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Acura Teams Begin Championship Defense at Rolex 24

Acura Teams Begin Championship Defense at Rolex 24
Acura Team Penske seeks championship repeat and Rolex 24 victory
Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo begins chase for second consecutive GTD title
Twice-around-the-clock endurance classic opens the 2020 racing season on Saturday

TORRANCE, Calif. (January 20, 2020) – Acura Motorsports returns to Daytona International Speedway this weekend, as Acura Team Penske and Meyer Shank Racing begin their respective Daytona Prototype International and GT Daytona title defenses when the 2020 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season kicks off with the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Continue reading Acura Teams Begin Championship Defense at Rolex 24

Giovanni Scelzi Pushes Through Adversity During Tough Chili Bowl Nationals

Giovanni Scelzi Pushes Through Adversity During Tough Chili Bowl Nationals

Inside Line Promotions – TULSA, Okla. (Jan. 21, 2020) – Giovanni Scelzi overcame numerous obstacles throughout a challenging 34th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals Presented by General Tire last week.

Scelzi, who was driving for Tucker-Boat Motorsports, was caught up in several wrecks while competing on the dirt bullring inside the River Spirit Expo Center.

“We were unlucky I guess,” he said. “Things happen in a hurry and you can be involved in other people’s crashes very easily so luck plays a big part in how your Chili Bowl goes.” Continue reading Giovanni Scelzi Pushes Through Adversity During Tough Chili Bowl Nationals

CORVETTE RACING AT DAYTONA: By the Numbers

CORVETTE RACING AT DAYTONA: By the Numbers

DETROIT (Jan. 22, 2020) – Corvette Racing begins its 22nd season of competition – and first with the mid-engine Corvette C8.R – this weekend with the Rolex 24 At Daytona to start the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. To mark the occasion, here are some facts and figures on the team’s history at both Daytona and as a whole. Continue reading CORVETTE RACING AT DAYTONA: By the Numbers

Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R to Feature Heavily in 2020 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Rebel Rock Racing, Team TGM to field Camaro GT4.Rs in GS category

Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R to Feature Heavily in 2020 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge
Rebel Rock Racing, Team TGM to field Camaro GT4.Rs in GS category

DETROIT (Jan. 21, 2020) – The Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R is returning to the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge series.

Rebel Rock Racing and Team TGM will each field a Camaro GT4.R for the entire 2020 season, which gets underway this weekend at the Daytona International Speedway.

“We’re thrilled to see multiple Chevrolet Camaro GT4.Rs on the grid for the 2020 Michelin Pilot Challenge,” said Mark Kent, Chevrolet Director of Motorsports Competition. “The Camaro GT4.R has already won races and championships at the GT4 level and we look forward to continued success in 2020 with the Camaro GT4.R in the hands of these two championship-caliber teams.” Continue reading Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R to Feature Heavily in 2020 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Rebel Rock Racing, Team TGM to field Camaro GT4.Rs in GS category

CORVETTE RACING AT DAYTONA: Corvette C8.R Set for Spotlight

CORVETTE RACING AT DAYTONA: Corvette C8.R Set for Spotlight

• First race for new, mid-engine Corvette C8.R
• New-look lineup seeks Corvette Racing’s fourth victory on Daytona high banks
• Program set to crack 300,000 competition miles since first race in 1999
• Full lineup of Chevy vehicles at Motorsports Display, Daytona Injector and Chevrolet Experience

DETROIT (Jan. 20, 2020) – For more than 20 years, Corvette Racing has carved a legacy in GT endurance racing with three generations of front-engine racing Corvettes. The start of the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship also marks the beginning of the mid-engine Corvette era. Continue reading CORVETTE RACING AT DAYTONA: Corvette C8.R Set for Spotlight

– DIRTVision To Stream 48th Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic –

– DIRTVision To Stream 48th Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic –
The illustrious Australian race will feature American drivers like Kyle Larson and Carson Macedo

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CONCORD, NC — January 17, 2020 — DIRTVision is excited to offer North American fans exclusive live streaming of the 48th Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic. The prestigious event is Australia’s biggest Sprint Car race, held each year at the Sungold Stadium Premier Speedway in Warnambool, Victoria at the end of January. Continue reading – DIRTVision To Stream 48th Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic –

Baggsy Autosport International Show & New 2020 Partnerships Announced

Baggsy
Autosport International Show & New 2020 Partnerships Announced (Sponsors)

January 2020, with Christmas over and rolling into a new year it’s time to start it off right! We are at the Autosport International Show at the NEC in Birmingham, UK. This event marks the start of our 2020 motorsport calendar and our first event of this new decade. But for this year, Baggsy is smoking out the Live Action Arena Show in his #LSXR35 with his fellow Monster Energy athlete Luke Woodham.

