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  • THE 1,001 HORSEPOWER FAIRY TALE - Do Consumers Really Want Fuel-Efficient Cars?

    04/14/2007 5:00:31 PM PDT · by Atlantic Bridge · 55 replies · 1,605+ views
    DER SPIEGEL ^ | April 13, 2007 | Dietmar Hawranek
    In Germany, sales of SUVs have risen by more than 45 percent in the past three years. People proselytize for hybrids and fuel efficiency, but they buy fat, gas-guzzling autos. Why do drivers, businessmen and politicians have such a hard time saving gas to protect the environment? Children can sometimes be painfully honest. When they play top trumps, there's only one question that matters: Which car is the most powerful -- which is fastest? "Mine has 255 horsepower." -- "Mine has 278." -- "From zero to 100 kilometers an hour in 7.1 seconds." Later, when the children have become grown-up...
  • CITGO to sponsor Indy 500 car

    03/23/2007 1:12:44 PM PDT · by nascarnation · 19 replies · 414+ views ^ | 3/23/2007
    interesting FReeping opportunity come May Sponsored by CITGO, Milka Duno becomes the first Latina to participate in both the Indy Pro Series and the Indy 500. (PRNewsFoto/CITGO Petroleum Corporation)
  • Pro golfer suspected in deadly street race in Central Florida

    03/13/2007 7:46:22 AM PDT · by SubGeniusX · 8 replies · 903+ views
    Sun Sentinal ^ | March 12 2007 | Sandra Pedicini
    Professional golfer Arjun S. Atwal extended condolences but denied responsibility Sunday in the death of a Windermere businessman killed in what authorities said was an apparent street race between the two men. A prepared statement issued Sunday night by Atwal's manager said the golfer "cannot fathom the unimaginable pain" Saturday night's accident caused the family of John Noah Park, 48, who died after losing control of his car and slamming into a tree. LocalLinks Both Atwal and Park, who ran a video-production company, lived in Windermere. But the two men did not know each other, according to Atwal's manager. "We...
  • Waltrip sorry - Embarrassed driver apologizes for cheating scandal

    02/15/2007 9:22:32 AM PST · by nuconvert · 31 replies · 1,211+ views
    SportsIllustrated ^ | February 15, 2007
    Waltrip sorry Embarrassed driver apologizes for cheating scandal February 15, 2007 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Michael Waltrip humbly apologized Thursday for his team's role in NASCAR's biggest cheating scandal, saying he was so embarrassed he almost pulled out of Daytona 500 preparations. Waltrip, who lost two key crew members Wednesday when NASCAR penalized his team for using a fuel additive, said he had to be talked into racing by his wife and Toyota officials who are seething that Waltrip tainted their Nextel Cup debut. "I didn't want to damage the integrity of the sport further by going out there...
  • Hitler-backed racer set to break new record

    01/26/2007 8:05:19 AM PST · by Arec Barrwin · 10 replies · 899+ views
    The Age (Australia) ^ | January 27, 2007 | Christine Kearney
    Hitler-backed racer set to break new record … = On display: journalists view the 1939 Auto Union D-Type racing car that is tipped to fetch up to $US15million at auction. On display: journalists view the 1939 Auto Union D-Type racing car that is tipped to fetch up to $US15million at auction. Photo: AP AdvertisementAdvertisement Christine Kearney, New York January 27, 2007 A RARE German racing car, developed in a program created by Hitler's regime, was displayed for the first time this week as auctioneers predicted it would become the world's most expensive car to be sold at auction. The grand...
  • Hylton has the funding, but is racing at 72 safe? - He wants to run in the 500..

    01/20/2007 6:56:24 AM PST · by GeorgiaDawg32 · 25 replies · 340+ views ^ | 1/19/07 | David Newton
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Brett Bodine wasn't sure what to think when James Hylton called NASCAR's Research and Development Center to ask about driving in the 2007 Daytona 500. "Are you serious?" Bodine said. "If there were any issues, we wouldn't allow it." -- Brett Bodine Realizing there were no hidden television cameras and he wasn't being "Punk'd," Bodine told Hylton to fax him his résumé like everybody else seeking certification to drive in a Nextel Cup event. "I said, 'Well, I hope you have a lot of paper because I have 601 Cup starts,'" Hylton recalled. "Two weeks later, he...
  • Friday Night Pig Racing (next door to the mosque)

