RCR Post Race Report — Indianapolis Motor Speedway–Nationwide Series

RCR Post Race Report — Indianapolis Motor Speedway
 
 
NASCAR Nationwide Series
Indy 250
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
July 28, 2012
 
Race Highlights:
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished third (Ty Dillon), fifth (Austin Dillon), eighth (Paul Menard) and 15th (Elliott Sadler).
Sadler leads the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship point standings over Dillon by one point. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. ranks third, followed by Sam Hornish Jr. and Justin Allgaier.
The No. 2 Chevrolet team is second in the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, 28 points shy of the No. 18 car’s lead, with the No. 3 team third in the standings and the No. 33 team seventh.
A. Dillon leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings over Cole Whitt.
A. Dillon qualified for the fourth and final leg of the Nationwide Insurance Dash 4 Cash bonus and is eligible to win a $100,000 bonus at Iowa Speedway on August 4.
According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, the RCR drivers posted the fastest lap of the race for 18.3 percent of the race (13 laps) with Sadler (eight laps), Menard (four laps) and T. Dillon (one lap).
T. Dillon maintained an Average Running Position of 5.960, ranking him fourth. He also ranked fourth in Fastest Drivers Late in a Run and had the fifth-best Driver Rating (114.0).
A. Dillon and Sadler tied for seventh in the Driver Rating category, each earning a rating of 100.6.
With his fifth-place finish, A. Dillon leads the series in top-five finishes (11), top-10 finishes (15) and is the only driver to complete 100 percent of the laps attempted.
Menard led the field in Quality Passes with 28 and ranked second in Green Flag Passes with 35.
Sadler led the Closers category, advancing nine positions in the last 10 percent of the race, ranked second in Fastest Drivers Late in a Run and was the third-fastest driver on Restarts.
Brad Keselowski earned the inaugural Nationwide Series win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and was followed to the finish line by Sam Hornish, T. Dillon, Denny Hamlin and A. Dillon.
The next scheduled Nationwide Series race is the U.S. Cellular 250 presented by Enlist Weed Control System at Iowa Speedway on Saturday, August 4. The 20th race of the 2012 season is scheduled to be televised live on ESPN2 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Saldana Relies on Experience to Claim Autodrome Drummond

Saldana Relies on Experience to Claim Autodrome Drummond
Dollansky rides podium finish to World of Outlaws championship standings lead
 
DRUMMONDVILLE, Quebec – July 28, 2012 – A night after experience beat him, Joey Saldana repaid the favor.
Saldana capitalized on his knowledge and patience to maneuver around James McFadden late in the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series feature Saturday at Autodrome Drummond, where he earned his fifth feature win of the season and 83rd career with the Outlaws.

“Last night, racing Sammy, I think I got beat because he had the experience,” said Saldana, who finished second to veteran Sammy Swindell on Friday at Autodrome Granby. “Tonight, for me, I won the race because just the experience and just seeing where the cars were and being able to know, ‘Hey, I needed to make sure I was on the bottom coming off of (turn) two to get a good run.’ I would say experience definitely helped me tonight.”

Saturday’s event was only the third for the World of Outlaws at the 4/10-mile track, where Craig Dollansky established a new track record in qualifying. Dollansky capped the night by finishing third in a three-way battle for the lead down the stretch of the main event.

“We were close and would have loved to get a win tonight,” he said. “In the grand scheme of things it was a great night for us. It was a fun race. There was a lot going on. (We were) just a couple spots short.”

Dollansky’s success coupled with a crash involving the championship standings leader Steve Kinser pushed Dollansky into the points lead for the first time this season. He now holds a 12-point advantage over Kinser as the top five are separated by only 51 points.

For most of the 35-lap feature, it was Saldana and McFadden in command with the newbie setting the pace. McFadden, the defending World Series Sprintcar champion in Australia, darted from fourth to second in the opening turns and then slid Saldana for the lead in turn three of the opening lap.

“I knew those guys would race hard in the first corner and I just thought I’d be conservative and hit the bottom,” McFadden said. “It worked out for us.”

He set a blistering pace and entered traffic less than a half-dozen laps into the main event. However, a caution on lap 10 bunched the field together and McFadden chose the inside lane on the double-file restart.

Saldana rocketed to the lead by the time they reached the flag stand, but it was erased when Tony Stewart Racing teammates Donny Schatz and Kinser collided while racing for fifth place at the end of the frontstretch. Schatz ended a series of violent flips in the infield and Kinser was unable to continue after sustaining too much damage.

McFadden held onto the top spot on the ensuing restart and Saldana maintained second place within a handful of car lengths during the next dozen laps. The duo entered traffic on lap 15 and Saldana began to reel in McFadden shortly after the midpoint of the feature.

On lap 25, McFadden was trapped in the outside lane in turn two as he tried to lap Etienne Girard. Saldana capitalized and squeezed into the lead as they exited the corner.

“He didn’t really realize the bottom coming off (turn) two,” Saldana said. “He could easily overdrive it and that’s how I got him in lapped traffic. He just kept overdriving (turn) two and I just kept staying patient with my car, got good runs off of (turn) two. Once I got out front I just wanted to make sure I didn’t overdrive it.”

Michael Parent flipped after colliding with Girard in turn two with four laps remaining to set up a late restart. Saldana choose the outside lane and got away clean, with McFadden edging Dollansky at the checkered flag.

“Those guys are my heroes and I’ve grown up watching those guys, so to race wheel to wheel with them and be competitive is a pretty good feeling,” McFadden said.

Kerry Madsen spun in turn three on the final lap while running fourth, which moved Cody Darrah to fourth place and Kraig Kinser to fifth. Kinser earned the KSE Hard Charger Award after starting 13th.

