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There are many different fans of pro-racing, because of the adrenaline-fueled and fast-paced nature of the sport. The world of stock car and professional racing has been a popular one ever since the emergence of race cars in the early 20th century. So it is no surprise that there are many professional racing organizations that have popped up over the years. And because there are so many different racing organizations, it can be hard to follow them all. So if you would like to read all about what is going on in the worlds of SCCA, IndyCar racing, NASCAR, and many others, this is the website where you can get all of that news and more.
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The National Association for Stock Car Racing (NASCAR) is arguably one of the biggest professional racing organizations around the world. And it is certainly the biggest one in North America. It features professional stock car racers from all around the country, and even around the world as well. And all of these professional race car drivers are all competing to be the top NASCAR Champ. And there is a load of different professional racing tourneys that NASCAR holds as well. There are the Daytona 500 and the famous Indianapolis 500 as well.
NASCAR was officially founded in December 1947, when various professionals in the race car industry wanted to standardize the rules for race car driving. Since that time, the racing organization has grown to be one of the most watched ones in the world. The NASCAR races, such as the Indianapolis 500, boasts having the biggest turn-outs of fans for any race car competition. And since NASCAR is so big, there is a lot of news to cover. And we will deliver all of the NASCAR news that you could ever want on this website.
The SCCA Pro Racing association is part of the Sports Car Club. And it is the division of the sports car club that deals exclusively professional racing. So it has its own races and competitions that make it distinct from any other race car organization. There are a lot of racing competitions that the SCCA holds. And these are the Pirelli World Challenge, United States Formula 4 Championship, and the Trans-Am series of races. So that single racing organization alone could have hundreds of news articles that you will have to read. Not to worry, though, you can get all of that news about those races, through this website.
And if you like to read news about drag racing, then we cover races that are held the NHRA as well. This website literally will cover any sort of professional race car news. As long as the race was held by a North American racing organization, we have got your back covered on any news that you may miss out on.
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For approximately nine years I experimented with the application of sport psychology principles to the teaching of primary flight students. I reasoned that the motor skills needed to fly an airplane were no different from those needed to learn a sport activity. While every sport’s activity has specific performance requirements, all sports demand various degrees of hand, eye, and foot coordination, and most importantly, all require mental control.
Since there was nothing published on applying sport psychology principles to flying, my efforts consisted of trial-and-error methods extrapolated from sport psychology research data gathered for other sports. After three years of experimentation, I was astounded at the excellent results obtained using sport psychology principles in teaching primary flight students.
At this point I realized the implications of sport psychology for aerobatics, be it competition or fun flying. Again, I started trial-and-error research. Fortunately, most of my students at that time were enrolled in a university aviation program and had logged 100 to 200 hours of flight time but had no previous aerobatic experience. Therefore, it was possible to evaluate the results based on various teaching techniques utilizing subjects who had comparable flight experience, yet without the influence of previous aerobatic training. With data from teaching these students, I began work on sport psychology for teaching aerobatics and for application to the competition aerobatic environment.
While the element of physical danger is minimal in some sports, others have a significant risk of physical injury; the nature of the sport determines the type and severity of the injuries. Like any motor sport, aerobatics has the risk of accidents, and these accidents can easily result in death. Just as in other motor sports, there is always the risk of mechanical failure, but aerobatic accident statistics consistently show this to be a low occurrence. This speaks well for the design, construction, and maintenance of the airplanes designed and built for aerobatics. However, the pilot is the most common causal factor in accidents. In fact, 85 to 95 percent of all aerobatic accidents have, as at least one common causal factor, the human element.
During the years that I explored the application of sport psychology to aerobatics, I studied, on a regular basis, aerobatic accident data from National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigations. I came to the realization that sport psychology has implications for aerobatic accident prevention, something not associated with the traditional use of sport psychology.
It’s the stuff of which legends are born and movies are made. A local boy outruns and out-maneuvers the Feds running moonshine out of the North Carolina mountains. This feat not only requires iron-wrapped nerves, super driving skills, but also cunning ideas on ways to soup up a car. After a time, when a guy is tired of fighting the law, he can take these talents and drive on a track. He can race other drivers, rather than the ‘revenuers. At least that’s what Junior Johnson did.
That’s one of the big draws about NASCAR–just everyday, down-home boys that make good. They wear overalls and baseball caps, talk with a drawl and will never win a speech contest. If they look like they just came off the farm or out of the garage, they may have. None of this matters, though, when they crawl in behind the wheel. They can drive. Lordy, they can drive. And we “drive” with them. We imagine that is us strapped in and flying around that track. The roar of the engines and the smell of oil is as familiar to us as our own driveways.
NASCAR has always been a sport for the regular guy. Starting at small, dusty tracks in cars built in the local garage and tested on back roads, NASCAR is the people’s sport. And it’s the people who support it. Older fans cheered Junior Johnson, Cale Yarborough, Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt, Sr., to name a few. The younger generation follows their sons and grandsons. It’s a generational, family thing. Even the losers have the charisma of movie stars.
