Some Things You Should Know: 11-0211

By Bill Wood

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Robert Kubica’s remaining surgery could be combined into a single operation on Friday, according to Dr. Francesco Lanza, head of traumatology and orthopedics at the Santa Corona hospital where Kubica is being treated. A lengthy operation was carried out on Kubica’s severely damaged right hand following his rally crash on Sunday, but he still requires further repairs to his foot, humerus and elbow. Although the original plan was for two separate operations to take place on Friday and Monday, Dr. Lanza has indicated that the whole task could be completed Friday instead. He warned that doing the surgery in a single session would be a significant task.

The only man to ever win two consecutive Formula DRIFT championships, Tanner Foust, is leaving the sport to concentrate on his increased television commitments and a packed rallycross schedule in the U.S. and Europe. Foust will remain involved in the sport. He will travel to Abu Dhabi with the Rockstar Energy Scion tC at the end of the month to participate in the Formula DRIFT invitational event at the Yas Marina Formula 1 circuit, and will break out the same machine for the SPEED Dream Ride event in April to drift the entire Infineon Raceway track with passengers. For 2011, the driver is preparing to run the entire 10-event European Rallycross Championship season, as well as contesting the domestic rallycross series. His first US competition will be the Global Rallycross season opener on March 26, at Irwindale Speedway, in the Rockstar Energy Drink Ford Fiesta. His European season begins a month later in England. He is also planning to return to X Games to defend his dual gold medals. We were able to talk with Tanner Thursday:

listen to Tanner Foust Interview Here

The Muscle Milk Lola-Aston Martin had the fastest time of the week during Thursday’s final session – a 1:49.997 (121.094 mph) lap by Lucas Luhr at Sebring International Raceway. The two-day session served as a preview for the 59th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida and the opening round of the 2011 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón. Luhr will drive at the 12 Hours with Klaus Graf and team owner Greg Pickett in Muscle Milk’s new Aston Martin-powered Lola coupe for LMP1. The squad won in P2 last year at Sebring with a Porsche RS Spyder, and went quickest during each of Wednesday’s and Thursday’s two sessions in its new Lola-Aston Martin. Thursday’s final session began with a brief rain shower, but the track dried midway during the afternoon. This is a conversation with Team Cytosport owner Greg Pickett from this week’s Tech House & Speed.

listen to Greg Pickett Interview Here

Corvette Racing got into the act as well in GT with the best class times both days. Flying Lizard Motorsports’ Porsche 911 GT3 RSR of Jörg Bergmeister and Patrick Long was third quickest in GT with a lap of 2:02.373 (108.848 mph) in the afternoon session. Here’s a link to a full report.

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