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Formula 1 – Australian Grand Prix
Sunday, April 10 – 1:00 a.m. EST – ESPN
It may be one of the toughest races of the season for American viewers to follow, but the Australian GP at Albert Park is often worth it. This race is back after a two-year COVID break, so local fans have been yearning for F1 races for some time.
A turbulent and incident-filled qualifying session saw Nicholas Latifi, Fernando Alonso and the two Aston Martins see their share of problems. Charles Leclerc is out on pole again, and he will once again share a front row with Max Verstappen. Sergio Perez starts third, while Lando Norris and Lewis Hamilton surprise in a struggling McLaren and Mercedes, fourth and fifth respectively.
NASCAR – Martinsville Speedway
Saturday, April 9 – 7:30 p.m. EST – Fox Sports 1
Stock car racing heads to its most traditional short track, the half-mile flat in Martinsville, for the second leg of a very unique three-part short track swing. Last weekend, the Next Gen car and ultra-high wear tires produced a memorable four-car race for victory at the end of a long green flag race. Next weekend, NASCAR will return to a dirt-covered Bristol for only the second time in this half-century. In between, a race on a high-contact track known for creating its own dramas.
Saturday, April 9 – 5:00 PM EST – USA
IMSA’s sprint season begins with its half of the Long Beach Grand Prix, the first-ever street-course race for the organizer’s new GT3-based GTD Pro class. GTD and DPi are also present while the LMP2 and LMP3 categories are not, making it one of the best spectator grids of the year. In the GT categories, the new BMW M4 GT3s which had struggled to open the year showed surprising speed and could have a real chance of bouncing back against the fields mainly made up of proven GT3 drivers.
IndyCar – Long Beach
Sunday, April 10 – 3:00 p.m. EST – NBC
Across two races, Scott McLaughlin has been the undisputed star of the 2022 IndyCar Series. After never battling for a win as a rookie, McLaughlin has now won a race in dominant fashion and lost another only after was caught and passed in traffic by his teammate on the final corner of the final lap. Suddenly, the sophomore Penske driver has the eyes and the expectations of the series firmly on him during America’s iconic street race. If he’s a contender, a podium finish here puts him in great stead for the rest of the season.
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