Month: January 2010

A Big Weekend for Race Fans!

The long dark winter has come to an end and it is time to go racing!

Here is the breakdown:

Friday catch the Qualifying for the Toyota All-Star Shootout from the Irwindale Speedawy on Speed at 10pm EST

Logo-ToyotaAllStarShowdownSaturday is gonna be busy!  At 3pm EST watch the start of Rolex 24 hours of Daytona on Speed.  They won’t cover the entire race;  part one is 7 hours ending at 10pm.  But don’t change the channel;  at 10pm EST SPEED will show the Toyota All-Star Shootout.

Sunday SPEED continues their coverage of the Rolex 24 hours ofDaytona starting at 7:00am EST until the end of the race at 3:00pm.  In total SPEED will air 15 of the 24 hours of racing……NICE.

Sunday afternoon after the race stay tuned to SPEED.  At 5:00pm EST SPEED will show NASCAR drivers turning right and left without being in control!  A full two hours of the Lucas Oil Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge from Lake Placid!   This event was held a few weeks ago but I won’t spoil it for you by saying who won….. be sure to watch.

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Finally – Episode Three of MADHOUSE on The History Channel at 10pm EST – wind up the race filled weekend with some Short-Track Madness!

OH – and I almost forgot,  NASCAR Nowreturns to ESPN2 on Monday from their off-season hiatus.  More Boris Said on TV can only be a good thing!

Corvette Racing boss Doug Fehan confirms new 5.5L V8 for Sebring debut

gt2-vette-race-leadBack in August when General Motors introduced the all-new GT2 class Corvette C6.R, it ran downsized 6.0-liter version of the 7.0-liter V8 from the long-dominant GT1 car. At the launch, Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan told us the 6.0-liter was just an interim engine. With revised GT rules on tap for 2010, GM was already planning a brand-new engine for its race Vette.

Unlike the 6.0/7.0, which is a ground-up race engine that only shares basic architectural dimensions with the production small block, the 2010 C6.R’s V8 is a new 5.5-liter unit that will indeed be derived from the production engine found in roadgoing Corvettes. In fact, the 5.5-liter race engine will be built at GM’s Performance Build Center alongside ZR1 and Z06 V8s.

Fehan has confirmed that the 5.5 is running on the dyno and will make its race debut at the 12 Hours of Sebring in March. We don’t have any additional details on the new engine yet, although we were told earlier that it is based on the next-generation production small-block, which we expect to see in the Corvette soon.