Tag Archive: Auto Racing


Race Car Driver To Launch “Save The U.S. Constitution” Car To Over A Million People

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Kurt Wallace: This is Kurt Wallace and our guest today on Rare is Roger Carter of Roger Carter 2 Racing, and Roger thanks for being with us today on Rare.

Roger Carter: Thanks for having me on the show I sure appreciate being here.

Kurt Wallace: Tell us about your year racing in the ARCA series.”

 

 

 

 

 

”  Roger Carter: Well, this series has been a bit up and down for us. We’re a two car team Carter 2 Motorsports is the banner we go under and it’s been a little up and down. We’ve had some decent finishes one in the top 10 and one 11th place that I had at Pocono. And what were doing here in Kentucky we’re kicking off our “Save the US Constitution Tour” and what that is to bring awareness to the United States Constitution and our liberties that are at risk here. And we’re just trying to put some of our supporters together that we have each time we do the constitution tour. It’s a live TV race on FOX Sports 1. We’re just trying to bring awareness to the constitution and get back to what our forefathers originally wrote that great document as.”

 

 

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NASCAR Fan Brings Out Caution At Richmond By Climbing Fence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A fan once stole the pace car at Talladega Superspeedway. The sprinklers once came on unexpectedly during a green flag run at Richmond International Raceway. A hole developed mid-race in Turn 1 during the Daytona 500. Juan Pablo Montoya hit a jet dryer under caution setting off a massive fire, also during the Daytona 500. 

  Last weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, a cat or squirrel (the jury is still out) ran across the track in front of race leader Kevin Harvick.

  Well, Saturday night at Richmond, another incident was added to the list of NASCAR oddities. 

  With 69 laps to go in the Federated Auto Parts 400, NASCAR was forced to throw the caution flag for “security” reasons. 

  That reason? A fan had climbed the catchfence separating the Turn 4 grandstands from the 43-car field racing below. The shirtless fan was brought down by local authorities while the race was slowed under the yellow flag. “

 

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Tony Stewart Runs Over Driver During Confrontation, Killing Him

 

 

 

 

 

 

” NASCAR driver Tony Stewart ran over a competitor, 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr., during a confrontation at a sprint car race on Saturday night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York. Ward was killed.

  In the video above, via YouTube, you can see Ward apparently confronting Stewart on foot after Ward’s car is run into the wall. He is struck, dragged, then thrown a number of feet. According to Ontario County Sheriff Philip C. Povero, Ward was dead on arrival at the hospital.”

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Michael Schumacher Out Of Coma And Leaves Hospital Six Months After Ski Accident

 

 

 

 

 

” Michael Schumacher is no longer in a coma and has left the hospital in Grenoble where he had been receiving treatment after being involved in a skiing accident last year.

  The seven-times Formula One world champion had sustained severe head injuries in the incident in the French Alps in December, and was subsequently put into an artificially-induced coma a few days later.”

 

 

 

 

” But his management company said in a statement on Monday: “Michael has left the CHU Grenoble to continue his long phase of rehabilitation. He is not in a coma anymore.” “

 

Wishing Michael a swift recovery now that he has awoken from his medically-induced coma . Read more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember That Audi R18 e-tron We Featured Last Week In The Video Ad For Le Mans ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well , it has been involved in an incident and no longer exists …

 

 

 

” At 17h05 today, Wednesday 11 June, the No.1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro left the track at high speed at the Porsche Curves, at Marshals Post No.131. The incident occurred during the free practice session for the 82nd edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, while the car was being driven by Loic Duval.

  Conscious, the driver was taken into the care of the ACO’s Medical Services who were immediately on the scene, extracted from the car to an ambulance and then immediately transported to the Le Mans Centre Hospitalier where he will undergo further examination.

  His condition is reported as encouraging.”

HT/Road&Track

Audi Needles A Rival, With Panache

 

 

 

 

” The 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans is just over a week away, and Audi presses all the right enthusiast buttons in this new video starring the R18 e-tron quattro and driver Dindo Capello as they take a little road trip to say hi to a rival.

It’s a lot of car porn. It’s a little trash talk. It’s pro-level hooning. And it’s all good.

You’ll never believe how excited for an event 58 seconds of video can make you.”

