Brenda Grubb Motorsports

As you can imagine, living in the south, our off season is very short. It seems like we were just at the NHRA Divisional Race in Reynolds, Georgia. But, of course that was last October!
Our first race of the season will be the NHRA Divisional race in Orlando, Florida on February 10th. The weekend after, we head to the Gainesville Divisional Race. Then it’s a weekend off, followed by the Valdosta Divisional and the GatorNationals.

There’s Another Vizard to Pay Attention To-

If you spend any time around racing, you’re familiar with David Vizard, engine guru. 
This is in from him-
Just to let you know that my daughter Jacque will is down to race three cars this year at the drag strip. Firstly she has the seat of the #2 Car in Thad Cooks two car team for which she has built the 550 hp Nitrous fed 302. The car is a 1970 Boss 302 Back Halfed and running a Power Glide Trans. The second is also a Mustang (mine), a 1990 302 with a 5 speed and again powered by a 302 of about 550 hp. Lastly she will be doing the piloting of Doug Herbert’s 565 inch 1200 hp gas dragster. This season – her  first officially racing but hardly the first down the strip, will be on 1/8 mile tracks local to Charlotte NC.

We’re anxious to see how this one turns out! 

CASEY CURRIE TEAMS UP WITH HAWK PERFORMANCE PRODUCT GROUP IN 2012

Anaheim Hills, CA (January 24, 2012) – Well known Pro Lite and desert racing competitor, Casey Currie will join forces with Hawk Performance Products Group at a new level beginning this year. In his continued partnership with Hawk Performance, Casey will also work closely with Black Rock wheels to develop his very own Casey Currie designed and tested signature line of wheels.

“We are very happy about forming a long term partnership with Casey Currie for 2012 and beyond,” noted Managing Director of Hawk Performance Products Group, Bob Williams. “Our relationship began last year with Casey and we are thrilled that we have the opportunity to outfit his race trucks with more of our products. Hawk Performance Products Group will not only provide braking products, but we are excited about the opportunity to work with Casey in developing his signature line of Black Rock wheels. Casey is a proven champion and we are proud of the trust that he has shown in our brands.”

Hawk Performance Product Group has entered into a multi-year partnership with Casey Currie Racing and will support all of Casey’s racing efforts. He will not only run Hawk Brake pads throughout the season, but will utilize the competition Black Rock wheels in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series in the Pro Lite class.

“I’m super excited to be working with Hawk Performance again this year and to now be adding Black Rock Wheels to the mix,” stated Casey. “There is an awesome team of guys behind this product and they have the experience and technology to make a top-of-the-line wheel. I am even more excited about introducing my very own line of wheels, to be released later this year.”

Casey will design the Casey Currie Signature Line of wheels, including the following: 16″ high positive offset beadlock wheel for Pro Lite competition, 17″ low offset beadlock wheel for Pro 2, Pro 4, and desert racing competition, 17″ positive offset beadlock wheel for Pro 2, Pro 4, and King of the Hammers competition, and also a 14″ beadlock ATV/UTV wheel geared for King of the Hammers Competition as well.

“It’s a huge undertaking,” beams Casey, “one which I’m honored and excited about. Building this relationship with Hawk Performance and being involved in the development of products is important to improving and expanding this sport.”

World of Outlaws Looks to Start Year in Florida

CONCORD, N.C. – Jan. 26, 2012 – With less than three weeks until the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series season-opening event, anticipation is ramping up.

The Outlaws and an assembly of additional elite talent are preparing to kick off the 2012 campaign – a growing slate of 83 events at 51 tracks in 23 states plus Canada – at the 41st annual UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. The event runs from Feb. 14-25, with the Outlaws racing Feb. 17-18-19.

Among the stacked group of drivers is Joey Saldana, who claimed the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit title last season. The Brownsburg, Ind., native earned quick time two of the three nights and he ended with two third-place results and an eight-place finish.

“We didn’t win a race; we were just consistent,” he said. “Volusia is one of those tracks with hard competition, and the track is hard. You just have to be consistent every night.”

