Ken Squier, the legendary broadcaster, passed away Wednesday night in Waterbury, VT, at age 88. Co-founder of Motor Racing Network, Squier set the highest marks for journalistic excellence in both the broadcast booth and the printed page. He was an astute observer of motorsports and a kind and caring friend to many in the racing world. He was a member of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the Road Racing Drivers Club.

Ryan McGee of ESPN posted this remembrance of the man noted for his storytelling:


That term has become a bit overused. From social media influencers to suburban Substackers, everyone loves to declare themselves a storyteller. The great ones never need to wear that name tag, though. You know them as soon as you hear them.

Ken Squier was, above all else, a storyteller.

“Like bullets they propel themselves out of the corner!”

“He’s getting some air … gobbling it up in that car, No. 88, keeping it cool to get ready for that final assault …”

“Johnny Utsman hand grenades the engine! It detonates right at the start-finish line!”

Squier’s own remarkable life story ended Wednesday night, passing away at the age 88. But the sound of his perfectly balanced hard-yet-gentle New England voice and the stories it told us all, from the public address speakers of Vermont and MRN Radio to CBS and TBS television, will never stop echoing off the walls and halls of racetracks and the broadcast booths that look over them.

“Look at that Oklahoma land rush on the backstretch!”

“He fireballs his way into the lead!”

Squier’s story is equal parts Howard Cosell and Johnny Appleseed. He was a New Englander, born and raised in Waterbury, Vermont, the son of a radio station owner. He’d listen to auto races carried by WDEV and became enamored with the urgent, gallant descriptions of the men who piloted hurtling pieces of machinery around places such as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, devouring and studying those broadcasts like a literature professor delving into Shakespeare and Chaucer. He took what he learned to the PA microphones of short tracks throughout race-car-obsessed New England. The talent that oozed from those speakers caught the ear of NASCAR president Bill France, who was kicking around the idea of a radio network that could bring his stock car races to a broader audience.

Squier with MRN co-founder Barney Hall. [NASCAR image]

“I think, at least I hope, that what Bill heard was something different,” Squier recalled in a 2013 conversation following his election to the NASCAR Hall of Fame as the recipient of the Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence. Yes, that’s his name on the award. “When we first started discussing what we could do that was perhaps a little different was focusing on the drivers. There would always be a place to discuss the mechanical aspects of the cars and the race strategy, all of that. But in the end, it had to be about those heroes behind the wheel and the death-defying stuntmen who went over the wall to pit those cars. It’s not about metal and engines and tires; it’s about the people and the stories behind those people, because they are remarkable people.”

So was he.

With France’s blessing, it was Squier who constructed the Motor Racing Network in 1970, with races carried by a collection of radio stations that grew from a smattering of southern outposts to a nationwide chain that reached into the hundreds. He assembled a team of fellow local racing broadcasters and PA announcers, including the man who shares top billing on the Squier-Hall Award, the pride of Elkin, North Carolina, Barney Hall.

“So, you took a Vermont Yankee and a North Carolina hillbilly and you put them on the radio together to talk about race cars,” Hall recalled in 2013 with a chuckle. “But it worked. And it worked because Ken believed that if you could tell a story in a unique way, use different words, really take the listener down into the infield, make them feel like they were there, then it didn’t matter where you were from. Just look at our teams at MRN and what he had on TV. Broadcasters from all over the place. That made listeners from all over the place feel welcome on a Sunday afternoon.”

Squier with longtime friend and cohort David Hobbs. [CBS photo from Getty Images]

It was never enough for Squier to simply broadcast NASCAR races and be done. He was always working on a deal somewhere. He was instrumental in helping the sanctioning body ink its landmark deal with CBS, a partnership that lasted two decades and began with what is inarguably Squier’s most famous moment: the finish of the very first CBS flag-to-flag live broadcast, the 1979 Daytona 500.

“And there’s a fight! Between Cale Yarborough and Donnie Allison, their tempers overflowing. They’re angry. They know they have lost. And what a bitter defeat.”

Squier never stopped running WDEV and its regional network, which his family still owns, and for decades, even as he jetted off to commentate Olympic speedskating or to shoot movie scenes with Burt Reynolds, he still found time to cohost a weekly WDEV show titled “Music to Go to the Dump By.” He never stopped doing whatever he could to keep up the health of grassroots racing in New England, even when he had become larger than racing life, especially his beloved Thunder Road Speedbowl, a quarter-mile hilltop oval in Barre, Vermont, that he founded more than 60 years ago.

“You would watch him on TV doing a race from Talladega on CBS with Dale Earnhardt battling Richard Petty and then three nights later he’d be with us doing public address at Thunder Road,” two-time Xfinity Series champ Randy Lajoie recalled at the NASCAR Hall of Fame standing next to Squier in 2013. “I would say, ‘Ken, you know you don’t have to slum it with us anymore,’ and he’d say, ‘I love it here. And you’ll be racing at Talladega with us soon enough.’ Damn if that wasn’t true. And I think he had a lot to do with people down there even knowing who I was.”

Squier was always scouting for and coaching up young talent, both on the racetrack and those talking about the racetrack. An endless roster of former and current motorsports broadcasters, from broadcast and cable TV to terrestrial and satellite radio, got their first breaks at one of his racetracks or radio stations. And no matter where any NASCAR media member comes from, anyone of a certain age with a media center credential has at least a few stories to tell about Ken Squier calling, writing a letter or pulling them behind a stack of tires in the garage with suggestions, advice and a bit of razor-edged New England criticism.

“Don’t settle for ordinary words of description when extraordinary words are available.”

“Connect the everyman with Superman and Superman with everyman.”

“Never forget, no matter how big it gets, above all else this sport is about common men doing uncommon things.”

From the movie “Stroker Ace”, Squier is flanked by Stroker (Burt Reynolds. left) and Lugs (Jim Nabors). [Hal Needham film image]

The last time I chatted with Squier in person, we talked about a column of mine he had just read and didn’t like. He told me that he didn’t agree with my premise, but he appreciated my passion. Then he noticed my ring, emblazoned with the red, white and blue shield of Captain America. He grabbed my hand and pointed at the emblem.

“Well, of course you like superheroes. We are surrounded by them every weekend at the racetrack.”

Yes, we are. And Ken Squier was one of them. The superhero of motorsports storytellers.

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RRDC members Anatoly Arutunoff, Bruce Foss and Vicki O’Connor are among the five-person 2024 SCCA Hall of Fame class which also includes Terry Ozment and Fred Wacker, Jr. The Induction Ceremony will be held Jan. 19, 2024, as part of the SCCA National Convention and will be streamed on the SCCA’s official Facebook page and YouTube channel.



To say Anatoly “Toly” Arutunoff is a racing renaissance man would be an understatement.

His exploits began with the SCCA membership he purchased for $25 when he bought his Porsche Carrera Speedster GS in 1958. He was in for life after purchasing a lifetime membership in late 1958 when the price went up to $120. The history from then is as amazing as it is crazy and includes everything from SCCA grids in the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s (including 19 Runoffs starts between his first Runoffs appearance in 1967 and his final Runoffs race in 1996), a couple Cannonball Runs, Pikes Peak Hill Climbs, and the very first One Lap of America, plus multiple stints in Italy’s Targa Florio, owning a Ferrari dealership, and so much more.

While Arutunoff earned SCCA’s H Production National Championship title and the Club’s President’s Cup in 1981 (that award likely coming due to his run from 11th on the grid to win the championship by more than eight seconds), his real impact to the SCCA comes in the form of a racetrack in Oklahoma – a 1.8-mile, 11-turn road course named Hallett Motor Racing Circuit. Arutunoff built the circuit with very little landscaping, which resulted in a course boasting 80 feet of elevation changes that could be run in both directions.

Hallett has become a mainstay of racing in the middle of America, hosting everything from IMSA, Trans Am, and the final Can-Am race in 1986. But mostly, Hallett is a club track designed for the amateur driver, and features as one of the mid-season races on the Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour schedule.

Arutunoff once said: “I’ve always told inquisitive folks that it’s the people the cars have brought that makes the Club; seeing people every several months at a race that would’ve been close friends if we lived, well, closer.”



The commitment Bruce Foss has to the SCCA is undeniable and has been ongoing for decades. Since 1984 when he initiated the development of Hoosier Tire’s sports car tire program, Foss has been an unwavering supporter of the Club, building both personal relationships with competitors across the United States and business relationships with the SCCA itself.

Thousands of SCCA drivers may not have achieved such a level of success without his dedication to developing tires to meet the requirements of their SCCA classes. It’s easy to say that SCCA competition programs from all levels would not have realized the strong growth they have enjoyed without Foss’s unwavering commitment.

Through the years, Foss has been instrumental in funding hundreds of thousands of dollars in contingency awards and free tire programs for SCCA members, making it possible for Club members to compete in even more events. He has also established a long-term partnership with SCCA in some of the Club’s most important programs, such as the Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour and a myriad of programs and classes like Spec Miata, Spec Racer Ford, and Formula Vee.

Foss is also on the Road Racing Drivers Club’s (RRDC) Mark Donohue Award selection committee, taking on the role of Membership Chairman, continuing to give back to the sport he loves.



Victoria “Vicki” O’Connor became involved in the SCCA in the 1960s when her husband, Bill, raced in Formula B. Hers was not an unusual introduction to the sport, but what she did next most certainly was.

Her motorsports career began with working for Carl Haas as his personal secretary. She was so effective that she became the natural choice to head up the Sports 2000 Racing Series. Based on that success, in the mid-1980s, SCCA Pro Racing asked her to organize and run a new series for Formula Atlantic on the East Coast to enhance the West Coast Atlantic Race series (WCAR), so O’Connor established the ProMotion Agency Ltd to run SCCA’s East Coast Atlantic Racing (ECAR) series.

Under O’Connor’s guidance, the ECAR series grew and prospered, attracting Toyota as the series sponsor and engine provider in 1989. This was the start of the hugely successful Toyota Atlantic Series. In 1991, WCAR was merged into ECAR, creating a national championship series – and O’Connor was tapped to head the organization. Also that year, Gerry Forsythe, one of CART’s founding members, bought ProMotion Agency Ltd., placing O’Connor and her staff into the CART organization.

From its SCCA roots, the series now gained prominence on a national stage.

In accepting the challenge, O’Connor helped design a hugely successful series that would launch drivers like Scott Goodyear, Dan Wheldon, James Hinchcliff, Danica Patrick, Graham Rahal, Simona de Silvestro, and more, into prominence.

There is so much that happens behind the scenes of a successful series that is integral to its success, from hiring staff, procuring insurance and contracts, arranging publicity, getting sponsors, developing schedules, securing contracts, overseeing advertising – the list is endless, and O’Connor did it all.



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Ryan Blaney prevailed in a four-car showdown for the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series Championship by finishing second overall in the season finale at Phoenix Raceway. Blaney’s title was the second consecutive Cup championship and fourth overall for Team Penske,

Of Blaney’s accomplishment, Team Penske Executive VP Walt Czarnecki said, “Clearly a breakthrough. It’s given him the self-confidence. I looked at something the other day that said he’s been in the final eight four times previously, but he never entered the last elimination race above the cutline. That happened this year.

“That was part of that confidence building. Of course, to win at Martinsville (the previous week) really put him over the top.”

Blaney’s achievement marks the 44th professional championship for Roger Penske’s organization.


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Fellow racers, have you watched onboard laps where the driver seems more interested in their steering wheel than where they’re going?

That’s because more tools than ever are now available to make set-up adjustments from inside the car to extract maximum performance.

In our latest video, topflight racers – Ricky Taylor, Renger van der Zande, Colin Braun, Pipo Derani, Tom Blomquist, Filipe Albuquerque and Louis Deletraz – explain how drivers can use this technology to help them win races.

This film is dedicated to SAFEisFAST’s Creative Director Tom Davey, who recently passed away. Tom was not only a fantastic racer, as a five-time SCCA National Champion, but also a passionate filmmaker and educator, creating motorsport TV programs for the likes of ESPN, Fox Sports, PBS and more.

His legacy will live on in the 100+ tutorials on Check them out!


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DARTFORD, Kent, UK (October 22, 2023) – Team USA Scholarship drivers Jack Sullivan and Ayrton Houk this afternoon were embroiled in the thick of the action during an enthralling 20-lap Grand Final to the 52nd annual BRSCC Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch. Sullivan ultimately finished ninth, moving up one position from the start, while Houk overtook fellow American Porter Aiken, the winner of the FRP F1600 Championship Series in North America, on the final lap to take 14th after starting 19th.

Jack Sullivan (right) and Ayrton Houk finished 9th and 14th respectively in Sunday’s 52nd running of the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch. [Gary Hawkins Photography image]

Englishman Rory Smith claimed his second Formula Ford Festival title for B-M Racing, narrowly ahead of teammate Jamie Sharp and Chris Middlehurst after a typically hard-fought race which also featured two-time winner Niall Murray, who took the lead on two different occasions before cruelly suffering an engine problem with just three laps remaining.

The day dawned in an entirely different fashion to the majority of the preceding week, with bright sunshine greeting the teams and drivers as they assembled at the historic Brands Hatch Circuit for Finals Day.

First order of the day was a pair of Semi Final races, the first of which saw Houk and Sullivan line up fourth and sixth on the grid respectively.

After the first two attempts at a start were aborted for various reasons, the race was shortened from 14 laps to nine. Unfortunately, not long after the green lights finally flickered on, Houk understeered through the gravel at Clearways and fell back to 13th on the opening lap. Sullivan, meanwhile, profited to run fifth, where he remained until the checkered flag. After a Safety Car period following an incident farther down the order, Houk recovered to finish 10th to ensure both young Americans qualified comfortably for the Grand Final later in the afternoon.

