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Gelael handed four FP1 runs with Toro Rosso including USGP

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Formula 2 driver Sean Gelael will continue his Formula 1 development with Toro Rosso by taking part in four practice sessions at grands prix between now and the end of the season.

Gelael, 20, got his first taste of F1 machinery back in April at the post-Bahrain Grand Prix test, filling Toro Rosso’s young driver allocation.

The Indonesian appeared once again in last month’s running at the Hungaroring, and will next feature in opening practice for the Singapore Grand Prix on September 15.

Gelael will also get to sample the STR12 car on a grand prix weekend at Sepang in Malaysia, the Circuit of The Americas ahead of the United States Grand Prix, and finally in Mexico one week later.

“What an amazing opportunity! I want to thank everyone who made this possible and most importantly for the belief they have shown in me,” Gelael said.

“It is an honor to be driving in Formula 1, starting in Singapore and Malaysia, two venues that are so close to my home country, Indonesia.

“I will use the opportunity to absorb like a sponge everything I can and learn as much as possible. I hope I can do a good job for Scuderia Toro Rosso and provide the team with good data from these important first sessions.”

Geleael¬†made his debut in the F2 category in 2015 when it was GP2, claiming four points finishes during that period, the highlight being a run to P2 in last year’s Austria feature race.

Ka-boom! NHRA Funny Car driver Cruz Pedregon blows up brand new car body

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Former NHRA Funny Car champ Cruz Pedregon was a happy man coming into Friday’s qualifying for this weekend’s Dodge NHRA Mile-High Nationals in Morrison, Colorado (a suburb of Denver).

The reason Pedregon was feeling good was he had a brand new Toyota Camry body atop his Funny Car chassis. It was state of the art, it looked fast and it was prepared to run fast.

And everything really looked good as soon as Pedregon hit the gas in his qualifying run vs. Tim Wilkerson.

Well, for a few seconds, that is.

As the two drivers hurtled down the 1,000-foot drag strip, Pedregon’s brand new body was destroyed in a massive explosion.

Fortunately, Pedregon was uninjured.

Check out the big ka-boom: