Alain Prost Returns
Once the driver with the most F1 wins under his belt, Alain Prost is every bit the legend. Between 1980 and 1993, the French master landed a phenomenal 51 victories, including 33 pole positions, 41 best laps and over a 100 podium finishes. His record has since been bettered only by Michael Schumacher, but for many, Prost is still the ultimate driver-calm and unflappable. He returns this year as TAG Heuer's brand ambassador for the watch brand's 150th anniversary celebrations. As a part of TAG's 'Mastering Speed for 150 Years', Prost will be joining other racing hotshots like Lewis Hamilton, and Jensen Button in promoting the brand through the year. All through the rest of the coming year, Prost along with the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes stars and a bunch of Audi drivers will be appearing for TAG's various promotional events. When he's not posing for the cameras, Prost will be indulging his love for racing by participating in the Andros Trophy.
As far as NASCAR races go, the Daytona 500 is always the one to watch out for with its thrills, spills and epic wrecks. Well, now if NASCAR's drivers are to be believed, this re-paved track can do even better. And by better we mean higher speeds-over 320 kmph; cars in tighter packs-three cars abreast; and of course, more pile-ups. According to the defending winner of the Daytona 500 Jamie McMurray, this will make the race a more rivetting one. The current top-speed is at 318 kmph, but with a better grip that will now change. Next season is going to be good!
A close shave
Boasting of the US's second oldest track, the Maryland Jockey Club is going through something of a purple-patch right now. It is home to the famous Pimlico race-track, which hosts the Preakness Stakes, one of the Triple Crown of equestrian races in the world every year. After a long period of uncertainty when it seemed that the race-track, along with Laurel Park, would be shut down forever, the club's managers along with the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and the Maryland Horsebreeder's Association have decided not to give over the historic premises for a housing strip and instead conduct the usual 146 days of racing through the year. Good news for horseracing enthusiasts the world over.