Some of the most fun to watch racing series suffer the problem of one race being exponentially more important to the masses than all the others. We all get excited for the Indianapolis 500 or Le Mans and then the rest of the season goes out with a whimper. Doesn’t it make more sense, then, to scheduled The Big One as…
Famed YouTube speed-redneck Cleetus McFarland came up with a new kind of drag racing for his “Cleetus and Cars” event: Demolition Derby Drag Racing. Line up two beaters at the start line, and then let ‘er rip—fastest car wins. The only catch is, the two competitors have to make contact before the finish line.
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Hell has officially frozen over. The evil forces of the world have taken over. The universe has made its anti-fun stance known, culminating in the $3,000 fine lobbied against Australian Supercars driver Chaz Mostert for doing a sick burnout that would make every hoon in Australia shed a single tear of glee.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is no stranger to getting hurt in the race car, but last year’s long concussion recovery opened his eyes to just how tenuous his health is as a racer. So, he announced today that he was retiring from the NASCAR Cup Series on his own terms while he still can make that announcement on his own.
No recent retirement announcement has stung racing fans quite as much as Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s did today. Sure, he’s 42 and we should all have expected this, but he simply feels like one of us: a straight-talking man of the people—the likes of which the hyper-polished world of NASCAR could use a lot more of.
Most of soon-to-be-retired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s most recognizable donuts are in his stock car. But the man is a donut king, able to take his tire-shredding skills to new places, in different cars. Here Junior is outside his natural habitat, on the streets of New York City in a Corvette.
Going pro usually doesn’t involve scouring Craigslist, but when Peter Olivier read Bill Caswell’s tale of racing a $500 Craigslist beater against professional rally teams, he figured he could do the same on two wheels. Olivier’s $1,600 Craigslist bike held up through all six Pro Supermoto races in 2016, putting him on…
Loris Baz had the save of the weekend after nearly losing it coming on to Circuit of the Americas’ main straight during qualifying. It was a Code Brown, but no leathers were soiled, if the rider himself is to be believed on the matter.
Repsol Honda Team rider Marc Márquez defended his unofficial title of the King of Texas today, topping off five pole positions in a row with a fifth win in a row out of all five MotoGP races at Circuit of The Americas. Holy crap.
Young Movistar Yamaha rider Maverick Viñales was one of the favorites to finally end Marc Márquez’s 100 percent win rate at Circuit of the Americas going in to this race, qualifying second just behind Márquez. Unfortunately, the Maverick named for a Top Gun character just crashed out on lap two.
Moto3 rider Nakarin Atiratphuvapat had one incredible save during this morning’s support race for the MotoGP of the Americas. The man simply refused to let go.
There is no greater joy in life than the Butt Cam used in motorcycle racing. MotoGP sticks a camera on the back of the bike, pointed right at a rider’s derriere. This isn’t just my Tina Belcher-esque fascination with butts, though. It’s the one up-close view of how riders move to achieve truly ridiculous speeds on…
Jacques Villeneuve, a man who won a Formula One world championship and then floundered around motorsports not winning world titles, has some thoughts about fellow one-time world champion Nico Rosberg. And boy, are they dumb.
MotoGP has come to America once again, and it’s always an incredible sight to behold. Riders on whiz past at breakneck speeds, all while holding on for dear life. The fans are some of the most passionate on the planet, and everyone wants to share the joy of riding with you. Here’s the weekend so far in photos.
With significantly colder temperatures than yesterday and qualifying looming on the schedule later today, this morning’s Free Practice 3 for MotoGP at Circuit of the Americas saw a lot of riders sliding off their motorcycles. Even Marc Márquez, who has won every MotoGP race at COTA so far, slid off twice.
As more new cars come with collision avoidance features that momentarily take control away from the driver, track day groups have been confused as to how to handle them. A few even banned them entirely. Here’s how one group is making sure the driver stays in control all the time during a track day session.
If there’s one thing that MotoGP gets absolutely right, it’s the press conference. The series picks out the best fan questions to ask during part of the conference. Fans get creative, and some of the questions are downright hilarious. If every series did this, press conferences might actually be worth watching.