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Good morning. It’s a sad day in the motorsports community as we learned late last night of the death of Ken Block, a man who connected the worlds of motorsports and action sports through the power of content in a way no one had before.
Ken Block Killed in Snowmobile Accident
Pro rally driver and Hoonigan co-founder Ken Block died in a snowmobile accident on Monday at the age of 55. Block, a pioneer in the car community and co-founder of DC shoes, was known for developing the Hoonigan brand and creating the popular Gymkhana video series.
According to the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office in Utah, Block was riding alone on a steep slope in Utah when his snowmobile “upended, landing on top of him.” He was pronounced dead at the scene and is survived by his wife, Lucy, and three children.
FIA President Invites More Rich People to F1 with Tweet
I have asked my @fia team to look at launching an Expressions of Interest process for prospective new teams for the FIA @F1 World Championship
— Mohammed Ben Sulayem (@Ben_Sulayem)
Jan 2, 2023
We promise we’re not just like other news sites that love to breakdown every presidential tweet, but this one is a big deal. It’s an acknowledgement of possibly adding to the 10 team F1 roster.
A couple of things to note: If an 11th team is added, it would dilute the other teams’ income from the sport by 10%. To combat this, there is a “dilution fund” of $200 million that new entrants would have to pay to get into the series.
As we have seen with the Andretti’s bid to join the series, it’s not that easy, even with this dilution fund, only McLaren and Alpine have supported adding the famous Andretti name to the F1 ownership .
F1 Drivers Need a Break from Their Jobs Just Like Us!
After being dropped by McLaren for 2023, Daniel Ricciardo decided to take a year out in a third driver role with Red Bull to find new motivation before hoping to return to a race seat in 2024.
In an interview with Motorsport.com Alex Albon, who spent a year on the sidelines in 2021 before joining Williams last season, understands why Riccardo felt that time away from racing would be beneficial. Albon also said that on his return, it took him time to get used to the environment at Williams and understand how to work effectively with his new colleagues. “You need to make sure that you’re getting the most out of everyone and everyone’s going in the right direction in terms of where the car needs to go, where performance needs to go,” he said.
“But I can see what he means. When you have bad years in F1, and I can talk about my experience in 2020, it drains you massively, the noise in the paddock and of course, more than anything, your own performances – we’re born to be competitive and hungry for it.
F1 Boss Surprises No One With Goal To Win
In an interview with publication AS –Adam Baker, CEO of Audi Formula Racing, wants to win by their third season in F1. “We want to be competitive in three years,” Baker said. “It is a realistic goal. We want to compete for wins in the third year.”
They will have new regulations in 2026, which could reset the pecking order.
“It is attractive for Audi to enter 2026 because we decided on it ahead of time. We have 42 months until the first race. In the last 30 years, it must be one of the most advanced decisions of any manufacturer.
Ultimate F1 Experience For Finance Bros & Tech Billionaires
Caesars is selling a $5 million package for the Las Vegas Grand Prix.
• 12 guests
• 5-nights at the Nobu Sky Villa (10k sqft)
• Private dinner with chef Nobu Matsuhisa
• Paddock Club tickets, access to a Rolls-Royce & 24/7 butler service
The villa usually costs $35k/night.
— Joe Pompliano (@JoePompliano)
Dec 29, 2022
🎮 F1 Arcade coming to the USA… It looks like a bar with some racing sims
🏭 New Aston Martin F1 Factory … If you’ve ever wondered why motorsport is expensive
📺 Drive to Survive Season 5 next month?! … Has F1 and Netflix cracked the code?
NASCAR’s Rose Parade Float: All Revved Up and Nowhere to Go (On TV)
Unfortunately, NASCAR’s “Always Forward” float didn’t get any air time on the major networks at the 2023 Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, due to a float breakdown in front of them. Despite this, the NASCAR float still managed to win the award for Most Outstanding Depiction of National Treasures & Traditions.
The float featured iconic cars belonging to Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and float guest, Richard Petty. Up and coming NASCAR driver Rajah Caruth, who will be racing full-time for GMS Racing in the Craftsman Truck Series this year, also rode on the float.
Kyle Busch Unveils New Paint Scheme: He’ll Probably Have 450 More This Year
Kyle Busch Takes the Plunge into Unknown Waters with Richard Childress Racing: Fingers crossed it’s a match made in heaven. But we do know it will be funded by numerous sponsors, which means a lot of paint schemes.
“So I’m kind of looking at it as the Tom Brady-Peyton Manning aspect where they left great teams, great organizations where they won championships, and they went on and were able to win championships somewhere else. So I’d like to think that I still have that opportunity to be able to do that with RCR.”
Debate: Victory Lane or Front Stretch?
Where’s the best place to interview NASCAR winners? On one hand, you’ve got the front stretch, the grand stage where the finish line is located and all the TV cameras are pointed. It’s the perfect spot for a victory lap and a triumphant wave to the crowd.
But on the other hand, there’s victory lane, the sacred ground where champions go to bask in the glory of their triumph and guzzle champagne like it’s going out of style. It’s a more intimate setting, but it might not be as flashy for the folks at home.
So which is it? Front stretch or victory lane?
Bring back traditional victory lane celebrations
Have a nice Thursday everyone
— Landon Huffman (@LandonHuffman)
Dec 29, 2022
COTA: Who Comes First, the Chicken (Race) or the Egg (Ticket Sales)?
According to Circuit of the Americas chairman Bobby Epstein, any potential return of IndyCar to the Austin circuit will depend on if the series can generate enough ticket sales to make it viable.
Epstein says he would be happy to see the series return, but they must be able to sell enough tickets. “It’s a matter of how many tickets you can sell and if IndyCar can sell enough tickets to come to Austin,” Epstein explained. “Are we the theatre, or are we building the sport? It’s not our job to build the sport or the fan base. As much as we would like to, it’s not our job and we don’t have the budget for that. I’m a huge IndyCar fan. I would love to see them back here. The numbers just have to work.”
In other words, it’s a classic case of the chicken and the egg – do you need a race to sell tickets, or do you need tickets to have a race?
2023 Dakar Rally: Americans Are Winning
Night rider 🌃
— DAKAR RALLY (@dakar)
Jan 2, 2023
The Dakar Rally has begun and by the time you’re reading this they will be into Stage 4, but so far the Americans in the field are kicking ass
Stage 1: American Ricky Brabec won in the bikes
Stage 2: American Mason Klien won in the bikes, Mitch Guthrie won in the T3 side by sides.
Overall: Carlos Sainz (father to the F1 driver and rally legend) continues to lead in his Audi
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Ken Block. Rally Stage
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