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Ken Block’s rally car goes up in flames in Maine

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NEWRY, Maine — The racing is hot at the New England Forest Rally. Sometimes it’s too hot.

Officials say Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino escaped unharmed after their rally car rolled twice and crashed into flames. Block’s helmet camera, posted on social media, shows the car hitting a large rock on a corner, rolling several times and bursting into flames.

Rally racing involves a driver and navigator speeding along twisty dirt roads at speeds topping 80 mph. Karl Stone, marketing manager for the rally, said crashes are not uncommon.

The 1991 Ford Escort Cosworth was gutted by the flames on Friday, the first day of the event. Block, the driver, called it “torturous” to have to watch his vintage racer burn. He said he’s committed to getting another one.

Simon Pagenaud’s engineer relives 2019 Indy 500 victory on Twitter

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The Team Penske engineer for last year’s Indianapolis 500 winner is reliving Simon Pagenaud’s day by tweeting about what he was doing each moment a year later.

Starting with an observation that he awoke in his Indianapolis hotel room at 4:30 a.m., Ben Bretzman (@benbretzman) sent nearly two dozen tweets by 11 a.m. ET about how the morning before the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 unfolded.

Bretzman was through the infield tunnel and in Gasoline Alley by 6 a.m. By 7:30 a.m., he was wondering if his driver was awake yet, but he had heard for the first time from Pagenaud 45 minutes later.

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Among other highlights: The team’s last strategy meeting was at 8:30 a.m.; final check of the weather was at 9:30 a.m. and Bretzman gave the No. 22 Dallara-Chevrolet a once-over at 10:35 a.m. before it was pushed to the grid.

Follow @BenBretzman to watch the day unfold from the pit box and tune into “Back Home Again at 2 p.m. ET on NBC as Pageanud and Alexander Rossi, who are good friends off the track, recap their epic duel with host Mike Tirico.

Simon Pagenaud and engineer Ben Bretzman debrief at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IndyCar photo by Joe Skibinski).