It’s summer, folks. The races are coming in thicker than you can watch them. But that doesn’t mean you can’t keep up with the action. Here are a few folks to follow on Twitter to aid you in your racing current events quest.
Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
- It’s been running since 1916. It’s a 12.46 mile course with 156 turns and over 4,700 ft of elevation change. It’s the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and it’s going on right now. Racers from all over the world show up, so many that there are 16 classes to hold them all, and 9 of those classes use handlebars instead of a steering wheel. Until a few years ago, the course was partly dirt, though it’s now entirely tarmac, (warning: pun ahead) paving the way for new records. Also of note is the recent rise in electric racers. Since they don’t rely on oxygen like cars with traditional engines, they have a distinct advantage in the high altitudes. Follow the PPIHC on twitter throughout the weekend to stay current on who’s winning what.
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Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima
- And the absolute king of Pikes Peak is 63-year-old Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima. The Japanese rally driver and tuning shop owner has won the event 9 times, has broken the quickest run record twice, and was the first driver to break the 10 minute mark. He’ll be driving an electric again this year, and he stands a pretty good chance of winning. And his Twitter feed is in English, so all of us Westerners can actually read it. So read it.
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Sam Hornish Jr.
- Last weekend’s NASCAR race at Road America, one of only a few NASCAR road course events every year, was a blast. The race, formally the Gardner Denver 200 Fired Up by Johnsonville (because NASCAR), was launched, then paddled, through various levels of rain severity, but Sam Hornish Jr, the 34-year-old former IndyCar star, lead most of the laps until a slide late in the race put him out of the running for checkered. But his performance at Road America was just part of his recent string of success, including a 2nd place finish earlier this month in Iowa. Follow Sam on Twitter as he shows the Nationwide Series how it’s done.
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Williams Racing F1 Team
- One of the most storied racing teams in F1 history, Williams has been around since 1977. They’ve won 114 races, 7 drivers championships, and 9 constructors championships. But in recent years, their performance has tapered. Until last weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix, that is. Their drivers, Felipe Massa and Valterri Bottas qualified 1st and 2nd, and finished 4th and 3rd, behind the Mercedes drivers (who only fail to win when their cars break). Is Williams back? Follow them on Twitter to find out.
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Jerry Seinfeld & Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
- Jerry Seinfeld, star of blockbusters such as Bee Movie and Pros & Cons, isn’t just hilarious. He love cars, too. His internet series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, is just what it sounds like. Each week Jerry takes a different car to pick up a different comedian, and they go get coffee. His guests have included Brian Regan, Louis CK, Alec Baldwin, Ricky Gervais, David Letterman, Seth Meyers, Tina Fey, and Jey Leno, among many others. Follow Jerry on Twitter for more hilarity and cool cars.
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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.