Maldonado scores first point in over one year at US GP

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Pastor Maldonado brought to an end a rotten run of form by scoring his first point in over one year at today’s United States Grand Prix.

The Lotus driver last scored a point at the 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix when he finished 10th for Williams, in what turned out to be his only contribution to the team’s total that season.

For 2014, great things were expected at Lotus after the team finished last year’s constructors’ championship in fourth place. However, it has since seen a dramatic change in fortunes, and had scored just eight points ahead of this weekend’s race in Austin.

Both Maldonado and teammate Romain Grosjean looked set for points during the race, only for a dramatic scrap between six drivers in the dying stages of the race to leave them a lot to fight for.

Grosjean had been running as the driver leading the train of cars until Jean-Eric Vergne made contact when trying to pass the Frenchman into the first corner. From then on, Grosjean struggled, eventually crossing the line in 11th place.

Maldonado did manage to keep his head, though, and picked up one point for the final position inside the top 10. Although he did finish ninth on track, he dropped to 10th due to an outstanding five-second stop/go penalty.

At the time of writing, Vergne remains under investigation from the stewards because of the clash with Grosjean. Should they choose to penalize him, it could give Grosjean a point for P10 and bump Maldonado up to ninth.

INDYCAR: How to watch the Bommarito 500

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The NTT IndyCar Series is racing just outside of St. Louis this weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway Gateway.

The last oval race of the season, tonight’s  Bommarito Auto Motive Group promises to bring plenty of high-speed, high-stakes racing action under the lights.

Series point leader Josef Newgarden will start tonight’s race from the pole position, with Sebastian Bourdais starting alongside him in row one.

By winning the pole, Newgarden gained an additional championship point, which extends his lead over Alexander Rossi to 36 points.

Rossi start’s tonight’s race from the 11th position after an uncharacteristically poor qualifying run for the No. 27 team, while Simon Pagenaud (third in the standings, 41 points behind) will start from the fourth position and Scott Dixon (fourth in the standings, 53 points behind) will start from eighth.

Here is today’s schedule:

(All times are Eastern)

Saturday 8/24, 4:20 p.m. ET, Indy Lights race, NBC Sports Gold 

Saturday 8/24, 8 p.m. ET, Bommarito Automotive Group 500, NBCSN and streaming live 

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