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Mike Harris, Senior Writer

Mike Harris has covered sports with a heavy concentration on motor sports for 43 years, including the past 40 with The Associated Press. After growing up in Madison, Wis., Harris graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Jan. 1967 and began his full-time journalism career later that year with The Rockford (Ill.) Morning Star and Register-Republic. After 18 months covering a variety of news and sports for the Rockford paper, Harris took a job as a newsman with AP in Chicago. After a brief apprenticeship on the news desk in Chicago, Harris spent five years as Indiana Sports Editor, five years as a sports writer in the Cleveland bureau and became the AP’s Motorsports Writer in January, 1980. Over the next 30 years, he covered every aspect of motorsports, as well as reporting from the LA and Seoul Olympics and the 1980 Super Bowl. Last May’s Indianapolis 500 was the 40th of his career. Along the way, Harris twice won the Frank Blunk Award, as well as the Henry McLemore Award and the Ray Marquette Award, among others. His coverage of the death of Dale Earnhardt in 2001 was honored as AP’s Story of the Year. After retiring from AP in July 2009, Harris decided to continue his career writing for RacinToday.com. He lives in Wake Forest, N.C., with Judy, his wife of 41 years. They have two grown children, Tory Harris and Lanni Isenberg.

Articles by Mike Harris

American Rossi Wins 100th Indianapolis 500
Sunday, May 29, 2016 – 14:39 | Comments Off on American Rossi Wins 100th Indianapolis 500
American Rossi Wins 100th Indianapolis 500

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – American rookie Alexander Rossi listened to his boss and outdrove all the veterans Sunday on the way to a pulse-pounding victory in the 100th Indianapolis 500.
Despite struggling at times on his pit stops and falling to the rear of the 33-car field early in the race, the 24-year-old […]

Penske Still Running Strong As 100th 500 Begins
Sunday, May 29, 2016 – 7:17 | Comments Off on Penske Still Running Strong As 100th 500 Begins
Penske Still Running Strong As 100th 500 Begins

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – Age has never been anything more than a number for Roger Penske.
“I have no plans to stop doing what I’m doing,’’ the 79-year-old Penske said. “I suppose, when I do stop, it will be a very abrupt ending.’’
The white-haired entrepreneur remains as energetic and vital as ever as […]

Notes: Helio Seeking Fame And Fourtune At Indy
Friday, May 27, 2016 – 14:48 | One Comment
Notes: Helio Seeking Fame And Fourtune At Indy

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – Helio Castroneves would like nothing more than to join A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears as the only four-time winners of the Indianapolis 500.
That would be special any time, but even more so if he accomplishes the feat on Sunday in the 100th running of the race […]

RT’s Mike Harris Has Seen It All At Indianapolis
Thursday, May 26, 2016 – 18:34 | 2 Comments
RT’s Mike Harris Has Seen It All At Indianapolis

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – The 100th running of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing”, the Indianapolis 500, has struck a chord among at least some of the sporting public.
After years of trying to regain the panache that made the Indy 500 the biggest single day sporting event in the world, the buzz is […]

Montoya Makes Good On IOU To Roger Penske
Sunday, May 24, 2015 – 16:16 | Comments Off on Montoya Makes Good On IOU To Roger Penske
Montoya Makes Good On IOU To Roger Penske

Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – Juan Pablo Montoya repaid team owner Roger Penske for believing in him with a victory Sunday in the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Montoya won the 500 as a rookie in 2000 while driving for Penske rival Chip Ganassi. But the Colombian driver then left IndyCar racing, first for […]

Specter Of Flying Cars Hanging Over Indy 500
Saturday, May 23, 2015 – 12:43 | Comments Off on Specter Of Flying Cars Hanging Over Indy 500
Specter Of Flying Cars Hanging Over Indy 500

Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com

INDIANAPOLIS – Race drivers are supposed to be fearless.

But, heading into Sunday’s 99th running of the Indianapolis 500, no one would be surprised if all 33 starters were feeling at least a little trepidation after a series of rather spectacular crashes during practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the last […]

Team Penske Out To Show It Can Still Win Indy
Friday, May 22, 2015 – 15:44 | Comments Off on Team Penske Out To Show It Can Still Win Indy
Team Penske Out To Show It Can Still Win Indy

Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – It’s been six years since Roger Penske last visited Victory Circle at the Indianapolis 500.
That must seem like an eternity to a guy who has won the biggest race in the world 15 times since Mark Donohue gave Penske his first victory here in 1972.
But the 78-year-old Penske is […]

Chapman’s Lotus To Take Encore Laps At Indy
Thursday, May 21, 2015 – 16:14 | Comments Off on Chapman’s Lotus To Take Encore Laps At Indy
Chapman’s Lotus To Take Encore Laps At Indy

Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
INDIANAPOLIS – Representatives of the Henry Ford, a museum located in Dearborn, Mich., are on hand at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Jimmy Clark’s win in the 1965 Indy 500.
The sleek and iconic Lotus 38/1, designed and built by British legend Colin Chapman and […]

Gordon Has Climbed To Top Of Hendrick Fave List
Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 – 14:17 | Comments Off on Gordon Has Climbed To Top Of Hendrick Fave List
Gordon Has Climbed To Top Of Hendrick Fave List

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
LOUDON, N.H. – It’s been 13 years since Jeff Gordon won the last of his four NASCAR Sprint Cup titles.
So how surprising is it that the 43-year-old driver is one of the favorites in this year’s Chase for the championship?
“Jeff is still one of the best drivers out there,’’ […]

Larson In Middle Of Chase To Win First Cup Race
Friday, Sep 19, 2014 – 13:38 | One Comment
Larson In Middle Of Chase To Win First Cup Race

LOUDON, N.H. – Kyle Larson doesn’t want anybody to think of him as arrogant or boastful. Let’s just call him confident.
And the 21-year-old NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie is getting the kind of results on the track that prove he can get the job done, even if he is a bit impatient for more.
In his first […]