Racin' & Internet Stuff:
By Tom Avenengo
figure we all know the force that water has.
But did we ever wonder the force that a Tsunami has? Some horrifying videos from the Japanese
earthquake and the tsunami that followed, might
convince us of the power that water and/or a tsunami has. It’s remarkable how
well the buildings held up during the quake. Untold thousands have lost their lives, and
those that survived both the quake and tsunami, have more than likely lost
their homes and all of their possessions.
I hope the following link works. If it does, the top photo will be before the Tsunami, and the following photo will be after it hit. There are two parts.
And, if this link works, you might be able to just move your mouse from right to left, over the photo, and the damages appear.
Well, how about that! Both the same. Try ‘em both, I guess!
you get enough rain? Imagine if it was
all snow? At least we would not have as
much flooding as we’ve had. I’m about
two blocks from the
The Charlie Musselman Langhorne crash photos. Hey, I was there that day. Charlie was as high in the air as I was in the stands! For sure, if he had remained in the car, it would have been fatal.
Here’s a link to the photos. Just one little thing needs correcting – it wasn’t an AAA sanctioned race, but a USAC sanctioned one. AAA pulled out of racing at the end of 1955.
From last weeks column:
“Additional Racin’ stuff:
“It’s hard to imagine the IZOD INDYCAR Series without Firestone but the manufacturer synonymous with amazing dependability and success will be gone following this season.
INDYCAR CEO Randy Bernard and Terry Angstadt,
president of commercial division Terry Angstadt, have
Bernard has been talking with Goodyear, Hoosier, Michelin and
Well, some good news – found on the Track Forum:
INDYCAR AND BRIDGESTONE AMERICAS: FIRESTONE TO REMAIN AS IZOD INDYCAR SERIES TIRE SUPPLIER
NASHVILLE, Tenn. and INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 11, 2011) - Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC (BATO) and INDYCAR have announced that Firestone will continue to serve as the sole tire supplier to the IZOD IndyCar Series through the 2013 race season.
Late last week the companies announced that they would allow the Firestone sponsorship and supply contract to expire at the end of the 2011 season.
"At the end of last week, we had reached the deadline where both organizations had to make a decision regarding the future to prepare our individual operations for the long term," said Randy Bernard, CEO, INDYCAR. "This is one of those decisions that it is imperative that you have the team owners 100 percent behind you. Early this week we called a meeting to walk the team owners through the process and hear their input. I'm happy to say we walk as one with Firestone.
"We feel that this new supply agreement will benefit everyone. It provides a proven safe and reliable Firestone product for the transition to the all-new cars for 2012. We have to thank everyone at Firestone for working with us to help ensure the best for the long-term growth of our sport," Bernard concluded.
"INDYCAR called a meeting to inform the team owners of Firestone's departure," said Dennis Reinbold, Team Owner, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing. "When we learned of this, we encouraged INDYCAR to check with Firestone to see if there might be any chance to continue. We feel that it is important to maintain continuity with their excellent tires as we transition to the new car for 2012. The team owners are collectively very relieved that Firestone had an open mind and that they were able to reach this agreement with INDYCAR. Firestone racing tires are not only important from a safety and reliability standpoint, but they contribute greatly to the wheel-to-wheel competition for which our sport is famous."
"We are pleased that we were able to reach this agreement with INDYCAR," said Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing. "As we prepare to celebrate our involvement in the 100th anniversary of the first Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, we are also
focused on the future and the great opportunities that lie ahead. While we've reached the pinnacle of success in the IndyCar racing, we're happy to extend our relationship with the IZOD IndyCar Series through 2013, and to continue our winning partnership. Meanwhile, we will continue to evaluate all options for promoting the Firestone brand inside and outside of motorsports, as the Firestone Brand is a very important part of our business."
Firestone has supplied tires to the IZOD IndyCar Series since 1996. The new agreement does not include Firestone Indy Lights, the developmental series for drivers and teams striving to reach the top level of open-wheel racing in
Chris Carr. Ever hear of him? He’s a motorcycle racer. This year is his final year of racing, so he says.
From his bio:
“Championships, Chris has won the 1992, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 Grand National Championship, a series competed on “750cc” motorcycles. In addition Chris also competed in the “600 Series”, winning seven Championships, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995 and won the 2000 Formula USA Dirt Track Championship.”
