On the heels of Mazda’s announcement of its entry into the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship with a pair of factory SKYACTIV-D powered Lolas, FOX Sports’ SPEED blog caught up with Mazda Motorsports director John Doonan for added insight into the program and its goals for 2014 and beyond.John Doonan, Mazda, SKYACTIV-D, Sports Cars, TUSC
Welcome to FOX Sports’ Live Formula One blog from the Circuit of the Americas! We have all the latest commentary from the Thursday driver press conference prior to Sunday’s USGP.
Thursday Notebook: Leaving Sauber For Lotus Was Too Risky, Says Hulkenberg
Nico Hulkenberg says he chose not to drive leave Sauber to drive for Lotus in the final two races because it would have been too much of a risk.
Lotus could not give the German any guarantees for 2014.Caterham, Formula 1, Heikki Kovalainen, Kevin Magnussen, Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Sergio Perez
One of the worst kept secrets in the sports car racing paddock was made official Thursday morning, as Mazda announced that it will enter next year’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship with a two-car factory P2 program utilizing SKYACTIV-D technology.
The Japanese manufacturer, which spent the past season campaigning Mazda6 race cars in the now-defunct GX category, will utilize the same 2.2-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel power plant in the back of Lola-based prototype chassis for the 2014 TUDOR Championship season.John Doonan, Mazda, SKYACTIV-D, Sports Cars, TUSC
Need for Speed and Ken Block present: Gymkhana SIX: The Ultimate Gymkhana Grid Course.
Need For Speed’s Racing Advisor Ken Block built the ultimate Gymkhana GRID course — a real-life playground to showcase the sheer speed, fun and exhilarating action of driving. This means all-new obstacles that help raise the difficulty for Block to master in his Ford Fiesta ST RX43 2013 racecar, including maneuvering around a moving wrecking ball and sliding through narrow opening cut into the sides of shipping containers.
Block also added videogame elements from Need for Speed Rivals. Watch as he executes multiple jumps, drifts around Lamborghini Aventadors and evades the videogame-themed Redview County cops on Segways in his own unique style. You can almost smell the burn of the rubber as he tears up this incredible course.
So sit back and enjoy the ride.Ken Block, Sports Cars, Video
Sergio Perez has confirmed his departure from McLaren by issuing a statement via Twitter.
McLaren appears to have copied Ferrari’s choice with Felipe Massa by allowing its driver to announce his exit before any formal statement from the team, as it’s hard to believe that he will have issued it without first consulting the team. Nevertheless the affair had dragged on for longer than it needed to.Formula 1, McLaren, Sergio Perez