Category Archives: Club News

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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MEMBER NEWS: LYN ST. JAMES’ WINNER’S CIRCLE FOR WOMEN and JEREMY SHAW’S TEAM USA SCHOLARSHIP

The Women’s Sports Foundation has joined RRDC member Lyn St. James in announcing the latest iteration of the Women’s Sports Foundation Women in the Winner’s Circle Project Podium Grant – an industry-wide $100,000 scholarship fund supporting young, talented female race drivers. Grantees can come from all forms of motor racing – karting, quarter midget, drag […]

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2013 TEAM USA SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH KICKS OFF AT MID-OHIO

Candidates for the three 2013 Team USA Scholarships met with and were interviewed by the organization’s illustrious panel of motorsports experts during the IZOD IndyCar program this past weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. This year’s scholarship hopefuls are Joey Bickers, 21, from Moorpark, Calif.; Jake Eidson, 18, of Littleton, Colo.; Sean Rayhall, 18, Winston, […]

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NEW SAFEisFAST VIDEO – THE PERFECT LAP

Is there such an animal as “the perfect lap” and, if so, how do you capture it? That’s a subject only the very quick and very precise can speak to. Our intrepid SAFEisFAST video crew of two went to the IZOD IndyCar race at Barber Motorsports Park this spring to talk to the very quick […]

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A STRAIGHT HONORS POSEY AT LIME ROCK

This week, Skip Barber officially declared the front stretch at Lime Rock Park to henceforth be known as “The Sam Posey Straightaway”. In a delightful video clip posted on RACER.com, Skip chats with Sam in the middle of the newly dubbed ribbon of asphalt. Interestingly, none of Lime Rock’s corners have been named for individuals.

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DRIVE SMART – NEW ON SAFEisFAST

As our president Bobby Rahal says: “You have to check out our newest online video – Drive Smart, How To Be Safer on the Road.”     The presentation is geared toward improving focus and awareness for young drivers, who have so many more distractions to deal with these days, not to mention learning the […]

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SAFEisFAST GOES INTERNATIONAL

The RRDC’s online driver development program SAFEisFAST has taken a giant step toward worldwide usage with the addition multi-language conversion of text and captioning. The site can now be read in 64 languages. Highly regarded English motorsports journalist Joe Saward published the breaking story today (Monday, July 15) in his blog and Business of Motorsports […]

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CHUCK DIETRICH PASSES AWAY

The RRDC lost one of its oldest members with the passing Sunday July 7 of Chuck Dietrich at the Providence Care Center in his hometown of Sandusky, Ohio. He was 88.   Chuck, who began racing an MG-TC in 1948, was voted into the RRDC in 1958. He won the first of two SCCA National […]

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NASCAR HALL OF FAME HONORS ECONOMAKI WITH SQUIER-HALL AWARD

Known for more than 50 years as the “Dean of American Motorsports Journalists,” the late Chris Economaki was among eight nominees voted upon by a panel comprised of NASCAR and NASCAR Hall of Fame executives, journalists, public relations representatives and former drivers. The Squier-Hall Award was created in 2012 to honor the contributions of media […]

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F1 COMMENTATOR BEN EDWARDS NEW SAFEisFAST ASK A PRO

Ben Edwards, lead commentator for the British Broadcasting Corporation’s Formula One television coverage, takes over as the latest Online Instructor on SAFEisFAST. Edwards has been involved in virtually every aspect of the sport during the past 25 years. Having started out working as a mechanic in his teenage years, Edwards began campaigning a Pre-‘74 Formula […]

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RRDC AT THE 27th SONOMA HISTORICS

It was two weekends ago – May 17-19 – that Sonoma Raceway (nee Infineon, nee Sears Point) hosted the 27th Annual Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival (nee several other monikers).   No matter what it’s called, it’s still the grand annual party thrown by RRDC member Steve Earle – this year with more than 350 historic […]

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An Audi Q7 SuV Review

The Audi Q7 is a premium, lavishly-appointed three-row utility vehicle with great on-road manners and capability, plus towing ability–without the off-road style or pretense. The Audi Q7 is a luxury crossover that focuses on comfortable seating for the whole family, as well as its on-road manners. Not that you’re likely to need much in the […]

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NEW SAFEisFAST VIDEO – BLOCKING VS. DEFENDING

One of the more talked about topics around racing paddocks today is blocking versus defending your position – the overt versus the covert and the fine line between the two.   During the Long Beach Grand Prix weekend, Tom Davey and Jeff Tan found 10 racing people not only willing to talk about this often […]

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