 

 

Road & Track

2014 Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix: Showcasing The Best In Racing

 

 

 

 

 

” Two years ago, the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix made what was supposed to be its triumphant return after a three-year hiatus.

  Public and private officials in Detroit touted the event’s return as another significant step in turning around the city. But in reality, Belle Isle itself wasn’t ready for the severe beating three days of racing can do to a course and nearly 100,000 people.

  The 2012 nationally televised event was delayed for hours due to patches of the track becoming unearthed. Race fans, media and drivers all looked on in bewilderment.

” It was like playing Russian roulette, and I just pulled a bullet,” said James Hinchcliffe, who crashed his car into a safety barrier after hitting a piece of the unearthed track in 2012.

  However, those days have now long passed, according to this attendees this weekend at the 2014 Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. 

” It’s much better laid out,” said Molly Bogardus during Friday’s practice and qualifying rounds. The 46-year-old Eaton Rapids, Mich., resident has attended the Grand Prix with her husband, Jeff Bogardus, every year since its return three years ago.”

 

 

Race Weekend Photos(85): Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The two links here and here have many fine pictures from race day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indianapolis 500 Live Blog–Ryan Hunter-Reay Wins

 

 

 

 

 

” 3:17 p.m.: It’s Ryan Hunter-Reay taking the checkers by less than a car length over Helio Castroneves, who had passed him on the outside in Turn One with two laps to go. Hunter-Reay passed Castroneves on the outside during the final lap entering Turn One and held on to win by .3171 of a second. Marco Andretti was third, Carlos Munoz fourth and Juan Pablo Montoya fifth.

  3:15 p.m.: The race will restart on lap 195, six laps to the checkered. What are the chances for another caution that would end the race? The situation seems likely. Castroneves, Andretti and Montoya will all be willing to take big risks to win.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” 3:09 p.m.: With less than 10 laps to go, Ryan Hunter-Reay could become the first American to win the Indy 500 since Sam Hornish, Jr. in 2006. Helio Castroneves would join A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears in the exclusive four-time winners club. Marco Andretti would give his family, which has suffered for so long at Indianapolis, its second victory at Indy. Grandpa Mario won in 1969 and came close many times after that. Father Michael, his car owner, always had the speed to lead, but was never able to close the deal. In 1992, Michael dominated the race and had a mechanical failure in the final 30 laps. His brother Jeff crashed hard that day and suffered two severely broken feet, which ended his career. Mario crashed that day and also had to take the trip to Methodist Hospital. After he fell out, Michael said, “This is such a cruel, cruel place.” The so-called Andretti curse was mitigated by Dan Wheldon’s win in 2005 and Dario Franchitti’s in 2007 while driving for owner Michael, but only a victory by Marco will completely remove it.

  3:01 p.m.: Townsend Bell’s bid for an Indy 500 victory ended in a crash and the red flag has come out because of debris. The field will stop on pit lane. Nine laps remain. Ryan Hunter-Reay leads, Helio Castroneves second, Marco Andretti third, Carlos Munoz fourth, Juan Pablo Montoya fifth, Kurt Busch sixth, Sebastien Bourdais seventh, Justin Wilson eighth, Ryan Briscoe ninth and Will Power tenth. Briscoe has made a great comeback from going down a lap down early in the race.

  2:56 p.m.: Red flag is out. Too much debris on the track from Townsend Bell’s wreck in Turn Two… “

 

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Indy 500 2014 Schedule: Start Time, Live Stream Info And More For Showcase Race

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The Indianapolis 500 is one of those sporting events that always generates plenty of hype. Even sports fans that aren’t normally IndyCar viewers will tune in to watch the biggest race of the season from the storied Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

  Reigning champion Tony Kanaan, who finally crossed the finish line first after several close calls over the years, returns with hope of defending. He faces a very deep field of contenders, which should make for an intriguing race right down to the final lap.

  Above all else, it’s IndyCar’s day to shine—and it rarely disappoints. So let’s check out all of the important details for Sunday’s race along with a preview of what to expect in the 98th running of the Indy 500.

 

Indy 500 Viewing Information

Where: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

When: Sunday, May 25, at noon ET

Watch: ABC

Live Stream: WatchABC and ESPN3 “

 

 

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This Is How You Go From First Place To 11th And Back Again

 

 

 

 

 

” Thomas Enge took his Lamborghini Gallardo from first to eleventh and back to first in a span of about 45 minutes at this past weekend’s Pirelli World Challenge Championship race. It was an incredibly heroic drive, and now we’re getting to see how the race unfolded from Thomas’s point of view between the concrete barriers of St. Petersburg’s street course.

