Bill Wood’s – Some Things You Should Know: 11-0207

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Renault F1 driver Robert Kubica may face a year of recovery after a weekend accident in an Italian national rally. Kubica underwent seven-hours of surgery as doctors fought to rebuild his right hand that was mangled in the accident. Kubica lost control of his Skoda Fabia car at the beginning of the Ronde de Andorra rally near the town of Testico, causing the vehicle to leave the road at high speed. Kubica, who drives for the Lotus Renault team, was airlifted to the Santa Corona hospital in nearby Pietra Ligure where he underwent emergency surgery. One report had Kubica in an induced coma as he recovered Sunday night.”Surgeons are trying to restore the functionality of his right hand,” Kubica’s manager Daniel Morelli told reporters outside the hospital. The driver obviously won’t be able to do some scheduled F1 testing next week and will miss the start of the season next month in Bahrain. There’s fear he might miss the entire season. Here’s video of the car after the wreck:

Renault F1 team boss Eric Boullier is quoted by the French news agency AFP: “This is nothing to do with business. Robert is allowed to do it because it is close to his heart. For him, rallying is vital, it is his balance. From that side, it’s a mutual agreement. “We knew the risks as well,” added the Frenchman, with Boullier also quoted by ANSA agency as adding: “We don’t want a robot or corporate driver.”

The annual American LeMans Series Winter Test gets underway Monday at the Sebring International Raceway. Sessions will continue through the week. The week begins with two days of testing for support series cars including the Cooper Tire Prototype Lites as well as competitors in the GT3 Challenge by Yokohama. Wednesday and Thursday will be the the competitors for the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida – with LMP and GT cars, as well as those in the LMP and GT challenge series. That represents a record entry list with 31 different cars ready to hit the 17-turn raceway in preparation for the March classic. This is a concise report on the early week activities:

Grand-Am has posted several videos from the Rolex 24 at Daytona weekend. Take a look. They include the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge on Friday. Here’s a link:

I don’t pretend to be an F1 site but you should know: Williams has announced that it’s going ahead with an IPO on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Last month the team said it’s considering an IPO to enhance its long-term finances; selling about 27 percent of the company at pennies each. Here’s a link to the story.

The 2012 Hyundai Veloster was introduced in its production skin at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. The actual car will be in the showrooms in June. Now comes a brand-new image to further tantalize us with Red Bull Racing livery. Guess what that means?! Maybe Rhys Millen’s appearance at the U.S. Rallycross Championships last fall in New Jersey had more at stake than the U.S. Rallycross Championships in New Jersey! This week at the Chicago Auto Show, February 9, 2011 at 9:45am CST is when Hyundai will make good with more information. Until then there’s a picture of the “steroided” Veloster in mid-flight here.

The 2011 Canadian Rally Championship kicked off at the Rallye Perce Neige last weekend with action, drama and great driving; just like last year. One difference, though, 2010 cham;ion Antoine L’Estage and co-driver Nathalie Richard won the thing to get a jump on defending his title. Pat Richard, with stand in co-driver Leanne Junnila, battled early with L’Estage but a road penalty put him back in the field. L’Estage drove to the finish with more than a six minute margin ahead of Bruno Carre in second. Here’s a report and images: Here’s a video without any identifications on the drivers. The first two are Richard and Carre. Antoine is about fifty seconds into the piece in the black Evo. Good action:

Tim McNulty & Paul Kiely in an Impreza WRC won impressively in the Galway International Rally. They overcame some atrociously wet roads in the event. In the Historic category: Ed Murphy/John McCarthy in a Mk1 Escort eased to the win by 3m over American Seamus Burke/Martin Brady. Starter motor problems over the final stages didn’t help Burke. James Power/Declan Kelly in a Pinto powered Escort finished third. I talked with Burke about this opportunity at the Sno*Drift Rally in Michigan. He said the car was fast and he looked forward to the rally. Evidently his anticipation was justified! Seamus is fast. I wish he was more involved in American rallying. He seems satisfied to support his son Joseph’s career at this point.

To kick off the 2011 WRC season, Monster World Rally Team driver Ken Block is video blogging daily directly to his Facebook page in order to give fans a glimpse into what goes into preparing for a WRC round. Whether it’s training and testing or hanging out with other drivers like the Solberg brothers (video 2 and 3), this series gives the fans a real inside look into Block and the Monster World Rally Team on the road. Log on to Facebook and check it out! These are the latest clips. And these are the videos you’ve missed.



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