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Haverlin’s Hot Takes: Formula E

COVERING A FORMULA E WEEKEND IN NEW YORK CITY By: John Haverlin Photos provided by: john lamparski / Getty Images

In mid-July, the New Mexico Motorsports Report covered the ABB Formula E series, which concluded its fourth season on the streets of Red Hook, Brooklyn in the Big Apple.

The series is sanctioned by the FIA, which operates the pinnacle of motorsports, Formula One, but this all-electric league wants nothing to do with the traditional auto racing experience. While F1 and NASCAR are all about speed, power, and danger, FE’s goal is to promote the future of the automotive industry. The world’s oil supply will be completely dried up in about 50 years, so it’s time to consider new sources of energy to fuel our vehicles. The weekend consisted of two races -- or ePrixs as they’re called in FE -- and the championship went to Jean-Eric Vergne, who competed with F1’s Scuderia Toro Rosso team from 2012 through 2014. Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler won the teams’ title with its drivers, Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt, finishing on the podium in both events. Di Grassi won the first ePrix and Vergne the second. OBVIOUSLY, FORMULA E = FORMULA ONE The folks of FE don’t like comparing their series to F1. They understand that F1 is at the top of the auto racing pyramid. The cars are the fastest, the drivers are the greatest, and it’ll always be that way. António Félix da Costa, Andretti Autosport’s full-time FE driver, spoke to the NMMR about his philosophy on the F1 vs. FE debate. “I don’t think we should be compared to F1 at the moment. We don’t want to be compared to F1,” he said. “F1 is the king of our sport. It’s existed for over 60 years; it should be (king), it’s the quickest car in the world at the moment. “There is space in the world for both. We’re two very different series. We race in city centers; they race in racetracks, so the concepts are very different. I do think we are pushing boundaries and looking to match them in the future. We’re not in that position yet. … The cake is big enough for everyone. But obviously, F1 is still the king of our sport, and we’re coming for them.” SO WHY DO FE EVENTS ONLY RACE ON STREET CIRCUITS IN MAJOR CITIES? NMMR asked Vincent Gaillardot, technical manager of the Renault e.Dams FE team, that very question at a dinner on Friday night before the first race. Gaillardot said that the series is trying to develop its own identity and showcase the technology instead of battling with F1 for popularity. It’s likely that F1 will always be the most popular, but the goal of FE is to draw interest from people who live in densely populated areas who wouldn’t usually travel hundreds of miles to see an auto race in a remote location. Will FE ever become as famous as F1? Probably not, but people within FE seem to disagree. Regardless, one must respect the vision FE has for its future. To gain new fans, you have to visit new places.


THE START OF A NEW ERA During the offseason, FE will ditch its current car and introduce the latest generation of vehicles, which have a battery that can last the entire length of a race. In other words, there won’t be any more pit stops. The final round of stops to ever transpire in FE occurred in ePrix No. 2 as drivers hopped out of one car and into another at the midway point. Of all the top professional racing series in the world, there isn’t one that doesn’t necessitate some form of refueling or tire changing. It’s unprecedented, but that’s why FE is doing it. The series prides itself on evading the norms of traditional motorsport. The ePrixs will also be about 45 minutes long next year. Short, right? Yes, but it could work in the series’ favor since FE isn’t designed to attract the typical F1 or NASCAR fan. It’s mainly a platform for electric cars to be recognized and accepted as the future of the automotive industry. Enel, a Rome-based sustainability company, is the manufacturer that provides the power for FE cars and its goal is to make eco-friendly energy usage the new standard for street cars. They want the average person who’s driving on the freeway to stop and refuel with electricity instead of gas. With FE, it’s all about one word: efficiency. HOW AND WHY NEW YORK? Some of the greatest racing leagues in the world -- including F1 -- have desired a race venue that ran through the streets of the Big Apple. In 2011, the FIA announced that F1 would have a Grand Prix in Weehawken, New Jersey. The temporary circuit would be built on Port Imperial -- a ferry transit station along the Hudson River. The race was scheduled for its debut in 2013, but plans for it fell through after a contractual dispute with New Jersey’s Grand Prix organizers. A 2012 Jersey Journal story said that F1 promoters failed to get the necessary permits to host the event. Former F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone said it would be pushed back to 2014. Then he said it would be forced to 2015. Then it never happened. SO HOW DID FE -- A 4-YEAR-OLD SERIES -- MANAGE TO ARRANGE A RACE WEEKEND IN RED HOOK, BROOKLYN? It’s because of the energy-efficient philosophy it carries. Anything that’s emissions-free is irresistibly attractive to major cities. That’s why FE has raced in places such as Hong Kong, Rome, Paris, and Berlin, to name a few. F1 is set to run a Grand Prix in Miami next year, but the deal didn’t come together quickly as city residents protested it because of the noise pollution, road blockages, and overall stress it will put on local areas. FE cars are so quiet that the screeching sound from the tires can be heard when the cars make a sharp turn. In NASCAR, you can’t sit in the grandstands for more than 15 or 20 minutes without thinking your eardrums will explode from the immense volume of the engines. The series will return to New York again next year. Along with it will come a new generation of race cars, more manufacturers, and perhaps a more significant intrigue from racing fans.

