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Red Bull RB17: Formula One team developing second hypercar

The man who designed the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro is now designing an even more extreme rival for the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro – this time with Red Bull F1 badges.


The Red Bull RB17 has been announced, as the second hypercar from the Red Bull Formula One team’s engineering operation – but the first without Aston Martin badging.

The RB17 is the second hypercar from championship-winning Formula One designer Adrian Newey, following the Aston Martin Valkyrie – but this time, the car will be developed in-house by Red Bull F1’s engineering division, Red Bull Advanced Technologies.

Pitched as a “two-seat hypercar optimised for the ultimate on-track driving experience”, just 50 examples of the RB17 will be produced at Red Bull’s headquarters in Milton Keynes, UK, starting in 2025.



The car will be powered by a V8 hybrid system developing more than 820kW, packaged into a carbon-composite tub equipped with the “most advanced ground effect [downforce produced under the car] package available in a series production car”.

The V8 – a twin-turbo unit, Newey has confirmed – will be built to Red Bull’s specifications “by a third party” Red Bull Advanced Technologies technical director Rob Gray told Autocar, with the hybrid system to offer approximately 110kW.

This hybrid system will serve primarily to provide a torque ‘fill’ between gears, and reducing “throttle lag”, Autocar reports.



“There’s a lot in common between this car and the Formula One car in terms of the general engineering principles used to design it. Most of this car, the core, we are capable of building in-house. That’s why we have such a low volume target,” Gray told the publication.

The car will feature a range of aerodynamic tricks from Newey’s fastest championship-winning F1 cars, with Grey adding: “We internally sometimes refer to [the RB17] as ‘Adrian’s greatest hits’. There’s a lot of things that people will recognise.”

Above: 2022 Red Bull RB18 F1 car.

“He’s constantly innovated on [this] vehicle and he’s involved in pretty much every aspect of design and engineering. Everyone looks at Adrian as an aerodynamicist by trade, but he’s also involved in everything from wheels, tyres, suspension, brakes, all the way through to engine.”



In a later interview, Newey told Autocar: “It will be a skirted car, so flexible skirts – because we can – and clearly large ground effect tunnels, active suspension as it could be driven on circuits that aren’t as smooth as [F1 tracks] and we’re trying to avoid having very stiff suspension.

“It will also have exhaust blowing [on the rear diffuser, to produce downforce] – all the tricks that we’ve learned [in F1], in other words.”

Production of the new Red Bull RB17 hypercar will begin in 2025, prices to start at approximately £5 million ($AU8.8 million) plus taxes. That price will include “access to simulators, vehicle program development and on-track training and experiences”, plus full factory servicing.



Above: The track-only AMR Pro version of the Valkyrie.

The car’s name falls in line with Red Bull’s F1 naming strategy – filling a gap between the RB16B designation of Max Verstappen’s championship-winning 2021 car, and the current championship-leading RB18 that’s racing in 2022.

“The RB17 distills everything we know about creating championship-winning Formula One cars into a package that delivers extreme levels of performance in a two-seat track car. Driven by our passion for performance at every level, the RB17 pushes design and technical boundaries far beyond what has been previously available to enthusiasts and collectors,” Adrian Newey said in a statement.

“The RB17 marks an important milestone in the evolution of Red Bull Advanced Technologies, now fully capable of creating and manufacturing a series production car at our Red Bull Technology Campus. Further, the RB17 marks the first time that a car wearing the Red Bull brand has been available to collectors,” added Christian Horner.



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AUTO RACING: Road courses ahead for NASCAR, F1 and IndyCar

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NASCAR CUP SERIES

Kwik Trip 250

Site: Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

Schedule: Saturday, practice, 11:30 a.m., and qualifying, 12:20 p.m.; Sunday, race, 3 p.m. (USA).

Track: Road America.

Race distance: 62 laps, 250 miles.

Last year: Chase Elliott won after starting 34th, the deepest starting spot for any race winner last season.

Last race: Elliott rallied from 25th after 120 laps and pulled away on a restart with four laps to go to win at Nashville, his second victory of the season.

Fast facts: The Joe Gibbs Racing trio of pole-stter Denny Hamlin (114), Martin Truex Jr. (82) and Kyle Busch (54) combined to lead 250 of the 300 laps at Nashville, but late-race traffic relegated Busch to 21st and Truex to 22nd. … Kurt Busch finished second, followed by Ryan Blaney, Kye Larson, Ross Chastain and Hamlin. … Elliott became the fifth multiple race-winner through 17 events. He leads Chastain by 30 points and Blaney by 31. … The race was delayed twice by lightning with the second delay lasting more than 2 hours.

