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Driving like a racer (or at least trying to)

Driving an actual race car had long been a goal of mine. Sure, I’d spent a day or so behind the wheel of small Formula Ford-style cars at the Bridgestone Racing School and taken a BMW Winter Driving course. But I’d never had the chance to drive a true purpose-built race car on a track … Continue reading

Race Ready: Inside the GEICO NASCAR Team

This story, for GEICO Now magazine, published for GEICO by Totem, gave me a chance to take a look inside GEICO’s NASCAR team. I interviewed driver Casey Mears, crew chief Robert “Bootie” Barker (that’s him on the opening page) as well as many members of the pit crew. I love writing these “under the hood” … Continue reading

Racing’s dark days

Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi is in critical condition after a crash at Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka, and I’m wondering, again, why I’m a fan of auto racing. According to media reports (here and here) Bianchi’s Marussia left the track at Turn 7,  the same location that Sauber’s Adrian Sutil crashed a few … Continue reading

IndyCars set to return to Mosport

As Will Power was busy winning the IndyCar Championship last weekend, Canadian race fans were revved up to hear that Indy racers will make their return to Mosport in 2015. According to a few sources (ESPN’s Robin Miller, the Toronto Sun’s Dean McNulty and The Toronto Star’s Norris McDonald among them) the race’s move from … Continue reading

Women in the driver’s seat

Watching the men’s and women’s Olympic hockey games over the past few days made me think about car racing. Hold on, stay with me. The women’s gold medal game was a fantastic nail-biter. Part amazing comeback by the Canadian women (after being down 3-0 in the third period) and part epic collapse by the U.S. … Continue reading

Fast Talker: Canadian IndyCar racer James Hinchcliffe

Here’s my story on James Hinchcliffe, which was published in the summer 2013 issue of CAA Magazine. I  interviewed Hinchcliffe at his parents’  house in Oakville, Ont.  His mom and dad were there for part of the interview and offered their own take on his racing career. He’s a good interview — smart, candid and, … Continue reading

Anis, Sharpe and Wittmer: 2012 Canadian Touring Car champs

 Published in Globe Drive, Sept. 8, 2012 While two class champions had already been crowned, it took until the final Labour Day race weekend of the 2012 Canadian Touring Car Championship season to decide the Touring class champion. When the checkered flag flew on Sunday, Sept. 2, it was Damon Sharpe in a Honda Civic … Continue reading

Canadian Touring Car Championship gets F1, NASCAR spotlights

Published in Globe Drive on July 4, 2012 For the 2012 season, Canadian Touring Car Championship drivers have forsaken IndyCar in favour of NASCAR and Formula 1. Series president John Bondar says “scheduling difficulties” prevented the series from competing in a supporting role at the Honda Indy Toronto. But those difficulties meant that the mix … Continue reading

Is racing still relevant?

I asked myself that question as I watched the closing laps of Sunday’s Bahrain Formula 1 race – an event that became a lightning rod for protesters who say it was simply a PR exercise by the ruling Sunni party to mask its totalitarian regime. Media reports said many F1 teams were “quietly uncomfortable” about … Continue reading

Globe Drive story on La Carrera Panamericana

7 days, 100 cars, 3,000 km, one crazy race Most people travel to Mexico to soak up the sun and enjoy some fruity umbrella drinks at an all-inclusive resort. A few others, though, come for the treacherous roads, day after day of high-speed driving followed by intense fatigue and, sometimes, the odd broken bone. And, … Continue reading

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