Most of our readers already know that @MotorMavens
Crew doesn't normally do coverage of stock car racing. However, when we got the official invite and media passes to the NASCAR
Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway
(California Speedway) in Fontana this past weekend, we decided it might be interesting to experience NASCAR through the eyes of an outsider.
I was unsure of what to expect. A lot of people portray the NASCAR crowd to be a certain demographic - yielding confederate flags and trucker caps with flames on the bill, screaming "Yee-haw!" but that stereotype couldn't be more incorrect, at least at the Fontana event. Read more...
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During Formula Drift‘s first Florida event last weekend, there were many bobbles, a few spins, and even a couple of wrecks. The new layout on Palm Beach International Raceway proved to be a challenge for drivers, event organizers, and media personnel alike. The slippery track was slightly technical, with a high speed and high angle entry, and rounded off with a smoky finish. (more…)
For the first time Formula DRIFT
history, the war was brought to the battlegrounds in Florida
at the Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR)
. Locals got to witness a "Battle of the Mustangs" as Justin "JTP" Pawlak
took another victory this year in his Falken Tires Ford Mustang
against last year's champion, Vaughn Gittin, Jr.
and his Monster Energy/Falken Tires Ford Mustang
. Darren McNamara
(who qualified 2nd) and his Falken Tire Saturn Sky
ended up in 3rd place after defeating number one qualifier Chris Forsberg
and his NOS Energy Drink Nissan 370Z
. Florida was very very good to Falken Tires! In fact, Florida was very good - period. Read more...
Here are some more much overdue photos from Ken Block’s Gymkhana Grid Invitational
. At first, “gymkhana
” may sound like a martial arts discipline (to those unfamiliar with the automotive version) but it's actually a starting line and a finish line joined together by all sorts of interesting obstacles such as cones, tires, and barrels which, when arranged just so
, require a driver to perform all sorts of interesting maneuvers such as reversals, 180 and 360 degree spins, and figure 8s - all while racing against the clock. The reason I stressed that this is the automotive version is because, you may be interested to know, there is an equestrian version as well. As you can imagine, there's a lot less smoke - unless they figured out how to get a horse to do a burnout when I wasn't looking. Read more...