Incredible story of tragedy turned to triumph: Chris Lambert, spotter for Denny Hamlin

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You might say that in each of the 36 Sprint Cup races, Chris Lambert has Denny Hamlin’s ear.

While Hamlin can get over-revved at times behind the wheel, Lambert has a calming tone and voice that keeps the driver of the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in-check and under control.

Lambert is Hamlin’s spotter – and without question one of the best in the business, respected by peers and looked upon as someone who does his job right.

But Lambert is also a kind of quiet guy. Part of it is by nature, but another part of it is due to unspeakable tragedy that he’s gone through and survived.

In an absolutely heartwarming story by Fox & Friends, Lambert’s story is one you not only owe it to yourself to watch, but if you have a spouse and/or kids, have them join you while viewing a tale of something no one should go through and how he rallied back thanks to a special “guardian angel.”

(You also might want to keep some tissue nearby, just in case.)

Kudos to Fox & Friends for telling a story that so deserved to be told.

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Brown: Dennis would have made same decision on McLaren-Honda split

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Zak Brown believes former McLaren team boss Ron Dennis would have made the same decision to cut ties with struggling Formula 1 engine partner Honda had he still been in charge at the team in 2017.

McLaren executive director Brown helped engineer a deal for the team to split with Honda at the end of the 2017 season after three tough seasons that had seen the Japanese manufacturer offer little in the way of performance or reliability.

The decision split opinion, with McLaren spurning a significant annual financial injection from Honda in order to link up with Renault, believing its on-track fortunes had to be prioritized over its commercial interests.

In an interview with Sky Sports, Brown was asked if he believed Dennis – McLaren’s long-running team chief before stepping down at the end of 2016 – would have made the same decision to cut ties with Honda.

“I think he would have,” Brown said.

“He was here when those conversations were ongoing and I think Ron always has and always will have the best interests of McLaren in his heart.

“He is Mr. McLaren. It burns him inside as much as us not to see us winning races.”

Brown also elaborated on the decision to break off the much-lauded relationship with Honda, saying the first signs of trouble with the 2017 power unit were clear in pre-season.

After a number of attempts to try and rectify the situation, Brown and his fellow team bosses felt there was no alternative but to end the Honda deal for 2018.

“We knew we were in trouble in testing in Barcelona and we worked really hard for six months to try and find solutions that would give us confidence that we’d be much more competitive in 2018,” Brown said.

“Ultimately, after trying many different things and many different ways we felt we couldn’t get there.

“Three years is a long time in Formula 1 and so we needed to change the direction to get our team back at the top.”