Episode #230: Maximum Gunther

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A bonus turnaround episode to preview the Rolex 24, and Formula E’s return to Santiago where the track didn’t disintegrate, and Max Gunther stole the show for an emphatic first win!

THE NEWS
– F1: Roy Nissany joins Williams as primary test driver, returns to F2 with Trident; Saudi Arabia plans new circuit and 2023 F1 debut; new Miami GP circuit revealed; Nicholas Latifi picks 6 as his number
– F2 and F3: Hitech GP joins F2 grid; Tsunoda’s F2 promotion with Carlin confirmed; Matsushita all but confirms a deal with MP Motorsport // Jake Hughes returns to F3 with HWA, joined by 2nd-gen stars Jack Doohan, Enzo Fittipaldi
– SFormula: Honda’s lineup includes Red Bull Junior Vips, and Tatiana Calderon as first woman in series since ’97
– W Series: Dates added for United States, Mexico Grand Prix weekends
– IndyCar: James Hinchcliffe lands new Indy 500 sponsor and closes in on drive; Supercars Champion Scott McLaughlin tests IndyCar for Penske; Kimball joins Foyt full-time, Hanley re-ups with DragonSpeed
– MotoGP: Iannone set for February hearing on doping case, M101 favorite Jakob “Jump Man” Kornfeil announces shock retirement citing lack of funds
– WSBK: Full 23-bike field announced for 2020 season – just one rider left to confirm
– Dakar Rally: Carlos Sainz, Sr. wins Dakar Rally for the third time, Alonso finishes 13th after rolling over, Ricky Brabec and Honda break KTM’s winning streak in bikes

RIP Paulo Gonçalves, 1979-2020

THE WINTER SPORTS CAR DASH (this can be moved to the top of the show)
* Daytona 24 Hours preview
– DPi: Can Cadillac make it four in a row? Can Acura rise above BoP adjustments to win their first? Can Mazda finish the fight?
– GTLM: A brand-new Corvette, a retooled Porsche, a big M8, and a Ferrari from Texas in the seven-car bar fight
– LMP2: Pro-Am Prototype class boosted by familiar names
– GTD: Nine manufacturers, and a slew of star drivers from Busch to Van Gisbergen, Thiim to T-Bell, Nielsen and Legge to Allmendinger and Caldarelli

* Bathurst 12 Hours preview – the stars to watch
– Bamber, Vanthoor and Lowndes lead Porsche’s defense
– Whincup & SVG join Mercedes attack
– Dixon at R-Motorsport Aston Martin

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