving cities in the world, Hong Kong and Formula E share many of the same qualities. We look forward to bringing all the fun and entertainment of Formula E to this amazing city, and international motorsport back to Hong Kong.”

The track map is linked below.

Hong Kong track map