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SEPTEMBER 25, 2019

(Photo by special AE contributor Whit Bazemore)
On his 200th GP start, Marc Marquez (No. 93 Repsol Honda Team) decimated his competitors to claim victory at the Gran Premio Michelin® de Aragon. The Spaniard led from start to finish as a fierce podium battle raged behind, with Andrea Dovizioso (No. 4 Ducati Team) finishing second and Jack Miller (No. 43 Pramac Racing Ducati) third. Marquez now takes a 98 point lead to Thailand and the MotoGP Championship will be his if we wins there at the beginning of October. (Thanks to Moto GP Media.) Watch highlights here.
(Photo by special AE contributor Whit Bazemore)
Andrea Dovizioso (No. 4 Ducati Team) stormed from a tenth starting position to finish second behind Marquez.

Editor-In-Chief's Note: We hope you are enjoying the superb photography and insider's perspective of MotoGP racing by special AE contributor Whit Bazemore. MotoGP has become my personal favorite form of motorsport, and to have someone with Whit's talent share his visual art and deep knowledge of MotoGP is truly special for us, and we really appreciate it. By the way, you may recognize Whit's last name; Bazemore began making a living from drag racing when he was sixteen years old, and he is a two-time U.S. Nationals winner and still the fifth-fastest Funny Car driver ever at 333.25 MPH. -PMD 

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Twenty-eight-year-old Josef Newgarden (No. 2 Team Penske Hitachi Chevrolet Turbo V6), from Hendersonville, Tenn., clinched his second 
NTT IndyCar Series title in the last three years by finishing eighth in Sunday's double points Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey season finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Newgarden joins Sam Hornish Jr. as the only Americans to win multiple series crowns since 1995. Newgarden gave team owner Roger Penske his 16th series championship, including the fourth in the last six years. 
(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)
Nineteen-year-old rookie Colton Herta (No. 88 
Harding Steinbrenner Racing Capstone Turbine Honda Turbo V6) won the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey in dominant fashion, starting on the pole and leading 83 of the 90 laps on the 11-turn, 2.258-mile permanent road course en route to his second win of the season. His first win, which came in March at The Circuit of The Americas, was historic as he became the youngest race winner in the sport's history. Herta never was overtaken for the lead on the track - just during pit cycling - as he posted a .5878 of a second margin of victory over runner-up Will Power (No. 12 Team Penske Verizon Chevrolet Turbo V6). Five-time series champ Scott Dixon (No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing PNC Bank Honda Turbo V6) finished third as well as fourth in the championship. "Yeah, it was a perfect race," Herta said. "Whenever you win an IndyCar race, it has to be a perfect race. You can't really make mistakes and get away with it, just because there's always two or three other guys on that day that can win. For sure there were a few guys that could win today, and we just outdid them. We had the pace on them and we were definitely the best today, so we definitely deserved to win." 
(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)
Despite a nearly perfect day, Herta was unable to wrestle the NTT IndyCar Series Rookie-of-the-Year honors from Chip Ganassi Racing's 28-year-old Swede, Felix Rosenqvist (No. 10 NTT Data Honda Turbo V6). Rosenqvist came into the weekend with a 49-point lead over Herta but needed a stirring drive from a 14th starting position to a fifth-place finish that held Herta off by five points. Rosenqvist finished sixth in the championship standings, while Herta took seventh. "Yeah, that's still the missing part," said Rosenqvist referring to a strong campaign despite not having a victory. "I think we had a good chance this weekend, for sure. Yesterday, we were really fast but we had to start from 14th and that's how it is. At least we made it more exciting with the rookie championship. Colton did an amazing job, his second win this year. I think he's going to be one to watch next year, so big congrats to him. He did an amazing job this year." (Thanks to IndyCar Media.)

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Sebastian Vettel (No. 5 Scuderia Ferrari) ended his 13-month win drought with a controversial victory in the Singapore Grand Prix. The German benefited from unusual Ferrari strategy that allowed him to leapfrog teammate Charles Leclerc (No. 16 Scuderia Ferrari) into the lead. In short, Leclerc got hosed, big-time. Leclerc told the team over the radio that it was "unfair" and it will do little to reduce tension within the team. Ferrari's strategy, however, did secure them their first one-two since the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix and Vettel's first win since the Belgian Grand Prix at the end of August 2018. Max Verstappen (No. 33 Aston Martin Red Bull Racing) finished third. (Thanks to BBC Sport.)

