Hooniverse Motorsport News For August 15th, 2016

This weekend there wasn’t really that much racing to shout about, but enough to discuss. Also, NASCAR raced in the rain! Personally, I was out at Laguna Seca attending the Monterey Motorsport Pre-Reunion, which is essentially a test day for next weekend’s real deal big show. It was a good time, as I got to hang out with our own Jason Connor and the guys from the Driving While Awesome podcast. There were some pretty spectacular cars there, and it was a good time. Unfortunately that means I missed watching most of the racing that was actually going on this weekend. I missed PWC from Utah. I missed the NASCAR XFinity race from Mid Ohio. I missed Moto GP. I missed Micra Cup. I’m sad about it, but not too sad.
Read along to see what good stuff happened this weekend. Summer is winding down a bit, and the racing is running to the end of the championships, so we’ll do our best to help keep your finger on the pulse. Just be aware of the fact that this post is filled with spoilers. Giant carbon-fiber, multi-element, DRS-equipped, Gurney-flapped, Spoilers! Oh, and in case you missed it, I am also hosting a new motorsport podcast these days…
Wealthy Vintage Car Owners Pre-Reunite At Mazda Raceway. 
Pirelli World Challenge – A Miller Motorsports Park By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet?
NASCAR XFinity – Fancy Lexington Ohio Welcomes Stock Cars
MotoGP – Spielberg Gives You Wings!
BTCC – Knock Knock Knockhill on Heaven’s Door
Nissan Micra Cup – Three Rivers
Other News
Stuff you should read
Stuff you should watch
Stuff You Should Buy

Monterey Motorsports Pre-Reunion

Here’s some cool stuff. We were camping at Turn 6 and had great views.

My favorite class. #GTP #GTO #GTU #IMSA #montereymotorsportsreunion #Porsche #Photography #Turn6

A video posted by Bradley C. Brownell (@turbohbrad) on

Then at night we sneaked onto the track and sat my ass right on the Corkscrew to watch the stars. Obviously it was dark, but this is the best I could do with my tiny flashlight.
Jason took this rad photo. #NextLevelShit Follow him on Instagram @TerminatorConn
I see this sign every time I leave the track, and every time it gets just a little bit more sad. Poor Toyota…

NASCAR XFinity – Mid Ohio

2016 Xfinity Mid Ohio
A ‘road course ringer’ came in to Mid Ohio and won the race outright after a bunch of rain came down and bungled everything up for a lot of the runners. Justin Marks hit all of his marks (pun intended) on the way to victory, and didn’t let the weather get him down.
Marks on his win speaking in victory lane:

“These are as tough conditions as you can put drivers in. It’s just really hard on everybody when it’s dry and wet and you don’t really know what to do, so strategy plays a big role in it. You know, my specialty is road racing in the rain in these stock cars and I don’t get much of an opportunity to do it so when that opportunity presents itself, you have to really take advantage of it and I about threw it away today.
I knew if the race ended in the rain that we would have a real shot at winning it. I wish my family was here. I’m just really happy.”

Pirelli World Challenge – Utah Motorsports Campus

Race 1:
Bryan Heitkotter has been close to the front most of this season, and finally was able to make something happen at the Utah Motorsports Campus, grabbing his first victory. At the start, there was an immediate caution. On lap two when the restart took place, there was major contact between Pole-sitter Alvaro Parente’s McLaren and Michael Cooper’s Cadillac. Parente was forced into a retirement with the contact, and Cooper served a drive-through penalty for the move, netting him a 15th place finish, and really scuppering points scores for both drivers.
Heitkotter’s win was also  first for Nissan and AIM Autosport on the season.
Race 2:
Bryan followed up his Saturday victory with a second win on Sunday in race 2. Race 2 went completely caution free, and Heitkotter managed to get the jump on polesitter Michael Lewis, and then checked out. He finished the race more than 3 seconds ahead of Adderly Fong’s Bentley, sweeping the weekend.
In GTA, Frankie Montecalvo won race 1 while Martin Fuentes took his 9th class win in race 2.
In GT Cup, Sloan Urry won race 1 and Alec Udell motored to the race 2 victory.
Here are a bunch of killer photos from the weekend.

Moto GP – Red Bull Ring

Andrea Iannone won the Austrian Grand Prix this weekend by keeping his Ducati teammate Dovizioso challenge him for the lead. This was Ducati’s first MotoGP victory since 2010, and their first 1-2 finish in nearly a decade. Iannone passed Dovizioso for the lead with 8 laps left, and two Ducatis pulled away from the rest of the pack, making a 1-2 battle for the ages. Jorge Lorenzo finished third with Vale Rossi in 4th. Iannone is already contracted to move to Suzuki in 2017, so this win is important for him and Ducati.

British Touring Car Championship – Knockhill

Race 1:
Jason Plato, who started his 500th race in the BTCC, took his Subaru Levorg to victory after starting from pole. The race was pockmarked by issues, as is usually the case, but when the race finally resumed, Plato held station and ran to the flag for the win. Jack Goff (Yes, I know, I laughed too) came in second in his BMW, while Colin Turkington made it a Subaru 1-3 finish to round out the podium.
Race 2:
Honda’s Storming driver Matt Neal managed to fight through to the victory with just 3 laps remaining. Throughout the race, Plato, Sam Tordoff, Turkington, and Goff were all shuffling together ahead of Neal for most of the race, and he managed to use their tussle as a pick and slid through all four of them in rapid succession to take the victory. Good driving Mr. Neal.
Race 3:
Ford’s Mat Jackson took the initial pole position, and managed to fight off Rob Collard and Sam Tordoff to win the final Knockhill race. The race started with a reversed top-6 grid, and Jackson used his track position to his advantage to keep his lead. Collard was in second fighting for the lead until lap 8 when he was punted from behind by Turkington. From then on, it was check out for Jackson.

