Troy Coughlin Jr. set to begin pro career
in SealMaster Top Fuel dragster
POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 6) — Troy Coughlin Jr. is ready for the ultimate test of his drag racing skills with his first national event in a Top Fuel dragster at this weekend’s 57th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona. The third-generation driver has succeeded in every class he’s raced, but even he admits the challenges of piloting the 10,000-horsepower SealMaster rail are daunting.
“I’m completely humbled,” Coughlin said after three days of testing in the Arizona desert. “It’s just so fast. Everything comes at you so quickly in the seat. It’s much more intense than I ever imagined. This is one aggressive racecar, and it never stops accelerating during the run. It’s a beast, and it’s also very, very cool.”
Continue reading Troy Coughlin Jr. set to begin pro career in SealMaster Top Fuel dragster
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
New Look for NHRA Pro Stock Camaro SS
Gen Six bodywork takes to the drag strip in 2017, chasing repeat Pro Stock title
INDIANAPOLIS – The Gen Six Chevrolet Pro Stock Camaro SS makes its public debut at the Performance Racing Industry trade show in Indianapolis on Thursday, Dec. 8
The new model builds on the success of the championship-winning fifth-generation-based race car. It’s more athletic-looking and aerodynamically optimized bodywork draws its styling from the Gen Six Chevrolet Camaro SS. Continue reading New Look for NHRA Pro Stock Camaro SS
Team Kalitta completes off-season changes
YPSILANTI, Mich. (December 5, 2016) – Kalitta Motorsports is pleased to announce that current Top Fuel driver J.R. Todd is moving to the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car seat vacated by Del Worsham. In turn, Troy Coughlin Jr. will move from the planned part-time sixth team to a full-time seat aboard the SealMaster Top Fuel dragster.
Todd is making his return to the Funny Car class, but for the first time as a driver. He worked on Bob Gilberston’s Funny Car during the 2003-2005 NHRA seasons with current Kalitta employees Nicky Boninfante and Tommy DeLago.
“Connie told Jim O the DHL Toyota is a special car and that I was the right guy for the job, which was a huge compliment to me,” said Todd, who will make his Funny Car debut at the Circle K Winternationals in February. “I am going to miss Del as a teammate as he has always been one of my heroes. I want to also say a huge thanks to SealMaster and their awesome franchisees. They are great people and it was an honor to represent them.”
Todd turns to the Funny Car class after a career season aboard the SealMaster Toyota Top Fuel dragster. In 152 Top Fuel events, Todd has earned nine victories, 19 final round appearances, nine No.1 qualifiers and 149 round wins. He was the 2006 AAA Road to the Future rookie winner and has placed in the top five in the point standings two times, including a fourth-place effort this year.
“Ever since I worked with Nicky and Tommy D on a Funny Car, driving one has been in the back of my mind and most people have known that. The DHL Toyota has quite the legacy and it is a huge honor to be picked to drive it.”
DHL will continue as the primary sponsor on Todd’s Toyota Camry Funny Car for the entire season.
Coughlin, Jr. will have an elite team to drive for during his rookie season. In 2016, Todd took the SealMaster machine to a race win in Sonoma, 37 round wins and a top five finish in the point standings.
“I am thrilled to be competing full-time for Kalitta Motorsports in 2017 with an incredible backer like SealMaster and their franchise owners,” said Coughlin, Jr. “The car is one of the best looking machines on the race track and it is awesome to be able to know I will have a car that can compete for the title.”
Coughlin, Jr. won the 2013 Super Gas title in division 3 and is a two-time NHRA U.S. Nationals winner. In, 2015, he drove in the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod series and was named Rookie of the Year. In his career, the 26-year-old driver has driven Junior Dragsters, Super Comp, Super Gas, Top Dragster and Pro Mod machines. Earlier this year, he earned his Top Fuel license.
NHRA Lifetime Achievement award winner and drag racing legend Connie Kalitta will continue alongside Rob Flynn in their roles after their outstanding 2016 season. SealMaster remains as the primary sponsor on the machine for all 24 events.
“I am excited for the future of our team,” said Jim Oberhofer, Vice President of Operations, Kalitta Motorsports. “First, I want to thank our incredible partners, DHL and SealMaster, for helping make this transition seamless. Both J.R. and Troy are ready for the 2017 season. J.R. is a very motivated driver and continues to be a perfect fit at Kalitta Motorsports. I know he will be a great ambassador for DHL and Toyota and I look forward to see what the season holds. I am also thrilled to be able to get Troy into a full time seat. He proved to be a very precise driver during our test session in Las Vegas and I know he is going to do a great job in the SealMaster Top Fuel dragster.”
