Line Ready to Follow in Niece’s Footsteps

Line Ready to Follow in Niece’s Footsteps

Mooresville, N.C., June 27, 2012 – Racers draw inspiration from various sources throughout their careers.  In the early stages, they may want to emulate someone they have watched growing up, from a parent to a noted competitor of the time.  Once they start to achieve some success, their motivation will come from wanting to excel and being the best that they can be.  Other times, however, the drive to succeed will receive a welcome boost from the most unlikely area.

For example, at this weekend’s Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Joliet, Ill., Summit Racing Pro Stock standout Jason Line will hope to duplicate the performance of his 13-year-old niece Hannah, who scored her first victory three days ago in a Junior Dragster, competing in the Junior Advanced division at Grove Creek Raceway in Grove City, MN.
“My niece won her first race in a Junior Dragster last weekend, and between her and my brother I’m not sure who was more excited,” recalled Line.  “I look forward to the day when I can see one of my own kids win a race, but Hannah’s winning was very cool. We’re all so proud of her, and it shows what drag racing is all about.

“We all started at a similar stage, whether it was bracket racing or some sportsman class, and we did it just to have fun.  When I talked to her all that mattered was that she won and felt really good about it, and it took me back to when I first started racing.  Now I just need to find a way to repeat her performance this weekend in my Summit Racing Camaro – maybe I should call her and ask how she did it.”

Naturally, as the reigning NHRA Full Throttle Pro Stock champion, Line has had his share of successes at drag racing’s top level, including several times at Route 66 Raceway, site of this weekend’s race.  Located to the southwest of Chicago in the city of Joliet, Route 66 has been considered one of the top facilities on the circuit since making its debut in 1998.  With three wins and five final round appearances in his previous 11 trips to Will County, it is also a favorite of the North Carolina-based racer, who is ready to return to the Illinois quarter-mile winner’s circle.

“Route 66 Raceway has been awfully good to me,” said Line.  “No matter how my year is going, I always seem to be able to go to Joliet and have a good day.  It’s among the best non-Bruton Smith owned facilities on tour, and I like going to the area to have some good pizza and then see some of my friends from the sportsman classes – it’s just a great race to go to.

“I can’t say I’m looking forward to the high temperatures they are forecasting for this weekend, but you’re going to have that at this time of year no matter where you go, and the conditions will be the same for everyone.  It will be up to this Summit Racing team to make the best of it.”

This race will also mark Line’s second in his new Chevrolet Camaro.  After a solid semifinal finish in its inaugural outing, he looks to do even better in the Land of Lincoln.

“As good as it was in its first race, I think we’ve made some improvements since then,” said Line.  “Both the engine and the car guys have been working hard, so I certainly wouldn’t want to trade places with anybody else, because this Summit Racing Camaro is going to keep getting better and better.  I’m expecting it to be strong this weekend, and hopefully we can be just like my niece and put it in the winner’s circle.”

Anderson Aims to Stay on Good Terms with Route 66 Raceway

Anderson Aims to Stay on Good Terms with Route 66 Raceway

Mooresville, N.C., June 27, 2012 – For most of his career, Greg Anderson was not really a fan of Route 66 Raceway, site of this weekend’s Route 66 NHRA Nationals.  His displeasure had nothing to do with the actual facility, which is considered one of the nicest on the Full Throttle Drag Racing circuit.  Instead, it was the fact that it was the only track on tour where the four-time champion had yet to reach the winner’s circle which fueled his concern.

However, that all changed one year ago, when the Summit Racing Camaro driver powered from the No.1 position and broke his Route 66 drought, defeating Erica Enders on a hole shot in the final.  Returning to Joliet this weekend for the first time as the defending event champion, he looks forward to staying on good terms with the Illinois quarter-mile.

“For so many years I went to Route 66 Raceway thinking there had to be something in the water that just wouldn’t allow me to win,” said Anderson.  “It’s a race track with a very good surface and typically good air, so the cars run fast, which normally plays into the Summit Racing team’s hand.  I liked the track and the city and ran well there, but just couldn’t seem to win a race.  It was almost as if we had a love/hate relationship.

“Fortunately, that all changed last year, and I was finally able to add it to the list of tracks where I had won, so I’m going back this weekend with a positive attitude, our heads held high as the defending champions.  Now that we’ve finally broken through, there’s no reason we can’t keep digging and make it multiple wins.”

