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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.

More MP4-12C Goodness

On: Wed, Sep 9, 2009 at 3:58PM | By: John Welch

More MP4-12C Goodness test 1-1


Mmmm, it comes with a TWIN TURBO 3.8 liter V8, ala the Ferrari F40 and the Koenigsegg. Very tasty. Also, it appears they have modified the styling of the front fascia, though now it just looks like a really badass Tesla. If it wasn't a McLaren that might ruin it for me . . .

Source: BBC.com

Jaguar Enters ALMS GT2, Finally

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

Jaguar Enters ALMS GT2, Finally test 1-1

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.


All The Dirt On The New McLaren MP4-12C

On: Tue, Sep 8, 2009 at 2:48PM | By: John Welch

All The Dirt On The New McLaren MP4-12C test 1-1

We've all heard rumors about McLaren's new super car, known internally at McLaren as the 'P11'. Now we have some solid information on the car. For instance, it will be named the MP4-12C, a nod to the code McLaren uses to name its F1 cars. We also know that the car is powered by a mid-mounted, McLaren-built V8, and that it will feature a seven-speed, paddle-operated gear box. My beef? The early renderings of the car look like a Ferrari kit-car. Hopefully the exterior design undergoes some updating before the car is actually released. A full report can be found here.

Jay Leno (aahhggkk) was given a look at pre-production bits earlier this year. He has written a fairly shtick-free article outlining his experience. Highlights: the carbon fiber monocoup is so light Jay was able to pick it up without the forklift's assistance. That's mighty impressive. The price is also fairly impressive, McLaren aiming for a sub $200K base price. Fix that nose and I'll start knocking over Brinks trucks in earnest.

Source: The Times Online

Fisichella to drive for the Prancing Horse

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

Fisichella to drive for the Prancing Horse test 1-1

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.


Good news for Random-CarBlog Types

On: Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 4:45PM | By: John Welch

Good news for Random-CarBlog Types test 1-1

Just pointing out that this 'CarBlog' thing might not be complete waste of time,

The Wall Street Journal provides us with an article outlining the increased popularity of online auto mags.

Here's to shallow success!

Ford's New Power Stroke

On: Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 2:54PM | By: John Welch

Ford's New Power Stroke test 1-1

Deciding that the engines they have purchased from supplier Navistar were more trouble than they are worth, Ford has designed and constructed their first pick-up truck diesel. The 'Scorpion' 6.7-liter V-8 diesel has many innovative features that contribute to lower emissions and NVH. Each set of valves has its own rocker configuration, the block is cast of a lighter iron, the cylinder heads are now aluminum. On top of those improvements, the motor has a unique turbo set-up.

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

That new Aveo might've been a bad idea

On: Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 9:32AM | By: John Welch

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As the final Cash For Clunkers results poured in from dealerships across the country, many participants have developed a case of buyer's remorse.

CNW Purchase Path, of Bandon, Oregon, conducted a survey among 1,000 Cash for Clunkers participants. Of the the thousand polled, 17 percent reported "serious doubts that they should have made the new-vehicle acquisition."

The main reason, obviously, is the new $300 bill showing up every month. Apparently some people didn't take into account the fact that they would have to pay for most of that shiny new Focus Coupe. Shoulduh bought a 20 year old BMW, which probably has all the same options (minus that infernal 'Sync' system), is rear-drive, fairly efficient, has huge aftermarket support and receive no bill every month. I'm just sayin' . . .

Source: Edmunds Inside Line