Riding grass mower can outrun some race cars

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With word coming that Texas Motor Speedway’s new “Big Hoss” video board will receive certification Sunday as the biggest of its kind in the world from the Guinness Book of World Records, we thought we’d pass along another record-setter.

For all of you who hate cutting grass, and particularly those who’ve resorted to doing it in style by buying a riding mower, no matter how fast or classy yours is, it’s no match to the Honda Mean Mower.

And this is on a motorsports blog, why? Well, you might say this is grassroots racing at its most unique.

After all, while you crank around your yard at maybe three to five mph, wouldn’t you like to be riding something that is so tricked out that it can hit a top speed of just over 116 mph?

You read that right, over 116 mph. Ergo, it’s the fastest riding grass mower in the world.

So says Guinness … courtesy of our friends at MotorAuthority.com.

The Mean Mower set the record a month ago at the Idiada Proving Ground in Tarragona, Spain, with a record-setting top speed of 116.57, nearly 30 mph faster than the previous mark of 87.83, set in 2010, according to MotorAuthority.com.

Admittedly, this isn’t exactly a stock riding mower you can pick up at, say, Home Depot or Lowe’s. It’s got a 1,000-cc motorcycle engine that allows the four-wheel mower to reach 62 mph in four seconds.

Oh, and the MM may have only scratched the surface of how fast it can go. It reportedly was built to eventually hit 130 mph.

Oh yes, and one more thing: it can still cut grass quite nicely – at about 15 mph, roughly three times faster than your riding mower. Something tells me you might want to add this to your “gotta have” list.

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Holmatro, INDYCAR renew partnership in five-year extension

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Holmatro, a long-time partner of INDYCAR and title sponsor of the Holmatro Safety Team, have renewed a long-standing partnership that will see Holmatro and INDYCAR continue their partnership in a five-year contract extension.

“Holmatro has been a trusted partner and supplier in Indy car racing for more than 20 years,” said president of competition and operations Jay Frye. “Holmatro’s growth parallels some of the great strides made in safety for INDYCAR drivers and teams. We’re pleased to see this partnership continue, as it is a great benefit to everyone in the paddock.”

Holmatro’s relationship with INDYCAR dates back to 1991, when they first supplied tools to the safety team of the CART sanctioned PPG IndyCar World Series. Holmatro branding will continue to be featured on the firesuits, vehicles, and transporters of INDYCAR’s safety team throughout the agreement.

“Holmatro is extremely pleased to extend our partnership with INDYCAR for another five years,” said Tony Barboza, general manager for Holmatro. “We’re extremely proud to be affiliated with the premier on-track safety team in the world. Members of the safety team serve on their home fire departments when not at INDYCAR events and, like them, we believe in constant improvement and innovation. When the race is for life, you can count on the INDYCAR Safety Team and Holmatro rescue tools.”

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