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Rear View Mirror 6-30-14

John Schommer
Monday, June 30, 2014

With summer well under way there is a car show going on nearly every weekend. And there’s plenty else to keep the car enthusiast busy, including watching your favorite race series going on or getting a few laps in on Forza. In short, the weekend goes by mighty fast.


Since I am amazing, I got a little bit of everything in this past weekend and spent a few days in the mountains camping, too. On Sunday, I got to hit my favorite car show, WaterWerks on the Green. With the gracious beauty of Mount Si in the background, and in the serenity of the gorgeous polo fields of Mountain Meadow Farm, hundreds of European rides showed up to be appreciated. This is my favorite show, not only for the sweet rides and lovely setting but for the events. All day, car lovers compete in contests such as car teeter-totter, tug-o-war, tire-rolling contests, and loudest exhaust (my personal favorite).


At this weekend’s show Volkswagen of America showed up with tons of free stuff and sweet cars, such as Tanner Foust’s Rockstar GRC VW Beetle. There’s so much to do, the day goes by faster than you want it to. Check out my photos on the Johniwanna Facebook page.


One of my favorite shots from the show, isn’t that thing wild?


Now, on with a particularly lengthy RVM. What can I say, there was just too much going on to make it short.


IndyCar Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston

As I watched the IndyCar double-header from my DVR, at first I wondered why such an event is held in a parking lot with so many great road courses around. But, I was quickly drawn into the racing that took place on this temporary street-style circuit.


Race one was delayed and hampered by rain, which made for a perfect time for Firestone to debut its new full-wet race tire. As Simon Pagenaud set off from his first-ever P1, the action was and wild and visibility was almost zero. Hearing the IndyCars and their drivers trying to put down the power with limited traction was awesome. Throughout the race the field got smaller and smaller as the slightest errors resulted in retirements.


Takuma Sato was a madman driving without fear and taking the lead and building a gap before being collected by rookie Mikhail Aleshin, who was a lap down at the time. Mid-race, Charlie Kimball was the first to dare to run on sticker reds and soon after the rest of the field followed.


The race would end in a Colombian trifecta, with rookie Carlos Huertas taking the win under yellow. His fellow countrymen Juan Pablo Montoya and Carlos Munoz were right behind him. A great win for Colombia.


Race two was run under ideal conditions. Simon Pagenaud didn’t start from pole this time, but would take the win with teammate Mikhail Aleshin behind him. This resulted in the first 1-2 for Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports. British rookie Jack Hawksworth put in an incredible drive after qualifying last and finishing third.


After the two races, all four of the 2014 full-season rookies achieved podium results. In the battle for the championship, Will Power lost an opportunity to further his lead with a lackluster set of races. Second place in points, Helio Castroneves was unable to capitalize on Power’s performance when he changed lanes and hit the wall after contact with Sebastian Bourdais in race two.


Here are the highlights from the rainy first race.



Foust Wins RallyCross Finland

Tanner Foust joined the Volkswagen Marklund team as a wildcard entry in a rain-soaked RX in Kouvola, Finland. Driving the Forza Motorsport-emblazoned VW Polo RX Supercar, Foust blasted out a lights-to-flag victory in muddy and low-visibility conditions on the highly-technical race course.


Of the conditions and track difficulty Foust said, ““This is such a challenging track and with rain it is unbelievably difficult. When you’re not at the front its murder to see where you’re going as the car is caked in mud from the moment you’re off the line.”


The win was taken within a group of world-class rally drivers including Finnish Rallycross champion Joni-Pekka Rajala, Former F1 driver Jacques Villeneuve, and former WRC great Petter Solberg.


If you are of the tweeting type, give Tanner a shout out @fiaworldrallycross or @TannerFoust.


Check out Tanner’s highlights.



Tudor USCC Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen

American iron won out in the GTLM class in the mid-season endurance race at the Glen. Corvette Racing racked up another victory when Antonio Garcia and the #3 C7R held off the SRT Viper of Marc Goosens after a last-lap restart. It was a nice follow-up to a hard-fought second at Le Mans in GTE Pro just two weeks ago for Corvette Racing. Second would go to Goosens in the #91 Dodge Viper SRT GTS-R, followed by teammate Jonathon Bomarito in the #93 Viper. In addition to locking out the podium, the #4 Corvette C7R driven by Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner placed fourth.


