Canadian F1 Grand Prix

Vergne enjoys one of the best races of his career

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Jean-Eric Vergne may have only finished yesterday’s Canadian Grand Prix in eighth place, but the Frenchman believes that it is one of the best performances of his Formula 1 career.

Vergne started the race in eighth place, and made a good start to jump ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso off the line. He eventually dropped back, and was fortunate to benefit from a crash between Sergio Perez and Felipe Massa late on to make up two positions and eventually cross the line in P8 for four points.

“I’m extremely happy as I feel I gave my best today,” Vergne explained after the race. “It was a good race, maybe the best of my F1 career so far, not in terms of results but I think everything went perfect and we finally scored some points.

“I was able to gain a position on Alonso after a good start and I could keep Magnussen behind later on, managing well what was a difficult race. The team did a great job all weekend, where we worked really well to put together the best possible car.

“We are now waiting for more updates to come at the Austrian Grand Prix and I’m confident we will improve the speed and bring home even better results.”

Vergne is thought to be under pressure to keep his seat at Toro Rosso, given that Red Bull junior driver Carlos Sainz Jr. is putting in some incredibly impressive performances in the Formula Renault 3.5 series. However, he said on Saturday that he did not feel under pressure, and this good result on race day in Montreal will undoubtedly have filled the team with confidence in his ability.

His teammate, Daniil Kvyat, was less fortunate, suffering a transmission failure during the race that forced him to park up and retire with 13 laps remaining.

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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