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Adam Sinclair

Adam Sinclair

Adam has been a race fan since the first time he went through the tunnel under the Daytona International Speedway more than 30 years ago. He has had the privilege of traveling to races all across the state of Florida (as well as one race in Ohio), watching nearly everything with a motor compete for fame and glory, as well as participating in various racing schools to get the feel of what racecar drivers go through every week.  

Adam spent several years covering motorsports for Examiner.com., where he had the opportunity to see the racing world from behind the scenes as well as the grandstands. He invites everyone to follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus, and looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm for all things racing with the readers of SpeedwayDigest.com.

Be sure to tune in for his sports talk program, Thursday Night Thunder, where he discusses the latest in motorsports news with drivers, crew members, and fans. The show takes place (almost) every Thursday at 8:00 pm EST on the Speedway Digest Radio Network. 

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 A racehorse drowned in a pond at a track at MGM Northfield Park in Ohio on Monday after finishing second in a harness race, the Ohio State Racing Commission confirmed on Wednesday.

Handlers were unhooking the horse named Alfred Hanover from the two-wheel race bike when a nearby tractor scared him and he ran into the pond and drowned, Freddie Hudson, CEO of the U.S. Harness Racing Alumni Association, told Cleveland TV station WKYC.

Marty Irby, the executive director of Animal Wellness Action, told Reuters that the Ron Burke-trained horse was still wearing his leg hopples when he entered the water, which prevented him from being able to swim.

Irby added that a similar type of incident had occurred at MGM Northfield in the past and track officials had previously said they would put up a barrier around the pond but did not. Construction on a fence had started on Wednesday, Irby said.

"Where else would we tolerate any athlete drowning during a sporting event without a serious investigation? The authorities should investigate this incident, and MGM Northfield should elevate their standards to protect the horses at all costs," continued Irby.

This event, though tragic, is definitely an outlier, stated Steven Wolf of Steven Wolf Consulting. 

"It is very rare that racehorses drown as in this case. Yet, it was the second horse to drown within a year at MGM Northfield Park. They have already put up a makeshift fence until a new one is installed," stated Wolf.  "Nearly every racetrack in North America has an infield pond. In most cases it is for fire safety to allow firefighters access to water in case the grandstand catches fire. Tracks then try to beautify the ponds with fountains and lights and even pink flamingos. 
 
I was led to understand at Pompano Park that in 58 years only one horse ever drowned. Some have gone in it, but were rescued. "
 
"People need to understand the following," Wolf continued.
 
"1. Horses are natural born swimmers.
2. A harness racing pacer wears restraints on their legs called hobbles. Mix that in with its harness and the long lines that reach back to the driver so he can steer and control the horse. All this equipment and a horse thrashing in the water, the lines and hobbles restrict the horses leg movements, they get tangled up and drown.
3. A harness racing trotter does not wear any hobbles and can thus swim freely if need be.
4. Most horses that get loose do not want to go into a pond and try to head back to their stable. But there are always exceptions."
 
MGM Northfield Park did not immediately respond to a request for comment but general manager Matt Buckley told WKYC that the track was "deeply saddened" by the death.
 
"It is unfortunate that situations like this have occurred," added Fred Segal, Vice President, Florida USHWA and one of the authors of Broward County, Florida's Large Animal Disaster Plan. "Any facility that has horses, racetrack, training center or even boarding and turnout farms, needs to look at all potential hazardous situations and attempt to implement safety practices to try and prevent incidents like this from occurring. Further, it is my belief that all equine facilities should have a risk management plan and train people in large animal technical rescue."
 
"As the body count continues to climb," Irby concluded, "these rampant deaths continue to turn the betting public away from the horse racing industry." 
 
Although this is definitely an isolated incident, it still brings to the forefront the lack of safety advances in horse racing, especially compared to racing with hundreds of horsepower as opposed to just one. With the large sums of money spent on these events, one would think that the competitors, both human and equine, should be provided with the safest environment possible. However, it seems that most gaming companies would prefer to make the slot areas more plush that spend another penny on parimetuels. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Original Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles. Editing by Toby Davis

Extreme E, the sport for purpose electric off-road racing championship, is delighted to announce that Xbox Game Studios’ Turn 10 Studios, creators of the Forza racing franchise, is the series’ Official Gaming Partner.

As Extreme E’s Official Gaming Partner, the Forza franchise has the official license to the Extreme E ODYSSEY 21 e-SUV and access to the team liveries competing in Extreme E Season 2. Extreme E will showcase Forza Horizon 5 on Xbox consoles at all events, offering game play to race teams, drivers and VIP guests while on-site at races.

