Champ Car Atlantics Newest Additions

Looks like John Edwards and the rest of the Atlantic field will have their work cut out for them next year as the Champ Car Atlantics will see an influx of European talent once again competing in the premier Open Wheel racing series.

Walker Racing has just announced the addition of the Mansell brothers to his 2008 Atlantic line-up which also features Canadian Kevin Lacroix. Yes, that’s right, that’s Mansell as in sons of 1992 Formula 1 and 1993 CART champion Nigel Mansell.

Greg and Leo Mansell will cross the pond to make their stateside debut in the Atlantic championship after having spent the previous two seasons racing in Europe. The past two years the brothers Mansell have contested the Formula BMW UK and British Formula 3 International series, which Greg finished tenth overall in.

Greg at 19 is the younger of the two brothers, while Leo is 22 and the brothers along with their dad see this as the next step up the ladder in their pursuits of Open Wheel racing.

Teamate Lacroix, in his sophomore season, won last year at rain soaked Portland in only his second series start. So the potential for results seem apparent, although the team will still have to beat the mighty Sierra Sierra and Forsythe teams.

Meanwhile John Edwards teammate, Canadian Robert Wickens has just made his A1 GP debut in Malaysia. Wickens aquitted himself well by finishing on the podium in third place during the Sprint race, which was his very first outing behind the wheel of the Team Canada entry.

Currently a total of three Atlantic standouts are on A1 GP team rosters, along with Indy Pro Series competitor Arie Luyendyk Jr. as part of Team Netherlands.

Formula One – The Rise Of Renault

In 2005, Formula One saw Ferrari fade out of sight, as the works Renault team dominated the early part of the season, and Fernando Alonso forged a clear championship lead. In the latter part of the season McLaren were significantly the stronger team, with consistently better results and a win tally of 6 from 7 races. However their early record of poor reliability had meant that catching Renault in either Drivers’ or Constructors’ Championships was a tall order.

For a while it looked close between Rikknen and Alonso, but by Brazil Fernando Alonso had become Formula One’s youngest ever champion. The Constructors’ Championship looked even more likely for McLaren, widely regarded as the faster car and with reliability much improved.

However a retirement for Juan-Pablo Montoya in the season finale at Shanghai secured the Constructors’ title for Renault. One statistic proved the two teams’ dominance: they together won all but one of the races, the controversial US Grand Prix, (in which neither of the two teams participated) which was Schumacher and Ferrari’s only win of the year.

Arguably, the final small specialist racing team disappeared with the September 2005 purchase of Minardi by Red Bull to be renamed as Scuderia Toro Rosso and run as a separate entity alongside Red Bull Racing. Jordan had been bought by Russo-Canadian steel company Midland early in 2005 and was renamed Midland F1 for the 2006 season. In June 2005, BMW bought a majority stake in Sauber, which became their factory entry. The Williams team ceased their partnership with BMW as a result, entering a commercial arrangement with Cosworth instead.

From 2006 manufacturer teams have an unprecedented level of involvement in the sport. Honda also bought BAR. 2006 was the last season with two tyre manufacturers: The two manufacturers at the time were Japanese manufacturer Bridgestone and French company Michelin. In December 2005, the FIA announced that from the 2008 season, there would be only one tyre supplier. Five days later, Michelin announced it would quit Formula One at the end of the 2006 season as it did not want to be in Formula One as the sole tyre supplier, leaving Bridgestone as the sole supplier from 2007.

Renault and Fernando Alonso established early leads in both the Constructors’ and Drivers’ Championships. The Spanish World Champion achieved six wins (including four consecutive victories) in Bahrain, Australia, Spain, Monaco, Britain, and Canada. Teammate Giancarlo Fisichella won his third career race in Malaysia. Schumacher won the United States Grand Prix (his fourth consecutive victory at Indianapolis and fifth career victory there) and the French Grand Prix. He also won the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, with Alonso finishing 5th.

Jenson Button achieved his first Formula One career victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix. Alonso had a mechanical failure whilst leading in the later stages of the race whilst Michael Schumacher retired after a collision with Nick Heidfeld. However Schumacher was promoted to 8th place in the standings (having been classified 9th following a retirement three laps from the end) because of Robert Kubica’s disqualification in his first race. The Polish driver had finished 7th in the BMW Sauber.