The 30 final protagonists treated an appreciative crowd, still basking in glorious sunshine, to one of the most memorable races in the event’s storied history. Smith, who started from the pole, traded places with Murray several times, including a spectacular move by Murray around the outside at the notorious Paddock Hill Bend, before misfortune struck.

A little way in arrears, Sullivan and Houk also were involved in fierce battles of their own. Sullivan maintained his position at the start and then scrapped for virtually the entirety of the race with British Formula Ford regulars Tom Nippers and Brandon McCaughan. Sullivan fought his way past Nippers on Lap Nine, but was unable to shake off McCaughan, who slipped through into eighth with just three laps remaining.

“What a race,” exclaimed Sullivan. “My first Formula Ford Festival is in the books, and I have to say that it was the most intense race I have ever taken part in. Coming from where we were on the test days, a ninth-place finish is phenomenal. After a solid getaway using an A-sharp engine note this time(!), I managed to hold onto my 10th place starting position, and after the first few laps, I finally found my groove and made a move for ninth. Unfortunately, in doing so, I lost the draft in front of me.

“I fought very hard for 15 laps and unfortunately lost ninth the place with three laps to go and ran out of laps to try and pass back. I’m super grateful for all the help the team has given me to bring me up to speed and for giving me such a great car here at the festival. I’d like to thank Jeremy Shaw, all of our Team USA partners and supporters, all of the Ammonite Team, and all of my family for their support and belief in me. I can’t wait for what the Walter Hayes Trophy has in store for us in just two weeks’ time.”

Houk was similarly busy in a tussle with the two Team Canada Scholarship cars of Logan Pacza and Alex Berg, who had started 11th and 13th, Aiken, who started 15th, and David MacArthur. Pacza edged Berg in a photo-finish for 12th, with Houk hot on their heels after sneaking ahead of Aiken on the final lap.

“The second lap of the Semi Final brought me a bit of a hiccup after going off in Clearways,” related Houk. “I knew that I was out of a transfer spot so I put my head down and drove back up to a transfer position of 10th. Coming into the Final I knew I would have a ton of work ahead of me starting in 19th. I was able to manage two or three passes off the start and spent most of my race battling in 16th, and coming down to the line I had my eyes set on a fellow American racer Porter Aiken. I was able to make a last lap move deep into Paddock Hill Bend to get alongside of him and finish the pass up the hill into Druids. Overall I had an amazing learning experience this week, racing close and hard with great talent and believe that my skill set has been amplified. I cannot wait to get back after it at Silverstone in the Walter Hayes Trophy.”
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DARTFORD, Kent, UK (October 20, 2023) – Three days of testing at the historic Brands Hatch Circuit are in the books. Now it’s time to go racing. For well over 50 drivers, including Team USA Scholarship representatives Ayrton Houk, 20, from McCordsville, Ind., and Jack Sullivan, 17, from Hamilton, Ohio, the 52nd annual BRSCC Formula Ford Festival officially kicks off on Saturday morning with qualifying for three 12-lap Heat races to set the grids for the Semi Final round on Sunday morning.

Ayrton Houk, 20, from McCordsville, Ind. (left), and Jack Sullivan, 17, from Hamilton, Ohio, to represent Team USA Scholarship at this weekend’s Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch. [Gary Hawkins Photography image]

Houk and Sullivan are following in some illustrious footsteps. The Team USA Scholarship is supported by a wide range of entities from the United States motorsports community, which has been providing opportunities for talented youngsters since 1990. Jimmy Vasser was the inaugural scholarship recipient, while reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Josef Newgarden was the first American to win the Formula Ford Festival – carrying Team USA’s distinctive patriotic colors – in 2008.

Rolex Watches: A Timeless Symbol of Elegance and Precision

When it comes to luxury timepieces, Rolex is a name that immediately conjures images of sophistication, precision, and timeless elegance. Since its inception, Rolex has maintained a reputation as a status symbol, revered for its exceptional craftsmanship and innovative design. In this article, we will explore the captivating world of Rolex watches, delving into their history, design elements, various collections, and their lasting influence on pop culture and the world of horology.

The History of Rolex Watches
Rolex was founded by Hans Wilsdorf in London in 1905, with the vision of creating wristwatches that were both reliable and elegant. The brand’s pioneering spirit led to several breakthroughs, including the development of the first waterproof wristwatch, the Rolex Oyster, in 1926. Rolex continued to push boundaries by introducing the world’s first self-winding movement, known as the Perpetual, in 1931. This innovation revolutionized the watch industry and set Rolex on a path to becoming a global icon.

Rolex’s Iconic Design Features
One of the key elements that set Rolex watches apart is their iconic design. Rolex timepieces are known for their distinctive Oyster case, cyclops lens for date magnification, and the famous Mercedes hands on the dial. These design elements have become synonymous with Rolex and are instantly recognizable to watch enthusiasts worldwide.

Materials and Craftsmanship
Rolex is renowned for its commitment to using only the finest materials. From the choice of premium stainless steel to precious metals like gold and platinum, Rolex ensures that every component is of the highest quality. The meticulous craftsmanship of Rolex watchmakers guarantees that each timepiece meets the brand’s stringent standards for precision and durability.

Rolex Watch Collections
The Rolex product lineup encompasses a wide range of models, each catering to a specific audience and purpose. From the enduringly popular Submariner, designed for diving enthusiasts, to the exquisite Day-Date, often referred to as the “President’s watch,” Rolex offers something for everyone. We will delve into the most notable collections and what makes each one unique.

Rolex and Pop Culture
Rolex watches have played a significant role in pop culture and have been worn by numerous celebrities, athletes, and influential figures. From James Bond’s iconic Rolex Submariner to the Rolex Daytona associated with legendary actor and racer Paul Newman, we’ll explore how these timepieces have left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry.

Investment Value of Rolex Watches
Beyond being luxurious accessories, Rolex watches have proven to be excellent investments. Many vintage Rolex watches have appreciated in value over the years, making them sought-after by collectors. We will discuss the factors that contribute to the investment value of Rolex timepieces.

The Rolex Experience
Owning a Rolex watch is not just about telling time; it’s about experiencing a piece of horological history. We’ll provide insight into what it feels like to own and wear a Rolex and why it’s considered a symbol of accomplishment and prestige.

Rolex vs. Competitors
In the world of luxury watches, Rolex faces competition from various high-end brands. We’ll compare Rolex to some of its top competitors, highlighting what sets Rolex apart in terms of innovation, craftsmanship, and design.

“I am very excited to kick off the 2023 Formula Ford Festival tomorrow morning here at Brands Hatch,” said Houk, who finished third in this year’s FRP F1600 Championship Series in the U.S. “Coming off of three solid days of testing I am confident and ready to see how Jack and I stack up against the field in qualifying.

“The past three days have been a great experience running in full wet, damp, drying and full dry and really getting to understand how the balance of the car changes for each. The track itself looks simple from the outside; however, it is quite tricky to drive as each corner presents unique challenges. Altogether, I have had a amazing time testing at this historic track and cannot wait to get racing in the next couple of days.”

“Testing was great,” added Sullivan, who took third in the FRP series in a car entered and prepared by himself and his father. “It was awesome to finally get on track at Brands Hatch and it was great to have had three days to get adjusted. It was a bit difficult to find pace at first but finally in the very last session I was able to find a good rhythm. I’m super excited for qualifying and the heat race tomorrow after the great finish to our Friday.

“My initial impression of Brands Hatch was the elevation of Paddock Hill Bend and Hailwood Hill. I don’t think pictures really can capture how steep the hill really is. When I hit the compression at the bottom of the hill, I feel my eye lids and cheeks being pushed down by the G-forces. With the rain, it becomes a whole different animal with Surtees and Clearways having absolutely no grip and to be fast, you have to be on the very outside of Clearways, just inches from the gravel trap. This place is just incredible.”

Houk and Sullivan will drive a pair of Ray Formula Ford cars run by the Ammonite Motorsport team. They are joined this weekend by a strong U.S. contingent, including teammates Nolan Allaer, who after running for the entire season in the UK, recently returned home to score a fine victory in the SCCA National Championship Runoffs at VIRginia International Raceway, and Hugh Esterson, whose brother Max carried Team USA colors in 2021 and last year returned to score a proud victory in the Formula Ford Festival. In addition, Festival veteran Jeremy Fairbairn has shown strong pace during the latter part of the UK season, while FRP champion Porter Aiken and 16-year-old Isaac Canto da Silva also will be making their UK debuts.

Sullivan has been drawn in Heat One and will be first onto the track tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. for qualifying. His Heat race is set to start at 11:40 a.m. Houk will venture out for Heat Two qualifying at 9:50, with his race due to start immediately after the lunch break at 12:55. The schedule is subject to change. The events will be live streamed on the BRSCC’s YouTube channel, Live timing will be available at

Both Team USA cars carry a “TD3″ decal in recognition of long-time Road Racing Drivers Club member and five-time SCCA National Champion Tom Davey, who passed away earlier this week at age 81. A staunch advocate of Formula Ford and the Team USA Scholarship, Davey, an accomplished writer and filmmaker, directed and produced the entire library of videos – a free online resource originated by Davey and fellow RRDC member Jim Mullen which has benefited countless aspiring racing champions over the past 12 years.

About Team USA Scholarship:
The program has been providing opportunities for talented American race car drivers at an early stage in their careers since 1990. Supporters include AERO ™ Sustainable Paint Technology, Doug Mockett & Company, the Road Racing Drivers Club and, Chip Ganassi Racing, The Stellrecht Company, Chris Locke, Josef Newgarden Racing, CoForce, Polecat Training Academy, PrattMiller, Dyson Racing, PitFit Training, RaceCraft1, Sparco USA, Speedstar Management and Styled Aesthetic. Previous scholarship winners include Jimmy Vasser, Bryan Herta, Jerry Nadeau, Buddy Rice, Andy Lally, Phil Giebler, A.J. Allmendinger, J.R. Hildebrand, Dane Cameron, Josef Newgarden, Conor Daly, Connor De Phillippi, Spencer Pigot, Trent Hindman, Tristan Nunez, Oliver Askew and Kyle Kirkwood.

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TOM DAVEY – 1942-2023

Tom Davey, a champion race driver whose day job as writer and filmmaker produced a body of work that has enriched motorsports for decades, passed away Tuesday morning at age 81. One of his proudest achievements has been the creative evolution of, launched by Jim Mullen in 2010 with grants by the FIA’s Institute for Motorsport Safety. Following several successful seminars, the RRDC committee – Mullen, John Fergus and Judy Stropus – decided to take the program to where the young drivers lived – online. Joining the enterprise in 2012, Davey brought his filmmaking skills and production values to bear to yield the encyclopedic storehouse of insider racing knowledge that is today’s SAVEisFAST.COM. With Jim Mullen’s guiding hand, it’s been Tom Davey’s gift to the industry. is the culmination of a career that produced some 200 motorsports TV programs, including the ESPN “Secrets of Speed” series and Fox Sports international weekly motorsports program “V-Max”. A sampling of Davey’s films is viewable on his Facebook page.

He was a five-time SCCA National Champion – winning twice in open-wheel cars and three times in GT machines. Davey also finished second in Formula Ford and third in S-2000 at the SCCA runoffs. He won the North American Pro Formula Ford Championship, was runner-up in the World Super Vee Championship, finished third in the Pro Super Vee Championship Series and third in the World Formula Vee Championship. An occasional endurance driver, he scored GT class victories at Sebring and Watkins Glen and participated three times in the Baja 1000.

Davey could be grumpy, whimsical, was definitely opinionated, often acerbic with a biting wit. He nonetheless was mostly spot on, and that showed up in his creative output. And speaking of whimsy, how many of you still have “The Amazing Shiftomatic” sitting on a bookshelf?

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Connie Nyholm, first recipient of the PMH Trailblazer Award, with PMH President Tony Parella. [VIR image]

Parella Motorsports Holdings (PMH) named Connie Nyholm, majority owner and CEO of VIRginia International Raceway (VIR), the inaugural winner of the PMH Trailblazer Award as reported by The presentation took place during a Women in Motorsports North America (WIMNA) Fundraising Dinner at the VIR SpeedTour on Saturday night. The newly established award recognizes individuals who have made a significant and lasting impact in motorsports.

“We’re very excited to launch this award, and proud to recognize Connie as the first recipient,” said Tony Parella, CEO of PMH. “She’s had such a profound impact in motorsports — creating the concept of a motorsports resort, revitalizing VIR to bring road racing back to southern Virginia, and being another example of a woman in motorsports who is helping to raise the bar. She perfectly embodies what the PMH Trailblazer Award looks to recognize.”

The PMH Trailblazer Award recognizes someone who challenges the status quo and forges their own path to success while opening up opportunities for other people. Nyholm has done exactly that.

Nyholm was self-employed with a commercial real estate firm in New York City when she was presented with the opportunity to revive VIR in the late 1990s. Repaving the historic circuit that originally opened in 1957 and adding a variety of activity, lodging and dining options, Nyholm and business partner Harvey Siegel turned VIR into America’s first “motorsports resort.” Attracting top professional sports car and motorcycle racing series within two years of the circuit reopening, Nyholm has continued to lead the charge while also pushing the envelope of how a racetrack is viewed.

In 2014, she became one of the only female majority owners of a racetrack in America. Under her guidance, the track has received international acclaim as one of the world’s most beautiful and challenging circuits.

“The Trailblazer Award was completely unexpected and very much appreciated,” said Nyholm after the event. “Tony doesn’t strike me as someone who recognizes others casually. When [he] says something, it is well thought out, heartfelt and sincere. It meant a lot.”



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Fifteen drivers represented the RRDC at the 60th SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Virginia International Raceway owned by club member Connie Nyholm, Sep. 29 through Oct 3.

