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July 15, 2019

Autoweek tells the stories from every corner of a vibrant car culture. From the historic to the cutting edge, from the glitzy to the grassroots, Autoweek documents the people, events and machines that spark the interests of car people all over the world. Get unbiased reviews on the newest models, keep up with the hottest trends and innovations in automotive design and performance, and even the collector lifestyle. For over 57 years, Autoweek has also been trackside, covering every form of motorsports. Each issue contains driver and team features and interviews, racing coverage from all major series and in-depth analysis from expert reporters. Every other week, Autoweek will inspire and inform you with insightful articles and amazing photography.

Paese:
United States
Lingua:
English
Editore:
Crain Communications, Inc
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24 Numeri

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wrapped up in detail

A little after 10:30 in the morning on Sunday, June 2, 2019, I sat in a chair behind one of many Penske transporters set up on Belle Isle. As a crew of several men and women prepared for race two of the Dual in Detroit, I waited to begin an interview with IMSA driver Hélio Castroneves. I was greeted by a well-dressed PR man, who asked me to give him a few moments to ensure Castroneves’ readiness before we met to talk about finishing on the podium the day before in the IMSA Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix. While I waited, a Penske employee walked by, wrapping cord. As he walked, I stared, transfixed. Never before had I seen such care taken to what many consider menial work. This employee carefully, methodically…

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rolling seven

BMW’S NEWEST and largest SUV stretches 203.3 inches bumper to bumper, takes up 78.7 inches of lane width and stands 71.7 inches tall. The wheelbase is over 10 feet. That’s big. Bigger than an X5 in every dimension and reasonably close in footprint to its platform-sharing sibling, the 7-Series sedan. As utes go, the X7 looks sharp. Some might find the large kidney grilles overwrought. I disagree. They match the car and give the correct impression of presence; so do the chrome accents along the sills and lower bumper. Inside, you’ll find the cabin isolation impressive. I drove through high winds and a storm yet enjoyed relative peace and quiet. My X7 came with optional extras like soft-close doors; head-up display; heated, cooled and massaging seats; plus heated and cooled cupholders.…

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staged for a comeback

SURELY, IN THE U.S., with its more than 320 million people, there must be more rally fans than in Chile, a nation of just 18 million and the newest country to join the World Rally Championship, right? America’s (and arguably the world’s) best-known rally driver, Ken Block, gets more views for his gymkhana car videos than there are Chileans. Add in Travis Pastrana’s popularity and the U.S. has two rally-driving internet megastars who could lead a potential WRC return to American roads. But America is not even on a shortlist of countries knocking on the door to enter WRC. Kenya (home to the legendary Safari Rally), Japan (with pressure from WRC entrant Toyota) and Canada (as a snow rally to supplement or replace Rally Sweden, increasingly blighted by warmer winter weather) are…

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‘biggest day of my career’

RICHARD PETTY never hesitates when asked which of his 200 NAS-CAR victories is the biggest. “The ’84 July race at Daytona,” he says instantly. “Over a period of time, no matter how big it is, some things slide down the hill. But not this one. This one is still at the top, the biggest day of my career.” Understandably. Consider that he beat Cale Yarborough by a yard at the caution flag after 158 of 160 laps. (With no overtime, the yellow effectively ended the race). And consider that their finish came before a throng that included Ronald Reagan, the first sitting president to attend a NASCAR race. And consider that it was the last victory of Petty’s incomparable career. “In the overall scheme of things, it was no bigger than the…

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you just have to go

IF YOU’RE READING THIS right now, you’ve probably thought about going to Le Mans. There are plenty of reasons not to: the distance, the expense, the lack of competition in a top class that’s been abandoned by manufacturers, the inscrutable machinations of a sanctioning body that seems to run on a high-test mix of politics and graft. I’m here to tell you, though, to forget about all of that. Just go. For the love of all that is holy, just go. I can say this because although I’ve now been as a journalist, with all the perquisites that accompany that exalted station, I spent a roughly equal amount of time among the rabble, wandering around Circuit de la Sarthe like any other regular Jacques. In a contrast so perfect I couldn’t possibly have…

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