|VOLKSWAGEN MOTORSPORT TO CELEBRATE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF FORMULA VEE AT ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA|
|• Former stars of Formula Vee and Formula Super Vee will take to the track in historic cars, 50 years after the first official FV race Herndon, VA - Formula Vee will celebrate a big birthday at the Rolex 24 at Daytona this coming weekend (24–27January). Fifty years after the debut of the formula as an officially-sanctioned Sports Car Club of America race series, Volkswagen will return to the place where it all started with a number of significant car and drivers from the past. Among those present will be several ex-FV drivers who went on to become international motorsport stars: Indy 500 winner Arie Luyendyk; Indycar star and team owner Michael Andretti; Daytona champion Didier Theys; two-time Daytona winner Elliott Forbes-Robinson; former DTM and sportscar stars Hans-Joachim Stuck and Dieter Quester; and rally icon Markku Alen. 'Volkswagen can look back on major success on the motorsport scene. However, the continuous promotion of young drivers has been even more successful,' said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Jost Capito. 'Fifty years ago, Formula Vee was pioneering in this regard. Many eventual motorsport legends took their first steps towards a career in motor racing with us. Many of these legends will be brought together for the revival in Daytona and I'm really looking forward to this reunion.' Formula V in the USA – the success story that began back in 1963 The first-ever SCCA Formula Vee race was held at the Daytona Speedway in August 1963, although cars had raced around the south-eastern U.S. prior to that event. Armed with the 40 horsepower, 1.2-liter engine and the running gear from the Volkswagen Beetle, motorsport enthusiasts put together extremely cost-effective single-seater racing cars—and launched a boom that was soon to spill over to Europe. On July 4th, 1965, Formula Vee made its official European debut in front of 50,000 spectators at the Norisring in Nuremberg, Germany. This proved to be the start of a huge success story, to which a new chapter was added from 1971 onwards with the Formula Super Vee series, which ran parallel to the established Formula Vee 1300. FSV cars used a 1.6-liter Volkswagen engine that initially generated 120 hp, a figure that later rose to close to 200 hp. Formula One world champions Niki Lauda, Nelson Piquet, Emerson Fittipaldi, and Keke Rosberg all began their careers in Formula Vee championships, as did Le Mans winners Gijs van Lennep, Dr. Helmut Marko, and Jochen Mass. Indycar stars such as Michael Andretti, Al Unser Jr., Arie Luyendyk, and Scott Dixon competed in FV and FSV in their formative years. As such, Formula Vee formed the basis for the tradition of promoting young drivers in motorsport, one that lives on today through the likes of the German ADAC Formula Masters 'powered by Volkswagen.' The best Formula Vee racing cars from Europe and the U.S. will complete a 'lap of honor' ahead of the start of the 24-hour race at Daytona, driven by some of the heroes from the series' heyday.|
| WORLD RX TEAMS PRESENTED AT ITALIAN MEDIA DAYToday the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy kicked off in style at a special media day that was held at the new World RX venue Franciacorta International Circuit in Brescia, Italy.|
A string of media from across Europe, Asia and the Americas congregated on the Italian circuit to attend the event which included the six permanent two car World RX Teams, as well as some of the individual Supercar entries, Euro RX and RX Lites competitors. It was also the first time th....
| The Snake and Mongoose Cars Appearing at Pinehurst ConcoursVILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. (April 24, 2014) – Hot Wheels kids who have grown into nostalgic adults are in for a treat at the 2014 Pinehurst Concours d'Elegance.|
The Hot Wheels-branded Snake and Mongoose Funny Cars, purchased in January by legendary NASCAR car owner Rick Hendrick, will be a part of the Race Cars class presented by Virginia International Raceway at the second annual vintage auto showcase at Pinehurst Resort on Sunday, May 4.
The yellow Snake (1972 Plymouth Barracuda) ....
| 1991 Mexican Grand Prix: Amidst The Turmoil, Patrese Emerges SupremeIn the previous race, Williams-Renault had come up about a mile short. And, after having served the team well from 1987 onwards, Patrese had come up short in his bid to be Williams' number one driver. However, in a city that, at least at that point in time, was turned upside-down with crime and corruption, Patrese would demonstrate he had more than enough in hand to challenge the Formula One field, and his teammate.|
Back during the 1987 season Nigel Mansell would be driving with Williams when....
|INFINITI Q50, QX60 AND QX80 RECEIVE TOP HONORS FROM EDMUNDS.COMFRANKLIN, Tenn. – Infiniti announced today that Edmunds.com has named the 2014 Infiniti Q50 among its 'Top Rated Vehicles.' The QX60 was also awarded as one of its '2014 Most Popular on Edmunds.com Midrange Luxury SUVs' and the QX80 was named as one of its 'Most Popular on Edmunds.com Premium Luxury SUVs.' Each of the vehicles was recognized during a presentation at the 2014 New York International Auto Show where Michael Bartsch, vice president of Infiniti Americas, accepted the award on ....|
| AUDI DRIVER FILIPE ALBUQUERQUE IN EAGER ANTICIPATION OF WEC• Portuguese is about to make his debut in the FIA WEC|
• Significant differences to touring car program in the DTM
• Varied preparation at the beginning of sports car career
Ingolstadt, April 22, 2014 – Audi factory driver Filipe Albuquerque (Portugal) is facing a major challenge on switching from touring car to endurance racing. The Portuguese will contest his first race in the Audi R18 e-tron quattro diesel hybrid sports car at round two of the WEC at Spa (Belgium) on May 3. ....
| BEIJING DEBUT FOR INFINITI Q50 EAU ROUGE RUNNING PROTOTYPE◾Prototype project now officially an engineering feasibility study |
◾Sebastian Vettel, Infiniti's Director of Performance, takes active part in track testing
BEIJING / HONG KONG – Infiniti revealed at the Beijing Auto Show 2014 that an Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge prototype had been built and track tested and that the concept was now officially an engineering feasibility study.
The Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge prototype has undergone on-track dynamics testing at the Millbrook Proving Ground, a....
| ONE VICTORY AND THREE PODIUM PLACES FOR VOLKSWAGEN AT THE FORMULA 3 OPENER◾Tom Blomqvist celebrates his first Formula 3 victory 'powered by Volkswagen'|
◾Twelve top 10 results for the nine Volkswagen drivers at season opener
◾Second place: Podium place at Formula 3 debut for Max Verstappen
Strong opener for Volkswagen in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship: Tom Blomqvist (GB) was victorious at his home track on the Easter weekend in Silverstone, which saw him celebrate his first ever victory in the Formula 3 European Championship. The 20-year-old junior driver....