Category Archives: Uncategorized

Acura rolex 24 preview

Rolex 24 at Daytona
Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL
Green Flag at 1:40 p.m. Saturday, January 29
NBC, NBC Peacock and USA Network
Radio Le Mans and

Acura Motorsports at Daytona
Acura returns to Daytona International Speedway and the IMSA season-opening Rolex 24 as defending race champion, and pole qualifier for this year’s 60th running for sports cars at Daytona. The Wayne Taylor Racing duo of Filipe Albuquerque and Ricky Taylor, part of the defending race-winning lineup in 2021, took their Acura ARX-05 to victory in the 100-minute sprint race that set the starting field for this weekend’s Rolex 24.

The WTR lineup of Albuquerque, Taylor, Helio Castroneves and Alexander Rossi claimed victory in last year’s twice-around-the-clock Rolex 24 contest, 20 years after Acura’s first Daytona class win in 1991.

This will be Acura’s eighth Rolex 24 as a prototype manufacturer (1991-93, 2018-22). In addition to the overall win last year, and in 2016 under the HPD/Honda banner. Acura won the Camel Lights class at Daytona in 1991 and again in ‘92.

Acura first took part in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 1991, winning Camel Lights with Comptech Racing and drivers Parker Johnstone, Steve Cameron and Bob Lesnett driving a Spice Acura SE90P. Acura repeated as Camel Lights winner in 1992, with Comptech drivers Johnstone, Cameron and Jimmy Vasser [who also won Honda’s first Indy car championship in 1996].

Running an Honda Performance Development prepared, production-based Honda V6 engine, Tequila Patrón ESM won the Rolex 24 overall in 2016 with Pipo Derani, Scott Sharp, Johannes van Overbeek and Ed Brown driving a Ligier JSP2-Honda.

Acura ARX-05
For 2022, the Acura DPi effort at Daytona again will be spearheaded by a pair of IMSA championship and Rolex 24-winning teams: Wayne Taylor Racing and Meyer Shank Racing.

Wayne Taylor Racing is a two-time IMSA championship team and four-time winner of the Rolex 24 (2017, 2019 and 2020-‘21). The diver lineup for the #10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05 includes defending Michelin Endurance Cup champions Ricky Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque, and Alexander Rossi; joined by veteran endurance racer Will Stevens.

Following a four-year program racing and developing the Acura NSX GT3 Evo into a two-time IMSA GTD championship winner, Meyer Shank Racing is also a previous Daytona victory, winning the 50th running of the Rolex 24 in 2012. Driving the #60 Sirius/XM AutoNation ARX-05 will be veteran IMSA race winner Oliver Jarvis, second-generation racer Tom Blomqvist, four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves, and fellow Indy 500 victor Simon Pagenaud.

Type S graphics on both Acura ARX-05s reinforce the Precision Crafted Performance ties connecting Acura racing and production cars. Acura has recently announced production plans for Type S models of the NSX super car, TLX performance sedan and MDX sport utility vehicle.

Acura NSX GT3 Evo22
For 2022, Acura’s IMSA GTD effort in the Michelin Endurance Cup – the four endurance rounds of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – will be headed by Gradient Racing’s #66 Acura NSX GT3 Evo22.

The Gradient driver lineup includes two-time IMSA GTD champion Mario Farnbacher, partnered with HPD Academy graduate and 2021 Formula Regional Americas champion Kyffin Simpson; and the returning Till Bechtolsheimer. Veteran professional Marc Miller rounds out the driver quartet for the Rolex 24.

Acura’s production-based sports car racing program dates to 1986, the same year the brand debuted as the luxury and performance division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Victories and championships quickly followed, starting in the IMSA International Sedan series, where Acura won the Manufacturers’ Championship in 1987. The effort culminated in 26 victories and three consecutive Camel Lights Championships from 1991-93 for the Comptech Racing Acura-Spice and driver Parker Johnstone.

The Acura brand returned to IMSA sports car racing in 2017, with Meyer Shank Racing fielding a pair of new Acura NSX GT3s. Acura scored a pair of race victories and five podium finishes in a highly-successful debut season, then scored another pair of victories and finished second in the 2018 GTD championship. Developing the NSX GT3 Evo, MSR went on to win IMSA GTD championship in both 2019 and 2020, with Farnbacher taking the drivers’ title in both seasons.

Where to Watch the Rolex 24 at Daytona
Television coverage of the 60th Rolex 24 at Daytona starts Saturday, January 29, at 1:30 p.m. EST for the opening hour on NBC. Television coverage moves to USA Network from 4-7 p.m.; 10 p.m.-3 a.m. and 6 a.m.-12 p.m. on Sunday. Coverage concludes with the final hours of the race on NBC from 12-2 p.m. Sunday. Live flag-to-flag race coverage also will be available on the NBC Peacock streaming service.

Fans can listen to audio commentary via, and Sirius XM Radio; and follow the race live via in-car cameras, IMSA Radio and timing & scoring available worldwide on and the IMSA mobile device App.

Acura Motorsports social media content and video links from the Rolex 24 at Daytona are available on Instagram (, on Twitter at ( and Facebook (

Acura Motorsports 2022 Rolex 24 Lineup

10 DPi Wayne Taylor Racing Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05

Ricky Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque, Will Stevens, Alexander Rossi

60 DPi Meyer Shank Racing SiriusXM AutoNation Acura ARX-05

Oliver Jarvis, Tom Blomqvist, Helio Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud

66 GTD Gradient Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo22

Mario Farnbacher, Till Bechtolsheimer, Kyffin Simpson, Marc Miller


PHOENIX, AZ (January 26, 2022) — Since the initial announcement of nearly 30 nitro and Pro Stock teams participating in the PRO Nitro Spring Training several additional teams have joined the list of Top Fuel dragsters, Funny Cars and Pro Stock competitors who will be at Wild Horse Motorsports Park during the PRO pre-season test session slated for February 10-12. The testing sessions hosted by the Professional Racing Organization will be closed to the public except for Saturday, February 12, when fans who have purchased tickets to the NHRA Arizona Nationals will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the on-track testing action. Fans may add on test session tickets to their Arizona Nationals ticket order online or they may call the NHRA Ticket Sales Center at 800-884-6472 if Nationals tickets have been previously purchased.

Newly added teams include Funny Car drivers Alexis DeJoria, Chad Green, Alex Miladinovich and Gary Densham along with Top Fuel pilots 4-time Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence, Josh Hart, Clay Millican, Buddy Hull and Tripp Tatum. Reigning Pro Stock world champion Greg Anderson will be onsite joined by Matt Hartford and Kyle Koretsky. The new total of participants is over 30 of the top drivers in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series, including nearly a dozen current or former world champions, will be testing many with brand new race cars and new sponsors. 

Previously confirmed drivers included reigning Funny Car champion Ron Capps as well as Kalitta Motorsports’ Doug Kalitta and Shawn Langdon in Top Fuel and J.R. Todd in his brand-new Toyota GR Supra Funny Car.  John Force Racing will be represented by 16-time champion John Force, three-time champion Robert Hight and 2017 Top Fuel champion Brittany Force. Tony Stewart Racing drivers Matt Hagan and Top Fuel teammate Leah Pruett will be getting geared up for 2022. 

Additionally, Top Fuel drivers three-time champ Antron Brown, Tony Schumacher, Mike Salinas, Doug Foley, Jim Maroney and Justin Ashley along with Funny Car pilots Paul Lee, two-time Funny Car champion Cruz Pedregon and Bob Tasca III will be at the track. 2021 Rookie of the Year Dallas Glenn, Deric Kramer and Kenny Delco lead a diverse group of Pro Stock drivers who will be testing.  

Gates will open at 8:00 a.m. and teams will make runs throughout the day. There will not be a set schedule for runs and the last runs of the day will begin at approximately 5:00 p.m. Most drivers are planning on making at least one run on Saturday, however due to the nature of testing there are no guarantees on driver participation. For additional information visit

The 2022 NHRA season officially begins February 18 in Pomona, California with the historic NHRA Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by  The Camping World Drag Racing Series kicks off Friday with one qualifying session for Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock, followed by two more passes Saturday and final eliminations on Sunday, February 20.


