The sight of his father in a 1968 Camaro — that’s all it took.
“My dad had a vintage race car when I was kid,” J.R. Hildebrand said, recalling his father and the West Coast racing circuits he competed in. “That was just a hobby for him. We don’t come from a racing family, really.”
That distinction, however, has changed. Read More
Not much of Clint Bowyer’s résumé included the details of his road-racing exploits. Only three of his first 12 road races ended with top-five finishes, but the one-time Kansas dirt-tracker turned in a dominating Sprint Cup performance in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 on Sunday.
It was the first of NASCAR’s two annual events on road courses. Read More
There aren’t too many in NASCAR who favor a road course over the traditional oval.
But there are a few.
“I didn’t like them until last year, cause I didn’t run good at ’em,” driver of the No. 20 car, Joey Logano, said, laughing, hard. “So when you come to a track that you run good at, you automatically love the place.”
That place is the site of today’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 race at the raceway in Sonoma, one of only two road courses in the Sprint Cup Series. Read More
For a moment, AJ Allmendinger thought that maybe God was in his ear.
“That’s a good corner,” the voice told the Los Gatos native while he was driving the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger at the Daytona 500 in February, kicking off the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Only it wasn’t God. It was the voice of Allmendinger’s usually quiet boss, and renowned race car owner Roger Penske. Read More
Fresh off winning a wet and fiery Daytona 500 on Monday, Matt Kenseth took a much slower ride through the streets of San Francisco on Thursday.Kenseth rode a motorized cable car across the Golden Gate Bridge to Fisherman’s Wharf, where he cracked crab and peeled shrimp with a chef at Fishermen’s Grotto, then headed over to Ghirardelli Square, where he signed autographs for cheering fans before making an ice cream sundae. Read More
A.J. Allmendinger is back in the Bay Area, competing in today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota-Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway and doing what he’s done all of his life: simply drive cars.
Allmendinger grew up in Los Gatos always around a racetrack as he started off racing go-karts. He started racing stock cars in 2002, winning the Barber Dodge Pro Series Championship in 2002, and the Champ Car Atlantic Championship in 2003. Read More
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. may be the most well-known male professional race car driver in America, thanks mainly to his even more famous father but also because he has won the Daytona 500 and a number of other NASCAR events while driving a Chevrolet-powered entry. Read More
Daytona 500 champion Trevor Bayne celebrated his victory with a taste of San Francisco at the historic Ghirardelli Square. Bayne capped off his historic win by creating the very first Trevor Bayne Sundae, Sundae, Sundae, featuring rocky road, chocolate chip and chocolate ice cream, as well multiple toppings. Bayne also spent time signing autographs and talking to fans. Read More
A jury Thursday acquitted a homicide suspect plucked from a Nascar-themed limousine minutes after a 2007 homicide outside a Metreon bar.
Kenoye Stroman, 26, was accused of killing Ronald Jacques outside Jillian’s nightclub before fleeing in a red, white and blue limousine. He was with a group of seven men that sped away after the shooting on Sept. 16, 2007, and who were pulled over later in Oakland. Read More
Hat tip to my compatriot J.P. Friere. Read More