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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, 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

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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Motor racing great Emerson Fittipaldi gave his thoughts to VegasInsider on Nico Hulkenberg's return to F1, calling him an underestimated driver. He also talked about how Mick Schumacher can learn a lot as Mercedes' reserve driver.

  • Nico Hulkenberg is a fast, aggresive and underestimated driver - good to see him back in F1

    “I met Nico in the first year of A1. He was in Team Germany. He was extremely fast, a very impressive driver. He had some opportunities in F1 and it's great to see him again."

    "He will be very fast. He's an aggressive driver, fast driver. I look forward to seeing Haas with Kevin (Magnussen) and Nico. Kevin is another very good driver."

    "In my opinion, Hulkenberg is a fast, aggressive and determined driver."

    "I also feel in the last 10 years, he's been an underestimated driver."


  • It's a shame Haas did not replace Mick Schumacher with Pietro Fittipaldi but they needed someone with experience

    "It's a shame they didn't get Pietro. I was expecting Pietro to replace Mick."

    "But the team needed someone experienced."


  • Mick Schumacher could be Mercedes' future if Hamilton leaves - anything can happen

    “Mick is going to be in one of the best teams. Anything can happen and I think he can perform, for sure.” 

    “They are looking for the future as well because no one knows how many years Lewis Hamilton will continue. Even he doesn’t know yet.”

    “But it's going to be good for him to be in that team.”


You can find the full interview here. The interview is in German.

The Las Vegas Grand Prix will be the most expensive GP to attend this season, a new study reveals.

The study, conducted by online casinos comparison service, analysed the average price of weekend tickets for each of the upcoming Grand Prix for the 2023 Championship, as well as the average cost of accommodation in the same area to discover how much it costs to attend each race and reveal the most expensive of them all.

The Las Vegas Grand Prix, which will take place from the 16th to 18th November 2023 ranks first, with a total average cost of £5,849 for the weekend.

Tickets range from £413 for a 3-day general admission to a whopping £9,922 for the “F1 Experiences Champions Club 3-Day Package” making the average cost for entrance £5,167.50. Similarly, the cheapest accommodation cost for a weekend in Las Vegas is £124 for a hostel bed, while the most expensive, a 4 or 5-star hotel for three nights, will cost £1,240, for an average of £682.  

Second on the list is the Miami Grand Prix from May 5th to May 7th, 2023, with a total average cost of £3,817.50 for the whole weekend. As general admission tickets for the event are around £488 while Champions Club 3-day packages are £5,786, the average entry will be around £3,317. Accommodation wise, a hostel bed in Miami is £124, while a 4-star hotel in Miami Beach is around £1,237, for an average of £680.50.

The United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, which will take place from the 20th to the 22nd of October is third, with a total average cost of £3,064. This is the average cost for entry tickets which go from £392 to £4,546, for an average of £2,469, and the cost of accommodation in the city for the weekend, from ranges from £198 to £992, for an average of £595.

Further down on the list, the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku comes in fourth with a total average cost of £3,064 for the weekend. The lowest ticket price available is £132, while the most expensive is around £4,878, for an average of £2,505. At the same time, average budget cost for accommodation is only £74, while a 4-star trackside hotel will cost £495 for three nights, for an average of £371.

The top five closes with the Saudi Arabian GP which will take place from the 17th to the 19th of March in Jeddah, with the average cost for the weekend amounting to £2,716.50. General entry tickets are £124, while the most expensive tickets are £4,567, for an average of £2,345.5. Moreover, the cheapest accommodation in Jeddah costs around £123, while the most expensive is around £619, for an average of £371.


Top 10 most expensive Formula 1 Grand Prix to attend


Grand Prix


Average ticket cost for weekend (£)

Average accommodation cost for weekend (£)

Total average cost (£)


Las Vegas GP






Miami GP






United States GP (Austin)






Azerbaijan GP






Saudi Arabian GP






Monaco GP






Abu Dhabi GP






Mexico City GP






Singapore FP






Canada GP






A spokesperson for commented on the findings: “It is interesting to see how out of all 23 Grand Prixes that will take place this year, the top three most expensive ones are those set to be in the United States.”

