Racing History

Black Devil

Early Racing’s ‘Black Devil’

In the romanticized, colorful jargon of what’s been described as America’s “Golden Age” of auto racing — the 1920s — he was given the colorful moniker the “Black Devil.”
Ed Elisian

The Star-Crossed Career Of Ed Elisian

Ed Elisian was, perhaps, one of the most star-crossed drivers in the history of American racing.
Rodger Ward

Rogder Ward’s ‘Big Decision’

Through the night of the 1955 Indianapolis 500 Rodger Ward sat alone in the cavernous grandstands of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He was despondent and deep in thought.
Danny Caruthers

One Glorious Summer For Danny Caruthers

Danny Caruthers took the ultra-competitive USAC national midget championship circuit by storm one glorious summer — and then suddenly was gone.

TFTH: GM’s Dropping Of Olds No Problem For IRL

Despite General Motors’ Dec. 12 announcement it will phase out the Oldsmobile division over the next few years, it should not have a lasting impact on its current and future involvement in the Indy Racing Northern Light Series for which it supplies engines.

TFTH: Goodyear Ends Dirt Tire Era

In a surprise announcement last week Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. said it will cease production of specialized racing tires for motorcycles and most dirt track cars in order to concentrate future tire development on other areas of motorsports

Ontario: The Indianapolis Of The West

For decades, upscale shopping centers, banks and movie theaters thrived on Haven and Millikan Avenues in Ontario, Calif. Four-lane highways lined with trees and greenery are commonplace amid gentle California breezes.

TFTH: Schindler Wins Four In New York

Bill Schindler, often referred to as the Broncho Buster from Freeport, added another 30-lap feature race to his credit, making it his fourth consecutive at the New York Coliseum here on Sunday evening Dec. 3.
Jo Siffert

TFTH: Faulty Equipment Costs Jo Siffert His Life

The failure of fire-fighting equipment probably cost Swiss racing driver Jo Siffert his life, an inquest jury was told Friday.

A.J. Foyt’s Loyalty To Offy

Reams have been written about A.J. Foyt’s phenomenal racing successes. His expertise, talent and accomplishments have been extolled worldwide, his reputation reaching beyond the sport of auto racing itself.