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Slipstream Saturday: Returning to Tragedy and the Japanese GP

Jules Bianchi

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Formula 1 is on the second half of rare back-to-back race weekends, following the Singapore GP with another in the Pacific region as the series heads to Japan. A bit of a pall hovers over the event, as the track, Suzuka, is where Jules Bianchi suffered the accident that put him in a coma and …

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Slipstream Saturday: Remembering Jules Bianchi & Continuing the Show

Jules Bianchi Funeral 2015 Afp

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This week, funeral services were held for Jules Bianchi. The promising driver suffered an accident at Suzuka last year, losing control in the wet and hitting a crane that had moved on track to recover a car that had slid off in the same area a few laps prior. The circumstances are, for the purposes of …

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Happiness Is… Acting, Thanking & Remembering

2015 Kentucky Cup Jeff Gordon Car Cia

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This week, NASCAR provides fans with an interesting and peculiar division. It’s almost as if the governing body is playing a game of Yes and No with the schedule. It’s a tantalizing mixture, one that offers nods to the past and the present while also bringing about a beguiling look toward the future. All of that …

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Formula 1 Racer Jules Bianchi Passes Away at Age 25

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Jules Bianchi, a former French Formula 1 racing driver who suffered a tragic accident when he collided with a recovery vehicle during the F1 Japanese Grand Prix on Oct. 5, 2014, passed away on Saturday morning, his family confirmed in a statement. Bianchi was 25 years old. Bianchi had remained in a coma since the …

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Bianchi Exits from Coma, Flown To France For Continued Treatment

2014 Suzuka Formula One Jules Bianchi Car Marussia F1 Team

Credit: Marussia F1 Team

Jules Bianchi, still recovering from near-fatal injuries suffered in Japan will now do so in his native France. Wednesday morning, the Bianchi family released an official statement regarding the condition of the Formula One driver, announcing his hospital transfer. Suffering head injuries after crashing his Marussia into a tractor, used for the retrieval of stricken …

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Happiness Is… Talladega, Teamwork, Safety, and Beer

2014 Aaron's 499 Talladega Superspeedway Sprint Cup Mike Neff

Credit: Mike Neff

So that’s that, eh?  Let it now be known, that in NASCAR, you can drive around like a complete asstaco and there’s not much they’ll do to you — unless you’re a backmarker and they’d like to make an example out of you but don’t really want to punish a superstar because that might piss …

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Pace Laps: KyBu Riding Steady, NHRA Week, F1 Sochi, and More

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Sprint Cup Series: Busch Hanging Tough – With all the drama that unfolded after the race at Charlotte, the storylines seem to overlook one of the more intriguing aspects developing during the Chase, that being Kyle Busch.  If there had been odds in Las Vegas on who might be involved in such postrace nuttiness, KyBu’s name …

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Happiness Is… The Master Plan, Second Chances, And Boom, Drama

2014 Richmond Ii Cup Dale Earnhardt Jr Cia

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Last weekend, Formula One raced at Japan’s Suzuka circuit in rather treacherous conditions.  The organizers had the opportunity to move the race’s start time up in an effort to avoid Typhoon Phanfone, but ultimately decided against doing so in effort to maximize Europe’s ability to watch the race.  That’s right; even a typhoon couldn’t put …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: The Need For NASCAR TV To Delve Deeper

2014 Loudon Ii Cup Jimmie Johnson Eyes Cia

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So, big news: Kansas Speedway’s NASCAR races were nowhere near as irritating TV-wise as Dover was. It feels great to not want to rip your hair out, doesn’t it? Of course, everyone can see my headshot to the right of the article. I don’t have that much to rip out. However, just because I stated …

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Pace Laps: HMS Flounders, Schumacher Wins Again and Perspective

Zmax Dragway Carolina Nationals Tony Schumacher 2014 Mike Neff 090

(Photo Credit: Mike Neff, Frontstretch)

Sprint Cup Series: The Mighty Stumble – Hendrick Motorsports has long been the barometer to which other teams measure themselves.  Their position atop the performance and business hierarchy make them an easy target, similar to teams like the New York Yankees or the New England Patriots.  And for those who love to take a shot at …

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