Happy 60th birthday to “The Professor,” Alain Prost

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One of Formula 1’s all-time greats turns 60 today, in the form of four-time World Champion Alain Prost.

Prost’s career remains one of the best in history, with his 51 wins second all-time only to Michael Schumacher (91). He captured the 1985, 1986, 1989 and 1993 World Championships – the last coming in his final season in the sport with Williams.

His rivalry with the late Ayrton Senna was legendary, if contentious. It remains the benchmark that all other inter-team rivalries are compared to, even more than 20 years after he started his 199th and final Grand Prix.

Prost’s team ownership career in F1 didn’t pan out quite the same with only a handful of podium finishes for the Prost Grand Prix organization between 1997 and 2001.

Still, after the fact, Prost has remained very much active in bicycle and ice racing, and served as Renault’s international ambassador.

His son Nicolas has been one of the stars of the inaugural FIA Formula E Championship with e.Dams, and a regular in FIA World Endurance Championship competition with Rebellion Racing.

McLaren paid tribute… sort of… to Prost’s achievements with the team in this episode of its animated series, “Tooned,” linked below.

Alain remains one of the legends and we at MotorSportsTalk wish him all the best on this day, and going forward.

Travis Pastrana leads flag-to-flag in Nitro Rallycross as the series returns to America

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Travis Pastrana waited until the final trip around ERX Motor Park to take his Joker Lap – a longer way around the course that all drivers must do at least once in a race – and came out cleanly to win his first Nitro Rallycross race of 2022. With this win, Pastrana is the third driver to visit Victory Lane in the first three rounds of the 2022-23 season.

“This is the closest to a motocross track,” Pastrana told Katie Osborne on Peacock. “Thank you so much for a beautiful facility. It’s been a rough start to the season and I’m so thankful to be back out here. We had a good run in the side-by-side and now for this. This is much needed.”

Another thing needed was the sense of improvement. And Pastrana earned that affirmation each time he completed a lap around the course.

“I get my lap times read out and they said ‘fastest time of the week,’ ‘fastest time of the week’ (each time around) ” Pastrana said. “This is really special. We’re a long way behind in the championship, but welcome to America.”

In a pre-race press conference, Pastrana said that as Nitro Rallycross heads back to America, it was time for an American to win and he made good on his promise. Pastrana took the early lead over Robin Larsson and let the back of his Subaru hang out, taking risks he might not otherwise take if not for his need to win.

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Larsson’s second-place finish completed a perfect sweep of the podium in three rounds. In fact, he has not yet finished worse than second after winning the opening round at Lydden Hill in the United Kingdom and finishing second at Strangnas in Sweeden.

Fraser McConnel rounded out the podium for his best result of the season. He finished fourth in each of the first two rounds.

Last year, Pastrana finished second in this race to Scott Speed before narrowly edging his teammate for the championship.

Andreas Bakkerud crashed in prelims, but rebounded to finish just off the block in fourth. Bakkerud won the second round ahead of his teammate Larsson.

Oliver Bennett completed the top five.

Minneapolis is the first of three rounds scheduled in the United States. Next on the schedule is Glen Helen, Calif. on Octo 30 and then Phoenix at Wild Horse Pass on November 12th. Nitro Rallycross will then head to Saudi Arabia in December to continue their 2022-23 season.