Bill Rose finished a season-best sixth, Swindell was seventh, Chad Kemenah eighth, Madsen ninth and Jessica Zemken rounded out the top 10.

Starting Sixth, Anderson Looks to Solve the Puzzle in Sonoma

Starting Sixth, Anderson Looks to Solve the Puzzle in Sonoma  

Event:  25th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals

Location: Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, California

Day/Date: Saturday, July 28th, 2012

Four-time Pro Stock champion Greg Anderson and his KB Racing crew continued the complicated procedure of dialing in their race car on Saturday at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals in Sonoma, Calif., recording the fifth and sixth quickest times during the final two qualifying sessions at Sonoma Raceway.  Even so, their 6.539-second elapsed time from Friday evening remained their run of record slotting them in the sixth starting position for Sunday’s final eliminations.

As he prepared for his first-round encounter against veteran Ron Krisher, the most successful Pro Stock driver in Sonoma history admitted the team was experiencing a few trials and tribulations in their search to find their race car’s optimum tuning zone, while assuring that every member of the talented crew was equally determined to solve their 210-mph puzzle.

“This car’s sweet spot continues to elude us, which is very disappointing,” said Anderson. “We know this Summit Racing Camaro is capable of running at the top, and have been working over the last few races to find out exactly what it needs. We’ve tried numerous combinations, but so far it has just not produced the results we were looking for.

“The good news is that we were still able to qualify sixth, giving us lane choice for the first round and another crack at getting this car dialed in.  Sonoma has historically been a very good track for this team, and we’re going to do whatever we can to try and continue that string of success tomorrow.”

Improving on Every Run, Line Qualifies Fourth in Sonoma

Improving on Every Run, Line Qualifies Fourth in Sonoma  

Event:  25th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals

Location: Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, California

Day/Date: Saturday, July 28, 2012

During the first day of qualifying at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals in Sonoma, Calif. Summit Racing Pro Stock driver Jason Line admitted that his team was still learning what his Camaro needed to run.  As the Pro Stock field was set on Saturday, it became apparent that the KB Racing crew was making progress, as Line bettered his elapsed time on every attempt, closing with the second-quickest pass of the final session, a 6.533-second, 211.69 mph in the heat of the afternoon to claim the fourth starting position for Sunday’s final eliminations at Sonoma Raceway.

“This Summit Racing crew did a great job, getting this Camaro to go quicker every round,” said Line. “I think we’re making progress, but it takes time with these cars.  Just like people, they all have their own personalities, and even though they don’t speak, they tell you what they need, and it’s up to us to listen.

“These cars have already been refined by some very smart people, so any gains you are going to make are very small, making this a game of precision both in the tuning and the driving.  Based on our qualifying performance, I feel good about tomorrow, and think we have as good a shot as anyone to take home the Wally.  It all comes down to execution, and it’s up to us to do a better job than our competitors.”

Hoek Rebounds in Round 8 – Top 5 Finish during Speed Live Broadcast

Hoek Rebounds in Round 8 – Top 5 Finish during Speed Live Broadcast


Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Holland, MI (July 24, 2012) – A strong run in Round 8 w as just what the doctor ordered for Ross Hoek and his #21 Ignite Racing Fuels/Venom Energy/Allstar Performance Ford. TORC’s third visit to the dirt track at Chicagoland Speedway in as many years, brought out not only a stellar PRO-Light field of racers, but a near capacity crowd of spectators packed the grandstands both nights. Ross Hoek and the rest of his PRO-Light competitors did not disappoint as both of their rounds of racing were some of the most competitive and entertaining of the year.

The race track was much different than in past years. The layout was much more technical whichlead to more passing zones and a greater emphasis on driver and suspension setup and less on horsepower. Along with seven jumps that were placed throughout the track and very challenging infield section included a tabletop, a rhythm section and a field of moguls all lined up one after the other.

Thursday – Round 7

Thursday afternoon qualifying saw the orange #21 Ford fight fuel pickup issues putting Ross atthe back of the seventeen truck starting lineup. Ross realized the only way to challenge for a spot on the podium would be to make bold moves throughout the fifteen lap race. One of those moves happened before the start of the race. A unique tire combination was mounted on the race truck. The race track held a fair amount of moisture thanks to a passing thunderstorm from the
night before, so Ross decided to run a tire setup similar to a sprint car in order to take advantage of the conditions.

When the green flag was waved it looked like the tire gamble was working. The first four laps saw the #21 Ignite Racing Fuels/Venom Energy/Allstar Performance Ford pass seven competitors moving into eighth place. Then the unexpected happened, a rain cloud passed over the track and steady rain fell during the middle portion of the race. Now the track became very slippery and Ross had his hands full as the tire choice was not working in his favor. When the checkered flag was waved, Ross Hoek finished eleventh.

“Right from the start we had a great tire package,” noted Ross Hoek. “I took a gamble and it looked like it would pay off. The rain shower during the race wasn’t expected, but that was all it took for our gamble to backfire. Besides that issue our truck ran great, and tomorrow night will have a better outcome.”

Friday – Round 8

Based on the previous night’s performance, Ross lined up eleventh on the starting grid. Confident with his race truck’s chassis set-up, Hoek quickly moved up three positions by the third lap. Getting further up the running order, the team knew it would be very important to be patient, yet be aggressive at the right time. The strategy worked as the #21 Ignite Fuels gradually picked up three more spots as the laps wound down. At the checkered flag, Ross Hoek crossed the finish line in fifth place.