“This might be due to the high concentration of VIP guests that every year attend these events, such as actors, musicians and athletes, as well as the popularity that the sport is increasingly obtaining in North America.”

As Extreme E Season 3 draws ever closer, the championship is delighted to reveal an exciting new racing format for 2023 – ultimately showcasing double the racing action with no additional carbon footprint.

Each X Prix will now be a doubleheader and play host to back-to-back rounds across the weekend. This means double the opportunity for wins, podiums and crucial points across the ten race calendar over the course of the campaign, crucially without adding any additional carbon footprint, in line with the series’ goals to keep carbon footprint to a minimum.

Likened to ‘Star Wars Pod Racing meets Dakar Rally’, the series devised an innovative format unlike any other for Seasons 1 and 2, delivering some breath-taking competition. Season 3 sees the championship take things even further, with an all-new format designed to bring even more wheel-to-wheel racing out on the course.


Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO at Extreme E, said: “Since launching Extreme E, we have worked hard to improve the level of racing out on course to ensure it is thrilling to watch with plenty of action.

“This new sporting format goes even further to deliver that, with now double the amount of racing action on some of the toughest courses in the world, leaving zero additional impact on the planet.

“To have a ten-race championship in Extreme E is a tantalising prospect for everyone on board and we believe the increased number of races will only enhance our series. We cannot wait for our opening races of the campaign in NEOM to get our biggest season yet underway for 2023.”

Season 3 will feature the pressure of five-car races in both Qualifying 1 and Qualifying 2. Qualifying Round 1 and Qualifying Round 2 will now both consist of two heats, five cars each. This means four wheel-to-wheel races will determine who comes out on top in what promises to be a nail-biting contest.

Intermediate Classification Points are awarded for Q1 and Q2, with a single Championship point awarded to the winners of each Heat – something that could prove crucial in the closing stages of the season.

This will be followed by the Grand Final, starring the top five teams from Qualifying, with the winner taking the top step of the podium. The remaining five teams will battle it out in Redemption Race, where all important Championship points are still at stake.

The excitement doesn’t stop there, with the doubleheader element, the above format will take place on both Saturday and Sunday, meaning two winners will be crowned at each race weekend.



 James Taylor, Chief Championship Officer at Extreme E, added: “We’ve continuously improved the racing spectacle since launching Extreme E, but for Season 3 we wanted to create something spectacular and we feel this new sporting format achieves that.

“At each round, there will be double the opportunity for points and podiums - meaning a lot more to play for at each race weekend, while drivers and teams will have to navigate that racing tightrope of risk and reward to ensure they achieve the maximum result.

“Having a ten race championship should really close up those standings as the season progresses, meaning a thrilling Extreme E campaign should be in store for 2023 and we cannot wait for it to begin.”

Distances for each X Prix course and the number of laps will vary depending on the characteristics of the location, such as the terrain and the environmental conditions. What remains consistent is a driver changeover in the ‘Switch Zone’, taking place at the halfway point.


GridPlay will also be returning in Season 3, with grid positions for The Grand Final determined through the fan voting process. The teams that do not make it to The Grand Final must ‘gift’ their votes to their preferred team on The Grand Final grid. Grid position for the Redemption Race will be defined by the Intermediate Classification results, with the team that finished 6th choosing grid position first, followed by the team that finished 7th, and so on.

The Continental Traction Challenge will be returning in 2023 and will be crucial to the overall points total once again. The team that sets the fastest time, a combination of both the male and female drivers’ fastest times, through the allocated sector will win the Continental Traction Challenge and earn two championship points. This will run for each of the individual race days on Saturday and Sunday.

If any teams are tied in the Qualifying standings, their positioning will be determined by their time in the Continental Traction Challenge - the team with the quicker run through the allocated sector during Qualifying will receive the higher overall position.


An ‘ENOWA Hyperdrive’ boost will also be available to all drivers in the race. Activated when the driver presses a button on their steering wheel, they will enjoy an increase in power for a fixed amount of time – the timing for this will be a key decision.

With only weeks to go until the opening X Prix of the campaign, Extreme E Season 3 is all set to be another spectacular campaign.

To learn more about Extreme E, visit -

By Mark Robinson

IMSA Wire Service

24 Hours of Le Mans Provisional Entry List


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 24 Hours of Le Mans will be loaded again with IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship talent when the legendary French endurance race celebrates its centennial in June.