    12/30/2006 6:20:02 AM PST · by RKV · 81 replies · 3,135+ views
    Midland Reporter-Telegram ^ | 12/06 | Shanna Sissom
    While Muslim faithful are worshiping Allah, sounds of liquored up Texans chasing greased pigs may soon be heard outside the mosque. "Comin' soon weekly Friday night pig racin'" reads the sign in the Houston suburb of Katy. It goes on to promote a greased pig-catching contest, the opportunity to purchase a slow pig to save its life and--of all things--a pork cook-off. Bring your own bottle, the sign also says and boasts the availability of "clean port-o-pots." It sounds like a rowdy Friday night outing, Texas style. But the planned pig races are wallowing in controversy. A Muslim group having...
  • NASCAR - Offseason 2006-2007 Withdrawal Thread #3

    11/20/2006 4:55:50 AM PST · by WestCoastGal · 982 replies · 6,876+ views
    WELCOME RACE FANS Welcome to the offseason withdrawal thread which is here for everyone to post racing news during the time between Nov 20, 2006 and Feb 10, 2007 when The Budweiser Shootout begins the new season. As always this thread is dedicated to our military men and women serving our country. A big thank you to all of them. Hugs and prayers to those who have been wounded and are recuperating at Walter Reed, Bethesda and Brooke Army Med Center. And, to those combat field medics who care for them - THANK YOU!!
  • Dessie, the great grey, rides off into the sunset (Britain mourns death of a legend)

    11/14/2006 4:48:42 AM PST · by propertius · 10 replies · 740+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 14th Nov, 2006 | Neil Tweedies
    Just occasionally along comes a racehorse who makes his jockey appear like mere freight, an animal far more famous – to the non-racing fraternity at least – than the man riding on his back. Arkle was like that, and Red Rum. And Dessie – Desert Orchid, the superlative steeplechaser – who died yesterday at the age of 27. Weeping over the death of a racehorse is probably going too far, even for the anthropomorphic British. There was, however, genuine sadness at the news that a great character had passed away. The winner of the 1989 Cheltenham Gold Cup, one of...
  • Iran's Female Racing Champion Barred From Defending Title

    10/03/2006 6:26:53 PM PDT · by blam · 34 replies · 1,097+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 10-4-2006 | Robert Tait
    Iran's female racing champion barred from defending title Robert Tait in Tehran Wednesday October 4, 2006 The Guardian (UK) She was the speed queen of the racetrack who became a feminist icon after triumphing over an all-male field to become Iran's national car rally champion. But now the high-octane driving career of Laleh Seddigh has juddered to a halt, with a ban from participating at a race by the country's motor racing authorities. Seddigh, 29, was walking towards her 1600cc Peugeot 206 at Tehran's Azadi stadium when stewards blocked her way, citing "security problems". The snub followed days of wrangling...
  • Cambodians have 'Formula 1' buffalo race

    09/23/2006 11:50:15 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 5 replies · 288+ views
    AP - Yahoo ^ | September 22, 2006 | Heng Sinith
    Residents of a village near Cambodia's capital staged a "Formula 1" race Friday to mark the end of the annual honoring of deceased relatives. The contest wasn't between cars, but water buffaloes...
  • America Supports You: NASCAR Honors Wounded Troops at Dinner Event (Grab the Tissues)

    09/22/2006 5:14:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 458+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2006 -- NASCAR drivers and top brass came out in full force at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here last night to show their support for America’s wounded troops. U.S. Army Cpl Christopher Strickland (right) poses for a photo with NASCAR driver Carl Edwards during the NASCAR visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, Sept. 21. Strickland was injured in Iraq in July, 2006. Dept of Defense photo by William D. Moss  '(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “It’s important to support our troops because they’re defending our freedoms,” Greg Biffle, driver of the...
  • NASCAR - Race for thr Chase Race #1, Loudon, N.H.Sun. 9/17 TNT/12:30 p.m. E.T.

