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Episode #230: Maximum Gunther

A bonus turnaround episode to preview the Rolex 24, and Formula E’s return to Santiago where the track didn’t disintegrate, and Max Gunther stole the show for an emphatic first win!

– F1: Roy Nissany joins Williams as primary test driver, returns to F2 with Trident; Saudi Arabia plans new circuit and 2023 F1 debut; new Miami GP circuit revealed; Nicholas Latifi picks 6 as his number
– F2 and F3: Hitech GP joins F2 grid; Tsunoda’s F2 promotion with Carlin confirmed; Matsushita all but confirms a deal with MP Motorsport // Jake Hughes returns to F3 with HWA, joined by 2nd-gen stars Jack Doohan, Enzo Fittipaldi
– SFormula: Honda’s lineup includes Red Bull Junior Vips, and Tatiana Calderon as first woman in series since ’97
– W Series: Dates added for United States, Mexico Grand Prix weekends
– IndyCar: James Hinchcliffe lands new Indy 500 sponsor and closes in on drive; Supercars Champion Scott McLaughlin tests IndyCar for Penske; Kimball joins Foyt full-time, Hanley re-ups with DragonSpeed
– MotoGP: Iannone set for February hearing on doping case, M101 favorite Jakob “Jump Man” Kornfeil announces shock retirement citing lack of funds
– WSBK: Full 23-bike field announced for 2020 season – just one rider left to confirm
– Dakar Rally: Carlos Sainz, Sr. wins Dakar Rally for the third time, Alonso finishes 13th after rolling over, Ricky Brabec and Honda break KTM’s winning streak in bikes

RIP Paulo Gonçalves, 1979-2020

THE WINTER SPORTS CAR DASH (this can be moved to the top of the show)
* Daytona 24 Hours preview
– DPi: Can Cadillac make it four in a row? Can Acura rise above BoP adjustments to win their first? Can Mazda finish the fight?
– GTLM: A brand-new Corvette, a retooled Porsche, a big M8, and a Ferrari from Texas in the seven-car bar fight
– LMP2: Pro-Am Prototype class boosted by familiar names
– GTD: Nine manufacturers, and a slew of star drivers from Busch to Van Gisbergen, Thiim to T-Bell, Nielsen and Legge to Allmendinger and Caldarelli

* Bathurst 12 Hours preview – the stars to watch
– Bamber, Vanthoor and Lowndes lead Porsche’s defense
– Whincup & SVG join Mercedes attack
– Dixon at R-Motorsport Aston Martin

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