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Adam Sinclair

Adam Sinclair

Adam has been a race fan since the first time he went through the tunnel under the Daytona International Speedway more than 30 years ago. He has had the privilege of traveling to races all across the state of Florida (as well as one race in Ohio), watching nearly everything with a motor compete for fame and glory, as well as participating in various racing schools to get the feel of what racecar drivers go through every week.  

Adam spent several years covering motorsports for Examiner.com., where he had the opportunity to see the racing world from behind the scenes as well as the grandstands. He invites everyone to follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus, and looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm for all things racing with the readers of SpeedwayDigest.com.

Be sure to tune in for his sports talk program, Thursday Night Thunder, where he discusses the latest in motorsports news with drivers, crew members, and fans. The show takes place (almost) every Thursday at 8:00 pm EST on the Speedway Digest Radio Network. 

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One of the most anticipated new sporting events of 2022 is finally here – the inaugural Formula 1 Crypto.com Miami Grand Prix. As part of a festival fitting for Miami and South Florida, the Formula 1 World Championship race will be run on Sunday, May 8, and will air live on ABC, with coverage beginning at 2 p.m. ET.

ESPN and ABC will surround the race telecast with an unprecedented amount of programming and content across platforms including the live, on-site presence of SportsCenter, Good Morning America and Marty & McGee as well as robust social media and digital content that will include a live preview show on race day and a football skills contest between F1 drivers and members of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins.

The first of two F1 rounds that will be held in the United States this year, the race will be run at the new Miami International Autodrome, a 19-turn, 3.4-mile circuit built in the complex of Hard Rock Stadium, home of the Dolphins.

ESPN and ABC will utilize a set situated adjacent to the race circuit and across from the site’s yacht club and marina, providing a picturesque setting for programs and reports, as well as other locations around the circuit. Among additional content on ESPN and ABC platforms surrounding the race telecast:

  • SportsCenter –- Anchor Nicole Briscoe, also the host of ESPN’s F1 encore telecasts, will report from Miami on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday for SportsCenter, with content appearing in various editions of ESPN’s signature news and information program throughout the day. In addition, Briscoe will co-anchor the 10 a.m. editions of the program from Miami on both Saturday and Sunday. Also contributing to SportsCenter from Miami will be anchor Gary Striewski and reporters Marty Smith and Ryan McGee.
  • Good Morning America -- ABC’s Good Morning America will air reports from the Miami Grand Prix with ABC News senior meteorologist Rob Marciano and ABC News correspondent Victor Oquendo.
  • Marty & McGee -- The Marty & McGee program will originate from the Miami Grand Prix on Saturday, May 7, from 7-10 a.m. Marty & McGee is live on Saturday mornings on SEC Network and ESPN Radio. Marty Smith and Ryan McGee meet at the intersection of southern lifestyle and sports to bring viewers the latest headlines, Hillbilly and otherwise, across the SEC landscape.
  • ESPN.com/F1 -- ESPN’s Laurence Edmondson and Nate Saunders are providing complete coverage of every F1 race across all global digital platforms, including exclusive interviews with drivers and team principals, as well as breaking news and in-depth analysis. ESPN’s coverage of F1 includes a dedicated site that reports on the championship year-round. In addition to ESPN’s F1 coverage across all major social platforms, for the first time this year, ESPN’s popular Pick’Em format includes an F1 game, offering users the chance to make their predictions across the grid for each race.
  • Countdown to Miami -- For the first time at a Formula 1 race, ESPN will produce and air a preview show that will air live on ESPN social media and digital channels from 3-3:30 p.m. on race day. Countdown to Miami, sponsored by Mercedes AMG, will be hosted by SportsCenter anchor Gary Striewski, with commentator Katie George and analyst Spencer Hall. Originating from the ESPN set at the race circuit, the show will stream to ESPN’s YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook accounts, as well as the ESPN App.
  • ESPN Social Media Platforms -- Omar Raja, ESPN digital and social content commentator, and the ESPN Social Media team will have social media support and collaborations the entire week of the event. Content will include marketing activations, cross-over moments, fans, celebrities and exclusive behind-the scenes content with teams including Red Bull and Ferrari. ESPN’s social platforms also will have highlights of a football skills contest between F1 drivers and members of the Miami Dolphins. 
  • ESPN Deportes and International – Reporters Katia Castorena and Jose Antonio Cortez Ramirez will be at the Miami Grand Prix to provide content for ESPN Deportes news platforms as well as Spanish-language ESPN news platforms in other countries and territories.

For fans attending the event, ESPN will operate a 360-degree photo booth in the North Fan Zone on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Fans will pose with helmets, flags, trophies and champagne bottles for a 360-degree, high-quality slow-motion video available to share instantly on social.

In addition to the race, qualifying and all three practice sessions will air on ESPN networks on Friday and Saturday with streaming of all sessions and the race on the ESPN App. The race and qualifying telecasts will air commercial-free with sponsorship from Mothers Polish.

