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By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2011
This weekend, while drivers wheel around the Inner Harbor for the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix, moviegoers a few blocks from downtown will be watching the story of a brave, imaginative man who was the Muhammad Ali or Michael Jordan of auto racing. "Senna," which opened at the Landmark Harbor East on Friday, is a thrilling movie — a documentary action portrait of the Brazilian racecar driver Ayrton Senna, who became the greatest Formula One champion in history. Senna was a ray of hope to his beleaguered nation in the 1980s and 1990s, when the South American giant was emerging from a military dictatorship.
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By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2011
This weekend, while drivers wheel around the Inner Harbor for the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix, moviegoers a few blocks from downtown will be watching the story of a brave, imaginative man who was the Muhammad Ali or Michael Jordan of auto racing. "Senna," which opened at the Landmark Harbor East on Friday, is a thrilling movie — a documentary action portrait of the Brazilian racecar driver Ayrton Senna, who became the greatest Formula One champion in history. Senna was a ray of hope to his beleaguered nation in the 1980s and 1990s, when the South American giant was emerging from a military dictatorship.
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February 19, 2001
A look at driver deaths in major auto racing events: NASCAR Dale Earnhardt, 2001, Daytona Beach, Fla. Tony Roper, 2000, Fort Worth, Texas Kenny Irwin, 2000, Loudon, N.H. Adam Petty, 2000, Loudon, N.H. John Nemechek, 1997, Homestead, Fla. Rodney Orr, 1994, Daytona Beach, Fla. Neil Bonnett, 1994, Daytona Beach, Fla. Clifford Allison, 1992, Brooklyn, Mich. J.D. McDuffie, 1991, Watkins Glen, N.Y. Grant Adcox, 1989, Hampton, Ga. CART Greg Moore, 1999, Fontana, Calif. Gonzalo Rodriguez, 1999, Monterey, Calif.
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February 19, 2001
A look at driver deaths in major auto racing events: NASCAR Dale Earnhardt, 2001, Daytona Beach, Fla. Tony Roper, 2000, Fort Worth, Texas Kenny Irwin, 2000, Loudon, N.H. Adam Petty, 2000, Loudon, N.H. John Nemechek, 1997, Homestead, Fla. Rodney Orr, 1994, Daytona Beach, Fla. Neil Bonnett, 1994, Daytona Beach, Fla. Clifford Allison, 1992, Brooklyn, Mich. J.D. McDuffie, 1991, Watkins Glen, N.Y. Grant Adcox, 1989, Hampton, Ga. CART Greg Moore, 1999, Fontana, Calif. Gonzalo Rodriguez, 1999, Monterey, Calif.
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August 26, 1991
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium -- Defending champion Ayrton Senna of Brazil overcame gear problems to win the race, increasing his lead to 22 points in the world standings over Britain's Nigel Mansell, who dropped out with technical problems.Senna finished the race 1.901 seconds ahead of McLaren-Honda teammate Gerhard Berger of Austria. Nelson Piquet of Brazil lagged 32.176 seconds behind to take third place.With five races to go, Senna heads the standings with 71 points. Mansell has 49.1. Ayrton Senna, Brazil, McLaren-Honda, 44 laps, 134.806 mph. 2. Gerhard Berger, Austria, McLaren-Honda, 44. 3. Nelson Piquet, Brazil, Benetton-Ford, 44. 4. Roberto Moreno, Brazil, Benetton-Ford, 44. 5. Riccardo Patrese, Italy, Williams-Renault, 44. 6. Mark Blundell, Britain, Brabham-Yamaha, 44. 7. Johnny Herbert, Britain, Lotus-Judd, 44. 8. Emanuele Pirro, Italy, BMS Dallara-Judd, 43. 9. Martin Brundle, Britain, Brabham-Yamaha, 43. 10. Olivier Grouillard, France, Fondmetal-Ford, 43. 11. Thierry Boutsen, Belgium, Ligier-Lamborghini, 43. 12. Pierluigi Martini, Italy, Minardi-Ferrari, 42. 13. Andrea De Cesaris, Italy, Jordan-Ford, 41.Did not finish14.
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December 30, 1990
AUTO RACING CARTCleveland Grand Prix -- Danny Sullivan.Denver Grand Prix -- Al Unser Jr.Detroit Grand Prix -- Michael Andretti.Indy 500 -- Arie Luyendyk.Long Beach Grand Prix -- Al Unser Jr.Meadowlands GP -- Michael Andretti.Formula I United States Grand Prix -- Ayrton Senna.Canada Grand Prix -- Ayrton Senna.France Grand Prix -- Alain Prost.Monaco Grand Prix -- Ayrton Senna.NASCARAtlanta Journal 500 -- Morgan Shepherd.Budweiser 500 -- Derrike Cope.Champion Spark Plug 400 -- Mark Martin.Checker 500 -- Dale Earnhardt.
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March 2, 1992
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Britain's Nigel Mansell led all the way and Italian teammate Riccardo Patrese finished second as the new Williams-Renault cars dominated the first race on the 1992 circuit.Mansell, who had won the previous Formula One event in South Africa in 1985, opened a huge lead in the early stages of the race and never was challenged.He covered 72 laps on the 2.64-mile Kyalami race track in 1 hour, 36 minutes, 45.320 seconds.Mansell's archrival, world champion Ayrton Senna of Brazil, was third in a McLaren-Honda, and Michael Schumacher of Germany was fourth in a Benetton-Ford.
