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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: IndyCar Finale Shaping Up As A Very Civil War
Wednesday, Oct 7, 2009 – 18:16 | Comments Off
Harris: IndyCar Finale Shaping Up As A Very Civil War

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
One thing about the three-man championship battle in the IndyCar Series:  It’s extremely civil.
No bad-mouthing. No psych-outs. As gentlemanly as a duel, only contested wheel-to-wheel at 200 mph.
Scott Dixon, the two-time and defending champion, is a close friend of his Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate and closest pursuer,  Dario Franchitti. [...]

Harris: The King’s NASCAR Team To Add More Royalty
Friday, Oct 2, 2009 – 12:21 | One Comment
Harris: The King’s NASCAR Team To Add More Royalty

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The King of NASCAR and the Sheik of Arabie, er Saudi Arabia?
Why not?
George Gillett, the majority owner of what is now known as Richard Petty Motorsports, announced  this week that his group has signed a commercial collaboration agreement with Prince Faisal bin Fahd bin Abdullah al-Saud, a member of the [...]

Harris: They Talk A Good Race Over At Hendrick Motorsports
Tuesday, Sep 29, 2009 – 11:08 | 4 Comments
Harris: They Talk A Good Race Over At Hendrick Motorsports

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
There are those who automatically believe that drivers who work for Hendrick Motorsports have a built-in advantage.
No question the Hendrick entries have the best of everything – great cars, powerful engines, top-notch engineering, the best personnel available.
But that’s not the only reason that Jeff Gordon is a four-time champion, Jimmie Johnson [...]

Harris: Testing Policy Should Receive Passing Grade
Friday, Sep 25, 2009 – 8:31 | 2 Comments
Harris: Testing Policy Should Receive Passing Grade

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The announcement  this week that NASCAR has modified its test policy for 2010 was good news for some of its teams.
While the bulk of the test ban continues, the modification allows teams from every NASCAR division to test whenever they so choose at 14 of the organization’s sanctioned regional tracks where Sprint [...]

Harris: Martin Still Has The Drive And Now He Has The Ride
Wednesday, Sep 23, 2009 – 10:48 | One Comment
Harris: Martin Still Has The Drive And Now He Has The Ride

By Mike Harris | Senior Correspondent
RacinToday.com
Mark Martin doesn’t expect to win races.
Each time he does, the pessimism and humility seem to pour out of the diminutive driver.
“I’d better enjoy this one because it might be the last time I win one,’’ he’ll say.
Or: “I got lucky this time, but you can’t always have that kind of [...]

Harris: Open-Wheel Rivals Chasing Each Other In Cup
Saturday, Sep 19, 2009 – 17:01 | Comments Off
Harris: Open-Wheel Rivals Chasing Each Other In Cup

By Mike Harris | Senior Correspondent
RacinToday.com
Team owners Roger Penske and Chip Ganassi each have a chance to do something this year that they’ve never done before – win a NASCAR Sprint Cup championship.
It’s something of a mystery why these two behemoths of open-wheel racing have had so little real success in the stock car sport.
You [...]

Harris: It’s Chase Time And That Means Jimmie Time
Wednesday, Sep 16, 2009 – 6:02 | Comments Off
Harris: It’s Chase Time And That Means Jimmie Time

By Mike Harris | Senior Correspondent
RacinToday.com
OK gang, it’s “Jimmie Time!’’
The so-called regular season in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series is over and, with the start of the 10-race Chase for the championship set for Sunday in New England, history tells us Jimmie Johnson will turn on the afterburners in his quest of a record fourth straight [...]

Harris: Chase Has Become Two Chases For Price Of One
Thursday, Sep 10, 2009 – 15:07 | Comments Off
Harris: Chase Has Become Two Chases For Price Of One

By Mike Harris | Senior Correspondent
RacinToday.com
When Brian France came up with the idea of the Chase for the championship, it’s likely he never expected it would turn into not one, but two successful  entities.
The first time France brought up the idea of a NASCAR postseason in public was two days before the annual awards dinner [...]

Harris: Will Edwards Reappear In Time To Win Championship?
Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009 – 13:22 | Comments Off
Harris: Will Edwards Reappear In Time To Win Championship?

By Mike Harris | Senior Correspondent
RacinToday.com
Carl Edwards has to be wondering what happened to the magic.
A year ago, Edwards was winning races in bunches and throwing  a real scare into Jimmie Johnson, who, at the time, likely saw Cousin Carl as the biggest roadblock to his historic third straight title.
Nine wins – six of them [...]