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Colin Braun joins Era Motorsport for three races

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Era Motorsport has signed Colin Braun for the remaining three rounds of the 2020 IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup.

Braun, who recently helped DragonSpeed win their second-consecutive LMP2 victory in the Rolex 24 at Daytona last month, will compete for the team in the 12 Hours of Sebring, Six Hours of The Glen and the Petit Le Mans.

The 31-year-old will share the No. 18 Oreca 07 Gibson with Dwight Merriman and Kyle Tilley.

“I’m looking forward to joining Era Motorsport for the remaining IMSA endurance races this year,” Braun said. “I can’t thank Kyle and Dwight enough for putting their trust in me as we look ahead.

“Era Motorsport had a great start to the year finishing on the podium at Daytona and I’m confident that as we continue to gain experience together as a team, we will contend for wins! This team is young and hungry and I can’t wait to join them at Sebring and help in any way I can to put the team on the top step of the podium.”

Last month’s Rolex 24 was the maiden IMSA race for Era Motorsport, with the team finishing third in the LMP2 class and eleventh overall.

“I’m so proud of all the hard work that has gone into this team to give us such a strong start to the season,” said team owner and driver Kyle Tilley. “We hope to carry that momentum into the next round, the Twelve Hours of Sebring. Colin is a very accomplished race car driver, and we’re looking forward to his contributions to keep our program competitive and in the championship battle.”

Braun will be the second member of his family to join the team in next month’s 12-hour endurance race. His father Jeff will call strategy from the pit box.

The 12 Hours of Sebring on takes place on March 21. Live coverage begins at 10:30 a.m. ET on CNBC.

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Valtteri Bottas wins chaotic season-opening F1 Austrian Grand Prix

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SPIELBERG, Austria — Valtteri Bottas won a chaotic season-opening F1 Austrian Grand Prix while six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton finished fourth after getting a late time penalty Sunday.

The Formula One race was interrupted three times by a safety car, and nine of 20 drivers abandoned, including both Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon – who tried to overtake Hamilton on the outside with 10 laps left, touched wheels and flew off track.

Hamilton was given a 5-second time penalty for causing the collision, having earlier been hit with a three-place grid penalty after an incident in Saturday’s qualifying was reviewed by stewards.

SHOW OF SUPPORT: Drivers take knee before race

Bottas led all 71 laps in the eighth victory of his career. It was the second consecutive victory in the season opener for the Finn, though he won four months earlier in 2019 after this season’s start was delayed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Lando Norris of McLaren F1 celebrates after his first podium finish (Mark Thompson/Getty Images).

Bottas started from pole position and Hamilton from fifth, but it looked like a straight fight between the two Mercedes drivers as has been the case so often in recent years.

But late drama in Spielberg ensured otherwise and Hamilton’s time penalty meant Charles Leclerc took second place for Ferrari, and Lando Norris sent McLaren’s garage into raptures – and threw all social distancing rules out of the window amid the euphoria – with third place.

It was the 20-year-old British driver’s first career podium, and his superb final lap was the fastest of a dramatic season opener.

Norris became the youngest British driver to secure a podium finish and the third-youngest ever in Formula One.

Valtteri Bottas leads Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton during the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria (Mark Thompson/Getty Images).