The show typically runs over 4 days, Thursday to Sunday, with 95,000+ visitors though the doors. ASI is the best place for any petrolhead to start off their new year. But for us in the Live Action Arena, we were concentrating on the busy event ahead, with a total of 12 live shows. All inside Hall 5 of the National Exhibition Centre.

This year the Arena was seen to be busier than ever, with media day trade tickets up more than 100% on the same day last year. It was definitely a show not to miss!

#ASI2020 was also a great chance for us to display our custom reflective wrap, printed and applied by Fleet Livery Solutions (FLSLTD). With the insane light show in the arena, the wrap was certainly noticed by many.

For the show Finale, Monster Energy’s Terry Grant stunned the audience by jumping his stadium truck over 5 vehicles, that’s right, 5! Over 3 Million Pounds worth of automotive greatness risked their bodywork for this awesome stunt. Baggsy’s GTR was first in line, then followed by Luke’s S14, Terrys Aston Martin and Jaguar.. and then the 2 Million Pound Lykan Hypersport!

During the event we also had many fans join us where Baggsy always makes the time for photos and autographs, we even saw a Status Error throwback tee!

Moving on into the show itself, Baggsy’s #StreetWeapon Nissan S14a complete with Rotiform LAS-R’s and DMAX Aero kit could be seen in Hall 1 on the OBP Motorsport stand, where it stood out from the crowd with its new livery for the show.

With the new season rolling in fast we can also now announce that we’re excited to be working with some new brands this year.

“STAUFF UK are extremely proud and looking forward to a fantastic 2020 season having signed a sponsorship deal with their latest sporting ambassador Steve “Baggsy” Biagioni. The concept of engineering excellence with a quality product behind Baggsy’s SB Motorsport Team and their skill to offer simple parts installation to a full bespoke build of a winning car sits very well in the engineer/manufacturing world that STAUFF UK operate in. We look forward to working closely with and attending the competitions to support the team, where we know Baggsy’s skills will put our brand in prime view of the spectators of this growing sport. Good luck to SB Motorsport for 2020”

King Bearings –

“We are bearing specialists. King Engine Bearings was founded in 1960 with one simple objective: to supply the highest quality bearings available in the marketplace. By specialising in engine bearings, King has built an extensive product offering that includes a wide range of engine bearings for automobiles, light duty and heavy duty trucks, marine, aviation, standby power and many other types of internal combustion engines. Every King bearing utilises the highest quality materials and the most advanced designs to ensure complete customer satisfaction.”

Billy’s Speed Shop –

“2020 couldn’t come fast enough to Billy’s Speed Shop, we are very proud to announce a partnership with Baggsy and his SB motorsport team. our wealth of experience with American performance products aligned with the excellence that Baggsy brings gives us the ingredients that are going to intensify the excitement of engine swapping and the powertrain conversion community throughout the U.K. and Europe. Together we’re stronger.”
Phil Gibbons – Director

Crewsade –

“Here at CREWSADE we are thrilled to start 2020 by announcing our official partnership with the pride of European professional Drifting & Motorsport personality ‘Baggsy’!

Clothing, Vehicle and Event collaborations are just some of the many plans we have this year with the man behind the SB Motorsport team. We cannot wait get started!

Big love and best of luck to him this season.”

“Join The Crewsade”

Al Harris – Brand Manager

Baggsy – 2020 is already looking great! This years Autosport was one of the best ASI shows I’ve ever attended, being able to bring the #LSXR35 into the Live Action Arena this year was such an honour and to smoke out the NEC with my bro Luke Woodham was so much fun! Throwing flames and showing everyone the custom reflective wrap on this V2 Liberty Walk GTR! I also had the chance to catch up with some good friends and sponsors ahead of the busy season, let the fun begin!

