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The GT-86 Cup; Customer Racing at The Ring!

As a part of my trip to visit the lovely folks over at TMG, they arranged a taxi ride for me around the Nurburgring in one of their VLN customer team’s GT-86 cup cars. Developed in house at TMG, the customer GT-86 cup races in VLN around the legendary Nurburgring. So, how does it feel from the passenger seat? Oh, and did I mention they threw me in the passenger seat during a VLN session? Yeah, it was all a tad special. … Continue Reading

I’m Going to Germany! Toyota Motorsports and The Ring!

That’s right kids, it’s finally time to take the lovely folks over at Toyota Motorsports up on their offer to bring me to Germany. I leave tomorrow afternoon at the time of this writing, and I am very excited. But what I want to do most of all is get some good coverage for all of you back at home. I have a full factory tour and rundown of their WEC program, some exciting looks at the GT-86 Cup car, some time at the ‘Ring, and I will be a guest at a VLN race this Saturday.

What would you like to see from me? What burning questions do you have about the team? What do you want to know about the famed Nurburgring? Leave a comment and I will do everything in my power to answer your question.

Do Not Do As I Have Done…
Or Don’t Use Walmart Tire

Mokoto, my little Miata, has been a darling car. I’ve enjoyed a lot of miles with her already. One thing I seem to forget to do, however, was rotate my tires. So this past month I have had the wonderful experience of trying to get tires mounted and balanced before I head off to Germany.

I went cheap.
I went weak.
I went to Walmart.

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Project Car SOTU 2016: MokotoNB Update

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So here we have it. One year later, the Porsche is gone, replaced by a Miata named after an anime character. What happened? What is going to happen? And will I ever fix my broken fog lights? A full rundown as I log my SOTU for this year.

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Formula Fun: Radio Ga-Ga and Remembering Jules

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Before we get into the debate about radio use and how it should play into our sport, let us laugh at what we have listened to so far this year on the radio. And of course, I couldn’t write today’s column without briefly talking about Jules Bianchi, who we lost a year ago.  … Continue Reading

Hooniverse PSA: Please Put the Pokemon Down When you Drive. Please?

Look, this isn’t what I thought I would ever have to be telling all of you out there, but please, for the love of god, can you put the phone down? There will be plenty of time to catch these fun little critters when you aren’t driving! … Continue Reading

Formula Fun: Martin Brundle, Mercedes, and an Announcement

Well hello there readers, I hope the week is finding you well. We are hot off the heels of the British GP, and are looking at the week of the Silverstone test. In this edition of Formula Fun we are beginning what I will call “Season Two” of this column. I’ll leave exactly what that means until the end of the piece, as there are other topics I would like to tackle today. Let’s go on, shall we? … Continue Reading

The Brainchild of Adrian Newey and Aston Martin Unveiled

When it was announced earlier this year that Red Bull Racing and Aston Martin would be teaming up to give the British brand a hypercar, there was much excitement. Now, four months after the announcement we have our first look at the project, named the AM-RB001. … Continue Reading

The Forza 6 NASCAR Expansion: Casual Friday

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It has been long rumored that NASCAR, absent since Forza Motorsport 4 on the 360, would be making it’s return. And last month it came in a big way. But also a very odd way. Alongside a full compliment of cars, and a new track, you get a story mode not unlike the Porsche expansion. And if you can guess from the image above, Turn 10 let things get weird with the NASCAR expansion and the game is all the better for it. … Continue Reading

The Agony of Le Mans

Every year, some of the most high tech automobiles in the world contest the Circuit de la Sarthe for 24 hours in the most grueling race on Earth. This is a race of heroes, legends, and failures. This year, it was an all out melee all across the board, with plenty to prove, or to lose. From Audi trying to reclaim their throne at the top, to Porsche trying to prove that they are back to stay, and Toyota, always the bridesmaid in second, never the bride, desperate for their first win. You put all this together, and you get an instant classic, albeit, for the tragic twist at the end.

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