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Rookie Rossi Rolls to Stunning Indy 500 Win

Photo Credit: Dana Garrett For the 100th time, the event proclaimed "The greatest Spectacle in Auto Racing" allowed drivers, teams and some of the more advanced vehicles on the planet to compete on Indianapolis Motor Speedway's famed 2.5-mile rectangle. The 200-lap open wheel racing classic known as the Indianapolis 500 has only gained in prestige as names like Ray Harroun, Louis Meyer, Wilbur Shaw, A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Rick Mears and Dario Franchitti represent a few of the challengers of the great 500-miler whose success at the track added a treasure trove of moments. The history of races dating back to 1911 and the promise of a vibrant 100th running of the open wheel competition was marked by sellout audience for the 2016 Indianapolis 500. In the 99 previous events, 67 drivers have gained the distinction for being an Indy 500 champion. Once the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS pace car piloted by Roger Penske stormed towards pit road, the green flag that fell on

Is More Imagination Needed Towards Indy 500 Pace Car Selection?

Photo Credit: General Motor/Chevrolet This weekend, the Indianapolis 500 will be run for its 100th time. A primary focus around a 500-mile auto race around a historic 2.5-mile race track has resulted in a far amount of traditions. Some of these traditions such as the Fast 9 qualifying shootout and the honorary starter are newer aspects while one of the oldest is the ceremonial pace setter used to lead the field to the green flag. A staple of the Indy 500 since the first race in 1911, the pace car history ranges from a Stoddard-Dayton roadster to a Chevrolet Corvette Z06 used in last year’s event. This year’s Indianapolis 500 will feature an all-new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS trimmed in a special preview of the 50th Anniversary Package. The beautiful Abalone White sixth generation Camaro convertible features a 455-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 LT1 engine perfect for maintaining pace lap speed ahead of a 33-car contingent of machines set to run at speed of 230 miles per hour. A tradi

Hinchcliffe Takes Pole Position for 2016 Indianapolis 500

Photo Credit: Chris Jones One week ahead of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, the 33-car field was structured by two days of time trials. Sunday’s Fast 9 was established on Saturday by the quickest qualifiers of the day one qualifying session. Consisting of five Honda and four Chevrolet powered machines, qualifying for the momentous 2016 Memorial Day 500-mile event gave nine cars the opportunity for the coveted pole position with the best 10-mile run around the 2.5-mile oval track. The first of the nine cars to post a pole-challenging run, Simon Pagenaud in the #22 car for Team Penske set the early benchmark with a 229.139-mile per hour average speed through a four-lap qualifying run. Carlos Munoz quickly displaced Pagenaud from the top spot piloting an Andretti Autosport machine. Two cars after Munoz, Ed Carpenter Racing’s Josef Newgarden posted an effort resulting in a 230.700-mile per hour average qualifying time. Newgarden’s fast effort in the #21 Chevrolet-powered

Golden First Chevrolet Camaro Celebrates 50th Birthday

Photo Credit:  Historic Vehicle Association May 21st 1966, a coming together of steel, glass and other assorted material converged for the first time to shape Chevrolet's answer to the Ford Mustang. Born in an era when The Beetles, The Righteous Brothers as well as The Mamas & The Papas was freshly-pressed on records, Chevrolet's attention was focused on the construction of their very first example of the Camaro. Launched to compete in a hot sector for the 1960s, it would have been hard to forecast the car's lasting impact over five decades. Ironically, a Chevrolet Camaro marking the 50th anniversary in 2016 is a golden-colored vehicle. The historic bowtie performance is painted gold and completed with a gold-coloured interior. Documented by the Historic Vehicle Association as the first pilot car (a prototype vehicle manufactured traditionally to test the production procedures and equipment to be used ahead of mass-assembly), Chevrolet Camaro #100001 was preserve

American Moms Could Receive a Special Gift from Nissan for Mother's Day

Photo Credit: Nissan North America While auto makers can talk about giving birth to a form, he human form is the ultimate creation. Despite what the automobile means to many, we all owe the existence of the ultimate creation in this world to two people. On May 8th 2016, we pay tribute to the ones who brought life to automotive innovators and admirers. For mothers in the United States, one auto maker has prepared a very amusing gift. The Nissan Mother's Day Chocolate Contest showcases the versatility of moms through their vehicles and is powered by a medium corresponding with the sweetness associated with that special person. The specially-created gift boxes feature a total of 15 vehicle-shaped chocolates depicting some of the products Nissan gives birth to in a manner of speaking. Three of Nissan's top vehicles each represent five types of candy with chocolate type and automobile combining to serve a theme. Milk chocolate is used to cast the impression of the Nissan Ro

Toronto's Motorexpo Auto Show Stalls for 2016

Photo Credit: Chris Nagy It is a regret to inform Toronto area car enthusiasts there will unfortunately be one fewer attraction for  motorheads in 2016. The premium and exotic cars belonging to Motorexpo Toronto will not be present in the Canadian city's downtown. A chance to view brand-new vehicles from McLaren, Lamborghini, Jaguar, Acura or Bentley in the specious lobbies of the Bay Wellington Tower and First Canadian Place buildings right in the heart of Toronto, the Motorexpo exhibit operated through the work week as a free to visit event. An annual exhibition for five years, Motorexpo Toronto will not take place this summer. In reviewing the Motorexpo website, the Toronto event is notably absent along with a long-held show in London. In fact, the only location slated to hold Motorexpo for 2016 is New York City. Contacting Motorexpo CEO Graeme Carver, he confirmed there will not be a Canadian stop for the luxury and exotic car show this year.  No explanation for the