Short Revs, April 13, 2018

Gear up for a full weekend of racing with IndyCar and IMSA in California at the scenic street course of Long Beach. Journey with F1 for the Chinese GP and Formula E returns for the second half of its season for an inaugural race in Rome.
Photo from Audi Formula E Twitter account with Daniel Abt snapping a selfie with the Pope just behind him.


INDYCAR

Hildebrand announced to run the Indy 500
J.R. Hildebrand, former full-time driver for Ed Carpenter Racing for the 2017 season (which now belongs to Spencer Pigot), announced today that he, along with Dreyer & Reinbold racing and sponsor Salesforce, will be bringing the driver to the 102nd Indy 500 next month. With the addition of Hildebrand, the IndyCar field for the 500 now totals 34 entries hoping to make their mark at the speedway. With now 34 entries for the race,  speculation remains that Bump Day will return to the 500 this year, but confirmation has yet to come.

Servia named second pace car driver for IndyCar season
Indy veteran driver Oriol Servia was named the second pace car driver for the 2018 IndyCar season. The first driver honor belongs to former IndyCar driver Sarah Fischer, who has commitments that interfere with race weekends, giving Servia the second honor to pace the races as well.

Daly branches out into media
Not just a driver for the Dale Coyne USAF car for the Indy 500, Conor Daly demonstrated his broadcast talent last weekend when he took the mic to his fellow drivers as they awaited their driver introductions last week at Phoenix. Hinch is the best Canadian ever?Watch it here: https://twitter.com/IndyCar/status/984102526562676737

Next Up:
Long Beach Grand Prix (along with the IMSA series), April 15, 4:00 PM ET on NBCSN



F1

Update on the poor guy that got ran over by Kimi’s F1 car…
If you haven’t seen the video,  you may not want to (but Google will be quick to aid you in finding the video if you so choose to watch…). Last week during the Bahrain Grand Prix, Kimi Raikkonen had a freak pit-stop accident mid race, accidentally running over one of his pit crew. The (unlucky) individual was Francesco Cigarini, who was taken to a Bahraini hospital and treated for a fractured tibia and fibula in his left leg.
Don’t worry as Francesco is on his way to recovery, and Ferrari was fined nearly $62,000 for the incident.

Next Up:
Chinese GP, April 15, 2:10 AM ET on ESPN



Formula E

Formula E takes to the Vatican
The Rome E-Prix is this weekend, and drivers (and cars) have been making their rounds about the streets of Italy, as well as the Vatican with a visit to see the Pope. This weekend’s race marks the beginning of the second half of the season, with Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne leading the championship with 109 points. Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist falls into second with 79 points, and D.S. Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird in third with 76 points. Vergne does have a considerable lead, up 30 points ahead of 2nd place Rosenqvist, but not enough to guarantee him a season championship quite yet. And with how Audi Sport’s Lucas di Grassi performed in Punta del Este a few weeks back against Vergne, it’s no doubt he will definitely have some competition in the next few races.

Next Up:
Rome E-Prix, April 15, 11:30 AM ET on FOX Sports Go.



IMSA

Next Up:
BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach, April 14, 3:55 PM ET on IMSA.TV and 4:00 PM ET on FOX Sports.

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