Then there is the specter of the wreck. What is it about human nature that enjoys watching a wreck? Unexplainable, but there. NASCAR meets that quirk in us. Fortunately, with the safety equipment in place, most of the spectacular, horrifying wrecks can still end up with the driver walking away with minor injuries. There are those other times, though, that are still talked about around the bar-b-cue pit–the war wounds of NASCAR that took Dale Earnhardt, Sr and young Petty. Unforgettable events, unequaled in other sports.
We don’t just adore the drivers alone, however. The cars are also our idols. We see them in the dealer lots as well as on the track. The muscle cars in makes and names we are know and can afford. We can buy them and fix them and test them in our own neighborhood with our family, friends and neighbors cheering us on. We reap the benefits of innovative modifications by seasoned crews and automotive suppliers. Our faithful support of NASCAR gives back to us in the new car models and accessories.
No one would disagree that NASCAR is a man’s, macho sport, but it draws the women, too. They like the thrills of the race and some dream of breaking the predominate male world behind their own wheel. Yep, NASCAR belongs to the people. I may not be able to bat .300, sink a long ball shot, or catch a pass for a touchdown, but by gosh I can drive. And while I’m behind the wheel, I can dream……
Stock car racers are a very special breed of people who must possess several different qualities, potentially non-redeeming, to enter into the arena they have chosen. In no particular order:
Stock Car Racers Must Have a Slight Inclination Towards Masochism
This fetish doesn’t lean towards the sexual in many cases, but stock car racers must love pain and that is definitely a beginning sign of masochistic tendencies.
Stock Car Racers Are Manly Men and Women
Robin Hood Men In Tights references aside, aren’t stock car racers awfully masculine (or masculine in a feminine sort of way)? Their predisposition to metal to metal contact reminds one of primordial chest thumping all grown up or the clash of shields on the battle fields in Roman wars. Surely they think so!
Stock Car Racers Must Be Unsure About Organs
Any good stock car racer looking to enter the field must have a tentative stance on organs. After all, despite the best protection science can afford jostling and shaking will occur. Organs only love that in an alternate universe. Stock car racers have to compartmentalize these body signals.
Stock Car Racers Must Love Their Parents
It is a surety that all of the young people in stock car racing have to love their parents! Nothing says “You are the best Mommy in the whole wide world,” quite like a blow-out or a last minute crash into your fellow racers!
Stock Car Racers Must Have Young Parents
The prior qualification leads into yet another need for stock car racers – young parents. To break into stock car racing you need young parents – ideally 35-45 (they were young lovers, huh?). If your parents are any older than this you may spend a good bit of your practice time helping them cope with nervous breakdowns or visiting them in the ICU ward in the hospital after their 6th or 7th stress related illness.
Stock Car Racers Should Have Been Boy Scouts
Boy Scouts have badges to display their various accomplishments. Stock cars have hoods and bodies that are so decorated with insignias it is hard to find the car color. These racers are Boy Scout badge lovers who moved from helping old ladies across the street to courting corporate sponsors. The lettuce is the same.
Stock Car Racers Must Have an Innate Love for Their Fellow Man
Having an innate love for mankind is an inherent quality in all successful stock car racers – so much so that it is a necessity. How else can one describe the self-sacrifice that goes into containing this manic need for speed to a race track? It is love. If stock car racers didn’t love people we would all be victims of road rage in the passing lane!These basic requirements for a good stock car racer may seem tough, but they serve a very important purpose and help separate the wheat from the chaff before going onto the racetrack.
If you are looking for the best place for camping and boat rentals in the Wisconsin Dells Area look no further than Holiday Shores Resort and Motor sports.
3901 River Road
Wisconsin Dells Wisconsin 53965
When it comes to a family run recreation business Frank, Alice and there kids do a tremendous job. They offer everything from tent camping to cabin and trailer rental. They also have the motor sport business on the upper Wisconsin River.
When it comes to water sport rentals Holiday Shores has almost everything you could think of. If you’re just looking to do some fishing they have fishing boat rentals. Most of these rentals are a fishing boat and motor.
If you’re looking to do a more leisurely run on the river with your family there half day or full day pontoon rental may be just what you’re looking for. They have different size pontoon boats that will accommodate from 2 people to 10 people.
If you’re looking for a bit more speed you may want to rent one of there many wave runners. There wave runners will accommodate two people with no problem. Most of these rentals are hourly.
If you are slightly more adventurous you may want to think about trying there parasailing. Here you get to take a tour of the scenic Upper Wisconsin dells via a parasail.
Remember that Wisconsin Dells is a very popular tourist area. Holiday Shores boats are rented out very quickly, so if you want to rent a watercraft make sure to make reservations.