While Saldana has won twice since 2006 at the half-mile track, he has thrived on consistency. Since 2008, Saldana has six top-five finishes and nine top 10s in 11 races.

“Volusia has always been pretty good for us,” he said. “I’m definitely looking forward to going there and getting the season started.

“It’s a fast track kind of like Eldora (Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio). It’s probably one of the fastest tracks we race on. I like fast tracks, so it kind of fits my style.”

Louise Cook Starts 2012 Off Right

Louise Cook from Maidstone in Kent made her World Rally Championship debut this weekend on the notorious Rallye Monte Carlo based in Valence and the Principality of Monaco. Louise made a goal to finish the event and take the chance to look at all the special stages in order to gain the maximum much needed experience on the technical roads whilst knowing a definite finish would see her gain championship points for a minimum of 4th position in the Production World Rally Championship standings.

The event was a baptism of fire and also ice for the 24 year old female. The event started off with a bang, a police escort to the ceremonial start. “It was complete madness, the whole city of Valence was just stopped, I felt like royalty” said Cook. “It was intense, I felt pretty out of my depth and having such a high start position for the rally, with one of the slowest cars in the rally the pressure was firmly on.” “I tried to have the starting position amended but the organisers said they could not do anything, I just did not want to spoil anyone’s rally by getting in the way. All the cars behind me and my 150 bhp Fiesta had over 280 bhp engines, cost £90,000 to £300,000, was a little bit intimidating” said Louise.

An intermittent problem with the intercom made Louise’s first stage more stressful than it already was. “It is difficult because you get into a rhythm with the notes and being my first time on the roads the notes and rhythm is difficult to find. Then to have the sequence in and out throws out the flow completely.” Louise expectedly was caught by a number of cars on the first stage.

Stage 2 for Louise was a baptism of Ice rather than fire. Louise running behind on road time did not have a chance to change to a snow tyre for the 5km of sheet ice in the stage. Louise was on a medium RS7 slick which is basically used on a warm track in the UK, definitely not for ice!  The first part of the stage was patchy ice but as the stage climbed Louise found the beginning of a 5km sheet ice section with zero grip. Louise was reduced to walking pace in places, “the car was uncontrollable, slicks have no real tread and the rubber is much harder than a normal tyre to withstand the heat that goes into them when working hard on a hot day, they are like pram wheels in the snow. I was heading towards a bridge a 5mph and it took everything I had to get it back.” Said Louise.

The second loop the organisers altered Louise’s road position and put her to the back of the field which at first was a relief, but there was more than a minute gap between the current last car and Louise. There was more than a minute gap between the current last car and Louise. This unfortunately led to Louise being faced with spectators leaving the stage and covering the road. “It was completely crazy, there was a wall of spectators across the stage and I had to slow right down so they could let me through” said Louise. In the 4th stage Louise came around a hairpin right and had to slam on the brakes as a van was parked horizontal across the entire road, whilst the stage was live and Louise was still competing. As if things were not fraught enough a dog was off its leash and when braking on a patch of ice down to a bridge the dog ran straight across in front of Cook and she locked all 4 tyres on the icy road nearly ending in disaster for the British hopeful.

The Friday stages brought more weather changes. In line for the second stage it started to snow. It was fortunate that Louise had took the safer option of using the road snow tyres for these two stages though the tyre would perform nothing like the competition equivalent. Louise took zero risk through the stage but the fresh layer of snow caused a lot of issues with traction and trying to slow the car down in time.

Louise found Friday night that she had made the cut. Louise was in the top 60 and had succeeded to take part in the 4th and 5th legs of the rally on the stages around Monaco.

The car was not going great, 3 blown dampers, worn drive-shafts and a worn jolting steering rack were not helping the cause. The suspension was clunking severely through the hairpins and the driveshafts were a worry, so a very cautious drive through to not agitate the issue. The drive-shafts were changed to a better second hand set for the Saturday stages which helped calm Louise a little, but they were still second hand, not new. “It would be great to have new spares ready to go but we struggle just to replace what is needed on the car let alone build a spares package” said Louise.

