Interlagos, one of F1’s beloved tracks, getting major facelift

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Last fall, NBCSN gave you a glimpse into the “cozy” paddock at Interlagos, the home of Formula One’s Brazilian Grand Prix. The famed track has been regarded as one of F1’s best, but opinions on the entire facility itself were mixed.

Its somewhat run-down state caused Bernie Ecclestone to threaten to move the Grand Prix to Rio de Janeiro last year. But in October, it was confirmed that the race would stay at Interlagos through 2020, and today, the contract for that deal was officially signed per the Associated Press.

Additionally, more details were revealed regarding a facelift for the track, which will cost more than $70 million.

Agence France-Presse says the money will go toward a track resurfacing, new grandstands, and a more open paddock for team members, who have often fretted about cramped environs.

The track will close in mid-July and then be re-opened a month before this year’s Brazilian Grand Prix on Nov. 7-9.

Work will then restart in December, with completion set for February of 2015.

Ka-boom! NHRA Funny Car driver Cruz Pedregon blows up brand new car body

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Former NHRA Funny Car champ Cruz Pedregon was a happy man coming into Friday’s qualifying for this weekend’s Dodge NHRA Mile-High Nationals in Morrison, Colorado (a suburb of Denver).

The reason Pedregon was feeling good was he had a brand new Toyota Camry body atop his Funny Car chassis. It was state of the art, it looked fast and it was prepared to run fast.

And everything really looked good as soon as Pedregon hit the gas in his qualifying run vs. Tim Wilkerson.

Well, for a few seconds, that is.

As the two drivers hurtled down the 1,000-foot drag strip, Pedregon’s brand new body was destroyed in a massive explosion.

Fortunately, Pedregon was uninjured.

Check out the big ka-boom: