Bill Wood’s Some Things You Should Know: 12-02-15

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A week after telling WRC event organizers they would be responible for finding their own broasdcast deals, the FIA is now indicating confidence that it will nail down international television coverage for the World Rally Championship as a whole before the week is out. An Autosport report says the ideal scenario is the central distribution and sales of television coverage of the whole WRC. It’s known that a deal had been made with ITV4 for more comprehensive coverage of WRC in 2012 and it’s this kind of deal that the FIA is hoping it can achieve again for this season. Individual events have now been told to stop working with local broadcasters. Here’s more:

Tech House & Speed guest list: Rally Sweden winner Jari-Matti Latvala, Porsche factory driver Sascha Maassen, Le Mans master Tom Kristensen, Audi master Allan McNish. Winners. Champions. Legends. Tech House & Speed. Wednesday. 8pmEST (UTC-5). Race Fan Radio.

Ford’s Review Rally Sweden featuring the win by Ford’s lead driver jari-Matti Latvala. 2012 Ford WRC

Rally Candy: Rally Sweden road junction on SS 13 a few kilometers from the end of the stage. Reverse starting order.

Ford driver Petter Solberg has led calls for the permanent reinstatement of Stage 1 Technology as the timing and tracking supplier for the World Rally Championship. Solberg said the British firm’s return to the WRC on last week’s Rally Sweden was a victory for common sense and a big step in turning the series around. Stage 1 Technology had been unable to attend the opening round of the WRC in Monte Carlo due to former promoter North One Sport being in bankruptcy. The agreement reached for S1T’s presence on round two in Sweden is the preferred option of the drivers and teams. Here’s more:

Citroen driver Mikko Hirvonen fell a step short on the Rally Sweden podium. He finished second to last year’s Ford teammate Jari-Matti Latvala who won the event and led a Ford assault with four Fiestas in the top five. Hirvonen and another Citroen driver, Nasser Al-Attiyah, talked about the weekend when it was over.

Rally Sweden brings the ‘winter’ season of the World Rally Championship to a close, but what are the things we learned from it? Here are the five lessons that will be taking away.

1. Mikko Hirvonen is already up to speed with his new Citroen. The Finn said it would take him a bit of time to get used to the car, but we reckon he’s got there already. Hirvonen showed that he’s no number two to Sebastien Loeb: the multiple world champion has a fight on his hands. Here’s more:

Leo Parente looks into the future of F1, WRC, and SuperGT for 2012. Does Ferrari’s new suspension setup set them ahead or back in the field? Did Adrian Newey take advantage of the new nose design requirements? Is WRC screwed?

Racing that has its roots in the US says a lot about America. NASCAR, Drag Racing, SuperCross, and others. Is the message good? Can it be better? Who cares. Plus, WRC Sweden and The King of the Hammers off-road / rock-climb race. Hosted by Leo Parente.

Bruce Bowen and Doug Gottlieb discuss Jeremy Lin’s success in Mike D’Antoni’s system and how Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony will fit in.

There would be no major upset Tuesday night at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. That happened earlier in the day when a black cocker spaniel named Beckham, the top-ranked dog in 2011 according to Dog News, lost to others in his breed. A Pekingese called Malachy, last year’s No. 2 dog, won Best in Show — the fourth time for the breed and the 10th time for the toy group. Here’s more: Doggie treadmills, massages and therapists: No luxury is spared the top contenders at 2012′s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City. WSJ’s Wendy Bounds visited the hotel where most dogs and their owners reside during the event and got a first hand look at all the prepping and pampering ahead of the main event.

You were overwhelmingly in favor of Ford being the engine provider for this year’s Grand-Am Rolex DP champion. It was the engine in the winning Michael Shank Racing entry at the Rolex 24 last month. You voted 74 percent to 26 percent that since Ford engines swept the podium at the 50th Rolex 24 at Daytona, Ford will hang on for the 2012 championship. Thanks for your vote! We hope you learned something in taking part.

Now, What Do You Think? this week: Ford WRT lead driver Jari-Matti Latvala won Rally Sweden to move into 4th in the WRC points. But he’s behind teammate and 2003 WRC champion Petter Solberg in third. Will Latvala finish ahead of Solberg in the 2012 WRC points? Yes, Of Course! Or, No, That’ll be Tough! You can vote at GET BUSY!! Take a minute to vote. Learn something about yourself!

A school in Cincinnati is taking a unique approach to get students to come to class — it’s paying them to come. The new program began on Monday, and the principal says he’s already seeing results.

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