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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

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 on Frustration Mounts For Edwards And Roush
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, […]

Views On Road Racing Have Come Full Circle
Saturday, Jun 19, 2010 – 6:43 | One Comment
Views On Road Racing Have Come Full Circle

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
There was a time when NASCAR drivers headed toward road courses with dread in their hearts.
“These dang cars don’t like to turn right,’’ Dale Earnhardt told me at Riverside in 1980. “I like the challenge of something different, but I don’t think a lot of these guys are very good […]

Harris: Richter A Big Man With Bigger Heart
Monday, Jun 14, 2010 – 15:56 | Comments Off on Harris: Richter A Big Man With Bigger Heart
Harris: Richter A Big Man With Bigger Heart

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Les Richter was a big man and the thing I noticed most about him the first time we met, in January of 1980 at Riverside International Raceway, were his hands.
When he reached out to say hello, I wasn’t sure I was going to get my hand back from those massive […]

Roush Asks NASCAR To Trim Sims, Keep It Real
Thursday, Jun 10, 2010 – 15:30 | 2 Comments
Roush Asks NASCAR To Trim Sims, Keep It Real

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NASCAR has preferred that teams relied less on technology and more on good old fashioned racing experience. But those days are gone, even if NASCAR won’t allow teams to use their laptops in the pits at the races.
Since the sanctioning organization banned most testing at the end of the 2008 […]

Q and A: BAT Boss Talks Cars
Saturday, Jun 5, 2010 – 7:58 | One Comment
Q and A: BAT Boss Talks Cars

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
This is a big week for Bruce Ashmore and partners Alan Mertens and Tim Wardrop. The three, who have formed BAT Engineering, will make a presentation Sunday in Indianapolis to the advisory committee helping IZOD IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard choose a new spec car, expected to being competing in […]

Wheldon Has An Understanding With Indianapolis
Tuesday, Jun 1, 2010 – 7:20 | Comments Off on Wheldon Has An Understanding With Indianapolis
Wheldon Has An Understanding With Indianapolis

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – A little success for Dan Wheldon always seems to surprise people these days.
The elfin Englishman was always among the favorites when he won the 2005 Indianapolis 500 and the series title while driving for Andretti Green Racing when it was a powerhouse team.
Since then, Wheldon has jumped to […]

Indy Notes: Captain Crunched
Sunday, May 30, 2010 – 18:46 | Comments Off on Indy Notes: Captain Crunched
Indy Notes: Captain Crunched

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – It was supposed to be another Team Penske show in Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.
Roger Penske’s team has won a record 15 of the Indy classics and it appeared he had three solid shots at making it 16 this year before uncharacteristic mistakes shot down the effort.
Helio Castroneves started from […]