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Mouser Electronics to sponsor Sebastien Bourdais

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The final pieces of several puzzles are coming together in the week prior to the Verizon IndyCar 2016 season opener in St. Petersburg, Florida. Sebastien Bourdais and the KVSH Racing team announced Monday they would partner with Mouser Electronics and Molex LLC for the year.

“We are excited to welcome back both Mouser Electronics and Molex to help us chase the 2016 Verizon IndyCar championship,” said KVSH co-owner James “Sulli” Sullivan.

“Mouser and Molex fuel us with the resources we need to ‘Stay Connected’ to the cutting-edge components world and enable us to stay at the sharp end of the grid within the IndyCar series.”

Mouser Electronics will be on board with Bourdais for his 11th IndyCar season and his third with KVSH Racing. He won twice with this team last year, at Detroit and Milwaukee. In their first season together, Bourdais won at Toronto from the pole and had another pole at Mid-Ohio.

Bourdais wants to reward Mouser Electronics for their belief in the team’s ability to repeat.

“I am excited to have the support of Mouser Electronics and Molex,” Bourdais said. “Both companies have been with KVSH Racing before and enjoyed a lot of success. For them to return is a vote of confidence in what we are doing here. I look forward to bringing them the kind of success they deserve.”

Bourdais hopes that the partnership will be the boost he needs to return to championship form, which his team co-owners think is possible. He won the Champ Car title in four consecutive seasons from 2004 through 2007 before turning his attention to Formula 1. He finished 10th in the IndyCar standings in each of the past two seasons and looks for a good 2016 as a single-car team.

The 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season opens March 11-13 on the St. Petersburg street circuit.

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Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry. Time just published a brief piece by Wallace saluting Hamilton as a trailblazer.

The idea of Hamilton attending the NASCAR season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it would seem right for Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — to spend some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).