For the last two weeks we have been very focused on E3 and
the debut of the next expression in the Forza franchise, Forza Horizon! As you may have noticed, it’s utterly awesome and everyone
here is super excited about bringing you all the details over the course of the
summer as we all wait patiently for its release starting on October 23.
I have missed bringing you Rear View Mirror. I love writing
it as much as I hope you love reading it. Over the past few weeks, some
seriously killer racing has taken place including the Indianapolis 500, the Formula
One Grand Prix in Monaco, and countless other races both online and on the
track. While I tip my hat to all the racers, winners and fans, we must move on
and start fresh. So with that acknowledgement of the accomplishments of races
past, I give you this week’s edition of Rear View Mirror.
It‘s amazing that there have now been seven different
winners of the seven races thus far, an unprecedented occurrence in F1. It
makes for a different experience each race and truly shows the level of
competition being exhibited in the series. Lewis Hamilton took the win in
Montreal for McLaren-Mercedes after a stellar battle with Sebastian Vettel who
fell to forth. Romain Grosjean and Lotus finally made a good showing in a
well-earned second place finish. Sergio Perez managed third.
Community photo contest favorite from Maciek1125
Disappointment for Fernando Alonso and Ferrari, as Alonso
slipped from second all the way back to fifth when their tire-conservation
gamble failed. Another chapter in the letdown that is Michael Schumacher’s 2012
F1 season was concluded, when his DRS wouldn’t disengage, bringing his Mercedes
to the garage mid-race for another DNF.
Overall, it was a well-driven race with minimal drama, only
a couple spins and no real contact to speak of.
IndyCar Firestone 550
at Texas Motor Speedway
The three-race, short-oval, mini-series within the IndyCar
championship season has kicked off to an exciting start. A new aerodynamics
package was introduced and made for a lively nail-biter of a race that forced
drivers to truly drive their way to a win. Reduced downforce made car handling,
tire management, and survival real factors in this high-banked 1.5 mile oval track
Justin Wilson won the race after Graham Rahal said “hello”
to the wall with just two laps to go. Rahal settled for second, and Ryan
Briscoe took third. Points leader Will Power was penalized late in the race for
blocking Tony Kanaan and suffered a drive-through penalty which pushed him back
to eighth place. Power was positive after the race and summed up his feelings
about the new aerodynamics package. ''This is the best racing I've ever had on
an oval, you had to lift, you had to look after your tires, you had to really
drive the thing - it was moving around. That is just the sort of racing that we
need at these sort of tracks.''
Community photo contest favorite from No0naME
NASCAR Pocono 400
Pocono is unique in that it is a tri-oval, with each turn
being different. This makes it an anomaly for mechanics; because they cannot
define an optimum overall set up, a compromise must be made. Some say Turn Three
is the most crucial; others say each corner is equally important. Adding to the
equation this year was a newly paved surface which further vexed tire compound
decision makers. One thing is for sure, managing speed in pit row has never
been more difficult for the NASCAR elite. A record 22 penalties were issued for
speeding on pit road. So many, one might think the Pocono po-po was trying to
recoup some funds for that fancy re-pave.
An astounding five days of testing, practice, qualifying,
and racing showed everyone that 22 year old Joey Logano in the Home Depot #20
was worthy of the win. He dominated Pocono by topping the practice sheet,
claiming pole, and being the first pole-setter to claim victory in almost a
year. This was his first full length race win and second of his career after
winning a rain shortened event in 2009. This guy has quite a story, and is
worth reading up on. He
has been in NASCAR driver’s seats since the tender age of 14.
Forza Motorsport and
the 24 Hours of Le Mans
Forza Motorsport is now a sponsor of the world’s most
challenging endurance race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In celebration of this
partnership we will be offering several Le Mans-specific
events to participate in. We will have a four hour Game with Devs on
Saturday, a 24 hour Turn 10 Track day as well as Rivals modes and special
hoppers. You think you’re tough, try 360 laps at Le Mans. I’d like to hear how
anyone thinks they will conquer that. Post your ideas in the RVM thread.
“Oh, what a feeling”
Kenan is the Bounty
Well, it’s almost over but we had a lot of fun with this
one. Turn 10 Community Team member HTKenan
has laid down some pretty mean lap times as the bounty in the “Oh, what a Celica”
Monthly Rivals Event. Mean enough that I gave up trying to keep pace with him
and had to focus on work. He has been trying to beat his last time of 1.06.400
but is hard pressed to improve any more. He promises to let his time stand as
of 5 p.m. Pacific.
You may know from his Community
Bounty thread that if he was bumped out of the top 5,000 he would pose for
the classic Toyota slogan pic. Well thanks to all your efforts, he is somewhere
around 5,700 out of around 20,000,so we went ahead and got the shot of a lifetime,
which along with these words from him
truly express Kenan’s love of this opportunity to compete with you all.
