Vickers earns 10th place for Toyota

first_imgAfter a forgettable Daytona 500 last week in Toyota’s NASCAR debut, Vickers’ provided some much-needed credibility for the auto maker, driving his red Bull Toyota over the finish line in 10th place on Sunday. Vickers, didn’t even qualify at Daytona while the four Toyota’s that did finished 22nd, 30th, 34th and 40th. “I think this finish means a lot for Toyota,”? he said. “To be a new team in such a competitive series and come in our first race and get a top 10, I’m so proud of everyone. I think everyone is stoked about the situation.”? With the remaining three Toyotas in Sunday’s race placing 32nd, 33rd and 39th, Vickers’ validation seemed that much more important. But certainly not all important. “On the one hand, given the situation at Daytona and that this is a new team, new manufacturer, I know everybody wants to jump up and down,” said Vickers. “The fact is, we’re all racers and we finished nine spots worse than we wanted to. It’s a tough balance. But at the end of the day, everyone is going to be happy.” Vickers, however, was quick to point out his car’s limitations. To win Sunday’s race, he said the No. 83 Toyota Camry required a different setup, something he wasn’t sure could have been done on pit road. But a top-five would have been attainable with flawless adjustments. Nevertheless, his team took a large step forward on Sunday. FONTANA – Brian Vickers finished nine places short of his goal in the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway in Fontana. He admittedly wanted to joyously jump up and down. center_img “We didn’t have any problems with the car,” he said. “We learned a lot about the set up and what we can do moving forward.”? Gilliland’s 25thAfter an impressive Daytona 500 showing last week, former Chino Hills resident David Gilliland was a virtual non-factor Sunday, falling a lap behind the leaders early and never recovering on the way to 25th place. The driver of the M&Ms Ford ran in the middle of the pack virtually the entire race after starting 40th. “It’s not what we hoped for, but we came out of here with a 25th-place finish,” said Gilliland. “We weren’t good when we unloaded and we just never got where we needed to be.” As for the comparison between 25th place Sunday and an eighth-place finish at Daytona, Gilliland said nothing else compared either. “Just a different track, different tires,” he said. “Everything’s different.” Penalties for allThere were 17 penalties handed out Sunday, including Tony Stewart’s for exceeded the 55 mph pit-road speed limit while leading the race on lap 158. Stewart dropped to 23rd, sacrificing a two-plus second lead while enduring the pass-through penalty. Dave Blaney was hit twice in a row on the 91st and 112th laps for pitting before pit road was open and speeding on pit road. Gilliland’s lone penalty was for exiting the pits too fast on lap 194. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Takeaways: Sharks fix issues, head into Arizona with momentum

first_imgSAN JOSE — The best teams that Pete DeBoer has had in his time with the Sharks have been able to quickly recognize what’s gone wrong after a loss and fix it in time for the next game.This year’s Sharks team is starting to share some of those same attributes, as they were able to distance themselves from an ugly loss earlier this week to beat the Los Angeles Kings on Friday.Patrick Marleau scored his 557th career NHL goal, Noah Gregor scored his first and Martin Jones made 32 saves to help …last_img

Hidden Behind Egypt’s Uprising, Sudan Protests

first_imgOnce the success of the protests in Tunisia reminded the world that governments can be changed by a wide spectrum of people and not a political cadre or religious group or opposition politician but the people themselves, those people went to town prodding and testing for weakness. The people of Algeria, Libya, even Yemen were seen on the streets. But Sudan seems to be hidden behind the Egyptian flare up. Now, crisis mapping shows how deep and widespread the discontent is in that country. Ushahidi‘s Patrick Meier was contacted by activists in Sudan and, at their request, has put a team of digital activists together to develop a crisis map using Ushahidi’s hosted Crowdmap software. It launched on the 28th, ahead of the big protest that took place yesterday. The map, “Jan 30 Sudan,” is centered on Sudan’s capital of Khartoum where the overwhelming majority of the 75 recorded incidents have happened. Among them are police beating peaceful demonstrators, the demonstrations themselves, police using gas bombs against med students and Sudanese security forces harassing foreign reporters. There has even been at least one demonstrator, perhaps as many as three, killed. Most reports are being sent in by email and Skype, some by SMS. Some traditional press have been covering the events in Sudan, including The Christian Science Monitor, Agence France-Presse and the BBC, but the signal-to-noise ration has been deafening so far. In part, the possible imminent succession of the South from the North of the country, and its long status as a failed state, may make it murkier and more difficult to understand. However, the existence of the #jan30 map and the work to keep it current may help outside witnesses visualize the reality of the protests there.Sudan map via Wikipedia Commons curt hopkins Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#Government#international#Location#NYT#politics#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more