Brabham gets second straight last-minute Andretti FE call-up

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Andretti Formula E reserve driver Matthew Brabham will make his second straight start in this weekend’s race at Punta del Este, Uruguay.

Like at Malaysia last round, Brabham is getting the call-up to a race seat last minute.

Brabham deputized for Charles Pic there, and he’ll substitute for Pic’s French countryman Franck Montagny this weekend. Montagny tweeted Friday he is not feeling well.

Surprisingly, this makes Brabham the senior driver in the team this weekend. Jean-Eric Vergne makes his FE debut this weekend, in a move announced earlier this week.

Vergne had been due to drive the No. 28 but will now drive the No. 27, Montagny’s car, instead. Brabham will again be in the No. 28.

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.