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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

Harris: Emotion Got Best Of Helio
Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 – 8:47 | 3 Comments
Harris: Emotion Got Best Of Helio

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Helio Castroneves is an emotional guy.
A few years ago, my wife and I had the good fortune to travel to Rome for an interfaith conference at the Vatican on traveling professionals in sports.
Among the others in attendance was Castroneves, who was called upon to talk about the ministry being provided [...]

Harris: New Shape, New Momentum For PT
Saturday, Jul 17, 2010 – 7:10 | One Comment
Harris: New Shape, New Momentum For PT

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Having fought the battle of the (stomach) bulge most of my life, I sympathize with any athlete who reaches middle age and suddenly finds out how the rest of us feel about staying in shape.
Paul Tracy is 41 years old now, approaching middle age and definitely considered elderly in his [...]

IndyCar’s Bernard Talks Racing
Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010 – 15:48 | 2 Comments
IndyCar’s Bernard Talks Racing

A couple weeks ago, IZOD IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard answered questions during an informal interview with a group of media people at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Following are excerpts from that interview:
Q: What do you think about Danica Patrick racing in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series?
Bernard:  “I think it’s great. It’s exposing her tremendously and I think [...]

Cup Notes: More Pain for Kahne
Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 – 18:25 | One Comment
Cup Notes: More Pain for Kahne

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Loudon, N.H. – Kasey Kahne did his best to shrug off his latest setback in his effort to make the 12-man field for NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
The Richard Petty Motorsports driver was the class of the field in the first half of Sunday’s Lenox 301 at New [...]

Mad as Hell Johnson Bumps, Runs to Victory
Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 – 15:06 | One Comment
Mad as Hell Johnson Bumps, Runs to Victory

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Loudon, N.H. – Jimmie Johnson saw the red mist Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway after Kurt Busch bumped him out of the lead with seven laps to go in the Lenox 301.
Enough is enough.
The four-time reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, often criticized for being bland and way too nice, [...]

IndyCar Bound For New Hampshire
Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 – 12:19 | 2 Comments
IndyCar Bound For New Hampshire

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Loudon, N.H. – Part of the excitement about Sunday’s announcement that the IZOD IndyCar Series will return to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2011 is the memory of perhaps the greatest race in American open-wheel history.
In 1993, what was then the CART series, put on a show that still brings [...]

NASCAR Could Be Headed For Rougher Times
Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 – 8:23 | 2 Comments
NASCAR Could Be Headed For Rougher Times

Loudon, N.H. – Kurt Busch drew a big laugh Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway when he referred to Jeff Gordon as “Bulldozer.’’
Busch went on to say there are a lot of people in the garage area who want to talk with Gordon after his uncharacteristic demolition derby style of racing during last week’s race [...]

Busch Wins, Danica Spins In Loudon
Saturday, Jun 26, 2010 – 16:40 | One Comment
Busch Wins, Danica Spins In Loudon

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Loudon, N.H. – Kyle Busch won again in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series, setting a record  for career laps led on the way to his victory Saturday in the New England 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
But Busch had to share the attention Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a driver [...]

Frustration Mounts For Edwards And Roush
Saturday, Jun 26, 2010 – 15:15 | Comments Off
Frustration Mounts For Edwards And Roush

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Loudon, N.H. – It has been a year and a half since Carl Edwards last was able to celebrate a NASCAR Sprint Cup victory.
Considering the win in the 2008 season-finale at Homestead was the 16th of his still budding career and ninth of that season, the fact that Edwards has [...]

NASCAR Braces For Another Bout Of Danicamania
Wednesday, Jun 23, 2010 – 6:52 | 3 Comments
NASCAR Braces For Another Bout Of Danicamania

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Here we go again. It’s time for Danica Patrick’s return to her stock car apprenticeship after spending four months in her full-time ride in the IZOD IndyCar Series.
The open-wheel glamour queen precipitated a major case of DanicaMania at the beginning of the season when she finished sixth in an ARCA race, [...]