Mechanical failure knocks out Ryan Hunter-Reay at Texas

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Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay desperately needed a good race tonight at Texas Motor Speedway after a dismal doubleheader in Detroit last weekend, but has been knocked out of the Firestone 600 with a mechanical failure.

Hunter-Reay was running in the Top 10, but brought his No. 28 DHL/Andretti Autosport Honda into the pits as the race restarted on Lap 135.

“We lost power – aggressively lost power,” the American driver said to NBCSN. “And then we had an oil pressure alarm, and then it sounded really bad after that. I tried to get down to the apron and I thought we were spilling oil everywhere, which I guess we were.

“It’s really frustrating. We made a change on that last stop that I thought would bring us in the game there. We were running seventh and still had a shot at it. But it was a long night and we needed the points tonight most of all.”

After winning the ‘500’ on Memorial Day weekend, Hunter-Reay suffered 16th and 19th place finishes in the twin Detroit races that knocked him from first to third in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship going into Texas.

Now, it appears that he’ll be dropping even further down the standings.

Formula E: Vergne outlasts di Grassi for Punta del Este victory

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Saturday’s Punta del Este ePrix did not disappoint, with Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Lucas di Grassi engaging in a thrilling battle throughout the entire race.

Vergne led the way from the pole, having been promoted up the grid after original pole sitter di Grassi was ruled to have cut a chicane during his pole lap, but di Grassi was right on the back wing of Vergne the entire way and made several attempts to get by.

The intense battle between the two, which saw them nearly lock Vergne’s rear wing with di Grassi’s front nose, stayed remarkably clean for the most part, and Vergne was able to hold off all of di Grassi’s advances, a few of which can be viewed below, to take the win.

DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird was also on the charge, the British driver coming from ninth on the grid to take third.

Full race results can be viewed here. The victory sees Vergne extend his points lead over Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist, who finished fifth, to 30 points, with Vergne on 109 markers and Rosenqvist on 79.

Bird sits third with 76 points, respectively.