Daily: 16th June 2011

16 June, 2011 at 01:36 (GMT+01:00)

By Pat W

Happy Birthday Christine!

Do join me in wishing a very happy birthday to Christine!

I'm sure the ideal birthday present would be to install a Kindle app of some kind and buy her new book. I was going to do it yesterday but I got distracted by reading all the blog posts I'm about to link (and, er, Alan Sugar), so that makes it your fault. How could you.

Light Reading

Here is some further light reading..

With the FIA at last confirming the final final final 2011 Calendar, returning the Indian GP to the original date, here is a post discussing the forthcoming 21-race (or 20) calendar next season. I have a feeling there have been a few posts about this now, or we've just discussed it a bit, but it is worth revisiting often because I'm sure somewhere there are people with influence being fed information on what F1 sites are saying and they need to know 21 is too many!

Lou took some great shots of Andy Murray at the tennis on Monday.

Someone stole a drift racing car from Santa Pod raceway and drove it on the M25! The video may be UK only but I'm not sure.

Jackie has returned to blogging! This one is about performance enhancing drugs in motorsport, do give it a read.

Speaking of returns, RG has brought us an update to the New Teams Championship after putting it on hiatus since the end of last year. It is interesting to see how things have moved on after 7 races of the new season. Do also have a look at his predictions for the US Open.

If like me you have a Wordpress.com blog, Christine found that you can now use a new feature called 'Custom Design' which makes font-choice much easier and allows you to change the CSS design. It does cost a small fee though. There's a free sampler which I intend to try tonight!

I do love a good motorsport mashup, people and cars appearing in someone else's world. That's why I like car swaps and McLaren are doing well at them at the moment. First it was Jenson Button trying a V8 Supercar at Bathurst, now Lewis Hamilton has tried a NASCAR Cup car at Watkins Glen.. on the IndyCar layout. Here's a great summary and (amateur) video from SB Nation's Jeff Gluck. You can also see Speed's coverage here (use links on the sides for more). Great to hear they enjoyed it so much, and the enjoyed the track too! Shame about the weather.

Weekend Racing

After the stunning amount of action last weekend I don't know if you want to watch any more this week, but if you do you could take in any of these:

  • IndyCar - Milwaukee Mile
  • WRC - Acropolis Rally
  • DTM - EuroSpeedway Lausitz (road course version)
  • WTCC - Brno
  • BTCC - Croft
  • NASCAR Cup (& Nationwide Series) - Michigan
  • FRenault 3.5 - Nurburgring
  • World Superbike - Motorland Aragon
  • V8 Supercar - Hidden Valley

Recommended Race of the Week: I do love the Milwaukee Mile. Don't tune in expecting it to be your usual-shaped oval with the usual sort of racing. It races just like a road course but is small with a bumpy surface and a lot of traffic to negotiate. The drivers have to really wrestle and work hard here. For an oval it has hardly any banking to it so it is very traditional in that regard. They don't make them like this any more.

Note: If there are any of you who last weekend, like me, bought a one-month Eurosport Player subscription to watch Le Mans, if you want to make the most of it before it expires you'll find WTCC, FR3.5 and Superbikes on their channels this weekend. The WTCC races are barely half an hour each. #speedsporting

By the way, don't forget it is Fathers Day on Sunday, at least in the UK but I presume elsewhere too.

Okay that's Thursday sorted, onwards!

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