14th Dec2017

CAMcast: News & Korean Cooking Shows

by Michael Chandler

Hello, you lovely podcast listeners you!  Thanks for joining us for another episode of the CAMcast!  Dad is off being a dad, and Gavin was at the Foo Fighters show, but Mike and Dave grabbed Joey off the bench, and dove headlong into a bunch of stuff:

  • Lots of IMSA news
  • A good amount of PWC news
  • The McLaren Senna might be The Homer
  • Streetable Track Cars
  • And we pick the first of four winners for our big contest!

We’re still having a contest!  Each week for the next three weeks, we’ll pick someone to receive a grab bag of shirts, Hot Wheels, and other stuff.  THEN we’ll pick one of those winners to join us in the office, to be a guest on the CAMcast!  How does one enter?  Simple: share this episode!  Share it on social media, and tag us.  It’s as easy as that.  We’ll pick a winner on next week’s episode!

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23rd Nov2017

A Very CAMcast Thanksgiving

by Michael Chandler

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!  We’re thankful you’re joining us for this episode, and every episode.  If this is your first, welcome!  On this episode Dave, Gavin, and Mike go off on tangents, are joined by a cat, and talk some news:

  • Tesla’s new Roadster AND Semi
  • Callaway is bringing GT3 spec Corvettes to World Challenge
  • The new Aston Martin Vantage is a sharp lookin vehicle
  • An amazing late entry for the retro livery question
  • And the cars you’d fight someone for to get a crazy discount

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28th Sep2017

Cadillac Ends World Challenge Program, World Weeps

by Michael Chandler

After 11 seasons, 121 podiums, 33 wins, 5 manufacturer’s and driver’s championships,  and the first SprintX driver championship, Cadillac is closing down their Pirelli World Challenge GT effort.  Why?  As reported by Mark Glendenning on Racer:

Rich Brekus, Global Director of Product Strategy for Cadillac, said that the PWC team was the casualty of Cadillac’s desire to direct more resources towards its Prototype program, but left the door open for a possible return in the future.

Drivers such as the Taylor brothers, Michael Cooper, Andy Pilgrim, Lawson Aschenbach, John Heinricy, Ron Fellows, and Max Angelelli joined with the legendary Johnny O’Connell (the most successful GM factory racing driver) to contest for championships.  Seeing as how we won’t be seeing the ATS-V.R’s next year, let’s look at some photos from what ended up being the last time we’d see them.

Hopefully we’ll see Cadillac back in World Challenge sooner rather than later, but we’ve got some good memories to tide us over until then.

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19th Aug2017

Weekend Wallpaper: Racecar Edition!

by Michael Chandler

Welcome to the weekend!  And for that we have some wallpapers for you.  Both are from the Super Car Grand Prix of Utah.  One is from the Pirelli GT3 Cup, and features a quartet of 991 GT3 Cup cars coming on to the front straight.  But you can see that.

Here we have a trio from the SprintX race going through turn 5, the Black Rock hairpin.  I think it’s pretty rockin’, figured you might too.

All you gotta do to have one of these all over your desktop is right-click and Save As, then you’re good to go!

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17th Aug2017

Super Car Grand Prix of Utah 2017 World Challenge Gallery

by Michael Chandler

Words and photos by Nicholas Cherpeski

No write ups, no results, just straight photos of everything but Touring Car.  Sorry, but other things were happening during your races.  If you’re a team or driver interested in purchasing some photos from the weekend, you can head here and pick some up.

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17th Aug2017

CAMcast: SUPER DOUBLE BONUS EPISODES

by Michael Chandler

Hello everyone, and welcome to this special SUPER BONUS DOUBLE EPISODE!  We have two great interviews for you today, and the first one is with up and coming Global Time Attack driver Jamie Moreno!  She sat down with Mike and Dave, got on the tangent train, but still managed to talk about how she got into GTA, climbing up the HPDE ladder in NASA Utah, sponsors, and being a lady in the modern world of racing.  She also talks news, and agrees to be the hot shoe in our Panther platform racer.

SPEAKING OF THAT, we’ve got a contest for you!  You can win yourself a The Racing Chica hat and shirt if you come up with a name for our new team!  We’re driving a Crown Vic, and it’s Mike, Dave, and Jamie.  Use that information, or freestyle it.  Best name gets the gear!

Follow Jamie on her social media, check out her blog, and buy some gear and help her out!

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The Racing Chica Merch!

Part two of our Super Double Bonus Episode features someone who has climbed the mountain, and is making a living turning wheels.  When you think of a racing driver, you probably think of the robots in F1, or the NASCAR drivers who thank every sponsor when they get asked any question.  Well, Ryan is a driver unlike those guys.  He’s just like any of us, except he happens to get paid to drive one of the RealTime Racing Acura NSX GT3s in Pirelli World Challenge.  He sat with me for an hour, which I didn’t expect, and we talked about his podcast (Dinner With Racers), the Bad Boy of Sportscar PR, kei vans, friendship, and how Spencer Pumpelly maybe killed a guy.  