Finally, the Kalitta Motorsports Funny Cars will also see a reorganization of the team’s crew chiefs. Todd’s DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car will be led by Jon Oberhofer and Todd Smith as co-crew chiefs. Smith comes from teammate Paul Lee’s Funny Car. Former DHL co-crew chief Nicky Boninfante will join Tommy DeLago on the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car driven by Alexis DeJoria and Glen Huszar will lead Lee’s McLeod Racing Funny Car. All five Funny Car crew chiefs are former NHRA champions.
Both Coughlin, Jr. and Todd will have solid teammates backing them up. Coughlin, Jr. will partner with 2016 championship runner-up Doug Kalitta in the Top Fuel ranks, while Todd will be joined by Alexis DeJoria and Paul Lee in the Funny Car ranks. Coughlin, Jr., DeJoria, Kalitta and Todd will all compete full-time with Lee planning a part-time run.
Giovanni Scelzi Earns Seven Top Fives and Championship During Rookie Sprint Car Season
Inside Line Promotions – FRESNO, Calif. (Nov. 28, 2016) – Giovanni Scelzi powered to eight micro sprint feature victories and the California Speedweek title this season. However, the highlight of 2016 was the transition from micro sprint to sprint car, which Scelzi made as a 14-year-old.
“It was a big transition,” he said. “It was an eye opener on how difficult it is. I would say it was a learning year. I think my driving came a long way from the beginning of the year.” Continue reading Giovanni Scelzi Earns Seven Top Fives and Championship During Rookie Sprint Car Season
CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
NOVEMBER 18, 2016
TONY STEWART, NO. 14 ALWAYS A RACER/MOBIL 1 CHEVROLET SS, met with members of the media at Homestead-Miami Speedway and discussed his final race as a full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competitor, his future plans, his legacy and many other topics. Full Transcript:
WHEN DID YOU SEE THE CAR? WAS THERE ANYTHING YOU PARTICULARLY LIKED ABOUT THE SCHEME ON IT?
“I saw it on I guess it would have been Wednesday and loved it. The thing I liked the most about it is all the employees at Stewart-Haas Racing signatures are on it. That means a bunch to me. That was pretty cool to see and it’s going to be pretty fun to run that car this weekend.” Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Homestead–Tony Stewart
Endurance Drivers Join 2017 Acura NSX GT3 Effort
• Tom Dyer, Mark Wilkins to take part endurance events
• Duo will take part in Tequila Patron North American Endurance Championship and Sprint-X races
• Both will participate in testing this week at Daytona International Speedway
SANTA CLARITA, CA (Nov. 14, 2016) – Veteran drivers Tom Dyer and Mark Wilkins will join the Michael Shank Racing (MSR) Acura NSX GT3 effort at four Tequila Patron North American Endurance Championship rounds of the 2017 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, starting with the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January. Continue reading Endurance Drivers Join 2017 Acura NSX GT3 Effort
Scelzi Excited for Double Duty This Saturday at Stockton Dirt Track
Inside Line Promotions – FRESNO, Calif. (Oct. 31, 2016) – Dominic Scelzi loves racing at Stockton Dirt Track.
Scelzi recorded his first career King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series triumph at the oval in Stockton, Calif., in 2013. He returned to Victory Lane at the track last year and he also has a podium finish there during 360ci competition.
Continue reading Scelzi Excited for Double Duty This Saturday at Stockton Dirt Track
CHEVY FAST FACTS
GOODY’S FAST RELIEF 500
OCTOBER 30, 2016
A total of 21 Team Chevy drivers will start the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Martinsville Speedway. The 500-lap/263-mile race is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., ET Live coverage will be available on NBCSN, MRN Radio, Sirius NASCAR Radio Channel 90 and NASCAR.com.
