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Scenes from the Global Tuner Grand Prix
  by Bob Heathcote
The Global Tuner Grand Prix (GTGP) last weekend at Mazda Raceway was the only event of its kind in North America where both the best tuners and racers in the world will compete around this legendary circuit, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.  Our Bob Heathcote was there to capture all the action.
Whincup and Owen win on streets of Surfers Paradise
  V8 Supercars
The 120 lap battle for V8 Supercar glory on the streets saw reigning Champion Jamie Whincup and co-driver Steve Owen taking the honors after a hard-fought race which culminated in a furious battle for the lead between Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen across the final segment. Van Gisbergen eventually crossed the line in second, seeing he and co-driver John McIntyre on the second step of the podium while Mark Winterbottom had a determined drive through the field after a mishap during his pit stop, to see he and his co-driver Luke Youlden claim third today.
Frenetic Day 2 of Armor All Gold Coast 600
  V8 Supercars
Day two of the Armor All Gold Coast 600 has delivered all of the breath-taking action anticipated to a crowd of 60,116 fans on the streets of the Gold Coast. The battles started from the very start of the race, with frenetic racing from start to finish ensuring the crowd was kept entertained from start to finish across the 300 kilometer, 120 lap stanza.
Day 1: Armor All Gold Coast 600
  V8 Supercars in Surfers Paradise
Day one of the Armor All Gold Coast 600 has gotten off to a cracking start on the streets of the Gold Coast, with 50,980 fans coming through the gates for the party the Gold Coast has to have. Mark Winterbottom posted the fastest time today with a 1 min 12.34 second lap to see he and co-driver Luke Youlden topping the time sheets, while Jacques Villeneuve is the first international on the sheets with his driving partner Paul Dumbrell posting a time of 1 min 12.44 seconds to see them the second fastest pairing.
Scenes from British GT race at Donington
  by Gary Parravani
Allan Simonsen and Hector Lester closed their Avon Tires British GT Championship season in superb style at Donington Park Sunday evening, clinching the first-ever ‘twilight’ round of the series by a 6.4-second margin after two hours of battle in the gathering gloom. Our Gary Parravani was there to capture these photos.
British GT - Round 13, Donington Park
  by Nathan Heywood
A combination of cold and overnight rain meant a damp and not drying track for morning practice of Round 13 of the British GT championship at Donington. The RPM Ford GT led the way into qualifying ahead of the pack on wet tires. The only cars to venture out on slicks, the Trackspeed Porsche and the Chevron GR8, four and six seconds behind respectively.  Danish driver Allan Simonsen took the checkered flag on Lap 96 in the fading autumn light of a windy Donington Park, marking his first win and the first win of the season for a happy Hector Lester and his Rosso Verde team.
Race Report: Britcar 24 hours
  by Nathan Heywood
'Welcome to the Motorsports Association British Endurance Championship' was the announcement as the Britcar series – the UK's pre-eminent production GT and saloon car enduro formula – re-branded itself ahead of the 2011 season. All we know is what we know and love as the Britcar24 hours is still the ‘tin-top24’ for the weekend.
Scenes from the Britcar 24 Hour race
  by Gary Parravani
The Britcar 24 Hours returned to Silverstone in spectacular style with 24 hours of non-stop racing and some of the leading names in the endurance championship.  Our Gary Parravani was there to capture all the day’s action in these 125 photos.
Franchitti: Gold Coast race could be greatest ever
  V8 Supercar Touring Event
Reigning Indy 500 winner and IZOD IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti says this year’s Armor All Gold Coast 600 has the makings of “the greatest touring car race the world has seen”.  The Scotsman is one of 18 international stars that will co-drive with homegrown talent in round 11 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series, October 22-24, 2010, and will battle fellow Gold Coast entrant Will Power for the IndyCar title this weekend in that Series’ season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
OSU students win Formula SAE racing
  By David Stauth
A unique international partnership helped the Global Formula Racing team from Oregon State University (OSU) to complete the most successful season in its history – one that simply dominated hundreds of universities in the U.S. and Europe that had far more tradition and long-standing support in this collegiate car racing competition. OSU and its collaborator, students from Duale Hochschule Baden Wurttemberg-Ravensburg in Germany, won three of the six competitions they entered, including the U.S. national championship.
Scenes from Monterey Motorsports Reunion - Sunday
  by Bob Heathcote
The Monterey Motorsports Reunion 2010 vintage car race was held August 14th and 15th at the 2.238-mile, 11-turn Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. A field of more than 600 classic race cars took to the track, grouped into 19 different racing classifications. It was formerly known as the Monterey Historic Automobile Races or Monterey Historics.  Our Bob Heathcote captured all the action in these 150 photos.
It's a wrap at Monterey Motorsports Reunion
  Graham Wallis claimed the Spirit of Monterey Trophy
As the sun set on the fourth and final day of racing at the 2010 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, entrants representing 13 countries and competing in over 600 historic cars gathered to celebrate their accomplishments at the Rolex Awards Ceremony at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Scenes from Monterey Motorsports Reunion - Saturday
  by Bob Heathcote
This weekend was the Monterey (California) Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway and our Bob Heathcote was there to capture all the action Saturday in these 130 action photos.
Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion underway
  Plenty to Take In, Both On and Off the Track
Moving into its first weekend day, the four-day Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion generated tens of thousands of spectators at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, where 600 historic automobiles are racing just as they did “back in the day.” The action started this morning with the balance of 19 different competition groups completing their qualifying and segued into lunchtime parade laps, a picnic for the public with famed driver Dan Gurney, and a flyover by four Nanchang CJ-6A aircraft before the Star Spangled Banner signaled the official start of competition for today’s 10 scheduled groups, which featured Trans-Am
Total 24 hours of Spa final hour report
  by Nathan Heywood
‘Just as you thought it was safe to go back in the water’ Dirk Werner had one of those life-changing moments when he put his 79 BMW into the tire wall at Les Fagnes aka Turn 12 with 40 minutes to go. Nobody seemed sure if the driver was simply made a mistake, possibly distracted by the thought of the top step of the podium after having led since the second hour, or if something had failed on the car.
Scenes from the 24 Hours of Spa
  by Gary Parravani
The Porsche 911 GT3 RS (GT2 class) driven by Dumas / Bergmeister / Ragginger / Henzler won the 24 Hours of Spa on Sunday and another Porsche 911 GT3 RS driven by Narac / Long / Pilet / Lietz finished 2nd.  Our Gary Parravani was there to capture all the action in over 100 fabulous photos.
Qualifying races over, 24 Hours of Spa up next
  by Nathan Heywood
The Dutch pair from Mad-Croc Racing, Jos Menten and Xavier Maassen, took their first victory in the FIA GT1 World Championship Qualifying Race after leading from Pole to the flag in the one-hour long race.  The second Mad-Croc Corvette hit the nr 22 Sumo Power Nissan and came back into the pit with a left rear puncture, which was to prove something of an omen for the marque.
Preview – 2010 24 Hours of Spa
  by Nathan Heywood
The grueling 24 Hours of Spa.  I’m certainly up for it as Spa has been in my Top Five must see racetracks since I was a schoolboy and this year, finally, I get to go to cover it for For the record; the others include in an ever changing order, Le Mans, Laguna Seca, Nürburgring (old), Silverstone, and Bathurst.  Is it just me or can any racetrack be improved with a big hill thrown into the middle of it?
Scenes from Watkins Glen - Saturday Track Action
  by Adriano Manocchia
Team Penske's Will Power won the pole for the Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen. But the IndyCars are not the only ones in action at The Glen this weekend.  Adriano Manocchia captured all the action from Saturday in these photographs.
Scenes from Watkins Glen - Friday
  by Adriano Manocchia
Team Penske's Ryan Briscoe topped the time chart as IZOD IndyCar Series teams began preparations for the Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen. But the IndyCars are not the only ones in action at The Glen this weekend.  Adriano Manocchia captured all the action from Friday in these 200 photographs.
McMillins master field for Overall Baja 500 win
  SCORE Tecate Baja 500
Continuing to add to the legacy of one of the sport’s legendary family of racers, third-generation desert racer Andy McMillin and his father Scott, of San Diego, split the driving in their No. 31 McMillin Realty Ford F-150 SCORE Trophy-Truck Saturday to master the world’s best desert racers in the 42nd Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500.
You think race car drivers are not athletes?
  Jim Leo, Interview by Mark Boudreau
Race car drivers have to be in shape. Like fighter pilots, the supreme amount of exertion expended in manhandling a race car through numerous high speed corners or at over 200 mph on a high banked oval requires them to maintain a level of fitness few of us can imagine. Gone are the days when Keke Rosberg after a shunt casually pulled out a pack of smokes while waiting for a lift back to the pits. Race car drivers these days are extraordinarily fit, as they must be to stay competitive in the dog eat dog world of motorsport.
Dolby doubles down at Silverstone

