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The Indianapolis 500 had never seen a leap in speed quite like it – and it never would again. Huge wings and massive boosts made the 1972 race a journey into the unknown. Peter Revson captured the pole position for the 1971 Indianapolis 500 at a record 178.696 miles per hour. Just one year later, Wally Dallenbach qualified at 178.421mph – and missed the show! In what went down as the most jaw-dro...
RACER Magazine Excerpts
Wednesday, 19 October 2016
Back in the day, NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. saw speed as a way of putting stock car racing on the map. Now, miles per hour is just one aspect of the sport's optimal package. Carl Edwards climbed ...
Wednesday, 12 October 2016
Speed has long been one of Indy car racing's central tenets. That's not going to change anytime soon – but its place within the sport's overall landscape just might. Quiz time: Who holds the speed re...
Wednesday, 05 October 2016
Formula 1 rising stars Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen pawing the ground in the same team is a blessing and a challenge for Red Bull Racing. Back in 2014, Daniel Ricciardo was the young upstart g...
Wednesday, 28 September 2016
Setbacks don't get much bigger than James Hinchcliffe's near-fatal crash at Indy last year, but the Schmidt driver turned a disaster into a catalyst for improvement. In 1971, a fan jumped onto the st...
Thursday, 15 September 2016
In today's media-fueled world of hyperbole, the overuse of certain words has had the effect of rendering them somewhat redundant. "Passionate" and "obsessed" are surely near the top of the list. For ...
Wednesday, 07 September 2016
When Dodge unveiled its Charger 500, it was the first shot in a brief, but spectacular aerodynamic arms race that changed NASCAR and produced some legendary cars. As years go, 1969 was one of the mos...
Wednesday, 31 August 2016
For more than a quarter century, British-based racecar constructors dominated CART. First March, then Lola, and finally Reynard, revolutionized the way teams went racing. John Cooper and Colin Chapma...
Wednesday, 24 August 2016
Did Group 44's Jaguar XJR-5 win a GTP title? Nope. But did it kickstart IMSA's golden age and Jag's Le Mans return? And was it gorgeous? Yes to all of the above. What a sight to behold. Those wonderf...
Wednesday, 17 August 2016
It's 40 years since archetypically Italian Ferrari and British-based garagiste McLaren went head to head in the 1976 Formula 1 World Championship, 312T2 vs. M23. Two different cultures. Two very diff...
Wednesday, 10 August 2016
The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 was widely forecast to be one for the ages. It delivered – but that was about the only pre-race prediction that anyone got right. Alexander Rossi’s Month of ...
Tuesday, 02 August 2016
The history books will show Porsche as winner of the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours. But they won't show how agonizingly close Toyota came to ending its hoodoo at La Sarthe. Toyota had a first 24 Hours of Le ...
Wednesday, 27 July 2016
NASCAR Sprint Cup racing's current era is dominated by multi-car teams. So why are so many of them getting beaten up by the solo Toyota Camry of Furniture Row Racing and Martin Truex Jr.? It didn't t...
Wednesday, 20 July 2016
While F1 seeks new markets, many of its historic events face uncertainty. Does tradition matter to the sport’s future? There are Formula 1 races and there are “proper” Formula 1 races. You probably i...
Wednesday, 22 June 2016
Hendrick Motorsport's rise and rise into a multi-car NASCAR powerhouse didn't follow any well-laid plans. Trial and error, plus an emphasis on teamwork, took it to its lofty heights. Hendrick Motorsp...
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