• UNCONVENTIONAL WISDOM: Josef Newgarden's first IndyCar victory could serve as a much-needed momentum-builder for the series heading into May in Indianapolis. But only if someone stands up and pro-actively promotes the young American's story to the national media, who, otherwise, won't notice. It would have helped if someone had coached the driver to ditch the big sunglasses and Terrible Towel in victory lane so the public could actually have seen him. It's a visually-stimulated society and Newgarden's winner's circle cover-up was a lost opportunity to attract attention to this potential new star.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009


Part 1 of The Race Reporters Year-In-Review aired Wednesday night on Power Up Channel. Holly Cain, Gordon Kirby and Jeff Burk batted around the Big Issues of 2009. We also announced winners of various show awards, including Driver of the Year and Person of the Year. Holly, Gordon and Jeff also offered individual commentaries. This was tremendous fun!

Listen to the entire show using this link:

After he won the NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel title, Tony Schumacher promised he'd deliver the championship trophy to Fort Hood. That's set to happen Friday, with owner Don Schumacher and the entire Army-sponsored team present. It will be part of an overall program designed to promote a day of healing at Fort Hood.

Upcoming The Race Reporters guests:
(Show is live Wednesdays at 7 p.m. ET, downloadable, and available on-demand at no cost. Click on TRR page logo in upper right-hand column.)

December 16 -- Season-In-Review, Part 2. Panelists: Jon Asher, John Oreovicz, Bob Margolis.

[ more Monday . . . ]