Author: Patrick Reynolds

Family, Dads, Racing, and the S.N.Y.R.A.

Story by Patrick Reynolds. Photo courtesy NASCAR. My Father left this world about a year ago. I watched the date come up on the calendar, arrive, and then finally pass. My thoughts became reflective about family, our life together, and the role racing played. The story with my Dad is similar to many guys involved in motorsports. Our Fathers introduced us to the sport and ignited a life-long passion. Jimmy Reynolds competed behind the wheel in his younger years. He drove with the Southern New York Racing Association Modifieds at Connecticut’s Danbury Racearena during the 1950s. At that time...

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NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee, Bobby Allison Talks About Short Track Racing

By Patrick Reynolds Bobby Allison’s win and championship statistics are easily accessible. Everything that qualified him for his NASCAR Hall of Fame honor can be researched. But like most spreadsheets, that list of winning numbers does not tell you about the man. Allison was a successful short tracker who advanced to the Grand National Series. He was part of the generation that came up through grassroots racing, built their own cars and worked- literally worked- their way to the top. When Allison met me for lunch in Mooresville, NC, where he now calls home, he appeared as if this...

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Kurt Busch’s 1100 Mile Day from the Indianapolis Viewpoint

By Patrick Reynolds Jerry Baker stood at the podium and microphone while addressing the large gathering of fans, media, and auto racing VIPs. Dressed in a red polo shirt and khaki pants on the sunny and warm day, Baker’s voice carried clearly and strongly over the PA system of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He was presiding over the public driver’s meeting held along pit road one day prior to the Indianapolis 500. Baker introduced the field of drivers one at a time, as each was presented with a ring commemorating their starting position on the grid. He named 32...

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“American Boy” Ryan Hunter-Reay Wins Indianapolis 500 in Thrilling Finish

By Patrick Reynolds Indianapolis, IN- Ryan Hunter-Reay’s lips pressed tightly together. He stared at a television set on the wall of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s interview room. His body language and facial expression radiated disappointment. He was watching video of the winning Indy 500 driver celebrate. There was a triumphant ride around the track with his family in a convertible. There was the kissing of the yard of bricks. There was pain from a race that Hunter-Reay could have won, but got away. The winning driver was Tony Kanaan. The scene was one year ago. Fast forward to 2014...

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Kanaan, Chaves, and Dixon Quickest on Indy Carb Day

Story by Patrick Reynolds, Photo by Meesh Beer Indianapolis 500 Final Practice Ganassi Racing paced the final practice session prior to Sunday’s Indianapolis 500. Defending race winner Tony Kanaan set the fastest time and teammate Scott Dixon backed up the group’s strength by turning the second quickest lap. However, neither driver placed much stock in the lap times translating to guaranteed success for the race. “Lap times don’t count today,” said Kanaan. “It feels good to be up there but that’s not what it’s all about.” Dixon said, “The times that you see now are kind of how you...

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