Archive for August, 2010

“Changing Lanes” on BET

Posted in NASCAR with tags , , , , on August 30, 2010 by autoracingpower

Growing up, Michael Cherry’s nickname was “Hollywood.” And now, the NASCAR driver might have to rekindle the use of that moniker as he’s a featured driver on the new realtity TV series “Changing Lanes.” The show debuts Wednesday, September 1st on BET.

This new series is designed to spark the interest of NASCAR in more minority groups. It starts with 30 drivers, then is cut down to 10. They compete in elimination contests and the 4 finalists win an opportunity to qualify for the Toyota All-Star Showdown in Irwindale, California.

The series not only shows you the drivers’ dedication on the track, but gives a personal profiling on each one, as the show hopes to bring more women, African Americans and Hispanics into a sport that has been predominately focused on white males.

Michel Cherry currently sports the nickname “Cherry Bomb,” which is painted on the car he drives for Revolution Racing. They are a racing company devoted to bringing diversity into stock car racing.

For more information on the “Changing Lanes” series or on Michael Cherry, please visit the original post.

NASCAR Star Kyle Busch Takes it Off-Road

Posted in NASCAR with tags , , , , on August 26, 2010 by autoracingpower

Kyle Busch is best known as the star of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, but on Wednesday August 25, 2010, he took it off the road. Busch endured a last place finish in his first official off-road race in the Traxxas TORC Series at the Route 66 Raceway in Illinois.

Busch fell out of the second lap with a broken rear suspension. Although he didn’t place, Busch had fun and enjoyed the aspects of the off-road race.


F1 Technician to Trek Across Sahara

Posted in Formula 1 with tags , , on August 24, 2010 by autoracingpower

Mark Owen, a 53-year-old Formula 1 technician, plans to gear up for a trip across the Sahara desert. Nope, he won’t be enjoying the rolling hills on a camels back—he’ll be cruising across this hostile terrain in a 1924 Delage tourer.

This 6,000-mile adventure across Africa won’t be made alone, his wife Sue plans to accompany him as they travel from Longworth to Ghana. This trip is a fund-raising adventure, in which Mark hopes to earn £4,000 for the Sabre Charitable Trust—it helps provide Ghana children with schooling.

Mr. Owen estimates that the journey will take him 6 weeks and cost £1,000 in fuel. His ride travels at a maximum speed of 70mph and is sure to face heat waves up to 40 degrees Celsius.

For more information, read the original article posted by Oxford Mail.

2 NASCAR Races for Iowa Speedway

Posted in NASCAR with tags , , , on August 18, 2010 by autoracingpower

In the past, the Iowa Speedway has held a single NASCAR race each season. In 2011, according to USA Today,  NASCAR has scheduled two 250-lap races. The two races are schedules for May 22 & August 6, 2011.

Budweiser to Sponsor Harvick

Posted in NASCAR with tags , , , on August 17, 2010 by autoracingpower

Richard Childress Racing (RCR) just announced that Budweiser will join RCR as the primary sponsor of Kevin Harvick’s No. 29 Chevrolet.

The sponsorship agreement is for 3 seasons. Budweiser colors are said to appear on the vehicle in 20 primary races as well as on two non-point races, and will be the co-sponsor on the car for the Sprint All-Star Race.

For more information, please visit Fox

Congrats to Jeff Gordon and Wife: Baby Leo

Posted in NASCAR with tags , , , , on August 11, 2010 by autoracingpower

In March, Jeff Gordon and wife Ingrid Vandebosh announced that they were expecting a baby boy. On Monday, August 9th, they welcomed a new son into the world. “Leo Benjamin Gordon was born at 8:53 AM, weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and was 19 inches long,” a statement posted on the racecar driver’s Web site said.

Both Mom and Baby are doing great, and are very happy! Baby Leo is the second child for the Gordon-Vandebosch household. His big sister is three-year old Ella Sofia.

The Racepresso

Posted in Ferrari, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on August 9, 2010 by autoracingpower

The alarm buzzer sounds at the wee hour of 5:30AM—yep, it’s Monday already. You hobble in the dark to find the bathroom. Somehow you manage to get through your typical morning routine without even opening your eyes. We are impressed, but not as impressed as you’re about to be once you’ve seen this product. You’re obviously on this blog because you have a love of racing. Whether your patriotism lays with NASCAR, F1 or Indy, there’s a natural urge inside of you for fast cars and talented drivers. Combine that love of racing with your love of coffee (after all, that was your next stop once you opened your eyes). This coffee machine is the ultimate for race fans. Ferrari teamed up with a company called Nespresso to create the Racepresso. This helmet-styled espresso machine exemplifies your love of racing and helps you score a nice cup of Joe in the morning—what could be better than that?

Milka Dunno : Is This the End?

Posted in IndyCar with tags , , , , , , , on August 3, 2010 by autoracingpower

An article posted on ESPN on July 24th stated that the IRL placed Milka Duno on probation until December 31st due to consistently failing to meet minimal performance standards. It was stated that the 38-year old Venezuelan driver needed to show “immediate and substantial improvement in her driving.”

Duno has consistently been one of the slowest drivers at every IndyCar Series road race. Her team owner, Dale Coyne needs the sponsorship supper that Dunno brings in from oil giant Citgo to keep his team in good standings. He defends her by saying, “She hasn’t done street circuits, so we knew the challenge was bigger on street tracks.”

The biggest issue isn’t her poor speeds, but how her poor speeds on the track are effecting other racers who get stuck behind her as they try to lap her. For more information on her driving patterns and public appearances, read more here.

Next NASCAR Race: Watkins Glen August 8, 2010

Posted in NASCAR with tags , on August 2, 2010 by autoracingpower

Going to the August 8th Heluva Good: Sour Cream Dips at the Glen Race? Then you need to know a few things.

Tips on What to Bring:

  • A soft sided cooler that is no larger than 6 x 6 x 12 inches
  • Binoculars and cameras
  • Seat cushions
  • Keep in mind that all items brought through the gates are subject to inspection

Get to Know the Course

  • Track was completed in 1948
  • Distance – 2.45 miles
  • Road Course
  • 11 Turns


  • Ton of camping is available, most within the infield
  • Reserved and unreserved camping is available for a fee (does not include gate admission)

Weather Conditions

  • Sunday August 8, 2010 – 79 Degrees and Sunny