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Racing & Motorsports

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Racing & Motorsports

Page Sections
Subject Pages
ATV Racing
Autonomous Vehicles
Sprint Cars (and Midget Cars)
Closed-Circuit Truck
Solar-Powered Racing
Demolition Derby
Vintage Racing & Shows
Miscellaneous (and Multi-Discipline)
It's been said that the first race was held the day the second car was built. Since the earliest days of automobiles, motorsports have been a proving ground for the new machines and their engineers, providing a platform for showing off their capabilities to a wide audience thrilled with the high-speed action. Automobile racers from Barney Oldfield up to Kyle Busch have become household names, road car companies like Ferrari have been built from their racing successes, and events like the Indianapolis 500 have become an American tradition.

Subject Pages

Some forms of racing have enough content in The Crittenden Automotive Library to have their own dedicated pages and sections. Here are those sections...

Pre-WWII RacingPre-WWII Racing  Racing from the dawn of the automobile until 1942, when the need for resources to put into the war effort had put a halt to almost all automobile racing for the duration of the war. Because of the spotty news coverage, lost information, and multi-class racing meets in the early days of motorsport there aren't separations for this era by class of vehicle. This section includes the Indianapolis 500, the Elgin Road Course Races, Mille Miglia, Vanderbilt Cup, and Grand Prix racing.
Stock Car RacingStock Car Racing  American-style, primarily oval-track racing of cars that were originally regular American sedans but now is competed amongst purpose-built race cars whose appearance is based on common street vehicles. This section includes NASCAR and ARCA racing.
Open Wheel RacingOpen Wheel Racing  Commonly known as "Formula" or "Indy" racing, competed on tarmac amongst cars designed to be single center-seat race cars.  While they technically have "open wheels," sprint cars and modifieds are separate classes of car and racing altogether. This section includes Formula 1 and the IndyCar Series.
Sports/Touring Car RacingSports/Touring Car Racing  Road-course racing competed amongst closed-fendered cars. This section includes the 24 Hours of Le Mans, V8 SuperCars Australia, United SportsCar Series, SCCA, Grand Am, Trans Am, etc.
Drag RacingDrag Racing  Straight-line racing and speed tests. This section includes NHRA drag racing and Bonneville Salt Flats runs.
Rally RacingRally & Off-Road Racing  Timed point-to-point rally racing events (on dirt & tarmac mix), Rallycross circuit events, and off road truck racing. Does not include oval dirt track racing. This section includes the World Rally Championship, Baja 1000, and Dakar Rally.

ATV Racing

DateMedia or Collection Name & DetailsFiles
7 January 2015Jim Beaver Signs 2 Year Deal to Race Terracross ChampionshipTerracross Championship

Autonomous Vehicles

DateMedia or Collection Name & DetailsFiles
17 November 2020ADLINK’s Edge AI Powers Autonomous Race Cars as Part of the Indy Autonomous ChallengeADLINK Technology


European Drifting Championship
Sport Auto Tuner GP Hockenheimring

DateMedia or Collection Name & DetailsFiles
30 June 2014King of Europe: 2014 Round 3 (Lydden Hill)
Rowan Harrison for Fueltopia

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30 March 2016ROUSH Performance Partners with Formula Drifter Justin Pawlak for 2016 SeasonROUSH Performance
14 April 2016GT Radial Wins First Formula DRIFT EventGiti Tire


Dan Wheldon Pro-Am
Gran Premio de Montevideo Montevideo, Uruguay
Robo Pong 200

DateMedia or Collection Name & DetailsFiles
Mid-1950's[Children's Put-Put (Sandlot Go-Kart) Racing]
Universal-International Newsreel

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4 November 2017Wikinoticias entrevista a Santiago Urrutia, piloto uruguayo, en el Gran Premio de Montevideo de Karting 2017

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15 August 2003Canadian Rookie Driver Kelly MacPhaden Races to Fight Against Hungtington's Disease.Kelly MacPhaden Race Team
22 May 2004Nation's First World-Class "Superkart" Track to Open in AustinIron Rock Raceway
7 August 2004Superkart Racing Gets a Flying StartIron Rock Raceway
5 January 2011K1 Speed Launches Its Eighth Indoor Kart Racing Center in Phoenix, ArizonaK1 Speed
12 October 2012Carpenter Teams with O'Rourke For Sunday's Robo Pong 200 at New Castle Motorsports Park Tom Blattler
15 October 2012Carpenter, O'Rouke Take 7th in 2012 Robo Pong 200 Tom Blattler
19 March 20131st Annual Racing 2 Cure Day at Victory Lane Karting Fuels Ongoing Fight Against CancerRacing 2 Cure
13 September 2013US Kart Racing Provides Big Thrills at Indoor Tracks Arash Arabasadi, VOA News
24 October 2013Carpenter Busy At New Castle Karting Oct. 26-27 for Wheldon Pro-Am, Robo Pong 200 Tom Blattler
26 October 2013Carpenter Team Named Co-Winners in Dan Wheldon Pro-Am Karting Challenge Tom Blattler
13 January 2015K1 Speed Comes to the Home of the BrickyardK1 Speed
16 December 2015K1 Speed's Newest Go-Kart Track Now Open in New EnglandK1 Speed
7 October 2016Euro-Style Kart Track Will Soon Race into the Dulles AreaAutobahn Indoor Speedway
11 October 2016South African Woman Breaks Motorsport Boundaries Darren Taylor, VOA News
14 December 2016Improved Wheel Nut Invented for Go-Karts - Designed by InventHelp Client (SAH-1158)InventHelp
21 March 2017K1 Speed Signs on as Official Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach SponsorK1 Speed
4 May 2017K1 Speed Announces Haas F1 Team Official Viewing Party CalendarK1 Speed
25 May 2017K1 Speed World Tour Challenge Expands Franchise AwarenessK1 Speed
17 July 2017K1 Speed Brings All-electric Karting to the East BayK1 Speed
22 September 2017Glow Karting™ Now Available at K1 Speed OrlandoK1 Speed
4 November 2017Wikinoticias entrevista a Santiago Urrutia, piloto uruguayo, en el Gran Premio de Montevideo de Karting 2017 Wikinoticias
8 January 2020GoPro Becomes Title Sponsor for K1 Speed Challenge GP Race SeriesK1 Speed

Sprint Cars (and Midget Cars)

Chili Bowl Nationals Tulsa Expo Center
Earl Kouba Memorial RaceWissota Sprint Car Series Princeton Speedway
Junior Knepper 55USAC Midget Southern Illinois Center (DuQuoin)
Night Before the 500USAC Mopar Midget Lucas Oil Raceway

18 July 2002Earl Kouba Memorial Race rescheduled for Thursday August 15th @ Princeton Speedway!Joe Kouba Racing
3 January 2008TRIP-G Motorsports Welcomes Former Series Champion To Their Dirt Sprint TeamTrip-G.com LLC
4 January 2011Tanner Berryhill Hoping Third Time’s A Charm In Annual Chili Bowl ShowdownChris Knight
6 April 2011Jeremy Frankoski Delivers In First Race Of 2011Chris Knight
12 May 2011Tyler Shoemaker Set To Open 2011 Midget Season at Macon SpeedwayChris Knight
24 May 2011Jeremy Frankoski Staying In Throttle With Testing; AppearancesChris Knight
25 May 2011Jeremy Frankoski Readies Night Before The 500Chris Knight
9 June 2011Jeremy Frankoski Ready To Hammer DownChris Knight
17 June 2011Jeremy Frankoski Inspired; Looking Forward To Racing This WeekendChris Knight
13 July 2011Jeremy Frankoski Remaining Focused; Despite Bumps Along The WayChris Knight
12 August 2011Jeremy Frankoski Taking Recent Efforts In Stride; Looking Forward To WaterfordChris Knight
13 June 2013Ed Carpenter's Statement on Jason Leffler's Death Ed Carpenter
8 January 2015American Racing Custom Wheels and 18-Year-Old Race Driver Tyler Thomas Team up for 2015 Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals Midget RaceAmerican Racing Custom Wheels
16 December 2015NASCAR Driver Jake Griffin Set For USAC Midget DebutChris Knight, Knight Motorsports Management
28 January 2016AFCO Performance Group Hires Industry Veteran Dale Raber as a Sales Engineer and Launches the Next Generation in Quarter Midget RacecarsAFCO Performance Group
16 March 2016National Association of Professional Women Inducts Misha Geisert, Program Manager of Tony Stewart Raching, Into its VIP Woman of the Year CircleNational Association of Professional Women

Closed-Circuit Truck

Off road truck racing can be found in Rally & Off Road Racing.

12 November 2018Raycom-Legacy Content Company and Hot Wheels® Launch Hot Wheels™ Monster Trucks LiveRaycom-Legacy Content Company

Solar-Powered Racing

American Solar Challenge
Tour de Sol
World Solar Challenge Australia

Demolition Derby

Lake County Fair Demolition Derby Lake County, Illinois, United States
Nick's Beatin' & Bangin' Boat Race Rockford Speedway

Vintage Racing & Shows

Bathurst International Motor Festival Bathurst, Australia
Drive the Mile The Milwaukee Mile
Goodwood Festival of Speed
Goodwood Revival
Meadow Brook Historic Races Waterford Hills, Michigan, United States
Meadowdale, Motorsports & Memories Raceway Woods (site of the former Meadowdale International Raceway) in Carpentersville, Illinois, United States

Miscellaneous (and Multi-Discipline)

Gumball 3000
Midwest Motorsports Racers Expo Janesville, Wisconsin, United States
Motorsports 2008
Motorsports 2011 Pennsylvania, United States
Race Track Business Conference
Summer Shootout (INEX Legends Car)
Tire Rack One Lap of America United States

DateMedia or Collection Name & DetailsFiles
17 August 2017Antique Car Races a Big Draw at Pennsylvania Fair
VOA News

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DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
15 March 2016
hearing date
Racing to Regulate: EPA's Latest Overreach on Amateur Drivers
Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Oversight of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
U.S. House of Representatives