Next race: July 10, Hampton, Georgia.

Online: http://www.nascar.com

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES

Henry 180

Site: Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

Schedule: Friday, practice, 5:30 p.m., and qualifying, 6 p.m.; Saturday, race, 2:30 p.m. (USA).

Track: Road America.

Race distance: 45 laps, 182.16 miles.

Last year: Kyle Busch won after starting fifth.

Last race: Justin Allgaier led five times for 134 laps, won both early stages and coasted to victory at Nashville, his second victory of the season.

Fast facts: JR Motorsports drivers have won five of the last seven races, and Chevrolet has won all seven. JRM also has won 12 consecutive stages on oval tracks. …. AJ Allmendinger, already a two-time winner on road courses this season, remains the series points leader by 25 over Ty Gibbs and 32 over Allgaier. …. Allmendinger’s 16th-place finish was just his second outside the top 10 through 15 races. … The top five in points have all won at least twice. … Allgaier has led a series-best 462 laps.

Next race: July 9, Hampton, Georgia.

Online: http://www.nascar.com

NASCAR TRUCK SERIES

Last race: Ryan Preece pulled away on a restart with 10 laps to go, then held off challenges from Zane Smith and Carson Hocevar to win at Nashville for the second year in a row. His two victories have come in just eight career starts.

Next race: July 9, Lexington, Ohio.

Online: http://www.nascar.com

FORMULA ONE

British Grand Prix

Site: Silverstone, England.

Schedule: Friday, practice, 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.; Saturday, practice, 7 a.m., and qualifying, 10 a.m.; Sunday, race, 10 a.m. (ESPN).

Track: Silverstone Circuit.

Race distance: 52 laps, 190.263 miles.

Last year: Lewis Hamilton won after starting second.

Last race: Defending series champion Max Verstappen won from the pole, his fifth victory in six races and sixth overall, in the series’ return to Canada after a two-year hiatus because of the pandemic.

Fast facts: Verstappen and Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez have combined to win seven of the nine races run so far, and stand 1-2 in points. Perez is 46 behind, and Charles LeClerc of Ferrari — the winner of the other two races — is 49 behind. … Hamilton, the seven-time series champion, is sixth in points.

Next race: July 10, Spielberg, Austria.

Online: http://www.formula1.com

INDYCAR

Honda Indy 200

Site: Lexington, Ohio.

Schedule: Friday, practice, 3:30 p.m.; Saturday, practice, 9:30 a.m., and qualifying, 2:45 p.m., group 1, 3:05 p.m., group 2, 3:25 p.m. and 3:45 p.m., round 2; Sunday, warmup, 9:45 a.m., and race, 12:45 p.m. (NBC).

Track: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Race distance: 80 laps, 180.64 miles.

Last year: Josef Newgarden won from the pole position.

Last race: Newgarden won at Road America, his third victory this season, and claimed a $1 million bonus for winning on an oval, street circuit and road course.

Fast facts: Indy 500 champ Marcus Ericsson leads Will Power by 27 points in the standings and Newgarden, the only multiple race winner through eight events, is 32 behind. …. The top three, and fifth-place Alex Palou, the defending series champion, have three top-three finishes. … There have been eight different pole winners.

Next race: July 17, Toronto.

Online: http://www.indycar.com

NHRA DRAG RACING

Last event: Mike Salinas won in Top Fuel and Robert Hight won in Funny Car in Norwalk, Ohio.

Next event: July 15-17, Morrison, Colorado.

Online: http://www.nhra.com

WORLD OF OUTLAWS

Next events: July 1-2, New Richmond, Wisconsin.

Online: http://worldofoutlaws.com/sprintcars

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Lewis Hamilton, F1 Condemn Nelson Piquet’s Racist Language Toward Mercedes Driver | Bleacher Report

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Lewis Hamilton spoke out Tuesday against
racially abusive language used about him by three-time Formula One champion
Nelson Piquet.

Archie Griggs of the Daily Express
reported Tuesday that Piquet used a racist term directed toward
Hamilton in November as he spoke with a Brazilian outlet about an
on-track collision between the Mercedes driver and Red Bull rival Max
Verstappen.

Hamilton responded on Twitter after video of the interview began to spread:

Lewis Hamilton @LewisHamilton

It’s more than language. These archaic mindsets need to change and have no place in our sport. I’ve been surrounded by these attitudes and targeted my whole life. There has been plenty of time to learn. Time has come for action.

