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By Julie Scharper and Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2012
Before glossy race cars careen around downtown streets over Labor Day weekend, another high-speed race must be run. The team promoting Baltimore's Grand Prix - a group announced by city officials this week after the collapse of two other race organizers - has less than four months to hawk sponsorships, market the event, sell tickets and set up the racecourse and grandstands. Sports marketing experts say Race On, the new organizers that include racing champion Michael Andretti, must make those tasks their top priorities and also reassure racing fans that the event is on despite months of setbacks.
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By Dan Appenfeller, For The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2013
Wrecked cars and red and yellow flags dominated Saturday's American Le Mans Series race. Three cautions - including the weekend's biggest wreck immediately after the start - whittled the originally two-hour race to just more than an hour. The first wreck came seconds after the green flag waved. Scott Tucker, in the No. 551 Honda in the P1 prototype class, got caught up in a group of cars, some accelerating and others waiting to get through the opening stretch. Several drivers were quick to decry the early acceleration, saying that in a drivers' meeting, they'd made it "very clear" to drive at a slower pace until after the opening straightaway.
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By Stanley C. Dillon | February 2, 1992
It takes teamwork to be a winner in auto racing.But it takes time for a team to become cohesive, whether on the NASCAR circuit or a local dirt track.After something of a down year in 1991, members of the 4-year-oldGlen Falls Racing Team think they can field a winner this year. Witha new sponsor and better equipment, they hope to win the late-model track championship at Potomac Speedway in Budds Creek, Charles County.After working together on other cars at various times, members decided to band together to form their own team.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2012
While Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas and swimmer Katie Ledecky proved to the world what a little girl power could do in London this summer, a group of women racecar drivers prepared to show the Grand Prix of Baltimore what they could do with a little horsepower. Emilee Tominovich of Clarksville and her TrueCar Racing teammates are the only all-female team to compete in six different racing series, including two featured in the city's stop along the Mazda Road to Indy. Mont Brownlee's 5-year-old daughter, Adella, smiled when she learned about the women drivers, as she fought a losing battle with her melting ice cream.
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By Stanley Dillon and Stanley Dillon,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 5, 1995
David Wisner of Millers and Steve Rill of Westminster make up one of the more interesting teams in stock car racing. They started racing at the end of the 1994 season in the street stock class at Trail-Way Speedway.They share everything from the driving to the expenses.Wisner and Rill always have enjoyed watching races at local speedways. They also attend the Winston Cup races at Dover Downs International Speedway every year. They often thought about what it would be like to get behind the wheel.
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By Stanley Dillon and Stanley Dillon,Contributing writer | October 14, 1990
Jim Epting's hobby is racing a BMW 2002 several weekends a year, and after 22 years of racing, he has taken on an unlikely driver as part of his team.The Glen Burnie resident's 19-year-old daughter, Leah, has been joining him at road courses like Summit Point in West Virginia and Watkins Glen in New York.Leah Epting always has been around racing. It would have been only natural for her to become involved -- that is if she had been born a boy.But she didn't let being a woman stop her from joining a sports world dominated by men.She started helping her dad work on his cars when she was 14. She worked on the cars during the week, and on weekends she worked in the pits at the track.
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By Katherine Dunn and Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer | April 23, 1995
Exploring the mountains out West still can be intimidating for a girl from back East especially if she skis.Tania Riismandel decided to take that challenge this winter and spent almost four months skiing with the Snowbird Racing Team in Utah's Wasatch Range near Salt Lake City.Despite two strong seasons with the Ski Liberty Racing Team, the Centennial High junior knew skiing out there would be a whole different story.When she joined the Snowbird team the week after Christmas, she summed up her first impression in a simple E-mail message to her parents -- "These girls are awesome.
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By Vito Stellino | July 12, 1991
It difficult to imagine Joe Gibbs as A. J. Foyt, but the Washington Redskins coach dreamed of becoming a race-car driver when he was a youngster.He turned to football instead, but now he's going to do the next best thing to driving a race car: He's going to own a NASCAR racing team.Gibbs, who is preparing to open training camp Sunday for his 11th season (only 11 coaches in the history of the league have coached the same team at least as long), had a busy off-season.Besides starting to set up a racing team, he wrote a book and attended a reception for England's Queen Elizabeth II. He said his wife insisted they accept the invitation for the queen.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,Staff Writer | March 5, 1993
Joe Gibbs is expected to announce his retirement as head coach of the Washington Redskins today because of health reasons.Mr. Gibbs, 52, is expected to be replaced by Richie Petitbon, the team's assistant head coach for defense.Mr. Gibbs' retirement was first reported by a Washington television station, WTTG, and confirmed by a team source. Team officials had no immediate comment, but were expected to hold a news conference later today.Mr. Gibbs attended a prayer breakfast in Richmond, Va., this morning.
