Off-Season? What Off-Season?

A question heard a lot by those who work in the racing industry:  “What do you do during the off-season?” Answer: “Off-season?  What off-season?” Yes, indeed, there really is no off-season in professional (and probably amateur) auto racing any more. Oh sure, there may be an off-week, or even off-days (Christmas Day is still pretty much off limits for most racing operations), but there is no more off-season for the teams that race at America’s highest levels.

Things To Be Thankful For This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to pause and reflect on things we should be thankful for, isn’t it? Well, in addition to families, friends and many, many other things we should be personally thankful for, the end of the 2013 racing season provides a time to reflect on things we should be thankful for from this past racing season. That said, here's 10 things.  Let’s go!

"The Greatest Ever" Is A Tough Choice To Make

“The greatest ever…” How many times have we heard that phrase in regards to someone in sports? This week, much of the “greatest ever” chat has concentrated on the exploits of Jimmie Johnson, who captured his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship last weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, leaving him one behind the seven championships captured by two other potential “greatest evers” – Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt. Writers for several of the major media outlets in this country have proclaimed Jimmie “greatest” this week, but it is difficult to compare, isn’t it?

NASCAR Chase for the Championship Has Had Its Share of Drama

There’s a lot of differing views on NASCAR’s Chase for the Championship, but what’s important to note is that for every year they have had the 10-race playoff, there have been at least two drivers in contention for the title going into the final day of the season. Is every year “perfect?”

Breaking Speed Records Isn't As Easy As It May Seem

Is there a secret to going fast? Clearly, there is.  But like the many, many forms of motorsport itself, the secret to being fast is unique to the type of car being used and the track that one tries to conquer. Speed is certainly in the news right now after the Oct. 9 record run at Daytona International Speedway by Michael Shank Racing and driver Colin Braun. Shank and Braun topped the 26-year-old closed course one lap record of 210.364 mph that Bill Elliott had run in February 1987 during qualifying for the Daytona 500.

Merging Race Schedules for 2014 Had to be One of Greatest Challenges for New Sports Car Series

Picture this: It’s Thanksgiving dinner.  Two related families, who really haven’t talked to each other for many years, are sitting down at the table for the first time in a while.  It’s awkward.  Everyone may not agree on every topic discussed at dinner.   Many of the people may now know each other that well, or just know of each other by “reputation.”

Dario Franchitti's First Drive of 1965 Lotus-Ford 38/1 Was a Moment to Remember at Indianapolis

It was still one of the best “events” I had a chance to witness. There was no one in the massive grandstands.  No brightly colored uniforms of pit crews racing to get a car ready for inspection or a race. There was just one car.  And just one driver.  And 2.5 miles of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway track to circle.

Bud Moore and Alex Zanardi: Heroes Who Inspire On And Off Track

The term “hero” is tossed around freely a lot these days, especially in the world of sports, where in reality heroes are few and far between.   It’s why it was such a pleasure to be on hand last week as two genuine heroes were inducted into the Motorsport Hall of Fame of America in Detroit along with a solid class of very worthy recipients, including Harvey Firestone, whose involvement in racing goes back to the days of Henry Ford himself.  

New Manufacturer's Trophy for MIS Winner Holds Great Appeal to Car Companies

The role of the auto manufacturers in racing, and in particular NASCAR racing, is often discussed, but often under-appreciated. As much as teams and drivers want to win the Sprint Cup title, there is also a lot of appeal among Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota to capture the NASCAR Manufacturer’s Championship and accept the trophy on stage in Las Vegas in December.

Wood Brothers Perfect Team to Represent Henry Ford on His 150th Birthday

SEE THE VIDEO:   “I can’t think of another team that I’d rather have representing my great-grandfather’s legacy than the Wood Brothers.” – Edsel B. Ford II, great-grandson of Henry Ford. That’s a pretty powerful statement.
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