Grosjean crashes out on sighter lap before Brazilian GP (VIDEO)

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Romain Grosjean chalked up his second DNS – ‘did not start’ – of the 2016 Formula 1 season in Brazil on Sunday after crashing out during his sighter lap before the race.

Grosjean joined NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas’ new F1 operation, Haas F1 Team, at the start of the year, and has scored all 29 of its points thorugh 2016.

The Frenchman had been due to start seventh on Sunday in Brazil, matching his best grid slot of the year after an impressive run in qualifying at Interlagos.

However, with heavy rain hitting the track in the lead-up to the start, Grosjean got caught out by the conditions on the run to the grid.

Applying power coming up the hill in the final sector, Grosjean spun before sliding into the wall at speed, sustaining damage to the left-rear of his car that meant he was not able to make the start.

“I’m sorry for the fans, the Haas, the team, for everyone. We went from hero to zero in less than 24 hours. I wasn’t even flat out. The car just spun. It’s just bad luck,” Grosjean told NBCSN’s Will Buxton afterwards.

He also called out Pirelli’s extreme wet weather tires, only moments before Kimi Raikkonen’s lurid spin and crash across the front straight that has put the race under red flag.

“It shows the extreme are terrible tires and the inters are faster even though you have to take huge risk,” Grosjean said.

Conor Daly honors friend killed Saturday amid Indianapolis unrest

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IndyCar driver Conor Daly posted a poignant tribute to Chris Beaty, a former Indiana University football player and Indianapolis business owner who was killed Saturday amid protests and rioting in the city.

Daly said he got to know Beaty, who owned an event and marketing promotions company, five years ago when he was organizing Indianapolis 500 afterparties.

Daly annually had been involved in Beaty’s parties since then and said Beaty helped get him home earlier this year when Daly’s blood sugar crashed while at an event.

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“The world lost a tremendous person. RIP Chris Beaty,” wrote Daly, who also tweeted “The violence has to stop.”

According to the Indianapolis Star, Beaty died after suffering multiple gunshot wounds during Saturday night’s unrest in downtown Indianapolis. It’s unclear if the shooting was tied to the protests.

Graham Rahal also posted about his interaction with Beaty.

Daly, Rahal and the rest of the IndyCar Series will return to action Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway (8 p.m. ET, NBC).