NBCSN Verizon IndyCar Series analyst Townsend Bell is going for an encore win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Scuderia Corsa, co-driving the No. 62 WeatherTech-sponsored Ferrari 488 GTE with Bill Sweedler and Cooper MacNeil.
“There is no other track like Le Mans,” Bell said in a release. “It is an incredibly demanding, long and fast circuit. And because it is essentially a temporary circuit, made up of a combination of permanent circuit and country roads, it really puts testing and practice time at a premium.
“Last week, I joined my teammates in the Scuderia Corsa Ferrari for the one-day Le Mans test day. Even though the test went well I’m always searching for ways to be better prepared so I took advantage of iRacing’s release of the Ferrari 488 GTE and the CXC Simulations Motion Pro II to get some more seat time before I head back to the race this weekend. This is as close to testing at Le Mans as you can get.”
Red Bull Air Race: Yoshi Muroya joins Sato as Japanese champs at Indy
Takuma Sato isn’t the only major Japanese athlete to take home top honors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year. Countryman Yoshihide Muroya joined him in that on Sunday after winning Red Bull Air Race at IMS, and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the process.
Fittingly, the 101st Indianapolis 500 champion was there on site to join him in the celebration.
Muroya flew with a track-record run in the final and erased the four-point deficit to points leader Martin Sonka. The record run came after a disappointing qualifying effort of 11th in the 14-pilot field in the Master Class.
A day after the win, Muroya joined Sato in heading to Sato’s new Verizon IndyCar Series team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s, Indianapolis-based shop.
A few social posts from Muroya’s victory and the subsequent celebration are below.
Muroya wasn’t alone among big winners at the Speedway. In the Challenger Class, Melanie Astles of France became the first woman to win a major race at IMS, and is the first female winner in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.
Nine women have competed in the Indianapolis 500 (Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Simona de Silvestro, Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge) and Mann is the first woman to have been on the pole position at IMS, having done so for the Freedom 100 in 2010 in Indy Lights.