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Dec 30

SX: 2014 Supercross Countdown – Three Rookies Gunning For Title

Ken Roczen moves up to the premier 450 class after capturing the 250 West Championship in 2012. (Photo:  Red Bull KTM)

Ken Roczen moves up to the premier 450SX Class after capturing the 250SX Class West Championship in 2012. (Photo: Red Bull KTM)

The 2014 Monster Energy Supercross season is just a week away and it’s time to take a look at the riders who will be gunning for the FIM World Championship beginning in Anaheim next Saturday night.

With reigning triple champion Ryan Villopoto gunning for his fourth consecutive title, the task will be tough for every competitor to end his reign of dominance. However, with the most talented field in history set to line up on the gate next weekend, there is a large contingent of competitors looking to make their presence felt throughout the 17-race season. Three of those riders are rookies to the premier 450SX Class.

Only Ryan Dungey and Jeremy McGrath have overcome the pressure of the world’s most elite division of riders to emerge as champions in their rookie season. In 2014, a talented trio will look to add their names to the record books, and each knows the difficulties of winning a championship in supercross.

Dec 30

Cars: For Old-School Gearheads, “HEMI” Is Legendary Name

LOT 1088, 1932 FORD CUSTOM HOT ROD ‹ Known as the Lil' Coffin II, this utterly trick 1932 Ford 2-door sedan was professionally built as a tribute to Dave Stuckey, who built the original Lil' Coffin. (Photo: Barret-Jackson)

LOT 1088, 1932 FORD CUSTOM HOT ROD ‹ Known as the Lil’ Coffin II, this utterly trick 1932 Ford 2-door sedan was professionally built as a tribute to Dave Stuckey, who built the original Lil’ Coffin. (Photo: Barret-Jackson)

Hemi, short for hemispherical, refers to the legendary cylinder head configuration that Chrysler and its various subsidiaries made famous, starting in the mid-1950s. The Chrysler Hemi was the engine of choice for championship NHRA Top Fuel and Funny Car teams, as well as few very successful Pro Stock teams.

Away from the track, Hemis got stuffed into hot rods, rat rods, Jeeps and even boats. If you wanted to go fast, you wanted a Hemi under the hood.

Dec 30

F1: Only Less Competitive Car Will Prove Vettel A ‘Legend’

F1: Only Less Competitive Car Will Prove Vettel A "Legend"

Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel will only be an undisputed F1 “legend” if he wins at the wheel of a less competitive car.

That is the view of Fernando Alonso, who was Red Bull driver Vettel’s championship runner-up in 2010, 2012 and 2013.

Dec 30

SportsCars: Wayne Taylor Set to Race with Sons at Rolex 24

SportsCars: Wayne Taylor Set to Race with Sons at Rolex 24

Wayne Taylor is set to come out of retirement to drive with his sons in next month’s Rolex 24 at Daytona. (Photo: Brian Cleary/bcpix.com)

After signing Ricky and Jordan Taylor for his Prototype effort in 2014, Wayne Taylor is set to come out of retirement to drive with his sons in next month’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The two-time Daytona 24 hours winner is planning to join 24-year-old Ricky and 22-year-old Jordan, plus team veteran Max Angelelli, in WTR’s Corvette DP for the twice-around-the-clock endurance classic.

Dec 30

F1: ‘Former F1 Doc’ Speaks Specifics On Schumacher Injury

 

F1: 'Former F1 Doc' Speaks Specifics On Schumacher Injury

A cap with handwritten Dutch writing on it reads “get well soon, number one” is fixed near the entry of the Michael Schumacher cart-center on December 30, 2013 in Kerpen, Germany. (Photo: Getty Images)

As details remain “hour by hour” regarding Sunday’s skiing accident and serious injury sustained by Michael Schumacher, anesthesiologist and emergency physician at the University Hospital of Liège, Belgium —a former F1 medical doctor— Gary Hartstein has provided insight into the nature of Michael’s injury.

Gary Hartstein’s medical bio: Involved in motorsports medicine since 1990. Sid Watkin’s assistant from 1997-2004. Formula 1 Medical Delegate from 2005 to 2007, then Medical Rescue Coordinator for the Championship from 2008 until 2012.

As reported originally at Formerf1doc.wordpress.com:

First off, this press conference was rather more reassuring than what I expected. I’ll admit that I feared an announcement of a second operation for persistently elevated intracranial pressure (ICP), and the fact that that’s not been needed is good.