  Here’s how it went down.”

Road & Track

Lynda Petty, Wife Of Richard Petty, Passes Away

 

 

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” The NASCAR community is mourning the death of Lynda Petty, wife of seven-time NASCAR champion and NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty.

  Lynda, 72, died Tuesday after a lengthy fight with cancer.”

 

 

Lynda Petty

 

 

” A mother of four children including NASCAR on FOX analyst Kyle Petty, Lynda Petty was diagnosed with central nervous system lymphoma in 2010 and underwent treatments at Duke University Medical Center. Her death was announced Tuesday afternoon by Richard Petty Motorsports.”

 

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Schumacher Now ‘Fighting For His Life’ In Grenoble Hospital

 

 

Michael Schumacher

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” According to doctors in the Grenoble hospital where Michael Schumacher is being treated, the seven-times world Formula One champion is “fighting for his life” and slipping into a coma.

 
  Michael Schumacher was seriously injured when he fell over while skiing off-piste in the French Alpine resort of Meribel and hit his head on a rock. The 44-year old racing legend was wearing a helmet at the time and doctors admitted that without the protective helmet “he would not be here with us now.”

Gymkhana 6: Ken Block Is Back With A Custom Track

 

 

” In a display of tire tread terror and peak auto performance, Ken Block showcases the adrenaline-pumping pastime of Gymkhana, an increasingly popular motorsport requiring a driver to traverse a complex course of obstacles and sharp-angled turns. This video is the sixth installment of the YouTube series sensation. Block’s last video, in which he raced his Ford Fiesta through the city streets of San Francisco, attracted 54 million views.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Proposal Goes Viral

 

Autocross

 

” As competitive autocross drivers, Maggie O’Brien thought she and her boyfriend were out for a typical spin at an autocross track in Ayer, Mass., when all of a sudden, he pulled a fast one on her. “You’re the most amazing woman I’ve ever met in my whole life,” Jake Wile told her as he brought the car to an abrupt halt. “Every minute has been a joy, and I want you to be on my team for life. I want you to be my co-driver for life.”

Wile had strategically placed an extra video camera on the dashboard of the car, facing inward, in order to secretly capture the proposal. Usually their autocross cars only have one camera, facing outward, to record the track they are driving on.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reflecting on the 1955 Mille Miglia — Mercedes-Benz

 

Published on May 10, 2013

” In 1955, Mercedes-Benz sent a squad of cars to Italy. Their mission: win the Mille Miglia. A grueling 1000-mile race across public roads from Brescia to Rome and back, the Mille had a reputation for rewarding skill with hard-fought victory—and punishing hubris with spectacular failure. Sir Stirling Moss, winner of the ’55 Mille, recounts that banner race in this video.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sir Stirling Moss on the 1955 Mille Miglia — Mercedes-Benz

” The Mille Miglia had always been a race that favored Italian drivers. After all, it was a 1000-mile dash through their homeland, giving them home field advantage. But Stirling Moss was no local—he was an Englishman sent to win the Mille Miglia in a German car. And win he did, through a potent mix of determination, an inventive navigator, a fast car and sheer talent.”

 

Formula One 2013: Standings And Race Calendar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Driver Nationality Team Points
1. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull Racing-Renault 40
 
2. Kimi Räikkönen Finland Lotus-Renault 31
 
3. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull Racing-Renault 26
 
4. Lewis Hamilton Great Britain Mercedes 25
 
5. Fernando Alonso - Ferrari 25
 
6. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari 22
 
7. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari 18
 
8. Kimi Räikkönen - Lotus-Renault 18
 
9. Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes 15
 
10. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes 12
 

 

 

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Happy Birthday Steve McQueen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Early life

McQueen was born Terence Steven McQueen[6] in Beech Grove, Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis, in Marion County. His father, William Terence McQueen, a stunt pilot for a barnstorming flying circus, abandoned McQueen’s mother six months after first meeting her.[6] His mother, Julia Ann (née Crawford), was allegedly a rebellious alcoholic prostitute.[7][8][9][10]

