Category Archives: Club News

2020 AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS d’ELEGANCE

While the world was still in the early stages of making decisions as to how to contain the coronavirus outbreak, and despite concerns about losing attendees to these concerns, the 2020 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance successfully took place on March 6-8 at the Amelia Island Ritz-Carlton hotel and its surrounds. Thanks to the forward thinking […]

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RRDC LONG BEACH SHINDIG TO BE RESCHEDULED

The RRDC Evening with Rick Mears Presented by Firestone will be rescheduled, as will the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, both called due to the coronavirus outbreak. The decision was made in response to a directive from the City of Long Beach prohibiting all gatherings of more than 250 people in the city until […]

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DON SESSLAR 1927 – 2019

We recently learned of the passing of Don Sesslar on May 19, 2019, at age 91. As a young man, Don fell in love with cars through his father. Following WWII, he began stock car racing which led to his meeting entrepreneur Cyrus Fulton who asked Don to be his sports car driver. Over the […]

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25TH ANNUAL AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS d’ELEGANCE THIS WEEKEND

Bill Warner’s iconic Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance celebrates its 25th Anniversary this weekend on the Georgia barrier island. Casual elegance marks this storied event celebrating the automobile and those who have dedicated large portions of their lives and fortunes to the motoring experience. This year’s honoree is The Captain – Roger S. Penske – who […]

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NEW SAFEisFAST VIDEO – MAXIMIZE YOUR RACING LUCK

Why is it that some drivers always seem to get all the good luck – and others always get the bad? Is there really something called “Racing Luck” or do you make your own luck?  To answer that question we’ve turned to an elite group of champion racers who have experienced both: IndyCar Team Owner Chip Ganassi, Team Penske […]

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AN EVENING WITH RICK MEARS AT LONG BEACH; PETER ARGETSINGER PASSES; NEW SiF PROMOTIONAL TRAILER; McALLISTER, LONG JOIN MONTEREY MRSC

Google “Rick Mears” and, by rights, you should be directed to multiple Wikipedia entries: Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner of course, but also racer and gentleman. For his singular fusion of scrupulously clean racing and modest grace made Rick not just a racer’s racer, but one of motorsports’ finest ambassadors; one who autographed countless hats and […]

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JOHN ANDRETTI PASSES AT 56

This morning, January 30, John Andretti lost his lengthy battle with colon cancer. The son of Mario’s twin brother Aldo and first cousin to Michael and Jeff, John was 56. Andretti Autosport issued this statement: “It is with the heaviest of hearts we share that John Andretti has today lost his battle with cancer. John […]

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ROB DYSON WINS RRDC’S 2019 BOB AKIN AWARD

Rob Dyson, retired American sports-car racing driver and owner of Dyson Racing, was named the 2019 recipient of the RRDC Bob Akin Award. He was presented the award at the annual Road Racing Drivers Club members’ dinner on January 22, prior to the running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the season opener of the […]

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JACK ROUSH EARNS RRDC’S 2019 PHIL AWARD

Jack Roush – racer and team owner, former Ford engineer, college physics teacher, and current CEO of a number of engineering-related companies – was honored by the RRDC with the 2019 Phil Hill Award. The 2018 award recipient, RRDC President Bobby Rahal, made the presentation at the annual RRDC members’ dinner on January 22 prior […]

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BRODERICK BAUGUESS IS 2019 MARK DONOHUE AWARD WINNER

Broderick Bauguess, of Laurinburg, N.C., was named the 49th recipient of the RRDC Mark Donohue Award. This unique award is presented annually by the Road Racing Drivers Club for outstanding performance, competitiveness and sportsmanship during the amateur Sports Car Club of America National Championship Runoffs®. It is voted on by RRDC members attending the Runoffs […]

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TOM YEAGER – 1936-2019

Tom Yeager, 83, of Marion, OH and Naples, FL passed away Dec. 28, 2019 at Avow Hospice in Naples. In 1965 Tom received the first customer Ford Mustang GT 350R and competed as an original team driver for Shelby American. And the first car he used he bought on a nj used cars and succeeded […]

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BOB VARSHA BATTLING CANCER

According to a report on RACER.com, motor racing broadcaster Bob Varsha has been diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of prostate cancer that will require intensive chemotherapy over the coming months. With an immediate need to step away from racing and focus on defeating cancer, the veteran of ESPN, NBC, SPEED, and Fox Sports […]

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HORST KWECH PASSES; ANNUAL DAYTONA MEMBERS DINNER

HORST KWECH – 1937-2019 Horst Kwech, an RRDC member since 1976, passed away Dec. 30 at age 82 according to the following edited notice in Vintage Motorsport. Shortly after his birth in Vienna, Austria, in ‘37 Kwech’s mother emigrated to Australia where he grew up. In the fifties, he began sports car racing with an […]