Ironically, Anderson’s biggest challenge this weekend will most likely come from matching his race car to the conditions and the track.  This will be only the third race for the KB Racing team with their new Camaro, and although admitting they are still coming to terms with the exact boundaries of their new mount’s performance envelope, he believes the progress they have made in recent weeks will allow them to contend for the win in Joliet.

“Although we are still early in the learning process with our Summit Racing Camaro, we did have the chance to get back on the racetrack after the last race in Bristol, spending a day last week testing,” said Anderson.  “Every pass we make gives us more information about what this car needs to run, and we feel we have learned quite a few things about it.  I believe we are going to have a better product than we did at the last race, which to us means we’re going to have a chance to win the event.

“The forecast is calling for it to be hot this weekend, which will certainly be a challenge, but the conditions will be the same for everyone, so it will be up to us to execute better than our competition. Fortunately, that is something this KB Racing team is fully capable of doing, so we can successfully defend our Route 66 Nationals title.”

Hauser Racing

Finally, finally, we have managed to complete a race meeting here in England. The first 3 races of the season have not got past the first round due to constant rainouts, and even though we are in the middle of summer the weather here has been appalling all year.


 
The long awaited new motor got finished in May and with tire and gearing changes was ready for the test day preceding the Santa Pod Summernationals. Well, it rained again in the morning and it wasn’t until 3pm that they got the track open. We managed a couple of light passes before more rain ended the day so we had to go into qualifying with an untried combination.
 
Our apprehension was short lived though as we qualified #1 with a 7.903 on a 7.90 dial in! Our position held up throughout the sessions and we took the #1 bonus points. Race day, we got through rounds and into the final, but a 0.005 red light spoilt the day. Despite that small hiccup we are now leading both the Santa Pod and National Championships and looking forward to some more testing and the next rounds.

4Turbo–New Course Record!

Last weekend the Subaru Impreza prepared by 4Turbo and driven by Tomasz Nagórski won two rounds of Polish and Slovak national championship as well as FIA CEZ Hill Climb Challenge round, setting a new course record for the Limanowa hill-climb course.

Problem free running of the car is in no small way owed to superb technological partners and suppliers of 4Turbo, ARP being among them. For this longest round of the season under extremely hot ambient temperatures the car was running massive power and boost for 7 long straights on the course and only best products enabled the engine to run problem free in such conditions.

Race Results Week Ending 6/25/12

Nascar
Sprint Cup Series– Toyota Save Mart 350- Clint Bowyer
Nationwide Series– Sargenta 200@ Road America- Nelson Piquet Jr

K&N
East- Visit Hampton Virginia 175- Corey LaJoie
West- PickNPull Racing to Stop Hunger- David Gilliland

Whelan
Mr. Rooter 161, Doug Coby

Grand Am
Rolex 250 Driven by VISITFLORIDA.com- Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas DP
Jeff Segal, Emil Assentato GT

World of Outlaws
Boot Hill Showdown-Kraig Kinser

IndyCar
Iowa Corn 250- Ryan Hunter Reay

ARCA
Chase the Taste 200- Alex Bowman

F1
European Grand Prix- Fernando Alonso

Tim Allison

This past weekend was our memorial race for “Run for the Rabbit” who was a great fallen friend and race car driver. Aways a prestigious race to win and we have won this race twice already and it was looking like we was going to get the 100th win and plus be the first 3 time winner!

The evening started out again with another great car count and awesome fast race track, we drew for the heat race and again the draw did not go in our favor so we started 6 in the 2nd heat and the car was great and we finished 2nd and on a lighting fast track and we got qualified for the feature and was hoping for the inversion to go our way for once but the inversion was a 10 and we would end up starting in the 6th position for a fast track for 25 laps of racing
the race got underway and we got going and by lap seven we was up to 3rd and reeling the leader in and a caution came out and for some reason the scorers put 3 cars back in front of us again which was not suppose to be but nothing we could do,as the race started again we got going and was flying as the race was winding down and lapping cars and got to 2nd and catching the leader again and we could taste the victory almost and again lapping cars and had a a couple of close calls but in the end we ended in the 3rd position,but it was an awesome race as you could have put a blanket over the top 5 cars,so we was knocking on the door again and the 100th was almost there but will have to wait for another week,but the car is working great right now and everything appears to be going in the right direction,but in all we again had another great finish for the team!!
 this week we will be off, but the next race is on tuesday july 3rd for the first annual bob reynolds memorial race at waynesfield raceway park and paying $6000 to the winner,it will an awesome race as i am sure and this is our highest paying race ever in our region,till  the next update thansk agin for all your continued help and support and have a great day!!!  thanks,tim alliosn

