IndyCar, F1, Pirelli World Challenge, ERC, NASCAR, VLN, V8 SuperCars. A ton of racing this weekend, and on this /ShakeDown, Leo Parente shares everything he doesn't know.
Most of the world thinks Americans won't watch any auto racing that isn't accompanied by pulled pork. And so, what happens when the World Touring Car Championship stops at Sonoma Raceway, like it did this past weekend? No one knows a damn thing about it. Does that mean we don't care?
Yo dawg, we heard you like details. On this week's Shakedown, Leo Parente lays out the Grand-ALMS-AM deal in detail, suggesting the success of joining of NASCAR's Grand-Am series with IMSA's American Le Mans Series will be in the details.
What happens in the pit area of an endurance-racing team at a major European racetrack? Lots of things, including lots of lubricants and spare nuts. Sounds like a party. No, seriously. It's actually the headquarters for quite an amazing tactical feat.
Nine McLaren MP4-12C GT3 racecars (in six customer-team liveries, including the classic powder-blue-and-marigold Gulf) are competing this weekend at the Belgian bucket-list confab, Spa24. How does the GT3 differ from the road car — and what it's like to drive in an endurance race? Let's query driver Rob Bell.
You're in the camp of people who feel Ken Block has breathed new life into motorsports, saving it from extinction. You're in the counter camp who feels he's got no business in WRC, and bought his seat with cash instead of skill. Either way, you've only got part of the story.
The Hennessey Venom GT could be the most insane vehicle every to qualify as a "production" car. Twelve-hundred horsepower, 2,548 pounds and 100% batshit. But who knew that years before John H. deconstructed, then reconstructed his magnum Lotus, Lotus built something eerily similar. The Lotus Elise GT1.
How do you get the best lap times? Among other elements of good, fast driving, it's about not over-driving your tires. What does that mean? It means managing available grip by knowing all the elements of tire physics before you even start the car.
We're resurrecting the Official Car Pundit Drinking Game (OCBDG) in order to toast "Rafael" Orlove's debut on Leo Parente Is Afraid Of Change (Shakedown). The basic premise of the series is to make up a drinking game based on the Jalopnik guest's quirks.
The last lap of this year's Indy 500 included a serious sphincter-clencher for Dario Franchitti. Takuma Sato attempted a pass in a headwind on turn one, but the 226-mph inside run on the leader was unclean, and the always-courageous Sato took himself out. But the lack of on-screen drama for his rival belied what was…