2010 Rolex 24 at Daytona

December 17, 2009 by  
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This is the 48th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the start of Speedweeks 2010, as well as the beginning of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series. Previously known as the 24 Hours of Daytona, this event is a sports car endurance race held on a combination 3.56-mile course.

Date: 30 – 31 January 2010
Venue: Daytona International Speedway
City: Daytona Beach, FL
Country: United States of America

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.

DIRTcar All Star Weekend 2009

June 10, 2009 by  
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Do not miss out on the three days of extreme DIRTcar Racing that has already been referred to as the biggest racing event that has ever been hosted at the Cayuaga County Fair Speedway. From the 17th to the 19th of July 2009 a star studded line up of drivers will take to the track and bewilder spectators with speed, endurance and bravery as they fend off their competitors.

Visit the DIRTcar All Star Weekend website to remain up to date with the event and new information in regard to race day, http://www.allstar100weekend.com/

Date: July 17, 2009
Venue: Cayuaga County Fair Speedway
City: Weedsport, New York
Country: United States of America

American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix 2009

June 10, 2009 by  
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On 17 and 18 July 2009 the Limerock Park Circuit will come alive with spectacular racing action as world class drivers put magnificent cars such as Acuras, Vettes and Ferraris through their paces. Do not miss out on the greenest event in auto racing.

Tickets vary between $25 to $75 and for information regarding this racing event, the website http://www.limerock.com/ will be able to answer any queries or contact the racetrack on 860.435.5000.

Date: July 17, 2009
Venue: Limerock Park Circuit
City: Lakeville, Connecticut
Country: United States of America

Auto Racing: 24 Hours of Le Mans

August 7, 2006 by  
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For many car enthusiasts the true test of endurance is the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Run every year since 1923, except 1936 for economic reasons and 1940-48 during the Second World War, this race has become the true test of a driver’s ability and determination. The race takes place at Cirque de la Sarthe in the town of Le Mans and is considered by some to be the most famous automobile race in the world.

Encompassing a track that is 8.5 miles long and runs through the country roads of the region, this course is both challenging and scenic. Racers run their cars for the 24 hours to accumulate as many miles as possible. The driver that can endure the longest and collect the most miles driven wins.

Over the years, most of the major manufactures of Europe have participated in the event. The teams from Porsche have dominated the race with sixteen wins. Although, the European teams have held a large presence, the team from American carmaker Ford, has been impressive with six wins over the years.

Held in June annually, the 24 Hours of Le Mans attracts some of the world’s best drivers. From the team of Andre Lagache and Rene Leonard, winners of the first race, to Olivier Gendeien the race’s first four-time winner and the team that has included Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro winners of four of the last eight races. This endurance race creates legends out of its drivers.

Book your rooms early. Pack a sleeping bag and comfortable chair. Stake out your race side seats and witness what has become the pinnacle of racing success. The 24 Hours of Le Mans is a true testament of the human will.