Tag: Automobile Racing

Pandemic Paved the Way for Sim Racing, but Will It Last?

It takes more than gasoline to make a racecar run. It requires money. And money requires sponsors. And sponsors require spectators who they hope will become customers. Which became a problem for motorsports when Covid-19 shut down tracks worldwide early last year. The cash drought put teams, tracks and race series in danger of extinction. […]

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Hare Scramble

The start of an off-road motorcycle or all-terrain vehicle endurance race is like a freight train rolling through an earthquake. Open courses stretch over grass tracks, woods and streams. Spectators are unfazed as, inches away, racers fly by. There’s a lot of dirt. When I stumbled upon a race near Ithaca, N.Y., in 2014, a […]

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With New Owner, Williams Hopes for a New Start in Formula 1

When the Williams Formula 1 team announced in May it was for sale, it came as a shock to the sport. Williams acted after the team lost $13.25 million last year compared with a profit of $21 million in 2018. The forecast was for more losses this year because of the impact of the pandemic. […]

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Chevy’s Little Engine That Could

In the great rivalry between Chevrolet and Ford, Jason Carlisle, a former mechanic and current hobbyist racer, took sides decades ago. “Cut me: I bleed Ford blue,” he said. But when it came time to replace the engine in his Mustang racecar, he did the unthinkable. He installed a small-block Chevy engine. Called the SBC […]

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Takuma Sato: Winning Indy 500s and Surfing Couches

INDIANAPOLIS — Takuma Sato, the Japanese driver who has won more than $4.5 million in prize money with two victories now at the Indianapolis 500 since 2017, certainly misses the comforts of home — his home, anyway. After earning another big payday with a victory on Sunday in the Indy 500’s 104th running, Sato, 43, […]

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A Formula 1 Season Like No Other

Five months ago, Formula 1 came within two hours of starting its season. The coronavirus was spreading globally, and when a member of McLaren tested positive and the team withdrew from the Australian Grand Prix in mid-March, the event was canceled before the first practice session on a Friday morning. It sparked a tumultuous period […]

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Driving Across the Globe to Fight Child Trafficking

It wasn’t until Renée Brinkerhoff’s last of four children departed for college that her life changed forever. “At the age of 55, I had a realization,” Ms. Brinkerhoff said. It was reassuringly simple and dauntingly complex: “One day, I’m going to race a car.” She chose road rallying; competing on a racetrack held little interest. […]

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