Bill Wood’s – Some Things You Should Know: 11-07-13

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The Tech House & Speed Guestlist this week: American Le Mans Series Lime Rock winner Chris Dyson, two-time European Rallycross defending champion Sverre Isachsen, The Viking Warrior, Grand-Am Rolex Mazda Raceway DP winner Jon Fogarty and Racer and New Car Dealer Boris Said. This is all available on Tech House & Speed, the ‘Net’s only weekly, topical webcast concentrating on sports car racing including rally, drifting and time attack. It’s every Wednesday, 8pm Eastern, on Race Fan Radio.

Kris Meeke Mini WRC driver Kris Meeke testing for the 2011 Rally Finland at Korpilahti.

Dani Sordo testing the new Mini Countryman WRC in Korpilahti Central Finland for the upcoming WRC Rally Finland later in July.

The second test day of Mini John Cooper Works WRC provided serious amounts of airmiles! Even though the weather was very rainy, Daniel Sordo together with codriver Carlos Del Barrio pushed the Mini to the absolute limits in search of good setups.

Rally Candy: 2006 WRC Rally Finland, Marcus Gronholm Onboard. Pure sound!

The Rolex Grand Am cars race throught the corkscrew at Laguna Seca.

Honda Factory driver Simon Pagenaud talks about racing the No. 75 Civic Si with Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge ST championship contender Ryan Eversley at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Porsche returns to Le Mans with a works-run LMP1 sports prototype. The first outing of the completely new developed race car is planned for the year 2014. With 16 overall victories, Porsche is the most successful manufacturer in Le Mans. More information on

TRAVIS PASTRANA ON NASCAR VS. RALLY CAR RACING: “It’s all about aggression. In Rally you can make up time by simply taking chances if you will. You listen to your co-driver and you just start cutting corners a little bit more. You can carry more momentum into your corners, you’re breaking later and you’re breaking harder. Here, in NASCAR, you know the track so it’s not about taking chances. If you take a chance you’re just simply overshooting the corner. You’re pushing up the corner. It comes down to communication with your team. Letting the team know exactly what the car is doing and how they can help you get around the track faster. Everyone is very close and it’s just a matter of figuring out that exact line and the line changes every lap. It’s been a big adjustment for me.”

No. 99 Boost Mobile Toyota driver Travis Pastrana returns to the K&N Pro Series East this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Friday’s race at 5 p.m. marks Pastrana’s final start before his July 30 NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis.

Behind the scenes at the ESPYs nomination show, see why Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Mavericks center Tyson Chandler are excited about this year’s show. Also watch as hosts Michelle Beadle and Chris Connelly get ready for The 2011 ESPYs with a special appearance from Tony Gonzalez of the Atlanta Falcons.

You were overwhelmingly in favor of leaving sports car racing alone and not changing the mixed fields despite the differences in speed between the prototypes and GT machinery. Seventy percnet of those voting thoguht a knee-jerk reaction to the accidents at Le Mans wasn’t a good idea. Only 30 percent thought it would be safer to have the cars in their own races. Thank you for your opinion and your vote.

Now, What Do You Think? this week? This is something away from racing. But what would you do with a record setting homerun ball caught at a baseball game? A fan in New York returned the baseball to Derek Jeter after Jeter hit the homerun for his 3000th hit in the Major Leagues. Some think it was the right thing to do. Some thought he should keep it. Other thought he should sell it and keep the money instead. What would you do? You can vote at GET BUSY!! Take a minute to vote. Learn something about yourself!

It is a very short turn around for the United States going from their win over Brazil to the semifinal showdown with France.

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