On 26 May, 1996, two major open-wheel races were held on United States soil. One was run for the 80th time, the other was a newcomer. One was a bleeding giant, the other is a swift and cheeky foilist. They were in for the fight, yet little did they know both of them were about to lose. This was the Indy 500 vs. the US…
The Grand Prix Masters - featuring some legendary single-seater drivers in equal cars - was a racing series that was destined for massive success but then ultimately went down the drain as most of the start-up initiatives in the motor racing community. Here’s the story of it all from those involved.
Ten years ago, Formula One nearly wrote itself and everyone involved off from one of the biggest markets it always wanted to conquer - driven by ego and self-interests. Here is what (probably) happened.
Following the American open-wheel split of 1996, Indy Racing League was meant to be single-seater NASCAR for ovals. This is what happens when you put one car in a hill climb event.
Mash-ups have never sounded this promising, this loud and this fast. What if you let LMP1, IndyCar and F1 cars loose today on the madly banked oval of Monza? Would be the most pointless yet most awesome motor race in history. Great twist: they actually did it.
I remember the days when CART was the sh*t. You can tell it being the case, because it was a time when even the UK and Germany were building their own speedways to accomodate American open-wheel racing. Little did I know it was the slow death of the series that - at the time - was almost in fight for the no.1 motor…