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 26, 2022) – Corvette Racing begins its 24th season of competition this weekend with the Rolex 24 At Daytona to start the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. It’s a new season in more than one way as it marks the team’s first foray into GT Daytona (GTD) PRO competition.
The team logged three days of testing plus Sunday’s 100-minute qualifying race to set the Rolex 24 grid. Throughout the weekend, Corvette Racing engineers gathered useful data on a number of new items that are unique to the GTD-spec version of the Chevrolet Corvette C8.R.
The twice-around-the-clock endurance race around at the 3.56-mile road course inside the Daytona International Speedway presents a number of challenges and elements that aren’t found anywhere else in racing, according to two members of Corvette Racing:
NICKY CATSBURG, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/Sirius XM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: “I love this event and being at Daytona. You’re going to straight into it and starting the season with one of the most important races. There’s no way to ease into things. You have to be on it, and this sets the tone for the season. It’s a unique situation compared to Europe. I’ve done this event several times now, so I’m used to it. Plus it’s a unique setting. The track is cool and fun with the banking. Plus you have a GT class that is this big. It’s an event we all look forward to every year.”
NICK TANDY, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: “Daytona is always cool because it’s this big, standalone event. Yes, it’s part of a points-scoring championship but it’s still the Daytona 24 Hours. So it’s always cool. It’s different this year, especially for us on the 4 Corvette side for two reasons. For one, we have this new-spec C8.R GTD car so that’s different and new. I was telling someone the other day that Corvette Racing have been coming here for years and years and years with the same kind of formula and the same knowledge about how things should play out. This year it’s all a bit different and new. It’s fresh and very interesting to go into something new while learning and experimenting while not really knowing how things will work. Plus it’s a single event for our side of the garage before we go off to the WEC. But Daytona still has that big atmosphere and big levels of anticipation of what’s coming and what’s ahead of you.” 
• 0.034: As in seconds – the winning margin of victory in Corvette Racing’s 1-2 finish at the 2016 Rolex 24. It is the closest finish in race history.• 1: As in one team, one manufacturer and one model of car going on 24 years: Corvette Racing and Chevrolet.• 2: Number of the overall winning Corvette C5-R in the 2001 Rolex 24. Ron Fellows, Johnny O’Connell, Chris Kneifel and Franck Freon completed 656 laps for 2335.36 miles in the winning effort.• 4: Rolex 24 wins in 11 tries for Corvette Racing: 2001 overall, 2015 GTLM (Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen/Ryan Briscoe), 2016 GTLM (Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Marcel Fässler) and 2021 GTLM (Garcia/Jordan Taylor/Nicky Catsburg)• 14: Manufacturer Championships for Chevrolet and Corvette Racing since 2001.• 29: Number of GTLM wins for Corvette Racing since the start of 2014. Corvette Racing moves to GTD PRO starting with this year’s Rolex 24.• 24: Drivers who have driven for Corvette Racing at Daytona – Justin Bell, Ryan Briscoe, Nicky Catsburg, Kelly Collins, Dale Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Marcel Fässler, Ron Fellows, Franck Freon, Antonio Garcia, Oliver Gavin, John Heinricy, Chris Kneifel, Robin Liddell, Jan Magnussen, Tommy Milner, Simon Pagenaud, John Paul Jr., Andy Pilgrim, Mike Rockenfeller, Scott Sharp, Alexander Sims, Nick Tandy and Jordan Taylor. The list will grow by one with the addition of Marco Sorensen for this year’s race.• 25: Tracks at which Corvette Racing has won races – Baltimore, Charlotte, COTA, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park/Mosport, Daytona, Detroit, Houston, Laguna Seca, Le Mans, Lime Rock, Long Beach, Miami, Mid-Ohio, Portland, Road America, Road Atlanta, Sebring, Sonoma, St. Petersburg, Texas, Trois Rivieres, Utah, VIR, Washington DC and Watkins Glen.• 31: Number of drivers for Corvette Racing since 1999.• 69: Years since Corvette was introduced to the world on Jan. 17, 1953 in New York City. A total of 300 were produced that year.• 120: Victories worldwide for Corvette Racing – 112 in North America and eight at Le Mans.• 250: Event starts by Corvette Racing since 1999.• 49,723.16: Number of racing miles completed by Corvette Racing at Daytona. That’s more than two full trips around the Earth at its equator (approx. 24,900 miles).• 333,179.36: Total number of racing miles completed by Corvette Racing since its inception. To put that in perspective, Corvette Racing is more than halfway to the distance traveled by Apollo 13 – the longest manned spaceflight in history: 622,268 miles. That means Corvette Racing has raced to the moon!
What’s New on the GTD PRO Corvette?There have been lots of questions about changes to the Corvette C8.R for the IMSA GTD PRO class. There is quite a bit of work the Corvette Racing team has undertaken to transition the car from GTLM spec to meet GTD technical regulations. Here are a handful of key areas:
1. The mass of the C8.R is increased by 65 kilograms (143 lbs.) relative to Daytona 2021. To accommodate the ballast box required by the GT3/GTD regulations to hold the extra weight, the Corvette Racing team had to reconfigure the entire passenger side floor compartment. This required the move of the air conditioning unit, fire bottle, battery box and other electronics. This was no small feat with integration requiring significant effort by the Corvette Racing engineering team.
2. The 2022 Corvette GTD entry is running on customer Michelin tires, which are required for the category. This is a change from GTLM where the C8.R ran on confidential tires – ones that were specifically designed for Corvette Racing.
3. The power output of the C8.R’s flat-plane V8 is significantly reduced under GTD rules. The difference between the size of this year’s Daytona air restrictor and 2021 is nearly 1.7 mm.
4. Related to that, the GTD PRO Corvette is running with a higher angle of attack on the rear wing than previous years. This creates a greater level of drag on the race car and significantly reduces top speed.
5. The addition of ABS is required under GT3/GTD rules. As many observers are aware, Corvette Racing tested this in competition for the first time last year at Belle Isle in the GTLM Corvette. The system continued to be improved throughout testing late last year and early this season both virtually and in the real world.
6. The differential of the Corvette C8.R must now comply with GT3/GTD regulations. A limited slip differential configuration is permitted with a single homologated set of ramps. This required removal of some tuning options previously available on the GTLM Corvette.
7. Unlike other GTD teams, the C8.Rs are required to run with torque axle sensors. These directly measure the output of the Corvette engine and the data is used by IMSA for the BOP process.

Winning a Big Gator meant ‘more than you’ll know’ to Justin Allgaier

The NASCAR star shared his passion for racing at DIRTcar Nationals and why he cherishes his gator trophies most

BARBERVILLE, FL – Jan. 26, 2022 – Justin Allgaier occasionally peered into the Volusia Speedway Park pond hoping to see its resident gators during DIRTcar Nationals last year.Each time, he found himself – the “Little Gator.”However, there was another gator the NASCAR star was truly searching for. The golden gator; given only to those capable of winning during the historic DIRTcar Nationals event.Allgaier had already claimed the unique trophy in 2016 with the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds – a prize he said he cherishes over every other trophy he’s collected.“I’ve got the little gator that we won years ago sitting front and center in my trophy case,” he said. “It’s out in front of all the NASCAR wins. It’s out in front of everything I got because it means a lot to me.”What he didn’t have yet was the Big Gator trophy. That prestigious life-size idol is reserved only to those who master the points battle for the week or win the biggest UMP Modified race of the event – the Gator Championship Feature.Modified champion Nick Hoffman was on a path to conquer both last year but a rare slip by the multi-time gator winner allowed Allaiger the opportunity to slide into the lead. Hoffman tried desperately to run down Allaiger – driving a chassis built by Hoffman – but the “Little Gator” used all his might to finally earn a Big Gator trophy.Its significance?“More than you’ll know,” Allgaier said. “Obviously, the NASCAR side (driving for recent NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee Dale Earnhardt Jr.), I love what I do, and I have great sponsors over there. I love the NASCAR side of things but there is nothing like coming out in front of you (dirt) fans. Everybody is watching at home on DIRTVision. Just putting it all out there with 30 of the best drivers in the world. I truly mean that.”He’ll be back this year for the 51st edition of DIRTcar Nationals, Feb. 7-12, to hunt for both gators again. Participating in the event is a privilege he cherishes, having visited Volusia as a fan long before he started his racing career. Even before the track had dirt on it.When he turned from fan to driver at the half-mile track, he started in a Late Model before moving to a DIRTcar UMP Modified. He credited his years in dirt racing as a key to his success, which includes 16 NASCAR Xfinity Series wins and the 2008 ARCA championship.“This is an integral part of who I am as a racer,” Allgaier said. “It’s a huge part of who I am. It drives me to be a racer. I love what I do on Saturdays, and I love the NASCAR scene. It is so totally different than this. They’re both great in their own right. They’re so totally different. Dirt racing fans are incredible. They’re passionate. They love their sport. And rightly so, right? Whether it’s Late Model, Sprint Cars, Modifieds, just in general they love this sport so much. And it drives us. You put in hours. You put in time.”And don’t think he finds dirt racing any less stressful than his NASCAR duties.“I get more heartburn and sleepless nights coming here (to DIRTcar Nationals) than I’d like to admit,” Allgaier said. “You know, it’s so difficult to come down here. And so many things have to go right. But you look at guys like Nick (Hoffman) who come here year in and year out, they find their way to the box. They make no mistakes. They’re on their game. The amount of focus and discipline it takes to come here, when you have this many cars, it really is incredible to see the talent level here right now. It’s really amazing.“I think a lot of NASCAR guys come back here because we truly believe it’s a huge test of our abilities. A test of the people around you. There’s just something different about it. This week is mentally draining. When you walk out of this place, you’re either pumped up and ready to come back next year or you’re so demoralized that you’re ready to come back next year so you can redeem yourself. It’s pretty awesome. It’s something that… yeah, there’s really no words that can describe it.”If you venture to the gator pond this February, you may find the “Little Gator” again peering into its depths, searching. Always searching for a gator – green and gold.For tickets to DIRTcar Nationals, click HERE.If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch the two weeks of the event live on DIRTVision – either online or with the DIRTVision App.

DIRTcar Racing is brought to fans by many important sponsors and partners, including: DIRTVision (Official Live Broadcast Partner), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), SIS Insurance (Official Insurance Provider), VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel), iRacing (Official Online Racing Game), Arizona Sport Shirts/Gotta Race, Chevy Performance Parts, and NAPA Auto Parts (SDS). Contingency sponsors include: ARP (Automotive Racing Products), ASI Race Wear (SDS), Bassett Racing Wheel, Bell Helmets, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products (SDS), Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux (SDS), Cometic Gasket (SDS), COMP Cams, Fast Shafts, Fox Factory, Jerovetz Motorsports Shock Service, K1 Race Gear, KSE Racing Products, MSD, Mulit FireX, Quarter Master, Schoenfeld Headers, Summit Racing Equipment, Velocita USA, Wrisco-Wieland Metal Services (Exclusive Racing Aluminum). Along with manufacturer sponsors, including: FIREBULL, Intercomp, and Racing Electronics.

