September 2, 2014
Equipment is accurate as of the Deutsche Bank Championship (8/30/14)
Driver: Nike VR_S STR8-FIT (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design HD 7-X
Fairway Woods: Nike VR_S Covert 2.0 (15 and 19 degrees)
Shaft: Fukijura Rombax P95 Flex-X
Irons: Nike VR Pro Cavity (3-5); VR Pro Combo (6-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue
Wedges: Nike VR X3X (48 and 53 degrees), Nike VR Forged (59 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue
Putter: Odyssey White Hot #6 Long Neck
Ball: 2014 Nike RZN Black
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September 2, 2014
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- IndyCar Series heading to NOLA for new Grand Prix of Louisiana
Most racing series compete on one kind of track or another, but not Indy. Its calendar is made up of NASCAR-style speedway races (generally, though not exclusively, identified by a three-digit number indicating the number of miles to be covered) and F1-style road-course and street-circuit races (typically billed as grands prix). And now, it’s about to get another of the latter.
In preparing the 2015 season schedule, series organizers have announced the addition of the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana to be held next April 10-12. The race will be contested on the new NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, 14 miles southwest of downtown New Orleans. The 13-turn, 2.67-mile road course held an Indy Lights race earlier this year, but stepping up to the big leagues on the same weekend as the French Quarter Festival is sure to make the race a big draw.
Preparations for the event will include a $ 4.5-million investment on the part of the state government and a reconfiguration of the track with input from three-time Indy race winner and former rookie of the year James Hinchcliffe and open-wheel racing scion Graham Rahal. Andretti will be responsible for promoting the event.
The rest of the schedule has yet to be confirmed, but we already know that the Grand Prix of Houston, held for the past two years on a temporary street circuit at NRG Park, will not return next season, meaning that the NOLA race will effectively take its place. Once the full schedule is announced, we’re expecting new races to be included in overseas locations such as Dubai and Brazil, expanding on this year’s calendar that only included races in North America (seventeen in the US and one in Toronto).
Verizon IndyCar Series Heads to New Orleans in April
NEW ORLEANS (August 27, 2014) – The inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana will take place April 10 – 12, 2015, at NOLA Motorsports Park in Jefferson Parish, LA. A three-day racing festival showcasing the culture, music and food of Louisiana, the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana is part of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series.
“The Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana is the next big tourism win for the State of Louisiana,” Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne said. “Race fans are passionate about their rapidly-growing sport. Once they experience our authentic culture, food and music during this professional IndyCar event, we’re sure they will fall in love with Louisiana.”
The Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana would like to welcome Verizon Wireless as a sponsor of the event and thank them for their support of the Verizon IndyCar Series.Additionally, the New Orleans Advocate joins the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana as the official newspaper and Champion of the Community sponsor and the inaugural Louisiana-owned sponsor of the event.2015 is the first year in a three-year commitment by the Verizon IndyCar Series to host the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana at NOLA Motorsports Park. Located in Avondale, LA, NOLA Motorsports Park is 14 miles southwest of downtown, New Orleans.
“We are extremely excited to launch another historic first-ever race for IndyCar at NOLA Motorsports Park,” said Tim Ramsberger, General Manager for the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana. “The park is a tremendous setting with all the right elements to serve as the fastest and most exciting adrenaline-filled party in the New Orleans area. I think this event will set a new standard for IndyCar racing.” Previously, Ramsberger served as the founding President of the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, now in its 10th year.
The NOLA Motorsports Park opened to the public in 2011. Founded and owned by Dr. Laney Chouest, the park will soon have the potential to accommodate Verizon IndyCar Series spectators thanks to a Public/Private partnership with The State of Louisiana. “The State of Louisiana understands the economic and cultural potential of this annual event. Track operations are already underway to transform NOLA Motorsports Park into a 13 Turn, 2.67-mile Verizon IndyCar Series circuit, complete with the state-of-the-art equipment, grandstands and viewing platforms racing fans need for a truly enjoyable experience,” he said.
The Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana is governed by the NOLA Motor Host Committee, Inc. Kristen Engeron, President of the Committee and of NOLA Motorsports Park, predicts a robust interest in the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana, both regionally and nationally. “The New Orleans area is known as a destination for spectacular sporting and special events,” she said. “We are confident that the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana will become another ‘don’t miss’ Louisiana event along the with Jazz Fest, Essence Fest, Zurich Classic, Super Bowl, NCAA Final Four and Wrestlemania,” she said.
“We’re delighted about the opportunity to showcase the Verizon IndyCar Series at NOLA Motorsports Park and to INDYCAR fans in the greater New Orleans area,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, the parent of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “The commitment from track owner Laney Chouest and his associates, combined with the support we received from the state of Louisiana, was the catalyst in making this come to fruition. New Orleans has a history of hosting successful major sporting events and we’re thrilled to be able to add the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana to the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule.”
