Author: Paul Blaufuss

Alonso and the Indy 500 is Fantastic? Not So Fast…

Story by Paul Blaufuss. Photo courtesy f1fanatic.co.uk Well here comes another month of May, and as usual there is no shortage of gripe-worthy issues: What to make of Fernando Alonso leaving his seat at McLaren to drive in the Indy 500? On one hand, my initial reaction was that it’s great!  It is wonderful when drivers cross pollinate among all series. It makes racing more interesting all around. It takes me back to the old days when Indy drivers would more regularly drive F1, and vice versa. And the only racing where that happens with any regularity any longer...

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the Future of Auto Racing

Story by Paul Blaufuss. Photo by Jeff Siner. I heard the words that NASCAR has feared the most: “Dale Jr. announces his retirement.” I have many mixed emotions and thoughts: On one hand, first and foremost, best wishes to Dale and for being so secure in making this decision;  personally, financially, and with his family. Godspeed and best wishes Dale for a happy life. Thanks and appreciation to Dale for all the memories, and for having so bravely and publicly brought attention to head injuries. Dale led by example, and showed that a ‘tough guy’ does not need to...

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A Cranky Curmudgeon Mulls Over the 2017 Racing Year

Story by Paul Blaufuss. Photo courtesy Formula 1. The Formula One season appears to be shaping up to be as, ahem, ‘competitive’ as ever. The championship will be between two drivers; Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton. But for a series to be basically decided this early? To effectively eliminate the remainder of the field after only two races is a problem, even for the most dedicated of F1 fans. Modern F1 may be a spectacular technology and money parade; but one thing it is not, at present, is racing. So after several races in the books, what do you...

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The North Turn Teaches Daytona Beach Course History

Story by Paul Blaufuss Racing has always been my one true love (right after my lovely Queen B and Princess B of course!) Racing is here again. The winter cold is waning, ice is melting, and birds are returning. The crepe myrtles are blooming pink white and lavender. Dogwood pollen covers the cars. It is a time of rebirth and renewal in the South.  And of course for race fans that means Daytona. Sun, palm trees and the crackle of racing motors are a harbinger of glorious days to come. I have so many fond memories of Daytona.  Living...

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The Next NASCAR HoF Short Track Racer Should Be…

By Paul Blaufuss I have really come to appreciate the NASCAR Hall of Fame. It is a wonderful facility; full of so much racing memorabilia, history, and memories.   As I have grown older, I realize the importance in preserving the past, and keeping the old days alive for future generations. Annually, I look forward to the Hall of Fame induction ceremony. This year was perhaps one of the best.  Raymond Parks is a racing legend. Benny Parsons was one of the kindest men I have ever met in all of my years around racing; a true gentleman. And as...

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