Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona Attracts a World Class Field

The 2018 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona may truly be this year's "Race of Champions". Typically, it is impossible to host an event where the world's best racecar drivers fill the list of entries. Conflicts in racing schedules and the overly possessive demands of sponsors tend to make races like this impossible. Maybe the 55th anniversary of endurance racing at the 3.56-mile road course was just destined for greatness. Utilizing portions of the NASCAR tri-oval and infield road course, the race has had numerous sponsors over the years. However, for the past twenty-five years, the winning drivers in all classes have received a Rolex Daytona watch from the title sponsor. Inagural 3-Hour Daytona Continental The inaugural event in 1962, then called the 3-Hour Daytona Continental, was won in...

January 19, 2018
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Freezing Conditions Impacts Drivers from Texas to Maine

The recent slew of intense winter storms has been making headlines in more ways than one. In the northeast millions of people were without power. In other parts of the country, snow and ice caused havoc on roads, which are typically warm and dry. Though most vehicles have little problem operating in cold conditions, recent extreme weather has really put them to the test. In several areas, including Boston, floodwaters filled residential areas with up to 2 feet of water resulting from the storm surge of the “bomb cyclone.” This water then froze leaving vehicles encased in ice, often above the bottom of their doors. Photos and video of this surreal scene have been going viral, bringing to light just how quickly the weather can change and leave people stranded. The east...

January 19, 2018
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Do We Have the Cyber Security to Protect Self-Driving Vehicles?

Consumers, carmakers, and all-around driving enthusiasts are flocking to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The annual event comes on the heels of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which has an entire section dedicated to automotive technology. Top of the list at both shows are companies debuting vehicles, software, and hardware for self-driving vehicles. The topic of autonomous driving has become a big one in recent years, mostly because more companies and investors are getting in on the action. This technology is developing quickly and we are not too far away from taking rides with robots. Despite all the glitz and glamour accompanying this development, security is still the hot topic. In 2015, two hackers named Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek made...

January 18, 2018
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Don't Blame the Cold Weather for Car Battery Failure

According to data from the Southeast Regional Climate Center, parts of the central and eastern United States experienced one of the coldest late December through early January periods ever recorded. Arctic blasts accounted for wind chills in the double-digit below zero range and even parts of north Florida saw snow flurries. Invariably, when temperatures drop dramatically, automotive failures leave many drivers stranded and waiting in a freezing vehicle for roadside assistance. It is true that many mechanical failures occur during the winter months, which is why many service centers recommend an overall tune-up during the fall. But, according to an online post by Consumer Reports, cold weather is often mistakenly blamed for damage to your car's battery that was caused during the heat...

January 18, 2018
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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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