Race day coverage will begin at 2 p.m. with the Grand Prix Sunday pre-race show, with the race start at 3:30 p.m. The race also will air in Spanish on ESPN Deportes with coverage beginning at 2:30 p.m.

F1 returned to its original U.S. television home in 2018 – the first race ever aired in the country was on ABC in 1962. F1 races also aired on ESPN from 1984-1997. Through the first four races of the 2022 season, F1 races are averaging 1.1 million viewers, a 22 percent increase over the average for the first four races of 2021. The 2021 season was F1’s most-viewed ever on U.S. television.

Formula 1 Crypto.com Miami Grand Prix Television Schedule

(all times Eastern) 

Date       Event                                         Time (ET)      Network

Wed., May 4
Formula 1 Crypto.com Miami GP Opening Party
8:00 p.m.
ESPN+, ESPN3
Fri., May 6
Practice 1
2:25 p.m.
ESPN2
 
The F1 Show
3:45 p.m.
ESPN3
 
Practice 2
5:25 p.m.
ESPNEWS/ESPN3
Sat., May 7
Practice 3
12:55 p.m.
ESPNEWS/ESPN3
 
Qualifying
3:55 p.m.
ESPN
 
Ted’s Qualifying Notebook
5:45 p.m.
ESPN3
Sun., May 8
Grand Prix Sunday (pre-race)
2:00 p.m.
ABC
 
Countdown to Miami
3:00 p.m.
ESPN YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and ESPN App
 
Race
3:30 p.m.
ABC
 
Checkered Flag (post-race)
4:30 p.m.
ESPN3
 
Ted’s Race Notebook
6:30 p.m.
ESPN3
 
Race (encore)
10:00 p.m.
ESPNEWS

 

ESPN Deportes Schedule (in Spanish) 

Fri., May 6
Practice 1
2:25 p.m.
ESPN Deportes
 
Practice 2
5:20 p.m.
ESPN Deportes
Sat., May 7
Practice 3
12:55 p.m.
ESPN Deportes
 
Qualifying
3:55 p.m.
ESPN Deportes
Sun., May 8
Pre-Race and Race
2:30 p.m.
ESPN Deportes

 All programs also will stream on the ESPN App.

By Jeff OIson
IMSA Wire Service
 
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – If you looked closely at the truck that hauled NTE Sport/Star Spangled Racing’s Lamborghini to Sunday’s race, you noticed damage to a fender from a blowout that kept the team from making it to the previous race.
 
Those were the scars of perseverance.
 
Shortly before the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 9, one of the truck’s front tires exploded while en route from its Dallas shop. The rig made it safely to the shoulder of the road, but extensive repairs couldn’t be made in time to get to Long Beach and race.
 
“I was at Long Beach,” Jaden Conwright joked, “but the car wasn’t.”
 
Move ahead three weeks. The team’s truck and its cargo make it to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, as do Conwright and co-driver Marco Holzer. In spite of all the adversity and obstacles, they help a team turn a possible disaster into hope for the future.
 
“The results were good, and the car was a rocket ship,” Conwright said of Sunday's effort in the No. 42 NTE/SSR Lamborghini Huracán GT3. “The results definitely speak. We want more from it, but the car was fast. We were up front all day.”
 
A fueling issue cost the team precious seconds in the pits Sunday late in the Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship Presented by Motul, eventually dropping the No. 42 to a sixth-place finish in the GT Daytona (GTD) class. But the pace spoke of potential.
 
“We’ve had a lot of bad luck this year that had prohibited us from finishing a race,” team owner Paul Mata said, “so it was nice to be able to complete a race and run strong. We showed we have the speed, and we’re looking forward to more progress.”
 
The combination of Conwright, the 23-year-old recipient of the first IMSA Diverse Driver Development Scholarship, and Holzer, a 33-year-old veteran, also clicked. “He was on it all weekend,” Conwright said of Holzer.
 
“Pace-wise, we are there with the front cars,” said Holzer, driving the Huracán for the first time. “I’m overall really happy, and everyone did a great job. I hope to do more.” 
Conwright impressively qualified second in the competitive 14-car GTD field and ran consistently in the top four until handing over the car to Holzer with just over an hour remaining in the two-hour, 40-minute race. Still, the top-six finish was considered triumphant under the circumstances: NTE/SSR hadn’t tested the Huracán, Holzer hadn’t driven it before, and Conwright was competing in an IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship sprint race for the first time.
 
“It’s definitely a positive result,” Conwright said. “It shows that we’re in a great place and we have a lot to build on from here. We should hopefully be a force to be reckoned with in the future.” 
 
The future – at least the immediate part of it – is the Lexus Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio on May 15. With adversity behind it, NTE/SSR is focused on the positive.
 
“We’re learning as we go,” Conwright said. “It was definitely a positive all-around weekend. It’s a great place to continue building as the season continues.”

The WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca 120 event was another solid effort for Luca Mars as he continues to show front running pace in his Rookie IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season. 

 

Despite early challenges in practice where Mars and teammate Nate Stacy struggled to find pace in their Race for RP Mustang, placing outside the top ten on the speed charts, qualifying proved to be a different story. 

 

The KohR Motorsports team utilized their resources and successful past history at the facility to pull all the pieces together overnight. Mars returned the favor by putting in a stellar qualifying effort, leaping all the way to P5 out of 28 GS Class entries, giving the team a bright outlook on the race.

 

Dean Martin: "We knew we'd have a bit of a challenge at Laguna Seca. Some tracks play in to our strengths while others force us to work a little harder like this weekend. It was a team effort to pull it all together overnight from the engineers to the drivers and when it counted, Luca delivered in qualifying."

 

Luca had a great start in the race settling in to fifth position and running in step with the next two cars. Along the way the team executed a fuel stop under yellow and then the driver change as well under yellow. In both instances, drivers and team operated flawlessly and Luca was able to bring the car back in the same place he qualified - P5.

 

Luca Mars: "We struggled with setup early but made some changes and I was able to qualify 5th when it counted. My starts and restarts were solid and the crew nailed our two pitstops letting me bring the car back in fifth still at the end of the run. The time we put in at Mid Ohio last week really showed here in working together on the setup as well as the pit stops - things I really wanted to improve on!"

 

Despite great early pace in the final stint, over the long run to the end of the race the car fell off some and Nate brought the #60 entry home 12th to close out a tricky yet positive weekend. 

 

The duo will return to action in just two weeks at the historic Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course - a track Luca is familiar with having competed previously there in F2000, IMSA-MX5 Cup and WRL events, scoring several podium finishes over the years. The Mid-Ohio 120 for the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge will take place May 13-14 with the 2-hour race scheduled for 4:05PM Saturday May 14th.

 

Luca Mars: “I am really looking forward to this race! It is as close to home as we run in IMSA so I'm hoping to see a lot of friends and family there. I do have a lot of laps around Mid-Ohio in many different cars too. It will be exciting to get a chance to go there with some momentum after these first two races."

 

For tickets to Luca's "home" race please visit: Lexus Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio 

 

For more information about Luca Mars and his motorsports endeavors please visit www.LucaMars.com 

Turn 3 Motorsport drivers Josh Green and Jonathan Browne had a solid weekend at Barber Motorsports Park during Rounds 3 and 4 of the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, each collecting top ten finishes in both races and earning valuable championship points ahead of the next event.
 
After ending up P1 in the final session of the pre-event test day, Green qualified the #3 car sixth for Saturday’s Race 1 with less than .3 seconds separating the top six cars. A clean start put Green on the tail of the #90 car of Louis Foster from the get-go where he looked for opportunities to pass on the 2.38-mile circuit known for being difficult to overtake on. Green got the job done on Lap 14, moving up to P5 and fighting a good battle in the final laps with Foster and Braden Eves, eventually crossing the finish line in sixth.
 
Green qualified on the fourth row in Qualifying 2, setting himself up for another fight in Race 2. By the end of Lap 1, Green was up to P7, and by the end of Lap 3, he had progressed to P6. The field then began to settle into a rhythm as they completed 30 total laps, resulting in another sixth place finish for Green and a solid points gain in the championship.

Josh Green drives the #3 Indy Pro 2000 car around Barber Motorsports Park

#3 Josh Green // Indy Pro 2000
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“Barber Motorsports Park wasn’t the nicest to us per se, but I have a feeling we left the weekend much stronger than we were when we arrived,” said Green. “With it being a tough weekend, a pair of sixth place finishes is pretty solid and a good points haul in what will be a tight championship fight. I’m really proud of how everyone in the team handled the adversity and continue to be amazed by the connection everyone under the Turn 3 Motorsport tent shares. I hope to see everyone at IMS in two weeks!”
 
Green currently lies sixth in the overall driver’s championship with 72 total points.
 
Teammate Jonathan Browne had a successful weekend overall, earning two top-ten finishes and building momentum in his rookie campaign. Browne rounded out the pre-event test day fifth in the final session before heading into practice and Qualifying 1 the next day where he qualified the #2 car 11th for Race 1. Browne drove a great race, improving to tenth in the green-to-checkers contest and claiming his first top-ten finish of the season.
 
Browne qualified on row six for Race 2 and steadied for another push through the field. He did just that, making his way up to tenth by Lap 2 and then up to ninth by Lap 6. After 30 laps of competitive driving, Browne crossed the finish line in P9, marking his best finish of the season thus far.

Jonathan Browne drives the #2 Indy Pro 2000 car around Barber Motorsports Park

#2 Jonathan Browne // Indy Pro 2000
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“Walking away with a P10 and P9 after a really competitive weekend is okay for us,” said Browne. “We showed really good pace in both races, so I’m happy with that. These still aren’t the positions where I want to be, but it’s a stepping stone to moving further up the grid. A big thanks to all of the team for their hard work this weekend. On to Indy GP!”
 
