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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.

RIA Collection of Stock Cars Show Evolution in the Sport

One of the great things about Henry Ford Museum’s Racing in America collection of race cars is that you can literally see the evolution of the sport over the years. That said, with the “Great American Race” – the Daytona 500 – this weekend, we took a look at the evolution of three of the NASCAR race cars in the collection to see how just the front end and rear spoilers have changed with the sport.

NASCAR and Team USA Bobsled - More in Common Than You Think

What do NASCAR and Team USA Olympic Bobsled have in common? A lot, it turns out.  Former Daytona 500 winner Geoff Bodine was watching the Winter Olympics in 1992 while in Daytona, and heard about the struggles of the U.S. team, which had resorted to buying used bobsleds from European teams to compete.

Old School vs. New School: The Gamble of the New NASCAR Points System

Old School vs. New School. It’s the age-old conundrum when it comes to racing in America. The latest example of it came just a few days ago when NASCAR announced it would be revising its Chase for the Championship playoff to more of an elimination format that will ensure four drivers will go head-to-head for the championship in the series' finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Pruett Ready to Try for Record-Setting Daytona Win

“First and foremost, you have to remember it’s a 24 hour race.  It’s not like other races where you have an hour or two to make something happen.  It’s 24 hours.   On the other hand, these days it’s racing hard for 24 hours.  There’s no laying back like there may have been in the past.  These guys race hard.” Those are the words of Scott Pruett, who will attempt to put his name into the Daytona history books this coming weekend, as he goes for his sixth overall Rolex 24 at Daytona victory.

RIP Dennis Wood, a true American Racer

My Christmas Wish List for Santa

Next Tuesday night, millions of children will go to bed hoping to find exactly what they wished for under the tree on Christmas morning.   Some will want toys or clothes or electronics while others will wish for miracles or best outcomes regarding friends, family and others who are in need of help.   I happen to have a wish list too.  And since I am an unashamed fan and prosthelytizer of all things racing and still a kid at heart, the things I am wishing for will probably be of no surprise.  
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