Happy Memorial Day!

Today is a day of remembrance. This Memorial Day, honor our United States Armed Forces and the men and women that have made the ultimate sacrifice serving our country by raising your flag with family and friends.

Photo By: Dave Hosford

Photo By: Dave Hosford

Whether you are attending a Memorial Day event or getting together with your loved ones for an afternoon of fun, wear your American spirit proudly and give thanks in all kinds of action packed ways! How are you racing to mark Memorial Day this year?

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving, Zombie Dusters!

If you are still alive after your zombie raid the other day, that is already something to be thankful for in Eat My Dust. Next time you log into Eat My Dust, be sure to load up your weapons with powerful ammos to prepare for the next zombie attack! You will definitely be grateful for that, when you are surrounded by zombies and you are running low on ammos. Be sure to stock up and have an amazing Thanksgiving holiday, dusting enemies and destroying zombies!

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Famous Race Track Series #2: Nürburgring

For our last Famous Racetrack Series, we talked about the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which hosted specialized Indy 500 cars. This month, let us learn a little bit more about a track, located in one of the countries that produced some of the most worldly renowned and superbly engineered cars – Germany.  Located 120 kilometer northwest of Frankfurt, Germany, the Nürburgring is nicknamed as “The Green Hell”, being one of the most demanding and difficult purpose-built racing circuits in the world. With a total distance of more than 17 miles and 170 corners, winning a race here will put your name among the greatest drivers in the world.

Photo by MRC Imagery

Photo by MRC Imagery

More commonly dubbed as “The Ring”, this track was built in 1927 as a government project, but it transitioned into an adventurous destination for professional and aspiring drivers alike.

The racetrack has undergone extensive renovation over the years, but it remains as one of the most legendary places for motorsports, housing grand prix winners and champions from around the world.

Wrench’s Fun Facts: World’s Most Dangerous Racetrack

The Snaefell Mountain Course, more commonly known as the Isle of Man TT, located on the west coast of England, is regarded as the most dangerous and deadliest racetrack in the world. Specializing in housing motorcycle competition since 1911, this course has about 200 corners and wields its way through a winding mountain road in the countryside.

Photo by Jonathan Camp

Photo by Jonathan Camp

Some of the motorcycles can reach a 200 mph speed rate in a straight section at the beginning of the course. However, the obstacles on both sides of the road are what make the course so challenging and risky. The road is lined with light poles, mail boxes, stone walls, etc. Some are so close to the rider that a slight touch of these obstacles will throw the racer off course.

When the riders reach the countryside of the village, they are confronted with narrow lanes and hazards that are often concealed by hedges and grass. All the riders who successfully completed the course possess the balanced quality of perfection and luck.

Officials have deemed the racetrack too dangerous for competition, but racing fans have continued to visit the Isle of Man to sample this last true road race.

Happy Halloween, Racers!

It’s that terrifyingly terrific time of year and the zombies appear to be attacking in full force! How are you planning on celebrating with your friends and rival racers, today? No matter what your plans might be on this frighteningly festive night, be sure to take a few minutes to hit the tracks in Eat My Dust and help us keep those zealous zombies at bay.

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On days like today, we need all the help that we can get to keep the Combat Zone and Team Dens safe from those unsightly undead creatures! Help control the population at the gates by playing Zombie Attack on your own or grab your teammates to send a little friendly fire out this Halloween.

Wrench’s Facts: Current Top 5 Formula One Teams

Do you want to dominate the racing world in Eat My Dust? Then you should look up to some of the fastest racers in the world! Like your racing machine in Eat My Dust, the Formula One car is a high-speed prototype that is focused on performance and advanced technology. However, these teams and drivers will not be so successful if it were not for their persistence and constant practice. Check out the most up-to-date Formula One ranking and see what it takes to become a world-class racer!

  1. Red Bull Racing

Running in top place right now is this indestructible team from Austria! Established in 2005, this team consists of two renowned racers – Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. Vettel, a German native, is also crowned first place in the recent grand prix that occurred in Singapore. Webber, an Australian native, did quite well too, earning fifth place in the same championship in Singapore.

Photo by Max Bosio

Photo by Max Bosio

  1. Ferrari

Hailing from Italy, the Scuderia Ferrari team is probably the most successful team in the history of Formula One – winning 16 Constructor Titles, which is specifically awarded to the person who created an engine or chassis that performed outstandingly in a race, and 15 Drivers Titles, which is awarded to the most successful Formula One racing car driver in one season. The current drivers of the team are Spanish native, Fernando Alonso, and Felipe Massa, a Brazilian native. This team used to be the home of the legendary Michael Schumacher, who won the title of World Champion with Ferrari for five consecutive years, from 2000 to 2004.

Photo by Nic Redhead

Photo by Nic Redhead

  1. Mercedes

The debuting year of this team marked one of their most successful moments of the team’s history. In 1954 alone, their former driver Juan Manuel Fangion, won the French grand prix and the drivers championship. They are back with a re-branded team for Formula One in 2010, hiring Michael Schumacher as their driver. In the most recent season, the team’s drivers are British native Lewis Hamilton, who placed third in the recent grand prix, and German native Nico Rosberg, who got sixth place.

  1. Lotus

The team’s first Formula One season was back in 1981, and the cars are proven to be a good fit for most circuits and conditions in grand prix. The latest driver line-up is definitely one of the highlights of this team – consisting of 2007 Formula One Champion Kimi Raikkonen, who won the fourth place in the recent grand prix in Singapore, and Romain Grosjean, a GP2 Series Champion who took home eighth place in the recent race. They are both French natives.

