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Oct 12

F1: Webber On Pole For Japanese Grand Prix

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Red Bull driver Mark Webber claimed pole position on Saturday for the Japanese Grand Prix, qualifying ahead of his teammate and runaway championship leader Sebastian Vettel for the first time this season.

Webber clocked a time of 1 minute, 30.975 seconds at the Suzuka circuit, with Vettel just under two-tenths of a second behind in second place after struggling with his KERS power-boost system.

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Oct 11

MotoGP: Stoner To Be Inducted Into Series’ Hall Of Fame As Legend

Casey Stoner will become the 20th MotoGP rider to be inducted into the series' Hall of Fame as a MotoGP Legend. (Photo: Getty Images)

Casey Stoner will become the 20th MotoGP rider to be inducted into the series’ Hall of Fame as a MotoGP Legend. (Photo: Getty Images)

Two-time MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner will be inducted into the series’ Hall of Fame as a MotoGP Legend during next week’s Tissot Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

The Australian will thus become the 20th MotoGP Legend, joining an exclusive club already including Giacomo Agostini, Mick Doohan, Geoff Duke, Wayne Gardner, Mike Hailwood, Daijiro Kato, Eddie Lawson, Anton Mang, Angel Nieto, Wayne Rainey, Phil Read, Jim Redman, Kenny Roberts, Jarno Saarinen, Kevin Schwantz, Barry Sheene, Freddie Spencer, John Surtees and Carlo Ubbiali.

Oct 11

Sports Cars: Kansas Added to 2014 United SportsCar Schedule

Kansas Speedway. (John Dagys)

Kansas Speedway. (John Dagys)

IMSA announced Friday a shakeup in the schedule for next year’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, which includes the addition of a 13th event at Kansas Speedway and other changes in the Prototype Challenge calendar.

With expected oversized grids, the PC class has been reduced to 10-round schedule, with the elimination of the Detroit and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park events in favor of a standalone race at Kanas Speedway on June 7.

Oct 11

F1: Teams And Drivers Pay Tribute To ‘Inspirational’ Maria De Villota

Maria de Villota was known for her courage, strength and determination. (Photo: Getty Images)

Maria de Villota was known for her courage, strength and determination. (Photo: Getty Images)

The Formula 1 community pays its respects to Maria de Villota, who passed away Friday morning at the age of 33.

Her family led the tribute, stating: “Dear friends. Maria has left us. She had to go to heaven like all angels.

“We are thankful to God for the extra year and a half that he left her with us,” the de Villota family said, referencing a 2012 testing crash which left her with severe head injuries and resulted in the loss of her right eye.

Oct 11

F1: Stewards Hit Williams Team With Massive Fine

Pastor Maldonado drives during practice for the Japanese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Pastor Maldonado drives during practice for the Japanese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Williams has been fined €60,000 (approximately $81,300) by the FIA Stewards for failing to properly secure the left rear wheel that became detached from Pastor Maldonado’s car during first practice in Japan.

The stewards noted that “this is regarded as a serious safety issue” and have paid extra attention to the securing of wheels since Mark Webber’s incident in Germany.

The wheel fell off at Turn 13 on the Venezuelan’s third consecutive fast lap, and bounced harmlessly into a gravel trap as the car spun around.

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