“Reflections: ‘Lauda razor sharp in Long Beach – 1982 US Grand Prix West (Rd 3)’”

As the Formula One circus pitched up at Long Beach for the first of three American Grands Prix in 1982, the tensions between FOCA and FISA began to heat up once again following two heated meets in South Africa and Brazil.

“Remembering the Birmingham Superprix”

In 1985, the International Formula 3000 replaced the defunct European F2 Series as the final stepping stone before Formula 1. Come 1986, F3000 altered its schedule slightly to include races at Imola, Bugatti Le Mans and Jarama; however the destination that stood out like a sore thumb was "Birmingham".

Q&A Session: Mark Blundell (United Autosports, Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona)

It is fair to say that many thought Mark Blundell had hung up his helmet for good. Having settled into a solid role as a Formula 1 analyst on ITV (until 2008), as well as starting his own management company, the 44-year-old appeared to be content with life outside the cockpit. Of course, once a racer...

“Kiss With a Fist: Bertrand Gachot”

When Jordan F1 driver, Bertrand Gachot, was jailed for actual bodily harm just prior to the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix, little did anyone know the world of Formula 1 would soon be changed forever. With no experienced driver ready or able to take the seat alongside team leader Andrea de Cesaris for the annual visit … Continue reading “Kiss With a Fist: Bertrand Gachot”

The Return of ‘Spin & Win Sullivan’

Although the announcement of a driver steward is not something that I post on this blog, this weekend's German Grand Prix will see former-Tyrrell pilot and 1985 Indy 500 winner, Danny Sullivan take the to the seat. While Sullivan's solitary season in Formula 1 in 1983 was not spectacular, the American still garnered respect from … Continue reading The Return of ‘Spin & Win Sullivan’

Looking to the 2010 Indianapolis 500

Today is the 94th Indianapolis 500 mile race; one of the greatest sporting events of the year. Come Memorial Day every year, 33 drivers fight for 500 miles at the toughest super speedway on the planet to pick up the Borg Warner trophy in victory lane and also to taste the champions milk. The Indy … Continue reading Looking to the 2010 Indianapolis 500

The New IRL CEO – Randy Bernard

With the resignation of Tony George as CEO of the Indy Racing League, the series was facing something of a peculiar future - with a title sponsor deal with IZOD signed late last year and with reportedly high investment coming from Apex Brazil as well as additional cars from Sarah Fisher Racing and Alex Tagliani's … Continue reading The New IRL CEO – Randy Bernard

Driven (2001): A Right Piece of Shit

Throughout the latter half of the 1990's, there had been lots of talk about a Formula 1 based film being made. This raised a number of eyebrows at the time, for it is well known that movies about sports tend to lack, well... everything. Eventually word began to spill out that it was a Sylvester … Continue reading Driven (2001): A Right Piece of Shit

The Value of Sebastien

Without wishing to question the talent of Sebastien Bourdais, something has always struck me as troubling; but let it be known first, that these particular troubles are irrelevant!! However, this must be asked - what true worth are attached to Sebastien Bourdais' four Champ Car titles? Seabass made his way to Formula 1 on the … Continue reading The Value of Sebastien

Time, Part 1 (IRL)

It's been a strange year for the IRL thus far in 2009 - a poor global economy, Tony George ousted at the Indianapolis Speedway, some surprisingly processional oval races and virtual dominance from two teams has brought the series in for a lot of criticism from all sides. On the other hand though, we have … Continue reading Time, Part 1 (IRL)