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“You have to look at Matchbox a little differently than Hot Wheels because Hot Wheels does a lot more Fantasy designs. Matchbox tries to be more realistic,” Heralda explained when asked about the differences between the brands. “There have been line extensions where Matchbox have moved a little bit more away just because there was more of an interest in that series of cars.” Michael Heralda continues as a T-shirt designer and creates postcards that cater to the diecast collector. You can find him on Instagram & Facebook at Michael Heralda. Heralda is also a musician who tours with his Grandson in Colorado

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and Lorenzo battle it out like the good old days, see battles like they were all back in moto2. I don’t even remember the last time I shouted out at the TV set. And I did it a hundred times during this race (sorry honey, I’ll try to be quieter). Rossi bumping into Lorenzo when Lorenzo miss shifted and changing the entire scope of the race was one of the accidental shouts. From there it was not just a battle for first…. it was an all-out battle for every second any of them could grab. Every podium spot was on the market and everyone was hungry. Just the way we like it. Marc wiggles his way back up, and, surprisingly, not by being his typical jackass self. He earned it. And in the process, a little more of my respect back as well. This is what GP should always be. This is what made me think that the best battles aren’t always in moto2. (That was a good race, too. But nothing like GP) Nobody played dirty, and sure there were bumps and nudges and “edge of your seat” moments. A lot of them. And that’s what it SHOULD be. Thank you, GP, for showing us all why you are the top of the top. Race like that every time…. and don’t get nasty…. just be better than the next guy. It’s gonna be difficult to go to sleep after watching that. And I’m sure my neighbors are wondering who “Rossi” and “Lorenzo” and “Marquez” are. But they’ll thank me later. That was what motorcycle racing used to be, and has now resurfaced. Thank you, GP!! For getting back to the core of it all. I’m gonna go watch it again on YouTube!

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“TRICKS of the TRADE” By David Swope

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Interview from the Route 66 Raceway in Juliette, Illinois – July 28, 2018 Albuquerque Dragway has launched many racing careers, among them the career of Street Outlaw, John Urist. “I have been drag racing for over 20 years now. I started in high school, going to the Albuquerque National Dragway. I went out and saw my first drag race and at the time wanted to get a Mustang. I started racing and doing some traveling. You fit the class that will work with your budget. You can be the best racer that fits your budget. Then you can move up. We were told we needed to go to Dallas and see the Fun Ford event and the Outlaw Cars, the original Street Outlaw. We like the TV show but we were racing a Street Outlaw class 20 years ago. We would see cars running in the mid 8’s a long time ago and that was pretty quick,” stated Urist. “My first car was a ‘69 charger. My Dad was into cars and we did the restoration,” Urist explains. “Quick story - I spent all this time trying to restore the Charger and a friend of mind had this little ‘88 Mustang that was faster and cheaper than the Charger. I kind of was anti-Mustang and then I bought one. Damn, now I know why everyone has one,” explained Urist. “Most of my career has been in Street Outlaw with roughly a 3,000 lb. Mustang. The power headers are usually a single blower or single supercharger, nitrous, and on a 28” tire / 275 drag radial.” “Most “headsup” drag racing is on the east coast. Our Street Outlaw class runs with NMRA/NMCA in Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois and Kentucky,” explained Urist. “We leave the rig on the east coast and do whatever work we need on the car at the track but fly back to Albuquerque between races. The team has members / friends from Maryland, Virginia and other places. We all get together and pull it all together on the track.” This weekend is the 13th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street-Legal Drag Racing. “These are 20 of the fastest cars in the country. The fastest guy from his area come here to compete,” Urist says almost ready to go show them why he is the Nine-Time Champion. “Hellion Turbo got started when a good friend of mine, Dwayne James, and I came together to start a turbo company. We were custom making race kits and we needed to have more of a mass produced, street style system that was more affordable. We were able to share the technology that we learned on the race track and apply it to lower level cars and let everybody share in on some of the fun and enjoyment we have racing. We race what we sell. At Hellion we build turbo kits for late model vehicles. We enjoy them all. We enjoy performance,” Urist said. I can only image that it was with a smile on his face. HellionTurbo.Com @HellionTurbo on Facebook 18 NMMotorSportsReport.com

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he Fire Cracker Nationals at Albuquerque Dragway went off with a big bang this year. With only a mild weather delay on Saturday, July 7th due to an afternoon thunderstorm the weather was beautiful and the racing was spectacular.  The Real Outlaw Door Slammers featured an 8 car field with Robert Costa in his 1970 Duster sitting on top when qualifying was complete.  However, Art Cordova in his 1963 Corvette defeated

Jacob Villegas 67 Nova in the finals. The final race of the evening was for bragging rights and a very special NHRA Member Track Madness Trophy.  Sportsman racer and second generation driver Tyler Brush outlasted the Super Pro points leader Dave Shipman.

