Cox and WMRacing Charge From Back of Pack to Podium Finish

. Indianapolis racing driver Stephen Cox scored the 66th podium of his career last weekend when his team came from ten laps down to finish third in the Champcar Endurance Series Class A event at NCM Motorsports Park in Kentucky. Plagued with fuel line problems during the opening laps of Saturday’s 8-hour sports car event, the STA-BIL Fuel Stabilizer/104+ Performance/WMRacing Mazda MX-5 was the fastest car in the Class A field although it appeared to drop out of contention early in the race. “Justin Ford laid down some great laps in the first two hours but had to make three unscheduled Read More

Cox Picked Up By WMR 11 Days Prior to Race

. From Global Media (Photos by Erin Castellaw and Nelson Skinner) – Indianapolis racing driver Stephen Cox has landed a new ride after his original team withdrew their entry from next week’s TireRack.com Champcar Enduro at NCM Motorsports Park in Kentucky. Just hours later Cox had a verbal agreement on a two-race deal with WMRacing that was finalized yesterday. WMRacing is an experienced Pro-Am sportscar team near Nashville, TN specializing in endurance races and Trans-Am competition. Their aero-converted 104+ Octane Boost #755 Mazda MX-5 is fresh off an endurance racing class win at Road Atlanta. The team also recently scored Read More

Cox to Race With Tallahassee’s Momo Champ Team in June

For immediate release May 13, 2019 Indianapolis racing driver Stephen Cox will return to road racing next month as part of the Momo Champ sportscar endurance racing team. With support from STA-BIL Brand Fuel Stabilizer and 104+ Octane Boost, the two-race agreement puts Cox behind the wheel at NCM Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky on June 14-16. Cox, a former GT Challenge Series champion and current track record holder at Gingerman Raceway, is making his first appearance at NCM’s 3.2-mile, 23-turn road course. It is also his first race with the TireRack.com Champcar Endurance Series after scoring three wins Read More

Rebuilding My Totally-Not-Collectible Mustang, Part 5

. The Stephen Cox Blog is presented by “Porsche Legend: The Penske L&M Porsche That Made Racing History” The first performance tests for my 1980 Ford Mustang “restomod” are complete and the early signs are very positive. Along with the 1974 and 1981 models, the 1980 Mustang is arguably the least desirable of any Ford pony car ever built and is certainly not worth the money and effort for a restoration. But the car has tremendous sentimental value for my family. I bought the car in early 1982 as the second owner. My wife and I dated in this car Read More

GREAT DRIVES: One Night at Texas World Speedway

. The Stephen Cox Blog is presented by “Corvette Miracle: The 1970 24 Hours of Daytona” Al Unser, Sr. used a hotel lobby display car to win at Indianapolis in 1987. 46-year-old Juan Fangio broke and re-broke the Nurburgring lap record three times during his miracle Formula One victory in 1957. Every motorsport enthusiast can recite a list of the great driving performances in auto racing history. But many of the sport’s truly amazing drives will never be known, not because the feats were less dramatic but because they occurred at amateur events with anonymous drivers. Like this one. Sunday, Read More

Cox Parts Ways With C7R Motorsports

. After three years, Indianapolis racing driver Stephen Cox and C7R Motorsports will go their separate ways. The team will no longer field his car in the Super Cup Stock Car Series due to an illness in the family, leaving Cox in search of a ride for 2019. While Cox seeks a new ride in the Super Cup series, he also has road racing offers with Porsche and BMW teams in the World Racing League where he’s scored three wins and a track record at Michigan’s Gingerman Raceway. Other options include the CRS Super Truck Series and IMSA. “I’m very Read More

“Racers, Save Your Hearing!” Said Indy 500 Rookie of the Year

The Stephen Cox Blog is presented by “Corvette Miracle: The 1970 24 Hours of Daytona” Larry Rice was one of the finest men in auto racing, but I never quite understood why he always wanted to drive my rental car. It was 1999 and Larry and I were co-hosting what then known as the Championship Off Road Racing series (CORR) on EPSN2 for racing announcer extraordinaire and motorsports entrepreneur Marty Reid. I was in awe of Larry. In addition to his twin USAC Silver Crown titles and USAC national midget championship, he had also won the co-Rookie of the Year Read More

Discovery in Indiana Attic Sheds New Light on Construction of Winchester Speedway

. The Stephen Cox Blog is presented by “Corvette Miracle: The 1970 24 Hours of Daytona”   Winchester Speedway’s web site advertises the track as the “world’s fastest half mile.” And now we know why. The recent discovery of a handwritten 1922 letter offers a few small clues as to how builder Frank Funk constructed a facility that still holds the world record for half mile tracks more than a century later. Frank Funk was a successful farmer who owned a home and a large tract of land just west of Winchester, Indiana on State Road 32. Part of this land Read More

COLLECTOR CARS: Rebuilding My Totally-Not-Collectible Mustang, Part 4

  Stephen Cox Blog is Presented by Sopwith Motorsports Television Productions The steering system on a base model 1980 Ford Mustang is not exactly track ready. Light and numb, it offers little road feel and an overly wide lock-to-lock ratio. Increasing the size and width of the original 13-inch tires actually makes the steering worse, not better. Honestly, driving this combination just isn’t much fun. The installation of a 400 horsepower Windsor small block, 15-inch Anson Slot wheels and a new Dynomax Super Turbo dual exhaust tempts the driver to push the car beyond the reasonable safety limits of its original Read More

Stephen Cox Returns to Trucks, Dirt Track Racing

. When Stephen Cox competes in the CRS Truck series at Beckley Motorsports Park in West Virginia this weekend, he could become one of the few racing drivers to score top five finishes on dirt ovals, asphalt ovals and road courses all during the 2018 season. The versatile Indianapolis racer signed with team owner Billy Strehle today to drive Beckley’s 3/8 mile clay oval in a 375 horsepower CRS race truck this Saturday in the series’ first-ever appearance at the track. Although Cox raced trucks on asphalt in the ARCA Truck Series in 2012 and 2013, he hasn’t been on Read More