Sunday, April 29, 2012

INDYCAR: Sao Paulo Review

Rain, rain, go away... 

The Super Cup Performance Fiberglass 100 at Columbus Motor Speedway was rained out last weekend, so I have no story to share with you about my own race.

Once the event was officially called, I stopped at a nearby gas station to grab a bag of Munchos and six Lindor truffles (kryptonite for Stephen), slipped REO Speedwagon’s Greatest Hits into the CD player, cranked up the oddly appropriate “Roll With the Changes” and bolted home in the rain to watch the Indycar race on Sunday.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

PREVIEW: Performance Fiberglass 100

Hey... there are worse gigs. 
Here we are, just days before the season opener for the Super Cup Stock Car Series in Columbus, Ohio on April 28. I've been writing about everyone else's events all year long, and finally it's time to write about mine.

Super Cup is a short track series that races throughout the mid-east from Ohio to Virginia. For many of these cars, their last full-time job was in the Nationwide series.

Since NASCAR's top series abandoned short track racing years ago, Super Cup is the biggest stock car show that the average guy can see at his local race track. The series has a very nice national television package and pays a decent purse.

Many people forget that a few years back, you could go to your local bullring and watch NASCAR's best duke it out. Well, Super Cup is what NASCAR was.

There are plenty of short track series around the country, but when it comes to genuine, 3400-lb, steel-bodied, high horsepower racing, Super Cup is the show to see.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

INDYCAR: Long Beach Grand Prix Review

Indycar/LAT USA
Okay, let's cut through the official press releases and other bovine excrement and talk about the real stories from Indycar's Long Beach Grand Prix.

Ready... set...
  • Chevy scored four of the top five quickest times in qualifying at Long Beach. If you think Chevy is dominant now, wait til the Indy 500. You ain't seen nothing yet. Chevy's long-time affiliation with Ilmor Engineering (the real brains behind the Chevy Indycar engine) and their early signing with Penske Racing virtually guaranteed success. See? I told you so.

LIVE: Mecum Classic Car Auction from Houston

L-R: John Kraman, Scott Hoke, Bill Stephens, Stephen Cox 
The first-ever Mecum auto auction in Houston kicked off in style this weekend with a packed house and buckets of money flowing like the Rio Grande.

I've hosted the Mecum auction for nearly 5 years on Velocity channel but I don't know that I've ever seen cars sell like they did at this show. About 80% of the cars that crossed the block found new owners. That has to be some kind of record for a reserve auction.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

INDYCAR: Barber Motorsports Park Review

Indycar's visit to Barber Motorsports Park was chock full of revealing incidents. Here are a few of them:

Half the field complained of severe understeer, with many teams switching to used “red” tires to compensate. That tells us a lot of things.

First, these tires aren't wearing out. I can tell you from experience that racing tires generally last much longer than fans think. Tire changes are as much about advertising and selling tires to race teams as they are gaining speed on the track.