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RACING SAFETY PIONEER BILL SIMPSON PASSES

BILL SIMPSON – 1940-2019 Bill Simpson, renowned racing safety pioneer, passed away Monday, Dec. 16, in Indianapolis due to complications from a massive stroke on Friday. He was 79. Robin Miller eulogized the man on Racer.com: “He made safety part of the racing vernacular, but lived his life on the edge. He started in drag […]

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SAFEisFAST – TUNING SHOCK/DAMPERS FOR SPEED

We split this very technical instructional block into two segments: how racing shocks/dampers work (the hard part) and dialing the package in with on-track testing (the fun part). In Part 1, we had you sit in the classroom for a short tutorial featuring four IndyCar engineers: Craig Hampson (Dale Coyne), Julian Robertson (Ganassi), Jeremy Milless […]

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GANASSI HONORED, DAYTONA DINNER, DIFFEY-HOBBS-MATCHETT SHOW, ARIE LUYENDYK GUEST INSTRUCTOR, JORDAN TAYLOR TO CORVETTE

CHIP GANASSI TO BE HONORED WITH EXHIBIT AT PETERSEN MUSEUM Longtime NTT IndyCar Series team owner Chip Ganassi, whose career includes driving Indy cars, will be honored beginning next month with an exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. The exhibit titled “Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success – 30th Anniversary Tribute” will present significant […]

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PENSKE TO ACQUIRE ALL THINGS INDY (WITH UPDATES); TEAM USA SCHOLARSHIP’S HUFFAKER ON PODIUM AT SILVERSTONE

The official announcement on Nov. 4 read as follows: “The Board of Directors of Hulman & Company announced today that it has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Penske Corporation, a global transportation, automotive and motorsports leader. Penske Entertainment Corp., a subsidiary of Penske Corporation, will acquire all Hulman & Company principal operating […]

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SCOTT ATHERTON RETIRING, RRDC RUNOFFS DINNER, DONOHUE AWARD SELECTION, TEAM USA OPEN-WHEEL CHAMPIONS, RACER.COM GROWTH SPURT, SATO AT RLL

RRDC DINNER AT SCCA RUNOFFS The annual SCCA Runoffs dinner is set for the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Virginia International Raceway – 1245 Pine Tree Road, Alton, VA. The festivities will take place in the Pagoda Building’s upstairs dining hall above the main paddock snack bar. Cocktails at 6:00 pm; dinner at 6:30. […]

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SiF HELPS FIND THOSE FINAL 10THS; LIME ROCK MEMBERS’ LUNCH; ASKEW AND KIRKWOOD SHINE; AL JR’s BATTLE; ZWART RACING IN THE RAIN; PETERSEN BREAKFAST CRUISE-IN; GRAND PRIX LOST IMAGES

LATEST SIF VIDEO – FINDING THOSE ELUSIVE FINAL TENTHS That ability to suck it up and find those final tenths can often mean the difference between starting on the pole – or being mired in the middle of the pack. In our latest video, James Hinchcliffe and a group of fellow IndyCar drivers reveal just […]

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HOBBS, REDMAN, EVANS IN THE NEWS

HOBBS AND BUXTON FEATURED AT SIMEONE FOUNDATION The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum will honor authors and Formula 1 pundits David Hobbs and Will Buxton at its Nürburgring – German Performance Demo Day on Aug. 10. Hobbs, renowned racer, TV commentator and the Museum’s 2015 “Spirit of Competition” honoree, will join his former broadcast partner Will […]

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RAHAL HONORED BY IMRRC; RACER ACQUIRES VINTAGE MOTORSPORT

BOBBY RAHAL RECEIVES THE CAMERON ARGETSINGER AWARD International racing stars, captains of the motorsports industry, local dignitaries and race fans gathered on Thursday, June 27, to honor former race-car driver and current multi-team owner Bobby Rahal at the Corning Museum of Glass. RRDC President Rahal received the 2019 Cameron R. Argetsinger Award for Outstanding Contributions […]

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REMEMBERING NIKI LAUDA, 1949–2019

On behalf of all the members of the RRDC, we are truly saddened to hear of the passing of Niki Lauda. When one thinks of comebacks, no one can meet the example set by Niki – from being given Last Rites to winning two more World Championships! I had the privilege to work with Niki […]

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DAVID HOBBS FETED AT LONG BEACH

A capacity crowd filled the Long Beach Hilton ballroom April 11 for the RRDC Evening with David Hobbs Presented by Firestone, which included auto racing dignitaries, corporate executives and champion race-car drivers. Hobbs, an accomplished driver and TV commentator, was honored by the Road Racing Drivers Club, prior to the running of the 45th Acura […]

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