Racing History


Looking Back At Chicago Area Racing History

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

Bob Veith: 11-Time Indianapolis 500 Starter

Bob Veith raced in 11 Indianapolis 500s. He never won, but that mattered little to him as he was thankful to have just competed.
Daytona 500

Remembering Dale Earnhardt’s Daytona 500 Victory

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.
Daytona 500

The 1988 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.
1959 Daytona 500

1959 Daytona: The Ultimate Photo Finish

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 Last Ride On The Beach

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.
Cecil Green

The Life And Tragic Death Of Early Racer Cecil Green

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.
parnelli jones

The Versatile Mr. Jones

The other day, Parnelli Jones was saying, “When I raced, never felt intimidated. I felt like I was the one doing the intimidating.”
Shelby Cobra

The Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe

“You know, it was America against the world with that car,” muses high-performance sports car racer and racing school founder Bob Bondurant.
Danny Oakes

Danny Oakes’ Long Life In Racing

“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.’"

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