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Well, with Dakar & the roar before the 24 starting up, I'd figured it was time to start a new thread with 2014 seasons slowly beginning. I figured it was time to start up a new thread for the new seasons coming upon us. Although it has started off in a somber note due to Michael Schumacher's accident (get well Schumi). Here's some ideas of what to look forward to in the year..

Formula 1:

- The new regulations, how will that affect the racing?

- Will Vettel get his 5th straight?

- How will drivers do with their new teams? (I'm hoping Kimi dominates but that's me.)

IndyCar:

- Ganassi with Chevy, Andretti with Honda, will it help?

- Is it Will Power's time?

- Will Helio make up for last year or will some new stand up?

Everything else:

- Will Webber & Porsche finally stop the dominance that is Audi?

- Will Toyota finally take the steps needed to be considered a threat?

- The newly formed United States Sportscar Championship, will it grow?

- V8 Supercars now has 5 manufactures, any chance it will grow?

Well, there's a lot going on this year & I want to start off with this....

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This is allegedly Ferrari's LeMans Prototype

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I think Juan Pablo will instantly make an impact in IndyCar. I could see him finishing Top 3 in Points by years end.

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We got numbers for the F1 drivers now...

1   Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault3   Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault6   Nico Rosberg       Mercedes7   Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari8   Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault11  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes13  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault14  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari17  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari19  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes20  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes21  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari22  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes25  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault26  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault27  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes44  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes77  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes99  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari

For those wondering about Das Wunderkid... He chose # 5 for when the day comes he is not the World Champion.

We may also have a new factory team in WEC soon...

http://www.racer.com/nissan-committed-to-lmp1-wec-entry/article/328811/

Nissan says it is fully committed to entering the LMP1 class at the start of the 2015 World Endurance Championship.

"Any motorsport program is dependent on the decisions of a company's board of directors, but we are pushing ahead as though it is all happening," said Nissan global motorsport director Darren Cox. "We are making decisions, entering discussions with suppliers and on target to be at Silverstone [the opening round of the WEC this year and last] in April 2015."

Cox would not discuss details of Nissan's plans, although he did admit that the hybrid powerplant's internal combustion element would be petrol-powered.

"We are not doing this in a conventional way: it will be a global project, so NISMO [Nissan's motorsport arm in Japan] and Ben [bowlby, designer of the ZEOD], will be involved," he explained.

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Andretti Autosport reveals 2014 IndyCar liveries

#25 Marco Andretti

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#27 James Hinchcliffe

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#28 Ryan Hunter-Reay

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#34 Carlos Muñoz

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Corvette Racing Unveils Livery

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Andretti Autosport to enter Global Rallycross with Volkswagen

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FOX Sports air times revealed for Rolex 24

Saturday, Jan. 25
2-4 p.m. ET on FOX
4-9 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 2
Overnight (Jan. 25-26)
9 p.m. – 7 a.m. ET on IMSA.com (includes live images, in-car cameras and announcers)
Sunday, Jan. 26
7 a.m. – 3 p.m. on FOX Sports 1

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Snapple sponsoring Marco's car just seems like the biggest clash ever. Can't say I'm a fan of any of those liveries with the exception of RHR.

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Sorry, no link, but reports are that Michael Shumacher may never wake from his coma as he has not responded to the treatment given to him by doctors.

Thoughts and prayers with him & his family.

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Sorry, no link, but reports are that Michael Shumacher may never wake from his coma as he has not responded to the treatment given to him by doctors.

Thoughts and prayers with him & his family.

Fears grow that Michael Schumacher will be in a coma for the rest of his life

Michael Schumacher will have to adjust to being a very different person

Of course, this is all speculation at this stage.

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Shocker of the day... No joke.... Uncle Bernie is stepping down

:jawdrop:

http://www.planetf1.com/news/3213/9118722/Ecclestone-Steps-Down-From-F1-Board

Bernie Ecclestone has stepped down from the board of Formula One but will continue to handle the day-to-day running of the sport.