“Land Speed Record, On September 5, 2006 Chris Carr broke the land speed record on a motorcycle at the Bonneville Salt Flats with a two-pass run averaging 350.8 mph. His fastest run was 354 mph and his successful run was established aboard the BUB’S racing “Number Seven Streamliner”. Chris remains the fastest man in the world on two wheels…and this record is recorded in the 2008 edition of the Guinness book of world records”
In case you haven’t heard, there’s talk going around about a
$5,000.000.00 to win Indycar race at
There’s quite a discussion going on, on the Track Forum – so far six pages worth, about this event – both pro and con – like this:
“I have a feeling a bunch of driver's that want to go for the $5 million will find they don't 'Meet Requirements' and that limits the chance of Indycar having to award the $5 million even less likely. It's all a ploy to be able to market and promote the race to Nascar fans with the possibility of a Nascar driver winning $5 million.”
Quite a few names being thrown about. One slight problem for any NASCAR drivers –
there’s a Cup race the previous day (night) at
It would be interesting if it were to happen – especially if one or more of the top NASCAR drivers were to attempt it, which I highly doubt.
From last week:
Cup driver Jamie McMurray and IZOD IndyCar
Series driver Scott Dixon will get a chance to swap rides for
an exhibition performance at
McMurray, the 2010 Daytona 500 winner, will take
Well, Jamie did make that run, as did Scott. Jamie was pretty much surprised about the handling, acceleration and braking on the Indy car, and didn’t think Scott would have as much fun in the Cup car as he did in the Indy car. Jamie was 7 seconds slower than Scott was, on the road course. – a lap at 79.8 seconds to Scott turning a quick 72.28.
For a short article, please go here:
This, below, was in last week’s column.
Might you be looking for a Tobias SpeedSTR? If so, check this out:
2009 TOBIAS SPEEDSTR MIDGET
Less Than 10 Races since new.
race ready, comes with everything you need to start racing Includes:
dirt wheels and tires, pavement wheels and tires
good assortment of shocks and springs
axle nut wrench
spare front axle
NO SEAT INCLUDED
Note: I really should have had these figures for a new Tobias SpeedSTR, along with the ad:
Price: $17,466.30 Kit
Price: $18,186.63 Assembled
Going back, in time – in racing history:
Note: Most of the following information was found here:
Covering the days of March 18th to March 24th.
Born ... The entrepreneur of STP oil and gasoline treatment products and along
with his brothers Vince and Joe fielded Indy cars from the 1960's until 1991.
He clad his pit crews in white coveralls with the oval STP logo scattered all
over them, and once wore a suit jacket with the same STP-laden design. His cars
became a significant presence at the
Mark Donohue... Born ... Known
for his ability to set up his own race car and drive it consistently on the
absolute limit. Donohue is probably best-known as the driver of the 1500+ bhp “Can-Am Killer” Porsche 917-30, and as winner of the
Jochen Rindt ... Born ... F1 World Champion
Vern Schuppan... Born ... USAC / CART driver from the 1970's and 80's
Bert Brooks... Born ... Eastern midget and sprint car driver from the 1940's, 50's and 60's. He was the United Racing Club (URC) Sprint car champion in 1954, 1956, 1957 and 1958.
Chuck Engle... Born ...
Bill Engelhart... Born ... Former driver in USAC and the CART Championship Car series.
Born ... An Australian racing driver. He is the son of
three-time Formula One World Champion Jack Brabham. Brabham spent the majority of his racing career in the
Larry Crockett... Died ... AAA driver who ran the Championship series in 1954. He was killed in a sprint car accident at Langhorne Speedway.
Kenny Bernstein became the first drag racer to break 300 MPH in the quarter mile when he drove his Top Fuel Dragster 301.70 MPH in qualifications for the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida.
Al Hofmann ... Died ... Veteran NHRA Funny Car driver. Hofmann won 15 NHRA national events in just 32 final round appearances. Hofmann was a regular in the NHRA Drag Racing Series from 1991 through 1996 and raced on a more limited schedule through 2002.
... Born ... NASCAR great and one of the central figures in the formative days
of NASCAR. He was the brother of NASCAR pioneers Tim Flock and Bob Flock, and
the second female NASCAR driver Ethel Mobley. The four raced at the July 10,
1949 race at the
Billy Shuman... Born ... West coast Super-Modified and Sprint car driver from the 1960's and 70's. Older brother of Ron Shuman.
Ayrton Senna... Born ... Three time F1 World Champion.
Kenny Brack... Born ... A race car driver from
set a NHRA Funny Car speed record of 324.05 mph at Gainesville,
Peter Revson... Died ... Formula
One and the Indy car driver. The nephew of Revlon Cosmetics industry magnate
Charles Revson, he was an heir to his father Martin's
fortune (reportedly worth over $1 billion). During a practice run for the 1974
South African Grand Prix in
Craig Breedlove... Born ... A five-time world land speed record holder. He was
the first to reach 400 mph (640 km/h), 500 mph (800 km/h), and 600 mph (970
km/h), using several turbojet-powered vehicles that were all named "Spirit
Robert Peterson ... Died ... An
entrepreneur who single-handedly created the largest special-interest
publishing company in
Lloyd Ruby ... Died ... Ruby
won seven times on the USAC Championship Car Series in his career and
also had endurance racing victories in the 24 Hours of Daytona, the 12 Hours of
Sebring and the United States Grand Prix. But he is best known for the race he
didn't win. Ruby raced in 18 straight
Will Cagle... Born ...
