Saturday, October 29, 2005

Today's News in Motorsports: 10/29/05

Don't forget: Turn the clocks BACK on Sunday, Oct 30th at 2:00am and its a good time to change those batteries in the smoke detectors.

On Friday night, the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series qualified under the lights with Ryan Newman grabing his sixth consecutive pole at Atlanta for Sunday's Bass Pro Shop MBNA 500. A couple notables: Martin Truex Jr. - 8th, Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 17th, Reed Sorenson - 22nd, Denny Hamlin - 25th and Rusty Wallace will start 32nd. Read Lineup.

In Saturday's IROC Racing at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, it was Martin Truex Jr edging out Martin Martin to capture his first IROC victory and Mark Martin winning the championship. The big incident came on the last lap, when Bobby Hamilton, Kurt Busch and Scott Pruett got together going down the backstraight 3 wide sending Pruett into the wall with a very hard hit and Bobby Hamilton backing into the wall, ripping his backend off. Kurt Busch stopped to check on Pruett. Pruett is ok.

Also on Saturday, the NASCAR Craftsmen Truck Series raced at AMS in the EasyCare 200.... in a 4 wide wild crashing finish, it was Kyle Busch winning his 3rd victory of the season in the Easycare 300 over Todd Bodine and Johnny Benson. Words can't describe that finish, you have to see it, to believe it. Unofficial Standings....

Some NASCAR News coming out of the garage, Richard Childress Racing announced that GM Goodwrench and Reeses have joined forces as co-primary sponsors of RCR's #29 Chevy driven by Kevin Harvick in 2006. Read at Jayski.com

Rumor: Ken Schrader will be driving for the Wood brothers next season, replacing Ricky Rudd, sources close to the negotiations have confirmed. Neither the Wood brothers nor Schrader would discuss the situation... Read at Jayski.com

Kurt Busch will co-host Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain and an interview with Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

NASCAR News and Notes: 10/27/05

Silly Season is in full swing, especially this week:

It was announced Thursday that Mark Martin will drive the #6 for 2006 with AAA as the sponsor and Todd Kluever in 2007, both with AAA as the sponsor. Read.

Car owner Ray Evernham announced Thursday that Slugger Labbe has been released from his duties as crew chief of the No. 19 Dodge driven by Jeremy Mayfield. Read.

In the worse kept secret in the garage, Sterling Marling signs a multi-year contract with MB2 to drive No. 14. Read.

Bill Dacis Racing and Scott Winner have parted ways at the end of the 2005 season. BDR will field two full-time nextel cup rides with the #22 Cat that is still looking for a driver and Michael Waltrip with NAPA in a second car in 2006. Read.

Note: With the #6 Roush racing car all set for 2006 and beyond, it is still unknown who will drive the #2 in 2006, Kurt Busch is slated for 2007. There is still a long shot a domino effect will happen with the first piece ready to fall at Chip Ganassi Racing, if Ganassi Racing get's a drive for the #42 Dodge, then Jamie McMurray can drive the #97 for Roush and Kurt Busch can drive the #2 Dodge at Penske Racing. There are so many rumors with the #42, including Bobby Labonte, next rumor please.

For the complete list for the Silly Season 2006 at NASCAR.com.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

American Chopper: Rick's Dream Bike and New Episodes


Credit: orangecountychoppers.com

Above is a photo of the latest OCC bike, Rick's Dream Bike, an old school chopper with a black paint job, a RP design logo on the tank, spades and just an over all cool bike.

New Episodes:
Named: On The Road - Europe Part 1 & 2 -- Oct 31st and Nov 7
Follow OCC as they head to Europe for a family vacation. Adventures and cultural differences await the Teutuls as they travel across the Atlantic for the first time ever. They take in sights in London, and head out on the open road in Ireland on bikes.

Named: History of OCC - Special
Take a look at what goes on behind the scenes. Meet the crew, tour the shop and the OCC store, and find out how much work goes into making this hit television show.

Named: Behind The Scenes - Special
Take a look at what goes on behind the scenes. Meet the crew, tour the shop and the OCC store, and find out how much work goes into making this hit television show.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Jeff Gordon and Ricky Craven picks up victories at Martinsville.