    09/14/2006 2:42:57 AM PDT · by Pete-R-Bilt · 526 replies · 5,483+ views
    New Hampshire International Speedway A glance at the 10 drivers competing in NASCAR's Chase for the Nextel Cup championship, in order of points standings: Drivers in the Chase, a closer lookDRIVER: Matt Kenseth ADJUSTED CHASE POINTS: 5,050 HOMETOWN: Cambridge, Wis. AGE: 34 CAR: No. 17 DeWalt Tools Ford CREW CHIEF: Robbie Reiser BEST CHAMPIONSHIP FINISH: 1st (2003) OUTLOOK: Kenseth, the driver many believe forced the Chase format because of his lackluster 2003 title run, has momentum on his side as he tries to win a championship under the new system. He's got four wins this season and has turned it...
  • Kubica makes history for Poland

    09/10/2006 12:05:18 PM PDT · by lizol · 5 replies · 342+ views
    F1 ^ | 10 September 2006
    Kubica makes history for Poland 10 September 2006 Robert Kubica has become the first Polish driver to score world championship points - and achieve a Formula One podium finish - after his third place for BMW Sauber in Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix. The race was only Kubica’s third Formula One start after he was promoted to Jacques Villeneuve’s race seat last month. Having qualified fifth on the grid, Kubica made an excellent start, quickly moving up to third place. From there he spent much of the afternoon locked in an intense battle with the Ferrari of Felipe Massa, the pair...
  • America Supports You: NASCAR Fans in California Support Troops

    09/05/2006 5:47:34 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 396+ views
    FONTANA, Calif., Sep. 5, 2006 -- For the sixth time since a California teenager began her quest two and a half years ago to collect and distribute a million thank you letters to U.S. servicemembers, the “A Million Thanks” organization set up its booth at a Nextel Cup NASCAR race. Rick Lalor, manager of motorsports and events for the Automobile Club, and Shauna Fleming, founder of A Million, stand by Mark Martin's No. 6 Nextel Cup car at California Speedway, Sept. 4. Fleming's A Million Thanks booth at the race collected hundreds of thank you letters for U.S. troops...
  • Indy Nationals - Kalitta 4.49; Scelzi 330 in a Funny Car!

    09/02/2006 8:18:47 AM PDT · by Loud Mime · 4 replies · 181+ views
    National Hod Rod Association ^ | 09/05/2006 | Rob Geiger
    POWERade points leader Doug Kalitta posted a quick 4.497-second run at 322 mph to lead Top Fuel during opening-day action at the $2.6 million Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, the most prestigious and longest-running drag race in the world. Kalitta was joined by Funny Car's Robert Hight, Pro Stock's Jason Line, and Pro Stock Motorcycle's Karen Stoffer on the day-one podium at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis with four more rounds of Professional qualifying left on the schedule. Just as he did in Memphis, Kalitta showed up reigning champ Tony Schumacher, who was in the other lane during Kalitta's pass. The...
  • Little Stock in Stock Car Racing(For all you "Left-turners" LOL)

    08/30/2006 8:12:57 AM PDT · by kellynla · 63 replies · 1,942+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | August 30, 2006 | Dave Fay
    HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- There is a story NASCAR insiders swear is true and claim is not an isolated case. A few years back at a Ford dealership outside Harrisonburg, Va., two men in their late 20s walked in on a Monday morning and started asking about a certain model of Taurus. They were neatly dressed, appeared to be sober, sane and serious. And soon, their focus became clear: They found stock car racing exciting and thought they would buy a car to join the fun. If only it were that easy. Veteran driver Mark Martin once described the difference between...
  • America Supports You: NASCAR Fans Show Support for Troops

    08/07/2006 4:17:13 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 386+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 7, 2006 – NASCAR fans at the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard here yesterday said “thank you” to the nation’s servicemembers 400 times in the first 10 minutes after learning how they could use their cell phones to send words of support. Text messaging the word “Thanks” by dialing TXASY, or 89279, is another way for Americans to show support for the troops, said Allison Barber, deputy assistant secretary of defense for internal communications and public liaison. “It’s just a way to keep reminding our military members and their families that the American people really do support them....
  • F1: HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX - Live on Speed Channel 7:30AM EST

