Category Archives: Club News

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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RRDC LONG BEACH LEGENDS DINNER

On April 6 we’re going to celebrate something very special at the Ninth Annual RRDC Long Beach Legends Dinner when we honor Emerson Fittipaldi – and an amazing career that took him from being the youngest F1 World Champion to the third oldest Indy 500 winner. Emmo burst upon the international racing scene in the […]

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MICHAEL SHANK SNODGRASS AWARD WINNER

MIKE SHANK RECIPIENT OF THE 2016 ROLEX BOB SNODGRASS AWARD OF EXCELLENCE DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 28, 2016) – Michael Shank Racing owner Mike Shank, of Etna, Ohio, has been named the recipient of the 2016 Rolex Bob Snodgrass Award of Excellence. The announcement was made during the traditional prelude to the Rolex 24 At Daytona – […]

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2017 PHIL HILL AWARD GOES TO CHIP GANASSI

CHIP GANASSI GARNERS THE RRDC’S 2017 PHIL AWARD DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 26, 2017) – Chip Ganassi, a former race-car driver who is now one of the most successful and innovative race team owners in the world, was honored by the Road Racing Drivers Club with the 2017 Phil Hill Award. RRDC president Bobby Rahal made the presentation at […]

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2016 BOB AKIN AWARD TO MURRAY SMITH

MURRAY SMITH RECEIVES THE RRDC’S 2016 BOB AKIN AWARD DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 26, 2017) – Murray Smith, longtime event promoter and collector and driver of historic race cars, was named the 2016 recipient of the RRDC Bob Akin Award. He was presented the award at the annual Road Racing Drivers Club members’ dinner on Jan. 25, prior to the running […]

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Neil Verhagen, 15, Earns RRDC Mark Donohue Award at SCCA National Runoffs

Breaking News: It was announced today that Neil Verhagen was named to the 2017 Red Bull Junior Program and will drive in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup series on the MP Motorsport team. http://www.redbulljuniorteam.com/article/red-bull-junior-team-announcement-2017, http://www.redbulljuniorteam.com/athlete/neil-verhagen Neil Verhagen, a 15-year-old high school student from Mooresville, N.C., was named the 46th recipient of the RRDC Mark Donohue Award. This unique award […]

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RRDC ANNOUNCES THE 2016 MEMBERSHIP CLASS

HILLIARD, Ohio (January 3, 2017) – Twenty-five race-car drivers and motorsports professionals were voted into the Road Racing Drivers Club in 2016. The group includes 17 Regular Members from the open-wheel and sports-car racing ranks, five Associate Members and three Honorary Members. The current roster of RRDC members now numbers 510. Voting was held among all current RRDC members. “The RRDC is […]

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A COMPENDIUM OF MEMBER NEWS AND NOTICES FROM LATE 2016

DAYTONA DINNER INVITATION FROM OUR PRESIDENT Thanks to the organizational skills of RRDC member Vicki O’Connor, the RRDC will hold its annual members’ dinner again at the Daytona 500 Club at Daytona International Speedway January 25 in advance of the 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona. This dinner has grown tremendously in the last few years, attracting nearly […]

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TEAM USA SCHOLARSHIP DUO SHINE AT SILVERSTONE

Here is the story of 2016 Team USA Scholarship teammates Oliver Askew and Kyle Kirkwood assault on the Walter Hayes Trophy at the mighty Silverstone Circuit. Click each link below for the blow-by-blow: Looking back: Oliver Askew, Hayes Fever Final thoughts: Kyle Kirkwood, Up and Down Askew second, Kirkwood fourth in wet Walter Hayes Final […]

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MEMBER NEWS AND TEAM USA SCHOLARSHIP ADVENTURE

OLIVER ASKEW AND KYLE KIRKWOOD ON BRANDS HATCH AND BEYOND Kyle Kirkwood and Oliver Askew just completed their first week racing Formula Fords in England. Kirkwood called it “crazy fun”. Click here for Kyle’s impressions of this great adventure. Askew said it was “well worth it”. Read Oliver’s reflections on this opening competition. The journey […]

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TEAM USA AT BRANDS HATCH – A SOLID WEEKEND

Jeremy Shaw is shepherding his pair of stalwart young TEAM USA Scholarship racers on the journey that will go a long way toward launching their careers as professional race drivers. We covered the selection of Oliver Askew, 19, and Kyle Kirkwood, 17, in an Oct. 6 article on RRDC.org. The squad just wrapped up the […]