Mercedes and F1 also released
statements, per Griggs.

“We condemn in the strongest terms
any use of racist or discriminatory language of any kind,” Mercedes
said. “Lewis has spearheaded our sport’s efforts to combat
racism, and he is a true champion of diversity on and off track.
Together, we share a vision for a diverse and inclusive motorsport,
and this incident underlines the fundamental importance of continuing
to strive for a brighter future.”

F1 added: “Discriminatory or racist
language is unacceptable in any form and has no part in society.”

Piquet is the father of Verstappen’s
girlfriend, Kelly Piquet, per
ESPN.

His comments were in reference to a
collision during the 2021 British Grand Prix last July. They surfaced
as F1 returns to the U.K.’s Silverstone Circuit this weekend.

Piquet argued Hamilton was at fault for
a first-lap crash with Verstappen, who was forced out of the race
after starting on pole. Hamilton, who was given a 10-second penalty, still went on to win the event.

“The penalty given does not help us
in any way and doesn’t do justice to the dangerous move Lewis made on
track,” Verstappen told reporters at the time. “Watching the
celebrations after the race while still in hospital is disrespectful
and unsportsmanlike behavior but we move on.”

Verstappen still managed to win his
first championship, edging Hamilton by eight points in the final
standings (395.5-387.5). No other driver had more than 226.

Meanwhile, Hamilton said last year he’s
been working behind the scenes to bring an end to racial inequality
within Formula One.

“I’m having conversations, trying to
hold people in the sport more accountable,” the seven-time F1
champion said in April 2021. “I’m constantly sending emails. I’m
constantly on Zoom calls with Formula One and challenging them like
they wouldn’t want to be challenged.”

He proceeded to applaud F1’s effort to
combat online racism after comments directed toward him following the
run-in with Verstappen at the British Grand Prix.

“I felt for the first time that I
didn’t stand alone in the sport. Because for the other years, or the
other 27 or whatever years I’ve been racing, no one would ever say
anything,,” Hamilton said last July.

Hamilton and Verstappen are once again
among the favorites as F1 returns to Silverstone on Sunday. Hamilton has yet to win a race this season, but he is trending in the right direction after securing his first podium of the year June 19 at the Canadian Grand Prix.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Teases Cup Series Future


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Dale Earnhardt Jr. has teased JR Motorsports moving to the Cup Series.

NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt Jr. has just answered an important question. He confirmed that JR Motorsports intends to compete in the Cup Series in the coming seasons.

Earnhardt made the “announcement” during a live episode of “The Dale Jr. Download” podcast in Nashville. He addressed Martin Truex Jr. returning to Joe Gibbs Racing for the 2023 season and just threw in the comment, “I was hoping that Martin would want to come over and help us start our Cup team at JR Motorsports.”


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This statement obviously sparked some follow-ups from co-host Mike Davis, who asked if Earnhardt was making an announcement. The Hall of Famer then explained that he wants to go Cup racing, but he also confirmed that there is one significant hurdle to overcome.

“I wish it was that easy,” Earnhardt said as further context. “We want to go. We are working our tails off trying to exhaust every opportunity — we want to go Cup racing. JR Motorsports absolutely wants to be in the Cup Series. If y’all knew the amount of conversations that my sister — Kelley — who is literally the leader of the company, if y’all knew all the conversations she’s had in the last 12 months trying to learn about how we can get that done, y’all would really be happy. Because she has worked her tail off.”

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Earnhardt Has Remained Open About This Possibility

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GettyDale Earnhardt Jr. has talked several times about a Cup Series future.

The live podcast is not the first time that Earnhardt has addressed this possibility. He has remained open over the past year about possibly competing in the Cup Series with JR Motorsports, and he has expressed interest in making the leap during the Next Gen era.

While Earnhardt has expressed interest in taking on the Cup Series, he has also clarified that the charter remains a hurdle. The prices have reached tens of millions of dollars in recent years, which is a price that Earnhardt told the Associated Press that he wouldn’t pay.

“[The charter] is the only roadblock,” Earnhardt said to SiriusXM ahead of Throwback Weekend in 2021. “I mean, the way they are talking about this new car, it’s going to be more expensive to be in the Xfinity Series than it would be to be in the Cup Series. I don’t see how that’s really possible. The numbers that you hear — as far as what the new car in the Cup Series is going to cost and what it should cost to run it — sound very conservative and very positive, too good to be true. But we will have to wait and see. Hopefully, they are right.”


