Before getting too far along into the new racing season, let’s take a look back at Chicago area racing – 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 years ago.
Bob Veith raced in 11 Indianapolis 500s. He never won, but that mattered little to him as he was thankful to have just competed.
Twenty years of trying, 59 successive races of sheer frustration, and countless questions of when ... when? When is over for Dale Earnhardt. The seven-time Winston Cup champion has won the Daytona 500.
Thirty years ago — on Valentine’s Day 1988 — a capacity crowd of 160,000 at Daytona Int’l Speedway and millions of fans watching on television saw a Hollywood-style finish to the Daytona 500.
While the 60th annual Daytona 500 will take the green flag later today, there have been so many historic happenings during the Daytona 500 it has become known as The Great American Race.
The date was Feb. 23, 1958, when Paul Goldsmith took a Sunday ride and captured the final NASCAR Grand National stock car race on the famed 4.1-mile beach course course.
An Aug. 8, 1951, article in National Speed Sport News stated that on Thursday, Aug. 2, a great little guy was laid to rest in Houston Texas, with hundreds of racing men and fans on hand.
The other day, Parnelli Jones was saying, “When I raced, never felt intimidated. I felt like I was the one doing the intimidating.”
“You know, it was America against the world with that car,” muses high-performance sports car racer and racing school founder Bob Bondurant.
“When I started racing,” recalled Danny Oakes during an interview prior to his death, “my mother told me, ‘Danny, you’re going to get killed in those damn race cars, just like all the rest of ’em.’"