RCR Post Race Report — Sonoma– Sprint Cup


RCR Post Race Report — Sonoma  
 
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series   
RACE:      Save Mart 350       
TRACK:    Sonoma  
DATE:       June 24, 2012  
 
Race Highlights:        
 
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished 11th (Jeff Burton), 16th (Kevin Harvick) and 20th (Paul Menard).
Harvick ranks sixth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver championship point standings, 64 points behind Matt Kenseth’s lead, while Menard ranks 14th and Burton ranks 19th.
According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, Burton made 67 green-flag passes during the annual road-course event at Sonoma.
Burton passed six competitors over the final 11 laps, ranking him third in the Closers category.
Burton took home NASCAR’s official USG “Improving the Finish” Award by gaining 24 positions over the course of the 112-lap event.
Harvick ranked sixth in the Closer category, gaining four positions within the last 10 percent (11 laps) of the race. He was also the seventh-Fastest Driver Late in a Run with an average speed of 89.515 seconds and ranked 10th in Speed in Traffic (89.018 seconds).   
Menard made 68 Green-Flag Passes, ranking him 10th in the NASCAR Loop Data statistics category.
Menard ran as high as ninth and maintained a 20.018 average running position en route to a 20th-place finish in the Save Mart 350.
Clint Bowyer earned his first Sprint Cup Series win of the season and was followed to the finish line by Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch, Brian Vickers and Jimmy Johnson.
The next scheduled Sprint Cup Series race is the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday, June 30. The race is scheduled to be televised live on TNT beginning at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

RCR Post Race Report–Road America–Nationwide Series

NASCAR Nationwide Series
Sargento 200  
Road America
June 23, 2012
 
Race Highlights:   
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished fourth (Max Papis), 15th (Elliott Sadler) and 18th (Austin Dillon).
Sadler leads the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship point standings over Austin Dillon by 11 points. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. ranks third, followed by Sam Hornish and Cole Whitt.
The No. 2 Chevrolet team is second in the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, 61 points shy of the No. 18 car’s lead, with the No. 33 team third in the standings and the No. 3 team fourth.
Dillon leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings over Cole Whitt.
According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, Papis led the field in Quality Passes with 33, was the third-fastest driver Early in a Run, had the fifth-fastest Green Flag Speed, was sixth fastest on Restarts and earned a Driver Rating of 107.6, ranking him sixth.
Papis posted the fastest lap of the race for two circuits.
Sadler tied for second in the Closers category, gaining three positions in the last 10 percent of the race, while Dillon ranked fourth in the category with two positions gained.
Sadler made 56 Green Flag Passes and Dillon made 50, ranking them eighth and 12th, respectively.
Nelson Piquet Jr earned his first career Nationwide Series win and was followed to the finish line by Michael McDowell, Ron Fellows, Papis and Sam Hornish.
The next scheduled Nationwide Series race is the Feed the Children 300 at Kentucky Speedway on Friday, June 29. The 15th race of the 2012 season is scheduled to be televised live on ESPN2 beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Kraig Kinser Gets Out of Dodge with Boot Hill Showdown Victory

Kraig Kinser Gets Out of Dodge with Boot Hill Showdown Victory
Kinser outlasts his father, Steve, for his third win in the last seven Outlaws events
 
DODGE CITY, Kan. – June 23, 2012 – The hottest driver on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series picked up yet another victory at the hottest race of the season.
Kraig Kinser beat the heat and the rest of the Outlaws on an extremely windy and hot Saturday at Dodge City Raceway Park for Night 2 of the Boot Hill Showdown.

Kinser led all 30 laps and held off his father, 20-time World of Outlaws champion Steve Kinser, to record his third win in the past seven events on a day when the temperature climbed into the mid-100s and wind gusts of more than 40 miles per hour bombarded the 3/8-mile track.

