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Tony Stewart/Ray Evernham series announces Tony Kanaan as a driver

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The Superstar Racing Experience will have Tony Kanaan in the field of its six-race short-track circuit for next year.

The 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner and 2004 IndyCar Series champion who had expressed interest racing in the SRX series shortly after its July 13 unveiling by co-founders Ray Evernham and Tony Stewart, was confirmed Wednesday for its debut season.

Stewart also has said he plans to drive in the series, but SRX has yet to reveal any other drivers, or announce a schedule or tracks. The series’ Twitter account has hinted that it has signed five of an expected 12 drivers, including a Canadian.

Besides Kanaan, NASCAR Xfinity and truck series champion Greg Biffle and Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais also have said they’re interested.

Evernham has named Scott Dixon, Juan Pablo Montoya (who could have more time in his schedule with Team Penske scaling back its sports car program next year), Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and IndyCar on NBC analyst Paul Tracy as also on his wish list.

Tossing his name in the Superstar Racing Experience applicant pool via Twitter last week, Tony Kanaan is running a partial schedule of ovals only in IndyCar this season. He hopes to continue running the Indy 500 in future years but said last week he didn’t plan to retire from driving and left the door open to a series such as SRX.

“My idea was to slow down a bit,” Kanaan said. “I can assure you I don’t think I’ll be competing on a full championship again in IndyCar, but I never said I’m going away.”

Stewart and Evernham have compared the Superstar Racing Experience with the International Race of Champions, which matched drivers from various auto racing disciplines in equally prepared cars for an annual four-race series for 30 years.

Sergio Perez still has coronavirus; will miss second consecutive F1 race

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SILVERSTONE, England — Sergio Perez will be out for a second F1 race at Silverstone this week after again testing positive for the coronavirus.

The Mexican driver had hoped to return to Formula One after spending seven days in quarantine, but his Racing Point team said this morning he had tested positive.

“He is physically well and recovering,” the team said. “The whole team wishes Sergio and his family well and we look forward to his return.”

That means German veteran Nico Hulkenberg again fills in for Sunday’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix after having also replaced Sergio Perez when he was out for the F1 British Grand Prix at the same venue last week. Hulkenberg did not start that race because of an engine problem.

There are two consecutive weekends of racing at Silverstone as Formula One tries to pack in races following the pandemic-delayed start to the season.

Perez became the first Formula One driver to test positive for coronavirus, and it had been unclear whether he would be available to drive after the period of quarantine was extended to 10 days.

Racing Point also was in the news Friday after being hit with a 15-point penalty in the Formula One constructors’ championship and fined 400,000 euros ($470,000) Friday for using brake ducts based on those from last year’s Mercedes cars.

The stewards ruled that Mercedes was the “principal designer” of the parts, and that Racing Point made only minor changes to computer design data it received from Mercedes.

Rival team Renault filed protests about the legality of the brake ducts, which were added to the “listed parts” under F1 rules for 2020. That means teams must design their own. Racing Point argued it was merely using information about the Mercedes parts to inform its own design.

Racing Point uses customer engines from Mercedes and has admitted basing its 2020 car design on photographs of last year’s Mercedes car. The similarities led to the Racing Point being nicknamed the “pink Mercedes” when it was first seen in testing ahead of the season.

Racing Point can appeal the ruling. The points deduction drops the team from fifth to sixth in the standings, below Renault. The ruling doesn’t affect the points totals for Racing Point’s drivers.