Rear View Mirror takes a look back on the previous week in
racing in the world of Forza Motorsport and real life.
My weekend was full of automotive awesomeness. Saturday was
spent polishing my car’s wheels—you know, the old “wax on, wax off” routine. On
Sunday, I attended an excellent Porsche show, the details of which you’ll be
able to read on Thursday in this week’s edition of “Heavy Metal Affliction.” Let's take a look back at the previous weekend's racing action!
Itaipava Saṍ Paulo Indy 300 –Will Power has
Aside from the few laps following his last pit stop, Will
Power led the entire race in his #12 Verizon Penske car. Power and Penske are absolutely
dominating this season. Power won the last three consecutive races, won the
last three years in a row in Saṍ Paolo, and Penske cars have won all four of
the races this season (a first for Penske in his 44-year motorsport career).
Power also set the qualifying record for the Saṍ Paolo street circuit. This guy
is really fast!
The race was fraught with danger, including five full-course
cautions and several multi-car pile-ups, the last of which left only a few laps
to determine the winner. Ryan Hunter-Reay did his best to challenge the #12 car
from the outside on the final restart, but Power was just too fast. Throughout
the race, Power managed extremely fast exits out of every corner. Hunter-Reay
in the #28 Team DHL/Sun Drop Citrus Soda for Andretti Autosport took second.
Takuma Sato, who started in 25th due to an unapproved change of his
Honda engine and overcame a pit lane speed violation (drive through), pushed
hard for his first podium finish earning third. My hat is off to Takuma, what an
The next race is the famed Indianapolis 500. Teams begin
practice in twelve days and the big race is May 27.
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NASCAR Capital City
400 presented by Virginia is for Lovers
On Saturday, Kyle Busch in the #18 M&M’s Ms. Brown Toyota took the
win on the .75 mile Richmond International Raceway. Second
was taken by Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the #88 National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew
Chevrolet and Tony Stewart got third in the Chevy powered #22 Mobil 1/Office
Depot car. The running order shuffled with twelve laps left due to debris on
the track. The final order largely came down to pit crew efficiency. For
Stewart it meant the difference between winning and third.
Pit crews also played a huge role in Jimmie Johnson’s
performance. After a lap 311 pit under caution, Johnson’s crew rolled the left
rear tire across the pit box (tires taken off during a pit stop must be carried
at least halfway across the box before they are released). NASCAR officials
monitoring the pit penalized Johnson, causing him to start behind the entire 36-car
pack rather than rejoin the leaders. He settled for sixth after battling his
way from the rear but could have been in the running for third or better. A
costly mistake by one pit crew member, one that may have deserved a few choice words
from Johnson following the race. For Hendrick Motorsport’s, win #200 is still
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F1-Testing at Mugello
The first proper in-season test since 2008 is taking place
this week at Italy’s Mugello Circuit. Teams are testing out potential upgrades,
establishing baseline data, and giving some new drivers a chance to become
familiar with the cars.
All teams will be tweaking their cars in preparation for the
Spanish Grand Prix on May 13.
If you are looking to race online with Forza Motorsport 4,
Virtual Motorsports more than likely has an event that will interest and
accommodate you. For example, coming up on May 6, VM is starting the Super GT
Series 2. Races are held Sundays, starting at 1p.m. Central and throughout the
day to accommodate several time zones. Check out their forum
for the full story, and check out their promotional video for a
taste of the action.
Now for a brief recap of last week’s competition.
The VM NASCAR Series traveled to Infineon for 25 laps on the
NASCAR Road Course. This race required drivers to re-tune their cars and adjust
their driving style.
#20 GLR BRIZZO
managed the win due to well-timed pitting, #511 FMS Chadillac took second and #25 inviseco rounded out the podium in third.Just as in the real world
of NASCAR, pit strategies can make or break a race. Cheers GLR BRIZZO!
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There are two weeks until the VM 2.4 Hours Nürburgring
GP Endurance Race. This endurance race will be held for two classes: LMPC and
DTM. This week’s top qualifiers were #955
with a time of 1:43.457 for LMPC. Mercedes CLK C-class drivers stole the day
with the overall fastest times and #440
took best lap at 1:52.205. We will see if BMW and Audi drivers
can match their pace in next week’s qualifying. To join the action click here
and sign up.
The VM GP2 Series 2 featuring the grippy SEAT Leon Supercup cars
begins tomorrow at Road Atlanta for round 1. More than 50 racers will be
competing as of this writing. For all the details, or to sign up, click here.
Really Rubbish Racing
A little self-deprecation goes a long ways with this racing
club. These guys say they “race for fun because they are not very good.” Funny,
but I’ll bet some of them are pretty fast.
They have a cool new series coming up called MEMES, Mid-Eighties-Mid-Engine-Series.
It’s about to kick off so check out their promo trailer and sign up
if you’re interested.
They also have a forum and a dedicated
site with all the details of their races.
Got a race series you light to have the Rear View Mirror light
shone on? Post it in the RVM
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Battle of the Car
Clubs brought to you by Slave Munky
Forza Community VIP Slave
Munky is lofting $165,000,000 in prize money for a Battle of the Car Clubs
race series. It’s designed for 3-5 club members, is run in stages, and has a
livery and photo competition as part of the fun.
Check out his thread
for all the details, action starts May 2.
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Game With Dev
Last Thursday we held another GWD session. We gave away a
ton of unicorns, and a hoard of May TopGear Car
Pack codes. Those lucky DLC code winners got access to the latest DLC cars
several days before being released. Tomorrow May 1, the May TopGear Car Pack
will be available for everyone to purchase. GWD went something like this…
Fred ran soccer, during which he almost scored a “Bend it
like Beckham” goal. Jav, conducted a bunch of twisted events, like backwards
downhill racing in cars with no traction. In one race--while in a tricked out
but untuned Ford Transit Van--he had to apologize most of the race for crashing
into everyone. He affectionately refers to that race as, "Ayo Jube Pinball
2012." Brian did some multi-class racing with a wide variety of
personality types and I did circuit racing in my Lotus Cortina as well as one drift
race, one very unsuccessful drift race.
Admittedly, I suck at drifting, but I do aspire. My S-class
Pacer (despite the fact that it looked cool as shizzle) may not have been the
best weapon of choice, or maybe it was my completely inept attempt at tuning it
for drift. In any case, I ended up slamming the wall on Bernese Alps so hard
that I couldn’t even raise RPM. So, I sat on the shoulder and watched others
blow my doors off. I hope you all had fun. I did.
During the chat, the familiar topic of bacon flowed to song
titles with bacon in it. I didn’t share at the time because I was busy working,
but here are a couple that have been doddering around in me old bean.
Nirvana “Smells like Teen Bacon” Beastie Boys “Fight for Your Right for Bacon”
Aerosmith “Bacon in an Elevator” Snoop Dogg “Gin and Bacon”
And last but not least, drumroll please….. Sir Mix-A-Lot “Baby
I know, “womp-womp,” but hey at least those are outta my
Thanks for reading everyone, be sure to catch Heavy Metal Affliction on Thursday!