Racing History

Torn From The Headlines: Nov. 5, 1980

Experts were pondering the move by the teams of the Formula One Constructor’s Ass’n to break away from the Federation International du Sport Auto in order to stage its own Grand Prix series in 1981.

Californian Bill Cantrell Was A Versatile Winning Racer

BIG-TIME WINNER: Bill Cantrell prepares to hit the race track at Orange Show Stadium in San Bernardino, Calif. (Radbruch Collection Courtesy Bob Lawrence Photo)...

PHOTOS: Classic Martinsville Late Models

Check out vintage photos from late model events held at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. This gallery is courtesy of Don Smyle, who is the owner of Smyle Media & Marketing, a motorsports consulting, licensing and media development company. Don currently manages a photo database featuring more than 200,000 classic racing images from every level of motorsports, including NASCAR, Indy car, Formula One and drag racing. Learn more about Don Smyle and Smyle Media & Marketing by visiting
Ryan Briscoe (6) beats Scott Dixon (9) to the finish line in 2009 at Chicagoland Speedway. (IndyCar Photo)

LOOKING BACK: Briscoe Edges Dixon In Chicago

SPEED SPORT has been reporting on and covering motorsports happenings from all over the world for 85 years.

LOOK BACK: Kinser Is The King Of Knoxville

Steve Kinser proved he still remembered the fast way around the Knoxville Raceway as he won his second consecutive National Sprint Car Championship Saturday night on the Iowa half-mile oval.

Mario Andretti & The Ultimate Father’s Day

Mario Andretti enjoyed many memorable victories during his spectacular racing career, but his “favorite win” came on Father’s Day in 1986.

French Showgirl Became A Popular Racing Driver

Born Mariette Helene Delangle in a small French village, she grew up disgruntled with the slow-paced French-country lifestyle. She wanted excitement, and, at 16, pursued that desire in Paris. Attractive, slim, athletic, she changed her name to Helle Nice and found fame as a model for “risqué” postcards, and as an exotic dancer.

Torn From The Headlines: Aug. 14, 1974

Three score and four years of tradition and an estimated $8 million a year in hard cash remains hanging in the balance for auto racing as the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company on Monday again postponed an official announcement on abolition or curtailment of its racing program.

Nuvolari’s ‘Deal With The Devil’

Some claimed Tazio Nuvolari made a pact with the devil that endowed him with his eerie talent in a race car.
Warren Johnson won six NHRA Pro Stock titles and 97 Pro Stock events during his lengthy career. (NSSN Archives Photo)

Racer Of The Day: Warren Johnson

Warren Johnson is one of the most successful drivers in the history of the NHRA Pro Stock class.

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