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NBC Sports’ Peter King takes a wild ride in an Indy car

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On his way to check out the Indianapolis Colts’ training camp, NBC Sports’ NFL expert Peter King tried his hand on an off-day from his NFL Training Camp Tour at a different kind of sport recently, namely, taking a ride in an Indy car.

“Andrew Luck (Colts QB) has done this so I’m going to give it a go, we’ll see what’s it like — and I’m just sorta of hoping, I hope I don’t die,” King joked before climbing into a special two-seater Honda-powered IndyCar with driver Kyle Kaiser. “I’m here on the oval at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time in my life, and I’m not here as a spectator. I’m here as a passenger.”

Afterward, King spoke about the new-found respect he has for IndyCar drivers:

“I’m a writer for a living, I’m paid to describe what experiences are like. I don’t think I can describe that (riding in an Indy car at over 200 mph). I have so much more respect for IndyCar drivers than I did before. I didn’t really think very much about it. But these guys are really, really good.”

Check out the video of King’s wild ride at Indianapolis Motor Speedway below:

F1 races in Austin, Mexico City hitting financial rough patches

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AUSTIN, Texas — Two of Formula One’s three races in North America are facing financial issues that are raising concern about their future.

Organizers of the U.S. Grand Prix won’t get at least $20 million from the state of Texas for the 2018 race after missing a paperwork deadline set by state law. And new questions lurk about the future of the Mexican Grand Prix after the country’s new president suggested the government may not spend on the race like it has the last four years.

Both races have been popular with drivers and fans, and have enjoyed key dates on the F1 calendar. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton clinched season championships in Texas in 2015 and in Mexico City in 2017 and 2018.

Officials in Formula One and at the Circuit of the Americas, host of the U.S. Grand Prix, did not immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday.