Archive for Stephen Cox

Stephen Cox: True Road Racing Is Still Alive

Auto racing has a rich history of competition on public motorways. Once upon a time, the legendary LeMans endurance race was conducted entirely on public roads. Historic road races were held on the streets of Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin long before Road America was built. Competing on open roadways was the rule, not the exception. Road […]

Stephen Cox: Short Track – The Great Helmet Scam

The majority of auto racing sanctioning bodies mandate safety equipment for drivers. Like all regulations, these mandates have become increasingly burdensome over time. One of the most onerous regulations on low-budget, local race teams is the mandate to purchase a new helmet every time new standards are released by the Snell Memorial Foundation. Since new […]

Stephen Cox: Collector Cars – Vintage Grand Prix of Mid Ohio

Okay, I’m becoming a fan of this whole vintage racing thing. Years ago, vintage racing began with a handful of guys who had old cars but were afraid to drive them. Now it’s exploded and the competition level is insane. The theme for this weekend’s Vintage Grand Prix of Mid Ohio was “British Marques,” complete […]

Stephen Cox: IndyCar – Texas Offers a Glimpse of What Indycar Was, Should Be

“That’s the best racing I’ve ever had on an oval.” – Will Power The Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway should go down in history as the most important Indycar race in the last 30 years. For the first time since Parnelli Jones retired, we saw racecars sliding in the turns on an oval track. […]

Stephen Cox: Short Track – Super Cup Cool Shirt 100

As racetracks across the country continue to close, I sometimes wonder if Americans realize what they’re missing. This past weekend I drove the Packs Racing/Boschett Timepieces/McGunegill Engines Special in the Super Cup Cool Shirt 100 at West Virginia’s Ona Speedway. I’m supposed to cover my participation in the race with this blog, but we’ll get […]

Stephen Cox: IndyCar – Resurgent 500 Remains Pinnacle of Auto Racing

If there was ever any doubt that the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race is still the Mt. Everest of motorsports, it is gone after today’s record-breaking event. Yes, I have a few gripes about the DW-12 chassis and the lame, new re-start procedures. We’ll get to those in a moment. But the race itself was a […]

Stephen Cox: Pippa Mann’s Courageous Effort to Return to Indycar Racing

The death of Dan Wheldon has justifiably become the overriding memory of last fall’s tragic Indycar race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. But lost in the shuffle were several other serious injuries that left both physical and emotional scars on the drivers. While the media quite naturally focuses on the loss of Dan Wheldon, other […]

Stephen Cox: Indy 500 Post-Qualification Report

It’s really hard to say whether this is a whopping awesome year for the Indy 500 or an aggravating disappointment. Every time I think the good ol’ days are back someone does something stupid like raising the turbo boost two days before qualifications… for no reason other than to post a bigger number on the […]

Stephen Cox: Mecum Auctions 2012 Indy Spring Classic

The 25th edition of Mecum’s Spring Classic was held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds last week, producing high-dollar sales on some of the most desirable automobiles in the world. Most of those sales made perfect sense. A couple of them surprised me. The high seller of the week was a LeMans Blue 1968 Corvette L88 […]

Stephen Cox: IndyCar – Is the Dream Still Alive?

There was a day when the greatest race in the world – the Indianapolis 500 – was within reach of the average local racecar driver. Sure, it was a long shot for anyone, but it was within reach. Larry Cannon was a barber from a small town in Illinois. He raced Indy in 1971. Long […]