The provisional entry list was released today. The Hypercar class for top prototypes includes the three Cadillac V-Series.R cars that made their worldwide racing debut last month in the Rolex 24 At Daytona – two fielded by Chip Ganassi Racing and the third from Action Express Racing – as well as three Porsche 963 entries from Porsche Penske Motorsport, each boasting a past WeatherTech Championship season champion at the wheel. This year will mark the first time in a decade where prototypes competing for overall victories in IMSA are eligible to do the same at Le Mans.


The provisional list also includes entries for the reigning IMSA winners of the Jim Trueman and Bob Akin awards, John Farano in Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) and Ryan Hardwick in the GTE Am class. And the application for the NASCAR Garage 56 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, prepared by Hendrick Motorsports, was accepted to compete as the Innovative Car in this year’s race.


Cadillac, Porsche Represent LMDh in Hypercar Battle


The trio of Cadillacs at Le Mans will feature the identical driver lineups that raced in the Rolex 24 on Jan. 28-29. Sebastien Bourdais, Renger van der Zande and Scott Dixon finished third in the Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) class at Daytona in the No. 01 Cadillac that races fulltime in the WeatherTech Championship and will run as the No. 3 at Le Mans.


Another fulltime WeatherTech Championship car, the No. 31 Action Express Cadillac shared by Pipo Derani, Alexander Sims and Jack Aitken placed fifth in the Rolex 24 and will race as the No. 311 at Le Mans. Earl Bamber, Alex Lynn and Richard Westbrook finished fourth at Daytona in the No. 02 as a prelude to their full-season FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) entry as the No. 2.


“Cadillac is excited to build on its racing legacy by competing against the very best internationally and at one of the world’s toughest races,” said Laura Wontrop Klauser, GM sports car racing program manager. “We’re proud to be representing the United States and the Cadillac V-Series.R is a great continuation of our racing heritage.”


Porsche Penske Motorsport is running separate two-car entries this year in the WeatherTech Championship and WEC. The No. 7 Porsche that finished seventh at Daytona will race as the No. 75 at Le Mans. Felipe Nasr, the two-time WeatherTech Championship champion, heads the No. 75 lineup. The two Penske Porsches running the full WEC season including Le Mans each have a past IMSA champion as well: Dane Cameron in the No. 5 and Laurens Vanthoor in the No. 6.


Some familiar names in the GT classes for Ferrari in IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup competition – Antonio Fuoco, Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado – are part of the Italian brand’s two-car Hypercar lineup in the new Ferrari 499P. And Mikkel Jensen, the 2021 LMP2 champion in the WeatherTech Championship, will co-drive one of Peugeot’s new Hypercar entries.


Trueman Winner Farano Back for More at Le Mans


By finishing as the top Bronze-rated LMP2 driver in the 2022 WeatherTech Championship, Farano earned the Jim Trueman Award and automatic invite to Le Mans. His No. 13 Tower Motorsports ORECA LMP2 07 will run in the ProAm class, with the remainder of the lineup to be named.


It will be Farano’s second trip to Le Mans, following his 2019 debut in LMP2.


A wealth of other WeatherTech Championship regulars from various classes will also be competing in LMP2 at Le Mans. They include last month’s GTP and overall Rolex 24 winner Tom Blomqvist of Meyer Shank Racing, as well as Filipe Albuquerque, Josh Pierson and Oliver Jarvis – all with United Autosports.


James Allen, whose brilliant drag race to the finish line won the LMP2 class at the Rolex 24 by 0.016 seconds, is joining the team he nudged out for that win at Le Mans. Allen will drive with George Kurtz in the Algarve Pro Racing ORECA. They’ll be joined by Colin Braun, who with Blomqvist won the Rolex 24 last month in GTP, and last year shared a Le Mans Prototype 3 (LMP3) in the WeatherTech Championship with Kurtz and Jon Bennett.


Other notable names competing in LMP2 at Le Mans include Ben Barnicoat, normally a GTD PRO class driver in the WeatherTech Championship for Vasser Sullivan, and Mirko Bortolotti, who drives for Iron Lynx in the Michelin Endurance Cup GTD PRO races; they will be driving for AF Corse and Prema Racing, respectively.