Yesterday was round 6 for the Race to the Nextel Cup at Martinsville Speedway for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. Going into Martinsville, Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson were tied for the points lead. 500 laps around Martinsville on what is called as a paperclip served its challenges and challenges these cup drivers had. The keys to winning at Martinsville is to be around at the end, good pit calls and track position, the big thing was brakes.

Yesterday's race was the old Martinsville, were its a one grove racetrack and passing was to be done up off the corner, down the straightout and out brake them into the corner. The top grove was not there and passing was at a premium.

Tony Stewart started on the pole next to Ricky Rudd, Stewart then jumped out and lead most of the race with only Ricky Rudd taking the lead for a couple of laps during the early laps. Caution flew an average number of time with no green flag pit stop needed. Some of the chase contenders took hits during the race, Mark Martin lost his brakes and went to the garage for some time, a couple of speeding penalties for Jeremy Mayfield, late in the race, Rusty Wallace got spun out while running in the top 5 to finish 19th , and Roush racing had there problems as well. The day belonged to Tony Stewart in the points, but it was Jeff Gordon making some interesting pit calls to put him upfront with his teammate Jimmy Johnson behind him after the final pit stops. In the closing laps, Tony Stewart bumps Jimmie Johnson to pickup second place, but could not run down the leader Jeff Gordon, Gordon then went on to take his fourth victory of the season and first since May at Talladega.

Jimmie Johnson ended up 3rd with Bobby Labonte and Jeff Burton rounding out the top 5. Denny Hamlin driving the #11 FedEx had another strong showing, finishing in the 8th position with championship contender Ryan Newman finishing tenth. Tony Stewart takes back the points lead and increasing his lead by 15 points over Jimmie Johnson. Rusty Wallace after his late race spin, moves to 6th in the points, 166 points back. Four races left in the 2005 season, next weeks its off to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Bass Pro Shop MBNA 500.

On Saturday, it was the Craftsmen Truck Series turn with "One and Done" for Darrell Waltrip who started 30th in the Kroger 200 at Martinsville. DW, after going to the back twice during the race, ended up finishing just outside the top 10 in 13th. The championship leader Dennis Setzer had his trouble when he hit the wall, but it was Ricky Craven leading the last 100+ laps including the very important last lap to pickup the victory and to make a Roush 1-2 finish. Craven becomes the 15th driver to win in all three of NASCAR top divisions. Ted Musgrave takes the points lead by 54 points with a fourth place finish.

Friday, October 21, 2005

DW's final race & Tony Stewart on pole for Cup Race


Credit: Allwaltrip.com

Darrell Waltrip will be making his final race of his career at Martinsville Speedway in the #12 "One and Done" paint scheme Tundra and will roll off 30th, Rick Crawford edged out Kyle Busch for the pole for Saturday's Kroger 200.

After leading friday's practice session, Tony Stewart grabed the pole edging out Ricky Rudd for Sunday's Subway 400 at the Martinsville Speedway. Rusty Wallace in his last race at Martinsville, will start third on Sunday.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Fernando Alonso wins Season Finale at the Chinese Grand Prix

The Chinese Grand Prix marks the finale race of the 2005 Formula One Season, were Fernando Alonso had already clinched the World Championship. Two things were up for grabs in the final race, the Constructor's Championship and a victory.

Before the race, on the pace lap going to the grid, Michael Schumacher was forced to a backup car and had to start from pit lane after an inadvertently moved over on Christijan Albers.

Alonso started on pole and lead most of the race, but the first of two SC's came out early on after Montoya ran over some debris on the track, forcing Montoya to pit twice and later putting him out of the race for damage. The second SC came out after a Jordon hit the outside wall on the long straight breaking his car up and scattering Debra all over the track, once the race went green and the final pit stops were made Kimi Raikkonen was third trying to chase down the two Renaults with alonso in front. The stewards rules against Giancarlo Fisichella for blocking at the begin of pit lane trying to slow the field down to open his pit, Giancarlo Fisichella got a drive thoughts.

