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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.

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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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Gaming Hype: Two Vintage McLaren Race Cars Coming To Forza Motorsport 6

Posted on 07.15.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Forza Motorsport 6 is coming and each week the team at Turn 10 is building anticipation with weekly announcements of chunks of the 450 cars that will be in the final game.  Today we find out that not one but two vintage McLaren race cars will be included in the roster.  The first of which is the 1969 McLaren M8B CanAm race car.  This #4 car was driven by Bruce McLaren himself in the ’69 CanAm series.  Bruce and his Teammate Denny Hulme actually ended up winning every race that year.  This car also provides a hint as to where the famous McLaren orange comes from.

The second car is the 1966 McLaren M2B Formula 1 race car.  This car represents McLaren’s first shot at Formula 1 racing.  It didn’t do very well in its first race but its what gave McLaren the F1 bug and started the legend that we know them as today.

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While I obviously haven’t played the full version of Forza Motorsport 6 yet I have to admit that the inclusion of vintage race cars like these is really increasing my anticipation of the game.  I can’t wait to review it!  Oh, one more thing.  In addition to announcing these two cars Turn 10 also has another long list of cars they are announcing this week as well.  See it below.

This week’s Forza Motorsport 6 Car list:

1997 Volvo 850 R
1995 Ferrari F50
1976 McLaren #11 Marlboro Team McLaren M23
1976 Ferrari #1 Scuderia Ferrari 312T2
2013 Mercedes-Benz G 65 AMG
1966 Chaparral #66 Chaparral Cars 2E
2014 Rolls Royce Wraith
1985 Mazda RX-7 GSL-SE
1967 Ferrari 330 P4
2014 Honda Civic Si
1986 BMW M635CSi
2005 Lotus Elise 111S
1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe
1984 Ferrari GTO
1971 Plymouth Cuda 426 HEMI
1998 Toyota Supra RZ
1993 Renault Clio Williams
1969 Toyota 2000GT
1988 Volkswagen Scirocco 16v
2001 Audi RS 4 Avant
1988 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Super Sport
1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA Stradale
1999 Dodge Viper GTS ACR
1988 Lamborghini Countach LP5000 QV
1986 Alfa Romeo Spider Quadrifoglio Verde
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS-454
1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
1990 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z
1992 Nissan Silvia CLUB K’s
1971 AMC Javelin AMX
1998 Volkswagen GTI VR6 Mk3
2014 Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged
1992 Bugatti EB110 SS
1968 Abarth 595 esseesse
2004 Saleen S7
1998 Eagle Talon TSi Turbo
2009 Pontiac Solstice GXP

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Indy Car Hype: ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 Quick Result (With Video)

Posted on 07.13.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Did you miss out on the Indy Car oval race over the weekend?  We got you covered.  Below are the official results for the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 along with some race highlights to show you how things shook out.

WARNING SPOILERS BELOW!!

ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 Results:

1st: Sebastian Bourdais
2nd: Helio Castroneves
3rd: Graham Rahal

Race Highlights:

Top 5 points standings:

1st: Juan Pablo Montoya -439 points
2nd: Scott Dixon -385 points
3rd: Graham Rahal -370 points (1 win)
4th: Helio Castroneves -370 points (no wins)
4th: Will Power -369 points

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Drift Hype: Masato Kawabata Wins Formula Drift Japan

Posted on 07.13.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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If you missed the Formula Drift Japan livestream over the weekend we are here to give you the quick results!  Formula Drift Japan was the first international points-paying round of the season and the first step for those seeking the Formula Drift World Championship title.  A handful of regulars in the American-based “Pro” series made the trip to Japan including Odi Bakchis, Dean Kearney, “Mad” Mike Whiddet, Robbie Nishida, Daigo Saito, Charles Ng, Masashi Yokoi, Matt Field, and Fredric Aasbo.

However it was seasoned driver and Japanese local Masato Kawabata who took the top podium spot.  Odi Bakchis managed second place and Tadahiro Fukada nabbed third place.

Kawabata’s win puts him in first place overall for the Formula Drift International title but if he wants to defend that spot he’ll need to make it out to the next two rounds in Canada and China respectively.  Odi’s second place finish combined with his consistent results in the American Pro series puts him in the number one points spot for the Formula Drift World Championship running; but he too will also need to have strong showings in Canada and China but also need to stay consistent in the Pro Series rounds as well to keep his World Championship hopes alive.

The next Formula Drift event will be round 5 of the Pro Series in Washington at Evergreen Speedway.

