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Rear View Mirror 11-19-12

John Schommer
Monday, November 19, 2012


Welcome to Rear View Mirror, where we recap the weekend in racing and keep you informed on what is going on in the world of Forza.


Formula 1 United States Grand Prix

Wow! What an outstanding performance from Lewis Hamilton. He drove like he had something to prove—and maybe he did. Well, he proved it and his McLaren backed him up this time with a sound performance. Vettel had the pole after an incredible qualifying session but Hamilton just kept chipping away at his lead until he overtook in one of the closest fair passes I have ever seen. Vettel still has the lead in the driver’s championship, and Red Bull locked up the constructor’s cup, despite Mark Webber’s Red Bull dropping out due to electrical issues.


Ferrari, how can you do Massa like that? After a less than stellar qualifying session, Alonso was behind Massa on the grid and more importantly ended up on the dirty side of the track. To give their championship contending driver every advantage available, a calculating Scuderia Ferrari clipped the seal on Massa’s gearbox. This resulted in a five slot penalty for Massa and a one-spot grid up-shot for Alonso. It worked, as Alonso shot past Schumacher after launch and worked his way up to third, Massa was behind him the whole way. Although it’s hard to feel sorry for Massa, since he has such a rad job, it must be recognized he sure can swallow his pride in the name of team and country.


Needless to say, the COTA is spectacular in every way and has guaranteed a U.S. stop from Formula 1 going forward. After a four-year respite, the country, the great state of Texas and every F1 fan in the USA are thankful for the investment and innovation brought by the COTA’s benefactors.


If you missed the race and haven’t seen the track, check out this tour.



NASCAR-Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway

The finale has passed, a victor has been crowned, an old score was settled, and no matter how you look at it the NASCAR season is over. Brad Keselowski wrapped up the Chase for the Sprint Cup by finishing 15th. It was the first Cup win for team owner Roger Penske, and the first win for Dodge since 1975. Sadly, after this win, Dodge is leaving Cup racing. I guess they went out with a bang, but having the American big three competing side by side along with Toyota added a certain element of complexity that will be sorely missed.


Jeff Gordon’s calculated hit on Clint Bowyer last week cost him $100,000 and a 25-point penalty. Last week he was all tough about his decision and said he had no regrets. This week, as he won a hard fought final race of the season against nemesis Clint Bowyer he didn’t seem as headstrong about the call to deliberately crash Bowyer. "Man, it's been an emotional week and a hard one -- one of the hardest ones I've ever gone through, just looking back on my decision.” The result, Gordon is victorious at Homestead but ends the Cup race in 10th, Bowyer takes second in the race and the second in the Chase.


Jimmie Johnson had the strategy and the car to beat until a loose wheel lug sent them back to pit row to tighten it, a few laps later the driveline failed and sent the car back to the garage where it remained. Johnson settles for third in the Chase.


Here are the final laps from Gordon’s in car view.



Aussie V8 Supercars—Winton

Check out the highlights from the Saturday race that gave Jamie Whincup another victory. Second place went to Craig Lowndes followed by Lee Holdsworth in third. Whincup fought back from 22nd place after serving a drive through penalty due to spinning his wheels during his pit stop. An uncanny comeback!


Lowndes fought back on Sunday to earn the win in front of Mark “Frosty” Winterbottom and Whincup who took third. Here are the highlights of the Sunday race.



Macau Grand Prix

Wow, the Macau Grand Prix is dangerous. Two drivers lost their lives over the course of the racing weekend and there were a litany of crashes on this tight, twisting, turning city road course.


Here are a collection of videos documenting the many crashes. FYI, I have not included any videos of the fatal wrecks. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.


Q&A with Heavy Metal Affliction Featured Driver Shea Holbrook

Tomorrow 7-9 p.m. EST we will be hosting a Q&A with PWC driver Shea Holbrook. If you haven’t already read her story check it out. Holbrook is an up and coming driver in the PWC and her 2012 Honda Civic Si Coupe is seriously sweet. We are hosting a livery contest and Holbrook will be picking the winners to announce tomorrow during the Q&A. Winners will receive Forza Horizon unicorns.


