NASCAR Cup COTA race dubbed Texas Grand Prix, tyre test set for early March with former champs

The NASCAR Cup Series race at Circuit of the Americas has a new name that breaks away from convention of containing the race distance. On Thursday, Speedway Motorsports (SMI) announced EchoPark Automotive will sponsor the 23 May race and dub it the EchoPark Texas Grand Prix. The circuit will also host a Goodyear tyre test on Tuesday, 2 March with former series champions Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr., and Brad Keselowski.

The term “Grand Prix” is commonly associated with other forms of road racing such as Formula One, which runs the United States Grand Prix at the circuit. In contrast, NASCAR traditionally prefers to use race names that follow the pattern of title sponsor and distance, especially in mileage such as the Daytona 500. Some road course races on the NASCAR schedule instead opt to use kilometres for their distances, such as the Bank of Read the rest

Microsoft Flight Simulator Flaps Hotfix Coming; Sim Update 3 & World Update 4 Will Be Slightly Delayed

Today Microsoft announced a revision to the update schedule for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

The the latest World Update 3 untroduced an issue with flaps that produce too much lift across the board. Initially, the developers planned to fix it with sim update 4 in early march, but due to community feedback, they have now decided to release an hotfix next week.

This will require thorough testing, with the result that the next two major updates will be delayed by a week.

Sim update 3, which will introduce various improvements to the core simulation, is now targeting a release in early March (likely the second week of the month since it was originally slated for March 4).

World Update 4, which will improve France and Benelux, is now targeting early April (likely the first week of the month, since it was originally slated for March 30).

On top of that, we … Read the rest

Air Force vet Keith McGee making NASCAR Truck debut at Richmond with AF Reserve support

17 April’s ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway will mark the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series début of Keith McGee, who will drive the #33 for Reaume Brothers Racing. While the plans have been in place since January, the United States Air Force veteran will have backing from the Air Force Reserve, as announced on Wednesday evening.

“All of here at Reaume Brothers Racing are honored that Keith will have the support of the US Air Force Reserve for his upcoming races this season,” said RBR owner Josh Reaume in a team release. “It is really cool to see that the Air Force Reserve is helping back a veteran of their branch pursue his dream in NASCAR now, after he has served for this country.”

McGee served in the Air Force from 2001 to 2009 as a radar specialist. A racing fan since youth, he began driving himself … Read the rest

Anthem’s Failure is Now Complete

Anthem, EA & BioWare’s “Destiny Killer” is finally, mercifully, being put out of its misery. Today BioWare announced that development on Anthem is ceasing. This includes all work on Anthem 2.0, the proposed rehaul of the beleaguered looter-shooter.

This update effectively puts the final nail in Anthem’s coffin. EA and BioWare have committed to a future where Anthem is remembered as a complete and utter failure, and it, like Battleborn recently, will be left to wither away.

Sadly, the story of Anthem really isn’t even all that interesting to look back on. And unlike Battleborn, I don’t have a lot of good things to say about it.

Anthem was incredibly ambitious, very beautiful, and had some of the best jet-pack flying mechanics I’ve ever experienced in a video game.

It was also completely soulless, devoid of an interesting gameplay loop, and it had a bland, and below-average story … Read the rest

USAC ace Chris Windom joins Rick Ware Racing for Cup debut on Bristol dirt

As the first NASCAR Cup Series dirt race in over five decades, 28 March’s Food City Dirt Race at Bristol Motor Speedway will unsurprisingly feature some new names with dirt track backgrounds. One of such drivers was revealed on Tuesday when Rick Ware Racing announced Chris Windom will drive the #15 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE in his maiden Cup start. NOS Energy will serve as sponsor.

“I am excited to have Chris make his début in the NASCAR Cup Series with Rick Ware Racing in the inaugural dirt race at Bristol Motor Speedway,” RWR owner Rick Ware stated. “Chris is an established dirt racer, whose achievements surpass many. I’m looking forward to seeing him race, and hopefully bring home a good finish.”