CORVETTE RACING AT DAYTONA: Encouraging Test Weekend for Mid-Engine Corvette C8.R

CORVETTE RACING AT DAYTONA: Encouraging Test Weekend
for Mid-Engine Corvette C8.R

• Milner quickest of Corvette Racing drivers in GTLM pit, garage qualifying
• Steady program of chassis, engine, system improvements
• Weekend is a dress-rehearsal for season-opening Rolex 24
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 5, 2019) – Three days at Daytona International Speedway gave Corvette Racing an encouraging result with the new mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette C8.R as the Roar Before the 24 wrapped Sunday ahead of this month’s Rolex 24 At Daytona.

The pair of Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvettes combined to complete 341 laps for 1,213.96 miles around 3.56-mile road course at Daytona. All six Corvette Racing drivers expressed satisfaction with the progress of the C8.R ahead of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s opening event January 25-26. Continue reading CORVETTE RACING AT DAYTONA: Encouraging Test Weekend for Mid-Engine Corvette C8.R

Two championships, two runner-up finishes made 2019 a banner year for Team JEGS

Two championships, two runner-up finishes made 2019 a banner year for Team JEGS
DELAWARE, Ohio (Dec. 31) — The entire JEGS.com drag racing team can look back at 2019 with great pride as they collectively brought home two championships and a pair of runner-up finishes, making the past season one of the best ever for the famous family from central Ohio. Continue reading Two championships, two runner-up finishes made 2019 a banner year for Team JEGS

GenRight Off Road is Racing a Jeep in 4400 Class at 2020 KOH

GenRight Off Road is Racing a Jeep in 4400 Class at 2020 KOH
Second Race Car is Jeep Wrangler JKU

December 30, 2019 – SIMI VALLEY, CA – For the last two years Tony Pellegrino, team owner and previous second place finisher of King of the Hammers, has coached his son Jordan racing in Ultra4. For the 2020 King Of the Hammers race, Tony is stepping back into the drivers seat as the driver of record for the second race vehicle in the GenRight stable, but he’s not racing his old 4400 race car. Instead Tony is racing the flagship GenRight Jeep Wrangler JKU built in 2013, named the Terremoto, in the 4400 class.

“The Terremoto has been wheeled hard since we completed the build in 2013. It has the GenRight Elite Suspension featuring Summit Machine links and FOX IBP shocks, Currie Enterprises axles front and rear, with R1 Concepts brakes, WARN winch, Factor 55 Ultrahook, GenRight roll cage, GenRight aluminum JKU dash and center console as well as bumpers, fenders and aluminum rocker guards, Rugged Radios race radio, Mickey Thompson 40” Baja Boss tires, Scosche mirrors and fire extinguisher mounts. This is all stuff anyone can buy for their JKU from our website and install. The Terremoto has wheeled hard over the years, including 102 trails across the country in 2019. The GenRight Elite suspension is trail proven and road worthy, so why not race it?” Said Tony while swapping out the old PRP seats in the Terremoto to ones that have a fixed headrest.

Tony and GenRight Racing will complete the minimum requirements to make the Jeep compliant with the rules for 4400 class. That means new seats with non-removable headrests, a bladdered fuel cell, fluid catch cans, a few additional bars for the roll cage and a handful of other small items are needed to be upgraded to pass tech inspection.

“I think the Terremoto will finish the race within the time limit. Ideally, a top 10 finish is what we are shooting for. The Terremoto just wheeled 102 trails in 2019. The only thing that I had to do was change the T-case fluid. It was solid all season, just like it was in 2018. I am taking a trail wheeled street legal full body vehicle and racing it against $150k+ specially built cars. I’ve watched these drivers all season during our VIP Experience runs at each Ultra4 event. I think we will do well.” Explained Tony.

