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Monday, December 15, 2008

A moment Edwards will never forget

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony

NASCAR driver of the year Carl Edwards says beating Michael Schumacher at the Race of Champions, in what is widely being considered the upset of the event, is something he will never forget.

“It's amazing, it feels like I've won a championship - I'll never forget that moment as long as I live,” Edwards told autosport.com. “Just the chance to be able to race with him, and fortunately to be able to beat him.”

The American, making his first appearance at the event, finished second in this year’s NASCAR Sprint Cup championship.

Edwards faced off against the seven-times world champion in the Abarth rally car, which he had crashed in the nations cup event. He felt he was able to put that experience to good use, however, gaining an edge on Schumacher.

“He didn't get a chance to practice in that car today, only in the rain yesterday, so just like my first run today he was at a big disadvantage,” Edwards explained. “That car is different to anything I've ever driven and I'm sure it's the same for him.”

Buemi on top, this time for Red Bull

Tester Sebastien Buemi was fastest again, this time for Red Bull, as this week’s three-day test kicked off at Jerez.

Monday times - Jerez
  1. Sebastien Buemi, Red Bull, 1:17.704
  2. Nick Heidfeld, BMW Sauber, 1:19.360
  3. Brendon Hartley, Red Bull, 1:19.586
  4. Christian Klien, BMW Sauber, 1:19.655
  5. Nico Hulkenberg, Williams,1:20.704

Meanwhile, Ferrari and McLaren were in action in the first Formula One test at Portugal’s Algarve Motor Park.

Monday times - Algarve
  1. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:32.926
  2. Gary Paffett, McLaren, 1:31.788
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