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Felipe Massa set for Formula E test with Jaguar

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Panasonic Jaguar Racing has confirmed that Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa will enjoy a Formula E test amid suggestions that the Brazilian could move into the series in the future.

Massa, 35, had been due to retire from F1 at the end of 2016 and expressed an interest in moving into Formula E before agreeing to race for another year with Williams.

However, Massa appears to be planning for life after F1 after it was confirmed on Friday that he would be testing the Jaguar I-Type Formule E car.

“Panasonic Jaguar Racing received a request from Formula E to give Felipe Massa the chance to experience a Formula E car,” a spokesperson from Jaguar told NBC Sports.

“We are happy to provide this opportunity.”

Massa has a one-year deal with Williams after being drafted in as a replacement following Valtteri Bottas’ exit from the team, taking Nico Rosberg’s vacant Mercedes seat.

While Massa remains tied up in F1 until at least the end of November, Formula E’s fourth season is expected to start in December 2017, creating the possibility for the ex-Ferrari racer to move into the championship at that point.

Jaguar currently fields Adam Carroll and Mitch Evans in Formula E, having made its debut in the all-electric championship with a factory team at the start of October.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.