June 2, 2016
We don't always get what we want. Many 1974 sports car buyers still wanted a Mustang Boss 429 or a Hemi Cuda. What they got instead was a choice between one government mandated, smog controlled, regulation-laden nightmare or another equally pitiful bureaucratmobile.
May 11, 2016
The safety cult storm troopers continue their assault on auto racing and this time, even Formula One cannot escape their regulatory clutches.
In reference to the current effort to mandate either the Halo or Aeroscreen head protection safety gadgets for the 2017 racing season, F1 race director Charlie Whiting said, “If we eventually need to add a couple of seconds to the time required to get out (of the race car), I think that would be a small price to pay.”
May 3, 2016
When it comes to ranking great sports cars, the Japanese machines of the previous century are rarely considered. Yet in their day they offered performance and reliability that was nowhere to be found in Detroit's American competitors.
March 29, 2016
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Many years ago near the small town of Portland, Indiana, there was a popular go kart track that drew competitors from around the Midwest. For a short time I was among them.
Today the track is a cow pasture, covered in fertilizer and new farm construction, largely forgotten by the world. The remaining asphalt is broken and sinking back into the earth. No track signage remains. Track records are lost and Internet searches turn up nothing.
March 9, 2016
Questions continue to pour in regarding my February 13th accident at Circuit of the Americas. I'll do my best to answer them here and be as honest as I can about the mistakes I made during the incident in the hopes that they'll help someone else.
March 9, 2016
After suffering severe burns in a racing accident at Circuit of the Americas last month, several motorsports organizations requested interviews with me shortly after I was released from the hospital.
I'm afraid they may not like what I have to say.
March 7, 2016
The fire that ended my race at Circuit of the Americas last month and sent me to the intensive care unit of the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio (details here) also destroyed our on-board cameras. We were convinced that no video of the event existed, but last week's article drew over 50,000 readers and several previously unknown videos surfaced quite by surprise.
March 2, 2016
It was the same sound you hear when you pour too much lighter fluid on the charcoal as you're preparing a Fourth of July barbecue. A giant “whoosh” followed by a flash of flame.
Except it was a thousand times louder. And it wasn't charcoal that was on fire. It was me.
February 15, 2016
There are plenty of endurance races available to anyone who wants to race $500 junkyard relics. There are also some endurance races available to drivers who want to race million dollar prototypes. But the options are pretty limited for those who want to race something in between.
January 26, 2016
Trophies are nice, but rings are forever.
Trophies eventually end up at the bottom of a closet. A championship ring is a legacy that is passed on for generations.
Trophies sit in an office or a garage to be seen only by the few who visit. Championship rings are worn proudly by the owner. Everywhere he goes. For the rest of his life.