The world renowned Indianapolis 500 began in 1911 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Covering 500 miles in 200 laps, the Indy 500 is considered the largest one-day spectator sports event in the world. Excitement begins building up some time in advance of race day with the Centennial Era Balloon Festival and Emerging Tech Day on 7 May. This will be followed by the 100th Anniversary Indy 500 Celebration of Automobiles. 15 May is Indy 500 Practice, followed by Fast Friday Practice on 20 May. Next up on the schedule is Pole Day on 21 May and Bump Day Qualifying on 22 May. The action continues on 25 May with American Family Insurance 500 Festival Community Day. The Firestone Freedom 100 Practice & Qualifying will be on 26 May, with the Miller Lite Carb Day & Firestone Freedom 100 on 27 May. 28 May is Public Drivers Meeting, leading up to the premier event on Sunday, 29 May 2011, The Indianapolis 500.
Date: 29 May 2011
Venue: Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Country: United States of America
There are many names in the auto racing industry that are worth remembering as having been instrumental in the development of the sport. In the Midwest there is also a proud history in regard to racing, which is documented and displayed in the Midwest Motorsports Museum and Hall of Fame. The main focus of this establishment is to preserve the passion and heritage of the sport and pay tribute to those who have assisted in bringing auto racing to where it is today through their innovative ideas, racing skills and dedication to their sport.
Many stories line the walls of the Midwest Motorsports Museum and Hall of Fame, such as the history of the first midget car that was constructed in 1934 by Alexander Pabst that led to the first St Louis Midget Race in 1936 and the founding of the St Louis Auto Racing Association in 1938. The latter was however disbanded in 1976, but made a huge impact on racing in this state. This year a few more names were added to the Midwest Hall of Fame in a reunion and induction ceremony that was held on 22 January 2011 at the Springfield Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. Having the induction at the fairgrounds was extremely symbolic; as it was here that many memorable moments were created on its legendary speedways.
One of the inductees receiving the Pioneers award is Johnny Morris, who is a racing fan and team sponsor. Joining him in the Pioneers inductees section is Mark Perry, Gerald Wilson and Steve Long. Under the Legend inductees category was Bill Frye (Driver), Dave Williams (Driver), Steve Schahuber and Rex McCroskey (Driver). What makes Steve Schahubers’ induction so special is the fact that he not only raced the cars but he built them as well as making repairs on his car where needed. He is also active in promoting the sport and developing the same passion he had within the younger generations. The Midwest Motorsports Museum and Hall of Fame induction ceremony was a spectacular affair, which also featured historical photographs, vendor booths, racing cars on display and collectables stands. It was a day of paying tribute, remembering the past and looking towards an exciting future.
As everyone begins to put the holiday season behind them and start to work on their new year’s resolutions for 2011, it seems that the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series also has a few improvements and changes for its upcoming season. Even though the changes might seem small to the untrained eye, those in racing know that the slightest change can make the biggest difference. There have been changes made to fuel, cars, schedules and the Chase, setting the scene for a very exciting and thrilling 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Season.
All over the world, industries have been moving towards embracing technology that is more environmentally friendly. The NASCAR series has decided to join forces with the Growth Energy group to promote the fuel called Sunoco Green E15. This fuel is a precise mixture that consists of eighty-five percent gasoline and fifteen percent ethanol that is corn-based. Not only will this fuel enable cars to emit less harmful gasses, but it will also be more fuel efficient. This will undoubtedly cause more excitement for fans, as teams adjust their racing strategies to the new fuel consumption figures.
Last year changes were made to the rear wing of the vehicles, showing off new blade spoilers. This year a new lower nose will be amongst the improvements, as well as an improved front valance design. Upper nose changes will be seen on the Dodge and on the Ford.
here is much speculation when it comes to developments in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Rumor has it that the field for the cup will be increased to fifteen drivers, with the drivers falling to the back of the rankings being slowly eliminated. But the final decision in regard to this has not been released by NASCAR as yet.
Last but not least, the changes to the schedule will see that one race will be taken away from the Atlanta Motor Speedway and the Autoclub Speedway, as both tracks have not been able to draw capacity crowds. Instead, the Kentucky Speedway will make its Sprint Cup debut and the Kansas Speedway will receive an additional date. Minor changes to dates and reshuffling of venues has also taken place, giving the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Season a whole new look.
The Calgary International Auto & Truck show is Western Canada’s largest car and truck exhibition. Visitors will discover the latest in automotive technology created by top manufacturers. Additionally there will be more than 65 service and accessory exhibitors. The event will be preceded by the Vehicles and Violins Gala charity event on the Tuesday evening, 8 March. Auto enthusiasts will not want to miss this amazing event presented by the Calgary Motor Dealer’s Association.
Date: 9 to 13 March 2011
Time: Wed – 15h00 to 22h00
Thurs, Fri, Sat – 10h00 to 22h00
Sun – 10h00 to 18h00
Venue: BMO Centre, Stampede Grounds
The 7th Azerbaijan International Automotive Exhibition sees thousands of trade visitors, car owners and auto enthusiasts attending each year. This is a great opportunity for business networking, learn more about the automotive market, discover new innovations, compare products, make deals, gain technical chnowledge and so much more.
Exhibit categories at the Azerbaijan AutoShow include light vehicles, trucks, motorcycles, commercial transport, trailers, SUVs, buses, insurance and so forth.
Date: 16 to 19 March 2011
Venue: Baku Expo Exhibition and Convention Center