My Favorite Piece of Sport Memorabilia
All of my sports memorabilia is NASCAR-related. Perhaps it is a southern thing? The greatest race tracks of NASCAR are in the south: Daytona, Charlotte, Bristol, Talladega. Naturally, the racing teams pass through many parts of the South. Yet despite the popularity of NASCAR, drivers remain accessible to fans. My favorite piece of sports memorabilia is an Action 1/24-scale diecast replica of two-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart’s 2003 #20 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
How I Got It
I was once fortunate enough to work for Tony’s major sponsor. When he came to visit our headquarters, I bought the high quality model and had it autographed By Tony Stewart and his Crew Chief Greg Zipadelli. Tony Stewart’s visit to the corporate headquarters was an exciting event. One of the traveling exhibition race cars was driven around the front parking area and parked in a position of prominence. The driver’s merchandise trailer opened and did a brisk business selling jackets, hats, and replica cars. I went down and bought the replica car early so that I had it when it was time for autographs. Even though I went down a little early for an autograph, a long line of people ran the length of the building. I was in line for 30 to 45 minutes, but eventually I got to the area were Tony and his crew chief were seated. Tony Stewart signed my car quickly while talking to a company PR person, but Greg Zipadelli took the time to say “Hi” and sign neatly. It was a brief brush with NASCAR greatness and one of the things that made working for a major NASCAR sponsor pretty cool.
Other NASCAR Memorabilia
Since that brief encounter, I’ve had the opportunity to work for other NASCAR sponsors and meet other drivers. I even met and scored a hat autographed by Daryl Waltrip himself for answering a trivia question correctly on NASCAR Day at another employer. I also got a T-shirt autographed by an up and coming driver. I call the hat my boogity, boogity, boogity, hat, but I never wear it because I don’t want to mess up Old D.W.’s autograph.
Ironically, I never been to an actual NASCAR stock car race. The closest I’ve come has been a Craftsman Series Truck Race in St. Louis many years ago and a dirt track race near Atlanta. At one race, I learned the value of ear plugs and at another I learned not to eat nachos while sitting in a turn grandstand at a dirt track. Both experiences were valuable life lessons and a lot of fun. When the American economy turns around, NASCAR can be assured that I’ll definitely be in the stands for at least one race. Until then, my Action diecast replica of that famous bright orange car will remain a very tangible reminder of a memorable encounter with a major motor sports figure.
NASCAR (which stands for National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) is one of the fastest growing spectator sports in the country, especially among women. Yet if you’re flipping through your television stations and come upon a race for the first time, or if you have a significant other who is a fan, you may have taken in the rush of cars, the noise, and all the hoopla and wondered, “What’s the big deal about a bunch of cars driving in circles for four and a half hours?”
The Big Deal
To appreciate NASCAR is, for one, to grasp the fact that the drivers can complete a race (not to mention finish in the top five) at all. Consider that the average driver is literally installed into the car’s cockpit with a five-point harness, is wearing a heavy, fire-resistant Nomex suit, a helmet with earplugs and a radio feed to his crew and sometimes, to the television announcers. Temperatures can reach up to 130 degrees inside the cockpit, and the driver is trapped there for the length of the race. Cars zoom around a tightly curved track at speeds up to 200 miles per hour, often mere inches from their competitors. At times, they face exhausting gravitational forces equivalent to those pulled by a test pilot. They have that right foot crushed to the metal and hands locked to the wheel, and need to be consistently aware of flying debris and the condition of their vehicles, not to mention worrying about what the other 41 drivers are doing.
But there is more to NASCAR than sheer speed. Or waiting for the cars to crash.
NASCAR oversees many different types of racing across the US. The one most commonly referred to as simply “NASCAR” is the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. (Sponsored by, you guessed it, NEXTEL.) These races are usually on Sundays.
These are not your father’s stock cars. While they may be based on four-door American-built cars (the currently eligible vehicles for NASCAR are the Ford Fusion, the Dodge Charger, the Chevrolet Monte Carlo, and for the first time, the Toyota Camry), NASCAR NEXTEL Cup cars are modified to be as finely-tuned as racehorses, and can be just as temperamental. And expensive. Just check out the number of logos on the car and you’ll know the kind of sponsor bucks it takes to keep these cars going, not just through the race but through an entire racing season. Plus, get into a wreck during practice and you have to have a backup car. This is also why the logos are now printed onto a giant sheet of Mylar that wraps around the body of the vehicle. Because it would cost too much to replace them all individually should the car get knocked around a bit during a race. And while the cars might look the same from race to race, underneath the body can be different guts, optimized for different types of race conditions. For “short track” racing (which requires a lot of turning and therefore, constant braking) you need larger-caliper brakes and pads; for larger tracks, such as Daytona, teams use smaller brakes and pads because there is not as much braking required. Also, depending on race conditions and strategies used, the rear wings, the nose, or the height of the car can change. But you can’t make just any change you want: NASCAR officials strictly regulate what you can and can’t do to your car.