Larry Rice... Born ... A former driver in the USAC and CART Championship Car series.
Roger Mears... Born ... A former off-road driver who also drove in the USAC and CART Championship Car series.
Jimmy Makar... Born ... NASCAR crew chief
Scott Pruett... Born ... An American race car driver who has competed in NASCAR, Champ Car, IMSA, Trans-Am and Grand-Am.
News from the AARN:
From the March 8th issue:
Alex Friesen was crowned the
are being made for the 61st season of racing at
Bethel Speedway has signed up with Hoosier Tire for 2011.
being said that there is a potential buyer for the Whip City Speedway. Some of those that ran at
son of Steve Kinser – Kurt, is on the
Utica-Rome Speedway will be starting their races at 6:00 PM in 2011. The main reason was problems with the setting sun being in the drivers eyes, when they started at 5:30. It’s said that they’ve also added over 400 truck loads of clay to the track, too.
New info about
Speedway Park is still owned by World Racing Group and remains a UMP DIRTcar sanctioned facility, the track is now leased and
under the leadership of New York native Ken Sands, who has returned to the
Florida racing community after time spent as the general manager of New York's Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown.
Wyoming County International Speedway, in
Former Indy car driver, and now team owner Sam Schmidt, has announced that he has acquired the assets of the FAZZT Race Team, and will retain Alex Tagliani as his driver. Tagliani was the driver for FAZZT.
Additional Racin’ stuff:
Are you interested in NASCAR racetracks and their amount of seating and also how they’ve drawn fans over these last few years? If so, go here:
Note: I’ve been in traffic, trying to get out of a Cup race, and I wonder, do they have the same traffic problems at other sporting events, like college or professional football or baseball?
The OC car show:
As of Monday afternoon, I see only 44 entrants for the Cup race and only 42 for the Nationwide race.
Note: As of Wednesday, the Natiowide field has been increased by two more entrants, for a total of 44.
Other forums/message boards and websites:
You might find some interesting reading if you go to the links below.
Track Forum: - http://www.trackforum.com/forums/
Jayski: - http://www.jayski.com/
Open Wheel Racers3: http://www.openwheelracers3.com/
Race Pro Weekly: http://raceproweekly.com/
(Must register to post)
Yahoo Race History Group:
http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/RacingHistory/ (when one posts something on an e-mail to the group, they do have what is called the “Len Sutton rule” – you put in your name and where you live. And, yes, things are “policed” too.
Wheels of Speed: http://www.wheelsofspeed.com/
First Turn Pro: http://www.firstturnpro.com/
Vintage Sprint Car:
Vintage Midget: http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=337192
Racing and television:
Racing on TV - http://www.racefantv.com/USTV.htm
Click on the link, below, which should take you to page 701, then go to the second post (# 14002) then click on the video.
Closing with these:
STRANGE BUT TRUE AND UNVERIFIED FACTS – Continued:
-Blue is the favourite colour of 80% of Americans
-When a person shakes their head from side to side, he is saying "yes" in
-There are more chickens than people in the world.
-The thumbnail grows the slowest, and the middle nail grows the fastest.
are more telephones than people in
-The average four year-old child asks over four hundred questions a day
-The average person presses the snooze button on their alarm clock three times each morning.
-The three wealthiest families in the world have more assets than the combined wealth of the forty-eight poorest nations.
-The first owner of the Marlboro cigarette company died of lung cancer.
-Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
(No idea about those that might be bald!)
world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in
-Our eyes remain the same size from birth onward, but our noses and ears Never stop growing.
-You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching TV
-A person will die from total lack of sleep sooner than from starvation. Death will occur about 10 days without sleep, while starvation takes a Few weeks.
-Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.
-The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows.
-When the moon is directly overhead, you weigh slightly less.
-Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, never telephoned his wife or mother because they were both deaf.
psychology student in
-After weeks of needling, he snapped and beat her repeatedly with an axe leaving her mentally retarded.
-"I am" is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
-Colgate faced a big obstacle marketing toothpaste in Spanish speaking countries because Colgate translates into the command "go hang Yourself."
-Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different.
-"Bookkeeper" is the only word in English language with three consecutive double letters.
That’s the end of these little “tid-bits”.
May “Guardian Angels” sit on the shoulders of all of our race drivers and race fans, and guide them safely around the tracks!
Until next week!
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