Like most American kids that grew up in the 80's I watched the Indy 500 every year and became interested in motorsports thanks to that race, but I didn't really get hooked until I started watching Formula 1 racing in the late 90's. My favorite era were those years with the great Mika Hakkinen/Michael Schumacher battles. (I was a Mika Hakkinen fan) So my fondness for Formula 1 waned once Mika retired and Schumacher started winning everything, even at the expense of his teammate Rubens Barrichello. My interest in F1 has only been lukewarm since.

Then I turned to Champ Car racing here in the US for my motorsports fix. However that was quickly extinguished once Champ Car and Indy Car merged and we were stuck with Tony George and his many foibles. (It was entertaining to watch the Hulman/George drama I'll admit.) My interest has been less than lukewarm with Indy Car lately, even without Tony George at the helm.

Over time however, the excitement I once had for motorsports has slowly gone. Maybe it has to do with my age, I don't know. But I think I will pour my efforts into my Trooper and my interests in the outdoors to add excitement to my life.

Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoy it. I will still post racing news when I find something interesting or noteworthy.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Haas rolls out new VF-16 in Barcelona

(by Nate Saunders 2-22-16)

After its official launch on Sunday, Haas has rolled out the VF-16 in the Barcelona pit lane ahead of the first morning of winter testing.

The American team is the first new outfit in Formula One since 2010 and arrives with an engine and technical partnership with Ferrari. On Sunday it released the first images of its silver and red challenger for the new season, which followed the VF-16's first laps at the Circuit de Catalunya during a promotional event spread across Saturday and Sunday.

Drivers Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez were there to unveil the car ahead of the assembled media at 0750 local time, just over an hour before the green light for the session. Grosjean's number eight car was the one presented to the media as the Frenchman takes to the wheel for the first morning of testing.

As part of its technical partnership, the VF-16 is running as many Ferrari components as are allowed under the current regulations, but the chassis itself has been designed by Italian company Dallara.


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