U.S. Grand Prix round-up: All posts, one place

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My MotorSportsTalk colleague Luke Smith and I had quite a week down in Austin. In case you missed any of our coverage from the third United States Grand Prix held at Circuit of the Americas, here’s a quick round-up:

PADDOCK NOTEBOOKS (All posts from each day, compiled by Luke)


POST-RACE (Monday and Tuesday)

Vergne penalized for clash with Grosjean
Four into one doesn’t go at Sauber, so who gets the second seat?
Will Sebastian Vettel continue Ferrari’s legacy?
Wolff: Focus on two more clean races for Mercedes
Nico Rosberg has never looked weaker in this title fight
COTA announces more than 237,000 for weekend, 107,000 for race day
Celebrity presence felt throughout weekend at COTA
Buxton’s third annual Big Time Bash raises more than $24,000
Austin year three sees F1 rise to some challenges, face new ones

PRE-RACE (Wednesday and Thursday)

Grosjean reveals Lotus escape clause
Hamilton questions double points fairness
Perez closing on new deal with Force India
Button hit with five-place grid penalty
Alonso speaks of ambitious plan for future
Kaltenborn “beyond frustration” over F1 cost crisis
Hamilton excited by U.S. F1 growth
2014 USGP Preview
MST’s predictions
What does future hold for F1 in the U.S.?
In just three years, why have Austin and F1 gelled?
Has F1 cracked the U.S. market in Austin?
Road to Mercedes teaser
Vergne: Being kept by Toro Rosso a win-win for everybody
Successful COTA Forum proves importance of fan engagement
Haas releases time lapse video
Bianchi remains critical but stable
Vettel and Ricciardo bring F1 to the streets of Austin
Behind the scenes: Hamilton on TODAY Show
VIDEO: Hamilton on TODAY Show
Tune-in: Hamilton on TODAY Show

SUPPORT RACES (Porsche Supercup and Ferrari Challenge)

Bamber wins Porsche Supercup title; Ammermuller, Perez win races
Drama in second-to-last Porsche Supercup race
Ferrari Challenge, Porsche Supercup set for doubleheaders

Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

Lewis Hamilton Bubba Wallace
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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry.

The idea of Hamilton attending the season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).