“I knew the bottom was going to be tough to beat early,” Kraig Kinser said. “It’s hard sometimes (when) you lead the race. You don’t know whether to get off the bottom and move to the top or move around a little bit. I got lucky lapped cars pushed me up a little bit to get around them and got trucking around the middle there.”

It was his third victory in the past 19 days, which ties the number of Outlaws wins Kinser amassed since 2005 – when he won a career-high seven features. The win was also his 14th career World of Outlaws feature victory, which ties him for 20th all time.

As neat as the statistics are, Kinser is more pleased in whom he beat – his father and car owner.

“The one-two finishes are real nice, especially when I’m in front,” Kraig Kinser said. “This little swing we’ve had has been great with the exception of last night. The car has been there every step of the way.”

As Kraig shot to the lead from his pole position on lap one, Steve Kinser charged from his fifth starting position to the runner-up spot on the opening lap. He maintained second position the entire race, but only closed within a car length shortly after the duo entered traffic on lap eight.

“If someone’s gotta outrun me I’d assume it’d be Kraig,” Steve Kinser said. “Toward the end there wasn’t no place to go, the bottom sort of locked down a little bit. It was hard to pass anybody out in the middle the last six or seven laps.”

Traffic began to play a role in the closing laps as Kraig Kinser lapped up to 12th place, where there was a three-way battle for a top-10 position. Kinser was caught behind the trio sliding each other, which allowed his father to close the gap to within a handful of car lengths. However, it was too little too late.

The win pulled Kraig Kinser to within 107 points of his father, who moved back into the World of Outlaws championship standings lead.

Craig Dollansky drove from seventh to third in the first eight laps and maintained the podium finish to record his 14th top five of the season.

“I definitely felt like we were with them,” said Dollansky, who is only 57 points behind Steve Kinser in the championship standings. “It just took me too long to get into third place.”

Joey Saldana was fourth and Cody Darrah ended fifth. Jason Sides placed sixth, Kerry Madsen seventh, Donny Schatz eighth, Bill Rose ninth and Lucas Wolfe rounded out the top 10.

Sammy Swindell, who set quick time with a lap of 13.462 seconds, brought out the initial caution of the race on the opening lap after contact with Madsen entering turn three. Swindell, who started third, fixed a flat left rear tire and restarted 23rd. He finished 12th and was the last car on the lead lap.

Sixth-starting Chad Kemenah was part of the final caution – also on the first lap – when he spun in turn one to avoid contact with another driver. Steven Richardson slid into Kemenah and flipped, ending both of their races.

After the two quick cautions, the feature went green to checkered with Kraig Kinser in front.

Steve Kinser, Jason Sides and Darrah each won a heat race, and Wolfe picked up the Last Chance Showdown victory. Patrick Stasa was the KSE Hard Charger after driving from 22nd to 14th.

Dixon Leads, Pagenaud Stars for Honda in Iowa

Dixon Leads, Pagenaud Stars for Honda in Iowa

Scott Dixon led 76 laps of a rain-delayed Iowa Corn Indy 250 Saturday night at Iowa Speedway and appeared to be in contention for his second win for 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season. But Dixon slipped to a fourth-place finish in the closing laps after getting caught by eventual race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay and then held up by lapped traffic.

In just his fourth oval race, Simon Pagenaud starred in his Schmidt Hamilton Racing Honda Dallara, coming from 25th and last on the starting grid to a fifth-place finish, solidifying his hold on sixth place in the overall drivers’ championship and increasing his lead in the chase for series Rookie of the Year honors.

Dixon started eighth in tonight’s 250-lap contest, which was delayed approximately 40 minutes while workers dried the track after a series of mid-afternoon showers. He spent most of the first half of the race at the tail end of the lead pack. But his Target Chip Ganassi Racing team elected to take him “off sequence” with a pit stop on Lap 100. That moved him to the front when most of the remaining cars made their next scheduled stops, and put Dixon in contention for the victory.
However, an encounter with lapped traffic on Lap 237 cost him valuable momentum, and he quickly dropped to fourth place as Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Tony Kanaan quickly worked their way past.

Meanwhile Pagenaud, who had struggled mightily in Friday’s practice and qualifying heat races, suddenly found a great balance as the race wore on, and steadily moved through the field, reaching the top-10 by mid-race and climbing to fifth at the checkers.

