There are memorial services when someone dies, but Jackie Gaughan’s is going to be one to remember.
Grandfather of NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Brendan Gaughan, Jackie passed away this past Wednesday at the age of 93.
While funeral services are pending, the El Cortez hotel – which Gaughan built and spent the last years of his life living in an apartment at the top of the building – is going to send off the elder Gaughan in style this Tuesday at 2 p.m. PDT.
Think of a toast and a roast all in one, as the El Cortez is throwing open the doors – the public is invited – of its Parlour Bar to remember Gaughan and celebrate his life with champagne and cake.
Testimonies, stories, recollections, jokes and tales tall and short will be on the agenda to honor and remember Gaughan, who was one of the primary figures to help Brendan get his start in NASCAR racing.
One of the pioneers who built Las Vegas from a small desert stop into the entertainment capital of the world, properties that the elder Gaughan once owned brought in 25 percent of Sin City’s downtown gaming revenue.
At one point, he owned all or part of legendary casinos and hotels such as the Golden Nugget, Showboat, Union Plaza, Boulder Club, Las Vegas Club, El Cortez, Gold Spike and the Western.
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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.
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).
Check out the above video.
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).