The 2015 Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana takes place Friday, April 10, Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12, 2015 at NOLA Motorsports Park, www.nolamotor.com. Presale ticketing and previews will begin in late October for individuals who join the mailing list at http://www.GPofNOLA.com. Tickets will go on sale to the general public in November 2014. Sponsors and others interested in hospitality partnerships should contact David Goldwater with Andretti Sports Marketing(678) 6021661. Learn more at www.GPofNOLA.com.
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September 2, 2014
This Week in Golf — September 4-7
By two strokes and earn his 10th victory on the PGA Tour. Johnson, Sports Network
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With the Deutsche Bank Championship coming to a close on Monday, the field for this week’s event is cut down to the top 70 players left in the FedExCup playoffs.
Chris Kirk will look to keep things rolling after winning the Deutsche Bank Championship and jumping to No. 1 in the FedExCup playoffs on Monday. World No. 1 Rory McIlroy will also be in action after finishing tied for fifth and he remained No. 2 in the standings for the second straight week.
The Barclays winner Hunter Mahan will also be in this week’s field after falling to No. 3 in the standings following a 64th-place finish on Monday. Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose and Graeme McDowell will also be back after skipping the Deutsche Bank Championship for various reasons.
Golf Channel will cover Thursday and Friday’s action along with Saturday and Sunday’s rounds. NBC will also have coverage on Saturday and Sunday starting in the afternoon.
The PGA Tour season and FedExCup playoffs come to a close next week at the Tour Championship in Atlanta. Henrik Stenson clinched his FedExCup title with a 3-shot victory over Steve Stricker and Jordan Spieth at last year’s event.
OMEGA EUROPEAN MASTERS, Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club, Crans Montana, Switzerland – The European Tour is in Switzerland this week for the Omega European Masters, where Thomas Bjorn looks to defend his title.
Bjorn birdied the first playoff hole to defeat Craig Lee and earn his first victory on tour since winning this event back in 2011. Bjorn, a 15-time tour winner who has now won the European Masters twice, closed with a 6-under 65 to force a playoff against Lee (67). The duo ended regulation at 20-under 264.
In action again this week, Bjorn will look to continue his success at this event, which he has also finished runner-up in twice. Bjorn will be joined by a plethora of past winners, including Richie Ramsay (2012), Miguel Angel Jimenez (2010), Jean-Francois Lucquin (2008), Brett Rumford (2007), Bradley Dredge (2006), Robert Karlsson (2002), Ricardo Gonzalez (2001), Sven Struver (1998), Mathias Gronberg (1995) and Jose Maria Olazabal.
Bjorn is playing well yet again this season, finishing in the top 10 seven times, including a victory at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in December. Bjorn ended tied for fourth in his last event at the Made in Denmark.
Golf Channel will have coverage of all four rounds of this event.
Next week, the European Tour will be in The Netherlands for the KLM Open, where Joost Luiten edged out Miguel Angel Jimenez on the first playoff hole to emerge victorious.
QUEBEC CITY CHAMPIONSHIP, La Tempete Golf Course, Quebec City, Quebec – The Champions Tour remains in Canada this week for the Quebec City Championship.
Esteban Toledo won for the second time on the Champions Tour when he defeated Kenny Perry on the third playoff hole last year. Toledo closed his week with a 3-under 69 to end tied with Perry (70) at 5-under 211 at the end of regulation.
With the first two playoff holes played on the 18th hole, Toledo and Perry traded a pair of pars and forced a third hole, which was played on the par-3 10th.
Perry’s tee shot was about 20 feet from the hole, while Toledo missed the green entirely. Toledo made an incredible chip shot, however, and Perry could not hole his putt, giving Toledo the title.
Toledo will attempt to defend his title as he is in this week’s field, but Perry, this year’s Regions Tradition champion, will not participate. Bernhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie, each of whom won two of the other four major championships this season, will also be taking the week off.
Golf Channel will have delayed coverage of all three days of this event, which begins on Friday.
The Champions Tour takes a week off next week before heading to Hawaii for the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship, where Mark Wiebe defeated Corey Pavin in a playoff last year.
CHIQUITA CLASSIC, River Run Country Club, Davidson, North Carolina – The Chiquita Classic is set to host the second leg of the Web.com Tour Finals this week.
This is the second of four events at the end of which 25 players will earn, or keep, their PGA Tour cards for the 2014-15 season.
Andrew Svoboda parred the first playoff hole last year to defeat Will MacKenzie. Svoboda fired a final-round 70, while MacKenzie vaulted up the leaderboard to finish tied at the end of regulation following his 5-under 67. The two ended at 12-under 276.
Bud Cauley, last week’s winner at the Hotel Fitness Championship, sits atop the priority rankings and he headlines this week’s field along with Andrew Putnam, who is No. 2 on the tour’s money list. Money list leader Carlos Ortiz is not in the field.
