“MY BEST WIN”, SAYS HAMILTON AT CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS™
TITLE FIGHT CONTINUES TO BRAZIL WITH VETTEL, ALONSO ON AUSTIN PODIUM
AUSTIN, Texas (Nov. 18, 2012) – Lewis Hamilton has won back-to-back races in the United States – but they came five years apart after the Englishman took victory for McLaren Mercedes in the inaugural United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas™.
Hamilton, race winner at Indianapolis in 2007 for the same team, said: “What a great feeling to win the first Grand Prix here back in the States! I won last time here as well so I’m massively proud.”
Starting from the front row of the 24-car grid, Hamilton, 27, passed polewinner Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull on lap 42 of 56 with a clean move at the end of the DRS zone into Turn 12.
It was his fourth win of 2012, the 21st of his Formula 1 career – and a highlight in his own eyes. “That was my best win, guys!” yelled a delighted Hamilton to his pit crew, whom he leaves at the end of this season. “That was wicked!”
With Vettel second, the title fight continues to the last race in Brazil as Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari again fought through the field for the final podium position. Vettel now leads by 13 points with 25 more on offer next Sunday. While the German grumbled about traffic in the crucial moments of his fight with Hamilton, he was quick to see the positives.
“All weekend has been incredible for the whole Formula 1 paddock,” he said. “As Lewis said, the last race here, he won it; it was my first race in Formula 1 here in the United States and to come back and have so much support – so many fans at the signing session yesterday, it was absolutely crazy! – and a full house, it was really nice today to race in front of the fans.”
Alonso started seventh after teammate Felipe Massa took a late five-place penalty but the Spaniard rocketed through to fourth by the end of the opening lap. His race then ebbed and flowed with the pit stops, finally sealing third place when Jenson Button’s McLaren pitted on lap 35 after an extended first stint on Pirelli’s hard compound tires.
“Losing three points maybe was not in our thoughts Friday night after practice,” said Alonso, “so we are really happy again to have a very good Sunday and be still in the championship.”
Earlier Button, who started from 12th position, refused to yield when Michael Schumacher’s Mercedes squeezed him into Turn 1 on lap 10, the Englishman competing a clean overtake to launch a fine drive through the field that ended with fifth position behind Massa.
Next up were the Lotus Renaults of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean, who recovered from an early spin, with the Force India of Nico Hulkenberg in 8th. The last two points-scoring places went to Williams pair Pastor Maldonado and Bruno Senna, who almost took each other out with just four laps to go.
In a clean, absorbing race there were only two retirements. The first was Jean-Eric Vergne in the Toro Rosso, the second was Vettel’s Red Bull teammate Mark Webber. The Australian was running third when he fell victim to another apparent alternator failure, a gremlin that has plagued the Renault-engined team this season.
Despite that, Vettel’s 18 points were more than enough to secure a third straight constructors’ title for Red Bull, who now have 440 points to Ferrari’s 367 and cannot be caught in Brazil.
article via Circuit of the Americas
Thank you to all that came out to the official F1B Tweetup on Saturday evening from 7-10PM at the K1 Speed Austin.
We were joined by America’s GP3 driver, Conor Daly, to find out more about his 2012 season. We found out what he’s been up to and why he’s been in 9 countries in just 19 days. There was an open session which allowed fans to ask Conor questions about his year and future aspirations…they include Formula One.
Would you like to know what it’s like being an American driver in a European racing series? How difficult it is to race against the world’s finest young drivers and win? Saturday was your chance to meet one of America’s best talent in years.
Derek Daly personifies what it is to persevere from iron ore mining to Formula One racer. Derek is an inspiration to all of us and has written the definitive book on what it means to race and to win. If you’ve never had the opportunity to hear Derek speak, he is a must see/hear. Derek joined us for a very special engagement and I know you will love hearing his take on F1 and racing.
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Irvine, CA (November 16, 2012) K1 Speed, Inc., the largest operator of Indoor Kart Racing facilities throughout the US, announces the acquisition of Race Place Motorsports, Inc. (RPM Indoor Kart Racing) an industry leader in Sacramento, California. As we welcome the RPM Sacramento location, we believe this first class location will provide a great new expansion opportunity for K1 Speed.
