Can Marcos Ambrose be stopped at Watkins Glen?

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Marcos Ambrose has been an unstoppable force at Watkins Glen International in his five career starts.

The driver of the No. 9 Stanley Tools Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports has an average finish of 2.0 at the track with back-to-back wins at the circuit. His win in 2011 came in the conventional variety for his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series triumph, while last year, he emerged in a door-banging, fantastic finish versus Brad Keselowski.

Only four other drivers – Keselowski, AJ Allmendinger, Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards – have an average in the top 10s, and that ranges between 8.0 to 9.4.

The Tasmanian doesn’t have much hope of making the Chase for the Sprint Cup, at 22nd in points and without a win. But his third straight win on the flowing road course in the Finger Lakes region would be a major confidence boost for team and driver.

Alex Zanardi showing signs of interaction three months after crash

Alex Zanardi recovery
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MILAN — Italian racing driver turned Paralympic gold medalist Alex Zanardi has started responding to treatment with signs of interaction, more than three months after he was seriously injured in a handbike crash.

Zanardi has spent most of that time in intensive care after crashing into an oncoming truck during a relay event near the Tuscan town of Pienza on June 19.

“For several days now. Alex Zanardi has undergone cognitive and motor rehabilitation sessions, with the administration of visual and acoustic stimuli, to which the patient responds with momentary and initial signs of interaction,” the San Raffaele hospital in Milan said in a statement Thursday.

The hospital said that is “significant progress” but added that his condition remains serious, and that it would be “absolutely premature” to make a long-term prognosis.

Zanardi, 53, suffered serious facial and cranial trauma in the crash and was put in a medically induced coma. Doctors have warned of possible brain damage.

He was operated on several times to stabilize him and reconstruct his severely damaged face and the Milan hospital added that he recently had undergone another surgery to reconstruct his skull and would have another one in the coming weeks.

Zanardi lost both of his legs in an auto racing crash nearly 20 years ago. He won four gold medals and two silvers at the 2012 and 2016 Paralympics. He also competed in the New York City Marathon and set an Ironman record in his class.