Egypt’s First Female Race Driver Prepares for Abu Dhabi Rally

The Middle East is not known for breaking from traditional gender roles but a 36-year-old single mother of one is doing just that. Yara Shalaby is proud to be Egypt’s only female rally driver and she is taking the desert-racing world by storm. Shalaby took up the sport in 2013 and quickly began racking up impressive finishes including the famous Pharaons Rally that has since been shut down by the Egyptian government. Nevertheless, Yara would not let that stop her and turned her sights on the United Arab Emirates with the goal of participating in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge this March. This race is particularly important to her as its part of a World Cup for cross-country rallies and winning here would catapult her career to new heights. Becoming a world champion racer is not...

January 17, 2018
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The Grandfather of Spark May Glow for Centuries

Theodore Roosevelt once said, "The boy who is going to make a great man must not make up his mind merely to overcome a thousand obstacles, but to win in spite of a thousand repulses and defeats." Although the 26th President of the United States didn't know it at the time, Roosevelt could have been writing the obituary of one of the greatest minds of that century, Nikola Tesla. Most historians would have expected the name of Nikola Tesla to have appeared on light bulbs, radios, batteries, oscillators, transformers or even large power-generating plants, but not on tractor-trailer trucks. The Serbian-born engineer, physicist and inventor is believed to have received more than 300 patents worldwide, some of which are still not accounted for. Nonetheless, Tesla's concepts and uses for "the...

January 17, 2018
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Why Did My Car's Ignition Wires Zap Me?

If you've busted enough knuckles working under the hood with the engine running, chances are you've been zapped by the ignition system a few more times than you would have liked. Usually you internalize a statement like, "I hate it when that happens and I'm never going to touch those wires again." Yep... that's the cleaned-up version of what I said to myself. Truth is voltage from your vehicle's secondary ignition system can range from 5,000 to as high as 40,000 volts and the later can give you quite a jolt. For those who are new to poking around under the hood, you can get zapped by an ignition component by inadvertently acting as an attractive ground for the system's spark. That's right the same spark that starts at your battery and is amplified by the ignition coil as it travels...

January 17, 2018
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NHRA Schedule Reduced to 23 Events as E-Town Shuts Down

The track known by drag racing fans nationwide as Raceway Park has ceased operations. The Napp family who has owned the E-Town facility for more than five decades announced they would no longer host drag racing events at the storied track. Originally known as Madison Township Raceway Park, the facility opened in July of 1965 and is located in Old Bridge Township, New Jersey but has an Englishtown zip code. As the closest NHRA drag strip to the New York metropolitan area, the park is well known by area residents for its iconic TV and radio slogans like "Ah ha ha ha ha ha Raceway Park" and "Rrrrrrrrrraceway Park.... Be there!". The announcement came as a surprise to many members of the National Hot Rod Association as the legendary facility had already been announced as the host of the...

January 17, 2018
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Earnhardt Jr. May Have Found His New Niche

At age 42, it would be difficult for Dale Earnhardt Jr. to spend the money he earned throughout his 20-plus year career in racing. Fifty combined wins in 631 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup races and 139 NASCAR Xfinity series races have helped the son of Hall of Fame driver Dale Earnhardt Sr. amass an estimated net worth of $400 million and a spot near the top of the list of the world's richest racers. But, it wasn't for the money or the fame that Junior dedicated his life to stock car racing; it was a burning passion that came late in his teen years. Unlike many of today's racers who were too young to remember the first time they had a wheel in their hand, Dale Jr. didn't start racing until he was 17. But, like everything Junior does, he did it the right way with passion and...

January 17, 2018
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The Greatest American Racer Is Gone But Not Forgotten

Considered by many racing experts to be the "Greatest American Racer" of all time, Dan Gurney passed away this week of complications from pneumonia. The son of a Harvard business graduate and Metropolitan Opera singer, Dan's racing legacy began soon after his family moved from New York to Southern California. Living east of Los Angeles in Riverside, Gurney found his identity with the emerging hot rod culture. At age 19, his legacy began when he built and drove his own car at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats in an attempt to set a world land-speed record in his class. After that, the gifted driver set sail on his quest to compete with the best of the best in every style of automobile racing. Very few racers reach the top rung of the ladder in a single form of racing as a driver much...

January 16, 2018
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Volkswagen Executive Receives Judgment after One of the Largest Consumer Class Action Suits in U.S. History

The criminal case involving a key Volkswagen executive, ended after twelve months with the sentencing of Oliver Schmidt. In August, Schmidt entered a guilty for two criminal charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States. The federal judge sentenced the VW executive to seven years in the prison and ordered him to pay a fine of $400,000, both the maximum possible. He will get credit for the eleven months that he has already served in a federal penitentiary. Although the defendant's attorneys requested a lesser fine and supervised release, Judge Sean Cox sided with the federal prosecutors. Judge Cox went further to say that the conspirator was directly responsible for the cover-up, lied to government officials and spearheaded a massive fraud against our nation's economic systems....

December 11, 2017
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It's Not Your Father's Beer Wagon... a Tesla Semi Truck

As part of the corporate strategy to reduce the company's carbon emissions by 30%, brewer Anheuser-Busch placed an order for forty electric Tesla semi trucks. Considering the size of the brewer's distribution network, reaching their emission's goal would be the equivalent of removing nearly half a million cars from road each year. Probably best known for its popular brands of beer that include Budweiser, Busch, Michelob, Natural Light, and Stella Artois, the St. Louis-based brewer said the preorder is part of an ongoing effort to make the company more sustainable, efficient and innovative. Nearly 200 Electric Semi Trucks Sold Tesla has suggested the base price of $150,000 for its Class 8 semi that has a range of 300 miles-per-charge and $180,000 for the version with a 500...

December 8, 2017
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NHRA Releases the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Schedule

With title sponsor Mello Yello returning to the National Hot Rod Association's premier drag racing series, fans are already making plans for some intense racing at the most action-packed tracks across the country. With speeds exceeding 330 mph in Top Fuel Funny Car and Top Fuel Dragster, spectators can experience the sensory overload as cars zip often separated by mere inches at the 1000-foot finish line. Mello Yello Event Changes for 2018 The 24-event professional tour will feature a few changes coming in 2018 as to when the NHRA's action-packed circus will be in town, so check out the list below to mark your calendar for the 2018 season: Feb. 8-11        Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals in Pomona CA Feb. 23-25      NHRA...

December 8, 2017
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How to Avoid Seasonal Road Rage

As we head into the Holidays, aggressive driving is a major concern and a real threat to the safety of all drivers. As America's roadways become increasingly more congested, we are all challenged by the stress related to heavier traffic patterns. Unfortunately, it is easy to feel like you're crawling into a safe cocoon when you strap into your car. But, nothing could be further from the truth. With excessive speed on roads where the speed limit is already too high, a car crash can quickly become a violent or even deadly event. A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found a large percentage of drivers surveyed expressed significant anger, aggression, or road rage behind the wheel at least once during the previous year. So, try to follow these principles: Be Aware of Your...

December 7, 2017
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