How racing cars gave Detroit Lions C Evan Brown the fearlessness to succeed in NFL - Detroit Free Press

Evan Brown was tearing through the inside track at Texas Motor Speedway at 100 or so mph, heading into one of the final turns of a Legend Car race he was determined to win, when he found himself upside down on top of another car and engulfed by flames.

Brown, who will make his eighth straight start at center when the Detroit Lions host the Minnesota Vikings today at Ford Field, recounts the story now with the nonchalance of a Sunday afternoon.

His crash wasn’t quite Ricky Bobby rolling down the raceway in Talladega Nights, but it was a seminal experience for a then-12-year-old at the height of his racing career.

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Evan Brown, now a Detroit Lions lineman, poses after becoming the 2007 Bandolero champion.

“I pitched it in there and wheels hit, ended up going sideways upside down,” Brown recalled this week. “At that point I was just like — I remember thinking, I was like, ‘Oh, this isn’t good.’ And then I remember seeing flames coming through by my feet, I’m like, ‘Oh, this really isn’t good. Yeah, I definitely messed something up here.’”

Brown did not suffer any burns or broken bones in the crash, and the fire was extinguished in seconds by emergency personnel. But he did receive a good tongue-lashing from his father, Ron, his pit crew chief and race financier, for neglecting to shut off the engine when he went airborne.

Ron Brown said the crash was “terrifying” to watch, and Evan’s mother, Nobu, was in horror in the stands. But Ron Brown also recalls proudly how Evan handled it the next week when he returned to the same track with a rebuilt car — including a new fire-suppression system — and won.

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“He was a little shaken up,” Ron Brown said. “I mean, he was definitely shaken up a little bit. But he was ready to go the next week. It wasn’t like, ‘I don’t want to do this.’ Or, ‘I’m afraid.’”

Evan’s racing career spanned the better part of a decade.

He started racing go-karts as a 4-year-old and progressed through the junior racing ranks. He raced Rotax karts, where he won a national championship as an 8- or 9-year-old and got into dirt kart racing before graduating to full-body cars.

Evan Brown, now a Detroit Lions lineman, drives race cars as a child.

Brown raced Bandolero cars and did more dirt racing in caged cars before finishing in the Legend series. For a fleeting moment, he thought he might be a NASCAR driver one day.

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“Kind of, sort of,” he said. “But it honestly just started out as a hobby that we did and developed into it, and I started to improve and get good at it. Then it kind of developed into getting into it more and more, doing better, then I started traveling for it and at that point you had big trailers towing all the stuff.

"You had to bring a car, sometimes two cars, if you’re racing another series, three cars in this trailer. All the parts. Anything you need to fix a car at one point. Extra tires, extra axles. Absolutely everything you could break.”

The Browns built a detached garage on their property in Texas that served as their workshop and they traveled the country for races at speedways in Charlotte, Atlanta, Indianapolis and Monroe, Louisiana. 

Those experiences did not come cheap. Ron Brown estimated he spent $30,000 to $40,000 a year on Evan’s racing.

But in many ways, they taught Evan the traits — the competitiveness, fearlessness and drive — he needed to become a surprisingly key cog in the Lions offensive line this season.

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“I definitely think (that is the case),” Ron Brown said. “It’s about, ‘I’m going to compete and I’m going to do the best I can and I’m going to take on the opponent every week,’ and it was same thing at the track. We’d go to tracks that we’ve never been to and we’d look at it and do some research beforehand and find out what gear we needed to put in the car and go out there and practice.

"And the first time out there, he’s shifting and he has a five-speed car and he’s racing and you’re bumper to bumper and you’re in this big oval, like a big bowl, and you’re going 90 to 100 mph when you’re 3 inches off the guy’s bumper in front of you.”

Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff (16) calls for a snap from center Evan Brown (63) during the first half against Los Angeles Rams at the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif. on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021.

Brown said he was drawn to racing not for the adrenaline rush he got by going fast speeds in tight spaces but because of the thrill he experienced chasing victory.

The fiery crash he had at Texas Motor Speedway happened because he was trying to pass the first-place car for a win, and Brown said he was “never fearful to throw my car in there and make room for myself and push people out of the way” as a driver.

“When I was younger you got the little ribbons, first-, second- and third-(place) ribbons,” Brown said. “Well, we threw out the second and third ribbons because at that point, those don’t really matter. You kept all the blue ribbons up on the wall. And then as you get older and that, then you start getting little plaques for first, second and third. We threw out the second and thirds, 'cause again those don’t matter. It’s the firsts (that count).”

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Brown gave up racing when his size became a competitive disadvantage around his freshman year of high school. Around the same time, it became apparent he might have a future in football.

Ron Brown sold off his racing equipment and turned his detached garage into a weight room, and Evan shined as a player at Texas high school powerhouse Southlake Carroll, where he won a state title as a sophomore.

