Austin Cindric adds ARCA at Iowa to his diverse racing portfolio

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Austin Cindric will add a start in the ARCA Series next weekend at Iowa Speedway to his already diverse racing portfolio, with Cunningham Motorsports.

The 16-year-old son of Team Penske president Tim Cindric adds the July 17 stock car race to his schedule this season, which is packed between the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge in one of Multimatic Motorsports’ new Ford Shelby GT350R-Cs and the Red Bull Global Rallycross GRC Lites series.

“It will be great to work with an experienced ARCA team like Cunningham Motorsports and I’m really excited to have the opportunity to race a stock car for the first time,” Cindric said in a release.

“Iowa Speedway is one of the most challenging short ovals in the country. I have a lot to learn and I really appreciate how much effort it has taken, by so many people, to make this happen.”

Cindric races at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park this weekend in the Continental Tire Challenge race before heading to Iowa for ARCA the next weekend, then onto Detroit for the next GRC Lites weekend at the end of the month.

Valtteri Bottas wins chaotic season-opening F1 Austrian Grand Prix

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SPIELBERG, Austria — Valtteri Bottas won a chaotic season-opening F1 Austrian Grand Prix while six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton finished fourth after getting a late time penalty Sunday.

The Formula One race was interrupted three times by a safety car, and nine of 20 drivers abandoned, including both Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon – who tried to overtake Hamilton on the outside with 10 laps left, touched wheels and flew off track.

Hamilton was given a 5-second time penalty for causing the collision, having earlier been hit with a three-place grid penalty after an incident in Saturday’s qualifying was reviewed by stewards.

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Bottas led all 71 laps in the eighth victory of his career. It was the second consecutive victory in the season opener for the Finn, though he won four months earlier in 2019 after this season’s start was delayed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Lando Norris of McLaren F1 celebrates after his first podium finish (Mark Thompson/Getty Images).

Bottas started from pole position and Hamilton from fifth, but it looked like a straight fight between the two Mercedes drivers as has been the case so often in recent years.

But late drama in Spielberg ensured otherwise and Hamilton’s time penalty meant Charles Leclerc took second place for Ferrari, and Lando Norris sent McLaren’s garage into raptures – and threw all social distancing rules out of the window amid the euphoria – with third place.

It was the 20-year-old British driver’s first career podium, and his superb final lap was the fastest of a dramatic season opener.

Norris became the youngest British driver to secure a podium finish and the third-youngest ever in Formula One.

Valtteri Bottas leads Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton during the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria (Mark Thompson/Getty Images).