Entries for 'RacerEfrain'

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Driver Blog: Jeff Westphal

You may know Jeff Westphal, everyone’s favorite David Beckham look-alike, as the one-time G-Stig – and as the driver of the GST Motorsports Subaru Impreza that lights up Time Attack events around the country. However, last weekend, Jeff got a call that put him into a Ferrari F458 Italia in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. To top it off, Jeff qualified fourth and led the race before his co-driver Alessandro Balzan brought the car home in second place. Score one for the Time Attack guys! Look for Jeff in the no. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari F458 Italia all year in the Rolex Sports Car Series.


 

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Bad Idea or Brilliant? Inside the Rimicci Corse Fiat Abarth World Challenge Touring Car

Anthony Rimicci had an idea. After years of racing Alfa Romeos in vintage races across the west coast, the re-introduction of the Italian Fiat brand – and the fun-to-drive Fiat Abarth – to the North American market prompted him to build one for the SCCA’s World Challenge series,  to compete in the Touring Car class against the likes of Honda Civic Si’s, Mazdaspeed 3’s, and VW GTI’s. Could the Abarth, a small car even compared to that competition, be made into a World Challenge winner?


 

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Driver Blog: Ryan Eversley

Welcome to my first blog for MotoIQ! This also could be my last blog for MotoIQ so let's at least make it memorable shall we? First off I promised my twitter followers that I would sneak five crazy words that they chose into the blog, so if you see anything that doesn't make sense just go with it. Second, I hate reading the same crap over and over again from everyone about how their race weekend went so I'll try and keep it light hearted but more importantly as real as possible.


 

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Posted in: Magazine, Columns
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TESTED: Olsbergs MSE SuperCar Lites

By Efrian Olivares

Our previous look under the hood of the Olsbergs MSE SuperCar Lites car came at the open test held by Global RallyCross in Lake Elsinore, California. Drivers from any discipline were invited to submit an application to drive the car, from which GRC selected drivers to participate.

Thankfully, two friends of MotoIQ were selected to drive the car – Time Attack driver Mike Bonanni and Formula Drift driver Kyle Mohan – and ended up in the same test session on a cold Friday morning. You could say that both drivers come from very different driving backgrounds, and you would be correct.


 

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Nerd's Eye View - Olsbergs MSE SuperCar Lites

By Efrain Olivares

The cars of the Global Rally Cross series – the fleet of Ford Fiestas, a few Subaru STI’s, a couple of Saab’s, and a Dodge Dart – are no doubt some of the wildest racing machinery that you can possibly see in North America. The racing they produce is unreal, with these compact and subcompact cars banging fenders and flying through the air.  However, to call up Olsbergs MSE and get into one of those Fiestas presents a financial challenge for most people. Enter the SuperCar Lites.


 

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Driver Blog: Tyler McQuarrie

By Tyler McQuarrie

Round 6 of the Formula D Championship would be in Sin City, Las Vegas! I had some unfinished business from a year ago when Formula D made its stop here and I was really hoping to repeat my win at this round in 2010. I wasn’t surprised to see a new track layout, simply because Formula D has changed almost every track we have gone to this year.


 

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Posted in: Magazine
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Driver Blog: Duncan Ende - Lime Rock Park 

By Duncan Ende

On the podium at Lime Rock! Every year, the American Le Mans Series goes on hiatus during late spring.  The break gives participating teams a chance to get their cars over to France for the 24 hours of Le Mans and back without missing any races for their trouble.


 

 

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Driver Blog: Tyler McQuarrie - Wall Speedway, New Jersey

I always look forward to this round simply because Wall Speedway has been good to me in the past and I like the track. The track layout we use is longer than most tracks we go to and there is a lot of time spent at full throtle, with some aggressive transitions. It just has a lot of flare.... But it can also bite you big! I was excited to get the Mobil 1 Chevrolet Camaro out there!


 

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  This is the second time for Formula D to visit West Palm Beach and a necessary track layout change from last years was going to happen. I'm al...

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Posted in: Motorsports
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Driver Blog: Tyler McQuarrie

By Tyler McQuarrie

I arrived at Road Atlanta 6th in points and confident after the first round of the Formula D Championship. Round 1 at Long Beach went well considering it was my first time competing in the Mobil 1 Chevrolet Camaro and our first time competing as a team. We showed everyone in Formula D that we are a serious contender for the 2012 Formula D Championship. Every driver looks forward to the Atlanta event simply because the crowd is awesome and it always ends up being one of the best events of the year.


