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.

Senna: My New Favorite Racing Movie. How Does it Match Up with Yours?

Until I saw Senna, the 2010 documentary that beautifully paints a most intimate, insightful, inspiring and ultimately saddening masterpiece about the legendary Brazilian F1 driver, Grand Prix was my all time favorite racing movie. But now, without any loss of luster, John Frankenheimer's 1966 epic, the winner of three Academy Awards, has dropped a position.

A New Can-Am Series? Can it Match Up?

By Larry Edsall Once upon a time, boys and girls -- and this is no fairy tale, because I was there and I saw it with my own eyes -- there was road racing in America that was so spectacular, so intriguing, and with such a cast of characters that there were more spectators in the grandstands and on the hillsides than there were participants in the paddock and pits. Honest! If you don’t believe me, you can look it up in the history books.

A First NASCAR Race, Through the Eyes of a 9-Year-Old

[Note from Larry Edsall: Usually my words would fill the space below, but my 9-year-old  grandson, Nicholas Chester, went to his first NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway recently, and I asked him to share experiences. His report follows.) By Nicholas Chester The day I went to my first NASCAR race was Sunday, August 21, 2011.

Nashville's Short Track: Does NASCAR Need More Short Tracks on its Schedule?

Nashville got its miracle, now it needs a hero. Nashville Superspeedway announced it would not host any NASCAR Nationwide or Camping World Truck Series races in 2012, signaling its inevitable demise and quite imminent property sell off to developers. That one hurt.  While only 10 years old the concrete 1 1/3 mile track in Lebanon, TN had some nice history and great traditions, including the Sam Bass Gibson guitar awarded to each race winner.  We won't mention what Kyle Busch did to his when he won the Nationwide Series race in 2009. 

Cleared for Takeoff: Carl Edwards Re-ups With Roush Fenway and Gets Okay to Build His Own Airstrip

This has been a pretty good week for Carl Edwards. After months of speculation linking the No.

A Lot More Goes Into Goodyear NASCAR Tires Than You May Have Thought

By Larry Edsall AKRON, Ohio -- What does it take to make a tire for a Sprint Cup race car? Well there is natural and synthetic rubber, fillers such as carbon black, zinc oxide, reactive resins, oil, fatty acids, antioxidants, tack and traction resins, wax and accelerants. In all, there are 49 chemical components as well as fabric and wire.

$5 millon to win IndyCar finale at Vegas; non IndyCar drivers only need apply

This past February Randy Bernard, CEO of the IZOD IndyCar Series announced the 2011 season would end with a return to Las Vegas Motor Speedway featuring a unique 'hook' to entice other series' drivers to compete. The hook (or lure, more appropriately) is a $5 million prize to any non-IndyCar regular who can beat Will Power, Dario Franchitti, Scott Dixon, Helio Castroneves, Ryan Hunter-Reay and the rest of the regular IndyCar regulars.

NASCAR Remains a Conundrum for Fans Who Love Racing Technology

By John Oreovicz For many racing fans who appreciate technology and innovation, NASCAR remains an infuriating conundrum.

All systems still go for 2012 US GP at Austin

Last month, the Austin City Council officially endorsed the already-on-the-calendar United States Grand Prix and approved a commitment for up to $25m per year for 10 years. 
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