Unable to cope with bringing up a small child she left him with her parents (Victor and Lillian) in Slater, Missouri, in 1933. Shortly thereafter, as the Great Depression set in, McQueen and his grandparents moved in with Lillian’s brother Claude to his farm in Slater.[6] McQueen was raised as a Roman Catholic.[11][12]

He had good memories of the time spent on his great-uncle Claude’s farm. In recalling him, McQueen stated: “He was a very good man, very strong, very fair. I learned a lot from him.”[6] On McQueen’s fourth birthday, Claude gave him a red tricycle, which McQueen later claimed started his interest in racing.[6] At age 8, he was taken back by his mother and lived with her and her new husband in Indianapolis. McQueen retained a special memory of leaving the farm: “The day I left the farm Uncle Claude gave me a personal going-away present; a gold pocket watch, with an inscription inside the case.” The inscription read: “To Steve – who has been a son to me.”[13]

McQueen, who was dyslexic[6] and also partially deaf as a result of a childhood ear infection,[6] did not adjust well to his new life. His new step-father would beat him so badly that at the age of nine he left home to live on the streets.[7] Within a couple of years he was running with a street gang and committing acts of petty crime.[6] Unable to control McQueen’s behavior, his mother sent him back to Slater. A couple of years later when McQueen was 12 Julia wrote to Claude asking that McQueen be returned to her once again, to live in her new home in Los Angeles, California. Julia, whose second marriage had ended in divorce, had married a third time.

 

 

Filmography

Actor (41 titles)

1980The Hunter
Papa Thorson
1976Dixie Dynamite
Dirt-bike Rider (uncredited)
1974The Towering Inferno
Chief Mike O’Hallorhan
1973Papillon
Henri ‘Papillon’ Charriere
1972Junior Bonner
Junior ‘JR’ Bonner
1968Bullitt
Frank Bullitt
1965Baby the Rain Must Fall
Henry Thomas
1963Soldier in the Rain
Sgt. Eustis Clay
1963The Great Escape
Hilts ‘The Cooler King’
1962The War Lover
‘Buzz’/Buzz Rickson
1961The Honeymoon Machine
Lt. Ferguson ‘Fergie’ Howard
1958-1961Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV series)
Josh Randall

– Dead Reckoning (1961) … Josh Randall
– The Long Search (1961) … Josh Randall
– Monday Morning (1961) … Josh Randall
– Detour (1961) … Josh Randall
1959-1960Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV series)
Bill Everett / Gambler

– Man from the South (1960) … Gambler
– Human Interest Story (1959) … Bill Everett
1959Never So Few
Bill Ringa
1958The Blob
Steve Andrews (as Steven McQueen)
1958Never Love a Stranger
Martin Cabell
1958Trackdown (TV series)
Josh Randall – Bounty Hunter / Mal Cody / Wes Cody

– The Brothers (1958) … Mal Cody/Wes Cody
– The Bounty Hunter (1958) … Josh Randall – Bounty Hunter
1958Tales of Wells Fargo (TV series)
Bill Longley

– Bill Longley (1958) … Bill Longley
1958Climax! (TV series)
Anthony Reeves / Henry Reeves

– Four Hours in White (1958) … Henry Reeves/Anthony Reeves
1957The Big Story (TV series)
Chuck Milton

– Malcolm Glover of the San Francisco Examiner (1957) … Chuck Milton
1957The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV series)
Kinsella

– Deep Water (1957) … Kinsella
1957West Point (TV series)

– Ambush (1957)
1957Studio One in Hollywood (TV series)
Joseph Gordon

– The Defender: Part 2 (1957) … Joseph Gordon (as Steven McQueen)
– The Defender: Part 1 (1957) … Joseph Gordon (as Steven McQueen)
1956Somebody Up There Likes Me
Fidel (uncredited)
1956The United States Steel Hour (TV series)
Bushy

– Bring Me a Dream (1956) … Bushy
1955Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV series)
Bit Role

– Crisis (1955) … Bit Role (uncredited)
1955Goodyear Playhouse (TV series)

– The Chivington Raid (1955)

“Steve McQueen left an indelible imprint as one of Hollywood’s sexiest leading men. His balance of masculinity and sensitivity made him both a man’s man and a ladies’ man all at once. His revered roles in films such as Bullitt, The Great Escape, The Thomas Crown Affair and, Papillion have been often imitated but never repeated. An actor, race-car driver, and father, McQueen was the epitome of the American dream, rising from hardscrabble circumstances to become one of the most famous movie stars in the world.”