Hardwick Gets Belated Shot at Le Mans


Hardwick captured his second Bob Akin Award as the top Bronze driver in the WeatherTech Championship’s GT Daytona (GTD) class in 2022. He also won the Akin in 2020 but elected to bypass Le Mans the following year due to pandemic restrictions. And the Georgian couldn’t be more pumped, especially in this historic running.


“I couldn't be more excited,” Hardwick said. “For it to be the 100th-year anniversary is super special. To participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans any year is special, but the centenary edition is a once-in-a-lifetime deal.”


Hardwick earned the honor driving for Wright Motorsports in 2022, the team he races with again this year in the WeatherTech Championship. He’s entered in a Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR-19 for Le Mans. Zacharie Robichon, the endurance driver for the No. 16 Wright Porsche with Hardwick, is listed as a co-driver for the No. 16 Proton Porsche, and even though the third driver is listed as “TBA,” Hardwick said he was happy to announce that it will be Jan Heylen, his full-season cohort with Wright.


Hardwick, Heylen and Robichon already have one 24-hour race win together, the 2022 Rolex 24 in GTD along with Richard Lietz.


“Our goal that anytime the three of us are in the car is to win,” Hardwick said. “We're not going over there just to participate or just to drive around; we're going with the efforts and the focus to win.”


Additional familiar names racing in GTE Am at Le Mans include 2021 LMP2 WeatherTech Championship season champion Ben Keating, Ferrari endurance drivers Davide Rigon and Daniel Serra and the new AO Racing team with drivers PJ Hyett and Gunnar Jeannette.


The centenary 24 Hours of Le Mans is set for June 10-11 at Circuit de la Sarthe.

CrowdStrike Racing is preparing for another full calendar of competition in SRO Motorsports America with entries across multiple series throughout 2023.


The multi-faceted program is an extension of CrowdStrike’s commitment as a provider and sponsor for SRO America, a role the company has held since 2018. As the Official Internet Security and Cloud Security Provider, CrowdStrike is on the front line in protecting SRO’s global data and preventing breaches through the industry-leading, cloud-native CrowdStrike Falcon platform..


The relationship also allows CrowdStrike to showcase its industry-leading experiential programs for VIPs and guests at various SRO race events, including the 2023 CrowdStrike 24 Hours of Spa – the most prestigious GT race in the world for SRO competitors. The CrowdStrike 24 Hours of Spa is the first race of a multi-year partnership, highlighted by CrowdStrike taking over title sponsorship of the event.


The CrowdStrike at-track hospitality experience includes the unique CXO Summit, which provides guests the opportunity to hear from CrowdStrike leadership on important topics and significant trends within the cybersecurity industry. Trackside hospitality, race team meet-and-greets, garage visits, hot laps and chances to participate in opening and podium ceremonies are among the offerings to VIPs and guests.


In SRO America, the CrowdStrike Racing by Riley program will kick off on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, as George Kurtz returns to competition in GT America Powered by AWS. The defending GT America champion, Kurtz won 10 races in 2022 behind the wheel of the No. 04 CrowdStrike Mercedes AMG GT3 – including one of the two rounds at St. Petersburg – to take his first SRO America championship since 2017.


The combination of Kurtz, plus CrowdStrike Racing by Riley will contend again in a strong class that will feature nearly 30 entries – a mix of GT3, GT4 and GT2 machinery.


The event on the 11-turn, 1.8-mile St. Petersburg street circuit will serve as a precursor to the start of the season for Fanatec GT World Challenge America Powered by AWS. Kurtz and Colin Braun will return to a stacked field of GT3 entries in their familiar No. 04 CrowdStrike/AWS Mercedes AMG – also fielded by CrowdStrike Racing by Riley.


“I’m looking forward to our team building on our strong 2022 performance,” Kurtz said. “We have great chemistry within CrowdStrike Racing by Riley that puts us in an optimal position for success. I am also thrilled to continue with Colin and Mercedes-AMG for another year and reach new milestones in our career together.”


The Kurtz/Braun pairing won three times in Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS during 2022 and were championship leaders for most of the season. The coming year will be their sixth year as a driving duo, who have eight wins together for all the Mercedes AMG GT3.