GenRight Off Road was founded in 2006, by Tony Pellegrino. The name is derived from Genuine Ideas Engineered Right. The company focuses on Jeep Wrangler armor, suspension and accessories in both steel and aluminum. Website: Genright.com

CORVETTE RACING AT DAYTONA: Start of a New Era

CORVETTE RACING AT DAYTONA: Start of a New Era

• First public outing for new Corvette C8.R at Roar Before the 24
• All six Corvette Racing drivers to attend three-day test
• Weekend is a dress-rehearsal for season-opening Rolex 24

DETROIT (Dec. 30, 2019) – Corvette Racing returns to the racetrack for another season of IMSA competition, but this time in a very different guise than past years. This weekend’s Roar Before the 24 marks the first public running of the Chevrolet Corvette C8.R, which Corvette Racing will field for this year’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

The 2020 season will be Corvette Racing’s 22nd of production-based sports car competition but its first with a mid-engine Corvette. The ground-breaking C8.R made its public debut in October and will race for the first time in next month’s Rolex 24 At Daytona to begin in the IMSA GT Le Mans (GTLM) Championship.

This weekend’s Roar gives teams more than seven hours of track time around Daytona International Speedway’s 3.56-mile, eight-turn road course. The goal for Corvette Racing is for its six drivers to gain enough track time to test the reliability of the new racing Corvette and explore a number of different setup options for the Rolex 24.

The No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette C8.R will have full-season teammates Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor driving with Corvette newcomer Nicky Catsburg. Meanwhile, Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner – ahead of their ninth consecutive season together – will share the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette with Marcel Fässler.

Corvette Racing is a three-time winner of the Rolex 24 – in 2001 with the Corvette C5-R and back-to-back in 2015 and 2016 with the Corvette C7.R.

The C8.R is based on the strong foundation of the 2020 Corvette Stingray with both developed simultaneously. There is a deeper level of technology transfer between the race car and production Corvette than ever before, which helps contribute to many of its advancements. As a result, the C8.R shares the highest percentage of parts between the production and race car than any previous generation.

The Corvette C8.R is the fifth racing version that Corvette Racing has fielded since its first season in 1999. Corvette Racing’s record since its debut at the 1999 Rolex 24 is unmatched – 107 victories, 13 IMSA Team Championships, and 12 Manufacturer and Driver titles.

Initial design and development on the Corvette C8.R – with Corvette Racing engineers working alongside Corvette production personnel – began more than five years ago with track testing starting within the last 18 months. Heavy emphasis on wind tunnel and simulation aided in the testing program with that work culminating in a two-day November test at Daytona that gave Corvette Racing a final checklist for items ahead of the Roar and the Rolex.

Corvette Racing will test from Friday through Sunday at the Roar Before the 24. Live timing and scoring will be available at IMSA.com.
ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: “There is a lot to discover and develop. Usually your starting point is better than what you previously had. But this is completely different. We are still in the early stages with this new Corvette. There will be big steps for sure. I don’t know when we will get to the point where we will start making little steps. We need to run this car and we need to race it to find out where we are against our competition. We are concentrating on our own work. Whenever it becomes race time, we will know where we actually are.”

JORDAN TAYLOR, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: “As many miles you can put on the car is optimal. The C8.R is obviously still very new, so reliability is always the first question. The Corvette Racing guys have done an unbelievable job designing and developing it. Pace will come eventually, but it already feels like a very solid and competitive car. As many laps as we can get at the Roar and going through the program, getting all the drivers on the same page from a setup point of view and then the little things like pit stops and driver changes will be different than what we’ve had in the past. The car is a little more tricky to get in and out. Understanding that muscle memory of the process of getting in and out, where the seatbelts go, where the drinks bottle is, where the air hose goes… those little details that we haven’t refined that were refined with the C7.R are things that will show up in a 24-hour event, so those are things we will need to check off the list at the Roar.”

NICKY CATSBURG, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: “I can’t wait for the Roar and to be there with Corvette Racing. It will be my first time in the Corvette C8.R and I honestly can’t wait to do my first laps in it. The experience in the Chevrolet Simulator provided valuable insight into what I can expect with the C8.R. That should help with the getting used to the car on the track. For me, it’s a brand new car, a new team and two new teammates. But it will be a great challenge, and I’m really looking forward to it.”

OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: “The team is going to have a very structured plan. And that’s one of the things that’s so good about Corvette Racing. We plan our time and fundamentally understand what all we have to work through and the list of things we need to achieve. The third drivers will need time in the car. We’ll all have to work through that program and procedure as best we can. Certainly we’ll learn a huge amount every time we go on track just with how certain tires work, how the braking package works, the aero setup, weight placement… all kinds of different thoughts that the team will look to work through. We know that of that list of 50 things we want to try and achieve, the chances are that if we can come away with 60 or 70 percent of that done, it’s a pretty big win.”

TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: “The development on the Corvette C8.R, compared to previous generations, in a lot of ways is the same process. You go through the normal procedures of testing new things, except in this case everything is new. It’s been a lot of fun going through the process of something new, trying to understand how things work and helping the engineers understand all these new parts and pieces. There are some aspects where we have no input but others where we have a great deal. It’s exciting having raced C7.R for its full generation and now to start something new. I’m excited for what this car has to offer and see how it races.”

MARCEL FÄSSLER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: “It makes me super happy to be back for another year with Corvette Racing and to start at Daytona. I’m looking forward to my very first time in the new Corvette C8.R. When I was a child, I remember how exciting it was to open my first Christmas present. That’s what this is like! The C8.R is a really fantastic looking car with a promising competitive look. I’m proud to be a part of this team and honored to team again with Olly, Tommy and everyone at Corvette Racing.”

Corvette Racing Confirms Endurance Lineup for Long-Distance IMSA Events

Corvette Racing Confirms Endurance Lineup
for Long-Distance IMSA Events

• Nicky Catsburg Teaming with Antonio Garcia, Jordan Taylor in No. 3 Corvette
• Marcel Fässler Returns to No. 4 Corvette C8.R
• All Six Corvette Racing Drivers to compete at Daytona, Sebring, Petit Le Mans

DETROIT (Dec. 18, 2019) – Corvette Racing will turn to a new face alongside a familiar one as part of the team’s endurance lineup for the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Newcomer Nicky Catsburg will join Marcel Fässler as Corvette Racing’s long-distance specialists starting with the Rolex 24 At Daytona. The two drivers bring race- and championship-winning credentials from a variety of motorsport disciplines as Corvette Racing begins its campaign in IMSA’s GT Le Mans (GTLM) category with the mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette C8.R. Continue reading Corvette Racing Confirms Endurance Lineup for Long-Distance IMSA Events

Dominic Scelzi Earns Career-Best Eight Wins During Another Stellar Season

Dominic Scelzi Earns Career-Best Eight Wins During Another Stellar Season

Inside Line Promotions – FRESNO, Calif. (Dec. 5, 2019) – Dominic Scelzi topped his career-best campaign in 2018 by recording two more victories this year.

Scelzi scored an impressive eight triumphs, including five during King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Series competition – setting personal bests for overall wins and victories in a single season with the premier sprint car series in his home state of California. Continue reading Dominic Scelzi Earns Career-Best Eight Wins During Another Stellar Season

Stotz Racing–Man Cup World Finals Report

Man Cup World Finals Report

After our runner-up finish at the 24th annual Haltech World Cup Finals – Import vs. Domestic presented by Wiseco race, we headed home knowing we had an electrical gremlin to find. Frankie pulled the motor and inspected everything electrical on the chassis while Kent rebuilt the motor. They changed all of the sensors but wouldn’t know if their efforts would prove fruitful until the next time down the track at the Man Cup World Finals in Valdosta, GA on Nov. 21-24. Continue reading Stotz Racing–Man Cup World Finals Report

DI DRIVER BLOG PRESENTED BY WELD RACING: Megan Meyer

Driver Blogs
DI DRIVER BLOG PRESENTED BY WELD RACING: Megan Meyer
By Drag Illustrated | November 27, 2019

“When you aim at nothing… you get nothing.” – Rachel Hollis

It’s the day before Thanksgiving, and I am reminded of how thankful I am for the people and possessions in my life. Every week has been a whirlwind since we won the Championship in October. Actually it has always been busy like this to some degree, but now that the banquet is over we can breathe for a minute before we throw a huge celebration party at our house this weekend.

Speaking of the banquet, it was everything I dreamt it would be. From walking the red carpet for photos with my (very handsome) fiancé, celebrating all of the other champions in the Lucas Oil series, and watching my idol Erica Enders give an amazing speech on stage, my team and I had a great time in Hollywood. One if the coolest moments for us was when Rachel and I got to chat with Ashley Force for a few minutes before the awards ceremony started. Ashley was a huge inspiration to us growing up, and she still is my hero today. I admire her ability to step away from the driver’s seat but still be a huge asset to the JFR team and work behind the scenes on their media. Ashley began racing in TAD at the same time that Rachel and I began racing Junior Dragsters, and we got the chance to hang out in her lounge at the races all the time when she was sponsored by Barbie. We still have some dolls untouched that we will treasure forever.

