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The Mad Dog’s Daytona Speed Test

DAYTONA FLYER: Built by Bob Osiecki, the Mad Dog IV reached a top speed of 181.561 mph with Art Malone behind the wheel at Daytona Int’l Speedway. (Bob Gates Photo Collection)

Seeking publicity for his new race track in 1960, entrepreneur and NASCAR founder Bill France offered $10,000 to anyone who could lap Daytona Int’l Speedway at 180 mph.

Racing’s History In Tinsel Town

James Garner in the film "Grand Prix."

With “Rush” and “Snake & Mongoose,” each playing to rave reviews in theaters, we felt it was the right to offer readers the following excerpt from Bob Gates’ SPEED SPORT Magazine story on the history of racing movies that was published in September.

The Amazing History Of Harley-Davidson

Harley-Davidson recently celebrated its 110th anniversary.

In 1903, William Harley and his bicycling buddy, Arthur Davidson, both in their early 20s, successfully mounted a simple one-cylinder engine of their own design on what was essentially a reinforced bicycle frame with the intention of racing it.

Kody Swanson’s Triumphant Comeback

Tanner (right) and Kody Swanson finished first and second in the USAC Western Sprint car Series feature at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale. (David E. Heithaus photo)

On May 26 Kingsburg, California’s Kody Swanson suffered a violent crash during the Hut Hundred at Tri City Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.

Tazio Nuvolari’s Signature Victory

Tazio Nuvolari following his shocking victory at the Nurburgring in 1935.

Some insisted that Tazio Nuvolari had made a pact with the devil. His of another realm performances behind the wheel of a speeding race car certainly bolstered that suspicion

1963 — Year Of Transition

Jim Clark in his Lotus at Trenton (N.J.) Speedway in 1963.

With backing from Ford, Lotus’s Colin Chapman had created an Indianapolis car based on his Formula One machines that nearly won the 500 in its first outing

Can An American Win The Indy 500?

Townsend Bell

In the past 14 races only three Americans have had their images emblazoned on the Borg Warner trophy at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Sam Hornish was the last in 2006, Buddy Rice won two years before that, in 2004, and there was a five-year gap, Eddie Cheever in 1998, before Rice’s win

Indianapolis 500 News & Notes

Marco Andretti and the Andretti Autosport team will be Chevrolet powered in 2012.

Team Penske driver Will Power demonstrated his class on Pole Day. As Alex Tagliani got the checkered flag to end his pole winning qualifying run on Saturday, Power, who had been standing, and applauding as enthusiastically as the other spectators watching Tags’ run, made his way over to congratulate the crew, and then Tag when he climbed from the car

Who Will Miss The Indianapolis 500?

Ho-Pin Tung is among the eight rookies at Indianapolis this year. (David E. Heithaus photo)

With qualifying for the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 looming, the question on many minds, certainly those of the teams and drivers, is who’s not going to make the exclusive field of 33?

Ribbs Back At Indy 20 Years Later

Chris Miles (left), driver Chase Austin and former Indy car driver Willy T. Ribbs (right) at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May. Ribbs is scheduled to return to driving at the Baltimore Grand Prix Labor Day weekend.

Twenty years after he made history in 1991 by becoming the first African-American to compete in the Indianapolis 500, the personable, well-liked Willy T. Ribbs has returned to the scene of his greatest triumph


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