Stout Cadillac Racing lineup ready for Rolex 24 At Daytona

 Cadillac DPi-V.R seeks fifth overall victory since 2017 in the season-opening race
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 26, 2022) – Five Cadillac Racing entries will seek to take the checkered flag Sunday, Jan. 30, in the 60th anniversary Rolex 24 At Daytona.
Cadillac, the reigning IMSA Daytona Prototype international (DPi) Manufacturer Champion, has won the annual season-opening race in four of the five years of the category and is expected to be in the hunt for another victory.
“Cadillac looks strong,” said fourth-year JDC-Miller MotorSports driver Tristan Vautier, who will co-drive the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R that is starting on the front row. “There are many pieces that have to fit together, but we’re off to a good start.”
Cadillac DPi-V.R drivers and crews worked on their car setups during test sessions and gleaned data during the 100-minute qualifying race Sunday, Jan. 23. They have four brief sessions on the 3.56-mile, 12-turn Daytona International Speedway road course that incorporates sections of the high-banked oval for final preparations and developing strategy before taking the grid for the 1:40 p.m. ET green flag Saturday, Jan. 29.
While drivers have been physically gearing up for weeks for the start of the season, they have more recently been preparing mentally for the grueling race.
“It’s difficult having the first round of the championship being a 24-race. It’s so unique,” said Alex Lynn, co-driving the No. 02 Cadillac Accessories Cadillac DPi-V.R campaigned by Chip Ganassi Racing. “In other championships, you build up to a 24-hour race. Not much time for the teams to prepare, but for us mentally it’s difficult because it’s going straight from a break to a 24-hour race.”
Added Renger van der Zande, co-driver of the sister No. 01 V-Performance Academy Cadillac DPi-V.R and a two-time Rolex 24 overall winner with Cadillac Racing: “The mental aspect is to focus on your job and trust the others to do well. The only thing you can focus on is that little piece that you’re contributing to the whole team. You’re relying on your teammates, you’re relying on the strategy, you’re relying on the mechanical side of your car. To get everything right is not easy.
“I’m with an amazing group of drivers and amazing group of people I work with who are to be trusted.”
Cadillac drivers will contend with a 61-car field – up 20 entries from 2021 – on the unforgiving road course throughout the twice-around-the-clock race. They’ll also deal with an unfavorable weather forecast.
“Keeping the car in one piece is one of the most important things,” said Kamui Kobayashi, who will co-drive the No. 48 Ally Cadillac DPi-V.R that starts third. At the end of the day, the team that has the best car has the best chance to win the 24-hour. But still, anything can happen in 24 hours.”
Said Lynn: “The key word is endurance, just getting through the night and seeing where you are. There are a lot of points at stake, and you want to build up a momentum for the championship, but it’s obviously a race that everyone wants to win.”
Cadillac Racing lineup, starting position and notes:
No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R (JDC-Miller MotorSports)Tristan Vautier, Richard Westbrook, Loic Duval, Ben KeatingStarting: Second … Earned the pole for the 100-minute qualifying race and was quick in every Roar Before the Rolex 24 session. … Duval moves from full-time driver to endurance race driver. … Keating will also co-drive a car in another class. … Engineer Rick Cameron is the father of sports car driver Dane Cameron.Car chief-Josh Kerrigan Lead engineer-Rick Cameron Race strategist-John Church
No. 48 Ally Cadillac DPi-V.R (Action Express Racing)Jimmie Johnson, Mike Rockenfeller, Kamui Kobayashi, Jose Maria LopezStarting: Third … Runner-up in the 2021 race. … Lopez joins the team for the Rolex 24; others return from 2021. … NASCAR Cup Series championship crew chief Chad Knaus is the race strategist.Car chief-Scott Darnell Technical director/lead engineer-Iain WattRace strategist-Chad Knaus
No. 01 V-Performance Academy Cadillac DPi-V.R (Chip Ganassi Racing)Renger van der Zande, Sebastien Bourdais, Scott Dixon, Alex PalouStarting: Fifth … Notes: The “Champions Cadillac” as each driver has won at least one series championship (Dixon has six INDYCAR titles and Bourdais has four). … Dixon will join four others for third place on the all-time Rolex 24 overall victory list with four with a win this weekend.Car chief-Phil Binks Lead engineer-John Hennek Race strategist-Peter Baron
No. 02 Cadillac Accessories Cadillac DPi-V.R (Chip Ganassi Racing)Earl Bamber, Alex Lynn, Marcus Ericsson, Kevin MagnussenStarting: Sixth … Notes: Second Cadillac Racing entry for the 2021 season with Chip Ganassi Racing. … Danielle Shepherd is in her first season as the race engineer for the No. 02 after being the simulation engineer Alex Palou’s 2021 INDYCAR championship-winning car.Car chief-Jamie Coates Lead engineer-Danielle Shepherd
No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R (Action Express Racing)Pipo Derani, Tristan Nunez, Mike ConwayStarting: Seventh … 2021 IMSA DPi Driver (Pipo Derani and Felipe Nasr) and Team Champion. … Nunez is a seven-time IMSA race winner; in 2013 became youngest winner in Rolex Sports Car Series history, driving in GX class.Car chief-Bill Keuler Technical director/lead engineer-Iain Watt Race strategist-Tim Keene
NBC will kick off race coverage at 1:30 p.m. ET Saturday, Jan. 29, and return for the exciting conclusion at noon ET Sunday, Jan. 30. USA Network and Peacock will have complementary telecasts. The IMSA Radio broadcast can be heard on XM 202 and SiriusXM Online 972. 
Cadillac production lineup on displaySpectators will have the opportunity to see an exciting lineup of Cadillac vehicles, including the CT5-V Blackwing and CT4-V Blackwing, at the Cadillac display in the Fan Midway during the race weekend.The Blackwing sedans are the most track-capable production vehicles to display the Cadillac crest. 
The 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing recently set the lap record for production vehicles at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.
Cadillac Racing DPi-V.R Rolex 24 At Daytona results 2021-20172021: Second – Action Express Racing (Jimmie Johnson, Simon Pagenaud, Mike Rockenfeller, Kamui Kobayashi)          Fifth – Chip Ganassi Racing (Renger van der Zande, Scott Dixon, Kevin Magnussen)          Eighth* – Whelen Engineering (Felipe Nasr, Pipo Derani, Mike Conway, Chase Elliott)          34th – Mustang Sampling (Tristan Vautier, Sebastien Bourdais, Loic Duval)* – pole2020: Overall win – Wayne Taylor Racing (Renger van der Zande, Ryan Briscoe, Scott Dixon, Kamui Kobayashi)          Third – JDC-Mustand Sampling Racing (Joao Barbosa, Sebastien Bourdais, Loic Duval)          Fifth – JDC-Miller Motorsports (Tristan Vautier, Juan Piedrahita, Mathies Leist, Chris Miller)          Seventh – Whelen Engineering Racing (Felipe Nasr, Pipo Derani, Mike Conway, Felipe Albuquerque)2019: Overall win – Konica Minolta (Jordan Taylor, Renger van der Zande, Fernando Alonso, Kamui Kobayashi)         Second – Whelen Engineering (Eric Curran, Felipe Nasr, Pipo Derani)         Fifth – JDC-Miller Motorsports (Tristan Vautier, Devlin DeFrancesco, Rubens Barrichello, Misha Goikhberg)         Ninth (seventh in class) – Mustang Sampling Racing (Filipe Albuquerque, Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi)         29th (eighth in class) – Juncos Racing (Will Owen, Kyle Kaiser, Rene Binder, Agustin Canapino)          43rd (10th in class) – JDC-Miller Motorsports (Simon Trummer, Stephen Simpson, Chris Miller, Juan Piedrahita)2018: Overall win – Mustang Sampling Racing (Filipe Albuquerque, Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi)          Second – Whelen Engineering Racing(Eric Curran, Felipe Nasr, Mike Conway)        45th (15th in class)* — Wayne Taylor Racing (Jordan Taylor, Renger van der Zande, Ryan Hunter-Reay)          50th (20th in class) – Spirit of Daytona Racing (Matt McMurry, Tristan Vautier, Eddie Cheever III)* – pole2017: Overall win – Wayne Taylor Racing (Jordan Taylor, Ricky Taylor, Max Angelelli, Jeff Gordon)           Second* — Mustang Sampling Racing (Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi, Filipe Albuquerque)          14th (sixth in class) – Whelen Engineering Racing (Eric Curran, Dane Cameron, Mike Conway, Seb Morris)* – pole

Expanded TV Broadcasts and Live Streaming of Events Announced for 2022

Batavia, OH (January 25, 2022) – There are exciting things happening all around with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series in 2022; one being the expanded TV and streaming broadcast schedule. With the increased coverage of the series events including the most live events broadcast on TV in the history of the sport, fans will have access to live events, re-airings, and highlights of the premier national touring series for dirt late model racing.
Owned and operated by Lucas Oil Products, the MAVTV Motorsports Network has increased their live coverage of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series in 2022. The MAVTV Motorsports Network will broadcast eighteen (18) events live, two (2) next day airings, and a total of 43 events with live and/or tape-delayed broadcasts.
The MAVTV Motorsports Network is the only cable television network in the U.S. dedicated solely to motorsports. With over 220 providers across cable, satellite, telco, and digital broadcast platforms, MAVTV is now available to more viewers than ever before. To find a full list of providers, visit:
“Our television package is one of the most fundamental elements of our program,” said Rick Schwallie, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Director. “We are grateful for the dedication of everyone at Lucas Oil Products, MAVTV Motorsports Network, and Lucas Oil Production Studios for the continued growth and exposure of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.”
The first live broadcast event on the MAVTV Motorsports Network starts with the season opener at Golden Isles Speedway in Waynesville, GA on Thursday, January 27th. In addition to the increased TV coverage on the MAVTV Motorsports Network, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series can also be viewed on our streaming website at All 65 feature events in 2022 will be live streamed on MAVTV Plus as part of the broadcast schedule in 2022.
To learn more about the MAVTV Motorsports Network and a full list of providers visit To register and learn more about the live streaming service of events visit To learn more about the Lucas oil late Model dirt Series visit
2022 LIVE Broadcast Events on the MAVTV Motorsports Network

ProMedia Launches into 2022 with 3 New Websites for NMRA, NMCA, and Race Pages

As the world celebrates a new beginning with the calendar flipping over to 2022, ProMedia Events & Publishing is proud to introduce three new websites for the NMRA Ford Nationals (, NMCA Muscle Car Nationals (, and its drag racing/street performance media property, Race Pages Magazine ( ProMedia worked with renowned website and advertising agency Admark to develop the cutting-edge websites.  “We’re constantly working on improving the customer experience with all of our brands from our live events to their experiences in the digital space. By upgrading our websites we’re focusing on bringing NMRA and NMCA events to an even higher level of exposure, making it easier for racers and fans to find information and relevant news about our events, and give our sponsors and advertisers the best digital package,” said Steve Wolcott, ProMedia’s founder and CEO. “For over 20 years our company’s digital strategy has always included strong websites featuring compelling content and valuable event information. We think you’ll you be impressed as we continue to push harder into the latest design, improving the customer experience even more.”  The three brands—NMRAdigital, NMCAdigital, and Race Pages—reach hundreds of thousands of unique visitors yearly through exclusive content including news, features, videos, and the latest racing/performance technology.  The NMRAdigital and NMCAdigital sites serve as the official landing pages for national events and include all information a racer or fan needs from special features to daily schedules, rules, payouts/contingency, directions and ticketing information. The unrivaled event coverage includes daily news from each stop on tour, photo galleries, and complete qualifying and elimination results. Race Pages Magazine is the official e-zine of the NMRA Ford Nationals and NMCA Muscle Car Nationals as well as a voice in the drag racing/street performance community. The editors bring decades of content experience to the digital world with breaking news, the hottest feature vehicles, video presentations, and the latest racing/performance technology to make your car or truck quicker and faster. It works together with Fastest Street Car Magazine to fuse the high quality of print magazines with the speediness of the digital world.  Wolcott concluded, “Our websites are more than an improved graphic and tech package. The backbone for continued growth will be through its high-quality content. That’s because our Content Media division is comprised of industry veterans delivering awesome entertainment and important information to competitors, enthusiasts, and fans around the world.” 

RULES BULLETIN: World of Outlaws to Implement Fire Suppression System by 2023 Season

SFI Specification Expected to be Finalized by Early Summer

CONCORD, NC – January 26, 2022 – Series Director Carlton Reimers and Technical Director Tom Devitt have confirmed the first rules bulletin of the year with an on-board fire suppression system becoming mandatory to compete with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series by the beginning of next season.

FIRE SUPPRESSION SYSTEM: By the first event of 2023, fire suppression systems will be required for all World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series competitors. Sprint Car Safety Council members are in the process of working with SFI and manufacturers to develop a set of specifications which is anticipated to be completed by May 2022. It is anticipated that the specifications will include required number of nozzle(s) and their location, minimum 5lb system, bottle construction, type of mounting hardware, etc. It is recommended that anyone considering a sprint car fire suppression system should wait until the SFI specifications are released before making a purchase. If you intend to install a system before the SFI specification is completed, be aware you may be required to update it when the SFI specification is mandatory in 2023.