Andrew Aquilante hammers the curbs on his way to his 14th National Championship. [Jeff Loewe image]

It was oddly overcast Sep 25-28 – the four days of practice/qualifying – looking more like the Pacific NW than southern Virginia. The weather improved for the 24 Friday through Sunday 15 lappers that crowned the latest crop of SCCA champions. Results varied for RRDC members, but three won from pole in stelar fashion: Andrew Aquilante, Calvin Stewart and Tony Ave.

Aquilante led the Phoenix phalanx in his Touring 1 Mustang, nabbing his 14th gold medal from pole in dominating fashion, leading flag-to-flag. His margin of victory was a steadily growing 13.359 seconds. As usual, there were seven of Andrew’s uncle Joe Aquilante’s Phoenix Performance-prepared racecars on the grounds: several did not start for various reasons – wrecks, driver health including Joe, who suffered a back injury early in the week. Aquilante’s daughters Amy and Beth finished 3rd for the bronze medal and 5th, respectively in American Sedan.

An ebullient Calvin Stewart won his 2nd title. [Kristen Poole image]

Calvin Stewart bested a 3-car scrum to score his second national title. The 2015 Mark Donohue Award winner, led the Formula 600 field to the green flag in one of the 15-lap race’s calmer moments. After countless lead changes, Stewart edged his Novakar J10 Suzuki to the point in final half mile to eke out a 0.112 second victory.

Tony Ave won his 4th title in this Acura RSX, his favorite racecar. [Jay Bonvouloir image]

Tony Ave brought an ambitious program to VIR, fielding cars in four classes: GT2, GT3, Prototype 2 and Touring 1. Tony successfully defended his GT3 championship with a resounding 20-plus victory from pole in his Acura RSX, leading every lap. It was his fourth gold medal. Ave also posted solid 4th place finish in both P2 and T1. He started GT2 from the outside pole but retired after 10 laps.

Jason Ott, defending champion in Touring 3, was nipped by his younger brother Steve by 0.333 seconds for the 2023 title, both in Alpine Motorsports BMW Z4s.

Jason Ott hugs brother Steve. [Kristen Poole image]

Steve Sargis started his Triumph Spitfire from the outside pole in H Production; and try as he might, the 9-time National

Champion could not run down pole-sitter Chris Schaafsma, settling for second and his 22nd Runoffs podium finish.

John Heinricy brought a brand-new Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing to the Touring 2 show. Although prepared by Phoenix Performance the new car was forced to run in virtually stock configuration. Sixteen-time champion Heinricy, soldiered the big and heavy Caddy to a fourth on the grid and was battling for third at the checkered flag.

Five-time and defending GT-Lite champion Peter Shadowen started his Honda CRX from pole but had slipped to fourth at the finish.

Tim Minor put his Citation FF2000 on the outside front row but wound up third, taking the bronze medal in Formula Continental behind the family Allaers. Further back, Michael Varacins was 8th right ahead of Kevin Fandozzi.

Rob Hines had an up-and-down week, qualifying a stout 4th in Spec Miata before getting knocked off the road several times and falling to 47th. Rob also qualified 4th in Touring 3 and finished 6th.

Bill King flags off the SFR3’s 40th anniversary championship race. [Jeff Loewe image]

James Goughary qualified mid-pack (15th) in Spec Racer Ford Gen3, winding up 11th. This being the 40th anniversary season for the Spec Racers who started life as Sports Renault in 1983, the program’s original manager Bill King was the honorary starter for the race.

Two-time Formula V national champion, Stevan Davis started 19th and finished 12th.

Andy McDermid, eight-time American Sedan national champion, broke his Mustang on the pace lap.

Both Pete Peterson (GT2) and Joe Aquilante (GT1) did not start, Aquilante due to an injured back.

Boris Said’s 17-year-old son Boris Said, Jr., started the Spec Miata championship race 25th and carved his was up to respectable 14th at the checkered flag some 10 seconds behind the winning pair as there was the first dead-heat finish in Runoffs history.


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Team USA Scholarship has chosen a pair of young racers for the annual foray to the UK to compete in the 52nd Formula Ford Festival at Brand Hatch, Oct 21-22, and the 23rd Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone, Nov 4-5.

Ayrton Houk and Jack Sullivan will follow in some illustrious footsteps during the next few weeks as they fly the distinctive and patriotic red-white-and-blue Team USA Scholarship colors. They are the latest pair of talented young American race car drivers to be selected for the program, joining the likes of Jimmy Vasser and Bryan Herta, who were the first two Team USA Scholarship recipients in 1990 and 1991 respectively, and this year’s Indianapolis 500 champion Josef Newgarden, whose rise to the top of the North American racing ladder as a two-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion included claiming a Team USA Scholarship – and a Formula Ford Festival victory – in 2008.

Houk (above left), 20, from McCordsville, Ind., and Sullivan, 17, from Hamilton, Ohio, earned the opportunity following a recent shootout at the Polecat Training Center facility in Lynchburg, Tenn. Both have been leading contenders in this year’s FRP Formula 1600 Championship Series. They were joined at the shootout by Elliott Budzinski, 21, from Ann Arbor, Mich., and Jason Pribyl, 18, from Glenview, Ill. [Team USA Scholarship images]

“Every year our team USA candidates are strong, and it makes the decision making extremely tough,” said 1999 Team USA Scholarship winner Andy Lally, who headed the judging panel alongside 1993 scholarship recipient Jerry Nadeau, accomplished sports car-turned-sprint car racer Sean Rayhall and Polecat Training Center principals Paul Arnold, JR Speight and Rafe Baskin.

“This year, however the lap times were so tight and the sessions so closely fought out in both wet, damp and dry conditions that we had to go deeper and deeper into what potentially separates each of these drivers. We ended up taking into consideration many other factors, and it was still a close and divided vote. I know every single one of the candidates that we tested would do a fine job representing Team USA; but in the end, we can only pick two. I cannot wait to see how these young drivers perform and I know all four have potentially amazing futures ahead of them.”

Houk and Sullivan recently have begun preparations for an extended stay in England with three days of simulation training with Kelly Jones at RaceCraft1’s impressive new facility at the SILO Auto Club and Conservancy in Indianapolis, Ind., where they were joined for one day by accomplished INDYCAR and sports car driver Ed Jones.

“Having the opportunity to train at RaceCraft1 was extremely helpful in learning the track layouts with the help and coaching provided by Kelly Jones,” said Houk (pronounced “Howk”). “Also, being able to drive with Jack Sullivan as a teammate and noticing each other’s driving tactics was great to learn and will definitely be beneficial for racing as teammates in the near future.”

Houk and Sullivan will head to England later this week to begin on extensive testing program with Ammonite Motorsport in readiness for the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch on October 21/22 and the Walter Hayes Trophy event at Silverstone on November 4/5.

“I am honored to be added to the extremely talented roster of scholarship winners that Team USA has built over the years,” added Houk. I am also looking forward to traveling overseas for the first time using our jet card from Jettly and racing with the level of talent that the UK has to offer while also gaining immense knowledge and valuable experience from this opportunity.”

“I’m deeply honored and extremely grateful to be selected to represent the United States and to join the long list of successful Team USA Scholarship alumni,” said Sullivan. “It’s a truly incredible opportunity to further my racing career and I can’t wait for what lies ahead in the next few weeks.

“This opportunity will bring a lot of learning experiences on and off track and allow me to take a glimpse into what the life of a professional racecar driver looks like. I will get to explore a whole new world of racing, competing at iconic tracks, racing against new competitors, and running for a professional team for the first time. With all of the new connections and international exposure, I will be able to build up my value and enhance my marketing skills to help me step up through the ranks. I would like to thank Jeremy Shaw, all of the judges, and all of the partners and sponsors who make the Team USA Scholarship possible.”

About Team USA Scholarship:
The program has been providing opportunities for talented American race car drivers at an early stage in their careers since 1990. Supporters include AERO ™ Sustainable Paint Technology, Doug Mockett & Company, the Road Racing Drivers Club and, Chip Ganassi Racing, The Stellrecht Company, Chris Locke, Josef Newgarden Racing, CoForce, Polecat Training Academy, PrattMiller, Dyson Racing, PitFit Training, RaceCraft1, Sparco USA, Speedstar Management and Styled Aesthetic. Previous scholarship winners include Jimmy Vasser, Bryan Herta, Jerry Nadeau, Buddy Rice, Andy Lally, Phil Giebler, A.J. Allmendinger, J.R. Hildebrand, Dane Cameron, Josef Newgarden, Conor Daly, Connor De Phillippi, Spencer Pigot, Trent Hindman, Tristan Nunez, Oliver Askew and Kyle Kirkwood.



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Janet Guthrie has been selected as the recipient of the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR. Guthrie will be recognized along with the Class of 2024 electees at the NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Jan. 19 in Charlotte.

Guthrie broke barriers in the sport and was the first woman to find success in NASCAR’s modern era. She was the first woman to compete in the Daytona 500 in 1977, the same year that she drove in her first Indianapolis 500. Guthrie was also the first woman to lead a lap in the Cup Series, and she finished among the top 10 five times in her 33 starts.

Foolproof Methods to Pass a Urine Drug Test

Ceasing Cannabis Use: The most effective way to reduce the detection window is by abstaining from cannabis consumption. By allowing your body time to metabolize and eliminate any stored THC, you increase your chances of passing a urine drug test sooner Homepage

Hydration and Exercise: Staying hydrated and engaging in regular physical activity can also aid in speeding up the elimination process. Drinking plenty of water helps flush out toxins while exercise helps burn fat cells where THC metabolites tend to accumulate.

Dietary Considerations: Certain foods and beverages may have properties that support detoxification processes in the body. Including items like green tea, fruits rich in antioxidants, and foods high in fiber can potentially assist in clearing THC metabolites more efficiently.

It’s important to note that while these methods may help shorten the detection window, they are not foolproof guarantees for passing a urine drug test within a specific timeframe. Individual factors still play a significant role, and it’s advisable to consult with healthcare professionals or experts for personalized advice.



The August 3rd edition of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Race News was dedicated to 2018 PPIHC Hall of Famer Jeff Zwart, who is a spokesman and mentor for the event. Check it out here.

Semenax Effectiveness in Improving Male Health

Influential factors affecting duration of effects

Several factors come into play when considering how long the effects of using Semenax will last:

Dosage: The recommended dosage plays a crucial role in determining the duration of effects. Following the suggested guidelines ensures optimal results browse this site

Consistency: Regular and consistent use of Semenax can maximize its benefits. Sticking to a routine helps maintain the desired effects over an extended period.

Overall health: A person’s overall health, including physical fitness and lifestyle choices, can impact how long Semenax’s effects last. Leading a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition and exercise can contribute to better results.

Metabolism: Individual variations in metabolism affect how quickly the body processes and utilizes the ingredients in Semenax. This, in turn, influences the duration of its effects.

By considering these factors, individuals can gain a better understanding of how long they may expect the effects of Semenax to last based on their unique circumstances.

Long-term benefits associated with consistent use

Apart from short-term effects, there is also evidence suggesting potential long-term benefits associated with consistent use of Semenax. While more research is needed to establish conclusive findings, some men report improved sexual function, increased fertility potential, and enhanced overall sexual well-being through prolonged usage.

It’s important to note that individual experiences may vary. However, maintaining a healthy lifestyle alongside regular supplementation might contribute positively to achieving sustained improvements in male sexual health.

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Beth Paretta has been named Grand Marshal for the FCP Euro Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park, July 21-22. Paretta is the owner/founder/Team Principal of Paretta Autosport which fields a women-driven entry in the NTT IndyCar Series. As such, she will also host the Women in Motorsports North America “Power Hour” reception on the circuit’s Sam Posey Straight on Friday, June 21, to showcase the accomplishments of women throughout motorsports – drivers, engineers, mechanics and team managers.

The WIMNA group is comprised of professionals dedicated to supporting and creating opportunities for women in all disciplines of motorsport by creating an inclusive environment that fosters mentorship, advocacy, education and growth.

“I hope this event inspires the next generation of female racers and industry professionals,” Paretta stated. She knows the paths to success are manageable, coming from a rich industry background that includes stints with Volkswagen and Aston Martin. She spearheaded the marketing and operations for the SRT performance brand and the championship-winning SRT Motorsports programs for Fiat Chrysler.



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Adrian Newey was on the Canadian Grand Prix podium at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal Sunday for Red Bull’s 100th Formula One victory. Not coincidently, it was Newey’s 200th career win for F1 cars that he has designed at McLaren, Williams, Torro Roso and Red Bull. The RRDC member is arguably one of the most brilliant racecar designers ever, in company with Colin Chapman and John Barnhard. His current Red Bull RB 19 has so far won all seven 2023 F1 races, an eighth straight including the final race of last season.

In all, Newey’s designs have won 11 F1 Constructors’ Championships with three different teams, plus a total of seven World Drivers’ titles. He came to Red Bull in 2006, his cars winning the F1 drivers’ and constructors’ championships consecutively from 2010 to 2013, the drivers’ championship in 2021 and both championships in 2022. Newey’s designs also won the 1985 and 1986 CART titles.


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Hurley Haywood will serve as the Grand Marshal of the 2023 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo. Haywood will make a demonstration run up the mountain in a Taycan Cross Turismo Turbo S on Sunday, June 25. 

David Donohue looks to repeat his 2022 class win. [Rob Hutton image]

“Few names have made their mark on American motorsports the way that Hurley Haywood has,” said Melissa Eickhoff, PPIHC Executive Director. “We’re thrilled to have him take part in this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb as Grand Marshal, and can’t wait to see him head up the mountain to kick off this year’s race day.”

