John Force Wins 14th Funny Car Title John Force clinched his record-setting 14th POWERade Funny Car championship with a second round victory over nemesis Ron Capps in front of a capacity crowd at his home track, Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif., and then won two more rounds to earn his third win of the season to cap an eventful day for Team Castrol.
"You can win a lot of championships and you give credit to your team -- Austin Coil, Bernie Fedderly, the kids Jimmy Prock, John Medlen -- we all do it as a team," Force said. "The fans are what give you heart. NHRA gives us a great playing field (and) POWERade puts up those checks but, for us, in our hearts, it's about beating the competition. It's about hearing the cheers of the crowd. That is what it is all about."
Force took the final with a hole shot victory (.058 to a .103 reaction time) over Beckman who made the quickest run in NHRA Funny Car history in a losing effort. Force's winning ET of 4.697 seconds combined with his better reaction time bested Beckman's record run of 4.662 seconds.
Danica Patrick She is competing in the 2006 IRL IndyCar Series giving her another chance at qualifying and racing in the Indianapolis 500. In the first race of the season, the Toyota Indy 300 at Homestead Miami Speedway, Patrick qualified in third behind the Penske Racing teammates of Helio Castroneves and Sam Hornish, Jr. However, tragedy struck in the final practice sessions for the race as Rahal Letterman Racing teammate Paul Dana was killed in a crash the morning of the race.
Patrick and fellow Rahal Letterman driver Buddy Rice withdrew from the race immediately. The two resumed their 2006 IRL campaign with the second race of the year in St. Petersburg, Florida. Patrick finished 6th in St. Petersburg and 8th in Japan. At Indy she took eighth place after starting tenth. After Indy she finished 8th at Watkins Glen. However, the following week Rahal Letterman racing switched to the Dallara chassis and have struggled to grasp a hold of them. Patrick has struggled to remain competitive, but her 4th place finishes at Nashville and Milwaukee tied her career best IRL finishes, and helped her move up to 9th in the season point standings. The following week at Michigan, though, her car died with three laps to go and she finished 17th. She rebounded at Kentucky and Infineon to finish 8th.
In her final race at Chicagoland with Rahal Letterman Racing, Patrick recorded a 12th place finish and a 9th place finish in the point standings besting her 12th place points finish as a rookie.
Serious About Your GoKart? LAS VEGAS, NV - Looking for a real ride in Las Vegas? Stop by XPLEX Motorsports Raceway. It is a premier Go-Kart track for kids and adults. XPLEX is a state-of-the-art professional kart racing facility modeled after the world-knowned Le Mans track. Professional race management, arrive and drive racing programs and schools, corporate and team-building programs, private test campaigns, and regularly scheduled race events are all part of the XPlex's expert programs.
Heart Like a Wheel The NHRA has a special edition DVD of "Heart Like a Wheel," the story of Shirley "Cha Cha" Muldowney, the "First Lady of Drag Racing." The movie, which was originally released in 1983, stars Beau Bridges and Bonnie Bedelia as Shirley. It is a great movie which, no doubt, inspired a generation of women to also ask the NHRA for their drag-racing license. Buy the DVD now and get an Official Limited Edition Hot Wheels Dragster. You can buy the DVD at WalMart, NHRA.com or Amazon.com and participating stores around the country.
2009 Chevrolet Camaro Concept Chevrolet has, at last announced that the 2009 Chevrolet Camero Concept will indeed go into production and be available for purchase in early 2009. Chevrolet made the announcement in August of 2006 and stated that the production model will be "almost identical" to the concept and will feature independent rear suspension.
Sportswoman of The Year Nomination NHRA Top Fuel driver Melanie Troxel was nominated for the 2006 Sportswoman of The Year for Auto Racing. She became the quickest and fastest woman in auto racing with her career-best elapsed time (4.458 seconds) and her career-best speed (330.31 mph). In February 2006, Troxel became the sixth woman in NHRA history to win a Top Fuel event by winning the 46th annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Calif. In April, Troxel made drag racing history by opening the season with five consecutive final round appearances (she has appeared in a Top Fuel-leading seven final rounds through 15 events), and she added her second victory of 2006 (at the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas). In May, Troxel clocked her fastest speed (331.04 mph) at Atlanta Dragway, and she became the first female in its 40-year history to be honored by the Driver of the Year Foundation (winning its first quarter award over NASCAR?s Kasey Kahne and Jimmie Johnson and IRL?s Helio Castroneves). In June, Troxel was nominated for ESPY Awards for Best Female Athlete and Best Driver.
Stay tuned for the outcome of the Sportswoman of the year. The award winners will be announced on Monday, October 16, 2006, and honored at the Annual Salute to Women in Sports Awards Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
60 Years of The Bikini Oh thank heaven for engineer Louis Reard, who in 1947 revealed to the world, the amazing bikini. The 2007 San Diego International Auto Show will kick off with a bikini contest. The bikini contest is not anything new to car shows but how often can something celebrating 60 years of age still turn the heads of masses? If the bikini was never invented, cruising beaches in Florida, California and Texas would have never been the same. And how would Sports Illustrated increase their readership without the annual Swimsuit Issue? So, get your advance tickets now and be there to celebrate 60 years of the head-turning bikini at the San Diego International Auto Show.