Year after year I am consistently disappointed by the poor design of motorsports apparel. Okay, there are a few leagues, teams, brands and fans that do it well, but for the most part, it’s a mess. When will the silhouetted face of a driver pushing through a myriad of colours or non-subtle use of logos splashed across every inch of material fade into the past? It appears that in motorsports apparel, the treasured ‘whitespace’ doesn’t exist.
As part of our motorsports lifestyle initiative, I’m starting a series on motorsports fashion. Over the next while, we’ll be highlighting various designers that… read more
This afternoon Octane Motorsports (promoters of the Edmonton Indy) released details on the 2011 City Centre Airport track (PDF). After months of anticipation and contract wrangling, they’ve pulled together a track like no other.
Track highlights include:
Length-2.256 miles (2010 was 1.96-miles)
Turns-13 (2010 was 14-turn)
Grandstands-6 (with RV parking available along the circuit)
Cars will run counterclockwise
The circuit is expected to present challenges to drivers and provide action for all spectators. There’s a 90-degree first turn, hairpin turns in the northwestern (Turn 5) and southwestern (Turn 13) corners and two long straights. The layout presents huge passing… read more
Racing this past weekend brought victory, elation, disappointment, and also a tragedy to the track. Read on to find out what happened September 4-6 in motorsports.
NASCAR Nationwide Great Clips 300
It was a great showing for Jamie McMurray this weekend, as he took the checkered ahead of the Sprint Cup race – where he so desperately needed to finish well to better his chances of making it into the Chase.
Jamie McMurray, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards
Kasey Kahne got the pole on a rare Nationwide start. It looked like he would have a top-10… read more
After watching the Kentucky race it has become real obvious that Andretti Autosport has some behind the scenes issues going on that are being exposed on the track.
Instead of working together to get to the front they decide to race each other for position and lose valuable time to the leaders. This has happened on numerous occasions this year.
I watched Tony Kanaan (TK) wave his hand in the air when passing Danica Patrick. She made her car real wide when he was attempting to pass on the outside. Marco, Danica, and Tony all raced each other for numerous… read more
IndyCar Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil 300
It was pit strategy that won the race for Dario Franchitti at Chicagoland’s night race this past weekend – a race complete with a record-breaking number of lead changes and a dramatic finish.
Dario Franchitti, Dan Wheldon, Marco Andretti
It was the last pit stop, and Franchitti came in in 9th position. A last-minute decision to only take fuel – no tires – had him leaving pit row in first place. It was a gamble, but the only chance they had to win. The gamble paid off, and Franchitti… read more
|Series:||Indy Racing League|
|Course Type:||Oval & road|
|Approximate Race Length:||500 miles|
|Top Speed:||~230 mph|
|Fuel:||100% fuel grade ethanol|
|0-60 mph:||2.3 secs|
|0-100 mph:||3 secs|
|Traction Control:||Not allowed|
|Engine:||Normally-aspirated 3.5-liter V8, 32-valve dual-overhead cam (DOHC)|
|Gearbox:||XTRAC gearbox (standard), 6 forward gears, sequential shifter|
|Tires:||Ungrooved racing slicks by Firestone|
|Wheelbase:||110″ minimum (hub to hub)|
|Chassis:||Carbon fiber monocoque|
|Brakes:||4-piston carbon (ovals); 6-piston steel (road course)|
|Suspension:||Pushrod with multilink|
|Min. Weights:||1,530 lbs. For oval events; 1,600 lbs. For road / street events. Without driver or fuel.|
|Max Height:||38″ (excluding roll hoop or camera mount)|
|Max Width:||78.5″ (outside wheel rims). 74″ min. (measured at the hub centreline)|
|Geographic Scope:||United States, Japan, Australia, Canada|
|Annual Cost Per Car:||Approximately $5 million|
|Vehicle Manufacturers:||Chassis: Panoz, Dallara; Engine: Honda|