The #59 Brumos Porsche colors that Haywood helped make famous over more than four decades of racing will be present in the race as well, with David Donohue once again competing in a Porsche GT2 RS Clubsport in hopes of setting a new Time Attack 1 record.

“With all the success that Porsche has had on Pikes Peak and with David Donohue running a Brumos car again, I’m super excited to be part of the event. I look forward to seeing you all in June!” said Haywood.



The Sixth Annual Philadelphia Concours D’Elegance on June 23-24 will celebrate the Porsche marque’s 75th anniversary this year with a special panel discussion during the Concours on Saturday, June 24, at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia. Panelists Jack Atkinson, Prescott Kelly and John “Woody” Woodward will be joined by Hurley Haywood and David Donohue by video from Pikes Peak and by Alwin Springer.



Porsche Motorsport North America’s first CEO Alwin Springer with share Grand Marshal duties with longtime Porsche factory driver Patrick Long for the Porsche Rennsport Reunion 7 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca the weekend of Sept. 28 – Oct. 1.

Patrick Long (left) and Alwin Springer at the unpackaging of Preston Henn’s Porsche 935, winner of the 1983 24 Hours of Daytona. [PCNA image]

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From a career as a professional race car driver to his service as a United States Capitol Police (USCP) officer, Howard “Howie” Liebengood was a quiet, effective leader who exhibited outstanding personal character and strong moral fiber in all situations. He protected the U.S. Capitol during the January 6, 2021, attack, and died by suicide after several days of sleep deprivation and nonstop work protecting an institution that meant so much to him.

Liebengood’s widow, Dr. Serena McClam Liebengood, has established the Howie Liebengood Memorial Scholarship Endowment to honor his memory and support one or more annual scholarships for students enrolled in Purdue’s College of Liberal Arts. Reflecting Howie Liebengood’s own personal values, recipients of the scholarship will be chosen based on their demonstrated honesty and integrity, as well as their outstanding personal character and strong moral fiber.

Foolproof Methods to Pass a Urine Drug Test

Ceasing Cannabis Use: The most effective way to reduce the detection window is by abstaining from cannabis consumption. By allowing your body time to metabolize and eliminate any stored THC, you increase your chances of passing a urine drug test sooner Homepage

Hydration and Exercise: Staying hydrated and engaging in regular physical activity can also aid in speeding up the elimination process. Drinking plenty of water helps flush out toxins while exercise helps burn fat cells where THC metabolites tend to accumulate.

Dietary Considerations: Certain foods and beverages may have properties that support detoxification processes in the body. Including items like green tea, fruits rich in antioxidants, and foods high in fiber can potentially assist in clearing THC metabolites more efficiently.

It’s important to note that while these methods may help shorten the detection window, they are not foolproof guarantees for passing a urine drug test within a specific timeframe. Individual factors still play a significant role, and it’s advisable to consult with healthcare professionals or experts for personalized advice.

Liebengood has received numerous honors, both during his remarkable life and posthumously. Click here to read the entire Howie Liebengood Memorial Scholarship Endowment citation.

To make a gift in memory of Howie Liebengood, please click here.

Side Effects of Semenax and Safety Considerations

Dosage: The recommended dosage plays a crucial role in determining the duration of effects. Following the suggested guidelines ensures optimal results browse this site

Consistency: Regular and consistent use of Semenax can maximize its benefits. Sticking to a routine helps maintain the desired effects over an extended period.

Overall health: A person’s overall health, including physical fitness and lifestyle choices, can impact how long Semenax’s effects last. Leading a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition and exercise can contribute to better results.

Metabolism: Individual variations in metabolism affect how quickly the body processes and utilizes the ingredients in Semenax. This, in turn, influences the duration of its effects.

By considering these factors, individuals can gain a better understanding of how long they may expect the effects of Semenax to last based on their unique circumstances.

Long-term benefits associated with consistent use

Apart from short-term effects, there is also evidence suggesting potential long-term benefits associated with consistent use of Semenax. While more research is needed to establish conclusive findings, some men report improved sexual function, increased fertility potential, and enhanced overall sexual well-being through prolonged usage.

It’s important to note that individual experiences may vary. However, maintaining a healthy lifestyle alongside regular supplementation might contribute positively to achieving sustained improvements in male sexual health.


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For the first time ever a racing organization won both the Indianapolis 500 and the World 600 on a Memorial Day weekend. Fittingly that organization was Team Penske which won a thrilling Indy 500 for a record-extending 19th time on Sunday and followed with a convincing victory Monday in the rain-delayed Coca-Cola 600.

Roger Penske’s characteristic competitiveness shown through on the Indy victory stand. “I think the last two laps, I forgot about being the track owner and just said, ‘Go for it!’” he told an NBC television audience and the four-hundred thousand fans crowded into the venue he’d purchased from the Hulman-George family a little over three years ago.

“After you’ve been on your face for three or four years here in qualify8ing, I can tell you it was nice to see. We won nine races last year, won the championship, and yet we qualified in the back-half of the (Indy 500) field. The guys had worked so hard, and there’s guys that had had better ideas than us. We’ve just got to figure out how to find out what that magic is so we can be out front from the beginning.”

Josef Newgarden always wanted to win the Indy 500 and celebrate his victory with the fans. Last Sunday he did both. [Justin Casterline/Getty Images]

Then on Monday, Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney turned in a strong drive to win the rain-delayed Coca-Cola at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Blaney took a page from the Newgarden book and went into the stands to greet fans and to give away the checkered flag, a personal tradition.

The only other racing organization to come close to a Memorial weekend sweep is Chip Ganassi Racing in 2010 when Dario Franchitti won the Indy 500 with Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing’s Jamie McMurray finishing runner-up to World 600 victor Kurt Busch, oddly enough Team Penske’s only 600 victory before Blaney’s.

[Front page image by Rusty Jarrett, Motorsport Images]

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Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing limped away from the Memorial Day weekend at Indianapolis with a solid determination to come back from an uncharacteristic flop – only one of the 4-car team managed to qualify. Marshall Pruett posted an in-depth review of the team’s performance by Bobby Rahal who voiced a total commitment to right the ship. Here’s the full text of the interview from

[Front page image by Paul Hurley, Penske Entertainment]

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In ceremonies at the Indiana Roof Ballroom this May 26, Tim Cindric and Tony George will be formally inducted into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame.

TIM CINDRIC: Tim Cindric currently serves as President of Team Penske. Cindric has overall management responsibility for Team Penske’s racing operations which includes teams competing in the NTT IndyCar Series, the NASCAR Cup Series, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and the World Endurance Championship.

Cindric grew up working with his father, Carl, who was an IndyCar engine builder for IMS Hall of Fame member Herb Porter. A basketball standout and a Hall of Fame member of Pike High School (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, where he recently received an honorary doctorate in engineering after graduating in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

After graduation, Cindric began his career with the TrueSports IndyCar team as a design engineer, then served as Team Manager for Team Rahal prior to joining the Penske organization as President in the fall of 1999. His 24-year career with Team Penske consists of more than 375 victories and 27 championships. His successes at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway include eight Indianapolis 500 wins, eight IndyCar victories at the IMS Road Course, a Brickyard 400 win, and two NASCAR Xfinity Series victories.  

In addition, Cindric served as race strategist for Helio Castroneves’s first three Indianapolis 500 wins and currently serves in this capacity for the No. 2 Team Penske Chevrolet, driven by Josef Newgarden, the two-time INDYCAR SERIES champion.

Cindric is the 30th RRDC member to be inducted into the IMS Hall of Fame.

TONY GEORGE: Tony George began his tenure as President and CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation in 1989, continuing the work his grandfather, Anton “Tony” Hulman, Jr, started when he purchased the Speedway at the end of World War II. He served in this role until 2009. George joins his grandfather, grandmother, Mary Fendrich Hulman, and his mother, Mari Hulman George, in the Hall of Fame.

Under George’s leadership, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway underwent significant changes. Before George assumed the role, the Speedway traditionally only had one race, Indianapolis 500. Determined to bring more events and different racing styles to the Speedway, George announced the addition of a NASCAR race, The Brickyard 400, which debuted in 1994.

Continuing to grow the events and programming, George also helped bring Formula One back to the United States by hosting the United States Grand Prix in 2000, which ran through the 2007 season. Hosting the Formula One race involved the construction of the road course inside the oval. The road course was also the home to the MotoGP event, held from 2008 through 2015. The road course continues to be used for IndyCar and NASCAR events, among others, throughout the racing season.

George also oversaw the construction of the current iteration of the Pagoda at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Pagoda has nine tiers and reaches a height of 153 feet, equal to a 13-story building. The Pagoda has state-of-the-art facilities for race control, safety, timing and scoring, and radio broadcast booths. In addition to the Pagoda, the media center was constructed, and the tower terraces were rebuilt along with the suites behind Tower Terrace south. All of these new elements were designed to serve the Indianapolis 500 and other racing events that take place through the course of the year. 

George has made a lasting impact on the sport of racing outside of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. With a desire to improve the safety conditions for drivers, George enlisted the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to develop a new wall barrier for race tracks to reduce driver impact. The Steel and Foam Energy Reduction Barrier (SAFER Barrier) was installed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2002. The technology is still used and installed in numerous other racetracks. 


Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Class of 2023 Induction Ceremony and Dinner Presented by Shell


May 26, 2023

6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.


Indiana Roof Ballroom

140 West Washington Street

Indianapolis, Indiana USA



Individual: $250.00; Table $2000; VIP Table $5000.




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Brian Redman and David Hobbs are among the members of the 2023 class of inductees into the British Sports Car Hall of Fame. Another 2023 inductee is RRDC member in memoriam Brian Fuerstenau. Here are the RRDC member bios for the class of 2023:

Brian Redman – Brian Redman has been a Champion on three Continents in everything from Morris Minors, to Jaguar E-types to Ford GTs and Lola Formula Cars and Sports Cars. An incredible record of achievement, many at the wheel of famous British-built cars. Today, Brian helps new generations enjoy the thrills of racing with his Targa 66 organization. A true Gentleman and an incredible Ambassador for Motorsport.

David Hobbs – Though most recently known for his entertaining and insightful race coverage, and his success as an Ohio Honda dealer, his career as an international racing driver spanned 30 years at all levels including championships in in sports cars, touring cars, Formula 5000 cars, Indy cars, IMSA, Can-Am and Formula One, mostly all at the wheel of British made cars.

Brian Fuerstenau – Fuerstenau teamed up with Bob Tullius in 1964 to form Group 44, one of the most remarkably successful team in Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) competitions. Brian won an SCCA National Championship in F Production in 1965 driving a Triumph TR-3, and in F Production in 1968, diving a Triumph Spitfire. His third and last championship was in 1973, in E Production at the wheel of a Triumph Spitfire. He was a master mechanic as well as a driver for the Group 44 team. In their twenty-five years of competition Group 44’s drivers won 14 SCCA National Championships, three Trans-Am championships and 11 IMSA GTP races, all with Brian as their chief mechanic.

Other 2023 inductees include Mark Bradakis, Syd Enever, Lawton “Lanky” Foushee and Burt Levey.

Eleven other RRDC members are currently in the BSCHoF: Tony Adamowicz, Mike Dale, Kas Kastner, Sir Stirling Moss and Bob Tullius (from the 2017 inaugural class); Joe Huffaker and Carroll Shelby (2018); Paul Newman and Denise McCluggage (2019); and Ken Miles and Sir Jackie Stewart (2021). There was no 2020 class.

The British Sports Car Hall of Fame was established as an independent entity in 2016 to preserve and perpetuate the legacy and impact of these legendary vehicles and to honor the men and women responsible for their success. Induction into the Hall of Fame is reserved for those who have made a significant and lasting impact on the British sports car industry and hobby, making it a singular honor for a lifetime of achievement.

Induction ceremonies for the 2023 class will take place at Road America Raceway in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, on July 13th, prior to The WeatherTech International Challenge with Brian Redman for vintage/historic cars.

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The SAFEisFAST gurus have pieced together snippets from the archives into a fascinating teaser for the 2023 season. This “Best of…” clip includes jewels from Mario Andretti, Fernando Alonso, Roger Penske, Juan-Pablo Montoya and many others. It’s a must-watch summary of what SAFEisFAST is all about.

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Racemaker Press has announced that “The Green Flag; Just a Bloke’s Story” – written by Barry Green in partnership with renowned author Gordon Kirby – is now available at

“The Green Flag” is a hard-backed volume filling 266 pages with more than 150 photos and a comprehensive listing of Green’s career record. The book retails for $95.00 and is available at

“The Green Flag” covers Barry Green’s life growing up in Australia and his early racing efforts aboard his own Formula Fords in Australia and Formula 3 cars in Europe. Green and his wife Jeanne then moved to the United States, where he became a successful Can-Am and Indy Car team manager and owner.

Over 23 years, from 1980-2002, Green’s cars won six Can-Am races and 47 Indy Car races, including two, and some say three, Indy 500s. He worked with a series of great drivers, including Teo Fabi, Bobby Rahal, Danny Sullivan, Michael Andretti, Al Unser Jr., Jacques Villeneuve, Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy, as well as brilliant designers such as Adrian Newey and Tony Cicale, and a long list of tremendously skilled and motivated mechanics and crewmen.

Green and Kirby tell Green’s story with the generous help of these great drivers, engineers and crewmen.

Here are a few selected words from four great drivers who drove for Green’s teams at various stages of his career:

Michael Andretti: “I always liked Barry and loved working with him. I think his biggest strength is that he’s a real people person and everyone loves him. People really liked him and wanted to work for him.”

Al Unser Jr.: “I would put Barry at number one of all the team managers I worked with in my career. Barry was really good at making sure everyone was happy and all the cars were treated equally. That’s a special talent.”

