Yeah, the races get pretty intense. Night races are almost like playing a survival horror game!
As far as autolog being broken, EA was pretty helpful in resolving the issue. They reset my autolog or something along those lines. I didn't lose any info. They just purged the "news". If autolog ever crashes your game, resist the temptation to view it until EA helps you out.
I've never had problems with save, I always back up my game saves just in case, though. Autolog can give you problems sometimes, turning off the news thing helps (I think I turned off most notifications), if I'm playing offline modes I sign off autolog to avoid problems.
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