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Racer Justin Wilson Passes Away From Injuries Sustained In Accident

Posted on 08.25.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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I am sad to report that Justin Wilson has passed away due to injuries he suffered during the Indy Car race over the past weekend.  Wilson was struck in the head by the nose cone of Sage Karem’s car after it spun and hit the wall in turn 1 at Pocono raceway.  It appeared as if Justin Wilson was instantly knocked out when he was struck by the debris.  After the safety crew realized that Justin was unconscious and unresponsive he was air lifted to the closest hospital.  A few hours later a statement was released that Justin was in a coma and in critical condition.

Sadly yesterday afternoon Justin Wilson passed away at the hospital.  Justin Wilson’s career has spanned decades and various disciplines but most of his success came once he arrived in the states to compete in the Champ Car series and then later the Indy Car series.

Justin Wilson was easy to spot due to his height (he was one of the tallest professional drivers in the world) and his smile.  He was regarded by many of his fellow drivers as being extremely kind, warm, and giving.  He always made sure that his driving contracts would include saving some space on his cars to promote charitable organizations that he believed in.  He was also an advocate for driver and spectator safety in motorsports.

Justin is survived by his wife Juila and his two daughters.  Justin also has a younger brother Stefan who is also a race driver and has competed in the Indy Lights series and the Indy Car series.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.  I will miss watching Justin drive but I’ll continue to root for him.

In lieu of flowers his family and friends ask that if you can, donate to Justin Wilson’s children’s fund at the following address:

Wilson Children’s Fund, c/o INDYCAR, 4551 W. 16th St., Indianapolis, IN 46222.

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Formula Drift: Masashi Yokoi Wins Formula Drift Texas

Posted on 08.24.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Formula Drift had quite the event in Texas over the weekend.  The 6th round of the pro 1 championship and 7th round of the world championship seemed to be riddled with controversy and surprises.  We’ll start with some surprises.  A few seasoned veterans were taken out early by privateer drivers.  For example, Tyler McQuarrie fell to Kristaps Bluss and his V8 powered BMW in the top 32.  James Evans in the Sikky 350Z managed to move on past Vaughn Gittin Jr but that was mostly due to Vaughn having an argument with a wall, and losing.  Either way, its pretty shocking to see names like McQuarrie and Gittin go out that early.

It was when the top 16 started that things got really crazy.  It seems that there was more OMT calls in this event than in any other event in the history of Formula Drift.  The guys at Wrecked Magazine are still working out the math on that but safe to stay there was a ton of OMT (One More Time) calls where some felt that there shouldn’t have been.  This caused the event to go on much longer than anticipated as the OMT calls continued into the final four which came down to Ken Gushi vs Daigo Saito and Chris Forsberg vs Masashi Yokoi.

Gushi managed to defeat Saito (no easy task) to move on to the final and Yokoi (a new crowd favorite) defeated the reigning champ Chris Forsberg.  Gushi and Yokoi battled hard but it was Yokoi who came out on top.  Forsberg managed to nab 3rd spot on the podium, landing some decent points.

Fredric Aasbo still has a very comfortable points lead going into the final round at Irwindale in October but he still has more than a few contenders.  It should be exciting to see how it all shakes out!

We’ll see you in at Irwindale!

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F1 Hype: Belgian Grand Prix Quick Results (With Video)

Posted on 08.24.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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The weekend was a big one for motorsports fans.  There was Indy Car in Pennsylvania (even though it ended on a bad note), Drifting in Texas, and Formula 1 in Belgium.  If you happened to miss out on that last one, we have the official Belgian GP results for you below along with a race recap by the guys at NBC sports.  Scroll down for all the info.

WARNING SPOILERS BELOW!

