Royal Rumble (2007)
Royal Rumble was the twentieth annual Royal Rumble professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment. It took place on January 28, 2007, at the AT&T Center in San Antonio and featured talent from the Raw, SmackDown! and ECW brands. This marked the first time; as has been customary since 1993, the Royal Rumble match winner received a match at that year's WrestleMania, for his choice at either the WWE Championship, the World Heavyweight Championship or the ECW World Championship. Five professional wrestling matches were featured on the event's supercard, a scheduling of more than one main event; the main event was the annual 30-man Royal Rumble match, which featured wrestlers from all three brands. The Undertaker, the thirtieth entrant, won the match by last eliminating Shawn Michaels, the twenty-third entrant; the primary match on the Raw brand was a Last Man Standing match for the WWE Championship between John Cena and Umaga. Cena won the match and retained the title after Umaga was unable to get to his feet before the referee counted to ten.
The predominant match on the SmackDown! Brand was Batista versus Mr. Kennedy for the World Heavyweight Championship, which Batista won by pinfall after executing a Batista Bomb; the featured match on the ECW brand was between Bobby Lashley and Test for the ECW World Championship, which Lashley won after Test was counted out. Royal Rumble featured professional wrestling matches that involved different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines that were played out on Raw, SmackDown!, ECW – World Wrestling Entertainment's primary television programs. Wrestlers portrayed a villain or a hero as they followed a series of events that built tension, culminated into a wrestling match or series of matches; the event featured wrestlers from WWE's Raw, SmackDown, ECW brands – a storyline division in which WWE employees were assigned to a television program of the same name. The main feud heading into the Royal Rumble on Raw was between Umaga. At the previous pay-per-view event, New Year's Revolution, Cena defeated Umaga to end his undefeated streak and retain the WWE Championship.
The night after on Raw, Armando Alejandro Estrada, Umaga's manager, asked for a rematch, which Cena agreed to. That night, during a match between Cena and The Great Khali, Umaga interfered and attacked Cena; the following week, the official contract signing for their rematch at the Royal Rumble took place. After it was announced that Estrada could choose the match type, Estrada chose the match to be a Last Man Standing match. Cena proceeded to attack both Umaga and Estrada. On the January 22 episode of Raw, after Cena was eliminated from a Battle Royal, Umaga attacked Cena, injured his spleen, portrayed as real as part of their storyline; the predominant feud on the SmackDown! Brand was between Batista and Mr. Kennedy, with the two battling over the World Heavyweight Championship. On the January 5 episode of SmackDown! A Beat the Clock Sprint began. Wrestlers competed in single matches, the wrestler to win a match in the shortest amount of time would become the number one contender to the World Heavyweight Championship at the Royal Rumble.
Mr. Kennedy, who defeated Chris Benoit in nearly five minutes, had the shortest time at the end of the show; the following week, the Sprint continued. In the final match, between The Undertaker and The Miz, Kennedy interfered by pulling The Miz out of the ring. After performing the Tombstone piledriver on The Miz, The Undertaker went for the pin attempt. Time, ran out and Kennedy became the winner of the Sprint; the following week after on SmackDown!, The Undertaker was put in a match with Kennedy, where if he won, he would be added to the title match at the Royal Rumble. During the match, after Kennedy attacked Batista, at ringside. Batista retaliated against Kennedy. Thus, the match at the Royal Rumble remained a singles match between Kennedy; the main feud on the ECW brand was between Bobby Lashley and Test, with the two feuding over the ECW Championship. Rob Van Dam won an online poll against Test and Sabu to earn a title shot on the January 2 episode of ECW, which ended in no-contest. Van Dam was given another title match the next week.
