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Rally champion Ogier eager for future Le Mans entry

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Sebastien Ogier has set his sights on a future entry to the 24 Hours of Le Mans once his time in rallying is over, saying he is eager to explore other forms of racing.

Ogier clinched his fifth straight FIA World Rally Championship title in 2017 with the Ford-backed M-Sport team, marking his first crown outside of Volkswagen’s umbrella.

The Frenchman has previously tested Formula 1 cars via his links to Red Bull, and confirmed earlier this month he wants to explore disciplines outside of rallying in the future, naming Le Mans as a race on his bucket list.

“I’m sure I’ll be finding some other options, because staying home when you’re 33, it’s a bit too early I think. I get bored very quickly,” Ogier said, as quoted by Crash.net.

“I’m sure there will be other kinds of racing for me. Right now I’m focusing on WRC because it’s already an intense championship, and I want to spend some time as well at home and take some care of my family too.

“But in the future, when I stop WRC, I’ll try something else for sure.

“I want to do Le Mans one day, that’s clearly something I want to do.

“But there might be also other things.”

Ogier would not be the first rally champion to enter other avenues, with nine-time world champion Sebastien Loeb having turned his back on the WRC in order to race touring cars and rallycross.

INDYCAR: How to watch the Bommarito 500

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The NTT IndyCar Series is racing just outside of St. Louis this weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway Gateway.

The last oval race of the season, tonight’s  Bommarito Auto Motive Group promises to bring plenty of high-speed, high-stakes racing action under the lights.

Series point leader Josef Newgarden will start tonight’s race from the pole position, with Sebastian Bourdais starting alongside him in row one.

By winning the pole, Newgarden gained an additional championship point, which extends his lead over Alexander Rossi to 36 points.

Rossi start’s tonight’s race from the 11th position after an uncharacteristically poor qualifying run for the No. 27 team, while Simon Pagenaud (third in the standings, 41 points behind) will start from the fourth position and Scott Dixon (fourth in the standings, 53 points behind) will start from eighth.

Here is today’s schedule:

(All times are Eastern)

Saturday 8/24, 4:20 p.m. ET, Indy Lights race, NBC Sports Gold 

Saturday 8/24, 8 p.m. ET, Bommarito Automotive Group 500, NBCSN and streaming live 

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