“Tonight we had a great run from start to finish,” commented Ross Hoek. “Starting well back in the field really makes it a challenge to get on the podium. Hope all the fans watching onSPEED and all those that packed the grandstands enjoyed our race, I know I had a blast tonight. After all is said and done our Ignite Racing Fuels/Venom Energy/Allstar Performance Ford can challenge for a podium spot every time out. We are really looking forward to getting back to the wide open spaces of Bark River and Crandon.”

Swindell Dominates in Outlaws Debut at Autodrome Granby

Swindell Dominates in Outlaws Debut at Autodrome Granby
He leads all 25 laps to pick up his eighth World of Outlaws feature victory of the season
 
GRANBY, Quebec – July 27, 2012 – Uh oh.
Sammy Swindell recently found the problem for his so-called slump and he answered it with an emphatic victory on Friday during the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series inaugural visit to Autodrome Granby.

“We’ve kinda been struggling a bit, but we found out we had a car from some of those little skirmishes that we had was a little twisted so our setup wasn’t where it was supposed to be,” he said. “It’s nice to be back in a car that you can just run hard.”

Swindell did just that to dominate for his series-leading eighth feature win of the season in the Outlaws first of six races in Canada this season. He set a blistering pace while claiming the dash and then led all 25 laps of the main event, although it wasn’t decided until the checkered flag.

The fifth-and-final caution of the race came while Swindell was exiting turn four on the final lap, signifying a green-white-checkered finish and erasing nearly a half-a-lap lead.

“I thought well maybe they’d thrown the checkered and I kept looking,” Swindell said. “When I got there it was another yellow, so you have to endure that again. I’ve been bit a few times on that.”

He choose the outside lane and rocketed into a sizeable lead over Joey Saldana, who charged from sixth to second during the first nine laps.

“We chose a pair of 100 tires,” he said. “Sammy had a 200 on the right rear. I would say the longer the race went, the better he got. Early on to get from sixth to second, the 100s got me there and then they fell off at the end.”

There were four cautions, including two red flags, during the opening dozen laps to slow the pace of the main event. Donny Schatz stopped on the backstretch while running in the top 10 on the second lap. After a quick pit stop, he restarted last – 24th – and later finished 10th .

Rick Wilson brought out the second caution of the race on lap eight when he stopped in turn four. Three laps later Kerry Madsen spun in turn two while running 10th and fast qualifier Kraig Kinser tipped over in turn three as the caution started to be displayed, prompting the initial red flag of the event.

The second red flag happened after Alain Bergeron crashed into the frontstretch wall on the restart. Bergeron didn’t flip, but the fuel window was reached and all the teams were able to make changes during the red flag.

Swindell quickly sailed to a large lead on each restart while Saldana held off Cody Darrah for the runner-up position. Steve Kinser found grip on the bottom in the closing five laps and rallied to finish third.

“I was terrible at the beginning of the race,” he said. “I was just too tight. When you’re tight you can’t get no speed up going into (turn) one and lose a position every time. I made it all back up at the end, but not a good way to do it starting on the front row.”

Darrah was fourth and Dollansky placed fifth. Lucas Wolfe was sixth, James McFadden seventh, Chad Kemenah eighth, Jessica Zemken ninth and Schatz rounded out the top 10.

Appreciating Sonoma’s Conditions, Anderson is Third on Friday

 Appreciating Sonoma’s Conditions, Anderson is Third on Friday  

Event:  25th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals

Location: Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, California

Day/Date: Friday, July 27, 2012

After battling the thin air and unseasonably warm temperatures in Denver a week ago, Greg Anderson and the Summit Racing team were among many welcoming the horsepower-friendly conditions on Friday at NHRA Sonoma Nationals in Sonoma, Calif., where the sea-level altitude and seventy degree temperatures produced runs that were almost a half-second quicker.

Anderson’s Summit Racing Camaro also responded well to the change in venue, making two runs that were among the best of the “factory hot rods”, with his 6.539-second pass in the evening session placing him third with two sessions remaining on Saturday.  Although fairly pleased with his opening performance, the defending event champion acknowledged that work remained to be done.

“It’s certainly a lot more fun to drive these cars when they’re this fast” said Anderson. “Even though we have yet to make what we would consider a good run, we’re definitely closer than we were a week ago.  To be a hundredth behind with my car and two and a half with the other while making bad runs is not horrible, but we definitely have room for improvement.

“The key, of course, is to make that improvement, so we’re going to keep digging looking for that happy home.  I feel the conditions in the morning should be as good as they were tonight, so we’ll make some big moves and see if we can run quicker.  Today was a decent start, better than we have had at the last few races, but we’re not done.  We’re going to come out with our Summit Racing Camaro tomorrow morning and shoot for the pole.”

Learning as He Goes, Line Opens Sonoma Qualifying in Sixth

 Learning as He Goes, Line Opens Sonoma Qualifying in Sixth  
Event:  25th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals

Location: Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, California

Day/Date: Friday, July 27, 2012

This weekend’s NHRA Sonoma Nationals in Sonoma, Calif marks only the fifth race for reigning Pro Stock champion Jason Line with his new Summit Racing Camaro.  As such, the team is still in the process of determining their new mount’s performance envelope, allowing them to extract the maximum under a variety of conditions.  Even so, Line and the KB Racing crew were able to open their qualifying effort at Sonoma Raceway with two solid runs, highlighted by their 6.550-second, 210.64 mph pass in the evening session, which placed them sixth midway through the qualifying procedure.

“Normally, these are our type of conditions, but we’ve been testing a lot of things lately, trying to learn more about this Summit Racing Camaro,” said Line. “Basically, we’re seeing if we can find its happy spot.  We definitely don’t have it where it needs to be at the moment, and it takes a lot of time to get there.  Unfortunately, people are comparing its performance to that of our old car, which had over a thousand runs on it and was completely dialed in.

