Episode #232: Rocket Tough

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Not the way we wanted to talk about NASCAR at the top of a Podcast, but here we are… At least Mitch Evans came through, eh?

– Ryan Newman out of hospital 42 hours after near-fatal Daytona 500 crash
– Let’s talk about superspeedway racing as it is now

– Braaah. Mitch Evans muscles past polesitter Lotterer, drives to dominant 2nd career victory and championship lead
– LOT’s race comes undone with wing damage
– DEV suffers brake failure, VAN crashes out of P5 late
– Bird drops it from 2nd in fight with DAC, JEV makes it two Techeetahs in the top 4
– BUE ends his scoreless drought to finish 3rd
– Sims claws back from 18th to 5th and 1 point out of championship lead
– LDG goes from 15th to 6th, ROW 7th, MOR 8th
– Mahindra teammates go from back row to 9th (DAM) and 10th (WEH) after CAL disqualified for energy usage

– Surprise, Mercedes looks great
– Ferrari and Red Bull aren’t finished developing (and Red Bull’s RB16 looks a handful)
– Renault might be…okay? Williams might be…okay!?
– Racing Point has “The Mercedes at Home”

– INDYCAR: James Hinchcliffe rejoins with Andretti Autosport for the Indy 500; Dick Johnson says McLaughlin is bound for America after 2020
– F1/FE: Vandoorne promoted to primary reserve driver role at Mercedes-AMG
– AUTOMOTIVE/VASC: General Motors shuttering Holden brand in Australia
– WEC: Aston Martin withdraws Valkyrie Hypercar – now leaving Toyota to consider its future
– WRC: Elfyn Evans wins one half of a very warm Rally Finland Rally Sweden
– JUNIOR FORMULA: GT Sport champion Fraga wins Toyota Racing Series; F2 & F3 fields filling out (Matsushita, Aitken, Samaia)

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