by Stephen Cox A truly great fan experience at an auto race is typified by several things. The cars should lose grip and slide in the corners, and fans should be able to see it. They should be able to see the driver's hands struggle on the steering wheel to maintain control. They should be able to see all, or at least most, of the race track. This combination has drawn crowds to race tracks for over a century.
by Brian Carroccio The world's first all-electric racing series is now four races old, after last month's ePrix last month in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Amlin Aguri's Felix da Costa scored a surprise win joining Lucas di Grassi, Sam Bird and Sebastien Buemi as Formula E winners. Today, 2014 Pro Mazda Presented By Cooper Tires champion Spencer Pigot joins AR1 columnist Brian Carroccio as a guest analyst to break down the first four races of the 2014-2015 Formula E season.
by Theophile Gouzin Spark Racing Technology technical director Theophile Gouzin has played a key role in the Spark-Renault SRT_01E's development. Now, four months after the maiden FIA Formula E season kicked off in Beijing, the Frenchman offers a thorough overview of the project's advancement
American Robby Gordon wins final stage 216. The number of competitors who managed to finish the 2015 Dakar (79 motorcycles, 18 quads, 68 cars and 51 trucks) out of the 420 which started the rally. Two of them, Ivan Jakes and Robby Gordon, won the final stage in the motorcycle and car categories, respectively. However, the spotlight was on Marc Coma, who drew upon his experience to take his fifth Dakar, and Nasser Al-Attiyah, who claimed his second one after dominating the entire two-week rally.
Race starts Sunday Administrative and technical scrutineering were completed in Tecnopolis this afternoon. A total of 406 vehicles (161 motorcycles, 45 quads, 137 cars and 63 trucks) have been cleared to start the 37th edition of the Dakar Rally. A fearsome battle for the four titles at stake looms, especially in the two queen categories, cars and motorcycles, in which the favorites have largely kept their powder dry.
Includes 2-part video After a full year of work, thousands of miles of testing and countless all-nighters, Robby Gordon and his HST Gordini race car were reunited Monday in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in preparation for Sunday's start of the 2015 Dakar Rally - the world's most challenging motorsports event. Over its nearly 30-year history, the Dakar Rally has become the ultimate test of both man and machine, allowing a select few the opportunity to claim victory in the ultimate international sporting challenge and thousands more- vehicles and competitors alike - beaten and broken in pursuit of glory.
Teams prepare for Jan 4th start With a route of 9000 kilometers, 5000 of which are against the clock, the 2015 Dakar looks certain to live up to its fearsome reputation. Just a few days before the start of this epic adventure and with the rough outline of the stages already on the Dakar website, Yamaha Factory Racing Yamalube's Olivier Pain shares his impressions of the challenge to come. Olivier Pain - "The thing that initially strikes me when I look at the 2015 edition is its similarity with the route the first time we raced the Dakar in South America back in 2009, with a start and finish in Buenos Aires."
In Race of Champions Multiple Formula 1 grand prix winner David Coulthard put in a stunning performance to eclipse 15 fellow stars of motor sport and win the Race Of Champions on a thrilling afternoon of action and entertainment at Bushy Park Barbados. Following Team Nordic's triumph in Saturday's ROC Nations Cup, today's Race Of Champions pitted many of motor sport's biggest names against each other in identical cars on a purpose-built parallel track.
Olsbergs MSE Ford driver Olsbergs MSE Ford driver Joni Wiman is the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Champion. The Red Bull/Bluebeam Ford Fiesta ST driver emerged the winner in a tough championship battle that came down to a thrilling season finale in Las Vegas Wednesday night. "I'm speechless," said Wiman as he stepped off the podium, drenched in celebratory champagne. "At the start of the season I would have said I would be happy with a result in the top three of this championship, and to win it in the final race of the season feels amazing."
by Stephen Cox September 23, 2001 was a bright, beautiful Sunday at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit's 2-mile road course just outside of Tulsa. I was sitting on the second floor of the scoring tower finishing a breaded tenderloin sandwich with extra pickle trying desperately to figure a way to beat Larry Childs. Larry was a truly great driver in addition to being a genuinely nice guy. I was driving Jeff Saulsberry's well-prepared Datsun 240Z in the GT-2 class. To add insult to injury, Larry's team also fielded a 240Z, meaning that he was essentially beating me with my own car.
by Stephen Cox The new Formula E racing series for electric cars has done a lot of things right, as was evident by their first race in Beijing last weekend before 75,000 fans. The series already draws more entries than Formula One will have in 2015, and they've attracted known drivers including Nick Heidfeld, Takuma Sato, Jarno Trulli, Katherine Legge and others. I'll certainly be cheering for the series to succeed long term, but there are a few points to bear in mind along the way.
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