“It’s going to take a little time for us to get it there, so our goal for right now is to get it to be competitive.   I feel like we’re getting closer, and we’re certainly getting there with Greg’s (teammate Anderson) car.  We would certainly prefer to be higher than sixth, but we have two attempts remaining tomorrow, and I believe tonight’s run showed that we are directionally correct, giving us something to build on.”

Aschenbach and Curran Take CKS Autosport Camaro GS.R to Victory Lane in GRAND-AM Debut at Indianapolis Motor Speedway


 
Aschenbach and Curran Take CKS Autosport Camaro GS.R to Victory Lane in GRAND-AM Debut at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
 
INDIANAPOLIS – (July 27, 2012) – Lawson Aschenbach and Eric Curran gave Camaro its first victory of the season in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC) in the inaugural 2.5-hour Brickyard Sports Car Challenge. Driving the No. 01 CKS Autosport Camaro GS.R, the pair combined to lead a total of 25 laps in the 59-lap race. The win is the first in GRAND-AM Road Racing CTSCC for CKS Autosport team owner Kirk Spencer.
 
The duo took control of the race after a downpour forced a 25-minute red flag period for standing water on the track. After teams made changes from dry tires to rain tires and back, the No. 01 CKS Camaro emerged in the front of the field and never looked back.
 
“I don’t think it really sunk in until we crossed that checkered flag and kissed those bricks,” said Aschenbach. “An awful lot of history, all of the races and winners and everything that happens here really does mean something. I just have to say I’m really happy and thankful for everybody at Chevrolet and CKS Autosport.”
 
“This is excellent,” said Curran.  “This is our first win for this team.  Lawson and I got paired up over the wintertime and this is just great.  Chevrolet is behind us, supporting us, and we have had a bunch of podium finishes. But here at the top step of the podium and to do it here at Indy is very special for us and it’s a big deal.  It’s a big win for us today.”
 
“Congratulations to Lawson Aschenbach and Eric Curran on capturing the first Continental Tire win for CKS Autosports. It was a difficult race with the changing weather conditions, from dry to torrential rain, back to dry. The CKS team has great strategy, and delivered a convincing win.
 
“All five of our Camaro GS.R teams has a strong day that found them in the top-10 at the finish.”
 
Adding to Chevrolet’s success in the inaugural GRAND-AM CTSCC event on the 2.534-mile, 13-turn road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was the second place finish by Jeff Bucknum and George Richardson in the No. 62 Mitchum Motorsports Camaro GS.R.
 
All five Camaro GS.R teams finished in the top-10 in today’s race. Finishing fourth was the No. 6 Mitchum Motorsports Camaro GS.R. The No. 00 CKS Autosport Camaro GS.R finished seventh and the No. 9 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GS.R took the checkered flag in eighth place.
 
In the three-hour Brickyard Grand Prix for the Rolex Sports Car Series, Ricky Taylor and Max Angelelli finished third to take the final podium position in the Series debut at the famed Speedway. Starting second, the No. 10 SunTrust Racing Corvette DP duo overcame weather challenges, again taking the track from dry, to wet and back to dry.
 
“It was very crazy,” said Angelelli. “It was very exciting for me as a driver inside, driving the car; it was beautiful because of so many changes.  I really enjoyed today here in Indy.  The rain, the sun and then back to rain I really enjoyed.  It was a positive race for our Chevy Corvette for our Corvette so I’m happy.”
 
“It was really good our SunTrust car was really good,” said Taylor. “To be the first Corvette on the debut at Indy is fantastic, but I just wanted a little bit more.  We are not in the championship right now and just in my mind I was thinking this is Indy, in a Corvette, on the 60th anniversary (of the Corvette) I’ve got to do something.  I tried and I just got on the water a little bit and just went off a bit.  We were going for it and I’m really happy to be on the podium at Indy.”
 
The No. 9 Action Express Racing Corvette DP with Darren Law and Joao Barbosa handling the driving duties were in contention to with the North American Endurance Championship (NAEC) DP crown, but late race on-track contact relegated the team to a fifth-in-class finish.
 
“Our Corvette Daytona Prototype and Camaro GT.R teams in the Rolex Series also endured the ups and downs of weather,” Lutz concluded. “The race saw a lot of action on track.  Congratulations to the No. 10 SunTrust Racing Corvette team and drivers Ricky Taylor and Max Angelelli on a podium finish.
 
“The first time at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for GRAND-AM gave fans some great racing.  Now the Chevrolet teams in Rolex will re-group and head back to Watkins Glen.”
 
In the GT class, the No. 31 Marsh Racing Corvette posted a seventh in-class finish. The No. 57 Stevenson Camaro GT.R was also in contention for the NAEC GT title, but contact with the wall during the heavy rainfall ended the team’s day early.
 
Team Chevy returns to action in the Rolex Sports Car Series on August 10-11 in the Watkins Glen International at Watkins Glen International Short Course, Watkins Glen, New York.  The next CTSCC event will be September 7-8 at Laguna Seca Raceway, Monterey, California.

Permatex/Follow A Dream Team Out Early at New England Dragway

Permatex/Follow A Dream Team Out Early at New England Dragway

Marstons Mills, MA -July 25, 2012-Jay Blake’s Permatex/Follow A Dream team
was eliminated by Frank Manzo at the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at
New England Dragway – just like last year. Only this time, it wasn’t in the
Top Alcohol Funny Car final but rather in the first round of eliminations.

The recent spate of bad fortune followed the team to the crew’s home track,
where driver Todd Veney and tuner Tom Howell were scheduled to arrive early
on Thursday for a full day of testing. Bad weather cancelled all early
flights to Boston, and both Veney, who flew in from Indianapolis, and
Howell, who flew in from Florida, where he was attending his father’s
funeral, didn’t arrive until Thursday night.

