Monday, November 20, 2017

IMSA: 2017 Petit Le Mans Postscript



The #2 ESM Nissan DPi of Brendon Hartley, Ryan Dalziel and Scott Sharp took victory in the 20th running of Motul Petit Le Mans. (Image source: thecheckeredflag.co.uk)
Now that's what I call a Cracking motor race!

Otay, for Y'all Jonesin' for some Sports Car action; Chirp-Chirp, Bueller? As Yuhs know the drill here in Nofendersville, where Uhm, Rocktober' seems so long ago...


Per tipicali, being fed up with FOX's abomination of TV coverage, as seriously? I missed the 90mins, or was it 60? Fox Sports (FS1) PATHETIC morning's TV coverage, before disappearing to FS2, which we still DON'T have any access to here in Seattle, you JACKARSE comca$t BASTARDOS! But I digress, sorta...

Since A-L-L comca$t can do is raise Thar monthly prices by nearly $5 Smackeroos for the same mundane services; Oh Never Mind!

As I was interested in this year's Petit Le Mans for several reasons, albeit most notably the debut of Team Penske's forthcoming Sports Car project.

As el Capitano', nee roger Penske won out over his team president Timothy Cindric to enter a lone "Customer" ORECA 07/Gibson V-8 LMP2 Spec Prototype as a Tune-up for Thar impending 2018 Sports Car season.


Alas, since it's now long gone from Thy Cranium, here's thou few notes I jotted down during the most enjoyable IMSA Radio broadcast, for which I think I listened to 60% of the race upon, since I just cannot get enough of 'Der Heindenmeir's Witty repartee! Not to mention his unique perspective of calling a race so brilliantly!

And that was before I learned via Racer, that he's not only a Top flight Announcer, but he's now also a racecar pilot...


Thus, Messer Hindhaugh anchored the broadcast with one of his trusty Wingmen alongside, the typically stoic 'N analytical Jeremy Shaw, whilst Thar were a revolving cast 'O 3rd guest analysts, featuring Leena Gade and Owen Trickler.

As Leena's a championship winning race engineer, becoming the first female to win the prestigious 24 Heurs du Mans for Audi in the World Endurance Championship, first in 2011, then again the following year and finally notching a Hat Trick in 2014!

Whilst I kept thinking of this Owen Chap, who's a racing driver as Lightning McQueen, Y'all know voiced by Owen Snider. Not to mention the legendous' Dick, NOT Cole Trickle; Hya!

Leena Gade's best Quip during her stints when asked 'bout preference on whether she liked having her drivers help in the driver change or a dedicated mechanic?

Well if you have different sized drivers in the car, or Alan McNish for which anybody else is a Giant! Cymbol Crash please...

As McNish's nickname after all is thee "Scottish Terrier!"

Pitlane interview of the race: (Townsend( T-Bell's 360-degrees spin without hitting anything, to which Pitlane reporter Jim Roller said You Made Danny Sullivan look good! To which Bell quickly replied, I hope so. As I was spinning after hitting the kerb after battling oversteer.

I was spinning down the track with full opposite lock and looked at both sides walls and did a Starsky & Hutch and said this looks good and let go of the wheel! And somehow managed not to hit anything!

Roller then mused how John Hindhaugh in the booth had mention how he'd seen the color of adrenalin, to which Townsend promptly said Code Brown!

Ed Brown, co-owner and part time driver of Extreme Speed Motorsports (ESM) Nissan prototypes mused, when told how Montoya had hit a few cars and not been penalized immediately quipped that's just Montoya!

As Juan somehow got away with nerfing the No. 15 Off-track into the tyres, which ironically, one of its co-drivers last name printed on the roof was Cindric, which Shea Adam was quick to point out!

As Team Penske's president Tim Cindric's son Austin was co-driving the 3GT Racing Lexus F GT Daytona #15 with Scotty Scooter' Pruett and Jack Hawksworth, Me Thinks, although  I'd originally jotted down the number 14...

Not to mention the "bill Power" Bimmer' being victorious in the GT LM Class, where the legendous bill Auberlen was making his 400th start, and capped it with his 151st win!

While the irony of HULIO', nee Helio' Castroneves when battling royally vs. his countryman Bruno Senna, for third place, or was it the lead? Early on into the race, as Helium 'began the Penske Fairytale by starting from Pole.

As Y'all could say the ceremonial baton was passed from Bruno to Castroneves, Eh?

And that's All I managed to type, as the action was nonstop, with the inevitable "Yellows breed Yellows" occurring constantly, with a Baker's Dozen yellow flags being unfurled!

