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Canadian GP promoter doesn’t want sprint race

Penske Porsche, Le Mans, 2024

In the round-up: The promoter of the Canadian Grand Prix is not interested in turning his round of the championship into a sprint event.

In brief

Traditional format is best, says Canadian GP promoter

Canadian Grand Prix promoter Francois Dumontier says he prefers the traditional race weekend structure to the sprint format which Formula 1 introduced three years ago.

“I’m a fan of the current format with free practice, qualifying, and the race,” he told the Journal de Montreal. “It’s traditional, but it’s the right one.”

The report claimed F1 charges $4 million (£3.14m) to race promoters for sprint events. But Dumontier said he disagrees with the series’ claim they provide better value for spectators.

“F1 says we see the cars running just as often with five periods on the circuit, but in fact, they are shorter.”

New IndyCar deal for Road America

Road America, one of America’s most highly-rated permanent road circuits, will remain on the IndyCar calendar for several more years after signing a new deal with the series.

“Road America is a magnificent facility and great partner to IndyCar,” said the series’ president Jay Frye said. “With its rich history, iconic layout and packed grandstands and campgrounds, it remains a favourite for our drivers and teams.”

Penske Porsche one-two at Le Mans test

Penske Porsche led the way at Le Mans

A pair of Penske Porsches topped the times on the first day of testing for the Le Mans 24 Hours. The number six 963 was fastest of all, setting a best time of 3’26.907, as Andre Lotterer, Kevin Estre, Laurens Vanthoor and Dane Cameron took turns at the wheel.

Toyota were third quickest, seven-tenths of a second off the pace, followed by the third of the Penske Porsches. The quickest Ferrari was fifth, 1.1s slower than the day’s fastest time.

Less than three seconds covered the 21 fastest hypercar entries. However the sole Isotta Fraschini, 23rd on the time sheets, was over two-and-a-half seconds off the next car in the same class and only 1.7s faster than the quickest LMP2 car.

Chadwick takes first Indy Nxt win after red flag

Jamie Chadwick converted her first pole position in Indy Nxt into her breakthrough victory in the series. She led the field in a late, two-lap restart after the race was red-flagged following a collision between Myles Rowe and Jordan Missig.

Chadwick led Louis Foster and Jacob Abel home by eight tenths of a second, the other two podium finishers separated by a mere…

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