“It was an extremely competitive weekend at Barber,” said Team Owner Peter Dempsey. “There was so little between the top eight guys; if you hook up the lap, it’s P1, and if you miss it by the smallest margin, you can be P8. Unfortunately, we never got that special lap to put up us front in either of the qualifying sessions. Barber is hard to pass on after the first few laps, and we found ourselves stuck in the pack with the pace to be at the front. Josh and Jonathan are working well together, and we have to just stick at it and it will come. Looking forward to Indy GP in a couple of weeks now.”
 
The Indy Pro 2000 series is back on track for the first tripleheader event of the season at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course circuit from May 12-14.

INDY PRO 2000 RACE RESULTS // ROUNDS 3/4
INDY PRO 2000 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
To stay up to date on Turn 3 Motorsport, follow the team on social media using the handle @turn3motorsport.

It was a weekend of firsts for Christian Weir as the 15-year-old proved his championship contender status by landing his first Cooper Tires Pole Award and subsequent podium finish in Race 2 of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship at Barber Motorsports Park this past weekend. The pole position was not only the first for Weir, but also the maiden USF2000 Series pole for Turn 3 Motorsport.
 
Weir qualified the #32 car on row four for Race 1, and by the end of the first lap had already improved to seventh. As the laps counted on, the field settled into position, and Weir maintained a seventh place finish in a green-to-checkers event.
 
After qualifying on pole for Race 2, Sunday’s events faced a slight rain delay before commencing later in the morning. Taking the lead starting spot ahead of a highly competitive field, Weir held onto P1 in the opening turns but fell back two positions after slight contact in Turn 5, resulting in a third place finish and the Naperville, Illinois resident’s first podium in the USF2000 Series.

#32 Christian Weir // USF2000 Championship
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Christian Weir finishes 3rd in USF2000 Race 2 at Barber Motorsports Park

“It was a weekend of firsts for me,” said Weir. “The first race of the weekend was good. We were able to stay out of trouble, move forward, and gain experience going into the second race. What a great feeling it was to get my first pole position in Qualifying 2! I knew starting Race 2 from the front was going to be tough, and I think if I was able to avoid the contact on the opening lap, we could have scored our first win, but I’m so happy to come out of the weekend with my first podium in USF2000. I can’t wait to try and carry this momentum into Indy in just a couple of weeks. On to the next one!”
 
Weir came out of the weekend eighth overall in the driver’s championship with 55 total points.
 
Teammate Spike Kohlbecker had his work cut out for him after qualifying 12th for Race 1 on a circuit that is notoriously difficult to overtake on. With the challenge ahead of him, the St. Louis native took off as the green flag fell, improving to 11th, then 10th in the opening few laps. At the end of the 20-lap contest, Kohlbecker delivered a P10 finish for the #33 Turn 3 Motorsport w/ Ignite Autosport entry.
 
Kohlbecker started on row seven for Race 2, and after a short rain delay, things got underway with the reigning Rookie of the Year shooting up to P11. Unfortunately, slight contact damaged the #33 car, costing him a couple of positions and forcing him to restart his fight for a top-ten finish. The shortened Race 2 came to an end after just 17 laps with Kohlbecker taking home an 11th place finish to round out the weekend.

#33 Spike Kohlbecker // USF2000 Championship
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Spike Kohlbecker in his #33 Turn 3 Motorsport w/ Ignite Autosport car

“I think overall Barber Motorsports Park was a good learning point for us,” said Kohlbecker. “I did not have the results I wanted, but that’s okay. I’m going to keep working and pushing to get to where we should be. I’m looking forward to racing again at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course two weeks.”
 
“It was a solid weekend for our USF2000 team,” said Team Owner Peter Dempsey. “Christian delivered in Qualifying 2 and gave himself an opportunity to compete at the front for the first time. He did a great job in the race matching the leader’s pace. He now knows he can compete at the level required which is a huge boost to his confidence.”
 
“It was a tough weekend for Spike not reaching the potential we expected, and qualifying outside the top ten at Barber, it’s always tough to move forward,” continued Dempsey. “His race pace was actually very good; they were his best sessions of the weekend. Unfortunately, he couldn’t show much being stuck in the back. We will shift our focus to Indy GP now and aim to get both cars at the front.”
 
The USF2000 series is back on track for the first tripleheader event of the season at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course circuit from May 12-14.

USF2000 RACE RESULTS // ROUNDS 3/4
USF2000 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
To stay up to date on Turn 3 Motorsport, follow the team on social media using the handle @turn3motorsport.
805 Beer Presents: “The House That Built Me: The Tyler Bereman Story”, a feature documentary profiling the professional dirt biker. 805 Beer is proudly brewed by Firestone Walker Brewing Company in Paso Robles, California. 
 
