Bill Wood’s – Some Things You Should Know: Weekend Edition

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In this special exclusive edition of Tech House & Speed, NASCAR Free Radio, we have a long talk with 2010 Rally America 2WD champion Chris Duplessis. He’s preparing to make a major reentry into the rally scene with a Ford Fiesta R2 that he’s building night and day in New Hampshire with his fiance. Duplessis started the year in a factory supported Scion xD but, after one event, he stepped from the car to seek his own dreams. This Fiesta R2 is the result. When will it be ready? What events will it run? Who will drive with him? Where will be first see it? Why did he leave Scion? How did it all come about? That’s all ahead in this special edition of Tech House & Speed. Enjoy a few minutes of rally talk!

Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia snatched victory in Rally Jordan in the very last stage, the Power Stage shown live on TV throughout the world. The Citroën Total World Rally Team crew won by two-tenths of a second, the smallest gap ever at the end of a WRC round. The music is bothersome but the pictures and content are new.

Comments from the post-Jordan news conference. Finally, this is a Q&A with Sebastien Ogier after Jordan. Shows his thinking as the WRC championship tightens. Here’s more:

The doctor overseeing Robert Kubica’s recovery says it will be midsummer before we can know about Kubica’s return to racing. Next week Kubica will finally leave the Santa Corona hospital, where he has been since his horrific rally crash in early February. But when asked Dr. Riccardo Ceccarelli replied: “We need to wait for nature to run its course even though, knowing Robert, we are confident in his recovery strength.” Here’s more:

Former World Rally Champion Petter Solberg has advocated drawing lots to solve the running order issue which is currently dividing opinion in the WRC. For the first day of a WRC round, the drivers run in championship order and then competitive order for the following two days. The drivers are eager for the system to be changed on gravel events, where the car first on the road is forced to sweep the road clean of the loose stones. This means the surface gradually improves, leaving the fifth or sixth-placed crew with the best conditions. Here’s more:

Yesterday we saw Subaru Rally Team USA driver David Higgins set-up and shake down the #40 Subaru Impreza WRX STI rallycross car during teammate Dave Mirra’s short absence in preparation for round 2 of the 2011 Global Rallycross Championship. Now we see how Mirra drove the car in the competition last weekend in Washington.

1981 WRC champion Ari Vatanen got into one of t he fastest Ford Escorts ever in 1982, the black MCD Escort that had successes and failures largely due to its impressive speed. He describes the experiences here…

While teams planning to run the Le Mans 24 Hour in June are testing at the Le Mans track today (Saturday), we review the crashing and carnage at the American Le Mans Series race in Long Beach.

This is the ALMS preview video for the 2011 season.

And take the start of the 2011 Sebring 12 Hours with the winning GT entry from BMW Team RLL. Includes the race start, contact with a prototype that caused a flat tire, pit stop and then ride-around for a lap-plus.

Remember those Apple ads that cast the Mac as a 20-something, self-satisfied hipster while the PC was portrayed by an older, square-looking guy in a brown suit? Well, those characterizations, unfair as they may be, appear to have some truth to them. An unscientific survey by Hunch, a site that makes recommendations based on detailed user preferences, found that Mac users tend to be younger, more liberal, more fashion-conscious and more likely to live in cities than people who prefer PCs. Of the 388,000 Hunch users who responded to a question about computer loyalty, 52% identified themselves as PC people as opposed to 25% who said they are Mac devotees. Hunch then cross-referenced those responses with answers to other questions to draw cultural distinctions between the rival Mac and PC camps. Here’s more:

What Do You Think this week? If you could drive – and win – any of the following events, which one would you choose? Monte Carlo Rally, Monaco Grand Prix, Rally Great Britain, 24 Hours of Le Mans or Rolex 24 at Daytona? You can vote at www.ByBillWood.com. GET BUSY!! Take a minute to vote. Learn something about yourself! http://www.bybillwood.com/online/


The gritty, high-octane thrill ride “Le Mans” has been digitally remastered and will be available for the first time on Blu-ray disc in honor of its 40th Anniversary May 24. The racing classic starring iconic star Steve McQueen features a breathtaking recreation of one of the toughest endurance tests on earth, France´s annual 24-hour Le Mans car race. Here’s more: Here’s the trailer. I think I’ve shared this before but here it is again.

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