Test interfered in the match, attacked both men. A Triple Threat match for the title occurred on the January 16 episode of ECW between Lashley, Van Dam, Test. Lashley was beaten down afterwards by Test. A title match between Lashley and Test was made for the Royal Rumble. A week after that match was made, on the January 23 episode of ECW, Lashley defeated Test in another title match. Before the event went live on pay-per-view, JTG defeated Lance Cade in a dark match; the first match that aired was a tag team match between The Hardys and MNM. The match went forth until MNM took control by attacking Matt's injured jaw repeatedly; the Hardys gained the advantage but lost it when Nitro countered an aerial attack by Jeff. Jeff tagged Matt, who beat down both Mercury and Nitro; the finish came when Matt delivered a Twist of Jeff performed the Swanton Bomb on Nitro. Jeff pinned Nitro for the victory; the second match was Bobby Lashley against Test for the ECW World Championship. Test used many illegal moves, took control after driving Lashley's shoulder into the ringpost.
He continued to attack the shoulder. Test rolled out of the ring. Lashley won, retained his ti
San Antonio Stars
The San Antonio Stars were a professional basketball team based in San Antonio, playing in the Western Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association. The team was founded in Salt Lake City, Utah, as the Utah Starzz before the league's inaugural 1997 season began; the team was owned by Spurs Sports & Entertainment, which owned the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA. The team was sold to MGM Resorts International in 2017 and became the Las Vegas Aces for the 2018 season; the Stars qualified for the WNBA Playoffs in seven of their fourteen years in San Antonio. The franchise has been home to many high-quality players such as all-star point guard Becky Hammon, solid power-forward Sophia Young, former first-overall draft pick Ann Wauters, seven-foot-two-inch center Margo Dydek. In 2008, the Silver Stars went to the WNBA Finals but they were swept by Detroit; the Stars played their games at AT&T Center. One of the eight original WNBA teams, the Utah Starzz never met the same success as their counterpart in the NBA, the Utah Jazz.
They held the distinction of having the worst record in the WNBA in 1997 and were the first team to select in the 1998 WNBA Draft. With their selection, they picked 7 ft. 2 in. Center Margo Dydek, who became the tallest player in WNBA history; the pickup of Dydek did little to help their cause and they again finished near the bottom of the league in the 1998 & 1999 seasons. The Starzz posted a winning record in 2000, but did not make the playoffs. In 2001, the Utah Starzz made it to the playoffs for the first time, but they were swept in the first round by the Sacramento Monarchs. In 2002, the Starzz made it to the playoffs again, this time beat the Houston Comets in the Western Conference Semifinals 2 games to 1, their playoff run ended in the Western Finals, however, as they were swept aside by the eventual champs, the Los Angeles Sparks. When the NBA divested itself of all of its WNBA franchises at the end of the 2002 season, the Utah Jazz ownership did not wish to retain ownership of the Starzz.
The Starzz looked for local Utah potential buyers, but none were found, leaving the franchise with the choices of either being sold to out-of-town investor or folding. The Starzz avoided being folded when the franchise was sold to Peter Holt and relocated to San Antonio, Texas; the team's name was changed to the San Antonio Silver Stars and would change its team colors to the silver and black motif used by the Spurs. After moving, the new Silver Stars made major roster moves, as they traded star Natalie Williams along with Coretta Brown to the Indiana Fever in exchange for Sylvia Crawley and Gwen Jackson. After losing seasons in 2003 and 2004, the team traded away star Margo Dydek. For the first four seasons after moving to San Antonio, the franchise was unable to change its old losing trend and did not make the playoffs, in sharp contrast to their current NBA counterpart, the San Antonio Spurs. From 1997–2002, the Utah Starzz had a record of 87–99. From 2003–2006, the San Antonio Silver Stars record was 41–88.
