St. Petersburg Times

Auto Racing 2003

[AP photo]
2002 NASCAR Winston Cup champion Tony Stewart jubilates after finishing the Winston Cup Ford 400, at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla on Nov. 17, 2002.
• Winston Cup: Winning, and winning fans over
Tony Stewart, little by little, is making steps to erase his bad-boy image.
Pride of Ownership
Last season, the Jack Roush racing team rebounded from a year of mediocrity. Now, the sky's the limit.
Driver Capsules
A look at the teams competing in NASCAR's Winston Cup series this season:
Fast Facts

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CART: Spirit is lone U.S. hope
The lone American driving representation in the series comes courtesy of Swede Stefan Johansson's new team.
St. Petersburg Grand Prix

NHRA: Brand new Bernstein
The son of NHRA legend Kenny has toiled to get his father's Top Fuel seat. But can Brandon start at the top?

Formula One: Diminished dominance?
The series seeks to make the show more interesting by leveling the field. But how to slow Michael Schumacher?

Indy Racing League: Heading over, then out
Michael Andretti's switch from CART is a break from the past and a key to his future as a car owner.

Craftsman Trucks: Rapid rise to big tracks
Not long ago Tina Gordon started driving in dirt-track "powder puff" races. Now she's taking on NASCAR.

Busch Grand National: Making his biggest jump
Stanton Barrett is best known as a movie stuntman, but his dream is a Hollywood story in itself: a racing career.

TV / Radio: Fox on the fly with new camera for pits
When mulling over this season's NASCAR coverage, Artie Kempner, Fox's lead director, says the plan is not to just throw cameras at the track. More, he says, is not always better.

TV schedule
Major regular auto racing programs:

2003 Florida calendar
Major events around the state:

International Race of Champions
WHAT: A four-race International Race of Champions all-star series with drivers from NASCAR, IRL IndyCar, CART and World of Outlaws.

Rolex Sports Car Series
WHAT: A racing series that includes four divisions.

A racing dictionary
BACKMARKER: A car at or near the back of the field.

American Le Mans series
WHAT: A sports car series that features four divisions.

Trans-am series
WHAT: The longest-running road racing series in the North America.

Track Directory
U.S. tracks with Winston Cup, Busch Grand National, Craftsman Trucks, Indy Racing League, CART or Formula One dates:

Area tracks