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Aug 25

Vettel Wins Belgian GP To Extend Overall Lead

Podium celebration. (Photo: Getty Images)

Podium celebration. (Photo: Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel needed little time to remind everyone why he remains the overwhelming favorite for a fourth straight Formula One title, clinching a dominant win at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday to extend his considerable championship lead.

With eight races left, Vettel heads to the Italian GP in two weeks’ time with 197 points — 46 ahead of Fernando Alonso and 58 clear of Lewis Hamilton, who leapfrogged Kimi Raikkonen into third overall after the Finn retired from the race.

Aug 25

Pedrosa Tops Morning Warm-Up As Rain Looms

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa, winner in dramatic fashion last year, topped the Warm-Up with his best lap time of 1’56.515, which was just three thousandths of a second faster than championship-leading teammate Marc Marquez. The top five was rounded out by Yamaha Factory Racing duo Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, plus pole-sitter Cal Crutchlow of Monster Yamaha Tech3.

The talk of the morning was the ever-increasing chance that rain will affect this afternoon’s 22-lap race. Dark skies surrounded the circuit, encouraging riders to practice bike changes in the pit lane in case they are faced with a Flag-to-Flag situation during the Grand Prix; incidentally, the likes of Crutchlow and Marquez are yet to experience such a scenario since making their MotoGP™ debuts.

Aug 24

Franchitti Flies To IndyCar Pole At Sonoma

Dario Franchitti will start first at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo: Getty Images)

Dario Franchitti will start first at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo: Getty Images)

Although Dario Franchitti hasn’t won an IndyCar race since last year’s Indianapolis 500, he’s in prime position to snap that unpleasant streak when he starts on the pole Sunday in an excellent Honda at Sonoma Raceway.

But if he can help Scott Dixon by stepping off the gas a bit, Franchitti would be happy to follow team orders.

Franchitti won’t put his personal success ahead of Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s fortunes. That means Dixon will get every chance to gain ground on IndyCar points leader Helio Castroneves (453 points), who leads second-place Dixon (422) with five races to go.