Written by Bret Kepner; Photos by Tom Schiltz Tue, 2015-09-01 18:00
Very little of what once was Indianapolis Raceway Park remains. After fifty-five seasons, Lucas Oil Raceway is light years distant from the original dragstrip and road course which was designed to draw even more diverse motorsports to the city which was “the Home of the Five Hundred Mile Race.”
Even to those who attend only the NHRA’s U.S. Nationals each season, the track in tiny Clermont, Indiana, is constantly changing. The most recent addition, a huge new grandstand structure on the facility’s east side, filled a massive area which once stood vacant for all but the Labor Day weekend when wooden grandstands were rented for the event.
Written by Tracy Renck Tue, 2015-09-01 12:00
Good news has come in bunches for George Bryce’s Star Racing Pro Stock Motorcycle team.
Bryce confirmed Racepak has come onboard to sponsor his team and rider Angelle Sampey for the U.S. Nationals (Sept. 4-7) at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. Sampey has competed in 6 of the 9 NHRA PSM races this season, missing the last three at Denver, Sonoma, Calif., and Brainerd, Minn.
Story by Susan Wade; Photos by Ron Lewis, Chris Graves, Dave Reid, NHRA Mon, 2015-08-31 20:00
The Top Fuel brain trust at the NHRA’s Don Schumacher Racing didn’t realize it until they started looking at the video frame by frame.
In the second of Antron Brown’s two nasty crashes at Pomona, the front wing of his Matco Tools Dragster ripped loose when it rammed the wall. It shot up toward the cockpit and stabbed at the half-inch-thick ballistic polycarbonate canopy that sheltered him. Brown escaped relatively unscathed and expressed gratitude for the canopy that many had criticized and doubted.
Written by Tracy Renck Mon, 2015-08-31 18:00
When the 2015 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle season began, veteran competitor Chip Ellis had no plans of racing.
That changed just prior to the Southern Nationals May 15-17 in Atlanta – the third race of the season for the Pro Stock Motorcycle class – after he spoke with his long-time friend and fellow PSM racer and owner Junior Pippin.
Written by Brandon Mudd Mon, 2015-08-31 12:00
If there is any underlying theme in motorsports, it’s family. Mothers and fathers pass down a love of speed to their children, often three and four generations down the line. When drag racers pass through Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School, regardless of the venue, it is often with parents or children in tow.
Haley James is an 18-year-old drag racer from Albuquerque, NM who caught the bug from her dad, Dwayne. When she wasn’t watching him make passes, she was in the passenger seat of his street cars as he went down the track. Her dad taught her how to drive a golf cart at age 5 and by the time she was 11 she was in a Jr. Dragster.