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Mercedes to take “a step like that of McLaren or Aston Martin” to fight with Red Bull

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Mercedes has a clear objective: to fight for the World Cup again and, to do so, it needs to “take a step like that of McLaren or Aston Martin” that will bring it to the level of Red Bull. For the moment, the Austrian team has proven unreachable for its rivals, but Toto Wolff believes it is possible.

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Red Bull has been the favorite for two seasons now, but while in 2022 it had some competition with Ferrari at the beginning of the year, in 2023 it seems that they have no rival. For its part, Mercedes did not enter the new regulations on the right foot, last year was a season to forget and the beginning of this one too. As a result, they decided to change their ‘pontoonless’ concept and since then the Silver Arrows have made great progress. Now, Toto Wolff believes that if they replicate the step forward that two of their main rivals have made, they will be able to be in the fight for victories with Red Bull.

Mercedes to take “a step like that of McLaren or Aston Martin” to fight with Red Bull

“From where we are we only need a step like the one that McLaren and Aston Martin have achieved , in one go. They have improved not two tenths, but five,” Wolff commented in statements published on the Formula 1 website.

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Despite the optimism shown, the team leader recognizes that they still have to find the right “direction” and explains that they have several areas that must improve to achieve this. “I think we have some directions, if we knew it would be much easier. The car is very unpredictable and lacks grip , so we have to address different things,” explained the team leader. 

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“We tend to think that in Formula 1 there is a miraculous solution that will unlock everything. We need to put all the components together so that they work well, I wouldn’t mention anything in particular,” he said. 

At the moment, Mercedes leads the group that is fighting to be ‘the best of the rest’ and hopes to soon climb to third position in the Drivers’ World Championship with the help of Lewis Hamilton. Results with which the Brackley team would be more than satisfied given the performance of the W14. “Since last year we have to be careful with our predictions . We can increase the downforce and think that we will be right behind Red Bull next week, but we don’t know and that is the truth. The teams from second to sixth are quite close together, us, Ferrari, McLaren, Aston Martin…”, he noted. 

“But we are consistently scoring with both cars, we are second in the championship and we hope to soon be third in the drivers’ standings with Lewis. We are doing the best job possible considering the lack of performance from the car,” he expressed to close.

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Chase Elliott’s Crew Chief Publicly Exposes Golden Boy’s Fatal Error

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With 480 pts. and 19th rank in the 2023 Cup Series standings, Chase Elliott’s struggle to enter playoffs remains the same. However, in a jaw-dropping revelation from Hendrick Motorsports, a hilarious game of memory between Chase Elliott and Alan Gustafson has unveiled a side of the No. 9 Chevy that fans could never have imagined.

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Picture this: Daytona’s sunny day and the racing enthusiasm are palpable. Amid the COVID-tinged atmosphere, in the fateful year of 2020, Chase Elliott finds himself facing a curious predicament. The stakes are high as he and Alan Gustafson gear up for a race day challenge. The challenge seems simple: “What must Chase have on race day?”

What must Chase have on race day, HMS crew chief indulges in a funny banter

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During the HMS fun game, Driver and Crew Chief Challange between the Hendrick Motorsports crew chief and the NO. 9. Chevy, a question was raised: ‘What must Chase have on race day?’

To this, Alan throws the first stone with his answer: “His Helmet.” A confident yet spontaneous answer to the ambiguous question, given the no-brainer importance of a helmet for a high-speed sport like NASCAR.

The 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion, chimes in with exasperation and amusement, and said: “HANS. Where was it? Was it HANS? Should we tell that story?”, added amusingly. HANS device undoubtedly is a crucial device that keeps a driver’s head stable in high-speed crashes.

Chase Elliott’s Crew Chief Publicly Exposes Golden Boy’s Fatal Error

The Duo gave a flashback to Daytona, where Chase Elliott stood on the grid, with the weight of the race day excitement hanging in the air. Alan chips in, a mischievous grin hinting at the punchline, and revealed: “You didn’t have your bus and he’s on the grid to start the race like Daytona. He went straight to the car and I was like, hey, you got your helmet?” And then, the punchline that cracks open the story: “He just turned white.”

In a sequence that could rival any comedy script, the #9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driver’s race day hit him like a ton of bricks just as the national anthem wraps up. “I think the anthem was done,” Chase quips as the weight of the missing helmet sinks in. The ensuing exchange between Chase and Alan is priceless, as Alan further queries, “Where is that? Is it Ryan’s bus?” Well, I might have to ask Chase.

But this is not HMS’s No. 9’s first release of a fun trip down memory lane involving their drivers. There’s more.

In a lighthearted game with the Hendrick Motorsports team, NASCAR stars Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson joined forces to poke fun at their teammate William Byron for his notorious habit of forgetting where he parked his car.

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The host initiated the game by asking, “[Who is] most likely to forget where they parked their car?” Elliott held up Byron’s name card, and the young driver admitted, “Probably me.” As the room erupted in laughter, Alex Bowman and Kyle Larson chimed in, further solidifying the playful accusation. Byron even recounted a past memory of receiving an award for getting lost in a parking lot in high school, garnering more chuckles from his teammates.

