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The first-ever season of the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship is less than two months away.
The SCORE Baja 1000 is one of the toughest races on the planet, which tests man and machine to the absolute limit. Despite its tough nature, this race still attracts many teams and drivers. Team BFGoodrich for instance has 23 drivers wanting to have a go in this race, but only six can compete.
While two of the six will be automatically crowned champions at the SCCA National Runoffs. The other four will have to depend the whims of voters. In a format similar to reality TV shows, Team BFGoodrich will ask you to vote for your favorites from the 21 remaining drivers.
The competition will be set-up like a Race of Champions gathering, with drivers competing with each other to win points and fan votes. The four highest scorers will join the previously selected two drivers and compete in the Baja 1000.
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This is the only race series around the world in which four different types of fuels are being used, namely E10, E85, diesel and isobutanol. Also, apart from the result of championship points given to teams and drivers respective of their finish in the race, ALMS also awards a championship within a championship to the greenest team on the grid.
Now the series is looking to go greener still by hoping to soon introduce natural gas powered race cars. In an interview with Fox Car Report, ALMS President and CEO Scott Atherton said he wants to “demonstrate the competitiveness of natural gas, and the ease and convenience of refueling, because right now that’s seen as one of the impediments. If you can take away some of what the consumer would describe as downside issues, and demonstrate its competitiveness and the fact that you don’t have to sacrifice anything, I think it would go a long way toward mainstream acceptance of natural gas as a fuel for any type of vehicle.”
When asked about electric race cars, Atherton said this technology might play in this series in the future, but not at the moment, saying electric drivetrains cannot handle the stress of such a race series, however he is looking at other electric race series to bring in as part of their support festivities. Nissan has already hinted at an all electric series using spec versions of the NISMO Leaf RC race car.
Over the last decade, this Aussie racing series has expanded beyond its island home, having staged races in China, New Zealand and the Middle-East. Now it is looking at the United States to stage a race, and it will probably be at the new Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. This circuit is being built especially to host Formula-One races in the coming years, and since the Australian V8 Supercars are an FIA sanctioned race series, it makes sense to race at this new circuit.
V8 Supercars boss Tony Cochrane has said that the series is looking to expand to six new overseas venues, while retaining all the currents stops in Australia. This could include some European and Asian destinations, plus the ever attractive American market.
You’ll have to wait some time before watching these V8 Supercars race in the flesh. The FIA has approved new races for this series for 2013. By then the new circuit in Austin should be complete. We can’t wait to see Holden (GM) and Ford racing head-to-head on our shores.
[Source: The Age]
SpeedWeekly Magazine has developed an app which will give you information such as start times, location, which network is broadcasting the race and eventually the winner of the race through your handy iPhone.
This app will cover the eight major racing series from around the world, such as Formula 1, NASCAR, ARCA, Grand Am, American Le Mans, IndyCar, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series, and the Daytona 500.
“This new SpeedWeekly App is a major advancement for race fans on the go,” said Rick Bradham, Publisher of SpeedWeekly Magazine. “Other Apps may offer TV information about a specific network or racing series, but ours is the first to cover all nationally-televised races for eight of the world’s most popular auto racing series.”
So no matter where you’re traveling to, this app will give you all the racing information that you’d want to keep yourself connected with your favorite racing series.
We can’t say how your spouse will feel about this app on a vacation though.