For the first time in 15 years, the Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge was by a team other than Team Penske or Chip Ganassi Racing, as the No. 7 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team of Marcus Ericsson defeated the No. 9 CGR team of Scott Dixon in a best of three series to win the competition.
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The Arrow SPM crew won $50,000 for its victory in the final against Dixon’s team, which saw the No. 7 win the first and third rounds.
“It’s such a cool event,” Ericsson told NBC Sports following SPM’s first victory in the competition. “We managed to put on good runs every time. The No. 7 Arrow SPM guys just did amazing pit stops all the way through, so I’m so happy.”
“They [the team] work hard all year long, day and night, to give you a good car. They put so much into it, and a competition like today might be all fun and games but we still want to win. I’m so pleased for the guys.”
Since the inception of the Pit Stop Challenge in 1977, the winning team of the Pit Stop Challenge has gone on to win the Indy 500 six times, with the No. 3 Team Penske entry of Helio Castroneves the last to do so in 2009.
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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won Formula One’s Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday for his eighth career victory in a race which ended disastrously for both Ferrari drivers.
Verstappen controlled nearly all the race at Interlagos, which saw a dramatic late collision between Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc when they fought for the fourth position. Both failed to finish.
Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly got his first F1 podium after finishing second ahead of six-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton. The Mercedes driver was third but faces an investigation after an incident that caused Red Bull’s Alexander Albon to spin.
Hamilton, who won at Interlagos in 2018, said Verstappen was “just quicker than us on the straights” and “there was nothing more we could do.”
Dutch driver Verstappen said “Lewis was very quick so I had to keep pushing… we had two good moves with him, and from there onward I could control the race.”
McLaren’s Carlos Sainz was fourth, and could be promoted to third if Hamilton is punished.
The Brazilian GP on Sunday was the penultimate race of the season, with only Abu Dhabi left on Dec.1.
Hamilton had already secured the season title in the previous race in the United States. His Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who did not finish the race, had also secured the runner-up spot.