You know racing season is here in full force when you keep your DVR busy all day recording the Monaco Grand Prix, the Indianapolis 500, and the Coca-Cola 600. Summer is upon us, and it’s brought the roar of internal combustion and the white smoke of tire degradation. Here’s who you should be following this racing season. Welcome to the Drivers Club.
- We got a closer look at one of our harder-core racing brands, Vibrant Performance, earlier this week. Vibrant makes alot of awesome stuff, but they focus on bare components for use by professional racing fabricators. And since Vibrant is the cheif sponsor of Chris Jeanneret’s Formula Drift Honda S2000, we got to see just what it takes to make a 2.4 liter straight-4 put down 1000 hp. Vibrant’s invincible parts certainly help with that. Follow Vibrant for more news on Chris, their other racing operations, and their awesome gear.
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- Speaking of Chris Jeanneret, you should follow him on Twitter. This is just his second full season of drifting, but he’s already making important moves. Like building a Honda S2000 into a drift car. The S2000 has never been a popular choice, but Chris knew the Honda K-Series engine was capable of incredible horsepower, and it was power he needed. Keep up with Chris’ Formula Drift season on Twitter, and follow his awesome web series, Made to Drift.
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- Nico Rosberg just won his second consecutive Monaco Grand Prix. It’s no huge surprise. Nico’s an extremely talented driver and wins races all the time. This one’s so special because he’s been coming in second to his AMG Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton virtually all season. But his day of reckoning came on Sunday, and not only did he outqualify the 2008 World Champion, he also took first in the race. Keep up with Nico and his intrateam duel with Hamilton on Twitter.
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- That Monaco Grand Prix aired at 7ish AM on Sunday, so you still had plenty of time to watch Ryan Hunter-Reay win the Indianapolis 500 in the afternoon. Racing for Andretti Autosport, Ryan qualified all the way back at 19th, but fought his way to victory with an average speed of 186.563 mph. Nice work, sir. Follow Ryan on Twitter to track the rest of his season.
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- One would think that driving in the Indianapolis 500 would be enough travel for one day, but Kurt Busch doesn’t agree. That’s why he also raced in the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte on the same day. Making use of a 600+ mph private jet (and 2 airport-to-infield helicopters), Kurt flew between tracks, making the same trip on Saturday for qualifying. On Sunday alone, he traveled over 1,330 miles, since his engine blew up on Lap 271. For Charlotte, he qualified 7th, though he started at 28th, a penalty for missing the drivers meeting before the race. In Indy, however, he qualified 12th and finished 6th, earning him the prestigious Rookie of the Year Award. Yes, this was his first season. Clearly Kurt is someone to follow on Twitter. So do it.
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Check back each Friday for a whole new group of our favorite Twitter accounts.
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Andy Sheehan is a blogger, aspiring novelist, and relentless hoon. He plans to will his 2002 Subaru WRX Wagon to his firstborn, plans his daily commute around the swoop of its roads, and doesn’t plan to ever buy an automatic. A cool-car omnipath, he loves the common Mustang or Chevelle, but hunts for the weird and wonderful Velorexes and Cosmos of the autoverse. And when he can afford a garage, he’s going to turn an MX-5 into a race car.