Lewis Hamilton won German GP

HOCKENHEIM, Germany — Lewis Hamilton won the German Grand Prix on Sunday, solidifying his lead in the Formula One standings with two dramatic passes that made up for a strategic blunder by his McLaren team. Hamilton overtook Ferrari's Felipe Massa and then runner-up Nelson Piquet Jr. of Renault at the same hairpin after a crash involving Timo Glock had brought out a safety car that nearly cost the McLaren driver his fourth victory of the season. Most teams chose to pit when the safety car was out, but McLaren left its standout driver out — only to see him fall to fifth place when he pitted with 17 laps to race. But Hamilton, who leads Massa by four points in the standings, worked his way through the field before nudging past the Ferrari driver from the inside at Turn 6 and holding off Massa's outside challenge soon after. Piquet Jr., who started from 17th and earned his first career podium, couldn't hold off Hamilton when the 23-year-old Briton closed in at the same corner a few laps later.
Hamilton has eight victories in 27 races.
Briscoe prevails

LEXINGTON, Ohio — Ryan Briscoe won the Honda Indy 200, an IndyCar Series event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car course. Team owner Roger Penske made a pit-strategy call to put Briscoe out of sequence with the other contenders and it paid off with the Australian driver's second victory of the season and a 1-2 sweep for the team, as Helio Castroneves finished second. The race began about an hour after a downpour soaked the 2.25-mile, 13-turn road circuit. Officials ruled it a wet start and all the cars had to begin on grooved rain tires. But, with the track drying fast as the 26-car field took the green flag, cars began heading for pit road to change to racing slicks. Penske waited to bring Briscoe onto pit lane until Lap 6, dropping him to 16th. Penske brought Briscoe back into the pits again on Lap 23, ahead of most of the other contenders, putting him out of sequence and, eventually, working to his advantage.

"I think that was the only chance we had," Penske said. "What a great drive for Briscoe."

Valentino Rossi won the MotoGP United States Grand Prix, giving the Italian rider his first victory at Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif.

Rossi's 66th career victory stopped defending world champion Casey Stoner's winning streak at three races. Rossi finished the 32-lap race in 44 minutes, 4.311 seconds, with a top speed of 97.72 mph.

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