CLARK IS TIRED OF THE FERRARI FAKE SPEED AND HANDING THESE WINS TO TOTO. NASIR LOVING LCH SEES NO PROBLEM WITH THE COMPLETE DOMINATION OF THE 2019 SEASON!
SERGIO PEREZ GIVES US HIS THOUGHTS ON BAKU…
Sergio: “Baku has become one of my favourite races of the year. It’s a quick lap with good overtaking opportunities and that seems to generate lots of drama. I love the lap and it’s a real challenge for the drivers because the walls are close and you have to be so precise. Street circuits generally really test the drivers and I actually wish we had more on them on the calendar.
“I’ve been on the podium in Baku at two of the three races so far and I think my podium last year was one of my best races. I remember getting ahead of Vettel and then keeping him behind me during the final laps. I had to concentrate so hard and I drove some of the best laps of my life. Each lap was like a qualifying lap!
“This team has always been competitive in Baku so I am hopeful the same is true this year. For a number of reasons the track layout has always suited our cars. It’s a track where you need good top speed and confidence on the brakes. I was happier with our performance level in China, especially on Sunday, and we need to find the same rhythm in Baku.”
CLARK AND NASIR RELISH THE FACT WE COULD HAVE SOME CAGE RATTLING AT FERRARI WHICH WOULD BRING SOME EXCITEMENT TO ANOTHER PREDICTABLE F1 SEASON. THIS WEEKS SPECIAL INTERVIEW IS WITH INDYCAR DRIVER JACK HARVEY!
Harvey began his kart racing career at the age of nine. In 2006 he won the MSA Super One British title by a single point, and the Kartmasters British Grand Prix, both in the ICA-J class.
In 2007 Harvey become a driver for the Italian Maranello team, in the newly created KF3 category. He ended up winning four trophies by the end of the year, with the Andrea Margutti Trophy, another Kartmasters title, the Italian Open Masters championship and became European Champion in KF3.
For the 2008 season, Harvey signed with the Birel Motorsport team as an KF2 driver, and became Asia-Pacific Champion.
For the 2014 season Harvey moved to the United States and signed to race for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in the Indy Lights series, the established junior feeder series for the Indycar Series. He finished the season in second place in the championship standings, after collecting four wins and 10 podiums in 14 races. As a consequence, in recognition of his position as the top performing British driver in North American motor sport he was also awarded the British Racing Drivers’ Club’s Earl Howe Trophy for 2014.
Harvey returned to Schmidt Peterson for the 2015 Indy Lights season. He collected two wins, six second-place finishes and 12 top 5s in 16 races, which put him runner-up in the overall standings behind Spencer Pigot.
Harvey made his IndyCar debut at the 2017 Indianapolis 500, driving for Michael Shank Racing in association with Andretti Autosport. He finished 31st after contact with debris from Conor Daly’s car on lap 65. Later in the 2017 IndyCar season, Harvey replaced Sebastián Saavedra (who himself had replaced Mikhail Aleshin) at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for the final two races of the season.
For the 2018 IndyCar season, Harvey rejoined Michael Shank Racing, in a technical partnership with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, for 6 races.
CLARK AND NASIR ARE BACK AT IT AND THIS TIME YES! WE CAN PREDICT THE ENTIRE 2019 F1 SEASON BY THE FINDINGS IN THE FIRST RACE! AND THIS WEEKS BONUS IS AN INTERVIEW WITH INDY LIGHTS TEAM OWNER RICARDO JUNCOS…
Ricardo Juncos, a second generation and former Formula Renault driver, grew up with a deep passion and desire for racing. At the age of 14, Juncos made his first steps in the racing community driving karts in Argentina. Through his success in karts Juncos was able to join the Formula Renault class competing throughout South America. After funding became difficult as many drivers experience over their career, Juncos began working for many race teams in order to continue his own racing career. During this time Juncos was able to learn all aspects of the car in and out, along with schooling in mechanical and electrical engineering
Stationed in Buenos Aires, Argentina. and headed by Ricardo Juncos, in 1997 Juncos Racing became a full-service formula racing team. The team competed from 1997 through 2003 in the Formula Renault 1600 Championship, Formula Renault 2000 Championship, and the National Sport Prototype Championship of Argentina In 2003, the team relocated to Miami, Florida as a full-service karting team.
During the first few years in the U.S., the team picked up 19 local, regional, and national karting titles. Juncos Racing moved operations north to Indiana, where they developed into a formula open-wheel racing team in 2008. After being formed in 1997 by Ricardo Juncos in Argentina, the team competed from 1997 through 2003 in the Formula Renault 1600 Championship, Formula Renault 2000 Championship, and the National Sport Prototype Championship of Argentina
In 2012 the team made its first attempt to field a car in the Indy Lights series (the next series above Pro-Mazda), with one car which was limited to six of the twelve races with three different drivers taking the wheel.
In November 2014, the team announced it would be fielding two cars full-time in the series for 2015, and would be elevating drivers Spencer Pigot and Kyle Kaiser from Pro Mazda to be the drivers.Pigot began the 2015 season with five straight podium appearances, including winning both races of the doubleheader at Barber Motorsports Park. With six wins and nine podiums in 16 races, he was crowned champion over Jack Harvey and Ed Jones.
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.
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.
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.
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.”