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Rear View Mirror 10-23-17

John Schommer
Monday, October 23, 2017


Welcome to this edition of Rear View Mirror, where we take a look back at the weekend in racing and what is going on in the Forza community. The colors are changing out there, which means racing is getting closer to the climaxes of the biggest series. Let’s get into it.


Formula One COTA

It is arguable whether this era of Formula One will go down as the age of Lewis Hamilton’s domination, or that of Mercedes-Benz. With Mercedes wrapping up the Constructors cup on Hamilton’s win at Circuit of the America’s with three races left, both team and driver are seemingly impossible to defeat. This was Hamilton’s fourth consecutive win at COTA and his 62nd overall.


You have to wonder how things might have gone if Red Bull’s Max Verstappen had not had to start from 16th due to an engine-change penalty. The youngster finished third after dicing up the field with precision and passing Kimi Raikkonen with only a few turns to spare. Sadly, he pushed the track limits a little too much on that pass and was penalized five seconds, bumping him to fourth.


For Ferrari, the fight for the Constructors cup is over. Sebastian Vettel and Raikkonen filled the podium under Hamilton, but it means little. Even though the Driver’s Championship is not mathematically out of reach for Vettel, a serious shift in momentum would have to take place, and after COTA it looks like Mercedes has no intentions of slowing its pace.



V8 Supercars Surfers Paradise

After Sunday’s 102-lap race there are only 27 points separating the top three drivers in the Supercars Championship. Fabian Coulthard fell behind six-time champion Jamie Whincup after fairly dismal performances on Saturday (19th) and Sunday (9th). Whincup, on the other hand, pocketed a sixth place finish in the rain on Saturday for Red Bull and Holden, and ended up second on Sunday.


The Shell Falcon FG/X of Scott McLaughlin and co-driver Alex Premat climbed through the field on Sunday after starting 13th thanks to a great opening drive from Premat. Then, with McLaughlin driving, a well-timed pit stop jumped him ahead of the three Triple Eight Holdens. The fight went to the end between Whincup and McLaughlin, with McLaughlin winning the battle. The victory for Whincup was slipping into the points lead for his second place efforts.



Hoonigan Ute gets an Engine

The guys at the Hoonigan Garage have been busy little bees. In this latest episode of Daily Transmission, Vin and Jon step up to the mechanic plate and drop in the LS engine and transmission for the Hoonigan Ute (which you can drive now in Forza Motorsport 7) with a little, or a lot, of help from their buddy Brad.


They plan to debut the Ute at SEMA. Will they actually get it done in time?




It has been quite a year for Martin Truex Jr. and Furniture Row Racing. The win at Kansas was their seventh this year and came right on the heels of the loss of their road-crew fabricator to a heart attack. Truex Jr. had to come back from both a pass-through penalty for dropping below the white line on the apron, and a green light pit stop to tighten a loose wheel.


In the post-season playoffs, four more drivers were eliminated including Kyle Larsen who exited rather dramatically when his engine blew up on the front stretch. Joining Larsen in elimination are Jamie McMurray, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Matt Kenseth. Jimmie Johnson squeaked his way into the Round of Eight with an 11th place finish.


Here is the big wreck that finished the playoff hopes for several drivers.



CWheelz24 Photo Contest

If you watch the #TuesdayDrive regularly, you probably know Chase Marcott --Gamertag cwheelz24. Marcott is hosting a photo contest for Forza Motorsport 7 and Forza Horizon 3 fans. As a Forzatographer himself, that you can follow at @CWheelzPhotography24 on Instagram, Marcott is looking to see what the rest of the community can come up with.


To enter, he wants you to email photo contest submissions to Any style photo is acceptable and Marcott will be the final judge of who wins. Submissions must include the submitter’s Instagram username. Up to two submissions are allowed. Deadline for entry is 10/27/17 at 9 a.m. Eastern time. The grand prize is a month of Xbox live, and I’m throwing in one million credits to the winning photo submitter.


Photo by cwheelz24


BDI Cars

My friend Big Daddy 5637 who runs BDI Liveries on Facebook just dropped a great post and a set of some of my favorite cars with awesome liveries. I wanted to return the shout out with mention of these awesome designs here in Rear View Mirror.


Starting with a killer Rock Band 4, Xbox One X, Sriracha, HMA mashup livery on the startling beauty of the Porsche 911 Strassenversion and including my Sriracha taco van that gained fame in Forza Horizon 2, these designs are all about having fun. If you want to give tribute to me or just look good on track, pick one up and pass Big Daddy some thanks.


Photo by Big Daddy 5637


#Tuesday Drive and Some Time Off

Tomorrow on the #TuesdayDrive I will be taking to Rivals in Forza Motorsport 7 where I have been really having a blast with the Forza Trophy Trucks Division at Laguna Seca. My Rockstar Trophy Truck is a beast to reel in, but when you get it right it’s a beautiful thing. I’ve also been hitting the drift event but have more work to do. Show starts at 1 p.m. Pacific on Mixer and Twitch.


I will miss next week’s edition of the #TuesdayDrive as I will be taking some time off to visit with family. That also means no new Heavy Metal Affliction this week, and no new RVM next week. HMA returns Thursday 11/2 with a very special story I think you will appreciate. Especially if you have some love of the car as art, drifting, and movie cars. I’ll let that simmer and see you in tomorrow’s show.


V8 Supercars and Formula One photos courtesy of Red Bull Media.