 
 
 
The House That Built Me highlights Tyler Bereman’s small-town origins in Templeton, on the Central Coast of California, where he grew up surrounded by bikes. A lethal combination of style, speed, and the most precise bit of technical prowess, all baked in to produce what is the epitome of a well-rounded athlete that Tyler is today. But he didn’t do it all on his own. Tyler’s grandfather and father poured their lives into his success. It’s under their watchful eye Tyler’s became a name in every moto conversation. Featuring interviews with industry legends including Robbie Maddison and Jeremy Twitch Stenberg, the film unearths who Tyler is and all the people and events that have shaped his path along the way. 
 
 
Tyler Bereman, known to the world as one of the top dirt bike athletes, has won 10 medals from the X Games including the gold at the X Games in Minneapolis in 2019. Tyler grew up in Templeton, California and currently resides in Murrieta, California. 
Stoffel Vandoorne mastered the streets of Monte Carlo with a tactical drive to win the 2022 Monaco E-Prix Round 6 for Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team and take the ABB FIA Formula E Drivers' World Championship lead. The Belgian beat polesitter Mitch Evans (Jaguar TCS Racing) to the top step, while DS TECHEETAH's Jean-Éric Vergne came home third in front of more than 15,000 fans at the iconic home of motorsport.
 
Vandoorne emerged on the right side of a mid-race full course yellow and safety car which threw race strategies up in the air with the Belgian besting Evans after a race-long battle with the help of some measured energy management.
 
Vandoorne had hit the front after then-leader Pascal Wehrlein (TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team) retired from the lead with technical issues on Lap 16. Once at the head of the pack, Vandoorne seized control and made good on both restarts to take the chequered flag first with race pace and energy in-hand.
 
Evans couldn't quite capitalise on the searing pace that saw him fly to Julius Baer Pole Position but 18 points and second spot after a Rome win-double sees the Jaguar driver's hot-streak continue.
 
Vergne followed in third, sparring for the race distance with those ahead and fending off the late attentions of Envision Racing's Robin Frijns who came home fourth, the Dutchman extending his consistent run of form. That made it a joint-high of three podiums for Frenchman Vergne and he remains the only driver to score points in every race this season.
Antonio Felix da Costa made it two DS TECHEETAHs in the top five, with Lucas di Grassi coming home sixth for a solid haul on home soil for ROKiT Venturi Racing - though Edoardo Mortara retired late on having run much of the race alongside his teammate in the points.
 
Nick Cassidy (Envision Racing) finished seventh, with Sebastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams), Jake Dennis (Avalanche Andretti) and reigning champion Nyck de Vries rounding out the top 10.
 
All that left Vandoorne six points clear atop the Drivers' standings, and Mercedes-EQ 15 points ahead of DS TECHEETAH in the Teams' running.
 
Next stop in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship is a double-header E-Prix in Berlin on 14 and 15 May for Rounds 7 and 8 and marks the midpoint of Season 8.
 
STOFFEL VANDOORNE, MERCEDES-EQ FORMULA E TEAM, #5 said:
"It is an amazing feeling, I mean Monaco is always a special race to win as a driver. Last year we had a tough time here, this year we managed to turn it around. The target was to qualify at the front and then I knew we would be in the mix, and that is exactly how the race panned out. We were flying today, massive well done to the team for giving me a strong car. It has not been an easy start to the season, but it shows the consistency we have. I am extremely happy.
"I feel like I have been fighting at the front all season already, I have had a few pole positions and have not quite been able to convert them into victories. This weekend I decided not to qualify on pole and get the victory instead."
 
MITCH EVANS, JAGUAR TCS RACING, #9 said:
"It was a confusing race because I felt we were looking really good on the energy, obviously off the back of Rome but also approaching the race. We thought we were pretty conservative, so were not expecting to use much energy, but it was the complete opposite. This is something to look into, maybe we just got things a bit wrong today - but we were quite lucky to get second, so I will take that. I really wanted to win today off the back of pole and the wins for us at the last race, but Stoffel and the other guys were really quick. So I will take these good points and move on for the next race."
 
JEAN-ÉRIC VERGNE, DS TECHEETAH, #25 said:
"It was a good race but I was unlucky on the second attack mode, I had a struggle with full course yellow so it was a waste. Obviously  I would rather fight for the win today but I am going to take those points. I’ll keep pushing hard, I’ll keep hard working and move forward.”

Following its success in 2021, the Extreme E Count Us In Challenge is back for Season 2 with fans once again urged to take action on climate change through their passion for the sport.

The unison between Extreme E and the global initiative Count Us In, first announced in 2020, encourages fans to use the collective power of their individual action on climate, inspiring them to take one or more impactful actions from a set recommended by the campaign. The goal of these actions is to show that committing to small lifestyle changes, like eating more plant-based foods walking and cycling more, and reducing energy consumption at home, has a huge, positive impact when multiplied on a global level. 

