Force India Formula One driver Resta loses his front wheel after a collision with Lotus F1 Formula One driver Grosjean at the start of the Italian F1 Grand Prix at the Monza circuit

Di Resta “gutted” as Force India slump goes on

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After a strong start to the season things have taken a bad turn for Force India in recent races.

Neither of their drivers looked likely to reach the top ten in qualifying at Monza, Adrian Sutil retired on the penultimate lap with braking problems and Paul di Resta took himself out at the start, crashing into Romain Grosjean.

The team racked up 59 points over the first eight races but have only scored two in the four races since. Force India’s points drought coincides with the move towards more conservative tires which began at the Nurburgring in reaction to the spate of high-speed failures seen during the British Grand Prix.

Di Resta, who has not scored a single point since the tyres changes, told the BBC he was “gutted” with the Monza result.

“It has been one of those weekends to forget,” he told the BBC.

“I lost sight of the corner because of the cars in front which bunched up more than I expected. I tried to take avoiding action, to place my car in the middle, but I couldn’t really go anywhere and I hit Grosjean’s car fairly hard.

“I obviously didn’t mean to do it – I wasn’t trying to overtake anyone. It was just the concertina effect I was unaware of.”

NHRA: New book a celebration of life, love and drag racing

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The overpowering smell from nitromethane that powers Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars in the National Hot Rod Association oftentimes brings fans to tears after getting a whiff of the stuff.

Now there’s a new inspirational book that will also bring tears to the eyes of die-hard drag racing fans.

Veteran crew chief Jim Oberhofer has released “Top Fuel For Life, Life Lessons From A Crew Chief,” a touching homage to both his late wife and persevering and overcoming adversity in the highly competitive world of NHRA drag racing.

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Oberhofer wears a number of hats as vice president of one of the sport’s most veteran and successful teams, Kalitta Motorsports, including serving as crew chief for Top Fuel driver Doug Kalitta’s dragster.

Oberhofer relates a number of stories about overcoming adversity in the book, but none more touching than how he watched his beloved wife “Tammy O” lose a long and painful battle to stage 4 metastatic lung cancer.

While Oberhofer has spent his life using wrenches and tools working on 10,000-horsepower engines, his new book shows that he is also a very gifted writer.

Known in the sport as “Jim O,” Oberhofer describes the fight his wife went through in gritty and descriptive prose, but with a foundation built upon what the love of his life meant to him – and continues to mean to him more than two years since she passed away.

“When you take a long hard look at your life, I guarantee you that being a winner has little to do with crossing the finish line,” Oberhofer said. “After many mistakes and a whole lot of heartache, I learned that happiness comes from a deeper, simpler place. That’s the big win.”

“Top Fuel For Life” is available on Amazon for $19.95.

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Report: Ecclestone believes F1 could be sold by year’s end

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Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone on Tuesday said the racing series is up for sale and has as many as three potential buyers.

Ecclestone told The Associated Press that a deal could still be struck by year’s end.

“I think so, maybe this year,” Ecclestone said. “There are three people mentioned to buy. So it’s a case of whether CVC or Mr. Mackenzie wants to sell.”

Ecclestone was referring to F1’s largest and controlling shareholder, CVC Capital Partners co-chairman Donald Mackenzie.

But even if F1 is sold, the 84-year-old Eccelstone doesn’t plan on going anywhere.

“The people that I’ve spoken to … have asked me if I would stay,” Ecclestone told AP.

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