    08/05/2006 1:17:30 PM PDT · by soccer_maniac · 18 replies · 896+ views ^ | 8-5-06 |
    Two-second penalties for both Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher set up a thrilling qualifying session for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Saturday afternoon. With the two key championship contenders eliminated before the top-ten shootout, the honours for pole position fell right at the very end to McLaren’s Kimi Raikkonen, whose last-gasp lap of 1m 19.599s came just as Felipe Massa looked to have bagged the first Formula One pole of his career. Also, Hungarian Grand Prix stewards have cancelled American Scott Speed’s three fastest qualifying times as punishment for impeding another driver during Saturday’s session. The move means the Toro...
  • F1: GERMAN GRAND PRIX - LIVE on Speed Channel 7:30AM EST

    07/30/2006 12:20:24 AM PDT · by soccer_maniac · 10 replies · 717+ views ^ | 7-30-06 |
    Kimi Raikkonen repeated his 2005 qualifying position for McLaren at Hockenheim on Saturday afternoon to beat Michael Schumacher. But with Felipe Massa third, Ferrari look very threatening despite too much oversteer in the final session, and everything will depend on fuel loads on Sunday.On paper, Ferrari look set for a strong run tomorrow, and as in Indianapolis, Fernando Alonso has a lot to do to safeguard his championship lead.
  • Honda F1 sets land speed records (reaching 400 km/hr)

    07/21/2006 10:52:26 PM PDT · by soccer_maniac · 6 replies · 470+ views ^ | 7-22-06 |
    Honda F1 test driver Alan van der Merwe managed to reach a speed of 400.459 km/h on his first mile run down the flats. However, he wasn't able to match the speed on the return run, so the time itself cannot be counted as a land speed record. The average speed of the two runs was still a blistering 393.613 km/h.
  • Hornish "Awestruck" in Meeting with President Bush

    07/19/2006 4:15:59 PM PDT · by Niteranger68 · 19 replies · 1,051+ views / RACER Magazine ^ | 7/18/2006 | Jeff Olson
    Sam Hornish Jr. may have forgotten what he wanted to say because he was awestruck, but he gets a pass. It was, after all, the president of the United States. Hornish and key members of Marlboro Team Penske and the IRL IndyCar Series met briefly Tuesday morning with President George W. Bush in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House to celebrate Hornish's victory in the 90th Indianapolis 500 in May. Bush entered the room and greeted the group by asking, "How's everybody doing?" He then shook hands with Hornish, who struggled to say what he'd rehearsed....
  • Sick and Tired of people dissing Tony Stewart

    07/17/2006 4:11:49 AM PDT · by SmokesAngel · 35 replies · 1,057+ views
    Sick of people ripping on Smoke
  • Revealed: the man who killed 10,000 dogs

    07/16/2006 4:42:30 AM PDT · by beyond the sea · 265 replies · 3,845+ views ^ | 7/16/06 | Daniel Foggo
    THE secret slaughter of at least 10,000 racing greyhounds by one man has been exposed by an undercover investigation. For the past 15 years David Smith, a builders’ merchant, has been killing healthy greyhounds no longer considered by their trainers to be fast enough to race. He buries them in a one-acre plot at the back of his home in Seaham, Co Durham. Last week The Sunday Times covertly filmed Smith on two consecutive days receiving greyhounds from trainers before killing them with a bolt gun, dumping them in the plot and covering over the “graves” using a mechanical digger....
  • F1 French Grand Prix -- Live on Speed Channel

    07/16/2006 12:47:37 AM PDT · by soccer_maniac · 16 replies · 459+ views ^ | 7-16-06 |
    Michael Schumacher took his 68th pole position here in Magny-Cours this afternoon, underlying that his success in Indianapolis was not just due to any Michelin conservatism but also Bridgestone’s improved performance. The former champion looked strong all day and lapped his Ferrari in 1m 15.493s to seal the issue just as arch-rival Fernando Alonso posted 1m 15.785s for Renault and Michelin. It was not quite the result that the partisan crowd had expected, and it will be fascinating to see on Sunday which of them has the greater fuel load.
  • AP: America's teams struggling across board (Uh...better check out MotoGP, Eddie)

    07/14/2006 8:37:11 PM PDT · by BlueOneGolf · 35 replies · 3,145+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | July 14 2006 | Eddie Pells
    On the Fourth of July, a 160-pound Japanese man overcame an American nearly 75 pounds heavier in a hot dog eating contest. Silly? Sure. Symbolic, too. Whipped at Wimbledon, whomped in the World Cup, beaten in baseball, Americans can't seem to win much these days — whether it's on the pitch, the court, the diamond or a ridiculous eating contest. Coming soon: The World Basketball Championships, where the U.S. team is in rebuilding mode after an embarrassing bronze-medal performance at the Athens Olympics. And the Ryder Cup, where the Americans lost badly on their home turf two years ago and...
  • ABC's coverage of the Indy 500