Beginning on July 19, Forza Horizon 5 players will be able to get behind the wheel of Extreme E’s ODYSSEY 21 for Series 10 of Horizon Mexico, experiencing four weeks of unmissable racing action on the Festival Playlist.

 

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Ali Russell, Chief Marketing Officer at Extreme E, said: “This partnership between Extreme E and the Forza franchise has brought the Championship to a new platform and audience. It has been great to work together to bring the Extreme E ODYSSSEY 21 e-SUV to Forza Horizon 5 players who are enthusiastic about electric vehicles. We are excited for more people to see what electric vehicles are capable of and showcase the series in a new light.

“Turn 10 and the rest of the team behind the Forza games have worked hard to make this game as authentic and accessible as possible. Being a part of the largest and most comprehensive Horizon game so far is incredible for our Championship, and gives Forza’s audience an opportunity to get behind the wheel of our ODYSSEY 21s and experience the capability of our series first hand. We are excited to collaborate with such a forward-thinking group and look forward to seeing the uplifting impact on both of our communities.”

Players can check back regularly to complete new events and challenges to unlock unique variants of the ODYSSEY 21 which represent each of the ten teams currently competing in the 2022 Extreme E championship and gear up for the off-road trails ahead with Extreme E race suits. Not only that, but players can also look out for new Extreme E themed collectibles, billboards and race dressing as part of Forza Horizon 5’s Evolving World.

 

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Another unique aspect of this update is how each season of the Festival Playlist in Series 10 is inspired by the real-world Extreme E race calendar with new challenges and Seasonal Championships taking drivers to different locations in Mexico every week where they can push the ODYSSEY 21 to its limit in Dirt and Cross Country races.

In the Summer “Island X Prix” season, players will be racing along the east coast by Playa Azul; Autumn brings the “Energy X Prix” to the city of Guanajuato; Winter accelerates the action to the “Copper X Prix” Canyon; and finally, the competition heats up for the Spring finale as competitors race through the “Desert X Prix” Baja in Dunas Blancas.

Launched on 9 November 2021, the latest chapter in the Forza Horizon series, Forza Horizon 5, is the largest and most comprehensive Horizon game to date.

Players have been getting behind the wheel and experiencing some of the most diverse landscapes ever seen in a Forza Horizon title, including a living desert, a tropical jungle, and a towering snow-capped volcano, all in an authentic and vibrant depiction of Mexico.

Racing through unique, remote landscapes – sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Extreme E travels to locations around the world which have been severely impacted by climate change. At each location, a host of world-class teams compete off-road in electric races with the aim of using sport to highlight some of the biggest environmental issues facing the planet.

 

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Tanner Foust, Neom McLaren Extreme E, said: “It’s great to hear that two forward thinking and innovative groups like Extreme E and Forza are partnering to bring the experience of driving the ODYSSEY to more people around the world. I’ve been an Ambassador and Partner with Forza for more than a decade and am constantly amazed by the driving experiences you can have in the games.

“The capability and speed of the ODYSSEY 21 will be something the Forza fans will absolutely love!”

Paavan Avadhanula, Turn 10 Studios Director of Partnerships, said: “We are very pleased to be the Official Gaming Partner of Extreme E, the leader in off-road electric racing, and have been collaborating to bring unique content to Forza Horizon 5.

“We are always looking for, and excited to bring authentic and compelling new partnerships and experiences to our Forza community, and look forward to seeing how our players engage with these electric vehicles, race suits and championships."

 

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Drive the Extreme E ODYSSEY 21 e-SUV in Forza Horizon 5 from July 19 and don’t forget to check back on the Festival Playlist every week in Series 10 where you can unlock unique team variants. Get ready to suit up for Extreme E by completing new events in the Festival Playlist and visit the Forzathon Shop every week to unlock the Extreme E race suits.

Forza Horizon 5 can be experienced on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows 10, Steam, Xbox Game Pass, and phones and tablets via Xbox Cloud Gaming. For more information, please visit the Forza website.

To learn more about Extreme E, visit - www.Extreme-E.com

Formula E and UNICEF have today launched a campaign and short film, Take a Breath featuring Actor and UNICEF Ambassador Tom Hiddleston.

 
 
With two billion children living in areas where air pollution levels exceed World Health Organisation standards, the electric racing series and its charity partner, UNICEF, has dedicated a campaign to highlighting the impact that air pollution has on children to raise awareness and drive action to improve it.
 
