For several decades auto-racing sponsorship involved little more than a local merchant, usually a neighborhood garage, giving the guy down the street a case of oil, a free tire or a few bucks to paint the name of the merchant’s business on the hood or quarter panel of his race car.
A milestone moment that forever changed American open-wheel racing took place on Sept. 14, 1970, when the United States Auto Club’s board of directors met in Indianapolis.
This year-end issue includes the 50th and final installment of our weekly history feature — Milestone Moment — and hopefully you’ve enjoyed reading it as much as we’ve enjoyed researching and writing it.
Dec 15 2010 | Posted in Columns
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Recent news reports about the 25th anniversary of the original “Back to the Future” movie started us thinking about how to combine time travel with our passion for auto-racing history.
Dec 9 2010 | Posted in Columns
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The racing landscape in the Eastern United States began to change, both literally and figuratively, just before Christmas in 1964.
A simple two-paragraph story on page two of the Nov. 3, 1965, issue of National Speed Sport News signaled a milestone moment in the fledgling relationship between corporate America and the sport of auto racing.
Ascot Park, one of this country’s most famous short tracks, hosted its final race on Nov. 22, 1990, with Stan Fox, of Janesville, Wis., winning the 50th Turkey Night Grand Prix.
It’s finally over! Approximately 6,748 hours after the green flag was waved to start the Daytona 500, the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup season came to a close when the final checkered flag was unfurled Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Tony Stewart, a 24-year-old racer from Columbus, Ind., made history in 1995 when he became the first driver to claim championships in each of USAC’s top three series in the same season.
The 165,000 fans that jammed Atlanta Motor Speedway on Nov. 15, 1992, for the season-ending Hooters 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race were treated to an event that featured more subplots than a good mystery novel.