Cain: Penske, Ganassi battling for early season supremacy

first_imgKyle Busch is leading the way for Joe Gibbs Racing — ranked sixth, 80 points behind Larson. His teammate Denny Hamlin is 16th  in the standings. Rookie Daniel Suarez is 21st and former champion Matt Kenseth is 22nd  — with three finishes of 36th or worse. No Gibbs driver has hoisted the hardware in 2017 either. How many people would have predicted that come the second week of April either the Hendrick or Gibbs organizations would be winless?RELATED: NASCAR executive says more drivers have an opportunity to win BUY TICKETS: See the races at TexasChip Ganassi Racing’s Kyle Larson leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points standings for the third consecutive week. Roger Penske’s driver Brad Keselowski collected his second race trophy of the year on Sunday — the first multi-time winner of the season. Penske driver Joey Logano is fifth in the standings with a pole position at Phoenix and five top-six finishes through six races — top-five showings in both the last two weeks. 2017 Stats: Logano | Keselowski | Larson | McMurray After winning the Daytona 500 and finishing seventh the next week at Atlanta, Kurt Busch has suffered through four consecutive showings of 24th place or worse and has fallen to 19th in the points standings. His teammate Danica Patrick is ranked 29th. Her 17th place showing at Atlanta last month is the only top-20 for her so far this season. While these two great racing organizations — Chevy’s Ganassi and Ford’s Penske — have long settled trophies and championships between themselves in the open-wheel ranks, simultaneously leading the way in NASCAR is a relatively uncommon development. Hendrick’s Kasey Kahne is ranked 12th, reigning seven-time Monster Energy Series champion Jimmie Johnson is 14th and Dale Earnhardt Jr. is 25th — a hefty 169 points behind Larson. No Hendrick driver has won a race in 2017. RELATED: Junior weighs in on slow start to 2017 </p Ganassi holds the record for most Rolex 24 at Daytona wins (six), has won the 12 Hours of Sebring and won in class at the 24 Hours of LeMans in addition to his 11 IndyCar season titles and four Indy 500 wins. Penske is the reigning IndyCar champion team owner — for the 14th time — and has an incredible 16 Indy 500 wins in addition to his 2012 NASCAR title (Keselowski) and two Daytona 500 wins (Ryan Newman in 2008 and Logano in 2015). Stewart-Haas’ newest driver Clint Bowyer has been a bright light for Stewart-Haas outside of Busch’s Daytona 500 win. Bowyer is ranked eighth — his highest place atop the standings since he finished seventh in the 2015 season-opening Daytona 500. The last time he was ranked among the top-10 outside of Daytona was in 2014. Bowyer’s teammate, 2014 Monster Energy Series champion Kevin Harvick is 10th in the standings with three finishes of 20th or worse through the opening six races. He was leading the standings at this time the past two seasons. But certainly not unforeseen.And what makes this situation even more interesting is that these are two-car teams — not the four-car mega-organizations like Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing or Stewart-Haas Racing, which have more frequently visited winner’s circles and hoisted the champion’s hardware. Kurt Busch’s dramatic final lap win in the Daytona 500 is the only victory thus far in 2017 for the three four-car teams that have dominated the landscape in recent years. Sure it’s early in the season, but the standings look as diverse as they ever have. But it’s a reflection as much on the other teams — Ganassi, Penske, Furniture Row, Wood Brothers and Richard Childress — who have picked up the pace. Yes, it’s early in the year. And drivers such as Johnson — a six-time winner at this week’s Texas venue, Kyle Busch, Harvick and Hamlin are traditional trophy sure-bets.But the Ganassi and Penske organizations know a little something about winning championships too. And so far, they are well-positioned to make a run at the mega-teams who are less accustomed to playing catch-up, even this early in the season. Both Ganassi and Penske are among the most respected, decorated and competitive people in the garage with records and statistics to verify the stature — in NASCAR and beyond. Entering Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway (1:30 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), Furniture Row Racing’s two drivers — Martin Truex Jr. and rookie Erik Jones are both ranked among the top-13 and Truex has a win. Wood Brothers Racing driver Ryan Blaney — a one-car operation with support from Penske — is ranked seventh.RELATED: See the full standings | Who’s earned the most stage points?Meanwhile, the larger teams are having an uncharacteristically and decidedly slower start to the year. Second-year driver Chase Elliott, 21, is setting the standard at Hendrick — winless, but only four points behind the 24-year old Larson in the standings. Elliott’s the only driver ranked among the top-five not from a two-car team and his three veteran teammates have ground you’d expect them to make up points-wise.  The situation shows off NASCAR’s talent diversity and speaks volumes about the ever-increasing intrigue and all around competitive level.Everyone’s raising their game. And the big winner is the fan. Chip Ganassi Racing driver Jamie McMurray is enjoying the best six-race start of his Daytona 500-winning career — ranked ninth in the standings entering this weekend’s race at Texas, despite a crash last week at Martinsville.last_img read more