At the end, the weekend belonged to the World Champion Fernando Alonso as he drove away and capture his 7th victory of the season, Kimi Raikkonen finished 2nd with Ralf Schumacher finishing 3rd, with a 1-4 finish for Renault, Renault won the constructor's championship capping off an incredible season for entire team.

"My Take" Final Thoughts on the 2005 Formula One Season:
The formula 1 fans saw many ups and downs thought the season, the best race by far was last weekends Japanese Grand Prix. We also saw the falling off of Ferrari and that huge black flag at the United States Grand Prix. Renault won big this season with the victories, the World Championship and Constructor's Championship, but I agree with the announcers on Speed's broadcast, Kimi Raikkonen was the 2005 driver of the year. Congrats to the youngest World Champion in history, Fernando Alonso. See Yeah next season.

Ganassi may be willing to let McMurray leave early

An article on NASCAR.com: Chip Ganassi has softened his stance regarding driver Jamie McMurray, who wants out of his contract so he can drive for Roush Racing. McMurray signed a contract in July to drive for Roush beginning in 2007, hoping that the early announcement would force Ganassi to let him leave at the end of this year. Ganassi steadfastly refused to even negotiate an early release.

But Friday, Ganassi sounded a little bit more flexible about finding a solution.
"There are no talks at this time, but there could be if someone came to me with a solution," Ganassi said. "I need a solution, not a pile of money. I need a driver to replace Jamie." Read

One solution is to bring up Scott Pruett from Grand American Road Racing Series who drives the No 01 CompUSA Lexus Riley and has won a couple of times this season. Another choice, Ward Burton or a driver in the Craftsmen Truck Series. Just a suggestion.

Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman survives to win at LMS

Last night at Lowe's Motor Speedway for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race, surviving was the name of the game in this event, after all of the record cautions, the red flag, the blown tires and wrecks involving all of the championship contenders, it was one man standing tall in victory lane, Jimmie Johnson came away with a huge victory in his house in what I describe as a surviving and tiring night.

The same was send about Friday night's Busch race at LMS, were the Rocketman Ryan Newman blistered by everyone to pick up the victory and his fifth consecutive victory of the season.

Some news also came out of LMS, track president Humpy Wheeler said Friday that plans are in place to begin repaving Lowe's Motor Speedway by March. Rumors around the garage area have the racetrack repaving plan to including variable banking. This is a good idea, the racing at the newly changed Homestead-Miami Speedway last year was a great race after the replaving with variable banking with lots of passing, other wise, LMS will be really fast, but only one grove for at least 2 years.

The TV deal for 2007 and beyond is being hammered out and sources say (as reported on NASCAR.com) that NBC is out and that ESPN/ABC wants to televise the second half of the season. Could Expect the announcement sometime next weekend. Note to ESPN/ABC from this race fan, a couple years ago, I was watching an IRL race from Pikes Peak when during the race it rained and when the race resumed, it was 6pm eastern time and the coverage stopped for local news and never resumed, the race went over the scheduled time limit and TV broadcast stopped. Both FOX/NBC have never done this, they have both stayed for extra hours with no problems and race fans expect nothing less and bring back RPM2Night.

Round six of the race to nextel cup is next weekend at Martinsville, finally.... See Yeah!

Friday, October 14, 2005

2005 Holden Efijy Concept unveiled at the 2005 Australian International Motor Show in Sydney



A wild 21st Century hot rod reincarnating Australia’s most famous car, the FJ Holden, was unveiled at the 2005 Australian International Motor Show in Sydney. Efijy is a radical pillarless custom coupe boasting a 6.0-litre LS2 V8 engine, Supercharger and modified by Ron Harrop, that has 645 horsepower and 560 foot-pounds of torque. The Supercar power under the bonnet, Chevrolet Corvette underbody and state-of-the-art automotive technology throughout.The ‘Soprano Purple’ paintwork highlights its curvaceous 201.3-inch body, reinterpreting the classic design cues of the iconic 1953 FJ Holden. It delivers retro, mumbo and gizmos in one glorious package.

