News From Terre Haute, Indiana


August 15, 2006

Trackside: Change doesn’t come easy in auto racing

TERRE HAUTE — By nature, racers are noted for their reluctance to accept change. It’s a trait that U.S. Auto Club officials know all that well these days.

In a move that they hoped would help pump new life in to their stagnant Silver Crown series has all but backfired on the Speedway-based sanctioning body.

The introduction of the “New Generation” cars for the pavement tracks has not generated the results that the brass at USAC had envisioned.

Small car counts and wide-spread dissension among many of its club members has left USAC’s premier circuit in turmoil and the future of the new cars for the time being in doubt.

It’s a subject officials didn’t care to discuss and one that several car owners and drivers reluctantly express their views on during the recent Sumar Classic.

Some view the current controversy as only temporary growing pains that will gradually disappear once more of the new cars arrive on the scene.

Other view it in a much different light and one they fear threatens the future of USAC.

Car owners, many who had the most to lose with the introduction of the new pavement creations have been the most vocal about the changes.

Terre Haute sprint and Silver Car owner Bill Biddle has watched with interest the way the current dilemma has played out. The local businessman continues to field a car for the USAC dirt tracks but like many has reframed from purchasing one the new cars.

He continues to run his pavement cars but instead on the splinter Premier Racing Association circuit. He thinks there’s a place for both series but is not certain how many of his fellow car owners share the same chain of thought.

Questioned if he feared for the future of the Silver Crown series he expressed the views most commonly heard from many USAC car owners.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Tom Lindley column mug.jpg

CNHI News Service

Local Interest
High School

Soccer team visits the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco

Sports Columns
SPT072114sprints crowd.jpg

Tribune-Star/Jim Avelis Records: Near perfect weather contributed to record attendance at racetracks around the state, including the Action Track, seen here.

Pro Sports
Terre Haute Rex
SPT 010414 LUCK LOOK.jpg

Tribune-Star/Joseph C. Garza Improving: Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck looks for an open receiver during the Colts' win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Jan. 4 in Indianapolis.

Auto Racing
AP Auto Racing News
Latest News Poll
AP Video
Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Bodies of Malaysia Jet Victims Leave Ukraine Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball Clinton: "AIDS-Free Generation Within Our Reach" Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel Fighting Rages Amid Mideast Truce Push Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Raw: Plane Lands on New York Highway Raw: Typhoon Brings Heavy Wind, Rain to Taiwan Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City Raw: Secretary of State Kerry in Israel Raw: Massive Explosion in Gaza City NYPD Chief Calls for 'use of Force' Retraining Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch Raw: Israel Hits Gaza Targets, Destroys Mosques US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed
NDN Video
CDC Director Warns Of A World Where Antibiotics No Longer Work Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid Kanye West Tells-All on Wedding in "GQ" Interview Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Scarlett Johansson Set To Marry In August New Star Wars Episode XII X-Wing Revealed Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB' Adam Levine Ties the Knot

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -


    March 12, 2010

Real Estate News