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Posted by May 9, 2023 in The Money Lap

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Good morning! We survived another weekend despite last lap run-ins, cringy driver intros and even a post race fight! Let’s break down all the drama, but first, don’t forget to listen to our all new podcast hosted by Parker Kligerman and Landon Cassill! Check it out below 👇

Why was Harry Potter surprised when Ferrari won the F1 race? 

*Answer at the bottom

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Red Bull Continues their Reign

Max Verstappen won the Miami Grand Prix in dominant fashion, despite starting in ninth place on the grid. His Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez led for most of the race, but Verstappen overtook him with five laps to go and won by a margin of 26 seconds. Fernando Alonso finished in third place. Verstappen made his way up the field by taking advantage of his car’s superior speed and passing several drivers on the way. The race was clean with no major incidents, and Verstappen’s victory gave Red Bull a perfect score for the weekend.

Otmar May Be Out

The future of Otmar Szafnauer, Alpine’s team principal, is in doubt after CEO Laurent Rossi warned of “consequences” for the team missing targets this season. Alpine finished fourth in the constructors’ championship last year but is currently sixth, level on points with McLaren in fifth. Rossi says there are “a lot of excuses” within the team and he wants to see changes quickly.

Rossi says the team’s standards have slipped, leading to a lack of operational excellence, and the final responsibility rests with Szafnauer. Rossi added that the team has the resources available to match Aston Martin’s progress this year.

“Aston have less engineers than us, as far as I know. They don’t have their own wind tunnel yet, they don’t have their plant running at the moment. They hyper-charged development by having the right people joining them. It shows that it’s down to creativity and efficiency. It’s the rule of the game, we know that. So no, I’m sorry, I don’t buy the resource excuse.”

More F1

🥴 Miami Grand Prix driver intros come under heavy fire on Twitter… drivers and fans described it as cringy and distracting

👎 Max Verstappen gets booed by Miami Grand Prix Crowd… says he is unfazed by the heckling because he wouldn’t get it if he wasn’t winning

💡 Bob, Does Miami have lights?…  Miami GP organizers say that they are looking into a future night race possibility


Denny Does Kansas

LFG!! How are those brackets lookin? 😏 #teamtoyota

— Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin)
May 8, 2023

The NASCAR Cup race at Kansas Speedway on Sunday was one of the most competitive and entertaining races of the 2023 season, featuring a track-record 37 official lead changes among 12 different drivers and 3,632 green flag passes. Denny Hamlin won the race, which featured a last-lap pass for the win, and credited the track for the perfect match between the car, the tire, and the race track. A post-race pit road fight between drivers Ross Chastain and Noah Gragson capped off the memorable race in America’s heartland.

Enfinger Eeks out Kansas Win

Inspection is clear, there were no issues.

@GrantEnfinger is your official winner at @kansasspeedway.

May 7, 2023

Grant Enfinger won the NASCAR Truck race at Kansas Speedway, staying clear of restart crashes and taking the lead on lap 103 of 134 by passing both Corey Heim and Zane Smith as those two raced side-by-side. The race had several wrecks early on, and Enfinger’s victory is his first of the 2023 season and eighth of his career. The victory also secured his playoff berth. The top five included Enfinger, Heim, Zane Smith, Stewart Friesen, and Ross Chastain with Kyle Busch finishing in seventh place.

Ross Roughs Up Noah

Here’s what happened on pit road between @NoahGragson and @RossChastain.

May 7, 2023

Ross Chastain punched fellow Chevrolet driver Noah Gragson after a race at Kansas Speedway. Gragson had approached Chastain to complain about how he raced him and grabbed Chastain’s uniform. The incident was featured live on the broadcast, showing Gragson shaking Chastain and asking him what his problem was before Chastain swung his fist and hit Gragson’s left cheek. Gragson was then stopped by a NASCAR security official when he tried to punch Chastain back. Chastain finished fifth while Gragson placed 29th.

“We see each other every day.”- Noah Gragson on what it may be like working with Chevrolet teammate Ross Chastain after Kansas.

— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass)
May 7, 2023


✍️ Ryan Newman Makes Return to NASCAR Cup Series competition… Newman joins Rick Ware Racing for select races in 2023

🎨 Herbst honors the late Ken Block in Darlington throwback… Riley Herbst and Stewart Haas unveils a Ken Block themed Monster Energy throwback

🛻 Bubba Wallace announces first truck start since 2021… Wallace joins Tricon Garage for two races this season

⭐️ Two more entries join a star-studded entry list for North Wilkesboro CARS Tour Race… Trackhouse’s Chastain and Suarez are the latest to submit their entires


Andretti Goes Across the Pond

Michael Andretti wants to bring Andretti Global to the Formula 1 grid as part of a multi-tier plan that would establish a European training ladder replicating his success story in North America. He plans to establish a new pipeline for young drivers, using the same formula he has developed to bring Colton Herta, Pato O’Ward, Kyle Kirkwood, and others up the ladder to IndyCar.

Andretti Global will set up a shop in England where the engineering team for the F1 squad would be based, and Andretti Global would do Formula 3 and Formula 2. This way, he believes he can better spotlight emerging talent. Andretti has won three of the last four Indy NXT (formerly Indy Lights) championships, and currently fields four entries this season.

More IndyCar

⚙️ 18 IndyCar Championships, 15 Indianapolis 500’s, 3 Daytona 24 Hours… Here’s a behind the scenes look at Honda and their success in America


Take a trip to far away motorsport lands

🇺🇸 FIA Impressed by USA WRC Rally demonstration… USA steps up Rally bid to try and join the 2024 WRC Championship

🥇 The first-ever winner of FIA Rally Star Women’s has been declared… Annia Cilloniz wins moving her one step closer to the World Rally Championship

♻️ It’s time for a new approach to sustainability in motorsports… less focus on banning things like tire warmers and more focus on innovation and cooperation

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It was a really stupid introduction

📷: extraupvotes52  #f1

— Inside The Paddock | Best F1® Memes (@PaddockMemes)
May 8, 2023

Only DTS fans found this boring

📷: hoxedass  #f1

— Inside The Paddock | Best F1® Memes (@PaddockMemes)
May 8, 2023

a matchup for the ages

— NASCAR Memes (@NASCAR_Memes_)
May 7, 2023


Will Davison 2015 V8 Supercars Adelaide Onboard

Join Will Davison onboard the Erebus Motorsport Mercedes for a few laps during Qualifying at the Adelaide Street Circuit, marking the start of the 2015 V8 Supercar Championship Series.



Because he expecto’d Petronas!   

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