The campaign opens with a powerful spoken word short film, produced by creative agency WING,  featuring multi-award winning Actor and UNICEF Ambassador Tom Hiddleston. The film includes powerful voices of children and young people, as they express the reasons for their concerns about climate change. The campaign launch will be followed by information and awareness building materials that will feature across Formula E’s social media platforms and future events.
 
 
Discussing the campaign, Actor and UNICEF Ambassador Tom Hiddleston said: “Air is life and must be protected for our children. A global generation of children will grow up in a world made more dangerous and uncertain because of our changing climate. Formula E and UNICEF have come together to create Take a Breath, a short film that aims to raise awareness and highlight the importance of clean air, in order to make a better, safer world for every child.”
Formula E’s Director of Sustainability, Julia Palle says, “Take a Breath is fundamental in raising awareness of air pollution and ways we can all act to reduce it,” and adds, “With over seven million premature deaths attributed to polluted air annually, more education and action is needed so we can all live in a cleaner and safer environment. Children are the least responsible for climate change and yet they will bear the greatest burden of its impact.
 
“Formula E was founded to drive e-mobility development and reduce emissions, and impactful partnerships and campaigns sit at the heart of our work in delivering sustainable change. As the first global sporting organisation to partner with UNICEF, we are helping create a cleaner, safer and more sustainable environment where children and future generations can thrive.”
 
Formula E in support of UNICEF
 
Formula E and UNICEF came together in 2021 to support the child rights agency’s Safe and Healthy Environment Fund which aims to create a sustainable, safe and clean environment for children.
 
Last year alone, with Formula E’s funding, UNICEF engaged almost 700,000 young people across 75 countries – empowering them to lead initiatives promoting action on climate change and environmental issues - thanks to the agency’s youth-led programmes across 81 countries, tackling, and educating on, clean energy, low carbon development and climate resilience.
 
Most of them across West and Central Africa, UNICEF built more than 1,500 Solar-Powered Water Systems, to boost water supply to drought-prone regions and to cut the reliance on fossil fuelled systems.
 
UNICEF continues to work with governments, encouraging them to create national climate resilience strategies that prioritise children and their rights, helping ensure impactful, long-term and sustainable measures are put in place to safeguard children’s health and the environment.
The partnership will also feature at Formula E’s Change. Accelerated. Live innovation summit at ExCeL London ahead of the London E-Prix. A line up of industry leaders from government, education, motorsport and sustainability, including a representative from UNICEF, will discuss society’s role in improving air quality; the role of e-mobility in decarbonising urban areas; and other pioneering innovations that will help reduce our impact on the environment.
 
Directed by Will Ingham and produced by Molly Clifton, Take a Breath was delivered by multi-award winning film creator WING, who conceived the art gallery backdrop to underpin the power of clean air and thought. This allows the viewer to truly take a breath while watching the film and consider the harsh reality of polluted air in cities but also the positive move towards progress. WING captured this in one shot so they could deliver a fluid and uninterrupted train of thought. Having the talent of Tom Hiddleston as lead meant that they could truly land the message in its purest form.

NASCAR continues to expand into the fast-growing world of college esports, announcing the fall season of its eNASCAR College iRacing Series. The four-race schedule kicks off at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Tuesday, September 20 with students eligible to qualify for the season-opener through a 10-day time attack window.

 

“Expanding our presence in the college esports arena is important as we continue to reach new demographics and introduce them to the sport of NASCAR,” said Ray Smith, Director of Gaming and Esports at NASCAR. “We’re looking forward to building on a successful spring semester and having more students explore the many opportunities NASCAR and our partners can offer them in their college years and beyond.”

 

Earlier this year, NASCAR and NACE Starleague, the largest collegiate esports league in North America, launched the eNASCAR College iRacing Series, bringing competitive sim racing to colleges and universities nationwide. Students representing more than 250 universities across the United States participated in this spring’s three-race schedule.

 

New this fall, Xfinity joins Coca-Cola, Logitech, Playseat and Southern Computer Warehouse as a presenting sponsor of the series. Competitors will now race NASCAR Xfinity Series cars, replicating the look and feel of the real-life series that’s produced stars like Chase Elliott, Daniel Suarez and Tyler Reddick.

 

“Our work with NASCAR has always been in the spirit of inspiring and giving back to communities,” said Matt Lederer, Comcast’s Vice President, Brand Partnerships and Amplification. “Joining the eNASCAR College iRacing Series as a presenting partner gives Xfinity the opportunity to reach a younger generation of NASCAR fans while providing new avenues to education for college students and encouraging them to explore new opportunities.”

 

Through the support of its partners, the eNASCAR Scholarship Fund also returns, awarding the highest finishers a combined $60,000 in scholarships.