    05/28/2006 11:12:35 AM PDT · by rikkir · 10 replies · 405+ views
    Me | 5/28/2006 | rikkir
    I'm not much for vanities, so please forgive me this one. Why isn't ABC showing the Indy 500 in Hi Def? Did they have technical difficulties, or did someone at ABC sports decide it wasn't important enough? I personally couldn't care less who wins Indy, my style of racing starts this afternoon at 5pm, but I thought it would be cool to watch Indy in Hi Def. After listening to the media pundits imply that Indy is so much more sophisticated than NASCAR, you would think they would spend the money to broadcast it at the highest level possible. Almost...
  • Troops Find Gratitude, Entertainment at Indianapolis 500

    05/27/2006 11:32:13 AM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies · 502+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    INDIANAPOLIS, May 27, 2006 – About two dozen soldiers and Marines watched intently as Indy car pit crews changed tires and gassed up their cars during the fourth annual Checkers/Rally's Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge here yesterday. Soldiers and Marines participate in an Indy 500 tradition -- kissing the bricks -- though they added their own touch. At the bottom of a push up, they kissed the only remaining bricks from the original track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Photo by Samantha L. Quigley  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Before the competition began, the servicemembers were warmly welcomed...
  • Co-Head of Tire Giant Michelin Is Killed in Boating Accident (42 y.o.)

    05/26/2006 12:02:39 PM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 28 replies · 1,261+ views
    WSJ ^ | 5.26.06 | newswires
    PARIS -- Edouard Michelin, the co-managing partner of France's Michelin, the world's leading tire maker, was killed in a boating accident, the company said Friday. A short statement from the company gave no details about his death or the accident. It said that another managing partner, Michel Rollier, would take over direction of the company. A company official told Dow Jones Newswires that Mr. Michelin, 42 years old, died in a boating accident. The accident took place near Ile de Sein, off Brittany's coast. Mr. Michelin took over the company's reins from his father, Francois Michelin, in 1999. Michelin is...
  • Foul-mouth pol Weiner goes bleepin' wild (Dims attack over Paul Newman racing plan)

    04/29/2006 4:47:18 PM PDT · by Liz · 22 replies · 1,071+ views
    DAILY NEWS ^ | April 29, 2006 | ELIZABETH HAYS, STAFF WRITER, with Jotham Sederstrom
    State Sen. Karl Kruger (below), recipient of verbal beatdown from Rep. Anthony Weiner (top). Anthony Weiner's mother is probably reaching for the soap right now. In a moment that went far beyond the usual frank dialogue among politicians, the Brooklyn congressman publicly laced into a fellow Democrat - using language that would make a sailor blush. "Do you have a f------ problem with me?" the 2005 mayoral candidate said to state Sen. Carl Kruger at an annual Mill Basin fund-raiser Thursday night, witnesses said.Weiner, thought to be an early mayoral 2009 favorite, also called the Brooklyn senator a "p---y,"...
  • Force Runs Quarter Mile in 4.695 at 328.06 mph - Houston

    03/31/2006 9:33:37 PM PST · by Loud Mime · 155 replies · 2,222+ views
    National Hot Rod Association ^ | 03/31/2005 | Rob Geiger
    The most prolific racer in Houston Raceway Park history, seven-time Funny Car winner John Force, added to his Texas legacy Friday night with a double-track-pass of 4.695 at 328.06 mph to lead the Day 1 qualifying action at the 19th annual O'Reilly Spring NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil. The $1.5 million race is the fourth of 23 on the $50 million POWERade Drag Racing Series. Force thrilled the packed grandstands with his big run, which puts him in prime position to earn his ninth low qualifier award at this facility. He was joined by Top Fuel leader Doug Kalitta...
  • NASCAR tabs Charlotte as site for Hall of Fame

