AutoZone sponsor double set for Montoya, Cindric in Iowa this weekend

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AutoZone will have an expanded presence at next weekend’s IndyCar and ARCA races at the Iowa Speedway (pictured right on Kevin Harvick’s NASCAR Xfinity car in 2007).

The leading retailer and a leading distributor of automotive parts and accessories will serve as an associate sponsor on Juan Pablo Montoya’s IndyCar for the 13th of 16 Verizon IndyCar Series races this season.

Additionally, AutoZone will serve as the primary sponsor for 16-year-old Austin Cindric in his ARCA Racing Series debut with Cunningham Motorsports on Friday, July 16. Cindric just finished his sophomore year at Cannon School in Concord, N.C.

“I’m very excited to get the opportunity to race in the ARCA Series. Representing AutoZone in my first race is really special,” Cindric said in a release. “I’ve grown up around some of the most respected names in the sport, and I really appreciate all of those who have supported me.”

Valtteri Bottas on Silverstone pole; Nico Hulkenberg a surprising third

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Valtteri Bottas nipped Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in Silverstone qualifying Saturday to maintain the team’s hammerlock on F1 results this season while Nico Hulkenberg was a surprise in third.

Hulkenberg is filling in for Sergio Perez for the second consecutive race while the Racing Point driver recovers from coronavirus.

It’s the best F1 start since 2016 for Hulkenberg, who was left without a full-time ride after the 2019 season. He finished 20th at Silverstone last week when an engine problem on the grid prevented him ftaking the green.

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“The last seven to eight days have been crazy,” Hulkenberg said after qualifying. “This weekend I felt much better prepared. Q3 was just head down, full beans, and give it whatever I had.

“I’m a bit surprised to be standing here, but there’s a big smile on my face.”

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen qualified fourth and will be among the field trying to derail the Mercedes duo that has won the first four races of an F1 season delayed because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Feels good,” Bottas said after nipping Hamilton by a few hundredths of a second on his final lap for his 13th career pole position. ” I just love qualifying especially, when it goes well. Proud to drive this car. The race pace is there, so our first job is to get a good start off the line tomorrow and go from there.”

The impressive lap came two days after Bottas, who won the season opener in Austria, announced a one-year contract extension with the team.

Mercedes also is set to begin negotiating a new deal with Hamilton, who has won the past three races in F1 but was disappointed Saturday.

“Valtteri did a great job, but for me, it wasn’t a perfect last lap,” he said. “I don’t think many teams will be doing a one-stop race tomorrow so let’s wait and see how things turn out.”