Yes, the fastest guy (or gal) is often the one who wins. But a kind of chess match develops as the drivers jockey for position. Drivers usually don’t race alone. A major sponsor will have teams of drivers on the course at the same time. And often these drivers work together to block out other drivers so their team members can get into a more advantageous position. A strategy called “drafting” is used to work with the physical pulse of air created as a car moves forward (compare this to the wake of a ship or the buffeting you feel in your car on the highway as you’re passed by a fast-moving truck) Drafting can either push other drivers out of your way, or let him or her tuck in behind a leader and ride the “calmer” air the lead car is pushing away. Marathon runners also use this strategy: stay close behind a leader and you can save your endurance for the last kick to the finish line. The team member who helps you do this is called your “draft partner.”
Also important to strategy is making efficient pit stops. NASCAR’s pit crews put Jiffy Lube to shame. These speedy professionals can change all four tires, fill the gas tank and sometimes adjust a thing or two on the car’s body – all in twelve to fifteen seconds! But if any delays getting out of the pit (on a large track a car can cover the length of a football field per second) can cost a driver dearly. And a bad pit stop – for example, if tire’s lug nut is not securely tightened and falls off – will cause further delays, since race officials will force the driver to return to the pit to have it fixed.
Currently the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series (which runs from February to November) consists of 36 races on 22 different racetracks. While most tracks are oval or “D” shaped, and two races are run on road courses (Watkins Glen in New York and Infineon Raceway in California’s Sonoma Valley). And they don’t all have to be the same size. The Martinsville Speedway is a mere half-mile (requiring drivers to make those “short track” modifications mentioned previously) and the giant Talladega Speedway (2.66 miles). Most are banked (which means the track surface is slanted, to make all that turning easier), and the angle could be as steep as the roof of your house.
The NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season kicks off officially in February, with the popular Daytona 500. Some of the other major races include the Brickyard 400, run on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the exhausting Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day Weekend at the Lowe’s Motor Speedway (near Charlotte, NC), which can last up to six hours. Each race win is worth the same number of points, and the driver with the most points at the end of the season wins the NEXTEL Cup. (This is not always the driver with the most wins, but the one with the most consistent top finishes)
And A Few Props For Those Drivers
Add more enjoyment to your NASCAR experience by picking a driver you like and rooting for him or her. Some of the current heavy hitters are Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jimmy Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth. Learning the rivalries, the personalities and the team partners also helps. And there’s lots of info on rules, drivers, and current standings on the web if you want to know more. Or, for the brave, you can also go on line to buy tickets for a race near you and experience the roar of the crowd and the volcanic rumble of the track in person.
But for now, install yourself into your easy chair and let’s go racing!
The history of NASCAR racing can be traced back to the Prohibition era of the 1920-s and 30’s, when the underground moonshine running business was in full swing. Modern day stock car drivers sprung from the illegal bootleggers that ran whiskey from hidden stills to hundreds of outlets in the Southeast.
These bootleggers preceded the modern-era of auto racing by jetting around under cover of night eluding the police and racing to their next locations. Eventually, competition emerged between the moonshiner’s about who could get to their destination the fastest. Word grew, and crowds gathered on Sunday night’s to watch the bootlegger’s race each other.
By 1938, William H.G. Bill France decided that he would sanction the first race among these drivers. It happened on the sands of historic Daytona Beach. The purse: a bottle of rum, a box of cigars and a case of motor oil. This race was the foundation to what NASCAR has become today.
World War II brought stock car racing a standstill, albeit for a handful of events at Daytona. In 1947, France decided it was time to organize stock car racing by creating a sanctioning body with rules and regulations. At the Ebony Bar located in the Streamline Inn at Daytona Beach, the National Association for Stock Car Racing was born.
NASCAR grew exponentially throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s, but its breakout year was 1970. When the Nixon administration instituted a ban of cigarette advertising on the television and radio, RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company had an ingenious idea of how to continue to market their tobacco products, particularly their Winston brand of cigarettes.
Beginning in 1971, the Grand National Division of NASCAR, became known as the Winston Cup series. The money funneled into the sport by RJR exploded stock car racing into the mainstream media.
Television viewers got their first taste of the excitement of NASCAR in the late 1970’s when flag-to-flag coverage began on the major networks. The appeal of NASCAR is their ability to run on a wide variety of racetracks, from the 2.66-mile superspeedway at Talladega, Alabama to the .75-mile short track at Richmond. Each garners their own special variety of excitement.
Talladega and Daytona are the infamous restrictor plate race tracks. Due to their enormous track size and high banking in the corners, a thin piece of metal is placed on the carburetor on these tracks to artificially reduce speed. With the plates, speeds run about 190 mph in the corners and create close side-by-side racing.
Restrcitor plate racetracks are the wreck fests. Where the racers motor around at top speeds door-to-door in a tight pack of cars, if one small bump goes awry and a car spins in front of the field, a huge multi-car crash will ensue. Those crashes are often referred to as the “big one” collecting 15-20 cars in one fell swoop.
