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HPD Concludes World Championship Season With Podium Finishes in Shanghai

HPD Racing Report
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Six Hours of Shanghai Race Report
Circuit: Shanghai International Speedway (3.387-mile road course) Shanghai, China
Weather: Hazy, mild, 73 degrees F

HPD Concludes World Championship Season With Podium Finishes in Shanghai

After clinching its first FIA World Championship title two weeks ago in Japan, Honda Performance Development wrapped up its inaugural season of World Endurance Championship competition with class podium finishes in both the P1 privateer and P2 categories Sunday at the season-ending Six Hours of Shanghai in China.
For the second consecutive race, the British JRM team led the way for HPD, finishing second in the privateer class and fifth overall to equal its best result of the season, scored two weeks ago at the Six Hours of Fuji.

The JRM trio of David Brabham, Karun Chandhok and Peter Dumbreck started its Honda-powered HPD ARX-03a from the privateer category pole and fourth overall, their best qualifying result of 2012. The team fought both fellow HPD team Strakka Racing and a pair of Lola Toyotas from the Swiss Rebellion Racing organization for the opening two hours.
The Strakka HRX-02a was delayed first by a puncture, then contact from a factory Audi P1 entry required a second unscheduled pit stop to replace the rear bodywork, dropping the team several laps off the pace and putting drivers Jonny Kane, Nick Leventis and Danny Watts into recovery mode for the remainder of the race.

In the final hour, a series of dramatic events determined the result. Following contact while passing a GTcategory Corvette, JRM had to pit to replace damaged bodywork, resulting in a long final pit stop, while mechanical failure ended the day for the Rebellion entry of Neel Jani and Nicolas Prost with just minutes left in the race. Brabham chased down the second Rebellion Lola in the closing laps, but took the final checkered flag of the season in second, just 8.7 seconds short of the class win, with Strakka rounding out the privateer podium, third.
Running the final two WEC races of 2012 with Honda power, the French OAK Racing team of Bertrand Baguette, Dominik Kraihamer and IZOD IndyCar Series regular Takuma Sato were delayed by brake issues, but completed 131 laps for an seventh-place finish.
In P2, the Florida-based Starworks team followed their world championship-clinching finish at Fuji with another second-place run for drivers Ryan Dalziel, Enzo Potolicchio and Stephane Sarrazin. The trio crossed the finish line in its HPD ARX-03b Honda just 36 seconds behind the class winning ADR-Delta team, after six hours of trouble-free racing.
In 2012, the first year for both HPD and Starworks on the world championship stage brought P2 class victories at the 12 Hours of Sebring, 24 Hours of Le Mans and Six Hours of Sao Paulo in the eight-race series. It is the first world championship for engine and chassis supplier HPD of Santa Clarita, California, and the first FIA world championship for an American-based organization since1968, when Ford won the FIA International Championship for Manufacturers.

Today’s race in China concluded the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship. The 2013 season opens on April 14 with the Six Hours of Silverstone in England and will once again include eight races in Europe, North and South America, and Asia
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Race Report- Week Ending 9/30/12

Nascar
Sprint Cup–AAA 400- Brad Keselowski
Nationwide Series– One Main FInancial 400–Joey Logano
Camping World Truck Series–Nelson Piquet Jr.-Smiths 350

KN West- Derek Thorn- Napa Auto Parts 150
KN East- Corey Lajoie- American Real TV 150

Whelan All American- Bobby Santos- Carquest Fall Final

Grand Am
DP- Max Angelelli/Ricky Taylor
Gt- John Edwards/Robin Liddell

World of Outlaws
Donny Schatz

NHRA
Top Fuel — Antron Brown
Funny Car — Jack Beckman
Pro Stock — Erica Enders
Pro Stock Motorcycle — Eddie Krawiec
Competition Eliminator — Clint Neff
Super Stock — Fred Bartoli Sr
Stock Eliminator — Daryl Bureski
Super Comp — Michael Eggleston
Super Gas — Jarod Bowman