 

More than 13,000 students are eligible to compete in the series through NACE Starleague, which was established in 2021 as a strategic partnership between the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) and Playfly Esports. Each time attack is open to all eligible students with the top 40 students who post the fastest qualifying times advancing to the race.

 

Competition will once again be led via iRacing.com, the official simulation partner of NASCAR, which provides one of the top online racing simulation portals and features officially-sanctioned, laser-scanned replicas of race tracks around the world.

 

For more information or to register, visit https://www.enascar.com or http://playflyesports.com/.

 

2022 eNASCAR College iRacing Series Schedule*

 

Fall

·       Homestead-Miami Speedway

Qualifying: September 6 - 15

Race (80 Laps): September 20 at 8 p.m. ET

 

·        Auto Club Speedway

Qualifying: September 30 – October 13

Race (60 Laps): October 18 at 8 p.m. ET

 

·        Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course

Qualifying: October 21 – November 3

Race (35 Laps): November 8 at 8 p.m. ET

 

·        Nashville Superspeedway

Qualifying: November 11 - 25

Race (80 Laps): November 29 at 8 p.m. ET

 

*Tentative and subject to change

Beginning Friday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, motorcyclists from across the country will unite once again for the AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days presented by Royal Enfield, July 22-24.  

 

This year marks 30 years since the inaugural AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days (VMD). Over the past three decades, the event has become one of the largest annual gatherings worldwide of motorcyclists, enthusiasts, swap meet vendors and collectors. It is all for a great cause serving as a fundraiser for the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Hall of Fame, a non-profit organization located in nearby Pickerington, Ohio, that works to preserve the history and tradition of motorcycling in the United States and features a museum.    

 

The 2022 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days will honor AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer  and the 1987 AMA Superbike race winner at Mid-Ohio Kevin Schwantz as the event’s grand marshal. Schwantz’s legendary career includes the 1993 500cc World Championship, 25 Grand Prix wins, 21 lap records and 29 pole positions. Schwantz will sign autographs, speak to enthusiasts from the AMA Soundstage, participate in a Lap of History each day, judge the Saturday bike show and enjoy the various activities at VMD. 

 

“I’ve never attended VMD, so I’m very much looking forward to it,” said Schwantz. “I love vintage bikes and the whole classic-bike scene, so it should be fun – especially since we’re going to display my 1985 Yoshimura-Suzuki Superbike and 1994 No. 1 Suzuki GP bike in the AMA Hall of Fame tent!” 

 

The weekend will include multiple forms of racing disciplines, including road racing on the 2.4-mile, 15-turn Mid-Ohio road course, hare scrambles, motocross, pit bikes and trials. Flat track racing will be held at the nearby Ashland County Fairgrounds on Saturday evening (July 23).

 

Along with the abundance of racing, attendees can be entertained through merchandise displays, a swap meet with approximately 1,000 vendors spread across 35 acres, and other attractions, such as the Wall of Death. Demo rides for motorcyclists with proper riding endorsements and safety gear are always a popular weekend feature. Indian and Royal Enfield will be onsite to offer rides on some of their hottest new models for those in a market for a new bike. Motorcycle owners can also take part in the “Lap for History” around the race track during the lunch break each day with a donation to the AMA Hall of Fame, or enter their motorcycle into the bike show on Saturday (July 23).

 

Ticket prices for the event are $60 for the weekend, $40 for admission on Friday or Saturday and $35 for Sunday ($10 additional at the gate). Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by a ticketed adult at all events at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Garage paddock access is open to the public for free during AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days presented by Royal Enfield. Motorhome and tent spaces are available for purchase. Tickets can be purchased in advance by visiting midohio.com. 

 

Visit www.vintagemotorcycledays.com to read more about AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days presented by Royal Enfield. Follow the event on social media with #AMAVMD.

By John Oreovicz
IMSA Wire Service
 
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The next time you’re at an IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship event, pay closer attention to the Porsche Carrera Cup North America Presented by the Cayman Islands support race. One day in the future, you just might see one or more of those drivers competing in a Porsche 963 LMDh prototype at the Rolex 24 At Daytona or the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
 
The North American Carrera Cup, along with around a dozen other national or regional Carrera Cup series, is arguably the most important level of the Porsche Motorsport Pyramid, a program designed to identify talent in grassroots racing and provide a platform and a path to the very top level of sports car competition – a factory drive in a Porsche prototype.
 
For upcoming examples, look at Mathieu Jaminet and Matt Campbell, who currently share the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R in the GTD PRO class of the WeatherTech Championship. They have won four of the seven races thus far in 2022 – including Saturday at Lime Rock Park – and have built a whopping 215-point lead in the class standings.
 
Jaminet’s involvement with Porsche began in 2015, when he finished second in the Carrera Cup France. The following year, he joined Porsche’s Junior Program, which trains young drivers to become brand ambassadors, and won his nation’s Carrera Cup. That advanced him to Porsche Young Professional status, where he was placed with customer teams to gain experience in various international championships, including IMSA, with factory support.
 
Campbell has raced Porsches since 2014, winning Carrera Cup Australia in 2016. He spent a year as a Porsche Junior in the Mobil1 Supercup (the ultimate worldwide Carrera Cup championship), then gained Young Professional status a year later, culminating in his current role alongside Jaminet as a Porsche factory driver competing at the GT level for an international customer team.
They first paired to win a WeatherTech Championship race last year in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class as drivers of the No. 79 WeatherTech Racing Porsche at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts. Among their wins this season in the No. 9 Pfaff Porsche was the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January, when they were joined by Felipe Nasr, a recent addition to the Porsche stable.
 
Making the GTP Leap
 
All of this has served as preparation for Campbell and Jaminet’s next big promotion: They are among six drivers, including Andre Lotterer, Kevin Estre, Michael Christensen and Laurens Vanthoor, recently nominated to drive the 2023 Porsche 963 for Porsche Penske Motorsport. Dane Cameron and Nasr, both past Daytona Prototype international (DPi) champions in the WeatherTech Championship, were announced as drivers for the Porsche 963 program late last year.
 
None of the drivers know whether they will be competing in the WeatherTech Championship’s Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) class that begins next season or the FIA World Endurance Championship Hypercar class – or a combination of both. But the assignment of Jaminet and Campbell by Porsche to run the full WeatherTech Championship GTD PRO slate in 2022 could be in preparation for them to be part of the marque’s GTP program in North America.
 
It's a fairytale story for the pair of 27-year-olds to reach the pinnacle of sports car racing at such a young age. And it’s mostly down to the Porsche Pyramid.
 
“For us to represent these two big brands – Porsche and Penske - it’s an honor and a privilege, especially for us, coming from the bottom of the Porsche Pyramid,” Jaminet said. “We both come from the local Carrera Cup series – then became Junior, drove the Supercup, then moved to GT, Young Professional and then factory driver, now becoming Porsche Penske Motorsports drivers – it’s a dream come true in the end. This is why we went into (Carrera) Cup cars in the very beginning.”
 
Campbell and Jaminet have been involved in the Porsche 963 development program and are impressed with the professionalism and focus.
 
“Seeing the organization and the way everyone is working together is very impressive,” Campbell said. “We’ve been part of factory efforts before in the U.S., but now, being part of this program, it’s very much a different level.
 
“It’s quite surreal to see just how big the operation is, and it’s only going to continue growing, with two cars in WEC and two cars in IMSA. To be a part of this and see who is involved in two such iconic organizations is very impressive.”
Porsche Makes the Path Smoother
 
Jaminet observed that many of the cockpit controls and systems in the 963 are similar to the GT3 and RSR iterations of the Porsche 911 that he and Campbell have raced for nearly a decade. That’s another way climbing the Porsche Pyramid has helped ease the transition to a much faster and more capable racing car.
 
“I believe it's the biggest step we’ve ever done in our career, switching to this car,” said the Frenchman. “This is clear, not only from a driving standpoint and learning something different, but from a practical standpoint, it requires quite a lot out of a driver.
 
“For such a complex program it’s difficult to take on very young people, so I’m glad that Porsche trusts us to show that the Pyramid is working and will be successful in the future,” Jaminet continued. “We have arrived at age 27-28 and we feel ready for it. If I was 22, I might have been driving the same speed as now, but I was definitely not ready for it because of all the technical side. To trust a young driver with such a car is not that easy. It’s good to learn through all the ranks because the factory really taught us this over the years.”
 
The Porsche Pyramid clearly works. Look at Nick Tandy and Earl Bamber. Both advanced through the Porsche ladder, culminating in victory at the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans in a Porsche 919 prototype. Bamber added a second overall Le Mans win for Porsche in 2017, and both remain involved in factory sports car racing programs in the WeatherTech Championship – Bamber for Cadillac, Tandy for Corvette Racing.
 
Kay van Berlo is a 21-year-old University of Miami student who has won six of 10 races in the 2022 Porsche Carrera Cup North America, including weekend sweeps at Sebring, Long Beach and Watkins Glen. He’s also been part of the winning Le Mans Prototype 3 (LMP3) lineup this year at the Rolex 24 and the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.
 