As part of K1 Speed’s continuing expansion, this acquisition will be the 13th location nationwide and the 3rd in Northern California for K1. The Sacramento location will be switching from gas powered go-karts to highly advanced and environmentally friendly electric karts.
RPM in Sacramento has been an industry leader for the past 10 years and is passionate about the same things as K1 Speed. Offering a world-class facility with great customer service and attention to detail should provide an easy transition for K1 Speed.
The acquisition is scheduled to close on December 1, 2012 and is subject to customary closing conditions.
About K1 Speed
Found in 2003, K1 Speed is one of the premier karting companies in America. With 12 kart racing centers in San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Clara, San Francisco, Seattle, the Inland Empire, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Austin and Phoenix with several more facilities planned for the near future, K1 Speed brings the thrill and excitement of indoor karting to a large audience. Offering highly-advanced and environmentally-friendly electric karts as well as large indoor entertainment venues that feature authentic racing memorabilia, pit cafes, meeting rooms and pool tables, K1 Speed is a great place to visit with family and friends or to host a corporate event or party. If you’re interested in experiencing the latest technology in kart racing, visit one of nationwide karting centers today!
About RPM Indoor Kart Racing
RPM Indoor Kart Racing was also founded in 2003 and has provided nearly ten years of racing excitement to the Sacramento area. The Sacramento location is arguably one of the finest Indoor Kart Racing facilities in the US. With 74,000 square feet it offers two race tracks, spacious lobby areas and an upstairs Sky Box providing food service with floor to ceiling angled glass to sit back and view all of the racing action. RPM has 5 meeting rooms for private parties or corporate meetings. The Speed Shop retails store offers the latest styles from Oakley, SPY, Alpinestars, FOX, DC Shoes, GoPro and many more brands. A Subway sandwich shop is also located inside on the first floor. RPM also has a great collection of racing memorabilia featuring racecars, helmets and racing suits. Twenty foot high glass walls provide great viewing areas from anywhere in the facility.
K1 Speed Inc.
(949) 250-0242 ext. 3008
K1 Speed Sacramento
3130 Bradshaw Road,
Sacramento, CA 95827
Phone: (916) 368-7223
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“I finally had a chance to visit the shop where all the work is being done on ”The Streamliner”. What a project, visiting the shop where the Cyclone Team Steam Streamliner is being put together is like a trip to a science fair.
I decided to produce another article. This time with the addition of pictures on the progress, so you the steam enthusiast can get a view on the project.
As I was there, Nelson Hoyos showed me how the body for The Streamliner is being fabricated. First, the team has to draw up the plans for the design. Then the design has to be cast in these huge moldings.
These moldings have to be made from scratch. The center section molding was just being finished as I visited the shop.
The cover for the center section where The Greenhouse or cock pitt for the driver will be was the last piece if the outer fiberglass shell to be molded. Except for the under carriage witch is mostly flat and smooth and will be added last when the suspension and final pieces to the roll cage are installed.
Nelson and Harry Schoell were on hand to try and explain to me the inner workings of The Cyclone power plant. It was very interesting, but I must be honest with you. I grew up around race cars and worked on a pitt crew since the age of 8, my father was a mechanic.
When it comes to The Cyclone Steam engine, you can take a lifetime of knowledge and throw it out the window. The Cyclone is so simple yet so confusing to any regular mechanic.
There is almost a mile of tubing inside the Cyclone. That is very different from anything I have ever worked on.
Harry Schoell is a genius. I have added some of the first pictures of The Cyclone power plant to this article with the inventor.
Now on to the suspension. Nelson explained to me the two front wheels
will not be side by side like your conventional car is. The will be one on front of the other and will steer as one. This suspension has been designed to handle high speeds as Nelson and Harry prepare to break the world steam speed record. The rear wheels will be side by side for stability.
The Greenhouse or cock pit for The Streamliner was amazing. I had a chance to sit in the drivers seat. Now grant you, I am just a little bigger than Nelson Hoyos, but it was like being placed behind the wheel of a jet fighter and it wasn’t even finished.
Enjoy the updated pictures and stay tuned to www.racingnutsmotorsports.com for all and any updates on the progress of Cyclone Team Steam USA.” – Steve Christensen