The economic situation all over the world has been felt in many industries and sports in the last few months. Concerns over the IndyCar Series has been on the minds of most members of the auto racing industry, but on Sunday, a capacity crowd and the spectacular victory of Helio Castroneves during the Indy 500, set the Indianapolis Motor Speedway alight with emotion, excitement and overwhelming joy. It was a magnificent racing event that gave spectators all the racing drama, disappointment and elation that is expected from the Indy 500.
Racetracks in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina will be hosting the debut of the United Southeast Modifieds on Dirt Series (USMOD) in 2009. A group of former late model owners and drivers, along with a few die-hard race fans, developed the USMOD Series with the aim of bringing added excitement to their local speedways. These innovative speedsters are confident that the speed, history and unique look of northeast modifieds will generate plenty of excitement for drivers and spectators alike.
NASCAR CEO Brian France recently discussed the dilemma facing most budding auto racing teams â€“ finances. Itâ€™s a dilemma that is currently affecting the entire industry and NASCAR seems set on finding ways to cut costs and making racing more accessible so that the sport stays afloat in this time of economic hardships.
NASCAR has long been the realm of aggressive male drivers who just â€˜fitâ€™ in the auto racing industry. But what if you donâ€™t â€˜fitâ€™, but you still love the sport of auto racing? What if you donâ€™t have great sponsorship or famous parents? NASCAR has been supporting the dreams of minority drivers for some time now â€“ and their efforts are paying off.
Racing fans in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will soon be getting ready to enjoy a night of festivities when ten more people are inducted to the Hawkeye Downs Speedway Wall of Fame. The induction ceremony is set to take place on Friday night, August 22.
After decades of largely low-key but utterly important work in the motor racing industry, Rab MacDonald has finally been awarded for his commitment to the sport. Upon being presented with the Jim Clark Memorial Award for 2008, MacDonald was hailed as one of the unsung heroes of motor racing for his complete commitment to the sport.
As one of NASCARâ€™s newest rookies, seventeen-year-old Mackena Bell is also one of the few female drivers on the tracks. This young woman is already incredibly accomplished for her age and seems set to enjoy a successful future in the racing industry.
Some of the most brilliant and dedicated engineers are recruited for motorsport teams. Their knowledge and endless number of plans to increase productivity while decreasing cost, is invaluable to a motorsport team. And it is because of the engineering masterminds that are found here that the industry was approached and challenged with creating fuels that are environmentally friendly and energy efficient. Alternative fuels are definitely the way forward and realistic planning for the future, and solutions found on the racing circuits of the world, could result in the next fuel at the local gas station.
Every year the United States Racing Association (USRA) reviews and updates their official rulebook to ensure that races are kept fair and that rules stay up to date with improvements and changes in the industry. The recent release of the USRA 2008 Rulebook has everyone in the industry buzzing with excitement.
You cannot spend all your life as a spectator in auto racing. There has to be a time when you get behind the wheel and try your own hand at auto racing. There are many events where you can make a start and tracks where you can enjoy practicing, or perhaps even just driving alone at high speeds. You will be in the market for a second hand car which you can race, sooner or later, if you stay with car racing as a pastime. Here are 3 top things to read every morning before you set off for an auction or a show to pick up a used race car to start your own career in auto racing: