"The family of Eric Wayne McClure, former NASCAR driver, announces with great sorrow his passing on Sunday," his family said in a statement
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Six months after the horrific crash that ended his Formula One career, former Haas driver Romain Grosjean is making a go for it on the IndyCar circuit Romain Grosjean has made his IndyCar Series debut this year. Photograph: Mercedes/PA For some racing drivers hand blisters are an occasional nuisance. For Romain Grosjean they have become a constant menace, ever poised to loosen his grip and send his bold move from Formula 1 to IndyCar spiraling off course. Heading into IndyCar’s season-opening test in February, the 35-year-old Franco-Swiss wasn’t confident his tender mitts could hold his No 51 Honda-powered Dale Coyne Racing machine on the 2.3-mile, 17-turn circuit at Birmingham, Alabama’s Barber Motorsports Park for long without making blood bags out of his racing gloves. So Grosjean, who races under the French flag, consulted with two close compatriots he thought might have some handy advice. Fabio Quartararo, the young French MotoGP star, alas, had no pointers for Grosjean; turns out, blisters aren’t a big problem for him. But French tennis god Gael Monfils has had plenty of experience with right-hand blisters in 16-plus years as a top touring pro. He hipped Grosjean to the wonders of tennis tape and even walked him through how to apply it. The stuff worked to a tee for all but one testing stint, but that was only because Grosjean forgot to mummy up beforehand. “I could tell in 10 laps that the blister was coming,” he tells the Guardian. “But then I came back to the pits, wrapped my thumb, and it was fine.” As for whether Monfils can expect any career advice in return, Grosjean says the line’s always open. “I give him a kick in the nuts when he needs it.” Grosjean shares this story days before making his debut in Saturday’s Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway from inside an infield motorcoach – the traveling home away from home that’s cozier than F1’s five-star hotels in some ways. “Here I’ve got all my stuff: my bicycle, my computers, my Honda motorbike – that should come very soon – and all my clothes,” says Grosjean, who’s still commuting from his native Switzerland. What’s more, he doesn’t have to worry about losing a bottle of lotion or cream on his way through airport security – which would be a major disruption to his hourly moisturizing sessions. Grosjean’s not trying to be a skincare diva. It’s just that his hands are quite tender and flakey. Half of his left hand is covered by a Bordeaux-colored bruise, more bittersweet residue from his final F1 race. Grosjean was barely three turns into last November’s Bahrain Grand Prix when his Haas machine veered off track and slammed into a right-side metal barrier at 119mph, red-flagging the race for over an hour. The impact, measured at 67g, bisected his car – the top half exploding in a raging fireball as it disappeared into the barrier. As Grosjean sat trapped inside that inferno, well, he looked for all the world like a goner. “No! Please!” Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc begged over his team radio, the on-track passing of godfather Jules Bianchi always heavy on his mind. AlphaTauri’s Daniil Kvyat was no less distraught over his team radio after venting his frustrations about nearly being taken out by the Haas car. “Tell me he’s OK,” he pleaded. Grosjean would later tell French TV: “I saw death coming.” After 27 of the longest and quietest seconds in racing history, as a batch of first responders wrestled with the blaze up close with handheld extinguishers, Grosjean, with the flames and visions of Niki Lauda’s 1976 crash at the Nürburgring closing in on him, willed himself out of the wreckage. The thought of his three kids growing up without a father ultimately gave him the strength to free himself from his safety restraints and jump out of the fire and into the waiting arms of medical car driver Alan van der Merwe and F1 doctor Ian Roberts. With their help and against their advice, Grosjean then walked to an ambulance, determined to show he was OK. F1 fans the world over exhaled. Debris following the crash of Romain Grosjean is pictured during the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on 29 November 2020. Photograph: Clive Mason - Formula 1/Formula 1/Getty Images In the end Grosjean escaped with second-degree burns on his hands and ankles. It’s a testament to the fireproofing strength of driver livery and the halo device that shielded Grosjean’s head from making direct contact with the barrier, not to mention his superhuman pain threshold. But, really, it’s a miracle that Grosjean is even breathing – let alone keen to turn laps again. As much as it burnishes his legacy to be known as the driver who left in F1 an actual blaze of glory, he didn’t want the fire to be the last memory of him behind the wheel. With his time at Haas at an end, he mulled offers in sports cars, F1 and Formula E before going to IndyCar. To make his wife, Marion, more at ease with that decision, Grosjean has left the business of orbiting the series’ oval circuit (where speeds are highest) to Pietro Fittipaldi – the same driver who finished his 2020 F1 season at Haas. That includes this month’s upcoming Indy 500. So far Grosjean would appear to be more than holding his own on IndyCar’s road and street circuits, rating second among the series’ five rookies despite running just two of the first four races. If that seems as it should be given Grosjean’s Grand Prix credentials, know this: his is no ordinary rookie class. Well above him in the points is Penske’s Scott McLaughlin, a three-time Australian Supercars champion; below Grosjean is seven-time Nascar Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, who’s likewise steering clear of ovals despite his considerable experience on them. To keep pace, Grosjean has gotten into simulator racing – something he didn’t do much at all before. Also: before IndyCar, he had only completed seven races that included refueling pit stops; in F1, they go the distance on one tank. Still, he’s embracing the new challenges and the new car – which, while less powerful and adjustable than F1 machines nonetheless offers things that those track weapons can’t: plenty of in-race passing opportunities, boost on demand and a real shot to win any given weekend. “In IndyCar, it’s much more healthy,” he says. “You actually fight 23 other drivers, whereas in Formula 1 because only your teammate has the same car as you most of the time you only fight that guy.” Of course that’s not to say there aren’t IndyCar drivers who wouldn’t cannonball into that shark tank if they got the chance. As Formula 1 expands its US footprint, talk of IndyCar evolving its reputation from washout league for Indy 500 champs like Takuma Sato and Alexander Rossi into a true talent incubator has increased. Colton Herta, IndyCar’s youngest-ever winner, is oft-touted as a possible candidate for the tile of next American F1 driver. Mexico’s Pato O’Ward earned himself a McLaren F1 test after delivering an IndyCar win for team boss Zac Brown earlier this month on the intermedia oval in Fort Worth. “The guys here,” says Grosjean, “are super talented”. As for returning to F1 himself, Grosjean was still on his hospital bed in Bahrain when Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff promised him one last day in an F1 car if he couldn’t make it back in time to complete the 2020 season with Haas. The offer sounded too good to be true. But when Mercedes called some time later to schedule a seat fitting in Brackley, “I’m like, OK, this is really happening,” Grosjean says. To hear him tell it, they really opened the kimono. “They showed me everything,” Grosjean says. “Everything. I was amazed. I could understand why they were the most successful team in the [recent] history of the sport.” Next month Grosjean will pilot Merc’s 2019 title-winning W10 machine for a series of demonstration laps and for a private test session at Circuit Paul Ricard for two days in late June, bringing the best feel-good story in sports full circle. As for what comes after, Grosjean is only committed to IndyCar for 2021. However the year ends, it’s enough to enjoy so much support among family, friends and fans – and have the chance to cross a finish line most never pictured him reaching again. What a time to be alive.
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“It was a big pay cut to do essentially the same job,” Mayne tells The Athletic Following Monday’s news that Kenny Mayne is ending his celebrated 27-year tenure at ESPN, the on-air personality said he left the company after the two could not agree on a new contract. In an interview published Wednesday, Mayne said he was asked to take a “significant” pay cut to do what he described as the same job. “It was a significant pay cut. It was a big pay cut to do essentially the same job,” Mayne told The Athletic. “It was a 14% reduction in time worked and a 61% reduction in money earned. I thought the variance was too much.” ESPN declined to comment on the figures. “It was still a good amount of money in the real world. I’m not trying to frame this as woe for me. Nothing like that. I just think I can do better elsewhere,” Mayne continued. “So I told them that I feel like you’ve got a certain over-under on my worth and I’m going to go play the over. They did not seem to care that I made that choice.” Mayne joined ESPN in 1994 and was one of the main “SportsCenter” anchors, before moving on to more esoteric and offbeat features. He had returned to sporadically anchoring the 11 p.m. ET version of “SportsCenter” in recent years. ESPN has been in cost-cutting mode on the editorial side since late last year. In November, ESPN boss Jimmy Pitaro revealed to staff that the company was laying off 300 employees and revoking 200 open positions. That was followed by the shuttering of the eSports division. Mayne’s departure follows that of another longtime anchor, Trey Wingo, who departed the company last year. That exit came after the departures of top documentary executives Connor Schell and Libby Geist, though neither of those were related to the job cuts. “I’m not bitter or in some big battle with ESPN,” Mayne added in the Wednesday interview. “It didn’t work out for me. They made a choice. They put a number on my worth to them. I’ve been pitching many other things and to do more things for them, and they weren’t interested in those things. So it was just kind of time.” Read the full interview with The Athletic here. Read original story Kenny Mayne Left ESPN After Being Asked to Take 60% Pay Cut At TheWrap