    03/06/2006 1:29:41 PM PST · by Captain Jack Aubrey · 36 replies · 472+ views ^ | 03/0602006 | Nascar
    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR announced Monday that it has selected Charlotte, N.C., to be the home of its Hall of Fame. The NASCAR Hall of Fame, which will be a state of the art facility capturing the spirit of the sport, will honor the NASCAR icons and create an enduring tribute to the drivers, crew members, team owners and others that have impacted the sport in the past, present and yet to come. The Charlotte area is home to 82 percent of NASCAR teams. Inside the Numbers Estimated costs of each component of the NASCAR Hall of Fame Component...
  • Atlanta tries late pass with NASCAR (ATL ups the bid)

    03/02/2006 12:36:06 PM PST · by devane617 · 14 replies · 222+ views ^ | 03/02/2006 | JIM MORRILL and MICHELLE CROUCH
    The city of Atlanta made a dramatic, last-minute effort to lure NASCAR's Hall of Fame Wednesday, even as Charlotte boosters got ready to pop the cork to hail its arrival. Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin announced her city was upping its bid from $5 million to $77 million. That money, combined with promised state and private contributions, would put that city's package at about $165 million. The announcement came hours after the Observer reported that Charlotte's $137.5 million bid had apparently beaten proposals from Atlanta and Daytona Beach, Fla., to win the shrine to stock car racing. Sources told the paper...
  • Safer, richer and better is Dale Earnhardt's legacy

    02/16/2006 12:12:38 PM PST · by commish · 30 replies · 402+ views
    ESPN ^ | Feb 16, 2006 | Rupen Fofaria
    Reminders of him are everywhere. They're in the scores of "3"-clad fans flooding the grandstands, the flapping of Earnhardt flags over infield motorcoaches, and the impersonators who, like their Elvis counterparts, dedicate themselves to their mirrored glasses, moustaches and Goodyear jumpsuits in hopes of most resembling their idol. The wreck that killed Dale Earnhardt is still a moment frozen in time for many. But NASCAR has moved on to even greater heights despite the loss of its last real hero. "We're constantly reminded of him," driver Terry Labonte said. The reminders are in the safety innovations of the past five...
  • Can NASCAR grow and keep its roots? (`Southeastern rednecks' characterization raises ire)

    02/16/2006 7:20:33 AM PST · by devane617 · 14 replies · 318+ views
    ThatsRacin.COM ^ | 02/16/2006 | PETER ST. ONGE
    Richard Rowell was raised rural. He embraced segregation, changed his mind, but not his identity. He is a Southerner. "A redneck," he says. He also is a race fan, and like others who love the sport, he has been saddened by NASCAR's wandering eyes toward fresh audiences. He's even suspected that the sport might be ashamed of its Southern roots. Now, for the first time, he's heard that confirmed. Last Thursday, after a Capitol Hill news conference on his sport's efforts toward diversity, NASCAR President Mike Helton told reporters, "We believe strongly that the old Southeastern redneck heritage that we...
  • Force Runs 4.66 329.9 MPH For New Record; Scelzi 332 mph!

    02/12/2006 7:43:21 AM PST · by Loud Mime · 34 replies · 467+ views
    National Hot Rod Association ^ | 2/21/2006 | Rob Geiger
    Thirteen-time champion John Force posted the quickest Funny Car pass in NHRA history Saturday -- a remarkable 4.664-second blast -- to close-out qualifying at the 46th annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals. Fellow NHRA champions Tony Schumacher and Greg Anderson also closed out the day as No. 1 qualifiers in Top Fuel and Pro Stock, respectively. - Snip - "My car's got the personality of a woman; when she wants to love you she will, when she doesn't you're done." - Snip - Tommy Johnson Jr.'s second-best pass of 4.710 at 328.30 mph was almost forgotten as he did it...
  • Will rocket racing help us get into orbit?

