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REAR VIEW: September 5, 2016

Munoz: “We’re Getting Worse and Worse.”  – Source: Motorsport.com

Despite spearheading his team’s championship campaign, Andretti Autosport’s Carlos Munoz feels their cars continue to become “worse and worse.” The Colombian driver sits eighth in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings heading into the season finale in Sonoma but rued the team’s lackluster results. The 24 year old secured the team’s only pole this year at Phoenix and finished runner-up to teammate Alexander Rossi at this year’s Indy 500.

MRF1600 championship earns scholarship bid for USF2000 – Source: Racer.com

The third driver has qualified for the early December shootout. Vikash Anand, from India, won the MRF Formula 1600 championship and will contest against Michael Scott (New Zealand) and Tim DeSilva (California) for the $20,000 scholarship into the USF2000 series.

Hamilton Jr. debuts in IndyLights – Source: Racer.com

Davey Hamilton Jr., son of veteran driver Davey Hamilton makes his IndyLights debut at the series finale at Leguna Seca. Hamilton tested the third and current fourth generation IndyLights car and sees a few more testing sessions in the next two weeks.

WeatherTech Racing enters Pirelli World Challenge – Source: Pirelli World Challenge

WeatherTech Racing, the Alex Job Racing-fielded squad that recently announced their departure from the similarly-sponsored IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, have announced they will join Pirelli World Challenge for the final two rounds at Sonoma and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Gunnar Jeannette will field the No. 97 Porsche 911 GT3R in the GT category with Cooper MacNeil in the No. 79 in GTA.

IMSA is Even Stevens in GTD – Source: IMSA

Paul Miller Racing’s dominant win at Virginia International Raceway gave Lamborghini their first IMSA win in the GT Daytona Class. Despite some teams electing to leave the series based on BOP and season performance, Lamborghini’s maiden victory proved that all GTD manufactures can and have won in the series.

Toyota Plans third car for ‘17 Le Mans – Source: Sportscar 365

Sportscar365 writes that Toyota plans to field a third LMP1 car Le Mans next year. Since joining the FIA WEC field in 2012, the marque has been winless at La Sarthe, but came painfully close this year before the heartbreaking finish of a failed engine on the last lap – giving the win to Porsche. A third car could be Toyota’s best chance of victory, taking revenge in the unforgiving twice-round the clock classic.

Rast and Vanthoor waiting for Audi LMP1 – Source: Motorsport.com

With the major LMP1 manufacturers stepping back to two cars in the FIA WEC, multiple drivers have found themselves wanting for more in their careers. Motorsport.com spoke to multi-time Rolex 24 winner, Rene Rast, and Laurens Vanthoor. Vanthoor remarks that his goals include wins at all the major 24-hour races, including the Rolex 24 in the United States. No announcements have been made to any LMP1 drivers changes for Audi, and Rast believes he’ll need to wait until a current LMP1 driver retires before seeing any full-season seat time in the top tier class.

 

We Did Our Research

Using a variety of sources, Slipstream’s Zach Wenzel dug deep for the dirt on the Charlie Kimball comments made after this weekend’s IndyCar race. Click through to the links below – do you agree with the comments made by other drivers, or has this been blown out of proportion? Tell us what you think! 

‘No One’ Likes Racing Kimball- Power – Source: Racer Magazine

Whether part-victim or part-provocateur, Charlie Kimball left Watkins Glen on the bad side of Will Power and Graham Rahal. The Ganassi driver made light contact with Power and Rahal on separate occasions but both incidents left Kimball’s counterpart in each case of contact watching from the sidelines.

Team Penske’s Will Power, who sits second in the championship, let his feelings for Kimball’s antics known as he left Watkins Glen. “He’s just a pain in the ass,” Power told Racer Magazine, noting he had yet to see the video of the accident. “No one in the paddock likes racing him,” Power added.

Indeed, an increase of bad blood between Kimball and his fellow IndyCar drivers seems evident. Unsurprisingly, Graham Rahal also had choice words for Kimball after their contact launched Rahal nose-first into a massive impact with the inside of the turn one wall. The Texas-winner lamented that he should have known better racing Kimball during his interview on NBC Sports Network. Team owner and father of Graham, Bobby Rahal, also vented on Twitter about Kimball.

Power and Rahal seem to have joined a growing chorus of drivers who have at different times vocalized their concerns racing Charlie Kimball. Josef Newgarden, Juan Pablo Montoya, and the late Justin Wilson previously all made mention of worrying about Kimball’s on-track antics.

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