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10-Year-Old Karter Leaves Orbit, Friends Discuss

Mini-Rok racing karts can hit 70 m.p.h, pull three mechanical gs in corners, accelerate like a cat that fell in a bathtub, and stop like the Radical Vertical Impact Simulator in Spies Like Us. They're stupid crazy Wile E. Coyote Acme Rocket fast. And they're typically driven by ten-year-olds. And sometimes they flip. » 1/22/15 9:25am 1/22/15 9:25am

The Nurburgring, a Screaming Wife, and a Failing Saab.

The Nurburgring isn't so much a race track as it is an insane German roller coaster that you can fall off of at any moment. My wife, Kelty, sitting next to me, screaming for 11 minutes straight intensified this effect. Except, instead of a roller coaster scream she was screaming like she suddenly found herself on the… » 4/21/14 8:16pm 4/21/14 8:16pm

The (Very) Short List of Potential American Drivers for Gene Haas in…

An American F1 team! Or the next best thing; a rich American with FIA permission to field an F1 team. USF1 taught us those are not the same thing, but if successful Haas Formula will need a pair of (hopefully American) drivers. Like NASA, the F1 skillset required to ride the rocket is extremely specific, leaving… » 4/13/14 12:35pm 4/13/14 12:35pm

FIA Grants Gene Haas F-1 License. America Celebrates.

The waiting and discouraging missives by Bernie Ecclestone (replaced at a later scheduled time by encouraging missives) are over. At the FIA meeting today in Marrakech (Why there? Because Morocco.) Gene Haas and Haas Formula, LLC became Formula One's newest entry and could be on the grid as early as the 2015 F1 season. » 4/11/14 4:53pm 4/11/14 4:53pm

This is What a Bad Ass Racing Commercial Looks Like

This is what happens when a sanctioning body actually tries to make stars out of it's drivers, and in 2002 it worked rather awesomely for CART. The whole commercial probably took a day to shoot and didn't require much of a budget, but it was expertly conceived and executed. Boom. » 4/03/14 4:41pm 4/03/14 4:41pm

32% of 2014 Indycar Drivers Have Never Won a Championship. Ever.

A basic prerequisite for becoming a professional Indycar driver is winning junior level championships, right? Not so much. With the exception of SCCA amateur racing or a Skip Barber regional series, eight out of the 25 drivers listed on the Indycar site as competing this year have never won an automobile racing… » 3/28/14 2:02pm 3/28/14 2:02pm

Asylum of Speed: 250cc SuperKart Video from the Isle of Man

I've seen racing karts with goofy wings before, but these 250 SuperKarts are going fast enough that the wings might actually be doing something besides providing a convenient place for livery. Think about that for a minute. No cage, no harnesses, the runoff area is a stone fence, and they're going fast enough to… » 3/26/14 12:12pm 3/26/14 12:12pm

The Winter Park Concours D’Elegance Doesn’t Suck.

If you didn’t know Winter Park, FL had a Concours D’ Elegance, or for that matter even that Florida had a Winter Park, here’s a primer: Winter Park is basically Westport, CT minus blue blazers, ships, nine months of bad weather and Martha Stewart, but plus everything else. Including Carrot Top, a Winter Park local. » 11/10/13 7:13pm 11/10/13 7:13pm

How to make it to Indy, no experience necessary. Or allowed.

So you want to be a professional race car driver, but you don’t have actual racing experience, there are no billionaires in your family and a fracking company didn’t just knock on your door. I’ve got just the thing for you, and it’s not a psychiatric evaluation. It’s called the Skip Barber Racing School Indycar… » 10/14/13 1:00pm 10/14/13 1:00pm