2015 Belgian Grand Prix Results:

1st: Lewis Hamilton
2nd: Nico Rosberg
3rd: Romain Grosjean

Race recap:

Current top 5 points standings:

1st: Lewis Hamilton (227pts)
2nd: Nico Rosberg (199pts)
3rd: Sebastian Vettel (160pts)
4th: Kimi Raikkonen (82pts)
5th: Felipe Massa (82pts)

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Indy Car News: Justin Wilson In Coma After Being Struck In The Head By Debris During Race

Posted on 08.24.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Veteran driver Justin Wilson is currently in a coma after suffering a head injury during the ABC Supply 500 race in Pocono over the weekend.  The incident occurred when driver Sage Karam who was leading the race, suddenly lost control of his car and hit a wall.  On impact pieces of his car flew off and on to the track.  As drivers were trying to avoid the debris, Wilson was struck in the head with what is believed to have been the nose cone of Karam’s car.  After the impact Wilson was immediately knocked unconscious and his car coasted off and hit an inner wall.

When the safety team reached him he was still unconscious and unresponsive so he was immediately air lifted to the local hospital.  A short while later an update was released stating that Wilson is was in a coma and is in critical condition.  Currently there have been no further updates.  Justin Wilson is still in a coma and is condition is still classified as “critical”.  Doctors are continuing to evaluate him.

Fellow drivers from various motorsports have been tweeting out their well wishes for Justin Wilson with the hashtag #PrayersForJustin.

As soon as any further updates are released this post will be updated and/or a new post will go up.

Our thoughts are with Justin Wilson, his family, and his friends.

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Indy Car: ABC Supply 500 Quick Result

Posted on 08.24.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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I know normally when I do these posts I make some kind of joke poking fun at you for missing the race.  However, considering all the stuff that happened at this event including the terrible accident with Justin Wilson (more on that in a separate post), I am just going to get to the point and ask you scroll down for official race results if you should need them.

WARNING SPOILERS BELOW!

 

ABC Supply 500 Results:

1st: Ryan Hunter-Reay
2nd: Josef Newgarden
3rd: Juan Pablo Montoya

Top 5 Points Standings:

1st: Juan Pablo Montoya (500pts)
2nd: Graham Rahal (466pts)
3rd: Scott Dixon (453pts)
4th: Will Power (439pts)
5th: Helio Castroneves (423pts)

Next weekend is GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, which is also the last race of the season.  While it looks like Juan Montoya has a comfortable lead in the points, the last race is worth double points per the new rules.  This means as of now the top 6 are still mathematically contenders for the 2015 championship.

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Hype News: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup Car Is Newest Official Mazda Raceway Pace Car

Posted on 08.14.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

There is a lot going on this weekend up in Monterey, California.  There is a few hundred million dollars worth of exotic, and classic cars are staging up for Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance show, tour, and auctions.  A few minutes down the way a ton of vintage race cars will be gathering at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the annual Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion event.  With everything going on, there will be a ton of eyes focused on Monterey this weekend so Mazda figured this would be the best time to debut the newest Mazda Raceway pace car: a 2016 MX-5 Cup racer!

This particular MX-5 is actually the very first 2016 cup car built so its only fitting that it will lead the pack during the festivities this weekend.  It should be awesome to watch the new MX-5 on track pacing a full grid of pristine vintage race cars!  Hopefully Mazda will give the fans what they want and rip off a few laps at speed in the new car as well!  Click the thumbnail below for a larger picture of the new MX-5 pace car and for more info the official press release is below as well.

2016 Mazda MX-5 Pace Car

Press Release:

Mazda Raceway Is Ready to Pace The Future

First Production 2016 MX-5 Cup Race Car Becomes Newest Pace Car

MONTEREY, Calif. (August 13, 2015) – Mazda Motorsports used the annual car-fest known as the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion to roll out the first production 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup race car.  This particular vehicle is guaranteed to lead races as it will be the newest pace car in the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca fleet of Mazda safety vehicles.

The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup race car follows a 26-year history of the MX-5 Miata in motorsports.   The first race cars to be sold to customers will be used in the 2016 Global MX-5 Cup, known in the U.S. as the Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup.  With the 2016 racing season still many months away, placing the first production race car into pace car duty allows Mazda to gather additional durability data while showcasing it in front of one of the most influential motorsports crowds of the year.

