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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: Time For High-Hopers To Get In Gear
Monday, Apr 5, 2010 – 6:25 | Comments Off
Harris: Time For High-Hopers To Get In Gear

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
A rare weekend off during the grueling business that is the NASCAR Sprint Cup season should be a time for the drivers to relax and enjoy themselves.
Unfortunately, some of them may be spending the time off stewing about the results of the first six races of the 36-race schedule.
Among those [...]

Harris: Gordon Is Having Break Problems
Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 – 6:42 | One Comment
Harris: Gordon Is Having Break Problems

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Jeff Gordon used to win races in bunches.
The four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion has racked up 82 victories, sixth on the all-time win list.
As recently as the 2007 season, he won six times. But checkered flags haven’t come easily for Gordon in a while. His only victory in the past [...]

Harris: How About A Little Love For The Man?
Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 – 6:49 | 3 Comments
Harris: How About A Little Love For The Man?

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I wonder what it’s going to take for people to really appreciate what they are seeing right now in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series.
When Babe Ruth was the scourge of the American League, people named candy bars after him. When Barry Sanders was running the ball in the NFL, people actually [...]

Harris: Talk About Speedy Recovery
Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 – 6:47 | Comments Off
Harris: Talk About Speedy Recovery

Last August, Will Power lay in a hospital bed wondering what would become of his racing career.
Power broke two vertebrae in his lower back and sustained a concussion in a crash during a practice session for the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma a few days earlier.
It was a tremendous setback for the Australian, and not [...]

IndyCar Heads South – Way South – For Opener
Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 – 9:37 | Comments Off
IndyCar Heads South – Way South – For Opener

A year ago, Helio Castroneves was in a hellish limbo that included the possibility he could be heading to federal prison instead of starting a new IndyCar season for longtime employer Team Penske.
What a difference a year makes.
Now, with those much-publicized tax evasion charges safely behind him, the bouncy Brazilian is a new father and [...]

Harris: Welcome To The New NASCAR
Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 – 7:28 | 2 Comments
Harris: Welcome To The New NASCAR

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
If you were angry with NASCAR before last Sunday’s race at Atlanta, you’re more than likely furious now.
Carl Edwards, whose admitted retaliatory strike against Brad Keselowski late in the race sent Keselowski’s Penske Dodge flying through the air, will be on probation for the next three Sprint Cup races for [...]

Harris: She Has Look Of A Winner
Thursday, Mar 4, 2010 – 7:32 | One Comment
Harris: She Has Look Of A Winner

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Move over Danica. Here comes Simona.
While 21-year-old Simona De Silvestro is no glamour queen and isn’t likely to pose for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue or FHM, she may be just the gal to show IZOD IndyCar Series veteran Danica Patrick the way on track.
Don’t get me wrong. The young [...]

Newman/Haas/Lanigan In Catch-Up Mode
Friday, Feb 26, 2010 – 7:52 | Comments Off
Newman/Haas/Lanigan In Catch-Up Mode

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Heading into the month of March in 2008, Newman/Haas/Lanigan team manager Brian Lisles was overwhelmed and exhausted.
The elite Champ Car team had only days earlier made the commitment to join several other teams from that series in merging into the Indy Racing League and racing the full 2008 IndyCar Series [...]

Blue Deuce Could Be Wild Card In The Chase
Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 – 8:40 | One Comment
Blue Deuce Could Be Wild Card In The Chase

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
When Kyle Busch was still a raw teenager getting his feet wet in NASCAR, older brother Kurt was already a stock car star.
But Kurt was quick to warn anybody who would listen that his kid brother was the real deal.
“If you think I’m pretty good, wait until you see Kyle,’’ [...]

Harris: Good-Bye Fantasy Land, Hello LaLa Land
Friday, Feb 19, 2010 – 7:47 | Comments Off
Harris: Good-Bye Fantasy Land, Hello LaLa Land

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Pothole, Schmothole, it’s time to put the Daytona 500 behind us.
With the exception of Daytona winner Jamie McMurray, all of the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers did that Monday.
Now it’s time to start the real Cup season.
Don’t get me wrong. Daytona is a very important event. It’s called NASCAR’s Super Bowl [...]