We also talked about his charitable efforts, most notably him raising money for Neurofibromitosis research and awareness.  He does the Cupid’s Undie Run to raise money for it, and you should kick him a few bucks.  He’s a great follow on social media, which is also a great place to see when and where you can donate!

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16th Jan2017

Some World Challenge News

by Michael Chandler

It’s the off season for the Pirelli World Challenge, but that doesn’t mean things aren’t happening.  Far from it!  You know that, but you might not know the details.  So, to that end, I’m gonna bring you a few news items of note.  Things to look for when the series comes through in August.  

Thing The First: DXDT Racing’s New Car

DXDT will be running a new Mercedes AMG GT3 in five Sprint-X and three regular sprint races this season.  Hooray shiny new car!  They’ll start the season at Virginia International Raceway April 28-30, then they run the rest of the schedule.  That’s definitely something to keep an eye on.  They’ve done great in the Super Trofeo series, and last year at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca they went 1-2 in the GT Cup class in Sprint X.  To be honest, I’m more interested in hearing this thing at full tile than I am in seeing it.  Why? Have you heard the AMG V8’s?  There you go.

Thing the Second: Panoz Has a GTS Program

Yeah, Panoz is back in GT racing.  With Tommy Milner at the helm, Panoz will have a two car, full season GTS effort.  The car will be the Avezzano GT4, pictured above.  What the hell is an Avezzano?  It’s… It’s that blue car up there.  Details of the street car include a 450 horsepower, 6.2 liter V8, a six speed manual.  Not sure how those will change when it enter the series, but it will enter with full carbon fiber widebody, splitter, sideskirts, and rear diffuser.  The only announced driver is Ian James, who has A LOT of experience in many different types of cars (including previous stints with Panoz).  In addition to running the PWC effort, Milner is on hand to develop the car into a proper GT4 car; although, Panoz hasn’t made a homologation request to the GT4 geverning body: the SRO.

Thing the Third: Magnus Joins PWC

YES, Magnus is leaving the IMSA WeatherTech series and will be running a TWO car effort in PWC.  Formerly Twitterless and current team owner John Potter will drive one of the Audi Sport customer racing R8’s, and an as of yet unnamed Audi Sport customer racing supplied driver will be in the other.  They’ve won Rolex 24 races (one in a Porsche and one in an Audi), Sebring, and a couple of Tequila Patron North American Endurance championships, along with plenty of class wins.  They’ll be running the regular sprint races, along with the SprintX races.  More importantly, a fan favorite joins an incredibly fan friendly series, which means we all win.

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05th Jan2017

CAMcast: 2017 Races to Watch

by Michael Chandler

The CAMcast crew managed to survive those last, rough weeks of 2016, and are back in this new year with a new podcast for your ears!

In this episode Dave, Gavin, Brandon, and Me (me being Mike, sorry for all the coughing) tell you what races to watch this year, where to find them, and we ramble on about some other stuff.  It’s mostly the racing stuff though.  Give us a listen!  You can stream the episode here, get it on iTunes, or download it here.  

We mention some YouTube channels where you can watch races either live, or after their air date.  Here’s a brief list:

  • WorldChallenge TV, home of Pirelli World Challenge
  • IMSA Official, IMSA on YouTube
  • IMSA.tv, IMSA streaming on their own page
  • NISMO TV, The place to watch SuperGT, and Blanpain Endurance and Sprint races.  Also a bunch of cool Nissan stuff.
  • Climb Dance, a short film of a Peugeot 405 T16 GR climbing Pike’s Peak in the 80’s

And there you have it, more goodness for your ears, and things for you to do during the year.  We’ll be back next week!

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17th Nov2016

Mustang GT4: A Pony for the World’s Racers

by Michael Chandler

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Seeing a Mustang racing at an IMSA or World Challenge race isn’t a surprising sight.  Seeing one racing in Europe, duking it out with the emerging GT4 cars (M4 GT4, Cayman GT4 Clubsport, McLaren 570 GT4) is about to become a reailty.

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Multimatic, the people who build the racing Mustangs and all of the Ford GTs, took a new Shelby GT350R, and made it so it could play in Europe, Asia, anywhere that is adopting the new GT4 rule set.  Places like IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (GS class) and Pirelli World Challenge (GTS/G4).  The car retains the 5.2 liter flat-plane crank V8, but mates it with a 6 speed, paddle shifted transmission.  It has dampers, lower control arms, and rear stabilizers bars that will take the abuse of the different series it’ll be seeing.

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It even comes with an FIA compliant roll cage.  And a fancy switch panel!  

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It also sports revised aerodynamics, complete with words of caution.  Expect to see the car storming around in the coming years.  And if you’re thinking of getting into GT4 racing, take a look at this slice of Americana

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29th Aug2016

More World Challenge Goodness

by Michael Chandler

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We’re starting off the week strong!  Michael Wells sent us a selection of the shots he got at the last Pirelli World Challenge stop, and we’re giving them to you to brighten up your Monday.  Enjoy!  And remember, the day will end eventually.  Stay strong.

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