Dario Franchitti: “Team Kool Green was a great team and Barry was always easy to deal with. If he had a problem, he came straight to you to discuss it. I was unbelievably fortunate to have Barry as a team boss at that stage of my career.”

Paul Tracy: “I liked Barry a lot. He always had my back and would tell me when I made a mistake. We always had a very honest and open relationship.”

Paul Tracey (left) Team Kool Green’s “green” man with Dario Franchitti (Right) the squad’s “blue” man. [CRASH image]

On his experience writing “The Green Flag,” Green commented, “There are many people to thank for helping me with this book and I have to start with my friend, Gordon Kirby. Over many years Gordon had stood on the sidelines doing his job as a motorsports correspondent at most of the race events that my team participated in. He was brilliant at his job. It also helped greatly that he had crossed paths with almost everyone else who helped with the book He loved the sport of motor racing as much as anyone out there.

“I also have to thank his boss, and publisher, Joe Freeman and Racemaker Press, who would make all final decisions with this book and believed in Gordon enough to publish it.”



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LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 14, 2023) – The April 13 RRDC Evening with Jacky Ickx Presented by Firestone was filled with amusing racing stories, heartfelt emotions, mutual respect and even a few manly hugs as the Belgian driver who’s won six times at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and eight times on the Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit was honored by the Road Racing Drivers Club.

In front of a capacity crowd of auto racing dignitaries, corporate executives and champion race-car drivers, the 13th annual banquet celebrating the legends of motorsport was held at the Long Beach Hilton Hotel prior to the running of the 48th Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

In attendance were representatives from the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship and other vintage, amateur and semi-professional series.

The event honors auto racing’s most influential leaders, which have included Dan Gurney, Parnelli Jones, Roger Penske, Jim Hall, Brian Redman, Mario Andretti, Bobby Unser, George Follmer, Emerson Fittipaldi, Johnny Rutherford, David Hobbs and Rick Mears.

Andretti, who co-drove with Ickx to four sports-car racing wins, was in attendance to help recognize the newest member of this elite group. Derek Bell, who shared three 24 Hours of Le Mans victories with Ickx, took the stage alongside Ickx to honor his former teammate.

RRDC President Bobby Rahal recognized event sponsors Firestone, Lexus Racing, Doug Mockett & Company, Jimmy Vasser’s V12 Vineyards, Jeff O’Neill’s O’Neill Wines, and Chris Locke’s Checkered Past Productions.

Representing Firestone Racing, which has been the presenting sponsor of the RRDC “Evenings” for 12 years, Lisa Boggs, Director, Bridgestone Americas Motorsports, said, “On behalf of all of us at Bridgestone-Firestone, my wonderful group of teammates and colleagues here, we’re honored to be continuing to sponsor this event. We don’t take this lightly. This is an incredibly successful event, thanks to Bobby, and Jeremy Shaw and Tamy Valkosky, who put in countless hours of work to make sure that this is the don’t-miss event of the season.

[Albert Wong image]

“What an honor it is this year to honor Jacky Ickx, the legendary driver. When it comes to Firestone still being in motorsports, it’s because of legendary, versatile drivers like Jacky. That’s the reason that we’re still here and so glad to still see our name on race cars. Congratulations.”

Bob and Pam Funari, local car enthusiasts and members of the Grand Prix Foundation, displayed in front of the hotel a recreation of the Ford GT40 (right) with which Ickx claimed his first Le Mans victory in 1969.

A short video written and voiced by NBC Sports TV commentator Leigh Diffey chronicled Ickx’s career, saying, “His six overall victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans stood as a beacon of greatness for a quarter of a century, a mark seemingly unachievable. Three of those wins came with his RRDC teammate Derek Bell. These two were like the Batman and Robin of sports-car racing.”

In another video, Ickx’s fellow racer Brian Redman recalled the challenging yet humorous adventures of competing with and against each other.

Rahal then attempted to interview Ickx in the style of “Late Night with David Letterman,” but Ickx (below) opted to stand alone to present his own stirring, touching and inspiring soliloquy on the mindset of a champion driver.

[Albert Wong image]

Bell was then invited to share the stage and stories of his and Ickx’s dynamic co-driving stints during their three 24 Hours of Le Mans wins. Ickx playfully sat on the arm of Bell’s chair and hugged his friend and colleague, to everyone’s enjoyment. This was not your ordinary interview.

“When Jacky agreed to come tonight, I have to tell you, I was thrilled,” said Rahal, “because as a kid, a teenager in the ’60s this guy was the guy. He was the man, and he was so young at the time. He is truly one of auto racing’s all-time great all-rounders. Welcome, Jacky, and thank you for traveling all this way from Europe to join us.”

Said Bell, “Jacky made a great impression on my life. I wouldn’t say that I’m in any way similar to what he was but he certainly taught me a lot of things. It was like having a mentor to guide you and I think a lot of other drivers as well.”

A toast to the honoree (l to r): Derek Bell, Jacky Ickx, Mario Andretti and Bobby Rahal. [Albert Wong image]

At the end of the evening, Andretti added, “You could see the reaction [of the audience]. It was fantastic. It’s all a big family, isn’t it? The world is small when it comes to motorsports. Jacky is one of us, of course. He deserves this type of recognition, no question, and you can see how much he appreciates it.”

Ickx was clearly humbled by the accolades. “First of all, I am touched, very touched. It is very emotional. But it’s even more emotional when you think that this honor is also honoring the people that make racing possible. They are part of it. Not only those who get the light [shining] on top of them.”

A “live” painting created in the first two hours of the evening by renowned artist Bill Patterson depicting Ickx’s first Le Mans victory in 1969, and signed by Ickx, Bell and Andretti, was auctioned off, fetching $7500. A silent auction also included a copy of Jon Saltinstall’s “JACKY ICKX: His Authorised Competition History,” signed by Ickx, Bell and Andretti, which sold for over $800.

The dinner’s proceeds help support the RRDC’s young driver initiatives, including its groundbreaking program, and the Team USA Scholarship, which the RRDC has backed since 1997. 



Derek Bell and Jacky Ickx shared racing stories, as the “Batman and Robin” of sports-car racing. Jutta Fausel’s iconic image taken at Ickx’s first Formula 1 win at Nurburgring in 1972 graces the back wall. [Albert Wong photo]

The bond between co-drivers Derek Bell and Jacky Ickx fostered during their three 24 Hours of Le Mans victories was evident. [Albert Wong image]

Renowned artist Bill Patterson, with his “live” painting of the GT40 that Ickx raced to his first Le Mans victory in 1969. [Albert Wong image]

Jacky Ickx signing the Bill Patterson “live” painting. [Albert Wong image]

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LUCY FOYT, 1938-2023

Lucy Foyt, wife of A.J. Foyt, Jr., passed away Wednesday in a Houston hospital after a brief illness. She was 84. Here is the text of the A. J. Foyt Enterprises announcement of Lucy’s passing:

“Lucy had a special appreciation for life, always embracing new experiences, people, and challenges. There was never a dull moment being married to the auto racing legend; for nearly 68 years, Lucy was his rock, keeping him grounded as he ascended to superstardom in motorsports. Her steadfast support and amazing grace under pressure throughout A.J.’s career and post-career, which was marked by life-threatening injuries on several occasions, made it possible for him to stage the remarkable comebacks that added to his legendary status.

[Foyt family archive image]

“Houston was always home to Lucy, having been born in 1938 to beloved parents, Dr. L. Lynn Zarr and Elizabeth Zarr, and raised in River Oaks, a prominent enclave of the nation’s fourth largest city. During her time at Lamar High School, Lucy met Foyt and the two married in 1955, further laying their roots in the Houston community. Together, they raised three children, A.J. Foyt III, Terry and Jerry. Later on, they adopted their grandson Larry who is president of A.J. Foyt Enterprises, the Indy car racing team Foyt started in late 1965.

“Always seen as beautiful and gracious, Lucy bonded three generations of the Foyt family, having four children, eight grandchildren, and 21 great grandchildren who adored her. She was able to watch them grow to achieve success, marry for love, and raise children, many of which are named after her with the most recent being Larry’s daughter Lucy who was born in January.

“With a passion for culture, arts, and global travel, Lucy shared a broadened perspective and open mind about the world that motivated and inspired adventure to those around her. That legacy will live on through her family and influence more generations of Foyts to come.

“With careful thought and consideration, funeral arrangements are pending.”


Lucy and A.J. the morning after his 1961 Indianapolis 500 victory. [Bob Doeppers/Indianapolis News image]

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The inaugural class for the IMSA Hall of Fame has been selected and includes four drivers, three IMSA founders and four iconic race cars from throughout the sanctioning body’s 54-year history. Six members of the inaugural class are members of the RRDC, including four in memoriam

The inductees will be honored as part of October’s WeatherTech Night of Champions held following the Motul Petit Le Mans season finale to celebrate the 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and crown series champions.

Speaking of champions, the four drivers selected for induction into the inaugural IMSA Hall of Fame class – Peter Gregg, Hurley Haywood, Al Holbert and Scott Pruett – all RRDC members, multiple-time IMSA champions and multi-time winners of the world’s most prestigious sports car races. Joining the inaugural IMSA Hall of Fame class are the three founders of the International Motor Sports Association: John and Peggy Bishop (RRDC members) and Bill France Sr.

In addition to the seven people selected to the first IMSA Hall of Fame class, four iconic race cars – the Chevrolet Corvette C5-R, Ferrari 333 SP, Mazda RX-7 GTU and the Porsche 962 – also have been selected for enshrinement.

“These seven individuals and four race cars are the epitome of excellence in IMSA and global sports car racing,” said IMSA President John Doonan. “There can only be one inaugural class, and each of these inductees unquestionably qualifies as a ‘First Ballot Hall of Famer.’ We could not be prouder to welcome John and Peggy, ‘Big Bill,’ Peter, Hurley, Al and Scott – as well as the C5-R, 333 SP, RX-7 GTU and 962 – into the IMSA Hall of Fame.”

These inductees were selected from a larger group determined by a nominating committee comprised of past and present IMSA executives and an esteemed group of media members. BDO, which was introduced as a corporate partner of IMSA earlier this year, validated the accuracy of the 2023 IMSA Hall of Fame voting results.

Plans call for a mix of influential people and race cars to be inducted into the IMSA Hall of Fame each year.

“We are grateful to our nominating committee for thoughtfully presenting several highly successful race cars and key players from the IMSA paddock that were deserving of our consideration,” said Doonan. “It was challenging to reduce the initial list of nominees into a smaller group for a ‘final ballot,’ and even tougher to decide who would be chosen for this year’s class of inductees. We are confident in this year’s selections and know that many of those nominees will one day be enshrined in the IMSA Hall of Fame as well.”

The IMSA Hall of Fame will live in an online environment. A standalone website will launch later this year.



John and Peggy Bishop – Husband and wife co-founded the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) along with NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. Led IMSA from 1969 through 1989. John Bishop served as IMSA President throughout his tenure, while Peggy managed IMSA staff, registration, timing and other essential processes. Grew IMSA from sanctioning body for Formula Ford races on small ovals to pinnacle of worldwide sports car racing. Prior to forming IMSA, John Bishop previously worked for the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), where he played an instrumental role in the creation and operation of Can-Am, Trans-Am and Formula 5000. [Image courtesy of International Motor Racing Research Center]


Bill France Sr. – Founder of NASCAR co-founded IMSA in 1969 with John and Peggy Bishop. Provided initial financial support for IMSA using a business model based on the successful NASCAR stock car program. Brought international sports car endurance racing to Daytona International Speedway with a three-hour race in 1962, which expanded to 24 hours in 1966. A motorsport visionary who supported stock cars, sports cars, motorcycles and any other form of the sport that could fit into the France family’s growing portfolio of racing facilities. [Image courtesy of Automotive Hall of Fame]


Peter Gregg – One of IMSA’s first stars and the most successful GT driver of the 1970s. Co-drove with Hurley Haywood to the first IMSA GT race victory at VIRginia International Raceway in 1971. Ten-time IMSA champion (1971 GTU, 1973 GT CHALLENGE, 1973 GTO, 1974 GT CHALLENGE, 1974 GTO, 1975 GTO, 1978 GT CHALLENGE, 1978 GTX, 1979 GTX) and four-time overall winner of the Rolex 24 At Daytona (1973, 1975, 1976, 1978). [Sportscar Digest image]


Hurley Haywood – Winningest overall major endurance race driver of all time. Five overall Rolex 24 At Daytona victories (1973, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1991). Three 24 Hours of Le Mans overall victories (1977, 1979, 1981). Two Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring victories (1973, 1981). Co-drove to first IMSA GT race victory with Peter Gregg at VIRginia International Raceway in 1971. Four-time IMSA champion (1971 GTU, 1972 GT CHALLENGE, 1972 GTU, 1994 NORTH AMERICAN ENDURANCE CUP CLASS 1). [RACER image]


Al Holbert – Most overall race victories in IMSA with 49. Seven-time IMSA champion (1976 GT CHALLENGE, 1976 GTO, 1977 GT CHALLENGE, 1977 GTO, 1983 GTP, 1985 GTP, 1986 GTP). Became fifth driver in history to win major endurance racing “triple crown” (Daytona, Le Mans, Sebring) and is one of only nine drivers to win each race overall. Rolex 24 At Daytona winner in 1986 and 1987. Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring winner in 1976 and 1981. Three-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner (1983, 1986, 1987). [Pinterest image]


Scott Pruett – Nine IMSA championships (1986 GTO, 1986 GT Endurance, 1988 GTO, 2004 GRAND-AM DP, 2008 GRAND-AM DP, 2010 GRAND-AM DP, 2011 GRAND-AM DP, 2012 GRAND-AM DP, 2018 GRAND-AM DP ENDURANCE CUP). Tied with Hurley Haywood for most overall Rolex 24 At Daytona overall victories with five (1994, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013) and all-time leader in Rolex 24 class wins with 10. Overall Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring winner in 2014. Owns 60 career IMSA victories, which is second on all-time IMSA winner’s list. [Zimbio image]


