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Join Speed:Sport:Life at the Texas Mile

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Live in Texas? Like things that go stupid fast? Well, we’ve got just the event for you.

Zerin and I will be down in Beeville this weekend to help with social media support for the 10th anniversary running of the Texas Mile. The top speed crown currently lies in the Ford camp thanks to Mark Heidaker’s Hennessey-enhanced Ford GT, which set the bar at a whopping 263.3 miles per hour back in October. The KP Racing Camaro (pictured above) put up a heck of a fight, but came up just short at 263.2.

The full press release (which includes spectator information) is available after the jump. Hope to see you there!

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The 25 Hours of Thunderhill, A Rum Diary

For Krider Racing, the 2012 running of the 25 Hours of Thunderhill started with rum and ended with rum. It took a fair amount of rum to garner the courage to take on such a monumental task like “The 25.” This is the story of how a group of friends came together to compete with factory backed professional race teams in the longest road race in North America, while campaigning a $500 car that was originally built for the 24 Hours of LeMons, and somehow walked away victorious. This is the Krider Racing 25 Hours of Thunderhill “Rum Diary”
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Mazda: Embracing the 2%

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This was supposed to be a “Speed Read” featuring Mazda’s new CX-5 crossover, and then it was going to be a two-part Speed Read so that I could include a new SKYACTIV-equipped Mazda3i Touring 5-Door. Instead, after reflecting on a long weekend with Mazda at the Baltimore Grand Prix, I’m going to use this space to talk a little more about the company whose support for automotive enthusiasts cannot possibly be overstated.

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Speed News NASA’s New Digital Magazine

Here at Speed:Sport:Life we love our racing. We like to watch it, we like to read about it, and we like to participate as much as our pocket books and significant others will allow. The guys at the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) feel the same way and they do their best to let gearheads like us come out to the track to play. From High Performance Driving Education (HPDE) to full blown wheel to wheel endurance racing there is something for everyone.

NASA has come out with their own digital magazine, entitled Speed News, and has asked Speed:Sport:Life contributor Racer Boy Rob Krider to contribute. The digital mag looks great and works awesome for tablet users. Check out the newest issue below:

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Click Here To View Current Issue of Speed News

To supplement the new magazine NASA has a monthly video show also entitled Speed News produced by GoRacingTV.com. And for the host, they have Speed:Sport:Life’s own Racer Boy Rob Krider along with NASA’s John Lindsey to host the show. Check out the July episode below:

Speed:Sport:Life Second Place at ChumpCar!

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The Krider Racing Nissan Sentra SE-R takes second place at the world famous Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in the ChumpCar 7.5 hour enduro.

After lunching an engine at the ChumpCar Laguna Seca event in November 2011, the team throws a new engine in the car and heads back to “The Corkscrew” to take second place just weeks later. After some countless hours nerding out in front of a laptop the post-race compilation video is up and viewable here.
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One Man, One Motor

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Rob Krider hosts the “Club Racer” show on GoRacingTV.com which shows racers the “how-to” for car prep.

Every racer has an “off-season” to do list. It is usually those few items that didn’t get taken care of during the year because other matters were more pressing (like an engine throwing the piston out of the side of the block). In the winter, you can finally get around to maybe throwing in some S Gear gauges or updating your old racing harnesses with new ones from I/O Port Racing Supplies. Or, if you’re not in the mood to hang around the garage and stress out about how hard your unused Hoosier tires are getting in the off-season, you can always numb your mind with some Mexican beers and think about summer. Of course, in California, winter is summer, so we skip all of our off-season to do lists, go to the beach and procrastinate. It is a good time to kick back, turn on the iPad and flip through the National Auto Sport Association’s (NASA’s) new e-magazine called SpeedNews. Yes, I’m glad you asked, you will see coverage from Speed:Sport:Life in future issues.
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Racer Boy: K1 Speed –Go Karts Get Electric

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At the last ChumpCar race you blew the engine up on your racecar going up the hill toward the corkscrew at Laguna Seca. Bummer. Now your racecar is sitting dead in the garage and your wife is storing Christmas decorations on it –a felony in some states. Your old sponsor isn’t answering your e-mails, because he knows you’re just looking for free parts for the nuked motor. You, good Sir, are a long, long way from your next checkered flag. Or are you? Borrow your wife’s Hyundai (since the motor in that car still runs) and head over to a K1 Speed near you for some adrenaline pumping wheel-to-wheel racing action!

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Video: Pass of the Week

This video demonstrates perfectly the excitement of multi-class racing. Even though this isn’t the American Le Mans Series the pass at the 29 second mark is one of the most insane manuevers I’ve seen in any multi-class series. The Exige driver saw the opening and didn’t hesitate but I’m sure it made for one hell of a surprise for the MX-5 and Boxster drivers!

Forza 4 and a Home Built Driving Simulator

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No this is not an HD screen capture from a recent episode of Top Gear. This Forza Motorsport 4 and it has the Top Gear test track in it. You can be the Stig. Sounds good? Well, it also has one of the coolest features in racing game history… a rewind button. If you make a mistake, don’t sweat it. You don’t need to restart a thirty minute race, you can just REWIND back a corner or two before you went way too hot and missed a corner (wish I could add that feature to my real race car). Click the link below to check out more on the game and see how we built a trick little driving simulator out of random garage parts.

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Porsche to Return to Le Mans in 2014

After quite a long absence from the Prototype class at Le Mans, Porsche has announced today that they intend to return to Le Mans in 2014 with a works-run LMP1 car. No further details are known about their new race car but we will keep you updated as the story develops. Till then, enjoy the teaser video that Porsche released along with their announcement this morning.