Sunday, March 26, 2017

GET YER INDY CARS HERE!

(Congrats to Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel for winning the first Formula 1 race of the year a few  hours ago in Australia! We now take you back to the heartland of the USA, somewhere in Indianapolis Indiana...)

We'll Take Two!

We're talking about "Get Yer Indy Cars" as in "buy an Indy race car at auction!" The KV Racing IndyCar team has gone out of business, BUT that means that on Monday March 27th that you can bid on their cars, trucks, tools, helmets, office furniture, etc. There are 3 different sets of listings, with tons of gently used and new gear too. Here's the link to Key Auctions of Indianapolis: Key Auctioneers

The average person probably dreams of winning the lottery and buying a house, taking a trip, or paying down the US national debt (I said DREAM), but for some of us, those millions of dollars would be better put to use with a bit of land, some race track paving, maybe a port-o-let, and a bunch of race cars and stuff!

So, what would be on the old NMS wish list? Let's just start with some basics!

How about some cars:


And something to haul them in:



Hey, maybe an extra tow rig too:


And then some cool tool boxes and stuff:


Friday, March 24, 2017

South Carolina Region Announces RallyCross Season 2017

"Where We're Going, We Don't Need Roads"

Ok Rally-Crossers, get your calendars out and grab a big red marker! The official 2017 season calendar is ready to go. Thanks to the hard work by Melanie Epps Murray and the folks up at Midway Motorsports Park we have a final schedule that consists of 6 events for 2017.
The dates are as follows:
Date Location
Sunday, April 9 Midway Motorsports Park
Sunday, May 7 Midway Motorsports Park
Sunday, June 25 Midway Motorsports Park
Sunday, August 6 Midway Motorsports Park
Sunday, September 24 Midway Motorsports Park
Sunday, November 12 Midway Motorsports Park

We will have class points championships, and there will be class trophies/plaques given out at the annual SCR banquet following the 2017 season. The actual points format has yet to be determined but will probably resemble the SOLO points style.

--You have until April 9 to get your RallyX car ready! It will be here sooner than you think!

--Events will be added to the calendar on scsportscar.com shortly. 

--Registration is open for the first event at motorsportreg

--Here's the Facebook page for the first event: Rallycross #1

Rally Cross is just like regular autocross, except that the concrete or asphalt pavement has turned into grass, dirt, maybe gravel, and perhaps mud. This adds another element to the driving skills needed, and you just might see the drivers sliding around the cone course a bit differently. From the driver's seat, it's probably even more fun in the grin-as-you-drive department too.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Formula 1 Predictions 2017

"You Can't Read My Mind" Magneto Helmet

As an introduction to making predictions for this season, let me first say, TOLD YOU SO! about my CORRECT prediction of Nico Rosberg winning it all last year! 16 Blog Prediction
Before digging into predictions, I'll just be honest up front and let you know that I'm cheering for the Ferrari team (drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen), the American based Haas team (drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen), and all drivers with car number 77 (like my Abarth), which is Valtteri Bottas, now with Mercedes Benz.

So, 2017, what do we know so far? We know that last year's champ (did I mention that I correctly predicted his win?) Nico Rosberg has retired, so he won't be defending the title. However, his Mercedes Benz F1 team has now won 3 in a row, with Lewis Hamilton holding two titles from 2014-2015. IF this year we just had the same cars, engines, and tires from the last 3 years of Mercedes domination, the no-brainer guess would be Hamilton wins again.

BUT...

We DON'T have the same cars, we don't have the same tires, and the engines are new for this year too, so you can throw the last three years out the window. Let's look at some longer term results and see if any patterns emerge.

Before Mercedes won 3 in a row, well, Red Bull Racing won FOUR in a row. Previous to that, we had 3 different winners in 3 years (Brawn, McLaren, Ferrari), and prior to that 2 in a row for Renault, and just before that, Ferrari won 5 in a row! Hmm, so there is a precedent for winning 4-5 in a row. Maybe Mercedes will win again after all.

The only other information we have this year is the results from two 4 day tests in Barcelona earlier in March. The overall fastest lap time was set by Ferrari, while the most laps (and probably most reliable engines) were Mercedes. Hmmm, make that a tie. For what it's worth, we don't know all the other variables from testing, such as how much fuel they had on board (less fuel equals less weight, which equals faster times), so the testing isn't the final answer either.

I could be sneaky and wait for the practice sessions this weekend, or even wait for qualifying for Sunday's race before making a prediction, but I'm pretty fearless in using the Internet to open my big mouth and be wrong, so let's DO THIS!

The 2017 driver champion will be Lewis Hamilton, with his new team-mate Valtteri Bottas in 2nd, and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in 3rd. For what it's worth, I'll vote the Constructors Title to Mercedes, and further predict that unlike the last 3 seasons with few people winning that were NOT named Mercedes, we should have at least 4 different teams winning races in 2017!

Plus, what the heck, the more predictions I make, the better the odds that I'll get just one thing right, which will really come in  handy on the ol' NMS blog in 2018! With that in mind, I'll predict that tomorrow the sun will come up too!