“We really could have used that day,” Veney said. “Tom had a bunch of ideas
he wanted to try, the whole crew would have been there, and some of the
things that went wrong it qualifying would have happened in testing, when it
wouldn’t have mattered as much.”

A bad spark plug kept the car on seven cylinders in the first qualifying
session and Veney ran just a 5.92 – a full three-tenths of a second from the
track-record 5.62 the team established there in 2010. Violent shake in the
only other qualifying session set off the fire bottles and relegated Veney
to the No. 7 qualifying spot, which set up the first-round match with No. 2
qualifier Manzo, who eventually won the event.

The team will be back at New England Dragway to test before the next event,
the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event in Cecil County, Md. on Aug. 17-18.

Casey Currie Checks In

Anaheim Hills, CA (July 25, 2012) – Returning to the Traxxas TORC series for the first time in the 2012 season, Casey Currie jumps right back into the driver’s seat of his Monster Energy General Tire Nissan where he left off, and straight on to the podium for a 1-2 finish at Chicagoland Speedway. To add to the 1-2 punch, Casey would also take home the Traxxas Maxx Lap Award for the top lap effort of the night.

Earning the number one qualifying spot on Thursday, Casey would start three rows back after the inversion of the top six qualifiers. Casey began maneuvering his way through the field and picking off trucks one by one as he gained ground, the sky opening up as he reached the second place position.

“We had the truck to beat before the rain,” Casey explained, “but nature played its part while we gave it our best and held on to that second place position. The truck is ready for tomorrow’s race and I can’t explain how happy I am to be in Chicago to give these 10,000+ fans the race they came to see, in person and on LIVE TV!”

For Friday’s race, Casey would again start three rows back after the inversion of Thursday’s top six finishers. The green flag dropped and Casey made his way through the field, picking off one truck at a time to finally battle Pro Lite points leader Andrew Caddell for the first place finish.

“We came to Chicago with one thing on our minds—winning,” explained Casey. “My team did an amazing job; with great communication and accurate tuning of the truck, we couldn’t have run a smoother race. Our hard work and a flawless race is really what put us in the winner’s circle.”

Next up, Casey Currie will be bringing it back home to Glen Helen Raceway for the Lucas Oil Off Road Series in San Bernardino, CA on August 4-5th. For more information on Casey, visit CaseyCurrie.com, become a fan at Facebook.com/OfficialCaseyCurrie or follow Casey on Twitter at Twitter.com/caseycurrie. Casey can also be found on Instagram at @caseycurrie.

Line’s Vacation Plans Include Return Trip to Sonoma Winner’s Circle

Line’s Vacation Plans Include Return Trip to Sonoma Winner’s Circle

Mooresville, N.C., July 25, 2012 – With only four days between races and virtually all of the Summit Racing team’s equipment on their two transporters headed west, reigning NHRA Full Throttle champion Jason Line joined millions of Americans in hitting the highway this week, taking a short vacation with his family.  Driving from Denver, the Lines’ itinerary included a visit with team owners Ken and Judy Black in Las Vegas before ending in the Napa Valley for this weekend’s NHRA Sonoma Nationals.

As Line describes, the road trip is a welcome opportunity to take a few moments away from the constant pressures of competition while also enjoying some quality time with those most important to him.

“With as busy as our schedule is throughout the course of the season, we don’t get to spend as much time with our families as we’d like, so we take advantage of any opportunity we can,” said Line.  “That’s why for the last few years our family has driven parts of the Western Swing.  It not only gives us a chance to spend time together, but we also get to visit some areas of the country that we haven’t seen before.  It’s always a lot of fun, and something we all look forward to every year.

“Driving so many hours also gives me plenty of time to think about things away from the race track, helping me arrive in Sonoma with a clear mind and ready to race my Summit Racing Camaro.  I’m getting tired of seeing other people win races, and would certainly like to do something about that this weekend.  This road trip could be just the ticket.”

Line can also derive some peace of mind from his record in Sonoma.  In only eight starts he has already amassed two wins in four final round appearances, becoming one of only six Pro Stock drivers with multiple wins in the California wine country, a total he would like to add to this weekend as teams make their final push for the championship playoffs, which start in just five races.

“There are a lot of reasons why we enjoy our race weekends in Sonoma,” said Line.  “First of all, it has been a great track for the Summit Racing team with conditions that suit our tune-up and both Greg and I scoring multiple wins there.  On top of that, it’s another one of Bruton Smith’s great tracks located in a really nice area, so we naturally look forward to going there.  This year we’ll also have Ken and Judy joining us, which always makes the weekend better for the entire team.

“Of course, based on our past successes there, we will have some high expectations going in to the weekend.  This is an important time of year for us as we get ready to defend our championship.  We have only a few races before the start of the playoffs, and even though we were locked in last week, we want to get as high a seeding as possible as well as making sure everything in our program is where it needs to be.  A win this weekend would go a long way towards helping both those areas, and besides, it’s about time we got our second Wally of the season.”

Anderson Determined to Bounce Back in Sonoma

Anderson Determined to Bounce Back in Sonoma

Mooresville, N.C., July 25, 2012 – In the first nine races of the 2012 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing season, Greg Anderson and the Summit Racing team were the picture of competitive excellence, winning four times in seven final round appearances, capped by their win in Englishtown, N.J. in the KB Racing team’s first race with the new Chevrolet Camaro.  Over the last four events, however, their pace has cooled somewhat, with only one final round coupled with a pair of uncharacteristically early exits.

Therefore, as he and his crew head to the scenic Napa Valley for this weekend’s NHRA Sonoma Nationals, Anderson looks for he and his team to return to their winning form, which he believes will come from addressing any problem areas that have cropped up in recent weeks.