Race Results Week Ending 8/19/12

Rolex Montreal 200
GT:  Robert Liddell/John Edwards
ALMS
Chris Dyson/Guy Smith
MotoGP Indianapolis GP
Dani Pedrosa
World of Outlaws Magic City Showdown
Donny Schatz
ARCA
Frank Kimmel
NASCAR
Sprint Cup- Pure Michigan 400- Greg BIffle
Nationwide Series- Napa Auto Parts 200- Justin Allgaier
Camping World Truck Series- VFW 200- Nelson Piquet Jr.
NHRA

Race Results Week Ending 8/19/12

Rolex Montreal 200
GT:  Robert Liddell/John Edwards
ALMS
Chris Dyson/Guy Smith
MotoGP Indianapolis GP
Dani Pedrosa
World of Outlaws Magic City Showdown
Donny Schatz
ARCA
Frank Kimmel
NASCAR
Sprint Cup- Pure Michigan 400- Greg BIffle
Nationwide Series- Napa Auto Parts 200- Justin Allgaier
Camping World Truck Series- VFW 200- Nelson Piquet Jr.
NHRA

#20 Dyson to Start Second

#20 Dyson to Start Second

ELKHART LAKE, WI August 17, 2012 – Established in 1955 as the first permanent road course in the U.S., Road America is a driver’s favorite. “It is just a high speed fun track. For me, the high speed corners here are the kind I really enjoy,” said Eric Lux who qualified second today for the Road America Road Race Showcase. He and co-driver Michael Marsal share the #20 Dyson Racing entry and joining them for tomorrow’s four-hour race is Tony Burgess who had his inaugural run in the car at Mosport.

Lux commented that “we had a similar situation to what we had at Mid-Ohio two weeks ago where we did not have much track time and the track was very green. But we worked through a load of changes and it was a really good effort in the right direction. We found three seconds from this afternoon’s session to the qualifying run. I told the guys on the radio that the ‘car is great. Leave it as is for the race.’

The #16 Mazda-powered ModSpace entry of Chris Dyson and Guy Smith did not qualify and will start from the back of the grid. Dyson explained that, “we had a gearbox problem in the last practice session and we did not have time to turn the car around in time for qualifying. We have had nearly bullet-proof gearbox reliability and thankfully it happened in practice and not the race. This is a long race and where you start does not determine how you finish.”

Another reason drivers like this four-mile, 14-turn track is the way it produces close finishes. The average margin of victory for the last seven ALMS events is 1.358 seconds and last year Guy Smith set the record for the closest ALMS finish ever, finishing 0.112 behind Klaus Graf in the Muscle Milk car.

“Towards the end of the race, there was a safety car period which allowed me to get on the back of Klaus,” recounted Smith. “My car felt really good, but I could see that I was not going to be able to pass him on the straight. The only way I was going to do it was in traffic. Klaus was approaching three GTC cars in turn seven and I knew he was going to get balked. He chose to go to the right, but I knew the next corner was a left hander so I went to the left. I ended up mainly on the grass trying to make the pass and people told me it was quite spectacular. Unfortunately, there was not quite enough momentum to get past him and we both came out pretty much even. On the last lap, coming up the hill towards the start finish line he bobbled a bit and I was able to edge beside him and it got close – (0.112). It was a great finish for the ALMS and all the fans at Road America and hopefully we can put it right and beat them this year!”

Long Beach Marine Stadium Sprint Nationals Aug 4-5

Subj: Press Release: Long Beach Marine Stadium Sprint Nationals Aug 4-5
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SCSC Lucas Oil Long Beach Sprint Nationals presented by ARP

A familiar and thunderous roar once again filled the air in and around Marine Stadium in Long Beach Calif. as the final notes of the Star Spangled Banner were gently released from the flute of Region 12’s own Olivia Knudson.  The 2012 Lucas Oil Long Beach Sprint Nationals presented by ARP were officially under way as the Super Stock Sprint Boats roared from the hot pits for their warm-up lap with welcoming waves from the drivers to all dedicated fans, some who traveled from across the country (and further) to see this legendary race event.

