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Jaguar relishing inaugural Vegas eRace with ‘world’s fastest gamer’ Huttu on-board

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Panasonic Jaguar Racing will venture to next weekend’s inaugural Vegas eRace chasing its first major success since joining the Formula E grid earlier this year.

Jaguar entered the all-electric series for its third season, starting in Hong Kong at the beginning of October, but is yet to pick up its first points.

The British marque has spent the opening two rounds of the campaign getting to grips with life in Formula E, but has shifted attention to the virtual world ahead of the non-championship Vegas eRace on January 7.

The eRace will pit the 20-strong Formula E grid up against 10 sim racers in a battle for a $1 million prize pool, with the winner walking away with $200,000, making the event the most lucrative in eSports racing history.

Jaguar has been joined for the race by sim racer Greger Huttu, a multiple virtual racing world champion who has been dubbed “the world’s fastest gamer” and has even tested a real-life Star Mazda car at Road Atlanta.

“I have raced in eSports for years and have seen how it has grown into a global sport but Formula E’s Road to Vegas has taken it to another level,” Huttu said.

“The qualifying heats to get to the final have been very intense and it’s been cool to see how enthusiastically Formula E fans have supported us.

“The Vegas final promises to be very special with so many spectators cheering us on. I feel like part of the team already and I am proud to race in Panasonic Jaguar Racing colors.”

Huttu will race alongside regular Jaguar drivers Mitch Evans and Adam Carroll in Las Vegas, and has been offering them tips to get to grips with the virtual racing world.

“I won one of the eRaces in Hong Kong but these guys are professional so it will be very tough,” Evans said.

“Adam and I are lucky to have such a good team-mate in Greger, that guy is really on it.

“I’m excited to go racing and soak up what will be a really special event and hopefully the three of us can get our simulated elbows out during the eRace and come away with a strong result.”

Recapping the proper Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel rivalry (VIDEO)

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Lewis Hamilton and Sebastien Vettel are the two most decorated drivers currently on the Formula 1 grid, with seven World Championships between them (four for Vettel, and three for Hamilton).

However, their paths have rarely crossed on the track, and only in 2010 did both drivers battle each for a World Championship in the same year. They also battled Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber that year, with Vettel emerging on top to claim his first World Championship.

However, the 2017 season sees Hamilton and Vettel in the two best cars on the grid, and they have gone head-to-head multiple times already this year, with each claiming two victories through the first five races. Currently, Vettel leads Hamilton 104-98 in the world championship, and the two men are developing a strong on-track rivalry.

Monaco Grand Prix coverage continues with FP3 and qualifying on Saturday. Full times are linked here.

 

Take a look behind the scenes of Fernando Alonso’s Indy 500 qualifying runs (VIDEO)

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In Friday’s NASCAR AMERICA Motorsports Special on NBCSN, we take you behind the scenes during F1 superstar Fernando Alonso’s qualifying runs for the Indy 500, including when he was on the pole for a brief period. He’ll eventually start fifth. 

Simulator ride tells what Fernando Alonso can expect in Indianapolis 500 (VIDEO)

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On Friday’s NASCAR AMERICA Motorsports Special on NBCSN, Parker Kligerman and his backseat driver, Kyle Petty, took to the iRacing simulator to make a mock run around Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.

They look at the challenges of IMS, as well as the challenges two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso will face in the first oval track race in his illustrious career. Alonso is among the favorites in the race and will take the green flag from the middle of Row 2 (fifth position).

Check out the above video.  

Legendary announcer Ken Squier gets you ready for Sunday’s big day of racing (VIDEO)

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Sunday is the biggest day of the year in motorsports, starting in the morning with Formula 1’s legendary Monaco Grand Prix.

Then, at Noon ET, it’s the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The final part of the tripleheader of racing is NASCAR’s longest race of the season, the 400-lap, 600-mile Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Newly-named NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018 inductee Ken Squier gives you a great primer for what promises to be a memorable day around the world (see video above).