The 2007 season brought a lot of change for the Silver Stars. They acquired stars Becky Hammon, Ruth Riley, Sandora Irvin in trades, selected Helen Darling in Charlotte Sting's dispersal draft, drafted Camille Little in the second round, signed Erin Buescher during the off-season, retained key players, such as Marie Ferdinand-Harris, Vickie Johnson, Shanna Crossley, Kendra Wecker, Sophia Young; the new-look Silver Stars became an instant contender in the Western Conference. On August 4, 2007 the Silver Stars clinched their first playoff berth since the franchise relocated to San Antonio in 2003. In the first round, the Silver Stars were matched up against the Sacramento Monarchs. After losing game 1 in Sacramento, the Silver Stars would win games 2 and 3 to advance to the Western Finals; the Silver Stars faced off against a strong Phoenix Mercury team, which had the number 1 seed in the Western Conference. The Silver Stars would lose Game 1 at home 102–100 on a controversial call by ref Lisa Mattingly.
Mattingly called a foul on Shanna Crossley with 2.1 seconds left in the game and the score tied at 100. Replay showed. However, Pondexter was sent to the line and made both free throws and Crossley's half-court shot to win the game nearly went in. On September 1, 2007 the Silver Stars' season came to an end after the Stars lost Game 2 98–92 in Phoenix. Heading into 2008, the Silver Stars did not disappoint. After an average start, the Stars seized control of the Western Conference and rode to the best record in the West, the #1 seed in the playoffs. In the first round, the Silver Stars once again faced off against the Sacramento Monarchs. Unlike 2007, the Stars won Game 1 on the road, 85–78, but the Monarchs would prove pesky, spoiling a potential clinch in Game 2 crushing the Silver Stars at home 84–67. Now the Silver Stars had to face an offseason of disappointment. In the Game, the Silver Stars would secure a 14-point lead and it seemed over, but a late rally by the Monarchs, including the last seven points in regulation, sent the game into overtime.
In overtime, the Silver Stars clamped down and proved they were the better team, defeating the Monarchs 86–81, advancing to the Western Conference Finals for the second season in a row. In the West Finals, the Stars faced. In Game 1 in LA, the Stars took an early lead, but an
San Antonio the City of San Antonio, is the seventh-most populous city in the United States, the second-most populous city in both Texas and the Southern United States, with more than 1.5 million residents. Founded as a Spanish mission and colonial outpost in 1718, the city became the first chartered civil settlement in present-day Texas in 1731; the area was still part of the Spanish Empire, of the Mexican Republic. Today it is the state's oldest municipality; the city's deep history is contrasted with its rapid recent growth during the past few decades. It was the fastest-growing of the top ten largest cities in the United States from 2000 to 2010, the second from 1990 to 2000. Straddling the regional divide between South and Central Texas, San Antonio anchors the southwestern corner of an urban megaregion colloquially known as the "Texas Triangle". San Antonio serves as the seat of Bexar County. Since San Antonio was founded during the Spanish Colonial Era, it has a church in its center, on the main civic plaza in front, a characteristic of many Spanish-founded cities and villages in Spain and Latin America.
As with many other urban centers in the Southwestern United States, areas outside the city limits are sparsely populated. San Antonio is the center of the San Antonio–New Braunfels metropolitan statistical area. Called Greater San Antonio, the metro area has a population of 2,473,974 based on the 2017 U. S. census estimate, making it the 24th-largest metropolitan area in the United States and third-largest in Texas. Growth along the Interstate 35 and Interstate 10 corridors to the north and east make it that the metropolitan area will continue to expand. San Antonio was named by a 1691 Spanish expedition for Saint Anthony of Padua, whose feast day is June 13; the city contains five 18th-century Spanish frontier missions, including The Alamo and San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, which together were designated UNESCO World Heritage sites in 2015. Other notable attractions include the River Walk, the Tower of the Americas, SeaWorld, the Alamo Bowl, Marriage Island. Commercial entertainment includes Morgan's Wonderland amusement parks.
