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Jul 13

Rojas Crashes No. 01 Ganassi Entry On Recon Lap

The No. 01 suffered heavy damage prior to Sunday's race. (Photo: Trevor Longman)

The No. 01 suffered heavy damage prior to Sunday’s race. (Photo: Trevor Longman)

There’s been drama in the build up to this afternoon’s Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, as the Chip Gansssi Racing Riley-Ford has suffered a major setback in today’s race due to an accident on the reconnoissance lap.

Memo Rojas was at the wheel of the No. 01 Telmex-sponsored DP when he lost control in Turn 2 on a damp circuit and made heavy impact with the barriers.

The Mexican driver was evaluated and released from the infield medical center but the car sustained considerable damage to the front, rear and left side.

Jul 13

Porsche Used By Steve McQueen In ‘Le Mans’ Film Headed To Auction

This 1969 Porsche 917K could top $20 million at the Gooding & Company auction in August. (Photo: Gooding & Company)

This 1969 Porsche 917K could top $20 million at the Gooding & Company auction in August. (Photo: Gooding & Company)

One of the holy grails of the collector car world and possibly one of the world’s most valuable Porsches extant will be offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction in Pebble Beach, Calif., next month (Aug. 17-18).

The 1969 917K is probably the most desirable version of one of Porsche’s mightiest competition cars. The reliable and powerful flat-12 engine, combined with lightweight aerodynamic coupe bodywork, was tailor made for endurance races like The 24 Hours of Le Mans. Picking up where the Ford GT40 left off (and also sponsored by Gulf Oil in the iconic light blue and orange livery), the 917K helped show the door to Ferrari in endurance racing, leaving them to concentrate on Formula One, where they remain today.

Jul 13

Marquez Wins Ninth Straight MotoGP Contest After Hectic Race Start

Marc Marquez now has 15 career victories in 26 starts. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Marc Marquez now has 15 career victories in 26 starts. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Marc Marquez continued his astonishing winning streak with another clinically executed victory in the German Grand Prix, his ninth of the season.

If this incredible streak continues Marquez could wrap up his second consecutive MotogP World Championship by the Aragon GP in September, the 14th of 18 races this season.

Marquez showed again that nothing is beyond him on a motorcycle, recovering from the chaos of a massed start in pit lane to win the 30-lap race at the Sachsenring ahead of Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa.

Yamaha-rider Jorge Lorenzo was third with a strong performance that put him one place ahead of teammate Valentino  Rossi. This was Lorenzo’s first podium since his dramatic second place to Marquez at Mugello in June.

Marquez now leads the championship by 77 points over Pedrosa with Rossi in third and 84 points behind.

In Germany, Marquez stayed calm despite a traffic jam on pit lane at the end of the formation lap with a bunch riders making a dramatic switch to their spare bikes fitted with slick, dry tires.

He was joined by Pedrosa, Lorenzo, Rossi, Cal Crutchlow, Andrea Dovizioso and the Espargaro brothers Pol and Aleix.

A pre-race rain shower had seen all the top riders, except Germany’s Stefan Bradl in position three on the front row, go to the grid with rain tires in anticipation of a wet race.

The rain never came but it was a roller-derby style start with riders squeezed five abreast in pit lane and jostling for position at the green flag.

But Marquez stayed clam and sliced through the pack, tagged by Pedrosa, to chase down runaway early leader Bradl.

By mid-race he was in control of the lead and his tight battle with Pedrosa eventually easing down to win by 1.4 seconds.

“Everybody came into the pits to change tires because we saw it was completely dry on the sighting lap,” Marquez said.

“My strategy was to copy Dani and Valentino who are the main rivals for the championship. When I saw they headed to the pit lane I followed and we all changed to slicks and the rain did not come.

“It was nice at the beginning overtaking riders and then in the second part of the race I had a big battle with Dani, it was always 0.5s between us.

“I am really happy for this win and now it is time relax and recharge the body.”

At 21 years and 146 days, Marquez is now the youngest rider to win nine consecutive races, taking the record from Mike Hailwood who was 24 years and 86 days in 1964 when he won the 9th of 12 race streak.

This is Marquez’s 15th premier class win, equalling Alex Criville who was the first Spanish rider to win in the premier class world title in 1999.

He is the first rider to win the opening nine races of the season since Giacomo Agostini won first ten races of 1970.

Jul 12

IndyCar: Hunter-Reay puts on late charge for surprise win in Iowa

(Photo courtesy Lesley Ann Miller)

Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates his second victory of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar season. (Photo courtesy Lesley Ann Miller)

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Ryan Hunter-Reay blew past the field with two laps to go and won the IndyCar race at Iowa Speedway on Saturday for his first victory since the Indianapolis 500.

It was the fifth straight win in Iowa for Andretti Autosport, and the second in three years for Hunter-Reay.