Mon, 23/11/15 – 9:26 | One Comment

A race day that dawned Sunday morning with coffee and tears shared with his mom, Carol, ended after sunset with the gift of his helmet to car-owner Rick Hendrick.
In between, on the last day of his brilliant NASCAR career, Jeff Gordon bump-fisted countless fans, stood shoulder-to-shoulder with motorsports superstars Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton during […]

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Nationwide Adds Road Race
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The NASCAR Nationwide Series is leaving Milwaukee but not Wisconsin.
NASCAR officials announced Monday that there will be a Nationwide race at the Road America road racing circuit in June.
The race will be moved there from the Milwaukee Mile, which has had financial problems and announced recently that it will shut its doors to big-time racing.
The […]

Mon, 12/21/09 – 14:10 | One Comment
Ingram: Ten Worth Mentioning Again
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief:
The Top Ten motor racing stories in 2009, according to one man’s opinion.
1.  Jimmie Johnson Wins Four Straight – This is the story of the decade. It only changes when Johnson wins a fifth Sprint Cup next year. (You heard it here first.)
2. BMW, Toyota, […]

Mon, 12/21/09 – 7:35 | One Comment
Test Ends Quickly For Danica
Chapter One of the Dancia Patrick in fenders saga came to an end on Sunday afternoon.
Patrick, the IndyCar Series’ most popular driver, completed her three-day test in the The ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards, by posting the fifth-fastest lap among the 29 drivers who took to the track at Daytona International Speedway.
She […]

Sun, 12/20/09 – 19:02 | One Comment
A Few Words With: Ralph Gilles
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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 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 […]

Sun, 12/20/09 – 8:24 | 3 Comments
Minter: Short Tracks Remain Racing’s Backbone
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By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
Some weekend observations:
When it comes to government, the most important things tend to happen on the local level. The actions by the local councils, commissions and school boards often impact people’s lives far more than anything the folks in Washington might do.
A good argument can be made that the same […]

Sun, 12/20/09 – 7:49 | Comments Off on Minter: Short Tracks Remain Racing’s Backbone
A Few Words With: Lee White
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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 […]

Sat, 12/19/09 – 9:19 | 2 Comments
Kansas Gearing Up For Second Cup Race
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Kansas City, Kan. – It appears the wish that Kansas Speedway president Jeff Boerger has been harboring for the last 10 years is about to be granted. It appears that if things go as most people in racing think they will go, Boerger will soon be joining the fraternity of […]

Sat, 12/19/09 – 8:46 | 3 Comments
Patrick Takes First Laps
Danica Patrick took her first laps in an ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards stock car during a rain-shortened test session at Daytona International Speedway on Friday afternoon.
Patrick, one of 26 drivers who posted a time during the 35-minute single car run session, was 12th quickest on the charts with a time of […]

Fri, 12/18/09 – 16:59 | Comments Off on Patrick Takes First Laps
Allison To Head Up Ford Racing
Ford’s racing operation in the United States has a new boss.
Jamie Allison, a 22-year Ford veteran with experience in engineering, product planning and marketing, has been named director, Ford North America Motorsports, effective January 1, 2010.
Allison, who most recently has been Ford Performance Group Manager, will replace current director Brian Wolfe, who has been named […]

Fri, 12/18/09 – 10:18 | Comments Off on Allison To Head Up Ford Racing
Kallmann: Sun Sets On The Mile

Editor’s Note: Dave Kallmann is the long-time auto-racing beat writer for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He agreed to write an obit column about the oldest continuously operating track in America for

By Dave Kallmann | Guest Columnist
Milwaukee, Wis. – You can’t feel sad for a racetrack.
It has no heart. It’s really nothing more than asphalt […]

Fri, 12/18/09 – 8:01 | 6 Comments