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Aug 12

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Earns High Marks

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Earns High Marks

Photo Credit: Hyundai

It wasn’t all that long ago that people bought Hyundai’s because they were a less-expensive alternative to Toyotas and Hondas.

Nowadays, though, Hyundai models across all price points more than hold their own against the competition. A good case in point is the midsized Sonata four-door sedan, which earns high marks in one of the most fiercely competitive and crowded segments of the marketplace.

U.S. News & World Report ranks the 2013 Sonata in a dead heat with the all-new Ford Fusion Hybrid as being the very best among affordable sedans and ranks the Sonata Hybrid third. That’s mighty impressive, any way you look at it.

Aug 12

Marquez Leads Into Indy

Marquez Leads Into Indy

Photo Credit: HRC

There has been no shortage of MotoGP spectacle since the first half of the season ended at Laguna Seca, with the excitement coming in the form of off-track announcements. It is now time for Part 2 of this thrilling contest to resume on the circuit itself, beginning with the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.

Scouring the world motorsport scene, one will struggle to find many locations steeped in as much history as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. MotoGP has been visiting the iconic venue since 2008 and this year it once again plays host to the first Grand Prix on the later side of the traditional mid-season break. Nine races down, nine to go, a rookie heading the standings and a huge 225 points still left on offer.

Bearing in mind the sheer amount of surprises and U-turns the championship battle has already witnessed between the Qatar and United States events, just imagine what could lie in store between this weekend and the Valencia finale on 10th November. It promises to be a mind-boggling mix of raw speed, staying fit and the all-important psychological battle. Can Marc Marquez handle the pressure of Repsol Honda Team partner Dani Pedrosa and reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo, both now in better shape following their bruising few weeks on the run-up to the summer interval?

Aug 11

Viper Breaks Through For GT Win At Road America

Photo Credit: John Dagys

Photo Credit: John Dagys

Just one year after debuting its new GT class contender, SRT Motorsports celebrated a historic first win for the Viper GTS-R in a heated battle at Road America.

Gambling on fuel following a race-ending yellow, Marc Goossens took the Riley Technologies-built entry across the line ahead of the pair of Corvette C6.Rs for the GT class victory in Sunday’s Orion Energy Systems 245.

Goossens and co-driver Dominik Farnbacher, along with the pole-sitting No. 93 Viper of Jonathan Bomarito, enjoyed time out front in the 2-hour and 45-minute race, which started under wet conditions and ended under the yellow flag following a late-race accident.

“It was a nail biter,” Farnbacher said. “I think we made it to the finish line with the last drop of fuel. If you look at all those faces [SRT team], they’re almost crying, everybody’s crying. It’s so emotional for us. I’m just speechless at the moment.”