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Sainz keen to emulate father by entering major rally one day

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Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz Jr. has revealed he would like to enter a major rally event one, following in the footsteps of his double world champion father.

Carlos Sainz Sr. raced in the FIA World Rally Championship between 1987 and 2005, winning the drivers’ title in 1990 and 1992 and finishing as runner-up on four occasions.

Sainz Jr. followed his father into motorsport, opting to focus on circuit racing. The Spaniard worked his way up the single-seater ladder, winning the Formula Renault 3.5 title in 2014 before stepping up to F1.

Sainz continues to be spoken about as one of F1’s brightest young talents, yet beyond life on the grid, he has revealed his ambition to enter a major rally event someday.

When asked about his favorite buzz in the official F1 website’s ‘The Secret Life Of…” feature, Sainz said: “Driving a rally car. One day I want to race in one of the big rallies.” He went on to add that doing a rally was on his bucket list, along with fighting for an F1 world title.

Responding to a question about the last time he was really angry, Sainz said it came over the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend in April – but not in the race when he crashed out after tangling with Lance Stroll.

“Sure everybody thinks it was the Bahrain race – wrong! It was the Saturday in Bahrain when I went out in Q1,” Sainz said.

“Sunday, it was in the heat of the race, and there **** can happen.”

Holmatro, INDYCAR renew partnership in five-year extension

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Holmatro, a long-time partner of INDYCAR and title sponsor of the Holmatro Safety Team, have renewed a long-standing partnership that will see Holmatro and INDYCAR continue their partnership in a five-year contract extension.

“Holmatro has been a trusted partner and supplier in Indy car racing for more than 20 years,” said¬†president of competition and operations Jay Frye. “Holmatro’s growth parallels some of the great strides made in safety for INDYCAR drivers and teams. We’re pleased to see this partnership continue, as it is a great benefit to everyone in the paddock.”

Holmatro’s relationship with INDYCAR dates back to 1991, when they first supplied tools to the safety team of the CART sanctioned PPG IndyCar World Series. Holmatro branding will continue to be featured on the firesuits, vehicles, and transporters of INDYCAR’s safety team throughout the agreement.

“Holmatro is extremely pleased to extend our partnership with INDYCAR for another five years,” said Tony Barboza, general manager for Holmatro. “We’re extremely proud to be affiliated with the premier on-track safety team in the world. Members of the safety team serve on their home fire departments when not at INDYCAR events and, like them, we believe in constant improvement and innovation. When the race is for life, you can count on the INDYCAR Safety Team and Holmatro rescue tools.”

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