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Ex-F1 driver Jaime Alguersuari retires from racing

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Former Formula 1 and Formula E driver Jaime Alguersuari has announced his retirement from motorsport at the age of 25.

Alguersuari made his F1 debut in 2009 with Scuderia Toro Rosso after rising through the Red Bull junior programme, but was dropped by the team at the end of 2011 aged just 21.

The Spaniard most recently raced in Formula E with Virgin Racing, making his last appearance at the Moscow ePrix in June before missing the double-header finale in London due to a medical concern.

At a press conference in Madrid, Alguersuari announced his retirement from racing, claiming that his heart no longer belonged to motorsport.

“I decided to stop because it is time for a change,” Alguersuari said. “Something inside me tells me it’s time to take a new path, because I think I lost the love of this girlfriend who accompanied me all these years.

“It is not a sad day. Now what makes me happy is music, making music. The best thing that happened to me in my life was being thrown out of F1. With F1, I carried frustration, trauma.”

Alguersuari is the second young driver in the space of a few weeks to announce his retirement from racing, following GP2 driver Johnny Cecotto Jr.’s announcement at the age of 26.

Rolex 24 update: Scott Dixon leads eight hours in

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We’re just past the eight hour mark in the 2020 edition of the Rolex 24, and darkness has descended over the Daytona International Speedway.

Scott Dixon is the current overall leader, while Harry Tincknell runs in the second position.

As of 10:15 pm ET, the leaders are:

DPi:

  1. No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing, Cadillac DPi, Scott Dixon
  2. No. 55 Mazda Team Joest, Mazda DPi, Harry Tincknell
  3. No. 31 Whelen Engineering Racing, Cadillac DPi, Felipe Nasr

LMP2:

  1. No. 81 Dragonspeed USA, ORECA LMP2 07, Ben Hanley
  2. No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports, ORECA LMP2 07, Simon Trummer
  3. No. 8 Tower MotorSport by Starworks, ORECA LMP2 07, David Heinemeier Hansson

GTLM:

  1. No. 912 Porsche GT Team, Porsche 911 RSR-19, Earl Bamber
  2. No. 24 BMW Rahal Letterman Lanigan, BMW M8 GTE, Augusto Farfus
  3. No. 911 Porsche GT Team, Porsche 911 RSR-19, Fred Makowiecki

GTD:

  1. No. 48 Paul Miller Racing, Lamborghini Huracan GT3, Madison Snow
  2. No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports, Porsche 911 GT3 R, Zacharie Robichon
  3. No. 12 AIM Vasser Sullivan, Lexus RC F GT3, Frankie Montecalvo

Live coverage of the Rolex 24 at Daytona will return to NBCSN at 11 p.m. ET. Fans can also watch all remaining coverage on NBC Sports Gold’s Trackpass.