"Racing Dreams": New PBS Documentary Film Highlights Three Young Racers

By Larry Edsall “When you are 11 or 12, your whole life is filled with people telling you what to do,” says 11-year-old Annabeth Barnes. “But when you’re racing you make your own decisions... You’re totally independent.” Barnes races go-karts. She is one of three young racers featured in “Racing Dreams,” a documentary film to be broadcast nationally February 23 on PBS’s POV (Point of View) series.

Ford Armada Invades Daytona

I happen to be a Ford guy, simply because the first car I remember was the old blue Ford my dad bought brand spankin' new in Memphis, TN to move our family out to Phoenix, AZ in the summer of 1956.  It was a six-cylinder, impossible to stop tank that doubled as a solar-powered, all-metal, mobile convection oven from May through September. That was one great car.

The 50th Rolex 24 at Daytona is Shaping Up to be a Classic

By Larry Edsall Later this month, they’ll stage the round-the-clock sports car race at Daytona International Speedway for the 50th* time. (I’ll explain the asterisk in a minute.)

Dallara’s Big Blunder?

By John Oreovicz It’s fair to say that the 2012 Dallara DW12 Indy car has been a disappointment in every way so far. Many fans were aghast when they first saw the car, with its bulbous sidepods that almost completely envelop the rear wheels.

Need a Holiday Gift for the Motorsport Enthusiast? Here's Some Book Suggestions

Need to do some last-minute shopping for the motorsports fan on your list? Or perhaps you’re the motorsports fan and want to drop some last-minute hints to your friends and relatives and co-workers. Here is a list of recently published books about auto racing that I’ve enjoyed reviewing and that I think you’ll enjoy reading: Fast Lines: Memorable Moments in Motorsports

Rolex Series on the rise, Austin F1 race sinking fast.

On Tuesday I watched, with great interest and enthusiasm, the Grand-Am press conference introducing the new Corvette-ish bodywork for all the 2012 Chevy-Powered Daytona Prototypes in the Rolex Series. 

Danny Thompson looks to fulfill the speed dreams of his father

By Larry Edsall In 1960, Mickey Thompson, a racing pioneer and innovative genius who built cars for  Indy, for the drag racing, and for off-road competition, set out to become the first American to exceed 400 miles per hour in a piston-driven vehicle.

"Safe is Fast" On-Line Seminars Offer Chance for Young Racers

By Larry Edsall I’ve just spent the last few minutes watching a couple promotional videos for the Road Racing Drivers Club’s new "Safe Is Fast" on-line seminars for young and would-be racers. The seminar features some 90 minutes of information on subjects from physical and mental preparation to driving techniques, vehicle setup, and even how to get sponsorship.

Racing, Risk, Longevity and Chance

  This past weekend started our pretty good for yours truly.  I watched the NASCAR Nationwide Series race from Charlotte and F1 qualifying on Friday night, then caught the Las Vegas truck race, the Sprint Cup race, the Monster Energy Cup motocross event and finally the Korean Grand Prix on Saturday. The plan for Sunday included a trip to Firebird International Raceway for the NHRA Arizona Nationals, then back home to watch the DVR'd  IndyCar finale since I wasn't going to be home for most of the race.

Did the Popularity of Street Courses Lead to the Demise of Road Racing?

By Larry Edsall In my most recent post, I wrote about the heyday of professional road racing in the United States, back when the Can-Am and Trans-Am and even the F5000 series were as big a deal as NASCAR and even rivaled USAC-sanctioned Indy car races with the exception of the Indy 500, which at the time truly was the “greatest spectacle in racing,” so important that almost nothing else happened during the entire month of May.
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