“For Mazda, this weekend is the perfect blend of past, present, and future,” noted John Doonan, director of motorsports for Mazda North American Operations.  “We are celebrating our motorsports heritage on the track with our vintage race cars.  We are showcasing our current line-up of race-inspired products in our consumer display in the paddock, and with this pace car, we are giving a glimpse into the 2016 racing season when the latest MX-5 Miata will be racing in the Global MX-5 Cup.”

The graphics design was completed at the Mazda Design studio in Irvine, California, and applied by StickyFingers Design.

The 2015 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca racing season will conclude on September 11-13 with the Mazda Road to Indy, and Pirelli World Challenge finales.

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Video Game Hype: New Need For Speed Will Require An Internet Connection Thus, Making Internet Angry

Posted on 08.12.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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In some controversial news, EA Games has announced that the upcoming Need For Speed reboot featuring car culture celebrities like Ken Block, Akira Nakai, and Magnus Walker will require an internet connection to work.  Commonly referred to by gamers as “always online” this means if the game does not have an active connection to the interwebs it simply won’t boot up to gameplay.  This isn’t just for muli-player mode either.  Since Need For Speed will be based in an active open world environment even the “single player” mode will require a connection.

Now, some of you may be thinking that such a thing isn’t a big deal since these days high-speed internet is pretty much ubiquitous.  Most of our game consoles are connected anyway so why does it matter if this game needs an internet connection to work?  Well opponents of “always online” will mention that high speed internet isn’t quite as common as most of us like to think and not everyone has a reliable connection.  They will also note that this would mean if the game’s own servers go down, an occurrence which is happening more frequently as of late, then the game may still not work despite the player themselves having a solid connection.  Another con to “always online” is the possibility that if the game requires an internet connection it may also require a premium console-based internet service, for example Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus.  These services generally cost about $50 a year.  So, if for example someone has an Xbox One console but does not have Xbox Live Gold their cost to entry just went up as they would have to purchase the game which will likely be about $60usd plus the additional $50 for Xbox Live, bringing the total investment for one game to $110.

Taking all that into account it is understandable why some fans of Need For Speed are upset that the new game will be going the always online route.  In fact, some fans are so upset that an online petition has been started in hopes to convince EA Games to reverse their decision.  As of the writing of this post the petition has 2,065 signatures of their 2,500 signature goal.  While that may not be a lot of people in the grand scheme of things, its definitely enough to be noticed.  Despite that it is unlikely that EA will have a change of heart on this issue.

Recently the Executive Producer of Need For Speed 2015 Marcus Nilsson spoke to the Official Xbox Magazine in an interview and explained the choice to go always online.  According to Nilsson, the main reason why the new Need For Speed will require an internet connection is due to the re-working of Autolog.  For those who don’t know, Autolog is a suite of online-based features used in Need For Speed games which tracks player stats and also connects players to each other within the game’s open world environment.  “We’ve been pretty big with Autolog throughout the years and, as we know, its a pretty big feature,” said Nilsson.  “This time around it we’re going to give it more of a human voice.  It will treat your friend’s play as if it were part of the narrative experience.”

Marcus goes on to mention some of the new social features that will make their way into Need For Speed: “We also have a new snapshot system as well; Which is taking pictures of lots of different moments – [they go] out to the Need For Speed network where people can ‘like’ them, and those likes are being pushed back into the game as currency.  So you get progression from sharing your photos.  The Xbox One has really good built-in systems to make videos and stream them, which we are also going to use.”

Those features actually sound pretty cool and I got a small taste of them when I had a chance to demo Need For Speed at E3 this year.  In the demo presentation it was mentioned that attempting to get “likes” and attention from other players and characters would play a big part in the gameplay.  It even has something of a Twitter-like built in social network which is used to send and receive messages in-game.  So for some, despite the possible pitfalls of an always online game, it may be worth it if it means adding innovative, cool features like Autolog.

We won’t really know how big of a factor that Autolog and always online will be until the final version of Need For Speed is released.  Hopefully I’ll have a chance to review the final version and give you my take on it before it launches.

