Friday, July 3, 2020

Join the NMS Formula 1 Fantasy League! FREE!

Yes, you read that correctly! You can join our official NMS Fantasy 1 Racing League for FREE, for a limited time only! That "limited time" is also known as "until the F1 season ends, which nobody knows, but let's guess December, or whenever they stop racing during the Covid 2020 season."

Here's the link to the NMS F1 Fantasy League 2020:

The NMS League code is: 59696924b9

Do you like big money PRIZES? So do I! Who doesn't? We don't have any prizes, but we'll come up with something for the winner at the end of the season. Something like a t-shirt, not something like a bazillion dollars!

OK F1 fans, not only is the season starting THIS WEEKEND, the NMS team is asking you to join us in our OFFICIAL FORMULA 1 FANTASY LEAGUE! That's right, you can pick your five drives and one constructor's team with a fantasy budget of $100,000,000 dollars! No, you don't really get the hundred million dollars, but if you say it with an Austin Powers Dr. Evil voice, it sounds really cool!

Maybe you've played fantasy football, or rotissiere (fantasy) baseball. This is the same thing, but it's with Formula 1, so check out the website with the official Formula 1 folks, and get entered. You can have up to 3 different teams, so that's a cool way to use some different strategies. you can maximize the top drivers that cost more and end up with a cheaper constuctor, or go for say the top notch 6 time champion team Mercedes, but then have less money so spend on your drivers. Woo-hoo! Life is all about choices, so go ahead and make some!

One extra credit type of thing in this league, you can pick ONE driver per team that is your TURBO driver. This means it's one of the less expensive drivers (under $20 MILLION DOLLARS), and you'll earn extra points when your TURBO driver scores well. If you're familiar with the Moneyball book or movie (Brad Pitt), you know that just having the biggest budget doesn't always win the contest, if you can find those players that over-perform for their value. That's pretty much the idea behind having a Turbo driver. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Formula 1 FINALLY Kicks Off 2020 Racing!

Formula 1 Finally Returns For 2020!

Coming up this Sunday, July 5th, the Formula 1 racers return to actual racing at the Austrian Grand Prix, starting just after 9AM US Eastern Time on ESPN. If that isn't exciting enough, they'll have another race on the same track, and then a week later, a hat-trick of races with the Hungarian Grand Prix completing the three Sundays in a row kick-off to the season. 
Ready To See Some Cars On Track, Like This Red Bull!

The F1 season almost started on time in March when all the teams were in Australia and getting ready for the first practice of the first race weekend, when a crew member from one of the teams tested positive for the Covid-19 virus and the race was cancelled. Since that time, we've been waiting to see how the conditions around the world evolved, and right now it looks like F1 is going to compete without fans for an opening series of eight races in Europe. After that, just maybe they'll complete some more races in Asia and the Americas, and just maybe with spectators. 
This weekend the F1 season will start, with a race in Austria at the Red Bull Ring on Sunday. Like most Formula 1 weekends, it is a three-day schedule with two practice sessions on Friday, another practice Saturday morning, qualifying on Saturday afternoon, and the race (finally) on Sunday afternoon. Since there is a little time difference from New York to Austria, we'll be watching the race at 9AM Sunday morning here. 

Reminder: The Word "FAN" Is For "FANATIC"
(Race Car Hats Anyone?)
TV coverage will be on ESPN and Univision, as well as the pay channel of F1TV if you want even more statistics, and your choice of camera angles from any of the 20 cars at any time. 
Like other sports right now, there won't be any fans in the stands, so pretty much just the teams and a small number of press allowed, in addition to all the support staff that makes a race go. The F1 folks will do it all again a week later with a 2nd race on the Red Bull Ring, so it should be interesting to see how things play out with the same cars and drivers doing the same race a week apart. The track in Austria is one of my favorites on the Codemasters official F1 computer game, with a fairly short clockwise loop and some good high-speed corners (especially with the computer set on "easy.")

Alfa Romeo F1 Car

I'll be cheering on a few teams and specific drivers, and with 10 teams and 20 drivers, there's plenty of storylines to follow, your choice of heroes and bad guys to cheer for or boo, and with the awesome scenery in Austria, this would be a great race to experience live someday too.  My choices are the Italian Ferrari team and the US Haas F1 team, so we'll see how they kick off the unique 2020 season this SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY!

Sunday, June 28, 2020

NMS-North Reveals New HQ!

Garage On Top Floor!

The northern half of NMS has relocated a few miles away, and today held an open house and press conference to announce a substantial upgrade in facilities. Harkening back to the early days of NMS (way back in 2013), when we started out in South Carolina with a 2 car garage,  the NMS-North squad now finds itself in a historic two car garage. This unique motor sports facility is part of a 4 car garage for a mansion on the scenic north shore "Gold Coast" of Long Island. The HQ building is not only a garage, but also a 1 bedroom home to NMS-N, with living quarters one floor below the garage!
It Looks Big Enough For Two Cars!

How do you have a garage on the top floor of a 3 story building? Easy, you just build the garage into the side of a hill, have a driveway for the garage side and another driveway for the basement side.

Big Enough For These Two Cars At Least!

While the Northeast part of the USA is slowly opening up to life with the Covid-19 virus, we're hopeful that the new HQ will soon be home to some good old car wrenching and preparing for autocross and track days before the summer is over. In the meantime, we've got more boxes to unpack!