Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival 2010

May 21, 2010 by  
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The 2010 Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival will be held on the 5th and 6th of June 2010, at the Infineon Raceway in California. Sonoma will come alive with classic vehicles and touring cars, and visitors to the festival can look forward to features such as the Wine Country Pavilion, where the best wines and food can be enjoyed, as well as open paddocks that display a variety of cars, and visitors get the opportunity to talk to the drivers. More than thirty vintage cars will be on display, including cars that date back to pre-war times.

To enjoy the excitement of this spectacular motoring festival, get down to the Infineon Raceway, and be a part of the wonder and racing. For more information, visit

Date: 5 – 6 June 2010
Venue: Infineon Raceway
City: Sonoma, California
Country: United States of America

NASCAR Sprint All Stars Race 2010

April 9, 2010 by  
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Only the top drivers of NASCAR are eligible to participate in the NASCAR Sprint All Stars Race, which takes place at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on 22 May 2010. This fun annual event attracts thousands of spectators, as they are able to watch the qualifying drivers compete for the prize money, which is $1 million. Drivers that have not qualified, will have one last chance at competing, by taking part in a fast and nail-biting qualifying race that takes place before the big event. Tickets to the NASCAR Sprint All Stars Race do not only give spectators access to the racing action, but the opportunity to attend a special concert featuring the award winning band, Creed.

Visit the Charlotte Motor Speedway website for more information in regard to ticket pricing and race day activities, at

Date: 22 May 2010
Venue: Charlotte Motor Speedway
City: Charlotte
Country: United Stated of America

What is the Chase for the Sprint Cup?

March 29, 2010 by  
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The Chase for the Sprint Cup was introduced to NASCAR to increase the competition mid-season, as well as to generate greater fan interest and higher television ratings. Certain changes have been made to the format since its inception in 2004, but The Chase continues to add drama to the NASCAR season.

The Chase was introduced in 2004 after Matt Kenseth won the Winston Cup in 2003 by such a large lead that much of the season lost its excitement, reducing ticket sales and TV ratings. Matt Kenseth had won only a single race all season, however, due to the point system and his consistent placing throughout the season, Matt Kenseth won. Because of his large point lead it was also a forgone conclusion, killing any possibility of a tight finish. On the other hand, Ryan Newman took first place in 8 races that season, but only finished in sixth place. This point system had proved more than once to be a dampener for spectators, who would rather switch the channel to watch the NFL. Thus the Chase for the Sprint Cup was introduced.

So how does the Chase for the Sprint Cup work? Once 26 races in the season have taken place, 12 drivers with the top points then qualify for The Chase. At this point the 12 NASCAR drivers’ points are adjusted to start with 5 000 points, along with an extra 10 points for each win the driver had during the season so far. These drivers will continue to compete for the last 10 races of the season. All 43 of the season’s drivers will still compete for wins and prize money under the standard point system. Drivers who win receive 190 points. Any competing driver who leads a lap in the course of the race will be awarded 5 bonus points. Also, 5 bonus points are given to the driver who leads for the most laps. At the end of the season’s final 10 races, the NASCAR driver with the top point total is named champion of the Sprint Cup Series. This Chase for the Sprint Cup format almost certainly results in a points’ battle right until the last race of the season, adding to the thrill of the sport.

Motorsports Expo 2010

March 3, 2010 by  
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The Motorsports Expo is one of the most anticipated events on the calendar for auto racing and car enthusiasts. This year, the Motorsports Expo will be held for its 24th year, and hosted at the Verizon Centre of Progress Building, located at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse on the 13th and 14th of March 2010. Organizers have ensured that this year’s expo will be an event to remember, with magnificent exhibits and extra features for all to enjoy. And there is an additional treat for DIRTcar Racing fans, as a number of drivers have confirmed their presence at the 2010 Motorsport Expo for an exclusive autograph session.

Over and above endless exhibitors and stands, there will be a special signing of autographs on the 13th of March 2010 by the drivers of the Super DIRTcar Series. Some of the drivers to look forward to include Matt Sheppard, Dale Planck, Ryan Phelps, Gary Tomkins, Larry Wight, Lance Willix II and Jessica Zemken. Not only will these drivers be autographing photos, but motor sports fans will have the opportunity to ask their favorite drivers questions in regard to racing, plans for the future and their careers. Visitors to the Motorsports Expo 2010 will also be invited to attend discussions by Matt Sheppard, Dale Planck and Larry Wight, where they will be sharing their experiences and challenges.

A variety of racing vehicles will also be on display, and fans can look out for the original Chevrolet Impala Stock Car that was ridden by Mike Welch, the No. 5H Ernie Kreis & Son-Fastline Performance-P&M Fabrication/Bicknell, Big Red Towing no. 99 Dave Miller Auto Body/Bicknell car and the JB Motorsports no. 9S Xtreme Lubricants/Bicknell, that was piloted by Matt Sheppard. All these vehicles will be exhibited in the DIRTcar Land exhibition section of the expo.

Out of town visitors to the 2010 Motorsports Expo 2010 will find comfortable accommodation close by, with the Ramada Inn being the official hotel for the expo. The Motorsports Expo 2010 is an event that the entire family can enjoy, and combines the thrill of racing with the excitement of being able to bring the fans and their racing heroes together.

Formula One Driver Fitness

December 17, 2009 by  
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Formula One drivers have to be well trained, highly conditioned athletes able to cope with the forces exerted upon them whilst racing. It is not simply a matter of sitting in a car and driving, it requires physical and mental preparation for strength and stamina. So what is involved in F1 driver fitness training? And why is it necessary?

To begin, let’s answer the second question: Why? Immense forces or loadings created by F1 cars include lateral G-forces up to 4.5 G, or 25 kg on the neck of the driver. Longitudinal G-forces can also reach 4.5 G, sustained 3.5 G of cornering force in some instances, as well as braking of up to 4.5 G and acceleration of 1 G. During the course of a race a Formula One driver’s pulse rate will remain at approximately 160 beats per minute (BPM), sometimes peaking at more than 200 BPM. The driver’s blood pressure may increase by some 50 % during the race. Add to this the intense heat in the vehicle’s cockpit and you have a lot of factors that require training and preparation of the body to make it through the entire length of a race.

Depending on the F1 team, approaches to training may vary. Because of the size of a Formula One car cockpit, it is necessary that drivers do not put on too much weight whilst developing strength. Endurance is increased through cardio-vascular training including running, swimming, cycling and kayaking. Specific muscle groups, particularly the neck and chest require work, thus special equipment has been designed for F1 driver strength training.

Another factor in F1 driver fitness training is diet and nutrition. Carefully planned healthy diets ensure the correct amount of protein, minerals and carbohydrates are consumed. As drivers may loose some 2 to 3 liters of water while racing, it is vital that they drink plenty of water prior to racing. All in all the physical endurance of Formula One drivers is quite similar to that required by a marathon runner.

Mental training is vital for Formula One drivers who need to concentrate for extended periods of time. Drivers develop extremely fine tuned sensitivity, to the point that they can sense minute changes in front-rear aerodynamic balance. They are trained to keep the engine at approximated 2000rpm and are able to make consecutive lap-times in a range of just 0.2 seconds through careful pacing. Throughout the race it is vital for the driver to maintain complete awareness, control stress and make important decisions.

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