Hamilton dedicates Canadian GP victory to Muhammad Ali

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Lewis Hamilton dedicated his win in Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix to Muhammad Ali following the legendary boxer’s death last week at the age of 74.

Hamilton fended off Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to clinch his fifth Formula 1 win in Montreal on Sunday, cutting the gap to Mercedes teammate and drivers’ championship Nico Rosberg leader Nico Rosberg to nine points in the process.

After crossing the line, Hamilton quipped one of Ali’s most famous quotes over the radio while celebrating before dedicating the victory to one of his heroes.

Upon getting out of his car before the podium ceremony, Hamilton did the ‘Ali Shuffle’ before going to celebrate with his Mercedes team.

Hamilton spoke about his performance on the podium with actor Michael Douglas, explaining the poor start that saw him fall behind Vettel before forcing Rosberg wide at the first corner.

“Today I had another really bad start, I’m not quite sure why, I think overheating my clutch,” Hamilton said.

“Sebastian and Nico got quite a good run down to Turn 1, tires were cold, big understeer. I feel very grateful me and Nico didn’t damage anything on our cars.

“Otherwise, after that, I was just trying to chase [Vettel] down. He was so quick out there. The car felt fantastic, I think I got the setup just right with great work from the engineers and mechanics.

“I won my first grand prix here in 2007. This is just such a blessing.”

The result brings Hamilton back into the thick of the title fight, having cut Rosberg’s lead from 43 points to just nine in the space of two races.

“We’re gonna just take it one race at a time. There’s still work to do,” Hamilton said.

“We’re gonna continue to improve this car, there are a lot of races. We need to try and keep on a roll if possible. There’s a long old way to go.

“These guys are getting faster and faster, Ferrari and Red Bull. Collectively as a team we’re just going to keep our head down and keep working.

“I’m just overwhelmed with today. I remember when I was here nine years ago. It feels just as great as back then.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will race IndyCar stars in iRacing at Michigan

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The invite has been received, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. has another iRacing event on his schedule.

The NASCAR on NBC analyst tweeted Wednesday that he will make his debut in the IndyCar iRacing Challenge with Saturday’s race at Michigan Speedway. The race will be shown live on NBCSN at 2:30 p.m. ET Saturday.

The 2-mile oval was chosen by IndyCar drivers as the third track in the six-race series. Earnhardt heartily endorsed Michigan as a potential iRacing venue Monday along with Daytona and Talladega. Michigan nearly was selected by fans as the opener in the iRacing Challenge.

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Earnhardt, a longtime avid iRacing fan, had been lobbying since last Thursday that he was interested in racing with IndyCar drivers.

He has driven in the first three races of the eNASCAR Pro Invitational, finishing second to Denny Hamlin in the opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Last year, he attended his first Indianapolis 500, working as an analyst as part of NBC Sports’ inaugural broadcast of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

“I’d love to do it,” Earnhardt said Monday about joining the IndyCar iRacing Challenge. “I think I’d love to get to know those guys.

“I had such a great time at the Indy 500 last year, and the reception that I received from other drivers there really meant a lot to me. So I know they’re all a lot of great dudes in that series that I already know that I’d love to get to know some of them even better.”

It already has been quite the week for Earnhardt, who was announced Monday as one of 15 nominees for the 2021 NASCAR Hall of Fame.

The field for Saturday’s race at Michigan should include another  NASCAR driver in Jimmie Johnson. The seven-time Cup champion has driven the first two races of the IndyCar iRacing Challenge (and has plans to race IndyCar part time in the future).