 Larry Ambrose with a voice more prominent than Michael Buffer called the match-ups, while the Southern Californian Speedboat Association (SCSC) officials were all in their places…. boat racers and bitter rivals, new and old, were getting ready to rumble.  Internet chatter and boastful forum posts were no longer a factor. Although conversely, boat, motor, drive, and prop preparation, as well as race strategy and execution were to once again be the determining factors. While many of the 10 classes of race boats may have changed from the original circle boat race held at Marine Stadium 1946, the heightened thrill of the competition certainly remained the same.

 

For fans, it was a picture-perfect August 4th and 5th weekend of great circle boat racing in sunny So.Cal. To others it was a weekend of utter disappointment, while winning racers and owners left with shiny trophies, others were left with only shredded metal, later to return to their shops to rethink and rebuild for better luck next year.

        

Race fans were on their feet from the 1st heat to when the last boat crossed the final checkered flag. Optimal viewing, at safe distances, calm water and legendary performances is what makes the Stadium a unique and well-suited place for boat racing. Racers and fans alike also appreciated the 75-degree weather as families enjoyed immense fests on the sandy beaches as well as water showers from the Long Beach Rescue Boats during the brief intermissions.

 

On behalf of SCSC, we send our deepest congratulations to Joey Cucci driving the #24 Grand National “The Body Snatcher” and boat owner Ted Kolby from Playa Del Rey Calif., the team that led an incredible wire-to-wire race in the 20 lap main event. In doing so, Joey captured the 2012 APBA National Championship and the Rudy Ramos Perpetual Trophy. A feat most appreciated by only those who have tried.

 

In the Super Stock class, it was none other than Ty Newton driving out of Mesa Ariz., who won for owner Dave Rankin from Hacienda Heights, Calif. in the well-prepared #80 boat, “Wild Child”. We wanted to note that “Wild Child” is the winningest APBA Super Stock Flatbottom of all-time. This win is Rankin’s 7th in a row at the Long Beach Sprint Nationals while he also took home the Dave Bryant Memorial Shield, which he has won 3 years in a row!

 

Moving from the inboards to the outboards, it was R.J. West, driving the #93 for Chuck Skelton out of Santa Clarita Calif., who took home the 2012 APBA North American Championships with his 25 lap main event win in the SST-45 tunnel boat class.  R.J. took command off the beach in the modified Le Mans start and never looked back on the specially prepared 7/8 of mile closed-course.

 

In her hotly colored hydro, it was fan favorite Nicole Knudson who took home the overall A Stock Hydroplane Championship for the weekend.  With this win, Nicole earned the honor of being the 1st name on the Tammy Dawe (who recently left us) Memorial Award. In respectful memory of Tammy, the perpetual award will be given out each year at Long Beach race to the driver with the highest points in the A Stock Hydroplane class.

 

Racing action was also hotly contested in the other classes including the Comp Jet, Pro Stock, K-Racing Runabout, Classical Outboard Runabout (COR) and Crackbox races where the side-by-side driving of Scott Schatz/Jeff Hansen in the #P-9 and Nick Granger/Scott Stump in the #P-69 took our breath away on numerous occasions.

 

The up and coming local Special Events class, Classical Outboard Runabout (COR), continues to gain interest and new drivers due to the low cost of entry, competitive racing, and safe speeds in the 80 mph range. Long Beach entries included a Stoker, Baker, STV, Rampage and three Sleekcrafts all running Mercury 2.0 Liter outboards.

 

Last but not least, a big thank you and congratulations to all the racers, rescue, owners, sponsors, crew, staff and family members that that helped make this great event happen. You know who you are and we know how hard you worked. Your support is greatly appreciated.

 

With the support from many, Southern California Speedboat Club has proudly been producing circle boat races at Marine Stadium in Long Beach since 1946. We look forward to seeing you out from behind your computer and at the circle boat races in Long Beach next year.

