Month: August 2020

Heavy smoke, jammed exit: NTSB describes Earnhardt Jr. family’s plane crash escape

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and a pilot struggled to open a crashed airplane’s wing emergency exit as the aircraft began to burn and fill with smoke before the race car driver and his family managed to escape from the main door, according to new details about the 2019 accident released by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Documents released Thursday by the NTSB provide pilot, passenger and witness statements about the Aug. 15, 2019 plane crash at an airport in Elizabethton, Tennessee.

Earnhardt was with wife Amy, 15-month-old daughter Isla, two pilots and the family dog when their Cessna Citation Latitude crashed. The NTSB said three passengers suffered minor injuries.

Earnhardt retired from full-time racing following the 2017 season and is now working as a NASCAR analyst for NBC Sports, though he has raced since the plane crash.

Earnhardt was with

Indy 500 scraps plan for spectators as COVID-19 surges in Indiana

The Indianapolis 500 will not have any spectators in attendance after the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) reversed direction on Tuesday, having originally planned for close to 100,000 fans at the race which has been rescheduled for later this month.

With the COVID-19 pandemic raging in several regions of the United States and having already claimed over 150,000 lives, IMS said it was an abundance of caution that prompted it to abandon efforts to have fans at the Aug. 23 event.

Indiana is one of the regions seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases, with IMS noting in a statement that in Marion County, where the organization is located, the number of cases has tripled and the positivity rate has doubled.

“As dedicated as we were to running the race this year with 25 percent attendance at our large outdoor facility, even

Woodward Dream Show promises the Dream Cruise experience, only virtual

[Update: Pontiac Motorsports Exposition (PME) announced Monday that the Woodward Dream Show event has been called off for 2020 and issued the following statement:

“This was a difficult decision but based on the ever-changing business environment and health concerns in Michigan and across the country, we have decided to postpone the inaugural Woodward Dream Show to 2021,” said PME CEO, Tim Hartge. “Our mission at PME is to create and execute premium, in-person automotive events for enthusiasts and car owners, and that was going to be difficult to do this year, so we have decided to focus on creating an even better event for 2021.”

The original article follows in full.] 

While the official 2020 Woodward Dream Cruise events have been called off due to the ongoing coronavirus health crisis, one organization has an alternative for would-be attendees: the 2020

Lewis Hamilton wins British Grand Prix for his 87th career victory

SILVERSTONE, England — Lewis Hamilton held on to win the British Grand Prix on Sunday despite a puncture on the last lap to clinch an 87th career win and move within four of Michael Schumacher’s Formula One record.

The championship leader’s record-extending seventh Silverstone win saw him finish six seconds ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who unexpectedly moved up a place after Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas sustained a puncture with three laps left.

With Hamilton so far ahead, Verstappen went in for a tire change in a bid to gain an extra point for the fastest lap but that pit stop ultimately cost him victory because Hamilton’s front left shredded with half a lap to go. Verstappen swallowed up most of the 25-second gap but ran out of time.

“I definitely haven’t experienced anything like that. I thought

1999 Honda Civic Si Review | Retro first drive

This will not be one of those “meet your heroes” types of retro car reviews. There was no poster of a 1999 Honda Civic Si on my wall, and it certainly wasn’t on the shortlist (or even long one) of contenders for my first car. Yet, with a closet full of car magazines and a drivers’ license about to be acquired, I do quite vividly remember the Civic Si coming out and the rave reviews it received. And frankly, I didn’t get it. It had only 160 horsepower, the interior of any old Civic, and I distinctly remember thinking the omission of ABS was absurd. Admittedly, the Electron Blue Pearl paint was pretty cool.

Smash cut to 21 years later, and there’s a ’99 Civic Si in my driveway, looking exactly like the ones that graced those car

Lyft partners with rental group Sixt to target carless city dwellers

Lyft Inc has partnered with the U.S. unit of German rental car group Sixt SE to expand its in-app rental business to carless city dwellers eager to take a trip.

Lyft users can book a designated car through the ride-hailing app, add insurance and extras and directly pick up the car from the rental lot without waiting at the counter.

Lyft already runs a limited rental car program in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area without the involvement of any car rental companies.

The new partnership allows it to quickly scale while avoiding the costs and regulations associated with owning and operating a national fleet.

“COVID has caused a change in behavior and people need different transportation options,” Cal Lankton, Lyft’s vice president of Fleet & Global Operations, said in an interview.

While rental car demand has plummeted