According to the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau, the city is visited by about 32 million tourists a year. It is home to the five-time NBA champion San Antonio Spurs, hosts the annual San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, one of the largest such events in the U. S; the U. S. Armed Forces have numerous facilities around San Antonio. Lackland Air Force Base, Randolph Air Force Base, Lackland AFB/Kelly Field Annex, Camp Bullis, Camp Stanley are outside the city limits. Kelly Air Force Base operated out of San Antonio until 2001, when the airfield was transferred to Lackland AFB; the remaining parts of the base were developed as Port San Antonio, an industrial/business park and aerospace complex. San Antonio is home to six Fortune 500 companies and the South Texas Medical Center, the only medical research and care provider in the South Texas region. At the time of European encounter, Payaya Indians lived near the San Antonio River Valley in the San Pedro Springs area, they called the vicinity Yanaguana, meaning "refreshing waters".
In 1691, a group of Spanish explorers and missionaries came upon the river and Payaya settlement on June 13, the feast day of St. Anthony of Padua, they named the river "San Antonio" in his honor. It was years. Father Antonio de Olivares visited the site in 1709, he was determined to found a mission and civilian settlement there; the viceroy gave formal approval for a combined mission and presidio in late 1716, as he wanted to forestall any French expansion into the area from their colony of La Louisiane to the east, as well as prevent illegal trading with the Payaya. He directed the governor of Coahuila y Tejas, to establish the mission complex. Differences between Alarcón and Olivares resulted in delays, construction did not start until 1718. Olivares built, with the help of the Payaya Indians, the Misión de San Antonio de Valero, the Presidio San Antonio de Bexar, the bridge that connected both, the Acequia Madre de Valero; the families who clustered around the presidio and mission were the start of Villa de Béjar, destined to become the most important town in Spanish Texas.
On May 1, the governor transferred ownership of the Mission San Antonio de Valero to Fray Antonio de Olivares. On May 5, 1718 he commissioned the Presidio San Antonio de Béxar on the west side of the San Antonio River, one-fourth league from the mission. On February 14, 1719, the Marquis of San Miguel de Aguayo proposed to the king of Spain that 400 families be transported from the Canary Islands, Galicia, or Havana to populate the province of Texas, his plan was approved, notice was given the Canary Islanders to furnish 200 families. By June 1730, 25 families had reached Cuba, 10 families had been sent to Veracruz before orders from Spain came to stop the re-settlement. Under the leadership of Juan Leal Goraz, the group marched overland from Veracruz to the Presidio San Antonio de Béxar, where they arrived on March 9, 1731. Due to marriages along the way, the party now included a total of 56 persons, they joined the military community established in 1718. The immigrants f
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Bankers Life Fieldhouse is an indoor arena located in Downtown Indianapolis, United States. It opened in November 1999 to replace Market Square Arena; the arena is the home of the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association and the Indiana Fever of the Women's National Basketball Association. The Fieldhouse hosts college basketball games, indoor concerts, ice hockey, it was named Conseco Fieldhouse, as the naming rights to the venue were sold to Conseco, a financial services organization based in nearby Carmel. In May 2010, the company renamed itself as CNO Financial Group, but the Conseco name was retained by the Fieldhouse. In December 2011, CNO Financial Group changed the name of the Fieldhouse to Bankers Life Fieldhouse, after one of its subsidiaries, Bankers Life and Casualty; the fieldhouse announced on March 13, 2018, that CNO had decided not to renew its naming sponsorship, which will expire on June 30, 2019. Unlike most other North American sports arenas, the Fieldhouse was designed for basketball.
The arena can accommodate an NHL-sized rink, but the seating capacity is reduced to 12,300 for ice hockey, as the seating arrangement is asymmetrical. The first NBA game held at Bankers Life Fieldhouse was on November 6, 1999 when the Indiana Pacers played their regular-season home opener against the Boston Celtics; that same season, the Pacers made it to the 2000 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. Games 3, 4, 5 of that championship series were held at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, but the Pacers ended up losing that season's title 4 games to 2; some of the games of 2002 FIBA World Championship were played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, including semifinals and the final. In 2009, Bankers Life Fieldhouse was the site for the 2009 WNBA Finals; the Indiana Fever took on the Phoenix Mercury for games three and four of that series, but ended up losing the series. Three years the Fever hosted the 2012 WNBA Finals for games 3 & 4 and beat the Minnesota Lynx. Bankers Life Fieldhouse is a host venue for many different events besides home games for the Pacers and Fever.
