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

SEE THE VIDEO:  http://youtu.be/Lw4MAht7Kso   “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.

NASCAR Star Carl Edwards Gains New Respect After Driving 1901 Sweepstakes Race Car

“That, right there, is the coolest car I have ever driven.” How is that for a car review?   Was the driver experiencing a new Ferrari, or the latest exotic sports car? Nope.  In this case, the car was the 1901 Henry Ford Sweepstakes race car, and the driver who gave it that review after driving it recently was none other than NASCAR superstar Carl Edwards.  

The Henry Ford Becoming Must-Stop Place for Racing Drivers in Detroit Area

The great thing about most race car drivers is that they usually share several passions:  the history of their sport, automobiles in general, and all things mechanical. That said, is it any surprise that a visit to The Henry Ford is becoming, through word-of-mouth, a “must-do” stop for many of them when they come to races or meetings in the Metro Detroit area?

A Heartfelt Letter from Fred Lorenzen's Daughter to Dale Earnhardt Jr.

By Larry Edsall I have a son-in-law and grandson who are huge Dale Earnhardt Jr. fans. I’m sure, just like the rest of Junior Nation, they were disappointed to learn recently that their favorite driver was sitting out two races in the aftermath of a concussion. By missing those races, he forfeit seemingly any chance he might have had to win his first Sprint Cup championship.

Celebrating an All-American Win

By Christian Overland, Executive Vice President, The Henry Ford   The Goodwood Revival is world renowned for celebrating the living history of motor sports. One of the great stories of this year’s Revival is the 45th anniversary of the Ford Mk IV win at Le Mans. Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt were the first American drive team and all-American car to win the 24 hours of Le Mans race. This incredible win was supported by the best team in the business, led by Carroll Shelby.

PARTS PRICE CRISIS THREATENS INDYCAR’S MOMENTUM

By John Oreovicz Is there any sport in the world that features as much infighting between the governing body and the participating teams as Indy car racing? Don’t kid yourself: the dissention in the sport didn’t start with the CART/IRL split of 1996. It goes all the way back to the late 1970s, when CART was formed by a group of team owners who believed that USAC focused almost exclusively on the Indianapolis 500 and was not placing enough emphasis on the kind of season-long championship the teams needed to survive as business entities.

FLYING THE AMERICAN FLAG IN INDYCAR

by John Oreovicz With the Olympics and the spirit of international competition currently on the minds of many, perhaps it’s a good time to address the issue of American involvement in Indy car racing. Ryan Hunter-Reay leads the IZOD IndyCar Series standings with four races remaining, and the 31-year old from Fort Lauderdale is in position to become the first American Indy car champion since Sam Hornish, who won three IRL-sanctioned titles in 2001, ’02 and ’06. The last American driver to win an Indy car championship under CART sanction was Jimmy Vasser in 1996.

New Book Chronicles Fascinating Life of Indianapolis Motor Speedway Founder James Allison

By Larry Edsall So, you think you know a lot about the early history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway?

New IndyCar Spec Chassis is Making Progress

by John Oreovicz   After some challenging early testing, the new Dallara DW12 Indy car chassis is finally showing signs of progress. 

Dave Friedman Collection of Auto Racing Photos Now Available on Flckr

By Brian Wilson, Benson Ford Reseach Center, The Henry Ford In 2009, The Henry Ford acquired the collection of well-known photographer Dave Friedman. The collection documents over 60 years of automobile races and racecars across a wide variety of race types including Formula 1, Sports cars, Trans-Am, Can-Am and stock cars. Now, over 10,000 images from the collection are available for viewing on Flickr.
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