2020 Sopwith Motorsports Racing Schedule Announced

Indianapolis-based Sopwith Motorsports has released its competition schedule for team driver Stephen Cox in the upcoming 2020 motor racing campaign, featuring 21 events in eight states spanning nearly 5,000 miles of travel. The season begins with a return visit to Bowling Green’s NCM Motorsports Park, where Cox’s team finished third in last year’s 8-hour endurance event. Five races in the month of May include the legendary courses at Road America and Watkins Glen, followed by Cox’s first appearance in Michigan’s Grattan 8 Hour Endurance race. June will mark Cox’s first appearance at Gingerman Raceway since 2015 when his team won Read More

Braunschweig Racing Signs Stephen Cox for GridLife Run

Braunschweig Racing, a Minneapolis-based sports car franchise with multiple endurance racing wins, has signed Indianapolis driver Stephen Cox to compete in the GridLife Music & Motorsports Festival series. With sponsorship from 104+ Horsepower, Cox will pilot Braunschweig’s Chevrolet Corvette in the Gridlife Midwest Festival, June 4-7, 2020 at Gingerman Raceway in South Haven, Michigan. This forges a reunion of the same team/car/driver combination that set the current World Racing League track record en route to a dominating win at the same track more than four years ago. “We’re really looking forward to getting Stephen back in the car after our Read More

Rally North America, Season 2, Premiers Jan 6th

. The second season of MavTV’s Rally North America premiers on the automotive sports network on Monday, January 6, 2020 at 10:00 pm Eastern. The season features six new episodes produced by Sopwith Motorsports Television Productions, following the sold-out rally across the most scenic routes in the eastern United States from Pennsylvania to Maine. Rally North America is a scavenger hunt road rally taking place in daily stages. Participants are awarded points based on navigation, timing and scavenger hunting success. The rally also serves as a sight-seeing expedition to some of the country’s most famous historical landmarks. MavTV viewers will Read More

Rebuilding My Totally-Not-Collectible Mustang, Part 6

The Stephen Cox Blog is presented by “Porsche Legend: The Penske L&M Porsche That Made Racing History” You know, if Fox body Mustangs keep soaring in value I may have to rename this series of articles. And that would be a good thing. My 1980 base model Mustang was originally equipped with a 2.3 liter, four cylinder engine, manual four-speed transmission, 13-inch wheels and a 7.5-inch rear end with a 2:73 open differential. Not exactly a performance monster, but in its defense, the car has traveled over a quarter of a million miles with nary a complaint and has been Read More

North Loop Motorsports Signs Cox for October Rush

— One of the top GP2 racing teams in the country has signed Indianapolis racing driver Stephen Cox to a two-race contract to compete in the World Racing League’s 6th annual October Rush 8-hour endurance sports car races on October 19-20 at Tulsa’s Hallett Motor Racing Circuit.  The Minneapolis-based North Loop Motorsports BMW team has already posted four wins and five podium finishes in 2019 and remains in the hunt for the GP2 crown as well as the WRL national championship. Cox joins team principal Chris Davis and drivers C. J. Harayda and Chad Baures to round out the four-driver Read More

How To Commission a Painting of Your Classic Car (or Motorcycle)

— The Stephen Cox Blog is presented by “Porsche Legend: The Penske L&M Porsche That Made Racing History” Every time I attend a car show, I marvel at the paintings of classic cars in the vendor booths. It never really occurred to me that many of those cars must be based in reality – that they must actually belong to somebody, somewhere. I didn’t realize that there’s an entire cottage industry devoted to creating magnificent artwork on classic vehicles. Who knew? I certainly didn’t until a buddy of mine (who happens to be a professional artist) asked me if I’d Read More

More Short Track Racing. Less Money. 

The Stephen Cox Blog is presented by “Corvette Miracle: The 1970 24 Hours of Daytona”   This car was mean-looking and low slung. The roofline didn’t rise any higher than a Lamborghini. The tires were huge; the widest I’d seen since the last time I was in a sprint car. Maybe that’s why my neck started to ache halfway through the race. The cornering speed of this car was amazing.  My car owner, Dan Merservey Sr., just kept asking, “Stephen, are you having fun?” Heck, yes. Just standing beside it was fun. Actually driving it was euphoric.  New England’s Pro-4 Read More

NASCAR Outlaws Coffee

The Stephen Cox Blog is presented by “Corvette Miracle: The 1970 24 Hours of Daytona” Auto racing is the most over-regulated sport in the world. Germain Racing crew chief Matt Borland was suspended by NASCAR following a random drug test, reportedly for the mortal sin of drinking a particular type of coffee for the last six months. This dietary version of Satan’s brew comes with Dimethylamylamine (DMAA), which helps users burn body fat. Dunno about you, but burning excess body fat seems like a good idea to me. DMAA also provides an energy boost by imitating adrenaline and potentially creating Read More

GREAT DRIVES: Lincoln Park Speedway 1985

. The Stephen Cox Blog is presented by “Porsche Legend: The Penske L&M Porsche That Made Racing History” It was the late summer of 1985. Huey Lewis and the News topped the charts with “The Power of Love.” The epic sci-fi classic, “Back to the Future” was number one at the box office. Central Indiana weather was blazing hot. We had no money and we knew absolutely nothing about auto racing. Our team consisted of three people. My 46-year-old father, Nelson, my sister, Dory, and me. We had purchased a beat up 1968 Chevelle for $250 and took turns driving Read More

4th Place Finish for Stephen Cox at Midvale Speedway

Indianapolis racing driver Stephen Cox returned to Ohio’s Midvale Speedway for the first time in two years on Saturday night. In his first outing with a new car, new team and a new pit crew, the STA-BIL Brand Fuel Stabilizer #21 was able to run solidly in the top five all night. The Super Cup Stock Car Series made its annual visit to Midvale on August 10th, holding two 50-lap headline events. Crew chief Ben Ebeling and mechanic Dylan Mays wrenched on the car throughout practice and Cox, Midvale’s former track record holder, was able to nail down the fourth Read More