In extreme contrast, are tracks like Martinsville, Bristol and Richmond, short-tracks where Short track racing is the home grown banging sheet metal action that makes NASCAR racing come alive. Tight tracks like Bristol make for some of the most exciting racing of the year.
Cars roar around the .533-mile oval beating and battling for position. Racers race right up on each others bumpers, and often shove the competition out of the way to further their climb to the front. Short track races are filled with wrecks and tempers tantrums. It’s not unheard of to witness a fistfight on pit road between two drivers after the event, and a long line of frustrated people looking to plead their case to NASCAR officials post race.
All-in-all NASCAR races four restrictor plate races, and six short track events, the rest of the schedule is filled in with 26 events at intermediate tracks. There are also three non-point productions, such as the Nextel All-Star race held in Charlotte every year the week before the Memorial Day weekend Coca-Cola 600.
NASCAR, once populated by drivers with a Southern lineage, has seen an influx of new faces. These drivers known as the “young guns” became the rock stars of the sport. Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Robby Gordon, Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne and Greg Biffle are not only brash exciting racers, but handsome and well-spoken, reaching out to younger audiences bridging the gap between NASCAR loyalists and the MTV generation.
“Coming into the series,” said Gordon. “I didn’t expect a lot of things that have happened. I never dreamed of commercials on television or dreamed of the number of fans that follow our sport all over the country and the growth that it’s had, the audiences that come in person.
“I never thought that the sport and the business of the sport would get to this level or go to the level that it’s gone to.”
While the popularity of these drivers is immense, no one is more beloved by the NASCAR nation than Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Junior inherited the millions of loyal fans his father acquired, after Dale Sr.’s untimely death, in a last lap crash at the 2000 Daytona 500.
Earnhardt, Jr. paid his father the ultimate homage this year; by winning the season-opening Daytona 500 six years to the day Dale Earnhardt, Sr. pulled the No. 3 Chevy into victory lane. They are now the only father-son race car driver’s to every both score a win on the 2.5-mile superspeedway.
With emotional race endings like this year’s Daytona 500, NASCAR has become the number two watched sport in America, with over 75 million fans, 30 million of them women.
With the exit of RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company sponsorship at the end of 2003, NASCAR forged a new partnership with Nextel, a wireless service provider, to inherit the title sponsorship of what had been known for thirty some-odd years as The Winston Cup series.
That saw that title sponsor change to the NASCAR Nextel Cup series and opened the door for NASCAR to spread its wings. The limitations on how NASCAR could market its Winston Cup series because of the relation to tobacco often halted the mega-marketing machine of the sport. With Nextel on board, the sky is the limit.
“We love the hard core traditional fan,” said Michael Robichaud, Director of Sports and Entertainment Marketing for Nextel. “We are thrilled to be in business with NASCAR as it grows. It is the simple fact that we have the ability to market our product to 75 million fans.”
That year also brought alterations in how NASCAR determines its season end championship driver. The sanctioning body created a playoff format, where after the 26th race of the season, every driver in the top-10 and any driver within 400 points of the leader will be eligible for the chase for the championship. The current point leader will have his points reset to 5050, with all trailing competitors being reset in descending 5 point increments (i.e. 2nd place = 5045, 3rd place = 5040, etc).
It creates a “Super Bowl” type appeal for fans, and added excitement as NASCAR closes the season. NASCAR hopes it will keep people glued to their couches during a critical TV time when the sport competes with Major League Baseball and the National Football League.
NASCAR won’t stop motoring forward until they surpass the NFL as the most watched sport in the country. Anyone who’s ever been to a NASCAR race knows the appeal. The smell of the asphalt, the whirr of the engines, and the frenetic pace in the garage, race morning is addictive. Adrenaline junkies get their fix, and die hard race fans get their appetite satiated.
Daytona Beach, Florida in February is known for it’s world famous SPEED WEEK, with a series of races that initiates the years professional “Stock Car Racing Season.” Several racing teams “crew chiefs” were suspended for trying to gain a competitve edge by trying to game NASCAR’s strict rulebook that is meant to ensure each racing team has a fair chance at the “Finish Line”, was the most talked about subject in the area’s many restaurants.
Daytona Beach is located on the Atlantic Coast, the far eastern edge of a patchwork of cities and counties that make up “Central Florida.” Orlando, which is Central Florida’s Keystone City, and where most visitors to the area end up staying, because every hotel and motel in Daytona Beach is booked solid in January and February leading up to SPEED WEEK.
In the late 1940’s and early 1950’s, legend has it that the backroads of the south were used by transporters of “White Lightning” , whiskey made in unlicensed (and most importantly-untaxed) stills in the backwoods under the light of the moon (thus the name “Moonshine Whiskey”) to deliver their illicit product to their customers, bars in the cities and roadhouses on the edge of towns.