The life of a race car driver and team manager isn’t glamorous, although it can look that way on social media. There has been a lot going on behind the scenes that has been very stressful for our team, but as we are in the season of thanks I’m reminded to take a step back and don’t get overwhelmed from the pressure. Winning the World Championship is such a feat to accomplish, but with that comes many personal sacrifices that took place over the season.

With that being said, I’ve decided to do something I’ve never done before: take an entire month off of social media. For me, social is where I connect with my fans the most, but I know that we can do so much more engaging online with other things like email. I am going to use this time off to come up with a game plan for 2020 of how I can show up even better online and take our marketing to the next level. Don’t worry, the Randy Meyer Racing pages will still be active, and you can see what I’m up to from time to time on there, but I will be logged out of my pages and may even delete the apps from my phone, so I’m not tempted to check-in and end up spending hours scrolling, creeping, and wasting time.

I’m excited to spend the holiday at home tomorrow with my family and future in-laws and eat all the food with no regrets. We typically do something outdoors, whether it’s shooting clays, sports, or just soaking up the sun, it’s always a good time with loved ones. Adam and I have been hunting almost every weekend since my last race in Dallas and thankfully he already got a huge buck with his bow. Now it’s my turn and although we’ve seen a lot of deer activity, I haven’t seen the ones that I have my eyes set on that I would like to harvest. I’ve learned to love bow hunting more and more every year, and I have a great feeling that this year will end up with a freezer full of venison.

PS – our 2019 NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster WORLD CHAMPIONS shirts are now available for pre-ordering!!!!! Click the image below to purchase one today (they will ship out next week):

Giovanni Scelzi Earns First Career USAC National Midget Victory in Sixth Start With the Series

Giovanni Scelzi Earns First Career USAC National Midget Victory in Sixth Start With the Series

Inside Line Promotions – BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (Nov. 27, 2019) – It didn’t take Giovanni Scelzi very long to ascend to the top level of midget racing.

Scelzi, who has spent the last two years achieving new heights in the winged sprint car division, joined Tucker-Boat Motorsports for the final handful of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series races this season. The opportunity paid off a week ago Tuesday when Scelzi captured his first career midget triumph in only his sixth start with the series and 11 th career start in a midget. Continue reading Giovanni Scelzi Earns First Career USAC National Midget Victory in Sixth Start With the Series

Austin Prock voted NHRA Road to the Future Award winner Top Fuel driver joins current John Force Racing teammates as top rookie

Austin Prock voted NHRA Road to the Future Award winner
Top Fuel driver joins current John Force Racing teammates as top rookie

DETROIT (Nov. 19, 2019) – Austin Prock checked off nearly all his freshman season goals in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Top Fuel ranks.

A bonus was being voted the Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award winner.

Prock accepted the award Nov. 18 at the NHRA Awards Ceremony in Hollywood, California. Past winners of the rookie honor, which was established in 2002, include current John Force Racing teammates Robert Hight and Brittany Force. Continue reading Austin Prock voted NHRA Road to the Future Award winner Top Fuel driver joins current John Force Racing teammates as top rookie

Chevrolet wins NHRA Manufacturers Cup for record-extending 24th time Drivers of the Chevrolet Camaro SS, COPO Camaro contribute to success

Chevrolet wins NHRA Manufacturers Cup for record-extending 24th time
Drivers of the Chevrolet Camaro SS, COPO Camaro contribute to success

DETROIT (Nov. 18, 2019) – Chevrolet is the top manufacturer on the drag strip for a record-extending 24th time.

Chevy Racing was awarded the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Manufacturers Cup during the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Awards Ceremony Nov. 18 in Hollywood, California.

