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F1 to turn USGP in Austin pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Formula 1 has confirmed plans to turn next month’s United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

F1 will head to the Circuit of The Americas for October 20-22 as the fourth-to-last round of the 2017 season, with much of the attention laying on the battle between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel for the championship.

F1 will be reaching beyond sport over the race weekend, though, confirming on Friday its plans to team up with breast cancer organization Susan G. Komen, which has previous involvement in racing via IndyCar racer Pippa Mann’s #GetInvolved campaign.

“Formula 1 will partner with Susan G Komen both on and off track with a number of initiatives as part of their ‘Drive for the Cure’ program, highlighting the cause with our sponsors, race promoters, teams, broadcasters and the FIA and in doing so, turn the United States Grand Prix ‘pink’,” the release from F1 reads.

“Pink-themed merchandise will raise money on behalf of Komen and fans will have the opportunity to donate directly to the cause throughout the entire weekend.

“Beyond the track, the theme will be shared on Formula 1’s global social media channels, as fans and followers will be encouraged to share stories and experiences of those affected by breast cancer worldwide.”

F1 commercial chief Sean Bratches said: “This ground-breaking partnership will mark a very special moment on this year’s Formula 1 calendar as we physically alter key elements of a grand prix weekend to highlight Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“We are in a unique position as one of the most watched sports in the world – and the only truly global sport that competes annually – with over half a billion fans across the globe to help elevate awareness for such an important cause.

“This is an opportunity to use the Formula 1 platforms as a force for social good and rally support for the fight against breast cancer, a disease which affects millions of people every year.

“It is gratifying to see the entire Formula 1 community, from the teams, drivers, the FIA, sponsors and broadcasters, unite and focus its collective will to give back.”

Red Bull Air Race: Yoshi Muroya joins Sato as Japanese champs at Indy

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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.

CHECKING OUT EACH OTHER’S RIDES

ASTLES BREAKS THOUGH AS WELL

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.

Photo: Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool