Race Car Day - John Zink

Today we’re waving the checkered flag and winning our race! We have to be careful with that need for speed on Race Car Day! Today’s theme is inspired by Oklahoma Hall of Fame Member John Zink. His hometown is Tulsa, Oklahoma. Zink became a mechanical engineer and took over the family company before building it into a world leader in the oil field. Zink then started his own company pioneering new equipment for the oil field. His real passion in life, though, was racing! Zink Racing Company engineered and built two winners of the Indy 500. He was even inducted into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame. You can learn more by reading John Zink Oklahoma Hall of Fame biography.

Do you know anyone that races? Share your stories with us at info@oklahomahof.com!


Movie Time! Do you have a favorite race car? We do: Lightning McQueen! You can rent and stream Cars now. You can also watch this fun racing in the mud cartoon!


Storytime! Do you dream of racing? If we dream of racing, what do you think race cars dream about? Find out in Race Car Dreams! You can also hear it read aloud here. There’s also this fun read aloud of Twelve More Little Race Cars.


Arts & Crafts! Want to have a race of your own? Build your own race cars with this awesome roll craft. You can also make this fun paper plate car craft! Now you can have your own races at home!


Make & Eat it! Race car drivers need lots of fuel to compete so we’re going to pick a meal with lots of protein! Try these cap’n crunch chicken strips from Oklahoma Hall of Fame Member Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman.

Listen to it! We need music for our race, right? We think the soundtrack from Cars is perfect for this day and Spotify already put the playlist together for us to enjoy!

Keep learning more of Oklahoma’s Story! We hope that you have a fun time at home racing to the finish line! As always, there’s more to this Oklahoma story, come back tomorrow and we’ll have more for you to explore! Please post pictures of your Race Car Day and share them with us: #ohofathome

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