First Brickyard 400 Race Remains Memorable for Many Reasons

What makes a memorable race? There are plenty of things that could go into that answer – a great finish, an unexpected winner, a weather delay, a crash that changes the outcome, and many more things. But one of the most memorable races for me was because of where it took place – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – and what was running there – NASCAR stock cars. The year was 1994, and for anyone who had been to an Indianapolis 500 more than once, NASCAR stock cars rolling into the garages at Indianapolis for the first Brickyard 400 was certainly an unusual sight.

Road Course Racing and NASCAR: Is it Time for More?

In the spirit of full disclosure, I love NASCAR racing on road courses. To be honest, I like almost all racing on road courses, but I especially love when the stock cars, truly not built for road course in their design and small tire patches, take on the lefts and rights of places like Sonoma, Watkins Glen or Road America (or even Montreal in the past).

Lyn St. James: A Most Unusual Victory

With all the publicity surrounding Courtney Force taking home the 100th professional victory for a woman in NHRA last week, it got me to reflecting on a woman’s racing victory that was not only very significant, but was also one of the most unusual situations in racing I have ever been around. For background, this true story is about Lyn St. James, who had worked her way from the bottom rung of racing – crashing a car into a lake in her first race – to a top-flight ride with Ford Motor Company’s Roush Racing IMSA GTO program.

The Greatest Spectacle in Racing and the Inevitability of Change

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Likely 2015 NASCAR Hall of Famer Has Tie to Henry Ford Museum

One of the best “bench-racing” days each year in the NASCAR world is the day that the latest NASCAR Hall of Fame class is chosen.  That day this year is May 21. The 2015 class will be the sixth class chosen, and outside of the first class in 2010 (Bill France Sr., Dale Earnhardt, Bill France Jr., Richard Petty, Junior Johnson), there always seems to be at least one surprise member picked.

Talladega Race This Weekend Has Smaller NASCAR Teams Dreaming Big

This week, in race shops all across NASCAR, teams are dreaming about a win. Sure, they dream every week about winning a Sprint Cup race.  But, for many of the teams not named Hendrick, Gibbs, Roush, Stewart, Childress or Penske, this week … among all weeks … is when dreams can come true. Talladega.   The biggest, fastest track in NASCAR is on the schedule this weekend, and the 2.6-mile oval is where many of the smaller, less-funded teams know they have their best chance of winning this season.

Mustang: A Car "Born to Race" 50 Years Ago

It’s been called the car “born to race.” But 50 years ago, when it was launched on April 17, 1964, no one likely really knew what impact the Ford Mustang would have on racing. Has there been any car that has raced in more places, on more different kinds of race tracks, by more different drivers, than the iconic pony car?  From its first victory at … surprisingly the Tour de France Rally… to victory this past weekend on an NHRA drag strip by John Force Racing’s Robert Hight, Mustang wins are too numerous to count.

Pruett Relishes Visit to Racing History at Henry Ford Museum

One of the most interesting things about taking people from the racing industry through Henry Ford Museum, or specifically the Racing in America collection, is to see their reactions when they see some of the historic vehicles that are on display. That came to mind this past Friday when Scott Pruett, arguably America’s top sports car racer today and a future Hall of Famer, came by the Museum while in Dearborn for meetings.

New NASCAR Rules Bring Even More Race Strategy to the Forefront

Planning strategy. It may be one of the most important things the modern crew chief in NASCAR is responsible for these days, especially with new qualifying procedures and a “win and you’re in” look at getting into NASCAR’s Chase for the Championship playoffs. Strategy has always been part of the racing game.  Crew chiefs like Jim McGee in Indy car, and Todd Parrott in NASCAR were well known for years for calling races that included a pre-determined strategy that would put their drivers into position to win, even if they did not have the fastest car that day.
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