Weekend Roundup

In the Garage with Longhorn Racing

This Saturday marked the first official day in the garage for the Longhorn Racing team this year!  As such, it was a day spent growing familiar with the setting and with the responsibilities that each person has on their subgroup.  The engine subgroup, without the 2016 engine at hand, turned their attention to an old Honda motorbike engine that had thrown a rod.  Their task was to take it apart and put it back together to get a good grasp on what they'll be doing with the actual engine that will be used in the car.  The maintenance subgroup, too, was hard at work seeing what they could do with the 2013 car and spent the day taking it apart to see if anything needed to be tuned or re-purposed.  All the while, discussions about improvements in ergonomics and aerodynamic design were taking place throughout the garage.

Unfortunately, not everything was able to go according to plan; the machine shop was closed to Longhorn Racing due to machine certifications.  That subgroup had to put their plans on hold for the week, but we're looking forward to see what they're able to do when they can start the hands-on work next Saturday!


This Week in Motorsports

This weekend, Formula 1 raced in Suzuka for the Japanese Grand Prix.  After losing out on pole position by less than a tenth of a second, Lewis Hamilton overtook his teammate Nico Rosberg through the first corner and led the race to the finish to secure another Mercedes 1-2 finish with Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari rounding out the third position.  At the MotoGP race in Aragon, Jorge Lorenzo secured his sixth victory of the season after polesitter Marc Marquez crashed out on lap two.  This left Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi to battle over the two remaining steps of the podium, with the former coming out on top.  Finally, on Monday, IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe got behind the wheel for the first time since an accident at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 18 left him hospitalized with severe injuries.  Hinchcliffe is doing pre-season testing for Schmidt Peterson Motorsport at Road America this week and is expected to race full time next season.