America’s hopes: Reflecting on U.S. past (history), present (Rossi), future (Haas F1)

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Here’s three features from the United States Grand Prix pre-show on Sunday.

First up is a historical narrative from Sam Posey, reflecting on U.S. past dating back to the late 1950s and early 1960s (see above).

We come next to Alexander Rossi, who’s now made his first three Grands Prix starts with Manor F1 Team, in the Manor Marussia Ferrari. Rossi has recorded his best finish yet, of 12th, this past Sunday on home soil.

Lastly we look ahead to the debut of Haas F1 Team, the first American-entered F1 entrant in 30 years, when it takes the grid in 2016. NBC’s Steve Matchett sits down with Gene Haas, and team principal Guenther Steiner, to hit various topics as the team continues its preparations for its debut.

Report: Spencer Pigot out at Ed Carpenter Racing

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Spencer Pigot will not return to Ed Carpenter Racing in 2020, according to a story Thursday by

The 26-year-old Floridian, who won the 2015 Indy Lights championship, is expected to be replaced in the No. 21 Chevrolet by 2019 Indy Lights runner-up Rinus VeeKay.

“I’m appreciative of the opportunity ECR gave me,” Pigot told “I understand the reasons they had to go in a different direction, and wish them all the best.”

In 56 NTT IndyCar Series starts, Pigot has 15 top 10 finishes, with a best finish of second at Iowa in 2018. He finished 14th in the 2019 point standings.

VeeKay, who tested in an Indy car twice for ECR in 2019, has six wins in 18 Indy Lights starts, including a weekend sweep of the final two rounds of the season at Laguna Seca in September.

A representative from ECR told NBC Sports Thursday that the team currently could not comment on any driver rumors as the team currently does not have any drivers under contract for the 2020 season, although it is presumed that owner/driver Carpenter will return to the No. 20 entry for the oval rounds.

NBC Sports will provide updates on the story once more information becomes available.