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F1 Paddock Pass: Canadian Grand Prix (VIDEO)

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Montreal is next up for the Formula 1 circus, as a rare trip to North America amidst the European portion of the season, for the Canadian Grand Prix (all times for the weekend via NBC, CNBC or NBCSN here).

With the pre-race updates from the paddock are NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton and producer Jason Swales, on site at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Sebastian Vettel has a 25-point lead over Lewis Hamilton heading into the weekend. Hamilton has won five times before at Montreal while Vettel’s only won once, and Ferrari hasn’t triumphed here since 2004.

These two drivers and a number of other intriguing stories are in the pipeline heading into the seventh race of the season, including Lance Stroll heading into his home race and Max Verstappen looking to overcome the frustration of Monaco.

Here’s the show, below:

 

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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