Bill Wood’s – Some Things You Should Know: 11-05-16

Here are some Things You Should Know:

After a highly successful five seasons as partners, Highcroft Racing and Honda have concluded their relationship – the combination’s giant-killing performance at the 12 Hours of Sebring earlier this year was the final curtain for the partnership. Highcroft was selected as one of the initial factory Acura teams for the brand’s debut in the American Le Mans Series in 2007. Highcroft scored 11 race wins for Honda, nine pole positions and 28 podium finishes from only 42 races, including its gallant second place finish at Sebring, where it defeated both factory Audi and Peugeot entries.

It was the only ALMS team of any class to score a podium finish in every round of the championship in 2010. The team had intended to run the HPD ARX-01e at next month’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. Unfortunately, given the situation in Japan and its impact on Honda, Highcroft has been obliged to withdraw its entry at Le Mans, due to lack of adequate financial support. Here’s more:

It was a huge weekend for personal friends of mine! The following gives me a smile on a Monday morning.

Bill Lester won the Rolex GT race at VIR, a first for an African American driver in Grand-Am. And he did it in the hometown of the late Wendell Scott, first and only African American to win in what’s now the NASCAR Sprint Cup series.

Tanner Foust became the first American to win in the European Rallycross series. Here’s some comments from Tanner with Tim Whittington from the Rallycross World website and Rallycross World Magazine.

Billy Johnson passed Bill Auberlen for the lead with less than five minutes remaining and held on to win the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race at VIR, his first of the season with teammate Jack roush Jr.

Drifter Tyler McQuarrie and his teammate Nico Rondet finished second in the Street Tuner category of the same race. It was also the best showing for first-year team Insight Racing.

I know so many of the rally guys it’s dangerous to single out two winners but: ex-factory Subaru rally driver Ramana Lagemann found a problem that’s plagued his crew for two rallies and drove to the Super Production win with co- driver Chrissie Beavis at the Oregon Trail Rally. And Andrew Comrie-Picard, won the 2WD category with co-driver Jeremy Wimpey. There’s lots of video coverage of Oregon Trail on the Rally America website.

Finally, it’s a little out of this context, but NHRA Top Fuel drag racer Antron Brown won his category at the NHRA Nationals in Atlanta.

This weekend will make my next convesations with them that much more fun!

What Do You Think this week? Volkswagen has announced a five-year WRC program starting in 2013. Who’d you like to see drive the car right away? Sebastien Loeb, Carlos Sainz, Petter Solberg or Someone Else (Let me know on Facebook)? You can vote at GET BUSY!! Take a minute to vote. Learn something about yourself!

Donald Trump has suggested it’s not much fun flirting with the idea of running for president in the face of relentless attacks and ridicule. “Nobody said it was going to be easy, but I had no idea I would get hammered in the way I’ve been hammered the past few weeks,” Trump said in Nashua, New Hampshire. The billionaire host of NBC-TV’s “Celebrity Apprentice” has hinted for months that he will run for the 2012 Republican nomination for a chance to take on President Barack Obama. But Trump has slipped badly in surveys taken since Obama released his birth certificate confirming he was born in the United States. Here’s more:

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