We have a busy weekend on tap across the motorsports landscape

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Two weeks ago, Memorial Day, may have been motorsports nirvana for race fans with Monaco, Indy and Charlotte all in a row.

But this week, arguably, is a busier weekend across the board for all the series that aren’t NASCAR… and even the ones that are (check out NASCAR Talk for more on Sprint Cup at Pocono and the Camping World Trucks in Texas this weekend).

Consider we have this on the docket:

  • F1 Canadian Grand Prix. The drama and battle between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg intensifies north of the border, as the Mercedes AMG Petronas teammates continue their quest for victories and the World Championship.
  • IndyCar in Texas. IndyCar’s lone 1.5-mile oval race of the year hasn’t been as exciting in the last two years as it was in 2012, or the years previous. But it will be an important weekend for the series in the second oval race with the new super speedway aero kits, and first with the closed panels on the rear wheel assembly.
  • GRC X Games, also in Texas. It’s a non-points paying event for Red Bull Global Rallycross but it is one of the showcase events for the championship. Scott Speed won Gold last year.
  • Formula E in Moscow. The second-to-last race of the season is an important one from a points standpoint, as Nelson Piquet Jr. and Lucas di Grassi continue their battle for the inaugural series championship.
  • NHRA in New Jersey. Another weekend of racing is on tap for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series in Englishtown.
  • Le Mans scrutineering. The public technical inspection in downtown Le Mans provides fans their best look at the cars and drivers before they head to Circuit de la Sarthe ahead of next week’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.

NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.