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IndyCar world weighs in on Super Bowl LI (VIDEO)

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The Atlanta Falcons led the New England Patriots 28-3 last night in the third quarter of Super Bowl LI, and suddenly, it felt like a car that had a massive lead in the Indianapolis 500 or 24 Hours of Le Mans.

And if they lost, it would be a case of massive heartbreak.

And that’s what happened. In racing terms, this loss was probably on par with Michael Andretti’s engine woes having dominated the 1992 Indianapolis 500 or Toyota losing at Le Mans last year.

Both victories seemed uncertain but went begging in the dying stages. The ’92 500 is probably an even more apt racing-to-football comparison; with Andretti having lost the sure win, but the race the ending in the closest finish in race history after Al Unser Jr. edged Scott Goodyear. That was the Patriots then winning by six, 34-28, in a game they trailed by 25.

Here’s a few thoughts from the Verizon IndyCar Series world as it all went down last night.

First, we’re checking to make sure that Patriots fan and Indianapolis 500 champion Alexander Rossi has regained his breath:

Here’s some more from the IndyCar world:

There was also a lot of Lady Gaga support:

And lastly, this aired in Indianapolis and a couple other local markets, in a preview to the 101st Indianapolis 500 via this commercial from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It puts in perspective how much longer the ‘500 has gone on – that this year will be the 101st running and this was only the 51st Super Bowl.

Testing for the Verizon IndyCar Series goes fast and heavy this week, with Ed Carpenter Racing and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports testing at Sonoma Raceway early this week before the open test Prix View on Friday and Saturday.

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).