Episode #203: Vergne The Second

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And here’s the second part of our double header, shuffling out me and Cam, for Ryan King and Chris DeHarde, as Jean-Eric Vergne made history as Formula E’s first double and back-to-back champion, and an emotional IndyCar race in Toronto as Robert Wickens drove a pace car enroute to Simon Pageanud’s 3rd win of the season!

MOTORSPORT 101: EPISODE 203

SPECIAL REPORT: RICH ENERGY IS DEAD
– William Storey ousted as CEO
– New identity as Lightning Volt Energy

HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF TORONTO
http://www.imscdn.com/indycar_media/documents/2019-07-14/indycar-race-results-OFFICIAL.pdf
– Robert Wickens drives a car for the first time since his accident
– Simon Pagenaud pits in dominant drive for 3rd win of season, leading 80 of 85
– With broken steering, Dixon still rallies late to finish 2nd
– Takuma Sato’s fiery weekend: Fight with Bourdais in practice, explosive engine failure in race
– Title protagonists Rossi, Newgarden finish 3rd and 4th; Rosenqvist the top rookie in 5th
– Hinch +8 in 6th, Herta +9 in 7th
– Power crashes on final lap, bookending frustrating day after Lap 1 pileup

ROAD TO INDY TORONTO
– Indy Lights Race 1: Telitz takes advantage of 2nd chance and dominates Saturday
– Race 2: Askew extends points lead with victory; Veekay still maintains points lead despite tangle with Telitz
– Indy Pro 2000: Frost takes 2nd win, Kirkwood takes 3rd in 4 races, but it’s Lindh still in the points lead
– USF2K: Keane, Rasmussen take first wins of 2019 – Eves still holds points lead

FORMULA E NEW YORK CITY EPRIX
Race 1
– Buemi takes crucial pole position and bonus points, JEV starts 10th, Evans 13th, LdG 14th
– Buemi converts pole to statement victory, ending winless drought dating back to 2017 Berlin ePrix
– First lap collision envelops Techeetah drivers LOT & JEV
– Lynn challenges Buemi for lead – but breaks down with 20m to go
– Evans charges from 13th to finish 2nd; da Costa completes podium
– JEV & Massa collide on final lap, taking title race to final day as LdG finishes 8th

Race 2 NOW WITH EXTRA ATTACK MODE
– Sims takes pole, shutting Buemi out of title contention – Evans 8th, LdG 11th, Vergne 12th, needing just 8 points to clinch championship
– Frijns takes lead with 20m to go, drives away to 2nd win of 2019, Sims 2nd, Buemi 3rd
– But 7th for Vergne clinches back-to-back titles!
– Di Grassi, Evans collide on final lap – promoting Buemi to 2nd in standings!
– Post-race controversy: JEV gets community svc for heated radio comments that could be construed as race fixing

FINAL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

The Week Ahead: CORN!!!! IndyCar at Iowa, DTM / W Series at Assen, IMSA at Lime Rock

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