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March 11, 1991
PHOENIX -- Ayrton Senna, driving a new and previously untested Honda-powered McLaren, won the season-opening U.S. Grand Prix through downtown yesterday.Senna, a Brazilian and defending Formula One champion, led from start to finish in winning this event for the second straight year. Former teammate Alain Prost of France, driving a Ferrari, was 16.322 seconds behind.Senna earned a wire-to-wire victory for a record 15th time. The late Jim Clark did it 13 times."The car is good; the performance speaks for itself," Senna said quietly.
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November 4, 1991
Earnhardt nears Winston Cup titleDale Earnhardt all but clinched his fifth NASCAR Winston Cup championship with a ninth-place finish yesterday, as Davey Allison overpowered the field for an easy victory in the Pyroil 500 in Phoenix. Earnhardt, the defending series champ, needs only to start the season finale on Nov. 17 at Atlanta Motor Speedway to nail down the title that will move him within two of seven-time champion Richard Petty. They are the only drivers to have won the title more than three times.
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April 28, 1991
IMOLA, Italy -- Ayrton Senna did not need to set another lap record yesterday to secure his 55th career pole position.Rain and the wet track prevented the world Formula One champion and his rivals from improving Friday's qualifying times, and the Brazilian driver earned a front-row start in today's San Marino Grand Prix on the basis of his fastest lap in the first session.All drivers, including Ferrari's Alain Prost and Jean Alesi, who had been hoping to improve and please the home crowd, turned the 3.132-mile lap 18 to 24 seconds slower than they did Friday, using rain tires.
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March 2, 1992
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Britain's Nigel Mansell led all the way and Italian teammate Riccardo Patrese finished second as the new Williams-Renault cars dominated the first race on the 1992 circuit.Mansell, who had won the previous Formula One event in South Africa in 1985, opened a huge lead in the early stages of the race and never was challenged.He covered 72 laps on the 2.64-mile Kyalami race track in 1 hour, 36 minutes, 45.320 seconds.Mansell's archrival, world champion Ayrton Senna of Brazil, was third in a McLaren-Honda, and Michael Schumacher of Germany was fourth in a Benetton-Ford.
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November 4, 1991
Earnhardt nears Winston Cup titleDale Earnhardt all but clinched his fifth NASCAR Winston Cup championship with a ninth-place finish yesterday, as Davey Allison overpowered the field for an easy victory in the Pyroil 500 in Phoenix. Earnhardt, the defending series champ, needs only to start the season finale on Nov. 17 at Atlanta Motor Speedway to nail down the title that will move him within two of seven-time champion Richard Petty. They are the only drivers to have won the title more than three times.
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September 8, 1991
USOC's Helmick cuts out consultingThe U.S. Olympic Committee executive committee told USOC president Robert Helmick yesterday they found nothing fishy about the outside sports consulting work that reportedly netted him $127,000 last year, but then they told him not to do it again.After a nine-hour meeting, the executive committee issued a statement saying it had found no evidence that Helmick tried to sway USOC decisions to benefit his clients that had business ties to the Olympics or were trying to develop them.
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August 26, 1991
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium -- Defending champion Ayrton Senna of Brazil overcame gear problems to win the race, increasing his lead to 22 points in the world standings over Britain's Nigel Mansell, who dropped out with technical problems.Senna finished the race 1.901 seconds ahead of McLaren-Honda teammate Gerhard Berger of Austria. Nelson Piquet of Brazil lagged 32.176 seconds behind to take third place.With five races to go, Senna heads the standings with 71 points. Mansell has 49.1. Ayrton Senna, Brazil, McLaren-Honda, 44 laps, 134.806 mph. 2. Gerhard Berger, Austria, McLaren-Honda, 44. 3. Nelson Piquet, Brazil, Benetton-Ford, 44. 4. Roberto Moreno, Brazil, Benetton-Ford, 44. 5. Riccardo Patrese, Italy, Williams-Renault, 44. 6. Mark Blundell, Britain, Brabham-Yamaha, 44. 7. Johnny Herbert, Britain, Lotus-Judd, 44. 8. Emanuele Pirro, Italy, BMS Dallara-Judd, 43. 9. Martin Brundle, Britain, Brabham-Yamaha, 43. 10. Olivier Grouillard, France, Fondmetal-Ford, 43. 11. Thierry Boutsen, Belgium, Ligier-Lamborghini, 43. 12. Pierluigi Martini, Italy, Minardi-Ferrari, 42. 13. Andrea De Cesaris, Italy, Jordan-Ford, 41.Did not finish14.
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June 2, 1991
Mears wins Miller pole with record lapMILWAUKEE -- Rick Mears blew away the rest of the qualifiers yesterday, taking the pole position for today's Miller 200 with a record-smashing lap of 162.267 mph.Mears, who drove away last Sunday with his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory, broke his two-year-old record of 160.822 with the quick lap on Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway's one-mile oval.It was Mears' third pole of the season -- all on ovals; his third in a row here; and the 37th of his career.
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