Latest leg of the journey

Browse pages
Current page

1

Current page

2

Current page

3

Current page

4

Current page

5

Current page

6

Current page

7

Current page

8

Current page

9

Current page

10

Current page

11

Current page

12

Current page

13

Current page

14

Current page

15

Current page

16

Current page

17

Current page

18

Current page

19

Current page

20

Current page

21

Current page

22

Current page

23

Current page

24

Current page

25

Current page

26

Current page

27

Current page

28

Current page

29

Current page

30

Current page

31

Current page

32

Current page

33

Current page

34

Current page

35

Current page

36

Current page

37

Current page

38

Current page

39

Current page

40

Current page

41

Current page

42

Current page

43

Current page

44

Current page

45

Current page

46

Current page

47

Current page

48

Current page

49

Current page

50

Current page

51

Current page

52

Current page

53

Current page

54

Current page

55

Current page

56

Current page

57

Current page

58

Current page

59

Current page

60

Current page

61

Current page

62

Current page

63

Current page

64

Current page

65

Current page

66

Current page

67

Current page

68

Current page

69

Current page

70

Current page

71

Current page

72

Current page

73

Current page

74

Current page

75

Current page

76

Current page

77

Current page

78

Current page

79

Current page

80

Current page

81

Current page

82

Current page

83

Current page

84

Current page

85

Current page

86

Current page

87

Current page

88

Current page

89

Current page

90

Current page

91

Current page

92

Current page

93

Current page

94

Current page

95

Current page

96

Current page

97

Current page

98

Current page

99

Current page

100

Current page

101

Current page

102

Current page

103

Current page

104

Current page

105

Current page

106

Current page

107

Current page

108

Current page

109

Current page

110

Current page

111

Current page

112

Current page

113

Current page

114

Current page

115

Current page

116

Current page

117

Current page

118

Current page

119

Current page

120

Current page

121

Current page

122

Current page

123

Current page

124

Current page

125

Current page

126

Current page

127

Current page

128

Current page

129

Current page

130

Current page

131

Current page

132

Current page

133

Current page

134

Current page

135

Current page

136

Current page

137

Current page

138

Current page

139

Current page

140

Current page

141

Current page

142

Current page

143

Current page

144

Current page

145

Current page

146

Current page

147

Current page

148

Current page

149

Current page

150

Current page

151

Current page

152

Current page

153

Current page

154

Current page

155

Current page

156

Current page

157

Current page

158

Current page

159

Current page

160

Current page

161

Current page

162

Current page

163

Current page

164

Current page

165

Current page

166

Current page

167

Current page

168

Current page

169

Current page

170

Current page

171

Current page

172

Current page

173

Current page

174

Current page

175

Current page

176

Current page

177

Current page

178

Current page

179

Current page

180

Hectic month and some great news for my son Graham who’s been having a tough time getting a competitive Indycar ride this year.

Thanks to his sponsor Quicktrim, a dietary supplement (most Americans eat far too much!), he now has a six-race deal and some stability in his programme. We’ve been talking to Quicktrim ever since the Indy 500 where they were really happy with their exposure and we’ve done a deal with Newman-Haas which is the team most likely to threaten the Penske/Ganassi juggernaut this season. Why not with our own team Rahal-Letterman? Well, we don’t have the proper resources in place right now in mid-season and he needs to run with a team that’s ready to fight for wins.

Graham has been down, but he’s matured and right now he has a big smile on his face. The tough times have been good for him. And I think this is good news for the IndyCar Series, too. All the top positions in the championship are filled by non-Americans and this is a trend that, in the long term, may not be good for Indycar. There are several reasons why so few Americans are winning. First, a lot of famous American drivers retired at about the time I did after dominating the sport for decades. And there’s no doubt the sport suffered from losing those names from the roster. For the past 10 years or so there’s been a lot of new guys coming from Brazil, Australia, Britain and New Zealand. Also the two top teams, Penske and Ganassi, simply haven’t been hiring American drivers and they are the teams providing the winning cars.

This is not great for the sport because Americans relate to American drivers, they like the generational aspect – you know, the Andrettis, the Unsers, the Pettys and the Earnhardts. For NASCAR, the old American racing families are still a huge draw, and the series bosses need to do more to make this happen in Indycar. One of the reasons the fans love NASCAR is because there are families who’ve been there for generations – mechanics, team owners and drivers. Dale Earnhardt Jr is nothing like as successful as his father, but year on year the fans vote for him as their most popular driver. That’s how it is.

We went to Watkins Glen in New York State for the second event in our new Legends of Motorsport historic series, this being a familiar setting to those of you who remember the great days of the American Grand Prix. But you may also remember the weather at the Glen and this time, on the Sunday, the place looked like London Heathrow on a bad day. Heavy rain, fog and lots of mud. But we got through it and the crowd was very loyal, although at times the racing was like it used to be at the old Nürburgring – headlamps in the fog – and that was a shame.

Our third event at Mont Tremblant was a big success, the best weekend yet. The Canadians are fantastically enthusiastic about their historic racing, and very knowledgeable, and of course St Jovite is such a wonderful circuit. So we had a good crowd and I believe the vision we had for the series is coming right. We still need more entries but I’m confident that will come.

Jacques Villeneuve was a highlight. He drove a McLaren F1 GTR from the collection of Lawrence Stoll who also owns the circuit which, by the way, is in great shape. Jacques was great all weekend, engaging with the crowd, and really joining in the spirit of the event. Next we go to Sebring in Florida for our last race of this season on December 3-5.

Life is certainly varied right now, and I found myself racing an Alfa Romeo Giulietta at Monza in among everything else. That was interesting – there was time to read the newspaper on the straights – but just to be at Monza was special. I raced there in Formula 3 and I was reminded of what a great circuit it is, even though I’m not a fan of the ‘new’ chicanes. I’d never driven the Giulietta before, but it’s like anything – you get in and you make the best of what you’ve been given.

You may also like

Related products