In Photos: 2014 NASA Utah Region Round 1

By | April 3, 2014

2014 NASA Round 1

2014 NASA Round 1

What is that you hear in the distance? Did you noticed a slight scent of hot metal and exhausted race fuel in the air? Is it possible that it’s time to go racing again?

Held over March 21-23rd on Miller Motorsports Park’s Outer loop track, NASA Utah Region had their first event of 2014 season. The weekend consisted of HPDE and TT events, featuring an eclectic mix of cars from spec Miatas, street cars, to a TUSC GTD class Porsche 911 Grand America. Throw in some Radicals from a visiting series and some open wheel action and you get the idea of what the weekend was like.

For those curious about NASA, the do offer more then just club racing and HPDEs, they have one of the bigger endurance races out there – 25 Hours of Thunderhill. And they have regional events that cover most of the USofA.

Here are the results of round 1.

And thanks to the staff at Miller Motorsports Park for their help over the weekend!

[photos | Scott Pettett | Mike Gillilan]

FMD: The Ford Sweepstakes Rides Again

By | April 3, 2014

 

You might remember Ford Motor Company for its roll in making the automobile affordable for masses.  The Model T is one of the most famous vehicles ever produced and arguable one of the most influential in history.  What you might not realize is that an earlier Ford built car, a race car, is probably even more important in the grand scheme of things.

Before it was the Ford Motor Company, it was the Detroit Automobile company and it was on the ropes.  Henry Ford had only built 19 or 20 vehicles in the year 1900 and things weren’t looking too good for the DAC.  Out of desperation, Ford realized that he needed to do something to get peoples attention.  He needed publicity.  The car you see in the video above is the Ford “Sweepstakes”.  The original Ford racing car and the car that won the “Race That Changed Everything.”

Enjoy as NASCAR racer Carl Edwards gets a thrill, driving a 113-year-old race car that has no brakes, no seat belts, and cotton corded tires.

FMD: Friday Motoring Diversion

By | March 28, 2014

Friday Motoring Diversion – Inside The Helmet – Twelve Hours of Sebring

In Photos: WinterX – Round 5

By | March 25, 2014

Crowd watches the cars line up for Round 5 of WinterX

Crowd watches the cars line up for Round 5 of WinterX

Well, consider that a wrap! Round 5 of WinterX for the 2013/2014 season is in the books!

There’s not a lot more to say, beyond what I’ve said here, here, here, and here.

For those that participated, you can view the results here – note: as of this writing Round 5 hasn’t been posted yet.

Keeping this article short and sweet, let me end with a public thanks to the staff and crew at Miller Motorsports Park in helping us with every round this season. I would also like to thank fellow photographers Scott Pettett, Jason Porter, and Chance Hales for their help in capturing these events. And lastly, thanks to the drivers for driving your cars and SUVs – hard!

[photos | Scott Pettett | Chance Hales | Mike Gillilan]

 

Look What We Found! A 2015 Mustang GT in Orem, UT

By | March 24, 2014

2015 Ford MustangJust a few short months ago Ford unveiled the 2015 Mustang for all eyes to see.  It was met with a wide variety of critique ranging from love it to hate it.  The unveiling came in the shadow of the 50th anniversary celebrations happening next month in Las Vegas.  I didn’t expect to see one until they were on sale and on the road.  Living in Utah typically means not seeing the new stuff until someone has bought one.  Little did I know that I would see one sooner.

2015 Ford MustangI was on my way home this evening with my wife and I looked over and I saw a car on a tow truck next to a gas station.  At first I thought nothing of it but then it dawned on me what I was looking at!  We quickly pulled over and I pulled out my phone and snapped some pics.  It is a very good looking car.  It looks MUCH better in person than it does in photos, especially in that red paint.  The paint just explodes off the car in sunset light revealing some nice orange flake.  We went home and I grabbed my real camera and went back.  It was still there.

2015 Ford MustangMy favorite detail on the car is the taillights.  They are so angular and chiseled.  While admiring them I noticed an interesting detail on this car.  Look at the photo above, see that “convertible” emblem?  That’s odd…  The car is a coupe.  So why the convertible emblem?  Either there is more to this car than meets the eye, somebody goofed, or Ford needed a rear panel quick and that is what they had.  2015 Ford MustangThis particular car is also a GT, meaning it has a 5.0 V8 with somewhere between 420-450hp.  Since the car was first unveiled there have been no new details revealed.  Expect to see some at next month’s anniversary festivities.  In the meantime, enjoy some Mustang porn below.

2015 Ford Mustang2015 Ford Mustang2015 Ford Mustang2015 Ford Mustang2015 Ford Mustang2015 Ford Mustang2015 Ford Mustang2015 Ford Mustang2015 Ford MustangThe last photo is of my 1991 GT next to it.  They have come a long ways in the last 23 years alone not to mention 50!

 

**Update**  It turns out that this car is on it’s way to a commercial shoot in Payson, UT.

Photos: The Author

Racing Blip: 2014 Mobile 1 12 Hours of Sebring

By | March 14, 2014

Porsche GTLM 911 in the pits

The second round of the 2014 TUSCC season is upon us. This stop, the Mobile 1 12 hours of Sebring.

Now, I would love to tell you how incredible qualifying was. How the “balance of performance” has brought DP and P2 cars closer to each other from a performance point of view.

And I’d love to tell you about what race cars seem to be handling the notoriously rough surface of Sebring the best.

And how in GTLM class, less then 1 seconds separate the top seven cars. With Porsche jumping to pole position.

BUT, IMSA/NASCAR still doesn’t seem to not want fans to watch qualifying. Granted, this time we got three static streaming cams, one with a decent play by play commentary. Three steps forward, two steps back?

Hopefully tomorrow’s broadcast and stream will be better then today’s qualifying of the 12 hours race.

So, how to watch it? The first three hours will be on Fox Sports One. The rest will be streamed live on IMSA.com.

Or, you can fire up your favorite pirate stream.

Race starts at 10am EDT / 7am PDT.

[photo | IMSA]