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MRTI: Pro Mazda driver Harrison Scott okay after scary Race 1 crash

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Harrison Scott, who competes in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires with RP Motorsport, was involved in a scary crash on Lap 1 of Race 1 on the streets of Toronto.

Scott, who started ninth, was looking to make up ground by diving inside of Antonio Serravalle on the approach to Turn 3, but made contact, briefly lifting the front of Scott’s No. 10 Tatuus PM-18 off the ground and damaging the rear suspension of his car. Scott, now out of control due to the suspension damage, then plowed into Team Pelfrey driver Sting Ray Robb and launched up and over him. Scott landed upside down in the Turn 3 runoff.

A fan in attendance captured the below video of the accident, which collected Robb, Serravalle,  and Andres Gutierrez.

Though frightening, Scott did climb from the car under his own power and was checked and released from the medical center. He was later cleared to drive for Sunday’s Race 2.

Scott entered the weekend fifth in the Pro Mazda championship with two race wins (Race 2 at Barber Motorsports Park and Race 1 on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course).

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F1’s Valtteri Bottas to compete in first-ever rally race in his native Finland

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Formula One’s “Flying Finn” is going back home for the first time.

More precisely, Valtteri Bottas is returning to his Finland homeland to compete in his first career rally race in the Finnish Rally Championship season opener.

Bottas, teammates on the F1 Mercedes team with five-time champ Lewis Hamilton, will compete in the World Rally Championships’ Arctic Lapland Rally from January 24-26.

He’ll team with two-time World Rally champion Timo Rautiainen in a M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS WRC on rally roads of the Finnish Arctic Circle.

“This is a unique opportunity to take a peek into the world of rallying,” Bottas told Finnish rallying website Rallism.f1. “I would like to thank everyone who has made it possible.

“It’s totally new territory for me too, as I have no prior experience of a World Rally Car. Still, being the race car driver that I am, you always go flat out whatever the vehicle you’re driving in.”

Added Rautiainen, “In my life, I’ve sat in a rally car with only three drivers, but this is such an interesting mission that I just had to accept the challenge. I believe that for a talented wheelman like Valtteri, we’ll be able to establish a good basic driving routine in testing.”

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