Wood Brothers Remember The Great Dan Gurney
January 16, 2018
When Glen Wood looks back on his time racing at Riverside International Raceway with the great Dan Gurney, who died Jan. 14 at the age of 86, it’s not so much about the four wins in five starts or the 540 laps led.
Instead Wood recalls a tall, handsome man who was as friendly as he was talented. Continue reading Wood Brothers Remember The Great Dan Gurney
Giovanni Scelzi Named Chili Bowl Rookie of the Year After Being Awarded 2017 North American 410 Sprint Car Rookie of the Year
Inside Line Promotions – TULSA, Okla. (Jan. 16, 2018) – Giovanni Scelzi had a breakout performance on one of the biggest stages in motor sports last week.
Scelzi, who was piloting a NOS Energy Drink sponsored midget for Clauson-Marshall Racing during the 32nd annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals inside the River Spirit Expo Center, earned the coveted Rookie of the Year Award as he advanced into the A Main – a feat only 24 out of nearly 350 competitors accomplished. Continue reading Giovanni Scelzi Named Chili Bowl Rookie of the Year After Being Awarded 2017 North American 410 Sprint Car Rookie of the Year
Dominic Scelzi Scores Seventh-Place Finish During Scott Darley Challenge Prelim Night
Inside Line Promotions CLYDE, New South Wales, Australia (Jan. 16, 2018) Dominic Scelzi produced another strong weekend with Wormall Motorsport during the Scott Darley Challenge at Valvoline Raceway.
Scelzi kicked off the prestigious Ultimate Sprintcar Championship Series event, which featured several dozen drivers, last Friday by qualifying fifth quickest. He then advanced from third to second place to lock into the ninth starting position in the preliminary night A Main. Continue reading Dominic Scelzi Scores Seventh-Place Finish During Scott Darley Challenge Prelim Night
Harding Racing announced today that Gabby Chaves will be the driver of the No. 88 Harding Racing Chevrolet for the full 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. Chaves and team president Brian Barnhart were guests on the Verizon IndyCar Series Teleconference today to discuss the pairing and the upcoming 2018 season. Full transcript:
IndyCar Media Conference
Friday, January 12, 2018
THE MODERATOR: Welcome, everyone, to today’s IndyCar media teleconference. Our guests today are part of one of the Verizon IndyCar Series’ newest teams, Harding Racing, which confirmed today it will compete full-time in the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. We’re happy to be joined by the team president, Brian Barnhart, and the driver of the No. 88 Harding Racing Chevrolet, Gabby Chaves. Gentlemen, welcome to the call. Continue reading CHEVY INDYCAR HARDING RACING TELECONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT: Brian Barnhart and Gabby Chaves
PROUD JOHN FORCE ACCEPTS HONORARY DOCTORATE FROM UNOH
LIMA, OH (January 10, 2018) – An emotional and proud John Force, legendary NHRA Funny Car driver, accepted an honorary doctorate today at the University of Northwestern Ohio in a special ceremony presided over by university president Dr. Jeffery Jarvis. The 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree for his historic motorsports career and his dedication to racing safety.
“I never had this kind of opportunity. I learned on the race tracks and in the board rooms. I got an education at truck stops across the country,” Force told students and faculty during the special ceremony. “I am honored to receive this doctorate mainly because I saw the passion these UNOH students have for motorsports as well as their other programs. They are really turning their passions into careers here. I could not be more impressed with what I saw around campus and I am excited to be Dr. Force.” Continue reading PROUD JOHN FORCE ACCEPTS HONORARY DOCTORATE FROM UNOH
Dominic Scelzi Confident Entering Scott Darley Challenge This Weekend
Inside Line Promotions – ACACIA RIDGE, Queensland, Australia (Jan. 10, 2018) – Dominic Scelzi is focused on improving his qualifying results entering a marquee event this weekend.