“It’s great to be back with CrowdStrike Racing by Riley for the 2023 SRO America season and driving alongside George once again,” Braun said. “People are recognizing George’s ability, but I have known this since our early days working together. To see his hard work and dedication culminate into a 2022 GT America championship was amazing. I’m looking forward to kicking off the season at Sonoma with the entire CrowdStrike team as we look to improve upon 2022 and contend for a championship.”


CrowdStrike Racing by Riley starts its season in SRO America with the first two rounds of the single-driver sprint series, GT America Powered by AWS taking place on March 3-4 from the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Street Circuit in Florida.


For more information, visit Follow #CrowdStrikeRacing on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn for updates.


 McLaren Racing today announced a multi-year extension to its long-standing partnership with Lucas Oil, continuing as an Official Partner of the Arrow McLaren IndyCar Team in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.

Lucas Oil is an Indianapolis-based manufacturer and distributor of high-performance automotive oils and additives. It has been a partner of the Arrow McLaren team for nearly 20 years, starting its relationship with Sam Schmidt Motorsports in 2004.

With the season opener, 2023 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 3-5, Lucas Oil branding will continue to be represented on all three Arrow McLaren Chevrolets, and on the driver suits of Pato O’Ward, Felix Rosenqvist and Alexander Rossi for the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season and beyond.


Matt Dennington, Executive Director, Partnerships and Accelerator, McLaren Racing, said:

“We are thrilled to extend our partnership with Lucas Oil, a long-standing partner that has been with the team for nearly two decades. Through growth and changes, their support has been integral for our team. We look forward to continuing our journey as we scale up Arrow McLaren’s presence to a three-car entry into the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.”


Sam Schmidt, Team Owner, Arrow McLaren, said:

“Lucas Oil has been a champion of our team for nearly 20 years and through many team changes. The relationship with Lucas Oil has been incredibly important for the team; they've been an Indy 500 partner for us every year since 2004. A partnership of this length is certainly special, and to think back on how it’s evolved over the years is a testament to their support and the quality we place on the partnerships we have as a team.”


Brandon Bernstein, Director of Partnership Marketing, said:

“For nearly two decades, the Arrow McLaren team has relied on our products to perform at the very highest levels of INDYCAR racing, and it’s an honor to extend our partnership as they expand their operation with a third entry for the upcoming season. Lucas Oil’s commitment to supplying the very best oils and additives to its race teams is why our relationship with Arrow McLaren has been so successful, and we are thrilled at the opportunity to continue this for the 2023 season and beyond.”

It was announced today that George Phillips will join forces with Setzer Racing and Development for the CARS Tour Late Model Series and will pilot the No. 6 Chevrolet. 

The move comes with a little motivation from a dear friend Humpy Wheeler, who believes in Phillips and has mentored him for the past few years.


Phillips has accomplished many feats in the U.S. Legend Car Series and the move up was inevitable. The Legend Car Series is a major stepping stone in a young driver’s career and development.


“The time I spent racing all kinds of different tracks in my Legend car really helped me get prepared to make the transition to Late Models,” said Phillips.


“We are very excited to have George behind the wheel for us this year,” Brandon Setzer said. “We have watched him have success at the Legend Car level and can’t wait to see what he can do in our Late Model.”


The 14-year-old has had amazing success in the Legend Car Series claiming victories at Atlanta Motor Speedway’s quarter and third-mile tracks as well as claiming a win at Charlotte’s Summer Shootout.

Phillips won the biggest race in Carteret County Speedway history, the 50-lap, $2,500 Race of Champions on December 10, 2022.


For young drivers, today to make that advanced move into Late Models is a little more strategic than in the past. To be able to set forth a full series schedule one must take on a business roll to concrete the deals. Landing sponsorship is huge and securing a well-blanched team for your driver is.


When it came to choosing a team Setzer Racing and Development seemed to be the right fit.


“I am so honored to work with Brandon and Dennis Setzer and this whole team,” explained Phillips. “I really feel like I have the very best team and to be their driver is a huge blessing. Dennis and Brandon know the car inside and out and are great teachers.


They both are incredibly decorated and talented drivers, he said. I would like to thank Dennis and Brandon and the whole team for believing in me to pilot their Pro Late Model.”


