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Magnussen ends Renault’s points drought with P10 after ‘perfect’ race

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Kevin Magnussen ended Renault’s Formula 1 points drought dating back to May’s Russian Grand Prix after enjoying a “perfect” race en route to 10th place in Singapore.

Magnussen started 15th on the grid at Marina Bay, but capitalized on a crash at the start to move into the top 10.

From there, the Dane found himself battling with Carlos Sainz Jr. and Esteban Gutierrez for the final point on offer in Singapore, eventually finishing as the last driver on the lead lap.

The point for P10 takes Magnussen and Renault’s haul for the season up to seven points, having scored the other six in Russia on May 1.

“I’m very happy for the whole team as this must be a boost for all of us,” Magnussen said.

“It’s been a very demanding season as we all want to score points at every race, but that’s not been possible.

“Nevertheless we all keep fighting and a result like today shows why we fight and why we never give up.

“The team nailed it with the strategy, with the start and with the balance of the car.

“To drive a race like this and not to win it, it feels strange because for me it felt perfect.”

Magnussen’s teammate Jolyon Palmer finished down in 15th place, but put took heart from the Dane’s charge into the points.

“That was a tough race and we didn’t have any breaks come our way,” Palmer said.

“I lost out with the shenanigans at the start and probably collected some debris as I had an early slow puncture too.

“We pitted pretty early and this meant we had to run for longer subsequent stints which meant nursing the tires more than if we’d run the more balanced stint length planned.

“I lost a lot of time behind the Manors but it wasn’t possible to pass them on this track.

“The positive from today is we’ve seen that there’s still scope to get points if everything goes your way. That’s what I’m gunning for in Sepang.”

Chip Ganassi to be honored in Petersen Museum exhibit

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This Saturday, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles will debut a new exhibit honoring one of the most successful teams in American motorsports.

Titled “Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute,” the exhibit will display several significant cars, trophies, and other artifacts from CGR’s storied racing history. Ganassi will formally be honored April 15, 2020 at the Petersen’s Annual Racers Night before the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Dario Franchitti’s 2010 Dallara IR-05. Photo Kahn Media

Vehicles displayed in the exhibit will include the 1983 Patrick Wildcat MK9B raced by Chip Ganassi to his best finish in the Indianapolis 500, the Lexus-powered Riley MK X1 raced by Scott Dixon in the 2006 24 Hours of Daytona, the Dallara IR-05 driven to victory by Dario Franchitti in the 2010 Indianapolis 500, the Ford GT that finished first in the LM GTE category at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by Kurt Busch in the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series.

“Chip Ganassi is an influential member of the automotive community, and his team’s penchant for success is a reflection of his raw skill and passion for the sport,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Complemented by a visually dynamic and compelling 180-degree video, ‘Chip Ganassi Racing’ will celebrate the team’s victories and tell its story while taking visitors on a trip down memory lane.” 

“Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute” will run through January 31, 2021. The museum will host a ticketed opening reception on December 13. More information on the Petersen Museum can be found at www.petersen.org.

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