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NEMO Coming to the USA?!

13 Jan

I saw my Facebook timeline blowing up Friday with people talking about the possibility of the famed NEMO Evo coming to the USA to compete in a time attack event.

I remember hearing/reading an interview last year with the owner of the car/team where he mentioned coming to the USA to compete in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

With the World Time Attack Challenge event being moved to the month of October (which is a GREAT move by Ian and team by the way), I cannot see NEMO competing in the Super Lap Battle/Global Time Attack event in November. WTAC trumps the biggest event USA has to offer at this point in time.

Now, will NEMO compete in another GTA event that is conveniently scheduled around the time of the PPIHC event? That is a possibility. But I’d guess that if NEMO does compete in a time attack event here in the States, that it would be AFTER the PPIHC event, as I can’t see the team owner risking the car/engine/driver ahead of the bigger and more notorious event: PPIHC. It simply isnt’ worth it in my opinion.

Taking a quick peak at the GTA schedule over at http://www.GlobalTimeAttack.com, there isn’t an event between PPIHC and the WTAC event, that would provide enough time for transport BACK to AUS for WTAC.

There is a Redline Time Attack (www.RedlineTimeAttack.com) event taking place at Buttonwillow in the middle part of July. This event could work out for NEMO, and give them a chance to set an official time on North America’s most-famous time attack course. Albeit with the higher ambient temps compared to the typical November SLB weather.

My money is on seeing NEMO compete at PPIHC, and no other time attack events.

I’d say there are also odds on seeing NEMO compete at a time attack prior to PPIHC, but at about a 8:1 chance….

Perhaps there is a slightly better chance at seeing NEMO compete at Buttonwillow in July… at about 6:1

But I just cannot see NEMO competing in the GTA Texas event in September, thereby missing, or at least foolishly increasing the risk of missing,  the WTAC event only a few weeks later…  This is the longshot … 80:1 or some other ludicrous chance.

Would NEMO miss WTAC?  Hell No.

All in all, I think there is a pretty decent chance of time attack fans having their hearts broken by team NEMO when the team chooses not to compete at a time attack event here in the States.

We’ll have to wait and see! 🙂


2012 North American Championships of Speed

6 Mar

Yes.. this is a big deal…  😉


Venue and Date Announced for the 2012 North American Championships of Speed

Auto Club Speedway will play host to the 2nd annual event the weekend of December 15th & 16th, 2012 with up to $50,000 in cash prizes available.


Los Angeles, CA – Tuesday, March 6th, 2012; Organizers for the North American Championships of Speed today have announced the venue and date for the 2012 edition of the event. Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California will host the 2nd annual event the weekend of December 15th & 16th.

The 2012 North American Championships of Speed will see the addition of the Touring Car Challenge and Grand Touring (GT) Cup. These one-of-a-kind races will bring together touring cars and GT cars from across the spectrum of circuit racing in North America. Drivers and teams from series like Grand-Am, ALMS, World Challenge and others will be in attendance. Making a return to the Championships of Speed will be the Time Attack Invitational, featuring the fastest time attack (time trial) cars from across the continent. Up to $50,000 in cash prizes will be up for grabs!

Also new for 2012 will be the EV Challenge, a competition showcasing the emerging technologies related to electric vehicles. With the majority of experts agreeing that EV’s are the future of automobiles, the Championships of Speed will offer a unique opportunity for this technology to be demonstrated.

Fans that are unable to attend the event can catch all of the action via a high-definition, broadcast-quality internet livestream. Complete coverage of the venue and all of the racing activities, including behind the scenes interviews and professional commentary and analysis will be included.

Founded in 2011, the North American Championships of Speed event was created to be an end-of-year motorsport and automotive festival, bringing together fans, drivers, teams and members of the automotive industry. Located in the heart of the “Car Capital of the World”, Auto Club Speedway offers fantastic viewing and interaction opportunities for motorsport fans. Unprecedented access will be granted to spectators including paddock and garage-area access, as well as a variety of viewing locations.

About AVMP, LLC:

Founded in 2011, AVMP, LLC brings together a team of impassioned automotive enthusiasts with over two decades of experience in motorsport-event planning and production. The North American Championships of Speed is a culmination of this experience, earned through the successful creation/operation of events such as Redline:Time Attack, Focus on the Beach, Focus Challenge and the Pacific Tuner Car Championships, to name a few. The creative leadership team is committed to developing and executing innovative automotive event programs.


For additional information, visit http://www.ChampionshipsOfSpeed.com

Pikes Peak!

19 Jan

I will need to add Pikes Peak to my list of Must Attend events! Now that the entire route of the world-famous hill climb is paved, ALL sorts of crazy and wild cars will be able to compete in the event.

Here are two cars you will see attacking the peak!

First up is the NEMO Racing Evo from Australia. The team has advertised they’ll be competing at the World Time Attack Challenge this August, as well a the Tsukuba time attack in December.

Check out the video below as well!

This car is going to be WICKED!

The second car is from LoveFab, Inc… an Acura NSX with 1000hp and crazy aero!

I anticipate seeing many more announcements from teams planning to compete at Pikes Peak, when they never would have considered participating before.

The purists will naturally reminisce of the glory days of old, when the course was completely dirt and gravel. That’s perfectly fine, but those days are gone! Now it’s appropriate to celebrate a new era of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb!