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Scelzi Helps Lead Team USA to Origin of Speed Triumph at Valvoline Raceway

Scelzi Helps Lead Team USA to Origin of Speed Triumph at Valvoline Raceway

Inside Line Promotions – SYDNEY, New South Wales, Australia (Jan. 16, 2017) – Dominic Scelzi posted a pair of top 10s last Thursday to help lead Team USA to the Origin of Speed victory.

The monumental feat during the unique event, which showcased eight states and territories, including the United States, opened a busy three-day weekend at Valvoline Raceway. Continue reading Scelzi Helps Lead Team USA to Origin of Speed Triumph at Valvoline Raceway

Giovanni Scelzi Named North American 360 Sprint Car Poll Rookie of the Year

Giovanni Scelzi Named North American 360 Sprint Car Poll Rookie of the Year

Inside Line Promotions – FRESNO, Calif. (Jan. 13, 2017) – Giovanni Scelzi broke onto the sprint car scene in a big way in 2016.

Scelzi, who turned 15-years-old right after last season ended, captured a championship during his inaugural year in a 360ci winged sprint car. With the support and a ride from Roth Motorsports, Scelzi garnered the King of Kings title as well as four podiums, seven top fives and 12 top 10s in 17 sprint car races.

On Thursday evening it was announced that Scelzi’s performance earned him the North American 360 Sprint Car Poll Rookie of the Year Award as a voting panel of media members, promoters, sanctioning officials and manufacturers selected the youngest son of former NHRA champion Gary Scelzi for the honor.

“I am so thankful for Dennis and Teresa Roth, Todd and Brent Ventura, my family and everyone who has supported my racing career,” Giovanni Scelzi said. “To receive such a prestigious award is an amazing feeling and I’m very grateful for everyone who voted for me.”

Scelzi drove for three different sprint car teams in 2016. He recorded a top-10 finish during all seven races with Roth Motorsports and earned a top 10 during his lone race with Van Dyke Motorsports. Additionally, Scelzi scored two podiums and four top 10s while piloting his family owned race car.

Scelzi’s best finish of second place came twice, with the second occurrence serving as one of the biggest moments of his young career. Scelzi drove the Roth Motorsports entry from 12th to the runner-up result on Sept. 17 at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, Calif. The strong finish helped propel him to the King of Kings championship, which served for the track title at Keller Auto Speedway.

Scelzi is currently in Australia working as the crew chief for his older brother, Dominic, who was tabbed the North American 410 Sprint Car Poll Rookie of the Year in 2013.

Scelzi Selected for Origin of Speed Event to Open Three Straight Races at Valvoline Raceway

Scelzi Selected for Origin of Speed Event to Open Three Straight Races at Valvoline Raceway

Inside Line Promotions – MURRAY BRIDGE, South Australia, Australia (Jan. 9, 2017) – Dominic Scelzi is excited for his biggest Australian test to date when he will compete three straight nights at Valvoline Raceway this weekend. Continue reading Scelzi Selected for Origin of Speed Event to Open Three Straight Races at Valvoline Raceway

BigFoot–2017 Bridgestone Winter Classic

2017 Bridgestone Winter Classic

January 9, 2017 (Pacific, MO) – What a way to bring in the New Year: St. Louis’ own BIGFOOT®, The Original Monster Truck®, was asked to display at the 2017 Bridgestone Winter Classic. And boy, did we jump at this opportunity! With the support of Bridgestone/Firestone and the National Hockey League, we were able to come up with an awesome design that fit this once in a lifetime event Continue reading BigFoot–2017 Bridgestone Winter Classic

Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3s Debut at Daytona

Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3s Debut at Daytona
• First public WeatherTech SportsCar Championship outing for new Acura NSX GT3s
• Three-day test in preparation for season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona
• 2017 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season starts January 28

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 8, 2017) – The Michael Shank Racing effort, featuring a pair of new Acura NSX GT3 race cars and a stellar, eight-driver lineup of proven race winners, made its public debut this weekend at the “Roar Before the 24”, an open test conducted at Daytona International Speedway in preparation for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opening Rolex 24 later this month. Continue reading Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3s Debut at Daytona

CORVETTE RACING AT DAYTONA: Magnussen Sets Early GTLM Pace

CORVETTE RACING AT DAYTONA: Magnussen Sets Early GTLM Pace

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 6, 2017) – Jan Magnussen in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R posted the fastest GT Le Mans (GTLM) time on the first day of the Roar Before the 24 at Daytona International Raceway.

