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Villeneuve forced to miss Punta del Este ePrix due to crash damage

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Jacques Villeneuve will miss the third round of the FIA Formula E season in Punta del Este, Uruguay on Saturday due to crash damage sustained during qualifying.

Villeneuve crashed out during the final heat of qualifying at the penultimate, causing damage to his Venturi that left the team with a rapid repair job to complete ahead of the race.

Villeneuve had been due to start 18th in Punta del Este after failing to set a time in qualifying, but will not start the race due to the damage sustained in the shunt. Venturi did confirm that Villeneuve was unharmed in the accident.

Former CART and F1 champion Villeneuve confirmed back in August he would be entering Formula E from the second season, but has struggled to make much of an impact thus far, finishing 14th in Beijing and 11th in Putrajaya.

Jerome d’Ambrosio will start the race in Uruguay from pole position after topping the timesheets in qualifying earlier today, heading up an all-Dragon front row.

NBCSN will present ‘Race and Sports in America: Conversations’ Monday

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With motor racing reckoning with its own issues of diversity and equality, “Race and Sports in America: Conversations” will tackle the topics of social justice with several athletes. The show will air at 8 p.m. ET Monday, July 13 on NBCSN, Golf Channel, Olympic channel and on regional sports networks.

The roundtable discussions will be hosted by Damon Hack and feature Charles Barkley, Steph Curry, Jimmy Rollins and Ozzie Smith in one segment. The other segment will include Kyle Rudolph, Anthony Lynn, Troy Mullins and James Blake.

Race has been a major topic in motorsports this year.

NASCAR banned the Confederate flag at its race after lobbying by Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in the premier Cup Series. In Formula One, six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton has joined Black Lives Matter marches in London and also formed a panel on diversity. The lone Black driver in F1 also led 14 of 20 drivers taking a knee before the season opener in Austria.