Pau GP set to welcome Formula E show run this weekend

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The legendary Pau Grand Prix Formula 3 event will get a taste of the future this weekend as two cars from the FIA Formula E series grace the streets of the French circuit.

Pau first played host to a grand prix back in 1933, and has been a race for a variety of different specification cars including Formula 1 (non-championship events), F2, WTCC and International F3000.

In recent years, it has become one of the most prestigious events on the F3 circuit, joining the calendar for the FIA F3 European Championship back in 2012.

However, it will play host to two Formula E cars this weekend as Jerome d’Ambrosio, Mike Parisy and Esteban Ocon complete show-runs for the fans that have made it down to the circuit in the south of France.

It will create a three-weekend run of Formula E action for d’Ambrosio, who finished fourth at the inaugural Monaco ePrix last Saturday. The Frenchman will return to racing at the Berlin ePrix on May 23.

Ocon will step into the car fresh from his first run in a 2015-spec F1 car in Barcelona on Wednesday, when he replaced Pascal Wehrlein at Force India for a test day after the German came down with illness.

In qualifying at Pau, British youngster Jake Dennis secured pole position for all three races on Friday. However, it will only be the winner of Sunday’s race that is officially regarded as the winner of the Pau Grand Prix and will join an illustrious list of victors that includes Lewis Hamilton, Romain Grosjean, Juan Pablo Montoya, Jackie Stewart, Jack Brabham and Jim Clark.

Karam, Daly get IndyCar rides with Carlin for Iowa

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NEWTON, Iowa – Sage Karam returns for the second-straight race and Conor Daly is back for another race with Carlin Racing at this weekend’s Iowa 300 NTT IndyCar Series race at Iowa Speedway.

For Karam, it’s his third start of the 2019 season and his second straight with Carlin. In his five starts at Iowa Speedway dating back to 2010, Karam has never finished outside of the top three, recording four wins (USF2000 – 2010, Indy Pro 2000 – 2011 and 2012, Indy Lights – 2013) and scoring his first NTT IndyCar Series podium in 2015 with a third-place finish.

“I’m really excited to be back again this weekend with Carlin and SmartStop Self Storage for the Iowa 300. Iowa Speedway has always been a good track for me in the past, so I’m really looking forward to getting back to work there,” Karam said. “Coming off of a very productive weekend in Toronto, I’m looking forward to applying everything I’ve learned and continuing to work with the team to get the best results possible. A huge thank you to everyone at Carlin and SmartStop Self Storage for a great opportunity to race at one of my favorite tracks.”

Daly is back in a second Carlin entry. Earlier this year, the popular driver finished 11th for Carlin in the DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 8. At Iowa, he will drive the team’s No. 23 Gallagher Chevrolet.

Daly finished 10th in the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge for Andretti Autosport.

Daly raced at Iowa in 2016 for Dale Coyne Racing (finishing 21st) and in 2017 for A.J. Foyt Racing (finishing 19th).

The combination gives Carlin two more drivers to gather additional feedback on the car. Max Chilton remains the team’s primary driver but announced recently that he will forego all oval races to concentrate on street and road courses.

That created opportunities for Karam and Daly.

“We were very impressed with Sage’s steady progression throughout the Toronto race weekend and his willingness to learn and adapt,” said Carlin Team Principal Trevor Carlin. “The fact that he hadn’t been on a street course since 2015 and was still able to come right out of the gate confident and constantly improving every session was extremely impressive.

“The SmartStop Self Storage Chevrolet looked great out on track and their group has been a pleasure to work with, so we couldn’t be more pleased to have them back this weekend in Iowa. Sage has done really well in Iowa in the past, so hopefully we can use his experience and our past success at Iowa Speedway to come away with a good result for the team and our partners at SmartStop Self Storage.”

The Iowa 300 at Iowa Speedway will take place on Saturday, July 20th at 7:15 pm ET and will be televised on NBCSN.