Louise made the final day and took part in the famous WRC Powerstage. Louise decided to continue to cruise to the finish and with only 1 pass recce to make notes on the stage, it was not a time to start trying her luck. Louise struggled to write her notes quick enough to fall in line with the recce schedule due to her note writing inexperience. Louise only managed a 1 pass recce for a number of stages.

 “ I just wanted to finish the Rallye Monte-Carlo, it may be dull but it was my goal before the rally as I know my Fiesta ST could not catch the PWRC rivals in their 4WD Subaru Impreza’s and Mitsubishi Evo’s. Even though we just cruised the Fiesta through the rally, it was still so full on and stressful. We achieved our goal though and I am so pleased as anything could have happened with the car, the gearbox has never done more than 400 miles on a rally and was now faced with 1200,  so that was a constant worry. We did it though, we got her to the end and gained second place in the PWRC, a result that we could never have imagined, but we had to be there at the finish to take it. I may have driven like my Grandma, but it would have been crazy to do anything else and risk it all, I am really, really pleased with the result!”

With 2nd place in the championship and to be the first ever female to make the podium in the PWRC, Louise has taken another small step towards her highly ambitious goal of being the first female to win the World Rally Championship. On a high, Louise is now working hard on raising the £70,000 required to contend the rest of the season the next round being the Greece Acropolis Rally in May.

Subaru Runs Strong in GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Opener

Phoenixville, PA. – Jan. 27, 2012 – Facing a 40-car field in the Grand Sport class of the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Championship racing series, Subaru Road Racing Team’s (SRRT) drivers ran as high as third place in their 4-door #35 Subaru WRX STI at the season-opening race held at the world-famous Daytona International Speedway.
Subaru driver Andrew Aquilante, Phoenixville, Pa., worked his way to the third spot and held the position from laps 36 through 38, but an on-track incident on the last lap of the race involving another Grand Sport class competitor knocked the team’s #35 Subaru out of the race and eventually classified in the 28th spot.
Teammate Bret Spaude, Bushnell, Fl.  qualified seventh fastest for the race, only one mph off the pole sitter’s qualifying speed. He raced the first 24 laps of the 58-lap, 2 ½-hour race on Daytona’s 3.56-mile combinational oval track and infield road course. The pair shared a race-prepped 2012 4-door Subaru WRX STI developed specifically to go against rival teams within a class in which cars customarily produce over 400 horsepower.
“Our Subaru’s performance in practice, qualifying and the race was solid and the preparation by the crew simply excellent.  We learned a bit during the practice days and applied them into this weekend,” said Joe Aquilante, principal of Phoenix Performance in Phoenixville, Pa., where SRRT makes its base operations.
“Brett qualified seventh fastest and was in fourth place at the end of the first lap. He did an excellent job in his 24 laps. Then, A.J. [Andrew] got up to third place on lap 38.  The last lap collision came while he was attempting a pass in the bustop [section of the race course], and a car ahead of him unexpectedly spun and contact was unavoidable.  Now that our car will be back at our race shop for two months before the next round, we’ll dig deeper and find those extra tenths of a second [per lap].”
Added James Han, motorsports marketing manager for Subaru of America, Inc., “Our final race result from Daytona [International Speedway] won’t accurately reflect the on-track performance from our STI and the polished teamwork displayed by SRRT, but our program shows great promise, and I’m looking forward to the upcoming rounds in the championship.”

Fitzpatrick Racing Looks to 2012 in Comp Eliminator

Fitzpatrick Racing of Lake Havasu, AZ will be sporting new paint scheme from ProLine Wraps and celebrating its 10th year  with primary sponsor Lucas Oil products. The Garrett twin turbo charged comp eliminator dragster signed new sponsors for  the 2012 season. TAP-IT Brewing Co., MAV-TV and Lithionics Batteries.   

Continued support will come from CANIDAE Natural Pet Foods, Garrett Turbo,  Aeroquip, ARP, JE Pistons, Bosch, Tial Sport, Component Development and Heads Up Performance.

