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Sonny Balcaen – An Engaging Memoir

“Raoul ‘Sonny’ Balcaen: My Exciting True-Life Story in Motor Racing from Top-Fuel Drag-Racing Pioneer to Jim Hall, Reventlow Scarab, Carroll Shelby and Beyond,” by Raoul F. Balcaen III with Jill Amadio and Pete Lyons, is now available in the U.S. This engaging memoir from one of American racing’s unsung heroes is the very personal history […]

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RRDC CHAMPIONS IN 2022

Team Penske became the first organization in history to capture both the NASCAR Cup Series and the IndyCar Series championships in the same season. Team Penske has now notched 43 titles. Will Power clinched his second NIT IndyCar title in September at Laguna Seca, the 17th IndyCar title for Team Penske. Meyer Shank Racing captured […]

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ANNUAL DAYTONA DINNER – SAVE THE DATE

The Road Racing Drivers Club is a U.S. organization made up of many of the America’s and Europe’s most successful racing drivers. Members are elected by their peers and include Formula One World Champions, Indy-500 winners, Champion Sports Car Drivers, and top American amateur road racers. The membership also includes leading industry professionals, race officials, […]

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CHRIS CORD PASSES AT 82

Chris Cord, an investment banker who took up sports car racing as a hobby and closed his career in the center of Dan Gurney’s All American Racers factory Toyota GTO program, died on Thursday at the age of 82. Katrina Cord, his wife of 64 years, was with him when he passed at their home […]

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ROGER BAILEY IS SUBJECT OF GORDON KIRBY’S LATEST BIOGRAPHY – “BOOST!”; DONOHUE AT PIKES PEAK; RECENT PASSAGES, DR. FREDERICK SIMEONE AND ALAIN de CADENET

Racemaker Press has announced that “Boost! Roger Bailey’s Extraordinary Motor Racing Career” – the latest biography from author Gordon Kirby – is now available at Racemaker.com. Perhaps nobody in the history of automobile racing enjoyed a career of wider reach and diversity than Roger Bailey. Over the course of 52 years, from 1959-2012, Bailey competed as […]

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STROPUS NAMED GREENWICH CONCOURS GRAND MARSHAL

Hagerty has named the RRDC’s Judy Stropus as Grand Marshal for the 2022 Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, held at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park overlooking Greenwich Harbor on June 3-5, 2022. Judy Stropus’ talent, passion, precision and creativity have been a pivotal part of American and international motorsports for over half a century, she literally wrote the […]

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SAFEisFAST IS SEEKING A NEW PRESENTING PARTNER

The RRDC’s SAFE Is Fast program (safeisfast.com) needs your guidance and assistance. Please help us find our next Presenting Partner by reaching out to your friends in motor sports and introducing safeisfast.com by sharing our 2022 sponsorship pitch with them: https://bit.ly/sif-sponsor-deck. Over the last ten years, the RRDC’s Daytona and Long Beach banquets have featured films celebrating the club’s […]

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RICK MEARS HONORED BY RRDC AT LONG BEACH

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 8, 2022) – Four-time Indy 500 winner Rick Mears was honored by the Road Racing Drivers Club in front of a capacity crowd at the April 7 RRDC Evening with Rick Mears Presented by Firestone. The audience included auto racing dignitaries, corporate executives and champion race-car drivers, and was held prior to the running of the […]

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MARTY KAUFMAN, 1939-2022

Longtime race director and competition official Marty Kaufman passed away March 31 at his home in Parrish, Florida. Here is what Marshall Pruett wrote about Kaufman on RACER.COM: Cloaked in immense respect from those who competed under his command, the sight of Marty Kaufman at an American Le Mans Series or IMSA event brought a […]

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VIC ELFORD, 1935-2022

Vic Elford, among the world’s most versatile race drivers ever, passed away Sunday (March 13) after a long bout with cancer. He was 86. Elford excelled in every form of motorsport he attempted from pavement to dirt to sand and gravel. Marshall Pruett penned a wonderful remembrance of the Londoner on Racer.com – a must […]

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RICK MEARS RRDC HONOREE AT LONG BEACH

Road Racing Drivers Club President Bobby Rahal cordially invites you to attend the RRDC Evening with Rick Mears Presented by Firestone: Long Beach Hilton, Thursday, April 7 Seats $280 ($250 for paid-up RRDC members only) in advance (or $300/$270 after March 28) Reservations Required (to rrdc2@cox.net) RICK MEARS – THANKS! Google “Rick Mears” and, by rights, you should be […]

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