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Mon 02 Aug 2010
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"Closing Speed" catches one's attention

Closing Speed - A Review Here's what your next book purchase should be - Closing Speed a first novel by Ted West. Here's why. Closing Speed - woven into the fabric of the 1970 World Championship of Makes - is simply the most intense racing...

Mon 17 Mar 2008
No. 20 and 16 Dyson Sebring Diary: 22:05 Saturday

No. 20 and 16 Dyson Sebring Diary: 22:05 Saturday

By the time the race leading No. 7 Penske Porsche RS Spyder came in for his splash and go, the good quick stop he needed would beat the No. 15 Lowe's Fernandez Acura ARX01B, which had earlier made super quick splash and go of their...

Sun 16 Mar 2008
No. 20 Dyson and 16 Sebring Diary: 18:25 Saturday

No. 20 Dyson and 16 Sebring Diary: 18:25 Saturday

No. 20 Dyson Sebring Diary: 18:25 and on for the next hour or so, Saturday The Dyson Porsche RS Spyders continue to pit every hour on the 25-minute mark with Marino Franchitti bringing the 20 Car first in, this time with a quick a 1:20 in and...

No. 20 Dyson Sebring Diary: 18:25 Saturday

No. 20 Dyson Sebring Diary: 18:25 Saturday

No. 20 Dyson Sebring Diary: 18:25 Saturday with Bonus Coverage of the 16 Car The Dyson Porsche RS Spyders continue to pit every hour on the 25-minute mark with Marino Franchitti bringing the 20 Car first in, this time with a quick a 1:20 in and...

No. 20 Dyson Sebring Diary: 17:25 Saturday

No. 20 Dyson Sebring Diary: 17:25 Saturday

No. 20 Dyson Sebring Diary: 17:25 Saturday, with Bonus Coverage of the 16 Car Another hour in the bank and the Dyson Porsches again pitted in tandem about four minutes apart with the 20 Car first. However, breaking with the double-stint driver...

No. 20 Dyson Sebring Diary: 16:23 Saturday

No. 20 Dyson Sebring Diary: 16:23 Saturday

No. 20 Dyson Sebring Diary: 16:23 Saturday with Bonus Coverage of the 16 Car With the Dyson Porsches running third and sixth overall -- second and fifth in LMP2 -- just past mid-race in this 56th running of the Sebring 12 Hour classic, we're...

No. 20 Dyson Sebring Diary: 14:40 Saturday

No. 20 Dyson Sebring Diary: 14:40 Saturday

Finally a routine pit stop for our lads in the 20 Car: a total of 47 seconds (30 for the tires) and Andy Lally's back in the fray with no dramas. Since the Dyson No. 16 sister ship continues to motor along, despite that early contretemps that ...

No. 20 Dyson Sebring Diary: 13:30 Saturday

No. 20 Dyson Sebring Diary: 13:30 Saturday

Being off sequence for the previous caution, the 20 stayed out and recovered one of its lost laps. This latest caution fell in the regular pit stop window, again based on fuel consumption. However, during this stop for fuel, tires and new driver...

No. 20 Dyson Sebring Diary: 12:32 Saturday

No. 20 Dyson Sebring Diary: 12:32 Saturday

The story of the Dyson No 20 is fast turning into a gear-head treatise on fuel rig bugaboos. A green-flag pit stop for fuel, tires and new driver -- Leitzinger out, Franchitti in -- turned into another agonizingly long process, running some minute...

No. 20 Dyson Sebring Diary: 10:35 Saturday

No. 20 Dyson Sebring Diary: 10:35 Saturday

The 34-car field for the 56th running of the Sebring 12 Hours took the green flag at 10:05am with the lone Peugeot and the Audi pair immediately launching into a testosterone marketing exercise. Ditto the LMP2 Andretti-Green Acura which put the ...