 

Overall Results:

 

AX Hydroplane

1st- Alex Bloomfield, #55U, Hot Sulphur Springs, CO

2nd- David Hale, #42C, Sunland, CA

3rd- Nicole Knudson, #29C, Chino, CA

4th- Brittney Schwarzenbach, #126C, Apple Valley, CA

5th- Gordon Jennings III, #70C, Foothill Ranch, CA

6th- Jared Wallach, #18C, Redondo Beach, CA

7th- Sarah Bloomfield, #55UX, Hot Sulphur Springs, CO

8th- Tim Herman, #118C, Tempe, AZ

 

A Stock Hydroplane Championship

1st- Nicole Knudson #29C, Chino, CA

2nd- Alex Bloomfield, #55U, Hot Sulphur Springs, CO

3rd- Jeff Conant, #1C, Glendale, AZ

4th- Brittney Schwarzenbach, #126C, Apple Valley, CA

5th- Sarah Bloomfield, #55UX, Hot Sulphur Springs, CO

6th- Tim Herman, #118C, Tempe, AZ

7th- David Hale #42C, Sunland, CA

8th- Jared Wallach #18C, Redondo Beach, CA

9th- Mike Wright #71C, Huntington Beach, CA

10th- Amanda Rich, #53C, Bullhead City, AZ

 

Classic Outboard Runabout (COR)

1st- Kevin Taylor #234, Henderson, NV

2nd- Greg Ronkainen, #128, Redondo Beach, CA

3rrd- Mike Quindazzi, #30, Huntington Beach, CA

4th- Tim/David Carranza, #45, Hawthorne, CA

5th- John Soares, #386, San Bernardino, CA

6th- Tony Scarlata, #9, Hacienda Heights, CA

 

SST-45 – APBA North American Championships

1st- R.J. West, #93, Manteca, CA

2nd- Kevin Curtis #19, Huntington Beach, CA

3rd- Jason Williams #10, Alta Loma, CA

4th- Dean Comer #37, Monrovia, CA

5th- Spencer Love, #24, Santa Rosa, CA

6th- Joe Brain, #33, Huntington Beach, CA (DNF- Crash)

 

Grand National- APBA National Championships

1st – Joey Cucci, # 24, Lake Havasu City, AZ

2nd- Robby Devine, #47, Costa Mesa, CA

3rd- Bill Wheeler, #7, Lake Havasu City, AZ

4th- Gary Garland, #27, Long Beach, CA

5th- Chris Kohles, #50, Hermosa Beach, CA

6th- Greg Gluck, #113, Sebring, FL

7th- Heath Hiebert #369, Bellflower, CA

8th- Dave Rankin, #44, Hacienda Heights, CA

 

Super Stock

1st- Ty Newton, #80, Mesa, AZ

2nd- Robby Devine, #36, Costa Mesa, CA

3rd- Ade Bloomfield, #55, Hot Sulphur Springs, CO

4th- Grady Lakamp, #43, Tempe, AZ

 

Pro Stock

1st- Ade Bloomfield, #55, Hot Sulphur Springs, CO

2nd- Mark Lopresti, #367, Parker, AZ

3rd- Jeff Wooton, #204, So. Pasadena, CA

4th- Shane Hall, #929, Torrance, CA

5th- Jerry Panagos, #113, Seal Beach, CA

 

K Racing Runabout

1st- Brian Twamley, #401-K, La Habra, CA

2nd- Terry Langford, #K-6, Mira Loma, CA

3rd
– Tony Scarlata, #K-69, Hacienda Heights, CA

4th- Chris Irick, # K-034, Lake Havasu City, Az

 

Crackerbox

1st- Scott Schatz/Jeff Hansen #P-9, Corona, CA

2nd- Nick Granger/Scott Stump, #P-69, Torrance, CA

3rd- Donald Doidge/Justin d’Allesandro #P-94, Lancaster, CA

4th- Mike Schatz/Bob Williams, #P-92, Lakewood, CA

 

