Three-time Sprint Cup champ Tony Stewart tees off on Joey Logano in this interview. Many race fans applauded this, while some writers tried to put things in perspective, asking Stewart to cut Logano some slack since Logano is only 22 years old. It doesn’t sound like Stewart will heed the advice since he basically called out Logano as acting like a little girl for throwing water at him.
It will be fascinating to see how this plays out in future races. NASCAR is notorious for these kinds of spats, but as things escalate they can get out of control. And of course the consequences here are severe, as we saw when Denny Hamlin wrecked on the last lap at California last weekend, suffering a fractured lower back after hitting the inside wall head-on. The hope of course is that these off track altercations serve to let these guys blow off steam so that the fight doesn’t return to the track, but of course we all know better.
It doesn’t help Logano’s case of course that Hamlin isn’t buying his BS. They’ve had some recent interaction that Hamlin described as not being very productive. Roger Penske is trying to protect his driver Logano and is also trying to diffuse the situation, even implying that the media is overreacting to every incident, but it’s hard to get away from the issues caused by his young driver.
If you’re into sports betting when it comes to auto racing and NASCAR, this is just another factor to consider. Cars and ability matter, but emotions and feuds are a real part of this as well. Of course it’s very hard to quantify these wild cards, but it’s also good to be aware of them as well. Will Logano back off, and will this affect his performance? That’s a huge question. As for Stewart, he’s the ultimate pro, but sometimes a young punk like Logano can throw you off your game.
Public roads, blinding speeds, and drivers towing the line between courage and stupid were the hallmarks of vintage racing. But with the advent of governing bodies and modern racetracks, those days are long gone. Almost.
Today, Speed was kind enough to stream their coverage of the Targa Newfoundland online. A real throwback of racing action but with thoroughly modern machinery. So check it out, you won’t be disappointed.
With all the debuts at the New York Auto Show, the new SRT Viper was the one everyone was looking forward to. Right away you notice the newly refined exterior, which is still raw, but harkens back more to the original Viper. But no one was worried about how it would look, but what would be powering it.
Recent federal safety mandates, emission controls, and general market pansiness threatened to strip the Viper of its fangs (warning: more tortured snake puns ahead). However, even with traction control and all the other necessities, the Viper still looks like it will be a ludicrous drive. How ludicrous? About 650hp worth from a V-10 motor. Yup, the Viper is back.
Plus, their going back to racing too. Welcome back Viper, it’s been too long.
The lore of NASCAR is filled with stories of backyard mechanics taking cars right off the showroom floor and winning races, fame, and glory with nearly stock cars. This is why NASCAR is called “stock car” racing after all. However, since the late 1980s, the cars have become less and less related to the showroom cousins. For 2013, Ford is trying to mend that gap, at least aesthetically, with their new 2013 Fusion racer.
Taking its cues from the production Fusion that debuted at the North American International Auto Show, the new Fusion race car adapts the cars dramatic headlight and grill treatment. To make the car look even more “stock,” the overall proportions of the stock car were mirrored. Even the character line that runs down the stock car’s side was replicated on the racer.
After 2 years away from Formula One, Kimi Raikkonen is back. Making his return with Lotus-Renault, Kimi took his first spin in the new car last weekend in Valencia, Spain. Initial tests appear to have gone well, but we will have to wait until the season opener in March to see if he is back up to competition form.
The fastest accelerating full hybrid on the planet has arrived! In a teaser released last week, the 2012 Infiniti M Hybrid races against the 2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid to prove which can proudly claim the title, “World’s Fastest Full Hybrid.”
The results of ‘The Duel’ are now in, which you can see for yourself:
Inspiration for the video originated when the Infiniti M Hybrid made it into the Guinness World Records® as the world’s fastest accelerating full-hybrid car last fall, when the 360-horsepower gas/electric luxury performance sedan covered the standing quarter mile in 13.9031 seconds!
Let’s say you have $100,000 to spend on a car, any car. The obvious choices are simple: Porsche 911, GTR, maybe some second-hand Ferrari (to ratchet up the douche status), but those choices are obvious and boring. The world can go without another Porsche 911 owner stereotype. What if, instead, you bought a Focus. Not just any Focus of course, but the race-ready Focus ST-R. Not only will you not be another financial banker clown, but you would be one step closer to becoming a racing superstar. Not really, but one can pretend right?
So, if you’re still not convinced on how to spend your imaginary stack, check out the video of Tanner Foust putting the new ST-R through its paces.
In a leak on Twitter by Toyota’s PR rep Scott Brownlee, Dashboard has our first look at Toyota’s re-entry into LeMans competition. Yes, re-entry. Toyota has raced the 24hr long race before in the early 1990′s with modest success, but the program only lasted a few years. Last October, Toyota announced that they are planning to race at LeMans once again, but until now details have been slim.
For their second try at the race, Toyota is bringing a hybrid-equipped race car to fight against Audi’s incredibly successful, diesel powered R18. We can’t tell much from the leak other than that the car looks competition ready, but hard facts on power weight, and engine specs (the stuff that wins races) is yet to be released. The green flag has a whole new meaning now that two environmentally friendly challengers are in the race.