Andy Granatelli: The Indomitable Showman

Though he immodestly titled his memoirs They Call Me Mister 500, Andy Granatelli actually was behind the wheel at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway just once, in the time trials in 1948. Back then, he was billed “Antonio the Great, Famed Italian Speed Ace,” even though he hailed from Chicago and had raced only a few times, on state fairgrounds and small tracks in the Midwest. Despite the hype, Granatelli’s career as an Indy driver ended ignominiously, when he crashed, …

Martinsville: Memories, Mayhem, Marvelous!

Adrenaline rush: Turn 3 at Martinsville from the infield. This is a guest post from AARP’s Deb Silverberg, who was on the ground at the April 3 Sprint Cup race in Martinsville.   Memories – so many, Mayhem: it is a short track, after all. Marvelous…more on that in a minute. Before we move on to race highlights, how about the most important M-word? Meals. Not only did our No. 24 Jeff Gordon make an impressive Top 5 finish in Martinsville, …

Meal Donations after Fontana Race top 216,000

Just weeks into the NASCAR season and the Drive to End Hunger has provided more than 216,000 meals for hungry seniors. Building momentum for the initiative, four-time Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon and the No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet Team finished 18th at Sunday’s Auto Club Speedway 400 in Fontana, Calif., and look for their eighth win this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. Last week AARP Foundation made a $10,000 donation on behalf of Drive to End Hunger to …

I Have the Need for Speed

Last week Beth was in Daytona and now it’s my turn. And like Beth, before this weekend, football was the only sport that had my heart racing, no pun intended. I’m here for what a co-worker called the Superbowl of NASCAR – the Daytona 500. It’s the biggest race of the year and here I stand with the equivalent of a learner’s permit. My first day here, I met a few fans at the Winn-Dixie “Winner’s Circle Event” in Altamonte …

Want to see the #24 car in action? Here’s how.

Gentlemen, start your engines! We’re gearing up for a big week here at AARP and many of us (myself included) are headed down to Daytona, Florida to support some big hunger events for the Drive to End Hunger – and we’ll probably catch a few races while we’re down there too! Today the Drive to End Hunger launched its Sweepstakes, which will run for the next 21 weeks. Each day you can enter to win a chance to cheer on …