The 2015 Rolex 24 At Daytona GTLM co-winner set Friday’s best GTLM lap of 1:44.760 (122.3 mph) in the Corvette that he will share with Antonio Garcia and Mike Rockenfeller. The trio finished second in last year’s Rolex 24 – just 0.034 seconds behind the No. 4 Corvette C7.R of Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Marcel Fässler.

The Roar Before the 24 continues Saturday and Sunday.

JAN MAGNUSSEN, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C7.R: “We had a good test in the middle of December and got to try some stuff that we thought might work here. Tomorrow and Sunday we are going to try and put all of that together to see if we can improve on the racecar. In the past the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R has been a good car, a fast car here at Daytona. Hopefully we can improve a little bit on that and see what that gets us. So far, the feeling is good. I think everyone in the team is quite happy with the progress that we are making and hopefully, we can make a little bit more even though tomorrow looks a little iffy weather-wise.”

ON SETTING FAST TIME IN THE MORNING SESSION: “I think this morning it was a little cooler and maybe there was a little bit more wind, which gave a better top speed across start/finish. That was the same for everybody. I got to go in the car right at the end of this afternoon session, but it wasn’t a real attempt; it was just a chance for me to feel the changes that had been made this afternoon. It’s difficult to say. It cooled down again but to me, the track felt similar. I think in general and also in the December test, the track did feel faster in the morning.”

ON THE COMPETITION IN THE GTLM CLASS: “It seems to me that every year we think it’s the toughest field out there and then the year after it just gets even tougher and that is also what has happened this year. The field is very close together. This time we are dealing with four Fords and they are all fast. This is early days. There are two more days of testing and then it’s the race week, but I do think that we are going to have a race like we have had in the last couple where the GTLM field is going to be right there with each other for the majority of the race.”

John Force Racing strengthens organization for 2017 NHRA season

John Force Racing strengthens organization
for 2017 NHRA season
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Jan. 6) – John Force Racing is strengthening its racing operations in preparation for multiple championship runs for the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

Sixteen-time Funny Car champion John Force will reunite with crew chief Jimmy Prock, who won the 2013 title with Force, and co-crew chief Chris Cunningham will also join the PEAK Chevrolet Camaro SS. Prock worked at JFR for 14 years before serving as crew chief for Jack Beckman the last 2 seasons. Continue reading John Force Racing strengthens organization for 2017 NHRA season

CHRIS DYSON STARTS 2017 SEASON AT CHILI BOWL; RETURNS TO RACING WITH SMOKEY MOUNTAIN HERBAL SNUFF AND KRUSEMAN MOTORSPORTS

CHRIS DYSON STARTS 2017 SEASON AT CHILI BOWL; RETURNS TO RACING WITH SMOKEY MOUNTAIN HERBAL SNUFF AND KRUSEMAN MOTORSPORTS
First Start for Dyson Following 2016 Season-Ending July Crash.
Third Chili Bowl Start for Two-Time IMSA Prototype Champion.
STAMFORD CT (January 5, 2017) With his race car tumbling violently end-over-end and out of Pennsylvania’s Big Diamond Speedway oval track last July 29th, Chris Dyson was not thinking about when his next race would be. But as he began his recuperation from back and rib injuries sustained in the accident, a major motivator in Dyson’s recovery was the desire to get back into the cockpit as soon as possible. Now that he’s healthy and restored to prime condition, Dyson’s first race back comes January 10-14 at the 31st annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals midget races at the indoor Tulsa Expo Raceway.
Dyson’s Chili Bowl efforts will be sponsored this year, as they were in 2016, by Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff, America’s original and best-selling tobacco-free smokeless brand. It also marks Dyson’s third consecutive start in the event that annually marks the start of the North American racing season. As in the past two years, Dyson will be driving a Spike / Esslinger car fielded by two-time Chili bowl champion Cory Kruseman. Continue reading CHRIS DYSON STARTS 2017 SEASON AT CHILI BOWL; RETURNS TO RACING WITH SMOKEY MOUNTAIN HERBAL SNUFF AND KRUSEMAN MOTORSPORTS

CORVETTE RACING AT DAYTONA: Roaring Toward Chance at Three Straight Wins Three-day test at Daytona for three-time Rolex 24 class winner

CORVETTE RACING AT DAYTONA: Roaring Toward Chance at Three Straight Wins
Three-day test at Daytona for three-time Rolex 24 class winner

First step toward defending Manufacturer’s, Driver’s and Team’s championships
All six Corvette Racing endurance drivers set to attend
Corvette Racing finished 1-2 in 2016, separated by just 0.034 seconds at finish

DETROIT (Jan. 4, 2017) – It’s time for Corvette Racing to again head back to the high banks of Daytona International Speedway for the first testing laps of 2017. The offseason hasn’t been much of one for the defending GT Le Mans (GTLM) titlists in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. But offseason becomes preseason with this weekend’s Roar Before the 24 and the prelude to the 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona. Continue reading CORVETTE RACING AT DAYTONA: Roaring Toward Chance at Three Straight Wins Three-day test at Daytona for three-time Rolex 24 class winner

F4 U.S. PARTNERS WITH AN INDUSTRY LEADER

F4 U.S. PARTNERS WITH AN INDUSTRY LEADER

JRi Shocks to Present Cash Prize to Event Hard Charger

INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 3, 2016) – Competitors in the 2017 Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda will have the opportunity to increase their total cash prize earnings by $3,000 during the six-event 2017 season with the new JRi Shocks Hard Charger Award.

The F4 U.S. Championship competitor who passes the most cars during the three-race event weekend will now earn a $500 cash prize from industry leader JRi Shocks. One competitor during each event will be recognized in victory circle at the end of the weekend’s final race. Continue reading F4 U.S. PARTNERS WITH AN INDUSTRY LEADER

Jeg Coughlin Sr. sees a bright future for drag racing’s electric enterprise

Jeg Coughlin Sr. sees a bright future
for drag racing’s electric enterprise
DELAWARE, Ohio (Jan. 3) – Science fiction fans and pop culture enthusiasts alike are familiar with the voice of actor William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk explaining the five-year mission of the Starship Enterprise at the beginning of each episode of Star Trek. Kirk ends his oration with, “to boldly go where no man has gone before.”

In five months time, drag racing pioneer and icon Jeg Coughlin Sr. and his team of “scientists” at JEGS High Performance have boldly embarked on a new age of competition with the future stars of the sport exclusively in mind for a revolutionary adventure. Continue reading Jeg Coughlin Sr. sees a bright future for drag racing’s electric enterprise

Scelzi Posts Career-Best Runner-Up Result During USA vs. WA Sprintcar Speedweek Finale in Australia

Scelzi Posts Career-Best Runner-Up Result During USA vs. WA Sprintcar Speedweek Finale in Australia

Inside Line Promotions – KWINANA BEACH, Western Australia, Australia (Jan. 3, 2016) – Dominic Scelzi wrapped up the four-race USA vs. WA Sprintcar Speedweek by producing his best-ever finish in Australia on Sunday when he powered to a runner-up result at Perth Motorplex.

The Fresno, Calif., resident recorded two podiums, three top fives and four top 10s to finish tied for third place in the Speedweek standings. Continue reading Scelzi Posts Career-Best Runner-Up Result During USA vs. WA Sprintcar Speedweek Finale in Australia

Scelzi Scores First Career Podium Finish in Australia During USA vs. WA Sprintcar Speedweek

Scelzi Scores First Career Podium Finish in Australia During USA vs. WA Sprintcar Speedweek

Inside Line Promotions – KWINANA BEACH, Western Australia, Australia (Dec. 28, 2016) – Dominic Scelzi recorded his first career podium finish in Australia during only his fourth career sprint car race overseas.

