Racing

  • The original Indianapolis 500 race date has passed, the 27th Brickyard 400 has passed and we’ve now seen a preview of most of the changes to IMS that spectators and TV audiences will experience on race day. The race date for the 104th running is Sunday, Aug. 23, albeit with reduced capacity.

  • For those of you who have dreamed of one day attending the Baja 1000, I've got an alternative closer to home. The Mint 400, also known as The Great American Off-Road Race might not be as well known as the Baja 500 and Baja 1,000 but it is an awesome experience and opportunity to meet your favorite drivers, manufacturers, and be a part of one of the greatest off-road races in the world. 

  • Buying a motocross bike and learning the first tricks was fun and now you’re looking for more challenges? Racing on a motocross track might look like an easy thing to observers, but once you hit the track, you’ll figure out how much training it requires to successfully finish a motocross track. If you’ve never participated in a motocross race, but have a strong desire to try, in this article you’re going to get very useful tips that will make you first motocross racing experience much better and easier. 

  • NASCAR is a unique motorsport in a number of ways but probably the most profound is the family-friendly culture. While many races offer a great opportunity for fathers and sons of all ages to have a fabulous experience, NASCAR has heritage and tradition firmly embedded in the core of the experience. While NASCAR as a league was founded in 1948, the tradition goes back far longer to the bootleggers of Appalachia and the speed enthusiasts racing on the beach at Daytona. Over these more than 100 years of stock car racing heritage, there has continued to be a deep connection shared between fathers and sons. Not only in the stands watching the races and cheering on their favorite teams - but generations of drivers passing the thrill of driving fast from father to son as well. 

  • Wreckfest is the spiritual sequel to one of my all-time favorite racing games - Flatout / Flatout 2. It's down and dirty, smash-em-up awesomeness that has a serious racing engine beneath the hood. Wreckfest is available now on PC, Xbox One. and Playstation 4 and it is the perfect game for anyone who loves creating carnage on the race track.

  • Often times, going to a NASCAR race is about the only thing on your agenda. Frankly, most tracks are so far out in the middle of nowhere that it's difficult to plan anything other than an awesome weekend of racing. Chicagoland Speedway is different though and there's a surprising amount of stuff to do at the race and beyond. With that in mind, we set out to the Camping World 400, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway followed by some time exploring the surrounding area of Joliet, Illinois. 

  • Bondurant School of High Performance Driving announced today the addition of a new drag racing program, breaking new ground as the first of its kind to offer professional drag racing instruction to the public behind the wheel of the most powerful street legal cars in the world on July 27 and August 17, 2019, with additional courses being announced in the coming weeks.  Courses are limited to only 16 students per class and cost is $1,999 per driver.

  • When I was a small boy, I remember going to the racetrack with my grandfather and watching the horses while he made periodic wagers. On these days, as I grew older it was an opportunity to not just spend time with him but also an opportunity to learn skills that would help me later in life. For instance, while anyone can throw money at a number and some will be lucky, others use math, pattern recognition, intuition, and time honored traditions to may the process more efficient. Or at least make it more fun! 

  • NASCAR is one of my favorite racing leagues and it has been since my first race nearly 10 years ago. I've had the fortune to see races from inside the pit, high above the track in a luxury box, and in the stands with the rest of you guys too. While I love almost anything that involves guys piloting fast machines and competing for glory, NASCAR has a rebel spirit that is both its strongest asset and maybe it's greatest weakness. Over the past few years though it's changed significantly and while some claim "NASCAR's Dead"... these changes mean that it's a great opportunity to give it a second chance or just a fresh look.

  • Almost anyone who has felt the thrill of racing through the open desert has dreamed of one day becoming a professional dirt racer. There's a unique thrill that you can only understand if you've ever sat in an open windshield truck, buggie, or UTV and felt the wind and grit fly by your face. This is a different sort of experience than exploring typical "jeep trails" and the objective here is to go as fast as possible as safely as possible so you can do it all again as soon as possible. BFGoodrich is the undisputed king of tires in this space and if you watch any of the leading races including MINT 400, Baja 1000, or even King of Hammers you'll notice that the pros all are riding on their latest tires. Often this is the KR3 - known for its grip as well as rugged sidewalls able to resist damage at relatively low air pressure. Now though, there's a version for the rest of us to use on UTVs and off-road trucks such as custom Jeeps, Raptors and Colorado ZR2s.