Tottenham Hotspur’s Craig Dolby marked himself out as the man to beat in this year’s Superleague Formula by Sonangol after adding a Super Final victory to his race 1 win in the opening round of the 2010 season at Silverstone. Dolby’s display for the London club not only netted two race wins, but also the championship lead and a prize fund of €100,000 after a near-perfect weekend at the home round of both driver and club.

The future: Nuclear power and electric cars
  Small modular reactors will expand the ways we use atomic power
In our continuing series on the future of the automobile and the need to stop burning fossil fuels, today's Wall Street Journal published an op-ed by U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu on small modular reactors. The op-ed can be viewed on the Wall Street Journal.  Last month President Obama pledged more than $8 billion in conditional loan guarantees for what will be the first U.S. nuclear power plant to break ground in nearly three decades. In his 2011 budget request, President Obama requested $39 million for a new program specifically for small modular reactors. Although the Department of Energy has supported advanced reactor technologies for years, this is the first time funding has been requested to help get SMR designs licensed for widespread commercial use.
The Leatt Brace – Vital Neck Protection for Kart Racers
  by Scott Morris
A little over a decade ago, the HANS device elevated the safety of motorsports to a new level by creating a way to protect the neck from a life-ending spinal trauma.  However, the HANS device is one-dimensional, and does not offer any protection for our most treasured group of drivers in our sport; the kids of karting. The Leatt Brace is to unrestrained forms of motorsport, what the HANS device has been to the rest of the sport...and more.
Labor Day weekend 1952.  A weekend I'll never forget
  by Steven Levinson
If you were to ask anyone where they spent Labor Day a year ago, or even 5 years ago, most people would be hard pressed to remember. For me however, I can vividly recall exactly where I was 50 years ago this past week-end. The events of that Sunday afternoon in Dayton, Ohio are forever seared into my memory.  This article is dedicated to the brave and talented drivers who participated in the AAA Midwest Sprint Car Championships of that era, many of who lost their lives.
Pastrana Barges Into 2010 With History-Making Feat
  Red Bull Long Beach New Year No Limits Record Setting Jump

On New Year's Eve, action sports icon Travis Pastrana made history in Long Beach, ringing in 2010 with a bang by accomplishing an amazing feat of skill and calculated risk at Red Bull: New Year. No Limits.
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