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25 September 2003Zenas Technologies to Sponsor "Get Your Heart Racing Program"Zenas Technologies
11 March 2004Breakneck Speeds...Multi-Million Dollar Cars...The Stakes Couldn't Be Higher For...Fast Women: The Ladies of Auto Racing Now on DVDV.I.E.W., INC.
6 January 2009Husband and Wife Team Finish Overall Seventh in Scally Rally 2008Herts Insurance Consultants
6 January 2011Champion® Brands Announces 2011 Racing Contingency ProgramChampion Brands
27 February 2011What Makes a Top Quality Motorsport Parts Manufacturer and Supplier to the World - Motorsport ValleyGrant Loc
10 March 2011Why and How to fit a Race Car Subaru 3 Port Oil Catch Tank - obp Tech SessionGrant Loc
9 March 2011Race Car Stuff: Why Use a Dry Sump System - obp Tech SessionGrant Loc
13 March 2011Find a Top Quality Motorsport Parts Manufacturer and Supplier to the World - Motorsport ValleyGrant Loc
15 March 2011Race Car Brake Set Up for Track Day, Rally, Drifting, Performance, Saloon, Hot Hatch - obp TechGrant Loc
17 March 2011Guide to Fit a Race / Rally / Drifting Hydraulic Handbrake - Tech Session Fitting InstructionsGrant Loc
17 March 2011How to Fit a Race / Rally / Drifting Hydraulic Handbrake - Tech SessionGrant Loc
30 March 2011Do Rally, Track, Drift and Race Cars Use Anti Lock Brake Systems (ABS)? - obp Tech SessionGrant Loc
14 April 2011How to Set up a Race Brake Bias / Balance Bar ? Race Car Tech SessionGrant Loc
9 May 2011Why Fit Good Quality Race Pedal Box? Does ABS Work With a Bias Race Car Pedal Box - Tech SessionGrant Loc
25 May 2011Green Motor Racing is Coming - What are your Thoughts? - obp Tech SessionGrant Loc
2 June 2011How does a Non Servo Assisted Race Car Brake System Feel Compared to a Servo Assisted Brake Pedal?Grant Loc
15 June 2011Why Use a Race Car Quick Shift Gear Change Kit? - Tech SessionGrant Loc
6 July 2011How Does a Race Car Master Cylinder Work? - Motorsport Tech SessionGrant Loc
9 July 2011Race Car Brake Fade! What Causes It? - Tech SessionGrant Loc
21 July 2011How a Race, Track, Drift and Rally Car Braking System Works? - Motorsports Tech SessionGrant Loc
22 July 2011What Is "The Blip" And "Heel And Toe"? Race Car Tips - Tech SessionGrant Loc
4 August 2011Why Use A Dry Sump System? - Motorsport Tech SessionGrant Loc
2 September 2011Race Car Brake Lines Do's and Don'ts - Motorsport Tech SessionGrant Loc
10 September 2011Bleeding The Brake System - Motorsports Tech SessionGrant Loc
15 September 2011What Is Brake Fluid In a Race Car? Motorsport Tech-SessionsGrant Loc
7 October 2011Setting Up Race Car Brake Proportioning / Balance & Forced Brake Cooling - Motorsport Tech SessionsGrant Loc
15 December 2011Best Place To Buy Your Motorsport Hydraulic Handbrake for Your Race Car or Drift Car, TheGrant Loc
15 December 2011Motorsport Top Tips and Information on Pedal Box Brake Balance / Bias Bar Set Up For Your Race CarGrant Loc
6 April 2012Racecar Tech Session - Motorsport Terms and Phrases Made Easy to UnderstandGrant Loc
19 May 2012Brake Cylinder (Part 1) - Motorsport Tech SessionGrant Loc
19 May 2012Brake Master Cylinder (Part 2) - obp Motorsport Tech SessionGrant Loc
19 May 2012Brake Performance - Motorsport Tech SessionGrant Loc
18 October 2012Race Car Balancing is Vital to Win Races - obp Tech SessionsGrant Loc
31 January 2013What Makes A Good Race Car Driver - Race Car Tech SessionGrant Loc
4 February 2013Speed Sensing is a Vital Skill to Win Races- Race Car Tech SessionsGrant Loc
28 March 2013Why Use An Engine Breather Oil Catch Tank - Motorsport Tech SessionGrant Loc
30 July 2013USA Hydraulic E Brake Fitting Instructions - Motorsport Tech SessionsGrant Loc
20 March 2014History of Hydraulics - Part One - Motorsport Tech SessionsGrant Loc
20 March 2014Race Car Hyd System Performance and Hyd Pedal Ratios - History of Brakes Part Two - Tech SessionGrant Loc
1 December 2015Motorsport Auction Group Announces Business LaunchMotorsport Auction Group
9 December 2015“The Arts Saved My Family — and Now My Family is Setting Out to Save the Arts.”Gridskippers
11 December 2015All-New BrakeOMeter™ Offers Racing’s Most Advanced Numerical Brake Bias Adjustment DialBrakeOMeter
10 January 2017Reduce Pit-Stop Time With QUICK WHEEL CHANGE - Designed by InventHelp Client (ROH-266)InventHelp
30 October 2018Tips for Effectively Filming Fast-Paced AutosportsLucy Wyndham
14 May 2019Why It’s Never Too Late to Experience the Thrill of RacingLucy Wyndham
16 January 2020Driven to Win: Racing in America presented by General Motors to Open June 2020 inside Henry Ford Museum of American InnovationThe Henry Ford
13 April 2020The Superstitions And Good Luck Rituals of Race Car DriversLucy Wyndham
16 December 2020Useful Tips For Creating An Awesome Racing BrandLucy Wyndham

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