No. 20 Dyson Sebring Diary: Sebring pre-race

No. 20 Dyson Sebring Diary: Sebring pre-race

20 Car Diary, 0800, Saturday It's race day for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring -- the 56th running of America's premier sportscar race. For the fourth time, we're following the fortunes of the No. 20 Thetford/Norcold Dyson Racing Team ...

No. 20 and 16 Dyson Sebring Diary: 20:55 Saturday

No. 20 and 16 Dyson Sebring Diary: 20:55 Saturday

At 2055, Guy Smith brought the No. 16 Dyson Porsche RS Spyder in for what should be its penultimate pit stop for fuel and tires. Smith will need a splash and go with about 10 minutes left in this 56th running of the 12 Hours of Sebring. For Andy...

Sun 14 Oct 2007
Eyes wide shut in Daytona Beach?

Eyes wide shut in Daytona Beach?

Eyes Wide Shut in Daytona Beach? Commentary by Bill King One of the guilty pleasures of a race weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway is the inevitable appearance of H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler [see below] in the media center, usually early in the week's ...

Sat 13 Oct 2007
Another endangered species?

Another endangered species?

Another Endangered Species? Motorsports is not an environmentally friendly endeavor - ethanol fueled racecars notwithstanding. But the industry suffers from the same basic problem as the snail darter and the spotted owl - habitat ...

Fri 14 Sep 2007
The King's lap of Miller Motorsports Park

The King's lap of Miller Motorsports Park

Miller Motorsports Park, west of Salt Lake City, is simply the most complete racing facility in the U.S. -- bar none. Every conceivable detail of infrastructure and organization has been addressed in state-of-the-art fashion -- all from the mind...

Thu 07 Jun 2007
Bill France Jr passed away

Bill France Jr passed away

After a seven-year battle with cancer, Bill France, Jr., 74, passed away June 4, 2007. The announcement came on the day of the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race in Dover, DE -- a day late due to rain. "I loved that old man. He's done a lot for a lot...

Mon 19 Mar 2007
The 16 Car Diary - Sebring ten hour report early

The 16 Car Diary - Sebring ten hour report early

Finally! - a non-fraught stint. Armed with a new alternator and cable and a relatively fresh transmission control unit, Butch Leitzinger managed one hour of what he'd come to Sebring to do - turn quick, trouble-free laps in the Dyson Racing No. 16...

Sun 18 Mar 2007
The 16 Car Diary - Sebring eight hour plus report

The 16 Car Diary - Sebring eight hour plus report

The alternator gremlins that have dogged the LMP2 Penske Porsches landed in the Dyson Racing pit shortly after a full course caution came out at 6:09 pm. Butch Leitzinger brought the No. 16 Thetford/Norcold Porsche RS Spyder in with low voltage ...

The 16 Car Diary - Sebring seven hour report

The 16 Car Diary - Sebring seven hour report

Having run just 45 minutes after having the transmission control box changed on the Dyson Racing No. 16 Thetford/Norcold Porsche RS Spyder, Andy Wallace cut down a left rear tire. Replays indicated that there may have been contact with the No. 37...

The 16 Car Diary - Sebring hour six report

The 16 Car Diary - Sebring hour six report

Halfway through the 55th Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, Andy Lally pitted the Dyson Racing No. 16 Thetford/Norcold Porsche RS Spyder at 3:59pm to let Andy Wallace back on board for his second shift of the day. At 55sec, the driver swap, refueling...

The 16 Car Diary - Sebring hour four report

The 16 Car Diary - Sebring hour four report

At 1:53pm, Butch Leitzinger pitted the Dyson Racing No. 16 Thetford/Norcold Porsche RS Spyder and turned over the wheel to Andy Lally to start hour five of the 55th Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring. The driver swap, refueling and 4-tire change took ...

The 16 Car Diary - Sebring 2.5-hour interim report

The 16 Car Diary - Sebring 2.5-hour interim report

About half an hour into Butch Leitzinger's first stint of the 55th Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, the race-leading No. 1 Audi of Tom Kristensen ran into the Dyson Racing No. 16 Thetford/Norcold Porsche RS Spyder. With the bodywork knocked askew,...