Remember that name, because a few years from now, van Berlo just might graduate to the big sports car stage. In a Porsche, naturally.

NACONKT Racing Studio, WRC Promoter and EKO Acropolis Rally Greece are very pleased to announce the eSports WRC World Final presented by AGON by AOC that will take place in Greece on September 7 & 8, 2022. The best players will compete on WRC 10, the official game of the FIA World Rally Championship.

For the second consecutive year, the final will take place during the Acropolis Rally. The 8 finalists will compete in the heart of the Olympic complex, at the end of the regular season, which will end on August 15th. Among them, Sami-Joe Abi Nakhle (Lebanon - World Champ 2020) who has already won 7 out of 11 rounds and possibly Lohan "Nexl" Blanc (France - Triple World Champ 2017, 2019, 2021), who is competing to retain his title. The event will also host Race Clutch and other drivers from the reigning World Champion team.

Partners AGON by AOC, Playseat, Fanatec and FlexIT will also be present for this 7th consecutive season, organised by NACON, KT Racing, WRC Promoter and EKO Acropolis Rally Greece.
 
You can find the current general ranking via the following link: https://www.wrc.com/en/more/gaming/standings/
 
WRC 10 is already available on PlayStation®4, PlayStation®5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Steam PC and Nintendo Switch™.
 
WRC Generations will be available from 13 October on PlayStation®4, PlayStation®5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC and later on Nintendo Switch™.
 
Buy WRC 10 on Steam
 
Add WRC Generations to your Steam wishlist

A new study that evaluates several approaches to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) and other emissions from medium and heavy-duty vehicles from 2022-2032 finds considerable advantages with advanced diesel technology particularly when using renewable biofuels, as compared to an electrification strategy.

Medium and heavy-duty trucks operating in 10 Northeastern states (Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont) that have adopted California’s low emission (LEV) and zero emission vehicle (ZEV) regulations were studied by Stillwater Associates for the Diesel Technology Forum. An analysis was undertaken to analyze the environmental benefits attainable from three strategies in the 2022-2032 period; electrification, accelerated fleet turnover and use of biodiesel and renewable diesel fuel.

“As we look for the best ways to reduce greenhouse gas and other emissions, this study demonstrates that accelerating fleet turnover and use of renewable and biodiesel fuels can deliver significantly more benefits (3X) that outweigh those possible from EVs in the region in the study period. Advanced diesel technology is more effective, more affordable, and most importantly more available than others.

“The urgency to implement solutions to reduce greenhouse gases from transportation and address climate change is heard on a daily basis. Transitions to new energy sources still have considerable uncertainties and longer timeframes – a decade or more -- to meaningful implementation. Some solutions will be available sooner than others and at larger scale than others. Advanced diesel technology, as well as renewable and biodiesel fuels, are key available solutions that can deliver big impacts today,” said Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum.

The considerable benefits of using low-carbon renewable biobased diesel fuels becomes clearer from this analysis. As these fuels can be used in all diesel vehicles today, fueling the diesel vehicles in the study with 100% renewable diesel resulted in three times larger cumulative GHG reductions by 2032 than the EV scenarios. Using B20 – a 20% blend of biodiesel with 80% petroleum diesel – provided about the same cumulative GHG reduction.

“All eyes seem to be focused on electrification as the best if not the only strategy for the future fuel and technology in the transportation sector. This work has illuminated that’s overly simplistic; that there are significant, less expensive, and more available emissions reduction strategies for these workhorse vehicles which can enable greater emission reductions to be delivered more rapidly,” said Gary Yowell, Automotive Engineer at Stillwater Associates.

Beyond GHG emissions, the research also highlighted impacts of an advanced diesel vs. electrification strategy on regional air quality as well, finding that the business-as-usual case replacing pre-2007 model year diesel vehicles which lacked diesel particulate filters with advanced technology diesel vehicles provided the largest particulate matter (PM) reduction. This is due to new technology diesel engines’ 98% PM reductions compared to EVs’ 95% PM reduction assuming power from the U.S. Grid Mix.

As for nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions, EVs have 98.5% lower NOX than pre-2007 diesel vehicles on a per mile basis, and 2010 and later MY vehicles have 79% less NOx emissions than a 2007 diesel model. However, when replacing a diesel medium and heavy-duty vehicle with an EV and evaluated on an annual miles driven basis, the NOx benefit is diminished. EVs are generally deployed on shorter routes and have a shorter range of operation than that of a comparable diesel vehicle, with about 87% of the mileage on a daily basis. Given this mileage difference, NOx emission reductions for a fleet transitioning to EV will be less than the business-as-usual turnover from older generation diesel to advanced technology with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems that reduce NOx by 98%.