How about a U.S. version? What a look, stunning....

From RSportsCars.com

Elliott Sadler scores the bud pole for Saturday's UAW-GM Quality 500

Earlier tonight, Elliott Sadler scored his second bud pole in the last three weeks edged out Ryan Newman for Saturday's UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Jimmie Johnson
who qualified in 3rd, will have to go to the back of the grid for an engine change after the second practice session. David Reutimann made the field in the #00 for Michael Waltrip racing, starting 26th.

The Busch Series will be qualifying and racing tomorrow with the race going under the lights for the Dollar General 300 on TNT at 8pm. The Nextel Cup Series will be racing also under the lights in Charlotte at Lowe's Motor Speedway on NBC at 7pm.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

American Chopper: NASA Space Shuttle Tribute Bike and New Episodes


Credit: Discovery Channel Photo

Above is a photo of the latest OCC bike, the NASA Space Shuttle Bike that was built to honor NASA employees.

New Episodes:
Named: Rick's Dream bike 1 & 2 -- Oct 17 and 24th
As Senior and Rick finish a production bike together, Senior decides to surprise Rick and tells him that the next bike that they build will be for him. Mikey comes in to help Rick, and acts as his inspiration.

Named: On The Road - Europe Part 1 -- Oct 31st
Follow OCC as they head to Europe for a family vacation. Adventures and cultural differences await the Teutuls as they travel across the Atlantic for the first time ever. They take in sights in London, and head out on the open road in Ireland on bikes.

Monday, October 10, 2005

From Last to First, Raikkonen wins an incredible Japanese Grand Prix

What a race in Japan for Formula 1, this was one of the best races that I have seen all year, if not the best race all season. The race was wild from the start with Ralf Schumacher starting on pole and lead early on. Montoya crashed out on the end of the 3rd lap after tangling with another car putting him into the last turn wall, but it Kimi Raikkonen starting dead last along with Michael Schumacher, Alonso & Montoya after a bad qualifying results due to rain during qualifying.

Raikkonen then had to battle his way up through the field passing several cars including Michael Schumacher and Webber to take the lead from Fisichella with just 2 laps to go. From there, Kimi drove away to capture his 7th victory of the season with a margin of victory of just 1.6 seconds over Fisichella.

The talk of the weekend was the very close constructors championship with now Renault leading by 2 points over McLaren-Mercedes with just one race to go in the 2005 season. Next weekend is the season finale in China, were anything can happen. See Yeah!

Breaking News: Early Monday morning, Formula 1 announced that BAR’s Takuma Sato has been disqualified from his home Grand Prix for running Toyota’s Jarno Trulli early during the race and Stewards also added 25 seconds to Jacques Villeneuve’s race time after deeming him responsible for Juan Pablo Montoya’s crash, which brought out the safety car at the end of lap one. That put Jacques Villeneuve down to 12th in the final results.

2006 Grand American Road Racing Schedules are out!

Officials from the Grand American Road Racing Association announced Sunday a 14-race Rolex Sports Car Series schedule and a 10-race Grand-Am Cup Series Schedule for 2006. Both Series start earlier in late January and end earlier on Labor Day Weekend.

2006 Rolex Sports Car Series Schedule

2006 Grand-Am Cup Schedule

Learn more about Grand American at http://www.grandamerican.com/.

Sunday, October 9, 2005

2005 ASMA Shark CLS based on Mercedes-Benz CLS


ASMA Design Press Release: The Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupé (Shark) is a dream on four wheels. ASMA presents equipment components which make the CLS more sporty.

At the IAA 2005, ASMA presented the CLS Coupé. With its multipart 20 inch high-grade steel wheels, it was an absolute sensation.

At the front axle are 10 x 20 inch ASMA 1 rims, with a tyre of 255/30 ZR 20 penetrate-build and at the rear axle 11,5 x 20 inch with a tyre of 295/25 ZR 20.

Suitably matched, ASMA offers a landing gear RPC setting from 35-50 mm.
In addition to this, a complete chassis is in preparation. The high-grade steel final muffler with angular final pipes fit suitably and perfectly on the left and on the right side of the tail portion of the CLS Coupé.