The 16 Car Diary - Sebring two-hour report

The 16 Car Diary - Sebring two-hour report

Andy Wallace and the Dyson Racing No. 16 Thetford/Norcold Porsche RS Spyder turned in a near flawless performance during the crisp, cool opening two hours of the 55th Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring. After pipping David Brabham's Acura on the start,...

The 16 Car Diary - The Sebring start

The 16 Car Diary - The Sebring start

Approaching 10am this St. Patrick's Day, thirty-four cars are lined up for the start of the 55th Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring - Andy Wallace aboard the Dyson Racing No. 16 Thetford/Norcold Porsche RS Spyder sitting inside the third row of the ...

The 16 Car Diary - Sebring pre-race

The 16 Car Diary - Sebring pre-race

For today's 55th running of the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, we'll be shadowing the No. 16 Thetford/Norcold Porsche RS Spyder from the Dyson Racing stable. Dyson regulars Butch Leitzinger and Andy Wallace will share the No. 16 with Andy Lally,...

Wed 14 Mar 2007
Day three on Amelia Island

Day three on Amelia Island

Amelia Island - Day 3 After two days that had hundreds of motorheads spinning, we got down Sunday to real business at hand - 12th Annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. Combining the informality of Goodwood with a like concept in car ...

Mon 12 Mar 2007
Day two on Amelia Island

Day two on Amelia Island

Amelia Island - Day 2 The second day of the 12th Annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance at was a racer's delight. The panel of Sir Stirling Moss, John Surtees MBE, John Fitch, Brian Redman, Vic Elford, Hershel McGriff, Alain de Cadenet,...

Sun 11 Mar 2007
Day one on Amelia Island

Day one on Amelia Island

Amelia Island - Day 1 The festivities surrounding the 12th Annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance kicked off Friday in and around The Ritz-Carlton. The brainchild - or perhaps the love-child - of Jacksonville's Bill Warner, the event...

Wed 31 Jan 2007
20 car snapshot: Painful 24 winding downHeadline

20 car snapshot: Painful 24 winding down

The fortunes of the No. 20 Howard Motorsports Jackson Hewitt / Subway Pontiac Crawford turned south shortly after your correspondent skulked off to the comfort of his motel room Saturday evening, beating the approaching monsoon by several hours....

Mon 29 Jan 2007
20 Car Snapshot: Troubled first stint for WallaceHeadline

20 Car Snapshot: Troubled first stint for Wallace

After starting the 45th Rolex 24 from outside the seventh row, Andy Wallace was cruising comfortably just outside the top ten around Lap 47 when the No 20 Howard Motorsports Jackson Hewitt / Subway Pontiac Crawford (henceforth known as the...

20 Car Snapshot: Back to NormalcyHeadline

20 Car Snapshot: Back to Normalcy

Second 20 Car pilot Butch Leitzinger's two-hour stint in the Howard Motorsports Jackson Hewitt / Subway Pontiac Crawford went much smoother than lead driver Andy Wallace's fraught opening foray, which included a collision with the "f-ing Ferrari."...

20 Car Snapshot: Only a few bumps for smokeHeadline

20 Car Snapshot: Only a few bumps for smoke

Just before the first yellow of the 45th Rolex 24 at six hours and four minutes, crew chief Catherine Crawford-Wallace summed up the condition of the No. 20 Howard Motorsports Jackson Hewitt / Subway Pontiac Crawford: ...

Sat 27 Jan 2007
20 Car Snapshot: Pre-race

20 Car Snapshot: Pre-race

Two years ago, we treated readers to the "20 Car Diary" - a running account of the 43rd Rolex 24 at Daytona through the eyes of the three drivers of the No. 20 Howard-Boss Motorsports Pontiac Crawford. We debriefed Elliott Forbes-Robinson, Butch...