Europe has generally been a difficult port of call for US-bred talent since the days of the Andretti’s and Eddie Cheever, with only Scott Speed breaking into Formula 1 in recent years. Now California’s Michael Lewis is busy ensuring his name features high on that list of emerging talent.
For decades, the names Foyt, Andretti, Rutherford and Unser burned themselves into the consciousness of the US motor racing industry. A group that reigned supreme on the dirt tracks that held so many midget races over the years, but in recent decades the road from dirt track ovals to IndyCar has virtually dried up. Step forward Bryan Clauson.
The schedule for the 2011 Star Mazda Championship has just been released. The US-based junior series features eleven events over a ten race weekends, while playing a supporting role to the IZOD IndyCar Series, the American Le Mans Series and one with USAC.
With its series of high speed esses, the long curving Spoon corner, the balls-to-the-wall sweep that is 130R and the infamous end of lap chicane, Suzuka International Racing Course stands out as one of the most dramatic circuits on the Formula 1 calender today.
One of the current themes of not just Formula 1, but motor racing in general, is one of cost-cutting and material conservation. Mention those two elements in the same sentence as F1 fifteen years ago and you would have been laughed out of every room, but times have changed. In a greater push to bring … Continue reading The Banks of Monza