    02/06/2006 5:13:21 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 19 replies · 346+ views
    The Space Review ^ | 02/06/06 | Taylor Dinerman
    Two thousand years ago, chariot racing was the greatest spectator sport in the Roman world. It drew huge crowds and inspired violent emotions. Today’s soccer riots are small potatoes compared to the chariot racing riots of ancient Byzantium. Technologically, however, the sport did nothing to increase the military or economic power of the empire. By contrast, various forms of motor racing have improved at least a few important aspects of today’s automobiles. The better handling cars that are now on the market owe a lot to the efforts of decades of racecar designers. Things like fuel injection systems and overhead...
  • Rocket Racing League names its first team

    01/31/2006 6:11:12 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 13 replies · 457+ views
    New Scientist Space ^ | 01/31/06 | Maggie McKee
    Two former US fighter pilots have become the first team chosen to compete in an Indy 500-like race involving rocket-powered aeroplanes. Robert "Bobaloo" Rickard and Don "Dagger" Grantham, Jr – both veteran US Air Force F-16 pilots – have paired up to form a team called Leading Edge Rocket Racing. The team is the first to be chosen for a series of future "air" races being organised by the recently formed Rocket Racing League. The team will be one of at least 10 expected to compete in a series of about six races across the US in 2007. Each race...
  • [Danica] Patrick runs right over doubts about women racers

    01/28/2006 5:01:55 AM PST · by RedBloodedAmerican · 56 replies · 2,743+ views
    NJOnline ^ | January 28, 2006 | KEN WILLIS
    January 28, 2006Patrick runs right over doubts about women racersBy KEN WILLISSports Columnist DAYTONA BEACH --It's not that there haven't been any women racers before, including some who made their way to a Victory Lane here and there at various levels of motorsports. Problem is, the list is hardly a scroll. Therefore, Danica Patrick, who can appear so steely, so self-assured, so focused, gives an honest and somewhat surprising admission. "I cannot blame people for wondering if a girl can drive," she said Friday, the day before her debut in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, which begins today at...
  • Rocket Racing League Establishes New Mexico Headquarters

    01/20/2006 4:44:14 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 11 replies · 317+ views ^ | 01/19/06 | Leonard David
    We're off to the rocket races! That's the call from Granger Whitelaw, President of the Rocket Racing League. The group announced today it is establishing a world headquarters in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Instead of racing high performance cars around a ground track, the Rocket Racing League's track will host piloted, rocket-powered X-Racer vehicles zooming around a three-dimensional track that reaches into the sky. Whitelaw is a two-time Indianapolis 500 champion team partner. The League's mission is to serve as a technology accelerator in the areas of airframe, propulsion and spacecraft design.
  • Rocket racing being developed

    12/06/2005 8:47:16 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 7 replies · 283+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 12/06/05 | Jim Skeen
    MOJAVE - Peter Diamandis, founder of the Ansari X Prize, has a new venture he hopes will spur interest in space technology - a rocket plane racing league. Diamandis, who created the $10 million Ansari X Prize awarded last year to the SpaceShipOne team for the first private manned spaceflights, said his new Rocket Racing League will join together entertainment with the pursuit of space technology. "We are taking NASCAR into the space age," Diamandis said. Plans call for holding the first race next fall in New Mexico at the X Prize Cup, a space expo event Diamandis is starting...
  • Volvo Ocean Race: Round the world sailing

    11/30/2005 4:43:45 PM PST · by Barney59 · 226+ views
    Volvo Ocean Race ^ | 11/30/2006 | Volvo Ocean Race
    Wed, 30 Nov 2005 16:48:00 UTC As the clock ticks down, the boats get closer and closer to Cape Town – just 365 miles for the leader - and nerves start jangling. To lose a place now; worse, to lose a rig or even a sail, could ruin your whole day...
  • Why We Need Goofy Contests

    11/12/2005 8:16:22 AM PST · by anymouse · 5 replies · 440+ views
    Forbes Magazine ^ | 11.14.05 | Richard Karlgaard
    Beside the war in Iraq and the scrap over the President's Supreme Court nominee, last month's announcement of the Rocket Racing League--the what?--came off as comic relief. What's this, a new Jetsons movie? Or could George Plimpton be risen from the dead and writing spoofs? The Rocket Racing League, though, is no put-on. It's real, the brainchild of Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, M.D., the private-space-travel entrepreneur, and Granger B. Whitelaw, entrepreneur, venture capitalist and two-time Indy 500 team winner. Diamandis was the force behind last year's Ansari X Prize, won by Burt Rutan's SpaceShipOne for kissing the boundary of space...
  • Flu From Horses Racing Among Dogs

