IndyCar and F1 great took NASCAR drivers to school
When Glen Wood looks back on his time racing at Riverside International Raceway with the great Dan Gurney, who died Jan. 14 at the age of 86, it’s not so much about the four wins in five starts or the 540 laps led. Instead Wood recalls a tall, handsome man who was as friendly as he was talented. “Once we got him going, it was pretty much a sure thing we could win the race if nothing happened to the car,” Wood said.
Chase Elliott Took the Camaro ZL1 around Texas Motor Speedway for its first laps during Goodyear Tire Test on Tuesday. He met with members of the media during the lunch break at the Goodyear tire test at Texas Motor Speedway and discussed making the first on-track laps in the Camaro ZL1, his fan base and many other topics
Chevy's New Camaro ZL1 Takes Its First Laps With the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season in the rearview mirror, drivers got back to business on Tuesday with the first on-track action of the 2018 season with the opening day of a two-day Goodyear tire test at Texas Motor Speedway. Defending Cup Series Champion Martin Truex, Jr. (Toyota), Ryan Blaney (Ford), Aric Almirola (Ford) and Chase Elliott (Chevrolet) were on hand to represent the four major manufacturers, with Elliott giving the new Chevy Camaro ZL1 its first shakedown on the 1.5-mile quad oval.
1 Year Later, 16 more Deaths Caused by Primitive Walls
by RJ Valentine
In mid-2016, I wrote an article explaining why I’m so driven to make race tracks safer. For eleven paragraphs, I stood on my soapbox expounding the many reasons antiquated track barricades represent an unnecessary and extreme danger to drivers. I vainly hoped this, along with our many other efforts to further the cause, would help inspire changes. Yet, here I am, over a year later and, not only has progress been minimal, but at least 16 more drivers have died as a result of concrete walls, Armco guardrails and other antiquated barrier methods.
I’m happy to say that what follows is my fifth Racing Year in Review for AutoRacing1. In previous installments, I’ve attempted to come up with a theme for that year’s racing season. For 2016, I noted that it was a year of lessons. You may remember the Verizon IndyCar Series learned about the costly experiment of aero kits, and the folly of allowing engineering people to make decisions marketing people should make. Formula One took it on the chin in the court of public opinion after installing a hokey qualifying format. The clear lesson was that short-sighted quick fixes were not the solution to jazz up an on-track product that has been harshly criticized in recent years.
NASCAR Concussions: An old problem but new concern
Earnhardt, Jr. has helped his sport prioritize head injury prevention
Concussions have recently become a major issue in professional sports, but they've been a health issue racers have faced for decades writes Ken Willis The potential for head injuries that can debilitate for life. In this report, News-Journal reporters chronicle how head injuries and concussions have impacted both NASCAR racers as well as drivers competing at lower levels of racing on area tracks. We also look at how concussions -- and their prevention -- have become an increasing part of NASCAR's safety efforts.
Photos from the Roger Penske Museum in Scottsdale, Arizona. Roger Penske is one of the greats of motorsports as an owner in IndyCar, NASCAR and IMSA. These are his cars. It includes many Indy 500 winning cars. A lot of history in this place. For free.
Richard Petty Motorsports to team with Childress in 2018
by Pete McCole Two of NASCAR's most iconic racing organizations will join forces in 2018 as Richard Petty Motorsports and Richard Childress Racing plan to enter into a technical alliance and will merge their two race teams under one roof. The move will bring together two of the most successful teams in NASCAR history together along with two of the most recognizable car numbers in Petty's classic no. 43 and Childress' historic no. 3.
The 2017 version of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards included a night of tributes, honors and plenty of good cheer celebrating the 2017 champion Martin Truex Jr. and his Furniture Row Racing team and giving a fond and heartfelt farewell to the now 15th consecutive NMPA Most Popular Driver in the sport, Dale Earnhardt Jr. The ceremony -- shortened to 90 minutes this year -- at the gorgeous Wynn Las Vegas included time spent speaking with the 16 playoff drivers, handing out awards and recognizing Truex for his maiden and emotional Cup victory.
by Pete McCole After 12 years in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Martin Truex, Jr. broke through to score his first series championship, but the story of how this New Jersey native and the little team that could fought to make it to the top of the sport is one for the ages. It wasn't too long ago that Truex, Jr. thought his racing career might be over, and now he's standing on the stage at Homestead-Miami Speedway as the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion.
Earnhardt, Jr. and Kenseth Finish Their Final Race
NASCAR In their final race as active drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Matt Kenseth made it to the checkered flag of the Ford EcoBoost 400, and although neither of them were able to go out as winners in their final race, they still made to the finish the way they wanted - on their own terms.
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