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Martin Truex Jr. 
(No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota) recovered from a spin off the bumper of Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s Ford and passed teammate Kyle Busch (No. 18 JGR Toyota) for the lead with 25 laps left to win Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway. Truex led an apparent 1-2-3-4 finish for JGR with Busch coming home second, 2.630 seconds behind his teammate; Denny Hamlin (No. 11 JGR Toyota) ran third, followed by Erik Jones (No. 20 JGR Toyota), who completed the Gibbs sweep with a pass of pole winner Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Team Penske Ford) for fourth place on Lap 378 of 400. Jones’ No. 20 Toyota failed post-race inspection, however, and was ultimately disqualified and scored last. Truex, the winner of last week’s playoff opener at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, had never won back-to-back races before. Now, he has six wins this season, a season sweep at Richmond and 25 victories in his Cup career. (Thanks to NASCAR Media.)
(Trans Am presented by Pirelli)
Boris Said (No. 2 Technique/SRI Performance Dodge Challenger) stormed to a dominating win in the all-green 100-mile Trans Am class feature at Virginia International Raceway (VIR), taking the checkered more than 10 seconds ahead of championship leader Ernie Francis Jr. (No. 98 Frameless Shower Doors Ford Mustang). Tomy Drisi (No. 8 Lucas Oil Slick Mist/Axalta Chevrolet Camaro) rounded out the podium in third. “I was just driving as hard as I could,” commented Said. “Pancho Weaver built such a great car. It’s the best car out there. It’s a new Trans Am car and if the competition isn’t driving one of these, they aren’t winning.” “VIR is one of the nicest tracks in the country,” Said continued. “These cars are so much fun with so much power, no ABS, no traction control at 185 miles per hour, this place is a blast. I was going easy in the beginning, and I wish that Chris (Dyson) stayed in because the battle would have been epic.” Contending for a championship, Chris Dyson (No. 20 Plaid Ford Mustang) started on pole. Dyson was fast off the start, but began facing mechanical issues by Lap 3 and reluctantly pulled into the pits. His CD Racing crew identified an electrical issue and sent the Plaid machine back on track. Dyson returned to clock the fastest lap of the race, earning additional points on his way to seventh. Watch a brief video here. (Thanks to Trans Am Media.)
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Dane Cameron and Mike Hedlund (No. 43 RealTime Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo) raised the standard this weekend at Road America, becoming the first ProAm pairing to earn an overall GT race win in the 2019 SRO Blancpain GT World Challenge America series. The No. 43 RealTime Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo dominated the ProAm weekend, getting the fifth and sixth wins of the season. The No. 43 Acura has closed to within four points of the championship-leading Racer’s Edge Motorsports NSX GT3, despite having missed the season’s opening weekend. The Real Time Racing squad, which earned the 100th win of its storied history in Sunday’s race, has won five of six races since Hedlund joined Cameron as the regular co-driver at Sonoma Raceway.
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Porsche will showcase a special design on its cars for the ten-hour Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, the final round of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The Porsche works GTLM team from Weissach will join forces with Coca Cola to present two special liveried Porsche 911 RSRs to conclude the 50th anniversary year of the International Motor Sports Association. In the 80s, the Bob Akin Motor Racing team fielded the Porsche 935 in the Coca Cola livery for the first time. Akin's team claimed podium results, including at the 24 Hours of Daytona, and scored first place in the GTP class in 1983. The following year, the team switched to the state-of-the-art Porsche 962. The 1986 season yielded the greatest success for the team, when Akin joined forces with Hans-Joachim Stuck and Jo Gartner to win the 12 Hours of Sebring. Petit Le Mans represents a home race for Coca Cola, with the corporation headquartered in Atlanta. Porsche North America is also based in Atlanta. The construction of the famous Road Atlanta racetrack, which opened in 1970, was financed in part by Coca Cola. Porsche heads to the IMSA season finale as the leader of the manufacturers’, team and drivers’ classifications in GTLM.