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F1Weekly podcast # 784

NASIR CAN’T BELIEVE FERRARI FAILED TO DELIVER ON THE OPENING RACE AND THE HOST KNEW THIS WAS COMING! PLUS …WE HAVE A SPECIAL INTERVIEW WITH THE 2018 MAZDA PRO CHAMPION RINUS VEEKAY!

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Newly crowned FIA Asian F3 Winter Series Champion Rinus VeeKay has completed his pre-season preparations and is now eagerly anticipating the opening rounds of the 2019 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires.

VeeKay will be sporting the Mazda Motorsports soul red colors thanks to his Indy Pro 2000 Championship victory last year, and expectations are high for the new season as he continues to strive towards achieving his ambition of reaching the NTT IndyCar Series. The final step of the Road To Indy ladder system will provide the young Dutchman with the opportunity to race at some iconic venues for the first time, including the Circuit of The Americas, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2.5-mile oval for the crown jewel event, the Freedom 100.

However, the focus now turns towards this weekend, where VeeKay and his Juncos Racing team will aim to start the season in a positive fashion on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla.

“I am super happy to come back again to St. Pete for the start of the 2019 Indy Lights championship,” VeeKay commented. “I have a good history here so I feel confident that Juncos Racing and I can fight for wins. My goal for the 2019 season is to win the Indy Lights Championship, which I know the team and I are able to challenge for! I must also say I am super excited to represent Mazda Motorsports, along with Jumbo, La Place and the Dutch KNAF Talent First program. Finally, a big thanks to all of my family for their terrific support!”

Official practice gets underway tomorrow (Friday, March 8 at 8:05 am E.T.) and all practice and qualifying sessions will be streamed live via RoadToIndy.TV. Rounds One and Two of the championship will be aired live on NBC Sports Gold.

About Rinus VeeKay
Rinus was born and raised in the Netherlands and, at the age of 18, he already has 10 race wins and 22 podiums on the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires. In 2018, the Dutch phenom won the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires with powerhouse team Juncos Racing. This winter, Rinus won the FIA F3 Asian Winter Series Championship with Hitech GP, securing his second championship title in six months. Veekay now advances to Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires with Juncos Racing thanks to the Mazda Scholarship. You can follow Rinus via his website FollowRVK.com as well as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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F1Weekly podcast # 783

CLARK AND NASIR ARE SO EXCITED WITH THE F1 SEASON STARTING THIS WEEKEND AND ALL THE POSSIBILITIES OF A GREAT FIGHT AT THE FRONT OF THE SPEAR. WE ALSO BRING YOU AN INTERVIEW WITH INDYCAR DRIVER MAX CHILTON!

HERE ARE SOME THOUGHTS FROM SERGIO PEREZ ON THE AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX…

Sergio Perez: It’s been such a long winter and I’m excited to be back in the car in Melbourne. I enjoyed some rest time at home with my family and my friends, but just a few weeks after Christmas I started missing being in the car. Australia is one of my favourite places to visit and definitely a cool place to start the season. Melbourne is a city I love: the fans are great and they make you feel really welcome. I am so happy to go there again.

Sergio Perez

I am ready to start a new chapter in the history of this team. I feel very strong both physically and mentally, and seeing the great spirit of our group of people gives me that extra bit of motivation. Last year was an exhausting one, on and especially off the track, but now I feel very relaxed. I worked a lot on my fitness throughout the winter because this season is going to be very long, all the way into December. I have to be ready for what is going to be a marathon.

The track in Melbourne is bumpy and very technical, as well as being quite narrow. It’s certainly a big challenge as the first race back after the break. Races in Melbourne tend to be unpredictable and that could give the opportunity for a special result. It’s a cool track to drive, especially when you’ve missed the thrill of racing for so long. It’s still too early to say where we will be in the pecking order, but the first weekend should give us some indications for the season ahead.

I am also looking forward to the on-track battles – winter testing showed me that the cars are losing less downforce when following closely, so that should help the show. So far, I think F1 has done a great job with the new rules, but we need to wait for the first race and for our first experience of racing with more cars around you and on similar pace. Hopefully the racing will live up to the promise.

Away from the track, I hope to find some time to see the country. I love Australian wildlife – it’s not just kangaroos and koalas, you know! It’s one of the most incredible places on Earth and every year I wish I had the time to explore a bit more.

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F1Weekly podcast # 782

CLARK AND NASIR GO OVER TESTING RESULTS WHILST THE HOST ADMITS IT’S ALL MEANINGLESS AND BELIEVES QUALIFYING IN MELBOURNE WILL INDEED SHOW US WHETHER HONDA IS REAL OR NOT.

HERE ARE SOME COMMENTS FROM Mr. STROLL ON TESTING DAY 2.

Lance Stroll: “It was our smoothest day of testing so far and we completed some valuable mileage. The car felt good so I think we are heading in the right direction. These days are about building confidence and getting to grips with the new car, but also getting used to this new environment.

I am getting on really well with the crew in the garage. They’re great people and everyone is working so hard. We ran on a mix of different tyres today and tried a lot of test items. There’s a good atmosphere in the garage and I’m feeling pleased with the work we did today.”