Series officials have already begun conducting cockpit nozzle tests, while the SFI will begin their research & development on January 26. As previously stated, a specification is expected to be finalized by late spring or early summer. The fire suppression systems will then be mandatory at the 2023 World of Outlaws season opener.

“We’ve had preliminary discussions about this for the last few years, so this has been the goal to get here for some time,” Devitt added. “I brought it up again at Knoxville last year and presented the rule to drivers and teams, and everyone was well receptive of it. We just have to go through the process of refining what exactly the rule will be. The two SFI standards right now don’t fit into a Sprint Car, so we’re creating a new 17.3 specification. It’ll take a bit of time, so that’s why we’re holding off until 2023.”

Titled the “Single Seat Open Wheel Front Engine On-Board Fire Suppression System,” the SFI has already drafted the 17.3 specification with finalization on the rule coming once research and development are complete. Due to the open cockpit nature of a Sprint Car, the SFI 17.3 specification is expected to be tougher to pass than other fire suppression specifications.

Further updates on this system and any other rules bulletin will be announced once finalized. Drivers and teams can view the current World of Outlaws rulebook HERE.

In the meantime, the 2022 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season begins in two weeks with a trip to Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, FL for the DIRTcar Nationals on February 10-12. Fans unable to attend the event can watch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision.

CHAD’S BACK: Boespflug Teams with Scott Benic for Inaugural Xtreme Outlaw Sprint Car Campaign

14-Race Season Begins at Volusia’s DIRTcar Nationals on February 14-15MARION, IN – January 26, 2022 – A pair of familiar names will return to full-time status on the non-wing scene in 2022 as Chad Boespflug and Scott Benicunite for a title run with the Xtreme Outlaw Sprint Car Series presented by Low-E Insulation.The new combination brings together a nine-time USAC National Sprint Car winning driver and the only crew chief in history to win the USAC Triple Crown. It also brings Benic’s 2B Racing operation back to life for the first time in nearly a decade.Their bid for the inaugural championship begins on Monday & Tuesday, February 14-15 at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, FL. The 14-race Series starts as part of the DIRTcar Nationals with a $5,000-to-win opener and a $10,000-to-win finale. For fans unable to enjoy #FLinFEB, you can watch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision.BUY TICKETS HERE (Feb. 14-15)For Boespflug, the Hanford, CA native will return to a more regular racing schedule after focusing on business with Capitol Renegade and starting a family.“Not racing but a few times in 2021 was a good reset for me,” Boespflug said. “I was just burnt out from chasing it for so long. I would have raced more but the right opportunities just didn’t present themselves. The chance to race for Scott Benic and 2B Racing has me excited to go racing again. It’s going to be a really fun year and I can’t wait to get back after it.”For Benic, this is his next chapter in a storied career. The owner of Benic Enterprises has enjoyed several significant achievements such as the 1994 World of Outlaws Crew Chief of the Year with Jeff Swindell, the 2005 USAC Sprint Car title with Levi Jones, the 2008 USAC Silver Crown title with Jerry Coons Jr., and the 2009 USAC Midget title with Brad Kuhn.“Dana [Benic] and I are extremely excited to work on putting the 2B Racing team back on the track and hope to find speed out of the box next month at Volusia,” Scott Benic added. “Working with Chad should bring some fun and excitement to the fold. He had great speed in recent years and then stepped away from driving duties over the last few to concentrate on business ventures, but now is ready to step back in with both feet on the gas.”The new 2B Racing sprint cars will utilize Maxim Chassis, ride on Afco shocks, and have motors built by the venerable Claxton Engines. Benic is partnering with the Lake Ozark Performance Expo to kickstart this new journey.Boespflug joins a group including Jason McDougal, Chase Stockon, Zach Daum, Shane Cockrum, Landon Simon, Mario Clouser, and several soon-to-be-announced drivers as those already committed to the new Series.Stay tuned to or @Xtreme_Outlaw on Twitter for more details such as full payouts, incentives, format, and rules as the inaugural season approaches.Xtreme Outlaw Sprint Cars presented by Low-E Insulation 2022 Schedule:Mon-Tues, Feb. 14-15: Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, FL)
Fri, April 8: US-36 Raceway (Osborn, MO)
Sat, April 9: Lake Ozark Speedway (Eldon, MO)
Fri-Sat, June 10-11: Lake Ozark Speedway (Eldon, MO)
Fri-Sat, June 24-25: Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (Pevely, MO)
Fri, September 9: Jacksonville Speedway (Jacksonville, IL)
Sat, September 10: Spoon River Speedway (Canton, IL)
Fri-Sat, October 7-8: Atomic Speedway (Waverly, OH)
Fri, October 28:  TBA
Sat, October 29: TBA

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink® Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: NOS Energy Drink (Official Energy Product), DIRTVision (Official Live Broadcast Partner), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), iRacing (Official Online Racing Game), SIS Insurance (Official Insurance Provider) and VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); contingency sponsors include ARP (Automotive Racing Products), Cometic Gasket, COMP Cams, KSE Racing Products (Hard Charger Award), Micro-Lite LLC, MSD and Slick Woody’s (Quick Time Award); manufacturer sponsors include FIREBULL, Intercomp, K1 Race Gear, and Racing Electronics.

The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: DIRTVision (Official Live Broadcast Partner), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), iRacing (Official Online Racing Game), SIS Insurance (Official Insurance Provider) VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); contingency sponsors include Arizona Sport Shirts/Gotta Race, ARP (Automotive Racing Products), Cometic Gasket, COMP Cams, Fox Factory (Hard Charger Award), MSD, Penske Racing Shocks, Quarter Master, Slick Woody’s (Quick Time Award), and Wrisco–Wieland Metal Services (Exclusive Racing Aluminum); along with manufacturer sponsors, including: Capital Race Cars, FIREBULL, Integra Shocks, Intercomp, K1 Race Gear, Racing Electronics, Reliable Painting, and Rocket Chassis.

Dirt Draft Partners with Series, Offers Speedweeks and a Year Long Fantasy Champion

Batavia, OH (January 26, 2022) – Dirt Draft, a fantasy racing contest that allows you to compete against hundreds of other fans across the country, has again partnered with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series in 2022. As the “Official Fantasy Sports Provider” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Dirt Draft makes it easy for fans to have fun playing dirt track fantasy games and win prizes, while offering a cash bonus to one driver at the year-end Series Championship banquet.
For race fans, the Georgia/Florida Speedweeks subscribers to Dirt Draft will have the opportunity to become the official Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Fantasy Speedweek Champion. Beginning on Thursday, January 27th at Golden Isles Speedway, users can select five drivers for each event through the conclusion of Speedweeks at East Bay Raceway Park on Saturday, February 12th. The fourteen-race mini-series champion will be awarded a customized Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Speedweeks trophy and the top 25 earn bonus points to the Dirt Draft Speed Shop.
For the season-long enthusiast, the opportunity to be crowned the 2022 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Dirt Draft Fantasy Champion seems to be in the spotlight of ‘what to pay attention to’. Not only does this title come with bragging rights, but the fantasy champion will be invited to the series championship banquet in December to be recognized in front of and alongside some of the nation’s most elite teams and drivers.
For the drivers, have you ever heard someone say, “You can’t win Hot Laps? “, well now you can. In 2022, Dirt Draft will again be a contingency sponsor of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series by sponsoring the Fastest Hot Lap Award. The driver with the most overall “fastest lap time in Hot Laps” at the conclusion of the season will be presented with a $500 check courtesy of Dirt Draft Fantasy Racing.
“We are happy to have Dirt Draft as a partner again in 2022. The race fans really enjoy playing the fantasy app and having the opportunity to win some prizes. In addition, series drivers get a chance to win a cash award at the year-end awards banquet by ‘winning Hot Laps’,” stated Wayne Castleberry, Marketing and Sales for Lucas Oil Motorsports.
For more information regarding Dirt Draft, visit or download the DirtDraft app. Also, be sure to follow along on social media for the latest news and updates via Twitter @DirtDraft and
About Dirt Draft: Dirt Draft entered the fantasy sports world as the first of its kind in July of 2019, covering grassroots short track racing events of all types. Since then, Dirt Draft has prided itself on working strategically with national series’, regional tours, racetracks, and drivers to enhance overall fan engagement across the nation. Fans pick drivers they believe will perform well, while staying at or under a salary cap. The lineup picked will compete against other users in the contests each fan joined. The team of drivers each fan picked will score based on their finish in the A-Main. If the picked driver does well, points are accumulated that can be redeemed in the Dirt Draft Speed Shop for merchandise, tickets, subscriptions, experiences, and much more!
About Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt SeriesFounded in 2005, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series showcases the talents of the top dirt late model drivers from across the country. In 2022, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will sanction 65 events across 18 states, including some of the biggest marquee events in the industry, providing dirt slinging, sideways, door-to-door racing action lap after lap.  The series receives national exposure through a television package filmed, produced and edited by Lucas Oil Production Studios. Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series events will be streamed live on MAVTV Plus, with broadcasts on MAVTV Motorsports Network.   The in your face excitement of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is second to none in motorsports. For more information, including the latest news, tour schedule, driver information, and more, visit the official website at:

