Turn 1 at PIR is challenging IndyCar drivers, as three cars have crashed during opening practice and qualifying on day one. Takuma Sato and James Hinchcliffe, were unable to participate in qualifying as their cars underwent repairs following two separate crashes during the morning practice.
Both drivers lost control of their cars and backed them into the SAFER Barrier between Turns 1 and 2. Neither Driver was injured and both cars are expected to race tomorrow, starting near the rear on the grid.
“It’s a huge kick in the nuts obviously for a race we have as little track time as we have here,” said Hinchcliffe, driver of the No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda. “I feel really bad for the guys that have to fix the Arrow machine, but we’ll get it buttoned up and just try to focus on what we can from here.”
Carlos Munoz of Andretti Autosport became the third
Helio Castroneves was named the PIR Speed King and won the pole position for the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix with his first lap of 192.631 in 19.0997 seconds.
This is Castoneves 46th pole position of his career, second in Phoenix, and 28th on an oval. Additionally, Castroneves achieved the fastest lap in February during the “Prix View” with a speed of 190.89 miles per hour.
Castoneves new speed record for the track replaces that of Arie Luyendyk, 183.599 miles per hour accomplished in March of 1996.
After an 11 year hiatus, IndyCar has returned to Phoenix International Raceway for the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix for the 62nd Indy car race since the track opened in 1964 as a home to open-wheel racing. The Phoenix Grand Prix also marks the first of five oval races for the season, including the one hundredth running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 29. Of the drivers competing this weekend, Ed Carpenter, Helop Castoneves, Scott Dixon, and Tony Kanaan have previously raced Indy cars at PIR before the series left in 2005. Of those, Castroneves secured a victory at PIR in 2002 along with Kanaan in 2003 and 2004.
“I think it’s a good place for IndyCar” said Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the No. 2 Indy Car for Team Penske, whom earned the first victory of the season at the opening race, March 13, in St. Petersburg. “It’s a great race track where
Although I was initially skeptical of the S550, as the latest generation Mustang is known internally, my concerns – that the advanced technology of the sixth generation would cloud the raw mechanical feel of the sports coupe – vanished after a day with the GT350. My entire opinion of the newest Mustang changed at the push of a button. That was the push-to-start button on the 2016 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350, staged on the grid at the West Track of Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park just south of Phoenix. As a purist, what I enjoyed most is that the car is still unmistakably a Mustang, though it feels like a Mustang on steroids.
First impressions: For someone who doesn’t drive a manual transmission nearly as much as I should, the clutch on the GT350 felt
The winners of the World Car Awards (WCA) were announced during the New York International Auto Show. The awards are meant to highlight new vehicles with innovation and style that push boundaries. For 2016, categories included the World Car Design of the Year, World Car of the year, World Performance Car Award, World Luxury Car Award, and lastly the World Green Car Award.
The WCA’s judging panel is made up of 73 prominent automotive journalists from around the world that form a global community of experts. The jurors ensure the integrity and credibility of the awards but also serve as an important resource for the industry with a focus on excellence and innovation on a global scale.
2016 World Car of the Year: Mazda MX-5
The World Car Awards jurors observed that, “With the launch of its all-new MX-5, Mazda has thrown out the blueprint and gone back to basics – back to 1989
Local Motors is always up to something interesting given that they are a technology company that designs, builds and sells vehicles. While they are known for the Rally Fighter, lately they have been holding our attention with their 3D-printed cars.
The first time I saw one of the printed cars was at SEMA in 2014. Local Motors had brought one of the printers and were printing a car during the show, then drove it down the Las Vegas strip once it was done.
I’ve been able to see parts of the process in person and have had it explained to me by numerous Local Motors engineers. While the explanations were amazing, informative, and helpful, I got the concept but I still had a hard time trying to visualize the whole concept prior to being able to see it in person.
For those – who like myself – need a visual aid sometimes, Local Motors