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

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

SHORT TRACK: An Homage to a Forgotten Series

. The Stephen Cox Blog is presented by Sopwith Motorsports Television Productions Hard to believe it’s been nearly 20 years since the Championship Auto Racing Series (CARS) ran exciting, wheel to wheel stock car races on short tracks around Indiana. This series was distinct from and should not be confused with today’s southeastern CARS series that descended from the old Hooters ProCup series. The original CARS series was Indiana-based, founded by former ARCA driver Morris Coffman. The concept was built around a spec stock car chassis powered by 305 cubic inch Chevrolet small block engines with two-barrel carburetors that produced Read More

Stephen Cox Wins Hard Charger, Places 2nd at Kingsport

. C7R Motorsports driver Stephen Cox didn’t have the car he wanted in qualifying for Friday night’s twin 50-lap Super Cup Stock Car Series events at Kingsport Speedway, but he was fast when it counted. Starting in ninth position at eastern Tennessee’s “Concrete Jungle,” Cox’s STA-BIL Brand Fuel Stabilizer #21 won Super Cup’s Hard Charger Award by improving eight positions for a runner-up finish to Ben Ebeling, who won by two car lengths. “The last caution came out with four laps to go,” Cox recalled. “I tried everything. I tried to push him down to the bottom of the track Read More

Stephen Cox Opens Super Cup South Title Chase This Weekend

. Indianapolis racing driver Stephen Cox will return for another run at a Super Cup divisional championship this year behind the wheel of the STA-BIL Brand Fuel Stabilizer #21 at this weekend’s Operation: Johnson Kitty Friday Night Thunder at Tennessee’s Kingsport Speedway. The Super Cup series will headline the night’s activities with dual 50-lap main events, each featuring at least three drivers with multiple starts in the Daytona 500 (Bob Schacht, Brad Teague, Mike Potter). “These guys are so hard to beat. Everybody’s fast now,” Cox said. “The series has grown so much over the past two years that in Read More

DRIVER EGO: The Key to Building a Successful Racing Series

. The Stephen Cox Blog is Presented by McGunegill Engine Performance The easiest way to increase car count in short track racing and amateur road racing is to keep your drivers happy. Really happy. Fortunately, there is a very effective and affordable way to do that. It was four o’clock on a Sunday afternoon, August 29, 2004. It was blazing hot at the Hallett Motor Racing Circuit just outside of Tulsa. Although we missed the setup and were posting slower-than-usual lap times, we won the GT-2 qualifying race after the leader retired with a broken supercharger belt. I climbed out Read More

GHOST TRACKS: Revisiting Indiana’s Armscamp Speedway

“No Trespassing” signs were everywhere. I had taken a wonderful 90-minute ride on my Triumph Bonneville to see the old race track and I didn’t want to go home empty-handed. It took half an hour to find someone who assured me that I could take a few quick photos of the former Armscamp Speedway in Alexandria, Indiana. There’s not much left. The south concrete wall still stands, marking the asphalt track’s fast main straightaway. The smaller infield track, which circles inside the quarter mile main facility, is easier to make out. Half-century old trees have grown up and through everything, Read More

What November 18th Means for Sports Car Racing

Stephen Cox Blog Presented by McGunegill Engine Performance As racers and motorsports enthusiasts, most of us like to keep our ear to the ground about what’s happening in our sport. Who could have predicted the explosion of $500 “crapcan” endurance racing, the declining attendance in NASCAR or the amazing rise of Formula E? What’s next in our sport, and why? I must admit that the success of Formula E took me by surprise, especially considering the intense controversy surrounding electric vehicle racing. Personally, I don’t take a side in the debate. I drive stock cars, sports cars and anything else Read More

How To Save The NASCAR Truck Division

Stephen Cox Blog Presented by McGunegill Engine Performance It’s really not that difficult to organize a race series. But turning down money? Now that’s tough. The easy way to run a series is to have an official provider for everything from tires to body kits to engines. Mandatory components (“spec” parts) are frequently offered as a fix-all solution though in reality, costs are rarely contained. Remember, everyone at every step along the way has to make money. The series, the parts manufacturers, the distributors and on and on. Everyone gets a piece of the action and team owners are stuck Read More

Salty Dog’s Grand Prix and the Future of American Racing

Stephen Cox Blog Presented by McGunegill Engine Performance I started late. I didn’t drive in my first professional auto race until age 21. Before that, I was addicted to go kart racing. No, not the World Karting Association or the National Karting Alliance. I’d never heard of them. My karting career began by paying five dollars for ten minutes of track time in a 5 horsepower, 25 mile per hour fun kart at tiny, tourist-driven venues during our family vacations. We stopped at go kart tracks from Virginia to Utah. Any track, any time. It wasn’t real racing, but it Read More