Beginnings

 

” McQueen drifted through odd jobs and three years of service in the marines before he began performing at New York’s Neighborhood Playhouse in 1952. He did occasional theatre work, making his screen debut with a bit part in Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956). His first starring role was in the camp horror classic The Blob (1958), and that same year he earned the lead role of a bounty hunter on the television series Wanted: Dead or Alive, which ran until 1961.

In the early 1960s, McQueen attained stardom when he appeared in two action films directed by John Sturges. The first of these was the western The Magnificent Seven (1960), in which he starred with Yul Brynner and Charles Bronson as defenders of a Mexican village. The second action film to refine McQueen’s image was The Great Escape (1963), in which he portrayed an allied captive in a World War II German prison camp who makes a daring motorcycle escape.”

 

 

Later Years

 

” Turning to more weighty material, McQueen had better success with Junior Bonner (1972). He played the title character in this well-received family drama directed by Sam Peckinpah. Also in 1972,

McQueen starred in The Getawaywith Ali McGraw. He and McGraw began an affair during filming—McGraw was married to film executive Robert Evans at the time. Their relationship became a scandal in the press. The couple married in 1973. McQueen had been previously married to dancer and actress Neile Adams with whom he had two children, Chad and Terry.

McQueen won accolades for his performance in Papillon (1973), starring opposite Dustin Hoffman in the prison drama. He played a hero in the disaster epic The Towering Inferno (1974). But his personal demons began to eclipse his talent. He drank and used drugs, and his relationship with McGraw became increasingly stormy. Both of his ex-wives later stated that he could be physically abusive and was often unfaithful.”

 

 

 

McQueen Had A Need For Speed

 

Twelve Hours of Sebring (1970)

” Excerpt of original. This film captures the excitement of the 1970 12-hour endurance race at Sebring. It features Mario Andretti, Dan Gurney, Jackie Ickx, Pedro Rodriguez, and celebrity driver/actor Steve McQueen. There is non-stop racing action as Ferrari driver Mario Andretti barely escapes with the lead over Steve McQueen, driving with a cast on his broken foot. Produced by Triangle Productions in association with the Automobile Racing Club of Florida.”

To see full-length versions of this and other videos from the State Archives of Florida, visit http://www.floridamemory.com/video/.

 

 

 

He Was Also A Tremendous Motorcycle Rider Whether On-road Or Off 

The Finale 

” Diagnosed with mesothelioma lung cancer (caused by exposure to asbestos – it is thought that the asbestos lined crash suit from his race car driving days was one potential source) in December 1979, he kept it a secret while filming “The Hunter” (1980), and died within a day after undergoing surgery to remove tumors from his right lung. He was married three times, to Neile Adams (1957 to 1972, divorced), to actress Ali MacGraw (1973 to 1978, divorced), and to Barbara Minty (1980 until his death). He often carried a pistol after it was determined that he topped the list of celebrities to be killed by the Charles Manson “Family;” oddly enough, he would claim to have a dinner appointment at the home of Roman Polanski-Sharon Tate the night she was murdered by the Manson group, but had to cancel the appointment; this claim is disputed by other Hollywood star watchers.”

Rest In Peace Steve

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chris Murphy To NASCAR: Drop NRA Sponsorship

 

 

” Sen. Chris Murphy wants NASCAR to pass on NRA’s race sponsorship.

In a letter sent Thursday to NASCAR CEO Brian France, Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, asks the stock car racing association to drop the NRA’s sponsorship of an April race at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. The race, in NASCAR’s top flight, will be the NRA 500.

“By giving the NRA sponsorship of a major NASCAR race, NASCAR has crossed a line – you have decided to put yourself in the middle of a political debate, and you have taken a side that stands in opposition to the wishes of so many Newtown families who support common sense gun reform,” Murphy wrote. “Whether or not this was your intention, your fans will infer from this sponsorship that NASCAR and the NRA are allies in the current legislative debate over gun violence. By announcing this new partnership at the very height of Congress’s deliberations over gun reform, NASCAR has inserted itself into a political debate that has nothing to with the business of NASCAR.” “

 

 

Daytona Crash Injures Dozens Of Fans

Nationwide Wreck Injures Fans

Daytona Wreck Kyle Larsen

 DAYTONA BEACH, FLA

” At least 28 people were injured — two critically — during the last lap of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, officials said, when a car slammed into the catch fence and came apart.