  1. McLaren-Mercedes

Since 1966, this team is known for their relentless effort to ensure that the cars evolve with technology and to produce the fastest car in the world. The specifications of the cars will never be the same in each race and they are constantly striving for a better racing machine. The two drivers of this team are both in the top 15 positions in the most recent grand prix. They are Jenson Button, a British native, and Sergio Perez, a Mexican native.

Photo by William Murphy

Photo by William Murphy

Now that you have learnt a little bit more about Formula One, the teams and the drivers, what team and which driver is your favorite? Log into Eat My Dust, today, and start polishing your techniques and skills to match up with these top-notch racers!

Wrench’s Facts: Exterior Components

Have you ever wondered what the exterior components available in the mechanic shop actually are or what it is tat they do for your car? This week, Wrench’s facts give racers like you some insight about how these components can increase your chances to be the first across the finish line!

Exterior Components

Chassis
This refers to the internal frameworks, which is often referred to as the “skeleton” of the vehicle. The other components, including the engine, transmission, suspension, and the body of the car are attached to this framework. It is a foundational structure that is essential to a vehicle.

Skins/Paint Job
This feature is more about the style and physical aesthetic appeal of the car, rather than improving its functionality. A paint job allows the driver to customize their style, making it unique.

Wheels
It is a device that enables the swift movement of the entire vehicle. If you read the post about Off-Road tires from last week, you will understand why different wheels can help tame difficult situations you will face in the game. It directly affects the traction your car has with the ground surface, which ultimately changes how you handle your car.
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Play Capture the Flag to Celebrate Flag Day!

Did you know that June 14th is Flag Day? Flag Day celebrates the adoption of the United States flag by the Second Continental Congress in 1977. The week of the 14th is called Flag Week and it’s common for people to celebrate with a barbecue or other patriotic celebrations. However, in EMD we like to celebrate a different way- by playing Capture the Flag! Be sure to gather your friends and head on over to the Badlands to get started!

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Strategy is key to winning a game of Capture the Flag, or CTF as we call it. Being able to work together as a team plays a large part in developing your team’s strategy and changing it as the game progresses. Without proper communication, it is easy for a team to have too many players attempting to capture the other team’s flag and thus exposing their own. On the other hand though, if no one from your team pushes forward to capture the flag, then it is impossible for your team to win.

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Sometimes during a game of CTF, your team will need to change your strategy. This often happens as the time limit approaches or one team secures a substantial lead. Changing your teams strategy might be as simple as just sending more players forward or as complicated as executing a ‘feigned’ retreat to draw the other team away from their flag. Regardless of what your strategy is or how it changes throughout a game of CTF, communication and cooperation are keys to CTF.

Armed with this new knowledge and these helpful tips, be sure to assemble your friends head on out to the Badlands during Flag Week to earn some coins playing CTF.

A Whole New World, a Brand New Challenge

It’s time to take your finely tuned racing skills and test them in the air! For an exclusive sneak preview of JumpStart’s upcoming game, School of Dragons, check out the FunZone in JumpStart (http://www.jumpstart.com) and begin to experience a small part of this scientific world, full of exploration and discovery. At the FunZone, you can play School of Dragons’ Fireball Frenzy and earn a high score to brag about to your friends. This exciting game will challenge your ability to control your dragon and give you the thrill of riding on a dragon’s back!

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In School of Dragons, players will not only be able to own and raise a Dragon but they will also be able to engage in a variety of exciting tasks. If the FunZone sneak preview leaves you wanting more, head over to the JumpStart3D YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/JumpStart3D) and watch the School of Dragons Official Trailer. Be sure to visit the website at http://www.schoolofdragons.com/ so that you can learn more about this upcoming game and sign up for the Beta to experience School of Dragons for yourself in the June!

Real Life Racers: an Introduction to NASCAR

NASCAR stands for the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing, and is one of the biggest car racing organizations in the world. NASCAR organizes such events such as the Sprint Cup series, the Nationwide Series, and the Camping World Truck Series. The Sprint Cup is the most prestigious of the three, and the one most people think of when they think of NASCAR.

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The major races in the Sprint Cup are the Daytona 500, the Aaron’s 499, and the Coca-Cola 600. If a driver wins all three of those races, they are considered a Triple Crown winner, as those are the “major” races in the Sprint Cup series. The Coca-Cola 600, held in Concord, North Carolina, is the longest NASCAR race at over 600 miles long. The Aaron’s 499, held in Talladega, Alabama, is known as the fastest NASCAR race. The Daytona 500, held in Daytona Beach, Florida, is considered the most prestigious of the NASCAR races, and one of the most historic. NASCAR essentially got its start in Daytona Beach, with informal car races held there in the early twentieth century.

Some of the top drivers today are Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick.

Jimmie Johnson, who drives the No. 48 car, is the only NASCAR driver to ever win five Sprint Cup championships in a row. He is not only considered one of the top drivers, but one of the top athletes in the world due to his success racing stock cars.

Jeff Gordon is one of the most famous NASCAR drivers of all time. He has the third most wins out of any NASCAR driver ever. His team is nicknamed the “Rainbow Warriors” because of the distinctive rainbow color scheme on the car and suit.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is one of the most popular NASCAR drivers, winning the Most Popular Driver Award ten times in a row. Earnhardt’s father, Dale Earnhardt, was one of the greatest NASCAR drivers of all time before he met his untimely end during the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500.

Danica Patrick was originally an IndyCar driver, switching over to NASCAR in 2011. Not only was Patrick the first woman to win an Indy car race, but she also has the best finish by a woman in a NASCAR top-circuit race, as well as the first woman to win a pole position and the first woman to lead a lap at the 500. Due to her success as a woman in a dominantly male sport, Danica Patrick is one of the most well-known drivers in the world.

NASCAR is one of the most popular sporting events in the United States, drawing the biggest crowds and some of the biggest television audiences. Do you or your family watch NASCAR?