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Hype News: Mazda’s “Drive For Good” Program Donates 2016 MX-5 Launch Edition To St. Jude Children’s Hospital

Posted on 07.10.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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One of my favorite things is when this car hobby that we’re all a part of does something good and makes the world better for people despite if they share our interests or not. I am happy to report that Mazda and their “Drive For Good” program has donated a 2016 Mazda MX-5 “launch edition” to St Jude Children’s Hospital so that they can raise funds by auctioning off the car this weekend (Saturday July 11th). If you wanted to get your hands on the very limited (only 1,000 examples were made) launch edition MX-5’s but couldn’t get on the list then this is your chance.

The live auction will take place at the St Jude “Hope In The Hamptons” event however you do not have to be there to bid. If you want a shot at this MX-5 you can bid online live via Proxbid. The auction starts on Saturday, July 11th at 8:30pm eastern time. For more info check out the auction link and official press release below. Happy bidding!

[Auction link: www.proxibid.com/stjude]

Press Release:

Mazda Drive for Good Donates MX-5 Launch Edition to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®

Mazda North American Operations, through its Mazda Drive for Good program, donated a 2016 MX-5 Miata Launch Edition, one of only 1,000 made for the U.S. market, to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® to be auctioned at its inaugural Hope for the Hamptons event on July 11, 2015. The all-new MX-5 Launch Edition will be available for Proxibid online auction benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as part of St. Jude Hope in the Hamptons. Prebidding for this car is available until July 11 at 8:30pm Eastern. Or, bid live online on Proxibid during the auction, beginning Saturday, July 11 at approximately, 8:30 pm Eastern. www.proxibid.com/stjude

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

Posted on 07.06.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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With America celebrating its birthday this weekend it was probably easy to forget to watch the British GP on Sunday morning.  Especially if you were still recovering from copious amounts of BBQ and blowing stuff up.  As per usual we are your motorsport wing man and we have you covered for the quick results.  There is also a race review video from NBC sports below as well to make sure you see all the important bits.

WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW!!

2015 British Grand Prix Results:

1st: Lewis Hamilton
2nd: Nico Rosberg
3rd: Sebastian Vettel

2015 British Grand Prix Recap:

2015 Formula One World Championship Driver Standings:

1st: Lewis Hamilton -194 points
2nd: Nico Rosberg -177 points
3rd: Sebastian Vettel -135 points
4th: Valtteri Bottas -77 points
5th: Kimi Raikkonen -76 points

[Photo: Mercedes]

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Formula Drift Hype: Fredric Aasbo Wins In New Jersey Rain Battle (quick result)

Posted on 06.29.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Do you know what is harder than drifting?  Drifting in the freakin rain!  While typically a crowd pleasing occurrence, drifting in the rain without spinning out is extremely difficult.  Throw in the pressure of having judges watch your performance while competing for a championship and the difficulty is increased exponentially.  Yet, that is exactly what many drivers had to deal with over the weekend at Round 4 of Formula Drift in New Jersey at Wall Speedway.   It was definitely a battle of attrition but it was Fredric Aasbo who came out on top after defeating Dean Kearny in the final battle.  This is the second year in a row that Aasbo has earned victory in New Jersey.  Tuerck earned third place thanks to his 9th qualifying spot.  This podium definitely tightens up the points race, especially with defending champ Chris Forsberg bowing out early with a defeat to Odi Bakchis in the Top 16.  Below is your official Formula Drift New Jersey Podium and current top 5 pro championship points standings.

Formula Drift Round 4 “The Gauntlet” New Jersey Results:

1st: Fredric Aasbo
2nd: Dean Kearney
3rd: Ryan Tuerck

Formula Drift 2015 Pro Championship Standings:

1st: Ryan Tuerck – 275pts
2nd: Odi Bakchis – 274pts
3rd: Fredric Aasbo – 268pts
4th: Ken Gushi – 228pts
5th: Chris Forsberg – 225pts

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Indy Car Hype: MAVTV 500 Official Results (With Video)

Posted on 06.29.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Miss out on some of the racing this weekend?  No worries we got you covered!  We’ll start off with the results from the Indy Car race this weekend at Auto Club Speedway here in sunny California.  There was a surprise win at the MAVTV 500 this year.  Who was it?  Scroll below to find out!

WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW!!

Indy Car MAVTV 500 Official Results:

1st: Graham Rahal
2nd: Tony Kanaan
3rd: Marco Andretti

I bet that wasn’t the podium you were expecting was it?!  If you think that’s crazy check out the highlights below.

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