Each action, represented as a step on the action platform, is attributed to the fans’ favourite Extreme E team, and the team with the most steps at the end of the Season wins the Extreme E Sustainability Award. Count Us In uses a range of data sources to add up the carbon savings of people’s actions. The wider implications of which can therefore urge governments, cities and businesses to accelerate progress and increase their ambition on climate action. 

Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Extreme E, said: “Our first season working with Count Us In was a huge success – and it was fantastic to see just how much fan engagement there was which further underlines the power of our sport. We are fortunate to have a phenomenal platform and it’s important we use it in the right way and that is, not only to entertain, but also to educate. And initiatives like Count Us In allow us to magnify our message and facilitate quantifiable change that really makes a difference.

“We are really looking forward to building on this momentum for Season 2 and with the help of our incredible line up of teams, drivers and dedicated fan base, we aim to go even further in taking action on climate change.  At Extreme E we will continue to push the boundaries and shine a spotlight on the issues we face, along with the need to act now to help protect our futures.”

In 2021, the X44 team became the first winners of the prestigious Sustainability Award award after topping the standings in the series inaugural Count Us In Challenge. Led by Sir Lewis Hamilton, X44 clinched the award with a total of 792 steps pledged with Jenson Button’s JBXE team coming in close second with a total of 749 steps. Nico Rosberg’s team, Rosberg X Racing, finished third with a total of 422 steps. In total of the Extreme E Count Us In Challenge inspired 1,231 fans to take 3,207 steps which saved an impressive 1,242,223 KG C02.  

On being presented with the 2021 award, X44’s Sébastien Loeb said: “I was very happy that X44 won the Extreme E Sustainability Award for 2021. I joined the team hoping to discover more about the environment while doing what I love, and I have learned so much from the series and the different places we visited – in fact I even bought my first electric car last year!"

Nigel Topping, UK High Level Champion for Climate Action, COP26, said: “I'm delighted to see the Extreme E Count Us In Challenge grow from strength to strength. To avoid the worst effects of climate change, we need everyone’s involvement – from businesses and governments to citizens and communities, we all have a critical part to play. People all over the world taking impactful actions, like talking to friends or using their voting power, and taking on some simple lifestyle changes, is a fundamental part of demonstrating to companies and governments that our whole society is in the Race to Zero emissions."

In 2022, McLaren XE also joins the line-up of existing Extreme E teams in the quest for this year’s coveted award. The team, who announced its entry into Extreme E last year, join the championship as part of its move to minimise negative impact and achieve net-zero carbon footprint by 2030.

The sport for purpose championship continues on it’s voyage touching ground in Sardinia for the double header before moving onto South America - Chile and Uruguay.

 

To learn more about Extreme E, visit - www.Extreme-E.com

South Florida Motorsports (SFM) is bringing the very best food and beverage offerings to the Formula 1® Crypto.com Miami Grand Prix this coming May 6-8, 2022. The South Florida region is famous for its bar and restaurant culture and over the course of the race weekend, attendees to the track will get the opportunity to sample some of the best culinary delights the city has to offer.

 

With over a dozen local Participating Restaurants offering a range of amazing flavours, the promoters of the Formula 1® Crypto.com Miami Grand Prix are delighted to be able to bring the cuisine of South Florida to the guests of the race to enjoy. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience Michelin-starred offerings as well as the flavors of Miami Gardens through the food and drink offerings of local minority-owned businesses.

 

Over the course of the race weekend, over 34 different participating restaurants will be responsible for the menus throughout the Miami Campus and the Miami International Autodrome. From the fan areas to the premium hospitality locations, such as the suites and MSC Cruises Yacht Club, the menus will feature a distinct Miami feel, combining the culinary expertise and produce of the area.

 

An expansive range of iconic local restaurant concepts emblematic of South Florida will be featured across the Miami Campus. They include eateries such as…

Seaspice

Seaspice has brought a vision unlike any other to the Miami River where locals and tourists flock to get a taste of the signature wood-fired casseroles and specialty-crafted cocktails, all while taking in the breathtaking scenery of the Miami River and downtown skyline.

 

Michael’s Genuine Cafe

This is place to sample Miami's own James Beard Award Winning Chef Michael Schwartz's Burgers and Fried Chicken Sandwiches. ‘Food & Wine’ said this burger was one of the best in the country — you must try with house smoked bacon or a Black Truffle Crema.

 

Harry’s Pizzeria

Chef Michael Schwartz's Harry's Pizzeria will have their brick pizza ovens making fresh-baked Pizzas, including  Short Rib, Truffle Mushroom, Pepperoni and Classic Cheese, fired to order all day.

