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Rear View Mirror - 5-15-17

John Schommer
Monday, May 15, 2017


Before we kick off this edition of Rear View Mirror, I would like you to say hello to my little friend. I have been needing something new in the Johniwanna stable, and this 2016 Ford Fiesta ST with molten orange Recaro seats, Ford Racing wheels, Moutune cat-back exhaust and lowering springs fit the bill. So, you know, I bought it.



You can hear it make beautiful sounds on the Heavy Metal Affliction Instagram page. My plans are to enjoy it and probably add a warranty-friendly intake and next stage tune. While it is already outrageously quick and nimble, I tend to live by the “better, faster, more” motto. Stay tuned as this hot hatch gets even hotter.


Now enough of my obsessions, let’s get to the meat of what happened in racing this weekend.


#ForzaRC Season 3 Week 2 Elite Qualifiers

Across the globe, the second week of qualifying rounds in the #ForzaRC Elite Series took place. There is a good mix of some of the top names we have come to know and love, along with some newcomers that are making their mark in the series.


The best way to see how it all went down is to watch the videos we put up on YouTube are posted below.




If you are looking for the long and the short of it, in the North American region it was teammates CAR Harmonic and CAR Raceboy battling for the top two spots with F4H Diablo coming up in third. In the EMEA Region TX3 Paps put together a first, third, and fourth to take the top spot. His teammate TX3 Misterjack earned two seconds and a fifth for second place, and F4H Eggy put his win together with two top tens for third place.



IndyCar Grand Prix of Indiana

While practice for the 101st running of the Indy 500 began today, there were still points and prestige to be earned at the IndyCar Grand Prix. Running the infield is a completely different monster than the hallowed big oval but, until the checkered flag fell, it was the race to win.


Team Penske was looking for their second win of the season after Josef Newgarden won in Arizona. This time it was Will Power’s turn. He had the car to beat and a strategy that worked. Power lead 61 of 85 laps and took the win. Scott Dixon was in the mix all day and finished second some five seconds behind Power. In third, Ryan Hunter-Reay was happy to get his first podium since Pocono last year.


Watch a shortened version of the race here:



Formula E Monaco

If you have been following Formula E since it began three years ago, you might be able to tell how much faster the cars have gotten since the inaugural race at Monaco. The cars are not only faster but they are able to do more laps, this year’s race in Prince Albert’s city is four laps longer than the first one.


Points leader Sebastien Buemi started from pole position and led most of the race, fighting off constant attacks from Lucas di Grassi. By the 51st lap they were both down to one percent charge remaining and Buemi still had the lead as they crossed the finish line. Behind di Grassi in second was Nick Hedfield who after passing three cars in the first corner ran his way to third place.




Race winner Martin Truex Jr. may not agree, but the huge crash involving Joey Logano, Danica Patrick, and Aric Almirola was the big news of the Go Bowling 400 in Kansas. After Logano’s broken brake rotor pulled him into Patrick and sent them both into the wall in a flaming wreck, Almirola came along at close to 200 mph and slammed in to Logano. The force of the wreck put Almirola’s car on its nose before settling back down.


Almirola was airlifted to the hospital where he was said to be aware but has broken his back due to a compression fracture. He is mobile but likely not be racing soon. Patrick and Logano were both checked and released despite the flaming heaps their cars became.


In the race, Brad Keselowski came in second and Ryan Blaney finished third after starting at pole.



Formula 1 Spain

You have got to hate it when your favorite driver’s race is determined by someone else’s mistake in turn 1 lap one. That was the case for my favorite young driver Max Verstappen and my favorite -- sorry Kimi -- older driver Kimi Raikkonen. Bottas went wide in turn one, and bumped Raikkonen who then bumped Verstappen and the Ferrari and the Red Bull were done for the day.


Bottas went on to further influence the race when he was able to delay then-race leader Sebastian Vettel. The Mercedes driver shortened Vettel’s lead by about four seconds and opened the door for Lewis Hamilton to get ahead on fresher tires and an immaculate strategy by his team. With Hamilton’s win, the fight is on between the well-matched former champions Vettel and Hamilton.


Karma caught up with Bottas as his Silver Arrow gave up after 39 laps. The older power unit should have been retired but had to be installed after the new one was found to have a water leak.



From the Forza Community

Dzero4 London Car Show Pics

As Dzero4 showed me on a tour of London while I was in the U.K. recently, there are many amazing cars in this amazing city. Dzero4 spends some of his free time spotting supercars in London and attends many car shows. You can take a look at his flickr account to peruse the eye candy he has captured and you can follow him on Instagram.



As you can tell from this compilation photo Dzero4 is a Honda guy, but if you look at the larger collection of photos from recent events he has attended including Mimms Honda Day, JapFest, and the London Motorshow, he has got an eye for anything with a beautiful form or great history.



I’m out traveling for work on Tuesday so, unfortunately, tomorrow’s edition of the #TuesdayDrive just can’t happen. However, that just means you can look forward to watching Mechberg this coming #ForzaFriday. See you on the stream then!