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By John Kilroy on October 24, 2011

It was interesting talking to John Godfrey, owner of Spike Chassis, in Brownsburg, Indiana, the other day, when I called him for an article in the November issue on the State of the Racing Market. I just wanted to get John's viewpoint on where racing is right now, especially short track open wheel racing.

John's initial answer was simple, direct, and probably spoke for a lot of people in racing when he frankly acknowledged, "I don't know." It's a tough question to answer these days. As John said, "It's very unpredictable at the moment.

"We've actually been busy the whole summer," said John. However, he said there appears to...

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By John Kilroy on October 20, 2011

Here's a nice bit of new from behnd the scenes here at PRI: Michael Lewis, son of Steve and Loretta Lewis, won Saturday's race at Monza in the Formula 3 Italia series, earning him the Rookie of the Year title.

As part of being Rookie of the Year in the series, Michael earned a test drive with the Ferrari F1 team in November.

Michael won three races in the series this year, and came in second place in the overall championship. He drives for the PREMA Powerteam.

“It was a great feeling to win here at Monza as it is such a famous track with such wonderful history,” said Michael. “I made a great launch at the start of the race and was able to clear the first chicane without a problem so...

By John Kilroy on October 18, 2011

Just wanted to report that I had a blast serving as a concours judge at the Kumho Tires Presents the Grassroots Motorsports $2011 Challenge Powered by RacingJunk.com. The task was to build a car for $2011 that could compete in a concours judging, autocross and drag race. Great fun, and pretty spectacular DIY innovation. (See photos at bottom)

Here's an example: Andrew Nelson’s entry came in second overall, but it represents the 'go for it' approach by the 50 contestants. He installed a Volkswagen Beetle body on a Nova subframe, then jammed a Chevy 350 under the front hood. He ran 10:58 in the quarter mile, and placed second in the autocross. Pretty damn impressive. Nelson also competes in landspeed racing in...

By John Kilroy on October 13, 2011

Just returned last night from Florida for the Kumho Tires Grassroots Motorsports 2011 Challenge Powered by RacingJunk.com, where competitors must build a race car for $2011 and compete in three categories: concours, autocross and drag racing. I had a blast. Truly memorable. Virtually every car had its own unique story, and some were pretty  wild.

I’ll cover the event in another blog this week, because I wanted to preface it with my visit to the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing in Ocala, Florida. I stopped there on the way up to Gainesville for the Challenge.

I highly recommend a visit to the Museum for attendees of the PRI Trade Show. It’s worth arriving a day early...

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