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US GP FP3 to go ahead as planned despite torrential rain

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The FIA has confirmed that the final free practice session for the United States Grand Prix will go ahead as planned in spite of heavy rain and flood warnings in Austin.

A series of storms have hit Austin and the surrounding area as part of a weather front stemming from Hurricane Patricia, which hit the west coast of Mexico on Friday.

Heavy rain on Friday caused the second Formula 1 practice session to be cancelled, but conditions have not eased overnight, prompting officials to issue flood warnings and urge against travelling on the roads.

The FIA has monitored the situation throughout the day, offering regular updates on the weather conditions in Austin amid talk of a possible change to the weekend schedule.

COTA confirmed earlier this morning that the gates at the track would remain closed to fans until midday.

However, following a final check of the track at 9:30am CT, race control confirmed that FP3 would go ahead as planned, starting at 10am CT.

Drivers were told that full wet tires must be used until further notice due to the track conditions, but it is likely that there will be cars on track as the result from FP3 could form the grid if qualifying is unable to go ahead.

You can watch FP3 live on Live Extra, or via live stream at f1stream.nbcsports.com.

Indy Lights: Askew clinches 2019 title while VeeKay wins Laguna Seca race 1

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MONTEREY, Calif – Rinus VeeKay may have won the first race of the weekend’s Indy Lights doubleheader at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Saturday afternoon, but all all eyes post-race were all on the driver who finished the race in the fourth position.

That driver was Oliver Askew, who by simply starting the 30-lap event at the famed road course won the 2019 series title, along with the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series scholarship that guarantees a minimum of three races next season.

“It’s all sinking in,” Askew told NBC Sports following the race. “I’m really happy to be part of this team. They’re back to back champions now in Indy Lights, and I feel very fortunate to be driving in this car this year.

“This is what we worked for all year. I’m very happy to be in this position and I can’t wait to celebrate with my team.”

With the championship in Askew’s possession from the get-go, the best VeeKay could do for in race 1 was to win in dominant fashion. He went on to do just so.

After starting the race from the pole position, VeeKay led every lap from start to finish en route to his fifth victory of the season.

“We managed the car well and kept the car consistent throughout the whole race,” VeeKay said. “I got a great car from the team so I want to give a big shout out to them for giving me a winning car.”

Behind VeeKay, Portland race 2 winner Toby Sowery finished the race in the second position, while Robert Megennis finished third.

Live streaming coverage of race two of the Indy Lights doubleheader at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca begins tomorrow afternoon at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold.

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