CHEVROLET DRIVERS STARTING IN THE TOP-10:
ü Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS, will start third
ü AJ Allmendinger, No. 47 Kroger/Clorox Chevrolet SS, will start fourth
ü Chase Elliott, No. 24 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet SS, will take the green flag from the fifth starting spot
ü Tony Stewart, No. 14 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, will make his final Martinsville Speedway start as a full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver today, rolling off the starting grid in the sixth spot
ü Jeff Gordon, interim driver, No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS, will start 10th
CHEVROLET CHASE DRIVER STARTING POSITIONS:
· Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS – 3rd
· Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Busch Light Chevrolet SS – 20th
· Kurt Busch, No. 41 State Water Heaters Chevrolet SS – 23rd
TEAM CHEVY IN NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES (NSCS) COMPETITION:
· Chevrolet has won 39 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Manufacturer Championships
· Team Chevy drivers have scored 763 wins and 685 poles in NSCS competition
CHEVROLET ON THE TRACK—MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY:
Chevrolet drivers have won 55 of 135 races at Martinsville Speedway. Victories by current Team Chevy drivers are:
Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS, has eight victories at Martinsville Speedway (’04, ’06, ’07 – TWICE, ’08, ’09, ’12 & ‘13)
Tony Stewart, No. 14 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS, has three wins at Martinsville Speedway (’00, ’06 & ’11)
Kurt Busch, No. 41 State Water Heaters Chevrolet SS, has two victories at Martinsville Speedway (’02 and ‘14)
Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Busch Light Chevrolet SS, has one win at Martinsville Speedway (’11)
Ryan Newman, No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS, has visited Victory Lane at Martinsville Speedway once (’12)
The No. 21 Virginia Tech Ford Fusion Will Be The Home Team At Martinsville
October 27, 2016
For the Wood Brothers and their crew chief Jeremy Bullins, this week’s trip to Martinsville Speedway is like returning to the home place for a family reunion.
Both the Woods and Bullins consider Martinsville their home track, and their sponsor for the weekend, Virginia Tech, is from nearby Blacksburg.
This weekend’s race is a first at Martinsville for the Virginia Tech athletic program, but the Woods have been competing at Martinsville since the 1950s. Continue reading The No. 21 Virginia Tech Ford Fusion Will Be The Home Team At Martinsville
Reigning Pro Mod champion Troy
Coughlin still has a chance to defend title
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 24) — It seems every year about this time Troy Coughlin finds himself in an intense battle for the J&A Services Pro Mod world title. This season is no different as the reigning champ arrives at this weekend’s 16th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals with a chance to claim his third championship of the last five years.
One year ago, the task was much easier as Coughlin pulled into The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway trailing Mike Janis by just 28 points. With his JEGS.com twin-turbo Corvette in perfect running order, Coughlin was able to catch and pass Janis to snatch the title away. The final race in Vegas was the only time he led the points all year. Continue reading Reigning Pro Mod champion Troy Coughlin still has a chance to defend title
Troy Coughlin, Jr. joins Kalitta Motorsports in third Top Fuel machine
DALLAS (October 14, 2016) – Kalitta Motorsports is pleased to announce the expansion to a third Top Fuel dragster team driven by Troy Coughlin, Jr. beginning in the 2017 season. This announcement aligns two of the legendary names in the sport, Kalitta and Coughlin, for the first time.
“I am very excited to be competing in the Top Fuel class with Kalitta Motorsports,” said Coughlin, Jr. “Kalitta Motorsports has a lot of history and legacy in NHRA similar to my family. The first time I came to Team Kalitta I noticed the family-type atmosphere and the extreme desire to win and I knew this was the team I wanted to be involved with. I am studying hard and plan to hit the ground running and have a strong start to the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season.” Continue reading Troy Coughlin, Jr. joins Kalitta Motorsports in third Top Fuel machine
CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP
ROUND 4 OF 10
BANK OF AMERICA 500
CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY QUALIFYING NOTES AND QUOTES
OCTOBER 6, 2016
TEAM CHEVY QUALIFYING RESULTS (TOP 12):
1st – Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Busch Hunting Chevrolet SS
2nd – Alex Bowman, No. 88 Axalta Chevrolet SS
3rd – Chase Elliott, No. 24 3M Chevrolet SS
5th – Tony Stewart, No. 14 Mobil 1/Rev The Vote Chevrolet SS
6th – AJ Allmendinger, No. 47 Kroger/Stouffer’s/Stouffer’s Kitchen Chevrolet SS
11th – Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS
12th – Kasey Kahne, No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet SS
POST QUALIFYING QUOTES:
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 4 BUSCH HUNTING CHEVROLET SS – POLE WINNER
“I just got to the green a little bit better. The car was too loose the time before. And I got to the green better. It was good in (Turns) 1 and 2; but I felt like I gave up a little something in (Turns) 3 and 4 coming to the checkered. But, I’ve just got to thank all my sponsors and everybody on this team, Chevrolet and Hendrick engines and chassis for everything that they do and for everything that Stewart-Haas does. This has just been a fun car to drive today. Hopefully we can get it dialed in race trim.”
