Richard Hammond at Sonoma

“It’s not as easy as it looks!” is how Richard Hammond described his experience as a member of an IZOD IndyCar Series team pit crew.

Hammond, a co-host of BBC AMERICA’s popular automotive program “Top Gear,” has left his comfort zone of driving and testing cars to take on some of America’s most daring and distinctive jobs in the second season of BBC AMERICA’s original series “Richard Hammond’s Crash Course,” produced by BBC Worldwide Productions.

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In each episode Hammond faces new, wildly unfamiliar, comical and, at times, frightening occupations – with less than five days to master each job. He spent a week as a member of the Dragon Racing pit crew during the GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma in August for an episode that airs at 10 p.m. (ET) Nov. 12 on BBC AMERICA.

Hammond was tasked with changing the left-front tire of the car driven by Katherine Legge during a pit stop during the IZOD IndyCar Series event at Sonoma Raceway.

“I thought they’d let me do something like hold a fan in front of the driver’s face, but I’m changing a tire,” Hammond said after his first practice.  “This is a big deal. During the race I’m sure I’ll be thinking nothing but terror.  I don’t want to be the weak link and hold everything up.”


Quaker Chemical expands partnership with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing

Quaker Chemical Corporation has expanded its partnership of Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing with an expanded sponsorship and technical partnership for 2013

"We are thrilled to continue such a great working relationship and sponsorship with Quaker Chemical,” said team co-owner Sarah Fisher. “Quaker has been very involved from an engineering standpoint, and I know the team enjoyed rolling up their sleeves during this partnership to assist from a technical perspective. To have a continuance of support from a quality sponsor who really benefits from our sport is a true indicator of the great things to come.”

During the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season, Quaker Chemical spearheaded a research project designed to create proprietary greases and lubricants specifically engineered to combat the forces of friction, heat and wear encountered by the unique demands of the Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Team.

The ongoing research and development technical alliance will allow Quaker to continually develop superior lubrication technology for use within its core industries and customers.

"Our first year in INDYCAR with SFHR was a great experience for Quaker,” said Joe Berquist, Quaker VP and Managing Director North America. “With the 2013 season, we are excited to continue leveraging our technical partnership with SFHR for ongoing product development, research and ideas. SFHR is a first-class organization and their family-centric approach to business is a great fit with Quaker’s culture. Josef Newgarden is a talented, charismatic, and motivated young driver. We are looking forward to a great 2013 season."


Hunter-Reay attends fundraiser in Bahamas

IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay will be one of the VIP guests attending the 25th ShowBoats International Boys & Girls Club Rendezvous on Nov. 8-10 at the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas.

The annual event has raised more than $30 million for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County (Florida) and the 12,000 at-risk youth it serves.