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New Year – New Content

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We are excited to be bringing new content in 2021. 2020 has been a tough year for everyone, but we will be expanding our coverage of many different areas. Automotive related items including racing. iRacing will be a new area of topic as we have added a couple of authors who are in different levels of iRacing to share their experiences. Then, we will still be covering some RC related items. Not only the trail trucks and rock crawlers, but other items as well. Yes, this is a wide array of things to cover, but they are things we enjoy and know others enjoy.

We hope you will join us and check back often for new content!

Penske announces changes for the Indy 500 & IMS!

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The following press release came from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and you are not going to want to miss what is in store! Bigger Purse, New Sponsors, Huge Investments! May is going to be awesome!

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 – A wide-ranging, multifaceted plan to boost and strengthen the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was unveiled today featuring significant improvements and financial investment that will resonate with fans from Central Indiana and throughout the globe.

The goal of the plan is to produce a legendary Month of May. Enhancements revealed exactly 100 days from the 104th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 24 include:

– The largest purse in Indianapolis 500 history

– Improvements to the Indianapolis 500 qualifying format and television schedule

– New sponsors investing long term in the “500,” IMS and NTT INDYCAR SERIES

– A multimillion-dollar investment in the fan experience at IMS

Since Jan. 6, following the change in ownership, the IMS team moved quickly to implement significant upgrades to the GMR Grand Prix, Indianapolis 500 and the Big Machine Vodka 400 during Fourth of July weekend.

“This is the Racing Capital of the World,” Roger Penske said. “It is on par with some of the most historic sporting institutions in this nation and across the globe, from Churchill Downs to Augusta National. Today, we’re announcing a meaningful investment in our fan experience that will produce rapid results. It’s part of a long-term plan to ensure the legendary status of the Speedway continues to grow and evolve for generations to come.

“I am very excited about the enhancements to qualifying weekend, the largest-ever ‘500’ purse, new sponsors and the significant investments we are making to the INDYCAR SERIES and to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

Indianapolis 500 Purse

The event purse for the 104th Indianapolis 500 will be the largest in the history of the event. The purse will grow by $2 million to more than $15 million, boosting the prize pool for NTT INDYCAR SERIES teams and drivers.

Indianapolis 500 Qualifying

Qualifying weekend for the 104th Indianapolis 500 – Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17 – will feature a variety of changes to its format and broadcast to create even more memories and drama. 

Multiple attempts will return to the Last Row Shootout, expanding it to 75 minutes. Previous versions of the Shootout featured one attempt per car. While fans enjoyed that format, feedback indicated they wanted even more drama as drivers try to seize one of the three final spots in the field.

A boost in turbocharger level will see speeds climb this year during the Indy 500 qualifying sessions. Turbocharger boost will increase horsepower by 45 HP this year.

An expanded weekend TV schedule will ensure NBC televises coverage of qualifications on both Saturday and Sunday, with total network exposure increasing over 2019. Full weekend broadcast details will be released soon.

New Sponsors

The NTT INDYCAR SERIES and IMS will add six new major sponsors in 2020. Pennzoil, Verizon, Snap-on Tools, DEX Imaging, Road & Track magazine and Global Medical Response will make significant investments in the racing series and Speedway.

Multimillion-Dollar Fan Experience Investment

The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2016 saw large investments made to the Speedway. Beginning with this year’s GMR Grand Prix, fans will experience many new upgrades to IMS. These enhancements are all projects that will be finished before gates open, with several additional opportunities under consideration for future seasons.

Technology upgrades are a major component of this plan. More than 30 additional large-screen video boards will be added, including 24 along the Paddock seating. The Paddock screens will bring race action and vital information to an additional 25,000 fans. In addition, all seven large infield big-screen monitors will receive a running order addition.

Another exciting addition is the IMS Media Wall. This video board, measuring 100 feet wide by 20 feet tall, will be installed at the base of the Pagoda facing the Pagoda Plaza as a cornerstone of a plan to transform the popular gathering area for fans. It will also provide data-driven race insights to fans from NTT.

Verizon and their 5G Ultra Wideband network will transform the iconic Speedway into a first of its kind technology-led entertainment complex. IMS will be the first motorsports facility with commercial 5G service that will enhance both the consumer experience and track operations.