From 2002 to 2007, the venue served as the site of the Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament in numbered years while the tournament was held at the United Center in Chicago in odd numbered years. In 2008, the tournament was moved to Bankers Life Fieldhouse for five years, through 2012; the arena is a frequent site of the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament. 2012 will mark the 12th time in 13 years. On June 5, 2011, the Big Ten Conference announced that beginning in 2013 the location of both of the conference basketball tournaments for the following four years would be alternated between the Chicago area and Indianapolis. Bankers Life Fieldhouse would again be the site for both men's and women's events in 2014 and 2016; the 2011 NCAA Women's Final Four was held at the Fieldhouse on April 3 and April 5 of 2011. For basketball, the venue seats 17,923. Additionally, the Indiana Firebirds of the Arena Football League played at the Fieldhouse from 2001 to 2004; the venue hosted select games for the Indiana Ice of the United States Hockey League.
The Professional Bull Riders brought its Built Ford Tough Series bull riding tour to the Fieldhouse for the first time in January 2011. It was their second visit to Indianapolis. Bankers Life is one of many concert venues in the city of Indianapolis. On March 11, 2019 Metallica set a new attendance record at the venue with 18,274 fans at the venue; the previous record was held by Billy Joel. In addition to professional events, the arena hosts the IHSAA state finals in wrestling as well as both girls and boys basketball, it occasionally hosts other high school tournaments as well. WWE has hosted many shows such as SmackDown. WCW has hosted the PPV event Sin, it hosted many PPV events such as The Great American Bash, SummerSlam, Survivor Series, Clash of Champions. The Fieldhouse is notable for being the location of many landmark moments for the professional wrestling group The Shield, who debuted on November 18, 2012 at Survivor Series, broke up on the June 2nd, 2014 episode of WWE Raw and reunited on the October 9th, 2017 episode of WWE Raw.
In 2015, the Fieldhouse hosted the Indy Invitational, with midget car racing and outlaw kart racing held on a dirt track erected on the arena floor. In 2005 and 2006, Bankers Life Fieldhouse was ranked the No. 1 venue in the NBA according to the Sports Business Journal/Sports Business Daily Reader Survey. In 2006 The Ultimate Sports Road Trip reaffirmed Bankers Life Fieldhouse as the best venue in all 4 of the major sports leagues. "The Ultimate Sports Road Trip has concluded a re-scoring and re-evaluation of all 122 franchises in the four major sports, based on our personal visits to each of the teams in a journey that began in 1998. Based on our criteria, Bankers Life Fieldhouse has again withstood scrutiny to be named the "best of the best" in the four major sports. Everything about Bankers Life Fieldhouse is top notch, a sparkling venue in a sparkling city," said Farrell and Kulyk. In October 2004, the Fieldhouse hosted. A 25 meter 300,000 gallon competition pool and 174,000 gallon warm-up pool were temporarily installed.
A total of 71,659 tickets were sold for the four-day event. The crowd on the evening of Saturday, October 11, 2004 set a record for the largest attendance at a U. S. Swimming event outside of the Olympics with 11,488 people. In 2012, a giant stat
WWE SmackDown referred to as SmackDown Live or SmackDown, is a professional wrestling television program that debuted on April 29, 1999. The show's name refers to the SmackDown brand, to which WWE employees are assigned to work and perform. SmackDown is broadcast live on Tuesday nights on USA Network, it will return to over-the-air broadcast television on October 4, 2019, filling the entirety of the Fox Friday night schedule. The show was broadcast on Thursday nights, but moved to Friday on September 9, 2005, before returning to Thursdays on January 15, 2015. On July 19, 2016, it was moved to a live broadcast on Tuesday night. SmackDown! debuted in the United States on the UPN television network on April 29, 1999, but after the merger of UPN and the WB, SmackDown! began airing on The CW in September 2006. The show was moved to MyNetworkTV in October 2008, to Syfy on October 1, 2010 and to USA Network on January 7, 2016, it complements Raw as the second of WWE's two main weekly programs. As of March 3, 2017, all archived episodes of the show are available for on demand viewing via the WWE Network.
