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F1 great Schumacher’s son to drive demo laps at Belgian GP

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SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) Michael Schumacher’s son will mark the 25th anniversary of his father’s first Formula One win by driving demonstration laps ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Mick Schumacher, who is 18, will drive a 1994 F1 model of the Benetton B194 that his father drove that year to the first of his record seven world championships. The German driver’s 91 wins and 68 pole positions are also records, although Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton can equal him if he tops qualifying on Saturday.

Michael won his first career race on the vast Spa-Francorchamps track nestled in the Ardennes forest in 1992. He also made his debut there the year before and has a special affinity with the track. He has a record six wins – one more than another F1 great, the late Ayrton Senna.

Mick, meanwhile, is driving in the F3 championship, and is touted for a bright future.

It was while skiing with his teenage son on a family holiday that Michael sustained severe head injuries in France on Dec. 29, 2013. He has been cared for at his home in Switzerland since September 2014.

His accident happened at the Meribel ski resort in the French Alps. The avid skier hit the right side of his head on a rock, cracking his helmet. Doctors operated to remove blood clots from his brain, but some were left because they were too deeply embedded.

His condition stabilized after he was placed in a drug-induced coma, from which he later emerged. The current condition of the 48-year-old Schumacher’s health remains closely guarded among family and close associates.

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: