I have three bits of the best news you will hear all day. First: its Friday! Second: Gran Turismo 6 comes out today! Third: You won’t need to buy a next-gen console to play it (unless the newest console you own is a PS2)! All awesome right?
Yes, its a little hard to believe its happened so quickly, especially considering how long development on Gran Turismo 5 took but Gran Turismo 6 is finally here! As long as you have a Playstation 3 and 60 bucks you can run out to the store right now and go pick up your copy.
Once you place the game in your system you will be greeted by possibly the best racing game intro I have ever seen. It starts off with a tribute to Ayrton Senna which includes clips of what appear to be interviews with Ayrton’s family members which is a huge deal. Even the official SENNA documentary didn’t go quite that deep. From there comes a beautiful cinematic love letter to the process of automotive design. You will just have to watch to see what I am talking about. Finally in the last few seconds we get a tease of what looks like the ability to play as Aryton Senna in the game! Could this be why he is noticeably absent in F1 2013 classic edition? Who knows! I would have loved to review this game so I could tell you, but I am not on Sony’s “Cool kids” list so alas I was not sent a copy. What I do know is that if you aren’t sold on Gran Turismo 6 yet, this flick just might do it. So scroll down, watch, and enjoy!
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Like many people, when I heard the tragic news on Saturday that Paul Walker and race car driver Roger Rodas lost their lives in a car crash I thought that it was a joke, a social media hoax. How many times have we see the death of a celebrity trend on twitter only to find out later that it was just some random jerk playing a trick to get attention? Although, I did my best to find as my sources as I could even looking to my colleagues who are close with Paul to find out the truth.
Unfortunately the truth was confirmation of the horrible news. Even though I didn’t know Paul personally even I felt heavily stung by his passing. I was even more sad for my friends and mentors RJ de Vera and Craig Lieberman who both knew Paul personally as they worked with him on the first few Fast And Furious movies. During my career I started to meet more and more people who have met and touched by Paul. Everyone in our industry liked him, even if they didn’t like the movies. Why? Because away from the cameras and lights Paul Walker was still every bit the car nut as all of us were in the most genuine way possible.
The main thing I got from everyone who has ever interacted with him is that he was a very casual, friendly, and humble guy who just loved surfing, cars, and racing. He really was one of us. He just also happened to be a talented successful actor. Yet, he never let Hollywood get in the way of just being who he was and hanging out with people who shared the same loves as he did. I can wax poetic on how the portrayal of his character in the fast and the furious series represented the growth of enthusiasts as the films went on but I don’t think that would really suit his memory. He really was just a casual tshirt, jeans, and chuck taylor wearing guy who was friendly, kind, and accessible.
I think Craig Lieberman described it best on his Facebook page when he said:
“Meeting him for the first time on-set when I handed the keys to my Supra over to him, we got to know each other a bit. It was clear that he was a car guy but he was just starting to delve deeper into the car hobby. We talked several times during the filming of the first two films, mostly about cars, car parts, car capabilities and such.
The two fondest memories I have of him came from two separate events: at one point, Universal teamed me up with Paul to go to a couple of events at which my car would appear along side Paul, who would be signing autographs. While killing time at a hotel lounge, I met Paul’s ex girlfriend and his daughter, Meadow, who was about 3 at the time. I was surprised to learn he was a father (he was in his late 20′s back then) as he seemed to be living the dream life. But more surprising was how much he really loved his daughter…I could see by the look on his face that he enjoyed being a dad even more than he loved cars.
The second memory came on set for 2 Fast 2 Furious down in Miami. During some time between takes, I saw Paul for the first time since shooting began on that film. He remembered me (which was a shock) and he thanked me for offering up my Skyline (was he kidding? I was getting paid for it!). During that conversation, I asked him “so you’re back for another one?” Paul replied “Hey, I’m just a surfer who’s lucky enough to get paid to be in movies. I have the greatest job in the world…I drive cool cars, meet cool people, go to cool places and I get a paycheck. Life is good.”
I never saw Paul get swept up in the whole Hollywood scene of partying, scandal or anything remotely controversial. I always admired that about him.
I don’t think Paul would take much credit for the role his movies played in breathing life into our beloved car hobby and whether or not you like the movies, I couldn’t imagine a better Ambassador for our hobby.
Thanks for the memories.”
I think we also should not forget how much of a philanthropist Paul Walker is. Before this tragedy it was not common knowledge that Paul Walker actually founded an organization called Reach Out World Wide (ROWW) back in 2010 when he volunteered as a relief team member responding to the earthquakes in Haiti. Paul saw a need for a better way to get skilled responders, equipment, and technicians to areas that have been devastated by natural disasters; so he started his own and that’s what Reach Out World Wide was about. Since founding the organization ROWW has been able to help countless people at home and abroad. In fact, before the accident that took is life Paul Walker was at an event held in collaboration with ROWW and the shop that he owned with his friend Roger Rodas that organized to raise money for victims of hurricane Haiyan in the Philippines.
Roger was every bit the car guy and humanitarian as Paul was which is probably why they got along so well. Roger was also a very highly educated and experienced business person whom specialized in finance but still cared about his family and fellow man more than anything else. Roger was also very passionate about education and actively participated with the Asomugha Foundation, a group dedicated to helping children in Africa get a quality education.
The world lost two great guys on Saturday. Friends and people close to them would prefer that we honor their memory by following in their philanthropic example and to donate to ROWW at ReachOutWorldWide.org and to the Asomugha Foundatation at AsomughaFoundation.org so that their legacy of helping others in need can continue on.
We will press on as usual because we think that’s what two guys like Roger and Paul would want us to do but we just wanted to take the time to honor these guys who have done a lot not just for our hobby but for people all over the world through their efforts. Our condolences to their families and friends.
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I think Will Roegge is one of the best automotive cinematographers on the scene right now. So why haven’t I posted anything from him lately? Because the dude is busy doing stuff for his high profile clients and the like. Chances are you probably saw a lot of his work this year and didn’t even know it! Anyhow, Will finally got some time for himself and decided to use it by turning his immense talent on filming the recent All Star Bash/Toy Drive that took place at Willow Springs Raceway here in California. The result of which is about 6 minutes of pure drift candy.
If you are reading this on your phone while waiting in some un-godly “Black Friday” line then trust me when I tell you this will ease the pain a bit. Scroll down and enjoy!
Just Drift – All Star Bash/Toy Drive 13 from Will Roegge on Vimeo.
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Hey ya’ll did you miss that lil ol’- OK you know what? I can’t do the fake cowboy Texas cliché thing anymore I am just going to go back to regular typing. Anyhow if you missed the United States Grand Prix this weekend and forgot to tape it then we have the results below. As far as notable occurrences there wasn’t many to speak of really. The biggest news of the weekend was Kimi Raikkonen sitting out this race and the last race due to a “back injury”. Yes, I am sure it is completely isolated and has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that Lotus hasn’t paid him a “single Euro” so far this season. Anyway scroll down below for the race results and a video of the race recap from NBC Sports.
1st place: Sebastian Vettel (this makes his 8th win in a row setting a new record for most consecutive wins in a season)
2nd place: Romain Grosjean
3rd place: Mark Webber (This was Webber’s final F1 race. He is retiring from F1 to start his endurance racing career)
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In a statement put out by the man himself just moments ago he officially announces his retirement from Indy Car racing due to injuries he suffered earlier this year during an accident in Houston.
You can read his official statement below:
Statement from Dario Franchitti:
“Since my racing accident in Houston, I have been in the expert care of some of the leading doctors and nurses, all of whom have made my health, my safety and my recovery their top priority. I am eternally grateful for the medical care I have received over the last several weeks. I’d also like to thank my family and friends for their unbelievable support.
One month removed from the crash and based upon the expert advice of the doctors who have treated and assessed my head and spinal injuries post accident, it is their best medical opinion that I must stop racing. They have made it very clear that the risks involved in further racing are too great and could be detrimental to my long term well-being. Based on this medical advice, I have no choice but to stop.
Racing has been my life for over 30 years and it’s really tough to think that the driving side is now over. I was really looking forward to the 2014 season with Target Chip Ganassi Racing, with a goal of winning a fourth Indianapolis 500 and a fifth IndyCar Series championship.
I’d like to thank all my fellow competitors, teammates, crew and sponsors for their incredible support over the course of this amazing ride. I’d also like to thank Hogan Racing, Team KOOL Green and Andretti Green Racing for the opportunities to compete on the racetrack, and especially Target Chip Ganassi Racing, who have become like a family to me since I joined their team back in 2008. I would be remiss if I didn’t thank all my fans around the world. I can’t thank you enough for standing by my side for all these years.
I’ll forever look back on my time racing in CART and the IndyCar Series with fond memories and the relationships I’ve forged in the sport will last a lifetime.
Hopefully in time, I’ll be able to continue in some off-track capacity with the IndyCar Series. I love open-wheel racing and I want to see it succeed. I’ll be working with Chip to see how I can stay involved with the team, and with all the amazing friends I’ve made over the years at Target.
As my buddy Greg Moore would say, ‘See you up front’”
As a fan of American open wheel racing I have watched Dario drive for years. I have always been a fan so this is a pretty sad day. However I give much kudos to Dario for taking the advice of medical professionals and having the inner strength to walk away from doing what he loves so much. It is much better for him to go out this way rather than for something horrible to happen in the future due to his injuries.
Hopefully as the man said, we will still see him in Indy Car in some other capacity in the future.
Thanks for the memories Dario!
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Driving a Formula 1 car is hard; very hard. In fact, it could be argued that it takes super-human levels of mental and physical strength to drive a Formula car. So does that mean that F1 drivers could be seen as superheros? While as unlikely as that seems you might change your mind after watching the newest episode of McLaren’s “Tooned” series which tells “The Flying Finn’s” AKA Mika Hakkinen’s origin story.
