Sauber signs Felipe Nasr as second driver alongside Marcus Ericsson

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What was a potential four-into-one for the second Sauber seat in 2015 has drawn a fifth name, instead, to fill the second seat alongside Marcus Ericsson.

Williams reserve driver Felipe Nasr has been named to the seat, the team announced late Wednesday. This leaves both incumbents – Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez – along with reserve Giedo van der Garde and second test driver Sergey Sirotkin on the outside looking in.

Nasr, who carries personal support from Banco de Brasil, is now announced on the heels of this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix. Team principal Monisha Kaltenborn highlighted Nasr’s potential in announcing the news.

“We have been following Felipe’s career path for some time now, and he fully deserves his position in Formula One having had a very successful career in junior categories,” she said in a team release. “We are happy that he will be driving for our team next year. This means that Brazil will have one more young and talented driver in the sport. Banco do Brasil has been an important partner for Felipe so far, and we are delighted that such a renowned company is contuing to support him during this important step. We look forward to this partnership.”

Nasr will now be the second Brazilian driver alongside Felipe Massa on the grid, Massa maintaining his place at Williams. Interestingly, Nasr will follow Massa as a driver making his debut with Sauber (2002).

“It is a very important step in my career to sign with the Sauber F1 Team for the 2015 Formula One World Championship,” he said. “This is an unforgettable moment that I owe to all of those who have supported me – my family, my friends, my sponsors, my teams and my country. Today the dream has come true.

“Sauber was responsible for the arrival in F1 of great names such as Felipe Massa, Kimi Raikkonen, Robert Kubica and Sebastian Vettel. I am proud now to also be part of this racing family. I had a wonderful year at Williams Martini, where I learned a lot and prepared myself to be a race driver in Formula One.”

This now makes the final two Grands Prix all the more interesting for Sutil and Gutierrez, as they seek to prove themselves to other teams on the grid.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.