Stars of Formula 1 unite for Zoom charity auction

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The likes of Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso may be best known for their accomplishments behind the wheel in Formula 1, but they have all moved behind the camera to raise funds at the upcoming Zoom charity auction.

Drivers, team principals and other notable figures in F1 were all asked to submit a photo they had taken across the course of the 2015 season.

All of the photos have been signed and will be auctioned off at an event in London on February 5 in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

Lewis Hamilton has submitted a picture of his beloved dog, Roscoe, sat outside the iconic colosseum in Rome.

Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg took a selfie with nine-time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi at last year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

“Like every year, I visited the Earl of March in Goodwood,” Rosberg said. “It was the morning after my 30th birthday, but the celebrations had not been too wild because my wife was pregnant at the time. I really love the Festival because I very much like oldtimers.

“I was sitting in the library when Valentino Rossi joined me and we ate lunch together. Before I had to get to my F1 car, we took this spontaneous selfie. We get along very well and it is rare to have time to chat in a relaxed atmosphere.”

Nico Hulkenberg poses with his trophy from the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June.

“I took this photo at my house. It sums up my season in Formula One and with Porsche,” Hulkenberg said. “The Le Mans winner’s trophy is obviously very special to me and winning that race is probably the greatest achievement of my career so far. In the background you can see one of my Force India racesuits.”

NBCSN pit reporter Will Buxton has also submitted a photo for the auction, taking a snap from a shoot with Max Verstappen last February.

“I’d told everyone who would listen that I believed this guy was going to change everything,” Buxton said. “None of us, however, could have forseen the impact he would make on the sport in his debut F1 season in 2015. The question now seems not of whether Max Verstappen will win a Formula 1 World Championship, but when… and how many.”

For more information regarding the Zoom auction on February 5, visit zoom-auction.com and follow @ZoomAuction on Twitter.

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.