Off the Grid: Austria features chat with Red Bull’s dynamic duo

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In Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing has perhaps F1’s most dynamic young driver pairing, if not the out-and-out youngest combined pairing on the grid.

As part of Off the Grid: Austria, which premieres on Friday, October 21, at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, NBCSN’s Will Buxton caught up with the pair of them at Red Bull’s home track, and home race – the Austrian Grand Prix from the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria.

Ricciardo is in his sixth overall, fifth full-time and third complete season with Red Bull. Verstappen is in his second year, and the 19-year-old Dutchman was called up from Scuderia Toro Rosso earlier this year to the senior squad, and promptly won on debut in Spain.

It’s an enlightening and fun chat Buxton has with the pair of them, which you can see above. It will air as part of the full show on Friday, a preview of which you can see below.

Indy Lights: Kyle Kirkwood joins Andretti Autosport

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One of the Road to Indy’s most talented young drivers will climb another step up the development system ladder this season.

Kyle Kirkwood, the 2019 Indy Pro 2000 champion, has signed a contract to race for Andretti Autosport in the 2020 Indy Lights season. Kirkwood will drive the No. 28 car for the reigning championship team.

A native of Jupiter, Florida, 21-year-old Kirkwood has been incredibly successful in junior formulas over the last few years. He won the F4 US Championship 2017 and won both the F3 Americas and USF2000 titles in 2018.

Driving for RP Motorsport Racing, Kirkwood won 9 of 16 races in his maiden Indy Pro 2000 season last year, allowing him to win his fourth championship in three years and earn the Road to Indy scholarship.

“We are very excited about the addition of Kyle to our Indy Lights program,” Andretti Autosport CEO and Chairman Michael Andretti said. “We’ve followed Kyle’s career from when he started in 2018 with the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship and have been impressed with his success in every race that led to his Indy Pro 2000 Championship last year. As a championship-caliber team, Kyle displays the desire and talent that we look for in our drivers and are excited to see him hit the track for the 2020 Indy Lights season.”

Kirkwood previously drove for Andretti in a two-day test session at Sebring International Raceway in December. He will make his official debut for the team in the season-opening doubleheader at St. Petersburg on March 14-15.

“I am ecstatic that I can now say I am competing in Indy Lights with Andretti Autosport this season,” Kirkwood said. “They have established a winning program in Indy Lights and we plan on carrying that reputation throughout 2020.

“We are a fantastic match for each other and our Sebring test in December proved that.”

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