Felipe Massa won the next Grand Prix in Turkey, so for the second race in a row, Formula One had a debut winner. Fernando Alonso extended his lead over Michael Schumacher by two points after he managed to finish a tenth of a second ahead of the German in second place.

Schumacher managed to reduce Alonso’s lead to only two points after winning the Italian Grand Prix, while Alonso suffered an engine failure in the late stages of the race. Despite a fourth-place finish for Alonso’s teammate, Giancarlo Fisichella, and a flat-spotted tyre causing Felipe Massa to score no points, the race also saw Ferrari pull ahead of Renault for the first time in 2006. Polish driver Robert Kubica took his BMW Sauber to his first ever podium finish, in only his third race, but the race results were largely overshadowed by Schumacher announcing, during the post-race press conference, that he would retire at the end of the season. Afterwards he did say that he would hold a position in the Ferrari F1 team for 2007, though he did not disclose what.

Three weeks later, with his victory at Shanghai right ahead of Alonso, Schumacher drew level on points with him him at the head of the championship. Schumacher officially lead the World Championship for the first time in 2006 after the race, as he had won 7 races compared to Alonso’s 6. Massa did not finish the race, and Renault gained again the lead in the constructors’ championship thanks to Fisichella’s third place.

A week later at the Japanese Grand Prix, Felipe Massa took pole ahead of Michael Schumacher in second and Fernando Alonso in fifth. Schumacher quickly took the lead and set about gaining a five second lead, which continued until after the second round of pit stops. However, Schumacher’s engine failed with 17 laps to go, forcing him to retire and handing Alonso the win ahead of Massa.

At the final round, the Brazilian Grand Prix, Massa again took pole. Drama in qualifying saw Michael Schumacher have a fuel pressure problem[24], meaning that he started down in 10th, while Alonso began in 5th. In the race, Schumacher had yet more bad luck, suffering a puncture just a few laps in. He recovered to finish fourth, while teammate Massa became the first Brazilian to win his home Grand Prix since Ayrton Senna, in 1993, and Alonso finished second to secure his second successive championship, adding the record of the youngest man to secure back-to-back titles to his ever-increasing list of records. Fisichella finished 6th for Renault, meaning that the French outfit secured their second successive title.

Formula One – How The Race Is Run

A Formula One Grand Prix event spans an entire weekend, beginning with two free practices on Friday, and one free practice on Saturday. Third drivers are allowed to run on Fridays, but only two cars may be used per team. After these practice sessions, a qualifying session is held.

The format of this qualifying session has been through several iterations since 2003. Attempts were made to reinvigorate interest in the qualifying session by using a “one-shot” system in which each driver would take turns on an empty track to set their one and only time.

For the 2006 season a knockout qualifying system was introduced. The FIA revised the 2006 procedures starting with Round 11, the 2006 French Grand Prix.[7] In the first phase, all 22 cars are permitted on the track for a 15-minute qualification session. Only their fastest time will count and drivers may complete as many laps as they wish. In the original format, the clocks were stopped immediately at the end of the session, which meant that drivers on a timed lap did not have their time registered once the 15 minutes were up. From Round 11, any car running a timed lap at the time of the chequered flag is entitled to complete the lap. The slowest six cars can take no further part in qualifying, these cars will make up the last six grid positions in the order of their times.

The times for the sixteen remaining cars are reset for the next 15-minute session. In the original format, the clocks were stopped immediately at the end of the session. From Round 11, cars running timed laps at the chequered flag are allowed to complete the lap. The slowest six cars will make up the grid in positions 11 to 16 in the order of their times.

The times for the ten remaining cars will be reset for the next session. The shootout session lasted 20 minutes under the original regulations, changed to 15 minutes from Round 11. For the final period, the cars will be arranged on the grid in positions one to ten in the order of their times. In the first two 15-minute sessions, cars may run any fuel load and drivers knocked out after those sessions may refuel ahead of the race. However, the top-ten drivers must begin the final 15-minute session with the fuel load on which they plan to start the race. They will be weighed before they leave the pits. Whatever fuel they use in the 15 minutes may be replaced at the end of the session provided that the laps they complete are all within 110% of their best session time; outlaps (a lap that started in the pitlane) and inlaps (a lap that ended in the pitlane) are permitted to be no more than 120% of the driver’s best session time. Any fuel for a lap outside of the 110% time will not be replaced. As with the first two 15 minute sessions, if a driver starts a timed lap before the chequered flag falls for the 15 minute session, their time will count even if they cross the finish line after the session has ended.

