F1: Russian GP will remain a daytime race in 2015

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The Russian Grand Prix will not be going under the lights for its second running later this year.

Leading up to last year’s inaugural race in Sochi, it was reported that race promoters were pushing to move their event from a total daytime setting to a twilight, day-into-night setting.

But it has been confirmed by the promoters that the event will stay in the day and also have an earlier start time of 2 p.m. local time (6 a.m. ET in the United States).

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Posted by Sochi Autodrom on Friday, January 16, 2015

Eventual World Champion Lewis Hamilton won last year’s race, which took place on a street circuit devised around the landmarks of the Sochi Olympic Park. Hamilton’s Mercedes team also clinched the constructor’s title in the same race.

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.