Articles tagged Gordon Kirby

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Penske targets Aussie V8 Series

Gordon Kirby As history proves, it’s very difficult to stay on top over a sustained period of time in motor racing. Few teams last many years, in fact, and even the most established and well financed endure weak periods. We’re seeing it these days with Ferrari and McLaren in Formula 1, and Roush-Fenway, Richard Childress and Richard Petty Motorsports in NASCAR. Yet Team Penske continues to roll...

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Gordon Kirby

Full power, brittle calendar... After knocking on the door for five years, Will Power (above) has at last won the IndyCar title. The Australian looked a likely champion in 2010, ’11 and ’12, only to throw away his chances in the closing stages. This year, his fifth with Team Penske, Power made as heavy work of the job as anyone in motor racing history, eking out his first IndyCar title by...

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Gordon Kirby

United colours of NASCAR NASCAR’s top teams have formed Race Team Alliance (RTA) to “explore common interests, reduce costs and collaborate on initiatives to promote and expand NASCAR”. Traditionally, NASCAR has always been firmly opposed to unions of drivers or team owners and RTA’s creation marks the first time in the series’ history that teams will be represented by a formal organisation. RTA...

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This month on the Motor Sport website

Nigel's Q&A Nigel Roebuck has stirred things up on the website this month in his Q&A column after Pat Kenny asked whether it would leave a bad taste if Alonso were to win the 2010 F1 title following the team orders drama at Hockenheim. “I grow rather weary of the anti-Alonso sentiment which seems rife in this country,” wrote Nigel. “What I find staggering is that for countless years...

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Gordon Kirby

Right man for the job The feeling in the media centre after this year’s 98th Indianapolis 500 was that the right driver and team won the race. Ryan Hunter-Reay dominated the second half of this year’s fiercely competitive 500 aboard one of five Honda-powered Andretti Autosport entries. By winning a heated duel with Helio Castroneves and team-mate Marco Andretti, the 2012 IndyCar champion cast...

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Jack Hawksworth

The Bradford lad who took an early decision to target a career in America – a move that has served him well. By Gordon Kirby Jack Hawksworth has enjoyed a rapid rise in America, winning the Star Mazda championship in 2012 and scoring three Indy Lights victories last year. The promising Briton’s speed and composure earned him a full-time IndyCar ride this year with Bryan Herta’s small but very...

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Gordon Kirby

Theory of evolution This year’s inaugural Tudor United SportsCar championship – a merger of the Grand-Am and ALMS – is at the beginning of a new road to discovering the future of American sports car racing. Through the opening three races of the season – Daytona, Sebring and Long Beach – the new body searched (to the considerable displeasure of many) to find the right balance of performance for...

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Shelby Cars in DetailCars of the Shelby American CollectionFrank Barrett and Boyd Jaynes This glossy and eye-wateringly expensive book on the cars in the Shelby American Collection is both a useful historical insight and a quite remarkable display of photography. The story of Carroll Shelby’s move into car manufacturing is interesting to say the least. Steve Volk – president of the collection –...

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Gary Bettenhausen

1941-2014 Gary Bettenhausen has passed away, aged 72. Bettenhausen won the USAC Sprint car championship in 1969 and ’71 and led most of the Indy 500 in 1972, driving a McLaren-Offy for Roger Penske, before a late ignition failure allowed team-mate Mark Donohue to score Penske’s first Indy 500 victory. Gary was the oldest of 1951 and ’58 Indycar champion Tony Bettenhausen’s three sons. He, Merle...

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Gordon Kirby

When Mario Andretti turned pro Fifty years ago this month, Mario Andretti quit his day job to become a professional racing driver. Mario had built his reputation in the north-eastern USA throughout 1962 and ’63, winning a bunch of races aboard his own Triumph-powered three-quarter midget, as well as the Kurtis-Offy midget of Bill and Ed Mataka (above). He drove the Mataka brothers’ midget in more...



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