The race begins with a warm-up formation lap, after which the cars assemble on the starting grid in the order they qualified. If a driver stalls before the parade lap, and the rest of the field passes him, then he must start from the back of the grid. As long as he moves off and at least one car is behind him, he can retake his original position. A racer may also elect to start from pit-lane if he has any last minute problems with the car. If they choose to do this, they must wait for all cars to pass pit-lane before they may begin the race.

A light system above the track then signals the start of the race. Races are a little over 305 kilometres (190 miles) long and are limited to two hours, though in practice they usually last about ninety minutes. Throughout the race, drivers may make one or more pit stops in order to refuel and change tyres. Drivers have access to seven sets of dry-weather tyres, four sets of wet-weather tyres and three sets of extreme-weather tyres for the entire weekend. Drivers must choose the dry-weather compound they will use for the race ahead of qualifying.

The FIA awards points to the top eight drivers and their respective teams of a grand prix on a 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis (the race winner receives ten points, the first runner-up eight, and so on). The winner of the two annual championships are the driver and the team who have accumulated the most points at the end of the season. If any drivers and/or teams have the exact amount of points and are both competing for the driver and/or team championships, the driver and/or team who has won more Grand Prix races during the course of the season is declared the winner.

Automotive Erp Solutions: Great Source Of Earning

ERP is one of the necessary solutions tailored to meet the demands of the challenges of the automobile industry. The demand for the automobile industry is rising up. Thus, the industry holders have to manage with the huge customer base along with the strict compliance requirements, Tier 1, 2, and 3 automotive suppliers. Mostly every second automobile industry is struggling with the stringent needs of the customer and ERP software works as an incredible supporting feature.

1. Tools supporting ISO 9001 and TS1649 standards.
2. Completely automated EDI processing
3. Warehouse management system (WMS) and the detailed labeling capabilities
4. Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
5. Automatic VIN generator

Amazingly, as the research analysts says, a few successful industry is already using ERP software solutions for example it is fully approved by Honda of the North America, Inc to target the goals of the EDI requirements in multiple functional areas. The ERP software solutions help in the creating EDI templates and label creation, as well as creation of ASNs to evaluate software installation and supplier capability.

Quality Assured

The ERP solutions are deliberately equipped with the Quality Management system (QMS), which is a powerful solution that enables streamlined operations and also cut the cost of product. Right from the APQP to Gage R&R to SPC, your automotive quality requirements are fully covered so that you can move ahead with complete peace of mind.

Technology steers uniform Manufacturing

ERP software solutions provide comprehensive support for lean manufacturing initiatives with features such as:

1. Serialized label generation
2. Release control Management
3. Complete audit trails
4. Both eKanban and conventional Kanban Control support
5. Heijunka Scheduling
6. Sequence Management
7. Multidimensional sales forecasting and planning
8. Preventative/ predictive maintenance tracking

Automotive Focus

Automotive ERP software helps in a long-standing participant and upgrades with the extensive knowledge of the all automotive standards. It makes you to abreast of industry needs and drives the constant enhancement of leading-edge to perform with excellence, delivers real and show impressive results. In the present marketing scenario of the automotive industry, ERP solutions are a becoming as one of the basic necessities. With some of the eminent features, such as the supply of chain and quality management, EDI systems, Inventory forecasting, Full traceability and warranty management, financial management, lean manufacturing, electronic document management, engineering control management ERP solutions, makes your task pretty easier and lets you to enjoy the fruits ripen before its actual season.


Automotive ERP systems bring a new touch to the present automotive industry. It provides the wide array of options for their challenges. By using this software one can tackle easily with some specific requirements such as automotive components and accessories manufacturers which will enable you to survive in the global market. With the automotive ERP, your will gather experience of centralized business along with efficient management. It also helps in cutting down cost and operating time. Hence, if you are planning to move to automotive industry, then have a look in this article, it will guide you with some best concept regarding automotive ERP.

For Automotive Quality Professionals Only: How To Handle The Money Question In An Interview

Of all the issues for an automotive-quality professional to deal with in an interview, this can be the stickiest part of all. The ease or difficulty also depends quite heavily on if you are negotiating for yourself or if you have a recruiter doing it for you. In either case, what do you do when this question comes along:

So, how much money will it take to get you on board?

