The Rolex 24 at Daytona in late January was the season opener for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, but it marked the final professional start for American racing legend Scott Pruett. The 57-year-old and his teammates finished ninth in class in their Lexus RC F GT3, capping Pruett’s remarkable résumé that saw him find success in sports cars, Indy cars, stock cars, and more. Also a successful winemaker and author, the Californian reflects on a Hall of Fame career and looks forward Automobile Magazine: How did you decide the Rolex 24 would be your finale? Scott Pruett: The conversations were, what else can I do? Go win Daytona overall for the sixth time? Extend my record there with an 11th class win? Go win my 89th professional race? Those things just become more of the same things I already had done. I wanted to win the Indy 500. That wasn’t meant to be. I wanted to win a NASCAR Cup race; [during my career] we finished second, third, and fourth. [Winning … [Read more...] about Catching Up With: Scott Pruett, Former IMSA, IndyCar, and NASCAR Driver
Is the Daytona 500 rigged? The race itself may not be, but a lot of people think that qualifying for the race might be. There was a time when Formula One and NASCAR were pretty much it when it came to motorsports. Fans would flock from around the world to attend races. Grandstands were packed. Television ratings were through the roof. Not any more. The digital universe now offers people hundreds of options when it comes to watching sporting events on their laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Both NASCAR and Formula One are hemorrhaging fans and that is costing them a lot of money. Formula One is always fiddling with its rules, trying in vain to “spice up the show” to get fans back in the seats and in front of screens. Could NASCAR be doing something similar? According to The Drive, NASCAR hit its peak in 2004. Since then, attendance and television ratings have fallen off a cliff. Things got so bad, the sport stopped releasing official attendance numbers in 2012. NASCAR has … [Read more...] about Does NASCAR Rig The Daytona 500?
In the world of 800 horsepower gas-guzzling race cars, one wouldn’t expect to see too many hybrid or alternative fuel vehicles. But NASCAR has made great strides to embrace alternative drivetrains and fuels in recent years, and one of their chief executives has even gone so far as to buy a Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid for himself. Brent Dewar is the Chief Operating Officer of Daytona Beach-based NASCAR, and he told the Wall Street Journal how he came to fall in love with his plug-in Ford. While attending the last race of the season last year, he saw one of the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrids on display. The more he learned about the car, the more he fell in love with it, eventually plunking down about $40,000 to get a fully-loaded Fusion Titanium. I’ve been around performance cars all my life,’ Dewar told the WSJ. “But for the last 20 years, I’ve also become intrigued with alternative propulsion systems—ethanol, hydrogen fuel cells, electric … [Read more...] about NASCAR COO Drives A Ford Fusion Energi
NASCAR is awash in tradition when it comes to pushing the limits of stock car performance, but that hasn’t stopped the US auto racing organization from latching on to emerging cleantech hand over fist. In the latest move, NASCAR has just announced its first official Solar Energy Partner. That would be the world’s largest solar energy developer, SunEdison, which is now tasked with engaging fans, racing teams, suppliers, and track owners in solar energy. The official announcement of the new solar energy partnership was thin on details, but last Friday SunEdison Senior VP Vikas Desai graciously made some time with Gas2.org on the phone to fill in some of the blanks. The SunEdison/NASCAR Solar Partnership According to Desai, the new partnership builds on the success of an earlier endeavor, in which SunEdison made itself a presence at the Sonoma Raceway NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) venue in California. SunEdison gave fans the opportunity to sign up for … [Read more...] about SunEdison and NASCAR Launch Hi-Tech Solar Partnership
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