Other Honda-powered drivers had less luck tonight. Polesitter Dario Franchitti was the first retirement when a sudden engine failure – the same engine that powered him to victory in last month’s Indianapolis 500 – ended his race as the field approached the green flag. Texas race winner Justin Wilson ran in the lead group several times, but lost ground during each pit stop. Josef Newgarden raced near the front of the field during the first 100 laps, but then lost ground and ended his race on Lap 178 as a result of contact with race leader Ryan Briscoe.

Concluding this run of five consecutive race weekends that opened with the Indianapolis 500 in May, the IZOD IndyCar Series now takes a week off before resuming with the series’ annual Canadian swing, starting with the July 8 Honda Indy Toronto.

Honda Racing Report- Iowa Corn Indy 250 Qualifying

Franchitti Takes Iowa Pole

Indianapolis 500 champion Dario Franchitti gave Honda his second consecutive pole of the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season Friday night at Iowa Speedway, and his second short-oval pole in as many weeks, by winning the third of three heat races used to set the grid for Saturday night’s Iowa Corn Indy 250. Franchitti started on the outside of the front row, based on practice times, and moved around early-race leader Marco Andretti with an outside pass exiting Turn 4 on the eighth lap. He led the remaining 22 laps of the 30-lap heat to win by 1.6 seconds over Helio Castroneves. Franchitti has won two of the five
IndyCar races previously run in Iowa, including the 2007 debut race and again in 2009.

Honda-powered drivers won two of the three heat races tonight, with Graham Rahal winning the first heat in his Service Central Honda Dallara. Rahal started from the pole and led for the entire distance, with fellow Honda-powered driver Josef Newgarden taking second for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing.

In the second heat, Alex Tagliani worked his way into an early lead, but was caught and passed by Tony Kanaan on Lap 20. Tagliani held on to finish second in the heat, with Justin Wilson fourth and Charlie Kimball fifth.

Television coverage for Saturday night’s final short-oval race of the 2012 IZOD IndyCar
Series will air on the NBC Sports Network, starting at 7:30 p.m. EDT.

Dario Franchitti (#10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) pole qualifier, his 2nd pole in as many weeks, 2nd short-oval pole and 2nd pole of 2012; his 28th career pole and Honda’s 4th pole of 2012: “Yeah, that was good, a nice surprise because our car wasn’t perfect in the heat of the day, but was much better this evening. I was able to make an outside pass work on Marco [Andretti] and our car was good on the high line. Tomorrow night is going to be very interesting, I think it’s going to be a physical race.”

Kinser Victorious on Night 1 of the Boot Hill Showdown

Kinser Victorious on Night 1 of the Boot Hill Showdown
‘The King’ picks up career Outlaws win No. 573 at Dodge City Raceway Park
 
DODGE CITY, Kan. – June 22, 2012 – The spin seemed like it was in slow motion.
Polesitter Jason Sides, who led the first 12 laps on a gusty Night 1 of the Boot Hill Showdown on Friday at Dodge City Raceway Park, looped it in turn one just prior to the midway point. As Sides kept his car under power, Steve Kinser dodged the melee to capture the lead and eventually the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory, which was career No. 573.

“I was pretty sure we were going to drive by him,” said a grinning Kinser, who also won the first-ever Outlaws event at Dodge City Raceway Park in 2004. “He did get a little sideways. It made it a little bit easier.”

For Sides, it was the latest heartbreak during a season when he has started on the pole of a World of Outlaws feature a series-best four times.

“We ran in behind a lapped car going into turn one there and I ran in way faster than I thought he was running,” he said after finishing third. “I had to pitch it sideways to keep from running over him. I thought I was going to be able to save it, but once it started to come around I just had to stand on it and keep it going and hope for the best.”

However, the race was anything but over following the spin. One lap later the fourth-and-final caution bunched the field up for a shootout during the second half of the 30-lap feature.

Kinser choose the outside lane on the double-file restart with Sammy Swindell and Lucas Wolfe between himself and Sides. Kinser got a solid jump with Swindell tucking into second and Sides sliding by Wolfe for third place on the restart.

Kinser sailed into a big lead with Swindell dramatically cutting into it once they reached traffic with 10 laps remaining. Swindell’s best opportunity to win came in the closing laps as he reeled Kinser within a car length.

