The Nationwide Series visited Canada this week. Boris Said won at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
We at Harold Martin Racing are very excited and pleased to share with you a mid-year update for the 2010 race season highlighting race results with our 2010 Martin M4 Pro Mod race car.
The M4 has been running extremely well on the track and most recently winning the Pro Mod event at the Maryland International Motorsports Park, in Budds Creek, Maryland. “The dreams and history making could not be possible without our sponsors”, stated Harold Martin. “It’s always a great feeling to receive a win and I could not think of a better way to show progress. “ This year’s consistency and continuous improvement has allowed us a mid-year positioning of #2 in the point standings for the Pro Nitrous NEOPA series.
Harold Martin Racing is committed to winning both on and off the race track and would like to thank all of our sponsors for supporting our race program. Attached are a few photos from the various events during the race weekend.
On another great note the M4 race car and Harold Martin has been selected to be in a movie production called “Homerun Derby Showdown” and the filming will be taking place between August and September 2010. This is another great opportunity for the Martin M4 race car and our sponsor’s likeness to be seen and leverage.
Jay Blake’s Permatex/Follow A Dream team reached its second consecutive final in Division 1 competition and dropped a close race with perennial Top Alcohol Funny Car champ Frank Manzo, 5.65 to 5.67. Manzo had low e.t. of all three rounds, with times of 5.67, 5.67, and 5.65, but Follow A Dream driver Todd Veney was right there with a 5.70, 5.69, and 5.67.
“We didn’t win, but it was a great weekend anyway,” Blake said. “Anytime you can be that close to Mr. Manzo, you know you’re doing something right. The team is really starting to jell, working well together, and the results are starting to show. We have a great shot at finishing second in the Division this year, and we’re gearing up for a great finish to the season.”
Veney qualified No. 3 with a 5.69 and defeated Wayne Morris in the first round, 5.70 to 5.86. In the semifinals, Tom Carter, the No. 2 qualifier and recent runner-up at the Lucas Oil Nationals in Brainerd, Minn., fell to the Follow A Dream crew, 5.69 to 6.00. No driver all weekend – even Manzo – ran better than a 5.84 in the tricky left lane until Follow A Dream tuner Tom Howell delivered a 5.67 in the final, but Manzo had just enough to win by a couple of hundredths.
“I can’t stand losing, even in the final round and even to someone like Frank, who wins all the time, but you can’t be that upset about a weekend like this,” Todd said. “At least we got to race him this time. The only other time I raced here [in 2003], we got to the final against Frank but had to let him take a single because the engine blew up in the semi’s.”
After two weekends off, the team finishes the 2010 season with four races in five weeks – two divisionals, and two nationals: Division 1 events in Englishtown (Sept. 11-12) and Atco, N.J. (Oct. 1-2), and nationals in Charlotte (Sept. 17-19) and Reading (Oct. 8-10).
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Fresh off of a win at Lebanon Valley Dragway, Jay Blake’s Permatex/Follow A Dream team heads to Cecil County Dragway in Rising Sun, Md., for the next race in the Division 1 Lucas Oil Series.
“It’s great to head to the track with a win still fresh in our minds,” driver Todd Veney said. “That weekend at Lebanon Valley was the best of my career, and I’m ready for another one just like it. Plus, I’ve got a little unfinished business at Cecil County.” In his only previous appearance at the Maryland track, in 2003, Todd reached the final against Frank Manzo was but unable to compete following an engine explosion in a semifinal win over Paul Gill.
The team currently is one point from being in the national top 10 standings and has been as high as sixth this season. In Division 1, where Manzo has won the championship a record 19 times – more than any driver in any class and in any division in drag racing history – the Follow A Dream crew currently is second in the standings behind Manzo.
In testing at New England Dragway at the start of the month, the car set both ends of the track record with a best of 5.62 at 257. In four runs, the car ran at least a 5.69 every time, and the speed on all four runs was 257.
“It was a great test session,” Jay said. “I’m feeling better than I have in a couple of years about where we’re at and where we’re headed. One thing that’s really exciting about this event is that we’ll have a group of wounded soldiers from George G. Meade as our guests for the weekend. We really appreciate what they do for our country, and we really appreciate the support we’ve gotten from both the track and NHRA in making all this happen.”