The cars used as “tankers” were mostly late forties Ford models because they were powered by the legendary “Flat Head V8”, the hood symbol reminecent of a cattle brand in the American “Old West”: a numeral “8” nestled in the elongated arms of a capital letter “V”. That particular Ford engine was favored because of many years service as a truck engine left thousands of them to be used to power ” racecars (cars “stripped-down” of the back seat, insulation in the doors and radios to save weight) that met-up on deserted back roads for challenge races.
An innovative mechanic figured out that adding another “carburetor” (the first fuel injection on a production car didn’t occur until 1957) would enable the flathead Ford V8 to intake more fuel and oxygen per engine revolution thus increasing the power transmitted through the drivetrain to the rear wheels, multplying the amount of work done: making the lightened street racer go faster, or a moonshine tanker to carry a hundred gallons of liquid gold at a higher speed around the mountain roads, faster than the “Revenuers” family sedans (Federal Government agents seeking to tax the alcohol and put the distillers and drivers in federal prison.)
So the era of the homemade Hotrod was born. As the mechanics became more adept at modifying the engines with parts from other makes of cars they started fabricating major components of the fuel and exhaust systems from “scratch” and an industry developed around their garages.
When an unused horse track was rented, admission could be charged and Sunday afternoons would be forever filled with roaring exhausts as various variations of “Flat Track ” racing evolved. From this humble beginning the modern NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series developed over the next three decades into an industry that spans our nation and creates employment, directly and indirectly for hundreds of thousands of north Americans, at the automobile manufacturer’s assembly plants and at independent suppliers of everthing from fuel cells to brake pads.
Speed Week in Daytona Beach, Florida requires two months of intenseive preparation for the Daytona 500 Mile Race at the Daytona International Speedway. The racecars must be setup and the suspensions tuned for the particular conditions that triple-digit-speeds require on the banked turns of the Super Speedway, so as the weeks go by of testing the cars and modifying them to improve the results on the track there is time for after hours comparing of notes at Daytona Beach’s many restaurants.
Some nights the notes compared are grace notes of the flavors and aromas of the wines produced by NASCAR driver’s and racing team owner’s. The southeastern United States population has been known to prefer beer and bourbon, but more NASCAR fans are making different choices, a big influence:
Richard Childress is one of the winningest NASCAR racing team owners. His current cars: Numbers 2, 21, 29 and 31 are being run in the tradition of Dale Earnhardt’s car, number 3 who drove for Childress for many winning seasons, and the RCR Racing Collector’s Edition of wines bear those numbers on their labels
Now his Childress Vineyards is the at the entrance to the Yadkin Valley Viticultural Area, North Carolina’s federally recognized region for the development of a wine industry in the southeastern United States. The varieties of grapes that are being developed are chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, Riesling, merlot, cabernet savignon, cabernet franc and Syrah.
As you can see those varities originated in the widely distributed winegrowing regions of europe so the viticulturist at Childress Vineyards is expermenting with the various vines to determine what grapes will yield the best wine when grown in the humid climate of North Carolina.
Richard Childress Racing’s 29 Chevrolet driven by Kevin Harvick won the 2007 Daytona 500 mile race with a run from the pack to pass front runner Mark Martin in the 01 Chevrolet. Kevin Harvick started the race from the number 34 position and he managed to drive through a series of multiple wrecks and yellow flags to be in position to make the break for the photo finish win.
Randy Lynch owns a race car team, The Bennet Lane Race Team. That is named after the winery he bought in Calistoga, California which is located in the traditional wine growing region The Napa Valley. The Bennet Lane Maximus Cabernet has flavors and aromas of blackberry. The Napa Valley has a hundred years of experience growing wines and the Univerisity of California at Davis has a department that Randy Lynch can contact for information on growing the Cabernet grapes that the section of valley that Bennet Lane is located in is best suited to producing fine Cabernet Sauvignon wines.
Randy Lewis another former NASCAR driver and his Lewis Cellers are also located in the Napa Valley and produces Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot wines.
As NASCAR drivers have achieved success on the racing circuit and the money invoved has grown over the years, especially with the NEXTELL Cup Series generating more interest in NASCAR racing among Americans, there will be more drivers investing in businesses not usually associated with stockcar racing.
Serving a bunch of tender steaks for your professional racing viewing party is a great idea. And to prepare those steaks to be as tender as possible, you will want to be using the sous vide method of cooking. You will need to use a sous vide machine if you want to cook steak or any kind of meat, that you will be serving to your guests at your race car viewing party. Having a get-together with all of your friends, and eating some good steak, while watching an exciting race, can make for a good time.
This kind of machine use the sous vide method of cooking. This basically means that your meat will be prepared in a vacuum sealed space. To use this kind of cooking equipment, you just need to place the piece of meat inside of a vacuum sealed plastic bag. Once, you place the vacuum-sealed bag of meat into the machine, it takes care of the rest. This is a great way to tenderize the meat. This is because using this style of cooking will really soften the meat up for a great tasting dish.
