Filippi elated after first oval test, calling it “like a roller coaster x 10”

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Luca Filippi felt elated following his first IndyCar oval test with CFH Racing at Iowa Speedway this week, saying that it was “like a roller coaster x 10”.

Filippi made his IndyCar debut during 2013 and has appeared in a number of street and road course races, claiming his best finish at the Honda Indy Toronto last month when he finished second.

However, the Italian is now looking to add some oval experience to his repertoire, taking part in his first test at Iowa in the no. 20 CFH Racing car this week.

Taking to Twitter on Friday, Filippi thanked team owners Sarah Fisher and Ed Carpenter for giving him the opportunity and expressed his respect for oval racers.

Filippi was joined in Iowa by Matthew Brabham, who got behind the wheel of the no. 27 Andretti Autosport car.

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.