Alonso accepts Ice Bucket Challenge, nominates Montezemolo and Briatore (VIDEO)

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Following the example set by Felipe Massa, Daniel Ricciardo and Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso has become the latest member of the Formula 1 paddock to take on the Ice Bucket Challenge in aid of the ALS Association.

This challenge has gone viral over the summer, raising millions of dollars for the ALS Association. ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, affects thousands of Americans, damaging nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, thus impacting muscle movement.

Participants are dared to pour a bucket of ice-cold water over their heads and donate some money to the fund, before nominating three people to do the same.

Alonso had been challenged by Felipe Massa and soccer player Juan Manuel Mata to film his effort and put it online, and the Ferrari driver was happy to following practice for the Belgian Grand Prix yesterday.

He then nominated Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, former F1 team principal Flavio Briatore and Spanish musician Placido Domingo to take a turn.

Massa also challenged Williams engineer Rob Smedley, and the Brazilian made sure that it was completed, pouring a glass of ice cubes onto his head in the team’s motorhome. You can watch that video here.

For more information on ALS, visit the ALS Association’s website.

Kanaan, Dixon to rejoin Chip Ganassi Le Mans effort

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Both Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan will be rejoining Ford Chip Ganassi Racing as part of their four-car armada at the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans, the team revealed late last week. Both drivers contested the event last year, with Dixon in the No. 69 entry – finishing seventh in the GTE Pro class – while Kanaan replaced an injured Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 68 – finishing sixth in GTE Pro.

For Kanaan, this also represents a return to the Chip Ganassi organization, with which he contested the Verizon IndyCar Series from 2014 to 2017 before departing for A.J. Foyt Racing in 2018.

Kanaan will join Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell in the No. 67, while Dixon will reunite with Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook, the three drivers having won the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, in the No. 69.

Stefan Mücke, Olivier Pla, and Billy Johnson will share the No. 66 entry, with Joey Hand, Dirk Müller, and Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 68.

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