This past weekend of racing was supposed to be two nights of racing for the weekend, but Mother Nature ruined it for us on Saturday night as the rain came in again. On Friday night we were at Lima Land Motor Sports Park for our big annual 360 / 305 shootout race. We had a great field of cars on hand on a beautiful night of racing and weather. We got a decent draw for our heat race and lined up 4th and finished 2nd in our heat. That got us qualified for the feature and with the inversion being a 10 that put us starting in the 3rd position for the feature. We jumped right into second on the first lap and started running down the leader and chased him down and took the lead on lap 13 and from there on it, was history and we went onto to win the feature event! This was win number 97 as we are trying to hit the 100th feature win this year, but time is running out. It was another great night and that moved us up into the 3rd position in points with one race to go. We do have a shot at winning the points, but you never know till its over they say. This weekend we will be at Waynesfield Raceway Park on Saturday night.
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Team Travels to Penultimate Series Event on 2010 Schedule –
This weekend’s penultimate race in the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series, is unique because of the distinction as the only event of the season to take place in Canada, and is the only one held on public streets.
Subaru Road Racing Team’s driver pairing of Andrew Aquilante and Bret Spaude plans to be one of the top “street fighters” in Friday’s race at Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, with their 2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STI in the Grand Sports class.
Aquilante, of Chester Springs, Pa., and Spaude, of Bushnell, Fla., are an enthusiastic and talented pair of 22-year olds who are now looking for their fourth top-10 finish in the closing chapters of this 2010 season.
“Preparing the all-wheel drive Subaru Impreza for the Grand Sports class this year has been a technical eye-opener,” said Joe Aquilante, owner of Phoenix Performance of Phoenixville, Pa., which prepares the team’s Grand Sports class 2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STI.
“Our most-recent race in New Jersey was another solid outing for us and helped put some of the earlier, challenging events further into our proverbial rear-view mirror.
“This weekend, with the superb handling of the Subaru Impreza, its all-wheel-drive capabilities to help ‘dig’ its way out of all the turns on this 1.521-mile track, and the turbocharged engine’s power to pull us down the straightaways, we should be in good shape.”
The race is round nine of 10 in the season, and will take the green flag Friday at 7pm ET.
Added James Han, motorsports marketing manager for Subaru of America, Inc., “Prior to kicking off this campaign, Joe and I conceded that the 2010 season would represent a developmental year with a new driver in Bret [Spaude] and applying the performance capabilities of the Subaru Impreza WRX STI in the GS class after a successful string of seasons in ST [class].” “The team has persevered through some challenging results, and I’m confident that we’ve made some positive headway.”
The Showtime Funny Car will be off on what is becoming a regular outing to the Nitrolympics at Hockenheim next week www.nitrolympx.com/ . For the fifth year running the organisers have invited us to take part in the legendary ” Saturday Nite Show” as well as running during Saturday and Sunday.
After Hockenheim, the next appearance of the Showtime FC will be at the FIA European Finals at Santa Pod September 9th – 12th.
Lima Land motor sports park on Friday night and with a good car count again, we drew dead last in our heat race. That put us starting in the 8th position and with a very stacked heat race. We finished 5th and broke a rear end on the final lap, but that got us in the feature but not a good starting spot as we started 12th and had no time to change any set ups on the car for the feature as we swapped out our rearend. So we hung around and finished 11th overall.
Last Saturday night we were off to Waynesfield Raceway with another good car count and we drew for the front row of our heat and won that hands down and that got us qualified for the feature. The inversion for the feature put us starting in the 5th position. We got into 3rd and then into second and passed for the lead more than once and jumped the cushion and fell back to 3rd, almost got 2nd again and almost passed for the win in the the last few laps. We lapped everybody up to the 10 position, but in the end we ended up finishing 3rd in the feature.
