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Forza 3 Draws Nigh . . . Well, The Demo Anyway

On: Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 3:21PM | By: John Welch

Forza 3 Draws Nigh . . . Well, The Demo Anyway test 1-1

OmigawdOmigawdOmigawd! Forza three is almost here! You can take your Gran Turismos and your NFS Shifts and you can pound them squarely into your under-stimulated colon. Forza Motorsport has claimed the title of "Most Well Rounded Simulator" (my own award; I'm sure somebody disagrees) since its inception, 'Forza Motorsport' on the original Xbox. No other game has offered the level of customizationa and realism that Forza displays. Period.


The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

On: Fri, Sep 11, 2009 at 12:02PM | By: John Welch

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

The Good: Turbine-powered race cars. They're good, promise. In 1967 and 1968 several took to the track attempting to break the piston-engine stranglehold on motor racing. Howmet Corporation, a metal fabrication company, built two Le Mans style protoypes and entered them in the 24-hour races at Le Mans and Daytona. Howmet manufactured intricate aluminum parts used in military turbines and saw a turbine-powered sports car as an excellent marketing tool. And so, the Howmet TX was born. The advantages of the turbine were obvious: it produced (the equivalent of) 325 brake horsepower, yet due to its aluminum construction it weighed in a feathery 170 lbs. Unfortunately the Howmet team suffered mechanical issues and were never able to finish a race.

Required Viewing: This Weekend's Racing

On: Thu, Sep 10, 2009 at 3:58PM | By: John Welch

Required Viewing: This Weekend's Racing test 1-1

It's a fairly slow weekend coming up, September 11th through the 13th. There's the omni-present NASCAR and Formula One races, split between Speed and ABC/ESPN. There is a Speed World Challenge race that will be broadcast on Friday, during work, of course. I'll set that DVR as soon as I get home. Still waiting for Discovery HD to begin showing their HD rally coverage, and there is no ALMS or Grand-Am. Both series are gearing up for the final races of the season.

Friday, September 11th

8:00am       SPEED: Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix practice, Monza

12:00pm     SPEED: NASCAR Sprint Cup practice, Richmond

2:00pm       SPEED: SCCA SPEED World Challenge, Elkhart Lake, Wis.

7:30pm       ESPN2: NASCAR Nationwide Series race, Richmond

3:00am       ESPN2: NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis, Ind.

Saturday September 12th

8:00am      SPEED: Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix qualifying, Monza

11:00am    SPEED: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying, Madison, Ill.

2:30pm      SPEED: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, Madison, Ill.

7:30pm      ABC: NASCAR Sprint Cup race, Richmond

Sunday September 13th

6:00am       SPEED: GP2 Series, Monza

7:30am       SPEED: Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix, Monza

4:30pm       SPEED: Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix, Monza


Source: Racer.com

Rally Insanity Part Deux; Riakkonen Rolls

On: Thu, Sep 10, 2009 at 11:56AM | By: John Welch

Rally Insanity Part Deux; Riakkonen Rolls test 1-1

After posting the 'Rally Insanity' video yesterday I took a minute to peruse the other videos that came up in the original 'search'. The 2009 Rally Finland was the first big-league rally event that F1 ace Kimi Raikkonen has participated in. It is widely believed that Raikkonen will leave Ferrari after this season to go rallying full time. His first race didn't end so well, and the video after the jump says it all.


Rally Insanity

On: Wed, Sep 9, 2009 at 4:04PM | By: John Welch


Kimi Raikkonen took part in the 2009 Rally Finland, but it was a lesser known Ford driver who stole the show. E. Novikov took his life in his own hands for our entertainment, and seeing as we get ZERO World Rally Championship coverage in this country, it is completely up to me to provide you with this wild almost-crash from the Rally Finland. Enjoy!

-Thanks, Justin, you big turd . . .

Jaguar Enters ALMS GT2, Finally

On: Wed, Sep 9, 2009 at 11:03AM | By: John Welch

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Announced in January, the Rocket Sports Racing Jaguar XKR GT2 was scheduled to debut mid-season, but a series of technical issues have delayed the car's maiden race. Joining a host of exotic machinery already planning on running the Petit Le Mans, the Jaguar is the ninth manufacturer-supported car racing in the GT2 class; there are fourteen cars entered. The ridiculous amount of fantastic competition now racing GT2 might make one forget about the now-defunct GT1 class.

Fisichella to drive for the Prancing Horse

On: Thu, Sep 3, 2009 at 11:53AM | By: John Welch

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Driver swapping is a common-place occurance in the Formula One world. All weekend we've heard rumors about Giancarlo Fisichella leaving Force India for Ferrair; taking over the seat left vacant by an injured Fillipe Masa. Will his career with Ferrari last beyond the last five races of this year? Probably not, but Fisichella is a native Roman, and a drive with Ferrari is every Italian-born driver's wildest dream. Who am I kidding? That's everyone's wildest dream click on the 'source' link for the full story.


Corvette takes the win at Mosport

On: Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 10:30AM | By: John Welch

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The racing this weekend couldn't have been better. Wait wait, yes it could. The ALMS race could have lasted for ten hours. Fortunately the 1,000-mile/10-hour Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga. will be raced on September 26. Speed is broadcasting flag to flag. I will stock up on Hot Pockets and bacon, and will not dress beyond boxers that weekend. Last year's race was riveting, and if you check previous posts, this race is shaping up to be less than boring.

Anyway, back to Mosport. After only three starts the Corvette Racing C6.R GT2 was able to claim its first victory in the American Le Mans Series GT2 class. After years of dominating GT1 (to the point where no one could compete, causing the 'death' of the entire class), the Corvette team is a relative newcomer to GT2 racing. The cars are more closely related to their production counterparts, therefore GT2 is a cheaper and less complicated undertaking then GT1. This also translates into large fields of cars, most with some sort of corporate backing. It all adds up to excellent racing.

Belgium GP Recap; KERS is the defining factor

On: Tue, Sep 1, 2009 at 2:08PM | By: John Welch

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Formula One is maniacal in its approach to timing and scoring. During a race broadcast we are treated to each driver's times through each sector of the track, on each lap. The track is usually divided into three or four sections, called 'sectors' and each driver has his sector times recorded along with his time for the overall lap. Sector times allow us to see where one driver is fast as compared to a rival. This gives the average fan a ton of insight as to where certain chassis are good and where they are not so good. This could also extend to the driver, or the power plant, in question.

Racing Results from the forbidden LMS

On: Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 5:37PM | By: John Welch

Racing Results from the forbidden LMS test 1-1

Aston Martin was able to nail down a 1-2-3 finish at last weekend's Nurburgring 1000km, putting them securely into first place in the LMS. ('LeMans Series', the European equivalent to the ALMS,) Good thing Speedtv.com reports on these things, because they definitely DO NOT broadcast them on television. Why not? Chalk it up to economics, blame it on NASCAR fever that doesn't really exist, whatever the case the average racing fan gets gypped.

A Ginetta-Zytek 09S took the LMP2 crown, being run by the Quifel-ASM Team. GT1 became a battle of attrition, the Luc Alphand Aventures Corvette C6.R and Larbre Competition Saleen S7-R leading most of the race, both cars retiring with mechanical issues. This delivered the win to Larbre’s Roland Berville, Sebastien Dumez and Laurent Groppi; piloting another S7R. GT2 went to Team Felbermayr Proton’s Marc Lieb and Richard Lietz in their Porsche GT3.

Heres hoping Speed decides to broadcast this exciting series, along with many others they choose to overlook because of advertising concerns . . . ihk . . .

Full race coverage can be found at Speedtv.com