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Juncos Racing adds second driver, will run partial IndyCar schedule in 2018

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Juncos Racing announced Friday that it has chosen Austrian driver Rene Binder to drive four races in the upcoming 2018 Verizon Indy Car Series season.

A native of Innsbruck, Austria, Binder will begin his stint with the season opening race March 11 in St. Petersburg, Florida. He’s also slated to run the road courses at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, as well as Mid-Ohio, and the street course in downtown Toronto.

“I have been a huge fan of IndyCar and what the series has to offer to me as a driver,” Binder said in a media release. “I had a hard decision to make this year on which path I would take in my career, and I am confident that I made the right decision.

Rene Binder

“Right now, we have signed for four races, but I hope to add more to our schedule as the season progresses.”

Binder comes to IndyCar from the World Series Formula V8 Series, where he earned four wins, five podium appearances and two pole positions. He finished the season fourth in the championship.

“Rene has a successful background running in the World Series V8 and GP2, along with the testing he has done within Formula 1, and I know he will carry that momentum into the Verizon IndyCar Series this year,” team owner Ricardo Juncos said. “The timing is right for a talented driver like Rene to join, as everyone will be starting over with the new IndyCar aero kits.”

Binder is a third-generation driver and joins 2017 Indy Lights champion Kyle Kaiser on the Juncos IndyCar effort in 2018. Binder will make his first test in an Indy car in late February, the team said.

Formula E: Vergne outlasts di Grassi for Punta del Este victory

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Saturday’s Punta del Este ePrix did not disappoint, with Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Lucas di Grassi engaging in a thrilling battle throughout the entire race.

Vergne led the way from the pole, having been promoted up the grid after original pole sitter di Grassi was ruled to have cut a chicane during his pole lap, but di Grassi was right on the back wing of Vergne the entire way and made several attempts to get by.

The intense battle between the two, which saw them nearly lock Vergne’s rear wing with di Grassi’s front nose, stayed remarkably clean for the most part, and Vergne was able to hold off all of di Grassi’s advances, a few of which can be viewed below, to take the win.

DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird was also on the charge, the British driver coming from ninth on the grid to take third.

Full race results can be viewed here. The victory sees Vergne extend his points lead over Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist, who finished fifth, to 30 points, with Vergne on 109 markers and Rosenqvist on 79.

Bird sits third with 76 points, respectively.