Hendrick team machinist is brother of slain MIT officer

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The ongoing situation in Boston has hit the NASCAR family, with news that a member of Hendrick Motorsports is the brother of the MIT officer that was killed last night in Cambridge, Mass.

Andrew Collier, who works in the team’s engine department, lost his brother, 26-year-old officer Sean Collier, who was shot following an altercation on the school’s campus and was pronounced dead after arrival at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston yesterday evening. Authorities are reporting that he was killed by the suspects in Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings.

Hendrick Motorsports has released the following statement:

“The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Hendrick Motorsports are with Andrew Collier and his family. Andrew, a machinist in the Hendrick Motorsports engine department, tragically lost his brother, Officer Sean Collier, last night in Cambridge, Mass. We ask that the family’s privacy be considered during this difficult time. Andrew, 25, joined Hendrick Motorsports in September 2008.”

Sean Collier, a native of Wilmington, Mass., had been a member of the MIT Police Department since January 2012 following a stint as a civilian employee of the Somerville (Mass.) Police Department. His family has since released a statement, saying that they were “heartbroken” by his loss.

“Our only solace is that Sean died bravely doing what he committed his life to – serving and protecting others,” the statement continued according to the Boston Globe. “We are thankful for the outpouring of support and condolences offered by so many people. We are grieving his loss and ask that the media respect our privacy at this time.”

UPDATE (1:07 p.m. ET): Per the Associated Press, Hendrick Motorsports driver Jimmie Johnson said the following on this matter: “My thoughts and prayers [are] with the Collier family, and I certainly know it’s the same thing with everyone at Hendrick Motorsports. We’re one big family and it’s sad to see a teammate going through this.”

Lewis Hamilton comes home to Mercedes factory after fourth title

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On Monday, the Formula 1 schedule finally allowed teams to be in Europe before heading to Abu Dhabi for this weekend’s season finale.

And as such, that provided a window for now four-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton to return to the Mercedes AMG Petronas factories in Brackley and Brixworth to be celebrated for taking the driver’s title, as Hamilton an Valtteri Bottas delivered Mercedes its fourth straight constructor’s title.

Hamilton was at Brixworth, the home of Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) and its highly successful Mercedes-Benz Power Units first before heading to Brackley, where he was welcomed with a “guard of honor” as the entire team came out to greet him.

The champion was overwhelmed at the response and the welcome.

“This a very emotional day. I was not expecting this, thanks everyone for the warm welcome,” he said. “Today is something that I will never forget, turning up at the front gate of the factory and seeing everyone out on the street to welcome me – I’m blown away.

“This has been an incredible year, it’s been an incredible journey together. There’s a huge amount of respect and appreciation I have for everyone. I’ve been in the sport for a long time now, but to see the work ethic in Brixworth and Brackley really inspires me. Every time I come around, I see everyone operating at 100%, which encourages me to bring my best performance.

“Thank you all for helping me achieve my dreams, it would not have been possible without you. This is the best championship year, because we’ve been fighting another team and because we’ve had the difficulties and challenges we’ve had – that just makes it so much greater.”

A social roundup of images and videos are below, all via Hamilton and the Mercedes team on social media.