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ripKurrent to sponsor Charlie Kimball at Indy 500

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A.J. Foyt Racing has announced that energy services company ripKurrent will serve as the primary sponsor of the No. 4 Chevrolet driven by Charlie Kimball in the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 this May. Additionally, the company will serve as an associate sponsor on the car through the entire 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season.

“I am excited for ripKurrent to come on board for the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 with AJ Foyt Racing,” Kimball said. “As a tech company that is disrupting the norms associated with commercial and industrial facility energy usage and finding efficiencies for those companies, there is no better place to showcase technology, speed and success than the Indianapolis Motor Speedway!”

ripKurrent’s first foray into IndyCar racing came last August when the company sponsored Kimball in the night race at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. In addition to their branding on Kimball’s car, the company intends to utilize their sponsorship to entertain guests during the month of May.

“The NTT IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500 provide ideal platforms for us to continue to grow the ripKurrent brand,” ripKurrent founder and president Jade Culbertson said.  “The pageantry, entertainment and hospitality experience at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is second to none and we’re excited to share that with our customers, business associates, family and friends throughout the month of May.”

Kimball’s car will feature several different liveries through the course of the 2020 season, including the familiar green and black livery of long-time partner Novo Nordisk.

The pharmaceutical company will serve as Kimball’s primary sponsor in seven races this year.

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Valtteri Bottas on Silverstone pole; Nico Hulkenberg a surprising third

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Valtteri Bottas nipped Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in Silverstone qualifying Saturday to maintain the team’s hammerlock on F1 results this season while Nico Hulkenberg was a surprise in third.

Hulkenberg is filling in for Sergio Perez for the second consecutive race while the Racing Point driver recovers from coronavirus.

It’s the best F1 start since 2016 for Hulkenberg, who was left without a full-time ride after the 2019 season. He finished 20th at Silverstone last week when an engine problem on the grid prevented him ftaking the green.

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“The last seven to eight days have been crazy,” Hulkenberg said after qualifying. “This weekend I felt much better prepared. Q3 was just head down, full beans, and give it whatever I had.

“I’m a bit surprised to be standing here, but there’s a big smile on my face.”

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen qualified fourth and will be among the field trying to derail the Mercedes duo that has won the first four races of an F1 season delayed because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Feels good,” Bottas said after nipping Hamilton by a few hundredths of a second on his final lap for his 13th career pole position. ” I just love qualifying especially, when it goes well. Proud to drive this car. The race pace is there, so our first job is to get a good start off the line tomorrow and go from there.”

The impressive lap came two days after Bottas, who won the season opener in Austria, announced a one-year contract extension with the team.

Mercedes also is set to begin negotiating a new deal with Hamilton, who has won the past three races in F1 but was disappointed Saturday.

“Valtteri did a great job, but for me, it wasn’t a perfect last lap,” he said. “I don’t think many teams will be doing a one-stop race tomorrow so let’s wait and see how things turn out.”