On a cumulative fleet conversion cost basis, turning over a medium and heavy-duty fleet of 10,000 vehicles in the region over to EV carries a price tag more than three times higher than the equivalent cost for new technology diesel vehicles. The incremental EV cost for Class 7/8 vehicles is $250,000 for the vehicle and $45,000 for charging infrastructure.

View and download the full study at https://dieselforum.egnyte.com/dl/MWHPcRW4e6

View and download the infographic at https://dieselforum.egnyte.com/dl/fZ9UzT4y6h

A live, virtual, event will be held with the researcher at 1:00 ET this afternoon. Register now through https://dieselforum.org/webinar/best-strategies-to-reduce-emissions-from-medium/heavy-duty-vehicle-fleets-in-northeast-us-accelerate-turnover-electrify-or-use-renewable-and-biodiesel-fuels

Sport for purpose series, Extreme E, has just completed an action-packed, first-ever double-header, the NEOM Island X Prix I and II, on the stunning island of Sardinia.

The event, co-organised by the Automobile Club d’Italia and Regione Sardegna, offered far more than just a thrilling motorsport spectacle. Away from the track, its drivers, scientists and partners all took centre stage when it came to supporting Sardinia’s sustainability initiatives.

 

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Legacy Programmes

Alongside the on-course action, Extreme E’s drivers had the chance to get involved in several Legacy Programmes, including that of partner Vodafone Business which announced the next phase of its collaboration with Extreme E to support local environmental projects.

During 2021, devastating fires in Sardinia destroyed 20,000 hectares of land, displaced over 1,000 people and killed around 30 million bees. The calamity resulted in incalculable damage to thousands of livelihoods, as well as to nature, including damaging water quality in the ocean. Extreme E continues to help restore the historic olive groves lost to the wildfires.

Wildfires such as these across the world are responsible for 20% of total global CO2 emissions and cost $5bn to fight. Together, Extreme E and Vodafone Business have begun a fire prevention campaign within the area of Montiferru.

As part of this project, Vodafone Business is deploying long-life Low-Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) sensors to quickly detect any fire and promptly send an alert to the authorities – an innovation that supports Vodafone Business’ sustainability efforts, including agriculture, forestation and decarbonisation of energy grids.

The low-cost IoT gas sensors operate without the need for cellular coverage and will be installed in trees to detect the smouldering phase, before the fire takes hold, which will preserve forest footprint by shortening reaction times in the ‘golden hour’. Using a Mesh Gateway to connect to a cloud-based alert centre means this is a much faster-acting solution to the problem of wildfire detection than using cameras or satellites.

Newly appointed Championship Driver Fraser McConnell was on hand to test the technology out for himself.

 

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Fraser McConnell, Extreme E Championship Driver, said: “Before I arrived, I did not realise just how much more there is to Extreme E outside of the racing. There is a lot of focus on building awareness of issues that people may not know about, or those that do know but are not sure how to help. I found it cool to finally be a part of it.

“I really enjoyed the Legacy Day with Vodafone Business. Everyone involved was extremely passionate and knowledgeable about the topic. It was so new for me – I was constantly asking questions and they probably got sick of me doing so!

“Everyone had a wealth of knowledge – especially Peter [Professor Wadhams, Extreme E’s Scientific Committee] and Vodafone Business regarding implementing their technology. It felt like everything was really coming together to make something applicable to helping.”

Meanwhile, other teams from the Extreme E grid took to immersing themselves in the surrounding waters of the Mediterranean. Snorkelling in Laguna di Norato area, they were able to learn first-hand all about Posidonia oceanica, seagrass, and how Extreme E is helping to analyse and replenish seagrass beds in Sardinia.

 

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Seagrass is thought to be one of the most rapidly declining ecosystems in the world, and Extreme E’s goal is to plant one million new plants of Posidonia oceanica by 2030.

Studies from the last ten years have shown that despite only occupying 0.04 per cent of the ocean floor, seagrass stores 10 per cent of the oceans carbon and can capture 30 per cent more from the atmosphere than its tropical rainforest equivalent. The drivers were able to see how it is being restored and conserved by local organisation, Mediterranean Sea and Coast Foundation (MEDSEA), with the support of Extreme E.

