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Ricciardo: Racing isn’t always kind (VIDEO)

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Daniel Ricciardo might just be the unluckiest man in Formula 1 right now. After being disqualified from the Australian Grand Prix last time out for the team exceeding the maximum fuel flow limit on 100kg/h, the Red Bull driver lost fourth place in today’s race after a mistake in the pits.

The front left tire was not fitted properly on Ricciardo’s car, meaning that the team had to wheel him back to the pits and work on his car, costing him a lap. He was then given a five second stop-go penalty, and then suffered a front wing failure before eventually retiring from the race.

To make matters worse, the stewards then gave Ricciardo a 10 place grid penalty for next weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix because of the unsafe release.

“It’s been a pretty unlucky start to the season,” he explained to NBCSN’s Will Buxton. “That’s how it is. Racing isn’t always the kindest sport and there’s other factors unfortunately which take place.

“On the positives, it was another good race I think. I made a good start. It’s nice to have my two front of the grid starts in the last couple of races and to have made the most of them, that’s nice, to have raced at the front.”

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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