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Top Stories of 2017, #1: Mr Alonso Goes to Indianapolis

It's time to reveal our number one story of 2017, one that nobody saw coming - Fernando Alonso's debut in the Indianapolis 500 as part of his bid to win motorsport's 'Triple Crown'.

Top Stories of 2017, #2: Kubica mounts F1 comeback bid

Our countdown of the biggest stories in motorsport this year is almost at an end - in second place is the heart-warming tale of Robert Kubica's return to Formula 1 action and his bid, seemingly unsuccessful, to land a race seat.

Top Stories of 2017, #3: Hamilton wins title amid Ferrari meltdown

Our third biggest story in motorsport of 2017 is that of Lewis Hamilton being crowned Formula 1 champion for a fourth time - while Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel's title bids unravelled in dramatic fashion.

Top Stories of 2017, #4: Dale Jr. leads big-name exodus from Cup

The seeds of change were planted last fall when Dale Earnhardt Jr. was forced to miss much of the second half of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series due to a concussion.

Top Stories of 2017, #5: McLaren and Honda's messy divorce

We begin our countdown of the five biggest stories of the year with the final collapse of the ill-fated reunion between McLaren and Honda after a diabolical 2017 season.

Top Stories of 2017, #6: Porsche says goodbye to LMP1

We continue our countdown of the biggest motorsport stories in 2017 with the shock news of Porsche ceasing its ultra-successful LMP1 programme.

Top Stories of 2017, #7: Ecclestone ousted as F1 CEO

It was at the same time a foregone conclusion and something that many thought would never happen, but Bernie Ecclestone was finally ousted as Formula 1 boss early in 2017.

Top Stories of 2017, #8: Mercedes announcement stuns DTM

Our countdown of the 20 biggest stories of the year in motorsport continues with the Mercedes announcement that shook the DTM.

Top Stories of 2017, #9: Halo introduced to F1 for 2018

Our ninth biggest story in racing this year is the FIA-driven mandatory introduction of the unloved Halo cockpit protection device in Formula 1 for next season.

Top Stories of 2017, #10: Vettel loses his cool in Baku

Next in our countdown of the 20 biggest stories in racing of the year: Sebastian Vettel crashes into Lewis Hamilton on purpose during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Top Stories of 2017, #11: Dovizioso falls short in MotoGP showdown

At number 11 in our countdown of the year's biggest stories in racing is the story of how MotoGP underdog Andrea Dovizioso took the fight to Marc Marquez all the way down to the final race of the year in Valencia.

Top Stories of 2017, #12: NASCAR introduces stage racing

Before the 2017 NASCAR season, series officials announced sweeping changes to race formats that would completely change the way teams approached races.

Top Stories of 2017, #13: Manor disappears from the F1 grid

Next in our countdown of the 20 biggest stories in racing of the year: the final disappearance of Formula 1's 11th team, Manor Racing.

Top Stories of 2017, #14: An LMP2 nearly wins Le Mans

Coming in at number 14 in our Top 20 Stories of 2017 countdown is this year's Le Mans 24 Hours - the race that seemingly nobody wanted to win and that came close to being won by an LMP2 car.

Top Stories of 2017, #15: Truex's remarkable title run

After the champagne flowed and the speeches concluded at the Nov. 30 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup awards in Las Vegas, Martin Truex Jr., took a moment to reflect on his improbable journey from unemployed race car driver to series champion.

Top Stories of 2017, #16: Kvyat the loser in Toro Rosso reshuffle

In at number 16 in our countdown of the biggest stories in racing in 2017 is Toro Rosso's mid-season driver line-up reshuffle, one that cost Daniil Kvyat his place in Formula 1.

Top Stories of 2017, #17: Ogier leads M-Sport to WRC glory

Next up in our countdown of the best stories in motorsport in 2017 is the WRC starting a new, exciting and competitive era - and how Sebastien Ogier led an underdog team to glory.

Top Stories of 2017, #18: Castroneves bids farewell to IndyCar

Next up in our countdown of the biggest stories in racing this year is the news that one of IndyCar's longest-serving and beloved competitors, Helio Castroneves, will no longer be a full-time driver in the series.

Top Stories of 2017, #19: Whincup crowned in mad Supercars finale

Our countdown of the biggest stories of the year continues with a look back at a wild Supercars title decider that saw Jamie Whincup crowned thanks to Scott McLaughlin copping three penalties in one race.

Top Stories of 2017, #20: The dawn of IMSA's DPi era

Motorsport.com begins its annual countdown of the biggest stories in racing with a look back at the start of a brave new era for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship - the successful DPi formula.