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machaus
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Name: Derek
ZIP: 04072
AIM: fromwayaway
Member since: February 01, 2002
Last visit: September 28, 2012

machaus has posted 12 links and 24 comments to SportsFilter and 4 links and 1 comment to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

Total Motorsports Junkie. My dad used to race a Lotus seven at Lime Rock, Watkins Glen, Bridgehampton, Mosport, and Bryar, so as a youth I was always surrounded by the most amazing race cars. F1, Endurance racing, Semi racing in Australia, even *cringe* NASCAR, I love it all. My absolute favorite race ever was watching a young Ayrton Senna driving a horribly uncompetitive Toleman in the rain at the 1984 Monaco GP. He had such obvious brilliance, and could have won the race, beating Alain Prost, had the race marshals not waved the checkered flag early. I've never seen anyone drive with such passion since then.

Recent Links

Open wheel racing in the US may finally be united again.: For the first time in 12 years, there are real efforts afoot to bring together the Champ Car series and the IRL.

posted by machaus to auto racing at 06:10 PM on February 08 - 4 comments

dns issue: http://sportsfilter.com without the preceding www yields a 404 error.

posted by machaus to bugs at 06:48 PM on August 04 - 17 comments

The Indy Racing League now turns right as well: Races at Watkins Glen and Sonoma have been added to next year's schedule.

posted by machaus to other at 08:12 AM on August 05 - 5 comments

It's official.: NASCAR will switch to a playoff system for the last 10 races of the 2004 season.

posted by machaus to other at 06:47 PM on January 08 - 8 comments

Coulthard out at McLaren at end of 2004.: In F1, Silly season now starts at the beginning of the year.

posted by machaus to other at 11:44 AM on December 30 - 4 comments

Recent Comments

Lewis Hamilton signs for Mercedes

What if Schumi goes back to Ferrari to replace Massa?

posted by machaus at 04:05 PM on September 28

Danica Patrick Wins IndyCar Race in Japan

Tinman, the IRL recently instituted a minimum car weight (including driver) which nullified Danica's weight advantage. I can't wait to see how all the hot tempers in IRL, Danica included, will do if Paul Tracy gets a ride.

posted by machaus at 10:53 AM on April 20

Bush Booed By Beltway Baseballers!

They were saying BOOOOOO-USH!

posted by machaus at 05:00 PM on March 31

Gordon, JJ lose 100 points; crew chiefs suspended six races

What defines the shape of the fenders in between the templates? If NASCAR didn't define this in the rules, they are way off base. I hope Hendrick doesn't lose this championship because of poor planning on John Darby's part.

posted by machaus at 04:39 PM on June 26

The Race For The Chase Begins Next Week

Kahne. Johnson really has an edge in my mind, no team is as consistent on 1.5 mile and restrictor plate tracks. If Johnson does well at New Hampshire next week, I think the Cup is his. Wasn't NBC's coverage god awful last night?

posted by machaus at 11:23 AM on September 10

Why did Shumi do it?

Agree with the above. Schumi used to be able to get away with this stuff. No more. I was really impressed with Coulthard's performance, given the equipment he was running.

posted by machaus at 08:19 PM on May 28

Hornish Wins the Indianapolis 500

Wow, Ganassi was the real loser here today. That'll continue tonight in the Coca Cola 600.

posted by machaus at 03:58 PM on May 28

The Indy Racing League now turns right as well

Aside from the usual "this is another nail in the coffin of CART" speculation, it bothers me that they chose these two tracks. If you are looking for places where CART doesn't run, the VIR facility in Danville, Virginia has facilities better than anywhere I've seen. Using the Daytona infield circuit would be cool too.

posted by machaus at 08:29 AM on August 05

Coulthard out at McLaren at end of 2004.

This shoe was expected to drop, but at least now it might shake up some hiring and firings. I wonder if someone like Toyota or Renault has the bank to buy out his contract for 2004.

posted by machaus at 11:49 AM on December 30

Is the NFL responsible for drunken drivers leaving stadiums?

Arnold said Lanzaro sidestepped that rule by giving the vendor a $10 tip and was allowed to buy six beers. The real drinking goes on at NASCAR events. Screw that $6 a beer crap, at a NASCAR race, you can bring 12 packs of beer into the stands. I've said it before, but NASCAR either has tacit approval or serious denial about drinking and driving. You can't tell me that an event that allows 150,000 sports fans to bring their own beer isn't a hindrance to public safety.

posted by machaus at 12:49 PM on October 11

It's one of the rarest plays in baseball...

Jeter's relay shovel pass to home in the 2001 ? playoffs...

posted by machaus at 10:45 PM on August 11

Go, Nads!

HA HA! I went to RISD... The Nads were a pickup hockey team comprised of students, professors, janitors and the like. During games against the local culinary school, Johnson and Wales, we would yell "Time to make the donuts" at them while we were called art fags... Good times.

posted by machaus at 11:04 PM on August 05

When obsolete rules raise their ugly heads.

wow, thanks for that, BigCalm

posted by machaus at 01:02 PM on April 09

When obsolete rules raise their ugly heads.

This has been the most bizarre F1 season in memory. The bigger question was the FIA decision to only allow the teams to bring ONE type of wet weather tire to each race. Of course, the teams are bringing the intermediate tires as a moderate choice. Early conditions on the Brazil track were monsoon-like. As an aside, is there a driver with a chance to win the championship that anyone gives a rat's ass about anymore? I can't seem to get excited about any of them.

posted by machaus at 02:51 PM on April 08

Since the teams already build special engines for these races, why not just have them use a smaller engine instead of the restrictor plates? I've thought the same thing before, but I'm not certain that the same dynamic wouldn't happen. Sure, a six cylinder car would have more throttle response, but you'd still be dependent on the draft. You'd need to assemble a pack of 20 experimental cars in order to test this out. That's probably why NASCAR has done so little to avoid the restrictor plate pileups.

posted by machaus at 02:44 PM on April 08