Chevrolet Corvette C5-R – Claimed 31 victories, 50 podium finishes and 24 pole positions in 55 races from 1999 through 2004. Won four constructor’s championships, four team championships and three driver championships. Earned overall victory in 2001 Rolex 24 At Daytona. Had three class victories in 24 Hours of Le Mans (2001, 2002 and 2004). Won Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring (2002, 2003 and 2004). [Image courtesy of Richard Prince]


Ferrari 333 SP – Claimed 56 victories and 69 pole positions in 144 races worldwide from 1994 through 2003. Won IMSA constructors’ championships in 1995 and 1998, an IMSA driver championship in 1995 and an IMSA team championship in 1998. Won Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring three times (1995, 1997, 1998). Won 1998 Rolex 24 At Daytona. [Image courtesy of Bill Tuttle]


Mazda RX-7 GTU – Won GTU class (for engines with a displacement under 2.5 liters) in debut race at Daytona in 1979 with two-rotor rotary engine. Two Mazda factory cars finished on the podium in every race in 1980 en route to championship. Program shifted to privateer entries from 1981 through 1987 with RX-7 drivers claiming seven straight GTU championships. Car was instrumental in launching the careers of legendary IMSA drivers including Scott Pruett, Tommy Kendall, Bill Auberlen and many others. [Mark Windecker image]


Porsche 962 – Debuted at the Daytona 24 Hours in 1984 with Mario and Michael Andretti as co-drivers and won the pole position. Led the race before technical problems removed it from contention. First IMSA victory came in 1984 six-hour race at Watkins Glen. Won Daytona 24 Hours five times (1985-87, 1989 and 1991) and 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1985, 1987 and 1994. Won IMSA GTP championship every year from 1985 to 1988. [Image courtesy of Peter Gloede]



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JIM HAYNES 1933-2023

Jim Haynes, a seminal figure in the history of Lime Rock Park, has died, the track announced Friday on its Facebook page.

A two-time SCCA National Champion driver, Haynes purchased Lime Rock Park in 1964 from its builders and over the next 11 years, first as owner and then as general manager, shepherded the facility’s growth from near bankruptcy to internationally recognized motorsports venue.

Skip Barber, who succeeded Haynes as president of Lime Rock Park and was a friend of Jim’s for more than six decades, noted the debt owed by everyone who today enjoys visiting and using the track. “All of us who are members of the Lime Rock Park community, fans, event participants and track staff, greatly appreciate the contributions Jim made in the track’s formative days, and his dedication to its long-term success,” said Barber.

Following his tenure at Lime Rock Park, Haynes worked with the SCCA’s national office. Prior to his retirement to Florida with Toni Abercrombie Haynes, his wife and partner of 43 years, Jim was for many years the general manager of Wisconsin’s Road America circuit.

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You are cordially invited to attend the RRDC Evening with Jacky Ickx Presented by Firestone on Thursday, April 13, at the Long Beach Hilton, reservation details at the end of this article. 

The RRDC’s 2023 honoree is known by many names: “Ringmeister” for his superlative performances at the incomparable Nurburgring, including qualifying third fastest for the 1967 German Grand Prix Formula 1 World Championship event – in a Formula 2 car; “Rainmaster” for his uncanny ability to pilot a race car in the wet, out-dueling Pedro Rodriguez in the 1970 Dutch Grand Prix and passing Niki Lauda on the outside of Paddock Bend to win the Race of Champions four years later at Brands Hatch.

A six-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the first race driver to be named an honorary citizen of that fair French city, it’s no wonder he also earned the nickname “Monsieur Le Mans.”

He’s also known as “champion” for winning the 1979 Can-Am series and back-to-back World Endurance Championship for Drivers titles in 1982 and ’83 in a career that included more than three dozen wins in major sports car events.

In addition to his Formula One and sports car prowess, victories in the Bathurst 1000 and Paris-Dakar Rally further cemented his place in the pantheon of racing’s greatest all-’rounders.    
And after retiring from active competition, he earned another official title by serving as Clerk of the Course of the Monaco Grand Prix.

Ringmeister, Rainmaster, Monsieur Le Mans, champion, all ’rounder, Clerk of the Course he may be, but tonight’s honoree is best known, simply, as Jacky Ickx.

We hope you will join us for what promises to be another great evening of racing camaraderie and wonderful stories from days gone by.

Our cocktail reception will commence at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:15 p.m. sharp.

Tickets for our Annual Legends Dinner are expected to sell out quickly, so don’t delay.





RRDC President Bobby Rahal


RSVP to Jeremy Shaw at, then complete the attached form and mail, along with a check made out to RRDC, to:

John C. Fergus, RRDC Treasurer, 8377 Green Meadows Drive N, Suite A, Lewis Center, OH 43035.

All proceeds go toward the RRDC’s young driver initiatives:   




Our thanks to Jutta Fausel-Ward, Mike Levitt, David Phillips and Paul Laguette.


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The parallel and comingled careers of Drs. Stephen Olvey and Terry Trammell have advanced the promotion, organization and methods of racetrack driver safety orders of magnitude over the past four decades. Those nonpareil efforts have been recognized by the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America as the pair will be inducted as members of the Class of 2023.

There follows an article about Olvey and Trammell by Daniel Strohl on Hemmings Web page:

When he was 11, Stephen Olvey’s father took him to his first Indianapolis 500. Like any Indy, it was full of pomp and celebration, and Olvey was excited to see his favorite driver, Bill Vukovich, contend for a third-straight win. Instead of seeing Vukovich make history that Memorial D ay in 1955, however, he saw a thick cloud of smoke rise from the far side of the track and listened as the track announcer declared his hero mortally wounded. “I was wiped out,” Olvey said. Press coverage of the race bemoaned the fact that the crash meant slower speeds for the record books before it got around to mourning one of the best drivers of his time.

Olvey said the incident didn’t tarnish his love for the sport nor did it have a direct influence on his career path later in life, but nevertheless it remained a chilling introduction to the sport that he and others, including Dr. Terry Trammell, would transform into one far safer for drivers and far less tolerant of death and injury. For those efforts, the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America will induct the two into its ranks – placing them alongside dozens of racers whose lives they personally saved – early next month.

Dr. Stephen Olvey serving as a track communicator.


Both Olvey and Trammell got their start in trackside medical response in similar fashion: Answering a bulletin board call for med students to help out at the Indianapolis 500 – Olvey in about 1969, Trammell in 1972. And neither found what they expected. “They posted me to the infield, taking care of people who got too much sun or had too much to drink,” Olvey said. While the track had a chief medical director – Dr. Tom Hanna – there was far less emphasis on treating injured drivers. The prevailing attitude was that racing naturally meant risking life and limb.

“The drivers I knew loved the sport and would do it come hell or high water,” Olvey said. “If they got killed, boom boom, that was it.”

Trammell encountered a similar lack of concern.

“It was more common than not for the drivers to avoid even making eye contact with me,” he said. “The word was that if a driver was seen talking with me that there was something wrong with him or her. Injury was an accepted inevitability, and if a driver raced long enough, he or she would be injured or worse.”

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s Hanna Emergency Medical Center

Hanna had built a basic medical center on the speedway grounds, but as Olvey noted, it wasn’t well equipped. The only initial response to crashes was the on-track fireman with no medical knowledge. If drivers were injured, they were simply loaded onto a gurney and into the back of the on-track ambulance, which doubled as the local hearse. Visit this website to find out more about getting medical marijuana recommendations in Florida, which can relieve some pain from the injury. Olvey, who became close with Hanna, told him he thought it was sad that medical professionals couldn’t respond to crashes. Hanna agreed, and suggested Olvey start hanging out on the track with the safety truck first, then the ambulance/hearse.

Trammell, then a sophomore med student, “sat in the back of the ambulance terrified that there would be an accident and that I would have to care for the injured,” he said. “That is when I recognized that I was woefully unprepared and would have difficulty opening a Band-Aid.” He decided to focus on orthopedics and wouldn’t return to the track in a medical capacity for several years.

The trackside ambulance/hearse combination car at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

By the early to mid-Seventies, Olvey was able to put together a small team and started to add basic medical equipment – tourniquets, blankets, compressive bandages – to the response vehicles. “We developed as the highways developed,” he said. “When we started, there were no paramedics, no medical vehicles at the scene of highway crashes, not even in the big cities. But as paramedics developed, they became interested in working with us at the tracks. We were learning paramedic training at the same time the paramedics were. And we started treating crashes and injuries on the track rather than just waiting to get the drivers to the hospital.”

Trammell, by circumstance, found himself on call in Indianapolis on race day in 1981, the same day Danny Ongais crashed head-on into the wall and suffered compound fractures to both legs, among other injuries. “At that point in time, orthopedic practice for an injury such as he had suffered was amputation,” Trammell said. “A young gun cardiovascular surgeon saw me fretting about how I was not going to start out my practice by amputating a driver’s leg. We worked together and managed to save his leg.”

In part due to those efforts, he became the de facto orthopedic consultant to the speedway.

In the meantime, Olvey and his team convinced USAC officials to let them expand their trackside response model – now up to two fully outfitted trucks with four or five people in each – to other tracks. That model – and Trammell’s expertise – paid off when, in 1984, Rick Mears hit the inside guardrail during a race at Sanair Super Speedway outside of Montreal. With Olvey’s trackside response model, “we could keep things together, keep the bleeding under control, and get (Mears) to the helicopter to fly to the closest trauma center,” Olvey said.

Again, local doctors recommended amputation and again, Trammell intervened to save limbs after Roger Penske flew him to Montreal on his private jet. “Following the outcome of that trip, it seems that Mr. Penske determined that an orthopedic surgeon would travel with his team to all the races,” Trammell said. “I was that surgeon.”

A safety truck at a CART race.

As both Olvey and Trammell noted, it didn’t take terribly long for drivers and others involved in the sport to change their fatalistic attitudes toward safety. “Mario Andretti was my greatest driver advocate,” Trammell said. “His acceptance of my concerns for the drivers’ safety and prevention of injury started to bring about change in the culture of motorsports. The drivers that had been injured were vocal about being protected from avoidable injury and were very supportive of real study into the science of driver safety into motorsports.”

They got their chance to move from injury response to injury prevention in 1992 when, after a number of crashes at that year’s Indianapolis 500, Trammell began working with Dr. John Melvin on post-crash analysis of the factors that led to the various injuries. “That was the first time that motion analysis and computer simulation was used to study racing crashes to better determine cause of injury,” Trammell said. A couple years later, following Ayrton Senna’s fatal crash, Trammell also joined the expert advisory group formed by Sid Watkins that eventually became the FIA Institute for Motor Sport Safety.

Even with crash prevention at the forefront, trackside response remained critical, and it was perhaps put to its greatest test in 2001 when, during a CART race at Lausitz in Germany, a crash sheared off the front end of Alex Zanardi‘s car and severed both of his legs at or above the knee. “The military wouldn’t stop and mess with that sort of injury on the battlefield because of the immediate loss of blood,” Olvey said. Indeed, as Trammell later told the Associated Press, the track was so slick with such a high volume of Zanardi’s blood, he initially mistook it for oil. Other drivers there that day compared the scene to a war zone. Yet Trammell’s quick response and Olvey’s decision to send Zanardi to Berlin rather than to a local hospital ended up saving Canard’s life. According to Olvey, that was the first time that anybody had survived an above-the-knee bilateral amputation.

Their efforts have led to a sea change in attitudes toward safety not only from the drivers but also from the racing organizations themselves. According to Olvey, when he first started in trackside safety, his entreaties to Indianapolis Motor Speedway management went ignored. “They’d say, ‘What does he know about motorsports?'” he said. “But when we go to the man in charge now, they listen right away. There’s no question of us showing off, it’s all scientific now.”

That cooperation from racing management has allowed countless safety devices to be incorporated into the sport, from the SAFER racing barriers at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to the HANS device, which Olvey called the one big game-changer in terms of motorsport safety.

There’s still work to be done, too, Olvey said, particularly in preventing concussions and brain injuries in crashes. “We’re making progress, but it’s real tricky,” he said. “It’s not just helmets, it’s also how the seats are made, how the drivers sit in the seats, it’s all together as one system.”

However, as Trammell noted, the work that he and Olvey and other medical professionals have done also makes it more enjoyable for him. “I enjoy watching racing more now that I know that it is much safer than it was when I started listening to the 500 on an old RCA radio in the back yard plugged into a garage outlet with a wire antenna strung out on the clothes line,” he said.

The two will be inducted into the motorsports Hall of Fame of America under the Open Wheel category at the official induction ceremony March 6-7 at the hall in Daytona Beach, Florida. According to hall president George Levy, while other racers have been inducted in part due to their safety innovations – Bill Simpson, for example – Olvey and Trammell are the first to be recognized primarily for their contributions to racing safety. Other inductees in the hall’s class of 2023 include Corvette engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov, NASCAR crew chief Ray Evernham, NASCAR racer Fonty Flock, drag racer Darrell Gwynn, land-speed racer Ab Jenkins, longtime USAC official Henry Banks, and motorcycle racer Dick Burleson.

For more information about the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America class of 2023, visit

[All images courtesy of Rapid Response movie]

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The RRDC Annual Dinner was held on the Wednesday prior to the running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona in the Speedway’s banquet hall. This year’s fete was well attended. Photographer Wes Duenkel captured the shindig for us to enjoy later. Here are a few of his images.