Infrastructure improvements will be noticeable inside and outside of the fabled, 110-year-old facility.

Pedestrian traffic on Georgetown Road will be widened by two lanes to make ingress and egress easier for more than half of the venue’s Race Day customers.

More than 125 restrooms are being renovated inside IMS. New pavement will be added to the Parcel B lot near the IMS Main Gate to improve the parking experience and create a cleaner look for the “front door” of the facility. Approximately 3 miles of fencing will be added to the entire grounds.

The winning driver and team of the Indianapolis 500, Grand Prix and Brickyard 400 will receive higher honors, as the winner’s car will be elevated to the same level as the Victory Podium after each race. This will give fans a better vantage point for pictures and social media sharing of the most prestigious Victory Lane in global motorsports.

The atmosphere of the massive facility also will be enhanced through detail-oriented improvements throughout IMS.

Night light signage will be installed over Gates 1 and 2, while IMS will assume responsibility for the beautification project along Crawfordsville Road. Fans will notice fresh paint and new signage on more than 50 concession stands inside IMS, picnic tables added throughout the grounds for more gathering space for families and friends, and the placement of more than 230 racing-themed flags around the facility and Crawfordsville Road.

All aspects of this fan experience investment plan are underway and will be completed before IMS gates open for the Month of May on Friday, May 8.

Tickets are on sale now at IMS.com and the IMS Ticket Office for the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, GMR Grand Prix, Big Machine Vodka 400 and all other activities at IMS.

2020 Car and RC Car Events to check out!

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2019 has come and gone, and it was a great year. A lot of events and a lot of cars, trucks, rc cars, and more. We didn’t get to document as many as we’d like, but be sure to check out our Instagram account @TheDailyDrivers for some of our pictures from the year.

Next up, 2020! We are looking forward to another great year of getting out to events for cars and rc cars and whatever other awesome things we can find. If you need some ideas for 2020, be sure to check out these events, I know we are going to try to hit as many as possible.

  • King of the Hammers  King of the Hammers is an off-road race that combines desert racing and rock crawling. This race is held in February on Means Dry Lake at Johnson Valley, California United States. The race is broadcast live on the Internet at www.ultra4racing.com each year but if you can make it out, I would highly suggest it. We have a friend that has competed and another that is crewing for a team this year.
  • Local race events! Luckily, we happen to be in the center of Indiana and there is no shortage of local race events to go along with the big events. Check out your local tracks for the future stars in racing.
  • School Bus Races! They are more than entertaining and if you have never attended a school bus race, you have got to check them out. Do a quick Internet search and I am sure you can find a school bus race near you. The best ones are figure 8 race.
  • Mecum Auctions – You may have seen a Mecum auction on television before, but actually going to an event is like no other. You get to see some of the cars you won’t on tv and you can get up close to the famous cars. With events held all around the country, you never know who you may see. It is a great time to sit in the crowd and watch the auctions or to walk around and check out the cars going on the block. If you are able to bid, you can try going on the earlier days to get a steal on vehicle which may go for more usually.
  • Car Shows, Cruise-Ins, events! – There are almost always local car shows and cruise-ins if you look for them. It doesn’t mean you have to have a car to take, but sometimes it is fun to go look and support the local economy. On the flip-side of things, there are usually bigger events put on by Hot Rod Magazine or Roadkill. Any event they put on will be definitely entertaining and full of fun!
  • As far as RC Vehicles go, Horizon Hobby has many events across the country which are worth checking out. We are going to try to hit AxialFest this year in Attica, Indiana which is for RC rock crawlers and trail vehicles like the ones we have posted on our personal YouTube Channel. Also, be sure to check out our videos on YouTube here. Don’t forget to check out your local hobby groups for events too. The Indianapolis area has a great club called Hoosier RC Racers.

Well, that is all I have for this post. I hope you find some awesome events, comment below with your thoughts on some great events or things to do in 2020.

Mecum Indy 2019

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This week the Indy 500 is ramping up. There is also something else going on this week in Indianapolis and it is the Mecum auction! We will be attending the auction on Friday the 17th and I will be posting pictures of some of the cool cars and items we see. Be sure to follow us on Facebook at https://m.facebook.com/TheDailyDriversWeb, Instagram @TheDailyDrivers, and Twitter @TheDailyDrivers. It’s an awesome event if you have time to check it out. TV coverage can also be found through an NBC Network.