 

Groot Hospitality

Groot Hospitality is a Miami-based collective of top restaurants, nightclubs and hotels. Officially formed in 2018 by entrepreneur, David Grutman, the company is a forerunner in its field, creating unique atmospheres of upscale dining, luxe decor, marquee entertainment and highly shareable moments. Groot Hospitality will create a bespoke experience for the 72 Club in the Miami International Autodrome Campus, and will serve a selection of signature items from its restaurants Komodo, Swan, Papi Steak, SFC, Strawberry Moon and The Key Club, such as Chips & Caviar, Peking Duck, A5 Rolls, Wagyu Pastrami and more.

 

Casa Tua

Created to evoke the feeling of ‘your home’ as the name suggests, Casa Tua at Miami International Autodrome is a soulful, boutique hospitality space offering invited guests access to a trackside private members club. Located inside Paddock East, the pinnacle of Formula 1 hospitality, Casa Tua will create an atmosphere that combines fine Italian fare with welcoming service and a trackside view of the action, making it one of the most desirable areas of the circuit.

 

ZZ’s

ZZ’s Club is a restaurant and private membership club from Major Food Group located in the heart of the Miami Design District, designed for individuals who appreciate the highest caliber of dining and service, unlike anywhere else in Miami.  The Palm Club X ZZ's Club will showcase a variety of exceptional Japanese dishes and cocktails in a luxurious setting to dine and watch the race.

 

Michelle Bernstein

James Beard Award-winning Chef Michelle Bernstein, a Miami native of Jewish and Latin descent, has dazzled diners and critics alike with her sublime cuisine and personality as bright and vibrant as the Florida sun.  Attendees will be treated to several of Bernstein’s acclaimed South Florida concepts throughout the campus, including an exclusive preview of Sra. Martinez, Bernstein’s forthcoming dining and entertainment experience set to open later this year in downtown Coral Gables. Sra. Martinez will offer an eclectic menu of Old-World Spanish and America favorites with innovative, contemporary twists, all infused with Bernstein’s eye for great product and her signature knack for vibrant, deceptively simple, yet layered flavors. In addition, her eponymous catering company, Michelle Bernstein Catering, will serve her award-winning cuisine for the Yacht Club area; while Sweet Liberty, ranked one of the world’s top 100 bars, will provide vibrant cocktails and innovative mixology, as well as their famous Cauliflower Nachos.

 

COTE Miami

COTE, the Michelin-starred and James Beard Award-nominated KOREAN STEAKHOUSE™ and vision of proprietor Simon Kim was unveiled in Miami’s Design District this Winter. Emulating its flagship, the high-energy New York City-based locale is synonymous with marrying the fun and fire of Korean barbeque with the hallmarks of a classic, regal American steakhouse. The result is a unique and convivial atmosphere infusing a fine dining experience with world-class ingredients and service complemented with a show-stopping beverage program.

 

Other restaurant examples include the Peruvian Sushi bar SuViche, popular bistro Novecento, the colorful CHICA and Capri. In addition to the indulgent dishes at Yardbird (known for its heady bourbon cocktails), Menchie’s, the famous fried chicken eatery Fuku by David Chang, Japanese delights of OMAKAI SushiSushi MakiPubbelly Sushi and Kosushi and the legendary Havana 1957 which allows you to relive the glory and glamour of Cuba in the 1950s.

 

“From general concourse areas to the premium hospitality spaces, we have been preparing the dining experience for Formula 1® fans for more than a year,” said Richard Cregan, CEO of the Formula 1® Crypto.com Miami Grand Prix.

“I know fans from across the world will love these unique offerings celebrating our diverse food culture, especially those from local and minority-owned restaurateurs. The culinary team will help deliver a local-authentic winning approach to food, beverage and hospitality at what will be a spectacular global event.”

 

Further options include Brad KilgoreBodega Taqueria y TequilaKiki on the RiverSpring Chicken, WET Miami, Casa Florida, Dos Croquetas Benihana plus chef Jimmy Dean BBQGlobal EatsGarden of Soul FoodColdstone CreameryLa NostraSanto DulceEl OrgulloMonster Burger, Ms. CheeziousForno Italiano PizzeriaLa Vela Coffee RoastersCilantro 27Twin Dragon HibachiAngie’s Epicurean and many more.

 

Over the course of the race weekend, Chef Dayanny De La Cruz, Sodexo Live! Executive Chef of the Hard Rock Stadium will be responsible for the menus across the fan areas and premium hospitality locations such as the suites and MSC Cruises Yacht Club, where the menus will feature a distinct Miami feel, combining the culinary expertise and the produce of the area.

 

The executive chef will be supported by more than 2,500 employees, 75 temporary kitchens and more than 30 additional culinary staff. Examples of the locally-inspired food include Rock Shrimp Ceviche, Filet Mignon Bites, Beef Wagyu Satay, Key West Pink Shrimp Cocktail and more

 

The Miami Campus will also boast unique experiential beverage activations with Herradura, Hendricks, Glenfiddich, Cincoro, Whistle Pig, Organika and Flor de Cana to name a few. Herradura will create the signature MIA cocktail for this year which will be a refreshing MIA Skinny Margarita while Hendricks will create a unique 3-story bar located in the East Campus that is open for all guests to experience.