For now, we want to know what you think?  Are you upset that the new Need For Speed will require an internet connection?  Or are you ok with it because of the features it will bring to the game?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.

[Interview Source: Xbox Magazine]

[Petition Source link: Change.org]

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Formula Drift Hype: Fredric Aasbo Wins Round 5 In Seattle

Posted on 07.27.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Did you check out the live stream of Formula Drift Seattle over the weekend?  What a crazy event!  There was rain on and off making track conditions super unpredictable and the battles were nuts!  There was even a fair share of car carnage when Tyler McQuarrie had a literal run in with the wall during a battle with Justin Pawlak.  It was all pretty exciting to watch.  In the end though, it was Fredric Aasbo who once again made it to the top of the podium by defeating Alec Hohnadell in the final battle.  Justin Pawlak’s car held together after his rough battle with McQuarrie and managed a 3rd place podium finish.

Aasbo’s win gives him a pretty big lead in the points, especially considering that his closest competition Ryan Tuerck failed to make it out of Top 32.  With only two rounds left Tuerck really needs to step his game up if he wants a shot at the 2015 Pro Championship title.  So, to wrap up the podium once more it was Fredric Aasbo getting the win with Alec Hohnadell in second place, and Justin Pawlak taking third.

Here are the top 5 Pro Championship points standings after round 5:

1st: Fredric Aasbo -373 points
2nd: Ryan Tuerck -297 points
3rd: Odi Bakchis -293 points
4th: Ken Gushi -264 points
5th: Chris Forsberg -261 points

The next round in the Formula Drift Championship will be in Fort Worth, Texas at Texas Motor Speedway.  Expect any and all challengers for the Championship to go completely HAM as time is running out for the 2015 season!

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F1 Hype: Hungarian Grand Prix Quick Result (With Video)

Posted on 07.27.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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What? You didn’t watch the F1 race this weekend?  What the heck were you doing then?  Watching Paper Towns?  Ugh fine, I’ll give you the results to get you caught up but next time you’re own your own!  …Who am I kidding?  I can’t stay mad at you!  I got your back!  Anyway, scroll down for official results of the Hungarian GP and a race recap from NBC Sports.

WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW!

2015 Hungarian Grand Prix Results:

1st: Sebastian Vettel (Vettel dedicated his win to the late Jules Bianchi)
2nd: Daniil Kvyat
3rd: Daniel Riccardo

Race recap:

2015 Formula One World Championship Driver Standings:

1st: Lewis Hamilton -202 points
2nd: Nico Rosberg -181 points
3rd: Sebastian Vettel -160 points
4th: Valtteri Bottas -77 points
5th: Kimi Raikkonen -76 points

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Video Game Hype: Lime Rock Park Coming To Forza Motorsport 6

Posted on 07.22.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Up until launch, the team behind Forza Motorsport 6 will be announcing their car list in big chunks.  Today, a tasty chunk of said car list was released but in addition to that, it was also announced that Lime Rock Park will be in Forza Motorsport 6!  Lime Rock park is a New England landmark and is a favorite track to racing enthusiasts all over the world so its awesome that we’ll see it in Forza Motorsport 6 once it releases this September.  There will be 26 different tracks total when it is all said and done and I am looking forward to what’s announced next.  I am also crossing my fingers that Long Beach will return!  For the official Forza 6 Lime Rock Park press release and the list of cars announced today, scroll below.

Car List:

