Senna’s 1988 title anniversary: In reality and “Tooned” (VIDEO)

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This Wednesday, October 30, marks one of Formula One’s most memorable anniversaries: 25 years since the late Ayrton Senna captured his first of three World Championships.

Senna’s win at the Japanese Grand Prix was the cap-off to the all-conquering McLaren MP4/4 Honda season, where the team took 15 of 16 race wins in 1988 with what is widely considered one of the best cars of all-time. The above video clip is featured very prominently in “Senna,” the award-winning documentary.

Senna took eight wins to Alain Prost’s seven in the single harmonious year between the teammates, before their working relationship came unglued at the seams in 1989.

Interestingly, Prost actually out-pointed Senna in 1988, 105 to 94 if all points-scoring results were counted. But as only the best 11 were registered, Senna’s win advantage trumped Prost’s point advantage. The final season tally was Senna 90, Prost 87 after Prost’s win in the season-ending Australian Grand Prix at Adelaide, once the 11 best results were tabulated.

Both drivers have also had their place in McLaren’s brilliant animated “Tooned” cartoon series of late. The one featuring Senna was just released this past weekend during the Indian Grand Prix, with nephew Bruno Senna voicing Ayrton in the piece.

We figure it wouldn’t be appropriate to include just Senna’s “Tooned” piece without also including Prost’s, so both are below. Debate among yourselves in the comments if, as one commenter suggested on YouTube, McLaren’s “Tooned” creators should have rolled Senna and Prost into a single episode.

SENNA “TOONED”

PROST “TOONED”

Gabby Chaves to sub for Joao Barbosa at Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen

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Gabby Chaves is set to return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Watkins Glen International later this month.

The Columbian-American driver, who last competed in IMSA in 2016 – with the DeltaWing outfit – will sub for the injured Joao Barbosa – he hurt his wrist in a cycling accident earlier in June – in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.

Chaves will partner Filipe Albuquerque and Christian Fittipaldi in the No. 5 Cadillac.

Chaves expressed gratitude for being asked to fill in, but kept his enthusiasm muted, noting that he is getting the opportunity ultimately because another driver got hurt.

“The first thing is of course that you never want to have an opportunity because someone got hurt, so this is an unfortunate circumstance with Joao having his injury,”said Chaves. “But I appreciate the opportunity to join the championship-leading team. Mustang Sampling Racing has had a strong start this year and hopefully I can help the team continue to have those kinds of results.”

Chaves added, “I love Watkins Glen, it is a great track and I am looking forward to racing the Cadillac Prototype there. I’m excited to be going back to endurance racing. With different classes all racing at the same time, there is a lot for the driver to deal with as you work through traffic. So I am looking forward to racing at the Glen again, and I really appreciate this opportunity with Mustang Sampling Racing.”

Chaves’ most recent IMSA event was the 2016 Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, when he finished seventh in the Prototype class.

The No. 5 Action Express Cadillac currently sits tied with the sister No. 31 Whelen Engineer Racing Cadillac of Eric Curran and Felipe Nasr atop the IMSA standings, though Barbosa’s hopes of a driver’s championship are set to take an enormous hit with him missing Watkins Glen.

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