All of your friends that you invite to your race car viewing party will love the food that you serve. When you cook dishes at a party, you will probably be including things such as steak or some other kind of meat dish. Cooking your meat this way will mean that it will consistently end up tasting really good! You will always end up getting dishes that taste really juicy and also end up being very soft in your mouth. So if you want to make sure that everyone at your NASCAR race viewing party is loving your food, you should prepare it with this kind of cooking machine.
The problem with a lot cooking for a lot of people for a professional race viewing party is that you will have to spend a lot of time for preparation. And this is undoubtedly true for any kind of dish that requires meat. Meat dishes take a really long time to prepare, especially if you want to prepare it for a lot of people. So if you want a more convenient time for cooking meat dishes, you should own this kind of cooking equipment. You will be able to significantly reduce the required amount of time for the preparation of the meat. And best of all, even with the preparation time halved, the meat will still end up tasting really awesome.
Good food combined with a good race is definitely going to be an afternoon well-spent. You do not even have to have some friends over as an excuse to eat some good steak. As long as you use the sous vide style of preparing your meat, any steak or meat dish that you prepare will taste really awesome. So it can be a good idea to buy a machine for using that style of cooking. With such a cooking equipment in your kitchen, you will be able to whip up some great cooking dishes in no time!
Formula One has been able to quench the thirst of speed lovers. It is the world’s most stylish and glamourous sports. This motor sport is also known as the richest sports.
This motor racing involves the maximum level of human endurance. Here man and machine have to work in harmony to push the body and the car. Moreover, all the participants and their cars taking part in this motor sport have to follow some specified set of rules and regulations related to the engine technology, suspension system, tyres, electronics, structure, and participant’s physical fitness.
The following are some interesting facts about Formula One:
The first Formula-One race held on 13th May 1950 at ‘Silverstone’ Tracks in the UK The Monza is believed to be the fastest circuit of Formula One with the highest speed record of 375 km/h Formula One cars are powered with advanced engine technologies that give them the power to accelerate from 0 to 200 km/h and back to 0 km/h in just seven seconds Automatic gearbox is not used in the F1 cars The Formula One drivers burn approximately 600 kilocalories and lose about 2 kg of weight in one Grand Prix The drivers should be strong enough to handle the increase in down force that causes the effective weight of the car to be increased An F1 car weight about 550 kg Small aircrafts take off at a slower speed when compared to F1 cars The braking power of a Formula One car is exceptionally high The re-fuelers used in these cars have a capacity of supplying 12 L of fuel per second The front and rear wings of these racing cars can deliver a decent amount of down force The tyre tread temperature has to reach about 900 to 1200degree celcius to deliver peak performance Mike Thackwell from New Zealand is the youngest starter who started racing at an age of 19 years Emerson Fittipaldi of Brazil at the age of 25 is the youngest Formula One driver Michael Schumacher has won seven consecutive titles in the world championship of F1 racing
Roger Penske is buying Saturn, as General Motors looks to recover from bankruptcy. This is the same Roger Penske who owns NASCAR and IndyCar racing teams, and who once was a race car driver himself. Now the Penske Automotive Group will be purchasing the Saturn brand name, and presumably continue selling cars under a new ownership. It’s an interesting move by the racing legend, and looks like Penske has ideas on how he can turn the Saturn brand into a more profitable endeavor than General Motors has been able to in recent years.
This deal will give Penske the rights to all of the Saturn brand of cars, but it will also allow General Motors to continue production of certain cars for the next two years. GM will continue to sell the three highest-selling models: the Aura sedan, the Vue SUV, and the Outlook cross-over SUV for the next two years. The current Saturn models of the Sky and Astra will be discontinued immediately, and in two years time Saturn will be completely owned and run by Penske Automotive Group. It’s going to be a pretty big change for the Saturn group, but one GM felt that it had no choice but to undertake.
Penske won’t just jump in and start selling Saturn cars themselves just yet, because they don’t own any Saturn dealerships. The Saturn dealerships will continue to work as independently owned businesses, and will work with Penske, rather than for them. What Penske will end up doing is serving as a distributor of the Saturn line of vehicles, and provide that brand to the current dealerships. It will give Penske a big hand in the future of Saturn, but not complete control of the whole line of sales. This isn’t that different from the arrangement that GM originally had with its dealerships.
The move by Penske to buy the Saturn lines could save an estimated 13,000 jobs according to CNN, and that it will also help keep open around 350 dealerships in the country. Because Saturn dealerships only sell Saturn cars, this is a really big deal, and the news of Penske taking over could be really great news for the current Saturn dealerships. It will take a bit of time to get everything in place, but it is safe to consider Saturn no longer being a long-term asset under the GM brand name, and that the company is heading in a new direction with Roger Penske at the helm.
When most people think of motor sport in the US, they automatically think of NASCAR. It’s been around for decades, and is the main form of racing in the states. The Daytona 500 ranks up there with the Super bowl as a time to flick on the big screen and invite all the guys over. This years X-Games gave millions of viewers the chance to experience a type of racing that’s hugely popular in Europe, and has been around since the early 1900’s. Rallying.
