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Living out a dream: Career retrospective podcast with Leigh Diffey

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Leigh Diffey is NBC Sports Group’s lead F1 announcer and will begin his fifth year with the network in 2017, whose motorsports coverage kicks off January 3 with the Dakar rally on NBCSN, which Diffey also hosts.

Diffey, or “Diff” for a shorter nickname, came from humble roots and beginnings in Australia and has risen throughout his career to where he is now through a mix of hard work, dedication and relentless effort – but also hasn’t forgot to have fun in the process.

He catches up with Marshall Pruett in a pair of podcasts, one primarily focusing on his career development and the other a lighter note with some fun stories along the way.

Both are linked below. Diffey isn’t the only member of the F1 on NBC broadcast team making the podcast rounds; Will Buxton also spoke to Pruett and that podcast will be released at a later date, while David Hobbs is featured in one of the “Dinner with Racers” episodes hosted by sports car veterans Ryan Eversley and Sean Heckman.

Red Bull Air Race: Yoshi Muroya joins Sato as Japanese champs at Indy

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Takuma Sato isn’t the only major Japanese athlete to take home top honors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year. Countryman Yoshihide Muroya joined him in that on Sunday after winning Red Bull Air Race at IMS, and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the process.

Fittingly, the 101st Indianapolis 500 champion was there on site to join him in the celebration.

Muroya flew with a track-record run in the final and erased the four-point deficit to points leader Martin Sonka. The record run came after a disappointing qualifying effort of 11th in the 14-pilot field in the Master Class.

A day after the win, Muroya joined Sato in heading to Sato’s new Verizon IndyCar Series team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s, Indianapolis-based shop.

A few social posts from Muroya’s victory and the subsequent celebration are below.

CHECKING OUT EACH OTHER’S RIDES

ASTLES BREAKS THOUGH AS WELL

Muroya wasn’t alone among big winners at the Speedway. In the Challenger Class, Melanie Astles of France became the first woman to win a major race at IMS, and is the first female winner in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

Nine women have competed in the Indianapolis 500 (Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Simona de Silvestro, Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge) and Mann is the first woman to have been on the pole position at IMS, having done so for the Freedom 100 in 2010 in Indy Lights.

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