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Robin Frijns to make IndyCar test debut with Andretti at Mid-Ohio

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Robin Frijns starred most of the year in the FIA Formula E Championship with Andretti Autosport and had been rumored as a possibility for an IndyCar drive earlier this year.

He’ll have his first crack at it later this month at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, on July 21 as part of a rookie test day that also features Indy Lights drivers from either 2015 or 2016.

The MS Amlin Andretti FE team confirmed the news on Thursday. Frijns will be retained for that program into season three.

The young Dutchman finished 12th in this year’s Formula E standings but that didn’t bely his pace or aptitude; poor luck cost him more results. His best result was third at Putrajaya, Malaysia.

Over the London ePrix weekend, Frijns remained coy about his IndyCar chances, but said he would be up for racing anything.

“I would do anything. I love driving cars,” Frijns told NBC Sports.

“Ovals are a different story, I never drove an oval before in my life. I know it’s not easy.

“I know some drivers like Daly and Rossi, I raced against them. We talked a few times and they said that ovals aren’t the easiest thing.

“But yeah, I want to try it for sure.”

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.

The idea of Hamilton attending the 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 only would be fitting if 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 — spent 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).