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Formula One points leader Sebastien Vettel had his practice run at the Canadian Grand Prix cut short when he said hello to one of Montreal’s very close and infamous walls.
This one the “wall of champions”, that quick right-left kink before the charge to the start/finish line.
He’s Ok. Vettel got out of the car on his own and walked to the safety van, apparently uninjured. The rest of the field resumed practice minutes later.
Vettel is the runaway points leader in Formula One so far this season, winning 5 of the first 6 races. The goal in Montreal for the others is to stop the very talented German from winning another one!
They don’t do a lot of promotion in North America since they made their rules different than the American LeMans Series we do business with here.
And I admit it’s not the same 24 Hours of LeMans classic without Canada’s Ron Fellows mowing down the GT division in his GM Goodwrench Corvette, but a race that’s easily the toughest endurance test of man and machine goes this weekend at la Sarthe, LeMans France.
Sebastien Bourdais believes it will be vital for Peugeot to focus on its own race and not get drawn into unnecessary battles with its chief turbodiesel rival Audi if it is to repeat its 2009 victory in the around-the-clock classic.
The 4-time Champ Car champion, and frequent Raceline Radio guest says its critical to resist temptation to get involved in on-track battles too early in the race.
But we remember Fellows telling us plenty of times The 24 Hours of LeMans has become a series of intense sprints for the teams. Nobody does any relaxed easy drives in their stints.
And here’s how you make chicken salad out of chicken sh…….
Team owner Richard Childress says NASCAR was correct in punishing him for assaulting Kyle Busch after last weekend’s Trucks race at Kansas, but officials should have dealt with Busch bumping into RCR driver Joey Coulter on the cool-down lap following the race.
Childress avoided a suspension from NASCAR but was fined $150,000 and placed on probation for the rest of the season.
Here’s the best part!
Childress also said donations have been coming in to help pay the fine, but he’ll pay it out his own pocket.
The donations fans have contributed toward the fine will be re-routed to the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma.
In this case, thank you Richard and yes, thank you Kyle Busch.
This time, the kids benefit.