As he transitions to the full-size stock car, the team has had several practice and track development days over the past few months. The goal is to develop communications, advance skills and win races.


Setzer Racing and Development has had great success over the past few years with young drivers making the decision for Phillips relatively easy.


“We are very excited to help with George’s transition from Legend to a full-body late model,” added Setzer. “George has shown good speed and decision-making in the legend car that will transfer over well to the late models. We look forward to fine-tuning the skill set he already has and applying it to the full-body car.”


A big transition for a young driver, but Setzer has a great approach.


“I think it’s important to keep the expectations simple for a young driver just getting started. The goal is to get better at every race and learn from any mistakes. George has the speed to run up and compete for wins. It’s our job to help him hone his race craft and keep mistakes at a minimum and results will come from that.”


Phillips and his team were able to secure marketing partners with The Racing Warehouse and Simpson Racing Products -- with a few more coming on board in the next few weeks.


“We are very happy to be working with these great marketing partners as we believe in their products as a team and a family in this sport,” sounded Phillips. “I will continue to fly the Ross & Witmer banner as well for the 2023 season.”


But so much serious business… where’s the fun? Well, Phillips lives and breathes racing and NASCAR.


He, like most drivers, has their heroes of our sport, yet Phillips, well he has a few and is somewhat of a master NASCAR historian.


He has his own museum with jaw-dropping memorabilia and to add to the drive of history, one of his favorites of all time, Bobby Isaac.


“I have been a Bobby Isaac fan since I was nine years old,” Phillips explained. “We were born on the same day decades apart. The admiration is there for what he accomplished; I am so excited to have my shot at Hickory just like he did. This track is rich with history.”


In addition to the CARS Tour, Phillips is set to make is Late Model debut this Saturday at Hickory Motor Speedway in the Carolina Pro Late Models.


His support system is one of great influence and trust. He has established and built some amazing relationships in auto racing.


“I have some extra special friends that have been incredible mentors to me,” sounded Phillips. “Humpy Wheeler is my hero, he always makes time for me and comes out to watch me practice. Jeff Gordon and John Bickford, I would not even be at this point if it were not for them. I can always count on both of them to shoot me straight. Lorin Ranier also has been helping me for the past two years and believing in me.


“Joey Bishop has always reminded me to have fun. And “Jazzy Jazz” Kirkly and Dexter “Loveboat” Williams, they motivate me to always pursue my dreams. They are all amazing blessings in my life.”

As the saying goes, “it takes a village” and George has an amazing village of support from the outside.

His home village is just as meaningful.


“Most of all I would like to thank God for making all things possible,” offered Phillips. “Making this possible for me. Also, thank you mom and dad and my little sister Dottie Collins who are always there for me.”


Find out more on George Phillips at his website: and on Instagram @GeorgePhillipsRacing.

As the 2023 season of Formula One is due to return on the 5th March, avid fans are eager to see their favourite drivers back in the driving seat. In the meantime, fans are re-living last season in the newest instalment of Netflix’s Drive to Survive, released last week. Finnish casino review site Bonusetu has tracked the growth of Instagram followers of each driver featured in this series to establish who has gained the most fans since its release.  


1. Lewis Hamilton – 98,730 followers  

Lewis Hamilton may have lost out to the championship win last season, but he has won the popularity contest. Lewis has gained an enormous 98,730 Instagram followers over the past week. Despite coming in sixth place in the driver standings in 2022, Lewis still has a great pull with viewers and fans. Hamilton was frustrated throughout the Drive to Survive episodes as the Mercedes W13 car experienced problems throughout the season. However, this data suggests new fans of Hamilton have flooded in following Drive to Survives release; he will have an extra 98,730 fans rooting for him in the coming 2023 season.  


2. Charles Leclerc – 54,990 

Charles Leclerc is the second most popular Formula One driver following the release of the latest Drive to Survive instalment. Charles also came second in the driver standings in 2022. The Ferrari driver gained a massive 54,990 Instagram followers over the past week. Last season started very well for Ferrari and Leclerc with an early lead, however, Red Bull quickly overtook them.  


