Paul Tracy finally drinks milk in victory lane at Indy, another Unser wins too

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NBCSN IndyCar analyst and 2002 Indy 500 runner-up Paul Tracy finally earned what he’s sought his entire racing life: he drank from a bottle of celebratory and victorious milk in Victory Circle at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

During this past weekend’s Sportscar Vintage Racing Association’s Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, Tracy won top honors in the “B Production” class in a 1965 Ford Mustang GT 350.

“For me, it’s a joy to be here and to run here, and to finally go up on top of that podium is obviously a great feeling, and to hold a bottle of milk – that’s the one thing I didn’t get to do in my career that I felt I should have done,” Tracy said. “To be able to do it today with this group of guys, it was a hoot.”

Tracy also provided one of the event highlights when he put a winner’s wreath around legendary IMS historian Donald Davidson on the podium. Indianapolis Star photographer Matt Kryger captured the moment below.

Another highlight of the event was a fourth member of the famous Unser racing family can now proudly say he’s also an Indianapolis Motor Speedway champion.

Robby Unser, son of three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Unser, drove a 1965 Cobra CompR to victory with teammate Andre Ahrle in the Indy Legends Pro-Am, the marquee event of the four-day Sportscar Vintage Racing Association’s Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational.

“You have no idea how much it means to be on this podium,” Robby Unser said in a media release.

Robby Unser is also the nephew of four-time Indy 500 winner Al Unser and the cousin of two-time 500 winner Al Unser Jr.

Robby Unser and Ahrle won first place overall and in the “A Production” class. Seven-time Indy 500 starter Richie Hearn and teammate Clair Schwendeman finished second, followed by Al Unser Jr. and Peter Klutt.

“This SVRA event is a fantastic event and we love it,” Unser Jr. said.

Other notables that competed in the SVRA weekend included 11-time Indy 500 starter Davey Hamilton, A.J. Foyt IV, Roberto Guerrero, Lyn St. James, Davy Jones, Willy T. Ribbs, Bill Elliott and Ray Evernham.

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X44 Racing win 2022 Extreme E championship as Abt Cupra score first race victory

2022 Extreme E Uruguay
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Abt Cupra Racing’s Nasser Al-Attiyah and Klara Andersson scored their first win in the Extreme E Energy X Prix in the 2022 finale in Uruguay as Lewis Hamilton’s X44 Vida Carbon Racing drivers Sebastien Loeb and Cristina Gutierrez survived a chaotic finale to edge the 2021 champion Rosberg X Prix team of Johan Kristoffersson and Mikhaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky, by two points.

“There are so many emotions,” Andersson said in Extreme E’s coverage. “I’ve been waiting for this for so long. In my second race, first full weekend to be at the top of the podium: it’s big.”

Andersson was behind the wheel at the finish.

Rosberg Racing entered the event with a 17-point advantage over X44, but the standings were close enough that four teams remained in contention in Round 5.

“It’s a crucial weekend for us,” Loeb said in Extreme E’s coverage prior to the race. “We are not in the best position to win the championship, but the only thing we can do is try to win the race and score as many points as possible.”

The top two title contenders each crashed in qualification and were relegated to the Crazy Race, Extreme E’s version of the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). For the moment, they had the steepest hill to climb, but then the other two championship contending teams, Chip Ganassi Racing and Acciona Sainz Racing failed to advance from their heats.

Only one team advances from the Crazy Race, so the X44 drivers were in a must-win situation to simply keep hope alive.

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Ahlin-Kottulinsky and Gutierrez ran wheel to wheel into the first turn at the start of the LCQ.

The Rosberg racer experienced crash damage in that turn that damaged her front steering, but managed to limp back to the pits at the end of her two-lap stint. The team attempted to fix the steering, but incurred a penalty for having too many mechanics in the pit area.

Meanwhile, Gutierrez took the early lead, but knew she would need to sit through a five-second penalty for an incident earlier in the weekend. The female half of the gender equal pair erased the penalty by entering the Switch Zone with a five-second lead before turning the car over to Loeb.

That was all the nine-time World Rally Championship titlist needed to give him the advantage needed to win the Crazy Race.

But the championship was not over yet. X44 Racing needed to finish third or better in the five-car finale to earn enough points for the title and after advancing from the LCQ, they were forced to take the worst grid position.

A chaotic start to the Finale saw Loeb run as high the lead and low as fourth after getting pushed off course during his first lap. And that is how he entered to Switch Zone.

On her first lap, Gutierrez slammed into Molly Taylor. With one lap remaining, X44 and Gutierrez were still in fourth and the title hope was quickly evaporating, but it was announced halfway through the lap that the third-running Andretti United team would suffer a penalty for a Switch Zone infraction. The seven-second deduction for Timmy Hansen braking too late in the zone made the difference in the title.

Coming off a disappointing Copper X Prix when Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour crossed under the checkers first, but were relegated to fifth by penalty, the McLaren pair scored their first podium of the season in second.