A solid crowd turned out for our winter festivities. [Wes Duenkel image]

RRDC President Bobby Rahal presided over the food, fun and honors. [Wes Duenkel image]


Phil Hill Award recipient Mark Raffauf is interviewed by Leigh Diffey. [Wes Duenkel image]

John Fergus holds the Bob Akin Award presented by Bob’s son Bobby Akin (left) and Akin Selection Committee chair Judy Stropus. [Wes Duenkel image]

Jason Ott was presented the Mark Donohue Award for his outstanding performance at the 2022 SCCA National Championship Runoffs at VIR. Presenters were Donohue Committee chair and past recipient Calvin Stewart (left) and 2021 winner Eric Prill.  [Wes Duenkel image]

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Mark Raffauf, the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) Senior Director of Competition, was honored by the Road Racing Drivers Club with the 2022 Phil Hill Award. The 2019 recipient, RRDC President Bobby Rahal, made the presentation at the annual RRDC members’ dinner on January 25 prior to the running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the season opener of the 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Phil Hill [Al Satterwhite image]

The Phil Hill Award has been presented annually since 1993 to the person who the RRDC feels has rendered outstanding service to road racing. The recipient may be a driver, entrant or outstanding member of a sanctioning body.It is named in honor of America’s first Formula 1 World Champion (in 1961), and is not only a tribute to his masterful accomplishments on the rac track, it also recognizes his contributions as a great ambassador for the sport. Hill passed away in 2008.Born in 1958 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Raffauf worked SCCA regional and National events in New England as a tech inspector at the age of 14, tagging along with his older brother Martin, while attended high school in Boston,

By the age of 16 he was holding a National SCCA Tech license and was introduced to New England SCCA workers John and Peg Bishop, Charlie Rainville and Bob Raymond, all of whom would become the core of the original race staff at IMSA, founded in 1969 by the Bishops.

Raffauf joined IMSA full time in 1978 following four years at the University of Florida, and held a variety of positions in the company, including industry support, technical and car regulation development and enforcement, event creation, sport and racing operations and as race director. Upon John Bishop’s retirement in 1989, Raffauf took over as President of IMSA. He also served on the ACCUS-FIA board of directors and on several international FIA commissions in Europe.

He left IMSA in the 1990s to work with MOMO Racing, then returned to the sanctioning body to help launch the Grand American Road Racing Association in 1999. He’s been based in Daytona Beach ever since, through the acquisition/merger of the ALMS and the return of the IMSA name.

Raffauf’s position with IMSA today encompasses both sporting and technical regulation oversight and development. He was instrumental in creating the Daytona Prototype category and was race director for the entire history of Grand-Am for over a decade. Currently, he oversees all seven of IMSA’s series and all of IMSA’s Race Direction, and is on the IMSA Technical committee.

His insight into every aspect of the decades of IMSA cars, their development, how they raced and the people who raced them, is an important part of IMSA’s history. Raffauf is one of the few remaining individuals who was there near the very beginning and has worked for the company for more than 45 years.

Mark Raffauf, right, receives the RRDC Phil Hill Award from RRDC president Bobby Rahal. [Wes Duenkel photo]

 “This just might be the coolest trophy you’ll have in your trophy cabinet regardless of what you’ve won. It is to me, as a past recipient of the Phil Hill Award,” said Rahal.”I’m really proud to have known Mark Raffauf for many, many years. I know how hard he’s worked at the sport over all those years. It is my honor to present Mark with this year’s RRDC Phil Hill Award.”

Raffauf was then “interrogated” by the evening’s M.C. Leigh Diffey, discussing his decades-long tenure in the sport.

“It’s an honor I never expected,” said Raffauf, in front of an audience of nearly 200 RRDC members and guests. “Looking out at this room it’s like five decades of driver meetings where everybody is in the wrong clothes.

“I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to have worked with people like John Bishop, who was the first winner of this award, and I believe I’ve had the opportunity to work with every recipient of the award in some way or another and, more importantly, learn something about this sport from them.

“Whether they were drivers, officials, industry people, it’s just been a great opportunity. I appreciate the recognition and I will still be doing this more. It’s just amazing to look at the room at this dinner over the years after becoming a member and seeing old friends – people who raced with us, people who raced under my race direction, people who were with IMSA in the 1970s, to today where we have a whole new generation in the sport.

“It’s about passion and that passion for me started very, very early, obviously, because I’m still here and I’ve survived this long in the industry. I’ve always been on the other side of the fence from the drivers, but I think, to have the opportunity to work with you and people who have won the award before me, my best comment would be that without everybody who came before me I wouldn’t be standing here.

“I thank all of you and all of those who aren’t with us anymore who gave me the opportunity. It’s great. Thank you. Appreciate it.”



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John Fergus, a racing champion with multiple titles, businessman and Vice President/Treasurer of the RRDC, was named the 2022 recipient of the RRDC Bob Akin Award. He was honored at the annual Road Racing Drivers Club members’ dinner on January 25, prior to the running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the season opener of the 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Each recipient of this honor, considered the top prize in motorsports for amateur, vintage/historic or semi-professional drivers, is selected by Akin’s son Bobby, RRDC members Brian Redman and Judy Stropus, and approved by RRDC president Bobby Rahal.

The distinctive trophy was conceived by the RRDC in 2003 to honor the memory of longtime RRDC member and past president Bob Akin, who lost his life following a testing accident in 2002.

It was designed by Steuben Glass in Corning, New York, and is given to a driver who best exemplifies the extraordinary qualities and characteristics that Akin represented, including a passion for motorsports and automobiles, a high level of sportsmanship and fair play, and who has contributed to the sport of motor racing and the community at large.

The primary award, etched with the names of the recipients, is displayed at the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen, New York. Each honoree receives a smaller replica.

John Fergus (center) accepts the RRDC Bob Akin Award from Bobby Akin and Judy Stropus, the Akin Award Committee Chairman. [Wes Duenkel photo]

John Fergus is often called a “natural,” as he’s earned championships at an early age and continued his success primarily on an amateur level throughout his adulthood. He began his racing career in SCCA Solo II, claiming National Championships in 1977, ’78 and ’79, before moving into SCCA “club” racing in 1980 and being named SCCA Rookie of the Year in his first season.

He then entered the Pro Sports 2000 series in 1985, taking the overall titles in 1988 and ’89, becoming the winningest driver in Pro Sports 2000 history. After moving to IMSA in 1991 he grabbed the GTU championship the same year. 

Fergus has driven for Ford, Dodge, Oldsmobile, Porsche and BMW factory teams in IMSA endurance racing, sometimes sharing seats with such teammates as Derek Bell, Tommy Kendall, Mark Martin and Robby Gordon. 

He added eight more Sports 2000 championships to his resume in 1999, ’00, ’01, ’02, ’04, ’07, ’08 and ’11, and was inducted into the SCCA Hall of Fame in 2020. Currently, he serves as a Race Director for SRO-America.

Off the track, Fergus started his own development company in the late 1980s, serves on the advisory board of a number of organizations and is an instrument-rated pilot. He lives mostly in Naples, Florida, with wife Ronnie. His son Corey is a third-generation race-car driver, RRDC member and champion. Fergus has also served as Vice President/Treasurer of the RRDC since 2008.

“A heartfelt thank you to the RRDC for continuing to honor my father in this special way. It means a lot to our family,” said Bobby Akin. “This year’s winner of the Akin award is someone we know well. He’s a dedicated member of the RRDC team, who frankly has one of the most thankless tasks one could ask for.”

As the RRDC Vice President/Treasurer, Fergus handles day-to-day financial duties and manages The Mark Donohue Foundation, which supports the RRDC’s popular initiative.

“John won the IMSA GTU championship in 1991 and was chosen to drive for some top factory teams such as Porsche, Dodge, Ford and BMW,” continued Akin. “I know first-hand how fast he was while driving for the factory Dodge team. I was his teammate, but he was on a different level!

“He’s an SCCA Hall of Fame inductee and his love of racing continues to this day as he’s worked as race director for the SRO since 2020 and works with the RRDC as the Vice President/Treasurer and ‘voice of reason.’

“Outside of the track, John has been a part of a very successful business specializing in commercial development that has projects all over the United States.

“The Akin Award was created to celebrate people who love the sport, are pretty darned good at it and, most importantly, are good persons. I can think of no better example than the RRDC’s own John Fergus.”

“I knew Bob,” said Fergus. “He embodies what the RRDC is all about. He was a very competitive champion driver on the track, and, more importantly, an even greater person off the track. That’s why the award is named after Bob, because he was the guy.

“Bob was a pal of my uncle Bob, whom I was very close to, and I knew all about the RRDC. I knew about this award because I’ve been involved with the club. For me, this is the award because it’s about the passion of the sport, and what you give to the sport. And it’s a great thank you to me and I really appreciate it.”

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Jason Ott, winner of the 2022 SCCA Touring 3 National Championship on September 30, 2022, was named the 2022 recipient of the Road Racing Drivers Club’s Mark Donohue Award. Ott was honored at the annual Road Racing Drivers Club members’ dinner on January 25, 2023, prior to the running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the season opener of the 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Selected by members of the RRDC each year since 1971, the award recognizes the driver exhibiting the most outstanding performance at the annual Sports Car Club of America National Championship Runoffs in terms of personal spirit and skill behind the wheel. The honor was named after Mark Donohue, a former SCCA Champion and president of the RRDC, following his death in 1975.

Making his 20th appearance at the SCCA Runoffs (September 24–October 2, 2022) at VIRginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia, Ott earned his first-career Runoffs pole position to lead the Touring 3 class field that included five past SCCA National Champions to the green flag. While qualifying was held under perfect conditions, the remnants of Hurricane Ian brought heavy rain and 40 mph wind gusts to the 40-minute, winner-take-all championship race.

Jason Ott’s No. 09 Alpine Motorsports BMW Z4M, slogging through Hurricane Ian at VIR last September. [Mark Weber image]

Driving his No. 09 Alpine Motorsports BMW Z4M, Ott held off a flurry of attacks and kept his car on the pavement and in the lead while his rivals slid off track in pursuit. He took the checkered flag 2.236 seconds ahead of his brother, and teammate, Steve Ott, to earn his first career SCCA National Championship after finishing runner-up three times previously.

“To win this award is a huge honor and one that was not expected,” said Ott. “To be mentioned in the same breath as a man who accomplished so much in racing is humbling. Also, in reading ‘The Unfair Advantage’ and learning how hard he and Mr. Penske worked to win is inspiring. Thank you to the members of the RRDC for this incredible honor.

Jason Ott, center, accepts the RRDC Mark Donohue Award from past honorees Calvin Stewart, left, and Eric Prill. [Wes Duenkel image]

“I would say, honestly, this year we put in more work and development than we have in the last couple of years and that is what it takes to win. I must give a special thanks to Dan Spirek, Alpine Motorsports’ Jim Leithauser and my brother Steve. These guys are incredible and absolutely were the reason we were able to win. We did everything you are not supposed to do at the Runoffs, had a crash in the test day, then essentially threw multiple changes at the cars to win. 

“The race this year was intense. Hurricane Ian kept getting worse during the race. The track conditions were changing every lap and we really had to adjust our line almost every lap to compensate for new puddles or water flowing across the track. Steve was coming in a hurry. One more lap would have most likely seen him take the win.

“Finally, without the support of family, friends and sponsors, this could never happen. Thank you very much to Hoosier, BimmerWorld, BimmerHaus, Spyglass Engineering, G-Loc brakes and of course to SCCA and all the volunteers.”

The unique award has a glass top and sits on a race wheel with a historic provenance. RRDC President Bobby Rahal presented Ott with the award, which included a wheel donated by Mike Shank Racing that was used on the Acura ARX05 DPi car driven by Tom Bloomqvist, Oliver Jarvis, Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud to victory at the 2022 Rolex 24 At Daytona, as well as the 2022 Petit Le Mans and the 2022 IMSA WeatherTech Championship.

“Winning the SCCA Runoffs is a tremendous achievement for any race-car driver,” said Rahal, the 1985 Indy 500 Champion and a fellow SCCA National Champion. “Jason’s perseverance through his career and outstanding performance in very challenging conditions at VIR is worthy of special recognition. We congratulate Jason and welcome him into the RRDC family.”


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This shot of the RRDC Hospitality Motor Coach was scanned by Steve Knoll from Bill Dobbins’ extensive archive of some 15,000 images. Shot at the 1967 U.S, Grand Prix at Watkins, this is so long ago that Judy Stropus was not yet hosting the at-track soirees.

RRDC Hospitality Coach at the 1967 USGP at The Glen. [Bill Dobbins image]

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A race weekend can often be a pretty hectic experience – with a lot going on to distract you from being ready for the race itself.

Cliff Dempsey’s garage space makes a comfortable environment for TeamUSA this Fall in England. [TeamUSA Schlorship image]

In our latest video, a group of top IndyCar and IMSA drivers discuss what they do to prepare themselves – both mentally and physically – to make sure they’re in full race mode when it comes time to snap down the visor.

And it’s showtime, as Simon Pagenaud, Kyle Kirkwood, Jordan Taylor, John Edwards, Filipe Albuquerque, Callum Ilott and Earl Bamber reveal their personal race preparation routines. 

Best wishes for a very happy – and winning New Year.


Bobby Rahal

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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 of a momentous time and place in which we meet a who’s who of West Coast road-racing heroes.

Raoul ‘Sonny’ Balcaen grew up in Los Angeles at a time when it became the epicenter of American motor racing, nurturing a vast talent pool of people whose influence has echoed through to today. As a teenager, he successfully competed with his home-built Top Fuel dragster during the formative years of the sport. With Lance Reventlow, he worked on the famous Scarab sports cars and was standing in the dyno room when the team’s all-American Formula 1 engine was fired up for the first time. A period as Jim Hall’s crew chief and a close association with Carroll Shelby added to the know-how that guided him toward becoming a successful entrepreneur and led to all that followed.