SmackDown has been broadcast in 148 cities and towns, in seven countries. Prior to switching to the current live format, taped episodes premiered a few hours earlier in Ireland and the United Kingdom and a day earlier in Australia, Canada and Philippines than the United States, due to time differences. For international broadcast listings, see below; the show celebrated its 15th anniversary on October 10, 2014, the 1000th episode on October 16, 2018. WWF SmackDown! was set up to compete against WCW's Thursday night show, Thunder. In the spirit of the WWF's Attitude Era, the show was planned to be two hours of WWF Divas in primetime TV. However, this did not work out, instead SmackDown! became a complementary show to augment Raw is War. SmackDown! First appeared on April 29, 1999 using the Raw set as a single television special on UPN. On August 26, 1999, SmackDown! Officially debuted on UPN. Like WCW Thunder, SmackDown! was recorded on Tuesdays and broadcast on Thursdays. The new WWF show was so popular that WCW moved Thunder to Wednesdays in the hope of holding on to fans rather than losing them to the WWF.
SmackDown!, like Thunder, made heavy use of the color blue, earning it the nickname "The Blue Show" amongst wrestling fans. Throughout the show's early existence, The Rock called SmackDown! "his show", in reference to the fact that the name was derived from one of his catchphrases, "Layeth the smacketh down". In March 2002, WWE underwent the "brand extension", a process in which WWE divided itself into two branches; the two divisions and SmackDown!, would compete against each other. The brand extension was made public during a telecast of Raw on March 18, 2002, became official on the April 1, 2002 episode of Raw. On the August 29, 2011 episode of Raw, it was announced that performers from Raw and SmackDown were no longer exclusive to their respective brand, thus dissolving the brand extension; the October 14, 2011, episode made SmackDown the second-longest-running weekly episodic television series of American television history. On January 18, 2013, SmackDown celebrated its 700th episode. On October 10, 2014, SmackDown celebrated its 15th Anniversary.
The 15th season premiere opened with a new theme, "Centuries" by Fall Out Boy. To help celebrate the 15th anniversary, Stephanie McMahon came out first Laurinaitis and Long the latter of which kept one-upping each other for the main event of the night until McMahon decided to keep the 15-man tag team match that Long suggested, on the condition Laurinaitis and Long be the captains of each team like at WrestleMania XXVIII. Long's team won the match. On December 16, 2014, SmackDown aired its 800th episode, which aired live on USA Network, featuring the main event between Dolph Ziggler and Seth Rollins. On May 25, 2016, as part of the re-implementation of the brand extension and split between Raw and SmackDown, it was announced that SmackDown would become a live program on Tuesday nights. On the July 11, 2016 episode of Raw, Vince McMahon named Shane McMahon the commissioner of SmackDown. Next week on Raw, Daniel Bryan was revealed as the new SmackDown General Manager. On July 22, 2016, General Manager Daniel Bryan revealed the new SmackDown logo on his official Twitter page.
