Mark Webber, Casey Stoner and Jamie Whincup do a lap together!

This is a great little video showing a pretty amazing comparison and lap between three of the best drivers/riders in their respective series or former series within the top machines. It blows my mind the difference that downforce plays in such and experiment. Think about the contact patch difference between the F1 car and the Moto GP bike. We could be talking about somewhere in the neighborhood of ten times or more the contact patch. Pretty incredible and entertaining stuff.

 

Nascar is back for 2013

Anybody that knows me know that I am a huge motorsports fan and that does not exclude Nascar, although everyone keeps telling me it should. What do they know. In fact Nascar was originally where I found my love for racing, left turns and all things hill billy. Anyway, if you missed this past weekends race at Phoenix it was a good one and a popular win as Carl Edwards found himself back in victory lane. The guy is just so darn nice. I like it. Anyway, have a look at the top five video from Nascar.com from this past week. Kevin from the office even chimes in with an enthusiastic gentlemen start your engines. Get your left turn appreciation on in less than five minutes vs four hours… and go!

Check out the Race Rewind on Nascar.com here.

MotoGP 2013 looks to be promising with the return of Rossi to Yamaha

Can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to watching MotoGP in 2013. With Rossi’s return to Yamaha and Stoner’s exit from the sport the playing field has been shifted. Watching Lorenzo and Ross will be a treat and I am looking forward to Yamaha Factory Racing taking it to Honda once again to defend it’s 2012 title. Looks like Yamaha is going to be releasing a new MotoGP factory racing website where you will be able to keep up with all the happenings. Have a look! I am stoked.

Yamaha Factory Racing Official Website

Nascar updates their website

If you have not picked up on it I am a huge motorsports fan. Last night I was doing some of my weekly browsing around for motorsport news and ran into a pleasant surprise. After something like 3 or 4 years nascar.com has been updated. They have updated their look and feel and gone to a more single long page for their home page. The site is much more visual and I am excited to poke around. As this pertains to my daily work and interest I always love to see how major players attack a problem or a site redesign. At first look I am not stoked on all the design, UI and UX decisions but overall I am enjoying the new look, function and feel. I wish I had a comparison screen shot for you… but I don’t. Have a look and let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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The Red Bull Racing Story: 2005-2012

A great Formula 1 documentary following the dominant Red Bull Formula 1 team from there inception to present day. I for one am a huge Adrian Newey fan and have enjoyed learning about him and his engineering mind over the past few years as I have been sucked into what it means to be a Formula 1 fan. Have a look at this Red Bull documentary and a get a little peak into their world…

Some Thoughts About Being a Dad and Watching Sports

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So this is probably a bit of a random tangent but was dealing with it a bit today and thought I would just pass along some thoughts. Had the opportunity to bless my lady with some extra sleep this morning and so I was up with the boys at about our normal weekend time. These guys actually sleep pretty well so we are talking about 8:45am or so. Not bad for a 4 1/2 and 1 1/2 year old. We pretty much shot the breeze, made some pancakes and then just kicked it. However, mid morning came a long and we had yet to turn on the TV although I knew that one of my faves was about to start. Lame or not the Nascar race was about to kick off. I decided to turn it on and flipped between that and what I think was a replay of the highlights of the 12 hours of Sebring. My oldest was cool with watching some Netflix and I played with the youngest while we watched the cars go round and round. You have to understand these races are somewhere in the 3-4 hour range and can be a commitment. Most of the time I try and catch the last 50 laps and try not to get involved as they are a huge time suck and the same can be achieved by watching a recap or the last few laps. I was struggling with it this morning though a bit cause after my wife had woken up I my son repeatedly asked me to come play with him in the backyard while the youngest took a nap. I was kind of in and out throughout the race and ended up getting to watch quite a bit of it and the last 50 laps or so. The point of why I write was because I was surprised yet again how hard it can be sometimes to peel myself away from the things that I want to do to take the opportunity to pour into and change my sons life. Him knowing I love him is way more important than any race or game that I can watch but it still seems to be a battle. Today was a good reminder that I need to always pick my sons, my wife and my family over burning hours over something I 1) have no control over and 2) I can catch highlights of later on and get the same effect. Of course I would like to see how it all unfolded but the bottom line is I can follow it and probably do something far more important with my time at the same time. Not trying to impress my convictions on any one else, but just thought it was good food for thought and something that I need to keep working at and improving on. My family is so worth it.

Thinking About Reviving Bristoltobathurst.com

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After watching the Budweiser Shootout tonight I am toying with the idea of starting to post on my old racing blog site bristoltobathurst.com. Figure that I will probably write enough about racing that it would be a great place to write those posts. Feel free to check it out and let me know what you think. I will probably address the look and feel in the next week or so and fancy it up with a free theme and something that is just a little more solid looking. Maybe less visual than this site since actual photos are hard to come by that are any good that would not infringe on copyright issues. Wondering if there is someway that I can find some cheap for editorial use only type photos.

Anyway, looking forward to reviving it. Two years ago I decided to start the site as more of an experiment than anything. I had a read a book called Pro Blogger and I wanted to understand better what it took to run my own blog that had solid information. I was very excited about it but quickly learned how intense of a challenge creating a quality content was. Especially for someone like myself who is not the best writer. I ended up doing pretty well for the first month or two and then it fizzled into just weekly updates about who had won in which series. When it was all said and done I had posted some 70+ times although the quality and use of the posts where what I would consider pretty weak. There was no following as that was one of the elements that I was keenly aware of but did not pursue due to the challenge of content creation that would come with it. I purposefully did not pursue an audience. What I did glean from it was that to have a blog of the caliber that I wanted I would have had to probably put int he neighborhood of 10-15 hours per week. Something I did not have time. This time around my approach will be a little more straight forward. I will not try and craft articles. More just write what is on my mind. Some posts may be a paragraph and some might be a lot more than that. Either way I want to make it about fun and learning. So look out for it peoples! More racing posts coming in 2012…. hmmmm, I think I may have wrote this same post last year now that I think about it. We’ll see how it goes!

Nascar 2012 Budweiser Shoot Tonight!

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The Nascar Sprint series officially hits the track in its first event of the year. Although it is not for points there is still a lot at stake. Mostly information that can be gained for next weeks Daytona 500. Trevor Bayne, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and more will hit the track tonight in search car setup information as well as an obscene amount of prize money. Two years ago I wrote a bit of an article that explains how the shoot out works. Some of the information may be a little bit dated but most still applies. Read about the Budweiser Shootout here.

We are about 12 minutes out from coverage of the 2012 Budweiser Shootout on Fox so clear the couch, grab a snack and enjoy! Looking forward to the 2012 Nascar Sprint Cup series getting off the ground. Daytona is one of my favorite times of the year. My racing itch certainly needs to be scratched.

Daytona 500 2012 Trying to Add Some Excitement

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Looks like Nascar is trying something a little new this year. Whoever leads the 100th lap of the Daytona 500 this year will receive a check for $200,000. An interesting addition to the format if you ask me. Honestly I am not sure how I feel about it. I think it will definitely make things a bit more entertaining at the point in the race where things are typically not that exciting. Let’s be honest, the last twenty minutes is typically all you need to see during a restrictor plate race. The only other advantages of hanging up front is to stay out of trouble and lead the most laps. There are of course some  rules that apply it to prevent cautions around that time. In fact if they are under caution at lap 100 then they have worked out a plan to get that covered and put some competition into it at the same time. Read more here.