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Brumos Wins At Homestead, Gainsco Takes The Grand Am Championship

On: Mon, Oct 12, 2009 at 12:01PM | By: John Welch


Brumos Wins At Homestead, Gainsco Takes The Grand Am Championship test 1-1

Sunday could have gone a little better. A Bucs receiver not named Kellen Winslow could have caught, oh, I don't know, ONE friggin' pass. Jeff Gordon could have avoided letting Jimmy Johnson win. I could have been on my way to claim my $500 million worth of "lot-rie winnins" . . . naturally, none of these things happened. The Bucs choked away another promising start, Jeff forgot how to drive on the second to last lap, and I couldn't even afford the dollar required to be eligible for "lot-rie winnins" in the first place. To top it all off, both versions of American sports car championships wrapped up their seasons this weekend. By bedtime Sunday night, I was in a less than agreeable mood, needless to say.

The day before, The Rolex Grand Am Series ran an unforgettable event at the Homestead Miami Speedway. Both classes, Daytona Prototype and GT, were still up for grabs, three teams vying for the DP title . . .


Drooling Over a Fiat

On: Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 4:32PM | By: John Welch


Drooling Over a Fiat test 1-1

If Car and Driver test drives a car once, said car may end up being sold in our country. If they test a foreign market vehicle twice, the chances of it being sold in the US are considerably better.

The car in question is the 2010 Fiat 500 Abarth. This car has been on sale for several years in the rest of the world, and now that the Chrysler take-over is all but said and done, Fiat can focus on a return to the US market. This is great news for those Gen-Y Americans who were too young to experience Fiat ownership. Though they may have a reputation for poor reliablity in this country, Fiats are as modern and well put together as Volkswagens and Hondas; they're also monumentally more exciting . . .


Chevy Unveils Caprice Patrol Car

On: Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 9:43AM | By: John Welch


Chevy Unveils Caprice Patrol Car test 1-1

The Pontiac G8 is dead. Even though we all love it, none of us are buying it. I know my excuse, what's yours? Just because GM can't make a viable business case for civilian use of the four door Zeta platform in North America, doesn't mean they can't make a buck off of the Police Patrol Vehicle market. GM is poised to do just that, and on Monday they introduced the vehicle seen here — the V6 or V8 powered Chevrolet Caprice PPV.


The Wraps Are Off The Toyota / Subaru Sports Car

On: Tue, Oct 6, 2009 at 11:11AM | By: John Welch


The Wraps Are Off The Toyota / Subaru Sports Car test 1-1

What is this grainy image we are looking at? That, my friends, is a flat-four lurking beneath the hood of. . .a Toyota? MMmmm, and that Boxer engine is attatched to . . . a chassis that is 'rear-drive only'?! What is going on? Could this get any more weird? Oh yes, it sure can. One word . 'Zippers'.


 

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

On: Fri, Oct 2, 2009 at 2:26PM | By: John Welch


The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly test 1-1

Drayson Racing to campaign the 2010 ALMS calendar, LMP Challenge car a "Real Race car!", video of the epic Patron Highcroft ARX-02a rebuild, another F1 team signs up with Cosworth.

Penske/Saturn deal ends in terminal prognosis for Saturn; are the Hummer, Opel and Saab deals next?

9ff creates another wonderful Porsche-based road car, then decorates it with what is possibly the worst paint scheme ever devised. Hide your children, shield your eyes!

Just for kicks, let's start off with some videos documenting Patron Highcroft's resurrection of their destroyed Acura ARX-02a, a story we covered last week . . .

 

 

The crash itself . . .

 

 

 

Duncan Dayton explaining the task at hand . . .

 

 

 

 . . . and time lapse footage of the actual rebuild. Incredible.