  • Held deep in the expansive deserts of Sonora, Mexico, the Yokohama Sonora Rally is a five-day off-road navigation rally and a true Dakar-style adventure. Created by Dakar veterans Darren Skilton and Scott Whitney in 2014, the venue has brought rally raid, a mainstream attraction in Europe and Africa, to the forefront of the North American automotive world. Organizers have fueled the passion and growth of the sport authentically, bringing decades of experience in the form of world-class road books, pre-event navigation classes, and professional logistics management.

  • We are all familiar with country clubs and yacht clubs... people purchase property and memberships there because they are passionate about a sport such as golf or sailing. However, there's way more options than just those two hobbies. Over the past few months I've had the chance to check out a few different examples of this including fly-in resorts just for pilots, country clubs for sports car fans, and then of course there's buying your very own slice of heaven to go fishing or hunting on. Whatever your passion, there's probably an option out there that's perfect for you!

  • Yes, you read that right! The folks at Papadakis Racing have revealed their latest build, a 1,000 horsepower Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla Hatchback that will be competing in Formula Drift races this year. Here's a look at what it takes to transform a stock front-wheel-drive 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback into this rear-wheel-drive beast.

  • Baja California, Mexico is a legendary peninsula that has some of the most beautiful coastline, mountains, valleys, and vistas of anyplace on Earth. It is also a playground for some of the most wealthy and adventurous people in the world who love to test their physical endurance and technical ability as a driver during the Baja 1000 and other races held here. We recently had a chance to spend four days here, driving a Baja challenge car that had actually completed the Baja 1000 course and it's an amazing experience. What you might not know is that there's no credentialing authority, so all you need to do to compete is show up with a car and pay your entry fee!

  • To the uninitiated race fan, it might seem like a top NASCAR driver like Matt Kenseth is simply doing what we all do every day - just a whole lot faster. While it's true that he's driving a car, there's a lot of training and physical fitness involved that makes him and his crew able to do the amazing feats you see them do on race day. For instance, in some turns a driver will experience 3 G's of force - making a 160 pound driver weigh 480 pounds in a turn. On top of this, the in-car temperatures can reach 120 degrees and yet they still need to be alert and able to response with lightning quick reflexes as they race around the track at up to 200 mph. 

  • Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend at NASCAR race as a guest of Kelley Blue Book. Over the course of the weekend, I came to realize that like any sport there is a high level of complexity involved in NASCAR that may be confusing to new fans. With NASCAR racing though, I think it gets even more complicated since it all seems so simple initially. So many people think all that it is simply a driver pressing the gas pedal down and turning left. In reality though, there are so many levels of complexity that the races can be fun to watch for new and old fans alike... but with a little help getting started.

  • Visiting a favorite stadium, birthplace, or hall of fame is something that most sports fans dream of doing at some point in their lives. For most sports though, there is an inherent challenge with that since everything is so spread out. For instance, while Cooperstown might be a great place for baseball fans - it's nowhere near a major league stadium. With NASCAR in particular, Charlotte is THAT PLACE. Not only is this the home of one of the finest NASCAR tracks that I've ever visited - but they also host the NASCAR Hall of Fame, team garages, parts and technology innovators, and you can even follow in the footsteps of racing legends like Dale Earnhardt by visiting his hometown.

  • There’s something special about donuts – no not just the fried ones – but the burning rubber and smoking tires type. It’s a celebration of freedom and a way to literally leave your mark after a major accomplishment. The thrill of watching from the stands or side of the track as an expert driver like BFGoodrich Performance Team Member RJ Anderson makes a perfect race donut is something that everyone out there deserves to experience at least once.

  • Last weekend Sear & Craftsman Tools invited me out to check out the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series at Perris Auto Speedway, in Perris California. This was my first time ever at a Sprint Car race and I really didn't know what to expect.

  • For the ultimate NASCAR fan, there's no bigger achievement than actually owning a car driven my your favorite driver. Short of buying an actual team, this is probably the closest you will ever come to living out those Days of Glory dreams. For most people though, this is simply a fantasy but it's actually surprisingly easy to achieve and a lot less expensive than you might think.

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