Super Clean Super Bowl of Racing Presented by eBay Motors Kicks Off 2022 Season

Batavia, OH (January 25, 2022) – The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series kicks off the 2022 season with the Super Clean Super Bowl of Racing Presented by eBay Motors. Three single day shows will be contested at Golden Isles Speedway in Waynesville, GA on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday January 27th, 28th, and 29th with an open practice on Wednesday, January 26th. The series looks forward to a return visit to Golden Isles Speedway after a lapse in 2021, and under the new ownership of Kyle Bronson and Amber Lloyd.
Several of the nation’s top teams will venture to Golden Isles Speedway on Wednesday, January 26th for an open practice from 6-9PM ET. Thursday-Saturday, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series teams will have Hot Laps, Allstar Performance Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Main(s), and A-Main event.
Thursday’s Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series main event will be 40 laps paying $10,000-to-win, Friday’s 50-lap A-Main event will pay $12,000-to-win, and Saturday’s $15,000-to-win finale will also be 50 laps. Additionally, the 602 and 604 Late Models will have a complete program each night. There will be a 5:00PM ET driver’s meeting with hot laps beginning at 5:30PM ET on Thursday and Friday. Saturday’s start time will be one hour earlier with a 4:00PM ET driver’s meeting and 5:30PM ET hot laps. The recently announced Ag Protect 1 Speedweeks bonus will also start on Thursday January 27th at Golden Isles Speedway. Any driver competing in all 14 scheduled Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series GA/FL Speedweeks events will be eligible for the Ag Protect 1 bonus. Any one driver winning a minimum of eight (8) races during the January 27th – February 12th events will receive a $20,000 cash bonus. If a driver wins ten (10) of the 14 events, that driver will receive a $100,000 bonus, and if a driver wins all fourteen (14) speedweeks events, they will receive a $200,000 bonus. Wrisco Industries will also offer additional cash awards to the top eight (8) drivers based on points earned at the fourteen (14) GA/FL Speedweeks events. Drivers must attempt to compete in all fourteen (14) events to be eligible for the Wrisco Winternationals points fund awards.
On Thursday and Friday, pit gates will close at 1:30PM and re-open at 2:00PM with the general admission gate closing and reopening at 3:00PM. On Saturday pit gates will close at 12:30PM and re-open at 1:00PM with the general admission gate closing and reopening at 2:00PM. Saturday’s program kicks off with a Dirt Racing Outreach Service at 2:30 PM ET in the main grandstands towards turn one. 
Thursday’s January 27th season opener at GIS will be broadcasted LIVE on the MAVTV Motorsports Network. With over 220 providers across cable, satellite, telco and digital broadcast platforms, the MAVTV Network is now available to more viewers than ever before. To find a full list of providers, visit: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series can also be viewed on the web through our streaming service at MAVTV Plus will Live Stream all 65 events this year beginning with the January 27th event. To register and watch every event live in 2022 visit  Track Information:Golden Isles SpeedwayPhone Number: (912) 386-0061Location: 101 Speedway Drive, Waynesville, GA 31566GPS Coordinates: 31.236022 -81.756976Directions: I-95 to exit 29, then 13.5 miles west on US 82, then north on CR 229Website:
Tire Rule:Left Rear/Fronts – Hoosier Rib (28.5) 1300Right Rear – Hoosier (29.0) 1300 NRM, (29.0) 1300 NRMW, (92) LM40*Must use the same set of 4 tires for Time Trials, Heat Races, and B-Mains.*For the A-Main, competitors may use 1 new right rear tire.*Flat tire must be replaced with a used tire of the same compound and construction to retain starting position.
Super Clean Super Bowl of Racing Presented by eBay Motors Purses:Thursday 1/27 – 1. $10,000, 2. $5,500, 3. $3,500, 4. $2,700, 5. $2,500, 6. $2,300, 7. $2,200, 8. $2,100, 9. $2,050, 10. $2,000, 11. $1,600, 12. $1,400, 13. $1,200, 14. $1,000, 15. $950, 16. $925, 17. $900, 18. $875, 19. $850, 20. $825, 21. $800, 22. $800, 23. $800, 24. $800 = $48,575 Friday 1/28 – 1. $12,000, 2. $6,000, 3. $3,500, 4. $2,800, 5. $2,500, 6. $2,300, 7. $2,200, 8. $2,100, 9. $2,050, 10. $2,000, 11. $1,600, 12. $1,400, 13. $1,200, 14. $1,100, 15. $1,050, 16. $1,000, 17. $1,000, 18. $1,000, 19. $1,000, 20. $1,000, 21. $1,000, 22. $1,000, 23. $1,000, 24. $1,000 = $52,800 Saturday 1/29 – 1. $15,000, 2. $6,500, 3. $3,500, 4. $3,000, 5. $2,500, 6. $2,400, 7. $2,300, 8. $2,200, 9. $2,100, 10. 2,000, 11. $1,600, 12. $1,400, 13. $1,300, 14. $1,200, 15. $1,050, 16. $1,000, 17. $1,000, 18. $1,000, 19. $1,000, 20. $1,000, 21. $1,000, 22. $1,000, 23. $1,000, 24. $1,000 = 57,050         
About Super Clean: Because Super Clean works super easy and super-fast, you can get more done in less time. That’s why automotive and cleaning professionals insist on Super Clean, the most efficient grease remover. About eBay Motors: eBay Motors is where you will find new and used vehicles as well as parts for fixing, updating, or maintaining your existing vehicle. eBay Motors is easy to navigate by vehicle type, category of items, sales and events, or brand and type of car, motorcycle, pickup, or

CLAY BY THE BAY: Adams, Troutman Share Similarities, Success at East Bay Winternationals

Chase for UMP Modified Speedweeks championship begins Wednesday in Tampa

TAMPA, FL – Jan. 25, 2022 – Nineteen days. Fourteen races. Three tracks. One champion. DIRTcar UMP Modified Winternationals is here.

Starting this week, the best Dirt Modified drivers in the nation make their annual southbound journey to the Sunshine State to take part in one of the most prestigious championship chases of Florida-Georgia Speedweeks. Similar in style to the Midwest-based DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals trail through the summer, drivers will compete at three tracks over three weeks in search of a $2,000 grand prize as champion of the miniseries.

The grind begins with five-straight nights at East Bay Raceway Park – Tue-Sat, Jan. 25-29 (Tuesday night has now been canceled due to rainfall). A $1,000 check is on the line Wednesday and $1,500-to-win on Thu-Fri before the 75-lap, $5,000-to-win championship finale on Saturday night.

Four days later, the Modifieds pick it back up at North Florida Speedway in Lake City for Round 6-8. Practice on Feb. 3 precedes racing on Fri-Sun, Feb 4-6.

Then comes the toughest test – the 51st DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park, Feb. 7-12. Over 100 drivers entered to compete for a gator trophy last year, but only one walked away victorious. Three-time DIRTcar national points titlist Nick Hoffman clinched his sixth consecutive DIRTcar Nationals championship in 2021, while Jason Hughes sealed the deal on his first Winternationals championship after a seventh-place run in the final race.

The path to the championship starts with a single race at East Bay. The famed Clay by the Bay has been hosting the UMP Modified extravaganza for the past 22 years. Several preliminary nights of action are held before the big-money championship Feature on Saturday night. Seventeen different drivers have tasted victory in the event finale, but only an elite few have done it more than once.

Kevin “Buzzy” Adams, of Cameron, WI, became the third driver to do so last year after a successful title defense in an epic finish, beating fellow Modified veteran Jason Hughes to the line on the final lap of a green-white-checkered to claim his second-consecutive $5,000 championship check.

It was a race he wouldn’t soon forget, powering around the top side at nearly 9,000 RPM to make the pass for the win in front of a crowd that’s come to know and love he and his black/green #40 every year since his debut in 2006.

“At the end, I feel like we were going to win the race without the last yellow, but the yellow didn’t hurt, either,” Adams said. “All-in-all, we just had to get after it and rely on the cushion because Jason Hughes was so good on the bottom, nobody was ever gonna get around him down there.”

The repeat triumph was the second Feature win that week for Adams, matching what he earned there in 2020. But this string of high-level success at East Bay has been only recent. In a span of seven championship Feature starts from 2012 to 2019, Adams finished second four times. The sense of jubilation, among other feelings he felt in Victory Lane when he finally broke through two years ago, still stands out in his mind today.

“It definitely was a sense of relief,” Adams said. “You kinda have that weighing on you, always thinking you’re going to be the bridesmaid.”

Adams has since become a household name at East Bay in January, now with seven Feature wins to his credit. Last year, he got a good look at one potential future household name in all of dirt track racing – teenage sensation Drake Troutman.

Troutman, the UMP Modified and Super Late Model hot shoe from Hyndman, PA, took the Winternationals trail by storm in 2021, winning in his East Bay debut against drivers with more year of experience at the third-mile oval than his own age.

“It was huge, to say the least,” Troutman said of the win. “We just had intentions to just go down there and at least make the shows. We got there and set quick time the first night, and that was just a huge confidence booster.”

He turned the heads of everyone in the pit area that week, even his own, taking the checkers again on Friday night on a last lap, Turn 4 slide job for the win.

“It seemed like the longer the race went, the better my car came in,” Troutman said. “The last three laps of the fourth night, I just found something on the track, and everyone else started slipping and sliding. I was kind of abusing my stuff more than other people were, so I had more tire heat.”

Back home, Troutman is used to racing on much larger tracks, such as his home track of Bedford Speedway in Bedford, PA – a mostly flat, 5/8-mile fairgrounds raceway. But he took right to the unique shape and dark-clay surface of East Bay in no time, showcasing his ability to get it done on a variety of courses.

“It fits my driving style,” Troutman said. “I like to drive kinda sideways. I like it because you can search around. Every five laps, the track’s changing.

“The first five laps, you might be putting around the bottom and the next five, you’re up there blasting the top.”

One of the most unique aspects of East Bay is the tide rolling in on the landscape and changing the track by the minute. Literally.

Sitting just a short distance from the water of Hillsborough Bay, the tide that moves in at night has been said to shift the water table underneath the land, causing moisture to rise all the way to the surface and bleed out onto the track while cars are going around. Several drivers subscribe to the notion that this moisture changes the track in real-time.

Though they have different levels of experience racing on it, both Adams and Troutman say it does change the track conditions, especially after a yellow on the restart.

“I love the challenge side of it, but I also love the speed you get at East Bay with a short-track atmosphere,” Adams said. “Then you throw in the big curveball, which is the tide effect.

“A lot of the Late Model crew chiefs think it doesn’t have an effect, but it does. If you’ve driven on there, you know exactly what it’s doing. It took us years to learn how to read that tide. Now, with cell phones and weather apps, you can see exactly when it’s coming in.”

“The tide has a lot to do with the track conditions,” Troutman said. “The slicker it gets, and then the tide comes in, it gets to the point where you can’t steer at all. You’ve gotta get the back-end whipped around.”

A WISSOTA Modified regular racing the one and only DIRTcar-sanctioned event he competes in all year, Adams and his car make the 1,500+ mile journey every year to take on this unique track – unlike any other he sees around his native Wisconsin.

“The way you have to drive the place is so different than back home,” Adams said. “Then, to deal with huge horsepower motors on soft tires and no spoiler – it’s crazy, compared to everything we do at home.”

Since starting up a family back home and the takeoff of his business, Buzz Signs, Adams hasn’t been able to chase the UMP Modified Speedweeks championship like he did several years ago. But he knows with the competition in Florida, even a single Feature win in January-February is one to cherish.

“Any time you can win a race in Florida – doesn’t matter what track you’re at – if it happens during Speedweeks, you feel like no matter what else happens that winter, it was still a success,” Adams said.

Not many teenage racers get the opportunity to travel the country and go dirt track racing in the middle of January and February. Troutman’s a rare breed, and he’s seizing the opportunity, reveling in the experience and knowledge he gains by tackling one of the most prestigious miniseries in Dirt Modified racing.

“The biggest thing that stands out to me is being able to travel,” Troutman said. “I like to be able to travel to new tracks, and to be able to go down there and do that for almost a month is just awesome.”

