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Mon 31 Dec 2012
Top moments of 2012, #2: Is Vettel on his way to become the greatest ever?Headline

Top moments of 2012, #2: Is Vettel on his way to become the greatest ever?

Sebastian Vettel has already achieved three world titles, 26 Formula One wins with 46 podium finishes, and 36 pole positions. An amazing record for one so young. Motorsport.com slots him second on our top 20 moments of 2012.

Top moments of 2012, #3: Keselowski, Penske and Dodge beat the oddsHeadline

Top moments of 2012, #3: Keselowski, Penske and Dodge beat the odds

At the start of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Penske Racing's Brad Keselowski was not one of the favorites for the championship. Yet they won which makes them our #3 top 20 moment!

Sun 30 Dec 2012
Top moments of 2012, #4: BMW returned and saw their dream come true - videoHeadline

Top moments of 2012, #4: BMW returned and saw their dream come true - video

An amazing return by BMW in the DTM with their M3 DTM cars in the tightly-contested German-based series, and Canadian driver Bruno Spengler finally landed his championship. Without a doubt, they are the number four in our top 20 moments countdown.

Top moments of 2012, #5: GRANDAM-ALMS unification – will it work? Headline

Top moments of 2012, #5: GRANDAM-ALMS unification – will it work?

The two American sportscar series are now under NASCAR, but the final decisions still need to be made prior to the on-track competition in 2014. Motorsport.com placed it fifth in our top five moments of the year.

McNish heads stateside for January testing at DaytonaHeadline

McNish heads stateside for January testing at Daytona

Audi Sport factory driver Allan McNish heads to the USA for the “Roar Before The 24” testing in Daytona, Florida with the Starworks Motorsport team. The Scotsman is one of many racers worldwide that take on the January 24 hour race in a one-off...

Top moments of 2012, #6: Antron Brown stayed strong to the endHeadline

Top moments of 2012, #6: Antron Brown stayed strong to the end

Antron Brown became the first African American racer of a four-wheel vehicle to earn a major American-based championship. The 2012 NHRA Top Fuel champion was selected by our staff to hold the #6 top moment spot.

Orangular spectacularHeadline

Orangular spectacular

Latest picture on my screen saver 2012-12-29: Motorsport.com art director Eric Gilbert presents the photos that he actually uses as screen savers (and that he has actually shot, also). Enjoy!

Top moments of 2012, #7: The new IndyCar: good or not?Headline

Top moments of 2012, #7: The new IndyCar: good or not?

In 2011, INDYCAR sanctioning body was already in test mode with the new Dallara DW12 chassis that would house the powerplants for 2012. It is our seventh moment of the year so was the outcome as expected?

Sat 29 Dec 2012
Mini driver Joan “Nani” Roma is ready for Dakar 2013 challenge - video Headline

Mini driver Joan “Nani” Roma is ready for Dakar 2013 challenge - video

Nani Roma, Monster Energy X-raid Team Mini driver, previews the 2013 Dakar. The Spaniard is ready for the demanding contest with the first stage on January 5th in Lima, Peru.

RHR: The quintessential American champion Headline

RHR: The quintessential American champion

Ryan Hunter-Reay never gave up in his chase for the IZOD IndyCar crown. Nor did Michael Andretti and his Andretti Autosport team as they gave RHR the best they could.

Top moments of 2012, #8: Valentino Rossi and his return to YamahaHeadline

Top moments of 2012, #8: Valentino Rossi and his return to Yamaha

With seven MotoGP championships, the Italian decided to go for the empty seat on the Yamaha Factory Team, and for those reasons, Valentino Rossi was named to the 8th spot on our top ten moments.

Ferrari final year party at Maranello - videoHeadline

Ferrari final year party at Maranello - video

After an exciting season and the next already in sight, the men from Ferrari came together in Maranello at several meetings, also celebrating the upcoming holidays.

Top moments of 2012, #9: Raikkonen: What was he thinking?Headline

Top moments of 2012, #9: Raikkonen: What was he thinking?

Kimi Raikkonen and is successful comeback lands in the 9th spot in the top 20 moments. The Iceman returned to Formula One with the Lotus team. His fans were happy, while others questioned his decision.

Fri 28 Dec 2012
Mark Goddard and team are ready for Asian Le Mans Series contestHeadline

Mark Goddard and team are ready for Asian Le Mans Series contest

Asian Le Mans Series prepares for their first season with special interviews, Mark Goddard, team principal for Craft Racing AMR, brings insight of the preparation to take on the new challenge in 2013.

Top moments of 2012, #11: A fight in NASCAR: Nothing new right?Headline

Top moments of 2012, #11: A fight in NASCAR: Nothing new right?

The 11th top moment was an easy decision by the staff at Motorsport.com: The Clint Bowyer/Jeff Gordon fight at Phoenix which, of course, included their teams!

A clear path to Santiago for Despres?Headline

A clear path to Santiago for Despres?

Following Marc Coma’s withdrawal from the Dakar 2013, Cyril Despres’ chances of winning the title a fifth time have certainly improved… but the competition for the French rider could be even stronger.

Top moments of 2012, #12: The crash world championship - videoHeadline

Top moments of 2012, #12: The crash world championship - video

This year’s Formula One season saw a lot of crashes including the very dramatic start ones that saw cars get airborne. Obviously, they are one of the Motorsport.com top moments - number 12 out of 20.

Top moments of 2012, #13: End of the Schumacher era, againHeadline

Top moments of 2012, #13: End of the Schumacher era, again

Motorsport.com’s 13th top moment is the record holder of Formula One championships who lost his ride at Mercedes and swiftly went back into retirement. Michael Schumacher leaves the premier series with seven world championships.

DRS clampdown 'sensible' - Raikkonen Headline

DRS clampdown 'sensible' - Raikkonen

In 2013, DRS will only be used during races and not during free practice and qualifying. Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen agrees with the FIA.

Coughlin on the upswingHeadline

Coughlin on the upswing

While his hometown may have snow this time of the season, Jeg Coughlin has a smile that could warm up the coldest wintry weather in Ohio.

Top moments of 2012, #14: Bad luck strikes Power for the third timeHeadline

Top moments of 2012, #14: Bad luck strikes Power for the third time

Will Power: self-discipline, control of oneself and one’s conduct and one heck of a racer but for the third consecutive time, he lost out on taking the IndyCar championship. The Team Penske driver thus becomes our 14th top moment.

Thu 27 Dec 2012
Top moments of 2012, #15: The sudden retirement of PeugeotHeadline

Top moments of 2012, #15: The sudden retirement of Peugeot

Motorsport.com staff selected as the 15th top moment the pull out of Peugeot's prototype contender that was to contest the World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Reason given was “economic reasons”!

Rum Bum Racing ready to defend SCC GS championshipHeadline

Rum Bum Racing ready to defend SCC GS championship

The Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge GS championship team will field both a Porsche and an Audi next year. First 2013 race will be at Daytona.

We are entering “Mini Time”!Headline

We are entering “Mini Time”!

X-Raid Team is running six MINIs ALL4 Racing in the 2013 Dakar challenge. Peterhansel, Roma, and Holowczyc are the first-line candidates for the win.

Top moments of 2012, #16: Beckman is a fighter on and off the dragstripHeadline

Top moments of 2012, #16: Beckman is a fighter on and off the dragstrip

Don Schumacher Racing Funny Car teammates gave it all they could in the season final two events, and at Pomona Jack Beckman took his victory and earned a spot in our 2012 top 20 moments.