When Rallying started off, it wasn’t a measure of raw speed. It involved getting from a starting point, to a final “Rally Point” with in an exact time. If you arrived early you were penalized, and if you were late you were penalized. They would do this over several sections, and the team with the least amount of time off won. At these events they had sections called “Special stages” on closed off roads where drivers would race for the fastest time. Eventually Rallying evolved to the point where every stage became a special stage, and the point of rallying changed to getting from point A to point B as fast as you possibly could.
The so called “Big leagues” of Rally is the World Rally Championship. The WRC has strict guidelines in safety, so there are very few deaths or injuries even though the cars push over 300 horsepower. They are the most advanced cars in the world with highly advanced aerodynamics, composites and suspension. Each car costs over half a million dollars to build, showing just how expensive the sport can be at the top level. The WRC travels all over the world and conditions range from tarmac, to gravel to snow. The scenery is quite impressive on all 14 rallies in countries such as France, Britain, Sweden and Norway.
Rallying still really hasn’t caught on in the US. It’s been around for a few years as the SCCA Prorally, and lately RallyAmerica, but it doesn’t get much attention from the media, and there are few competitors. The best cars in the series cost just over a quarter of a million dollars to build. The cars aren’t nearly as advanced as the European rally cars, but have just as much power. With the X-games exposure, more people are sure to get involved, and Rallying is a fast growing sport. In the next few years a WRC event in the US may even be a possibility. Until then go to RallyAmerica’s website and visit an event near you!
For years, it was almost mandatory that an aspiring NASCAR driver earn his way into the sport. You had to be successful at your local dirt track. And then you had to make some noise racing Late Models or become a champion in one of NASCAR’s Touring divisions. The next step may have been the ARCA REMAX series or if you were lucky, the NASCAR Busch Series. And then, if you were at the right place at the right time, you found yourself driving in NASCAR’s uppermost level of competition. It appears as if that has all changed over the last decade or so, as team owners continue their search for the next Dale Earnhardt or Jeff Gordon.
And instead of looking for the traditional stock car bred kids from the bullrings, owners seem to be looking to open wheel racing for their next star in the making.
The open-wheel conversion to stock car has been around for decades. Back in the 1960’s and 1970’s, Mario Andretti, Al Unser, A.J. Foyt, and Dan Gurney made intermittent appearances at some of NASCAR’s crown jewel events. In fact, Andretti and Foyt won multiple Grand National races, including the Daytona 500. Gurney proved to be an original road racing ace in stock car racing.
But none of those open-wheel stars ever intended to completely abandon open-wheel racing altogether for a full-time stock car career.
As NASCAR’s popularity has unwaveringly increased, stock car racing has captured the intrigue of several open-wheel winners, most notably Juan Pablo Montoya from Formula One, and A.J. Allmendinger from Champ Car. Both Montoya and Allmendinger have full-time Nextel Cup rides line up for 2007, as they embark on the intricate transition from open wheel cars, to the weightier stock cars.
Montoya, a former Indianapolis 500 winner and Champ Car champion, will drive the famous Texaco Havoline colors for Chip Ganassi Racing, and has already made quite an impression in his two ARCA races. Montoya has a huge international following, which will likely render him as one of the more popular drivers in NASCAR right off the bat. Also, being from Colombia, Montoya is sure to increase the popularity among the Latin community.
Allmendinger will drive Toyota Camry’s owned by the newly formed Red Bull Racing.
Allmendinger won five races in 2006 for Forsythe Championship Racing after being fired from RuSport early in the season. He also competed in two Craftsman Truck Series races for Bill Davis Racing and recorded finishes of 13th at New Hampshire, and 5th at Talladega.
Allmendinger does not have the immense devoted fan base that Montoya has accrued, but his name has become well-known among the auto racing world. It’s likely that some Champ Car enthusiasts may keep track of how Allmendinger is adjusting to NASCAR Nextel Cup competition.
And Montoya and Allmendinger are not alone. Over the last couple of years Chistian Fittipaldi, Michel Jourdain Jr, and Paul Tracy have given stock car racing a shot. Formula One driver Jacques Villenueve has expressed interest in racing in NASCAR. The three-time Indy Racing League champion Sam Hornish Jr may possibly make his NASCAR Busch Series debut at Phoenix in November, and run a partial Nextel Cup schedule in 2007 for Penske Racing. Earlier in the season, it was rumored that Danica Patrick and Dan Wheldon would be the next to transfer to NASCAR.
The open-wheel to stock car craze purportedly began when Jeff Gordon left the USAC ranks to drive stock cars, but he never raced in CART or Formula One. In my opinion, the open-wheel to stock car craze began with Tony Stewart and Robby Gordon. It didn’t take long for the 1997 Indy Racing League series champion to adapt to stock cars as Stewart won the Winston Cup title just five years later.
Robby Gordon has enjoyed moderate success in NASCAR since he left the open-wheel ranks.