Whilst Racer's Marshall Pruett dropped by for a stint as guest analyst, with Hindhaugh cheekily asking how he was going to report everythingy' occurring? To which I believe Pruett said I Won't! For which I'll leave A-L-L of the Heavy lifting to Messer Pruett and his usual brilliant reporting...


As the series will go testing at DayToner next on Dec 5-6, before the yearly Roar Before Daytona in early January. As IMSA has added two extra test sessions, blanketing the Roar at Daytona in December, and Sebring in February...

Friday, November 17, 2017

Ferrari 312B Movie Debuts...



But Don't Ask Me Where...

Ran across the following article in Racer when perusing the F1 News section. As it sounds like an interesting film, reportedly debuting Stateside today. And involves the rebuilding of ex-Minardi F1 Driver Paolo Barilla's Ferrari 312B for vintage racing...

MOTO GP: Not Even the New Pace Car can Stop Marquez



8 Poles v 27 Falls, as it must pay being youthful, Fit and full of vim 'N vigour, Eh?

Whale', I've been hoping for awhile now that the unthinkable would happen, and somebody beside thou Pinball Wizard', nee Marc Marquez would win the MotoGP title.

As I've been thinking all year long how amazing of an upset it would be for Ducati's "Number Two" rider Andrea Dovizioso to triumph as world champion over his esteemed team leader, triple world champion Jorge Lorenzo.

Not to mention how popular this would have been in Italy! Even if Ducati's owned by some Automotive company with four Rings on its grill. Uhm, Err, via some clever maneuvering, Ducati's technically owned by Lamborghini, albeit both its and Audi's parent company is Volkswagen AG.

Yet heading into the season finale at Circuit Ricardo Tormo, whilst I knew that (Dovizioso) Dovi' had six wins to his credit, I was unawares that Marquez was keeping pace, also with 6-wins. While the early season's championship favourite Movistar Yamaha's Maverick "top gun" Vinales, remember him? Was third best with three W's this season.


Rounding out the riders to stand atop the podium was Dani Pedrosa taking a popular win in Jerez at the Spanish Motorcycle Grand Prix on May 7th. With the only other rider on top of the podium being the ageless "Doctor," nee Valentino Rossi - winning at thou Netherlands legendous' Assen TT circuit Wayback at the end of June, before Marquez and Dovizioso resumed their winning ways...

Interestingly, or is I-T just for Mwah? How Germany's top luxury car manufacturers have locked up pacing la Federation's *FIA ) top two racing series, nee Formula 1 and MotoGP respectively.

As BMW didn't want to be left out in the rain, so to speak, since I'm pretty certain that Mercedes still paces the Formula 1 Boyz'.


But even the M5 Bimmer' couldn't slow Marquez down, who secured Pole at Valencia, before another crash, with title rivals Dovizioso way down on Row 3, in ninth.

And in what seemed to be the season's mantra, besides The Whiz Kid winning, another Grands Prix was held in wet conditions, where Dovi' needed a major miracle to overtake Marquez for the title, which was not to be.

As the 31yr old Italian Factory Duc' rider fell out of the race, whilst the 24yr old Spaniard saved himself from another fall, hanging onto third place en route to his fourth MotoGP championship crown in five years.

As Marquez Repsol Honda team-mate Pedrosa claimed his second win of the season, ahead of the hard charging rookie Monster "Tek Twa" (Tech 3) Satellite Yamahopper' rider Johann Zarco, who reportedly scared Marquez in the race...


As what a difference another year makes, along with not fighting against his fiercest rival, The Doctor, with NO kicking or scratching, Ci!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

F1: Where Have The Brazilians Gone?



And are the Doors upon the Country's Gran Primo Drivers Factory about to Close?

Ah, once again, Felipe Massa has contested his Final-Final Home Grand Prix at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, better known to many simply as Interlagos - this past weekend in Sao Paolo.


Thus, it appears the once unthinkable possibility of No Brazilians being on the Formula 1 Grid next year will occur, albeit we got a taste of this in Budapest, when Massa became ill and an unexpecting Paul di Resta raced for Team Willy' at the Hungaroring this summer.

As we all know that Brazil's most famous driver is the late Ayrton Senna, one of the country's three world champions. As Senna and his Bosom Buddy Nelson Piquet both won three titles respectively. With Ayrton leading the wins tally with 41 W's, while Piquet collected 23 first place trophies.

But it was a youthful Mutton Chop EMMO', nee Emerson Fittipaldi becoming the country's debutante world champion in 1972 and won his second title two years later, also notching the first Grand Prix victory by a Brazilian Wayback in 1970 at Watkins Glen, before amassing 14 career wins.