As the duo entering turn three coming to the white flag Swindell nearly pulled to the inside of Kinser, but traffic slowed his momentum and Kinser utilized the preferred line to cruise to the victory.

“Just too much traffic and it didn’t work out for us,” Swindell said after finishing second. “We were just as quick as he was. He had the line and I had to kinda go somewhere else. That’s just the way it is sometimes.”

Wolfe was fourth and Donny Schatz earned the KSE Hard Charger Award after driving from 13th to fifth. Chad Kemenah ended sixth, Joey Saldana seventh, Kerry Madsen eighth, Tim Kaeding ninth and Craig Dollansky rounded out the top 10.

Kraig Kinser was the quickest in qualifying with a lap of 13.481 seconds, but was caught up in an opening-lap crash during his heat race. Kinser failed to finish and was relegated to the Last Chance Showdown, which he dominated for the second time this year.

Kaeding, Kemenah and Rose each picked up a heat race win.

Introducing Racing to Remember

Racing to Remember started last year when Rich Bodmer ( driver) was approached by Racing World Magazine to build a rally
cross car from the ground up. The idea was to fabricate a car and document it step by step so that anyone could do it themselves without any difficulty.

Last year, of course, was the 10 year anniversary of 9/11 so Rich came up with the idea of building a tribute car to the 343 firefighters who perished (this was an issue very close to his heart; Rich witnessed first-hand the devastation of the attacks and had spent all day at Ground Zero helping out as much as he could.) He went to Racing World Magazine with the idea (which they liked) and that’s pretty much how it started. Rich contacted Rally America and changed his car number to 343, and began to search for a charity that firefighters could really benefit from. He approached Friends of Firefighters with the idea, and they immediately came on board.

The car has been in two races so far, and is doing a number of appearances in various locations in New Jersey. Proceeds from any of the races or decal sales that we make during any event goes to Friends of Firefighters. Our goal is to put garner as much attention and funds as we can for Friends of Firefighters (http://www.friendsoffirefighters.org/fof/).

Permatex/Follow A Dream Team Embarks On 3-Race Tour

Jay Blake’s Permatex/Follow A Dream Top Alcohol Funny Car team heads to one of drag racing’s oldest and most storied
facilities this weekend, Lebanon Valley Dragway in upstate New York, for the first of back-to-back-to-back events. Driver Todd Veney won his first race for the Follow A Dream team here two years ago and reached the semifinals
last year.

A large turnout from one of the team’s valued associate sponsors, the Porter and Chester Institute, will join the Follow A Dream crew at Lebanon Valley. “We’re very excited to have them,” Blake said. “I made 15 presentations for Porter and Chester last week – three a day every day of the week – and the whole team is really looking forward to seeing hundreds of students from Porter and Chester in our pit this weekend.

“I had the best day of my drag racing life two years ago at Lebanon Valley,” Veney said. “I’ll never forget that day – winning the first round in the first pair after the National Anthem, racing Frank Manzo in the semifinals, and racing Eric Lourie in a really close final – and the whole team is ready to do it again.”

Qualifying gets underway at 2 p.m. Friday and concludes with a final session that evening at 6. Eliminations are set to go off at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, with the semifinals scheduled for 2 p.m. and the final at 4 p.m. From Lebanon Valley, the team heads straight to Chicago for the Route 66 Nationals and from there to Norwalk, Ohio for the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals.

Road America Next Venue for Subaru Road Racing Team

Road America Next Venue for Subaru Road Racing Team
– Drivers and Crew Eager to Capitalize on Performance Potential in Subaru WRX STI –

Phoenixville, PA. – June 22 – Subaru Road Racing Team (SRRT) drivers Andrew Aquilante (AJ) and Bret Spaude look with enthusiasm to the second half of the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Championship racing season as they travel to round six; hosted on the famed Road America track, located north of Milwaukee and near Elkhart Lake, Wis.
 
A third place finish at Miami, a win at New Jersey, and a run as high as second place at Mid-Ohio have given Aquilante and Spaude a quiet confidence mainly grounded in expectations of their #35 SRRT WRX STI around the 4.048-mile race course this weekend.
 