Windom is one of seven drivers to complete the United States Auto Club (USAC) Triple Crown with Midget, Sprint, and Silver Crown class championships, winning the … Read the rest

Stardew Valley Just Got an Official Board Game, and You Can Buy It Right Now

Eric Barone, developer of the hit farming simulator Stardew Valley, just announced on Twitter that he’s been working on a board game for the past two years. Stardew Valley: The Board Game is available to purchase right now.

He explained on his blog that he’s been working closely with board game designer Cole Medeiros to create a game that “captures the essence of Stardew Valley.” The board game will have nearly everything the video game has, from crops, foraging, and fishing to villagers, animals, and mining.

Here’s what you need to know about the board game:

Stardew Valley: The Board Game is for 1 to 4 players, ages 13

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NASCAR fines, gives 1-race suspension to Chip Ganassi for COVID-19 protocol violation

Chip Ganassi will have to watch his NASCAR Cup Series team compete from home this weekend. As part of Monday’s penalty report, NASCAR gave the team owner a one-race suspension and fine of $30,000 for violating the sanctioning body’s COVID-19 protocols during the previous weekend’s Daytona road course event.

At the road course weekend, Ganassi invited a guest who is not considered race-related personnel into a restricted area, a violation of Section 12.8.1.b of the NASCAR rulebook. The guideline stipulates rules on how industry members should behave in order to comply with rules set by NASCAR to protect the industry during the pandemic. In particular, officials explained the infraction was “bringing into the competition area a non-essential individual that was restricted from the footprint.”

Unless he successfully appeals, Ganassi will be prohibited from going to the upcoming weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. However, his Chip Ganassi Racing team’s drivers … Read the rest

Microsoft Flight Simulator Airbus A220 Video Shows WIP Air Baltic Livery & More; F-15 Eagle Gets 1.0 Update

Microsoft Flight Simulator’s third-party industry has never been more active, and there’s news from Whiskey Jet Simulation and DC Designs.

First of all, we get a new video from Whiskey Jet Simulations about its upcoming Airbus A220 add-on aircraft.

The video shows a work-in-progress Air Baltic livery alongside a take-off from London City Airport and a bit of flying.

On top of that, the 1.0 update for the F-15 Eagle add-on by DC Designs (which we reviewed a few weeks ago) has now been released and is available on Just Flight for those who purchased the aircraft. It brings a lot of changes and fixes announced last week.

A few days ago, we published our massive interview with head of Microsoft Flight Simulator Jorg Neumann, who provided a lot of new info about the present and future of the sim.

Incidentally, if you’d like to read more about … Read the rest

Christopher Bell wins maiden Cup race with late pass in O’Reilly Auto Parts 253

The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season has begun with two first-time winners after two races. A week after Michael McDowell won the Daytona 500 for his first career win after fourteen years, sophomore Christopher Bell triumphed in Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 on the Daytona International Speedway road course after passing Joey Logano for the lead on the penultimate lap.

Defending race winner Chase Elliott started on the pole alongside McDowell in his best career starting position. Justin Haley (failed inspection twice), Erik Jones (engine change from the 500), and Garrett Smithley (unapproved adjustments) were sent to the rear.

Four of the drivers in the grid also ran the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in January, with Elliott finishing eighth overall in his debut. Xfinity Series driver and road course ace A.J. Allmendinger, the best finisher of the quartet in the endurance race, started thirty-fourth in his first Cup Read the rest

Microsoft Flight Simulator Spitfire Reveals The Legendary Rolls-Royce Merlin; Simarc Teases Faisalabad

Third-party developers are continuing to work on new add-ons for Microsoft Flight Simulator, including aircraft and airports.

Aeroplane Heaven is laboring on its upcoming Supermarine Spitfire add-on, and today the developer posted a look at the legendary Rolls-Royce Merlin, which is visible in the model.

You can check it out below, while we wait for more precise release details.

On the airport side, we also get a tease from SimArc, that apparently is working on Faisalabad International Airport (OPFA).

It’s one of the major airports in Pakistan, and it’s always nice to see new hubs being created for an often-neglected area of the world. Incidentally, Simarc is the studio behind the excellent Islamabad International Airport.

Speaking of neglected areas of the world, we also get a bonus in the form of screenshots from the duo of developers working on Hangzhou International Airport (ZSHC) over at FSDeveloper.

At the … Read the rest