As Massa and 'Rubino, aka Rubens Barrichello, the driver to start the most Grands Prix currently, are both tied with 11 Grands Prix victories apiece.
While the racetrack's namesake, Carlos Pace was a one-time winner, being victorious on home soil when triumphing aboard his Brabham BT44/Ford Cosworth at Interlagos in 1975, before his sudden death in an Aeroplane accident in '77.

But Brazil's next hope, the "Other Felipe," the forlorned ex-Sauber F1 driver Felipe Nasr has just signed to become JB's (João Barbosa) rookie team-mate in the Weathertech SportsCar Championship for 2018. Having fallen out of F1 at the end of 2016.

Whilst the Other Brazilian, Bruno Senna, who contested this year's endurance races for Scotty sharp's ESM Tequila Patron squad, along with some Kiwi' named Brendon Hartley, has left the team.

F2, GP3 Series
Hence, a perfunctory look thru the current GP3 and FIA F2 Feeder Series reveals two names I've never heard of, due to the appalling lack of media coverage here Stateside regarding European Feeder Series.

Bruno Baptista contested this year's GP3 Series for perennial title contenders DAMS, having moved up from EuroCup Formula Renault 2.0.

Yet the 20yr old Sao Paolo native's rookie GP3 campaign apparently wasn't overly mesmerizing, since I find nary a whiff upon his season's results. With Baptista's claim to fame so far being the 2014 Formula 4 Sudamericana Champion.

Sergio Sette Camara drove for MP Motorsport in this year's inaugural FIA Formula 2 Championship as the series youngest driver. And after a fairly rough first half rookie campaign, after the summer break notched his first win in the Sprint Race at the Mighty Spa Francorchamps. As the win was his first ever single seater victory.

Sergio has something in common with DK'; NO! Not Dairy King; Hya! But Daniil Kvyat - with both having been ousted from Red Bull's Driver Factory by 'der Helmet, nee Helmet Marco.

Set Camara first tasted F1 machinery when making a demonstration run at Motorland Aragon before properly debuting at the Formula 1 Young Drivers Test at Bloody Silverstone in 2016 for Scuderia Toro Rosso.

Yet the 19yr old teenager Young Gun' from Belo Horizonte was dropped from the Red Bull Junior Academy at the beginning of this year.

F3 European Championship
Wasn't aware that another Piquet was in the offing... Having discovered the name Pedro Piquet when perusing the FIA European F3 Championship Drivers roll.

Although not sure how far he'll go? As 60 races over two years with a best of 14th overall and no wins or poles in a Junior Feeder Series without any notable results isn't exactly Formula 1 material, Ci?



Joining Piquet at Van Amersfoort Racing is Felipe Drugovich, moving up from the ADAC and Italian F4 series. where the 17yr old teenager finished third overall in the ADAC Formula 4 championship this year. with a tally of seven wins, three poles and five fastest laps from 45 races over the 2016-2017 seasons. Along with notching a single win in the Italian series during six starts this year.

Future Generation...
Meanwhile, will History repeat itself once again in the future? When a second brace 'O Fittipaldi's appear in the Pinnacle of Motorsports, nee Formula 1? With the possible arrival of the Brothers Fittipaldi 2.0, i.e.; Pietro & Enzo, whom are both members of the vaunted Ferrari Drivers Academy...

Pietro, born in 1996, at age 21 is the older brother of Enzo, who's still a teenager, having been born in '01.As Emerson's Thar Gran Pappy, and their uncles are some Blokes named Christian Fittipaldi and Max Papis.

Pietro's currently contesting his second season of the mostly forgotten, now renamed World Series Formula V-8 3.5 series, having this year become a support series for the World Endurance Championship. (WEC)

Pietro tenuously leads the championship by 10-points ahead of Russian Matevos Isaakyan, (223-213) with 50-points on offer - utilizing Formula 1's current points scoring system for the Top-10 finishers.

Thus, with these two rounds remaining during the season's final weekend outing during the Six Hours of Bahrain WEC Sports Car race, Nov 17-18, the Top-5 drivers are still in the championship hunt.

As fellow Rooskie' Egor Orudzhev sits third with 198-points, Mexico's Alfonso Celis Jr. sits fourth with 192-points  and Austrian René Binder is P5 and mathematically alive with 174-points.

Meanwhile, younger brother Enzo's currently working his way up the Open Wheel Racing ladder, noted as a member of the vaunted Prima Racing's stable mates, currently competing in the Italian F4 series, having contested three races to date...