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Sun
17
Jun '12

Le Mans win for Audi, crash for Deltawing.

delta wingSo the LeMans race for the Nissan Deltawing came to an abrupt end in the 7th hour when it was hit during a restart and sent into the wall at the Porsche curves by the #7 Toyota being driven by Kazuki Nakajima.

Well wishes and a speedy recovery to Anthony Davidson after his nasty crash in the Toyota hybrid prototype.

And congratulations to team Audi for their 1-2 sweep and for being the first in history to win the French race using energy-harvesting technology and four-wheel drive.

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Tue
12
Jun '12

Mad Skilz, and its always the other guys fault.

A recent post in a forum that I frequent has gotten me to thinking. First the post was about how he was involved in a wreck hitting another vehicle and how his mad-racing-skilz prevented it from being worse. Oh and of course it was some other guys fault. I find it quite amazing how no one seems to ever accept the blame for doing  something stupid. You never see a post that says “I screwed up and wrecked my car” Its always the car lost control, or a guy stopped short. There is no personal responsibility anymore.  In his story, it is pretty clear that he was driving too fast into a a known problem area in poor weather. Cars in front of him stopped, he panicked and slid across a lane hitting another vehicle and wound up in a ditch with a bent up car. Then he has the gnads to say that his “limited” racing experience kept it from being worse. Now maybe its the new math he’s using but something here just doesn’t add up. I would think that if you had any type of racing experience, it would keep you from being in these types of situations in the first place. Plus there are many “racing skills” that are definitely NOT street friendly. Drafting is one that comes to mind.

Back to the whole personal responsibility thing. Where did this concept that if I make a mistake, some one else must pay for it come from? Is it the insurance companies when they sue any and everybody remotely involved with an incident?  Or the media that continues to report how the car lost control instead of the driver loosing control of the car. Or is it just the way that the government wants us to think so they can step in and save us from “the other guy”.  What ever the reason it’s getting to be pretty old, so step up people, and accept the fact that you are not perfect and screw up some times. And some times your screw up has major consequences that you have to deal with.

OK Im done ranting.

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Mon
4
Jun '12

Belle Isle Indy Car Debacle

belle isle track de-laminationHey IndyCar, that race sucked, get it off the schedule !!!!!

Street races, at best, are not much more then a parade of cars interrupted by several full course yellows. Add a two hour delay because the pavement was “de-laminating” makes for nothing but a frustrating snooze fest. You should be refunding a lot of people and giving a few teams some cash to pay for the damage the track caused.
What a poor showing of what is supposed to be the pinnacle of U.S. racing.

After an incredible race like this years Indy 500,  Is this the best you can do IndyCar? What a disgrace and shame on you for keeping these venues on the schedule.

Congratulations to Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti and the Target Chip Ganassi Team for another 1-2 finish.

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Mon
4
Jun '12

Sun Glare

Sun Glare

It’s that time of year again when traffic is being held up because of sun glare. Specially if your commute has you going east in the morning and west on the way home. With this also comes the various ways I have observed that people combat this problem. The most effective way is the good old pair of sunglasses. Oddly enough this is probably the least used form of sun glare blockage. The next and my choice is using the cars sun visor. While this option will not help with glare off of the road or other cars it does a good enough job of keeping the sun out of your eyes. Plus being one of many that wear prescription glasses, I don’t have to buy a pair of prescription sunglasses. The most effective way of dealing with sun glare would be a combination of sunglasses and using the visor. Next on the list and what seems to be most popular is the hand shade. Using one hand to block the sun from your eyes.
Stuffed car visor
This technique is used for several reasons, the person driving may be too short for the visor to be of any help,  specially true when the sun is low in the sky. Although there are extenders available, but I guess that would require some actual thought into the problem.  Other reasons include, well they just don’t think of using the visor or they use the visor as a desk drawer and it is stuffed full of old papers, receipts, pens, pencils, sunglasses (ironic huh?),  CD’s etc… you have all seen this and it may even be you. One can argue the safety issue with this, but that is for another post.  Visor organizers are a good idea in theory, but they too quickly become overstuffed.

The last and least effective way of dealing with sun glare is the eye squint.  The least effective and MOST DANGEROUS way of dealing with this problem of sun glare.  In fact when I see people doing this it ticks me off on how these people could be so lazy and stupid putting themselves as well as others at risk.

What other ways have you seen that people use to block the glare of the sun?

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Tue
29
May '12

Spin and Win ?

Dario Franchitti escapes last lap disaster to win the Indy 500

Well, not quite in the same spectacular fashion that Danny Sullivan did but..

Dario Franchitti picks up his third Indy 500 win after a close call with Takuma Sato when Sato dove in under Franchitti in the first turn of the last lap of the race went under the white line and lost it.  Sato not known for his patience on the track once again put himself in a place where he really had no business being. Franchitti’s race didn’t start out all that well when he was spun around in the pits during the first stop by EJ Viso, dropping him to the back of the field. A record 35 lead changes among 10 drivers made for an exciting race with no one running away from the field.  Josef Newgarden was quite the disappointment spending most of his race 1 lap down and eventually dropping out. James Hinchcliffe was among the leaders but faded away towards the end of the race and finished 6th. Unfortunately for Lotus they were black flagged and pulled from the race because they could not maintain safe speeds. The only scarey wreck came when AJ Foyts driver Mike Conway spun and collected Will Power sending Conway upside down along the wall.  Conway had run into his fuel man and was sent back out to not looses a lap with a broken front wing. Seriously AJ? you should know better then that. And the Andretti curse continues when Marco slammed the wall on lap 188, maybe next year.

 

So all in all  a great day for the Target Chip Ganassi team finishing 1-2 and TK Tony Kanaan finishing 3rd with a touching moment in victory lane when Dario dedicated the race to Dan Welden and Michael Wanser.

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