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Lowndes, Richards conquer Mount Panorama for Bathurst 1000 win

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Craig Lowndes has captured his sixth career win at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, co-driving to victory Sunday with Steven Richards in the No. 888 Red Bull Team Australia Holden in the marquee event of the Australian V8 Supercars season. It’s Richards’ fourth win at Bathurst, as well.

Lowndes held off Ford’s Mark Winterbottom – the championship leader – in the final stages of the 161-lap, 1000-kilometer race that ran over six hours on historic Mount Panorama.

Both cars started poorly – the No. 888 car started 15th while Winterbottom and Steve Owen’s No. 5 Pepsi Max Crew Ford was 14th – but over the course of the race they moved forward.

The climax to the race came when the second Red Bull Holden, driven by Jamie Whincup, didn’t pit under the final safety car period and was ultimately issued a drive-through penalty for improper safety car procedure (passing the pace car). Whincup and Paul Dumbrell dropped to 18th overall and last on the lead lap as a result.

Once Lowndes was into the lead late, he held on to the finish.

There were a couple accidents of note. DJR Team Penske’s Scott Pye had a heavy one late in the race.

Additionally, the all-female lineup of Renee Gracie and Simona de Silvestro still made the finish in 21st following a first-hour shunt by Gracie, as she appeared to lose control over some oil on track.

The usually unflappable de Silvestro did not appear amused at the incident (see below).

Conor Daly honors friend killed Saturday amid Indianapolis unrest

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IndyCar driver Conor Daly posted a poignant tribute to Chris Beaty, a former Indiana University football player and Indianapolis business owner who was killed Saturday amid protests and rioting in the city.

Daly said he got to know Beaty, who owned an event and marketing promotions company, five years ago when he was organizing Indianapolis 500 afterparties.

Daly annually had been involved in Beaty’s parties since then and said Beaty helped get him home earlier this year when Daly’s blood sugar crashed while at an event.

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“The world lost a tremendous person. RIP Chris Beaty,” wrote Daly, who also tweeted “The violence has to stop.”

According to the Indianapolis Star, Beaty died after suffering multiple gunshot wounds during Saturday night’s unrest in downtown Indianapolis. It’s unclear if the shooting was tied to the protests.

Graham Rahal also posted about his interaction with Beaty.

Daly, Rahal and the rest of the IndyCar Series will return to action Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway (8 p.m. ET, NBC).