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
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
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
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
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
My latest story on the Canadian Touring Car Championship is in The Globe and Mail‘s Globe Drive section. The series is at the half-way mark and is a supporting event at this weekend’s Honda Indy Toronto.
Scott Dixon took the checkered flag in the first race of the newly merged/integrated Indy Racing League Champ Car World Series. Highlights? The battle for third spot, late in the race between Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan — 209 mph, 3 inches apart. Shows once again that both drivers are a factor in any race … Continue reading