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By STAN DILLON | April 9, 1995
Like most people involved in motor sports, Robert "Bones" Harvey has made auto racing a part of his life since he was a teen-ager.Starting as an errand boy on his brother Tim's car, Harvey has done everything there is to do in late-model racing. He has built cars, raced and owned them.The 44-year-old Finksburg native started in racing 30 years ago when modified Ford coupes ruled the local race scene.He raced several years for himself and for Mike Woolford of Westminster, picking up two feature wins in the mid-70s at Lincoln and Potomac speedways.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2012
A.J. Foyt, Indy car racing's all-time winningest driver (67) and championship record holder (7), is now 77. He's had open heart surgery, and in January went through an illness that nearly killed him. But here he is, alive, opinonated and planning to get his race team back among the top teams in the IndyCar Series. In a recent one-on-one interview Foyt talked about many things, among them why the 1977 Indy 500 win was special to him beyond making him the first driver to win the race four times, the recent announcement that he'll field a car for minority driver Chase Austin in the Indianapolis 500 next May and a recent staph infection following same-day surgeries to remove bone spurs from his artificial knee and repair a rotator cuff.
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By Julie Scharper and Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2012
Before glossy race cars careen around downtown streets over Labor Day weekend, another high-speed race must be run. The team promoting Baltimore's Grand Prix - a group announced by city officials this week after the collapse of two other race organizers - has less than four months to hawk sponsorships, market the event, sell tickets and set up the racecourse and grandstands. Sports marketing experts say Race On, the new organizers that include racing champion Michael Andretti, must make those tasks their top priorities and also reassure racing fans that the event is on despite months of setbacks.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2011
Sixteen years after competing in his first motorsports race on the Camden Yards parking lot, Monkton professional driver Marc Bunting is returning to the drivers' seat and his roots. Bunting is putting together Team Baltimore Racing, a sports car team, that will compete in the American Le Mans Series race here Sept. 2 as part of the Baltimore Grand Prix weekend. "With the Baltimore race happening, it renewed my interest," said Bunting, 42. "It will be fun to race around Baltimore — legally.
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By George Diaz, Tribune newspapers | August 11, 2010
After a bit of negotiating, Kasey Kahne will join the Red Bull Racing team in 2011. He will spend one season there before moving to Hendrick Motorsports. "This opportunity places me with an established, competitive team that has proven they can win races and make the Chase," Kahne told reporters on Tuesday. "The opportunity to drive for Red Bull Racing Team in 2011 is a great fit for me, both personally and professionally. "It feels good to be able to finally put this to rest and focus my energy on finishing the season strong for the 9 team and our sponsors.
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By CANDUS THOMSON AND ANNIE LINSKEY and CANDUS THOMSON AND ANNIE LINSKEY,SUN REPORTERS | April 2, 2006
After five months of bone-jarring, teeth-rattling adventure at the earth's extremes, the sailors of the Volvo Ocean Race are on their way to Maryland, the Land of Pleasant Living. If only the wind holds out. The six yachts will leave Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, today for the 5,000-mile voyage north and arrive at the Inner Harbor around April 15. They will be on display as part of the Baltimore Waterfront Festival from April 27 until May 4, when they head to Annapolis for the three-day Maryland Maritime Heritage Festival.
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By SANDRA MCKEE and SANDRA MCKEE,SUN REPORTER | February 18, 2006
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman thought about his rookie year in pro football and paused. Aikman is now co-owner of Hall of Fame Racing, a Nextel Cup team that debuts in the Daytona 500 tomorrow. He had just been asked how long he thinks it will take his team to be competitive. "I hope it isn't as difficult as my rookie season was," he said. "I was 0-11 as a starter, but yet, if it is, I don't think anyone is going to be prepared to throw in the towel."
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By Nancy Menefee Jackson and Nancy Menefee Jackson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 13, 2002
The idea of a ski racing team calling Howard County home may smack a bit of Jamaica having a bobsled team. But such a team -- dubbed the Columbia Race Team -- exists, has youth and adult members and is even looking this winter to repeat last season's dominance of its league. And contrary to what some might think, ski racing for this group isn't just for winter -- which is when the Columbia contingent, numbering as many as 30 on a weekend cold enough for snow, heads to Ski Liberty in Carroll Valley, Pa., to train.
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By STAN DILLON | August 1, 1993
It takes teamwork to win in motor sports. The Davis Racing team of Westminster owes its success to its team members, a close-knit family that works together.This year, the Davis Racing team added a new member, the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) in Herndon, Va., as a major sponsor.The Davis Racing team consists of three brothers -- Cedric, 48, and twins Len and Lee, 42. Len drives the car and does the mechanical work. Lee is the crew chief and makes the final adjustments at the staging area and Cedric is the systems analyst, the computer guy. A fourth brother, Bob, was also in racing until a few years ago.Len first became interested in drag racing when he was 10."
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By SANDRA McKEE | October 12, 2003
The Indy Racing League championship is down to the wire. Helio Castroneves and Scott Dixon go into today's Chevy 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Forth Worth tied for the lead with 467 points. Right behind them and still within striking distance are Tony Kanaan (460), Sam Hornish Jr. (448) and Gil de Ferran (437). A lot of stories are in play. Castroneves, Dixon and Kanaan are seeking their first titles. Hornish, who has won three of the series' four races, is a two-time champion seeking a third title before leaving his Panther Racing team for the Penske organization next season.
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