This is a big trap, so watch out. The trap also gets bigger the more comfortable you feel with the hiring manager. It is a trap with no winner, and here is why:

The hiring manager sitting across the table has a specific number in mind as to what they would like to pay you. This has been running through their mind as the interview progresses: It’s a complex formula consisting of your background, interview performance, their staff’s pay range and a number with which they can safely give you some raises in the near future.

Since the number has already been formulated, your answer can only bring three potential responses:

1.You came in low: You’ve just shot yourself in the foot. They will likely make you the low offer and put the remainder back in their pocket. You may also be perceived as weak or not confident in what you are worth.

2.You came in high: Now, you may never even receive an offer. They may view you as cocky or arrogant. As you verbally state the number, the hiring manager is immediately visualizing begging their boss for the extra money, and you are the one making them do this.

3.You hit the number exactly: This is what they’ll pay you, and not a cent more. Who’s to say we couldn’t have negotiated a few thousand more for you? Again, you’ve just shot yourself in the foot.

There is only one answer for the money question: I’m talking with you today focusing on the opportunity, not the money. However, I am interested [if, in fact, you are] and would consider your very strongest offer.

Don’t be afraid to tell them what you are currently earning:

1.Base salary only: Just tell them the number.

2.Base salary plus overtime: My compensation is [add the two amounts and give one figure] $xyz per year.If they ask what your base and overtime figures are each, then tell them the numbers separately.

3.Base salary plus bonus: My compensation is [add the two numbers and give one figure] $xyz per year. If they ask what your base and bonus figures are each, then tell them the numbers separately.

If you have a review coming up within the next five to six months, make sure to say, I also have my review in four months. Last year, I received a (x)% raise. I have a copy of that review with me, if you’d like to see it. Offering proof is the strongest negotiating position you can take. What you are saying here is, Hey, I got (x)% last year and earned it. We are more than halfway through this year. You really need to add this to your offer.’

It is obvious, from this point forward, how much help it is to have a professional negotiator, who does this all the time, taking care of the tough work. As contingency recruiters, the formula is simple: The more money you get; the more money we get.

Automotive Quality Solutions Your automotive quality search firm since 1991. We areAutomotive Quality Recruiters
specializing in identifying, evaluating and placing quality professionals in the Automotive Manufacturing Quality Jon Molesky,President.

Automotive Pos Best Software To Repair Your Car

Due to the general financial constraints in the growth of American economy. The owners are gradually turning towards more independent car shops for their repairs and services. They are always on the process of making the car repairing an added advantage of making things more simplistic. The automotive industry remains a bit complicated about the range of software to be used for the repairing of the damaged automobiles. The Automotive POS is one the most comprehensive software’s for the car industry. This automotive repair software is very much complicated and also at the same time more useful. There other factors to be considered in this process, apart from the catalytic converters. There are other various car specific inventories.

The other software, which is very much essential in the repairing of the vehicle, but there is software that will protect your Beverages business from losses. It is called the Beverages POS; this will help you control the losses from your brewery. They are very complicated and advanced software systems. Some of the large breweries take the support of comprehensive solutions. It will automatically monitor various points of sale. Some of the companies offer their comprehensive service in this field. There is an automatic co ordination between the sales of different beverages at various point of sale.

Whether you are a field force or a field force or a dealer network who is engaged in the business of automotives, the specialized software of Automotive POS is really comprehensive service. It helps to take the care of the complete car. There are many leading global automotive brands, who take the help of this comprehensive service. You can place your intuitive orders online. With the online facility you will be able to enjoy the flexibility of predetermining the stock quantities for the particular time periods or some type of specific promotions. The Beverages POS also works in similar ways, getting you the most comprehensive information, regarding the quantities of sale.

We all know that each and every customer is quite different from the other; in fact several car manufacturers are going for the compact services and technology. The service of Automotive POS is very much necessary to take care of the automotive world. We focus on the Beverages and the liquor industry also, giving them compact solutions in controlling their increasing incremental losses through Beverages POS. We try to ensure the exact requirements of the customer and try our best to deliver almost term end solutions. Our software or technological solutions are very much like it caters to each and almost every individual customer. The solution technology helps to increase the sale of the company to a maximum point and it decrease losses. This really makes the business to grow and prosper. The overall health of the economy benefits from this.

