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.
December 28, 2015
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(Banner: Bud Pedigo [far right] with crew at Shasta Speedway, Sept 1954, courtesy of Rex Clark Collection)
You just never know what you'll find in the bottom of your grandmother's closet.
July 20, 2015
Every motorsports enthusiast is painfully aware that racing, in general, is experiencing tough times. Fewer fans are in the stands, and those fans are aging. The question is, what to do about it?
July 13, 2015
I don't know Buddy Baker. I met him only once.
We were introduced about ten years ago at Lingner Group Television Productions in downtown Indianapolis where I was filming an episode of Autoweek on Speedvision. Baker, a huge man who towered six inches over me, was there working on a NASCAR program. He graciously shook my hand and took the time to speak to me. He wasn't in a hurry.
June 30, 2015
I don't do much amateur road racing these days. But I really should. The ending alone makes it worthwhile and no matter how many times you see it, it never gets old.
May 28, 2015
Here are five quick questions with Sopwith's Stephen Cox as he prepares for the World Racing League's “Last Checkered Flag” at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. A two-time sports car champion, Cox has spent most of the last three years on ovals and is now preparing for a return to road racing.
May 25, 2015
Paved ovals have been placed on a financial red alert. Times are tough for America's asphalt bullrings even while dirt tracks seem to be thriving, primarily due to the popularity of sprint car racing.