Gravel surfaces used to be the only thing
keeping Sebastien Ogier from total World
Rally domination. Now, they’re just part of
a win drought worsened by running order
rules that have VW’s ace mulling retirement.
ICING THE BODY ELECTRIC
In addition to its stated objective of
serving as a technology demonstrator for
electric vehicles, Formula E has always
been open about being willing to think
outside the box to provide the maximum
wow factor and entertainment – like the
controversial “FanBoost” feature that
allows fans to directly bolster the chances
of a given race’s most popular driver.
Now, the series has taken another step
in that direction, becoming the first
open-wheel formula to adopt bodywork
changes purely for aesthetic reasons. For
The best part about Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s
stand-down from NASCAR Sprint Cup
duty was that Hendrick Motorsports had
its former ace of the staff, Jeff Gordon,
ready and willing to take over until
Earnhardt – perennially voted NASCAR’s
most popular driver – was able to return.
The worst part was that no one seemed
able to pinpoint when that might be.
Earnhardt first visited doctors prior to
the race at Kentucky, seeking treatment
for what he believed was a severe sinus
infection. But doctors concluded that his
the series’ third season, which opens in
Hong Kong on Oct. 9, the spec FE chassis
will feature a new nose shape and front
wing design to enhance visual appeal.
Newly crowned champion Sebastien
Buemi said that’s OK with him.
“It looks a little bit more futuristic, and
from inside the car you can see the top
part of the wing, so visually for the driver
there is also a small change,” he said. “We
want Formula E to look different and be
different, and the new wing is a good way
of showing that.”
issues with balance and nausea were
likely the result of crashes in recent races.
Earnhardt, 41, has been dogged by
concussions throughout his career.
“He wants to race,” related team boss
Rick Hendrick, “but he also knows that
the regime they [doctors] have him on
will get him right for a long time.”
In the interim, Junior’s iconic No. 88
was wheeled by Gordon – who insisted
that Earnhardt’s name stay on the car.
It reflected the ambivalence he and
NASCAR Nation felt about his comeback.
A complex array of
symptoms led to an
for Dale Earnhardt Jr.
– and for NASCAR.
from retirement with
humility: “We made
a conscious decision
this is Dale’s car. I’m
here until he gets
back – and I hope
Concussion-like symptoms sideline
the sport’s biggest star, prompting
a return by its biggest retired star
A 2017 date clash
between WEC and
FE could force hard
choices on the likes
of Sebastien Buemi.
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