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Alex Lynn to make FIA WEC debut at Fuji with Manor

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Alex Lynn will make his debut in the FIA World Endurance Championship at Fuji Speedway next month after being named in Manor’s line-up for its No. 45 entry.

2014 GP3 champion Lynn is currently racing in his second year of GP2 with DAMS and plans to exit the series at the end of the season.

The Briton is in the race for a Formula 1 drive with Williams, having worked as its development driver through 2015 and 2016, and was also a contender for a seat in Formula E with Jaguar before losing out to Mitch Evans.

Lynn previously tested a Toyota LMP1 car at the end of last season in Bahrain, but will now get his first taste of a WEC race weekend with Manor.

Manor had planned to only enter one car to the final flyaway rounds of the 2016 WEC season, but has decided to bring the No. 45 Oreca Nissan back for Fuji.

Lynn will be joined in the car by regular Manor driver Tor Graves and ex-F1 and CART driver Shinji Nakano, who last raced in the WEC in 2013 at Fuji.

The other big news in LMP2 is that Will Stevens (formerly of Manor in both F1 and WEC) will return to WEC with G-Drive Racing in place of Rene Rast, who faces a clash with DTM. Stevens raced for G-Drive at Le Mans earlier this year.

The 6 Hours of Fuji takes place on October 16. You can see the complete entry list here.

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).