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  1. Last time Ford and Ferrari had a little disagreement they did this... I guess America's best car manufacture has no choice but to build an F1 car of their own to take on Ferrari now. (By the way, the reason they pressed the issue is that if you don't defend a copyright, you lose it. So, if they didn't defend it in this case, some obscure auto manufacture could have built a road-going vehicle called F150. Glad it worked out for all involved with the only silly thing being Ferrari's new name).
  2. 49 cars entered for the Daytona 500. They'll go for the 43 starting spots, determined through the unique qualifying process. They do two-lap, single-car qualifying to set the lineups for the Gatorade Duels, the two qualifying races run on the Thursday before the race. Those races (each with half the field) determine the starting spots, though the top 35 in owners' points are guaranteed in and the most recent past champion to fail to qualify gets the 43rd spot, if a past champion fails to qualify. Cars breaking 203 mph in practice. That's fast.
  3. NASCAR have postponed fuel injection until 2012, but they have found an ECU supplier. They gave NASCAR Steve Hallam and Juan Pablo Montoya, and now they're fully involved in the sport: McLaren. Yep, that one.
  4. An Insignia has to be wishful thinking, but I'd love to see it. Cool car. I'm surprised WSR will stick with the BMW, but if they're going to use three, I assume it will be their last year with the car. Ever since it lost its advantage on starts/restarts, it just hasn't been the car to have. A lot of great news from BTCC so far, thanks for the updates. Surprised to see so much confirmed so early, and so much of it so good. We don't even need "Kia, Volvo, and MG wurks teams to join and feeeeld Tmom Clhitlon!!!11" rumors this winter. And for some cool news about one of BTCC's support series:
  5. The Boss snowplow company really ought to sue about that nickname.
  6. Keep your gloves on, Thomas.

    1. Port-A-Loo
    2. Rainmaster


      Really stupid to take your gloves off like that. Hands could get cold with the ice.

    3. JHS


      As well as a risk of frostbite...

