Monthly Archives: April 2013

VR-12 and Tom Hessert win on final lap at Salem Speedway

VR-12 and Tom Hessert win on final lap at Salem Speedway

VR-12 is always at the finish line waiting for our team’s winners! This time it’s driver Tom Hessert who won on Salem Speedway on April 28th. (SALEM, Ind.) – Tom Hessert won his second straight ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race at Salem Speedway Sunday, passing Spencer Gallagher on the last lap to take the checkered flag. Will Kimmel placed third, Kyle Weatherman fourth and Travis Swaim fifth. “It got wild out there,” Hessert said after the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 presented by Crosley Radio. “It was exciting. My car is a little banged up, but not as … Continue reading

Jenson Button and Sergio Perez ‘understand’ McLaren rivalry rules

Jenson Button and Sergio Perez ‘understand’ McLaren rivalry rules

Some rights reserved by dun_deagh Jenson Button sees no need for his McLaren bosses to get involved in any of his future on-track tussles with Sergio Perez, despite their clash at the Bahrain Grand Prix. Button and Perez criticised each other after a frenetic fight for position at Sakhir, which included the pair making contact on a couple of occasions. As revealed by AUTOSPORT, the two drivers met with McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh and sporting director Sam Michael immediately after the Bahrain race to clear the air over the matter. Button thinks that get-together was vital, and is confident … Continue reading

Concours d’Elegance of Texas

Concours d’Elegance of Texas

Photo: Some rights reserved by TexasExplorer98 When Friday, May 3 – Sunday, May 5, 2013 Where Montgomery, Tex. Event Type Car Show Note While there are classic car events to keep you busy all weekend, the marquee event takes place Sunday when the best of the best line up to be judged at the La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa. $25 admission. From www.concoursoftexas.org

Makeover Puts CHARMM Back in Business

Makeover Puts CHARMM Back in Business

Some rights reserved by garysan97 March 22, 2013 NREL scientists Michael Crowley and Antti-Pekka Hynninen have developed algorithms that speed calculations done by the software tool CHARMM (Chemistry at Harvard Molecular Mechanics) by several orders of magnitude, using code such as the one pictured. Using the new petascale high performance computer housed in NREL’s Energy Systems Integration Facility, scientists will be able to simulate the motions of thousands of atoms, leading to greater understanding of how molecular models work. Credit: Dennis Schroeder Biofuels scientists are asking more complex questions about how molecules spin, bond, and break when enzymes attack … Continue reading

Biodiesel Basics

Biodiesel Basics

Photo: Some rights reserved by celine nadeau What is biodiesel? Biodiesel is a domestic, renewable fuel for diesel engines. Made from agricultural co-products and byproducts such as soybean oil, other natural oils, and greases, it is an advanced biofuel. To be called biodiesel, it must meet the strict quality specifications of ASTM D 6751. Biodiesel can be used in any blend with petroleum diesel fuel. Technical Definition for Biodiesel (ASTM D 6751) and Biodiesel Blend: Biodiesel, n – a fuel comprised of mono-alkyl esters of long chain fatty acids derived from vegetable oils or animal fats, designated B100, and … Continue reading

Nathan Haseleu is the newest addition to the VR-12 team

Nathan Haseleu is the newest addition to the VR-12 team

Hometown: Marshall, WI Home Track: Madison International Speedway Nathan Haseleu is the 2007 ASA Midwest Tour Super Late Model Champion and a 2012 ASAMT Touring Star. Driver of the #87 RaceTeamGear.com / The Swiss Colony ASA Midwest Tour Super Late Model Social Media: Twitter | Facebook Car Make/Model: Ford Fusion Chassis: Pathfinder Engine: Wegner Car #: 87 From: racedriver.me

Race Car Driver Ali Kern uses VR-12!

Race Car Driver Ali Kern uses VR-12!

Birth Date: May 11, 1993 Birthplace: Fremont, Ohio Resides: Fremont, Ohio Education: Currently Attends Terra Community College Years in Racing: 13 Current Racing Series: JEGS/CRA All-Stars, Ohio Late Model Series, NASCAR K&N East Series Maybe Ali Kern doesn’t want to answer to society’s norm of what a young female should be when she grows up.  Maybe Kern is a young woman looking to start her own trends, creating her own lifestyle and defining her own meaning of success.  That has certainly been the path she has travelled down since a young age.  Today, Kern is a professional race car driver climbing … Continue reading

10 Serious Mistakes in Car Maintenance

10 Serious Mistakes in Car Maintenance

Photo: Some rights reserved by ZeroOne by Cherise LaPine When a car does what it’s supposed to do, it’s pretty easy to take it for granted. But things can (and do) go wrong with no notice at all. Sometimes parts fail without any kind of warning — without a grace period that would let you know something’s wrong so that you might have a chance to fix it. But let’s face it; most drivers are guilty of ignoring problems with their vehicles at some point or another. And that’s the first (potentially) fatal flaw. But it gets even worse … Continue reading

Denny Hamlin awaiting clearance to return to NASCAR, pondering surgery for injured back

Denny Hamlin awaiting clearance to return to NASCAR, pondering surgery for injured back

Photo: Some rights reserved by fdtate By HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Denny Hamlin wishes he didn’t need medical clearance to race. The 32-year-old NASCAR star drove himself to Richmond International Raceway on Thursday, but was begrudgingly preparing for another weekend watching someone else drive his familiar No. 11 Toyota. At his hometown track, that was doubly disappointing because the weekend kicked off with two races on Thursday night, including the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown to benefit Hamlin’s charitable foundation. “I’d rather just do it,” Hamlin said about getting back in the race … Continue reading

Green Car Shopping Tips: Buying the Right Green Car for You

Green Car Shopping Tips: Buying the Right Green Car for You

Photo: Some rights reserved by scragz If you’re thinking about buying a new or used green car, you’re not alone. High gas prices look like they’re here to stay, so more car shoppers than ever before are considering hybrid, diesel and electric vehicles. Still, some wonder about the downside. Is hybrid/electric technology fully proven yet? Could expensive components fail and put a dent in your wallet? Are most hybrids unpleasant to drive? And could the new “clean diesel” vehicles really be that clean? These are good questions to ask, but the upside of green cars generally outweighs the downside. … Continue reading