Scelzi and the Wormall Motorsport team are slated to compete on Friday and Saturday at Valvoline Raceway in Clyde, New South Wales, Australia, for the Scott Darley Challenge.
“It’s a track I really enjoy racing at and it’s a big event so I’m excited,” he said. “I set quick time and won my heat race to earn the pole for last year’s finale. We battled for the lead the first half of the race before I had a tire start to go down. It ended up blowing on the last lap and we had a DNF, but that night gave me a lot of confidence running at that track. Hopefully we can start out strong with a good qualifying run this weekend.”
Continue reading Dominic Scelzi Confident Entering Scott Darley Challenge This Weekend
Acura Team Penske, Acura NSX Teams Complete Rolex 24 Preparations
• “Roar before the 24” three-day open test marks final runs prior to season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway
• Team Penske Acura ARX-05 prototypes run fourth and fifth in qualifying session to determine Rolex 24 pit and garage allocation
• Michael Shank Racing secures fourth, Honda of America Racing Team fifth in GTD qualifying for Acura NSX GT3s
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 7, 2018) – An expanded Acura Motorsports effort for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship made its public debut this weekend at Daytona International Speedway, with a pair of Acura ARX-05 prototypes and three Acura NSX GT3s featuring in final pre-season preparations at the “Roar Before the 24” open test. Continue reading Acura Team Penske, Acura NSX Teams Complete Rolex 24 Preparations
CORVETTE RACING AT DAYTONA: Mission Accomplished for the Roar
Defending IMSA GTLM championship team leaves satisfied with testing program
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 7, 2018) – Corvette Racing left Daytona International Speedway content with the results of its testing program following the annual Roar Before the 24 and ahead of the opening race of the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.
The two Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs logged more than 1,400 miles between them during the three days and eight sessions of track time. The packed schedule included a 15-minute qualifying session to determine assignments for the pit boxes and garages when teams return later this month for the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Continue reading CORVETTE RACING AT DAYTONA: Mission Accomplished for the Roar
Ed Carpenter Racing announced today that Jordan King, a native of Warwickshire, England, will compete in the 11 road and street course events for Ed Carpenter Racing in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet. The only owner/driver in the Verizon IndyCar Series, Ed Carpenter, will continue to pilot the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet at all oval races. The pair were guests on the Verizon IndyCar Series Teleconference today to discuss the pairing and the upcoming 2018 season. Full transcript:
IndyCar Media Conference
Thursday January 4, 2018
THE MODERATOR: Welcome, everyone, to today’s IndyCar media teleconference. Earlier today, Ed Carpenter Racing completed its 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series lineup by announcing that rising British driver Jordan King, the 2013 British F3 champion and a race winner in Formula 2/DP 2 will race in the 11 road and street course events in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet. We’re pleased to be joined today by ECR owner and driver Ed Carpenter and Jordan King. Thank you for taking the time to join us today. Continue reading Ed Carpenter Racing Announcement
Hot Rodders Junior Engine Challenge
Developing the FUTURE at the PRI Show!
Joliet, IL. – Introduced in February 2017, at the Race & Performance Expo, the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Junior Engine Challenge showed the racing world how to get the youngsters involved in the future of the racing industry at the PRI Show Dec. 7th, 8th and 9th. Developed for kids between the ages of 5 and 18 years old, it’s design is to “get wrenches in their hands and grease under their finger nails” by taking apart and rebuilding Briggs & Stratton 5 Horsepower single-cylinder engines. A team consists of two members; one teammate must be 5-18 years of age. Each team will have to completely disassemble and reassemble the engine so it is functional and in running condition. Basic hand tools and equipment must be utilized to complete this task. The contest will help develop the youngsters problem-solving, and communication skills, as well as increase self-esteem and the understanding of a working internal combustion engine.
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During the PRI Show, Kyle Fickler, Director of Business Development from Aeromotive, Inc. said “The coolest thing I saw at PRI was the focus and passion of the kids competing in the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow events. The next Don Garlits, Warren Johnson or Robert Yates has a great opportunity to win big scholarships while competing in a great environment, and the Jr Dragster Engine Challenge (Jr Hot Rodders of Tomorrow) made we wish I was 6 years old again!”