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ALBUQUERQUE DRAGWAY, JUNE 30, 2018 By Robert Costa On Saturday, June 30th Albuquerque Dragway hosted the Gold Rush Rally drivers for their 10th annual drive across our great nation. However, it was only the second time the rally had come through Albuquerque. The tour this year went from Boston to Las Vegas with 10 stops in 10 days. The drivers not only were driving their super exotic cars on the highway hundreds of miles each day but decided to get some track time at Albuquerque Dragway and see just how fast they could go down the quarter-mile drag strip. There was a great variety of exotics on hand for the outing including a Ford GT, Lamborghinis, Ferraris, McLarens, Porsches, and many more. But at the top of the cool meter, there was one car that was above all of them. It was the 2015 Pagani Huayra at a cost of more than $2.5 million. It did click off the fastest pass of the day at just under 11 seconds and 139 mph. It was a real treat to watch these exotic cars that most of us will never get see up close, let alone racing on a track.

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s a tribute to Evel Knievel, the infamous and original dare devil himself, Travis Pastrana was called upon to face 3 of Evel Knievel’s most death defying stunts in Las Vegas, Nevada. The feats broke 2 of Evel Knievel’s distance records as he successfully completed all 3 jumps on live television. The first jump was over 52 crushed cars which were two more than the 50 Evel Knievel jumped over at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 1973. If that wasn’t enough, the next event was over 16 full size Greyhound Buses that he completed with flair and ease. This is two more than Evil Knievel when he jumped over 14 on Kings Island in 1975. The finale was jumping over the Fountains of Cesar’s Palace, a jump that Evel Knievel and daredevil Gary Wells tried and failed, sustaining some of the most devastating injuries of stuntmen at the time without death on impact. With Knievel trying the jump on New Year’s Eve 1967, he came up just short and suffered a crushed pelvis and femur, fractures to his hip, wrist, and both ankles and a concussion that kept him in the hospital for a month in a reported coma for 29 days. Gary Wells was the next man up for the challenge. In 1980, he missed the landing ramp wide right where he suffered a broken back, both of his legs and his aorta ripped from his heart but he miraculously survived. The only other person to successfully make this jump without a scratch was Robbie Knievel in 1989. That’s right only Evel’s own son has accomplished this feat but with a much more advanced motorcycle. So, to say that it was a risky jump is just half of this action packed attempt. All of this was conducted on live television, while riding the Indian Scout FTR750. This is a modern day recreation inspired by the motorcycle Knievel used. With the help of a little extra flair in pyro techniques, fireworks, and a Knievel themed jumpsuit covered in the patriotic stars and stripes draped in red, white, and blue, Travis Pastrana was successful. To have someone with the knowledge of what Evel Knievel accomplished throughout their illustrious career with an impressive multitalented resume of his own, Travis Pastrana conquered in one night some of the most dangerous stunts upto-date All to honor the great Evel Knievel.

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It’s a

Dirt track Thing By: Brooklyn Green

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ome people believe that there is not much that goes along with racing a race car.  Some will say all you must do is push the gas and turn left.  Well, us racers know that is the farthest thing from the truth.  Each car, each track, each race day requires something completely unique.  There is not one single race that will mimic the previous.  I promise you, any racer will agree.    Gary Guinn has made his way up the ranks of dirt track racing.  Competing in Stock Cars, Modifieds, and now Sprint Cars, Guinn has spent a lot of time in the clay.    Guinn’s family has been racing since the 60’s.  He grew up helping his dad and fellow racers change out motors and get cars race ready.  Doing so, Guinn discovered his love for dirt track racing.  He knew someway, somehow, he was going to get behind the wheel of a racecar.    Guinn began his driving career in 2003 with a Firebird Stock car. He raced this car at Duke City Speedway, Sandia Asphalt, and Hollywood Hills.  In 2009, he raced a Monte Carlo at Uranium Capital Speedway in Grants, New Mexico. From 2011 to 2014, he drove a modified at Sandia and Uranium Capital Speedway.  In 2017, Guinn participated in some Micro Sprint and Cruiser action.  In 2018, Guinn began his wild ride with Sprint Cars.      “For so long I’ve raced stock cars and Modifieds and stuff and you have a heavy car with a little bit of tire and a lot of weight. You go into the corner and the car just wants to push on you.  So, you have to let off going into the straightaway and kind of get the car to turn before you get back into the throttle.  In Sprint cars, you have to reprogram your brain to stay on the throttle into the corner and it’s not natural.  It’s not a natural feeling for me.  It’s a complete reset of my brain on how to drive a racecar” said Guinn.    Guinn’s first Sprint Car season has been filled with ups and downs, but his family has been by his side through it all.     “You can’t do it by yourself.  I’ve tried, and you just can’t do it” said Guinn.    “My wife can come out and change the oil or change a tire.  Plus, just getting in the car is a nightmare if you’re trying to do it by yourself.  It means a lot to have somebody there and I am very thankful that I have been lucky enough that my wife has always supported me.”   said Guinn. Not only is Gary’s wife Jessica involved in racing, their little girl Alabama is already asking for a race car.  She wants to drive a sprint car just like her dad. Obviously, it runs in the family! Follow Gary Guinn and his racing journey on Instagram at gary.guinn.50 or on Facebook at Gary Guinn.  

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