Bill Wood’s – Some Things You Should Know: 11-06-07

Here are some Things You Should Know:

The 79th Edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours, one of the oldest and certainly the most prestigious automobile race in the world, starts at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 11. This race, the biggest of the “Big Three” (Indy 500, Monaco F1 Grand Prix, Le Mans 24 Hours) has been a two-team battle for the past several years: Peugeot and Audi have fought for the win, and the tremendous promotional advantages a win conveys, without serious competition for most of this century.

In fact, until Peugeot took its first win in 2009, Audi had owned Le Mans for almost a decade: between 200 and 2008, the only non-Audi winner was the Bentley Speed 8, powered by a motor based on the Audi V8 and a team consisting of two- thirds of the standard Audi driving contingent.

Some look at Peugeot’s 2009 win as an anomaly: that year Peugeot operated with Audi-like efficiency and durability, while the new Audi R15’s had numerous mechanical troubles and the drivers and crews didn’t show the kind of clockwork precision which had been the norm.

Martin Tomczyk has insisted that winning the DTM title is not his primary aim this year, despite closing to within three points of series leader Bruno Spengler thanks to his Spielberg win last weekend. The German, whose victory was not only the first for an old-spec Audi in the DTM, but also Phoenix Racing’s first since 2000, had also been on the podium last time out at Zandvoort and has been among the most impressive drivers this year. He is keeping his ambitions in check however, and is well aware that there are still seven races left before the end of the season. Here’s more:

We talk with Audi R18 TDI driver Rinaldo “Dindo” Capello who will be in this weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hour.

B-roll footage shot by Audi of America of the Audi R18 testing at Sebring in March 2011. Read more Audi news and features and find a massive gallery of the R18 at the test at http://www.fourtitude.com

Onboard with the Audi R10 TDI driven by Allan McNish. Former category winner Wayne Taylor said there are three places per lap where you can get up to 200 MPH. Take a look in this ride with Allan McNish.

At the Formula Drift debut at Palm Beach in Florida: Rhys Millen vs. Kyle Mohan Saturday. This is Round 3/Top 16.

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Steve Jobs, still gaunt from his battle with a rare form of cancer, interrupted his medical leave to unveil Apple Inc.’s new venture in the cloud. In what the Apple chief executive described as a major shift in how millions of people would store and organize their music, documents, photos and emails across multiple devices, he showed off an online service that will let Apple users access their digital media from anywhere. Here’s more on the Apple iCloud: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-apple-cloud-20110607,0,3280141.story

And this video from the PBS Newshour.

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