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Indy Lights at Iowa: Qualifying cancelled, race to start by points

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NEWTON, Iowa – Qualifying for the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires at Iowa Speedway has been cancelled due to rain from this morning and track drying, with the goal of trying to get the race started by 2:15 p.m. CT and local time.

The race will be 100 laps, not 115 as originally scheduled.

Due to the cancellation of the session, the grid will line up by points, which will see Ed Jones on pole ahead of Dean Stoneman and Santiago Urrutia – the top three in points, who were all placed on probation after Road America.

The rest of the order: Kyle Kaiser, Felix Serralles, Zach Veach, then Andre Negrao, Shelby Blackstock, Zachary Claman De Melo, Juan Piedrahita, Dalton Kellett, Neil Alberico and Heamin Choi.

Stoneman was fastest in combined practice on Saturday at 163.290 mph in his No. 27 Stellrecht Dallara IL-15 Mazda for Andretti Autosport, ahead of Piedrahita and Jones. Jones led second practice, Stoneman led first practice.

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).