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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What Kinds of Problems Can NASCAR Crews Fix During a Race?

Two hundred miles-per-hour is probably faster than you’ll ever travel in a car, but for NASCAR teams, 200 mph is a fact of life for hours on end. At such speeds, the wind resistance alone is enough to damage your typical family sedan. So when fenders start rubbing, and things get dicey, the job of keeping these highly specialized machines in the race falls to the pit crew. Unlike the small armies mobilized in Formula One racing, NASCAR limits the members of a pit crew to six. Armed with a…

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Salty Dog’s Grand Prix and the Future of American Racing

I started late. I didn’t drive in my first professional auto race until age 21. Before that, I was addicted to go kart racing. No, not the World Karting Association or the National Karting Alliance. I’d never heard of them. My karting career began by paying five dollars for ten minutes of track time in a 5 horsepower, 25 mile per hour fun kart at tiny, tourist-driven venues during our family vacations. We stopped at go kart tracks from Virginia to Utah. Any track, any time. It wasn’t real racing,…

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Heather Does a Pit Stop…. At School!

I never really had school car pool with my kids. But last week I filled in for a friend and did the school car pool. You may ask why I am telling you this? Well, after 3 days of school car pool, I realized it was a lot like a NASCAR pit stop.

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The Amazing 162-MPH Nuremberg Daytona

It was the mid 1970’s. NASCAR’s aerodynamic supercars were a thing of the past. The great American muscle car had succumbed to a slow death, strangled by illegal government regulations and an absurd 55 mile per hour speed limit. The US auto industry fell into its own Dark Age and would not emerge for another 20 years. But in Nuremberg, Germany, a small band of merry rebels picked up where America left off. They called themselves “The Autobahn 250” and they celebrated speed over a 28-mile stretch of their country’s…

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