The ASMA aero dynamic parts, including a sober front spoiler lip, a radiator grille without emblem, and a fender with air intakes round off the overall sporty view.

Read - Pictures, Wallpaper and ASMA Design Press Release

Mark Martin edges Greg Biffle to capture victory at Kansas

After last weeks Demotion Derby at Talladega, its was off to Kansas for round 4 of the Race to the Nextel Cup for the Banquet 400. Yesterday, Matt Kenseth edged out Elliott Sadler for the pole for the 400.

All though the race, Roush Racing and the rest of the championship contenders showed the way most of the day with Roush Racing leading the most laps of the day. Cautions came out every far and between, Ryan Newman had problems early on and some damage on the frontend and Rusty Wallace had to start towards the back, climbed his way to the front, but this day belowed to Mark Martin taking the lead after halfway from Kenseth leading the most laps and edging out a hard-charging teammate Greg Biffle to capture his first victory of the season in his Salute to You tour.

The top 7 finishers were all championship contenders including Roush racing finishing 1-2-3. It was also announced that Mark Martin will be racing next season in the #6 car for one more season.

Race to the Nextel Cup Standings (unofficial):
1. Tony Stewart Leader
2. Ryan Newman -75
3. Greg Biffle -88
4. Rusty Wallace -90
5. Jimmie Johnson -92
6. Carl Edwards -95
7. Mark Martin -113
8. Matt Kenseth -116
9. Jeremy Mayfield -157
10. Kurt Busch -224
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11. Kevin Harvick

Now the Nextel Cup Series along with the Busch Series are off to Charlotte at Lowe's Motor Speedway for next Friday and Saturday night racing under the lights, but testing a week or two ago showed a question mark on what to expect after the track had been levagated. See Yeah!

Thursday, October 6, 2005

Porsche RS Spyder premieres October 15th in the American Le Mans Series


It was announced today that the Porsche RS Spyder will make its American Le Mans Series premiere in the LMP2 prototype class at the circuit of Laguna Sega on October 15 for the final race of the season.

The No. 6 Penske Motorsports Porsche RS Spyder will be adorned in a livery of DHL's vivid yellow and red colors at the Oct. 15 race and throughout the 2006 season, when the team will field two cars. Piloting the car at the Monterey Sports Car Championships will be Sascha Maassen and Lucas Luhr, who teamed to win ALMS GT2 championships in 2002 and '03.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2005

"My Take" Demotion Derby Part Two at Talladega.... for NASCAR.

Dale Jarrett survives a wild race to win the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.

Again, this weekends racing at Talladega Superspeedway was nothing more than a "Demotion Derby Part Two".

All I heard during the telecast of the race from the announcers were the fans love this racing, I am a huge racing fan and I hate restrictor plate racing. Thats it.

I think one of two things should happen at Talladega & Daytona:

1. Repave the track with 20-degrees variable banking in the corners with Three degrees banking on the straightways.

2. Or if no changes to the track, Completely remove Talladega from the NASCAR schedule and give the dates to another track somewhere in that area so that the 200,000+ fans who visited the track can still go to NASCAR races.

Like I said, nothing good to say.........!!!

Race to the Nextel Cup Standings (Official):
1. Tony Stewart Leader
2. Ryan Newman -4
3. Rusty Wallace -76
4. Jimmie Johnson -82
5. Greg Biffle -99
6. Carl Edwards -100
7. Matt Kenseth -111
8. Jeremy Mayfield -112
9. Mark Martin -138
10. Kurt Busch -180
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11. Kevin Harvick

Next week for both the Busch Series and Nextel Cup Series are off to Kansas Speedway, See Yeah!

Monday, October 3, 2005

New Location for Racearama 2006, Foxboro Stadium

NEW LOCATION FOR RACEARAMA 2006-FOXBORO STADIUM IS THE PLACE
FOXBORO, MASS.: After 30 years a staple in New England and northeast racing that traditionally begins the motorsports scene every March, Racearama will move its 2006 edition to Foxboro Stadium the home of the NFL New England Patriots and the MLS Minuteman Pro Soccer Team. The show will be held in the so-called "bubble", an enclosed heated practice field which is adjacent to the new Foxboro Stadium.

