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Azerbaijan renews F1 contract through 2023

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BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) Baku has renewed its contract to host Formula One’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix through 2023.

Race organizers and F1 management signed the three-year extension at a conference in Baku on Tuesday.

The Formula One Group’s executive chairman and CEO Chase Carey says, “In just a short space of time, this race has become one of the most popular of the season, always producing closely fought and spectacular racing.”

The Azerbaijan capital was widely considered an unlikely F1 host when it held its first race in 2016 but has won popularity with fans after some unpredictable races.

There was no immediate confirmation that Azerbaijani organizers had won the reduction in the race hosting fee which they had previously said they were seeking.

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Hildebrand enters Indy 500 with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

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INDIANAPOLIS — J.R. Hildebrand will race in the Indianapolis 500 with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing in a second entry dedicated to the late Dan Gurney.

Hildebrand will pilot the No. 48 as a nod to the number used by Gurney, a racer, car builder and team owner who died in 2018. Hildebrand will be teammates with Sage Karam and his car will be sponsored by Salesforce.com.

Hildebrand has eight previous Indy 500 starts and was leading on the final lap as a rookie in 2011 when he crashed in the final turn. Dan Wheldon slipped past for the victory and Hildebrand finished second.

Hildebrand also drove for DRR last season.

DRR is also fielding the #24 Chevrolet in this year’s Indy 500 for Sage Karam.