Casey Currie Appearance

Where: Pala Raceway, Pala CA

When: Monday, December 19, 2011 (10am – 4:30pm)

What:

Casey Currie and fellow Monster Energy Kawasaki riders will make appearances to sign autographs.
Casey Currie’s No. 2 Monster Energy General Tire Nissan Pro Lite truck will be on display for spectators and media.
Three full-prepped tracks including the national track, vet track, and the mini-bike track. Open practice on the vet track and national tracks from 10am – 4pm.
Beginner dirt bike school will be available on the mini-bike track.
Team Green technicians will provide maintenance seminars.
Villopoto’s race bike and trophies will be setup on a Monster Energy podium for fan photos with Monster girls.
Currently working with Kawasaki consumer events to coordinate a demo fleet of Kawasaki products.
Why: Employee appreciation in celebration of 30 years of Team Green.

Who: Riders, spectators, media and vendor displays.

Price: FREE Entry for spectators and media. FREE admission with a green bike, $25 donation to Road 2 Recovery for any other bike.

Corey Kruseman Year Wrap Up

Friends & Family,
As our 2011 racing season comes to an end this week, we at Kruseman
Motorsports have a lot to be thankful for….

*       2 USAC/CRA wins
*       2 USAC-WS Midget wins
*       3 VRA 360 Sprintcar wins
*       4 VRA Midget wins
*       2011 VRA Midget Championship
*       2011 USAC-WS Midget Championship
*       2011 USAC National JR Ford Focus Championship Car Owner for Cole
Custer
*       2011 VRA JR Ford Focus Championship Car Owner for Katelyn Leer

Race Results Week Ending 11/13/11

NASCAR
Nationwide Series- Wypall 200- Sam Hornish
Sprint Cup- Kobalt Tools 500- Kasey Kahne

NHRA

Casey Currie Update

We were pleased to have Casey come by our booth at the SEMA show last week. 

Casey Currie was all-in at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, in his No. 2 Monster Energy General Tire Nissan, contending for the Lucas Oil Off-Road Championship. With some intense racing, and a couple of set backs, Casey drove hard and pushed through to finish the weekend strong, with one race remaining in the season—his final chance to put it all on the table.

Qualifying 10th after some steering issues on Friday, Casey was down, but not out. Saturday’s race would again challenge the team with some set backs and thus yield a less than stellar finish, only to turn up the team’s focus and motivation to push even harder for the win on Sunday.

“We had a great truck today,” noted Casey of Saturday’s race. “I started 10th and quickly made my way through the field. We got all the way up to 4th and lost brakes when a rock broke a brake line—very disappointing, but out of our hands.”

Game-face on for Sunday, Casey knew he had to break through traffic and move through the pack to prevent the front-runners from gaining too much ground. Casey succeeded, moving from 13th to 3rd before the competition yellow tightened the pack back up. Once in the number 3 position, Casey managed to hold off fellow Monster Energy driver Cameron Steele until Steele made a pass at turn one after battling door-to-door with Casey on the front stretch. Casey would stay on him but cross the finish in 4th.

“Starting from 13th we had our work cut out for us,” Casey reflects. “We made our way through the field as fast as possible getting up to 3rd. We had some great battles and we have the truck working very well. There is some homework to do, but come time for Firebird, we will be ready.”

Off-track and back in the pits, fans stopped in to get a picture with Casey and the No. 2 Monster Energy General Tire Nissan, many admiring the full-sized “Huseman #36” signage on the hood in memory of fellow Monster Energy driver Rick Huseman. Miss Magnaflow Exhaust’s presence also brightened up the pit area as she signed autographs and took pictures with fans.

