I have good news and bad news. The good news is that a short track series is advertising free admission at their upcoming season opener. The bad news is, of course, that a short track series is advertising free admission at their upcoming season opener.
A truly great fan experience at an auto race is typified by several things. The cars should lose grip and slide in the corners, and fans should be able to see it. They should be able to see the driver's hands struggle on the steering wheel to maintain control. They should be able to see all, or at least most, of the race track. This combination has drawn crowds to race tracks for over a century.
There is no issue so grave or problem so serious that government cannot make it worse. Exhibit A, the current courtroom clown show surrounding NASCAR driver Kurt Busch, who stands accused of domestic battery against his former girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll.
September 23, 2001 was a bright, beautiful Sunday at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit’s 2-mile road course just outside of Tulsa. I was sitting on the second floor of the scoring tower finishing a breaded tenderloin sandwich with extra pickle trying desperately to figure a way to beat Larry Childs.
Most of the racing world now knows that sprint car driver Kevin Ward, Jr. was killed after being hit by Tony Stewart's car during a race this past weekend at New York's Canandaigua Motorsports Park. Volumes will be written about this incident for months to come, but a few lessons are already evident.
The true essence of auto racing is making yourself look as good as possible under the circumstances no matter where you finish, even if your last race had all the success of the RMS Titanic but with fewer survivors.
Everything was fine during testing on Friday, even though it was my first time to drive for Acorn Cabinetry Racing owned by Randy and Claire Aubart. The white and red Boschett Timepieces/Acorn Cabinetry/Hoosier Tire/Impact Safety #95 was progressively faster in each of our three track sessions at Wisconsin International Raceway. So far, so good.
NASCAR has peaked. Their response to dwindling attendance has been new cars and fuel injection. In Indycar, the barriers to entry eliminate all but the uber-wealthy from competition. Tony George was the only guy willing to take a risk and try to solve open wheel's problems. He had the right idea at the wrong time.