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One of the biggest awesome bombs that Turn 10 Studios dropped at E3 this year was that Indy Car would be included in Forza Motorsport 5. However, since then we haven’t seen much else of Forza Indy Cars other than a quick “Forzavista” clip. Forzavista is great but today we finally get to see the Indy Cars in action via a new gameplay video released by Turn 10 Studios just moments ago. Scroll down to go on a lap of Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Scott Dixon’s Dallara.
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With the championship decided and less than a handful of races left this is the time during the season in which the strong attempt to dominate and the shaky attempt to prove their worth so they can keep their seat for another season. This past weekend F1 returned to the luxurious Yas Marina circuit to put on a show for all the local billionaires. Who came out on top? Scroll down for results and race highlights.
1st place: Sebastian Vettel
2nd place: Mark Webber
3rd place: Nico Rosberg
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Leave it to Kimi Raikkonen to stir things up just as people are getting bored with the F1 season. According to a report from CNN sports the talented mumbly Finn is threatening to boycott the last races on the calendar this year due to non-payment from cash-strapped Lotus.
Due to Lotus’ financial situation their majority owners Genii Captial forced the team to make an arrangement that the drivers could not be paid until the end of the season and after all the final checks from their sponsors have cleared. This is clearly not ideal for Kimi and he is starting to express it to the public and his team. In fact Kimi has a bit of a public spat with pit boss Alan Permane at the Indian GP over the radio then again on pit lane. When asked about the argument during a press conference Kimi tried to downplay the incident but did express the reason for his frustrations when he said:
“Sometimes it is not very nice when you hear that you are not really a team player, and you don’t have the interests of the team (at heart) — but you have been paid zero Euro the whole year”
Will Kimi stick it to Lotus by refusing to drive the last two races of the season? Or will they make up over a six pack of beer? I guess we will find out if there is only one Lotus running at Abu Dhabi.
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Remember a while back when Codemasters essentially combined F1 racing with Mario Kart? Well it was a barrel of monkeys having fun with monkeys in a barrel but if you had a Nintendo gaming console you were left out. Well there is good news from Codemasters that not only is a new F1 Race Stars game coming but it will be exclusive to Wii U! F1 Race Stars “Powered Up Edition” which expands on the original F1 Race Stars game but adds four extra tracks and nine accessory packs.
There are also all the wacky obstacles like Truckasaurus and other fun features like tracks that go in loops and crazy jumps. You can check out some official screenshots and the press release below.
F1 RACE STARS™: POWERED UP EDITION TO BRING A NEW WORLD OF FORMULA ONE™ FUN TO Wii U™ THIS DECEMBER
Los Angeles – Oct. 30, 2013 – Today Codemasters® announced that F1 RACE STARS: POWERED UP EDITION will launch in December for Wii U™ and will be available exclusively from the Nintendo eShop. F1 RACE STARS: POWERED UP EDITION is a fast-to-the-fun arcade racing game for all ages, expanded with fantastic new content and features to take advantage of Wii U hardware.
For the first time on a Nintendo platform, a cast of FORMULA ONE stars, including Jensen Button, Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel have become personality-packed, cartoon heroes sprinting for the checkered flag in cars representing each team on a range of super-fast, feature-packed circuits perfect for split-screen multiplayer fun.
F1 RACE STARS: POWERED UP EDITION expands the world of F1 RACE STARS with four extra tracks and nine extra accessory packs. Racing on 15 circuits around the globe, players are challenged to race through marina and dodge flying tomatoes in Europe, whip through water gardens in China, make their move through a mountain railway pass and power through a palace in India and dodge the grumpy groundhogs and motor past the mighty moose in Canada.
New content and functionality means F1 RACE STARS: POWERED UP EDITION will let players enjoy the unique advantages and gameplay options of Wii U. Features including racing as a player’s Mii and Wii U™ GamePad motion and tilt controls are integrated to use the GamePad as a steering wheel, display a map or let gamers choose to steam into the action on the GamePad.
With instantly accessible pick-up-and-play gameplay, F1 RACE STARS: POWERED UP EDITION will enable players of all ages and abilities to dive straight into position-swapping, wheel-to-wheel competition. With up to 4-players competing in split-screen multiplayer, head-to-head or coming together in teams, F1 RACE STARS: POWERED UP EDITION is perfect for sharing the fun with friends and family.
Racing fans of all ages will experience FORMULA ONE like never before as they dodge a Truckosaurus, speed past Robo-Sumos and leap into a shark’s mouth on speedy circuits inspired by 15 iconic tracks including Monaco, Silverstone and the new Circuit of Americas in Austin, Texas. Game modes include a range of globe-trotting Championships, Free Play so players can dive straight into their favorite events and Time Trials for players to set the best time in their household.
Coming this December and available exclusively from the Nintendo eShop, F1 RACE STARS: POWERED UP EDITION
for Wii U is developed by Codemasters, the home of the BAFTA award-winning series of Official FORMULA ONE video games, and is created under exclusive worldwide agreement with Formula One World Championship Limited. Fans can stay in touch with all the action by liking the game at www.facebook.com/f1racestars
or following the team on Twitter at www.twitter.com/f1racestars
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