  7. A mouthful of a name, but at least they changed it. Indeed. It's Ford's name and Ferrari were smart to just yield. Classic SuperKimi. You want Team Lotus to give up their name, but when your poor, sweet favorites Ferrari steal a trademark, they should be allowed to just claim it for their own because you don't see the use of a pickup truck. Completely rational and logical. Tough day at school, eh?
  8. I don't think a test can really lead you to that conclusion. Ricciardo has the pace (even if he was in the best car, that's part of the sport), but losing the WSR title to Aleshin (and would have lost to Guerrieri if he had run all the races) says his driving has a little way to mature, still. He'd be fine in qualifying but another year in WSR, especially if he can dominate, will help iron out some inconsistencies. He's still young and rushing a driver (or any other athlete) up too quickly is a great way to kill confidence and sometimes that's enough to end a career. Let him do his Fridays and WSR and bring the best Ricciardo you can for 2012. Why? Because he doesn't build the cars, like Lotus-Renault? His name is Bruno Senna Lalli and he was close to his uncle, who I'm sure wouldn't have had a problem with Bruno using that name. It would be one thing he were an extremely distant relative, and Senna wasn't even part of his name, but since it is... Think of all the people who use their middle name as their surname to get better jobs; very common in the media, particularly broadcasting. Anyway, they won't give him a ride based on his name alone. He'll face Heidfeld and we'll see. Sadly, I think he'll lose; Nick's the right choice, even if seeing Senna get his first real chance would be more interesting (albeit less successful, I'd assume).
  9. Ah, but Schumacher wasn't a has-been when they hired him to replace Massa in 09?
  10. Looks like I'm the "not too bright" one, then.
  11. Christian's Whorener. No wait, that's for Vettel himself, not his car. <br><br> If he does, he's not too bright. There's an "L" between "K" and "M." <br><br>EDIT: WTF IS THAT BR CRAP GET THAT OUT OF HERE. <br>
  12. I don't expect the driver will have an umlaut in his name, personally. The realistic options include: Nick Heidfeld, Vitantonio Liuzzi, Pedro de la Rosa, and Bruno Senna, as have already been mentioned. Heidfeld's the safe bet, though rather uninspiring. Liuzzi and Senna would be most interesting, I think, but I can't say I'd expect big results from the latter (I think Senna was really overrated coming into F1, and really underrated coming out of it; he's somewhere in the middle); no idea what Liuzzi would do. PDLR is just a slower, older Nick, who is extremely intimate with the cars...wait this isn't 2007? Roberto Moreno's available, too. He's Super Sub here in the U.S., though I suppose that in Europe, and to Lotus in particular, he's anything but.
  13. Forgive me for such a long, somewhat repetitive, and very much off-topic post. I debated responding or letting it go, and I know the right thing would have been the latter, but I couldn't resist. I think your use of the word "oppressed" is really far too severe, and that's been my point. I will not deny that atheists, homosexuals, whomevers will, in some cases with some people, face problems. In fact, everyone faces prejudice for who they are; even in America, there are Christians who face prejudice, despite your choice to believe Christians are some evil power that has no empathy. Oppressed? I don't think a few insults or misunderstandings qualifies as "oppressed." Being denied employment, being denied opportunities, that's oppression. The law in the United States, laws made by those non-atheist non-homosexual non-whatever-is-being-oppressed people you are so critical of, protects them from the extremely rare (but extremely hyped by the media) cases where this does happen. To use the word oppression on what those people, what all people experience at some point at varying degrees of severity, is insulting to people who truly are oppressed for what they are or what they believe in. I believe, too, that there was a misunderstanding in the "outspoken" portion, and I will even take the blame on myself for that; perhaps I was unclear. I do not mean every single case where there is a misunderstanding or a problem (I refuse to call an off-comment from one Christian about one atheist "oppression;" give me hard proof that the law works against them, that the "man" works against them...don't give me "adult bullying" examples. There are people who are just as intolerant of religious people as there are people intolerant of non-religious ones; respect is a two-way street and from you, I only see you wanting it to come your way but you have no willingness to give any back based on how you speak of Christians), so to say "all cases" is an exaggeration of what I said. As for outspoken, I mean to say this: if you look for a fight, you get one. There's a time, a place, a way to present these details. If you're disrespectful, if you're offensive, if you're doing it for the sole purpose to rile someone, well, it's not going to end well. You'll find that if all you choose to view are the horror stories of people who victimize themselves by overreacting to off-comments or this or that (and I am talking about people on Facebook groups or wherever, not talking about people who have pre-existing mental conditions that, in severe cases, end up taking their lives as a result of these circumstances; wanted to clear that up as to not offend) you only get one view: that everyone who is an atheist has it worse than everyone who is a Christian and it is all because of over-religious dictators running a republic. In reality, with both sides of the story, you'll see that there are extremes on both ends, sure, but most people are willing to respect, and most people are respected. There will always be exceptions...U.S., U.K., gay, straight, atheist Christian, whatever, wherever. Most people aren't like that, and to call it "oppression" is sensationalism and just shows that you're exaggerating to create a problem you want to exist, and have really taken everything in a narrow, context-less focus. So we go to the last part, then, the Bible belt. I am a NASCAR fan, and NASCAR is deeply rooted in the Southeast. As a result, the NASCAR community that I post on is made up of nearly 90% Caucasian, Southeastern, Christian males. And believe me, they are strongly religious, to the point that yes, religion has been discussed in the off-topic section of that forum. I did reveal I was an atheist. Not one insult. Not a single insult. No one tried to convert me, nothing offensive. A forum of a few hundred Southeastern Caucasians and not one did what you personally would have expected (or even wanted). Some ignored it, sure, but at least they had that restraint if it did bother them. Others ignored it because it meant nothing to them. And those who did respond were polite; some asked for an explanation of what I believed in, or how I viewed life, or where I turned when things weren't going correctly. They wanted understanding; imagine that. It was a great conversation. Why? Because I came in respectful of what they were discussing, I never pretended I was 100% correct, I never went in with the intention of changing their views, etc. I gave respect. They gave it back. Like the vast majority of people, outside of isolated incidents that no one witnessed (and we all exaggerate what happens to us for sympathy), would do. I do not mean to generalize based on this sample, but in the same way, you should not generalize based on your sample. Every part of every nation there are people who will tolerate, people who will appreciate, people who will celebrate, and of course, people who will hate. But you get what you give, and if you want people to accept you, you need to accept them. I've admitted that I will see a bit of what I want, sure. But I feel you're doing the same, and unlike me, you haven't admitted that. Be fair and be respectful if you want the same toward you, who you are, and even what you are. That's all there is to it. Making massive issues out of a few cases and making generalizations is exactly what breeds the attitudes some people have toward atheists or any other group of people, and yet I see it in this thread. Avoid that mentality.
  14. The Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 shares next weekend's bill with the Sprint Cup's Budweiser Shootout, an event for past champions, past Daytona winners, and past rookie of the year award recipients. Today, Derrike Cope confirmed his participation in the Shootout, partnering with Larry Gunselman's under-funded Max Q Motorsports team. Though Cope, a former Major League Baseball prospect prior to a knee injury, mainly starts and parks at this stage in his career, he'll always leave a legacy at Daytona, having pulled off one of the greatest upsets in motor racing history with his 1990 triumph, an ESPN Classic favorite.
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