Top 20 Stories of 2017
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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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We continue our countdown of the biggest motorsport stories in 2017 with the shock news of Porsche ceasing its ultra-successful LMP1 programme.
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.
Our countdown of the 20 biggest stories of the year in motorsport continues with the Mercedes announcement that shook the DTM.
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.
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.
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.
Before the 2017 NASCAR season, series officials announced sweeping changes to race formats that would completely change the way teams approached races.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.