Category Archives: Club News

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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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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