Automotive Tools & Equipment

Searching for parts of cars, or equipment that will appropriately assist you in a task can sometimes be quite strenuous. If you’re like many who are tired of going to a garage to be told they need this or that, which all costs the earth, and are completely unnecessary for them to purchase or use, you need a change. The change can only be performed by you, and you only. There is a simple solution which will solve all your queries and scenarios you encounter. Read on in this article to see exactly how you can find all the automotive tools and equipment which will benefit you for your needs.

All you need to do is change your approach to buying tools and how you search for them. You can learn anything in seconds these days, if you are unsure about something, you can solve your own problems in a matter of minutes right from inside your home! The internet is a great tool to use in most situations. You can learn anything you like in seconds from it, anything you are unsure on, you can just take a search through a search engine and get what you need. So with your automotive tools and equipment, take a search over the web to see what you need to do the job with, and exactly what parts to order. You can even find tutorials online showing you how to perform a task, putting you in the drivers seat.

Another great service the internet offers is comparison. You can compare millions of prices and qualities of business online, and it takes minutes! You’d have to spend money and travel to many locations without the internet to find out all the information you could get from your living room chair! If you have the time to invest in some research, you will be much happier with the outcome of your purchases and tasks completed. If you are uncertain on how to fix something, search the web for some solutions and you will come across business’ giving you tutorials on how to do the job safely. And they will also tell you the correct tools and apparatus you will need to fulfil the job at hand.

There are some outstanding automotive tools and equipment based website business’ on the internet. You can simply type in on Google, “Automotive Tools & Equipment”, and you will come across many companies which sell all the parts you need. They offer light equipment, heavy equipment and hand tools, and you can see which business offers the cheapest deals!

However with all this choice available to you, you will want to do some research on how a company performs once you have purchased with them. You can do this too online, just search for, “(your companies name) automotive tools and equipment reviews”, you should get all the information you need from that search that is needed to make an educated decision, on whether to buy with them or not. Take your time, as automotive tools and equipment are an important part of fixing your car or someone else’s.

F1- Jenson Button Wins In The Australia Grand Prix

Jenson Button obtained his second consecutive victory in the Grand Prix of Australia this past weekend, in the second event of the Formula One World Championship 2010.

The rain began to fall before the event started and this affected development of the competition. At the moment the race started the rain had stopped and the track was mostly dry, but the drivers had already prepared their cars for a wet surface so they had to change their strategy. The weather conditions gave a bit of excitement and drama to the race and many drivers did their best to not to change their tires very quickly.

The German Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing started in the pole position in the Albert Park circuit. Behind Vettel there were Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso who started in the second and third position of the grid respectively while the defending champion, Jenson Button, started fourth. Vettel was the leader during the first 25 laps.

In the first curve, an accident changed the order of the top positions. Fernando Alonso was the most affected in the accident as his car collided with Michael Schumacher’s car and spun several times before finishing in opposite direction to the race.

After this Alonso had to cede the way to all the vehicles before rejoining the race. Meanwhile, Schumacher went into the pits to repair a severe blow in his car.

Button took advantage during the seventh lap and went to change the tires of his car for dry conditions. Upon returning to the track, he had some trouble controlling his vehicle because there were still some wet areas in the track.

During the following lap, most of the drivers stopped to adjust their tires. Button moved quickly to place himself second behind Vettel. In the meantime, the Spaniard Alonso surprised everyone by advancing from last place to the tenth.

During the 26th lap, the RB6 of Vettel suffered a brake problem, causing him to withdraw from the competition. This situation put Button in the first place, followed by Robert Kubica, who bravely resisted the attacks of Lewis Hamilton behind him.

A group of drivers in which there was Hamilton, Webber and Nico Rosberg among others, decided to make a second change of tires. Alonso and his teammate Felipe Massa took advantage of this getting ahead and placing themselves in the third and fourth place respectively.

With two laps to go, Alonso prevented Hamilton to move forward hitting the brakes before him. Hamilton was hit by Webber in his attempt of not hitting Alonso, and both Hamilton’s and Webber’s cars went out of the track.

This way Jenson Button claimed the victory in Australia with a reasonable difference of 12 seconds ahead of the impressive Kubica. Felipe Massa finished in the third place, getting his second consecutive podium of the season.

For now, Fernando Alonso stays at the top of the standings with 37 points, followed by Felipe Massa with 33 and Jenson Button with 31 points.