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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ON TRACK: Mazda Miata, Toyota MR2 and Datsun Z Go Head to Head

When it comes to ranking great sports cars, the Japanese machines of the previous century are rarely considered. Yet in their day they offered performance and reliability that was nowhere to be found in Detroit’s American competitors. The Ford Mustangs and Chevrolet Camaros of the 1970’s had around 130-180 horsepower, most of which was only usable in a straight line since American sports coupes weren’t noted for their handling. Meanwhile, Japanese cars generally fell within that same power range and offered vastly superior road-holding and mileage. I have been fortunate…

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Indycar: Is Faster Better?

Indycars will be faster this year. Recent testing at Barber Motorsports Park demonstrated that the new “aero body kits” generate far more downforce, which resulted nearly every car in the field beating last year’s pole time. The aero kits are basically a collection of wings strapped on the same DW 12 chassis designed to make the cars look more appealing and slightly different for armchair fans. Indycar is selling the new found speed as a positive, despite the fact that a one-second edge over last year’s lap times cannot be…

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