Davison, Lazier take to IMS track for first time this month

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Cars 32 and 33 of the 33 entered for this year’s Indianapolis 500 are making their first laps of the month today.

Sebastien Bourdais shook down the No. 33 Always Evolving Racing/KV Racing Technology Chevrolet and in 10 laps got it up to 218.688 mph, before handing over to rookie James Davison to complete his Rookie Orientation Program.

Past 4:15 p.m. ET, the track action has been stopped twice to allow Davison time to run. He’s completed more than 25 laps and is through the first phase of his ROP.

Buddy Lazier has also been out in the No. 91 Wynn Institute Chevrolet for his Lazier Partners Racing team. Lazier, the 1996 Indianapolis 500 champion, has posted a flier of 217.844 in 11 laps.

The only car that has not been on track thus far is Jack Hawksworth, as the BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian team makes repairs to the No. 98 Honda after its accident yesterday.

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.