The second stop of the inaugural Circle Track Great American Racing Series brought teams to the shadow of the Windy City and Illiana Motor Speedway. Initially cloudy in the morning, the skies cleared and the heat came in the afternoon. The muggy June Northwestern Indiana atmosphere provided the perfect setting for racing… and maybe a storm or two. All were hopeful the latter would hold off long enough for 100 laps to go into the record books. As G.A.R.S teams rolled through the pit gates and began thrashing on their cars for practice it was evident that the half-mile of Illiana was going to provide a much different test than that of the first race in Salem. The high banks of Salem will allow a driver to charge into the corners. At Illiana there is no banking to forgive a driver for being too aggressive on entry. Teams familiar with Salem, and that setup, were forced to go back to the drawing board. Coming off a Fourth Place finish at Salem, Todd Kempf topped the charts during … [Read more...] about Peeples Wins G.A.R.S Illiana Race
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Motor Image is looking to reignite the Subaru brand in Malaysia with the introduction of the new Forester and Impreza hatchback between June to August. This includes the highest factory spec Impreza possible, the 2.5-litre, 16 valve, turbocharged WRX STI. Shannon Teoh was in Singapore to get an introductory feel of the two new Imprezas that will appear on our shores this year. Read more after the jump.Click to enlarge The problem with a launch in Singapore is the lack of any feasible area to test a car outside of everyday driving situations. While this might be fine for any normal family car â€“ which the plebeian versions of the Impreza definitely are with its sedate new styling â€“ the 247hp 2.0 S-GT, let alone the 296 in the STI, demand a more clinical challenge. Motor Image did locate a short slip road with a couple of switchbacks but due to the fact that there were only two STI testers and media from the entire region were here for the one-day … [Read more...] about Subaru Impreza WRX STI and 2.0 S-GT: A Very Short Test Drive Experience
Aside from a bright green drivers suit and a tie-dyed hat that reads “Franklin Flyer” there isn’t much flashy about Bill Prietzel when he shows up to a race track. The soon-to-be-inducted Southeastern Wisconsin Racing Hall of Famer unloads his racer, practices, waits patiently for the race, and contends for wins. It’s the way Prietzel and his wife Jan, who now call Richfield, Wisconsin home, have operated their program for years. All of the prep work is done on the car ahead of time. Most of the time, it’s just Bill and Jan working on their racer, so there isn’t a great opportunity to make a ton of changes. Most of the time, changes don’t need to be made. This Saturday at Memphis International Raceway it will be the same process for the Prietzels as Bill prepares to make his Circle Track Great American Racing Series debut in the E3 Spark Plugs 100. He brings with him a hefty résumé which includes a dirt Late Model Championship, … [Read more...] about Hall of Famer Prietzel to Make G.A.R.S Debut at Memphis
In a season full of twists and turns for the competitors of the Circle Track Great American Racing Series, one final wild card awaits in the season’s capstone event, the E3 Spark Plugs 100 at Memphis International Raceway this Saturday, October 3. No less than seven drivers are still mathematically in the hunt to capture the first ever G.A.R.S. title. The top five are separated by just 17 points. The top three are only separated by two markers. Not one of them has ever raced at MIR. “I watched some (NASCAR) Nationwide videos on YouTube. That’s about all I know about it,” said G.A.R.S. point leader Shawn Smith about the ¾-mile tri-oval. “I talked to Frank Kimmel and a friend of mine from Owensboro who is friends with Mark Green. They gave us a few pointers. We’re kind of really just shooing in the dark.” The Louisville, Kentucky racer has won seven Championships in his career, but none quite like G.A.R.S. Consistency has been the … [Read more...] about Hotly Contested G.A.R.S. Point Race to be Decided at Memphis
A little adversity didn’t prevent Brett Hudson from leaving his mark on Memphis International Raceway in the Circle Track Great American Racing Series E3 Spark Plugs 100. Despite Hudson’s dominating performance at Kentucky Motor Speedway during our third G.A.R. race, the Hudson camp seemed concerned about the results in Memphis. Hudson proved to be fast in his qualifying race, but had to drop out due to electrical issues. He was given a dead-last start in the feature field. Prior to driver introductions, a cool and calm Hudson said he was prepared to maneuver his way up through the field to become the first-ever G.A.R.S. repeat winner. Aside from being on Hudson Watch during the feature, a lot of speculation arose around the final G.A.R.S. event of the inaugural season. Most revolved around the fierce, upcoming battle for the Championship battle Five drivers had the chance to seize the race title. Smith, of Louisville, Kentucky, held a one-point lead over Indiana’s … [Read more...] about Hudson Masters Memphis, Smith is First G.A.R.S. Champion
So, we know Ford’s Alan Mullaly is driving from Detroit to DC in an Escape Hybrid, and GM’s Rick Wagoner is pushing a Malibu Hybrid from Motown and exchanging it for a Cruze/Volt mule to drive (carefully!) the final two miles to the capitol. We even know that UAW Boss Ron Gettelfinger will be *gasp* flying to the hearings, thanks to the fine reporting at Jalopnik. Then again, Gettelfinger had concession-scrounging duty today while the executives and their symbolic vehicles are frantically prepped for their big day at the Capitol. Only Chrysler’s Bob Nardelli has yet to publicize his vehicle of choice, and I’m wondering what the hell he’s gonna show up in. As Fox points out, if he takes the easy route and rolls up in a Hybrid Durango or Aspen, he’ll be “riding a dead horse to Washington.” Chrysler canceled its only hybrids a short week after launching them this October, and will be shutting down the factory that made them this month. Then … [Read more...] about Question Of The Day: What Is Nardelli Driving To The Bailout Hearings?