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NEW FROM SAFEisFAST: DATA ACQUISITION AND TEAM USA

DATA ACQUISITION: IS THE DRIVER JUST ANOTHER SENSOR? Today’s data acquisition gives drivers access to an incredible amount of information. But when it comes to actually finding speed, how do you figure out which data actually makes you faster – and which is just for the engineers to ponder? Is driver input still important? To find […]

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TONY ADAMOWICZ – 1941-2016

Tony Adamowicz passed away Monday, Oct. 10, at the age of 75 after a year-long battle with glioblastoma, a common but extremely aggressive form of brain cancer. Tony “A2Z” was among the upper echelon of American road racers from 1969 through the mid-80s. A determined club racer during his military service in the ‘60s, he […]

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BROCK YATES 1933-2016

Brock Yates – undeniably the champion of American car culture – has left us, victim of the ravages of Alzheimer’s at 82. Yates and his acerbic band of outlaws at “Car and Driver” in the 1960s and ‘70s formed the point of the spear aimed at the heart of the double-nickel nimnerds in Washington. In […]

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MEMBER NEWS: TEAM USA SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS, NEW SiF CONTEST, TRANS-AM PANEL, ART EVANS NEW SHELBY BOOK

LONG-TIME FRIENDS AND RIVALS ARE 2016 TEAM USA SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS Oliver Askew (left in home page photo), 19, and Kyle Kirkwood (right), 17, who, coincidentally, both hail from Jupiter, Fla., were confirmed Sept. 30 as the most recent winners of prestigious Team USA Scholarships. The long-time friends and karting rivals will travel to England next month […]

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MEMBER NEWS – RALLYCROSS, GIL DE FERRAN AND MORE

THE CHALLENGE OF RALLYCROSS If you haven’t checked out Rallycross, maybe you should take a look at the latest SAFEisFAST advanced driving techniques video. It’s one of the most exciting forms of motorsport today. What began as a made-for-TV event that combined off-road rally driving with pavement racing, has now grown into a major international […]

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TEAM USA SCHOLARSHIP FINALISTS SET

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. (September 6, 2016) – Six finalists for this year’s Team USA Scholarship will be put through their paces during a one-day shootout later this month hosted by Cooper Tires and the Lucas Oil School of Racing at Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter, Fla. The day also will include a fitness […]

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MEMBER NEWS – AUG. 29, 2016

HINCH TO DANCE WITH THE STARS James Hinchcliffe, driver of the No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda in the Verizon IndyCar Series has been chosen to participate in the 23rd season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”. Coming off his sterling performance as a member of the victorious IndyCar team with Helio Castroneves, Toni […]

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THE SECRETS OF RACING IN THE RAIN

It’s often said that racing in the rain is more of an art than a science. But trust me, there’s also a lot of science behind going fast in the rain. And in our latest video, a group of the best IndyCar drivers explain just what that is. Everything from car set-up – to finding […]

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FAMILY FEUD AND PEBBLE BEACH

IndyCar drivers Will Power, Tony Kanaan, James Hinchcliffe and Conor Daly led by team captain Helio Castroneves will face the toughest competition of their professional lives as they take on a team of Sports Illustrated swimsuit models Nina Agdal (team captain), Samantha Hoopes, Tanya Mityushina, Robyn Lawley and Hannah Ferguson on the ABC summer hit […]

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REMEMBERING CARL HAAS – UPDATED

The world of motorsports lost one of its kingpins last Thursday, June 29, with the passing of Carl Haas. Alzheimer’s took him from us in his beloved home on Lake Michigan, surrounded by his family and his remarkable wife and partner Berni. He was 86. All the major media outlets published glowing tributes to Carl, […]

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POSEY EXHIBIT OPENS AT SARATOGA AUTO MUSEUM

SAM AT S.A.M. How appropriate that the acronym for Saratoga Auto Museum in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., is S.A.M., as the Museum is featuring an exhibit through November 6, 2016, entitled “Shifting through the creative life of Sam Posey.” Indeed, Sam Posey has led a very creative life, from designer, artist, journalist, broadcaster, to world-class race-car […]

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ROGER PENSKE HONORED AND MUCH MORE

ROGER PENSKE’S ARGETSINGER AWARD CELEBRATION On the last day of June, Roger Penske was feted at Corning (N.Y.) Museum of Glass as the 2016 recipient of the Cameron R. Argetsinger Award for Outstanding Contributions to Motorsports, a fitting honor for one of the giants of the business now enjoying Team Penske’s 50th Anniversary. Gordon Kirby’s […]

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