Kimi Raikkonen scored a stunning victory in the Japanese Grand Prix, coming from a start at the back of the grid to pass Giancarlo Fisichella's Renault on the last lap. Fernando Alonso finished third, moving Renault into a slim 2 point lead over McLaren in the Constructor's Championship heading into the final round of the season in Shanghai. (For a full report, see emercedesbenz.com.) While Kimi will make do with this weekend's engine in China, both Renaults will be fitted with more powerful new-spec V-10s. B.A.R.-Honda's Takuma Sato will get a new engine that's the most powerful Honda V-10 ever, rumored to make close to 1000 hp.
More results after the jump.
As predicted, the Nextel Cup race at Kansas Speedway was a Roush Ford-fest, with fan-favorite Mark Martin taking the win, followed by fellow Roushketeers Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards. Tony Stewart still leads the ten championship contenders. Almost more important than the race was NASCAR?s announcement that it would limit the size of teams in future to no more than three cars. The move will have huge impacts on the superteams like Roush Racing, whose business operations (including sponsor contracts) have been scaled for larger operations. Expect a lot of discussion about this in the coming months.
Rolex Sports Car Series: Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz scored a win for Chip Ganassi at Virginia International Raceway, keeping their championship hopes alive heading into the final race of the season in Mexico City. The damp track VIR crash-fest saw multiple full-course caution periods and numerous drivers penalized for avoidable contact.
A1GP: France?s Nicolas Lapierre scored a double win in front of a disappointing crowd at EuroSpeedway Lausitz. The next stop in the series will be Estoril, Portugal.
World Superbike: Australia?s Chris Vermeulen won Saturday?s race and was on track to make it a double header on Sunday, only to DNF after his chain broke on the last lap of the race. Lorenzo Lanzi was the eventual winner.
Le Mans Endurance Series: The Nurburgring 1000 km was won in the rain by the Zytek team of Shimoda and Chilton, with Shimoda overtaking the leading Audi R8 of Allan McNish with less than 10 minutes remaining.