A four-year starter at SMU, Brown bounced around the NFL, playing for three teams in his first three seasons before finding a home in Detroit. He was ticketed for backup center duties this fall, but was pressed into action in a Week 4 game against the Chicago Bears when Frank Ragnow suffered a season-ending toe injury. Brown has not left the lineup since.

“Listen, Evan’s been solid,” Lions coach Dan Campbell said last month. “I mean, he’s stepped in and he’s a sharp guy now. He’s smart and he’s really been — I hate it when you ask me stuff like this, but it’s kind of one of those guys, I don’t want to say you take for granted, but you kind of don’t think a lot about it and that’s a good thing, man. He’s in there and we know he’s going to set the table up and he’ll mix it up.”

Detroit Lions center Evan Brown (63) and guard Tommy Kraemer (78) get ready for a snap against the Indianapolis Colts during the first half of a preseason game at Ford Field in Detroit on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021.

Brown, who played primarily on the practice squad for the New York Giants, Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns, made his first career start in the Lions’ Oct. 10 loss to the Vikings in Minnesota.

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He helped key the Lions’ 108-yard rushing performance that day with a key block on Jamaal Williams’ team-long 13-yard run.

Eight weeks later, ready to face the Vikings for a second time, the Lions (0-10-1) remain the only winless team in the NFL, but Brown can see how much and the team have grown.

“(In racing) it’s working on the car, fixing parts, getting it all ready for the event on the weekend and you go into Fridays and Saturdays, tune-ups, practice, and then you have your final event,” Brown said. “That’s kind of how football is. You’re getting your body right during the week, recovering from the last game, but you’re getting yourself ready for the next game and to go out and perform on the weekend and then right back at it again and again.

"So I think the hard work aspect of that and the kind of routine of it can carry over, and then I think the competition aspect of it, you’re racing to win. And you play football to win.”

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Automotive sales in Turkey up one percent in January-November - SteelOrbis

In November this year, sales of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles in Turkey decreased by 24.9 percent year on year and were up by 6.1 percent month on month to 60,216 units, according to the statistics released by the Turkish Automotive Distributors Association (ODD). In the given month, domestic sales of passenger cars in Turkey fell by 33.2 percent year on year and were down by six percent month on month to 42,982 units, while sales of light commercial vehicles increased by 9.2 percent year on year and increased by 6.1 percent month on month to 17,234 units.

Meanwhile, in the first 11 months of the year, domestic sales of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles saw an increase of one percent year on year, amounting to 675,107 units. In this period, domestic sales of passenger cars in the country were down by 2.1 percent to 518,294 units, while sales of light commercial vehicles rose by 12.7 percent to 156,813 units, both on year-on-year basis.

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Porsche team SSR Performance commits to two-car DTM entry -, Edition: Global

The Munich-based team made a wildcard appearance at the Nurburgring earlier this year, marking the first time Porsche has ever been represented in the series.

Buoyed by its performance, with GT Masters champion Michael Ammermuller qualifying the car on the second row and running strongly in the two races, SSR Performance has now elected to enter the DTM season in full next year.

No announcement regarding the driver line-up was made, but SSR Performance's two Porsches they will carry car numbers #92 and #94.

“For our young company, getting started in DTM is highly significant. As a result, it was particularly important for us to get a competitive line-up with two cars on the grid,” said Stefan Schlund, managing director, SSR Performance. 

“I think that the next weeks and months will be very exciting. There is still a lot of work waiting for us prior to the start of the season at Portimão, but we like challenges.“

At least six full-season manufacturers are expected in the second season of the DTM’s GT3 formula, including the four big German brands Audi, Mercedes, BMW and Porsche.

Audi will be to be represented by at least Abt Sportsline, which has already announced that Nurburgring 24 Hours winner Kelvin van der Linde will stay in the championship for another title assault in 2022.

A bumper line-up of Mercedes cars is expected once again, with GruppeM already announcing an expanded two-car entry for the new season.

While no BMW team has committed to the 2022 DTM season so far, the demand for the Bavarian brand's new M4 GT3 racer is expected to be high after an expansive race and test programme in 2021.

Italian supercar brand Lamborghini will provide factory support to Grasser Racing, which will quit all its existing racing programmes to field four Huracan GT3s in the DTM next year. also recently revealed that Red Bull and Ferrari are set to stay on in the category for another year despite Liam Lawson’s title loss in a controversial Norising finale.

“The entries from the teams for the 2022 DTM are developing in quite an enjoyable manner,” ITR’s managing director Benedikt Bohme.

“We are on a good way to getting to experience an even more exciting season next year. Porsche is a legendary sports car brand, SSR Performance is already shining with remarkable titles even as a young team. Together, they will be raising the level of competition in DTM and the appeal for the fans.”