The field also includes 2008 Masters champion Trevor Immelman along with other PGA Tour winners Jonathan Byrd, Chad Campbell, Ben Curtis, Tim Herron, J.J. Henry, Sean O’Hair and John Rollins.
A busy Golf Channel will have coverage of all four days of this event.
The Web.com Tour will play in its third playoff event next week at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship in Ohio, where Seung-Yul Noh won last year.
PGA TOUR CANADA
CAPE BRETON CELTIC CLASSIC, The Lakes Golf Club, Ben Eoin, Nova Scotia – The PGA Tour Canada is in Nova Scotia this week as it gets set to play the Cape Breton Celtic Classic.
Mackenzie Hughes shot his third round in the 60s on Sunday with a final-round, 6-under 66 to come away with a 1-shot victory over Ryan Williams (71) at this event last year. Hughes finished the week at 14-under-par 274.
Hughes will be back again this week as he looks to defend his title. Hughes, who’s only win on tour came at this event, struggled on the Web.com Tour this year. He missed 13 cuts with his best finish coming at his last event, the WinCo Foods Portland Open, where he ended tied for 46th.
After this week, there is only one more event left on tour this year. At the end of the season, the top five on the Order of Merit will earn their Web.com Tour cards for next season.
The season wraps up next week at the Tour Championship of Canada, where Max Gilbert edged out Trevor Murphy to earn a victory last year.
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Austin Ernst, who parred the first playoff hole to defeat I.K. Kim and win the Portland Classic on Sunday, jumped 71 spots in this week’s world rankings.
Chris Kirk made three big putts and captured the biggest win of his career Monday in the Deutsche Bank Championship. Whether that was enough for U.S. captain Tom Watson to add him to the Ryder Cup team was the least of his concerns.
Russell Henley either was playing down his chances or looking at Rory McIlroy’s name high on the leaderboard in the Deutsche Bank Championship.
September 2, 2014
The pickup boom of the 1990s and early 2000s brought an explosion of model configurations and trims, as more and more people began using these once-workhorses as their everyday vehicles. Of course, the most dichotomous new species was the sport truck. Pickups focused on performance had existed before—see Express, Li’l Red—but such exercises in silliness peaked when Dodge stuffed the Viper’s 500-hp V-10 into the Ram’s engine bay and created the monstrous SRT10—with a manual transmission no less. It set the (still-standing) top-speed record for production trucks at nearly 155 mph. READ MORE ››
September 2, 2014
- 2014-09-01T17:21:00+01:00 Monday 1 September 2014
Tension has escalated between winemakers in Germany’s Mosel region and the organisers of a major rally race after two cars crashed through vineyards on the eve of harvest.
Thierry Neuville crashes into Mosel vineyards during a practice run for ADAC Rallye Deutschland. Image Credit: Torstein Eriksen/ WRC
Vineyard owner Gehlen-Cornelius was assessing damage at the end of last week after a driver in the ADAC Rallye Deutschland lost control of his car and ploughed through vines.
Amateur footage of the crash [see below] showed Finnish driver Jari-Matti Latvala veering off the road at high speed and plunging through several rows of dense vineyard.
Daniel Gehlen told Decanter.com that he is seeking compensation from the organiser of the rally, which is part of the World Rally Championship. He declined to give a specific figure.
The accident was one of two crashes during this year’s event, which has increased tension between local winemakers and race organisers.
Some argue that the rally brings publicity to the Mosel, but Constantin Richter, of producer Max Ferdinand Richter, told Decanter.com that crashes are a regular problem for winemakers.
‘Ask top quality winemakers from our region, and you will hardly find anyone who welcomes that kind of sport in the vineyards.’
He also said rally spectators often sit in vineyards and either leave behind rubbish or trample young vines.
Some winemakers were also cut off from their own vineyards, making it hard for them to tend to vines at a crucial time of year. ‘During these rally days, spraying was necessary to avoid further fungus disease caused by the humid and wet weather in August,’ Richter said.
A spokesperson for rally organiser ADAC Motorsport defended holding the race in the area.
‘As always, not everyone is happy with big events like the ADAC Rallye Deutschland.
‘But, I am surprised that the winemakers are unhappy, because on the one hand they get very good compensation when a vineyard is demaged and, on the other hand, the ADAC Rallye Deutschland is a very good marketing tool for the wine Mosel region.’
Not everyone is unhappy in the Mosel. In 2011, winemakers in Neumagen-Dhron, a town on the Rallye Deutschland itinerary, gave ADAC Motorsport a prize for wine promotion, and in 2013 presented the rally organiser with 500 bottles of Riesling.
- In October 2012, Jean-Claude Wolffer shrugged off a crash in his vineyards in Alsace, France, as nothing serious.
- Intrigued. It sounds like a great idea and I would be interested in buying one (, %)
- Cautious, I would have to see it in action before I made my mind up (, %)
- Sceptical, I wouldn’t risk it with my old and rare vintages (, %)
- Not interested – if I want a glass of wine I’ll just open the bottle (, %)
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