Category Archives: Club News

Vic Elford Receives RRDC’s 2015 Phil Hill Award

VIC ELFORD RECEIVES RRDC’S 2015 PHIL HILL AWARD DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 22, 2015) – Vic Elford, considered one of the fastest race-car drivers of the 1960s and ’70s was honored by the Road Racing Drivers Club with the 2015 Phil Hill Award. RRDC president Bobby Rahal made the presentation at a dinner prior to the […]

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RRDC VOTES IN 15 NEW MEMBERS FOR 2014

Fifteen race-car drivers and motorsports professionals have been voted into the Road Racing Drivers Club in 2014. The group includes 10 Regular Members from the open-wheel and sports-car racing ranks, three Associate Members and two Honorary Members. The current roster of RRDC members now numbers 460. Voting was held among all current RRDC members. “This year’s lineup […]

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RRDC MEMBER NEWS: SCCA RUNOFFS

SCCA RUNOFFS – MAZDA RACEWAY – MONTEREY, CALIF. The annual SCCA Runoffs meeting of RRDC members was held on Oct. 7 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, at the site of the 2014 SCCA National Championship Runoffs. It was a beautiful California night at the Red Bull Energy Center overlooking the circuit, where members and guests […]

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KARUN CHANDHOK NEW SAFEisFAST ONLINE INSTRUCTOR

Ex-Formula One racer Karun Chandhok will be the next Online Driving Instructor for the RRDC’s SAFEisFAST instructional web site. Chandhok will be competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans this week and will be teamed with Bruno Senna to drive for Mahindra Racing in the new FIA Formula E championship, starting in September. One […]

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GRAHAM RAHAL ONLINE INSTRUCTOR NOW AT SAFEisFAST

Third-generation racer Graham Rahal – a race winner in the Verizon IndyCar Series and a winner of the Rolex 24 at Daytona – is currently answering visitors’ questions as SAFEisFAST Online Driving Instructor So far, Graham has tackled such topics as attracting sponsors, street courses vs. ovals, starting with karting, age as a limiting factor […]

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AMERICAN HONDA PRESENTING SPONSOR FOR SAFEisFAST AND DARIO FRANCHITTI AMBASSADOR

During the RRDC’s annual banquet preceding the 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, President Bobby Rahal made several momentous announcements regarding the future of SAFEisFAST.com. The Club’s breakthrough instructional Web site now has a worldwide presenting sponsor in American Honda and an international ambassador in Dario Franchitti. With the help of American Honda, the […]

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MARIO ANDRETTI – THE INTERVIEW

For those who have been patiently – or not so patiently – waiting to watch Mario’s interview by club prez Bobby Rahal from the RRDC’s Evening with Mario Andretti presented by Firestone during the club’s annual banquet at Long Beach last week, here it is. If you were there, we’re sure you’d love an instant […]

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SAFEisFAST LATEST VIDEO – THE FAST LINE

The Fast Line is the subject of the 14th online instructional video in the Advanced Driving Techniques block of SAFEisFAST.com. The paper solution to “What is the fast line through this corner?” is never quite the exact answer. So many real world conditions factor into finding that magic trajectory: track surface changes, bumps, grip, use […]

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MARIO ANDRETTI HONORED BY RRDC IN LONG BEACH

Before a capacity crowd of auto racing dignitaries, sanctioning group and series representatives, corporate executives and champion racecar drivers, Mario Andretti was honored by the Road Racing Drivers Club at the “RRDC Evening with Mario Andretti presented by Firestone” on Thursday night, April 10, prior to Sunday’s 40th running of the Toyota Grand Prix of […]

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MOLTO MARIO – A NOTE FROM THE PREZ

Say these names aloud: Dan Gurney, Parnelli Jones, Roger Penske, Jim Hall, Brian Redman – and then add Mario Andretti. You’re among the men now. At the RRDC Legends Banquet, mere mortals get to hear racing’s mythic giants spin anecdotes, confess prejudices, share opinions and tell untold stories. And every year, on the Thursday before […]

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DAYTONA BANQUET: SAVE THIS DATE – JAN. 22, 2014

The RRDC’s Annual Dinner is set for Wednesday evening, January 22, 2014 at the usual place – The 500 Club in the infield of Daytona International Speedway. RRDC members and their guests are welcome at 5:00 pm for cocktails and tales of derring-do – aka, unabashed stretching of the truth. Dinner will start promptly – […]

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ZAPPED – A CYBER-THRILLER BY ALAN WILSON

Alan Wilson, one of the world’s top racetrack designers, has turned to the pen – cyber-pen, actually. Following on the heels of the excellent biography of his wife Desire Wilson – Driven by Desire – Wilson has tapped out a mystery revolving around the potential vulnerability of Formula 1 cars to cyberattack. This is how […]

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DRIVING WITH DOWNFORCE – LATEST SAFEisFAST VIDEO TUTORIAL

In the latest SAFEisFAST online tutorial, race engineer Jeff Braun and international race drivers Anthony Davidson, Klaus Graf, Sebastien Buemi and Marino Franchitti discuss the revelations of driving a high-downforce racecar. Coping with high downforce may seem straightforward – the faster you go, the higher the grip level. A driver new to this concept and […]

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JOHN MORTON WRITES A BOOK, GETS AN AWARD

John Morton’s rollicking remembrance of his time working for Carroll Shelby – “Inside Shelby American, Wrenching and Racing with Carroll Shelby in the 1960s” – is available from Motorbooks. On Dec. 7, Morton will receive the 2013 Lindley Bothwell Lifetime Achievement Award at the Fabulous Fifties Annual Banquet at the Proud Bird in El Segundo, […]

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RRDC WELCOMES 37 NEW MEMBERS

The Road Racing Drivers Club has voted 37 racecar drivers and motorsports professionals into its membership for 2013. have been voted into the Road Racing Drivers Club in 2013. The new class includes 13 Regular Members from the open-wheel and sports-car racing ranks, 20 Associate Members and four Honorary Members. The current roster of RRDC […]

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THE EVOLUTION OF SAFETY – LATEST VIDEO ON SAFEisFAST

“The Evolution of Safety” video currently up on SAFEisFAST is a comprehensive overview of the safety initiative in motorsports from an awakening awareness in the late 1960s to the intensive efforts of present-day innovators to address the safety issue. Bob Varsha hosts the presentation which features RRDC members Brian Redman, Dario Franchitti and Dr. Steve […]

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LAWRENCE LOSHAK 2013 MARK DONOHUE AWARD WINNER

Lawrence Loshak, 36 of Grafton, Wis., is the 2013 recipient of the Mark Donohue Award, presented annually by the Road Racing Drivers Club for outstanding performance, competitiveness and sportsmanship during the SCCA National Championship Runoffs. Loshak won two SCCA championships on Friday, Sept. 20 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. – Formula 1000 and […]

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