🏎 Championship Clinch

Posted by September 13, 2023 in The Money Lap

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Good morning! With 10 consecutive wins in the book, the 2023 championship is all but locked down for Max Verstappen. It’s not so much a question of if as it is when will Max win his third drivers championship. Mathematically, it could be sooner than you think…

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F1

Singapore Showdown

As the F1 season rolls towards the finish line, 🏁 all eyes are on Max Verstappen who is daringly close to clinching the 2023 world champion title. Currently boasting a lead of 145 points over teammate Sergio Perez, the Singapore Grand Prix sets the stage for a high-stakes drama.

While securing the championship title in Singapore seems out of reach with 232 points still in play, Verstappen could potentially steal the show at the Japanese Grand Prix, capturing his third consecutive championship, so long as he holds a 180-point lead over Perez.

Meanwhile, Red Bull is eyeing their second consecutive constructors’ title, with a significant lead over Mercedes. The Marina Bay Street Circuit might witness them clenching a historic victory this weekend. 🎉

More F1

🤯 Felipe Massa’s legal team calls on Lewis Hamilton to support Massa’s bid for the 2008 F1 Championship title

💨 McLaren sees a ‘massive advantage’ from their new wind tunnel

🏁 Williams Racing signs Ukrainian karting champion Oleksandr Bondarev to its driver academy

🤕 Daniel Ricciardo shares updates on his recovery from a broken hand 

🏈 Lewis Hamilton cites NFL star Tom Brady as a role model for longevity in sports

🗣️ Helmut Marko makes statement apologizing for his comments on Sergio Perez

NASCAR

Gragson Gets the Green Light

NASCAR has reinstated Noah Gragson, following his suspension last month for liking a controversial meme. Gragson, a rookie in the Cup Series with Legacy Motor Club, violated the sport’s code of conduct, leading to his suspension and departure from the team. Legacy M.C. has already replaced him with other drivers.

In 2024, Legacy M.C. will switch from Chevrolet to Toyota, with John-Hunter Nemechek taking over the No. 42 car. Gragson completed diversity training via RISE, a nonprofit promoting inclusion and social justice, earning his reinstatement.

Noah’s Statement: “I want to express my sincere gratitude to NASCAR for reinstating me. Over the past several weeks, I have dedicated myself to personal growth and reflection, and I believe I have become a better person because of it. I couldn’t have done it without the support of my family and the NASCAR industry.”

With 39 Cup starts, Gragson looks forward to getting a second chance in NASCAR.

More NASCAR

🏁 Sam Mayer commits to JR Motorsports for 2024

🌍 Ryan Vargas set to make NASCAR Euro debut

🥩 Outback Steakhouse sponsors employee Stephen Mallozzi in Bristol Truck Series race

🚦 Sheldon Creed’s crew chief suspended for Xfinity Series playoff opener

🏎️ Derek Kraus to compete in three more races for Kaulig Racing in 2023

🚦 Stage cautions return at Charlotte ROVAL

🎉 Team owner celebrates playoff appearance five months after near-fatal crash

IndyCar

Million Dollar Race

The NTT IndyCar Series is gearing up for a mega event next spring – a $1 million non-points exhibition race at The Thermal Club. Mark your calendars for March 22-23, 2024! Penske Entertainment CEO, Mark Miles exclaimed, “This world-class venue just down the road from the world’s premier entertainment market is the perfect place to bring our hyper-competitive racing and growing star power.”

Besides the thrill of the race, the weekend promises a stellar draw party embedding members of The Thermal Club with racing teams and drivers. But that’s not all; there’s a huge cash prize and a yet-to-be-announced charitable component to look forward to! According to IndyCar president Jay Frye, it’s an opportunity to “showcase IndyCar in a whole new way.”

More IndyCar

🚚 Longtime sponsor DHL confirms Andretti exit

🤬 Ilott once again victim of abuse from Canapino fans

🔄 IndyCar’s season of change is here

🤝 Rahal closing on new IndyCar deal with RLL

🪑 David Malukas unexpectedly lands open McLaren racing seat

GLOBAL MOTORSPORT

Take a trip to far away motorsport lands

📅 Mugello joins ELMS calendar for 2024 season: The European Le Mans Series has announced a six-race schedule for 2024, featuring the debut of the Mugello circuit.

⚡️ Andretti signs Nato to replace Lotterer in Formula E: Andretti Global has confirmed that Norman Nato will join Jake Dennis as its driver lineup for the 2023-24 Formula E season.

🚀 Aston Martin revives Valkyrie LMH project for 2025: Aston Martin is close to bringing its Valkyrie hypercar to the WEC and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2025, after shelving the project in 2020.

✌️ Isotta Fraschini plans two-car WEC hypercar entry for 2024: Italian manufacturer Isotta Fraschini has revealed its intention to enter the WEC’s top hypercar class in 2024, with a two-car team and a chassis developed by Dallara.

🚧 Why it’s too early to get excited about Subaru’s WRC return: Subaru has hinted at a possible comeback to the WRC, but there are many hurdles to overcome before the iconic blue and yellow cars can grace the stages again.

🛞 Michelin expected to bid for WRC tire contract: Michelin is likely to submit a proposal for the WRC’s tire supply tender after expressing its interest in continuing its involvement in the series.

🏆 Toyota secures manufacturers’ crown with 1-2 finish at Monza: Toyota Gazoo Racing clinched its fourth consecutive WEC manufacturers’ title with a dominant one-two victory at the 6 Hours of Monza.

The Money Lap Podcast | Episode 20

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Memes

Max trying to make things interesting for himself

— F1 TROLL (@f1trollofficial)
Sep 12, 2023

Make the replies look like Charles Leclerc’s search history.

— F1 TROLL (@f1trollofficial)
Sep 10, 2023

.@Apple At your next #AppleEvent if you want us to build a temporary track on your roof and race we can do that. I know people at @NASCAR. Just DM me. I ask for a free iPhone 15 in exchange. You will really get the sweet end of this deal. #NASCAR

— nascarcasm (@nascarcasm)
Sep 12, 2023

NASCAR playoff drivers at Kansas Speedway

— NASCAR Memes (@NASCAR_Memes_)
Sep 11, 2023

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