UPDATE: Google honors late F1 great Ayrton Senna on what would have been his 54th birthday — but not in U.S. or U.K.

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UPDATE: It would appear that the highly-touted Google Doodle honoring Ayrton Senna is being used only in certain countries on Friday, what would have been Senna’s 54th birthday. We checked out Google Canada, Google Mexico, Google Italy and Google Brazil and the Senna Doodles are there. Interestingly, the Doodles are not showing up in the U.S. or in the United Kingdom.

Besides being the world’s largest search engine, Google apparently is also a big fan of late Formula One great Ayrton Senna.

Google’s “Doodle,” which is what users see when they access the service’s main page, is typically used to commemorate holidays and events.

On what would have been Senna’s 54th birthday, Google will honor the legendary Brazilian driver Friday by devoting its Doodle, which will include an artistic drawing of him (see illustration), throughout the entire day.

A three-time F1 champion, Senna was tragically killed at the age of 34 in a violent crash in the San Marino Grand Prix on May 1, 1994. Senna was leading the race when his Williams open-wheel car ran off the track at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola, Italy, and into an unprotected concrete wall.

Investigators determined Senna was doing approximately 190 mph when his car left the track, but had slowed to about 135 mph upon point of impact.

According to The Independent in the United Kingdom, Senna’s profile in the Formula One Hall of Fame, includes this quote he gave earlier in the year that he died:

“I want to live fully, very intensely,” Senna said. “I would never want to live partially, suffering from illness or injury. If I ever happen to have an accident that eventually costs my life, I hope it happens in one instant.”

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MRTI: Keith Donegan earns Mazda Shootout Scholarship

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Dublin, Ireland’s Keith Donegan claimed a $200K scholarship from Mazda after emerging victorious at the second annual Mazda Road to Indy Shootout. The 20-year-old Donegan earned an at-large nomination for the scholarship based on his performance at this year’s Formula Ford Festival, in which he finished second in the final, and emerged from a pack of 17 drivers from across the globe to claim the scholarship.

“It really hasn’t hit me yet,” said an emotional Donegan, who earlier in his career actually spent two years away from racing as he focused on academics. “The weekend was really good and I enjoyed it. I have to say a huge thanks to Mazda and Cooper Tires and everyone at the Mazda Road to Indy. I enjoyed every moment. Throughout the weekend we were consistent and I kept the small things in check. I didn’t make any stupid mistakes and kept my head cool and that really paid off in the end.”

The two-day shootout was held at the Bondurant Racing School in Arizona and saw the nominated drivers tackle the school’s 1.6-mile circuit in Formula Mazda race cars before facing on and off-track assessments. Donegan was selected by a panel of judges that included former driver and current Verizon IndyCar Series TV analyst Scott Goodyear, Mazda drivers Tom Long, Andrew Carbonell, and Jonathan Bomarito, as well as Victor Franzoni – the current champion of the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires – and Oliver Askew, the current champion of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda.

Donegan was humbled to be in the presence of drivers who have won scholarships and championships previously, and added that he is grateful to have the opportunity to continue his racing career.

“You see all these champions here today that will go on to great things in the future and I’m sure the names you see here today aren’t going to disappear,” Donegan added. “They will be back up there and I’m sure I will be racing them again some day. It is an unbelievable opportunity to be given and for Mazda to provide that for any young driver. It just gives that bit of motivation that you need because the [U.S.] is where you need to go to become a professional these days. It is such a boost to my career.”

Donegan is now slated to join the 2018 USF2000 championship, with further announcements regarding the team with whom he’ll be racing to come in the future.

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