This past weekend were back at Lima Land Motor Sports Park again on Friday night with a good car count again and again we drew dead last in a very stacked heat race. We started 8th and finished 4th, that got us qualified for the feature and after the inversion that put us starting in the 12 position. We jumped up a couple of spots early and then got up to 8th and going forward only to have a nozzle line break and that ended our night with a DNF and finishing in the 19th position and a disappointing night.
Saturday night we were going to be at Waynesfield Raceway Park, but Mother Nature won out again and we got rained out. This week we are at Lima Land Motor Sports Park only on Friday night for this week.
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Subaru Road Racing Team (SRRT) drivers Bret Spaude of Bushnell, Fla., and Andrew Aquilante, Chester Springs, Pa., handed Subaru its third top 10 finish of the 2010 GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series with a 10th place finish in this past weekend’s Garden State 250 race at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
To score the team’s third top-10 finish of the season, the 22-year-old phenom drivers had to start last in the 25-car Grand Sports class field.
“Bret handed us a great fourth place qualifying lap,” said Phoenix Performance Inc., team owner Joe Aquilante. “Grand-Am’s post-qualifying inspection found a technical discrepancy. We corrected it but had to grid last in our Grand Sports class.”
Spaude started the race in the red 2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STI and climbed as high as seventh place in the 25-car Grand Sport field.
Passing as many as five cars in a single lap and turning laps within 1.5 seconds of the race leader, it took Spaude only 13 laps to pick up 10 positions. He was 10th by lap 24, despite having to hold station behind the pace car for eight of those 24 laps. In fact, a scant seven laps was the longest stretch of green flag racing in the first 24 laps.
The team’s first refueling/tire change stop, on lap 40, saw Spaude hand over the controls to teammate Andrew Aquilante. When the green flags again flew, Aquilante was in 19th place, but by lap 56 had charged hard to 12th , then pitted again for a gas tank refill that would get him to the end of the race, and was back to 12th place byy lap 71.
He hit the 10th spot on lap 76, only 25 seconds out of the race lead, and stayed there until the checkered flag flew on lap 87.
“Even though this is the third top 10 finish of the season for the Subaru Impreza, our mistake made AJ and Brett work too hard to get to that point,” said Joe Aquilante.
“We were happy to have such a good turnout of Subaru employees and owners over the weekend,” added James Han, Motorsports Marketing Manager for Subaru of America, Inc. They had an opportunity to witness our two team drivers do a stellar job gaining back positions with limited green flag laps, and doing so in a precise manner. None of the 23 laps run behind the safety car involved AJ or Bret. They did a very professional job picking their way through the field.”
To this point into the 10-race season, the first eight races have been held in a narrow strip of geography stretching East/West between Millville, NJ and Lexington, OH., an economical point for East Coast and Midwest-based teams.
The next two races, however, are a month apart – Aug. 13 in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec; followed by a haul to Salt Lake City, UT, haul for the Sept. 10-11 season finale.
The New Jersey race was televised on SPEED TV to air July 25 at 1pm ET.
I am a week late on my results from 2 weeks ago, been real busy and was getting ready for the big Kings Royal 2 day show at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway this past weekend. Two weeks ago was supposed to be a Friday and Saturday race again, but Mother Nature ruined it again on friday night as we were rained out again. On Saturday night we were back at KC Raceway again for our 2nd visit. On a very hot and humid day, track preparation was not good at all to say the least. It was pretty much no passing all night long in all divisions. We drew dead last in our heat and passed one car. We started 13th in the feature and ended up finishing 12th as again it was pretty much finish where you start; not good at all for putting on a good race for the fans
This past weekend was the Super Bowl weekend of the year for sprint car racing in Ohio and it was again the Kings Royal weekend which is always some of the best sprint car racing of the year. The 410’s were racing for $50,000 to win on Saturday and our division was racing for $2000 to win and racing with Tony Stewart both nights in front of 23000 plus fans. Friday night we had one of the best car counts as we had 41 cars signed in the pits. Friday night we qualified 11th quick out of 41 cars,we ran 3rd in our heat and that got us qualified for the feature. With the inversion in our favor we started on the pole position, we jumped out to the front and walked away for the first 12 laps of the 20 lap feature, but as the race wound down we didn’t have the car tight enough and ended up finishing in the 4th position, but yet another great run! Saturday night for the big show we qualified 7th quick with another great field of cars. In our heat race we finished 2nd and that got us qualified for the feature and the inversion for the feature again was in our favor and put us on the pole for the feature. So again from the previous night’s setup and finish we tightened the car up more so we would be good all through the feature. We took the lead and never looked back. As the race wound down we were racing at times 4 wide for the lead! We stayed out front for 24 1/2 laps of the 25 lap feature only to have Tony Stewart pass us for the win in the last 1/2 of a lap. That was a little disappointing, but if you are going to get beat, i guess it’s better to get beat by one of the best! Overall it was a great weekend with a 4th and a 2nd plus finish and a great night for moving further up in the point standings.