3. Carlos Sainz – 36,262 

Carlos Sainz comes in third place as the most popular driver after gaining an impressive 36,262 Instagram followers over the past week. Sainz saw his first ever pole position at Silverstone last season after Ferrari’s strategy was to leave Leclerc out on the track without pitting to change his tires. While Ferrari’s strategy throughout the season was unpopular, the drivers themselves have both remained popular, according to this data. 


4. Daniel Ricciardo – 24,527 

Daniel Ricciardo takes fourth place as the most popular Formula One driver, gaining 24,527 Instagram followers over the past seven days. The McLaren driver is famous for his smiley disposition and tendency to drink champagne from his racing boot when standing on the podium. Unfortunately, despite his popularity, Ricciardo will not have a seat in Formula One this season and is now reserve driver for Red Bull. Fans might just see Ricciardo drive again this season if, for some reason, Verstappen or Perez cannot participate. 


5. Sergio Perez – 22,372 

Sergio Perez takes fifth place in the popularity standings with 22,372 extra fans joining his Instagram over the past week. Perez came third in the drivers' standings in 2022 with Red Bull but moves down two places in popularity. The Red Bull driver beats his fellow teammate and two-time world champion, Max Verstappen, in the popularity contest by 1,920 followers.  


6. Fernando Alonso – 21,013 

7. Max Verstappen – 20,452 

8. George Russel – 20,211 

9. Pierre Gasly – 18,475 

10. Mick Schumacher – 15,753 



A spokesperson from Bonusetu commented on the findings: 


Drive to Survive not only generates new fans and viewers of Formula One as a sport, but it also fleshes out the personalities and vulnerability of the drivers themselves. This leads to more fans ultimately seeing the person behind the car and flocking to their favourite driver's social media pages to follow their journeys. It is interesting to see that the data suggests championship results do not necessarily correlate with the popularity of a driver." 




Popularity leader board of last season's Formula One drivers 




21st Feb 


24th Feb 


28th Feb 


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Lewis Hamilton 










Charles Leclerc 










Carlos Sainz 










Daniel Ricciardo 










Sergio Perez 










Fernando Alonso 










Max Verstappen 










George Russell 










Pierre Gasly 










Mick Schumacher 










Lando Norris 










Sebastian Vettel 










Valtteri Bottas 










Yuki Tsunoda 










Esteban Ocon 










Kevin Magnussen 










Lance Stroll 










Zhou Guanyu 










Alex Albon 










Nicholas Latifi 










Rick Ware Racing will field two entries in the Progressive American Flat Track Championship for the 2023 season. The series kicks off with a double-header event at Daytona International Speedway on March 9 & 10.


Former Mission SuperTwins presented by S&S Cycle Champion Briar Bauman and Shayna Texter-Bauman, the winningest rider in Parts Unlimited AFT Singles presented by KICKER history, have signed on with the team. Bauman will compete with a KTM 890 Duke R in the Mission SuperTwins class, while Shayna will campaign a KTM 450 SX-F in the Parts Unlimited AFT Singles Class.


This adds another element to the expansion efforts of RWR as it continues to grow its motorsport platform. Currently, it fields entries in the NASCAR Cup Series, IndyCar, NHRA (Top Fuel), IMSA (LMP2), AMA Supercross and FIM World Supercross Championships. These respective schedules will see RWR compete in seven different countries all over the world.


“This is another step for RWR in growing our marketing value and expanding with new sponsors.” said Rick Ware. “We’re looking forward to joining the AFT series and chasing wins with Championship-caliber riders. Shayna and Briar are welcome additions to the existing RWR driver/rider roster and we can’t wait to see what they can do.”


“We won a FIM World Supercross Championship last year in our first foray back into two-wheel racing in over a decade. My expectation is for this program to be just as successful.”


Progressive AFT is sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, whose primary investor is Jim France, CEO of NASCAR, and headed up by newly-named CEO, Gene Crouch.


“We’d like to extend a warm welcome to Rick Ware Racing as they join the Progressive AFT family,” said Gene Crouch, CEO of AMA Pro Racing. “RWR is an extremely successful and professional operation, and there’s destined to be a great deal of excitement as they enter the sport backing two of our most popular and talented riders in Briar and Shayna.”

 Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company, and Jack Daniel’s®, America’s first registered distillery, have once again partnered for a celebration of American craftsmanship with the creation of the 2023 Jack Daniel’s®Limited Edition Indian Chief Bobber Dark Horse. The seventh limited-edition offering from the two iconic American brands, and developed in partnership with Klock Werkssm Kustom Cycles, the latest model draws its inspiration from Jack Daniel’s® legendary Old No. 7®Tennessee Whiskey. 


Hand painted and highly exclusive, Indian Motorcycle will produce only 177 units for global distribution. Building upon the Indian Chief Bobber Dark Horse’s mechanical style, where its steel-tube frame and powerful Thunderstroke 116 motor take center stage, the Jack Daniel’s® Limited Edition Indian Chief Bobber Dark Horse includes several fine-touch details that make the bike truly one of a kind. The bike features Jack Daniel’s® branding throughout, and, for the first time ever, real Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7® whiskey mixed directly within the bike’s Super Graphite Metallic paint.  


“The Jack Daniel’s® Limited Edition Indian Chief Bobber Dark Horse is yet another powerful and dynamic representation of the quality, craftsmanship and attention to detail that is core to both of our brands,” said Aaron Jax, Vice President for Indian Motorcycle. “This time, we decided to pay homage to Jack Daniel’s® iconic Old No. 7® – the most iconic of Jack Daniel’s®whiskeys – pairing it with the Chief Bobber Dark Horse. Both products are timeless American originals that share a combination of no-nonsense simplicity and premium quality.” 


With a mean attitude and old-school muscle, the 2023 Jack Daniel’s® Limited Edition Indian Chief Bobber Dark Horse features several design elements that make this bike truly exclusive. Jack Daniel’s® branding will be found throughout the bike including the front and rear fenders, stamped on its solo seat, and on a Montana Silversmiths® Badge with each bike’s unique serial number. For ultimate exclusivity, Jack Daniel’s® signature can be found on the rear fender and etched into the exhaust. The 2023 Jack Daniel’s® Limited Edition Indian Chief Bobber Dark Horse touts a tank with a single Indian Motorcycle Script “I” along both sides. The Thunderstroke 116 engine features non-machined highlighted cylinders and heads, Cloud Silver painted rockers and pushrod tubes – giving it a throwback style that delivers a raw metal look. 


The limited-edition motorcycle also features white center rims, a solo-saddle seat, a tinted Klock Werkssm Flared Deflector, a Pathfinder 5 ¼ Adaptive LED Headlight, which monitors the bike’s lean angle to maximize nighttime illumination, three ride modes, and a four-inch touchscreen powered by RIDE COMMAND with Bluetooth®, weather and traffic overlays, turn-by-turn navigation, and more. 


“At Jack Daniel’s® we live by the motto, ‘Every day we make it, we’ll make it the best we can.’ Indian Motorcycle shares that philosophy, which is why this partnership has been such a success,” said Greg Luehrs, Director of Sponsorships and Partnerships for Jack Daniel’s®. “To think that a handshake agreement has given way to seven years of incredible limited-edition motorcycles is truly amazing, and it’s only appropriate to honor Jack’s tried and true Old No. 7, with this seventh collaborative offering.”


For Jack Daniel’s® and Indian Motorcycle, craftsmanship is about the fundamentals. And no two products better represent the fundamentals than Old No. 7® and the Indian Chief. For the Indian Chief, the fundamental element is the frame. When designing this bike, it was important to get the stance right and maintain a simple, mechanical design. The Chief’s no-nonsense design is a modern homage to the glory days of American motorcycling with iconic V-twin style, combined with modern performance and ride-enhancing technology. For Old No. 7, the fundamental element is cave spring water from Lynchburg, TN– clean, pure, crisp, and a constant 56-degrees – the very lifeblood of Jack Daniel’s® Tennessee whiskey. 


Starting at $24,499, the Jack Daniel’s® Limited Edition Indian Chief Bobber Dark Horse is exclusively available through Indian Motorcycle dealerships. The order window opens March 14, 2023, at 12:00 p.m. EST, and will close once all bikes are sold. The Jack Daniel’s® Limited Edition Indian Chief Bobber Dark Horse will begin shipping to Indian Motorcycle dealers throughout the U.S. and Canada in March 2023. Riders can learn more at their local Indian Motorcycle dealership, by visiting, or by following along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 


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