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Hellmund working on new GP project in North America

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American businessman Tavo Hellmund has revealed to NBCSN that he is working on a new project that will bring another Formula 1 race to North America.

Hellmund was the mastermind behind the formation of the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, and the return of the Mexican Grand Prix at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, which hosts its first F1 race since 1992 this weekend.

Speaking to NBCSN’s Will Buxton on Friday, Hellmund revealed that he is working on some new projects, one of which involves bringing another grand prix to North America.

“We’re looking at a project that’s probably two weeks away from being able to talk about it, then looking also maybe making an investment with a team, but right now, we need to make sure that the Mexican Grand Prix goes well,” he said.

When pressed for where the new race would be, Hellmund said: “It would be North America.”

Hellmund’s comments come less than one week after F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone hinted that a new race in the United States was being worked on, telling Sky Sports that “we’re going to have to go California way” for a second American round.

Hellmund made no secret of his pride when talking about the Mexican Grand Prix’s return to the calendar, particularly with his father hailing from Mexico.

“You know, when the cars first left pit road for FP1, I literally started crying because of my Dad’s history here,” Hellmund said.

“What we had to do in the past 16 months, it was very emotional. It was just a really special moment. This is where the grand prix has always been.

“We looked at doing it in Cancun. Bernie really was keen on that, but when I told him what it would look like here once it was finished with the stadium section, he got excited and I think he’s pleased now.”

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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