In late 1966, fan favorite Jim Hurtubise surprised many when he announced he would build a front-engine car for the 1967 Indianapolis 500.
Born at a time when hard work and determination was a man’s currency, LeeRoy Yarbrough earned it. Like many youngsters who dreamed of driving fast cars for a living, he sharpened his skills on the short tracks in and around his hometown of Jacksonville, Fla.
Mike Curb’s name is commonplace in many forms of auto racing — from sprint cars to Indy cars and at various levels of NASCAR.
It was May 30, 1964, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the crowd of more than 300,000 was stunned.
MILLION-DOLLAR MAN: Donnie Moran won the Eldora Million dirt-late-model race June 9, 2000. (NSSN Archives Photo)Donnie Moran claimed the richest prize in short-track racing...
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In the aftermath of World War II, there remained a group of survivors who eluded death on the battlefield, but whose exploits left them with an insatiable hunger for adrenalin-generating adventure.
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.
Though not as highly acclaimed as some he competed against, Mike Mosley was one of American racing’s most naturally talented drivers. In 2011, when racing historians, journalists and observers were ranking the top 33 drivers in the 100-year history of the Indianapolis 500, Mosley made most of the lists.
Sitting just off of Interstate 80 midway between Sacramento and San Francisco are the remains of a multi-purpose raceway waiting for someone to step in and rescue it.
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