The Fresno, Calif., resident, who battled for podiums before bad luck ended his first two starts earlier this month, produced a pair of strong results while driving for Wormall Motorsport this week during the first two rounds of the USA vs. WA Sprintcar Speedweek.

The action began on Monday at Quit Bunbury Speedway in Bunbury, Western Australia, Australia, where Scelzi qualified third quickest during his debut at the track. He was running second in the first heat race until the fuel pump came loose. The car shut off and Scelzi got into the wall as the car lost power steering because of the mechanical problem. Unfortunately, the damage caused a DNF.

A rain delay allowed the team to repair the sprint car in time for the second heat race, in which Scelzi maneuvered from sixth to third place. That lined him up on the inside of the seventh row for the main event.

“We basically held on and stayed out of trouble,” he said. “I was disappointed that we didn’t get a top three because every time we hit the track the car was a rocket.”

Scelzi ended eighth, which marked his best finish during his first three races in Australia. Here is a link to watch the main event: https://youtu.be/jBHhktYIdjU.

However, he topped that feat the following night during the second Speedweek round hosted by Perth Motorplex.

“We were a little loose in qualifying and the track went slick faster than we thought,” he said after timing in 12th quickest.

Scelzi picked up a pair of positions in both heat races to manuever from fifth to third and from fourth to second, respectively. He advanced into the pole shuffle, where a sixth-place result started him on the outside of the third row for the main event.

“I worked my way to third by Lap 3,” he said. “The track was slick to the wall and you could run anywhere. We had the car to beat in my opinion and we passed for second at one point, but after that I just couldn’t get back to them. I think I tried to conserve too long.”

Scelzi capped the night with a third-place finish. Here is a link to watch the feature: https://youtu.be/8sm5x-hFiu8.

“We had a phenomenal race car thanks to my brother, Giovanni, and everyone at Wormall Motorsport,” he said. “We have good momentum from the last two nights. I feel like we have had a top-three car every time we’ve hit the track in Australia so we’re ready to win one.”

Speedweek resumes on Friday at Quit Bunbury Speedway before wrapping up on Sunday at Perth Motorplex.

Richard Childress Racing Announces 2017 Team Lineup

Richard Childress Racing Announces 2017 Team Lineup
RCR will field three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams and five NASCAR XFINITY Series entries

WELCOME, N.C. (December 21, 2016) – Richard Childress Racing (RCR) will return with three full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series entries and five full-time NASCAR XFINITY Series teams for the 2017 season. It will be the first time in team history that RCR will field five full-time XFINITY Series entries, and the first time since 2011 the team has fielded eight full-time teams. Continue reading Richard Childress Racing Announces 2017 Team Lineup

Mopar Announces Initiatives to Support NHRA Racers in 2017

Mopar Announces Initiatives to Support NHRA Racers in 2017

Mopar and Dodge Team up for Factory-backed Support of Amateur Racers

· Mopar and Dodge team up to support three factory-backed Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak cars in ‘17
· “Magneti Marelli Offered by Mopar Drag Pak Rewards” program supports modern-day package car amateur racers
· FCA US LLC engineers to provide racers technical support at all 24 NHRA National events in 2017
· New Dodge brand exhibit to join Mopar display trailer on NHRA Manufacturers Midway at 15 National events
· Mopar HEMI® Challenge, Sportsman Appreciation Night and Tom Hoover Challenge also continue in 2017 Continue reading Mopar Announces Initiatives to Support NHRA Racers in 2017

Scelzi Contends for Top Five During Debut in Australia

Scelzi Contends for Top Five During Debut in Australia

Inside Line Promotions – KWINANA BEACH, Western Australia, Australia (Dec. 12, 2016) – Dominic Scelzi was certainly making a splash during his Australia debut last Saturday at Perth Motorplex, where he drove into the top five before a parts issue forced him to end the night early.

Scelzi kicked off the Salute to the General event by qualifying eighth quickest in the Wormall Motorsport entry. That lined him up on the inside of the second row for the first of twin heat races.

