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Mosport Trans Am 2012. Footage from John Baucom’s #86 Baucom Motorsports/Roadraceparts Mustang.



Several quick things this morning before we go try to earn an honest living.

First, F1 testing is over and the teams have a short time to get ready for the first race in Melbourne. And not all is well with several of the teams. Two of the newer teams, HRT and Marussia, were unable to get their 2012 challengers ready in time to do the test. Obvious they will do some testing in the form of “filming days” or straight line tests, but hard to see where they wont be way behind at the start of the season.

A couple of the major players dont appear to be in that great a shape either. There are continuing whispers about how bad the new Ferrari is, and Red Bull is saying they will have a “B” spec car at Melbourne. The surprises of the testing have to be Lotus, (formerly Renault) and Sauber. But we will see the truth come the first race as to who has what. My money is on McLaren, while no fan of theirs they have the organization to take it to Red Bull.

On the Nascar front, to me the big news is not that ratings and attendance are back down to 2010 levels. Rather to me its this: the announcement that HMS has signed a Chinese Solar Panel Manufacturer to a sponsor deal on the number 5 car driven by Kasey Kahne. Think of the precedents this sets. To my knowledge there aren’t any other foreign sponsors. Multinationals sure, foreign no. But a interesting move nevertheless.

Speaking of sponsorship was the case of Kenny Wallace pleading for sponsors for his RAB Nationwide series car. Saying that they were broke, and that they could race on a 100k a race where others were getting 150-200k per race. Wonder does this show us why the Nationwide series is struggling? Many small and medium size companies just dont have that kind of money to spend on a race car, far away from their home market, unless they get a LOT of TV exposure. At some point Nascar, or the teams themselves, are going to have to address the issue of cost control.

Wonder is Aurora having trouble supplying rod ends these days? Have gotten a lot of calls both internationally and domestically from people I hadn’t heard from before.

Still trying who was the voice on the telecast from Phoenix last week who, right before Harvick “ran out of gas” came on the radio and said “we have a problem”. Remember according to the rules the teams are not supposed to be monitoring telemetry from the cars during the race. So, whose voice was it? Inquiring minds want to know.



Every once in a while you get reminded that you should keep your mouth shut. But I will get back to that later.

First, what did you think about the Nascar race in Phoenix yesterday? Seemed to this very casual observer to be the usual mileage run at Phoenix. I’m sorry but it doesnt seem to be a lot of “racing” going on, but maybe I’m looking in the wrong place. If I am, then somebody please point it out to me so I can look for it next time.

What is surprising is the number of engine failures. Whether they can be blamed on the EFI system is questionable to me, the factories have been using fuel injection for decades and don’t seem to have a problem.

But I know that running a fuel injected engine out of gas causes all kinds of problems, would have thought that Nascar drivers wouldn’t be cutting the engines off now. Probably wont after yesterday.

Did anybody else hear the transmission “we have a problem” right before Kevin Harvick slowed down with a couple of laps to go? Who said that/ Was it Harvick? Or somebody on the team? If the team, how did they know? Hmmm.

With Marussia and HRT finally getting their cars on the track that means that all the teams have presented their 2012 challengers. Melbourne isn’t far away, and some people, particularly Ferrari, have a lot to do.


BTW: Aurora must be having problems getting rod ends have had inquiries from all over the world for their product recently.

Rush had his problems last week and so did I. Seems like Kenny Wallace is crying the blues about his team cant afford to race, and he wants to race,etc. That they can put a car on the track for only $100,000 per race. So some people came up with a website to race money to help Kenny race.

Where it went wrong is my having the audacity to question whether $100,000 a race for a car that had no chance of winning was the best use of a companies assets. Should have kept my mouth shut, because I got flamed for that one. Justifiably, perhaps so. However I would like to know how big the check was from those that flamed me. Regardless a lesson learned.

Good news is that F1 is about as is the club racing season!