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Senna completes stacked United Autosports line-up for Rolex 24

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Bruno Senna has completed United Autosports’ stacked driver line-up for the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January.

The nephew of Formula 1 legend Ayrton Senna, Bruno has focused chiefly on endurance racing since making his last grand prix start in 2012.

Senna clinched his first motorsport title at the end of last month after a stunning fightback in the FIA World Endurance Championship season finale in Bahrain, wrapping up the LMP2 drivers’ title alongside Julien Canal for Rebellion Racing.

The Brazilian will now venture to Daytona International Speedway for the Rolex 24 next month, becoming the seventh and final driver for United Autosports’ two-car entry.

Senna will partner Will Owen, Hugo de Sadeleer and Paul Di Resta for the endurance classic, with Fernando Alonso, Lando Norris and Phil Hanson teaming up in the second Ligier JS P217.

“I’m very excited to join United Autosports on this challenge for Daytona,” Senna said.

“It’s an incredibly accomplished team and with the experience from 2017, great technical talent, as well as the incredibly strong driver line-up, we should be up for a good fight right from the start!”

Team co-owner Zak Brown added: “I’m thrilled we have completed our Rolex 24 At Daytona line up and that Bruno will be joining the team.

“He’s a fantastic driver and a proven race and championship winner so will be a great asset to our team.”

Senna will feature in the pre-Daytona ‘Roar Before the 24’ test on January 5-7 before racing two weeks later on January 26-27.

BREAKING: John Force taken to hospital after Phoenix eliminations crash

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16-time NHRA Funny Car champ John Force has been taken to a local hospital for evaluation and examination following a wicked crash with fellow Funny Car driver Johnnie Lindberg.

The crash occurred during the quarterfinals of Sunday’s final eliminations in the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in suburban Phoenix.

Force was headed for a win when the engine on his Peak Chevrolet Camaro blew up just as it crossed the finish line, destroying the body. Lindberg, meanwhile, lost traction about one-third of the way down-track, but then got back into the gas to try and catch Force.

Force appeared to lose control of the body-less car and went across from the left lane he was in to the right-hand lane, where he hit the retaining wall in front of Lindberg.

Lindberg tried to avoid Force, but couldn’t. To make matters worse, the body on Lindberg’s car then came off and Force’s and Lindberg’s cars got tangled up in Lindberg’s parachute, sending both chassis’ into the left retaining wall.

Lindberg emerged from his Funny Car under his own power and was checked at the medical center before heading back to his pit.

Force, meanwhile, was helped out of his mangled wreck by the NHRA Safety Safari and was transported by ambulance to the hospital due to the severity of the impact.

Even though Force will be credited with the round win, he obviously will not be able to continue for the remainder of the eliminations.

To add insult to injury, NHRA officials charged Force with oiling down the racetrack, his third of the season in just the first two races. That will cost him 15 points in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series standings and a fine of $4,000.

Here are several posts from social media, including video of the incident from NHRA:

This is the second time Force has had an engine explode and the body blew off in the last two weeks. He also wrecked during the qualifying Feb. 9 for the season-opening Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, California. Here’s the video of that wreck:

MORE: John Force taken to hospital as a precaution after Funny Car motor explodes.

We’ll update Force’s condition when it becomes available.

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