“Road America is a very fast track with long straights that seem to stretch to the horizons, plus breathtaking downhill runs into a heavy braking,” said Joe Aquilante, owner of Phoenix Performance in Phoenixville, Pa., which prepares the team’s Subaru WRX STI racecars.  “The all-wheel-drive capability from our Subaru will give AJ and Bret a lot of ’dig’ coming out of the turns.”
 
As is the case all season, team driver Bret Spaude, of Bushnell, Fla., will qualify the Subaru at Road America. Spaude will start the race until it is time to slot teammate Andrew Aquilante, of Chester Springs, Pa., into the cockpit for the charge to the checkered flag.
 
“We have momentum, confidence, and determination in our Subaru WRX STI and ongoing race preparations by each of our team members,” added Joe Aquilante. “Our race starts have been strong and we want to continue to show that consistency.”
 
James Han, motorsports marketing manager for Subaru of America, Inc. said, “SRRT’s efforts and preparations haven’t always played out in race results, but our car’s performance is highly consistent and accessible.  Our all-wheel drive WRX STI is a great foil to the rear-wheel drive-based eight-cylinder cars which make up the bulk of the Grand Sport field.  We’ll approach the balance of this season determined to make good on the performance that our Subaru shows in qualifying.”
 
The two-and-a-half hour race takes the green flag Friday at 6:15pm (CT).
 

Tough Weekend for Hoek at The Big House

Tough Weekend for Hoek at The Big House
 
Holland, MI (June 2, 2012) – Ross Hoek Motorsports was looking forward to getting the #21 Ignite Racing Fuels/Venom Energy/Allstar Performance Ford back on track at Crandon after an up and down weekend of racing at Red Bud. The Big House as Crandon’s race track is so aptly named, has been host to some of Ross Hoek’s greatest finishes, including a World Championship ring. Unfortunately forces beyond his control saw the team labor through the annual Spring Run in Crandon.
 
The days leading up to the race weekend saw heavy rains put enough moisture in the 1.75 mile long track to create ideal short-course racing conditions. The Friday afternoon qualifying session saw the team take a conservative approach to the session and stopped the watches tenth fastest in the fourteen truck field.
 
The next morning race teams awoke to partly sunny skies and above normal temperatures. The weatherman predicted rain for later in the evening, so it looked to be a great day for Northwoods style short-course off-road racing. The race schedule had the PRO-Light group competing mid-afternoon and very few racers figured rain would be an issue. Unfortunately the weatherman was wrong as rains hit the area just before Saturday’s PRO-Light race and lasted into the evening.
 
The Pro Light race started with dry skies, but the race track was wet and really muddy just about everywhere. The landrush start saw the Ignite Racing Fuels Venom Energy Ford exit Turn One safely in tenth place. The opening five laps showed Ross gain control of the muddy track as he worked his way up to fourth place at the mandatory caution. As the green flag flew Ross was ready to challenge for the podium when heavy rains began to fall making visibility impossible. Somehow, Hoek stayed out of any major contact and finished Round 5 in seventh place.
 
“The vision was a problem before the rain came,” remarked Ross Hoek. “But the heavy rain made it impossible to race. After the mandatory caution I had used up all my tearoffs and I had to race with the helmet shield up. Somehow we made it to the end, but my eyes are trashed.”


 
The next morning cooler temperatures and clear skies prevailed and thanks to Mother Nature and the great work of the Crandon track crew, the race track was in near perfect condition for Round 6 action.
 
Based on his Saturday finish, the #21 Ford started in the middle of the front row. The first half of the race was uneventful as Hoek was running mid pack waiting for second half of the race to make the charge for a podium finish.
 
As the race trucks headed in single file formation for the starter’s flag one of the front running trucks hit the brakes (commonly known as brake checking) causing the majority of the field to run into each other. The race officials waved off the start because of the incident, but it was too late for Ross Hoek. When the accordion effect happened, the truck behind Hoek got underneath the rear bumper and broke a brake line on the orange #21 Ford. Realizing there wasn’t any possible quick fix, Hoek just cruised the final four laps looking to stay out of everyone’s way, finishing in eleventh place.
 
“The restart saw someone up front brake checking, and it ruined a lot of equipment,” commented Ross Hoek. “They need to start throwing black flags for this BS. Only then will it stop. We didn’t tear much up today, because we really didn’t get the chance. The restarting incident caused us to lose the brakes, so all I could do was coast around the track. The issues we had this weekend we not of our own doing, our race program is really on the upward swing. Chicagoland is a lot like Charlotte so I look forward to a couple of great finishes.”
 