Comp Jet

1st- Terry Valore owner /Harold Bruce driver #21

2nd- Rodger Finney owner/Toby Clark driver #288

3rd- John McClure owner/Tom Bandy, driver #123

4th- Mark Yunker owner/driver #169

5th- Terry Valore owner/Rick Maddox, driver #59

6th- Jim Rich owner/driver #72

7th- Shirl Dickey owner/driver #60

Franchitti Qualifies Second at Edmonton

Franchitti Qualifies Second at Edmonton

Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti continued his streak of impressive IZOD IndyCar Series
qualifying runs Saturday at the Edmonton City Centre Airport. The Honda-powered Target Chip Ganassi
Racing driver posted the second-fastest time in the final, “Fast Six” qualifying round, and will start
Sunday’s Edmonton Indy from the pole due to a 10-position penalty for an unapproved engine change in
the car of pole qualifier Ryan Hunter-Reay. It will be the fourth consecutive front-row start for Franchitti, a
streak that began at Texas Motor Speedway in June.

The final two rounds of “knockout” qualifying were affected by changing weather conditions around the
Edmonton airport circuit, as a brief shower just prior to the second round resulted in a wet track for all
competitors. The track began to dry near the end of the 15-minute session, leading to constant position
changes during the final minutes.

The “Fast Six” qualifying round began on a dry track, but rain again began to fall in the final minute,
affecting the final runs from Franchitti; 2011 Edmonton pole qualifier Takuma Sato, who will start fourth;
and fifth-qualifying Alex Tagliani. Sunday’s 75-lap race starts at 2:30 p.m. EDT, with live television
coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

Dario Franchitti (#10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) second quickest in qualifying, his fourth
consecutive front-row start in 2012:
“It was fairly interesting out there. The car was working well, but it
started to rain right at the end of the first round, and it was wet throughout the second. But by the ‘Fast
Six’ [final qualifying round] it was starting to dry out, and the question became whether to use new [softer]
‘Red’ tires, or run scrubbed tires. We took a gamble and went with used Reds. It almost paid off, as we
came within a hundredth [of a second] of Ryan’s time. But we’re starting at the front, and I think we’re in
good shape for the race tomorrow.” 

Dixon Runs Second in Tight Edmonton Field

Dixon Runs Second in Tight Edmonton Field

Detroit race winner Scott Dixon paced the Honda-powered entries Friday at the Edmonton City Centre
airport temporary circuit, posting the second-fastest time in a tight field during IZOD IndyCar Series
practice in preparation for Sunday’s Edmonton Indy. After two sessions, less than one half-second
separated the top 18 drivers in the 25-car field, with Mike Conway and Simon Pagenaud also posting top-
four times on the day.

Alex Tagliani, Dario Franchitti and Justin Wilson made it six Honda drivers in the top eight, while
Pagenaud led a Honda sweep of the top eight positions in morning practice.

IZOD IndyCar Series activities in Edmonton continue Saturday, with final practice and “Fast Six” knockout
qualifying. Sunday’s 75-lap race starts at 2:30 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports
Network.

Scott Dixon (#9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) second quickest in Friday practice: “I’m happy
with my car; it seems pretty decent. At one point, I was up [on the field] by three or four tenths [of a
second], but came up on a slower car and ruined that lap. We really didn’t get another chance for a clear
lap. But I’m confident we have a strong car. With rain forecast for qualifying, it should be an exciting
show for the fans tomorrow. There are a lot of good passing points on this track, and it’s going to be a
heck of a race.” 

RCR Post Race Report — Daytona International Speedway–Sprint Cup

RCR Post Race Report — Daytona International Speedway  
 
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series   
RACE:      Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola        
TRACK:    Daytona International Speedway   
DATE:       July 7, 2012  
 
Race Highlights:        
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished second (Jeff Burton), 14th (Paul Menard) and 23rd (Kevin Harvick).
Harvick ranks sixth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver championship point standings, 90 points behind Matt Kenseth’s lead, while Menard ranks 13th and Burton ranks 18th.
According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, RCR teammates Harvick and Menard ranked first and second, respectively, in the category Fastest Drivers Late in a Run.
Each of the RCR drivers ranked in the top 10 in the Loop Data Category Fastest Laps Run – Harvick tied for first with 10 laps, Menard ranked fourth with eight laps and Burton tied for fifth with seven laps.
The runner-up finish was Burton’s fourth-consecutive top-10 finish at restrictor-plate tracks.
Burton gained the fifth-most positions (13) in the last 16 laps of the 160-lap event.
Burton made 258 Green-Flag Passes during the 400-mile race.
Menard maintained the ninth-fastest Green Flag Speed of 197.250 mph.
Harvick maintained a Green Flag Speed of 197.389 mph, ranking him third in the Loop Data category.
Tony Stewart captured his third Sprint Cup Series win of the 2012 season and was followed to the finish line by Jeff Burton, Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano and Ryan Newman.  
The next scheduled Sprint Cup Series race is the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 15. The race is scheduled to be televised live on TNT beginning at 12 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Solid Start Slots Anderson Third in Atlanta

