Friday, December 31, 2010
Valentino Rossi looks back on Sunday´s GRAN PREMIO GENERALI DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA
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Join After the Flag presenter Gavin Emmett for an end of season special episode in which the AtF awards are handed out.
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2010 Memory Lane | "It's unbelievable. I can't really put it into words the way it feels. I talked to Christy, my wife, this morning. She was like: 'You know, what would it mean to you if you won this race today?' I told her it would be like a dream come true." -- JAMIE MCMURRAY, after winning the Sprint Cup Series season-opening Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Feb. 14.
In the latest edition of After the Flag presenter Gavin Emmett reviews the final two rounds of the 2010 MotoGP World Championship, the bwin Grande Premio de Portugal and the Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana.
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With the exception of Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus, crew chiefs changed teams and drivers switched shops. All of it, goofy enough, in a bid to become as good or better than Johnson & Knaus in 2011.
But before they get there, it's worth noting what Hendrick Motorsports did in 2010 that earned them the distinction of FanHouse's top NASCAR team of the past season:
1st - Jimmie Johnson [6 wins, 17 Top-5s, 23 Top-10s, 4 DNFs, 12.2 Avg Finish]
Johnson obviously carried the Hendrick load most impressively this season by the sheer fact that he won, yet again, the Sprint Cup title. However, it was Johnson's first season in which he looked terrifically vulnerable down the stretch -- even needed to outrace Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick in the season finale to lay claim to his fifth title.
2010 was a banner year for Ford Motor Company. Market share and profits were as good as they've been in years, and there is genuine buzz surrounding the Blue Oval's cars and trucks. Heck, even Ford's stock has been a monumental success. But not all that glitters is gold, as Ford is still mired in junk bond status, which in turn makes it more expensive to borrow money. That makes it more pricey for Ford to offer incentives to customers, and lease terms are less attractive than they would otherwise be.
K.R. Kent, Ford's new executive director of investor relations, is charged with getting Ford out of Junk status. Automotive News reports that Ford has been in junk status since 2005 and is currently four grades below junk status after being upgraded by two levels back in August. Ford CFO Lewis Booth admits that the company still has "a lot of steps to go before we get to investment grade." Making the matter more urgent for Ford is the fact that Ally Financial, the finance arm for General Motors and Chrysler, became a bank holding company in the second quarter of 2009. Since that time, AN says that it has been cheaper for Ally to secure loans than Ford Credit.
We're thinking that Ford has a big job in the year ahead, and getting out of junk status will likely take improved auto sales and continued quarterly profits. Booth says Ford will reach its junk-free goal by showing the investment community "authoritative and highly credible insight into our automotive business and Ford Credit."
[Source: Automotive News - sub. req.]
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motogp.com, in conjunction with Rizla Suzuki, are offering a very special prize up for grabs at the Riders for Health auction ahead of the Valencia Grand Prix. More info on motogp.com
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Thursday, December 30, 2010
After winning the Most Popular Driver Award for the eighth year, Dale Earnhardt Jr. expresses his thanks for the support of his team and the fans and says he can't wait to get back on the track.�(NBC Sports)
?If it all ended today, I would be extremely satisfied and proud of what I accomplished, but I still have that desire to work, do my job and compete.? -- JIMMIE JOHNSON
Ready for one last blast of holiday goodness? The guys at Scott dialed us (and you) in with a pretty sweet catch-all package of apparel for on and off the track. more »
The 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show allowed Subaru to unveil the Impreza Design Concept, a preview version of the next generation Impreza. Based on that concept, Jonsibal has imagined what the WRX STI version would look like and we say, if the production version looks anything like this, it will surely be a success.
The concept’s design is defined by a theme of "Dynamic, Enticing, Secure." Starting with this theme, the WRX STI version adds requisite fender flares, a top-mount intercooler, and, that massive wing on the back.
The standard Impreza is expected to be revealed in early 2011. It will continue offering the same 2.5 liter Boxer engine, but rumors are also circulating that a hybrid version will also be available, a first for Subaru. The WRX STI model will follow a few months later with sales beginning in early 2012.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX STI model.