“A bet is a bet, and I lost. Now I will honor that loss with,
‘Oh what a feeling!’”
This pic is so egregiously simple in its ability to make you
laugh, that it has in fact spawned an upcoming Photoshop contest to be
Also take a look at this video submitted by Forza 4
Community member SatNiteEduardo. If
this doesn’t motivate you nothing will! The Community Bounty for this week ends
at 8a.m. Pacific Tuesday.
Feature your Club?
So, we have been featuring racing leagues, but I know a lot
of you race in clubs, so if you want to be featured in an upcoming edition of
RVM post about your club in my thread. I’ll do a short
feature on your club, but I need something to work with, a little history,
something unique about your club, how good (or how bad) you are. Provide a good
reason to pick you and get your club in the RVM spotlight. Who knows, I might
even gift the whole club a unicorn for lending itself to RVM.
TORA The Online
TORA is an online Forza community that is an officially
recognized as a governing body of virtual motorsports by FIA National Sporting
Authority and the MSA (Motor Sports Association). They even have real sponsors
like GT Omega Racing and Lygo World. They have also been noted in the Guinness
Book of World Records-Gamers Edition. They feature GT racing, touring cars and
multi-class Le Mans Championships. Due to their sponsorships are able to award
big prizes to the winners of their championships and events.
Their website is very well designed and they have several
championships to participate in.
Their upcoming 24 Hours of Le Mans event will be running
Saturday the 30th at 2p.m. and end at 2 p.m. Sunday. The event is
run in 12 two-hour sprints, easing the pain of this massive endurance race.
Check out this promo video to get a feel for it and check
out their site for
more information and how you can participate.
Motorsports is a premier online racing site for Forza Motorsport fans. Each
week they offer high quality racing in organized championships. If you’re
looking for somewhere to compete globally, check them out. Here are the results
from this weekend’s competition.
VM Classics Series
This week the VM Classics series travelled to Spain to
compete on the twisting, turning curves of Catalunya. Thirty laps and 59 cars
across five rooms raced one another in the sunny summer sun. In the top seeded room, #321 VVV Axiom took the win in his
Lamborghini Muira. Congratulations VVVAxiom!
Full race results can be read here.
VM GP2 Series 2
The VM GP2 Series 2 features the FWD SEAT Leon Supercup. Round
six takes us to Mazda’s Laguna Seca, home of the infamous and challenging
corkscrew. These super low SEAT’s were scraping and sparking while clawing for
traction in this 12 lap sprint followed by a 17 lap feature race. #26 VVV FlexyB took his pole position to
victory in race one and #440 VVV Amarth
followed suit by winning both pole and the race in race two.
VM Super GT 2
Returning to the island of Japan for the fifth race in this
series, #266 EZT Gambit blew the
competition away in both qualifying and the race. His qualifying time was over
a second and a half faster than the nearest competitor. EZT Gambit took the race by nearly the same expansive margin.
Someone get this guy a sponsor, he’s ridiculously fast.
VM Spec Racing Series 2
Seventy-five drivers are getting ready for the first race
among S class Subaru Legacys at Mugello tonight. Who will come out on top, we’ll
find out next week, or you can check the VM
site for details later.
Tastin’ and Racin’
I attended an event this past weekend that was all about
food and hydroplane racing. It was a beautiful day as my sunburned scalp keeps
reminding me. Legends Car Club brought about 50 cars out and added a cool car
show to the race festivities. In retrospect I should have taken more pictures
but this GT40 was a must-capture opportunity. The other was a 1940 Chevy Deluxe
Coupe almost exactly the same as the 1940 Ford De Luxe Coupe from this month’s Meguiar’s
Car Pack. I hope you enjoy them. Can anyone call out the details that make the
Ford and Chevy different aside from the badging? Talk about it in the RVM thread.
100 Best Video Games
of All Time
While watching last week’s E3 coverage I saw a barrage of
advertising for G4’s 100 Best Video Games of All Time, airing this week on G4. I’m
taking bets on where Forza falls into the mix. I know with the Forza Faithful,
it’s pretty close to #1 but, given all the great games going back to Pong, I am
hoping to see it in there somewhere. Any guesses on where any of the Forza
games will land? Post your guess and other favorites of all time in the RVM thread. For me, it started with Asteroids and Night Driver in
the arcade. Getting into console games I was a Gameplay Counselor for Nintendo
and enjoyed 8-bit masterpieces like Blaster Master and Days of Thunder. On
Playstation 2 I don’t think GTA ever came out of the machine. On Xbox 360 it
has been all about GTA4, Rock Band and of course Forza 2, 3, and 4. How do you
rank your favorites?