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Drive Life : January 14th 2011
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TOP SELLING CARS OF 2010 5 ' 1 Holden Commodore 45,956 2 Toyota Corolla 41,632 3 Toyota Hilux 39,896 4 Mazda 3 39,003 5 Hyundai i30 29,772 Source: FCAI IN DRIVE TOMORROW NET POLL Do you like the look of Ford's new Territory? Yes 79% No 21% Next week's net poll question: Which wheels should drive the Ford Falcon? Go to drive.com.au/vote Full report from the 2011 Detroit motor show ' Drive Life editor Richard Blackburn firstname.lastname@example.org National Drive editor Toby Hagon Sales manager Ian Bellert 9282 3709 Cover Corbis Drive writers abide by a code of ethics. Read it at drive.com.au/ethics DriveLIFE Fast times, American-style MARCOS AMBROSE On track . . . Marcos Ambrose has no plans to give up smoking in the New Year. Entering his third season in NASCAR's top echelon, Marcos Ambrose explains what it's like to tackle the US's other superbowl. I've raced all over the world; Europe, Australia and Asia, and without a doubt NASCAR is the toughest challenge -- and the biggest show -- I've encountered. People talk about formula one as the pinnacle of motorsport but in the US NASCAR is first, with daylight second. All up, prizemoney for the season tops $200 million. The opening race, at the famous Daytona International Speedway next month, has a prize pool of $16 million. For me, Daytona also marks a fresh start and my best chance yet to make a big impact on the sport. This is my third season in the main game -- the Sprint Cup. It's going to be a big year of change; I'm getting back behind the wheel of a Ford for the first time since 2008, with a new team owner in the form of NASCAR legend Richard Petty. Richard is without a doubt the greatest NASCAR driver of all time, having won a record 200 championship races, seven series titles and seven Daytona 500s in a 35-year career. It's a massive honour to race for him and I can't wait to get behind the wheel of the Black and Decker Stanley-sponsored No. 9 Ford Fusion. The Daytona International Speedway is an incredible place -- and home to the most prestigious event of the year. It's the NASCAR equivalent of Bathurst but in place of six kilometres of picturesque NSW countryside, I'll be tackling four kilometres of steeply banked concrete. From the infield to the wall, the track banks roughly the equivalent of two storeys. And behind the wall are 150,000 screaming fans. It's a daunting place to race because you rarely take your foot off the accelerator. The 500 itself is a lottery, with 43 cars racing three-wide for the entire event at speeds averaging about 300km/h. While that is very quick, on safety grounds speeds are kept in check by a restrictor plate, which limits the air intake to the engine and drops their output from 560kW to about 335kW. Despite the relative lack of power, it makes for one of the most incredible sights in all of motorsport; it's an amazing feeling to be right in the middle of the action. A NASCAR season is gruelling; between February and November there are 36 points- paying races as well as special events such as the Sprint All-Star Race, so once the season starts, it is all systems go. A typical weekend will see us fly into the race on Thursday evening, depending on sponsor commitments, qualify on Friday, practise on Saturday and race on Sunday. Straight after the finish we get back on the plane to North Carolina to spend a day in debrief, a day with the family and a day for business matters. It's hectic but my family love living in the US. My eldest daughter started school last year and the current off- season is the first we have spent without travelling back to Australia. The 36-race schedule has a real mix of circuit configurations, with six events held on ovals less than a mile (1.6 kilometres) in length, 28 on medium ovals up to super speedways and two on the natural road courses at Sonoma and Watkins Glen. The Martinsville oval, at 850 metres long, provides a very different challenge to the Talladega Superspeedway, which is 4.3 kilometres long. The Sprint Cup also visits the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Brickyard 400; it's an awe-inspiring stadium which holds upwards of 250,000 race-day fans. The NASCAR field is set at 43 cars for every event, which makes things very tight on some of the shorter ovals. After the first five events of the year, drivers who are within the top 35 in the points are guaranteed a race start and don't have to rely on qualifying speed to make the field. For each event, Richard Petty Motorsports will pack a primary car and back-up Ford, with the team preparing about 15 different chassis for each driver throughout the course of the season. Setting up a stock car for oval racing is a bit of a black art. Throughout every event, the team will constantly tune the car with suspension and tyre air-pressure changes in the pit stops, which is all in the name of making the car faster. Another unique aspect of oval track racing is the use of spotters, who sit on top of the grandstand and are constantly in communication about the cars around me on the track, as well as any unseen incidents ahead. All of the drivers in the field are world- class and to be able to race them so many times during the year on some of the biggest sporting stages in the world is an honour and a privilege. Beating them is even better.
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