Niki Lauda reunited with 1976 Ferrari 312T2 in Austria

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As part of the support programme for this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix, some of the nation’s Formula 1 legends have been reunited with their old cars for a special Hall of Fame parade.

Most notably, three-time world champion Niki Lauda will be driving his Ferrari 312T2 car from the 1976 Formula 1 season, in which he fought back from a devastating crash and life-threatening at the German Grand Prix to finish second in the championship behind James Hunt. The story was most recently detailed in Ron Howard’s film Rush, which came out last year.

Gerhard Berger will also be taking part in the hall of fame race, running in his Ferrari 88C which he took to third place in the 1988 world championship.

Lauda and Berger will be joined out on track by a number of other former Austrian F1 drivers, including Helmut Marko, who is now an advisor at Red Bull. He will be getting behind the wheel of a 1972 BRM. From more recent years, Christian Klien will be driving his 2005 Red Bull RB1, Patrick Friesacher is in the Minardi from the same year, and Alex Wurz will be in the 1998 Benetton car.

After the hype of Rush last year, seeing Lauda behind the wheel of his car from that year is certainly going to bring back some good memories of the 1970s, and it is a great way to build up for the Austrian Grand Prix later today.

Here’s who were picking to win the Indy 500 — who are YOU picking?

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Several members of the NBC Sports motorsports staff have made their predictions on who will win Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500.

Of the six voters, two are going with 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series champ Josef Newgarden, while two others are going with Helio Castroneves to win a fourth 500, which would tie him with A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears.

Here’s our picks. Who are YOU picking?

Leigh Diffey: Helio Castroneves — He drives the place better than anyone else. For me (for what its worth) he deserves a fourth 500 ring for the frustration he went through never getting the IndyCar title!

Townsend Bell: Josef Newgarden

Nate Ryan: Simon Pagenaud — All of his 2018 misfortune on the track has disappeared in May, and it culminates in the biggest victory of his career.

Jerry Bonkowski: Helio Castroneves – There’s no pressure as he pursues his fourth Indy 500 win. All Helio has to do, as late NFL owner Al Davis would say, is “Just win, baby!” (But if Helio falls short, watch for Marco Andretti)

Kyle Lavigne: Josef Newgarden — I think he has everything he needs to get it done this year.

Dan Beaver: Robert Wickens – Has driven like anything except a rookie and his second-place finish at Phoenix proves he’s just as good on an oval as the road courses.

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