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July 14-20, 2020

The new generation
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July 14-20, 2020

Drivers 23 and under grabbed podium spots in the major motorsports series these past two weeks.
The young guns

Formula 1, IndyCar and NASCAR are being dominated by the favorite team-driver combo: Mercedes’ Bottas (FIN) and Hamilton (ENG) have won the first two F1 races; Scott Dixon (NZL) won the first three IndyCar races for Ganassi Racing, and Kevin Harvick (USA) has already won four races for Stewart-Hass Racing as he leads the NASCAR Cup.

But a new generation of drivers under 23 are challenging their domination. This weekend, Rookie Cole Custer (USA, 22) passed four cars on the last lap to take his maiden NASCAR Cup win. In IndyCar, Patricio O’Ward (MEX, 21) dominated the Elkhart Lake race until being passed by Ganassi’s Felix Rosenqvist (SWE) -which had a better tyre strategy- to take his first win for Ganassi. The McLaren driver had taken his maden Pole Position earlier that day by edging out Colton Herta (20, USA) and Rookie Alex Palou (23, SPA), who took his maiden podium one day earlier.

In F1, fellow McLaren driver Lando Norris (ENG, 20) currently sits third in the standings after finishing 3rd and 5th in the first two races, with last lap passes on each. Charle Leclerc (MON, 22) made a big mistake yesterday but he finished second in the opening race and Max Verstappen (NET, 22) finished third yesterday.

The Champions for this year might be an easy bet but the young guns that are the future of the sport are keeping motorsport fans excited.

Five things to know from last week
  • Manchester City will play the Champions League. The CAS (The Court of Arbitration for Sport) has cleared Manchester City from ”disguising equity funds as sponsorship contributions”, which had triggered a two-year suspension by UEFA. Guardiola’s team, second in this years’ Premier League, had been investigated after a series of leaks. This puts into question the future of the FFP (Financial Fair Play) policy by UEFA. provides further analysis
  • Redskins will change name. The NFL’s Washington Redskins will undergo a name and logo change as a sensitive move towards Native American groups. Several sponsors and partners had already pressure the team to do so. Hogs Haven analyses their rebranding.
  • Gracias, Claudio. The “Andes Bomber”, Claudio Pizarro will hang his boots after 21 seasons in Europe, more than any other South American football player. Pizarro, 41, won the German Bundesliga 6 times but was not able to equate the same success with the Peruvian national team. El Tiempo recalls his career (Spanish)
  • Ferrari disastroso. Charles Leclerc (MON) had to apologize after he rammed into teammate Sebastian Vettel (GER) on the first lap of the Styrian Grand Prix, making them end in the last two places. While Mercedes made a 1-2 followed by Red Bull’s Verstappen, it was Racing Point’s Sergio Pérez (MEX) who took the spotlight by coming back from 17th to fight for the 4th in the last lap, finishing 6th after a contact with Albon (Red Bull, THA). Renault has protested the legality of their car, which Racing Point defends (Autosport)
  • A putt duel. Recent college graduate, Collin Morikawa (USA), won the PGA Workday Charity Open in Ohio by beating Justin Thomas (USA) in a fierce playoff putt battle. This comes two weeks after missing a putt, as Golfworld recalls


Lewis Hamilton winning the Styrian GP

Gold: Lewis Hamilton

(England, Auto Racing)

The F1 World Champion was Masterful at the Styrian Grand Prix, with a sublime qualifying effort that put him 1.2 seconds over the rest of the field.

On Sunday, he dominated the race and drove a perfect race that gave him his 85th Grand Prix win, 51st from pole, and his 152nd F1 podium, 3 shy of Michael Schumacher’s record.

the race highlights (F1)

Javier Castelano after winning in Keeneland

Silver: Javier Castellano

(Venezuela, Horse racing)

Castellano had a great weekend. He did not only win two Grade I races but he also did it breaking the dirt and turf track records at Keeneland.

On dirt, Castellano rode Speech to take the Central Bank Ashland Stakes. On turf, he rode Rushing Fall to win the Coolmore Jenny Wiley Stakes, a repeat win for the horse.

Watch the Central Bank Ashland Stakes (Keeneland)

Cole Custer after his first NASCAR Cup win

Bronze: Cole Custer

(United States of America, Auto racing)

Cole Custer was on the pace throughout the race. He only needed to lead five laps -the first in his career-, including the last one, to take home the first NASCAR Cup Series win for a rookie since 2016, and the first on a full race since 2007.

Custer took advantage of a last lap battle three-way battle to pass them all and beat them.



MotoGP is back

Week Preview

The week is stacked with motorsports. Formula 1 crosses the border to Hungary. NASCAR holds its All Star race in Bristol and then goes to Texas. IndyCar goes to Iowa. Sportscar racing will take on Sebring and Paul Ricard.

MotoGP will start its season this weekend in Spain. Moto2 and Moto3 will also join for their second rounds, after racing in Qatar earlier this year. This is a key year for several riders whose contracts expire or who will be switching rides.

The boxing fight between Herring (USA) and Oquendo (PUR) has been cancelled as Herring tested positive to covid-19 again but fight fans will have World Championship UFC from the UAE.

Warcraft and Starcraft
, some of eSports’ most popular games, have playoffs or finals for some of their Tier I tournaments this week.

New livery for Mercedes Benz. Photo: Mercedes-Benz F1.

July 14-20 2020

Auto racing:

Formula 1 (Hungarian GP)

NASCAR Cup (All Star Race Bristol; Texas)

IndyCar (Iowa x2)

NASCAR Trucks (Texas)

IMSA SportsCar (Sebring)

European Le Mans Series (Paul Ricard)

Supercars Championship (Sydney)

Horse Racing: 

United Nations Stakes, Haskell Stakes, Coaching Club American Oaks



PGA Tour (Ohio)


Betfred World Matchplay

Motorcycle Racing:

FIM MotoGP (Spain)

Test Cricket:

England vs West Indies


Warcraft Gold League 2020 Summer Finals

ESL Pro Tour Starcraft Finals

Global StarCraft II League


UFC Flyweight Championship – Deiveson Figueiredo (BRA) vs Joseph Benavidez (USA)



Photo: Formula 1

“Formula 1 is still in my heart…Renault was always a romantic choice…Inside you there is some fire of winning and you need that…You have to be motivated and have a clear target on track…A new Fernando is coming…”

Fernando Alonso (ESP)

2021 Renault F1 driver

2-time F1 World Champion

For Formula 1


Onel Hernández

Resilience: Onel Hernández

Onel Hernández has had a good run for Norwich City. The winger has been key to help the team regain a place in the Premier League.

But due to the totalitarian system in his home country of Cuba, he does not have the option of playing with his national team, as players that are not hired by the monopolistic Ministry of Sport are not called up to the national team.

In a country that knows their baseball but has been shielded by the media to the success of their professional baseball players, football players and boxers abroad, he is unknown back home.

BBC with his story.

Wim Suurbier

Innovation: Wim Suurbier

The Dutch “Clockwork Orange” from the 1970’s is one of the greatest teams to have played football. Its innovation has transcended generations.

One of the keys to that squad that made it to two consecutive FIFA World Cup Finals was Wim Suurbier, who played both of them.

Suurbier passed away age 75 but is remembered as one of the first wing-backs, helping Ajax win 3 European Cups with their “Total Footbal”. On his playing style, he remarked: “‘It really just came by itself. I didn’t have the idea I was doing anything remarkable.” (Dutch News)

Ajax paid him a tribute.


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