ON THE RACE ITSELF:
“Well, we struggled when we first rolled off the truck in race trim and got our car a little bit better and better and better. Hopefully what we learned in Qualifying, we can apply some of that stuff to the race trim stuff and go from there.”
ALEX BOWMAN, INTERIM DRIVER, NO. 88 AXALTA CHEVROLET SS – QUALIFIED 2ND
WHAT WAS THAT RUN LIKE FOR YOU?
“Honestly, we didn’t put the greatest lap together. In (Turns) 1 and 2, we were a little free in and didn’t really keep it on the bottom like I needed to. Turns 3 and 4 were really good. It means so much for Hendrick Motorsports to take a chance on me for these races. I’m really thankful to be here. I hate that we didn’t get the pole. We were so close. It’s definitely my best starting spot by a bunch, but you’d always like that pole.”
CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 24 3M CHEVROLET SS – QUALIFIED 3RD
THOUGHT THAT WAS GOOD ENOUGH FOR THE POLE. WHERE WOULD YOU SAY YOU LOST IT?
“Well, I thought I lost it in Turns 1 and 2, but they said I lost it in (Turns) 3 and 4. We’ll have to go back and look at watch. Obviously I wasn’t right. Everybody has been working really hard to get better. This has not been a very good place for me, historically in Qualifying; or in the race, for that matter. So, I’m really happy with that and I’m very proud of the team. We’re excited for Saturday night.”
MAKING MULTIPLE PASSES THROUGH TECH INSPECTION, WHAT’S IT LIKE TO JUMP IN WITH NEARLY NO TIME TO GET READY?
“It’s kind of part of the game. I think we see it pretty frequently these days. It’s kind of the game you’ve got to fight to push these things to where they need to be. It’s a good starting spot, but it’s just a starting spot. We have to also recognize that and go get ‘em on Saturday night.”
AJ ALLMENDINGER, NO. 47 KROGER/STOUFFER’S/STOUFFER’S KITCHEN CHEVROLET SS – QUALIFIED 6TH
“It makes a huge difference all the work that they put in. I can’t thank Stouffer’s and Harris Teeter for being on the racecar and all the great sponsors that we have that are a part of it, Kroger, everything that they do for us and on down the line all the sponsors. It’s a good start.”
WHEN WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE THIS RACE RUN?
“I would like to have my Sunday off, so I want to race when we are supposed to and have a fun Saturday night race. That is what makes this race so much fun being Saturday night. Home race for everybody, for our crew guys it would be nice, especially mine. Our road crew especially they are on the road and then they come back at 7:30 a.m. in the morning Monday morning and start tearing the car a part. I want to run it Saturday night for a lot of reasons, but most importantly for all of them to get some rest because they deserve it.”
FIVE CHEVY’S IN THE TOP 10 SO WHERE ARE ALL THOSE TOYOTAS AT?
“Well, I can’t speak on the Hendrick cars, obviously they’ve got a lot of resources when it’s time to step up they usually do. For us, it’s the nature of the beast. We are trying to grow. We are trying to continually get bigger and better. Sometimes you take a step back, you know during the summer it’s hard, we lost a couple of race cars. They don’t just magically appear again at the race track or at the race shop. Like I said, it’s a brand new cars and it’s really the first batch of new cars that we are going to have. We are going to have a new car the rest of the year, but it’s the first batch since we started the year once all the cars were new. It makes a big difference. That is what makes the Sprint Cup Series so hard is the fact that these big teams no matter what rules package, tires, no matter what you throw at them they make downforce, they make grip and they get better. That is what we are fighting against and that is what we are trying to do here.”
AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 3 DOW COATING MATERIALS CHEVROLET SS – Qualified 19th
WHAT WAS MISSING IN ROUND 2?
“We were just too tight. I was going to worry about it in the first round. We were too tight and we made a big swing at it there and freed it up. It helped in (Turns) 3 and 4, but it was still too tight in (Turns) 1 and 2. So, we’ll work on it. We had a good car in practice. We just missed our balance a little bit in this nighttime stuff. We’ll be fine. I’m really happy with our Chevrolet.”
