Category Archives: Club News

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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TONY KANAAN WINS THE INDY 500

In one of the more popular victories in decades, Tony Kanaan got the Indianapolis 500 monkey off his back permanently with a stirring victory in the 97th running of the Memorial Day classic. The race was run at a record average speed of 187.433 mph and featured 68 lead changes, doubling the previous record of […]

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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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EVENING WITH BRIAN REDMAN VIDEO NOW UP

The Evening with Brian Redman presented by Firestone at Long Beach last week was an unqualified success. RRDC president Bobby Rahal conducted the much anticipated chat with Redman which is now posted on You-tube for your viewing pleasure. Sam Posey’s marvelous video overview of Redman’s career provides the introduction. Rahal doing his best impersonation of […]

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WOLFIE HANGS IT UP

Wolfgang Husdedt, one of the best known factory reps in this history of motorsports, has retired after 44 years with Bosch – 38 as the company’s motorsports manager. There are hardly any among the membership of the RRDC who don’t know Wolfie, who became a member in 2000. Our friend Gordon Kirby recently penned a […]

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THE AMAZING UNSERS; SERVIA AND FISHER INDYCAR PACE CAR DRIVERS, KIDRACER® AT LBGP, PAUL NEWMAN’S RACECARS, GURNEY TRIBUTE

THE AMAZING UNSERS AT INDY “The Amazing Unsers: From Albuquerque to Indianapolis” exhibit opens April 9 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. Among the 25 Unser family racecars on display are eight of the nine Indianapolis 500 winners, including the Rislone Eagle Bobby drove to victory 50 years ago this May. In addition to the […]

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RALPH SANCHEZ – 1948-2013

Ralph Sanchez – one of the two successful street racing promoters ever in the U.S., the other being Chris Pook – lost a 10-year battle with cancer in the early morning hours of April 1, 2013. By shear force of personality, Sanchez founded Miami Motorsports which staged both IMSA and IndyCar events at various circuits […]

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THREE NEW BOOKS BY AND ABOUT RRDC MEMBERS

Three recent books by and/or about RRDC members are currently available: The Stainless Steel Carrot – An Auto Racing Odyssey Revisited by Sylvia Wilkinson; Daytona 24 Hours – The Definitive History of America’s Great Endurance Race, 2nd Edition by J.J. O’Malley; and Virginia International Raceway – A Living History by William King.     THE […]

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