Mello Yello NHRA Kicks of this weekend!

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With the Chili Bowl and the 24 hour of Daytona complete, racing season has started and it is getting in full swing! This weekend the Mello Yellow NHRA series will be racing in Pomona. FS1 (Fox Sports) has some good coverage of the event. We have included the TV schedule from the NHRA website below.

The NHRA season will have some interesting stories developing throughout the year. A couple include changes at John Force Racing with the addition of a second Top Fuel team and only running two Funny Car teams with Courtney stepping away from racing. It will be interesting to see how Austin Prock does as a rookie with JFR. He has been waiting for an opportunity like this his whole life, and arguably you can’t really get a better team to start your Mello Yello NHRA career. There is a great article and rendering of his Top Fuel car over at NHRA.com, be sure to check it out!

One other thing I am excited about this weekend at Pomona is the 1955 Chevy Gasser grudge match between Mike Finnegan of Roadkill & Finnegan’s Garage Fame verses Jon Chase from Hoonigan. It is a best-of-three match directly following the Pro Stock qualifying on Friday around noon. We will post up the winner after the results are known.

So, if you are not in to NHRA, this weekend is a great time to tune and check it out. Even better, if you are nearby, go see it LIVE and I guarantee you will not be disappointed. We are hoping to go to the Nationals in Indianapolis this year to cover the event!

IndyCar’s Comeback is Now!

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Will Power and Alexander Rossi practicing for the 2018 Indy 500.

Indycar’s Comeback is Now!

Don’t call it a comeback, they’ve been here for years! Yes, people are once again starting to notice IndyCar racing. Just now? Yes, just now. Growing up and living in Indiana, IndyCar has always been around and been a big deal, but what about the rest of the world? Well, the rest of the world is starting to notice once again. The 100th running of the Indy 500 was the first time I was able to watch the Indy 500 on television while living only 20 miles away from the track and the spectacle did not disappoint. For the first time in many many years, the race was sold out, and the television blackout was lifted. I believe this one race has more than aided the resurgence of IndyCar.

I have read some opinions where people think IndyCar is not, and will not get back to where it was before the split to IRL and CART in 1994. My opinion is, we cannot compare IndyCar to the pre-1994 IndyCar, they are just too different of times. Would IndyCar be bigger than it is now if the split would not have happened? Who knows, but with how things changed during those 14 years both economically and technologically, I am not sure they would be in a better place or exist at all. If IndyCar would have remained the one series for top tier open wheel and ran in to some major issues, the whole series would have been gone. I think the competition from CART actually made IndyCar better in the long run. Yes, there have been years of small fields and lower attendance, but with good people put in place and hard work, IndyCar is growing.

In 2019, there are more drivers and teams than we have seen in years. So many in fact, I say IndyCar should expand the fields at events. I know there are logistics with pit boxes and etc. but they need to take hold of this surge in IndyCar interest. NBC Sports has definitely noticed the resurgence and they have already been advertising the 2019 Indy 500, something ABC and ESPN missed the boat on and never seemed very important to them. NBC will be nationally televising 8 races this year! IndyCar racing is exciting, it has character, it has personality and personalities. IndyCar has drama, some of it is very unfortunate drama like the terrible accident of Robert Wickens, but IndyCar has had some of the best races to watch in many years.

Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

In the past F1 racing drivers have come over to IndyCar trying to find success. Some found it is not as easy as they probably expected. Do not get me wrong, F1 cars are engineering marvels and amazing machines, but so many engineering marvels sometimes take away from the driver. Again, there seems to be another resurgence of F1 drivers giving IndyCar a shot. It is a double-edged sword with F1 talent coming to Indycar. On one side I would like to see F1 drivers be successful, but on the other side, I would like to see them get schooled by the regular IndyCar drivers. They all are amazing talents and my gut tells me it will only be a matter of time before they figure out how to get the most out of their IndyCar, but will it be enough to win? IndyCar has done a great job and reducing costs and providing a level playing field. It is not uncommon to see a so-called lower tier team get a victory. Something you will not usually see in the technologically marvelous F1 series. There have been F1 drivers who have been successful in IndyCar and there are those who have definitely not had success. F1 likes to act like they are not concerned with the popularity of IndyCar and they shouldn’t be concerned, they are different. In my personal opinion IndyCar has the better product with the playing field being more level than it is in F1, but that is just me.