The new venue brings this renowned motorsports show to the metro-Boston area, New England's largest market. Several additions to the show will be announced in the upcoming months. Venues that host motorsports events kick off the upcoming season with a big display at Racearama. Also, the various touring series make appearances and bring in racecars and drivers into the show to promote their product. "It was time for a change and Foxboro Stadium is a good fit. We plan to make some great changes and enhance the value of Racearama," said show promoter and publisher of the popular Speedway Scene, the well known weekly motorsports newspaper.

For more information call the Racearama office at (508)238-7016 to reserve display space, tickets, accommodations and a list of restaurants. Parking will be free at Foxboro Stadium for Racearama. It's set for the first weekend in March 3, 4 and 5.

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Sunday, October 2, 2005

Boston Red Sox clinch AL Wild Card

Red Sox.com News: The Red Sox are heading back to the postseason for the third straight year as the American League's Wild Card entry. Curt Schilling held New York to one run over six frames while Manny Ramirez belted a three-run homer in Boston's 10-1 victory Sunday.

The Cleveland Indian lost there fight for the wild card with a loss today to Chicago White Sox.

The Red Sox will open the postseason on Tuesday in Chicago when they play the White Sox in Game 1 of the best-of-five Division Series.

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Saturday, October 1, 2005

Biela, Pirro Clinch LMP1 Championship, win Petit Le Mans

Petit Le Mans News: Emanuele Pirro and Frank Biela won the battle and the war Saturday. The Champion Racing duo won Petit Le Mans and captured their first LMP1 drivers championship together in the American Le Mans Series with a convincing victory at Road Atlanta.

Olivier Beretta, Oliver Gavin and Jan Magnussen won in GT1 for the second straight year in the No. 4 Corvette C6-R.

The big accident was on the first-lap going into turn one three wide that collected No. 1 Champion Audi of Lehto and Werner and pole-sitting No.15 Zytek of Hayanari Shimoda and Tom Chilton. James Weaver, in the No. 16 Dyson Lola, also was involved in the incident and lost significant time, as well.

Petit Le Mans Top 5 Overall Results:
1. (3) Emanuele Pirro, Italy; Frank Biela, Germany; Audi R8 (1, P1), 394.
2. (5) Chris Dyson, Pleasant Valley, NY; Guy Smith, England; Lola EX257 AER (2, P1), 382.
3. (11) Oliver Gavin, England; Jan Magnussen, Denmark; Olivier Beretta, Monaco; Corvette C6-R (3, GT1), 379.
4. (13) David Brabham, Australia; Darren Turner, England; Jonny Kane, Ireland; Aston Martin DB9 (4, GT1), 378.
5. (6) Jon Field, Dublin, OH; Liz Halliday, Rancho Santa Fe, CA; Clint Field, Dublin, OH; Lola B05/40/AER (5, P2), 375.

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The Rundown & News for this weekend: Sept 30th

Breaking News on the qualifying show for the Nextel Cup Series, ISC has just purchased Pikes Peak in CO and is moving the Busch Series race to Martinsville for 2006.

Elliott Sadler edged Kevin Harvick to win the bud pole for Sunday's UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series on NBC at 1:30pm.

Saturday Update: Crew chief Todd Berrier was asked to leave Talladega Superspeedway by NASCAR on Saturday, a day after three violations were found on the No. 29 Chevrolet. Result: Harvick time disallowed and will start 42nd (not 2nd).

Shimoda is now two-for-two. The young Japanese star captured the pole for Saturday's Petit Le Mans for the American Le Mans Series -- 10 hour/1000 mile event on Speed at 11am est.

FIA World Rally (WRC) is racing in Japan with SDD coverage on Speed Sunday Night at 11pm est.


Iowa Speedway, a 7/8 mile track, gets first race... ARCA, scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006. A Rusty Wallace Designed track.