Professor Lucy Woodall, Extreme E’s ocean expert and member of the championship’s Scientific Committee, said:“In Sardinia the main shallow-water ecosystem is seagrass and, in general, seagrass is thought to be one of the most rapidly declining ecosystems in the world. 

“These immense meadows of seagrass are valuable nurseries for young fish as well as valuable for blue carbon, where we would describe them as ‘ocean carbon storage habitats’. Consequently, preserving seagrass ecosystems is a vital step in combating the climate crisis. It was great to see so many of the Extreme E grid, as well as partners of the series, get involved to understand the importance of seagrass as well as snorkel down to the seagrass meadows to see how vibrant they are.”

Girls on Track

Alongside environmental issues, Extreme E’s visit to Sardinia continued to highlight the importance of equality in motorsport. Before the highly anticipated double-header, Extreme E invited local schoolgirls on-site introducing them to life behind the scenes of the ground-breaking championship.

The girls were given the thrilling opportunity to sit inside the cockpit of the colossal ODYSSEY 21 and witnessed the women in action in the Extreme E paddock. Several of the series’ female drivers, including Veloce Racing’s Christine GZ and XITE ENERGY Racing’s Tamara Molinaro, introduced the girls to the life of a racing driver.

 

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To finish off an already unforgettable day, the awestruck girls were also given a front row seat to view the ODYSSEY 21s in action, piloted by some of the best female drivers in the world.

Christine GZ, Veloce Racing, said: “It’s been great to see the girls on track and it’s great for them to see how things work on the inside. Most of them were already racing, others not yet, and some were saying maybe one day we can too, to which I said if you work hard, you’ll get there.

“I told them that I started off as a mechanic which they found quite cool, and it was cool for me to get to talk to them in this way.

“The best part is the fact that they can see that there are female drivers in every team. The gender equality in this championship is great and to see that at this level it can happen with all the amazing drivers that are here was really encouraging for them.”

Tipping Point

A week of double the action saw more Tipping Point talks than ever before at Extreme E’s latest X Prix. These thought-provoking talks are now a firm fixture in the schedule, and in Sardinia covered topics ranging from the importance of technology and innovation in the fight against climate change to the positive impacts of blue and green carbon.

 

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The talks opened with a dedicated focus on technology and innovation. Here, media and guests heard from Vodafone Business, EY and Enel X, all of whom play essential roles in Extreme E’s sustainability efforts.

Another talk, hosted by Professor Peter Wadhams of the Extreme E Scientific Committee, saw fellow committee member Professor Lucy Woodall and MEDSEA’s Alessio Satta discuss the importance of green carbon and possible solutions in the fight against wildfires.

Discussion points from another Tipping Point talk focussed on blue carbon, as Professor Lucy Woodall and Alessio Satta were joined by Francesca Frau from MEDSEA to elaborate on the leading role that oceans play in the delicate balance of our world’s climate.

Professor Peter Wadhams concluded: “From a racing perspective the double-header in Sardinia was definitely a flagship event for Extreme E, but I found that off-track the series was able to raise awareness of so many environmental issues which are currently impacting the climate crisis.

“There is still so much more to be done to highlight the significance of blue and green carbon and the current issues regarding them. Nevertheless, it was great to see ideas and solutions discussed by so many as we become more in tune with the significance of what’s happening to our planet.”

 

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 MAVTV Motorsports Network -- the only television network in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to motorsports – announced it is bringing exciting qualifying to the MAVTV Motorsports Network with Pro Motocross - Fast Lap Qualifying beginning with this week’s race at Washougal, Washington. This exclusive coverage was previously only available online, but is now also being aired live on the MAVTV Motorsports Network as well as MAVTV on FloRacing. The show, hosted by Jason Weigandt alongside several all-star commentators, brings viewers qualifying results, gate selection commentary and pre-race storylines as riders prepare for main events.

Pro Motocross - Fast Lap Qualifying schedule on MAVTV Motorsports Network

  • July 23 – Washougal National – 1 p.m. ET
  • August 13 – Unadilla National – 10 a.m. ET
  • August 20 – Budds Creek National – 10 a.m. ET
  • August 27 – Ironman National – 10 a.m. ET
  • September 3 – Fox Raceway National - 1 p.m. ET 

"We were at Redbud a few weeks back and saw how passionate the Pro Motocross fans are. At MAVTV, we love that and wanted to give fans a chance to see more from the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on network television,” said Bob Dillner, Senior Director, Programming & Development MAVTV. "Fast Lap Qualifying will continue to be streamed through our MAVTV on FloRacing partnership, but it will also be shown live on MAVTV to allow fans to see how things are shaping up for the motos later in the day." 

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