Things we learned Wednesday while looking up something else:
Fans of the blue oval – otherwise known as Ford Motor Company – have at long last reason to celebrate.
How many of you realize that Ford drivers have now won the last three Sprint Cup races?
That’s right, Carl Edwards won at Sonoma, Brad Keselowski won at Kentucky and Aric Almirola won Sunday’s rain-shortened race at Daytona.
This marks Ford’s longest winning streak since the 2005 season, when Greg Biffle won the spring races at Dover and Michigan, sandwiched around Carl Edwards’ win at Pocono.
Even better news for Ford fans: The mighty blue oval has won seven of the first 18 races this season (Chevrolet has nine wins and Toyota just two), the most in one season since 2011.
And there’s still a half season of 18 more races left to go.
Can Ford make it four in a row this Sunday at New Hampshire?
One other thing: Ford drivers have won the pole for the last two races. Keselowski sat on the pole at Kentucky while David Gilliland earned the top spot due to rain at Daytona.
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Lewis Hamilton and Sebastien Vettel are the two most decorated drivers currently on the Formula 1 grid, with seven World Championships between them (four for Vettel, and three for Hamilton).
However, their paths have rarely crossed on the track, and only in 2010 did both drivers battle each for a World Championship in the same year. They also battled Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber that year, with Vettel emerging on top to claim his first World Championship.
However, the 2017 season sees Hamilton and Vettel in the two best cars on the grid, and they have gone head-to-head multiple times already this year, with each claiming two victories through the first five races. Currently, Vettel leads Hamilton 104-98 in the world championship, and the two men are developing a strong on-track rivalry.
Monaco Grand Prix coverage continues with FP3 and qualifying on Saturday. Full times are linked here.
In Friday’s NASCAR AMERICA Motorsports Special on NBCSN, we take you behind the scenes during F1 superstar Fernando Alonso’s qualifying runs for the Indy 500, including when he was on the pole for a brief period. He’ll eventually start fifth.
On Friday’s NASCAR AMERICA Motorsports Special on NBCSN, Parker Kligerman and his backseat driver, Kyle Petty, took to the iRacing simulator to make a mock run around Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.
They look at the challenges of IMS, as well as the challenges two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso will face in the first oval track race in his illustrious career. Alonso is among the favorites in the race and will take the green flag from the middle of Row 2 (fifth position).
Check out the above video.
Sunday is the biggest day of the year in motorsports, starting in the morning with Formula 1’s legendary Monaco Grand Prix.
Then, at Noon ET, it’s the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The final part of the tripleheader of racing is NASCAR’s longest race of the season, the 400-lap, 600-mile Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Newly-named NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018 inductee Ken Squier gives you a great primer for what promises to be a memorable day around the world (see video above).