Solid Start Slots Anderson Third in Atlanta  

Event:  32nd annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals

Location: Atlanta Dragway, Commerce, Georgia

Day/Date: Friday, May 4, 2012

Summit Racing driver Greg Anderson got off to a good start on Friday at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals in Atlanta, Ga. posting the third-quickest run in each of the two sessions.  After opening with a 6.647-second, 208.17 mph pass, he picked up the pace on his second attempt, improving to a 6.625-second elapsed time and a top speed of 208.62 mph.

Having established a strong baseline for his Atlanta Dragway tune-up, Anderson looked forward to the final two sessions on Saturday, where he hoped to further improve his standing for Sunday’s final eliminations.

“My Summit Racing Pontiac made two solid runs today,” said Anderson.  “Of course, we always want to be faster, but we have a good tuning base for tomorrow.  I do feel like the morning session will be the best, so it was important to put it through the goal posts twice today, giving us a good direction with the tune-up.  I think we’re close, and hopefully we’ll chisel on her a little bit overnight and get even closer yet.

“Obviously, Jason’s (teammate and provisional No. 1 qualifier Line) car is fast again and it looks like Ronnie’s (Humphrey in the Genuine Hot Rod Hardware Pontiac, who currently sits 4th) is in the ball park, giving us three cars in the top four today.  Hopefully, tomorrow we can come out and make it three out of three.”

Race Results Week Ending 3/31/12

Nascar
Camping World Truck Series- Martinsville VA- Kroger 250-Kevin Harvick
Sprint Cup- Martinsville VA- Goodys Fast Relief 500- Ryan Newman

GrandAM
Barber Motorsports Park- Porsche 250- Antonio Garcia/Richard Westbrook

World of Outlaws
Merced Speedway- Sammy Swindell

Supercross
Ryan Villopoto

KN Pro Series East
Greenville Pickens Speedway- Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150- Darrell Wallace

Whelan Modified Series
Caraway Speedway- George Brunnhoelzl III

IndyCar
Honda Grand Prix of Alabama- Will Power

NHRA

Wild Brothers Racing

Wild Brothers Racing began the Land Speed season last weekend.  Bill Warner flew to TX to meet up with Billy Shoemaker for the season’s opener at the Texas Mile in Beeville TX.  Billy Shoemaker is riding the “Streetbike” this year and Bill Warner will be riding the others, but not until June after he is fully recovered from his bad accident back in October 2011.

The weekend did not go as planned.  First run of the meet was a test run to check the tune on the bike.  On this test run, we turned off the AMS1000 boost controler and ran on spring pressure plus what ever little boost creep there is.  The bike is set up beautifully and ran 240mph, not realizing the incredible speed the bike did on its lowest setting, Billy went to deep into shutdown and came upon the end of the track going faster then he wanted to.  He had it under control, but unfortunately, he did pick up a cone along the way.  Billy and the bike went down around 25-30 mph.  Billy is doing fine and went home on Monday from the 3 day stay in the hospital.  He broke 4 ribs, 3 of them have multiple brakes and punctured a lung.  The hole in the lung closed up after the 2nd day and no chest tube was needed.

Thanks you for your continued support. The “StreetBike” and Billy are recovering nicely and will be back racing May/June.

Hot Rodders of Tomorrow

ARP is pleased to be a part of the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow program.  We are proud of Team ARP and their 4th place finish.

