by Stephen Cox I have figured out what is wrong with America’s youth. They don’t race slot cars anymore. In addition to being overly tattooed, body pierced and not pulling their pants up, most of them couldn’t define “HO scale” if you held a gun to their iPad. Racing HO scale Aurora AFX slot cars with the greatest man I’ve ever known – my dad – in our garage in the summer of 1969 taught me pretty much everything I needed to get through life. After slot car racing, formal education was anticlimactic.
Racing's greatest upsets: Oh, wait... there aren't any
by Stephen Cox Think for a moment about the most famous upsets in sports history. The New York Giants beat undefeated New England in Super Bowl XLII. Buster Douglas knocked out Mike Tyson in Tokyo, February 1990. The US Olympic hockey team manhandled the supposedly unbeatable Russians in 1980. Every year the major sports magazines print lists of the greatest upsets in sports history, and every year they all have one thing in common... they are “stick-and-ball” sports.
by Stephen Cox Having never been to Wisconsin's La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway before, it was no surprise when I qualified near the back of the field last weekend after only six laps of practice (throttle stuck... don't ask). But my pit guys are amazing. They still gave me a fantastic car for the race. Wisconsin is an awesome place. Rabid fans. Lots of tracks. Good cheese and great football. But several of the area's short tracks have this weird thing that they do...
by Stephen Cox For 48 years, race fans have sojourned to Rockford Speedway in northern Illinois to watch the finest short track stock car drivers in the world compete for the national title. Rockford is the ultimate bullring. Built in 1948, the speedway remains the oldest continuously operated sports venue in the region. Rockford's quarter-mile, high-banked oval has graduated as many racing greats as any bullring on the continent. Everyone who is anyone has raced there, including Alan Kulwicki, Ted Musgrave, Greg Biffle, Scott Wimmer, Matt Kenseth and many more.
MotoGP Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez has crowned a perfect weekend in the Red Bull Indianapolis GP with a sensational victory. Marc led every session over the weekend, broke the pole position record yesterday and also recorded a new fastest race lap of 1'39.044. Marc's teammate Dani Pedrosa, took an impressive second place after battling with title rival Jorge Lorenzo in the final laps.
Marquez becomes first rookie to win at Laguna Seca
MotoGP The last seven MotoGP races in the USA have now been won by Honda riders, with Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez rewriting history again today, taking first place in the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Laguna Seca. Teammate Dani Pedrosa completed an important race, whist still injured, and scored valuable Championship points. After a slightly hesitant start, Marquez slipped down to 3rd but soon found his rhythm and made a dramatic pass on Valentino Rossi in the circuit's famous 'corkscrew' turn on lap 3.
by Stephen Cox Have you ever wondered what it was like to drive a production-based sportscar in the golden era of American road racing? Me too. And now I know. "I don't want to retire and sit around a golf course," Rick Baldick said to me, leaning over the balcony and looking down at his team's car screaming toward Turn 1 at 110 mph. "I'd rather be here. This is what I love."
Monterey Classic Car Week For one week each August, California’s Monterey peninsula becomes the hub for vintage automobile enthusiasts. Within the glittering collection of unique rendezvous that make up Monterey Classic Car Week, there are a number of stand out events: the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance presented by Rolex (15 August), The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering (16 August), the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance (18 August) and the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion (16 -18 August). As a whole, the occasion is a reference point for those who appreciate the virtues of the classic car, and Rolex has been deeply involved since 1997.
by Stephen Cox So I’m sitting in a Bob Evans restaurant in northern Virginia hoping for a decent breakfast before going to the track for the Super Cup race I was competing in that night. I’d just ordered three eggs over medium, sausage and rye toast very well done with extra butter when my daughter suddenly points at the ceiling and says, “Look, Dad!” I glance upward and am astonished by its splendor. Colored red, white and blue, it is battered and worn yet still proud after nearly 40 years of service. I am in awe. There it is…
by Stephen Cox I have wonderful news. Being twenty-one years old doesn't really make you good at anything. It just makes you twenty-one. Sprint car driver Steve Kinser is living proof. He remains a consistent front-runner in his late fifties, despite the fact that sprint cars are a young man's game. Steve Christmann is a winner in ARCA Trucks at age 62. Mario Andretti won his last IndyCar race at the age of 53. And it's not just racing drivers.
by Stephen Cox If I had to choose between sitting through a driver's meeting or having my tonsils removed with a shovel, I'd have to think about it. Yet here I was at the driver's meeting the night before the Silver State 300 off-road race in Alamo, Nevada. It was a little after 7 o'clock on Friday night, April 23, 2010 and the meeting had been droning on for nearly an hour. Several hundred team members were packed into the hotel's banquet room listening to series president Casey Folks threaten anyone who ran over various protected species of toads and tortoises, as if any of us could see a freaking frog while driving a hundred miles an hour across the open desert.
by Gary Parravani Mike Rockenfeller took his first DTM win for two years - and the championship lead - with a dominant display at Brands Hatch. The Phoenix Audi driver beat Bruno Spengler and Robert Wickens. Our Gary Parravani was on hand to snap these photos.
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