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Last Lap Bout Nets Josef Newgarden Indy 500 Win

Photo Credit: Chris Owens/IMS The 108th running of the Indianapolis 500 was destined to provide a Memorial Day weekend worth remembering in the United States. Not even a long anticipated rain shower was enough to bring silence the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday. Showers did press the green flag back from its usual early afternoon start close to 4:45 pm eastern time but the sounds of Chevrolet and Honda engines propelling Dallara race cars did fill the air.  Among the 33 competitors starting the 2024 Indianapolis 500 was NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Larson driving for Arrow McLaren. Larson had planned to compete for 1,100 miles during Sunday as he would have run 500 miles at Indianapolis before boarding a private jet to Charlotte, North Carolina to drive his familiar #5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro in the Coca-Cola 600. The temptation to run the prestigious event on the yard of bricks was just too much for Larson causing him to remain at the track.  Before la
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Kyle Larson’s Memorial Weekend Double Trouble

Photo Credit; Chris Owens/IMS   NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Larson will pursue a motorsport feat many now term “The Double” by competing in two major events during the United States’ Memorial Day weekend. In addition to his regular duties driving the #5 Chevrolet Camaro for Hendrick Motorsports in the Cup series’ longest distance event, the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Larson will be involved in the 108th running of the Indianapolis 500. He will be driving the #17 Arrow McLaren fielded entry for his first IndyCar Series outing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Kyle Larson is set to become the fifth driver in 30 years to complete the task. Not only did Larson secure a spot inside the 33-car grid for the Indy 500 but made a spirited run for the front row and even the pole during Sunday qualifying at the 2.5-mile speedway. His effort would ultimately result in an impressive fifth place starting spot for the #17 car. Scheduled to run in NASCAR’s All-Star race at North Wilke

IndyCar’s Challenge Before the Thermal Club $1 Million Challenge

Photo Credit: Chris Nagy/Car FYI Canada There’s a popular saying in motorsports that money buys speed. However, auto racing competition isn’t always the best source to generate money. Without sponsorships and/or other wealthy parties, the glory to capture victory is an expensive endeavour. Excluding the prestigious Indianapolis 500 where a sizable race purse can make a massive financial impact (for example 2023 race winner Josef Newgarden and his Team Penske organization took $3,666,000 US), the season-long point standings are a barometer for success. This weekend, the NTT IndyCar Series arrives at Thermal Club in Palm Springs, California for a non-points competition with where a driver and team can win a $500,000 American dollars on Sunday for 30 laps of racing.  The 2024 Thermal Club $1 Million Challenge event takes place on March 24th with two 10-lap heat races and a final 20-lap battle between 12 All-Star contenders. The first time in recent history that such a high-paying, non-ch

Car FYI's 2024 Canadian Automotive Guide: Honda

Photo Credit: Honda Canada Inc. Product Lineup: Accord, Civic, CR-V, HR-V, Odyssey, Passport, Pilot, Prologue, Ridgeline Overall Brand Impression:  Recognized for its sturdy reputation, Honda demonstrates itself as being exceptionally careful to deliver the vehicles customers want today while insuring they also provide products demanded for tomorrow. Having officially employed Canadians for 55 years, last year marked the company’s 10 millionth vehicle produced in the country with upcoming plans for expansion imminent. For 2024, Honda’s automobile lineup features backbone models such as the Civic and CR-V while the completely-new, all-electric Prologue.  What’s New for 2024:  Welcomed into the Honda lineup for 2024 is the first-ever Prologue. A fully-electric crossover vehicle with a predicted driving range of 450 kilometers thanks to a General Motors-supplied Ultium battery technology, the 2024 Honda Prologue is created as an attractive, practical design. Being delivered in limited

Car FYI's 2024 Canadian Automotive Guide: GMC

Photo Credit: Chris Nagy/Car FYI Canada Product Lineup: Acadia, Canyon, HUMMER EV, Savana, Sierra, Sierra Heavy Duty, Terrain, Yukon, Yukon XL Overall Brand Impression:  GMC’s 2024 lineup of trucks, crossover utility vehicles and commercial vans (the GMC Savana remains in production as a steady work vehicle) reflects a diverse customer base for the General Motors brand. GMC is taking utility along new avenues for the 2024 model year. In addition to a heavily revised, enlarged Acadia crossover and an upgraded Sierra Heavy Duty pickup truck, a full-fledged charge of the HUMMER EV lineup with the SUV joining the pickup truck presents GMC’s work-duty performance in a light for the future.  What’s New for 2024: A brand-new GMC Acadia drops for the 2024 model year as a larger, more capable premium crossover. Stretching 10.6 inches longer than the previous generation vehicle, the 2024 Acadia offers greater space for the three-row passenger cabin. A richer array of safety features, availab

Car FYI's 2024 Canadian Automotive Guide: Genesis

Photo Credit: Genesis Motors North America Product Lineup: Electrified G80, Electrified GV70, G70, G80, G90, GV60, GV70, GV80 Overall Brand Impression:  In August of 2023, Hyundai’s spun-off luxury brand Genesis produced their one-millionth vehicle. The eight-year-old premium marque had rapidly established a niche in the prestigious motoring sector with sedans, crossovers and electric vehicles. For 2024, Genesis continues to foster a reputation for constructing prestigious, well-equipped automobiles.  What’s New for 2024: The entry-level premium sedan in Genesis’ 2024 product lineup, the G70 receives a number of updates. Touting a presence of a new Genesis emblem, enhanced interior and standard Brembo brakes, the 2024 G70 sedan boasts new base power from a 300-horsepower 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. For the second half of 2024, Genesis dealerships will receive a new GV80. In addition to the extensively refined but familiar Genesis GV80 SUV, the 2025 model year will al

Car FYI's 2024 Canadian Automotive Guide: Ford

Photo Credit: Ford Motor Company Product Lineup: Bronco, Bronco Sport, E-Series, E-Transit, Escape, Explorer, Edge, Expedition, F-150, F-150 Lightning, F Series Super Duty, Maverick, Mustang, Mustang Mach-E, Ranger, Transit, Transit Connect Overall Brand Impression:  After more than 120 years as a major automaker, Ford continues to play a delicate balancing act between embracing the requirements for the modern motoring environment while still honouring celebrated automotive staples. Ford’s electric vehicle transition is moving rather smoothly with the Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning pickup truck while the Bronco, Escape and Explorer find buyers. Of course, the F-Series truck lineup continues to be the benchmark for all utility vehicles in North American. Finally but most excitingly, the 2024 model year brings an all-new Mustang to the marketplace with bigger and better performance aspirations. What’s New for 2024:  For 2024, the biggest impact on the Ford vehicle portfolio is t