Category Archives: Club News

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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, […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

SAFEisFAST – UNDERSTEER vs. OVERSTEER, PART 4

UNDERSTEER vs. OVERSTEER, PART 4: DRIVING AROUND THE PROBLEM In the previous three parts of this series on that most basic of handling problems – understeer vs. oversteer – we first defined the difference between them, the trap of confusing the two and then fixing the problem. Now comes the tough part: You’re in the […]

Read More

MEMBER NEWS – MAY 31, 2016

GANASSI AND POSEY INTO MOTORSPORTS HALL OF FAME OF AMERICA RRDC members Chip Ganassi and Sam Posey will join the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Class of 2016 at the 28th Annual MSHFA Induction Ceremony Presented by Bridgestone on June 29 at The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach. Chip Ganassi is the […]

Read More

MEMBER NEWS – MAY 24, 2016

ALLAN McNISH LATEST SAFEisFAST ASK A PRO Three-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner and ex-Toyota F1 driver Allan McNish is the latest online driving instructor for SAFEisFAST.com. During a career spanning 24 years, McNish raced for Audi, Porsche, and Toyota across a series of disciplines including Formula One, sports car racing and touring cars. By the […]

Read More

MEMBER NEWS – MAY 16, 2016

AUGIE PABST AND FRIENDS AT SEIBKEN’S In a jolly prequel to Road America’s Spring Vintage Weekend, Augie Pabst and author Bob Birmingham were featured guests at Seibken’s Resort the Thursday evening before the HRC’s 2016 season kick-off event at the circuit last weekend. The occasion was the first U.S. public presentation of the delightful biography, […]

Read More

MEMBER NEWS – APRIL 29, 2016

ROGER PENSKE, CHEVROLET AND INDY – ANNIVERSARIES COLLIDE In the midst of his 50th Anniversary year as a team owner, Roger Penske has been chosen to drive the pace car for the 100th running of Indianapolis 500 May 29. The pace car will be a special 50th Anniversary Edition 2017 Camaro SS – completing the […]

Read More

DAN GURNEY – 85 AND COUNTING

Santa Ana, Calif., April 13 – Dan Gurney celebrated his 85th birthday on Wednesday at the Eagle’s Nest with some 100 special friends and former employees. It was a truly festive occasion with at least one huge surprise for the legendary founder of All-American Racers. His sons, Justin and Alex, dug up one car not […]

Read More

MEMBER NEWS – APRIL 11, 2016

TONY ADAMOWICZ BATTLING BRAIN CANCER Tony Adamowicz is in the race of his life, battling Grade 4 Glioblastoma – a virulent brain cancer for which he had surgery last June and again in November. The ordeal has left Tony unable to live independently, and he is currently in a 24-7 nursing care facility. To help […]

Read More

RRDC DECLARES GEORGE FOLLMER WEEK AT LONG BEACH

Hilliard, Ohio, April 11, 2016 – It’s George Follmer Week in Long Beach. Follmer, the only driver to have won both the Trans-Am and Can-Am championships in one year (1972), will be honored by the Road Racing Drivers Club at the “RRDC Evening with George Follmer presented by Firestone” in Long Beach, Calif., this Thursday, April 14, prior […]

Read More

AMERICAN HONDA ON BOARD FOR LONG BEACH “EVENING…”

HILLIARD, Ohio, March 29, 2016 – American Honda Motor Co., Inc., will support the RRDC Evening with George Follmer presented by Firestone by hosting the cocktail reception on April 14 for the seventh consecutive year at the Road Racing Drivers Club’s eighth annual West Coast banquet, held prior to the 42nd Toyota Grand Prix of Long […]

Read More

MEMBER NEWS – MARCH 28, 2016

AUGIE PABST: BEHIND THE WHEEL “Augie Pabst: Behind the Wheel” is now available for order! Orders from the UK and Europe will ship immediately. U.S. orders will ship after April 15th, as will orders from the rest of the world. Augie has signed 400 copies which are only available directly from the publisher – Dalton […]

Read More