On April 10, 2018, SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon announced that Daniel Bryan was back as a full-time WWE wrestler and named Paige the new General Manager. From the show's inception in 1999, SmackDown was aired on UPN. WWE's "lame duck" status with Viacom on Spike TV may have prompted it to move SmackDown! to the Friday night death slot for the fall 2005 season. UPN received better ratings on Fridays. In addition, UPN had been able to hold on to the ratings from Thursday nights, most notably with comedian Chris Rock's sitcom Everybody Hates Chris. In January 2006, UPN renewed SmackDown' for two more years. After Star Trek: Enterprise had been canceled, SmackDown moved into Enterprise's former timeslot. WWE promoted this move with the tagline "TV that's changing Friday nights." SmackDown! made its season premiere on September 9, 2005. On September 22, 2006, Friday Night SmackDown! debuted on The CW, a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment. On April 20, 2007, SmackDown!
Celebrated its 400th episode. SmackDown debuted on MyNetworkTV in the Uni
Autocross is a timed competition in which drivers navigate one at a time through a defined course on either a sealed or an unsealed surface. It is a form of motorsports that emphasizes active participation. Autocross differs from road racing and oval racing in that there is only one car on the track, driving against the clock rather than other cars; as an entry-level motorsport it provides a stepping stone for drivers looking to move into other more competitive and expensive forms of racing. Autocross courses are one to two kilometres long and tend to place demands on car handling and driver skill rather than on engine power and outright speed. Courses may be temporary and marked by traffic cones or be permanent tracks with approval by a motorsport body. Events have many classes that allow any vehicle, from economy sedans to purpose-built racing cars, to compete. Due to the nature of a typical track, speeds can be slower when compared to other forms of motorsports not exceeding highway speeds, but the activity level can be higher than Formula One due to the large number of elements packed into each course.
Australian autocross is type of motorsport sanctioned by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport, which defines it as a speed event held on a dirt course less than two kilometres long. Eligible vehicles range from standard road-going cars through purpose-built buggies to full race- and rally-prepared machines. Drivers may begin competing at the age of 14 and must hold a recognised racing licence, obtainable on the day through the hosting club. American autocross is a form of autocross practiced in the United States of America. Events are held on flat, paved surfaces such as parking lots or airport tarmacs, have a new course for each event, marked by traffic cones. Autocross is one of the most accessible and affordable forms of motorsport, autocross events are open to novices; because autocross events use rubber traffic cones to define the course, are run on paved surfaces with few obstructions, the hazards and barriers to entry are low. While speeds are no greater than those encountered in legal highway driving, the combination of concentration and precision maneuvering gives drivers an experience similar to that of a full road course race.
Competitors range from casual participants driving their commuter vehicles, to dedicated competitors driving purpose-built cars with special tires. There are classes accommodating varying degrees of car modification, as well as classes for women and children. Many events are open to spectators. Many local car clubs offer autocross novice driving schools to help drivers feel comfortable before a regular event; the SCCA National Championship is held on the following week. It is considered the largest amateur motorsport racing event in the world. British autocross European autocross is different from most other types in that cars race wheel-to-wheel, is similar to Folkrace. Gymkhana
Kell Muñoz Architects
Muñoz and Company is a leading architecture firm based in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Founded in 1927, the firm specializes in the design of major academic, K-12, healthcare and infrastructure projects, it is the largest minority-owned management firm in the state of Texas. Among their latest works is designing a new $150 million Courthouse for the City of San Antonio; the founders were Sr. and Bartlett Cocke. Kell's mentor was O'Neil Ford. Muñoz and Company has won over 130 juried design awards at the local and national levels for a variety of projects; this list includes projects in which Muñoz and Company collaborated with other architecture firms: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas Dolph Briscoe Jr. Library, UTHSCSA, Texas Northrup Hall, Trinity University, Texas Engineering and Biotechnology Building, UTSA University Health System Hospital Alice McDermott Building, CTRC, San Antonio, Texas Perry–Castañeda Library, UT Austin Our Lady of the Lake University main building, Texas Frost Bank main tower, Downtown San Antonio, Texas University of Texas at Dallas, Math and Engineering Teaching-Learning Center, Texas AT&T Center University of Texas–Pan American Education Complex Official website Kell Munoz Featured on World Architecture News Magazine Kell Munoz Featured by Texas Society of Architects