The incident was the result of a last-lap crash in the battle for the win. Kyle Larson’s car was launched into the fence as drivers crashed around him and Tony Stewart took the checkered flag. The suspension and tires from Larson’s car went into the fence, with one tire appearing to sail over it. The front end was sheared off of Larson’s car, but the driver climbed from it.

Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III confirmed that 14 people were transported off property and an additional 14 were treated in the at-track care center.”

 

Here’s a view from the grandstand

 

 

 

Danica Takes The Pole

MAKING HISTORY: DANICA PATRICK BECOMES FIRST WOMAN TO WIN NASCAR POLE

 

 

 

” NASCAR driver Danica Patrick made history on Sunday, becoming the first female driver to win a pole at a NASCAR race when she won the Daytona 500 pole.

Patrick was the eighth driver on the track in Sunday’s qualifying session at Daytona and had the fastest qualifying time, covering the 2 1/2-mile Daytona superspeedway lap in 45.817 seconds. She averaged 196.434 mph. She is also the first woman to win a pole at any major auto race in history.”

Danica Patrick Fastest In Daytona 500 Practice

 

 

 

” DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — If two practices are any indication,Danica Patrick is a solid candidate to win the pole for the Daytona 500.

Patrick turned the fastest lap Saturday in a pair of practice sessions focused solely on qualifying for the Daytona 500. She went 196.220 mph around Daytona International Speedway in the second practice session and said she’s eyeing the top starting spot in ”The Great American Race.”

”Everything that we do is to make sure that we do whatever we can to be on the pole,” Patrick said. ”That is what we all are shooting for.”

The front row for the Feb. 24 season-opening Daytona 500 will be set in Sunday’s time trials. The rest of the field is set next Thursday after a pair of qualifying races.”

The World’s 10 Longest Auto Races

 

” Racing 500 miles around a smooth paved oval? Kid stuff. The world’s longest rally races have stretched for thousands of miles across continents, through deserts, and over mountains.”

 

 

 

” 1977: Singapore Airlines London to Sydney Rally

Total Distance: 17,500 miles

In 1968, the London Daily Express and Daily Telegraph newspapers sponsored a marathon rally of 7000 miles from London to Sydney. The insane race stirred up some heroic stories of resourcefulness for the papers, and it spawned a series of intercontinental rallies. One of these was a rally from London to Mexico called the World Cup Rally, which coincided with the soccer championship in Mexico City that year. Another was the 1974 London-Sahara-Munich rally. But the ultimate race in this series was the second running of London to Sydney, which covered 17,500 miles. Rally driver Andrew Cowan won the marathon race in a Mercedes 280E. Vintage re-creations of the 1977 rally have been held on several occasions since. “

 

48 Hours of Snowy, Gritty, Grueling Rally Racing

 

 

 

 

” At first blush, rally racing—or, simply, rally—is a pretty innocuous pastime. You buy a car. You install a roll cage and safety equipment, including a fire suit and a helmet. You find a friend to ride shotgun and navigate. You drive off into the woods—and then things get exceptionally weird. Races start in the morning and last well into the night. They are staged in asphalt-melting heat or face-freezing cold. Lasting two or more days, they require driving flat-out on unfamiliar roads—many of them unpaved and rutted—guided only by your reflexes and the shouted instructions of a co-driver.

Wrecks are common and can be severe: Roadside hazards include 100-foot drop-offs, Airstream-size boulders, and stout hardwoods. The course, more than 100 miles long, is completed at highway-travel speeds. If you are slow, you lose. If you kill your car and don’t make it home, you lose. And if you don’t have fun, you miss the point. Now take all of this mayhem and stick it in a deep freeze in Atlanta, Mich., 25 miles northeast of nowhere. This is the location of the Sno*Drift Rally, held for two days almost every January since 1973. Entrants range from six-figure Subarus and Mitsubishis to $500 hoopties held together with duct tape and Bondo. “

 

 

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