Key points:

·         Aged 17, Balcaen built his own Top Fuel drag racer, the ‘Bantamweight Bomb,’ which he developed relentlessly and drove to many successes. 

·         His role in the fabulous Scarab sports cars — the landmark all-American racers — and insights into life with their creator, the incomparable Lance Reventlow.

·         Working as crew chief to the brilliant Jim Hall, preparing and running his Lotus Eleven and Lister-Chevrolet long before the famous Chaparrals emerged.

·         A second spell with Scarab, this time with the Formula 1 project — the first American Grand Prix car — plus a special job for Reventlow converting a Scarab sports racer into a street car. 

·         Onwards into setting up his own successful business, IECO (Induction Engineering Co.), that used the cheapest card payment machine to sell high-grade performance and appearance accessories, with Chevrolets — especially Corvair and Vega — featuring strongly.

·         His many-faceted dealings with Carroll Shelby, leading to consultancy and even assignments as occasional Shelby American company pilot.

·         Along the way we meet many other big names of the era, including Chuck Daigh, Bruce Kessler, Warren Olson, Dick Troutman, Tom Barnes, Phil Remington, Ken Miles, Leo Goossen, Jim Travers, Frank Coon, Ed Donovan and Peter Brock. 


Sonny Balcaen’s state of the art at the time dragster ran a quick 136.98 mph in November ’55. It was powered by a 302” GMC fitted with a Wayne 12 Port head and Hilborn injection. Before Sonny sold it, he ran a quick 142 mph in 10.13 seconds.

About the Authors:

Jill Amadio is the author of several fiction and non-fiction books and has a background in journalism with National Speed Sports NewsMotor TrendKelly Blue BookLos Angeles Daily NewsCondé NastWashington Examiner and Gannett Newspapers as well as a spell as communications director for Skoal Bandit Racing.

Pete Lyons is a revered racing journalist who has had positions with publications such as AutosportAutoWeekCar and DriverRoad & TrackRACECAR and Vintage Motorsport, and is also the award-winning author of more than a dozen books, the most recent being “Shadow: The Magnificent Machines of a Man of Mystery” (Evro, 2019).


Evro Publishing books are distributed in North America by Quarto Publishing Group USA. Books can be ordered from Quarto by email:; phone number: 800-328-0590; or website: Please use the relevant ISBN number when ordering.

“Raoul ‘Sonny’ Balcaen” is also available in the U.S. from specialist and online booksellers.

For more information about this book, or to request an interview, please contact Judy Stropus at


Safety?!? That’s Sonny’s dragster sans body. At least they had decent crowd control.

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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 the 2022 IMSA WeatherTech Daytona Prototype Championship including the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Meyer Shank Racing celebrates victory in the 2022 Rolex 24 at Daytona. [IMSA image]

A.J. Allmendinger (front-page image) repeated as NASCAR Infinity Series Champion in 2022, while running partial schedules in the Cup Series both years.

Chris Dyson is the 2022 SCCA Trans-Am Champion.

Andretti Autosport won the 2022 Indy Lights Team Championship.

Team Pabst’s Michael d’Orlando captured the 2022 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship.

The 2022 SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Virginia International Raceway had five RRDC members win titles: Eric Prill (F Production); Tony Ave (GT3); Peter Shadowen (GT Lite); and multiple-winner Andrew Aquillante (GT2 and Touring 1). In addition, Joe Aquillante’s Phoenix Performance team took four titles (GT2, Touring 1, 2 and 4).

Chris Dyson celebrates SCCA Championship with season finale victory at COTA. [Trans-Am Series image]

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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, and motorsports journalists who have made significant contributions to the sport.

The club was founded in 1952 by a group of prominent American road racers as a way to give champion drivers a say in their sport – particularly in the area of safety.

At the time racing was enjoying a post-war boom with new circuits springing up throughout the country – haybale-lined tracks that proved to be quite dangerous and for the fans there are very special cars on the used car dealership. Led by respected champions, the drivers decided to organize and the club they formed was the RRDC.

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Leigh Diffey, David Hobbs and Steve Matchett are returning to the stage with their “Inside F1 2022 Year in Review” at back-to-back events in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, November 28 and 29. The popular trio with be joined by “The GOAT” Ricky Carmichael, 7-time AMA motorcross national champion. They will be at the Ridgefield (Conn) Playhouse the 28th, then on the 29th at the Sellersville (Pa) Theater 1894.

David Hobbs, Leigh Diffey and Steve Matchett (Left image) are joined by Ricky Carmichael for two season review programs.

Carmichael, who holds the all-time record for wins and championships, will provide his thoughts on the mind of a champion, elite athletes in motorsport and the 2022 racing season along with Diffey, Hobbs and Matchett who’ll discuss all racing series for the year with emphasis on Formula 1.

“Ricky love all forms of motorsport,” said Diffey, “and will be talking about the mindset of a champion and elite athletes, especially given what Max Verstappen has achieved at such a young age – very reminiscent of what Ricky achieved himself at such a young age.”

The Ridgefield show is presented by Lime Rock Park and sponsored by Porsche Danbury & Audi Danbury. Tickets are available at this link.

Tickets for the Sellersville program are available at this link.

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Mike HullManaging Director for Chip Ganassi Racing, has joined the impressive, growing list of featured webinar speakers during the 3rd Annual RACE INDUSTRY WEEK,

EPARTRADE, RACER and SPEED SPORT are providing 55 hours, over 5 days, of Live webinars from race industry leaders, race sanctioning organizations and key industry suppliers from around the world.

No charge to attend.

The live webinars will run from 6:00am to 5:00pm PST, November 28 through December 2, 2022. To view the full schedule please go to:

RACE INDUSTRY WEEK is Business-to-Business. Attendees will receive complimentary registration for access to the EPARTRADE Platform.Monday through Friday, Nov 28 – Dec 2, 2022. Register now to receive the link. No charge to attend. Register now and receive a link that will give you access for the entire week.

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With Joey Lagono’s NASCAR Cup Series title Sunday, Team Penske notched its second major championship of 2022, matching Will Power’s NIT IndyCar title clinching drive at Laguna Seca in September. It was the team’s first dual title effort in 31 seasons of competing in both series.

Lagano prevailed in a four-driver shootout at Phoenix International Raceway by winning the race. It was the second career championship for both Lagano and Power.

2022 was a banner Cup season for Team Penske with the series title, the opening day Memorial Coliseum victory for Lagano and team manager’s son Austin Cindric winning the Daytona 500.

“It’s about time,” Roger Penske said. “Joey did a great job, and for me to have two championships in the same year, that’s what we’re here for. That’s the goal we have every year. I think we’ve been close, but we got it this year.”

Roger Penske in Victory Lane Sunday [Phoenix Raceway image]

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One year ago, Max Esterson carried Team USA Scholarship colors to second place in the 50th BRSCC Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch, with teammate Andre Castro taking third. This afternoon, Esterson, from New York, N.Y., went one better, making a step back from his GB3 campaign and emerging with the victory spoils, including the coveted Neil Shanahan Memorial Trophy, for Ammonite Motorsport after the Grand Final was red-flagged after just three laps following a torrential downpour. Esterson, which might be suitable for betting on sites like 벳엔드 사이트, became only the second American to claim a Festival Final victory after Josef Newgarden carried Team USA’s patriotic red, white and blue livery to top Kent honors in 2008.

Max Esterson was fast qualifier and led every lap of three races to put his stamp on the 51st Formula Ford Festival.

This year’s Team USA Scholarship winners, Thomas Schrage and William Ferguson, also produced memorable performances. Schrage, 17, from Bethel, Ohio, finished third in his Semi Final race earlier this afternoon and was classified fourth in the Grand Final. Ferguson bounced back brilliantly from his incident on Saturday to dominate his Progression race, then overcame a poor start in his Semi Final to climb from 30th to 10th and secure a place in the Final.

The third Team USA driver, Elliott Budzinski, 20, from Ann Arbor, Mich., was in a position to advance to the Final before another untimely red-flag stoppage dropped him out of contention.

Another spectacular day of Formula Ford action began with a pair of Progression Races this morning for those drivers who were unable to qualify directly for the Semi Final round of the traditional knock-out competition. And the track conditions were completely different to Saturday following heavy rain. Ferguson lined up ninth on the grid after his Saturday incident, but began his charge to the front immediately. The Californian rose to second place by the completion of the opening lap before romping away to a clear victory over Team Canada Scholarship winner Jake Cowden, who narrowly beat Ferguson to this year’s Canadian Formula Ford Championship.

William Ferguson dominated his progression race to make the Semi-Final.

“I managed to pull a gap to Jake and then maintained it for the remainder of the race and grabbed the win,” recounted Ferguson. “Huge thanks to the Ammonite boys for getting the car back together after an unfortunate incident yesterday that put us in the barriers on the exit of Druids. We’re looking very strong for the Semi Final. Time to make up some more spots!”

Ferguson was good to his word. Despite a poor start which saw him plummet from 25th on the grid to 30th and last at the first corner, Paddock Hill Bend, Ferguson fought back magnificently, passing seven cars on the first lap and ending up a fine 10th to ensure direct qualification for the Final. The race was won by Michael Eastwell’s Kevin Mills Racing Spectrum 011C.

“Super comeback so far after an unlucky day yesterday,” said Ferguson, who posted the second fastest lap. “This means I made it into the Final, and I will start 20th. It’s a 20-lap race so there’s plenty of time to make it happen.”

Fergusin passed that clatch of cars behind him in the Semi-Final.

Schrage and Budzinski contested the other Semi Final, lining up in fifth and 16th positions respectively on a still wet – but drying – track. An excellent first lap enabled Schrage to leapfrog to third place, after which he was embroiled in an entertaining battle with Jordan Dempsey (Kevin Mills Racing Spectrum) and veteran Joey Foster (Don Hardman Racing Firman) as Esterson romped clear in the lead.

Foster used his experience to dive inside Schrage at Paddock Hill Bend on the seventh lap, then battled past Dempsey and closed rapidly on the leader, Esterson, who held on for a narrow victory as the track rapidly began to dry. Schrage was equally impressive in fourth.

“I had a much better start than yesterday,” said Schrage, who set the third fastest lap of the race, fractionally slower than the race winner. “After an intense battle with Joey Foster, I brought home a fourth-place finish in a stacked lineup.”

Budzinski was less fortunate, being inadvertently tipped into a spin at the first corner as he attempted to pass veteran Roberto Moreno’s Ray. Budzinski resumed at the tail of the field and drove well to rise up to 17th by the completion, which ensured him a place on the grid for the Last Chance Race.

Not a totally satisfying weekend for Elliott Budzinski but a great learning experience.

Unfortunately, after rising from ninth to fifth on the first lap, a red flag was displayed, and the race restarted from the original grid positions. This time he made up only one place before the red flag flew again, leaving him two shy of a Final transfer.

“The Formula Ford Festival is over and it was definitely an experience,” said Budzinski. “I learned a lot and ended feeling quite good in the car. Unfortunately, I just made a few costly mistakes which took me out of contention for the Final, and a decent position at that. Overall though a lot of fun battles were had and the amount I have learned over the week was tremendous. Now it’s onto the Walter Hayes Trophy where hopefully I can clean up the mistakes and show what young American drivers have to offer with some hardware.” 

The Final was shortened due to heavy rain, lightening and dwindling twilight.

The Final began on a largely dry track but with threatening rain clouds looming ever closer. Schrage, from seventh on the grid, made up a couple of positions on the first lap and was right in contention when he tangled with Eastwell under braking for the Druid’s hairpin. Schrage somehow recovered from a major “moment”, but the red flags flew shortly afterward when the heavens opened, and with darkness not far away and the rain still falling heavily, the officials had little option other than to conclude the race early.

“I wish I had more laps to show my true pace with the leaders,” said Schrage. “A fourth-place finish at the 51st Formula Festival Festival still met my expectations for sure. Great job to Max Esterson on the clean sweep and amazing win. The Ammonite Motorsport crew has done amazing job with all the cars, I can’t thank them enough. Thank you to Jeremy Shaw and all the Team USA Scholarship supporters for allowing us three Americans to represent our nation in these great races.”

Ferguson lost a place during a hectic opening lap but had charged his way up to 16th when the race was stopped and was eventually classified 15th when the final results were declared after two laps.

“Well, not the greatest way to end a weekend,” said Ferguson. “It was going to be a good race for us, having put a rain setup on the car. We were prepared for the weather. Even before it started raining I was able to make up four spots and we knew that we had pace in the rain.

“Overall, it was a great weekend. To make it to the Final after being taken out in the first race was a win in itself. Huge congrats to Max for getting the win, awesome result for Ammonite. The team worked really hard all week and I’m very proud to be a part of it. None of this would be possible without their hard work as well from Team USA and all of our supporters.”

About Team USA Scholarship:
The program has been providing opportunities for talented American race car drivers at an early stage in their careers since 1990. Supporters include AERO ™ Sustainable Paint Technology, Doug Mockett & Company, the Road Racing Drivers Club and, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, Chip Ganassi Racing, The Stellrecht Company, Chris Locke, CoForce, Polecat Training Academy, Pratt Miller, Dyson Racing, PitFit Training, RaceCraft1, Sparco USA, Speedstar Management and Styled Aesthetic. Previous scholarship winners include Jimmy Vasser, Bryan Herta, Jerry Nadeau, Buddy Rice, Andy Lally, Phil Giebler, A.J. Allmendinger, J.R. Hildebrand, Dane Cameron, Josef Newgarden, Conor Daly, Connor De Phillippi, Spencer Pigot, Trent Hindman, Tristan Nunez, Oliver Askew and Kyle Kirkwood.

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