“We were racing really well just a few races ago, but seem to have fallen off our game a little recently,” said Anderson.  “We need to get back on track, making better race day calls, with everyone concentrating on doing their jobs to the best of their abilities, racing smarter and getting as much as we can from every run.

“We also need to get some more performance from our Summit Racing Camaros.  Even though they have been extremely competitive right out of the box, we are still early in the process.  The bottom line is that we have a lot of work to do and a short time in which to get it done, so we’ll head to the friendly confines of Sonoma and see what we can do to rectify some of our issues.”

As Anderson alludes, one aspect seemingly working in the KB Racing team’s favor is the site of this weekend’s event.  Located just north of San Francisco in the California wine country, the Sonoma quarter-mile has been one of the four-time champion’s best tracks, with four wins (including last year’s event) in seven final round appearances and an elimination round win record exceeding 80 per cent.  Although this certainly provides a welcome boost to their confidence, it is also an opportunity that the team knows they must take advantage of.

“We always feel good going to Sonoma,” said Anderson.  “We’ve historically done well there, so I’m sure we can turn our operation around and produce a better product this weekend than we did in Denver.  The conditions there are better than the hot and humid tracks we go to during the summer, so we’ll have a lot more power and our Summit Racing Camaros will run faster, which seems to play into our hands.

“But even though we might feel comfortable when we race in the Napa Valley, we still have to go there and execute.  As strong as our competition is running at the moment, we can’t afford to give anything up, so we have to try and make quality runs every time down the track.  As one the tracks which is usually one of our strongest, we need to make the most of it this weekend.”

Introducing Jared Klick

This is Jared first full season of racing. Jared just turned 14, July 8. Jared races in the Jr Hornet class which is a class for 11 to 15 year-olds. Jared races a 1984 Mustang GT that is powered by a 2.3 Ford with a 5-speed transmission.  So far he has 3 2nd place and 5 3rds.  We hope to get a win or two this year and our goal is to finish 2nd in points. He races at Callaway Raceway in Fulton Mo.



Subaru Road Racing Team Readies for Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Subaru Road Racing Team Readies for Indianapolis Motor Speedway
– Event marks GRAND-AM Racing’s inaugural visit to “The Brickyard” –

Phoenixville, PA. – July 25, 2012 – Subaru Road Racing Team (SRRT) drivers Andrew “A.J.” Aquilante and Bret Spaude will race Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, one of the most historic auto racing tracks in the world, as GRAND-AM Road Racing brings its two series to the world-famous “Brickyard.”
 
The SRRT #35 Subaru Impreza WRX STI is one of 36 cars in the Grand Sports class of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC). Adding in the Street Tuner class entries, the series boasts over 70 cars competing in the 2 ½-hour race on the 2.534-mile circuit at Indy, a fast layout that combines an infield road course integrated into the oval track used at the Indianapolis 500 and at Saturday’s Brickyard 400 for NASCAR teams.
 
The CTSCC race is the opening event of the Kroger Super Weekend at “The Brickyard”, an event which combines the two sports car shows on Friday with the NASCAR Nextel Cup race Saturday and Sunday.
 
“Testing here at Indy a few weeks ago gave us a great baseline performance to work off of and helps us better prepare for this race weekend,” said Joe Aquilante, owner of Phoenix Performance in Phoenixville, Pa., which prepares the team’s Subaru WRX STI race cars. “As always, quick and consistent pit work by our crew and prudent driving by AJ and Bret should help us pick up some positions.”
 
For the first time in the history of the series, the CTSCC teams will practice, qualify, and race in a five-hour span of the same day. The 2 ½-hour race takes the green flag Friday at 1 p.m. CT, and will be televised on SPEED TV Aug. 5 at noon ET.

CHEVY QUICK FACTS– Brickyard

CHEVY QUICK FACTS
GRAND-AM ROAD RACING
BRICKYARD GRAND PRIX – ROLEX SPORTS CAR SERIES
BRICKYARD SPORTS CAR CHALLENGE – CONTINENTAL TIRE SPORTS CAR CHALLENGE
INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
INDIANAPOLIS, IN
July 27, 2012
 
INSIDE THE GRAND-AM GARAGE – JIM LUTZ, CHEVROLET RACING GRAND-AM ROAD RACING PROGRAM MANAGER:  “Being a part of the Super Weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a historic event for the Chevrolet Corvette DP and Camaro teams in GRAND-AM Road Racing.  Following the recent two-day Indy Brickyard F-1 course test, our teams came away with valuable information that has them very prepared for the one-day event on Friday.
 
“Also this race marks the final round of the North American Endurance Championship (NAEC) in the Rolex Sports Car Series.  The unique three-race championship contest within the year-long championship has added another exciting element for our Chevrolet teams.  The NAEC encompasses Rolex 24 At Daytona, Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen and Super Weekend at the Brickyard.  The No. 9 Action Express Racing Corvette DP leads the Daytona Prototype NAEC standings by two points, while the Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R is leading the Rolex Series GT NAEC standings by five points.
 
“With Chevrolet leading the Manufacturers’ Standings in Daytona Prototype, and in contention in GT as well, currently sitting second, we need to keep the pressure on this weekend with strong performances in both classes.  And, we are looking forward to see the continued upward movement in the standings for our Camaro GS.R teams in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.
 
“It will be a challenging event with everything for both series compacted into one day, but we are up for the challenge and ready to go at the famous track.”
 