 

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Global Time Attack – Palm Beach International Raceway

By Efrain Olivares 

The second Formula Drift / Global Time Attack doubleheader of the 2012 season fell this past weekend at the recently renamed and renovated Palm Beach International Raceway. Off the back of the event at Road Atlanta, which was judged to be a big success by the series and its competitors, there was some head-scratching involved when only twelve cars made the trip to Palm Beach.


 

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Event Coverage: Formula Drift Round 3 – Palm Beach International Raceway

by Efrain Olivares

The word of the day at Palm Beach was ‘proximity’. That is, the Formula Drift judges put the emphasis on the tandem competitors on keeping proximity with the lead car. Sacrificing angle and line for the sake of maintaining door-to-door competition was the name of the game. As a result, Palm Beach International Raceway had the closest tandem competitions of the year, and tons of carnage.


 

 

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Driver Blog: Duncan Ende, The Streets of Long Beach

By Duncan Ende

After a four week hiatus – which felt at least twice as long – the American Le Mans Series got back underway for round two on the historic streets of Long Beach, California. While this year's race was only the sixth running of the ALMS race in the famous street circuit, the Long Beach Grand Prix goes all the way back to 1975. It debuted as an F5000 race before hosting Formula 1 and Indycars, making Long Beach second only to Monaco when it comes to historic and prestigious street races the world over, in addition to being the greatest auto racing tradition in California. And on a personal note, as a Los Angeles native and resident, the LBGP is the closest thing I am ever going to have to a home race, so it was even more exciting to get back in the #25 Dempsey/Silicon Tech Racing PC car!


 

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Driver Blog: Tyler McQuarrie

By Tyler McQuarrie

People say "winning isn't everything", but in racing it is everything and the reason we are all out there. To win! Going into the Barber race, I feel like I have a very good shot at taking the top spot of the podium in the Insight Racing BMW for round 2 in the Continental Sportscar Challenge. We had a great test there a month before and we had our 128i dialed in!


 

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Tequila Patron American Le Mans Series at Long Beach

by Efrain Olivares

You knew this one was going to be wild even before the race went green.  For starters, most of the cars had had no practice in dry conditions. The ALMS' only practice session was held in a total rain storm, with many teams electing not to practice as the weather forecast for the two-hour race called for cool but sunny weather. 


 

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Posted in: Motorsports
04

GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series from Barber Motorsports Park

By Efrain Olivares

After a two-month break, the Rolex Sports Car Series returned to action for the first time since the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona with a race at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama.

The Barber circuit provides unique challenges for both the drivers and the engineers responsible for setting up the Daytona Prototype and GT-class cars of the Rolex Sports Car Series. With a layout that makes passing difficult, an abrasive surface that rapidly degrades tires, as well as high ambient temperatures, racing at Barber is very difficult.

 

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The 2012 Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring

By Duncan Ende

I'm cutting right to the chase: our 12 Hours of Sebring was not the success we were all hoping for at Dempsey Racing, as we went out in a big crash around the six-hour mark. The race started out well enough with each of our drivers leading during their initial stints, but once electrical issues cropped up during my first stint the race fell back in line with what had been a challenging, if promising, week throughout testing and practice.


 

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Posted in: Magazine
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The 60th Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring

By Efrain Olivares

It is shaping up to be quite a year for sportscar racing in North America. Coming off of a hugely competitive 50th Rolex 24 at Daytona, we have now had the 60th Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring. Both races featured completely different cars, but extremely strong racing. In the case of Sebring, it was not only the opener of the American Le Mans Series, but the opening round of the FIA-sanctioned World Endurance Championship.


 

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american le mans series motoiq guide

 

MotoIQ's guide to the American Le Mans Series

 

By Efrain Olivares

 If you play Forza, or Grand Turismo, you are no doubt familiar with the cars of the American Le Mans Series. Similar to the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series which we profiled in January, the ALMS is a multi-class endurance sportscar championship with prototype cars from Audi, Lola, and HPD, as well as GT cars based on the Porsche 911, Chevrolet Corvette, Lotus Evora, Ferrari F458 Italia, and BMW M3.


 

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Driver Blog: Tyler McQuarrie

By Tyler McQuarrie

Hey MotoIQ heads! I finally got my Daytona blog done... better late than never, but my Daytona race in the Insight Racing BMW was over a month ago. Some of you might be thinking that I'm simply lazy to take that long to get my blog out, but I've been full throttle and pegged on the rev limiter getting my 2012 Formula D program together. You guys will soon realize what I've been working on for FD but for now I'll get you up to speed on my Grand-Am race.


 

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