NASCAR AMERICA: Bill Lester on Wendell Scott’s selection to NASCAR Hall of Fame; racing’s biggest weekend

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NASCAR America: Wendell Scott earns NASCAR first

The team from NASCAR America — Rick Allen, Kyle Petty and Jeff Burton — discuss the selection of Wendell Scott for the NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2015 as the Hall’s first-ever African-American driver. The guys also talk with another noted African-American driver, Bill Lester, who talks about how excited and proud he is of Scott’s selection.

 

NASCAR America: Huge weekend ahead for racing

The NASCAR America crew also breaks down the big weekend ahead in the world of racing — unquestionably the biggest race weekend of the year in motorsports — with NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600, IndyCar’s Indianapolis 500 and Formula One’s Monaco Grand Prix, all taking place on the same day.

F1 2017 driver review: Nico Hulkenberg

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Nico Hulkenberg

Team: Renault
Car No.: 27
Races: 20
Wins: 0
Podiums: 0
Best Finish: P6 (Spain, Great Britain, Belgium, Abu Dhabi)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 43
Championship Position: 10th

Expectations were hard to peg for Renault heading into its second full season back in F1 with a factory team, but Nico Hulkenberg was surely expected to be the man spearheading its charge.

With teammate Jolyon Palmer severely underperforming, Hulkenberg did exactly that, bringing home all but 14 of the team’s points in the final standings. However, consistency was never something he truly found.

Many of Renault’s issues were down to reliability issues, sidelining Hulkenberg for six races – four coming in a five-race stint from Singapore to Mexico – yet he only scored points in consecutive races on three occasions.

When Hulkenberg and Renault were on form, they proved to be a potent combination, often topping the midfield fight and even looking faster than Force India come the end of the season. His run to sixth at the final race in Abu Dhabi was crucial for the constructors’ championship as Renault jumped Toro Rosso, securing an extra slice of prize money in the process.

But for a driver who was so often tipped as being a future star in F1, Hulkenberg still has a lot to prove. Renault is set to offer a good platform for the German moving forward with factory support, yet if he cannot beat new teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. through 2018, concerns will surely be raised.

Season High: Charging to sixth in Abu Dhabi despite a penalty.

Season Low: A tough run to 16th in Malaysia.