Very funny write-up by John Tecce on Grand Am driver Jim Norman's recent rollover at Road Atlanta --
This past weekend BGB Motorsports driver Dr. James Norman was inducted into a very special club founded by the SCCA's Atlanta Region, when he left the racing surface entering Road Atlanta's famous blind, uphill turn 1. Norman, of Tampa Bay, FL is normally known for his quiet, soft-spoken demeanor, which is why it was odd for the Grand Am driver to have attempted something such as this. Norman - someone who usually chooses to "fly below the radar," chose NOT to enter Turn 1 and instead, drift the entry of Turn 1 and then perform the elusive "gravel mowing, sideways somersault." This feat which typically earns anywhere from a score of 9.6 to 10.0 depending on the panel makeup of former Olympic Men's Gymnastics Judges from the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, involves leaving the racing surface to drift the gravel trap and then somersault before landing; in order to achieve maximum point allocation, the car must sustain only cosmetic damage, taking additional cabin ballast in the form of gravel or Diet Mountain Dew.
Here's a creative solution to a basic problem - our Lotus Exige project car got aero treatment that doubles up as a convenient place to keep your beer can while working on the car. It's probably the only flat surface of the entire Exige exterior and luckily, it's big enough to hold beer for an entire F1 crew! Just don't ask me how to get in and out of the car with the new aero, please.
This is a really cool video with fantastic telemetry and a super impressive time around the 'Ring from the Nissan GT-R. Oddly, at first I wondered why the car seemed so slow until I realized that I'm used to driving a souped up Pagani Zonda R around Nordschleife. In GT5, that is.
F1 driver Romain Grosjean has been relatively quiet in the first two F1 races of the 2013 season. Based on this recently released spy shot, we are speculating he's saving the big crashes he's prone to causing for the Korean Grand Prix. Problem is, that race is not until October 6. So why not go for it at the Chinese GP this weekend, Romain? We think China's close enough and the way things are going with North Korea, South Korea may not even be around by October 6...
This year's Twelve Hours of Sebring was a very significant one for many reasons. 2013 is the last year the famed race was to be run in its traditional configuration. The brutal endurance race has always been used as a testing ground for the 24 Hours of LeMans. Most teams figure if your car holds up to the twelve hours of pounding this track delivered to your car, then the 24 hours at Circuit de Le Sarthe should be a walk in the park. It marks a change in the way it will be structured in future races. As most who follow sports car racing know, the merger between Grand Am and ALMS will be fully integrated in 2014, and with that there will no longer be the P1 class either diesel or petrol. Also the variations to be imposed to the existing classes in the newly titled USCR remain unclear. We’ve been told they will basically remain the same. What 'basically' means remains to be seen.
Level 5 Motorsports secures its top spot on the P2 podium