Smoky NASCAR, NHRA burnouts are mere wisps compared to this video

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NASCAR fans love when their favorite driver performs a celebratory burnout after winning a race, while NHRA fans love to watch burnouts prior to a run down the drag strip.

The smokier the burnout, the better.

But NASCAR and NHRA drivers have nothing on what goes on at the Australian Summer Nationals.

To ring in the New Year, 103 cars got together this past Thursday at Exhibition Park in Canberra, Australia, for the 28th edition of what most locals down under call simply the “SummerNats.”

The cars had one goal to kick off the four-day annual celebration of Aussie horsepower: to set a Guinness World Record for smokiest and biggest burnout ever seen on a racetrack.

They not only accomplished that goal, they did it with a flourish that would make any NASCAR driver eat his or her heart out in envy.

And as for NASCAR and NHRA fans, if you love burnouts, well … as Bachman Turner Overdrive would say, you ain’t seen nothing yet … until you’ve seen this video.

Thanks to our friends at MotorAuthority.com for tipping us off to this great video.

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NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.