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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

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

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 racetrack designers

From Indianapolis to Daytona to Monaco, famous racetracks can take on a life and mystique of their own. How they’re designed and built can be as complicated and circuitous as the twists and turns that they make race cars endure. Some tracks, like the Indy course at Toronto’s Exhibition Place, aren’t so much designed as … Continue reading

Jacques Villeneuve: A Man for All Seasons

My interview with Jacques Villeneuve: former F1 world champion, CART champ and Indianapolis 500 winner. Villeneuve interview (pdf)

NY Times F1 Year in Review

A story by the Times’ Brad Spurgeon on a lacklustre, yet unusual F1 season: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/27/sports/autoracing/27iht-SRPRIX.html

Stewart’s lament

Back to Jackie Stewart. A passage in his autobiography, Winning is Not Enough, about getting easy access to drivers at Grand Prix races, rings true with me: “…it is a pity that the modern  [F1] drivers seem to have become so remote from the enthusiasts. In 1953, I was walking up to drivers asking them … Continue reading

Honda’s F1 dream

Honda’s Formula 1 effort has yet to pay real dividends, and this season looks to continue that trend. But that hasn’t stopped it from promoting itself, and its green agenda. Honda wrapped the March 5 edition of the U.K. trade magazine, Marketing with an eight-page wrap, with the question “Sport’s most innovative positive marketing programme? … Continue reading

Formula 1, Round 2

Formula 1, round two Jump to Comments I was actually glad to see Kimi Raikkonen win the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday, despite my fears that thought alone will usher in new era of Grand Prix dominance by Ferrari. It was mostly because Lewis Hamilton seems a bit smug to me, and Kimi’s win took … Continue reading

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