Las Vegas NV. – Team MOROSO – Loara High School from Anaheim CA. won the 3rd Annual “Showdown at SEMA” with a record breaking time of 21:08 minutes. As a matter of fact, the top six of the ten teams competing average this year would have beat last year’s winning time of 31 minutes. All ten teams would have beat the 2009 winning time of 44:22!
 
“Showdown at SEMA” is the title of the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge National Championship held at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas. This year 10 High School Auto Tech teams competed Nov. 1-4, 2011 in the engine teardown and rebuild contest in front of thousands of spectators.During the divisional playoffs all teams compete once. The best time wins the division and the team has the opportunity to compete at SEMA. But during the “Showdown at SEMA” all the teams compete once each day, Tuesday through Thursday, for a total of three times. At the end of the third day the times are averaged. The National Champion for 2011 – Team MOROSO (Loara High School from Anaheim CA.)was determined with the best average time of 21:08.  They were recognized Thursday night during the SEMA Industry Awards Banquet.Trophies and scholarships were given out on Friday morning at the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow award presentation.

SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund Engine

We’re almost “home” with our project to benefit the SEMA
Memorial Scholarship Fund. The engine was on display in
the Grand Lobby of the SEMA Show.
 
The bidding started the day of the show and will conclude
this coming Friday, November 11.  According to SEMA
Scholarship Committee member Anson Tse, who is an
executive with eBay, the last three days of the auction
are when the bidding really heats up.
 
We have received quite a bit of support from the media.
I’ve enclosed links to about two dozen stories that have
recently run. There are more. And we anticipate getting
additional coverage in both the digital and print media
upon culmination of the project.
 
Thanks again to all SEMA member manufacturers for
making this happen.
 
Bill
 
Bill Holland, Project Coordinator
SEMA Scholarship Committee
 
http://www.nhra.com/blog/nhra-notebook/2011/11/4/ed-pinksema-scholarship-engine-completed,-auction-underway/
 
http://www.enginebuildermag.com/Article/91523/ed_pinkbuilt_engine_auction_to_benefit_sema_scholarship_fund.aspx
 
http://www.streetlegaltv.com/news/engine-builder-ed-pink-builds-a-351-for-sema%E2%80%99s-scholarship-committee/
 
http://www.auctioncause.com/index.php/2011/10/ed-pink-sema-engine/
 
http://www.streetrodderweb.com/hotnews/1110sr_ed_pink_sema_scholarship_engine_completed/index.html
 
http://www.sema.org/sema-enews/2011/42/roster-of-participating-manufacturers-set-for-sema-scholarship-engine-project
 
http://www.performanceracing.com/news/20-companies-join-ed-pink-auction-engine-sema-scholarship-fund
 
http://competitionplus.com/drag-racing/news/18946-engine-auction-to-benefit-sema-scholarship-fund
 
http://stores.ebay.com/Celebrity-Charity-Auctions/SEMA.html
 
http://www.tirebusiness.com/subscriber/associationnews2.phtml?cat=15&id=1313766240&subtitle=
 
http://blogs.mustang50magazine.com/6757852/miscellaneous/roster-of-participating-manufacturers-set-for-sema-scholarship-engine-project/index.html
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kfd1VP93N5A
 
http://www.hotrodandrestoration.com/tag/ed-pink-racing-engines/
 
http://blogs.4wdandsportutility.com/6743348/editorials/engine-auction-to-benefit-sema-scholarship-fund/index.html
 
http://www.dragracingonline.com/agent1320/2011/1320-xiii_8-66.html
 
http://renegrivois.posterous.com/ed-pinksema-auction-engine-completed
 
http://mustangoverload.com/entry/2011/09/02/sema-scholarship-fund-auction-1/
 
http://4x4galore.com/2011/08/engine-auction-to-benefit-sema-scholarship-fund-36vhrh7cb7/
 
http://blogs.mustangandfords.com/2/363/ford-parts/index.html
 
http://blogs.customclassictrucks.com/6750607/classic-truck-news/sema-scholarship-fund/index.html
 
http://www.hotrodpartsguide.com/?cat=12