IMSA: DeltaWing out, Boris Said with broken rib after CTMP incidents

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The DeltaWing Coupe showed its best speed of the season during Friday practice for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship round at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, ending sixth fastest and just 0.6 off the overall leading Morgan Nissan P2-spec Prototype.

Unfortunately the good vibes only lasted for that first session. Near the end of the second session and on the front straight, a fuel line rupture triggered a fire that caused delamination too extensive to repair the car outside of the team’s shop in Braselton, Georgia. That’s caused the team to withdraw from the rest of the weekend.

Driver Andy Meyrick was on board at the time and emerged mercifully unscathed from the incident. Meyrick even poked fun at it on Twitter, first with his “I’m OK” tweet and then a Starbucks tweet Saturday morning.

Meyrick entered the weekend with great momentum on the strength of consecutive wins in the Blancpain Endurance Series, with co-drivers Steven Kane and Guy Smith in the Bentley Continental GT3.

Meanwhile co-driver Katherine Legge was no doubt looking for better luck as she celebrates her birthday this Saturday.

Elsewhere, and reports of this have been slower to get out, but Marsh Racing’s Boris Said suffered a broken rib after an incident in Turn 1 on Friday.

Said, who co-drives the No. 31 Corvette DP with Eric Curran, was evaluated and released from an area hospital. The best I’ve seen describing the accident was Corvette Racing’s Tommy Milner, who competes in the GT Le Mans class.

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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