Casey’s hard driving and skill overcame the weekend’s obstacles and advanced him to 5th in championship points in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Series. He will make his last stop of the season at Firebird Raceway for the final round of the Lucas Oil Championship and the Lucas Oil Off-Road Challenge Cup. Catch him December 10-11 for the action at Firebird Speedway in Phoenix, Arizona. For more information on Casey Currie, visit CaseyCurrie.com, become a fan at Facebook/OfficialCaseyCurrie or follow Casey on Twitter at Twitter.com/caseycurrie

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

Matt Lennen- 1320 Racing

Last week was absolutely crazy.  We blew the motor and trans apart on Sunday 10/30, with the huge MIR World Cup Finals race coming up on the following Saturday/Sunday (11/5-11/6).  Big thanks goes out to:

-ARP for getting us the extra L19 hardware months ago
-Boost Logic for overnighting a fresh downpipe
-Brian Crower for overnighting a new set of Rods
-Elmhurst Toyota for getting us the OEM parts we were missing
-Ferrea for overnighting some replacement valves
-FTI for building a new converter last minute
-Gates for supplying us additional parts back at the beginning of the season
-Justice Racing Engines for getting the new bottom end machined/assembled and repairing the head
-PFSupercars for helping me get some last minute late night issues resolved
-Real Street Performance for overnighting a set of ACL main/rod bearings and some hoodies to keep us warm at the track
-Wiseco for overnighting us a set of Rings, and somehow getting us 4 fresh custom cut pistons to make a complete set.
-And anyone else that I texted/called/annoyed all last week (my apologies)

It was a long week filled with sleepless nights, scrambling to find parts and cleaning up one big disastrous mess.  We picked up the bottom end and head from Justice Racing on Thursday afternoon, from that point on it was go time.  Started putting the odds and ends back on the motor, ran into big problems with the oil pump, got the head on, got the accessories bolted up, did the timing belt, water pump, wiring harness, etc.  Finally had the motor in the car around 2-3pm Friday.  Started hooking up intercooler piping, radiator, wiring – got the transmission bolted up around 6pm.  Going back over all the loose odds and ends around 11pm we found a helicoil on the radiator drainplug was trashed.  Met up with Andre from PFSupercars down at their shop and came up with a temporary solution.  By 3:30am the car was completely back together and ready for some oil, a filter and startup.  Ran into an issue with an oil leak at 4am Saturday, didnt have it resolved until around 6am.  Finally had the car ready to go at 9:30am Saturday.  We loaded up, and went straight down to the track.

All week we had played it off as though there was no chance we could possibly get the car together and make the event.  This worked out exactly as we planned getting everyone at the track talking when they saw us bring the car in.  Arrived at MIR around Noon on Saturday, in time for the 2nd round of qualifying.  We unloaded the car, went up to the lanes around 4pm and pulled off a 9.26@151 right off the trailer, qualifying #1.  That was all we needed to do Saturday, decided to take it easy on the few hour old motor and park the car for the rest of the day.

Sunday the track was plagued with breakage and oil downs.  It was announced that our class would have a 32 car field and thus 5 rounds of eliminations.  We did our first round pass around 12pm, up against a high 10 second S2000.  Decided to take it easy on the car and not hurt anything until we had to, peddled the car at 40% to a 10.3@118 beating the S2000’s 11.5 second pass – advancing us onto round 2.

The event was falling way behind schedule by round 2, which didnt begin until 4pm.  The track tech inspectors announced they would be measuring everyones turbo’s at the scales right after the round 2 pass.  We ended up with a bye run for round 2, so to try to avoid the compressor housing inlet swelling from heat, again decided to just take it easy down the track and ran a 12 second pass.  Turbo measured up legal after the pass and we were on to round 3.

We were called up to the lanes for round 3 around 8:30pm, more than 4 hours behind schedule.  We sat in the lanes for at least another hour and a half waiting for wrecks and spills to be cleaned up.  The sun was long gone and temperatures were dropping, it was now about 38 degrees outside and dew was forming on the track surface.  For round 3 we were up against the 2nd fastest car in the class, running 9.3’s consistently the last few passes.  We’ve had an ongoing rivalry with this racer, so we knew he was going to throw everything he had at us on this pass.  Once the amber lights flashed it was a contest of who could find traction first – we both spun hard out of the hole, and we both were quick to recover.  I managed to inch ahead and win with a 10.0@150 to his 10.2@151, advancing us to the semi finals.

After returning to the pits, an announcement was made that due to the track conditions the event would be ended early with the purse being split evenly between everyone still in the race.  This is a first for this event, and definitely a disappointment, but we’ll still count it as a win.

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