Le Mans – Triumph, Agony and Controversy

Through various racing-related (or racing-adjacent) connections, I’ve been fortunate to gain a number of friends and acquaintances, all of whom I enjoy discussions about racing. One of my fellow “chatnecks” (an inside joke among one subgroup) wrote up his account of this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.  Thanks speeddemon787!   You can’t make this stuff up for this year’s 24 Hours of LeMans with Porsche winning the overall race for the second year in a row.   How can you feel about Toyota’s devastating lost after dominating most of the…

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Le Mans – A Tale of Three Minutes and Two F’s

Or “How I learned to love Le Mans and hate the ACO.” I have a ritual for watching the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Of course, I watch as much pre-race as I can (usually through a bootleg internet stream) and through the start. My favorite times are the “golden hours” at sunset and sunrise. Watching sunset isn’t much of a challenge, but I usually fail to see the sunrise, as I invariably fall asleep about an hour before sunrise. None of our readers care about my sleep habits.  You…

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IMSA – Andy Lally Has a Bad Day

Crazy stuff happens at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.  But I think Andy Lally had the craziest encounter on-track.  I’ll let his tweets tell the story: This broke through the splitter & tub and then into the front of the car.. By the way we are out of the race pic.twitter.com/2b6UpcUdyC — Andy Lally (@AndyLally) January 25, 2015 They named the possum Ballast. HUGE testament to the PWR radiators.. BENT it,, and still held water. pic.twitter.com/DY7c9uGwqE — Andy Lally (@AndyLally) January 25, 2015 Despite the first tweet, they were…

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Episode 236 – OpenPaddock.net Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | RSSMike, Mike, and John carry on this week as Doug is away to a conference. That means a sub 2-hour show without the Professor rambling on and on. Here’s what’s on tap this week: Le Mans – A Brief Review IndyCar – Bourdais fined, JV thinks IndyCar is just swell now Rally – Ken Block Podiums in Hell, Radical WRC revamp to go ahead, GRC DC Preview Formula 1 – Ferrari wants apple and google to fix F1…

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IMSA: 62ND ANNUAL MOBIL 1 TWELVE HOURS OF SEBRING TWITTER GUIDE

62ND ANNUAL MOBIL 1 TWELVE HOURS OF SEBRING TWITTER GUIDE Presented By:@IMSAChicks Table of Contents Race Information–Broadcast Schedule–The Classes–Leader Light System PROTOTYPE Prototype Class Info–P Entry List & Twitter Links PROTOTYPE CHALLENGE Prototype Challenge Info–PC Entry List & Twitter Links GT LE MANS GT Le Mans Class Info–GTLM Entry List & Twitter Links GT DAYTONA GT Daytona Class Info–GTD Entry List & Twitter Links RACE INFORMATION Race Start: Saturday, March 15, 2014 10:15 AM ET Race Duration: 12 hours Track Length: 3.74 miles Hashtags: #Sebring12, #IMSA Official Accounts: @UnitedSportsCar, @IMSA,…

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The Missed Shift – Weekend At Bernie’s

Over at Bernie’s House There’s a post on Opposite Lock by a user discussing a potential replacement or Bernie Eccelstone should he retire, die or go to prison (the latter appearing to be the most likely).  The user suggests that Christian Horner would be a suitable replacement for Bernie, and I can’t disagree.  Although I think there are a handful of others who could fill the role equally as well.  But who would want to? Let me preface by saying that in order to understand Bernie’s rise to power and…

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TUSC – GT Classes Shine Brightly at Daytona

As the Tudor United Sports Car Championship kicked off on Saturday, a lot of attention was centered on the GT classes. Both GT Le Mans (GTLM) and GT Daytona (GTD) had been the brightest stars in their troubled series before the merger, and on Saturday the classes again showed the world that GT racing is becoming the big-ticket item in North America. With a number of new cars making their debut, and new teams racing with new cars for the first time, the GTLM and GTD classes saw some of…

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USCC – Thoughts on the Roar

Well it is finally here! The 2014 Tudor United Sports Car Championship has completed the merger process and also completed their first major test in preparation for the Rolex 24 Hour race. I have said since last season that I was excited at the prospect of having both championships merged together and the exciting racing we could expect! Like a lot of folks who tuned into the great coverage of various media outlets worldwide of the Roar Before the 24 test session, I was interested in speeds and lap times…

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