Graeme Lowdon, John Booth resign from Manor

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Graeme Lowdon and John Booth will leave Manor Marussia Formula 1 Team at the end of the 2015 season after tendering their resignations.

Following the collapse of the old Marussia F1 Team at the end of 2014, sporting director Lowdon and team principal Booth were instrumental in getting the operation on its feet once again and eventually back on the grid for this season.

However, both lynchpins are now poised to leave Manor at the end of the season, after resigning from their roles, as confirmed by sources to NBC Sports.

Lowdon and Booth have become disillusioned with the running of Manor by British businessman and owner Stephen Fitzpatrick, whose investment allowed the team to get back onto the grid in 2015.

The team has gone from strength-to-strength in 2015, going from a blank car and race suits in Melbourne to the arrival of new sponsors, plus technical deals with Mercedes and Williams for 2016.

Manor is also the only team with any seats remaining for 2016, which have been subject to a great deal of interest from a number of drivers who could bring finance to the backmarker outfit.

However, the loss of Lowdon and Booth – who have both been with Manor since it debuted in F1 as Virgin Racing back in 2010 – will raise serious concerns about the long-term future of the team, particularly with Fitzpatrick’s leadership triggering their resignations.

Travis Pastrana leads flag-to-flag in Nitro Rallycross as the series returns to America

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Travis Pastrana waited until the final trip around ERX Motor Park to take his Joker Lap – a longer way around the course that all drivers must do at least once in a race – and came out cleanly to win his first Nitro Rallycross race of 2022. With this win, Pastrana is the third driver to visit Victory Lane in the first three rounds of the 2022-23 season.

“This is the closest to a motocross track,” Pastrana told Katie Osborne on Peacock. “Thank you so much for a beautiful facility. It’s been a rough start to the season and I’m so thankful to be back out here. We had a good run in the side-by-side and now for this. This is much needed.”

Another thing needed was the sense of improvement. And Pastrana earned that affirmation each time he completed a lap around the course.

“I get my lap times read out and they said ‘fastest time of the week,’ ‘fastest time of the week’ (each time around) ” Pastrana said. “This is really special. We’re a long way behind in the championship, but welcome to America.”

In a pre-race press conference, Pastrana said that as Nitro Rallycross heads back to America, it was time for an American to win and he made good on his promise. Pastrana took the early lead over Robin Larsson and let the back of his Subaru hang out, taking risks he might not otherwise take if not for his need to win.

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Larsson’s second-place finish completed a perfect sweep of the podium in three rounds. In fact, he has not yet finished worse than second after winning the opening round at Lydden Hill in the United Kingdom and finishing second at Strangnas in Sweeden.

Fraser McConnel rounded out the podium for his best result of the season. He finished fourth in each of the first two rounds.

Last year, Pastrana finished second in this race to Scott Speed before narrowly edging his teammate for the championship.

Andreas Bakkerud crashed in prelims, but rebounded to finish just off the block in fourth. Bakkerud won the second round ahead of his teammate Larsson.

Oliver Bennett completed the top five.

Minneapolis is the first of three rounds scheduled in the United States. Next on the schedule is Glen Helen, Calif. on Octo 30 and then Phoenix at Wild Horse Pass on November 12th. Nitro Rallycross will then head to Saudi Arabia in December to continue their 2022-23 season.