Rolling Office: Smarmy Executives Nonchalant Regarding Irresponsible Driving

On: Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 4:00PM | By: John Welch


Rolling Office: Smarmy Executives Nonchalant Regarding Irresponsible Driving test 1-1

Listen, I appreciate how strapped every one of us is for time. We are busy, and we have to drive everywhere, constantly. Germans visit our country and demand to know where the village is. "There is no village; we do everything in our cars, work, eat, sleep, . ." It's a wonder Europe has a better selection of interesting automobiles than we do. Ahh, but that is a different gripe all together.

Today's gripe involves the laissez-faire attitude some members of our driving community take towards working while driving. Take Sean Ryan, an analyst for a market research firm, IDC. Regarding cheking his email while behind the wheel, Mr. Ryan says, "I might as well get a quick e-mail taken care of, or at least, delete spam.”

“When I get to the office, I’ve saved 15 to 20 minutes of work."


A Reminder Of Ford's Innovative SmartGauge™

On: Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 1:35PM | By: Nick Truden


A Reminder Of Ford's Innovative SmartGauge™ test 1-1

There are plenty of perks to owning a hybrid. The main one being the added fuel economy, but how does the owners keep track of how 'green' they're are driving? Ford has the answer to that with their 2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan Hybrid models with something they have dubbed SmartGauge™ with EcoGuide.


Fernando Alonso Displaces Raikkonen At Ferrari

On: Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 12:18PM | By: John Welch


Fernando Alonso Displaces Raikkonen At Ferrari test 1-1

We knew this was coming. 'We' being myself and the other five F1-dorks currently living in the United States of America. Fernando Alonso, undisputed king of the F1 V10 era (he captured the 2005 and 2006 championships, piloting what are widely considered the baddest of all F1 Formulas — the high downforce, 1000bhp V10-powered cars of 2000 to 2007), has found himself at the center of the Ferrari rumor mill for the better part of four years. Finally, the storied Italian team has signed Alonso to a 3-year deal, replacing Kimi Raikkonen for the 2010 season.


Petit Le Mans Preview Pt.3

On: Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 4:18PM | By: John Welch


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Three days from the premiere American road racing event, The Petit Le Mans Powered by MAZDA 6, and my excitement is palatable. There is another new GT2 team, and the time charts for several days of practice are giving us some interesting insight as to how the actual race may shape up.

We have reviewed Audi's heroics at last year's race, and given you a brief history of the first two Petit Le Mans. Now we are moving on to this year’s race. While we mere mortals sleepily went about our daily, piss-ant lives over the last week, the teams in Braselton have been playing high-stakes chicken with each other.


Petit Le Mans Preview Pt.2

On: Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 11:46AM | By: John Welch


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Dr. Don Panoz (say 'PAY-nose') is the savior of sports car racing in America. NASCAR began dominating national media towards the end of the twentieth century, leaving little room for other forms of motorsport. Trans-Am was a shell of its former self and several accidents were beginning to erode support for big time GT1 racing. After the rise and decline of Group C in the late eighties, the fate of road racing on American shores was becoming darker and grimmer by the day. Dr. Panoz decided to stop the hemorrhaging and created an endurance race to rival any run in Europe or the rest of the world.

The Petit Le Mans.


Chevrolet Camaro Z28 News

On: Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 1:20PM | By: John Welch


Chevrolet Camaro Z28 News test 1-1

GM is such a tease. They're always telling me what I want to hear, and I always eat it up even though I know 'what I want to hear' is usually too good to be true. GM dangles tasty morsels of automotive erotica in front of my face and then sweeps the cars I lust after back under the rug at the first sign of political or economic turmoil. The examples are endless: Pontiac G8/Chevy Caprice/G8 ST/Buick Grand National, The CTS-V Wagon/Coupe, and the Camaro Z28 all spring to mind.
Not much can be said for the poor G8 and its possible offspring, and the CTS-V Wagon is very much in doubt, but the Camaro goodness is still in the pipeline. Following is news on the Z28 and a few people who couldn't wait until GM got around to making it . ..