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F1Weekly podcast # 781

CLARK AND NASIR ARE SHOWING THEIR EXCITEMENT AS THE 2019 F1 SEASON TESTING SESSIONS BEGIN BUT THE HOST ALREADY SUSPECTS SOME FUNNY BUSINESS AT MERCEDES!

HERE IS AN UPDATE FROM ROKiT WILLIAMS RACING…

Paddy Lowe, Chief Technical Officer: It was a good day of testing with George driving the car. We completed 119 laps without any significant reliability issues, so we achieved the entire programme that we had planned from the start of the day. We completed a mixture of data gathering and performance running at low and high fuel on a range of different tyre compounds. It is early days with our familiarisation with the car, so there is a lot of work to do to understand what we have got and the directions that we need to take.

We have already identified some opportunities though, and we will keep pushing through the remainder of the week to prepare ourselves for Australia. Well done to the team, a great job by everybody to get a car that can do the laps without incident to make a solid start to the second test.

George Russell: It was a good day. Our plan was to get as many laps on the board, make sure we had no issues and that’s exactly what we did. We have learnt so much about the car on lower fuel and higher fuel which gives us a good indication moving forward into the next few days. All in all, it was a huge relief to have a day like today and we completed our test plan as intended.

Play Podcast: 02-25-19f1weekly781.mp3

F1Weekly podcast # 780

THE HOST IS OVER THE MOON WITH FERNANDO’S VICTORY AT THE DAYTONA 24 HOURS! WE DISCUSS THE 2019 POSSIBILITIES AND IMPOSSIBILITIES,

HERE IS SOME NEWS FROM THE INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY…

The 50th anniversary of Mario Andretti’s historic Indianapolis 500 victory in 1969 will be honored on the Bronze Badge for this Month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

A Bronze Badge is a treasured keepsake that provides fans with insider access and one of the best values in sports. It provides gate admission and Gasoline Alley access every day IMS is open during May except for Race Days for the INDYCAR Grand Prix and the 103rd Indianapolis 500.

ORG XMIT: NY155,NY155 Race car driver Mario Andretti waves from the winner’s circle after winning the Indianapolis 500 in this May 1969, photo at the Indianapolis Motorspeedway. Andretti and A.J. Foyt, who challenged each other from the dirt tracks of the ’50s to the racing palaces of the ’90s, share the honor of best driver of the century as voted by a six-member panel of experts assembled by The Associated Press. (AP Photo) [Via MerlinFTP Drop]
“It is one of the ultimate honors in Indianapolis to be on a Bronze Badge,” Andretti said. “I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful family at the Speedway, sending accolades in such a magnificent way.

“Since I am almost at a loss for words when I look at the Bronze Badge, I can only express my appreciation with a sincere and profound thank you. I’m going to embrace the honor, and I’m ever so grateful for the recognition.”

Fans with Bronze Badges get behind the scenes in the garage area, where they can interact with drivers, see NTT IndyCar Series cars up close and much more. They also provide even more value for fans who visit the track many days during May.

Bronze Badges can be purchased at ims.com/bronzebadge for $135 each through March 31. The price increases to $150 on April 1, so order today while supplies last. Each Bronze Badge holder must be 18 or older and is required to sign a waiver.

A limited number of Silver Badges also are available for $500 each. Silver Badges add pit lane access to the same perks as the Bronze Badge. Pre-race (cold) pit passes for INDYCAR Grand Prix and Indianapolis 500 Race Day can be added to Silver Badges for an additional $1,000.

For more information on Bronze Badges and Silver Badges, call the IMS Credential Office at 317-492-6500.

Cardboard or laminate badges were used from the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911 through 1937, assigned only to event participants. Beginning in 1938, more durable metal badges were used before IMS Bronze Badges made their debut in 1947 and were initially sold to the general public in the early 1990s, immediately becoming a coveted motorsports collectible.

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F1Weekly podcast # 779

THE HOST SENDS NASIR TO THE ROAR BEFORE THE 24 AT DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY AND BINGO ANOTHER COUP FOR THE F1WEEKLY FAMILIA! THIS WEEKS INTERVIEW…PASTOR MADONADO!!

Maldonado began the 2012 season alongside Brazil’s Bruno Senna, for Williams. He started the season with promising pace, qualifying eighth for the Australian Grand Prix. In the race, he was running strongly until he crashed out on the final lap, fighting with Fernando Alonso for fifth position. In the Malaysian Grand Prix, Maldonado retired in the closing stages of the race while running in the points.

He scored his first points of the season by finishing eighth in China. A puncture ended his race in Bahrain, after he qualified in seventeenth position. At the Spanish Grand Prix, Maldonado qualified second, next to Lewis Hamilton on the front row of the grid after strong pace from his Williams car during the race weekend. Maldonado was later promoted to his first pole position in his Formula One career after Hamilton was excluded from the results of qualifying, due to having insufficient fuel in his car.

Maldonado was beaten to the first corner by Fernando Alonso, but regained the lead after the second round of pit stops. Maldonado held his lead after the third pit-stop phase, and held off Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen to win, becoming the first Venezuelan driver to finish on a Grand Prix podium in the process. He remains the most recent Williams driver to win a race as of today!

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