SHORT TRACK: The Great Helmet Scam

July 1, 2012

The majority of auto racing sanctioning bodies mandate safety equipment for drivers. Like all regulations, these mandates have become increasingly burdensome over time.

COLLECTOR CARS: Vintage Grand Prix of Mid Ohio

June 24, 2012

Okay, I’m becoming a fan of this whole vintage racing thing.

Years ago, vintage racing began with a handful of guys who had old cars but were afraid to drive them. Now it’s exploded and the competition level is insane.

SHORT TRACK: Super Cup Ansel’s Tire Super 50 Review

June 15, 2012
 
If you were hoping for a wild victory celebration in this column, well… so was I. But the Pack Motorsports/Boschett Timepieces/McGunegill Engines Special had a lousy night at Motordrome Speedway in Pennsylvania this past weekend despite the best efforts of my fantastic crew. We’ll get to that in a minute.
 
I have a quick story for you first.

INDYCAR: Resurgent 500 Remains Pinnacle of Auto Racing

May 27, 2012

If there was ever any doubt that the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race is still the Mt. Everest of motorsports, it is gone after today's record-breaking event. Yes, I have a few gripes about the DW-12 chassis and the lame, new re-start procedures. We'll get to those in a moment. But the race itself was a sight to behold.

SHORT TRACK: 2012 Hoosier Hundred Review

May 26, 2012

On Friday night at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, several thousand die-hard race fans got a glimpse of what real auto racing is supposed to look like. The 59th running of the Hoosier Hundred was held on the appropriately named “Track of Champions,” the historic one-mile dirt oval where Barney Oldfield drove a mile in less than a minute for the first time in history on June 19, 1903.

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SHORT TRACK: Hoosier Hundred Still Reigns Supreme

May 23, 2012
 
I would like to invite you to attend an auto race with me this weekend. But first, let me tell you a quick story.
 
It was 11 o’clock on a Saturday morning and I was tired of job hunting. Since graduating from college the previous spring my time was consumed with courting my lovely bride-to-be and finding a job. But thank goodness, this particular Saturday was set aside for fun.
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INDYCAR: Pippa Mann’s Courageous Effort to Return to Indycar Racing

May 22, 2012

The death of Dan Wheldon has justifiably become the overriding memory of last fall's tragic Indycar race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

But lost in the shuffle were several other serious injuries that left both physical and emotional scars on the drivers. While the media quite naturally focuses on the loss of Dan Wheldon, other drivers who suffered serious injuries are unintentionally passed over.

One of those injured parties was Pippa Mann.

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