Rear View Mirror 7/9/12
Welcome to this week’s edition of Rear View Mirror, our look
back at the week in real world racing and what’s going on in the world of
American Le Mans
Series presented by Patron Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock
Lime Rock represents the shortest track in the American Le Mans
Series and, with 30 cars completing its seven turns and 1.5 miles in around a
minute or less, it was a tight-quartered and action-packed race.
GT Class saw Flying Lizard Motorsports in its Porsche 911
GT3 RSR take the win, the team’s first trip to the podium so far this year. Driving
the #3 C6R, Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia took Corvette Racing to second
place and further extended their team, driver, and manufacturer championship
leads. Corvette Racing teammates Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin landed third.
All were driving cars on Michelin tires making it a podium sweep for the tire
In LMP it was all Muscle Milk in its patriotic livery,
coming from four laps down to achieve the win. This was the team’s third
victory this season and tenth since entering the ALMS. After leading early, a shifting
issue sent the HPD ARX-03A to the pits where the problem was quickly remedied
but at a cost of four laps. After Lucas Luhr quickly earned back three of those
laps, he handed the driving duties to Klaus Graf, who regained the lead lap
within the next 30 minutes then took the overall lead with 24 minutes left.
From there, Muscle Milk never looked back.
Photo courtesy of JA 37 Viggen
With so many classes and so many cars and race details, I
recommend reading the ALMS
race wrap up story to get the big picture.
In addition to the couple photos featured here in RVM from
community member JA 37 Viggen, take
a look at the rest of his
album covering the race at Lime Rock. Thanks JA!
Formula 1 British
Grand Prix at Silverstone
Again, another great Forza track is featured in the Formula
One Grand Prix, each turn reminiscent of the many races we have all conducted
there. Well almost, because the speeds and G-forces achieved in F1 are nothing
short of miraculous.
In a race that was lead almost entirely by Ferrari’s
Fernando Alonso, tire strategy seemed to be the defining factor that gave Red
Bull and Mark Webber the win. Ferrari started out on the prime tire and drove
superbly, then fell off pace on the options when pushed near the end of the
race. Red Bull started on the option then ran two sets of primes, which gave
them the grip they needed to gain the lead and the top podium spot.
Photo courtesy of JA 37 Viggen
In the end Red Bull ran first and third and Ferrari took
second and fourth. Ferrari’s Felipe Massa (P4) ran a tough initial battle with
Schumacher (P7) and Vettel (P3). Pastor Maldonado was cursed
by Sergio Perez for a collision
that took him out. Maldonado received a reprimand and 10,000-Euro fine.
This is the second such controversy involving the Williams
driver, as Maldonado was involved in a similar incident at Valencia a few weeks
ago. Maldonado may have won in South America but it seems his racing acumen is
not appreciated by those who have been sidelined by his apparent recklessness.
Indy Car Honda Indy
A relatively uneventful street race was taking place in
Toronto on their 1.75 mile, 11-turn course until, with only two laps left, two
multiple-car pile-ups following a restart drew the race to a close under
caution. Ryan Hunter-Reay took the lead on lap 57 and held it to the end.
Charlie Kimball and Mike Conway, who placed second and third behind him, gave
chase but never really challenged the eventual victor.
In practice and qualifying, hometown Canadian hero James Hinchcliffe
suffered mechanical problems that lead to an engine swap. This lead to a ten-position
grid penalty that he was making a valiant effort to rectify. When he had worked
his way all the way up to a fourth place position his motor expired again. That
is just plain bad luck!
Here are the video
NASCAR Coke Zero 400
The race was clean until lap 81 when Sam Hornish Jr. blew a
tire and wrecked in the backstretch. Hornish Jr. was a last minute substitute
for A.J. Allmendinger, who was suspended for having a random drug test come up
dirty. The rest of the race was as wild as any at Daytona.
Tony Stewart collected win number 18 at Daytona after
pulling ahead of Jeff Burton and Matt Kenseth in the final turn. Behind them
chaos ensued as a massive
15 car pile-up took place, confusing the rest of the field and seriously
damaged many of the cars. Burton had barely saved his Wheaties car from
spinning in the previous turn, then went high just before the wreck to
challenge Stewart for the victory.
