Category Archives: Club News

KOTYK SHINES AT SILVERSTONE; FREY HONORED AT GLEN

TEAM USA’S KOTYK LIGHTS IT UP AT SILVERSTONE The buildup for Team USA Scholarship to the prestigious Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone Circuit was a basket of delights for the young adventurers. After some fruitful testing at Donington Park, Jonathan Kotyk and Aaron Jeansonne grabbed a train to downtown London for a couple of days […]

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TEAM USA SCHOLARSHIP SHOWS WELL AT FORMULA FORD FESTIVAL

WEST KINGSDOWN, England (October 22, 2017) – Team USA Scholarship drivers Jonathan Kotyk and Aaron Jeansonne posted excellent performances during a hard-fought 20-lap Formula Ford Festival Final this afternoon at Brands Hatch. The pair finished just outside the top 10 but posted very competitive lap times as they worked their way forward from 16th and […]

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TEAM USA SCHOLARSHIP IN ENGLAND

Aaron Jeansonne, 19, from Sulphur, La., and Jonathan Kotyk, 23, from Atlantic Beach, Fla., have been in England for more than 10 days leading up to their overseas car racing debuts as the 2017 representatives of Team USA Scholarship. The pair are the latest in a long line of talented young American race car drivers […]

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BRUCE LEVEN – 1938-2017

The RRDC and the motorsports community as a whole lost one of its most interesting members last week with the passing of Bruce Leven. He was born in Chicago on June 12, 1938, and two years later moved with his family to Seattle. In 1964 the ambitious entrepreneur bought Bayside Disposal as a one-truck, one-employee […]

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F4 U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP – LATEST SAFEisFAST VIDEO

Fellow racers, Way back when I began racing, Formula Ford was the place for aspiring champions to launch their careers. Fellow RDDC members such as Jimmy Vasser, Michael Andretti and Danny Sullivan all got their starts in FF.   Today, there is a new FIA-sanctioned class designed for young karting drivers to show their mettle […]

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2017 TEAM USA SCHOLARSHIP CANDIDATES IDENTIFIED

Ten young drivers, ranging in age from 16 to 23, have been selected as candidates for this year’s Team USA Scholarship. Ultimately, two winners will follow in the footsteps of a long line of accomplished professional drivers – headed by Jimmy Vasser and Bryan Herta who claimed the first two scholarships in 1990 and ‘91, […]

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YOUNG GUNS ON A TEAR; EMMO SET FOR AMELIA ISLAND

Our two RRDC/Team USA/SiF young guns have really been delivering the goods this season and were totally dominant this past weekend. Oliver Askew won the Mazda Iowa 60 race at Iowa Speedway from the pole – his first USFF2000 oval race and first oval win. With six victories this season, Askew is leading in the […]

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NEW SiF ASK A PRO PLUS MEMBER NEWS – VIR HISTORY BOOK, NEW VEHICLES FROM AAR, INNOCENT ABROAD, TEAM HIGHBALL REUNION

Newest IndyCar recruit and ex-F1 driver Esteban Gutiérrez is the latest online driving instructor for SAFEisFAST.com. The 25-year-old driver in IndyCar for Dale Coyne Racing having previously enjoyed stints with Sauber, Ferrari and Haas in F1. Gutiérrez has also competed in Formula E, racing for Techeetah during the 2016/17 season. After rising through the karting ranks […]

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NEW SiF VIDEO: QUALIFYING

Today, overtaking in all forms of racing has become more difficult that ever – and that has made the ability to qualify well one of the real keys to winning. But how do the fast guys lay down a flyer when it really counts? To find out, we asked some of the fastest guys from […]

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NEW FROM SAFEisFAST – 24-HOUR RACING + MEMBER NEWS

The world’s eyes might be on Le Mans this week, but when it comes to endurance racing there’s no tougher test of man and machine than the Nurburgring 24 hour race, held each year at the legendary Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany. Here, well over 100 of the world’s fastest touring cars, driven by more than 400 drivers, battle for 24 hours around […]

