Jun 19

Remembering Leffler, Helping Charlie

Remembering Leffler, Helping Charlie

Photo: LAT

From 1982-2007 there were at least two IndyCar races in Wisconsin: the traditional Milwaukee Mile and the 4-mile splendor of Road America. For most of that time both shows were a rousing success because of the passionate fans, although The Split in 1996 eventually sucked the life out of Milwaukee’s legendary oval and Elkhart Lake was dropped after unification in 2008.

But it would appear there’s a decent chance both could be on the 2014 schedule.

“I’ve reached out to IndyCar and had a meeting with Mark Miles back in April at Long Beach and we’d like to bring Indy cars back,” said George Bruggenthies, longtime president of Road America’s scenic, challenging road course.

Jun 18

Villopoto Carries Momentum Into Budds Creek

Photo Credit: Simon Cudby

Photo Credit: Simon Cudby

This Saturday, Southern Maryland’s Budds Creek MX Park will host the world’s best riders for Round 5 of the 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. Taking place in Mechanicsville, Md., just an hour outside of the nation’s capital, the 23rd Annual Red Bull Budds Creek National will set the stage for two of the most highly contested championships in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross history. Current points leader and 2011 champion Ryan Villopoto will go head-to-head with reigning champ Ryan Dungey in the 450 Class, while Ken Roczen and Eli Tomac will both attempt to become the second repeat winner in the 250 Class as Marvin Musquin looks to secure his third consecutive win at Budds Creek.

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Villopoto captured his third overall victory of the season at High Point Raceway with a clean sweep in the 450 Class, giving the points leader a total of seven moto wins to date. Villopoto’s successful season has given him considerable momentum heading into Round 5 this weekend, where he looks to extend his points lead at Budds Creek.

Jun 15

Remembering Leffler, Helping Charlie

Remembering Leffler, Helping Charlie

Photo: IMS Photo

The irony that he was sponsored by Great Clips didn’t escape Jason Leffler.

“Makes sense to me, young and good looking, I’m the logical choice,” he deadpanned before breaking into laughter back in 2010.

Leffler’s red hair, with the Billy Idol spike job, fit his personality because he was a racer with a flair for standing out in a crowd despite being vertically challenged.

Jun 12

Miller’s Mailbag, 6.12

Miller’s Mailbag, 6.12

Marshall Pruett

Hello open-wheel types and thanks for all your questions. I intend to answer your questions every week during the season, so just email me at openwheelmailbag@gmail.com. Don’t feel left out if I didn’t directly respond. I appreciate your interest and passion.

~Robin Miller

Q: I’ve been going to Texas since 2004 and what a dog race that was. Found out Derrick Walker took out an additional 200 pounds of downforce off the cars from 2012 — what a disastrous move. Worst crowd I’ve ever seen at Texas and people were leaving real early… I gave it up with 48 laps remaining and Helio had a half lap lead. This race is in serious trouble and next year could be the end… I know I won’t be back.

Styx Rogan