Formula 1 - British Grand Prix
Sunday, July 3rd - 10:00 a.m. ET - ESPN
F1 is back at Silverstone, the track nearest to a significant majority of the F1 grid. That marks a great chance to introduce significant upgrades, one most teams have chosen to take after so many missed the mark with the new design earlier this year. That shook up the group behind the leaders, but a wet qualifying session still ended with a familiar Ferrari-Red Bull front row. What's not so familiar is the guy on pole.
Carlos Sainz Jr., who has had a disastrous first half of the season in the first winning car he's ever raced, started to turn his year around when he unsuccessfully fought Max Verstappen for a win late in Canada. His year gets even better today, beating out Verstappen by less than a tenth of a second to take his first career pole. Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez will complete the second row, while Lewis Hamilton's upgraded Mercedes remains a second off the leaders in fifth.
IndyCar - Mid-Ohio
Sunday, July 3rd - 12:30 p.m. ET - NBC
Thanks to double points at the Indianapolis 500, half of the season's championship points have been handed out. There are still no clear contenders running away, though, and nearly half the field still look capable of winning races on a weekly basis. That makes the month of July, with five of the year's remaining nine races, crucial. Someone who goes on a run here, as Josef Newgarden and Scott Dixon had so many times in their championship seasons, could pull away and leave no time for the rest of the grid to catch up. that push better start happening now, here on the natural terrain road course at Mid-Ohio.
IMSA - Mosport
Sunday, July 3rd - 3:00 p.m. ET - NBC
In an odd scheduling quirk, IMSA is back to racing just a week after its last round. It's also back at Mosport, and in Canada in general, for the first time since 2019. Like Watkins Glen, this is a fast and flowing track full of high speed corners that benefit both downforce and speed. That should make it a good track for Acura, and by extent both Wayne Taylor Racing and Meyer Shank Racing, after their dominant showing at the Glen last weekend.
NASCAR - Road America
Sunday, July 3rd - 3:00 p.m. ET - USA
The NASCAR Cup Series is back for its second try at Road America, a track that proved so big that the traditional NASCAR caution procedure made every yellow a significant delay. NASCAR still has not adjusted their procedures around the four-mile track, so expect long breaks between stages and after crashes. In between, expect one of the world's greatest road courses to produce excellent racing between these Next Gen cars that seem to thrive on natural terrain courses. It's a road course race, so last weekend's winner Chase Elliott is the favorite, but Sonoma winner Daniel Suarez has now been excellent in both Next Gen races on road courses and could be a major threat, too.
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