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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

Montoya Makes Good On IOU To Roger Penske
Sunday, May 24, 2015 – 16:16 | No Comment
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 | No Comment
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 | No Comment
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 | No Comment
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 […]

Keselowski Dominates, Wins At New Hampshire
Sunday, Jul 13, 2014 – 15:24 | Comments Off on Keselowski Dominates, Wins At New Hampshire
Keselowski Dominates, Wins At New Hampshire

By Mike Harris |  Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
LOUDON, N.H. – Some teams tried stretching their fuel mileage. Others gambled on taking two tires or rolled the dice with four. No matter the strategy, nobody was going to beat Brad Keselowski on Sunday.
The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion was the class of the field in the Camping World […]

Logano’s Homecoming Off To A Rough Start
Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 – 17:10 | Comments Off on Logano’s Homecoming Off To A Rough Start
Logano’s Homecoming Off To A Rough Start

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacingToday.com
LOUDON, N.H. – Joey Logano has come a long way since his inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup victory in a rain-shortened race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July, 2009.
Logano was a raw 19-year-old when things fell his way that day.
Now 24 and owner of four more Cup victories, including two […]

Racing Reality Smacks Rookie Larson In Face
Friday, Jul 11, 2014 – 15:02 | 2 Comments
Racing Reality Smacks Rookie Larson In Face

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
LOUDON, N.H. – It all seemed so easy for Kyle Larson at the start.
NASCAR’s latest wunderkind was sailing along in his first full season in the elite Sprint Cup series, seemingly headed for a stress-free run to his first berth in the Chase for the championship.
Then bad things began happening […]

Helton: NASCAR Plans To ‘Stay The Course’
Friday, Jul 11, 2014 – 11:07 | One Comment
Helton: NASCAR Plans To ‘Stay The Course’

LOUDON, N.H. _ NASCAR president Mike Helton made it very clear Friday morning that the stock car sanctioning body does not believe this week’s announcement that its top car owners have formed an alliance poses a threat to the sport or to NASCAR.
“We’ve got great respect for all or stakeholders,’’ Helton said. “Any perception of […]