1922 INDY 500: Two Boys, a Train and the Making of a Race Fan

Here’s a short story to help you enjoy this year’s 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500.

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This Will Bring Fans Back to the Races

The past few years have brought every gimmick imaginable to auto racing. NASCAR holds races that three people can win. The ever-changing playoff system (a gimmick in itself) functions like an automotive version of musical chairs. Indycar’s gimmicks are even worse. They tried mandating overpriced “body kits” to make their field of 33 identical Dallara chassis look like something other than a field of 33 identical Dallara chassis. Their “Fast Nine” and “Fast Six” qualifying gimmick hasn’t revived interest in pole day although it’s proven very effective at totally confusing…

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NASCAR’s New Qualifying Procedure Stinks!

NASCAR’s new qualifying procedure in plain English stinks! As of last Saturday morning, there were 22 cars wrecked in qualifying. Even before the qualifiers got on the track on Friday, there was absolute chaos on pit road as the contenders were trying to buddy up with teammates or friends or buddy up with the same make of car due to the matching areo dynamics. This thing has to go and it’s all NASCAR CEO’s Brian Z France’s fault. He’s has to wear it – it’s his creation. Even though some…

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Rolex 24 Gets Daytona SpeedWeeks Off and Running

On Sunday the talking heads in the Fox anchor booth raved that this year’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Rolex 24 had the biggest crowd in a long time. No doubt sports car fans turned out because this race was the first time the now defunct Grand Am and American Petit LeMans Series’ was combined. As the cameras panned the track, we could see many campers in the infield. The front stretch grandstands didn’t hold many of them until the last hour of the twice-around-the-clock race.

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