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OCTOBER 31, 2018

(Formula 1)
Max Verstappen 
(No. 33 Aston Martin Red Bull Racing) won the Mexican Grand Prix at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on Sunday, the Dutchman driving a superb race to repeat his 2017 victory there. Though it was a fifth GP race win for Verstappen, it was a fifth World Championship for Lewis Hamilton (No. 44 Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport), the British driver’s fourth place enough to see him crowned champion with two races to go, becoming only the third driver in history, behind Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher, to claim five world championships. Sebastian Vettel (No. 5 Scuderia Ferrari) knew that his chances of staying in the title hunt were minimal coming into the race, and despite putting in a fine performance – including executing a terrific move on Hamilton on lap 39 – to finish second, it wasn’t enough for Vettel to deny Hamilton. The German inherited that second place after Daniel Ricciardo (No. 3 Aston Martin Red Bull Racing) suffered his eighth DNF of the season, after his engine appeared to let go on lap 62. Vettel was joined on the podium by his teammate Kimi Raikkonen (No. 7 Scuderia Ferrari), the Finn having had a mostly quiet afternoon but doing enough to deny Hamilton a podium finish on his momentous title-winning day. That left the Mercedes boys to finish fourth and fifth, Hamilton ahead of Valtteri Bottas (No. 77 Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport), with Hamilton slowing his pace dramatically towards the end of the race to make it home safely and claim the championship. Watch race highlights .
(Pirelli)

Lewis Hamilton is now a five-time F1 World Champion.
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Maverick Vinales (No. 25 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) ended Yamaha's winless streak with a flawless victory at Phillip Island on Sunday. Andrea Iannone (No. 29 Team Suzuki ECSTAR) was second and Andrea Dovizioso (No. 4 Ducati Team) finished third. Johan Zarco (No. 5 Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Marc Marquez (No. 93 Repsol Honda Team) had an incredible crash that took both riders out of the race. Watch highlights .
(Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)
Joey Logano (No. 22 Team Penske Shell/Pennzoil Ford) won Sunday’s First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway, bumping and grinding past Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Furniture Row Racing 5-Hour Energy/Bass Pro Shops Toyota) in Turns 3 and 4 of the final lap to win for the first time at the .526-mile short track and claim his berth in the Championship 4 Round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway. “Just thinking about Miami, man,” Logano said unapologetically after climbing from his car to an evenly divided chorus of cheers and boos from fans in the frontstretch grandstand. “Some are going to like it, and haters are going to hate a little bit, but I’m a hard racer. I don’t think that’s a secret to anyone. We’re here to win a championship this year.” It was Logano's 20th NASCAR Cup win. Truex, who cleared Logano off Turn 2 on the final lap after an extended side-by-side battle, vowed that Logano wouldn’t win his first title this season. “He may have won the battle, but he ain’t winning the damn war,” promised Truex, who slid across the finish line in third place after Denny Hamlin edged him for second in a wild scramble off the final corner. “That’s it. I’m not letting him – I’m going to win the championship... I was next to him for six laps. I never knocked him out of the way. We were going to race hard for it in my book. I cleared him fair and square. We weren’t even banging doors for me to pass him. He just drove into the back of me and knocked me out of the way. It’s short-track racing, but what goes around comes around.” Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing FedEx Toyota) was second, and Truex Jr. finished third. Watch a video .
(Audi)
Christopher Haase, Kelvin van der Linde und Christopher Mies (No. 29 Audi Sport Team Land Audi R8 LMS) swept to victory after eight hours and 306 laps in the Intercontinental GT Challenge (IGTC) at Laguna Seca (WeatherTech Raceway) on Sunday. Robin Frijns/Dries Vanthoor/Markus Winkelhock (No. 19 Audi Sport Team WRT Audi R8 LMS) finished second overall, and Engel/Buhk/Vautier (No. 175 Mercedes-AMG Team Sun Energy 1 Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3) finished third. Audi won the manufacturer's championship and Tristan Vautier won the driver's championship.
(Bryan Herta Autosport)
Bryan Herta, Colton Herta and George Kurtz (No. 98 BHA Hyundai i30 N TCR) made the team’s inaugural endurance sports car event count on Sunday. Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian scored the TCR class victory in the SRO California 8 Hours at Laguna Seca (WeatherTech Raceway). The victory was the eighth of the 2018 sports car season for Bryan Herta Autosport and marked the first U.S. endurance contest for the successful Hyundai i30 N TCR machine. BHA won seven races in the Pirelli World Challenge this year with Michael Lewis and Mark Wilkins and the squad captured the TCR Team points championship. In addition, Hyundai won the TCR Manufacturers’ point title. On Sunday, the driving trio of the father-son Herta combination and sports car regular Kurtz came from the back of the 32-car field to capture the TCR honors at the historic 2.238-mile, 11-turn Monterey Valley road circuit. In the Hyundai’s initial eight-hour race performance Sunday, the No. 98 car completed 276 laps with eight pit stops.

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