Nissan Micra Cup – Trois Riviers

The season is coming down to the wire, and it looks like it’ll be Coupal with the win after CTMP and Mont-Tremblant rounds in September. After a decent points haul in Trois Riviers, Xavier Coupal has a 29 point lead over Olivier Bedard.
Race 1:
Coupal was the first across the line in race 1, but was later handed a penalty for exceeding track limits during his pass for the lead, which dropped him to 7th. This penalty handed the win to Stefan Rzadzinski with Kevin King in second and Bedard in third.
Race 2:
Undeterred by the penalty, Coupal led away from pole in race 2, set in the fastest lap of the race, and went on to win over Bedard in second and King in third. Coupal definitely had the speed this weekend.

Stuff You Should Read

Motorsport.com has compiled a contentious “Top 50 most iconic liveries” list. I’m sure you will disagree.
JD Davison was punished for contact at Mid Ohio by receiving a one-race suspension. Marshall Pruett gives his reasoning on why this is the best decision.
Rio Haryanto has been replaced with Esteban Ocon. Mercedes is using Manor to groom Wehrlein and Ocon for a post-Lewis/Nico era, which could be coming soon.
Deltawing driver, Rayhall, runs Winged Sprints.
Ben Keating working on Viper replacement for 2017 season.
What various teams have to say about the 2017 PWC format shift.
More Acura NSX GT3 testing program news.

Stuff You Should Watch

Continental Tire Challenge Race From Road America!

Micra Cup Onboards!

Porsche did this video thing…

Red Bull Long Jumps A Pro 2 Truck!

Formula E Stats!

Ed Carpenter On The IMS Tire Test

Stuff You Should Buy

This 996 race car is absolutely nutballs insane. Some beautiful genius took a 996 GT3 Cup, dumped a bunch of RSR suspension bits on it, and pumped a massive turbo 800-something horsepower engine into the back of it. The car has only 90 minutes of track time since the build. Most likely because they scared their own pants off driving it.

Built in 2008 Porsche GT2 RSR
Full Porsche GT3 RSR Carbon body, 997.2 Cup Carbon Rear Wing
Baddest – Fastest – Coolest Porsche Ever!!
VIN  WP0ZZZ99ZXS698101
Built on a Factory Porsche Motorsport GT3 Cup Platform
Fresh Build by Rothsport Racing
Over 825hp from a 3.6 Twin Turbo Porsche Racing Engine
Over $75k spent on engine alone. Brand New just Dyno time and one test day
Full stand alone engine management, and built to the highest standards.
Only 1.5 test hours since completion this year.
Full RSR carbon bodywork with 10′ GT3 cup rear wing and supports.
997 electric power steering, factory air jacks, intercooler water system.
New 3 way Moton shocks RSR, Premier Fuel Cell with dry breaks, Cool suit.
New Jongbloed wheels, 2 sets with new rain tires.  13″ rears and 11″ fronts.
Motorsport ABS system, AIM MXL full data system.
Carbon Dash, OMP seat, Greddy Turbo controller.
AQ Performance Sequential shifter just installed.
RSR Flat blade style adjustable sway bars front and rear.
Full RSR mono ball adjustable suspension.
No expense was spared in this build of an outstanding Porsche.
This car will race in SCCA, PCA, NASA, SVRA and more
Contact Matt at 503 819 9007
We can arrange shipping anywhere.


In other news, Combos are still the official ‘Cheese Filled Snack of NASCAR’.
[Sources and Photos from MY OWN CAMERA!, Nissan PR, DailySportsCar.com, SportsCar365.com, Racer.com, Motorsport.com, and nasportscar.com]

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  1. Tanshanomi Avatar

    — What is the official non-cheese-filled snack of NASCAR?
    — What is the official cheese-filled entree of NASCAR?
    — What is the official cheese-filled snack of IMSA?
    If you’re going to report on official food sponsors, don’t half-ass it.

    1. engineerd Avatar

      Furthermore, and more basic…what is the official cheese of NASCAR?
      I’m guessing Kraft American Cheese Slices. Sure, it’s American cheese, but is it really cheese?

      1. Tanshanomi Avatar

        NASCAR *IS* cheese.

        1. dead_elvis, inc. Avatar
          dead_elvis, inc.

          I believe you mean cheeze.

      2. Alff Avatar

        You are thinking about the old NASCAR, before Jean Girard introduced the series to real fromage.

      3. dead_elvis, inc. Avatar
        dead_elvis, inc.

        I’m not sure exactly which Kraft sliced cheese or cheese-product you mean, but this should clear it right up: http://www.seriouseats.com/2016/07/whats-really-in-american-cheese.html

      4. Vairship Avatar

        “…what is the official cheese of NASCAR?”
        Velveeta, obviously.

    2. dead_elvis, inc. Avatar
      dead_elvis, inc.

      “What is the official non-cheese-filled snack of NASCAR?”
      Trick question. There is no official non-cheese-filled snack of NASCAR.

  2. Dean Bigglesworth Avatar
    Dean Bigglesworth
  3. Fred Talmadge Avatar
    Fred Talmadge

    Hey you got a shot of the zombie Dodge in the Xfinity series that Blach Flag talked about.

  4. engineerd Avatar

    I’m a bit surprised Dave Pratte hasn’t been invited back to a Micra Cup race. Wait, no. No I’m not. He broke the car last time he was there.

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