Hot Rodders Adds More Junior Engine Challenge Events in 2018
Due to the popularity of the junior engine challenges, and the importance of getting these youngsters interested in the racing industry, Hot Rodders of Tomorrow will be holding a minimum of 18 events in 2018. Starting in February at the Race & Performance Expo and ending at the PRI Show next December. They will be participating at all the Midwest Junior Super Series events and most of the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow engine challenge events during the year.
Dominic Scelzi Caps World Series Sprintcars Speedweek With Top-10 Finish
Inside Line Promotions – WARRNAMBOOL, Victoria, Australia (Jan. 2, 2018) – Dominic Scelzi improved his results throughout each of the five World Series Sprintcars Speedweek races to kick off his second trip to compete in Australia.
The busy week began on Dec. 26, when Scelzi and the Wormall Motorsport team ran into tough luck to open the action at Murray Bridge Speedway in Murray Bridge, South Australia. After qualifying 18th quickest, Scelzi was in contention to win his first heat race. Unfortunately, contact with the wall damaged the rear end and he was unable to race the remainder of the night. Continue reading Dominic Scelzi Caps World Series Sprintcars Speedweek With Top-10 Finish
CORVETTE RACING AT DAYTONA: Gearing Up For Championship Defense in 2018
Three days of testing ahead of Rolex 24 and open of WeatherTech Championship
Corvette Racing a three-time Rolex 24 winner
Fifth year of competition for Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
Both Corvettes and all six drivers to attend Daytona test
Corvette Racing celebrating 20th season of competition
DETROIT (Jan. 2, 2018) – A new calendar year also brings a new season for Corvette Racing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. It all begins this weekend at the annual Roar Before the 24, which serves as a prelude to the Rolex 24 At Daytona and opening round of the IMSA season.
For Corvette Racing, the three-day test is a chance to gear up for its chance at a fourth class victory at the twice-around-the-clock endurance race at Daytona International Speedway. Both Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs will be on-track along with its full complement of three drivers in each car. Continue reading CORVETTE RACING AT DAYTONA: Gearing Up For Championship Defense in 2018 Three days of testing ahead of Rolex 24 and open of WeatherTech Championship
JOHN FORCE TO BE AWARDED HONORARY DOCTOR OF LAWS DEGREE FROM UNIVERSITY OF NORTHWESTERN OHIO
LIMA, Ohio (Dec. 28, 2017) — Hall of Fame National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) driver and record holder, John Force, will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Northwestern Ohio at a special awards ceremony on January 10, 2018 at 1:30pm at the UNOH Event Center in Lima, Ohio. Continue reading JOHN FORCE TO BE AWARDED HONORARY DOCTOR OF LAWS DEGREE FROM UNIVERSITY OF NORTHWESTERN OHIO
NHRA TOP FUEL WORLD CHAMPION BRITTANY FORCE SELECTED TO ALL-AMERICA TEAM AND WINS TITUS AWARD FROM AMERICAN AUTO RACING WRITERS & BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION
YORBA LINDA, Calif. (Dec. 28, 2017) — Brittany Force, the first female Top Fuel world champion in 35 years, has been elected to the American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) All-America Team and earned the Jerry Titus Memorial Award.
