Joe Gibbs marvels at Peyton Manning, picks Denver to win Super Bowl

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While he may be one of NASCAR’s more successful team owners these days, Joe Gibbs’ heart and soul isn’t far from his days as one of the most prolific head coaches in the NFL.

Gibbs took the Washington Redskins to four Super Bowls during his coaching tenure, winning three of them. As one of the most successful team owners in NASCAR, he also has three Sprint Cup championships.

And while he’s gearing up for the start of the 2014 NASCAR season in a few weeks, Gibbs — according to SportingNews.com — is picking Peyton Manning’s Broncos to win Sunday’s Super Bowl — if the weather cooperates.

“My Super Bowl pick would be Denver, as long as there is not a big wind,” Gibbs told SN with a laugh. “If there’s a big wind, I’m switching my deal. I’m going to go to the window and try and get my money back.”

In a more serious tone, Gibbs, who compiled a 171-101 record (63 percent winning percentage) in 16 seasons as an NFL head coach, is particularly keen on the Broncos’ offense and how Manning has brought the team this far.

“Their scheme is probably one of the best schemes ever in offensive football, because you’ve got a guy (Manning) who is that experienced, that accurate and that knowledgeable, and he’s actually calling everything from the line,” Gibbs said. “When we call it from sidelines, you’re just guessing.”

While he stops short of calling Manning the best quarterback he’s ever seen, Gibbs still marvels at Manning’s ability.

“Most teams obviously have audibles because you are trying to put it back in the quarterback’s hands because you’re not sure what the (defense is) going to play,” Gibbs said. “But when you see him (Manning) go to the line of scrimmage and all of a sudden you see him quick-snap that thing, and then you’ve got to get into whatever (defense) you are playing … And then he goes to the line of scrimmage and he backs out of there and now he is looking at what you’re doing and he’s making a call based off that, that scheme is obviously hard to stop.”

NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.