Jerry Bonkowski is an award-winning motorsports writer, columnist, author and broadcaster. He has covered all forms of auto racing -- including NASCAR, IndyCar, NHRA and other series -- for the past three-plus decades. Jerry has been a senior-level writer/columnist for some of the largest publications/digital outlets including USA Today, ESPN.com, Yahoo Sports and NBCSports.com's NASCAR Talk and MotorSportsTalk. He also has extensive broadcasting experience, including being a long-time host on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Jerry has a large social media following (check him out particularly on Twitter @JerryBonkowski) and enjoys interaction with readers and fans. Jerry owns Bulldog Racing Media LLC, which includes The Racing Beat podcast here on the BLEAV Podcast Network, as well as The Racing Beat subscription email newsletter, and The Racing Beat on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. He welcomes fans to reach out to him.
After a few weeks' hiatus, we're back with our latest edition of The Racing Beat and the timing couldn't be better. This week's episode is with veteran motorsports writer John Oreovicz, whose new book -- "Indy Split" -- will be released this Sunday, the date of the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500. The timing is intentional, as "Indy Split" chronicles the devastating break between the upstart Indy Racing League and Championship Auto Racing Teams back in 1996 that nearly destroyed open-wheel racing in the U.S. Not only is this a fascinating book, our interview with John is also outstanding.