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SCHUMACHER HAVING 'MOMENTS' AWAKE

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After more than three months in a coma after a skiing accident, former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is showing "moments of consciousness and awakening," his spokeswoman said in a statement Friday.

"Michael is making progress," Sabine Kehm said. "He shows moments of consciousness and awakening."

Kehm gave no details about the condition of Schumacher, 45, a record seven-time F1 champion who suffered brain injuries in a skiing accident Dec. 29 in the French Alps.

The statement was a notable turn from the sparse, intermittent bulletins that previously had been given by the family and medical team caring for Schumacher in the intensive care unit at a hospital in Grenoble, France.

Nationwide: Sprint Cup regular Kevin Harvick was on the pole for late Friday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway in Forth Worth at 184.963 mph around the 1.5-mile track.

Johnson family mourns: Sprint Cup driver Jimmie Johnson was at Texas Motor Speedway for Sunday's Duck Commander 500 still mourning the death of his brother-in-law in a California skydiving accident. Jordan Janway died Sunday in San Diego County after apparently colliding with another parachutist during freefall, then failing to open his parachute. Janway 27, was the brother of Johnson's wife, Chandra.

Obituary: Dan Wheldon's mother, Sue, died Thursday, Sue's daughter Holly Wheldon said on Twitter. Dan Wheldon, a St. Petersburg resident and two-time Indianapolis 500 champion, died in an IndyCar crash in Las Vegas in 2011. Sue Wheldon had Alzheimer's disease for several years.

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