FOR THE FANS AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY:
·        Chevy Day at the Brickyard – Friday July 27
·        Team Chevy Driver Autograph Sessions – Fans can obtain a wristband for one of four Team Chevy driver autograph sessions.  Wristbands will be distributed on Friday at 8:00 a.m. at the Pagoda Plaza.  100 wristbands will be distributed for each autograph session
·        Chevy Day Ride Along Experiences – 150 ride along vouchers will be distributed to the first 150 consumers who register at the Team Chevy Racing Tour.  Consumers must report to the registration area at the Yard of Bricks by 11:45 a.m.  Ride Along experiences will run from 12 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
·        Fans can check out great Chevrolet vehicles including: Sonic 5-Door, Camaro 45th Anniversary, Silverado Crew 1500, Cruze ECO, Traverse LTZ, Equinox 2LT, Tahoe 4WD LTZ, Corvette Grand Sport Convertible, Corvette Coupe, Sonic Sedan, Malibu ECO, Camaro 2SS Coupe, Camaro Convertible, Volt, Silverado 2500 HD, Silverado ZL1 short bed, Cruze LTZ, Suburban ½ ton, Spark, 2014 Impala, Malibu, Corvette ZR1, Camaro ZL1, Corvette Grand Sport 60th Anniversary, Camaro SS Coupe
·        Fans can also see a sample of engines, parts and accessories available for purchase from Chevrolet at their local Chevrolet dealer and show cars
·        Other activities at the Team Chevy Racing Display include a variety of interactive games for adults and kids
·        When fans register at the Team Chevy Racing Display they will receive a Team Chevy  t-shirt
 
TEAM CHEVY IN ROLEX SPORT CAR SERIES DAYTONA PROTOTYPE (DP):
·        No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP – Third (3rd) in team point standings
o   Drivers
§  David Donohue
§  Terry Borcheller

·        No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Racing Corvette DP – Fourth (4th) in team point standings (Two (2) wins)
o   Drivers
§  Antonio Garcia
§  Richard Westbrook

·        No. 9 Action Express Racing Corvette DP – Sixth (6th) in team point standings (Two (2) wins)
o   Drivers
§  Joao Barbosa
§  Darren Law
 
·        No. 10 SunTrust Racing Corvette DP – Seventh (7th) in team point standings (Two (2) wins)
o   Drivers
§  Max Angelelli
Ricky Taylor

·        No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP – Eighth (8th) in team point standings
o   Drivers
§  Alex Gurney
§  Jon Fogarty

DAYTONA PROTOTYPE ENGINE STANDINGS – AFTER 8 OF 13 RACES
1.     CHEVROLET – 264 (6 wins)
2.     FORD – 239 (1 win)
3.     BMW – 236 (1 win)
 
TEAM CHEVY IN ROLEX SPORTS CAR SERIES GRAND TOURING (GT):
·        No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R – Second (2nd) in team point standings (One (1) win)
o   Drivers
·        Robin Liddell
·        John Edwards
 
·        No. 88 Autohaus Motorsports Camaro GT.R – Eighth (8th) in team point standings (One (1) win)
o   Drivers
·        Bill Lester
·        Jordan Taylor
 
·        No. 31 Marsh Racing Corvette – 15th in team point standings
o   Drivers
·        Eric Curran
·        Boris Said
 
·        No. 75 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R – 19th in team point standings
o   Drivers
·        Matt Bell
·        Ronnie Bremer

GRAND TOURING MANUFACTURER STANDINGS – AFTER 8 OF 13 RACES
       1. Ferrari, 253 (3)
2. Chevrolet, 240 (2)
3. Mazda, 231 (1)
4. Porsche, 225 (1)
5. BMW, 221 (1)
6. Audi, 144
7. Ford, 45
 
TEAM CHEVY IN CONTINENTAL TIRE SPORTS CAR CHALLENGE GRAND SPORT (GS):
o   No. 01 CKS Autosport Camaro GS.R – Fourth (4th) in team point standings
o   Drivers
§  Eric Curran
§  Lawson Aschenbach

o   No. 9 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GS.R – Sixth (6th) in team point standings
o   Drivers
§  Matt Bell
§  John Edwards

o   No. 6 Mitchum Motorsports Camaro GS.R – 14th in team point standings
o   Drivers
§  Tim Bell
§  Gunter Schaldach

o   No. 00 CKS Autosport Camaro GS. R – 15th in team point standings
o   Drivers
§  Ashley McCalmont
§  Brett Sandberg

o   No. 62 Mitchum Motorsports Camaro GS.R – 17th  in team point standings
o   Drivers
§  Jeff Bucknum
§  George Richardson

GRAND SPORT MANUFACTURER STANDINGS- AFTER 7 OF 10 RACES
1. Porsche, 214 (4 wins)
2. BMW, 196
3. Ford, 195 (2 wins)
4. Chevrolet, 182
5. Aston Martin, 135
6. Subaru, 118 (1 win)
7. Nissan, 53
 
EVENT DETAILS:
·        BRICKYARD GRAND PRIX – ROLEX SPORTS CAR SERIES
o   Qualifying: July 27th  – DP: 11:15 – 11:30 AM ET; GT: 11:35 – 11:50 AM ET
o   Race: July 27, 2012, 4:10 PM ET
o   Duration: 3 Hours
o   Television: Live – SPEED TV – July 27, 2012,  4:00 PM – 7:30 PM ET

·        BRI
CKYARD SPORTS CAR CHALLENGE – CONTINENTAL TIRE SPORTS CAR CHALLENGE
o   Qualifying: July 27th  – GS: 9:15 – 9:30 AM ET
o   Race – GS: July 27th –  1:00 PM ET
o   Duration: 2.5 hrs.
o   Television: Tape delay on SPEED TV – Sunday August 5, 2012, NOON – 2:00 PM ET
 
About Chevrolet
 
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.
 

4Turbo Still Excelling!

