By David Firestone Many race fans have seen these small patches on driver suits, and may have wondered what they are. What many do not realize is that these small patches have a very critical role in driver safety. These small patches are the safety certification patches. These small patches state that this uniform part […]Read More The SFI and FIA patches…Why they are as critical as they are.
By David G. Firestone The evolution of the racing helmet in NASCAR for the most part was slow, in the beginning. NASCAR was officially founded in 1947, two years after World War II ended. Many of the helmets worn during the 1940’s and 1950’s were little more than repainted army and air force helmets. These […]Read More NASCAR Helmets Over The Years
The mighty epaulet, every racing fan has seen them, but few understand what they are for. They are now mostly for fashion and sponsor exposure, but epaulets have a more interesting history than one might think. Back in the 1950′s and 60′s, racing suits were supposed to provide fire protection, but early versions of the […]Read More The Epaulet…What It Was, and What It Is
Quick, what do Randy Johnson, Dave Winfield, and Dale Earnhardt Sr. all have in common? Well for starters, all were very talented, and all are Hall of Famers, but that isn’t all. The unique thing about these three players is that each one of them has accidentally killed a bird while playing sports. Dave Winfield […]Read More Birds and Sports
By David Firestone I recently did a post focusing on Christian Fittipaldi, and the unusual way his suit displayed the so-called television logos. But these logos have a unique history all their own. One of the first examples on an in-car camera being used was the 1979 Daytona 500. At that time driver suits mostly […]Read More Television Logos
We start off today with a unique story from IndyCar. Ryan Hunter-Reay won the Izod IndyCar Series Championship last season, and as such has the right to use the number 1 on his car. He normally used 28 as his car number, because 28 million people worldwide are affected by cancer, and his mother passed […]Read More New Paint Schemes and Some IndyCar News…
By David Firestone At first glace, this driver suit looks like it has no primary sponsorship at all, but dig deeper and you find the real story behind it. From 2000 to 2008, car #12 in the Sprint Cup was driven by Ryan Newman and sponsored by Alltel Wireless. In 2002, Ryan Newman’s first full […]Read More Phantom Sponsorships.
When Jimmie Johnson’s team unveiled the car that would race in the Shootout this year, I felt compelled to write a blog on the issue of yellow cars. Yellow is the same as any other color, it can work very well when used properly. The problem is that many teams won’t use it properly. Some […]Read More When Using Yellow, Keep It Mellow
By David Firestone Christian Fittipaldi is a Brazilian race driver who raced in F1, Champ Car and eventually NASCAR. Although he had two wins in Champ Car, his F1 and NASCAR careers were fruitless. His NASCAR career lasted from 2002-2003, and during that time he raced in a total of 16 races, with 2 DNQ’s. […]Read More The Curious Case of The Bugle of Christian Fittipaldi
One of my favorite drivers growing up was Ted Musgrave. When I was watching NASCAR back in middle and high school, Musgrave drove the #16 Family Channel Ford for Roush Racing. He was born in Waukegan, Illinois, which is close to my hometown of Evanston, and grew up racing in Wisconsin. He is a Camping […]Read More A Trip Down Memory Lane…