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F1 Paddock Pass: United States Grand Prix (VIDEO)

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Y’all better gather ’round because the NBC Sports Group original digital series, Paddock Pass, is coming along with Formula 1 to Circuit of The Americas for the United States Grand Prix in Austin.

Yes, we acknowledge speaking Texan is an unfortunate but necessary task you have to do in at least one post over the course of the weekend.

The latest edition of the digital only series from the lone U.S. round on the calendar has a bevy of topics to look into as NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton takes you inside the COTA paddock.

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes are closing in on their fourth World Championships, Fernando Alonso has at long last confirmed his return to McLaren in a Honda-less world, Brendon Hartley’s making his F1 debut at Toro Rosso, Carlos Sainz Jr. is switching to Renault and the Haas F1 Team looks to bring home the bacon on home soil between Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen as they look to solidify a grasp on seventh place in the Constructor’s Championship.

The latest episode is below.

Indy Lights: Askew clinches 2019 title while VeeKay wins Laguna Seca race 1

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MONTEREY, Calif – Rinus VeeKay may have won the first race of the weekend’s Indy Lights doubleheader at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Saturday afternoon, but all all eyes post-race were all on the driver who finished the race in the fourth position.

That driver was Oliver Askew, who by simply starting the 30-lap event at the famed road course won the 2019 series title, along with the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series scholarship that guarantees a minimum of three races next season.

“It’s all sinking in,” Askew told NBC Sports following the race. “I’m really happy to be part of this team. They’re back to back champions now in Indy Lights, and I feel very fortunate to be driving in this car this year.

“This is what we worked for all year. I’m very happy to be in this position and I can’t wait to celebrate with my team.”

With the championship in Askew’s possession from the get-go, the best VeeKay could do for in race 1 was to win in dominant fashion. He went on to do just so.

After starting the race from the pole position, VeeKay led every lap from start to finish en route to his fifth victory of the season.

“We managed the car well and kept the car consistent throughout the whole race,” VeeKay said. “I got a great car from the team so I want to give a big shout out to them for giving me a winning car.”

Behind VeeKay, Portland race 2 winner Toby Sowery finished the race in the second position, while Robert Megennis finished third.

Live streaming coverage of race two of the Indy Lights doubleheader at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca begins tomorrow afternoon at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold.

Click here for full race results

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