Let the wild speculation commence on who can replace him

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First look at Force India's 2014 car, the VJM07. (taken from their twitter account).

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First impressions... not a fan.

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First look at Force India's 2014 car, the VJM07. (taken from their twitter account).

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First impressions... not a fan.

Of the scheme, car or both?

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First look at Force India's 2014 car, the VJM07. (taken from their twitter account).

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First impressions... not a fan.

Of the scheme, car or both?

Scheme mainly. I liked the previous season's paint scheme a lot. I think the black weakens the orange and green and does not say 'India' as much (even though the team is based in the UK and owned by Indian businessmen). Supposedly the black is meant to represent a panther.

I can't judge the look of the car. This is only taken from a 3D model after all and not the real thing. They say that they have 2 options for the front nose. This one is the 'banker' which complies with safety rules, however they are currently developing a 'better' nose to be tested at Jerez and are hoping it will comply with the crash safety test rules too.

All of the info can be found on their twitter @clubforce. There is also a guy @scarbsf1 who has pointed out some interesting things on the car compared to last year from this image. He has a pretty decent website too for all things technical in F1 - scarbsf1.com

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Some news from Williams....

http://grandprix247.com/2014/01/23/williams-on-brink-of-announcing-martini-racing-deal-for-2014-and-beyond/

Word has leaked out that Martini will be the title sponsor of the Williams team for the 2014 season and beyond.

Reports have emerged in Italy linking Martini – through their Martini Racing banner – with Williams, thus marking a return to Formula 1 by the stylish drinks brand, who have previously sponsored Brabham and Lotus in the seventies, and more recently had a minor partnership with Ferrari.

It is expected that Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas will unveil the Martini Williams Mercedes FW36 on the morning of 28 January at Jerez, before the first day of testing gets underway.

http://grandprix247.com/2014/01/23/first-images-of-the-williams-mercedes-fw36/

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Williams usually do go to the test in a blank blue car and then reveal the paint scheme and sponsorships at a later date.

First look at the new McLaren

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The sides and top just say the code name of the car, so I imagine it's a way to get a sponsor before the opener.

I saw Lotus' one on tumblr, and it looks pretty similar to 2013

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The sides and top just say the code name of the car, so I imagine it's a way to get a sponsor before the opener.

I saw Lotus' one on tumblr, and it looks pretty similar to 2013

McLaren: Yep they no longer have Vodafone and the MP4-29 is just a placeholder. Most cars will not be fully covered in sponsor logos yet.

Lotus: While the livery is almost identical, the actual car has some new elements. Not to mention the double pointed front nose where one side is longer than the other.

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This is to get around the regulations for the size of the tip on the front nose, as only the longer one counts as technically the front. There are no rules as to the positioning of this. There has been some questions on twitter whether they would change which side is longer depending on the orientation of the circuit (more corners either left or right) but most people seem to think that the effect on the car will be negligible and so this will not happen. It would also mean having to safety test two different nose cones.

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I'm probably in the minority but I like Mclaren's car.I really don't mind the anteater nose, IMO its better than the platypus. Ferrari reveals there car tomorrow and racing is back, the 24 begins tomorrow. I can't wait.

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IndyCar has a new logo since Izod sponsorship has expired:

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The old logo for comparison:

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And I'm reposting the TV schedule for the Rolex 24 at Daytona for those who want it:


Saturday, Jan. 25


2-4 p.m. ET on FOX
4-9 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 2
Overnight (Jan. 25-26)
9 p.m. – 7 a.m. ET on IMSA.com (includes live images, in-car cameras and announcers)
Sunday, Jan. 26
7 a.m. – 3 p.m. on FOX Sports 1

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All hail the ELEPHANTS!!!!

In all seriousness if this helps Kimi win, I don't care what it looks like. I'm waiting for Infiniti Red Bull to out do them (make an even uglier car).

EDIT:

From Daytona... Holy...

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BUMP

Some more....

Sauber:

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Toro Rosso with the Gonzo the Great nose...

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Nice touch Silver Arrows

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Merc, Red Bull, Caterham, Marrusia should debut tomorrow. Williams should be later....

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