Don’t miss Adams, Troutman and the rest of what promises to be a stacked lineup of DIRTcar UMP Modifieds competing this week at East Bay Raceway Park. Stay tuned to DIRTcar Racing on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for live updates a

FOX Sports Announces 2022 Progressive American Flat Track TV Schedule

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 25, 2022) – Progressive American Flat Track and FOX Sports announced today the broadcast schedule for the much-anticipated 2022 season. All 18 races will premiere in one-hour telecasts on FS1 during highly desirable weekend time slots, starting with back-to-back coverage from the Volusia Half-Mile Doubleheader on Sunday, March 20 at 11:00 a.m. ET.

The FOX Sports coverage of AFT will premiere on FS1 within two weeks of each event, followed by a re-air on FS2. The schedule also leverages FOX Sports’ outstanding motorsports line-up to maximize viewership for AFT’s debut season on the network. The premiere telecasts on FS1 have been scheduled directly before or after other highly rated motorsports programming.

Progressive AFT ranks among the world’s most historic and thrilling forms of motorsport. Featuring the world’s fastest dirt track motorcycle racers, the season-long battle for the coveted Championship is waged over four distinct disciplines – Mile ovals, Half-Mile ovals, Short Track ovals, and TTs, which incorporate left- and right-hand turns and a jump. Combined, they serve as the ultimate test of rider skill while also consistently delivering unpredictable, adrenaline-fueled racing.

Routinely delivering bar to bar battles at speeds approaching 140 mph, the series continually satisfies the most loyal fanbase in motorcycle racing while promising to be an exciting discovery for legions of new fans who witness the action for the first time on FOX Sports.

Livestreaming coverage of all rounds will also be available for fans that want to catch every second of the racing action. Additional information about livestreaming as well as the on-air commentary team will be announced in the near future.

2022 Television Schedule for Progressive AFT on FS1:

Sunday, March 20 – Mission Foods Volusia Half-Mile I – 11:00 a.m. ET (8:00 a.m. PT) on FS1

Sunday, March 20 – Mission Foods Volusia Half-Mile II – 12:00 p.m. ET (9:00 a.m. PT) on FS1

Sunday, March 27 – Mission Foods Texas Half-Mile – 1:00 p.m. ET (10:00 a.m. PT) on FS1

Sunday, May 1 – I-70 Half-Mile – 10:00 a.m. ET (7:00 a.m. PT) on FS1

Sunday, June 5 – Mission Foods Red Mile I – 10:00 p.m. ET (7:00 p.m. PT) on FS1

Saturday, June 11 – Mission Foods Red Mile II – 11:00 a.m. ET (8:00 a.m. PT) on FS1

Saturday, June 18 – Laconia Short Track – 1:00 p.m. ET (10:00 a.m. PT) on FS1

Sunday, July 3 – Lima Half-Mile – 11:00 a.m. ET (8:00 a.m. PT) on FS1

Saturday, July 9 – Mission Foods New York Short Track – 11:30 a.m. ET (8:30 a.m. PT) on FS1

Saturday, July 23 – Mission Foods Port Royal Half-Mile – 10:30 a.m. ET (7:30 a.m. PT) on FS1

Sunday, August 7 – Peoria TT – 11:30 a.m. ET (8:30 a.m. PT) on FS1

Sunday, August 14 – Black Hills Half-Mile – 11:00 a.m. ET (8:00 a.m. PT) on FS1

Sunday, August 21 – Castle Rock TT – 11:30 a.m. ET (8:30 a.m. PT) on FS1

Saturday, August 27 – Sacramento Mile – 2:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. PT) on FS1

Sunday, September 11 – Springfield Mile I – 11:30 a.m. ET (8:30 a.m. PT) on FS1

Sunday, September 18 – Springfield Mile II – 11:00 a.m. ET (8:00 a.m. PT) on FS1

Sunday, October 2 – Cedar Lake Short Track – 10:30 a.m. ET (7:30 a.m. PT) on FS1

Sunday, October 23 – Mission Foods Volusia Half-Mile III – 11:00 a.m. ET (8:00 a.m. PT) on FS1

Progressive AFT will kick off the 2022 season with a Daytona Bike Week doubleheader on Thursday, March 10 and Friday, March 11 at Volusia Speedway Park. Secure your tickets to this bar-to-bar season opener now at

For more information on Progressive AFT visit


YORBA LINDA, Calif. (Jan. 25, 2021) – It was announced today that Monster Energy and Flav-R-Pac Frozen Fruits and Vegetables will continue to share primary sponsorship of Brittany Force’s Top Fuel dragster. Monster Energy was originally with the John Force Racing family from 2015-2018 during which Brittany Force won the 2017 NHRA Top Fuel World Championship and returned in 2020 to split primary sponsorship duties with Flav-R-Pac Fruits and Vegetables, a recognized brand of PNW VEG CO., LLC DBA NORPAC, a subsidiary of Oregon Potato Company (OPC) which is owned by Frank Tiegs.
After a successful 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season that featured 12 No. 1 qualifying positions, five final round appearances, a win at Topeka, Kansas and ultimately a runner-up finish in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Top Fuel championship, Monster Energy and Flav-R-Pac will continue with the Top Fuel stand-out in a multi-year partnership.
“Monster Energy and Flav-R-Pac have been great partners to John Force Racing. They navigated through the pandemic and 2020 with us and came out with a successful season in 2021 with Brittany. Being able to have not just one but two major partners who see the value in this sport and in this team enough to sign a multi-year deal really says something,” said John Force, founder and CEO of John Force Racing. “We are excited to grow the partnership we have with these two impressive brands.”
“A nitromethane-burning car putting out 10,000 horsepower, going over 330 mph in less than 3.5 seconds, and trying as hard as possible to destroy itself? Sounds like Monster Energy,” said Mitch Covington, VP of Sports Marketing for Monster Energy. “A company that prides itself on Unleashing the Beast, Monster Energy is straight-up stoked to go Top Fuel racing with Brittany Force in the 2022 NHRA racing season and beyond. We believe in our Championship driver and we will always continue to support her and the team. Easily the most violent, overwhelming and straight-up powerful form of racing on Planet Earth, you haven’t lived until you’ve felt your chest cavity shake and your eyes and nose burn after a 3-second Top Fuel pass.”
“When we first signed on with John Force Racing as a primary on Brittany’s dragster, we were always looking to the future and how we could grow this relationship. Partnering with this team has been a great decision and we are excited for what the future holds,” said Frank Tiegs, owner of Flav-R-Pac Frozen Fruits and Vegetables. “Heading into 2022 after such a successful 2021 season is really promising. This team is truly dynamic in how they operate making them a perfect fit for Flav-R-Pac and how we want to grow the brand.”

Brent Larson set for Strong 2022 World of Outlaws Season with Motul Return

Global Motor Oil and Lubricants Manufacturer will Continue to Serve as Primary Sponsor

CYPRUS, CA – January 24, 2022– With a renewed Motul partnership and a career year in 2021, Brent Larson is carrying a wealth of momentum into the new World of Outlaws Late Model season.

He already proved it with a career best start to the season at Sunshine Nationals before continuing his Florida swing at Volusia Speedway Park during DIRTcar Nationals, Feb. 16-19.

The Lake Elmo, MN driver, made improvements with the World of Outlaws in 2021, finishing eighth in points and collecting multiple top-five finishes. He credits his partnership with Motul as a key part to the growth of his program.

“We’re definitely making progress and improving, and it’s thanks to Motul that we are doing so,” Larson said. “I’m very thankful to have a long-term relationship with Motul; they’re great people and have tremendous oil products. We have a great relationship and work closely to grow their business beyond just putting logos on the race car. Their oils are the best we’ve ever seen. Motul has the best oil brand out there right now, and I’m proud to represent a premium high-performance motor oil and lubricant brand with such a rich history in motorsports.  I’m excited for the 2022 season to begin.”

The company joined Brent Larson Motorsports in 2021 and with Larson’s success decided to further extend their relationship.

“We’re excited to continue the strong momentum of our partnership with Brent Larson and his team into 2022,” Motul Brand Manager Nolan Browning said. “Having an experienced driver give feedback and put our performance lubricants to the test has been instrumental in the development of our racing products, like the newest 300V engine oil formula.” 

Larson has more than 100 career Late Model wins overall, is the 2007 DTRA Late Model National Champion, and has won the Cedar Lake Speedway track championship five times. He’s also won the track championship at Gondik Law Speedway, Red Cedar Speedway and KRA Speedway.

He’s currently seventh on the all-time Late Model wins list at Cedar Lake with 28. 

Looking to build off his 13th-place finish at Sunshine Nationals, Larson and the rest of the World of Outlaws stars return to action during the DIRTcar Nationals in February, joined by the Super DIRTcar Series. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

Acura, Wayne Taylor Racing Claim Pole for Rolex 24 at Daytona

Ricky Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque pilot their Acura ARX-05 to victory in Sunday’s qualifying race at Daytona International Speedway
Oliver Jarvis, Tom Blomqvist run fourth for Acura and Meyer Shank Racing
Acura seeking second consecutive Rolex 24 win

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 23, 2022) – The defending Rolex 24 at Daytona champions – Acura and Wayne Taylor Racing – got their 2022 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season off to a strong start Sunday, winning the qualifying race to set the grid for next weekend’s 60th running of the 24-hour endurance race at Daytona International Speedway.

This weekend’s “Roar Before the 24” three-day test, to prepare for the 2022 season, concluded with a 100-minute sprint race to set the grid for next weekend’s season-opening Rolex 24 enduro. WTR drivers Filipe Albuquerque and Ricky Taylor led 24 laps to the checkers, after an intense late-race battle with the JDC-Miller Racing entry of Richard Westbrook and Tristan Vautier.

Completing a strong day for Acura at Daytona, the all-new Meyer Shank Racing pairing of Tom Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis also led 17 laps en route to a fourth-place result. Combined the two Acura ARX-05-equipped teams led 41 of the 61 laps in today’s race.

In GTD, the Gradient Racing NSX GT3 Evo22 started at the rear of the 22-car GTD field following a crash on Saturday. After extensive overnight repairs, drivers Kyffin Simpson and Till Bechtolsheimer gained six positions in today’s short race to finish 16th.

Rolex 24 Qualifying Race Results
1st overall – #10 Filipe Albuquerque and Ricky Taylor, Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ARX-05 DPi
4th overall – #60 Tom Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis, Meyer Shank Racing Acura ARX-05 DPi
16th GTD – #44 Till Bechtolsheimer and Kyffin Simpson, Gradient Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo22

Fast Facts
Acura returns to Daytona International Speedway and the IMSA season-opening Rolex 24 as defending race champion. The Wayne Taylor Racing lineup of Filipe Albuquerque, Ricky Taylor, Helio Castroneves and Alexander Rossi claimed the win in last year’s twice-around-the-clock contest, 20 years after Acura’s first Daytona class win in 1991.