Will Power and Alexander Rossi at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

The 2019 season will be a fun one to watch and I expect more people will be watching. With NTT being the title sponsor now, I hope IndyCar can continue to get the financial backing and sponsorship needed for the teams to compete. Optmism is the name of the game with IndyCar right now. So if you have not watched or followed IndyCar lately, give it another try. You’ll be able to watch at least 8 races this season even if you don’t have cable.

Mid-Engine Corvette C8.R Spied Again! V6 Twin-Turbo Power?

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We have a juicy new spy shot video that show what we presume to be the new mid-engine Corvette C8.R. The car is shown in a highly camouflaged black and white livery aggressively negotiating the corners of the 3.74 mile Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Florida.

 

The racing version of the new 8th Generation Corvette, seems to mirror other highly camouflaged public sightings over the past 12+ months. After viewing the video, one can quickly make out that the sound the Corvette C8.R makes doesn’t resemble the typical V8 roar that Corvette enthusiasts are accustom to. Instead we hear a drone that of which you can expect to hear from a Ferrari or even the V6 Twin-Turbo powered Ford GT.

After rumors swirled that the production version of the C8 would be offered in several different packages, all expected to include V8 power, with some combination of either twin turbo, or hybrid technology, this is certainly telling of what might be to come. If the power plant of the mid-engine C8 Corvette is indeed offered only as a V6 power plant, it will certainly be a culture shock to all that support what we’ve come to know as traditional V8 American Muscle. Typically, The racing version uses a different engine than its production car counterpart, and that could be the case in this instance as well. We’ll have to wait and see, as Chevrolet has not yet even acknowledged that the Corvette C8 even exists. Until then, we’ll keep our eyes and our ears open!

 

Stay tuned to thedailydrivers.com for more updates as they become available!

 

The Jeep Truck is back and it is the Gladiator!

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Finally, the Jeep truck has been officially announced and it is the called GLADIATOR! When I read the name Gladiator I pretend it is with a deep voice and reverb, so you can imagine. One of the most anticipated vehicles I can recall in quite some time. I mean, yes, there have been supercars and other vehicles with anticipation, but not for a truck in a while. I feel like Jeep did a great job on the Gladiator. I have not seen one in person yet, but I have seen a ton of pictures and videos. It is very similar to the new Jeep Wrangler JL series, but I think it is better. How you may ask? Well, it has best-in-class towing capacity at 7,650 pounds and a payload of 1,600 pounds. As a Jeep owner myself, I could have used this capability a long time ago. Now you’ll be able to tow a camper and other items with ease. Yes, you could pull with previous Jeep Wranglers, but they did not have this type of towing capacity. Jeep has made it super convenient to tow things behind or in the bed of the truck.

One other reason I really like this Jeep truck is no matter what model you get, the truck will have the heavy-duty Dana 44 front and rear axles. This is HUGE for off-road capability for the Gladiator. The Rubicon version is decked out with lockable axles, electronic disconnecting front sway bar, FOX shocks, 33-inch all-terrain tires and an all new forward-facing TrailCam off-road camera that aids in off-road obstacle Navigation. I am really excited to check out one of these trucks and I hope I get the chance to drive and review one.

No price information has been released yet, but my guess is the base model will probably start at around $32,000 and the top of the line model Rubicon will be in the ballpark of $50,000. Yes, it’s a lot of money, but there is not another truck like it right now. The 2020 model is rumored to be getting a diesel engine option with over 400 ft./lbs. of torque! I’m predicting this truck will be the hottest item and modified vehicle at SEMA 2019.

 

You can watch the introduction of the Gladiator at the LA Auto Show below.

Podcast and YouTube!

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We are excited to announce our first podcast episode will be posted very soon! We’ll be getting more podcast recording goodness next week at the Performance Racing Industry Show (PRI) next week!

You can also visit our YouTube channel! We only have a couple videos out there right now, but there are more to come! Check it out by clicking here!