Sunday, January 31, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Shockingly there were NO Subie's on the final podium and even in the ice and snow, a 2WD vehicle finished 3rd overall--Hats off to them and well done by the Mitsu's to show that Subies are not the be all and end all of American rally racing...
Tom Lawless and his Evo IX put on a clinic and took the overall win by over three minutes (an eternity in rally), finishing ahead of fellow Evo IX driver Enda McCormack who was an additional 4:42 ahead of third place, Mazda 3 driver Claudiu David.
Also of note is the 5th place overall finish for Justin Carven and his "Greasecar" biodiesel VW and that 17 competitors showed up for this event in just plain miserable conditions. Last years first NY event at a much better time of year (April) drew 32 entries, so this is a solid start to the USRC year...
USRC Home Page...
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Michael Mann seems to be such a hit or miss director for me.
While Heat and Collateral are two movies I genuinely love and can watch numerous times, both Miami Vice and now Public Enemies leave me cold and disinterested.
Though its the dead of winter in much of the country the 2010 off-road season has begun. One of the first major events is within the United States Rally Championship (USRC) series. The NY Winter Rally takes place in the woods of south central NY State and is known for its cold weather and icy roads. The USRC will return to the area later in the year for another event but this winter rally makes for a good way to stretch your car and your talent to its limit. Day One is in the bag and as expected the Subie's and Mitsu's are at the top of the leaderboard. The Greasecar of Justin Craven is also in the event as he continues to run in most USRC and Rally America events in the Northeast...
After Day One Celsus Donnelly in an Evo VIII are leading by :16 over Tom Lawless in an Evo IX and 2:00 over Joseph Burke and his Subie WRX.
USRC NY Winter Rally...
Saturday, January 23, 2010
After the disaster that was the Dakar for Nissan vehicles--all top 4 vehicles went down with mechanical issues either self induced (Mironenko's roll over) or from continues shoddy engineering (Lavielle's fuel leak, I mean come on!! How many times can one team almost burn down their vehicle!!) and only two Nissans finishing the race at all (in 30 and 31st place, both Pathfinders) I perhaps held out hope that Jacky Loomans would perform well at what has become the "also-ran" Dakar, better known as the Africa Eco Race. Run at the same time as the Dakar and with far less hype, many fewer competitors and weak competition other than Jean-Louis Schlesser I thought that Loomans and his SA built Navara (virtually identical to the ones that performed so well in the '09 Dakar and the ones I had high hopes for in the '10 Dakar) could perhaps salvage a solid performance in the sands of Morocco, Mauratania and Senegal. Not to be...well...kind of not to be...
Out of the 11 competitors and 11 stages, Jacky did manage to win 4 stages...but a clutch problem put him well out of contention for the overall win which as expected went to JLS and his buggy. The organizers say this race will continue in '11 but I doubt it. With only 11 car entries, 3 bike entries and a handful of truck entries in '10, without the "Dakar" name and top level competition I can't imagine participants and sponsors are likely to come back...
Africa Eco Race '10
Friday, January 22, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
RACER SUPPORT PROGRAM 2010
Nissan Motorsports is pleased to announce that the Contingency Award and Racer
Support Program is returning for 2010. Performance awards have been added to the 2010 program
and the details will be finalized shortly. Please contact our email for more information or to request
the forms: firstname.lastname@example.org
Holy crap!! Nissan is kinda sorta back in the motorsports game!! Looks like the absolute freeze on funding is over. I'm not about to get my knickers in a big bunch over this but the fact that they are mentioning the reintroduction of contingency awards and racer support and performance awards is a big step over 2009. Now we just have to get some friggin racers out there to take home some hardware under the Nissan banner...
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
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Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
Brut Sun Bowl: Oklahoma-Stanford, 12/31, CBS, 2-6PM 3.6
Tournament of Roses Parade, 1/1, ABC, 11-1PM, 4.2
Capital One Bowl: Penn St.-LSU, 1/1, ABC, 1-4:30PM, 6.9
|Rose Bowl: Ohio St.-Oregon, 1/1, ABC, 5-8:30PM, 13.8|
|Konica Minolta Gator Bowl: FSU-WVU, 1/1, CBS, 1-5PM, 4.3|
|Allstate Sugar Bowl: Florida-Cincinnati, 1/1, Fox, 8:45-12AM, 9.2|
|Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic: Flyers-Bruins, 1/1, NBC, 1-4PM, 2.6|
|Figure Skating: Brian Boitano Spectacular (taped), 1/1, NBC, 4-6PM, 1.3|
|NCAA Basketball: (regional), 1/2, CBS, 1-3PM, 1.1|
|NCAA Basketball: Louisville-Kentucky, 1/2, CBS, 3:30-6PM, 1.8|
|AT&T Cotton Bowl: Ole Miss-Oklahoma St., 1/2, Fox, 2-6PM, 4.7|
|Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing (taped), 1/2, NBC, 2:30-3:30PM, 0.4|
|Golf: "Ticket To The Tour" (taped), 1/2, NBC, 4:30-6PM, 0.5|
|"The NFL Today", 1/3. CBS, 12-1PM, 2.9|
|"NFL on CBS": Steelers-Dolphins (70%), 1/3, CBS, 1-4:15PM, 12.3|
|"NFL on CBS": (regional)*, 1/3, CBS, 4:15-7:30, 9.5|
|"Fox NFL Sunday", 1/3, Fox, 12-1PM, 4.1|
|"NFL on Fox": (regional), 1/3, Fox, 1-4:15PM, 11.7|
|"NFL on Fox": Eagles-Cowboys (79%), 1/3, Fox, 4:15-7:30, 16.3|
|"The OT", 1/3, Fox, 7:30-8PM, 8.2|
|Figure Skating: Smuckers Stars on Ice (taped), 1/3, NBC, 4-6PM, 1.3|
|"Football Night In America", 1/3, NBC, 7:30-8:15, 5.1|
|"Sunday Night Football": Bengals-Jets, 1/3, NBC, 8:30-11:45PM, 11.4|