Submit your question for the Q&A in Holbrook’s HMA thread and be sure to check out her answers after tomorrow evening’s event. See you there.


Why the VW Corrado in Forza Horizon?

Ever wonder what inspired the VW Corrado to be the starter car in Forza Horizon? Well, the enthusiasm of a certain Forza fan and his VW buddies is the answer. His name is Paul, and his Gamertag is PressAToBegin. This picture pretty much says it all. Thanks to Paul for the inspiration and the pic, both are priceless.



Featured Community Member ManteoMax

The first couple featured community members have been artists and photographers, but this week ManteoMax shares his affection or possibly affliction for data. Max—not his real name— is a man who handles finances for a living and calls genealogy a hobby. To him collecting data, “helps me visualize and get a better sense of the things I study.”


Max’s car data spreadsheet’s thread and website are a massive collection of almost every relevant factor in Forza Motorsport 4 and his Guide to Horizon thread helps new players get a leg up.


Check out his personal story in the Featured Community Member thread.


Double Barreled Community Team Bounty

Ian—GT HeliosT10-- our EMEA Community Manager is “Off the Wagon” in Forza Motorsport 4 Monthly Rivals. Lay down your best time in a B class wagon against him, then talk some trash in his thread.


Ian has a couple of cool side challenges going on offering unicorns for your insight and tuning advice. And don’t forget if he doesn’t beat enough of you, he will have to wear and be photographed in a NASCAR shirt. Ouch!


Alex—GT ApexHunterT10— known among the community team as “Gandrift, Lord of the Rims,” plays the golden bandit in “Parks and Recreation.” Check out his thread, then hit the gated off, park section of Carson to try and thrash his best time in a “Smokey and the Bandit” T/A.


As of this writing Alex is at 00:52.155. While you can use any C Class American muscle to smoke him, he will be the most pained if you beat him in a golden T/A.


Vote for Johniwanna for CBH!

You gotta love a good healthy in-team rivalry. That’s what has spawned here in a poll to see who should have a shot at redemption in the Community Bounty. You may remember WAY back in March, shortly after I began my stint here at T10, I was the bounty in “Ready, Set, Gecko” driving a stock Wiesmann MF5 at the Nurbürgring Grand Prix track. Read my summary of that event here in one of the first RVM’s.


Back in June Kenan competed against you and lost his side bet in “Oh What a Celica.” As a result, he had to pose for the classic “oh, what a feeling” shot next to a Prius.



Being somewhat humble and aware of the skills in the community I, Johniwanna, did not make a side bet, but did underestimate how many would beat me by several thousand. We both want a shot at redemption.


Check out the signatures created by phredesign, Sadioki and Seps1974 in support of our campaigns to be the CBH.



Who do you want to face off against in the New Year? Cast your vote



As it stands currently I am dominating the poll, the winner of which will surely be trounced when facing Jube or Mechberg in an upcoming Facebook poll. In any case, I am Johniwanna, I ask for your vote and I approved (and wrote) this message.


The 7D Takes Flight

Drifting is immensely cool and remote control helicopters are awesome. What do you get when you combine the two? This rad video of a recent drift even in Canby, OR. It was shot by incredibly talented videographer LORENin HD. Thanks to Formula D driver Rob Primo for sharing this on his Facebook page.


Domestic Mango’s “The Awesome World of Forza Horizon”

The first Forza Horizon video from Domestic Mango is out. Amazing footage, crazy videography and unreal driving make up this next chapter in Mango’s video history.


Comment on Mango’s video in the forums here, and be sure to subscribe to him on You Tube to catch every video. You can also follow him on Facebook.




Thanks to swtluu21 and SnootiestRoom74 for the photos taken from the week 48 community photo contest submissions used for this RVM.

That’s it for this week my fellow Forza Fanatics, but if you would car to share your thoughts on this edition of Rear View Mirror, please do so in the RVM Thread.