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HOW TO MAKE DONATIONS TO THE MARK DONOHUE FOUNDATION

Members of the Racing Community: Last week at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway the RRDC announced the establishment of The Mark Donohue Foundation, Inc. – a 501(c)(3) organization that allows your contributions to the RRDC to be tax-deductible. Roger Penske has graciously agreed to be Honorary Chairman, and gave the Foundation a jump start with an extremely […]

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NEW SiF VIDEO: DEVELOPING A WINNING STRATEGY

DEVELOPING A WINNING STRATEGY With the Indy 500 coming up, there’s going to be a lot of talk about strategy – and how it can determine the outcome of a race. In our latest SAFEisFAST video, three of IndyCar’s best strategists – Penske’s Tim Cindric, Ganassi’s Mike Hull and Andretti’s Bryan Herta – explain race strategy […]

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MARK DONOHUE FOUNDATION PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT

RRDC MARK DONOHUE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCEMENT TRANSCRIPT   INDIANAPOLIS, IN, May 18, 2017 – 2017 Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil Press Conference transcript of the RRDC Mark Donohue Foundation Announcement with Roger Penske, Bobby Rahal and David Donohue [click here for the video]: MODERATOR:  Ladies and gentlemen, back with another press conference with RRDC, […]

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THE MARK DONOHUE FOUNDATION ESTABLISHED BY THE RRDC

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 18, 2017) – Bobby Rahal, President of the Road Racing Drivers Club, today announced the formation of The Mark Donohue Foundation, Inc., which will initially help raise funds for the continuation of the RRDC’s groundbreaking initiative, SAFEisFAST. Rahal made the announcement at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, along with the Foundation’s Honorary Chairman Roger Penske, and Donohue’s son David. Mark […]

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NEW FROM SAFEisFAST: TOURING CAR ACE LOPEZ NEW ‘ASK A PRO’; ‘FAST TRACK’ VIDEO PROGRAM LAUNCHED

Three-time World Touring Car Champion José María López is the latest online driving instructor for SAFEisFAST.com. The 34-year-old currently races in Formula E for DS Virgin Racing, and will later this year contest his first 24 Hours of Le Mans race with Toyota Gazoo Racing. López started racing at the age of eight in karting, winning various junior […]

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Mike Rahal 1924-2017

In relating the passing of his father Mike, Bobby Rahal said simply: “RIP Dad. 3/23/24-5/10/17. What a life you led! Thanks for everything you did for us … especially giving us your love of cars & racing!” Mike’s progeny stand with him for a Rahal racing family portrait below: grandson Graham (l), Mike and son […]

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SUPPORT FOR EVENING WITH EMERSON FITTIPALDI POURING IN – AMERICAN HONDA, TEAM PENSKE, 3GT RACING AND OTHERS

AMERICAN HONDA TO AGAIN SPONSOR “EVENING” COCKTAIL RECEPTION AT LONG BEACH American Honda Motor Co., Inc., will support the RRDC Evening with Emerson Fittipaldi Presented by Firestone by hosting the cocktail reception on April 6 at the Road Racing Drivers Club’s ninth annual West Coast banquet. Honda returns for the eighth consecutive year to support the legends dinner, which will […]

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JOHN SURTEES, OBE – 1934-2017

The incomparable Sir John Surtees – uniquely the only world champion ever on both two and four wheels – passed away Friday in London at age 83. According to his family, Surtees died after being treated for an existing respiratory ailment. The family’s statement continued: “We deeply mourn the loss of such an incredible, kind […]

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NEW VIDEO: CONCUSSIONS IN RACING – A CASE STUDY

Concussions in sports are very much in the news today. And thanks to the work of fellow RRDC member and Neurocritical Care Physician Dr. Steve Olvey, racing leads the way in addressing the issue. In our latest video Dr. Olvey and his rather well-known patient – four-time IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti – take you through […]

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SAFEisFAST – KARTING, THE WAY TO START

Today, everyone agrees that karting is the place to begin a racing career.  But it’s not quite so easy as just jumping into a kart – and suddenly you’re on your way to becoming the next Lewis Hamilton. Where should you start – and how early? What can you really learn from karting? How much […]

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