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Recap: First week of individual IndyCar team testing at Sebring concludes

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While a handful of teams spent the Fall doing manufacturer testing with Honda and Chevrolet to help them adapt to the 2018 universal aero kits, just as many were on the sidelines and had to wait until 2018, when individual team testing kicked off, before they got their chance to try out the new bodywork.

Some of those teams got their chance this week as 2018 testing got underway at Sebring International Raceway.

The first was Dale Coyne Racing, which saw Sebastien Bourdais got his first chance to try to the new 2018 package.

Andretti Autosport was next on the testing docket, as all four of its teams took turns around Sebring. For the Michael Andretti-led squad, it also was a chance to get used to some new faces in new places.

Longtime Andretti Autosport driver Ryan Hunter-Reay is the only driver not to see significant change in his program. Conversely, Alexander Rossi and Marco Andretti swapped cars – Rossi moves over to the No. 27 entry while Marco Andretti takes over the No. 98 – and Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Zach Veach made his debut with the team as well.

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Finally, Chip Ganassi Racing ventured to Sebring with its drivers, Scott Dixon and Ed Jones, with Jones able to make his debut with the team after signing with Ganassi in October.

Testing for individual teams will continue through January at Sebring.


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.