Send questions TO “ASK US ANYTHING,” 1585 Eisenhower place, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, or e-mail [email protected] H TWO OH-YEAH I was reading an old article [“Supercar Challenge,” November 2004] where you mentioned that nitrous and water injection were banned from the competition. What is water injection, and what kind of costs and parts are involved? Also, how does it affect performance, and how does it compare with nitrous oxide? Deep GillBrampton, Ontario Water injection cools the intake charge in order to prevent detonation, allowing a turbo- or supercharged engine to run higher compression or boost without turning itself into a grenade. Basically, a water-injection system consists of a water tank, a pump, a water injector that goes in the intake manifold, and a controller to meter the water when needed. Nitrous oxide is a much different performance booster. The air we breathe is about 21 percent oxygen by volume. … [Read more...] about Car Questions: What is Water Injection and Why is it Rare to See Mast Antennas On New Cars?
This weekend will be the inaugural race for the new American Endurance Racing (AER) series. It’s a run-what-you-brung, take-no-prisoners approach to low-cost endurance competition that welcomes everything from prepped SCCA racers to the cheaty-est of LeMons Class A rides. As you might expect, former Editor-In-Chief Jack Baruth will be there — but this time, he’s the enemy.Or maybe not.Hi. I’m Sam Miller, and despite the photo you see below, I try not to be a crappy driver.I’ve raced a variety of classes and done a fair amount of professional driver coaching. I’m also a long-time TTAC reader and friend of the Texas TTAC crew. So when the call went out for someone to represent this site against Jack (driving for R&T) and Travis Okulski (driving for Jalopnik) I was at least one of the choices.This weekend, we’ll be running on the New Jersey Motorsports Park “Lightning” course in a couple of Spec E30 race cars, which are old BMWs … [Read more...] about It’s TTAC Vs. R&T And Jalopnik In A Race Of Some Sort
Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons; But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. Some of you will immediately recognize that as Acts 10:34-35. The rest of you are heathens who have no business in a civilized society. I’m just kidding, of course; in the future, do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.The phrase “respecter of persons” won’t be immediately obvious to people without a classical education so allow me to elaborate. To pay respect to someone’s person was to give them the courtesy due their rank. It’s odd to think that once upon a time children were exhaustively drilled in proper titles and modes of address and whatnot, but that’s just the way it was. Woe betide the poor prole who referred to someone as “Your Grace” instead of “Your Highness” or something like that.We’re now seeing a bit of … [Read more...] about Ask Jack: R-E-S-P-E-C-T?
“You wanna roll up to this thing with Magnus tomorrow?”It’s amazing how many times I’m just minding my business, living my best life, and I run into my old friend Matt Farah. In this case, we happened to both be in Miami at the same time for work. My work, of course, being of the cubicle-dwelling, advertising-selling variety, and his being of the driving-an-Aventador S-around-Wynwood-slowly-in-front-of-cameras variety. Naturally, I insisted that we meet up at the most Miami place I could think up, Lagniappe, for some wine, jazz, and excellent company on a Tuesday night.Turns out that Matt’s good friend and occasional TTAC subject, Magnus Walker, was doing a book signing the following evening at Parkhaus1, a veritable institution in the Porsche community. I normally despise this sort of thing. I’m not a particularly social person to start with, and while I had never made the acquaintance of Mr. Walker and I assumed he was a pleasant and genial … [Read more...] about Rental Car Review: 2014 Porsche 911 Carrera or, I Rented a Porsche to Meet Magnus Walker and I Didn’t Even Get a Lousy T-shirt