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Woody: Jimmie Wins Award, Debate
Monday, 28 Dec, 2009 – 16:50 | Comments Off
Woody: Jimmie Wins Award, Debate

The argument began about the time the caveman invented the wheel and he and a buddy loaded up their coolers and took it for a spin:
Are race drivers athletes?
There was a time when much of the media ignored auto racing because subjective sports editors didn’t think it belonged in the sports section. Even during NASCAR’s [...]

The Woods of Virginia – Part 3: Glen Grabs The Wheel
Sunday, 27 Dec, 2009 – 7:00 | 2 Comments
The Woods of Virginia – Part 3: Glen Grabs The Wheel

The Wood Brothers Racing Team has been one of the backbones of NASCAR since the sport was founded. The Woods, from Stuart, Va., have been racing continuously in the division now known as Sprint Cup since 1953 and have 96 wins to their credit.
In a RacinToday exclusive series, Eddie Wood, one of the second-generation members [...]

Lizards To Descend On Daytona
Friday, 25 Dec, 2009 – 8:12 | One Comment
Lizards To Descend On Daytona

The defending GT2 class championship team from the American Le Mans Series will contest the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January.
In a cooperative effort with TRG Motorsports, the Flying Lizard Motorsports team’s factory drivers and key crew members will man the No. 66 Porsche entry of TRG in the GT class.
For drivers Jorg Bergmeister and [...]

Memo: Jimmie Was Best Driver In Best Series
Wednesday, 23 Dec, 2009 – 9:52 | Comments Off
Memo: Jimmie Was Best Driver In Best Series

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
Let’s see what’s in the Morning Memo for today:
Voting for the Driver of the Year Award is done by way of a secret ballot. And that’s good and necessary. But at the same time, whenever I have voted for all-star teams, most valuable players, plays or players of the year, [...]

A Few Words With: Ralph Gilles
Sunday, 20 Dec, 2009 – 8:24 | 3 Comments
A Few Words With: Ralph Gilles

Ralph Gilles, the new president and CEO of Chrysler and the company’s former head designer, sat down recently with a small group of media members, including RacinToday.com senior writer Mike Harris, to discuss his background, his new job and Chrysler’s future in racing:
Question: You have an interesting background in grassroots racing and product testing. Could [...]

A Few Words With: Lee White
Saturday, 19 Dec, 2009 – 9:19 | 2 Comments
A Few Words With: Lee White

Aside from all things associated with NASCAR lightning rod Kyle Busch, Toyota generated its boldest headline of 2009 when it pulled out of Formula One racing last month.
Toyota Motor Corporation confirmed it was quitting the FIA Formula One World Championship three days after the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. A statement issued by TMC said [...]

Harris: Success Is In The Details
Tuesday, 15 Dec, 2009 – 7:51 | One Comment
Harris: Success Is In The Details

One big reason for the long-term success of Hendrick Motorsports is the attention that team owner Rick Hendrick pays to detail.
He’s got more than 500 people working for his elite team, and many of them are among the best at what they do. That’s how his team has matched Petty Enterprises with nine championships in [...]

Minter: Danica Has Us Talking About Auto Racing
Thursday, 10 Dec, 2009 – 15:36 | 3 Comments
Minter: Danica Has Us Talking About Auto Racing

A few random thoughts on the first week in months in which there’s been no official NASCAR-sanctioned activity, unless you count the announcement of Danica Patrick’s decision to add a part-time Nationwide Series schedule to her 2010 agenda.
One of the most refreshing parts of the Danica debate is that it’s a big NASCAR story that [...]

Patrick To Host Presser
Tuesday, 8 Dec, 2009 – 8:26 | Comments Off
Patrick To Host Presser

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Danica Patrick is scheduled to hold a news conference in Phoenix at noon Eastern time on Tuesday. It is expected that she will announce her stock-car racing plans for 2010 during the event.
Sources are reporting that the plans include driving a partial schedule for the Nationwide Series team co-owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Rick [...]

Long To Start Snowball From Pole
Saturday, 5 Dec, 2009 – 17:11 | 3 Comments
Long To Start Snowball From Pole

Pensacola, Fla. – Johanna Long was fastest in qualifying for the annual Snowball Derby here and will start on the pole in Sunday’s race.
The Derby is one of the top events for Super Late Models and attracts some of the top drivers in the country. It his held at Five Flags Speedway.
In earning the pole, [...]