It is the third consecutive year and fourth time in the past five seasons that the Bowtie Brand has outscored three other manufacturers. Chevrolet first earned the award in 1966, and no other manufacturer has won it more times. GM brands Oldsmobile and Pontiac combined to win 24 titles. Continue reading Chevrolet wins NHRA Manufacturers Cup for record-extending 24th time Drivers of the Chevrolet Camaro SS, COPO Camaro contribute to success

AUSTIN PROCK NAMED 2019 AUTO CLUB ROAD TO THE FUTURE AWARD WINNER

AUSTIN PROCK NAMED 2019 AUTO CLUB ROAD TO THE FUTURE AWARD WINNER
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 18, 2019) — Austin Prock, driver of the Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist Top Fuel dragster for John Force Racing was named the Auto Club Road to the Future Award, NHRA’s Rookie of the Year Award, winner Monday night at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series awards banquet at the Ray Dolby Theater in Hollywood.

“I am proud of the season this Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist team put together. My guys worked their asses off all season long to give me the opportunity to win the Auto Club Road the Future Award. I couldn’t have done it without them,” Prock said. “I would have never been here without John Force and Robert Hight. They gave me the opportunity to fulfill my dream and I owe the world to them. I hope I made them proud.”

Prock, son of three-time championship tuner for Robert Hight’s Auto Club Chevy Camaro SS, Jimmy Prock, made his NHRA Mello Yello professional debut at the 2019 NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona and went onto race a full season in the Mello Yello Series.

Halfway through the tour, at the 16th race of 24, Prock earned his first NHRA professional victory at the Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways in Seattle, sharing the winner’s circle alongside team owner and NHRA Legend John Force as he earned his milestone 150th career victory. He recorded a career best elapsed time of 3.688-seconds and speed of 334.40 mph in a first-round victory over veteran racer Doug Kalitta at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals.

Prock joins a list of only 10 previous rookies to win in their first season and is the 13th rookie to qualify for the Countdown to the Championship, NHRA’s six race playoffs. Prock is the sixth John Force Racing driver to earn the Auto Club Road to the Future Award, the previous include Tony Pedregon (1996), newly crowned Funny Car champion Robert Hight (2005), Ashley Force-Hood (2007), Mike Neff (2008), Courtney Force (2012) and current Top Fuel teammate Brittany Force (2013).

Dominic Scelzi Preparing for Pair of Non-Wing and Winged Sprint Car Shows to Close Season

Dominic Scelzi Preparing for Pair of Non-Wing and Winged Sprint Car Shows to Close Season

Inside Line Promotions – HANFORD, Calif. (Nov. 18, 2019) – Dominic Scelzi has four races on tap next week when the 2019 season wraps up.

Scelzi will pilot his family owned non-wing sprint car Nov. 27-28 at Ventura Raceway in Ventura, Calif., during the 79th annual Turkey Night Grand Prix before they put the wings on for races Nov. 29-30 at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Ariz., during the Copper Classic with the ASCS Southwest Region.

The two nights at Ventura Raceway will mark his first start in non-wing sprint cars in several years.

“I’ve run two non-wing races in my life,” he said. “I ran a CRA show at Ocean Speedway (in Watsonville, Calif.) in 2013 and a local race at Ventura Raceway in 2014. I ran second in Watsonville and fourth at Ventura. I remember the first time I didn’t feel comfortable, but we were fast. The second time we had motor issues until the main event. I think we started 18 th and ran it to fourth. I’m looking to have fun and enjoy the week with friends and family.”

Scelzi will follow the non-wing sprint car action with a pair of winged sprint car starts at an oval where he last raced in 2017. He placed eighth and 11th, respectively, during the Copper Classic that year.

“We were there in the VanLare car that year and we’ve raced at Arizona Speedway during World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series events once or twice,” he said. “Hopefully it’s a great surface and we can end the year on a high note.”

Scelzi ran into misfortune last Saturday when he drove for Nick McColloch at Keller Auto Speedway. The team timed in eighth quickest during qualifying before a runner-up result in a heat race lined Scelzi up 10 th for the A Main.

“We were all right in qualifying, but were a little snug,” he said. “In the heat race a steering problem started. It was really tight when we were turning right. We tried to help it for the main event, but the steering broke going into turn one on the opening lap.

“It didn’t end the way we wanted, but it was fun to get back together with Nick and Kerry. Maybe some day down the road we can team up together again when it’d work for everyone’s schedule.”