What About Driver Options?

If Earnhardt and JRM are able to overcome the hurdle of securing a charter, they will have to focus on the next step of the process. They will need to determine which driver will be the one to spearhead the campaign.

Truex is not an option after he signed a new deal with Joe Gibbs Racing, but Earnhardt has capable drivers in the JRM building. Sam Mayer still has experience to gain in the Xfinity Series, but Justin Allgaier, the winner of the Nashville Superspeedway race, has made 80 starts in the Cup Series. He also ran full-time during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Noah Gragson is another option. The driver of the No. 9 is in the midst of his fourth full-time Xfinity Series season, and he has seven career wins. Gragson’s future is a hot topic entering Silly Season, especially with him running part-time in the Cup Series with Kaulig Racing and Beard Motorsports.

Finally, there is Josh Berry. The Late Model ace is running full-time in the Xfinity Series for the first time in his career, and he has added another two wins to his total. Berry is still learning the ins and outs of the national NASCAR series, but he has openly expressed a desire to move up to the Cup Series.

“I think if I’ve come this far, I think that there’s no reason why I wouldn’t have a set goal of racing in a Cup car one day,” Berry said ahead of the race at Nashville Superspeedway, per NASCAR Media. “Who knows if that day will come?”

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Rain halts NASCAR Cup Series at Nashville on lap 139

Mother Nature has been fickle in the Music City this evening.

For the second time on the day, the NASCAR Cup Series race at Nashville Superspeedway has been halted by inclement weather.

The race was red flagged on lap 139 for lightning in the area around the 1.33-mile speedway.  The skies opened up moments later, adding to the delay in getting the race back underway. 

The race was halted just 11 laps prior to the halfway point, which would have made the race official if it is unable to be restarted.

It marked the second red flag condition on the day, as the race was halted around lap 45 for about an hour and a half due to lightning in the area.

When not stopped by weather, the racing on the concrete speedway has been competitive. 

At the time of the red flag on lap 139, Denny Hamlin had the lead, having just wrestled it away from his teammate, Martin Truex, Jr.

Truex, Jr. held on to the second spot, with Kyle Busch in third, Kevin Harvick in fourth, and Christopher Bell in fifth.

Ryan Blaney, Ross Chastain, Kurt Busch, Michael McDowell, and Joey Logano rounded out the top 10.

Dawsonville, Georgia’s Chase Elliott was running in the 16th position when the race was halted.

As of 8:20 PM, MRN Radio reported that the track had been lost as rain pelted the speedway.  Once the storm passes, NASCAR will deploy the track drying crews to get the track race ready.

Once the race resumes, WDUN will carry live MRN Radio coverage of the conclusion of the event on 102.9 FM, AM 550 and streaming live on AccessWDUN.

Check back for further updates on this story.

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F1 news LIVE: Wolff ‘fed up’ with Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes fears, Silverstone court battle | F1 | Sport

Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes future has come under fresh scrutiny ahead Silverstone. Hamilton heads into his home Grand Prix 98 points off leader Max Verstappen.

Mercedes duo Hamilton and George Russell enjoyed better performances last time out in Montreal but remain way behind their title rivals Red Bull and Ferrari.

Verstappen is the current leader and has built up huge momentum recently, having won every race he has finished this season bar one, while Charles Leclerc’s early advantage has capitulated due to a series of issues.

We head to the British Grand Prix next and it prove pivotal in the title race this season. Last time out, Hamilton and Verstappen were involved in a high-speed collision and it promises to be filled with lots more drama once again.

Keep up to date with everything going on in the world of Formula One ahead of next weekend’s race by following below.

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10 richest F1 drivers of all time: net worths, ranked – Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button banked millions on the Formula One Grand Prix circuit, but are they wealthier than Michael Schumacher?

The richest Formula One drivers of all time, ranked by net worth, including from left, Niki Lauda, Kimi Räikkönen, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher. Photo (left to right): AFP; @kimimatiasraikkonen/Instagram; AP; AFP; @michaelschumacher/Instagram

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Entry list, TV schedule for Sunday’s race

The NASCAR Cup Series is back at Nashville Superspeedway for their second-ever race at the 1.333-mile oval.

Defending champion Kyle Larson was dominant in 2021, but that has not translated to the Next Gen car (though he does have a win in 2022).

With 10 regular season races remaining, 12 drivers have won this year. 16 playoff spots are available. Kevin Harvick, who has the 6th-best average finish in 2022, is currently on the outside looking in. 

