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Robert Wickens feels like he’s almost back after virtual race

Robert Wickens’ first virtual IndyCar race on Saturday seemed almost like the real thing.

“My eyes were burning,” the Canadian told NBCSN after getting behind the wheel for the first time since a near fatal crash two years ago.

“It was a ride,” Wickens said of working his way through the turns of the virtual Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama while sitting in his basement as he finished eighth behind Australian winner Scott McLaughlin after an embarrassing moment in qualifying.

“I was so mad at myself,” Wickens said. “I spun out in the last corner, which I had never done in the entire time on the sim(ulator).

“So I started last and so we made the bold strategy of trying to make it on one stop under yellow. I felt there was a better chance of me not spinning out

Hyundai drops more details on Prophecy EV Concept

Early last month, Hyundai released the joystick-controlled Prophecy EV Concept, labeled it the “ultimate automotive form,” and kind of left it at that. A full gallery was released, inside and out, but any depth of knowledge or details about the vehicle were left out. It seems Hyundai was simply manufacturing a bit of mystery and drama, as a new batch of photos, video, and information has just emerged.

Hyundai has shown two extremely different concept vehicles in the past two years in the 45 hatchback and Prophecy four-door coupe. Stylistic pieces of the 45’s design have already shown up in the new Hyundai Elantra, and the Prophecy is also said to preview design and technology that will make it into future Hyundais.

The 45 and the Prophecy are the first two Hyundais to ride on top of

NASCAR industry starts producing protective equipment for medical staff

The interruption to the 2020 NASCAR season due to the COVID-19 pandemic has been understandably disappointing and disconcerting for racers, fans, teams and the industry as a whole. But instead of completely retreating during this time of general uncertainty, NASCAR and the racing industry responded immediately to help make a life-saving difference. Just as other parts of the industry are producing equipment from ventilators to respirators, NASCAR is building protective equipment and engineering new kinds of it.

The NASCAR Research & Development Center, located outside Charlotte, N.C., has turned its high-tech capabilities into real life medical assistance — manufacturing face shields with its 3D printers and even a prototype human head that Wake Forest doctors and scientists are using to research better treatment supply options.

CORE Autosport, a team in IMSA’s WeatherTech Sportscar Championship, is similarly committed to helping

The vehicles we recommend most often

We get questions about cars a lot here at
Autoblog. Given that we drive pretty much every vehicle on the road, we’re often asked by enthusiasts and everyday drivers alike for our opinions when they’re in the market for a
new car.

Our recommendations vary, of course, depending on the specifics of what each prospective buyer wants from their cars. But many times, we find ourselves repeating the same recommendations, for the simple reason that if a car is good enough to recommend once, it’s good enough to recommend to everyone.

So, without further ado, here’s a quick look at the cars at the cars we find ourselves recommending to car shoppers most often across many segments.

Audi A4

Audi A4

MSRP: $35,500 to $36,400

Fuel economy: 24 city / 32 highway

It’s one of the most fun all-around cars

It was a busy weekend of iRacing for NASCAR, IndyCar

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead sang the national anthem from a remote location. Troy Aikman, borrowing Matthew McConaughey’s trademark phrase “All right, all right, all right,” commanded drivers to start their, uh, simulators.

NASCAR’s new normal resumed Sunday with another virtual event, the second in an iRacing series thrown together after the coronavirus pandemic stopped nearly all sports. NASCAR’s 36-race season was suspended four events into the year.

Timmy Hill won the virtual race at Texas Motor Speedway, where a highlight came when Daniel Suarez was parked by iRacing officials for intentionally trying — but failing — to crash Ty Dillon.

Hill is considered among the top competitors in iRacing, a subscription-based gaming platform. His virtual victory was his 674th in the game.

Fox Sports again used its team of Mike Joy and Hall of Famer

2020 BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M First Drive | What’s new, 0-60, performance

Gordon Gekko may have given us the epigram that “Greed is good,” but the suspender-clad scumbag of 1987’s “Wall Street” couldn’t have imagined the modern performance SUV and the people who spend six figures to have it all: Track-level performance, rich luxury, family seating and all-wheel-drive capability.

The latest 2.5-ton corporate raiders are the 2020 BMW X5 M and X6 M, and they’re a hoot: A match for any SUV in the global portfolio, from the Porsche Cayenne and Cayenne Coupe to the Lamborghini Urus, Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, Audi RS Q8 or Mercedes-AMG GLE 63. “Competition” versions amass 617 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque from a new twin-turbo, 4.4-liter V-8 that first rocked the world in the BMW M5 and M8. So equipped, the X5 and X6 M will scorch 60 mph in 3.7