    10/13/2005 4:48:41 PM PDT · by blam · 40 replies · 764+ views
    Science News Online ^ | 10-13-2005 | Ben Harder
    Flu from horses is racing among dogs Ben Harder A highly contagious influenza virus that has killed greyhounds and made other dogs ill may have first jumped to canines from a single infected horse, a genetic analysis suggests. The equine flu that sparked the epidemic appears to have evolved recently to spread readily among dogs. The first signs of the virus' horse-to-dog leap emerged at a racetrack in Florida in January 2004. A respiratory illness there killed 8 greyhounds and sickened 14 others. Virologists identified the cause as an influenza A virus of type H3N8, which had been known to...
  • X-Prize man launches rocket race (Earthbound Rocket Racing League launched)

    10/04/2005 5:15:37 AM PDT · by Stoat · 2 replies · 529+ views
    The BBC ^ | October 4, 2005
      Artist's concept of racer. Rocket Racing League    X-Prize man launches rocket race  Peter Diamandis, the man behind the $10m X-Prize for suborbital space travel, has brought forward his new initiative: the Rocket Racing League. The RRL will see Grand Prix-style races between rocket planes, flown by top pilots through a "3D trackway" just 5,000ft (1,500m) above the ground. The first "X-Racers" will be built for the series, but it is hoped new teams will soon enter with novel designs. Events will be staged across the US, culminating in a final in New Mexico.     The Rocket...
  • Rocket Racing: New League Promotes High-Flying Contest

    10/03/2005 6:23:07 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 6 replies · 435+ views ^ | 10/03/05 | Tarig Malik
    NEW YORK -- Traffic cops beware, there’s a whole new league of speed demon in town. A private group of rocketeers has banded together to create the Rocket Racing League with aims at blurring the line between competitive racing and human spaceflight. Their vision: A fleet of at least 10 stock rocket planes flown by crack pilots through a three-dimensional track 5,000 feet above the Earth. “This is where innovation begins,” said league co-founder Peter Diamandis, who unveiled the new rocket league here today, in an interview. “It’s all part of the same…mission, which is to make space personally accessible...
  • Camel fetches $185,000 at UAE auction

    09/16/2005 11:05:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies · 609+ views
    Middle East Times ^ | September 15, 2005
    ABU DHABI -- A camel was sold for $185,000 at an auction in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where camel racing is hugely popular, a newspaper reported on Wednesday. Mohammed Bin Taloub "chose carefully" among the camels on offer at the auction in the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi on Tuesday before stumping up 680,000 dirhams, said Gulf News, published in nearby Dubai. The sister of the prized male camel fetched just some $8,000 "because she was only his half-sister. They had the same mother but different fathers. The father of the male camel was much stronger," according to one...
  • Ryan Newman Foundation plans pet rescue trip to Gulfport

    09/16/2005 8:42:34 PM PDT · by apackof2 · 8 replies · 552+ views
    The Mercury News ^ | 9.16.05 | Ryan Newman Foundation
    Ryan Newman Foundation plans pet rescue trip to Gulfport (Statesville, NC) The Ryan Newman Foundation is joining forces with Project HALO, a national animal rescue organization from Charlotte, NC, to plan a rescue trip to Gulfport, MS to deliver animal supplies and rescue pets at the end of the month.
  • International Temple to Speed Daytona Beach

    09/04/2005 7:12:49 PM PDT · by airedale · 173+ views
    My wife was going through some of her fathers papers and found an old business card for a Brutcel E. Williams Operator International Temple To Speed P.O Box 26, Daytona Beach, Florida Phone 586-J. The physical address is listed at 334 Fairview Avenue, Daytona Beach. On the back is a building which looks like it's about 13-15 stories high. It's rectangular. In a way it looks almost like a trophy or a small Empire State Building. On top it looks like there is a 1 to 2 story staute holding up a laurel wreath. It's faded and small. The card...
  • How famous is Lance Armstrong? - Vanity

    07/30/2005 9:30:36 AM PDT · by FractalMan · 124 replies · 1,948+ views
    I was reading an article about Lance's 7th Tour de France victory and realized that he is so famous that if this question was asked, I suspect the majority of people would say "Lance Armstrong". What person do you think of when I say "Yellow". Who else owns a primary color today? Yellow jersey and $85M to cancer research and care of patients in the form of yellow bracelets. Thank you Lance, well done! What a contrast with the likes of Latrell Sprewel.