Here are some odds ‘n ends heading toward the weekend (which is a big one, with all the major series – F1, IndyCar and NASCAR – all running bigr races: F1 in China, NASCAR at Talladega and IndyCar at Long Beach).
– The promoters of the 2012 U.S. Grand Prix at Austin, Tex., held their press conference Tuesday and, as expected, it was a public-relations exercise. They announced the name of the track – the Circuit of the Americas – and that MotoGP motorcycle racing would be part of the show, beginning in 2013.
There was one interesting announcement – that the race on the twisty circuit with a couple of long straights (hello Malaysia) will be run counter-clockwise.
That was one of the problems with the circuit at Indianapolis – that the F1 race was run backwards on the most historic, and storied, race track in the United States. It just didn’t feel - or look - right.
This is a brand-new circuit and organizers could have gone either way, so it’s interesting they chose to run the race the way American racing has traditionally been run: counter-clockwise.
Incidentally, there was no date announced for the Grand Prix. They only have two real windows in Austin, so it’s going to be one of them – early spring and late fall. Otherwise, it’s too hot (average temperature in the summer months is in the 90s Fahrenheit).
If they start the season in Austin in March, the average temp. would be 73F; or they could end the season there in November when the average is 70. If they go to Austin before travelling to Montreal in June, the average will be 85-90F.
Damn hot to be outside all day.
Before I leave this subject, I would direct you to a comment on my blog post below. It has to do with Texas barbecue and is enough to, a) make your mouth water and, b) make you start making plans to attend that race!
– James Hinchcliffe, who made his first start in the IZOD IndyCar Series last weekend in Alabama, is one of the most savvy media guys around. He knows how to milk the social networks and he’s a fine writer and broadcaster.
It comes as no surprise, then, to see that he’s writing a column for speedtv.com. He has some interesting things to say in his first effort, which you can read here.
– Pierre Bourque of Ottawa, a regular in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, will start his season early this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama when he rolls out to compete in the 3 Amigos 250 ARCA Series race on Friday evening.
Making this possible for Bourque and Eddie Sharp Racing, which is providing the car, are Revolution Resources, a Canadian-owned junior gold mining company operating in North Carolina, Anheuser-Busch and their "Responsible Use" campaign, the Fight Network, the world's premier provider of combat sports content, OCR Gaz Bar, owned by fellow Canadian Tire competitor Derek White in Khanawake, Que., and Sure Pure, the global leader in turbid liquid photopurification.
"I’m very pleased to have these great companies supporting our efforts with ESR and the #6 Toyota" said Bourque, adding he was looking forward to providing awareness for his supporters.
The ARCA race can be seen live on SPEED Friday at 5 p.m. ET.
– Paul Tracy will make his first start of the 2011 IndyCar season this weekend in Long Beach, driving for Dragon Racing, Jay Penske’s team. That will make three Canadians in the race – Tracy, Hinchcliffe and Alex Tagliani.
What a podium that would make, eh?