Turner Motorsports scored its first major endurance victory in GTD in the #94 BMW Z4. Dane Cameron and Markus Palttala led from the start and only gave up the lead briefly following pit stops. Turner Motorsports are four-time winners of another great touring car series the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, which is a sprint race series versus an endurance race, this proves not only the diligence of the team but also the toughness of the BMW Z4.


Having started from pole position and re-captured the lead on lap 170, Alex Brundle and the #42 Oak Racing Morgan/Nissan lost their advantage when a full-course caution pulled the field together. The #90 “Spirit of Daytona” was able to take the lead and, when the final restart flew, there simply was not enough time for Oak Racing to reel the #90 back in. This was the first win for Richard Westbrook and his Corvette DP since 2012. This was the second consecutive podium for Oak Racing.


I’m interested in your thoughts about how the 2014 USCC has shaken out so far. Do you miss the ALMS? Do you think the USCC is as exciting? Tell me about it in the RVM thread.



NASCAR Quaker State 400

2012 Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski led 199 out of 267 laps in the #2 Team Penske Ford and went on to capture the twelfth victory of his career in Kentucky. The win added to his driver rating, bringing him to a perfect 150.0.


Kyle Busch took second at the bumpy and challenging Kentucky Speedway. Ryan Newman bagged his first podium of the year with a solid car and pit strategy that gave him two tires instead of four at each stop but gained him track position.


Forza community member Hoss360 was there at the race and contributed this photo of Keselowski celebrating his victory.



July Car Pack Clue Thread

Mechberg kicked off the July Car Pack thread on Friday and from the looks of things you guys have a couple of the cars nailed. I added a couple more clues to the thread today to give you a shot at guessing all ten cars from this sure to be a favorite car pack.


Researching this car pack was an enlightening and enriching experience. The cars are living history and ready to excite anyone who takes them to the track.


If you haven’t gotten a guess in yet, there is still time. The pack will be released tomorrow July 1st at 10 a.m. Pacific time. The announcement story goes out at 6 a.m. on


Huracán Technical Video

Ok, I know you are already pumped about Forza Horizon 2, and our hero car the Lamborghini Huracán. In case you needed any further reasons to drop to your knees and worship its luscious form, this technical video from Lamborghini gives some of the details that make it a go-to car for any race on any terrain. For that matter, it could be a go-to car for nearly anything in Forza Horizon 2.


It’s probably a smart idea to subscribe to the official Lamborghini channel while you’re there. Hint: the end of this video shares some of the sounds that make the Huracán so special.



The Sagaris458 Car Poll

After a brief lapse while we focused on announcing the awesomeness of Forza Horizon 2 then got caught up in some annual racing events in RVM, TheSagaris458 is back with another car poll.


Brief recap, TheSagaris458 has been compiling a huge list of cars that he likes or has recalled liking at some point. These are not necessarily cars from Forza games or cars that will be in Forza games, but a chance to vote for your favorite cars.


I am without a doubt going with the 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder. A car that set Porsche’s history in racing in motion and to this day is one of the most beautiful and simple racecars ever built. #JamesDeanLikesThis


1. 1992 Bugatti EB110 SS

2. 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

3. 1997 Maserati Ghibli Cup

4. 2014 Audi RS5 DTM

5. 2003 Seat Leon Cupra R

6. 1968 Ford Escort MkI 1300 GT

7. 2001 Renault Avantime

8. 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder

9. 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR

10. 2005 Toyota Supra Super GT


TMOAP Round 5 Results

My friend and possibly yours Lazarus Jackson is continuing on with The Mother of all Photocomps 2. This contest is a showcase of some of the best Forzatographers and, each round there is a different theme. Round five was the Grand Prix of Filters.


This week’s winner was Photo Stig for this amazing use of filter resulting in an abstract that has reduced the car in the shot to just another visual element. Couple questions for the RVM thread: Do you agree with my assessment of the photo? Can you tell what car it is?


Second place went to x V8 Gorilla x and third place went to Seps1974.


Have a look at the other winning photos and submissions in the TMOAP 2: Grand Prix of Filters thread.



See you in the RVM thread. This week Heavy Metal Affliction is going to take a week off, because Friday is a holiday in the U.S., we’ll be publishing the Week in Review on Thursday, so tune in for your weekly look at the world of Forza then!