This weekend we will be at Limaland Motor Sports Park on Friday night for the big anniversary race and Saturday night we are back at Waynesfield Raceway Park
This weekend, 22-year old Subaru Road Racing Team drivers Andrew Aquilante, Phoenixville, Pa., and Bret Spaude, Bushnell, Fla., want to capitalize on lessons learned throughout this season and make that trip this Saturday to the Winners’ Circle at their team’s home track at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ, during the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series race.
Between the 2008 and 2009 race at New Jersey Motorsports Park, the SRRT drivers have finished a combined handful of seconds away from victory. Aquilante and his co-driver finished third in the inaugural, 2008 race on the flat 2.25-mile circuit near Millville, N.J., and sixth last year. But the combined gap for the two years was only the distance of a Philadelphia Phillies centerfielder’s throw to home.
“AJ and Bret love racing with each other and against each other,” said Joe Aquilante, owner of Phoenix Performance of Phoenixville, Pa., which prepares the team’s Grand Sports class 2010 Subaru Impreza WRX STI. “Last weekend they were competitors in identical cars in an SCCA National. It was a great chance for them to show each other what they had on equal turf, and each won a race. This weekend they can do it in the same car.”
“We’re getting close,” he added, “and having raced the Subaru Impreza at Millville in another series in 2009, we know where our advantages lie. We’re simply making the various tweaks, which combined, can be the difference between where you are and leading the pack.”
The 2 1/2-hour race is round eight of 10 in the season, and will take the green flag Saturday at 2:45pm ET. The race is being televised by SPEED TV to air July 25 at 1pm ET.
Added James Han, motorsports marketing manager for Subaru of America, Inc., “This race is always a special weekend for Subaru as our headquarters are located less than an hour’s drive to the track, and Subaru serves as the official automobile and pace cars of New Jersey Motorsports Park. With our Subaru Road Racing Team fielding the #35 Subaru Impreza WRX STI this weekend, the venue represents a great opportunity for Subaru fans and associates alike to cheer on the team and drivers at our home race track.”
Sponsors for SRRT include Subaru Of America, Inc., Subaru Tecnica International (STI), Subaru Performance Tuning (SPT), Ron Davis Racing Radiators, Hawk Brakes, freeM of America, VAC Motorsports, Automotive Racing Products, Rockland Standard Gear, Quarter Master, Ecutek, Lista, Rotary Lifts, Cusco, Carbonetic, Hella, and Perrin.
About SRRT Phoenix LLC
SRRT Phoenix LLC represents Subaru of America Inc.’s road racing effort in the 10-round GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series and is owned and managed by Joe Aquilante of Phoenix Performance, LLC. The team’s 32,000 sq. ft. facility is in Phoenixville, Pa., 40 miles west of Philadelphia, PA. Team drivers Andrew Aquilante and Bret Spaude race a Subaru Impreza WRX STI in the Grand Sport class.
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HPD Scores LMP2 Victory at Le Mans
First and Third-Place Finishes in Inaugural Attempt at 24-Hour Classic
TORRANCE, Calif. (June 13, 2010) – In its first attempt at one of the toughest challenges in
motorsports, Honda Performance Development (HPD), the racing arm of American Honda
Motor Company, Inc., powered the first- and third-place finishers in the LMP2 category Sunday
at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
After starting from the LMP2 pole, British-based Strakka Racing’sHPD ARX-01c held off a
strong challenge from fellow HPD entrant Highcroft Racing through the first 18 hours, then
pulled away to a commanding class victory, finishing fifth overall and six laps ahead of its
nearest challenger as the two HPD teams led the LMP2 category from start to finish.
