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Mario Andretti one of three to go into NMPA Hall in January

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Mario Andretti, the only driver to win the Indianapolis 500, Daytona 500 and Formula One World Championship, will be adding one more accolade this coming January when he goes into the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame.

Andretti (pictured) is one of three prominent racing figures that make up the 2014 class for the NMPA Hall. Joining him will be former NASCAR crew chief Ray Evernham and longtime motorsports journalist and publisher Steve Waid. The ceremony will take place Jan. 25, 2014 in Concord, North Carolina.

Naturally, Andretti, who also claimed four IndyCar championships (three under USAC sanction, one under CART), is the headliner of this group and he deserves to be so. But Evernham and Waid also made their own important impacts upon American racing.

Many NASCAR fans remember Evernham as the crew chief for Jeff Gordon back in the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports team’s days as the “Rainbow Warriors.” Together, Evernham and Gordon brought home three Sprint Cup championships and 47 Sprint Cup race wins.

Evernham also played a pivotal role in bringing Dodge back to NASCAR at the turn of the millennium, fielding cars as a team owner for drivers such as former Cup champion Bill Elliott and a then-rising star by the name of Kasey Kahne.

The Evernham Motorsports outfit earned 13 Cup victories before former Liverpool FC owner George Gillett bought a controlling interest in the team in 2007 to create Gillett Evernham Motorsports. GEM eventually merged with Petty Enterprises in 2009 to bring about the current Richard Petty Motorsports.

As for Waid, he has covered NASCAR in various capacities over the last four decades. Starting out as a newspaper writer, he eventually moved to Grand National Scene, where he would rise to the role of publisher.

He is an award-winning journalist, having won the NMPA’s own George Cunningham Award and the Henry T. McLemore Award for outstanding lifetime achievement in motorsports journalism.

The NMPA Hall of Fame is based at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina.

IndyCar 2015 Driver Review: Ryan Briscoe

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MotorSportsTalk continues its review of the Verizon IndyCar Series field, driver-by-driver, with a look at Ryan Briscoe. Despite not having a ride to start the year, Briscoe ended strongly courtesy of a series of strong runs at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

Ryan Briscoe, No. 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda

  • 2014: 11th Place, Best Finish 4th, Best Start 4th, 1 Top-5, 11 Top-10, 5 Laps Led, 12.8 Avg. Start, 10.6 Avg. Finish
  • 2015: 18th Place (8 starts), Best Finish 5th, Best Start 2nd, 1 Top-5, 4 Top-10, 10 Laps Led, 17.8 Avg. Start, 12.0 Avg. Finish

For those who slag on Briscoe as being undeserving of top level equipment, his 2015 second half provided a friendly reminder of his overall ability level in what might be less than the best machinery.

Briscoe was thrust into the No. 5 car under trying circumstances to begin with, getting all of an hour’s worth practice replacing the injured James Hinchcliffe ahead of the Indianapolis 500. But subsequent drives on the ovals there, Texas, Fontana, Milwaukee and Iowa – even if the results were less than ideal – showcased a driver determined to show to the paddock he still had it, and then some. His defense against Juan Pablo Montoya in Sonoma was nothing short of brilliant, and courtesy of double points he actually finished ahead of full-season driver Stefano Coletti.

The Australian immediately gelled with the SPM team, engineer Allen McDonald and race strategist Robert Gue. He continues to prove he’s an asset, as he has enjoyed multiple opportunities to extend his career in various arenas of motorsport in both open-wheel and sports cars, the latter of which he won at both the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring with Corvette Racing this year.

Race Recap: Hamilton closes on third title at Russia (VIDEO)

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Following an early retirement for Mercedes AMG Petronas teammate Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton has closed even more on his third Formula 1 World Championship.

View it above in the race recap from the 2015 Russian Grand Prix.