Atlas Copco extends pneumatic breakers

first_imgAtlas Copco has added two models to its RTEX breaker rangeThese are the RTEX 15, weighing 17 kg (37 lb) and a variant of RTEX 25 that enables working with a shorter chisel.The manufacturer says the RTEX 15 is an advanced breaker that covers the entire functionality of TEX 150PE and TEX 190PE 15 to 25 kg (33 to 55 lb) light pneumatic breakers.The air consumption of RTEX 15 is reduced from 26 l/sec to 15.4 l/sec and has a weight reduction of 25% compared to the heaviest in class.RTEX 25 is a powerful breaker that can replace functionality of medium breakers between 25 to 37 kg (55 to 81 lb). Air consumption in RTEX 25 is halved to 18 l/sec and weight is reduced by up to 30%. More variants are planned.RTEX breakers are used to demolish and fragment concrete and are employed on civil construction sites by civil contractors and equipment rental companies. Atlas Copco has added two new models to its RTEX pneumatic breaker range.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more

FCC Opens up Spectrum above 95 GHz

first_imgThe FCC has adopted new rules to encourage the development of new communications technologies and expedite the deployment of new services in the spectrum above 95 GHz. This spectrum has long been considered the outermost horizon of the usable spectrum range, but rapid advancements in radio technology have made these bands especially ripe for new development.There are substantial opportunities for innovation at these frequencies, especially for data-intensive high-bandwidth applications as well as imaging and sensing operations. Prior to this decision, the Commission had no rules for authorizing communications above 95 GHz, other than by amateur operators or through experiments of limited duration and scope.To enable innovators and entrepreneurs to most readily access this spectrum, the Spectrum Horizons First Report and Order creates a new category of experimental licenses for use of frequencies between 95 GHz and 3 THz. These licenses will give innovators the flexibility to conduct experiments lasting up to 10 years and to more easily market equipment during the experimental period.The item also makes a total of 21.2 GHz of spectrum available for use by unlicensed devices. The Commission selected bands with propagation characteristics that will permit large numbers of unlicensed devices to use the spectrum, while limiting the potential for interference to existing governmental and scientific operations in the above-95 GHz bands, such as space research and atmospheric sensing.The First Report and Order provides unprecedented opportunities for new experimental and unlicensed use in the frequencies above 95 GHz and will help ensure that the United States stays at the forefront of wireless innovation. Moreover, the study of these uses could ultimately lead to further rulemaking actions and additional licensing opportunities within the Spectrum Horizons bands.last_img read more

Jangan Salah Naik! VW T2 Camper Van Ini Karya Desainer Lego dengan Perbandingan 1:1

first_imgSumber: Salah satu kendaraan yang paling ikonik di dunia dan dicintai oleh golongan tertentu, Volkswagen (VW) baru-baru ini menjadi sorotan publik. Alih-alih merilis model retro baru, VW berjenis T2 Camper Van ini dibuat dari sekiranya 400.000 keping Lego berukuran kecil! Sudah jelas, model yang dibuat dengan perbandingan 1:1 (ukuran realistis) ini bukan untuk dikendarai melainkan hanya dipajang saja – dan memiliki atap pop-up.Baca Juga: Panasonic SPACe_C, Konsep Moda Otonom dengan Struktur BertingkatSebagaimana yang diwartakan dari laman (19/2/2019), VW T2 Camper Van versi Lego ini memiliki berat sekitar 700kg, dengan panjang yang hampir mencapai 5m. Hal lain yang lebih mmembanggakannya lagi adalah, ini merupakan sebuah mahakarya terbesar yang terbuat dari kepingan Lego hingga saat ini, mengalahkan trailer teardrop Lego yang dibuat pada tahun 2015 silam.Interior VW T2 Camper Van versi Lego. Sumber: VW T2 Camper Van versi Lego ini diletakkan bersebelahan dengan yang versi aslinya, dan detail yang ada pada versi Lego ini sangatlah mirip dengan yang ada di versi aslinya – baik eksterior maupun interior. Adalah Rene Hoffmeister dan rekannya, Pascal Lenhard yang berada di balik proyek pembuatan VW T2 Camper Van versi Lego ini. Rene sendiri merupakan satu dari 12 pembangun model Lego resmi yang ada di seluruh dunia.Setelah menggunakan gambar 3D untuk membuat rencana pembangunan, Rene dan Pascal langsung menghitung perkiraan keping Lego yang akan digunakan dan mereka mulai membangun VW T2 Camper Van ini. Dibutuhkan waktu sekira enam minggu untuk menghidupkan kembali VW jenis ini, hanya saja menggunakan material Lego. Tidak perduli weekdays atau weekend, Rene dan Pascal terus membangun model VW versi Lego ini tanpa lelah.Baca Juga: Volkswagen SEDRIC School Bus, Kendaraan Otonom dengan Balutan “Bus Sekolah”“Pada dasarnya, kami membutuhkan sembilan hari dalam seminggu,” ujar Rene.“Namun karena mereka itu tidak ada, terpaksa kami mengambil shift malam,” tandasnya sembari mengenang.Kreasi Lego yang luar biasa ini F.R.E.E Fair yang dimulai pada hari Rabu besok. Di sana, pengunjung dapat melihat langsung kreasi dari Rene dan Pascal ini dari jarak dekat. Mereka juga bisa mengabadikan foto dari VW T2 Camper Van karya Rene dan Pascal ini.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Relatedlast_img read more