Americans Can Do Spectacle

November 11, 2009

This is a video from the recent Dickies 500 Nascar Race, held at Texas Motor Speedway. Astronaut Doug Hurley flew a military Chinook onto the course, and from out the back appears the Camaro pace car. Awesome! Americans have spectacle nailed!

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A team from the University of Warwick has developed a Formula 3 car developed from sustainable and recycled materials. The team is called World First Racing.

The project is great, and it highlights how by being smart we can all be more sustainable in what we do everyday.

The car is scheduled to race at rounds 13 and 14 of the British Formula 3 series at Brand Hatch on the 17th of October 2009. It will be exciting to see how it fairs against Formula 3 cars constructed from conventional materials.

Check out more details of the car here.

Crash Week at Jalopnik

September 23, 2009

It’s crash week over at Jalopnik!

One of my favourite articles so far is the one about how emergency services set up at a car accident scene, and the other is an analysis of the crash at the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Speedway earlier in the year.

At a xbox360 event held in Sydney today, it has been announced that 8 V8 Supercars will feature in the upcoming release of Forza Motorsports 3. There will be four Ford Falcons, and four Holden Commodores.

Campbell Simpson from Good Gear Guide attended the event, and has the full details, plus some pretty screenshots here.

Forza Motorsports 3 is schedule for a 22nd of October release. I cannot wait!

Indycar driver and Toowoomba boy Will Power has been hospitalised after an accident during a practice session for the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon Raceway. Indycar.com is reporting that Will Power has suffered compression fractures of his L2 and L4 vertebrae.

Power collided with a spun out car that was being driven by Nelson Philippe. Philippe’s car spun just over the crest of a hill, and from footage, it appears that Power didn’t have enough sight distance to avoid colliding with Philippe’s car.

Hopefully Power can make a speedy recovery.

As discovered from a Gizmodo post, Google Maps now has parts of the famous Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca as street view. This is awesome! Check it out below.

Today I went out to Morgan Park Raceway, for the final day of Round 7 of the Shannon’s Nationals.

It’s the first time I’ve been to Morgan Park, which is on the outskirts of Warwick. It’s a great circuit, and there was some great racing. On show was the Superkarts, Porsche GT3 Cup, Sports Sedans along with the Australian Manufacturers Championship.

Highlights will be shown on Speedweek on SBS on Sunday 16th of August at 1pm

I took a few videos and plenty of pictures. Check them out below.

Click on the pictures for a larger view.

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Kimi Räikkönen has crashed out of the Rally of Finland. Kimi and his navigator
Kaj Lindström walked away from the crash uninjured.

Kimi was competing in a S2000 class Fiat Punto in the Rally of Finland which is Round 9 of the World Rally Championship.

Footage of the crash below.

UPDATE: Michael Schumacher has made an announcement that he has cancelled his return to F1 due the ongoing pain in his neck that resulted from a motorcycle accident earlier in the year.

Michael Schumacher has made an announcement via his website that he is preparing himself to race for Ferrari at the European Grand Prix in the event that injured drive Felipe Massa is unable to complete.

As one of the most successful Formula 1 drivers of all time, Michael Schumacher retired from Formula 1 in 2006 after winning seven world championships.

The European Grand Prix is held on the Valencia street circuit from the 21st to the 23rd of August.

A press conference was held in Munich, Gemany this morning where BMW announced that they will not be completing in the 2010 Formula 1 Season. Following Honda’s withdrawal from the 2009 season, it is now the second car manufacturer to pull out of Formula 1 in the last year.

The full press release from BMW is below.

BMW to Exit Formula One at End of 2009 Season

29.07.2009 Press Release
Munich.The BMW Group will not continue its Formula One campaign after the end of the 2009 season. Resources freed up as a result are to be dedicated to the development of new drive technologies and projects in the field of sustainability. BMW will continue to be actively involved in other motor sports series. The landmark decision to restructure BMW Motorsport’s activities was made at the Board of Management’s meeting yesterday.

“Of course, this was a difficult decision for us. But it’s a resolute step in view of our company’s strategic realignment,” explained Dr. Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG. “Premium will increasingly be defined in terms of sustainability and environmental compatibility. This is an area in which we want to remain in the lead. In line with our Strategy Number ONE, we are continually reviewing all projects and initiatives to check them for future viability and sustainability. Our Formula One campaign is thus less a key promoter for us. Mario Theissen has been in charge of our motor sports program since 1999. We have scored a large number of successes in this period, including some in Formula One racing. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Mario Theissen and his team for this,” said, Reithofer.

Dr. Klaus Draeger, the member of the Board of Management responsible for development, said: “It only took us three years to establish ourselves as a top team with the BMW Sauber F1 Team. Unfortunately, we were unable to meet expectations in the current season. Nevertheless, our ten years of Formula One experience have had a major impact on our development engineers. We have racing to thank for numerous technological innovations as well as the competitive spirit that drives us to develop mass-produced cars.” Possible redundancies in Munich and Hinwil cannot be quantified at present. Says Draeger: “Since we only made this decision yesterday, we cannot provide any more precise information. We will develop and assess various scenarios and do our best to find a solution for the employees in Hinwil and the staff members involved in the Formula One project in Munich. We are aware of the responsibility we shoulder and will inform the staff as soon as we can make a clear statement.”

Says BMW Motorsport director Dr. Mario Theissen: “Of course, we, the employees in Hinwil and Munich, would all have liked to continue this ambitious campaign and show that this season was just a hiccup following three successful years. But I can understand why this decision was made from a corporate perspective. We will now focus sharply on the remaining races and demonstrate our fighting spirit and put in a good result as we bid farewell to Formula One racing.”

BMW will continue its programs in a number of motor sports series: BMW will appear on the starting grid in the touring car series and young driver promotion program in Formula BMW. This will be supplemented by BMW’s participation in ALMS, the American Le Mans Series, endurance races and close-to-production customer sports. Furthermore, BMW Motorrad Motorsport will continue its campaigns, with the super bike world championship leading the way.

BMW looks back on a long track record of success in the field of motor sports:

BMW achieved eight Formula One victories from 1982 to 1985 with Brabham. In 1983, BMW won the driver’s championship with Nelson Piquet (Brabham BMW). The last win with the legendary turbo engine followed with Benetton in 1986. Ten victories were scored during the partnership with Williams (2000-2005). BMW had a total of 19 grand prix wins and 33 pole positions before the BMW Sauber F1 Team era.

In its debut season in 2006, the newly established BMW Sauber F1 Team wound up fifth in the constructor’s championship. In 2007, the German-Swiss team came in second after McLaren-Mercedes’ exclusion from the points standings. The 2008 season saw the team in the hunt for the world championship until the end of the season, winding up third. Polish-born Robert Kubica achieved the first and hitherto only GP victory in Canada on June 8, 2008. So far, the BMW Sauber F1 Team has taken one pole position (Kubica in Bahrain in 2008) and 16 podium finishes. The BMW Sauber F1 Team occupies the eighth spot in the manufacturer’s standings in the season presently underway.

Read more here.