Rear View Mirror 7/30/12
Welcome to another fine edition of Rear View Mirror, a look
back at the week in racing and what is going on in the world of Forza.
Formula One Hungarian
Despite consistent pressure from a hard-charging Lotus Team,
Lewis Hamilton hung on for the win, holding back Romain Grosjean early and Kimi
Raikkonen in the later laps. It seems Lotus is poised to gain some ground in
the constructor’s race after the August break. Raikkonen and Grosjean even
fought with each other as the “Iceman” exited the pits, just barely edging out
his team mate and nearly forcing him off track. Healthy competition for sure;
Raikkonen was second, Grosjean was third.
On the down side of the race, seven-time world champion
Michael Schumacher had a nightmare of a day. Stalling his Mercedes at the
delayed start, being pushed into the pits, and starting dead last instead of in
the top ten. After giving what seemed like a reserved effort, he was the first
of only two cars that retired and was pushed into the garage at lap 59.
Pastor Maldonado now has the dubious distinction of five of
the last six races (since his win is Brazil) in which he has forced contact
with another driver. His Williams team
mate Bruno Senna had the best race of his career, managing a seventh in front
of Red Bull’s Mark Webber.
Here is a video of Lewis Hamilton’s pole-setting lap one
that both shows the track nicely and demonstrates why Lewis is now back in the
running after a brief respite in the land of mediocrity.
NASCAR Crown Royal
presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
He may have only won a single race thus far but Dale Earnhardt
Jr’s consistency has edged out the rest of the pack. As a result, arguably the
most popular NASCAR driver now leads the Sprint Cup Series.
Jimmie Johnson marked his third win of the season and his
fourth at Indianapolis. Kyle Busch took second and Greg Biffle earned third.
That made for Chevy, Toyota, and Ford in the top three respectively. Johnson’s
victory all but assures him a spot in the Chase for the Cup. He remains the
only driver to qualify every year since 2004.
The next chapter in the saga of AJ Allmendinger has his B
sample providing conclusive proof of a positive drug test for “a stimulant”. Allmendinger’s
business manager said the driver tested positive for amphetamines. The Penske driver will be entering a recovery
program, while Penske resolves who will be the replacement and whether or not AJ
will return or be released from his contract. More details here.
American Le Mans Series and IndyCar Next Weekend
It will be a busy and race-filled weekend for Ohio race fans
with next weekend’s double-header of the Mid-Ohio
Sports Car Challenge on Saturday and the Honda
Indy 200 on Sunday.
The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will be raging with race cars
of all types all weekend with practice, qualifying exhibition races and the two
We will be hosting a Turn 10 Track Day to share the American
Le Mans Series race with you, and celebrate the debut
of the Forza Motorsport-liveried #91 SRT Viper GTS-R race car. Come hang
out with us on our official
Facebook page as we enjoy the race and root for our Forza-sponsored SRT
The race will be aired live on ABC in the U.S., coverage
begins at 2 p.m. Eastern.
Community photo contest favorite from V Team SAKAL
Featured Club—Up 2
Speed Customs (U2SC)
This week Rear View Mirror is proud to feature Up 2 Speed
Customs, brought to my attention by BiggLou55.
BiggLou55 is somewhat new to Forza 4, having only picked it up in January
but he joined this “club for average Joes” and has been getting even more
enjoyment from racing in Forza 4 ever since.
From their club founder and leader Lowflyinmx3:
“The fun that we have is the exact reason why people buy
video games. I also want to invite you to our forums to have a look around. I
gaurantee that just browsing around in there will show you exactly what I'm
talking about. Heres the Link http://u2sc.forumotion.co.uk/.
If you have any questions or need any more info, feel free to ask.”
Check out Edition 39 of the Virtual
Motorsports Newsletter. This week covers the opening races from the
Knockout Tournament, the VM Spec Racing Series 2 and the Stock Hatch Series 2
as well as an update on this month’s calendar competition photo contest.
Here is the latest video from the VM Community giving you a
taste of the Stock Hatch Series 2 with
Chilledheat behind the wheel.
Follow Virtual Motorsports on Facebook
Johniwanna Want Ads
If you have events, giveaways, contests, polls, race
competitions, or other interesting community events going on, post them in the Johniwanna Want Ads.
I will be using this thread to compile content to be
considered for Rear View Mirror, but beware, once the spotlight is on you, you
should be ready for it. So if you are running a cool community event and want
to promote it, tell me about it, I’ll see what I can do.
Modern Muscle Touring
Car Championship Help Wanted
The MMTCC is run by mopar4t4;
he is about to begin a second season and wants to expand to form a European
league but needs someone to host and steward the events for the European time
So if you are looking for a way to contribute to organized
racing, live in Europe, and are interested, check out his thread
and apply within.
August DLC Clue
As a prelude to the upcoming release of August DLC—cars will
be announced tomorrow and available for purchase August 7—I have been giving
out clues to what the pack contains. This has been incredibly popular,
evidenced by the 105 pages of guesses as of this writing. Want some insight
into what cars may be in the August Car Pack? Sift through these
pages to get a clue, but you will never make a list out of this chaos. You
might have fun trying though! [Insert maniacal laugh here.]
The tenth and final clue is: "It ain't Tony Danza!"
Cool Car Battle video
Check out the latest in a series of car battle videos posted
by YemiTheOne. This one features the
Mercedes 190E vs. BMW M3. If you love the video check out the Heavy Metal Affliction
article I did a couple weeks ago featuring this car.
He also has a thread
to go with it.
Dollars Per Mile?
Community member HUSTLERSTILL,
pointed out this cool thread
that correlates in-game credits earned with miles driven. Pretty cool. How much
have you made? Taking it a step further, what cars are your highest earners?
Tell us all in the RVM thread.
Some people have jobs that are hard to appreciate, and some
people are so good at those jobs they can be even harder to appreciate. Dragnet, is a moderator on the Forza
Motorsport forums, a tough one, who is quite a stickler for proper forum etiquette.
He is respected and very good at what he does and I think we even saw some of his
sense of humor surface in this thread that jokingly asks what makes up a little
more than half of Dragnet forum persona. If this doesn’t make any sense, spend
some time in our forums and chances are you will see his well-known sig.
Thread author Me
monkey 8 me should be thanked for the killer Lemmy art on the Transit van
and for the concept for the poll. Do you have a contribution? Post it here.
But be nice, there are some people you really don’t want to PO. Did I just?
Aww, no it couldn’t be! Haven’t you heard of the saying “Prey On.”
Community photo contest favorite from GIFD83
Local Exotic Car Show
Ahhh, the Pacific Northwest; not the greatest weather, but
the cars! There is a preponderance of exotics around here, and
thankfully many of their owners are happy to share them with the public. Check
out this album
of shots from Turn 10 team member Christian who took these at a recent show
here in Redmond. Utterly untouchable eye candy!
Years ago I threw my lot in with a guy doing wooden boat restoration;
he was a stickler for efficiency and quality and offered me these very simple
but helpful bits of advice. I have used them repeatedly to remind myself of the
proper approach to many things.
“If it’s too difficult there has to be a better way”
“Make this attempt at whatever you are doing your very best
What is the best simple advice you have been exposed to or
came up with personally? Post them in the RVM thread.
That’s it for this week, folks. Join us tomorrow for our August Car Pack announcement! See you then!