Freescale employees on missing Malaysia flight; company plays role in NASCAR performance

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As relayed by Bob Pockrass of The Sporting News, the story surrounding missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 does indeed have a link to NASCAR.

Texas-based Freescale Semiconductor has announced that 20 of its employees are on the missing flight (12 from Malaysia, eight from China). Freescale provides processors for the McLaren electronic control units that run the fuel injection systems on all Sprint Cup cars.

“At present, we are solely focused on our employees and their families,” Freescale president/CEO Gregg Lowe said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this tragic event.”

A recent update this morning from stated that a Vietnamese navy plane spotted an object in the Gulf of Thailand that they suspect may belong to MH370.

The Beijing-bound plane lost contact with flight controllers on Saturday morning after departing two hours earlier from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.

Wickens tops final Road America practice

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Robert Wickens showed the way in final practice for Sunday’s KOHLER Grand Prix, topping the speed charts with a quick time of 1:42.991, the only time below 1:43 during the session.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, Simon Pagenaud, Alexander Rossi, and Graham Rahal completed the top five.

The lone incident of the session came right at the end, when Zach Veach went for a spin exiting Bill Mitchell Bend (turn 13). However, Veach did not suffer any damage in the incident.

Times are below. Qualifying begins at 4:00 p.m. ET (3:00 p.m. local time) and will air on NBCSN at 6:30 p.m. ET.