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Jackie Stewart’s First F1 Victory: 50 Years Ago at the 1965 Italian Grand Prix

This weekend, Formula One returns to one of its spiritual homes, the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, for the Italian Grand Prix. Fifty years ago, on September 12, 1965, a 26-year-old rookie British Racing Motors (BRM) driver named Jackie Stewart took his first career victory on the same track. When the teams arrived at Monza that year after a month-and-a-half summer break, there was little hint that Stewart or BRM would have such a memorable weekend. Lotus' Jim Clark had won six of the first seven races of the season, only missing out on Monaco—won by Stewart's team-mate, Graham Hill—because he did not enter the race. He and Lotus boss Colin Chapman were busy winning the Indianapolis 500 that weekend. Still, Stewart's sublime talent ...

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Why Sebastian Vettel Will Be the Driver to Watch at the 2015 Italian Grand Prix

Even Il Grande John couldn't keep them quiet. John Surtees waved both horizontally and vertically, spoke a few words of Italian and, after realising he was fighting a losing battle, kept a dignified silence, giving them all the time they needed to get the poison out of their collective system.  But the good intentions of Formula One's perfect gentleman only served to worsen the situation. Sebastian Vettel had just claimed his sixth victory of the 2013 season in the Italian Grand Prix, effectively placing one hand on his fourth consecutive title.  As he stood on the podium at Monza, the scene of his very first F1 victory five years earlier, here was a chance for him to reflect on the peak of his career and how far he'd come since ...

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Formula 1’s Latest Rumours and Talk: Kimi Raikkonen, Renault Return and More

On the eve of the Belgian Grand Prix, Ferrari announced that Kimi Raikkonen would remain with the team for the 2016 Formula One season. The team's decision to retain the 2007 world champion, despite his generally substandard performances alongside Sebastian Vettel over the first 10 races of 2015, came as a shock when Ferrari seemed to have an array of options for next year. But despite some suggesting there is more to Raikkonen's renewal than meets the eye, Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene has refuted the idea that the Finn was re-signed for anything other than performance-based reasons. Raikkonen's former employers Lotus are also set to be given a new lease of life for 2016, with the news that Renault is just days away from compl...

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Italian Grand Prix 2015: 5 Bold Predictions for Monza Race

The 2015 Italian Grand Prix will be the final race of Formula One's traditional "European season" and the last chance for the teams to get some morale-boosting points on the board before the forthcoming "flyaways." Monza is one of the oldest permanent racing facilities in Europe. It started life as a shrine to speed and, though a few chicanes have been added over the years, it remains the fastest circuit on the modern F1 calendar. Horsepower is king, so Williams, Lotus and Force India will approach the weekend in an optimistic mood. The three teams are powered by the mighty Mercedes engine and, though none will expect to beat the works W06s, the final slot on the podium is certainly up for grabs. Ferrari should also figure in that particula...

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NASCAR Truck Series at Canada 2015 Results: Winner, Standings and Reaction

Erik Jones had the race won before a late caution brought the field to his back bumper. Luckily, the 19-year-old is wise beyond his years. Jones held off Matt Crafton to earn his second win of the 2015 Truck Series season at the Chevrolet Silverado 250 on Sunday. The No. 4 truck opened a 1.666-second lead over Crafton in the final two laps, cruising past the start-finish line at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario.  “It’s so awesome to get a road-course win in only my second road-course start" Jones said, per Jerry Bonkowski of NBC Sports. "We raced hard and hopefully we put on a good show.”     Alex Tagliani had pushed Jones down the stretch, even opening ...

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Fantasy NASCAR Picks for Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will travel to Darlington, South Carolina, this week for the Bojangles' Southern 500 on Sept. 6 In an effort to create a more competitive race, NASCAR decided to bring a new rules package to the race Sunday night. The cars will be similar to the setup used in the race at Kentucky, but the difference will be the tires. Darlington is known for chewing up tires, and that will be the case this week. Teams will pit every chance they get for new tires, which will change the running order in the field.  Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske have dominated the races this summer. The two teams have won eight of the last nine races, including four wins by Kyle Busch, two wins by Matt Kenseth and two wins by Joey Logano. T...

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MotoGP British Grand Prix 2015 Results: Winner, Standings and Reaction

Valentino Rossi took the lead at the summit of the MotoGP rider standings as he secured a memorable victory at the British Grand Prix. The Yamaha man capitalised on poor days for fellow contenders Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez to race to a win at a rainy Silverstone, his fourth of the 2015 season. Ducati riders Danilo Petrucci and Andrea Dovizioso finished in second and third place, respectively, making it an all-Italian podium on Sunday. BT Sport MotoGP captured Rossi's winning moment, which puts him 12 points clear of Lorenzo: Here’s a recap of an incident-filled grand prix at an iconic racing venue, the full result and the updated world championship standings.   Rossi Keeps his Cool at Silverstone The British Grand Prix is...

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Max Verstappen-to-Ferrari Rumours Are (Just a Bit) Premature

Formula One driver rumours are silly. Sometimes, they are the "ha-ha" kind of silly and, sometimes, the absurd kind. But in an environment as restricted as the F1 paddock, where everyone, it seems, tries to get away with saying as little as possible, those driver rumours are a necessary diversion. If we don't actually know where a certain driver is headed, at least we can guess! For example, from June 2013, when Valtteri Bottas qualified third for the Canadian Grand Prix in an uncompetitive Williams, until—apparently—last week, the 26-year-old Finn was the rising star to watch in F1. The next big thing. Yes, there are other young talents in the sport—Daniel Ricciardo, who surprised everyone with three victories for Red Bul...

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NASCAR Xfinity Series at Road America 2015 Results: Winner, Standings, Reaction

Paul Menard, a Wisconsin native, felt right at home and survived a yellow-flag-riddled finish at the NASCAR Xfinity Series' Road America 180 Fired Up by Johnsonville on Saturday, fending off Ryan Blaney and an upstart set of contenders in the process. Much of the early event centered on Chase Elliott, who led a race-high 23 laps, as well as the stunning lack of yellow flags, but one lengthy flag and Menard stole the show by the end of the race. Richard Childress Racing captured the post-race celebration: Here's a look at the entire top 10, with the full order available at ESPN.com: ESPN.com also provided a look at the updated standings: Like most events this year, and especially those at Road America, the green s...

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Tony Stewart Responds to Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed by Family of Kevin Ward Jr

On Aug. 7, the parents of Kevin Ward Jr. filed a wrongful death lawsuit against NASCAR driver Tony Stewart stemming from their son's death last August at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York. Now, Stewart has come forward with his side of the story. According to ESPN.com's Bob Pockrass, Ward's family contends Stewart didn't "steer clear of Ward while all other drivers remained a safe distance from [him], and hitting the gas on a 700 horsepower sprint car proximately caused the untimely death of Kevin." However, Pockrass reported that Stewart's attorney submitted a response to the lawsuit in U.S. District Court indicating his client was not at fault after the 20-year-old Ward was walking around the track following a crash. "Ste...

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