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.
Formula E: Prost/Heidfeld crash gives di Grassi victory
in Beijing Lucas di Grassi inherited victory in the inaugural race of the new Formula E Championship in Beijing when leader Nicolas Prost and second-place Nick Heidfeld collided at the final corner. Prost had led the race from pole position and was seemingly well on course to complete a lights-to-flag win having controlled the pace at the start and then extended his advantage further with a quick pit-stop.
Formula in Beijing BEIJING, CHINA – Nicolas Prost (e.dams-Renault) clinched pole position for the inaugural Formula E Evergrande Spring Beijing ePrix ahead of both Audi Sport ABT drivers. The Frenchman posted a 1.42.200s, a tenth of a second clear of Lucas di Grassi and a further two tenths quicker than Daniel Abt.
Aims to break land speed record Racing is full of unfinished business. For Mickey Thompson, the famed driver and innovator, it was breaking the piston driven world land speed record. He came achingly close in 1960 with the Challenger I, but broke down on the return run. He struck back in 1968 with the Challenger II, but was foiled by a rainstorm which turned the track at the Bonneville Salt Flats into a lake. After his retirement from racing in 1988, he partnered with his son Danny Thompson to make another attempt. Their collaboration was tragically cut short when Mickey and his wife were murdered.
3 Lessons From the Tony Stewart-Kevin Ward Tragedy
by Stephen Cox Most of the racing world now knows that sprint car driver Kevin Ward, Jr. was killed after being hit by Tony Stewart's car during a race this past weekend at New York's Canandaigua Motorsports Park. Volumes will be written about this incident for months to come, but a few lessons are already evident.
by Rhonda McCole It was clear that Ken Block had one thing on his mind during Round 5 of the Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) weekend, winning. Block was able to put together a perfect weekend including, two heat wins, a semi-final win, and eventually a finals win at the Dirt Track, which is located across the street from Charlotte Motor Speedway. Our Rhonda McCole was there and captured these photos.
by Pete McCole Ken Block completed the weekend sweep with a victory in Saturday’s Red Bull Global RallyCross Supercar final, winning the pole and his heat race on the hard North Carolina clay course at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Block led all the scheduled 10-lap distance, easily beating out Sverre Iaschsen and series points leader Nelson Piquet, Jr., who completed a remarkable comeback of his own to salvage a podium finish.
Douglas Kniffin Tanner Foust snapped a 12-race winless streak in Red Bull Global Rallycross competition with a thrilling victory in Volkswagen Rallycross NY, held on Sunday at Nassau Coliseum in New York. Foust, driving for Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross, beat SH Racing Rallycross driver Nelson Piquet Jr. and Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block to the line in a mad dash to the finish. Douglas Kniffin captured all the action with these photo.
by Stephen Cox The true essence of auto racing is making yourself look as good as possible under the circumstances no matter where you finish, even if your last race had all the success of the RMS Titanic but with fewer survivors. Before you consider that a joke, please reflect briefly on the career of Danica Patrick. I will begin by pointing out the well documented fact that auto racing's first legendary driver, Barney Oldfield, set a world speed record at the Milwaukee Mile in 1905 and I beat his time by a wide margin at the same track last weekend.
Son of former F1 driver Jos Verstappen This interview was done after Max Verstappens' very strong first podium visit (2nd place) at Silverstone a fortnight ago. However, after his even stronger performance this past weekend during the second round of the FIA F3 European Championship, with two pole positions and a maiden race win, the 16-year old Rookie is definitely a force to be reckoned with. Max Verstappen is the 16-year-old son of former Formula 1 driver Jos Verstappen.
by Stephen Cox Once upon a time, entry level stock car divisions at local bullrings across the country were filled with the glorious growl of American V8 engines. They were called “Hobby Stocks,” “Pure Stocks” or “Street Stocks.” A few unimaginative promoters condemned them as “Bombers” or “Thundercars,” as if any fool would want to drive a car so named. But regardless of the title, entry-level stock car fields at local racetracks were stuffed with mid-sized, V8-powered American automobiles throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s.
by Stephen Cox I’ve not yet seen a World Racing League event. I’ve not driven in one, either. But I know a good idea when I see it, and the World Racing League is a good idea. The new WRL has re-discovered the guiding principle that gave us the golden age of road racing in the 1950's and 60's. They've figured out that you don't need a thousand rules to run a race series. You just don't. We live in the era of regulation. IMSA's United Sportscar rulebook is 139 pages of agonizing boredom. NASCAR's attempt to cure insomnia is 192 pages long, while IndyCar's rulebook sets a new standard at a staggering 198 pages.
By Wayde Alfarone After watching the 24 hours of racing in Daytona it hit me. Many drivers are familiar, and some more familiar than others, at least to me. Watching the new breed of young drivers in the Rolex 24 hour race I was amazed at how seasoned they seemed! A mix of experienced older drivers and what appeared to be old souls handling themselves with agility and speed, most within seconds of one another.
by Stephen Cox A good Shelby-built 289 engine was a coveted item in the mid 1960’s. Many were stolen out of the legendary Hertz Shelby “Rent-a-racers.” They left the rental lot on Friday with a High Performance 270-horsepower 289-cubic-inch V8 and returned on Monday with a garden variety 289 that was appeared nearly identical. Rumors abound of Shelby engines that were ordered for competition only to end up on the black market, or standard 289’s that were sold as Shelby racing engines. But not all of the stories are true.
by Stephen Cox Doug Strasburg is an easy guy to talk with. His humble, soft-spoken manner belies a lifetime of motorsports experience and wisdom. The Mid-American Stock Car Series has thrived under his leadership despite being on the endangered species list not many years ago. When you disagree with Doug, believe me, you'd better do it on very solid grounds. The man knows auto racing.
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