This will be Acura’s eighth Rolex 24 as a prototype manufacturer (1991-93, 2018-22). In addition to the overall win last year, and in 2016 under the HPD/Honda banner. Acura won the Camel Lights class at Daytona in 1991 and again in ‘92.

Acura first took part in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 1991, winning Camel Lights with Comptech Racing and drivers Parker Johnstone, Steve Cameron and Bob Lesnett driving a Spice Acura SE90P. Acura repeated as Camel Lights winner in 1992, with Comptech drivers Johnstone, Cameron and Jimmy Vasser [who also won Honda’s first Indy car championship in 1996].

Running an Honda Performance Development prepared, production-based Honda V6 engine, Tequila Patrón ESM won the Rolex 24 overall in 2016 with Pipo Derani, Scott Sharp, Johannes van Overbeek and Ed Brown driving a Ligier JSP2-Honda.

Ricky Taylor (#10 Wayne Taylor Racing ARX-05) Won today’s qualifying race with co-driver Filipe Albuquerque and will start from the pole in next Saturday’s Rolex 24 at Daytona. Will Stevens, Alexander Rossi join the driver lineup for the Rolex 24: “It was only 100 minutes, but that was a very stressful, hard race. The car was great, everyone at HPD has done a fantastic job to keep evolving and improving the ARX-05. The Konica Minolta Wayne Taylor Racing team also keeps continuing to improve. We have to keep working this next week [leading up to the Rolex 24] as I think everyone is going to be coming for us. But we’re starting in the best possible spot [pole], and looking forward to going again – this time for 24 hours.”

Tom Blomqvist (#60 Meyer Shank Racing Acura ARX-05): finished 4th in qualifying race for next weekend’s Rolex 24 with co-driver Oliver Jarvis; Rolex 24 co-drivers also include Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud: “It was cool, I enjoyed it. It’s been a while since I raced over here [in the USA], so it was nice. I got a good start, made up a few positions, which was fun. It’s always nice to move forward. We were running third, but got a bit unlucky with traffic. We only need to make a few small tweaks here and there to get us in better shape for the ‘24’ next weekend, but the team did a great job, so fingers crossed for next weekend, that’s when it really counts.”

Kelvin Fu (Vice President, Honda Performance Development) on today’s qualifying race victory and pole for the Rolex 24 at Daytona: “What an amazing and exciting race, it was a great start to the new IMSA season for Acura and HPD. Congratulations to Wayne Taylor Racing for getting our Rolex 24 victory defense started in the best possible way, to Meyer Shank Racing for their excellent effort; and to Gradient Racing, for their ‘precision crafted performance’ in repairing the #66 NSX and getting it to the grid following yesterday’s crash, and improving throughout the race.”

Where to Watch the Rolex 24 at Daytona
Television coverage of the 60th Rolex 24 at Daytona starts Saturday, January 29, at 1:30 p.m. EST for the opening hour on NBC. Coverage moves to USA Network from 4-7 p.m.; 10 p.m.-3 a.m.; and 6 a.m.-12 p.m. on Sunday. Coverage concludes with the final hours of the race on NBC from 12-2 p.m. Sunday. Live flag-to-flag race coverage also will be available on the NBC Peacock streaming service.

Fans can listen to audio commentary via, and Sirius XM Radio; and follow the race live via in-car cameras, IMSA Radio and timing & scoring available worldwide on and the IMSA mobile device App.

CORVETTE RACING AT DAYTONA: Rolex 24 Comes into Focus

Corvette C8.Rs eighth, ninth in new GTD PRO category in qualifying race for IMSA opener DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 23, 2022) – Corvette Racing finished up its first three days of official testing and competition in the new GTD (GT Daytona) PRO class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on Sunday with work to do ahead of the upcoming Rolex 24 At Daytona.
The team finished eighth and ninth in class and 14th and 18th among GTD cars following a 100-minute qualifying race to set the grid for the Rolex 24 on Jan. 29-30. Sunday’s race was the first for the evolved Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C8.R, which ran for all three days in GTD spec for the first time in a full-field setting. The results show the uphill battle facing last year’s GT Le Mans (GTLM) race-winning program. Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor – last year’s GTLM champions and Rolex 24 winners with Nicky Catsburg – in the mid-engine No. 3 Corvette C8.R led the team’s efforts but finished a lap behind the class-winning Lamborghini.
The C8.R has undergone a number of changes from its two-year GTLM campaign to bring it in line with the existing GTD cars. Corvette Racing is running with more weight, less power, a higher level of drag, customer Michelin tires and an ABS system for 2022 compared to 2021. Even with a mid-week Balance of Performance adjustment by the sanctioning body in an attempt for more evenly balanced competition, the Corvettes still faced a significant performance deficit in Saturday’s qualifying and Sunday’s race.
Sunday’s race ran green for the full 100 minutes. Garcia ran the first half of the race and gained three spots in class in the opening 10 minutes. He remained there before the GTD pit stop cycle began and handed off to Taylor, who rejoined in the same position after Sorensen made the class’ final stop with 45 minutes remaining.
Tommy Milner and Marco Sorensen teamed in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette in their first race together. Sorensen turned his first laps in competition as a member of Corvette Racing as the pair will drive with Nick Tandy. Milner opened with the longest stint of any GTD PRO drivers at 55 minutes but the top-speed deficit hurt his progress before the pit cycle began. 
Corvette Racing returns to the Daytona track Thursday for the opening practices for the 60tth Rolex 24 At Daytona. The race begins at 1:40 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 29. Television coverage begins at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBC before transitioning between the USA Network and the Peacock streaming service before the final two hours of NBC coverage Sunday afternoon. The full race will stream on Peacock while live IMSA Radio coverage will air on XM 202, SiriusXM Online 992 and, which also will host live timing and scoring.
ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R – EIGHTH IN GTD PRO: “Knowing how little testing we did before the Roar, we used this race as a big test for tires. There are a lot of different things with the tire regulations where you have to run a certain pressure, and we learned a lot about that. It’s the first experience we’ve had with this. I was driving and learning how to maximize the tire performance. Even if we didn’t have the overall pace to be farther up, I think we can a lot from here for the race. Even if it’s only learning how to run a double-stint, it’s better than nothing. Almost all the other GTD teams have been running this tire on their car for a long time so there is a lot of catching up we need to do on this little thing. Let’s see if we can come back stronger in a few days so we can be where we need to be.”
JORDAN TAYLOR, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R – EIGHTH IN GTD PRO: “The race was a qualifying race so you can’t really win too much in that event. It’s pretty much just about setting us up for the Rolex. For us, we know the car we have now. Throughout the Roar, we made some developments and gathered more data to hopefully set us up well for next week. That’s the one that counts. We still have some more work to do in order to understand the ABS, the new tire and everything. The guys will have a busy week ahead but I know we’ll come back strong next week. Understanding the racecraft of this category was important. We’re now mixed into a new class with GTD and Am drivers as well. Understanding how they race and how we will interact is useful. It’s a lot harder to get by them now that we have the same BoP, so it will make for a long and interesting 24 hours. It will make staying out of trouble that much more important than years past.”
TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R – NINTH IN GTD PRO: “We’re obviously not thrilled with our ultimate pace. There is still a lot learn with tires and things like that – experience that will help us for the race. Today was good for us as drivers to learn more about the tires and about interacting with the other competitors in GTD. This played out as we probably expected. The plan, of course, was to learn as much as we could. From my perspective, learning where some of the other cars are fast and where they aren’t, how they race… that will be a huge part of 24 hours here with 35 cars all near our pace. From that standpoint, it was successful. The car is in one piece and we stayed out of trouble. There’s lots of race data for the engineers to pour over and make our Corvettes as fast as they can.”
MARCO SORENSEN, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R – NINTH IN GTD PRO: “First off, it’s amazing to drive a whole stint in the Corvette. I got to understand the car in a totally different way. The tires we are on now are new for the team, so it was good to get some data on how much as a driver you can push on these tires. I’m still on a very steep learning curve with this car and I want to keep that curve going up so we are 100 percent ready for next week. I was a little surprised it was green all the way. You drive to the limit of the car and then you just sit on the straights and wait! There were some silly overtakes out there that people probably didn’t have to make in a qualifying race. I’m happy to have done my first race in a Corvette now. We have to now keep it going for the next week.”
Corvette Racing at Daytona1999No. 2 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Chris Kneifel/John Paul Jr. – 3rd in GTSNo. 4 Corvette C5-R: Andy Pilgrim/Scott Sharp/John Heinricy – 12th in GTS 
2000No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Chris Kneifel/Justin Bell – 2nd in GTSNo. 4 Corvette C5-R: Andy Pilgrim/Kelly Collins/Franck Freon – 10th in GTS
2001No. 2 Corvette C5-R: Ron Fellows/Johnny O’Connell/Chris Kneifel/Franck Freon – 1st in GTS (overall win)No. 3 Corvette C5-R: Andy Pilgrim/Kelly Collins/Dale Earnhardt/Dale Earnhardt Jr. – 2nd in GTS 2014No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Ryan Briscoe – 10th in GTLMNo. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Robin Liddell – 5th in GTLM
2015No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Ryan Briscoe – 1st in GTLM (Magnussen fastest race lap)No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Simon Pagenaud – 3rd in GTLM (Gavin pole)
2016No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Mike Rockenfeller – 2nd in GTLM (Garcia fastest race lap)No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Marcel Fässler – 1st in GTLM (Winner by 0.034 second)
2017No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Mike Rockenfeller – 4th in GTLMNo. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Marcel Fässler – 9th in GTLM
2018No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Mike Rockenfeller – 3rd in GTLM (Magnussen pole)No. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Marcel Fässler – 4th in GTLM 2019No. 3 Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen/Antonio Garcia/Mike Rockenfeller – 6th in GTLMNo. 4 Corvette C7.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Marcel Fässler – 8th in GTLM 2020 (Rolex 24 – January)No. 3 Corvette C8.R: Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor/Nicky Catsburg – 4th in GTLMNo. 4 Corvette C8.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner/Marcel Fässler – 7th in GTLM 2020 (WeatherTech 240 – July)No. 3 Corvette C8.R: Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor – 1st in GTLMNo. 4 Corvette C8.R: Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner – 5th in GTLM
2021No. 3 Corvette C8.R: Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor/Nicky Catsburg – 1st in GTLMNo. 4 Corvette C8.R: Tommy Milner/Nick Tandy/Alexander Sims – 2nd in GTLM

