Keys for Success: Pep Boys Auto 500 -- Atlanta Motor Speedway ATLANTA (Oct. 24, 2008) -- Each race weekend, random Dodge Motorsports crew chiefs, drivers, engine specialists and team members give their insight on the 'keys to success' for the ...
Keys for Success: Pep Boys Auto 500 -- Atlanta Motor Speedway
ATLANTA (Oct. 24, 2008) -- Each race weekend, random Dodge Motorsports crew chiefs, drivers, engine specialists and team members give their insight on the 'keys to success' for the upcoming race. This week, the green flag drops on the Pep Boys Auto 500 at the 1.54-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway
Trivia Question (see below): What major automobile race took place one century ago today?
KASEY KAHNE (No. 9 Budweiser Dodge Charger) "The key is to be able to move around this place. Being able to run different lines on this race track and run the white line certain times of the race are keys. It's so much different now on how this car hits the race track...over the bumps getting into Turn 1....there's different ways to get around here, so you need a car that will work in a lot of different parts of the track."
Answer to trivia question: On this day in 1908, the Locomobile Old 16, driven by George Robertson, of Garden City, New York, became the first American-made car to beat the European competition when it raced to victory in the fourth annual Vanderbilt Cup held in Long Island, New York. Designed simply for speed and power, Old 16 had an 1032 cc, 4-cylinder, 120 hp engine with a copper gas tank, and a couple of bucket seats atop a simple frame with four wooden-spoked wheels completed the design. At the fourth Vanderbilt Cup, Robertson pushed Old 16 to an average speed of 64.38 mph, dashing around the 297-mile course to the cheers of over 100,000 rowdy spectators, who lined the track dangerously close to the speeding motor cars. With a thrown tire in the last lap and a frantic fight to the finish against an Italian Isotta, Robertson held on for victory giving America's first major racing victory.
Source: History Channel*
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