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Romain Grosjean enters Andros Trophy ice-racing event in France

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Haas Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean will appear in the third round of the Andros Trophy ice-racing championship in France next weekend.

The Andros Trophy is the French national ice-racing series that runs in December and January, welcoming a number of well-known racing names including Olivier Panis and Benoit Treluyer.

Grosjean has raced and won in the Andros Trophy before, making his latest appearance in 2014 when he finished on the podium at the Alpe d’Huez ski resort.

Grosjean will return to Alpe d’Huez next weekend with DA Racing, partnering reigning champion Jean-Baptiste Dubourg.

“I’m racing in the Andros Trophy for two reasons,” Grosjean said.

“The first, it is a real pleasure to be able to drive Silhouettes [cars with] four wheel drive and steering on the ice, it is simply pure happiness!

“Then, it is for me the ideal opportunity to meet the Dubourg family and share our common passions as well as the friendship that binds us.

“They always remain unforgettable moments. It’s a real chance to get everything together. ”

“Obviously, we all aim for the best result, but it has been two years since I last raced on the ice with the DA Racing and it is never easy to fight against the specialists of the Trophy.

“Seeing the performance of DA Racing, who won the Andros Trophy with ‘JB’ Dubourg, I know that I can count on the best team and I will take advantage of their advice to score a good result.”

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).