DeltaWing maintains solid Road America record with best run of 2015 on Sunday

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It might have been overlooked in the grand scheme of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race on Sunday, but the DeltaWing DWC13 coupe enjoyed its best run of the season after a needed, second straight trouble-free weekend and overall finish of sixth place.

That might not sound like much on paper, but considering the DeltaWing, since 2013, has only finished three races in total (Road America 2013 and 2014, and Road Atlanta 2014, the latter in a car-best fourth place overall) since a changeover of many of its partners, it’s a decent feat.

The DeltaWing finished ninth overall at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in July, eighth in Prototype, surviving early race contact from a Porsche to earn its first finish of the season.

Sunday at Road America, the team picked up where it has left off in the previous two years at the track that seems to suit it best.

A strategic gamble hoping for a yellow put pause to the team’s planned strategy – Katherine Legge needed a late splash of fuel – but Legge and Memo Rojas still ended sixth overall and in Prototype. It matched their result from last year, and was one shy of a fifth place overall (third in LMP1) result in the 2013 American Le Mans Series race, when both Legge and Andy Meyrick led the race overall.

“I’m very happy with the job the entire team did today. We took a gamble with pit stops and it didn’t pay off, but we had to do something different,” Legge said in a team release.

“There wasn’t a yellow when we hoped there would be one late in the race but that’s the way it goes. We were quick compared to what we have been and we finished the race with no issues.

“We’re closer in times now to the top cars so hopefully we can continue this progression forward. We’re relatively buoyed going into the last two races of the season, including our home race at Road Atlanta.”

The result comes as the team is in the midst of planning its program for 2016 and figuring out what to do for 2017 when new global Prototype regulations come into play – more here from Sportscar365 – but it keeps up a good run of form for the team at the picturesque, 4.048-mile road course.

Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry.

The idea of Hamilton attending the season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).