McLaren junior Magnussen crowned World Series by Renault champion

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Kevin Magnussen has won the World Series by Renault championship in Spain today as his bid to enter Formula One next season takes a big step forwards.

Son of former McLaren driver Jan, the Dane has performed admirably across the course of the season in a series that is widely regarded as being a direct feeder formula to F1 alongside GP2. Last year’s runner-up Jules Bianchi graduated to F1 this season, and has been the stand-out performer at the back of the grid following some impressive displays for Marussia.

Magnussen wrapped up the championship in style today at the Circuit de Catalunya, winning the race ahead of Will Stevens and fellow McLaren youngster Stoffel Vandoorne. As a result, he goes into the final round of the championship tomorrow with little to play for, although he will be aiming to add another win to his collection.

“It feels so special,” Magnussen said. “Nothing compares to this. I had to finish the job off and we did it together, with the whole team. It’s been a fantastic season and I love working with Dams.

“It might look like it’s all gone pretty smoothly but there have been ups and downs. It’s been very tough but I’ve achieved what I set out to do. I can’t wait for what lies ahead.”

McLaren are known to be interested in finding Magnussen a seat on the grid for 2014, with Marussia being the most likely destination. However, his plans for next year are yet to be confirmed.

Fellow competitors Antonio Felix da Costa and Sergey Sirotkin are both expected to graduate to F1 next season at Toro Rosso and Sauber respectively. Sirotkin’s arrival in the sport has come under scrutiny due to his relative inexperience, and he heads into the final round of the season tomorrow with just two podiums to his name.

IndyCar entry lists for Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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There are 25 drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series entry lists at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a few new yet familiar faces for the Oct. 2-3 race weekend.

Four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais will make his season debut in the No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet (shifting Dalton Kellett to the No. 41) with AJ Foyt Racing, which he is joining full time next season. James Hinchcliffe, who had run three races with Andretti Autosport, will return in place of Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda. Helio Castroneves will drive Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 7 Dallara-Chevy for Oliver Askew, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.

Sage Karam, who has two IndyCar starts this year at IMS (the road course on July 4 and the Indy 500 on Aug. 23), also will return to the series in Dreyer & Reinbold’s No. 24 Dallara-Chevrolet.

HARVEST GP ENTRY LISTS: Friday l Saturday

Friday and Saturday of the Harvest GP presented by GMR will mark the second and third races this season on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. While the July 4 race on the circuit was 80 laps, Friday’s distance is 85 laps, and Saturday will be a 75-lap event.

Championship leader Scott Dixon led 26 of 80 laps to win the July 4 race at the IMS road course. With three races remaining in the series, the five-time series champion enters with a 72-point lead on Josef Newgarden.

Click here to see who’s on the IndyCar entry lists in Race 1 and in Race 2 for the Harvest GP presented by GMR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.


START TIMES AND TV INFO FOR INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE (all times ET):

Thursday

IndyCar NTT Series practice: 2:25-3:40 p.m., NBC Sports Gold

IndyCar qualifying, Race 1: 6:20 p.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

Friday

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 1: 3:30 p.m. (green flag, 5 p.m.), USA Network, NBC Sports Gold

Saturday

—IndyCar qualifying: 10:20 a.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 2: 2:30 p.m (green flag, 2:31 p.m.)., NBC, NBC Sports Gold