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Rossi’s winning image revealed on 101st Indy 500 ticket

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One of the annual traditions for the previous year’s winner of the Indianapolis 500 is that his or her likeness and winning image will be revealed on the next year’s ticket.

That day has come today with Alexander Rossi’s shocked but amazed moment in victory lane as he captured the win in the No. 98 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda for Andretti-Herta Autosport in last year’s epic 100th Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

“This year’s ticket features a spectacular design, and it will be a great keepsake for fans for years to come,” Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Doug Boles said in a release. “We’re grateful to our friends at Cummins, who share our passion for racing and the Indy 500, for hosting us this morning and creating such a special memory for Alexander, as well as the many community partners and Verizon IndyCar Series fans in attendance.”

You can view the full release here.

Daniel Ricciardo would relish being Lewis Hamilton’s teammate

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BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo says he would relish the challenge of having Lewis Hamilton as his teammate if he joins Mercedes next year.

Ricciardo is out of contract at Red Bull at the end of the season and expressed interest in joining teams like Mercedes or Ferrari to help him challenge for the championship.

The Australian says he would “love to obviously be challenged against the best and Lewis is obviously up there.”

He adds: “I don’t want to say it’s just Lewis I’m looking for but that would be a good challenge.”

Ricciardo says he won’t accept a faster car if it means playing second fiddle to an established star.

He says “there’s always been really good clarity and fairness (at Red Bull) … and I would expect that environment everywhere.”