SAO PAULO — Kevin Magnussen shocked Formula One in Brazilian Grand Prix qualifying by earning pole position for the sprint race at Interlagos on Friday.

It was the first pole after 142 races for the Danish driver, who celebrated by making faces at the cameras before the third qualifying session was over. Then he jumped on his car and punched the air in the drizzle. He gave his Haas team boss Guenther Steiner an emotional hug.

“The team put me out on track exactly at the right moment,” an exultant Magnussen said.

Asked whether he expected to earn pole, he replied: “Not even close. It is incredible.”

Magnussen started in F1 in 2014 and returned to the series this year after a one-year absence as the replacement for Russian driver Nikita Mazepin.

On team radio, Magnussen was even more excited: “I never felt like this in my life," he said. Minutes before, when he was told he was in first position, he replied: “You're kidding.”

Meanwhile, Haas teammate Mick Schumacher, who is still seeking a seat for the next season, finished not surprisingly in 20th and last place.

Steiner said on Thursday he has yet to decide whether Schumacher will race for the team next year, adding he hopes a decision will be made next week. Schumacher has earned only 12 points this season. Magnussen has a paltry 24.

Magnussen was almost five seconds faster than Schumacher. World champion Max Verstappen was second by almost two-tenths of a second. Mercedes’ George Russell was third.

Qualifying was delayed by rain, which helped Magnussen. The last five minutes of the session were severely affected by the wet track.

Haas spoke about Magnussen's pole position with a touch of disbelief: “What did we just do?” the team posed on Twitter.

Mazda put the 626 (known as the Capella back home in Hiroshima) on a new front-wheel-drive platform for the 1983 model year, then applied a major update for 1988. The U.S.-market 626 became available only as a sedan that year, while the coupe version got a slick-looking body and a new name: MX-6. Today's Junkyard Gem is one of those first-year MX-6s, found in a Denver self-service yard not long ago.

Under the skin, this car was mechanically identical to both the 626 sedan and the Ford Probe (also introduced for the 1988 model year). Ford's original plan was to make the Mazda-derived coupe the new Mustang, but the heresy of a front-wheel-drive Mustang caused such outcry that the Probe became a separate model. The 626 became the Mazda6 early in the 21st century, so this car has present-day descendants in Mazda showrooms right now.

The hand-cranked windows and unpowered door locks tell us that this car is an entry-level MX-6 DX, which had an MSRP of $10,599 (about $27,140 in 2022 dollars). The MX-6 GT Turbo cost $14,499 ($37,125 now).

Meanwhile, Toyota didn't even offer a two-door Camry (that came later on, briefly), and Honda's closest rival to the 1988 MX-6 was the $13,495 Prelude. Isuzu offered the Impulse coupe starting at $13,629, Nissan had the 200SX notchback for $11,899, and Subaru would sell you a futuristic XT6 coupe for $15,030. Sadly, Mitsubishi only offered the Cordia as a hatchback and the Tredia as a sedan.

Three big new debuts highlighted the news cycle this week, led by Honda and redesigns of the Accord mid-size sedan as well as Pilot three-row crossover SUV. Those popular American-made vehicles should help the brand bridge the sizable gap to electric vehicles. Volvo's on the bridge, and on the other side is the EX90, an electric version of its winning three-row crossover SUV.

Here's what else moved us this week. 

2024 Volvo EX90 preview

The fully electric EX90 is a successor to the gasoline XC90, as Volvo pushes toward an all-electric lineup, although both will be made in upcoming years. 

2023 Honda Accord preview

Redesigned this year to mark the 11th generation, the 2023 Honda Accord mid-size sedan sports a new look, updated cabin, and modern take, as well as an excellent hybrid model. 

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2023 Honda Pilot preview

An eight-seat SUV with a newly honed edge, the 2023 Honda Pilot skips hybrids for a Trailsport edition.

2023 Lincoln Navigator review

Suave and sizable, the 2023 Lincoln Navigator earns a TCC Rating of 7.2 out of 10.

2023 Kia K5 review

With the K5, Kia elevates its mid-size sedan to new heights of value. We give it a TCC Rating of 7.0 out of 10.

2023 Acura RDX review

A potent crossover with luxury appeal, the 2023 Acura RDX scores a TCC Rating of 6.3 out of 10.

2023 Ford Edge review

With a TCC Rating of 6.3 out of 10, the 2023 Ford Edge puts safety at the top of its priority list.

2023 Honda Passport review

With seats for five and a rugged style, the 2023 Honda Passport scores a TCC Rating of 5.8 out of 10.

2023 Ford Mustang review

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Black Friday will be here before you know it to start the holiday shopping season in earnest. If you're hoping to save on some electric scooters or e-bikes, then check out this list below with some of the best early deals we could find for the occasion. We'll be keeping this list updated prior to and throughout Black Friday, so check back often!

SmooSat E9 PRO Electric Scooter for Kids - $209.99 (12% off)

LED lights along the deck of the scooter … what’s not to love?! The SmooSat E9 is lightweight (14 lbs) and foldable, making it easier to carry and store. The power button allows you to set the desired speed of the scooter between three options — 5, 8, or 10 mph. The LED display mounted to the handlebars shows riders battery level and speed. The E9 Pro is designed for kids between 3' 9" and 5' 3" and has 3 adjustable handlebar heights to accommodate. It’s equipped with a 130W brushless motor and 21.6V rechargeable battery that’s rated for 5 miles of range per charge. It’s important to note, in order to engage the electric motor the scooter needs to be kick-started to 3 mph. To stop the scooter, simply press on the rear foot brake.

Segway Ninebot F Series Electric Kick Scooter - $499.99 (12% off)

The F Series of e-scooters certainly aren’t cheap, but nearly $200 off makes this Segway a much more interesting proposition for those in the market. You can choose between the F25, F30, or F40. We’re currently looking at the F25 because it’s got the bigger discount ($170 off), a solid power output (300W), a great top speed (15.5 mph), and an impressive range (212.4 miles).