Lewis Hamilton made his 200th Grand Prix start this past weekend in the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa, and delivered his 58th career win Sunday after scoring his 68th pole on Saturday. The latter mark tied the great Michael Schumacher for most in Formula 1 history.
As Hamilton reached a threshold only 16 other drivers have in F1 history, Sam Posey reflects on Hamilton’s journey to get there, from his youthful days in karting, getting scouted by Ron Dennis, to then leaving the paternalistic nature of McLaren to find himself at Mercedes.
This essay is called “The One & Only Lewis,” written and narrated by Posey. For further 2017 and 2016 Posey essays, click here.
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: