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Harris: Indy 500 Adapts To Times
Sunday, 3 Jan, 2010 – 8:42 | 3 Comments
Harris: Indy 500 Adapts To Times

Tradition can be a wonderful thing. But not always.
It has taken officials at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway a long time to figure out that less can be more.
True, for many of the 93 years that the Indianapolis 500 has been run, the month-long schedule every year in May was the right way to go – a celebration [...]

Minter: Let’s Raise A Cup to Cup
Thursday, 31 Dec, 2009 – 15:09 | Comments Off
Minter: Let’s Raise A Cup to Cup

Well it’s New Year’s Eve. Another year about to end. Time to sing “Auld Lang Syne,” a familiar tune but one that’s sad in a way even as it’s sung at what is otherwise a festive welcome to a new year.
A little research on the Net shows that the old Scottish lyrics talk about raising [...]

Woody: Sadler Leaves Big ‘Family’
Tuesday, 29 Dec, 2009 – 15:00 | 3 Comments
Woody: Sadler Leaves Big ‘Family’

When Earl Sadler was considering starting a racing team, he sought advice from legendary owner/driver Junior Johnson. Johnson advised Sadler to run a race team like a business – control costs and make careful, calculated decisions.
Sadler thanked Johnson, went out, and threw the advice to the winds. He raced from the heart. He delighted in [...]

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 [...]