Building strong relationships within a team, as seen with the Hendrick Motorsports team, is vital for success and consistency. This extends to the Motorsports industry, where collaboration and effective communication are paramount. Just as the NASCAR-winningest team thrives on a blend of humor and teamwork, professionals in the industrial kitchen trade must foster a workplace culture that supports innovation, productivity, and collaboration.

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Tragedy Strikes Dale Earnhardt Jr as his friend passed away

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Ahead of the 2024 NASCAR season, tragedy has struck the community. As it happens, former NASCAR crew chief Ryan Pemberton has passed away. He was 54 years old at the time of his passing and will be sorely missed. One of the worst-hit members of the community, will be Dale Earnhardt Jr. This is because Pemberton was the JR Motorsports competition director, thus a key member of the team.

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Pemberton has a fair amount of experience in the NASCAR arena. Back in 1995, he worked as a crew chief for Larry Pearson, guiding him to two wins that year. This also includes Pearson’s last Busch Series win at Myrtle Beach, which took his tally to 15 career wins. More recently, he was Regan Smith’s crew chief in 2014 at JR Motorsports. As competition director, his primary role was to coordinate between all of the JR Motorsports crew chiefs. Additionally, he worked closely with key personnel in the shop.

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Pemberton started his NASCAR career at Roush Fenway Racing in 1988. After gaining a fair amount of experience, he was part of Mark Martin’s first victory at Rockingham in 1989. Six years later, he became Pearson’s crew chief, and was the youngest crew chief at the age of 25. He soon moved to the Cup Series, and worked alongside the likes of Mark Martin, Jerry Nadeau, Joe Nemechek, David Reutimann and Brian Vickers.

Finally, JR Motorsport came along as a newly established team and recruited him. Pemberton took on the role of director of competition for JR Motorsports in 2012, and has worked diligently. Aside from working with the crew chiefs, he used to oversee car research and development. During his tenure, he was part of three NASCAR Xfinity Series championships and multiple race wins with the organization. Prior to his appointment, the team could only muster nine wins, so he injected some much-needed confidence. When he worked as Regan Smith’s crew chief, he guided the driver to his fourth career win. That win was at the season-opening Daytona International Speedway, and Smith went on to finish runner-up in the championship point standings.

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The Earnhardt family was devastated by the loss

A statement from Kelley Earnhardt Miller read, “Ryan was instrumental to JR Motorsports’ success during the decade he spent with us. He had such a passion for competition and, as a leader, knew how to motivate everyone he worked with. He will always be part of the JRM family. Our hearts go out to his wife Andrea and daughters Payton and Britton during this tremendously difficult time.”

Many others also shared their condolences at Pemberton’s passing. Admittedly, the cause of death is still unclear, but it is still a devastating loss nonetheless. Another fan wrote, “Hate hearing this. Ryan was always fun to talk to and be around . Thoughts and prayers to the whole Pemberton family”.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hails Team’s Vision After Expansion Project Confirmation

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In a significant move to bolster grassroots racing, the zMAX CARS Tour is set to expand its footprint to the West in 2023 with the introduction of the 10-race long zMAX CARS Tour Pro Late Model Series West. The expansion kicks off at Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway on March 2nd, marking a pivotal moment for the racing community.

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New Ownership, Fresh Vision

Under the stewardship of new owners, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Justin Marks, Kevin Harvick, and Jeff Burton, alongside Kern Raceway owner Tim Huddleston, the CARS Tour is poised for unprecedented growth. The collaboration aims to rejuvenate grassroots-level racing and elevate local tracks, fostering a nurturing environment for emerging talents.

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Expressing his enthusiasm, Dale Jr. recently shared, “Glad to be part of this ownership group. Seeing everyone’s vision and ambition take shape has been motivating. The new season is just around the corner!” For Harvick, the CARS Tour is not just a venture; it’s a realization of his vision for the future of motorsport.

Harvick’s West Coast Homecoming

Harvick, a former Stewart-Haas Racing driver and co-owner, considers the West Coast his home. The selected tracks for the CARS Tour in 2024 hold sentimental value for Harvick, as they played a pivotal role in shaping his illustrious career. Aligning with his successful NASCAR journey, the 2014 Cup Series champion aspires to ascend to the pinnacle of West Coast racing with the CARS Tour.

“We want to continue to build the series, bring attention to the drivers, the local tracks, and help usher the next generation of drivers to the top levels of racing,” Harvick emphasized. “Adding this West Coast schedule for 2024 is the next step to making that happen.”

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The 2024 zMAX CARS Tour Schedule Unveiled

Following its debut race at Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway on March 2, the CARS Tour embarks on a thrilling journey across the West. The itinerary includes stops at Irwindale Speedway for races on April 13 and May 11, and Stockton 99 Speedway on May 25.

Subsequently, the series heads to The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for two races on June 15 and July 3, returning to Stockton 99 on July 20. The grand finale unfolds with three races in California on August 31, October 5, and November 16 at Irwindale Speedway, All American Speedway, and Kern Raceway, respectively.

Expanding Opportunities: U.S. Legend Cars Join the Journey

In a parallel development, the U.S. Legend Cars will mirror the CARS Tour schedule, adding excitement to race weekends. The CARS Tour has already etched its name in motorsport history, and with this westward expansion, more drivers will seize the opportunity to compete in this prestigious series.

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