KYLE LARSON, NO. 42 TARGET CHEVROLET SS – Qualified 25th
WERE YOU CONSERVATIVE DURING THIS FIRST ROUND OR WAS THAT WHAT YOU HAD? ARE YOU HOPING FOR SOME PRACTICE TOMORROW?
“I just got loose in (Turns) 1 and 2 on my lap and lost a little bit of time there, probably gave up a tenth or more. Who knows? But, then we just ended-up waiting a little bit too long to make another run. We were sitting on the bubble and didn’t really expect that the No. 83 would go faster. And, it bit us.”
8th annual Walk by Faith 5K seeking to end childhood cancer, support affected kids
HOUSTON (Oct. 6) — For the eighth year in a row, the Walk by Faith 5K Race/Walk will unite Houstonians in raising the necessary funding to end childhood cancer while also supporting families struggling to care for a child suffering from the disease.
The event is the main fundraiser for the Addi’s Faith Foundation, a Kingwood, Texas-based 501(c)(3) founded in 2007 by Tony and Amber Bender to honor their daughter Addison, who died of a cancerous brain tumor at the age of 2. Continue reading 8th annual Walk by Faith 5K seeking to end childhood cancer, support affected kids
TEAM PENSKE DRIVER SIMON PAGENAUD MAKES HISTORY CAPTURING HIS FIRST INDYCAR CHAMPIONSHIP
With Pennzoil® PurePlus Technology™ Under the Hood, Pagenaud Adds to Impressive Career Achievements
HOUSTON (September 20, 2016) – Simon Pagenaud is an IndyCar champion. The Frenchman made the most of his opportunity in the final race of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series (VICS) season by scoring the victory and securing the title. Pagenaud was able to hoist the coveted Astor Cup for the first time following a dominating season on track.
The series championship marks the 14th IndyCar title for Team Penske and the organization’s 29th national championship overall. Even more impressive is the fact that three Team Penske teams finished 1-2-3 in the final point standings. Will Power followed the champion Pagenaud in second while Helio Castroneves came home third after a seventh place finish in the race. It’s the first time in 22 years (1994) since Penske has accomplished this feat. Continue reading TEAM PENSKE DRIVER SIMON PAGENAUD MAKES HISTORY CAPTURING HIS FIRST INDYCAR CHAMPIONSHIP
CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
GOPRO GRAND PRIX OF SONOMA
SONOMA RACEWAY, SONOMA, CALIFORNIA
TEAM CHEVY POST QUALIFYING RECAP
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 17, 2016
Simon Pagenaud Puts Chevy on the Pole at Sonoma; Championship Contender Will Power will start Fourth
· Top four qualifiers in Firestone Fast Six are drivers of the Chevrolet IndyCar Aero Kit with integrated 2.2 liter V6 twin turbocharged direct injected engine
· A total of 11 Team Chevy drivers will start the season finale on Sunday
· Team Penske Chevrolet teammates Simon Pagenaud and Will Power head into Sunday’s race for the Verizon IndyCar Series contending for the championship
· Chevrolet drivers currently occupy top-six positions in points Continue reading Chevy Racing–INDYCAR–Sonoma Post Qualifying
CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
ABC SUPPLY 500
POCONO RACEWAY, LONG POND, PENNSYLVANIA
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER QUOTES
SATURDAY AUGUST 20, 2016
CHARLIE KIMBALL, NO. 83 TRESIBA CHIP GANASSI RACING CHEVROLET, was involved in a single car on-track incident during practice at Pocono Raceway:
WHAT HAPPENED: “I turned in (Turn One) and the rear came out on cold tires. We made an adjustment to the car. The car rotated a couple of times and I caught it. Maybe three times, but then I didn’t catch it any more. But when I hit, my knee hit the back of the steering wheel and popped it off. It was an incident of the incident rather than anything else” Continue reading Chevy Racing–INDYCAR–Pocono–Charlie Kimball
CORVETTE RACING AT ROAD AMERICA: GTLM, Prototype Winner Quotes
EKLHART LAKE, Wis. (Aug. 7, 2016) – Corvette Racing and Action Express Racing gave Chevrolet and the Corvette marque two victories today at Road America in the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase. Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner won the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R in a thrilling finish by going from fifth to first in the final seven minutes. Continue reading CORVETTE RACING AT ROAD AMERICA: GTLM, Prototype Winner Quotes