1980’s SHOWDOWN: Pontiac Fiero vs Toyota MR2

The Stephen Cox Blog is presented by “Porsche Legend: The Penske L&M Porsche That Made Racing History” The 1970’s and 80’s were chock full of those wonderful, wedge-shaped sports cars such as the Triumph TR7, Fiat X1/9 and more. But in the American sales market, two models stood head and shoulders above the rest; Pontiac’s Fiero and the MR2 from Toyota. I must admit that I love these cars. After spending considerable time in them, I came away quite impressed. Our photos will show several different models but for the purposes of this comparison, we will single out the 1987 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

Stephen Cox to Drive for SSR Engineering at Hallett’s “October Rush”

Indianapolis racing driver Stephen Cox has been signed by Scuderia Shadetree Racecar (SSR) Engineering to co-drive the World Racing League’s “October Rush” twin endurance races on October 19-21 at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit near Tulsa. The team will soon announce the complete three-driver line up for its Subaru BRZ #51 sports car which will compete in the GP2 class. The team will test on Friday, October 19, followed by twin eight-hour endurance races on Saturday and Sunday. Supported by STA-BIL Brand Fuel Stabilizer, Cox is returning to road racing after three seasons in stock cars. His last full campaign in Read More

Stephen Cox Seeks 20th Career Victory at Topeka This Weekend

. For the first time since 2016, Indianapolis racing driver Stephen Cox will return to a road course at this Saturday’s “Fire on the Prairie” 6-Hour Endurance Race sanctioned by NASA Pro Racing at Heartland Park Topeka. Cox will qualify the car for Mike Halley’s RealAutoSport team, which specializes in rally racing. He will then participate in two NASA sprint races before driving the first stint for the 5-driver team in the endurance race. “This is a rally car reconfigured to road race,” Halley said. “It will be heavier than the competition and have fewer ‘go fast’ bits. This RX7 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

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

Five Things You Won’t Expect When Your Race Car Catches Fire

Stephen Cox Blog Presented by McGunegill Engine Performance It was exactly one year ago that my race car caught fire at Circuit of the Americas during an endurance event. You can read more about it here. Suffice to say that as fires go, this one was bad. Perhaps the following thoughts from that experience will be helpful to my fellow racers. 1. You won’t be able to see a thing, and it’s worse than you think. If you’re racing in daylight, your eyes will adjust to the ambient outdoor light as you drive. When you glance down inside the cockpit, you Read More

EGT Driver’s Club Welcomes Stephen Cox as Newest Member

Source: Pole Limited, UK January 4, 2017 The Electric GT Championship, the world’s first 100% zero-emissions GT championship, is delighted to welcome Stephen Cox into the EGT Drivers’ Club.American racing veteran Cox has a vast amount of motorsports experience and is impressed by how forward thinking and innovative the Electric GT Championship is. Cox becomes the 11th member of the Drivers’ Club, joining Stefan Wilson, Vicky Piria, Dani Clos, Leilani Munter, Tom Coronel, Alice Powell, Tom Onslow-Cole, Ricardo Teixeira, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Kevin Ceccon, with an eventual 20 drivers being chosen to race the all-new Tesla Model S P100D. Born Read More

RACING’S GREATEST UPSETS: Trans Am’s 1966 Pan-American Endurance Race (Part 3 of 3)

November 15, 2016
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(Part 3 of a 3-part series) John McComb ordered a new car for 1967. The choice was easy. Given his success in the 1966 Group 2 Mustang, he ordered a new notchback for 1967 to pick up where he left off with the Shelby program.
 
The 1967 Mustang was the model’s first major redesign and the car gained both size and weight. McComb didn’t care for either.
 
Even though the ’67 car had a wider track, it was a heavier car, so I don’t really think the wider track helped,” McComb said. “The ’66 car was just a very reliable, quick car. I always thought the ’66 car was better than the ’67 anyway.“
 
While awaiting delivery of the new car, McComb pulled his old mount out of the garage to start the new season. The 1966 car still ran strong, competing at the Daytona 300 Trans-Am race on February 3, 1967 and in the 24 Hours of Daytona the following day.

RACING’S GREATEST UPSETS: Trans Am’s 1966 Pan-American Endurance Race (Part 1 of 3)

October 5, 2016
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On a hot summer afternoon in late August 1966, the telephone on John McComb’s desk rang.
 
On the other end was automotive design engineer Chuck Cantwell of Carroll Shelby’s legendary racing shop, calling with the surprising news that Shelby had a Mustang Group 2 racecar for sale.
 
McComb was delighted since his prior inquiries at Shelby had been met only by rejection. He had raced MGB sportscars for years but his first taste of Ford V-8 power came while driving Peter Talbert’s notchback Group 2 Mustang earlier that summer in the Trans-Am event at St. Louis. McComb and Talbert were leading the race until an exhaust pipe came loose, forcing them to settle for third place.
 
But McComb was already hooked. The car was more powerful than anything he’d ever driven. He wanted one of those Mustangs.