“The bottom lane had grease so the start hurt us,” he said. “That put us behind a bit, but we picked up a position in the second heat race.”

Scelzi advanced from sixth to fifth place in his final heat race to line up on the inside of the fourth row for the main event.

“In the main event the track was extremely hooked up around the bottom,” he said. “It was really rough. We lost brakes around Lap 2, but were able to battle for a top five most of the race.”

Scelzi was in contention for a top-five result before he pulled in during a red flag with approximately 12 laps remaining.

“It was a great night to get our feet wet and be introduced to sprint car racing in Australia,” he said. “I want to say thanks to everyone at Wormall Motorsport for the opportunity and I can’t wait to get back in the car to see our growth.”

Scelzi and Wormall Motorsport are scheduled to return to action this Friday at Perth Motorplex for the fourth Shannons Fast Series event for the season.

Corvette Racing Brings Back Rockenfeller, Fässler for Daytona, Sebring Pair was part of last season’s long-distance lineup in premier IMSA events

Corvette Racing Brings Back Rockenfeller, Fässler for Daytona, Sebring
Pair was part of last season’s long-distance lineup in premier IMSA events

DETROIT (Dec. 12, 2016) – Consistency and familiarity are themes of the 2017 Corvette Racing program, and it is no different with the selection of drivers for North America’s opening pair of premier endurance races. As was the case in 2016, Mike Rockenfeller and Marcel Fässler will join Corvette Racing’s four full-season drivers to recreate an All-Star lineup that will contest the Rolex 24 At Daytona and Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
Continue reading Corvette Racing Brings Back Rockenfeller, Fässler for Daytona, Sebring Pair was part of last season’s long-distance lineup in premier IMSA events

2017 F4 UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE RELEASED AT PRI

2017 F4 UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE RELEASED AT PRI

SCCA Pro Racing adds COTA, IMS, Mosport and VIR to 2017 schedule

INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 9, 2016) – The Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda has expanded its 2017 season from five events to six, visiting some of the most prestigious open-wheel tracks in North America with stops at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Circuit of the Americas in Texas. Continue reading 2017 F4 UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE RELEASED AT PRI

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Dale Jr

TEAM CHEVY DRIVER PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
DALE EARNHARDT, JR. AND RICK HENDRICK
DECEMBER 9, 2016

DALE EARNHARDT, JR. DRIVER OF THE NO. 88 CHEVROLET SS AND RICK HENDRICK, OWNER OF HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS, spoke with members of the media via teleconference today to discuss Dale’s return to the seat of the No. 88 Chevrolet SS for on-track competition in 2017. Full Transcript:

WELCOME BACK. YOU TESTED DARLINGTON ON WEDNESDAY, WHICH WAS THE FINAL STEP BEFORE BEING MEDICALLY CLEARED FOR COMPETITION. HOW DID IT FEEL TO BE BACK BEHIND THE WHEEL OF A RACECAR AND HOW DID THE TEST GO OVERALL FROM YOUR PERSPECTIVE? Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Dale Jr

Shea Racing, Honda Performance Development Expand 2017 Pirelli World Challenge Program

Shea Racing, Honda Performance Development
Expand 2017 Pirelli World Challenge Program
• Tom O’Gorman to run 2017 Honda Civic Si
• B-Spec champion O’Gorman moves up to TCA competition
• Shea Holbrook, Jason Fichter will campaign Honda Accords in TC

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (December 9, 2016) – Honda Performance Development is pleased to announce that Shea Racing will expand the team’s Pirelli World Challenge racing effort in 2017, fielding reigning B-Spec champion Tom O’Gorman in a new Honda Civic Si in the TCA category, while continuing to run a pair of Touring Car-class Honda Accords for drivers Shea Holbrook and Jason Fichter.
The all-new 2017 Honda Civic Si, featuring exclusive racing parts developed by HPD and its partners, will also be available to Honda Racing Line customers who wish to build and race their own cars. Continue reading Shea Racing, Honda Performance Development Expand 2017 Pirelli World Challenge Program