IndyCar Paddock Pass: Long Beach (VIDEO)

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LONG BEACH, Calif. – You’ve seen the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass for Formula 1, where Will Buxton goes to those paddocks on race weekends for more information, interviews and insight.

This weekend, NBC Sports Group premieres a variant for the Verizon IndyCar Series, IndyCar Paddock Pass, hosted by Anders Krohn.

Krohn, known as “The Viking,” has carved out a successful post-driving business career as co-owner of CoForce in Indianapolis, and has been a member of the NBC Sports broadcast team since 2014 as color analyst for Indy Lights race telecasts alongside Kevin Lee. Krohn will also work selected IndyCar races this year in the pit lane.

Krohn catches up with St. Petersburg winners Sebastien Bourdais and Dale Coyne, NAPA Auto Parts-sponsored Ron Capps and Alexander Rossi (Andretti-Herta Autosport) and the Indy Lights dynamic duo from Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing, Colton Herta and George Michael Steinbrenner IV.

Check out the debut episode, shot this weekend at Long Beach, at the top of this post. A couple teaser tweets are below:


Audi bids farewell to Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich upon retirement

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Audi bid farewell to its iconic head of motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, at its end-of-season ‘Race Night’ event in Germany on Friday upon his retirement.

Ullrich took over the reins as Audi’s head of motorsport in 1993 and stayed in the role for 23 years, overseeing its arrival in the prototype class of sports car racing and domination of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ullrich stepped down from the position at the end of 2016, handing the reins over to ex-Audi DTM chief Dieter Gass, and attended his final racing event with the German marque at its first works Formula E outing in Hong Kong earlier this month.

Ullrich was honored at the Race Night event on Friday and thanked for his efforts in developing Audi into a force within global motorsport.

“In 566 factory-backed commitments during this period he celebrated 209 victories, 13 of them in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, eleven in the 12-hour race at Sebring and nine in the ‘Petit Le Mans’ at Road Atlanta,” a piece on Ullrich’s tenure for Audi’s website reads.

“31 driver titles in super touring car racing, in the DTM and in the sports prototype category are credited to him. 57 campaigners were Audi factory drivers during Wolfgang Ullrich’s era and he was responsible for 18 new developments of racing cars – an impressive tally.”