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After six years of recording, the “Joe Budden Podcast” has come to a dramatic end. Host Budden fired his co-hosts, Rory Farrell and Jamil “Mal” Clay, while recording a podcast episode that was posted and then quickly deleted on May 12. Budden later reposted the episode on Patreon, asking fans to subscribe to see the video footage of the podcast recording. Budden, a retired rapper and former “Love and Hip Hop” star, is alone in the studio for the duration of the video. That’s because co-hosts Farrell and Clay (the podcast used to be called “The Joe Budden Podcast with Rory and Mal”) have been mostly absent from recording since March when they took a hiatus to try and sort out their differences with Budden. It seemed like the three were on the road to good terms in late April, when they recorded their first episode after the break. But now the trio seems to be broken up for good. Budden fired Farrell during an expletive-laden rant he recorded solo, claiming that Farrell breached his contract. It’s not clear exactly how the contract was breached, but fans are assuming the breakup is because Budden’s co-hosts asked for more money. “Rory feels like he has so many options here, somehow he still feels like he’s running the show [and] he still feels like he has choices and options, he feels like he’s entitled to more,” Budden said. “Rory, you are in breach of your contract. And from this point forward, you are fired and you are not welcome back,” he added. Budden also called Farrell a “liability” and said he encouraged Farrell and Clay to take their talents elsewhere and start their own show. Reps for Farrell and Clay did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Budden, who started the show in 2016, also said he’d “NEVER funding someone’s sabotage of me, that will NEVER happen… i get far away from the threat…. You can think piece until your face turns blue.” Then, apparently addressing both Farrell and Clay, Budden said, “Y’all take that f—ing dark energy, that arrogance and that entitlement somewhere else.” When a fan asked him if the show was done now that it’s lost two-thirds of the hosts, Budden replied saying it’s “100,000% over.” “Helluva run!! God bless,” Budden said on Twitter Wednesday. Helluva run!! God bless.— Joe Budden (@JoeBudden) May 12, 2021 Since firing Farrell and ending things publicly, Budden has had plenty to say and has been replying to fans and critics alike on Twitter all day. One fan asked him if “maybe this whole situation needs more thought than what you’ve given it,” and Budden replied: No, it’s time for it to STOP being given thought…. There are millions of podcasts, ppl will survive. https://t.co/t5IrwfS8o8— Joe Budden (@JoeBudden) May 12, 2021 “The Joe Budden Podcast” used to be hosted exclusively on Spotify thanks to a multi-figure deal but Budden pulled it from the platform last August, claiming Spotify was unfairly “pillaging” his audience. Check out a few reactions to the podcast’s end — and Budden’s replies to some fans — below. Sorry not sorry 🤷🏽♂️— Joe Budden (@JoeBudden) May 11, 2021 I can afford to. https://t.co/nDgtaM2B7l— Joe Budden (@JoeBudden) May 12, 2021 It’s on Patreon and that’s where it will stay… I’m off to breakfast. https://t.co/CQfXy5eq4c— Joe Budden (@JoeBudden) May 12, 2021 😭 https://t.co/HpssGAm51m— Joe Budden (@JoeBudden) May 12, 2021 I’m phony. https://t.co/LgN7HnXYpX— Joe Budden (@JoeBudden) May 12, 2021 I was wack before this… you be cool. https://t.co/pmc2Db1Ubo— Joe Budden (@JoeBudden) May 12, 2021 Take care. https://t.co/xAAaNgXtaI— Joe Budden (@JoeBudden) May 12, 2021 Joe Budden. The architecture of his own downfall. Every single time.— Lillian (@LillzTIL) May 12, 2021 Joe Budden does not play well with others. Complex, Love & Hip-Hop, Spotify, Eminem/Slaughterhouse, Rory & Mal, Marissa. And that’s just in business. pic.twitter.com/VeYpid9IQg— anna. (@MakeItShady) May 12, 2021 Joe budden podcast.How it started. vs. How it's going. pic.twitter.com/60SrxSPsQ0— Roshan 🌐 (@Roshan_keni) May 12, 2021 I can’t even be mad at @JoeBudden … If you gonna be a public target of ridicule no matter what decision you make , then make the decision that lends itself to what’s best for you …— PAW PAW (@grandfauva) May 12, 2021 Me waking up and seeing the Joe Budden Podcast destroyed pic.twitter.com/PMBCHbVfud— ® (@iNeedAddisonRae) May 12, 2021 Rory and Mal: we want more money.Joe Budden: pic.twitter.com/xBfBMpmIxJ— The Big Chillin' (@Kofie) May 12, 2021 How Rory and Mal looking at Joe Budden and Akademiks pic.twitter.com/uZK4Otaou2— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) May 12, 2021 The Joe Budden Podcast. pic.twitter.com/cRfwhe8sEZ— ItsTheReal (@itsthereal) May 12, 2021 Joe Budden treated them dudes the way labels treat rappers— The Anonymous Nobody (@el_budget) May 12, 2021 Read original story Joe Budden Ends Podcast After Firing Co-Hosts Rory and Mal Mid-Show At TheWrap
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