Sucrogen Townsville 400
Jamie Whincup came from ninth-place to win the second race
of the weekend, sweeping the Townsville 400 in the Team Vodafone Holden race
car. It was his fifth race win of the season and 57th win overall.
In Saturday’s race Mark Winterbottom managed second and
Garth Tander filled out the podium in third. Sunday had Whincup’s team mate
Craig Lowndes taking second for a Team Vodafone 1-2. This was the second 1-2 in
a row for them at Townsville. Will Davison settled for third, which is also
where he sits in the points standings behind Whincup and Frosty.
You don’t have to be into drifting or rally to appreciate
the outright, blatant, jaw-dropping, awesomeness of this video. It is sheer
epic, over the top driving in one of the most beautiful cities in the world: San
Francisco—a city that was apparently abandoned to allow for the shoot.
When you combine this level of driving, creativity, and
production, the end product is something that words can barely describe. Thanks
R S Turbo for calling it out.
This week’s featured
Thanks to SatNiteEduardo
for submitting his club—known as FEDS--to
be featured in Rear View Mirror. FEDS do a lot of good while they have fun. If
you read the forums you will know a lot of these guys are enthusiastic and
frequent posters. Here is SatNiteEduardo talking about FEDS in his own words.
“[FEDS] was created in October, 2011. Sadioki is the leader with SatNiteEduardo as co-leader. Sadioki
founded the club to honor the fallen heroes, and to pay tribute to all who
sacrifice their life to save others. He wanted to name it NYPD, but this name
was already taken. We are passionate about making police designs and have done
so since Forza Motorsport 3. Sadioki has recently decided to make 50 police
designs from all over the world chosen by the Forza community and showcase them
in a series of photos and videos.
We also have tuners, racers, hot lappers, photographers and
videographers in the club. In short we believe we have every Forza 4 feature
covered within our club.
Some of our members have a long history of racing games
As a club we try to sponsor competitions on the forums that
promote good interaction on the forums, we try to be helpful in bounty hunter
events by sponsoring side competitions, providing racing advice and videos to
encourage people to take part and improve and show racing lines that will
result in the time being beaten and general competitions for hotlaps, photos
Would you like to see your club featured, submit a brief
summary of what makes your club special in the RVM thread. All
members of featured clubs get a unicorn of choice.
TORA The Online
The MSA TORA GT Championship kicks off soon at Silverstone
International Circuit. A huge prize is up for grabs this season, and more than one
hundred racers have signed up. Who will come out on top at the end of the first
round is anyone’s guess.
Check out this top notch promotional video highlighting some
of the top competitors in the MSA Tora GT Championship. There are some sweet
cars and beautiful liveries.
ISCC America (Season 4)
TORA is also offering
their version of the American Le Mans Series and it starts in less than three
weeks. With four classes available this season and with the frantic nature of
multi-class racing anything can happen on the track, so why not throw yourself
into the mix?
Season 4 starts July 29th at Sebring. Check out the TORA
site for all the details.
At VM they have wrapped up their June Calendar Competition.
This month’s winner is Friedrich II and
his beat up Herbie shot which garnered 29 percent of the vote. If you are
interested in participating submit a photo for the July contest here.
Check out this week’s highlight video from the Spec racing series.
VM is also beginning their 2012 Championship which will
define the top three drivers out of the top 24 who competed in the 2012 VM
Season thus far. Check out the details here.
Congratulations to all who qualified!
If you have a racing league or series you would like to
shine some like on, post about it in the RVM thread.
Stance Wars 2012
On Saturday, a Forza Motorsport team staked out one of the
most intense car scenes in the NW. Stance Wars 2012, was a gathering of several
hundred custom cars and more creativity that an art college graduating class.
It was the coolest thing I have been a part of in some time and you can read
the full story on it in this week’s Heavy Metal Affliction coming out Thursday.
I hope you enjoy the teaser shots I have shared in Rear View Mirror. I took more
than 300 shots, and will share them on Thursday.