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1 dead, 2 injured in multi-car wreck on 215 Fwy: CHP - KTLA

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A woman died in a five-car collision on the 215 Freeway in Riverside Sunday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A pickup truck suffered a flat tire at about 6:30 a.m. on the southbound 215 Freeway, north of Columbia Avenue, and slowed down and stopped in the road, along with two cars that were behind it.

The woman, whose identity was not released, was driving the fourth car, a Honda Civic that “failed to slow or stop for the stopped vehicles ahead” and struck the line of three cars ahead of it, then was “violently rear ended” by a fifth car, the CHP said in a release.

The driver of the Civic was found “unresponsive” in her car and taken to “Riverside Community Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries,” the CHP added.

Two more drivers suffered “minor injuries” and one of them was taken to the same hospital for treatment.

Another driver, who was behind the wheel of the third car in line, a Toyota Corolla that was initially struck from behind by the Civic, was arrested on suspicion of DUI, according to the CHP.

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Automotive Axle Market Size [2021-2028] | is Projected to Reach USD 39.78 Billion by 2027, Exhibiting a CAGR of 5.1% - Yahoo Finance

Automotive Axle Market Key Players Studied in this Report Are ZF Friedrichshafen AG(Germany), Dana Incorporated (United States), American Axle & Manufacturing Inc. (United States), GKN Ltd (United Kingdom), Meritor, Inc. (United States), Showa Corporation (Japan), The Hyundai Wia Corporation (South Korea), Gestamp Automoción (Spain), JTEKT Corporation (Japan), Other Players.

Pune, India, Dec. 06, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- According to the report by Fortune Business Insights, the global Automotive Axle market size was USD 27.19 billion in 2019 and is projected to reach USD 39.78 billion by 2027, exhibiting a CAGR of 5.1% during the forecast period. The axle is one of the most essential parts of any vehicle as it keeps the wheel position constant to the vehicle body and transmits driving torque to the wheels.

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The global automotive axles market size is projected to reach USD 39.78 billion by 2027, exhibiting a CAGR of 5.1% during the forecast period. Development of advanced axles by companies will be a crucial growth driver for this market, shares Fortune Business Insights™ in its report, titled “Automotive Axles Market Size, Share & Industry Analysis, By Application Type (Front Axle and Rear Axle), By Axle Type (Drive Axle, Dead Axle, and Lift Axle), By Vehicle Type (Passenger Car, Light Commercial Vehicle, and Heavy Commercial Vehicle) and Regional Forecast, 2020-2027”. Automakers and component manufacturers are constantly exploring new technologies to enhance the efficiency of their vehicles and are giving a high amount of attention to automotive axles.

For example, in 2017, Bosch introduced its electric axle drive, or e-axle, powertrain, which unifies three powertrain components in a single unit, ensuring lower development time for automakers and increased efficiency. Similarly, in 2019, Kinetic Engineering Limited announced the development of axle assemblies as well as two-speed gearboxes for electric vehicles, which will be in the form of a kit, made ready-to-fit onto the vehicles. Thus, the growing presence of such advanced axle solutions will benefit the market in the long run.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a severe downturn in the automotive industry, primarily because of a drastic decline in market demand for cars and other vehicles as majority of the working population worldwide has shifted to remote working. As a result of the steep drop in demand, prominent companies in this market are grappling with shrinking revenues and reduced profits. For example, ZF Friedrichshafen announced in May 2020 that it will be slashing 15,000 jobs over the next five years at its plants across the globe owing to the frozen demand for cars amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Another major market, Dana Incorporated, reported a loss of USD 174 million in the second quarter of 2020 due to lower sales in the COVID-19 pandemic. Large automakers have been hit as well by the pandemic, with several of them being forced to close some of their plants. Fiat Chrysler, for instance, announced the closure of its plants in Poland, Serbia, and Italy in March 2020. These unfavorable developments will inevitably affect the automotive axles market growth as the coronavirus has disrupted investment plans of most of the players in the automotive industry.

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List of the Companies Operating in the Market:

ZF Friedrichshafen AG(Germany)

Dana Incorporated (United States)

American Axle & Manufacturing Inc. (United States)

GKN Ltd (United Kingdom)

Meritor, Inc. (United States)

Showa Corporation (Japan)

The Hyundai Wia Corporation (South Korea)

Gestamp Automoción (Spain)

JTEKT Corporation (Japan)

Other Players

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Global Automotive Axle Market Segmentation:

By Application:

Front Axle

Rear Axle

By Axle Type:

Drive Axle

Dead Axle

Lift Axle

By Vehicle Type:

Passenger Cars

Light Commercial Vehicles

Heavy Commercial Vehicle

By Geography:

North America (USA, Canada)

Europe (UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Scandinavia and Rest of Europe)

Asia Pacific (Japan, China, India, Australia, Southeast Asia and Rest of Asia Pacific)

Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Rest of Latin America)

Middle East & Africa (South Africa, GCC, and Rest of Middle East & Africa)

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