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Hey America, Formula E is no joke

The newest edition to the racing world has debuted with a bang. On Saturday, drivers took to the course in the inaugural FIA Formula E Round 1 in Beijing, fighting for a place in the history books as the first driver ever to win a Formula E race.

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In lap 25 of 25, it came down to Nick Heidfeld of Germany who drives for Leonardo DiCaprio’s race team and Nicolas Prost of France. Heidefeld made his move, accelerating to the outside. The two cars collided, resulting in a spectacular crash that ended with Heidfeld upside down, uninjured but shaken. Brazillian driver, Lucas Degrassi, ended up taking the win for Audi Sport.

At 150mph, Formula E cars only reach speeds two thirds as fast as their Formula One brethren, yet the new electric vehicles offer their own excitement. Apart from the technological feats required to master the nascent technology of electric racers, this crash demonstrated the dynamic acceleration capabilities of these vehicles.

Formula E might be the only motorsport that is quiet enough to allow music to be played throughout the race, but clearly it is no joke. It is also clear that some Formula E drivers are not yet acclimated to the capabilities of their new vehicles. Heidfeld’s last minute decision to attempt an overtake took Prost by surprise and he has publicly apologized to his friend via Twitter, “I understand that I am responsible. I just did not see him, feel very bad.”

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The winner of the inaugural race, Lucas Degrassi, is likely the driver who is most comfortable being powered by a battery. He was the FIA’s first official test driver during the development of the Formula E Series. If this first race has shown us anything, it is that we can expect even more excitement as drivers gain more experience and EV technology continues to evolve.

Given the waning popularity of open wheel racing in the US, it is no surprise that there isn’t much buzz around Formula E. Tesla has succeeded in proving to Americans that EVs can be sexy, but the company is not even allowed to sell directly to consumers in most states, and we’re all still waiting for that “affordable” Tesla Model 3 that Elon promised us.

We’ve got a long way to go before Formula E takes over our weekends, but maybe that will change once Tesla enters a car in the race, or once we’ve had it it with the National Football League. If you’re interested, the next installment of the ten-race inaugural season will broadcast from Malaysia on November 22.


Written by Sam Jackson

Images: Speede-Formel.de

8 best NASCAR celebrations in GIFs

8. Kyle Larson’s no-wheel burnout

LarsonNoSWcelebrationApparently the no-wheel burnout is a common sight in Mini Outlaw Sprint Kart racing where young gun Kyle Larson got his start. He brought the tradition into the limelight after winning his first Nationwide Race at Auto Club Speedway.


7. Kyle Busch bows for the people

KyleBuschBowKyle Busch, AKA “Shrub”, is probably the most hated driver in NASCAR. Busch is known to feed off the crowd’s negative energy and give a bow to his “adoring” fans.

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6. The Polish Victory lap a la Alan Kulwicki

AlanKulwickiPolishVictoryLap The “Polish Prince” Alan Kulwicki was a driver on a trajectory towards greatness until he was killed in an airplane accident. Kulwicki was a short track ringer and known for making a victory lap in the opposite direction, thus came the term “Polish Victory Lap.” Many drivers have since celebrated race wins with a Polish Victory Lap.


5. The classiest donut by the classiest driver

JeffGordonDonutJeff Gordon was hated in the 90’s for driving a rainbow-colored car and taking wins away from everyone’s favorite driver, Dale Earnhardt. Jeff Gordon has since become the elder statesman in NASCAR and is generally recognized as being the classiest driver on the track. Consider his perfectly executed donut proof of this.


4. Kissing brick at Indy

MenardBrickKiss2011Paul Menard’s only race win was at the Brickyard in 2011 after successfully holding off Jeff Gordon in the final laps. Initially believed to be one of the greatest young race car drivers in NASCAR according to Humpy Wheeler, Menard has failed to live up to the hype with zero Chase appearances and a best points finish of 16.


3. Tony is a wild monkey man

TonyStewartClimbFlagStarting after his Pepsi 400 win in 2005, Tony Stewart would climb spectator fencing at race tracks after a race victory, effectively taking the practice from IndyCar driver Hélio Castroneves. After putting on too much weight, Stewart, also known as “Smoke” had to stick to burnouts because he couldn’t climb up the fencing.


2. His nickname should be Carl Flippin’ Edwards

CarlEdwardsFlipBristol14Carl Edwards is famous for his back flips after winning races. The first Edwardian victory stunt came way back in 2003 when he won the Built Ford Tough Truck Series race at Kentucky. Many fans on the Mojo Motors Facebook think it’s only a matter of time until he seriously hurts himself, but until then, the fans love it.


