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Racing Datsuns - The Happy Coincidence Of Adam Carolla And Paul Newman

May 21, 2015 4:27 PM
Banner on the back wall of Adam Carolla's Picture Lab Entertainment and garage facility in Glendale, California - Adam Carolla and Nate Adams recently held a private screening of the documentary WINNING: THE RACING LIFE OF PAUL NEWMAN. Much of the archive footage and images have never been in wide release of seen in public and through interviews with those people closest to Paul Leonard Newman exposes a very personal insight to the little-known side of this very public life of an iconic actor and brightest stars of Hollywood. Image Credit: Edmund Jenks (2015)

Racing Datsuns - The Happy Coincidence Of Adam Carolla And Paul Newman

Adam Carolla, who bounded onto the entertainment scene (for many) when he partnered with Jimmy Kimmel for the cable broadcast television show "The Man Show" (1999-2004) and as his career progressed, became noted for finding, restoring, and racing historic race cars, has put together a compelling and entertaining documentary about the automobile racing life of iconic actor Paul Leonard Newman.

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99th Indianapolis 500 Qualifications Exemplify A Disastrous Start To 2015

May 18, 2015 6:49 PM
Verizon P1 Pole Winner sticker as it was placed on Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon's No. 9 Chevrolet-powered Dallara IndyCar. Notice the lack of attention to detail on how the sticker was placed. Image Credit: Joe Skibinski

99th Indianapolis 500 Qualifications Exemplify A Disastrous Start To 2015

After having a fairly interesting week of watching the Verizon IndyCar Series work in, and understand, the new aerodynamics kits for large oval racing that were added to their Dallara DW12 racing platforms, and after the weather elements washed out any chance of holding the scheduled 4-lap qualification runs used to decide where the drivers would line up for the INDY 500 race, then, lastly, a third Chevy chassis spun and turned around backwards causing the chassis to lift off of the track surface, Race Control saw fit to shut down all of the team and driver development understanding achieved over hundreds of laps logged at the old Brickyard.

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At GP Of INDY It's Rayhall vs. Rahal ('RAyHALl') ... Is There An Echo In Here?

May 10, 2015 9:16 PM
Fans walk the frontstretch during the post-race track invasion at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Image Credit: Joe Skibinski via VICS

At GP Of INDY It's Rayhall vs. Rahal ('RAyHALl') ... Is There An Echo In Here?

At the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) during the final day of competition during the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, the only name heard, it seemed, was the sound made by the last name of a one-time Indy 500 winner (1986) - Bobby Rahal. In this case the name heard belonged to two different drivers in separate open-wheel series, although sounding the same, was spelled in two different ways.

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Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo; A Real Bull Fight in Monterey

May 7, 2015 12:18 PM
The 2015 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo cars during practice at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.  Photo Credit: 2015 Brandon O'Brien / Motor Driven Images

Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo; A Real Bull Fight in Monterey
By: Brandon O'Brien / Motor Driven Images 

A few weeks ago, Monterey, California experienced a real bull fight. Not in an arena nor on the streets of that fabled city, but in the oak and grass covered hills of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.  The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo started its 2015 North American season with the first two rounds on May 2nd and 3rd.

This is the third season for the North American event which is also held in Europe and Asia . The 2015 season features twelve rounds at six circuits with the finale being in October at Sebring International Raceway. The series is divided into two classes of cars; the 2013 Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo and, new this year, the Huracan LP 620-2 Super Trofeo. Within the Huracan Class there are Professional, Professional-Amateur, and Amateur drivers. The Gallado Class only has Pro-AM and Amateur. Each day of racing consists of both classes being on the track at the same time for a 50-minute sprint race.

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Motor Culture, Social Media, And The Search For Creations Past

Image of a 1963, Derbi 50cc 7-speed Grand Prix motorcycle. Image Credit TOURNESOL via Philippe de Lespinay on his Facebook page

Motor Culture, Social Media, And The Search For Creations Past

Funny what pursuits in motor culture one finds bounding through social media news feeds.

In this case, a submission by driver, collector, historian, builder, standards judge, and artist (more could have been added) Philippe de Lespinay about his past in Grand Prix motocycle racing and the query on a model built and presented to a onetime benefactor to his exploits.

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Mazda Provides Fleet Of New 2016 Mazda6s And CX-5s To Camp Zoom-Zoom

May 6, 2015 10:30 AM


Mazda Provides Fleet Of New 2016 Mazda6s And CX-5s To Camp Zoom-Zoom (Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca)

Mazda North American Operations handed over the keys to 13 all-new 2016 Mazda6 and CX-5 vehicles to staff of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during this past weekend's Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix Powered by Mazda. The cars, emblazoned with Mazda-designed graphics, will become a staple on the Monterey Peninsula landscape and special events.

"We are extremely grateful and fortunate to have Mazda as a partner," commented Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. "Their enthusiasm, guidance and ongoing activations throughout the year are remarkable, and enable us to host major international races each year."

Affectionately known as "Camp Zoom-Zoom" among Mazda officials, the automaker regularly uses Mazda Raceway to conduct new product launches, media drives, engineering tests and dealer meetings.

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Honda Indy GP Of Alabama Gives High Marks To Round Four

April 28, 2015 2:22 PM
CFH Racing's Josef Newgarden sprays ... and gets sprayed with, champagne after winning the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park. Image Credit: Shawn Gritzmacher - VICS


Honda Indy GP Of Alabama Gives High Marks To Round Four

Ever go to a Team Penske Chevy coronation (with a Ganassi Chevy chaser) and have a competition break out? This is what happened during the fourth round of the young 2015 Verizon IndyCar season.

The dedicated road course racing complex just outside of Birmingham, Alabama, Barber Motorsports Park, hosted the sixth consecutive Honda Grand Prix of Alabama this last weekend and all of the activity leading up to the race pointed to a racing domination put on by Team Penske and Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) built upon engine-power and aerodynamics provided by Chevrolet.

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TUDOR United Sports Car Championship At Long Beach

April 25, 2015 2:02 PM
The Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase overall winning Wayne Taylor Racing Chevrolet Corvette DP at Victory Circle.  Image Credit: 2015 Brandon O'Brien / Motor Driven Images

TUDOR United Sports Car Championship at Long Beach
By: Brandon O'Brien - Photography By: Brandon O'Brien / Motor Driven Images unless otherwise specified

The TUDOR United Sports Car Championship (TUSCC) is a combination of the Grand-Am Series and the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) which had its first full season in 2014. It is sanctioned by IMSA and  TUDOR has a five-year sponsorship.

With three of the twelve planned 2015 races now in the books the TUDOR United Sports Car Championship is turning into a very interesting series to follow.  The races are all timed events, with the shortest (Long Beach and Detroit) being 100-minutes and the longest (Daytona) 24 hours .

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