1981 Ford #2 Zakspeed Racing Capri Turbo
1969 Ford Boss 302
1978 Ford Mustang II King Cobra
1966 Ford Country Squire
1985 Ford RS200 Evolution
1966 Ford GT40 Mk II
1966 Ford Lotus Cortina
1973 Ford Capri RS3100
1981 Ford Fiesta XR2
2007 Ford Shelby GT500
2000 Ford SVT Cobra R
1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth
1993 Ford SVT Cobra R
1987 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500
1965 Ford Mustang GT Coupe
1940 Ford De Luxe Coupe
2003 Ford Focus RS
1956 Ford F-100
1975 Ford Bronco
2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
2011 Ford Transit SuperSportVan
1997 Mazda RX-7
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR
2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR
1997 Honda Civic Type R
1997 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec
2002 Lotus Esprit V8
2011 Peugeot 308 GTI
2004 Maserati MC12
1981 Volkswagen Scirocco S
2014 Alfa Romeo 4C
2011 Radical SR8 RX
2008 Lamborghini Reventon
2013 Donkervoort D8 GTO
2013 Vauxhall Astra 1.6 Tech Line Top Gear Edition
2014 Chevrolet Super Sport
2013 Dodge Ram Runner
1968 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds 442
2011 BMW X5 M
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT
1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX

Press Release:

Face the Rolling Hills of Lime Rock Park with Ford’s Finest in the Forza Garage

Before we get into week four of the Forza Garage – what we are calling “Ford Week” since we are announcing a long list of incredible rides from one of America’s most exciting and prestigious automakers – let’s talk about our latest track announcement for “Forza Motorsport 6.”

At E3, we announced a number of new environments that are part of the 26 locales you’ll be able to race in Forza 6 – Rio de Janeiro, Daytona International Speedway, Watkins Glen and Brands Hatch. Today, we bring you Lime Rock Park.

Lime Rock Park

Nestled in the hills of New England, this gloriously serene setting has been a home to motorsport since 1957. While its rolling hills and dales may appear simplistic, mastering their complex camber and radii is something great drivers from every racing discipline have struggled to achieve for decades. The 1.5 miles of racing surface at Lime Rock was engineered with the help of Cornell Aeronautical Labs using scientific and highway-safety principles. The track’s six right-hand corners and single left-hand turn are deceptively fast, and its track width is utterly unforgiving. Heading uphill, you enter turn five blindly, so it will take time to master your turn in and braking. Nearly all the racing greats have tread here, from Paul Newman to Stirling Moss. Everything with wheels from stock cars to Formula 5000 have fought for victory or suffered in defeat on this American treasure. Now you can experience its challenge and majesty in “Forza Motorsport 6.”

This week, we also introduce a bevy of Fords to the lineup you will have the chance to experience on Sept. 15. Racing’s influence on Ford’s iconic cars is only matched by the automaker’s impact upon racing itself.

1981 Ford #2 Zakspeed Racing Capri Turbo

Raw, brutal and beautiful define the beast that is the #2 Zakspeed Racing Capri Turbo. This Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft-era silhouette racer kept Ford in the racing headlines following its besting of Ferrari at Le Mans in the 1960s and Formula One triumphs in the 1970s. Every element of the #2 Capri is dramatic – from its mammoth wheel arches that house bespoke cooling to its massive aero package from nose to tail. While the overall form of the Zakspeed Racing Capri resembles its road-going counterpart, that shape is where the similarities end. The #2 Capri’s overall height barely reaches the production car’s door sill and underneath the Kevlar-reinforced plastic body panels is an aluminum spaceframe. It’s powered by a fire-breathing monster of an engine that’s capable of reaching more than 9000 rpm. The engine suffered massive turbo lag – indicative of the era – but repaid its pilot with spectacular force under full boost. This icon of racing is not for the faint of heart, waiting to either bite your backside or blow your mind. Tread with caution, but enjoy every minute of the ride.

1969 Ford Boss 302

The 1969 Boss 302 is a legend of Trans-Am racing, built by Ford to compete against the scourge of GM victories. It was driven by the likes of Parnelli Jones and temporarily turned the tables in Ford’s favor in the 1970 season. This free-breathing old school V8 was capable of much more than controlled terror in a corner – in fact, it was downright sporting. Car & Driver Magazine called it “the best handling Ford to ever come out of Dearborn.” It may have been rated at 290 horsepower, but everyone knew upon driving it there were much closer to 400 ponies under the hood. With less than 2,000 built in 1969, the Boss 302 is the perfect competitor in any race of American steel.

Stay tuned to ForzaMotorsport.net for full details on our weekly car and track reveals leading up to launch this September.

 

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