IndyCar’s Bourdais, Dixon, RHR grab Petit Le Mans podiums

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The extra Verizon IndyCar Series drivers that got to race at the Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda this weekend had mixed results in the 10-hour enduro.

Three of the four returning extras – Sebastien Bourdais, Scott Dixon and Ryan Hunter-Reay – made it onto their respective class podiums.

Bourdais led a portion of the middle stint of the race in the polesitting No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP, but eventually would finish second with co-drivers, and Prototype class champions, Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa.

Dixon, in a rare available offseason weekend, shared the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-Ford with full season drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas en route to a third place finish overall and in the P class.

Meanwhile Hunter-Reay helped play a role in Kuno Wittmer securing the GT Le Mans class championship. “RHR” shared the No. 91 Dodge Viper SRT GTS-R with Wittmer and Marc Goossens as the trio finished third in class.

Meanwhile for Ryan Briscoe, who drove in both of Corvette Racing’s C7.Rs, the championship-contending No. 3 car got taken out in a pit accident and the No. 4 car ended fourth.

Jack Hawksworth, who scored the Prototype Challenge class pole for RSR Racing, ended fourth in the No. 08 car he shared with Chris Cumming and Rusty Mitchell. Mitchell had two spins, which halted the car’s progress.

Briscoe and Hawksworth have yet to confirm their 2015 IndyCar programs, although it’s likely both will land somewhere on the grid.

NBCSN will present ‘Race and Sports in America: Conversations’ Monday

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With motor racing reckoning with its own issues of diversity and equality, “Race and Sports in America: Conversations” will tackle the topics of social justice with several athletes. The show will air at 8 p.m. ET Monday, July 13 on NBCSN, Golf Channel, Olympic channel and on regional sports networks.

The roundtable discussions will be hosted by Damon Hack and feature Charles Barkley, Steph Curry, Jimmy Rollins and Ozzie Smith in one segment. The other segment will include Kyle Rudolph, Anthony Lynn, Troy Mullins and James Blake.

Race has been a major topic in motorsports this year.

NASCAR banned the Confederate flag at its race after lobbying by Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in the premier Cup Series. In Formula One, six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton has joined Black Lives Matter marches in London and also formed a panel on diversity. The lone Black driver in F1 also led 14 of 20 drivers taking a knee before the season opener in Austria.