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Jaguar, Ford abandoning F1

Jaguar and parent company Ford are pulling out of Formula One at the end of this season after two top-three finishes since joining the series in 2000.

Ford's decision to sell Jaguar and its Cosworth engine subsidiary is a blow to F1. Two of its small teams _ Jordan and Minardi _ use Cosworth engines.

"Jaguar's presence in Formula One has been a valuable marketing and brand awareness platform particularly outside our main markets of the U.S. and the U.K.," Joe Greenwell, Jaguar chairman said Friday. "However, it was our collective view that it is time for Jaguar cars to focus 100 percent on our core business."

Also, Jacques Villeneuve is back in F1. The Canadian will drive the final three races of the season for Renault and then join Sauber-Petronas in a two-year deal.

Eleven months ago, the 1997 champion quit BAR-Honda on the eve of the season-ending race in Japan after the team announced it had signed Takuma Sato to replace him.

NEXTEL CUP: Sixteen cars ran laps during qualifying for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway before rain began falling. NASCAR officials waited more than an hour before deciding to set the lineup mostly by owner points. Jamie McMurray was the fastest of those who did run, turning a lap of 131.975 mph. He starts 11th, behind the 10 drivers who qualified to compete in the new championship format. Series leader Jeff Gordon, seeking his fifth title, got the pole.

TRUCKS: Jack Sprague won a series-leading fifth pole of the season and extended his career record to 25 in qualifying for today's Sylvania 200 at Loudon, N.H. Sprague, driving a Chevrolet, turned a lap of 128.515 mph on the 1.058-mile oval. Steve Park was second at 128.307 in a Dodge, followed by the Toyota of Travis Kvapil at 128.260.

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