I am pleased to announce another successful weekend by 4Turbo’s Subaru Impreza race car driven by Tomasz Nagórski. This weekend it was IXth and Xth round of Polish Hill-Climb Championship in Sienna. The shortest course of the season has very tricky mixture of very fast section in the beginning with very tight hairpin near the end, which combined with very much deteriorated road surface proved a challenge to many teams and car as the whole weekend was plagued with spectacular accidents and mechanical failures. We managed to win both race runs on Saturday beating the course record in the first of the by 1.159 seconds. Second day was less successful as broken driveshaft caused Tomasz to only limp the car to 4th overall. Still the lead in the championship is as big as before this weekend and prospects look good before two final weekends. Of these first will be international round in Banovce, Slovakia in two weeks.


Honda Racing–Birthday Boys Celebrate in Canada

Birthday Boys Celebrate in Canada
The HPD-powered Muscle Milk Pickett Racing duo of Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr continued its winning
ways Sunday at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, taking its fourth consecutive
American Le Mans Series overall and LMP1 victory of 2012, on a weekend when both drivers also
celebrated birthdays.

After starting from the pole, Luhr took a lead the team would not relinquish in his HPD ARX-03a when
outside front-row starter Chris Dyson was penalized for jumping the green flag. Once in front, Luhr and
Graf were never headed, leading by nearly two laps until a penalty for having too many men over the wall
on a pit stop, followed by a late-race caution period, reduced their advantage to just over 10 seconds at
the finish.

The win was the third for the team at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, formerly known as Mosport
International Raceway, and the fourth consecutive this season for Muscle Milk Pickett Racing, continuing
a winning streak that began in April at the Grand Prix of Long Beach. It came on a weekend during which
Graf celebrated his 43rd birthday by claiming the pole on Saturday, while Luhr overcame pain from an
ankle injury, sustained in a fall on Saturday, to mark his 33rd birthday in Victory Circle on Sunday.
In LMP2, the long winning streak of Level 5 Motorsports came to an end, after a late-race penalty
dropped the HPD ARX-03b of Christophe Bouchut and Scott Tucker to second behind the Conquest
Racing machine of David Heinemeier Hansson and Martin Plowman.

Prior to the penalty, called when Bouchut was judged to have crossed the pit exit line as he challenged
for the lead during the final five minutes, the LMP2 battle was a highlight of the three-and-a-half hour
contest. The two rivals exchanged the class lead several times and, when the green flag waved for the
final time with 12 minutes to go after a full-course caution period, Plowman held a narrow lead for
Conquest over Bouchut in the Level 5 HPD.

The turning point came when Bouchut crossed over the yellow line separating the pit lane exit from the
racing surface, resulting in a stop-and-go penalty that determined the outcome.

Midway through the 10-race 2012 season, HPD and its partner teams and drivers continue to lead their
respective championships. In LMP1, Graf and Luhr hold a 12-point lead over the Dyson Racing duo of
Chris Dyson and Guy Smith; while in LMP2, Bouchut and Tucker own a 12-point lead over Hansson and
Plowman.
The series continues August 4 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the midwestern “home” for HPD’s
racing efforts, with thousands of associates from three nearby Honda of America Manufacturing facilities
and Ohio-based Honda R&D Americas expected to attend.

Klaus Graf (#6 Muscle Milk Racing HPD ARX-03a) Finished 1st overall, 1st in LMP1; fourth
consecutive win for HPD and Muscle Milk Pickett Racing in 2012: “You don’t want to lose
concentration and focus. It’s imperative that you stay ‘on it’, do the job you have to do, get in the groove
and turn competitive lap times. Sometimes a big lead is harder to manage than if you have to push all the
way. Winning here again, for the third time in a row and our fourth consecutive race win this year, means
a lot for Muscle Milk Pickett Racing and our partners HPD and Michelin. We couldn’t ask for more this
weekend, Canada has always been good to us.”

Lucas Luhr (#6 Muscle Milk Racing HPD ARX-03a) 1st overall, 1st in LMP1: “I think we were fully in
control of the race. We made a good strategy call in the beginning to save some fuel. That allowed us to
do the race on just two stops. The others had to stop three times, so it was a big advantage for us. It’s
great to win our fourth race in a row. The guys keep on doing an awesome job and it’s great to be able to
reward them with a win.”

Steve Eriksen (Vice President, Honda Performance Development) on Sunday’s race at Canadian Tire
Motorsports Park: “It was another great result for Muscle Milk Pickett Racing, as they continued to
demonstrate superiority at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. Congratulations to Klaus and Lucas and the
entire team for another outstanding performance. LMP2 was an exciting contest, and while Scott and
Christophe came up just short of yet another victory, they continue to set the standard for performance in
the category. It’s great to see both the teams and HPD solidify their leads in the championships, and we
look forward to giving our Ohio-based associates the opportunity to cheer for their teams in two weeks at
Mid-Ohio.”
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Race Winners Week Ending 7/22/12

NHRA
Top Fuel — Antron Brown
Funny Car — Jack Beckman
Pro Stock — Allen Johnson
Pro Stock Motorcycle — Eddie Krawiec
Super Stock — Dan Fletcher
Stock Eliminator — Michael Brand
Super Comp — A.J. Percival, Dragster
Super Gas — Ken Harkema
Super Street — Joey Horan
F1
German Grand Prix- Fernando Alonso
KN SERIES
Jegs 150- Cale Conley
World of Outlaws
Summer Nationals – Craig Dollansky
ARCA
Ansell ActivArmr 150- Kevin Swindell
Nascar
Nationwide Series- STP 300- Elliott Sadler
Camping World Truck Series- American Ethanol 225- James Buescher
IndyCar
Edmonton Indy- Helio Castroneves

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