Jimmie Johnson, 6-time NASCAR champ, runs his SUV out of gas (PHOTO)

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After falling short of a record-tying seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, Jimmie Johnson and his Hendrick Motorsports team are no doubt working on how to get the most out of the 2015 rules package so they can get a fast start next season.

But perhaps Johnson needs to work on his fuel-saving game, too.

Seriously, though, we’ve all been where Johnson was this morning – trying to get somewhere with a dangerously low level of fuel in our car and thinking “Hey, we can make it” just before we come to a complete halt on the road.

It can happen to anybody. Even one of the greatest stock car drivers on the planet. And so it went earlier today…

But hey, better now than in February at Daytona, right?

If you want to look back on Johnson’s 2014 season, head over here.

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.