NASCAR to Disallow Damaged Cars to Return

NASCAR recently announced that damaged racecars will not be permitted to return to the track this season. That is unless repairs can be made in the pit within a very tight window. Beginning with the Daytona 500 the new rule states that a vehicle with extensive damage must return to the garage for repairs and will not be allowed back onto the track. The only exception is damage which can be fixed within five minutes on pit road. The extent of the damage and the allowable repairs are clearly outlined. "Body repairs are limited to the removal or reattachment of original parts with fasteners and tape." "New or previously unused body panels are not permitted." "Rods and supports may be used to reinforce original panels." The goal of the new regulation is to prevent severely damaged cars...

February 15, 2017
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Wilson Jumps from Pitching to Racing

Ever wonder what happens to star athletes after they retire from their sport? Many make the news after losing fortunes, but the smart ones reinvest their earnings and chase their passions. That is precisely what former Rangers and Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson is doing. Wilson has always loved cars and racing. After retiring from major league baseball, Wilson purchased a Porsche/Audi/BMW dealership in Fresno and plans to get into auto racing. "I've been into racing since I was a kid. I started karting when I was 6 or something, going to dirt track events my whole life," Wilson told the station. "My dad was on a pit crew and got me into it. Now it's going to be a big deal. I don't have to hide it anymore, there's no contract violations to worry about or anything." The Wilson racing team...

February 15, 2017
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Lamborghini Urus To Debut At Beijing Auto Show

Finally, after 5 years of teasing, a Lamborghini in waiting will finally debut its SUV concept the Urus. In just 2 short months at the 2017 Auto China show to be held in Beijing, this monster of an SUV will be shown off in a production-ready state for the first time. In 2012, show goers got a glimpse of the concept which is now ready to hit the streets. Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali said the final production model will keep the Urus name and production will begin in April 2017. In anticipation of the Urus being one of its best-selling models, Lamborghini is already boosting production capabilities at its Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy facility. We're expecting the Urus to debut with the first turbo-charged engine in the Lamborghini family, most likely a 4.0-litre V8 with an all...

February 14, 2017
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Lease-Return Surge Cuts Auto Profits

Many automakers are being forced to shift their business model in 2017. This is mainly a direct cause of the high number of vehicles with expired leases being returned to dealerships in 2016. Currently about 20% of the cars for sale on the market are pre-owned and that number is expected to climb throughout the year. Overall, lease returns are up 33% over 2015 numbers. How does this impact profits? Manufacturers like Ford, Chevrolet, and Chrysler bring in a decent amount of revenue through lease payments. The program was originally conceived to help car buyers get into more expensive vehicles they wouldn't otherwise be able to afford. Automakers make money every month off the payments, which profit them based on the difference between the vehicle value at the time of sale and the...

February 13, 2017
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Ice Racing Fires Up on Frozen Great Lakes

Near the southwest corner of Michigan's upper peninsula winter racing fans of all ages gather together for what has become a true community event. For the past 28 years, residents of Delta County have brought their motorcycles and ATVs to Lake Michigan to partake in an epic racing event. Every Sunday between January and March the Great lakes Ice Racing team clears off the ice to create a race track worthy of the pros. The events have become a real family sport with racers from 4 to 70 years old taking competing in the events. Speed, gear, and skill all come together for some of the best ice racing you can find anywhere in the U.S. "There's a lot of fast bike here and it's so fun, I'm new to this so I'm learning a lot yet, but still having a blast racing with everybody," said rookie...

February 13, 2017
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NASCAR Changing the Rules, Again

It's no secret that attention spans are getting shorter every day. In a society where nearly everyone has a computer in their pocket, answers are found instantaneously and millions of websites, companies, and advertisers are vying for people's attention. This is a real problem for a sport, which is primarily a long, 4-hour race. The new generation, millennials typically don't want to watch racers go around a track for that much time and getting new fans into a sport is the key to its longevity. NASCAR's answer for this is to change how it runs its races. In what is now the "old format" racers would earn points during a single long event, between 400 and 500 miles depending on the race. Driving teams in the top 16 points at the end of the season moved on to the post-season. Now NASCAR...

February 10, 2017
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Jeff Gordon Will Take a Fast Trip Down Memory Lane

When he crawls behind the wheel of Number 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-VR for the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona this weekend, Jeff Gordon will be living his trip down memory lane. The four-time NASCAR Cup Champion who retired last season before returning to racing when he filled in as a substitute driver at the Brickyard 400 for the injured Dale Earnhardt Jr. isn't sitting around in a rocking chair. The 45-year old Gordon hopes to repeat his success of 2007, when he stood on the podium at the Rolex 24 alongside co-drivers Wayne Taylor, Jan Magnussen and Max Angelelli. This time around, the driver with 93 NASCAR Cup wins under his belt will be teamed once again with Max Angelelli and joined by Wayne Taylor's sons Ricky and Jordan Taylor. The brothers who are both veterans of the IMSA...

January 26, 2017
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Spark Plugs and Ignition Wires for Older Vehicles

Putting your faith in a clunker can be an affordable way to go. However, if you're not mechanically inclined, it comes with some degree of trepidation. Whether you found the vehicle on Craig's List or will be buying it from a dealer's lot, a used car is a used car. Of course, there are the "buyer basics" like kicking the tires, taking a parallel look down the bodywork for dents, checking underneath for leaks and, of course, asking if she runs. That typically leads to popping the hood open and having the owner bring the motor to life. At this point, you should listen for any misfire, hesitation to start, surging or rough idling. An engine misfire causes an intermittent stumbling or stuttering sounds from the engine. If the engine continues to misfire or surge, gas mileage will drop,...

January 26, 2017
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Dale Jr. Vows to Enjoy Every Moment Behind the Wheel

Now 43 years old and married to his longtime partner Amy Reimann, Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he has a new lease on life. A position that he feels very fortunate to be in. Dale Jr., or just Junior as he is often called, was sidelined with concussion-like symptoms just before the Brickyard 400 and missed the last eighteen races of the 2016 season. Initially replaced behind the wheel by the recently retired Jeff Gordon, everyone thought Junior would be back after sitting out a couple of races. What NASCAR's most popular driver had to learn over the coming weeks was that he might not be the one to make a decision as to whether or not he would ever race again. Son of the legendary Dale Earnhardt Sr. and grandson of pioneer driver/builder Ralph Earnhardt, Dale Jr. was born into the sport that...

January 26, 2017
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Time to Change to E3 Performance Spark Plugs?

Like changing your own oil, changing your spark plugs is a relatively simple car maintenance task which anyone with just a bit of technical know-how can perform. Also like changing your oil, changing your spark plugs may seem like a complicated and daunting task. We're here to put that idea to rest. Always consult your owner's manual before making any self-repairs to your vehicle. Models vary greatly and you may have a few special steps other car owners don't. For most vehicles, the first step is to remove the wires from the spark plug. This will allow you to see down into the engine where the top of the plug will be visible. Before going any further, inspect the chamber for any water or debris and remove it before removing the plug as it can fall into your engine. Always Use the...

January 24, 2017
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