Category Archives: Road Racing

Red Bull–How it designs its winning F1 cars

Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel have become just about unbeatable this season as well as the past three.  Next year is a year of big change in Formula One with 1.6 liter turbocharged engines being the new power plant.  The … Continue reading

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Phoenix Arizona–Rising from the flames or carbonizing under the Heat

Today I had a list of three museums to visit.  My first choice (mostly because it was opening the earliest) was the Penske Racing Museum in Scottsdale.  There are lots of towns around the city of Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Surprise, … Continue reading

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Barber Motorsports Complex–Leeds, AL

When you think of Alabama and race cars Talladega will likely come to mind, but one of the finest tracks in the country for road racing is right there in Leeds, AL. About seven years ago I drove out here … Continue reading

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International Motorsports Hall of Fame–Talladega

Talladega Superspeedway is an incredible race track.  Known as a tri-oval it is 2.66 miles long with the banking in the corners reaching 33 degrees of angle.  It is also the home of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. To … Continue reading

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International Motor Racing Research Center at Watkins Glen

I pulled into the town of Watkins Glen late in the afternoon, but that didn’t matter.  It was a hot day.  The temperatures hit 93 degrees and most people were busy trying to take their window air-conditioning units out of … Continue reading

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What is Engineering and What is Art

After breakfast on Tuesday I hit the road in the P71 anxious to get some real highway miles on it.  Come June when the Big Road Trip starts it will be a long time before this car sees the inside … Continue reading

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Tommy Kendall and Sebring

Racer online has a very insightful write-up by Tommy Kendall on his upcoming Sebring 12 hour endurance race in the SRT Motorsports entry. Check it out: Tommy Kendall’s Viper Update

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Building a Track Car–Goodbye Miata

It was a journey that I really enjoyed.  Transforming the 1996 Miata from a well ridden roadster to a very capable track-day car was a project that I really enjoyed.  Along the way I was able to engage several friends … Continue reading

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Track Day Weekend–The Miata at VIR

Finally I could make it to an event at my favorite track, Virginia International Raceway (VIR).  It would be a chance for me to see what it was like to track a great handling, but low-powered car and brush out … Continue reading

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Building a Track Car – How much power?

With the suspension all set and the car corner balanced it was time for one more detail.  I needed to find out what the true power band was so that I could make the most of the Shift-I that I … Continue reading

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