Force, who earned votes for her stellar 2017 performance that included four race wins in six final round appearances and two No. 1 qualifying positions on the way to her first world championship, is joined on the All-America Team by Josef Newgarden (Indy Car), Ricky and Jordan Taylor (IMSA), Donny Schatz (Sprint Car), Martin Truex Jr. (NASCAR), Kyle Kaiser (Indy Lights) and Christopher Bell (NASCAR Truck Series). Continue reading NHRA TOP FUEL WORLD CHAMPION BRITTANY FORCE SELECTED TO ALL-AMERICA TEAM AND WINS TITUS AWARD FROM AMERICAN AUTO RACING WRITERS & BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION
Corvette Racing Sets Familiar Lineup for 20th Season of Competition
Full-season driving roster remains unchanged heading into 2018
Landmark season for endurance racing’s premier program
Garcia, Magnussen back to defend GT Le Mans Driver Championship
Gavin, Milner eager to recapture championship-winning form from 2016
Quartet has led way together to four Chevrolet Manufacturer titles since 2012
DETROIT (Dec. 20, 2017) – In 2018, Corvette Racing and Chevrolet will embark on their 20th season of competition at the highest level of endurance sports car racing. In hopes of capturing a third consecutive class championship, Corvette Racing turns again to four sets of trusted hands to pilot its pair of Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT Le Mans (GTLM) category. Continue reading Corvette Racing Sets Familiar Lineup for 20th Season of Competition Full-season driving roster remains unchanged heading into 2018
F4 U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP ADDS ANOTHER CHAMPIONSHIP-WINNING TEAM TO ITS LINEUP
Geoff Bushor’s Century Auto Racing set to field three cars for 2018 campaign
INDIANAPOLIS (December 18, 2017) – The off-season has been anything but quiet for the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda since its season finale at Circuit of the Americas Formula 1 United States Grand Prix in October. Entering its third season, the series announced its 17-race schedule that starts with supporting Pirelli World Challenge at Virginia International Raceway in April and finishing for the second consecutive year at COTA with F1 in October. The grid-size has also started to expand for 2018 as teams like Miller Vinatieri Motorsports announce their team roster and new teams like Team Benik add F4 U.S. to their development and competition programs. Continue reading F4 U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP ADDS ANOTHER CHAMPIONSHIP-WINNING TEAM TO ITS LINEUP
Giovanni Scelzi Progresses Throughout Second Career Midget Race
Inside Line Promotions – DU QUOIN, Ill. (Dec. 18, 2017) – Giovanni Scelzi became reacquainted with a different kind of race car last Saturday during the Junior Knepper 55.
Scelzi, who has spent the last two seasons racing a winged sprint car, made his driving debut with Clauson-Marshall Racing during the USAC National Midget Series event at the Southern Illinois Center, where he made his second career start in a midget. Continue reading Giovanni Scelzi Progresses Throughout Second Career Midget Race
Dominic Scelzi Focused on World Series Sprintcars Title as Trip to Australia Looms
Inside Line Promotions – FRESNO, Calif. (Dec. 18, 2017) – Dominic Scelzi will begin his first-ever quest to become the World Series Sprintcars champion when he leaves for Australia later this week.
Scelzi is spending his second straight season overseas driving for Wormall Motorsport, but this time he is competing for a championship against the top drivers in Australia.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity the Wormall Family is providing me and I can’t wait to get over there and start racing,” he said. “I have high hopes. We have a great team of guys assembled and I feel really confident in their ability to give me a fast race car.” Continue reading Dominic Scelzi Focused on World Series Sprintcars Title as Trip to Australia Looms
NAPA AUTO PARTS Steps Up as Primary Sponsor for Brad Sweet’s No. 49 car
MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Dec. 17, 2017 – NAPA AUTO PARTS and Kasey Kahne Racing (KKR) have agreed to a multi-year partnership where NAPA will elevate its role as primary sponsor of Brad Sweet’s No. 49 car for the entire World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series (WoO) schedule beginning in 2018.
Sweet, a native from Grass Valley, Calif., is coming off an exciting 2017 season with a career best second place finish in the standings. He is a 25-time winner in the WoO Series with 56 top-five finishes and an impressive 72 top-10 finishes in the 84-race season. Sweet has won prestigious races such as the Jackson Nationals & Texas Outlaw Nationals (2017), Front Row Challenge (2016), Kings Royal at Eldora (2013), Short Track Nationals (2010) and Belleville Midget Nationals (2008).