My interest in motor racing of all kinds comes from my parents: They would regularly wake me for the Australian and Japanese Grand Prix at 02:00 back in England, at my request, and watching the Formula One races every couple of weeks was a family tradition.
I usually favored the British drivers, and obviously followed Nigel "Red 5" Mansell and Damon Hill to their World Championships, but when Mansell moved over to IndyCar in 1993, I then discovered racing outside of Formula One as well.
I now live fairly close to Indianapolis, and hope to make attending races there a new family tradition...
The debate on Team Orders in F1 is as old as Team … Continue reading
In the week heading into the final race of the 2012 IndyCar season, young British driver Mike Conway told his team he no longer wanted to race on ovals. His team replaced him, rightly so, and Mike is without a ride.
Last weekend, at Talladega, Dale Earnhardt Jr suffered a possible second concussion of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. After discussion with doctors, and his team owner, Dale is set to sit out two races, or however many it takes for him to recover.
Both of those drivers have something in common: They were both attacked, mocked and insulted by racing fans for their decision. Continue reading
The last driver to die at the wheel of a Formula One car (or rather, from smoke inhalation over a day later in hospital) was Elio de Angelis in 1986. Although I was watching Formula One in 1986, I never saw Elio’s crash because it didn’t happen in a race. The last death to be broadcast on live TV was actually Riccardo Paletti in 1982, who died with his mother watching from the grandstand, unable to breathe, so I understand, while trapped at the chest and slowly asphyxiated by fire retardant.
After 1986, eight years of near-misses and miracles followed after the loss of Elio, until that tragic weekend at Imola in 1994. Continue reading
Tim is British and lives in the United States with his wife and kids.
He works for software developers Image Space Inc. and Studio 397 on their racing simulations, and is a fan of Gaming, Motorsports, and photography.