 

Glenfiddich also have a branded bar located in the MSC Cruises Yacht Club where they are customizing the fan experience to provide an unforgettable race weekend and VIP experience for all race attendees and Formula 1 Global Partner, Ferrari Trento will also activate a custom Sparkling Wine bar in the North Campus International Piazza.

 

In addition, 14 local minority-owned restaurants will have a presence at this year’s inaugural event in and around the Campus for the duration of the race weekend:

 

Adams Catering: BBQ staple in the community

Drinks on Me 305: Food truck offering American cuisine in the local Miami area

Fryhead: Gourmet seafood and chicken mobile bistro

La Vela Coffee: High-quality, freshly roasted coffee

Lovely’s On The Go: Healthy lifestyle cuisine

Miami Rice: Delicious hibachi meals

Miami Slush: Flavorful slush with unique flavors

Misfit Cupcakes: Dessert/pastry shop specializing in cupcakes, cakes, and sweets

Nola Bites: Cajun and seafood

Reggae Beats: Delectable vegan menu and healthy Jerk Chicken

SEED: Sustainable food truck offering custom menus

Shuckin’ and Jivin’: Cajun themed featuring shrimp, fish and southern homecooked classics

Soulfly Kitchen: Soul food

 

The other highlight of the dining experience for the Formula 1® Crypto.com Miami Grand Prix include a best-in-class wine program, created in close collaboration with Carlton McCoy, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. Named a Master Sommelier in 2013 at just 28 years old, McCoy was one of the youngest people and the second African American to earn this prestigious title.

 

At the conclusion of the event, Hard Rock Stadium and Chef Dayanny De La Cruz, Sodexo Live! Chef of the Hard Rock Stadium will work to donate prepared but unused food items to the Miami chapter of Food Rescue US, to directly benefit local missions and shelters around South Florida. The group regularly rescues food from Hard Rock Stadium and has kept three million pounds of food out of landfills since its inception in 2018.

 Indian Motorcycle Racing, presented by Progressive Motorcycle Insurance, had a stellar showing at round three of the 2022 American Flat Track series in Odessa, MO for the inaugural I-70 Half-Mile, with Jared Mees scoring his second consecutive victory of the season, moving him into the championship lead with a four-point advantage. Factory teammate Briar Bauman took second, while Brandon Robinson rounded out the top three aboard his Mission Roof Systems Indian FTR750, giving Indian Motorcycle Racing an impressive podium sweep. 

 

Coming off his dominant performance at the Texas Half-Mile, Mees looked to keep his momentum going and make a strong statement that he is the rider to beat in 2022, which is exactly what he did. While Bauman got a strong jump off the line to take the early lead, Mees started in third and swiftly moved towards the front by overtaking JD Beach on the opening lap. On lap three, Mees had closed in on the back of Bauman before sneaking his FTR750 to the inside and propelling himself into the lead. This time, Mees couldn’t run away with the win and spent much of the 25-lap race fending off advances from his teammate. It was a fight to the finish as Bauman put together a late-race charge to try and overtake the reigning champion. Mees was able to maintain his position, taking the checkered flag and win by a mere 0.116-seconds. 

 

Brandon Robinson moved into third in the early portions of the race and despite his attempts to make it a three-way battle for the lead, he ultimately settled into position and took the checkered flag in third. This marked his first podium finish of the 2022 season. 

 

“This was a solid showing for the whole Indian Motorcycle team, coming away with a podium sweep,” said Gary Gray, Vice President Racing, Service & Technology for Indian Motorcycle. “Although this win didn’t come as easy for Jared [Mees], with Briar [Bauman] right on his rear throughout the entire race, it was still an important win as he’s now leading in the championship standings. There is still a lot of racing left this season, but I think it’s going to be a battle to the finish between these two.”

“What a day,” Mees said. “Mother Nature actually played a good hand for the racetrack for us. Thankfully we got the racing in before the next storm came in. These races that are quick with just one round of qualifying and right into a Main Event are hectic. You’ve got to be on point from word go. What a hectic Main Event with Briar. I felt him breathing down my neck the entire time. A track like this makes for a lot of tiny little mistakes, but everybody has their fair share of them, and we stuck it out and got to the checkered flag first.”

After three rounds, factory Wrecking Crew riders sit 1-2 in the championship chase, with Mees having 64-points and Bauman sitting at 60-points. Both riders have a small cushion heading into rounds four and five, as third sits at 51-points.

The 2022 American Flat Track season continues on May 28 and 29 for the Red Mile Doubleheader in Lexington, KY.

 

Sponsors for Indian Motorcycle Racing’s American Flat Track efforts include Progressive Insurance, S&S®, Indian Motorcycle Oil, Mission Foods, Bell Helmets, Drag Specialties and Parts Unlimited.

 

For more information on Indian Motorcycle Racing, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

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