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Racing News: Jimmie Johnson Claims His Record Fifth-Straight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship

FIFTH ELEMENT: Jimmie Johnson came from 15 points behind entering the season finale to claim his record fifth-straight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship Sunday afternoon at Florida’s Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Gustavo Vildosola Sr. and Jr. became the first Mexican national team to capture the overall title in the 43rd running of the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 off-road race.

Lotus will join Chevrolet and Honda as engine suppliers in the IZOD IndyCar Series during the 2012 season.

WESTERN CASH: Donny Schatz bagged the $15,000-to-win Western World Championships sanctioned by the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour Saturday night at USA Raceway in Tucson, Arizona.

The Schwanke LS-based Chevrolet sealed engine has been approved as an option for the USAC Western and Rocky Mountain sprint-car divisions next year.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway will host the 100th anniversary Indy 500 Emerging Tech Day May 7, a place for young minds to display innovative renewable technologies for the automotive industry.

Nico Hulkenberg will not return to the Williams Formula One team next season. Rubens Barrichello has been retained by Williams and will compete in his 19th Formula One season.

OUT: Austin Coil has left his role as crew chief for 15-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force at John Force Racing.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team Richard Petty Motorsports began its restructuring program Monday, releasing approximately 60% of its work force.

BACK TO THE OLD: Sundance Vacations Speedway in St. John’s, Pennsylvania., will revert to its former name (Mountain Speedway) after negotiations with Sundance Vacations for a third season under the Sundance banner fell through.

World Racing Group will lease Cayuga County Fair Speedway in Weedsport, N.Y., to veteran central New York promoter Eric Kingsley in 2011.

Chinese driver Ho-Pin Tung, who serves as a reserve and test driver for the Renault Formula One team, made history over the weekend by becoming the first Chinese driver to take the wheel of an IndyCar during a test with the FAZZT Race Team at Sebring International Raceway.

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