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The Week That Was: Impressive Performances in Indianapolis, Atlanta, and More

by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
Images via Matt Fraver (1); Red Bull Content Pool (2)

It was an international racer’s delight over the past weekend in action motorsports, as drivers from Great Britain, France, Norway, and even Estonia took victories in the biggest races in the world. Today, we take a look at the most impressive of those performances, spanning three continents and focusing on everything from breakout races to total team domination:

NTT IndyCar Series: Jack Harvey

Yes, Simon Pagenaud’s late-race heroics won the race and snapped a lengthy winless drought for the Team Penske star and former IndyCar champion. But this was Harvey’s breakout weekend in Indianapolis, as the Meyer Shank Racing not only made his first career Fast Six in qualifying, he also took the fight to Scott Dixon for the race lead and finished third to claim his first career IndyCar podium. Not bad for somebody who had never driven one of those cars in the wet before.

Formula Drift: Fredric Aasbo

After two rounds of domination by Odi Bakchis, Formula Drift’s traditional powerhouses were back on the podium at Road Atlanta on Saturday night. Aasbo qualified first before going through Kevin Lawrence, Matt Field, Chris Forsberg, and James Deane to make it to the final. There, he took down Ryan Tuerck to score his record-extending 12th career Formula Drift victory. Aasbo is now within 47 points of Bakchis for the championship lead heading into Wall Stadium Speedway next month.

WRC: Ott Tanak/Martin Jarveoja

The three-way title fight in WRC couldn’t have been more exciting to end last season, and the top drivers—Sebastien Ogier, Thierry Neuville, and Tanak—have picked up where they left off in 2019. This time around, it was Tanak and Jarveoja on top at Rally Chile, ensuring that all three drivers have two wins in the first six rounds of the season. After a heavy roll by Neuville, Tanak is now second in the championship, 10 points behind Ogier but two clear of the Belgian going into Portugal.

Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton

Yes, the 2019 F1 season is shaping up to be a bit of a snoozer, as the Spanish Grand Prix represented the fifth time in a row to start the season that Mercedes finished 1-2. But after claiming only four of those sweeps last season, Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas have helped return the Silver Arrows to their dominant ways of 2014 and 2015, when Hamilton and Nico Rosberg combined to place first and second 23 times. The victory in Barcelona was the 76th of Hamilton’s illustrious career.

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