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.
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:
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:
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. Read More
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 did not 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 are 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 (NASA) new e-magazine called SpeedNews. Yes, I am glad you asked, you will see coverage from Speed:Sport:Life in future issues. Read More
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!
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!