Tasca, Ford Contenders Again In Funny Car
Sun, 7/07/19 – 10:53 | No Comment
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Bob Tasca III celebrates after winning the Funny Car portion of the NHRA show at Norwalk, Ohio recently. (Photo courtesy of the NHRA)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Bob Tasca III’s fierce brand loyalty has returned Ford Motor Company to relevance in the NHRA’s nitro Funny Car ranks and rekindled memories of “Ford Total Performance.”

The […]

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Sitting At The Intersection Of NASCAR And Apollo 11
By | Managing Editor RacinToday.com
Yes, it really happened 50 years ago.

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Many years back, an old college friend and road racing freak asked me about NASCAR’s version of going fast. What’s it like “covering the Gomers?” the guy, who was a pure science guy in school, wondered.

The implication of his question/statement was that NASCAR drivers were all barefoot and slack-jawed.

I assured him that they are not stupid people. On the contrary. You can’t be brain dead and drive a 3,400-pound car at 200 mph. Not if you want to continue on living.

Like drivers in other forms of racing – such as Formula 1 where many drivers were formally educated in subjects such as engineering and physics – NASCAR drivers need to be possessed of quick wits, discipline and extraordinary abilities to concentrate.

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Sat, 07/20/19 – 13:02 | No Comment
Wickens Returns To A Cockpit In Toronto
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IndyCar’s Robert Wickens will put the helmet back on in Toronto on Sunday.

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Patient 31265 will strap-in and drive a specially equipped street car prior to the start of Sunday’s NTT IndyCar Series race in Canada. And after Robert Wickens delivers the command to start engines, the Honda Indy Toronto at […]

Sun, 07/14/19 – 11:45 | No Comment
Indiana Dirt Racer Cleans Up In Daytona
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Justin Haley, right, is congratulated after winning Sunday’s rain-shortened Cup Series race at Daytona. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Justin Haley’s description of himself is pretty simple – “just a dirt track racer from Indiana.” However, he can now add the phrase: Who has won at Daytona […]

Mon, 07/8/19 – 7:03 | No Comment
Tasca, Ford Contenders Again In Funny Car
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Bob Tasca III celebrates after winning the Funny Car portion of the NHRA show at Norwalk, Ohio recently. (Photo courtesy of the NHRA)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Bob Tasca III’s fierce brand loyalty has returned Ford Motor Company to relevance in the NHRA’s nitro Funny Car ranks and rekindled memories of “Ford Total Performance.”

The […]

Sun, 07/7/19 – 10:53 | No Comment
Words Always Precede Racing On Cup Weekends
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Another NASCAR tradition – the July 4th weekend race at Daytona – bites the dust this weekend. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)

By Jim Pedley | Managing EditorRacinToday.com

They call the little Q and A sessions they have with drivers or officials in media centers on NASCAR Cup Series race weekends “breakout sessions” these days. […]

Sat, 07/6/19 – 18:10 | No Comment
Cup Drivers Tackling The Art Of Blocking
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NASCAR’s new rules package is having a big effect on the art of blocking in the Cup Series. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Blocking is illegal in many racing series, but not in NASCAR. And Friday at Daytona International Speedway several drivers said it’s a maneuver that […]

Sat, 07/6/19 – 7:28 | 2 Comments
Tradition Is Dealt Another Blow By NASCAR
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Tim Richmond won the 1986 Firecracker 400. It was one of the final Firecrackers. This year, the traditional Fourth of July weekend’s run at DIS comes to an end. (Photo courtesy of NASCAR)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Blistering Florida sun, walking on the beach, ocean breezes, fireworks exploding over the Atlantic […]

Thu, 07/4/19 – 17:35 | Comments Off on Tradition Is Dealt Another Blow By NASCAR
Dixon Takes Safety Screen For A Test Drive
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IndyCar Series driver Scott Dixon tested the series’ new “Aeroscreen”. (Photo courtesy of INDYCAR)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Scott Dixon crammed hot laps around five diverse NTT IndyCar Series layouts into a single session during a simulator test Tuesday of INDYCAR’s Aeroscreen driver safety prototype at the Dallara Research Center in Speedway, Ind.

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Thu, 07/4/19 – 7:57 | Comments Off on Dixon Takes Safety Screen For A Test Drive
Ranking The Best Road Circuits In N. America
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Road America is, by consensus, considered a world class road circuit. (Photos courtesy of INDYCAR)

By Jim Pedley | Managing EditorRacinToday.com

Just before the start of Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway, Fox Sports’ Mike Joy let go with a Mike Joy. Dripping with condescending and take-my-word-as-gospel tone, he let go with this: Sonoma is […]

Fri, 06/28/19 – 9:15 | Comments Off on Ranking The Best Road Circuits In N. America
Lots Of Eyes On Rossi – Including Those of Penske?
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Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi powers through Turn 5 at Road America. He won last weekend’s IndyCar Series race at the Wisconsin road course and won it by a bunch. (Photos courtesy of INDYCAR)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Alexander Rossi altered the NTT IndyCar Series championship landscape with his dominating victory in Sunday’s REV Group Grand […]

Thu, 06/27/19 – 8:28 | Comments Off on Lots Of Eyes On Rossi – Including Those of Penske?
A Sad Farewell To Factory-Backed Prototypes
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The Porsche 919 Hybrids were things of esthetic and technical beauty.

By Jim Pedley | Managing EditorRacinToday.com

Thanksgiving for food and football, New Years Day for college football and all-day finger food and Le Mans for the greatest sports car race in the world and coffee and a grilling out and more coffee.

Those, in order, would be […]

Tue, 06/18/19 – 15:03 | Comments Off on A Sad Farewell To Factory-Backed Prototypes