He feels ready to be a Force again

first_imgDixon’s Miller Lite team will be working with a new crew chief, with Donnie Bender replacing the retired Dick LaHaie. “I’m looking forward to start testing and to see how we progress as we head into the Winternationals in a few weeks,” Dixon said. The NHRA Wally Parks Motorsports Museum will open its So-Cal Speed Shop exhibit today. The event will be run in conjunction with the Grand National Roadster Show, scheduled today through Sunday at Fairplex. Advance tickets for the show are available at the museum, which is located at 1101 W. McKinley Ave. in Pomona. Auto Club Dragway, located on the grounds of California Speedway in Fontana, will host a Summit Racing Series event this weekend. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2239 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! His quest begins this weekend when the NHRA’s preseason kicks off with the NHRA Nitro Blast-off at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It’s the first of three testing events for the Powerade Series tour. Practice sessions also are slated for Chandler, Ariz. on Jan 28-29 and Las Vegas again on Feb. 4-5. The season kicks off with the 46th annual Winternationals at Fairplex on Feb. 9-12. “We made a lot of progress over the winter, and now it’s time to see what progress we made,” said Force, winner of 13 titles since 1990. “We developed a new car and now the focus is winning and getting back on track. I’m ready.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded cardForce is hoping to rebound from what statistically was his worst season since winning his first title in 1990. He did win a class-best five events, but lost 10 times in the first round. That paved the way for Gary Scelzi, who won Top Fuel three times between 1997-2000, to score his first championship in Funny Car. Ron Capps, Scelzi’s teammate, also beat out Force for second. “I think I was guilty more than anyone (on the team) of believing I couldn’t lose,” Force said. “Bottom line, we had the car to win, I just didn’t do my job. “I have my focus back. We’ll see what happens. Last year, you have to ask yourself, `Did they win? Or did we lose?’ Bottom line, 10 first-round losses is ridiculous. We figured it out over the winter and now we’re ready.” The upcoming testing season also will be good training for two-time Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon, who finished second to Tony Schumacher last season. center_img It’s been nearly three months since National Hot Rod Association icon John Force experienced what once seemed to be the unthinkable. But after the reality of failing to win the Powerade Series Funny Car title for just the third time since 1990, Force is ready to reclaim what most believed was practically his birthright. last_img

Continue Reading

Algomas New Equinox Bulker Reaches Canada

first_imgzoom Canadian provider of marine transportation services Algoma Central Corporation informed that its first Equinox Class self-unloader, the seaway-max size Algoma Niagara, arrived at the Port of Sept Iles, Quebec, on November 1.The Algoma Niagara is the fifth Equinox Class vessel in Canada and it joined four gearless sister ships in the company’s fleet. The vessel was scheduled to undergo inspections and re-flagging as a Canadian vessel before beginning commercial operations.The 225.6-meter-long bulker loaded its first cargo of iron ore from Port Cartier past weekend and departed for Hamilton shortly thereafter.Delivered in September this year, Algoma Niagara is the first of three Equinox Class self-unloaders currently under construction at the Yangzijiang shipyard in Jiangsu China. The ship is a traditional boom-aft twin belt self-unloader with a deadweight capacity of approximately 39,000 tons at design draught.The Algoma Sault is nearing completion at the Yangzijiang shipyard, and the Algoma Conveyor, which the company acquired at auction from the failed Nantong Mingde shipyard earlier this year, is undergoing refurbishment and final construction. The Algoma Sault is expected to arrive in Canada in time to start the 2018 navigation season and the Algoma Conveyor is expected to be completed and delivered in early 2019, according to the company.The Equinox Class represents the new generation of Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Waterway bulk cargo vessels. The ships have been designed to optimize fuel efficiency and operating performance thus minimizing environmental impact, the company said.Separately, Algoma released its financial results for the third quarter of 2017 which show that the company saw a drop of almost 15 percent in its net earnings. During the quarter, Algoma’s net earnings dropped to CAD 32.8 million (USD 25.7 million) from CAD 38.5 million posted in Q3 2016.The company experienced a 23.5% increase in net earnings from continuing operations for the third quarter over the same period in 2016 – excluding the net gain on the cancellation of the shipbuilding contracts recognized in 2016. Inclusive of this net gain, net earnings from continuing operation were CAD 22.5 million in the third quarter of 2016, against CAD 24.4 million reported in the corresponding period of 2016.Revenues for the period rose to CAD 136.6 million from CAD 118.2 million recorded in Q3 2016.Algoma Central Corporation operates the largest Canadian flag fleet of dry and liquid bulk carriers on the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Waterway and also owns ocean self-unloading dry-bulk vessels operating in international markets. The company has begun an expansion into international short-sea markets through its 50% interest in NovaAlgoma Cement Carriers and NovaAlgoma Short-Sea Carriers.last_img read more

Continue Reading

George Takei To Address LGBT Issues

first_imgGay rights activist George Takei will speak about LGBT issues at a National Press Club Speakers Luncheon, October 18.In his speech entitled, “Embracing Change,” Mr. Takei will address the growing momentum for legalizing same-sex marriage in the U.S.Takei, who became famous playing Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu on the Star Trek TV series and in the franchise’s films, has also become one of the most prominent LGBT and social justice activists in the country. He also boasts over 800,000 followers on Twitter and is the author of Oh Myyy! There Goes the Internet. He’s also starring in the upcoming Broadway musical “Allegiance.”In a Washington Post editorial published on June 27, 2013, Takei wrote, “Whenever one group discriminates against another — keeping its members out of a club, a public facility or an institution — it often boils down to a visceral, negative response to something unfamiliar. I call this the ‘ick.’For more than 70 years, I’ve watched the ick infect American life in a variety of ways and concluded that it’s little more than a function of unfamiliarity. Once upon a time, you never saw two men kissing — for that, you’d have to visit an adult video store.”The Press Club luncheon will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. Remarks will begin at 1:00 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session, ending at 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by going to the following link. The cost of luncheon admission is $21 for National Press Club members and $35 for non-members. Tickets must be purchased at time of reservation.National Press Club Luncheons are webcast live on press.org. Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #NPCLunch, or on Facebook (facebook.com/PressClubDC) and Twitter (PressClubDC). Submit questions for speakers in advance and during the live event by sending them to @QNPCLunch on Twitter. Or email a question in advance, type TAKEI in the subject line and send to presidentpress.org before 10 a.m. on the day of event.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Continue Reading