NASCAR Nationwide cars racing on rain tires for third time in sport’s history

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ELKHART LAKE, Wisconsin — For only the third time in NASCAR history, cars are racing on wet weather tires in Saturday afternoon’s Gardner Denver 200 at the Road America road course.

The 50-lap race around the 4.048-mile 13-turn track was brought under caution on Lap 25.

Drivers made two more laps around the track under caution before NASCAR officials mandated that all cars stop on pit road on Lap 27 and that installation of the so-called rain tires was mandatory, not an option.

The race remains under caution heading to Lap 28 and is expected to go green on Lap 29.

This is the third time NASCAR cars have raced on rain tires: the other two times were in Nationwide Series races in 2008 and 2010, both in Montreal.

UPDATE: The race is back underway with 22 laps left and Sam Hornish Jr. in the lead.

Alex Tagliani took the lead away from Hornish on the following lap and remains at the front of the field with 19 laps left in the race.

FIA returns Manor’s F1 entry fee for 2017

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Good news: Manor Grand Prix Racing Limited got a refund of an entry fee it paid to the FIA to run in this year’s F1 season.

Bad news: Manor still hasn’t run this year, and won’t be for the foreseeable future (especially as Manor’s former leadership staff is moving that team into FIA WEC’s new-look LMP1 class in addition to its LMP2 program).

Manor Group’s receivership outfit, Just Racing Services Limited, went into administration earlier this year. As there was no new buyer for the F1 team, Manor dropped from the 2017 grid before the season.

The FIA said it would return its entry fee to help Manor Group pay off outstanding debts.

It basically means nothing in the grand scheme of things since Manor missed out on 10th place in the constructor’s standings in 2016 and fell from the F1 grid as a result, but hey, it’s a goodwill gesture going into Thanksgiving this week.