Honda Racing Prerace: Iowa Corn 250, Iowa Speedway

Iowa Corn 250, Iowa Speedway
June 23, 2012
7:30 p.m. EDT
NBC Sports Network

• Saturday night’s race at Iowa Speedway will be the fifth consecutive week of IZOD IndyCar Series racing, and Honda-powered drivers have claimed the top two finishing positions at three of the four races contested during that run. Iowa is the second and final short oval on the 2012 schedule, and the first to feature three, 30-lap heat races, which will be run on Friday night to set the field for Saturday night’s 250-lap feature event.

• The Honda winning streak started May 27 at the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500, won by Dario Franchitti ahead of his Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon in a thrilling race.

• The following week, Dixon dominated the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, qualifying on the pole and leading every lap for his first victory of 2012, followed by Franchitti. Simon Pagenaud of Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports completed a podium sweep for Honda by finishing third.

• For the third consecutive race, Honda-powered drivers finished 1-2 on June 9 at Texas Motor Speedway. Justin Wilson came from 17th on the starting grid to chase down late race leader Graham Rahal, claiming the lead and the victory after Rahal brushed the Turn 4 wall with just two laps remaining. Despite sustaining rear suspension damage, Rahal held on to finish second for Honda’s third consecutive 1-2 result.

• The 2012 season marks the return of manufacturer competition to the IZOD IndyCar Series after six years of Honda serving as single engine supplier. Chevrolet and Lotus now join Honda in providing engines to the 25-car starting field.

• Honda comes to this weekend’s race second in the Manufacturers’ Championship, with 57 points, to 63 for Chevrolet. Lotus is third, with 32 points.

• Dixon has led an IZOD IndyCar Series-high 329 laps this season, more than double the laps-led total of any other driver. Dixon led all 60 laps at Detroit, and race-high totals of 133 at Texas, 37 at St. Petersburg and 38 at Barber Motorsports Park. Will Power is ranked second with 135 laps led.

• Honda-powered drivers have led a total of 584 laps this season, while Chevrolet drivers have led 325 laps. Race lap leaders for Honda include Dixon (329), Franchitti (92) Takuma Sato (58), Rahal (28), Pagenaud (26), Wilson (26), Alex Tagliani (22) and Charlie Kimball (3). Dixon has led more race laps by himself than all Chevy drivers combined.

• Honda’s popular “Fastest Seat in Sports” sweepstakes makes its eighth stop of the 2012 season at Iowa Speedway this weekend. Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk will take Alfred Arlic of Roanoke, Indiana, for the ride of a lifetime around the high-banked 1.5-mile oval in a two-seater IndyCar, in advance of the green flag for Saturday night’s race. Interested fans can find out more information on the “Fastest Seat in Sports” at shophonda.com.

HONDA AT IOWA SPEEDWAY
• As the single engine supplier to the IZOD IndyCar Series from 2006-2011, Honda has powered all five previous winners at Iowa Speedway. The 2012 race will be the first with manufacturer competition from Honda, Chevrolet and Lotus.

• Previous Honda-powered race winners at Iowa include Franchitti, at the inaugural 2007 event and again in 2009; the late Dan Wheldon in 2008; Tony Kanaan in 2010 and Marco Andretti in 2011, the first night event here.

HONDA CIVIC Si PACE AND SAFETY CARS
• A fleet of new 2012 Honda Civic Si coupes and sedans is being utilized for Safety Car and Pace Car duties in the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series. The Civic Si Coupe made its debut as an IZOD IndyCar Series Safety Car at last year’s Honda Indy Toronto. That first Civic has now been joined by additional coupes and sedans, replacing the Honda Accords formerly used by the series.

• Cars start out as standard Civic Si models, and one coupe has been developed into an IndyCar Series Safety Car by Honda Performance Development in Santa Clarita, Calif.

• Modifications installed at HPD include Sparco seats and four-point racing harnesses; an HPD high-performance brake system, with four-piston calipers, competition rotors, racing pads, and stainless brake lines; a Honda Genuine Accessory aerodynamic body kit, consisting of front, side and rear under spoilers; Firestone Firehawk 225/40 R18

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