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
Staying ahead of the competition is what it is all about when it comes to racing. Developing new technologies and designing cars that will hopefully secure victory is what every racing team strives to do. After winning the 2010 Le Mans Cup, the Peugeot team is even more determined that their new Peugeot 908 will be the car to beat in the upcoming season. The French team also managed to secure the 2009 season and even more determined to maintain their winning streak, so last Thursday the public were given the first glimpse of the Peugeot 908.
The design and construction of the Peugeot 908 was done under the project name of 90X. All changes and development of the new car comply with the regulations of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO). Great excitement is building around seeing the new vehicle perform on the track. One of the changes made to the new vehicle was seeing the V12 being replaced by a 3.7 V8 power plant, as the new regulations are enforcing smaller displacement engines. It has been fitted at a ninety degree angle and now produces 542 bhp.
In regard to the aerodynamics of the car, engineers have managed to redesign the car in such a way that the down force has been slightly reduced, to enable the car to maintain the same speed as its predecessor. The shark fin has also been adjusted and designers have strived to make the car more aerodynamic. The Peugeot 908 will also feature the same size tires front and rear.
The Sport’s Technical Director of Peugeot, Bruno Famin, commented that testing the car has aided them in solving a few issues they had with the car, saying: “We did indeed have problems but we succeeded in resolving them one by one as we got more and more kilometers on the clock. One of the very positive points we found was that the car’s handling lived up to our expectations out of the box. With regard to its other strengths and weaknesses, we will need to wait until the first races to see how we compare with our rivals.”
The drivers for the coming Le Mans have been announced to be Simon Pagenaud, Sebastien Bourdais and Pedro Lamy for car number nine; Marc Gene, Anthony Davidson and Alex Wurz for car number seven; and Frank Montagny, Stephane Sarrazin and Nicolas Minassian in car number eight. With the new car and drivers announced for the 2011 season, Peugeot seems ready to take on the Le Mans.
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.
To watch the best drivers from around the country, as far as Florida, Texas, California and Kentucky, show off their extraordinary driving skills, motoring enthusiasts are advised to ensure that they attend the 34th Annual World Figure 8 Championship on 11 September 2010. It is where more than ninety drivers will continue to drive in a figure of eight, non-stop, for three hours. The thrill and excitement of this event is not to be missed, and is an event that the entire family can enjoy.
To find out more information about this historical track and the World Figure 8 Championship, visit the Indianapolis Speedrome website at www.speedrome.com.
Date: 11 September 2010
Venue: Indianapolis Speedrome
Country: United States of America
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