Strakka drivers Danny Watts, Jonny Kane and Nick Leventis and their Honda Performance
Development ARX-01c completed 367 laps of the eight-mile Circuit de la Sarthe, establishing a
new record for laps completed by an LMP2 competitor at Le Mans. The fifth-place overall finish
also established a new LMP2 record, besting the previous mark set in 2006.
Meanwhile, the HPD-powered RML Lola B08/80 HPD of Thomas Erdos, Mike Newton and Andy
Wallace came home third, nine laps behind the winning Strakka machine and three laps behind
the second-place OAK Racing Pescarolo in a nearly equally trouble-free run. In all, 10 of the 12
LMP2 entries were running at the finish of today’s race, run in clear weather throughout.
American LeMans Series regulars Highcroft started off strong, running solidly in second
through the night, despite three debris-inflicted tire punctures. Marco Werner took the Malaria
No More-backed HPD ARX-01c into the lead at the six-hour mark.
Late in the race, water pressure problems delayed Werner and co-drivers David Brabham and
Marino Franchitti, eventually sending them to the pits for much of the final five hours. The car
did, however, venture back out to take the checkered flag and was classified 9th in LMP2 at the
finish of Highcroft’s debut appearance at Le Mans.
“This is an incredible result in our first attempt at this classic event,” said Erik Berkman, HPD
president. “We saw an absolutely flawless performance from the Strakka team from the start of
practice through to the checkered flags. I also was highly impressed with the determination and
strong run from Duncan Dayton and his Highcroft Racing team. To lead this event and
challenge for the class victory in their first attempt at Le Mans is an effort that should give them
enormous pride. The RML team also put in a great effort and was rewarded with an excellent
“This is my seventh Le Mans, and by far my best,” said Strakka driver Kane. “Strakka and HPD
have put together an amazing effort, and a perfect engine/chassis package. We had not one
single problem all race long.”
The three HPD entries also dominated qualifying, with Strakka’s Watts claiming the LMP2 pole
in the same ARX-01c chassis that won the 2009 American Le Mans Series LMP2 title for HPD
and Fernandez Racing. The similar Highcroft ARX-01c, driven by 2009 overall Le Mans winner
Brabham, qualified second in class, as both HPD machines posted times more than three
seconds quicker than the 2009 LMP2 pole. Brazilian Erdos rounded out the top three LMP2
qualifiers in his HPD-engined RML Lola.
Last week, HPD announced it will offer a new LMP2 engine to customers participating in the
2011 American Le Mans Series, European Le Mans Series, 24 Hours of Le Mans, and
Intercontinental Cup competitions. Based on Honda’s global V6 engine, the new engine is a
2.8-liter, twin-turbo variant utilizing HPD’s exclusive engine-control system, and is the product of
a joint effort between HPD and Honda R&D Americas, Inc. (HRA).
Since 2007, HPD has provided engines to prototype-class teams in the American Le Mans
Series, and these engines have scored numerous victories, beginning with an LMP2 class win
in HPD’s inaugural ALMS race at Sebring in 2007. HPD was the first manufacturer to score
ALMS class wins in both LMP1 and LMP2 on the same weekend with its wins at St. Petersburg
HPD went on to win LMP1 and LMP2 Manufacturers’ Championships for Acura in 2009 –
becoming the first ALMS manufacturer to do so – and this year began providing engines and
support for sports-car competition in both America and Europe.
Located in Santa Clarita, Calif., HPD is the technical operations center for American Honda
high-performance racing cars and engines. In an open-wheel racing history that dates to 1994,
Honda has recorded 166 race victories, 12 drivers’ championships, 10 Manufacturers’
Championships and seven Indianapolis 500 victories. In addition to its sports-car efforts and its
role as single engine supplier to the IZOD IndyCar Series, HPD is active in a growing number of
grassroots motorsports activities.
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