Here’s what you need to know about Sunday’s race:

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NASCAR Cup Series at Nashville schedule

Green Flag Time: 4 p.m. CT on Sunday

Track: Nashville Superspeedway (1.333 mile oval) in Lebanon

Length:  300 laps, 399 miles

Stages:  90 laps, 95 laps, 115 laps

TV coverage:  NBC

Radio: MRN (102.5-FM in Nashville)

Streaming: NBC Sports app and Peacock (subscription required); MRN.com and SiriusXM for audio (subscription required)

Qualifying:  Noon CT Saturday qualifying on USA Network

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Ally 400 entry list

  • Ross Chastain, No. 1 Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet
  • Austin Cindric, No. 2 Team Penske Ford
  • Austin Dillon, No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
  • Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
  • Kyle Larson, No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
  • Brad Keselowski, No. 6 Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing Ford
  • Corey Lajoie, No. 7 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet
  • Tyler Reddick, No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
  • Chase Elliott, No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
  • Aric Almirola, No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
  • Denny Hamlin, No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
  • Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Team Penske Ford
  • Chase Briscoe, No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
  • JJ Yeley, No. 15 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
  • AJ Allmendinger, No. 16 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet
  • Chase Buescher, No. 17 Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing Ford
  • Kyle Busch, No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
  • Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
  • Christopher Bell, No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
  • Harrison Burton, No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford
  • Joey Logano, No. 22 Team Penske Ford
  • Bubba Wallace, No. 23 23XI Racing Toyota
  • William Byron, No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
  • Justin Haley, No. 31 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet
  • Michael McDowell, No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford 
  • Todd Gilliland, No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford 
  • Cole Custer, No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
  • Ty Dillon, No. 42 Petty GMS Motorsports Chevrolet
  • Erik Jones, No. 43 Petty GMS Motorsports Chevrolet
  • Kurt Busch, No. 45 23XI Racing Chevrolet
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
  • Alex Bowman, No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
  • Cody Ware, No. 51 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
  • Josh Bilicki, No. 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet
  • BJ McLeod, No. 78 Live Fast Motorsports Ford
  • Daniel Suarez, No. 99 Trackhouse Racing Toyota
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ESPN Renews Formula 1 Rights In U.S., Outmaneuvering Netflix And Other Tech Suitors – Report

U.S. media rights to Liberty Media’s rising auto racing circuit Formula 1 have reportedly been renewed by ESPN through 2025 after the Disney-owned sports operation outmaneuvered Netflix and other tech suitors.

The pact is worth in the area of $75 million to $90 million a year, according to Sports Business Journal, which first reported the deal. While such a number would be exponentially higher than the $5 million level of the current contract, it is believed to be less than what several tech giants were offering.

Reps for ESPN and Formula 1 declined to comment on the report when contacted by Deadline. Complete plans for how the package would be delivered remain under wraps, but other sports set up at ESPN find their way across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN+, ABC and other platforms.

Netflix is understood to have joined the bidding, in a departure from its prior avoidance of live sports. It justified the pursuit as an effort to possibly position live F1 races as a complement to its top-rated docuseries Drive to Survive. Amazon, which is in the midst of a big push into live sports, also reportedly made a play, as did NBCUniversal.

The John Malone-controlled Liberty acquired Formula One Group for $4.6 billion in 2017. Former longtime media exec Chase Carey ran it as CEO until 2020, when former Ferrari and Lamborghini exec Stefano Domenicali took the reins. During the Italian-born Domenicali’s tenure, F1 has seen a surge in popularity and tune-in, adding U.S. dates to its long-established global calendar. The first event ever held in Miami in May drew 2.6 million viewers for ABC, a record for F1 in the U.S.

In an interview with Deadline last month, Domenicali said his team was “exploring all of the opportunities” and “not in a rush to make the decision.”

Amid an ongoing rise in sports rights in the U.S., live events with a particular draw among younger fans are especially coveted. On Liberty Media’s earnings call last February, execs were asked about a scenario much like the one that has apparently played out — a renewal with ESPN even if the dollar figure isn’t the highest among all bids. Liberty CEO Greg Maffei said the company opted to take “broader coverage over the money” in its most recent ESPN renewal in 2019, “and I think that’s paid off.”

In this year’s evaluation, Maffei added, “I don’t think, as you know, it’s a complete trade-off. There will be degrees of access, degrees of coverage, and there’ll be degrees of money.”