1. Dale Celebration

DaleJrDaytona98redidThe greatest NASCAR driver of all-time was winless in the greatest race, the Daytona 500. That all changed in 1998 during the twilight of his career Earnhardt took the checkered flag. The pit crews from every race team went out to high-five the legendary driver. The same track that brought Dale one of his most memorable wins is also the place he died after an accident on the final lap of the Daytona 500 in 2001.

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Written by Max Katsarelas and Sam Jackson

Biggest NASCAR Moments of 2013

The 2013 NASCAR season gave fans some of the thrilling action they were craving. There was a dirt race at Eldora, Danica Patrick crashed her beau and Joey Logano found himself in trouble, a lot.

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Here are some of the biggest moments of the year. [keep reading]

Most boring NASCAR speedways

In a recent poll on the Mojo Motors Facebook page, fans we’re asked, “What’s the most boring track used in the Sprint Cup Series?” There were over 800 responses with the majority of critiques falling on the road courses – Sonoma and Watkins Glen. Almost every track was called out and those included Darlington, Martinsville and even Bristol.

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In some NASCAR circles, calling out those legendary racetracks is blasphemous, but calling out the road courses is a popular pastime amongst fans. The same goes for courses longer than 1.5 miles because massive gaps between the leader and rest of pack can sometimes form. Keep reading to see what made the list as the most boring NASCAR tracks. [keep reading]

Kiss brick and wear milk

Memorial Day is finally here. Spring is on its way out and the summer sun is here to stay. Baseball is being broadcasted on the radio (or streamed over the internet). Pools and beaches are filling up and boats are being polished up and returned to use.

Indy500 Front StretchBut one of the greatest events of Memorial Day weekend takes place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A place where a yard of brick is meant to be kissed and milk is the best thing to wear. The place where blood, sweat, and tears are poured out for the chance to become one of the legends. [keep reading]

What if Hyundai entered NASCAR?

The world of NASCAR as we know it was changed when Toyota entered the ranks of racing in 2007 with the Toyota Camry. This got the blood boiling for many fans who took it as a personal affront that a foreign car manufacturer was allowed to race with their beloved Fords, Dodges, and Chevys. The most common argument made was that NASCAR rules state that vehicles competing on the racing circuit must be based on American vehicles. I think we can clear this little misunderstanding up right away.

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The Toyota Camry, the nameplate on the 2007 race car, is manufactured in Georgetown, Kentucky. This same Camry has been the best-selling car in the United Stated for years and Toyota employs some 152,000 American workers. It is obvious that Toyota can now be considered as much an American manufacturer as GM and Ford, who still build a significant number of their vehicles in Mexico and Canada.

Plus, Toyota developed their race cars for NASCAR in North Carolina. These facts make Toyota more than qualified to race according to the NASCAR rulebook. And race they have. [keep reading]

Mojo Race Report: Dale Earnhardt special paint schemes

In Dale Earnhardt’s 30+ year racing career, he drove a lot of cars. Everyone remembers the black #3 Chevrolet Goodwrench car or the #3 Chevrolet Wrangler car, but there were others. Oh yes, there were many others. Here are some of the best and coolest stock cars ever driven by the legendary Dale Earnhardt.

#3 Wheaties Car

Dale Earnhardt Wheaties #3 Car

Dale Earnhardt drove this Wheaties car at The Winston in 1997 (currently known as the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race) when he finished second to Jeff Gordon. Team owner Richard Childress said The Winston was one of Earnhardt’s favorites because “it was short, paid a huge purse and we didn’t have to worry about getting in trouble or be worried about the championship.” [keep reading]

Mojo Race Report: The Voices of NASCAR

Over the years in NASCAR there have been many voices bringing race results and news to fans. Whether it was calling the race like Bob Jenkins or reporting from the pits like Chris Economaki, these talented broadcasters brought NASCAR to life over the airwaves. For the drivers, on air abilities and public personas are keys to making a driver a fan favorite or the one they love to hate.

Let’s take a look at a few of those drivers that draw the crowds as well as the boos like the late Dale Earnhardt, Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski who have been known to run their mouths from time to time. [keep reading]

Mojo Race Report: Best Sprint Cup Race Teams

Last week, David Caraviello @dcaraviello argued in an article published on NASCAR that Joe Gibbs Racing was the “biggest off season winner” going into 2013. Caraviello points out JGR’s Sprint Cup drivers makes them heavy favorites to win the Chase next year.

Joe Gibbs Racing stable of drivers for 2013 include Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and the newly-signed Matt Kenseth to replace Joey Logano. While Joe Gibbs has a history of success winning championships, one with Bobby Labonte in 2000 and two more with Tony Stewart in 2002 and 2005, these drivers have long since moved on and JGR’s current drivers only boast two championship wins with other race teams. Kyle Busch hasn’t won a championship since 2004 and Matt Kenseth hasn’t won since 2003. [keep reading]

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