White Smoke has appeared from 16th Street here in Indy, and “habemus auctor”* has been on all the social media channels.
In August of 2018, Jamie Chadwick made history at Brands Hatch when she became the first female to win a British Formula 3 race. As the news broke on various social media platforms, those of us who have studied female racers history were enthusiastic. There is a great history of Brands Hatch. Back in 1980 … Continue reading Desiré Wilson: First to Win at Formula 1
Lella Lombardi was born near Turin, Italy during the height of World War II. The city suffered catastrophic bombing during the Second World War as the city was an industrial hub of Italy. Following the war, the automobile industry, including the companies of Fiat, Lancia, and Alfa Romeo, helped rebuild the city. Perhaps it was … Continue reading Lella Lombardi: Winning Points
Nowadays it seems like it’s been Honda and Chevrolet engines. That’s all we talk about, because those are the two engines that are currently in the series. But we’re out of seats and a lot of good racers don’t have seats is a bad thing. The solution? We need another engine manufacture, which is easy to say, but not easy to do.
The 1970s was the height of Second-wave feminism. Women, obtained the right to vote. They now focused on equality in the workplace and all that came with it (including things like child care and reproductive rights). It’s only right that during the 1970s two women stepped forward in motorsports to shatter barriers long standing: Lella … Continue reading 1970s: Break On Through (to the other side)
During qualifications for the 1972 Indianapolis 500, driver Jim Hurtubise did what all fans do during the weekend – enjoyed themselves. Hurtubise had qualified a car and towards the end of the session had another car wheeled into line. It wasn’t uncommon to qualify multiple cares in that era. This was right before 6pm, and … Continue reading Don’t Bring Beer If You Can’t Share With Everyone
On Lap 62 of the 2018 Indianapolis 500, Danica Patrick (Chevrolet – Ed Carpenter Racing) crashed into Turn 2 of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It ended her race and was the final moment of her racing career. Now many people have many opinions on her as a driver, maybe it is because she was driving … Continue reading Green Is Unlucky for Some
Remember when Firestone wasn’t the only tire? Pepperidge farm remembers (I do not, I wasn’t alive back then).
The 1960s starts the increase of amazing women in auto racing. My research yielded a long list of names, unlike the prior decades. I struggled with how to approach this decade. Write a small blurb on all of them (because they all had amazing stories) or pick a smaller list and go deep. I picked … Continue reading 1960s Women: I Want to Go Fast
You cannot fight the need for speed