Friday, March 29, 2013

The King of Supercross - Jeremy McGrath

A little Friday fun, a tribute to the King of Supercross Jeremy Mcgrath.  Over the years you can see how the tracks have changed along with the announcers.  I personally like it better when David Bailey was announcing and in the first clip you will see Bob Hannah.

Monday, March 25, 2013

FOX Sports Does MotoGP Deal

FOX Sports has signed a multi-year deal with Dorna Sports for broadcast rights to the MotoGP World Championship, with races set to air on Speed and the newly announced multi-sport FOX Sports 1 in 2013.
MotoGP will be featured during the launch of FOX Sports in August with the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix scheduled for August 18 as one of the first live events on the new network.
"With an international event lineup that includes three U.S. stops, MotoGP brings an immediate world class motor sports presence to the FOX Sports 1 lineup," said Bill Wanger, EVP Programming & Research for FOX Sports in a release. "Having the race from iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway fall on our FS1 launch weekend is a bonus, and one of which we plan to take full advantage."
The MotoGP season begins on April 7 on Speed with the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar live at 3 p.m. ET, with Moto2 at 11 p.m. ET and Moto3 airing on April 9 at noon ET. Qualifying is available on Speed2, the authenticated broadband network.
For the U.S. rounds, Bob Varsha will host the shows with Ralph Sheheen and Jonathan Green splitting play-by-play duties; Scott Russell will provide analysis and Greg White will handle the pit reporting. The team of Gavin Emmett and Nick Harris will call international races, with Varsha, Sheheen, Greg Creamer and Dave Despain sharing the role of studio host.

Monday just got better with this news, glad to see MotoGP is getting some air time.

Artile from Cycle News

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Court Okays Suzuki's Bankruptcy Plan

A judge in the Central District of California in Santa Ana has approved American Suzuki Motor Corporation’s Chapter 11 plan. Confirmation of the plan clears the way for Suzuki to complete its restructuring process, which is expected to occur on March 31.
As previously announced, the plan approves Suzuki’s sale of its Motorcycles/ATV and Marine divisions and Automotive parts and service operation to a newly organized, wholly-owned subsidiary of Suzuki Motor Corporation. The subsidiary will operate in the continental U.S. as Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. and will use the Suzuki products brand name.
 “Today’s confirmation is a significant milestone and is one of the last remaining steps in our realignment and restructuring process,” said M. Freddie Reiss, Suzuki’s Chief Restructuring Officer. “During the next few weeks, we will take final steps to implement the Plan, which will allow the Company to sell its Motorcycles/ATV, Marine, Automotive parts and service divisions. This will promote the long-term growth of the Motorcycles/ATV and Marine divisions, as well as providing automotive parts and service through the dealer network.”

Article from Cycle News

Friday, March 8, 2013

RACER Magazine's Rookie of the Year

The Youngest daughter of drag racing’s 15-time Funny Car champion John Force, is Racer magazine’s run-away choice as Rookie of the Year, voted on by their global readership.  The 24-year-old from Yorba Linda, a former national event champion in Alcohol Dragster, reached four Funny Car finals in her 2012 rookie season.  She was up against Simon Pagenaud in IndyCar and Daniel Ricciardo in Formula One.

Courtney Force (born June 20, 1988) is a Funny Car drag racer for John Force Racing. She is the youngest daughter of 15-time NHRA Funny Car national champion John Force and his wife Laurie Force. She is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton having majored in Communications.[1] On July 19, 2009 Courtney won her first National event in the Top Alcohol Dragster category at the 22nd annual NHRA Northwest Nationals in Seattle, Washington.[1] She ended up amassing enough points in that season to win the Top Alcohol Championship. In 2012, after Ashley announced her retirement from competitive racing, Courtney became the fourth driver for John Force Racing, driving the Traxxas Ford Mustang, while at the same time, it was announced that Brittnay would handle the driving duties for a Top Fuel Dragster sponsored by Brandsource.

Drag racing career
Force earned her NHRA competition driver’s license in 2005 and her Alcohol-Fuel license in 2008.  She began racing in Super Comp before graduating to the Top Alcohol dragsters (TA/D), along with her sister Brittany, in 2008. She reached the final round twice in 2009, at Seattle andPomona, picking up the victory in Seattle.  Force has raced her sister Brittany on three occasions, beating her every time. She recorded a career best reaction time of .006 in the final event of 2009 at Pomona raceway.
Force's primary sponsor throughout her Super Comp career and first year of Top Alcohol Dragster was Brandsource. In 2009, Force picked up sponsorship by Sanyo, as well as Ford.
During the 2011 season, Courtney tested a Funny Car and earned her NHRA Funny Car license.
On January 10, 2012, it was announced that Traxxas would be the primary sponsor of Courtney's rookie season. Courtney Force, Traxxas team up for 2012 rookie Funny Car run
Courtney made her Funny Car debut at the 52nd annual O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals. She qualified 12th with a 4.199ET at 307.44 mph. In the first round of eliminations, she defeated Bob Tasca III after running a 4.204ET at 309.27 mph. In the second round, she lost to teammate Mike Neff despite running a career best 4.143ET at 313.88 mph.
During the second race of the season, the Arizona Nationals in Phoenix, she took out her father in the first round, accomplishing something that only her sister Ashley has done, and that is beat her father.
On 5 August, 2012, Courtney Force won Her first TF/FC race, by defeating Matt Hagan in the final round of The Northwest Nationals, at Seattle, Washington. She became the third woman to win in TF/FC.  Her older sister Ashley was the first, and Melanie Troxel second.
At the banquet honoring the champions for 2012, Courtney walked away with the Auto Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award as Rookie of the Year.
To kick off the 2013 season, Courtney did something no other woman driver in the Funny Car class has ever done, and that is qualify in the number 1 position for the O'Reily Auto Parts Winternationals, she would also go on to be the first female Funny Car driver to win that event, beating Ron Capps in the finals.