Front-row start for Cadillac in 60th Rolex 24 At Daytona

No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R leads the way in 100-minute qualifying race
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 23, 2022) – Five Cadillac DPi-V.R entries, led by front-row starter JDC-Miller Motorsports, will take the green flag Jan. 29 in the 60th anniversary Rolex 24 At Daytona.
Richard Westbrook and Tristan Vautier co-drove the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R to second place in the 100-minute qualifying race on the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway road course that set the 61-car starting field.
“I can only drive to what you give me, and you gave me something good,” Westbrook said to JDC-Miller MotorSports managing partner John Church.
Light contact with the front-running No. 60 DPi driven by Ricky Taylor on the white flag lap negated Westbrook’s challenge for the victory over his former teammate.
“This was good practice because the first stint of the race is going to be similar – sunny but cold – and our car is performing well,” Westbrook said. “We’ll keep working hard and getting to where we want. There’s more to come.”
Cadillac has won the season-opening race four of the five years of the current iteration of the top Prototype category.
The No. 48 Ally Cadillac DPi-V.R, driven by seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson and Kamui Kobayashi, will start third. The entry was runner-up in the 2021 twice-around-the-clock race.
The Nos. 01 V-Performance Academy Cadillac DPi-V.R and No. 02 Cadillac Accessories Cadillac DPi-V.R, both campaigned by Chip Ganassi Racing, will share Row 3. The No. 31 Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R – the 2021 class team champion — will start seventh.
Cadillac Racing results with 24-hour race starting position and best lap time:
No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R (JDC-Miller MotorSports)Tristan Vautier, Richard Westbrook, Loic Duval, Ben KeatingStarting: 2nd … Best lap time: 1:34.934Tristan Vautier: “It was a good way to get into our 24 and happy to be starting on the front row. My stint was good. I had a good start from the front and then it was just about managing the cars in traffic and manage the tires as well. It was very tricky with all those cars on track. Richard (Westbrook) gave it a good go there at the end. It didn’t work out but went for it. We’re very happy to be starting the 24 on the front row.”Richard Westbrook: “I’m on a steep learning curve. I’ve come from GTs for the last four years, though I’ve done DPs before, and I’m on a fast track to where I need to be. Today was all about learning what I can get away with and what I can’t in traffic, learning about the tires on my stint. I think I got a lot of info from that. I don’t think it could have gone better. Battling with Ricky (Taylor for the lead), my former teammate, I enjoyed every minute. We had good pace and the setup of the car was really good. There’s more to come.”
No. 48 Ally Cadillac DPi-V.R (Action Express Racing)Jimmie Johnson, Mike Rockenfeller, Kamui Kobayashi, Jose Maria LopezStarting: 3rd … Best lap time: 1:34.831Jimmie Johnson: “We have a little work to do with the balance of the car, but more laps for me, more laps together as a group, great strategy to finish third, so good day. Looking forward to getting more laps later in the week, taking the data from this race to learn more and then go racing.”Kamui Kobayashi: “I think starting P3 for the 24-hour is good. It really doesn’t mean anything in a 24-hour race. But obviously, it’s where we will start. I think this was a good moment to study for the 24-hour. I think we need to work on it (the car) a little bit more and we’ll see where we are at the end. But I think, so far, we’re in good shape.”
No. 01 V-Performance Academy Cadillac DPi-V.R (Chip Ganassi Racing)Renger van der Zande, Sebastien Bourdais, Scott Dixon, Alex PalouStarting: 5th … Best lap time: 1:38.734Sebastien Bourdais: “Not the start of the season we wanted. Seemed like we had a pretty fast car compared to the opposition. We made up quite a bit of ground on the leaders through the last two stints and Renger had a very strong first stint, especially at the start. We are going to analyze what happened during that pit speed violation and try to refine the car and make it even better for the 24 and go from there.” 
No. 02 Cadillac Accessories Cadillac DPi-V.R (Chip Ganassi Racing)Earl Bamber, Alex Lynn, Marcus Ericsson, Kevin MagnussenStarting: 6th … Best lap time: 1:34.628Earl Bamber: “The car was good. We had two clean stints and did some fuel saving but just couldn’t recover from the pit road penalty.”
No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R (Action Express Racing)Pipo Derani, Tristan Nunez, Mike ConwayStarting: 7th … Best lap time: 1:34.949Tristan Nunez: “It was definitely scrappy, to say the least. It was good to get this first race out of the way. It was a good dress rehearsal, to do some live race pit stops, and to get some laps under my belt at race pace. I feel comfortable going into the 24 and that’s what really counts. A lot can happen in 24 hours. I’m looking forward to next week and the win.”Pipo Derani: “We had a good race But, unfortunately, a call made early on prevented us from making it to the end on fuel. We gambled. We tried to go for the win. Unfortunately, a yellow [flag] never came and we had to pit one last time. It was good prep for the 24. It’s good to get the season going and, in a few days, we’ll be back here for the big one.”NBC will kick off coverage of the Rolex 24 At Daytona at 1:30 p.m. ET Jan. 29.

Cadillac Racing races to pole in qualifying session for qualifying race

Tristan Vautier leads DPi field with quickest lap in No. 5 Mustang Sampling entry
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 22, 2022) – In a qualifying session for Rolex 24 At Daytona qualifying, drivers of the five Cadillac DPi-V.Rs stood out.
Tristan Vautier drove the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R to the pole position in the 15-minute prelude to the 100-minute qualifying race Jan. 23 that will determine the pole winner and set the field for the 60th anniversary of the twice-around-the-clock race.
The fourth-year JDC-Miller MotorSports driver recorded the quickest lap on the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway road course at 1 minute, 34.034 seconds. 
“It was still really cold. It was still damp on the curbs and stuff, so it was important to work the tires to get them up to temp quick,” Vautier said. “There was quite a lot of traffic with 15 cars, so you knew you had to put a lap in because there was a chance of a red flag, which actually happened. When I got to the Bus Stop, I knew the lap was good and I was thinking, ‘Don’t mess this up! You just have one corner to go.’ The car felt great. 
“The team has been working really hard. We made a step last year at Petit Le Mans, and it seems to be helping here.”
A Cadillac DPi-V.R claimed three of the four spots on the grid. Alex Lynn drove the No. 02 Cadillac Accessories Cadillac DPi-V.R to a best lap of 1:34.259 and will start third in the car campaigned by Chip Ganassi Racing. Tristan Nunez, who registered a best lap of 1:34.440 in the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R for reigning DPi team champion Action Express Racing, will start fourth.
Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson drove the No. 48 Ally Cadillac DPi-V.R for Action Express Racing to fifth place at 1:34.941. Renger van der Zande was sitting second with 5 minutes left in the session, but hard braking entering Turn 5 caused the No. 01 V-Performance Academy Cadillac DPi-V.R to nose into the tire barrier. Van der Zande was uninjured, but by bringing out a red flag he lost his quickest lap.
The 100-minute qualifying race airs live at 2 p.m. ET on Peacock and IMSA Radio. A Cadillac DPi-V.R has won the Rolex 24 pole three times since the latest iteration of the Prototype class was established in 2017.
Cadillac Racing results with starting position and best lap time:No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R (JDC-Miller MotorSports)Tristan Vautier, Richard Westbrook, Loic Duval, Ben KeatingStarting: 1st … Best lap time: 1:34.034Tristan Vautier: “The lap I did felt good so I knew it would be tough to improve. It’s good and important for us to validate our speed, but it’s early. This is qualifying for a qualifying race. There is a lot of work ahead. Although we are happy, we don’t have much time to celebrate with another practice very soon. The celebration is for the win and not the qualifying for the qualifying race. We are really focused. IMSA has a good handle on the BoP in DPi; the teams know it and it’s the last year of these cars so everyone is pushing really hard from the get-go. I’m pushing hard and having fun. It’s the last year for DPi so as a driver I’m always giving it all, but I know I have to do well and I’m really trying to give my best and earn my spot in LMDh. I want to shine. We have a good team and good teammates.”
No. 02 Cadillac Accessories Cadillac DPi-V.R (Chip Ganassi Racing)Earl Bamber, Alex Lynn, Marcus Ericsson, Kevin MagnussenStarting: 3rd … Best lap time: 1:34.259Alex Lynn: “I’m satisfied, I wouldn’t say happy. I think the car was really tight and the field was super tight, so a couple of improvements from my side probably would have made the difference. But I’m sure every driver could say that. Overall, a good start.”
No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R (Action Express Racing)Pipo Derani, Tristan Nunez, Mike ConwayStarting: 4th … Best lap time: 1:34.440Tristan Nunez: “I think the toughest part was all of the traffic. Having the first pit box is good if you have an issue during the race you can right to the garage. During qualifying it means you have to start behind every DPi and P2 car. It was tough to get some temperature in the tires while trying to maintain a gap to the cars in front. I am pretty happy with that being my first qualifying run in the Whelen Cadillac. Now I have the confidence knowing what the car can do in flat out qualifying.”
No. 48 Ally Cadillac DPi-V.R (Action Express Racing)Jimmie Johnson, Mike Rockenfeller, Kamui Kobayashi, Jose Maria LopezStarting: 5th … Best lap time: 1:34.941Jimmie Johnson: “The damp, cold conditions are kind of tough with these light cars. As much as I was nervous about it, I was happy to get some experience doing it. I ended up running my fastest lap I’ve ever run around here. I am happy to see my progression. Happy that the team keeps giving me these opportunities to learn. Starting fifth for the qualifying race. We will go for more tomorrow.”
No. 01 V-Performance Academy Cadillac DPi-V.R (Chip Ganassi Racing)Renger van der Zande, Sebastien Bourdais, Scott Dixon, Alex PalouStarting: 10th … Best lap time: 1:38.593 ** – quickest lap disallowed for creating a red flag by going off courseRenger van der Zande: “I got stuck in a wall basically in Turn 5. Turn 1, 2 and 3 was really good, but I braked too late for Turn 5. Overall, the car felt really nice. I do

Cadillac Racing DPi-V.Rs connect to powerful Blackwing sedans

No. 01 V-Performance Academy Cadillac highlights owner-driver finishing school
DETROIT (Jan. 25, 2022) – The twin Cadillac DPi-V.R race cars that will take the green flag for the Rolex 24 At Daytona this weekend have deep ties to the innovation, performance and design of the 2022 Cadillac CT5-V and CT4-V Blackwings.
The livery of the No. 01 Cadillac V-Performance Academy DPi-V.R is also connected to an exciting exclusive program from Cadillac.
Cadillac is offering complimentary enrollment in the V-Performance Academy with the purchase of every 2022 and newer CT5-V and CT4-V Blackwing, which were developed to be track-capable straight from the factory. Featuring a hand-built 6.2-liter supercharged V8 delivering 668 horsepower paired with a 6-speed manual transmission, the CT5-V Blackwing is refinement rooted in performance.
“The two-day Cadillac V-Performance Academy at Spring Mountain Motor Resort in Nevada is designed to help V-Series owners master their vehicle’s power and capabilities, expand their driving skillset and enjoy an exciting time on a demanding race course under the tutelage of experienced instructors,” said Rory Harvey, Cadillac Global Vice President.
“When developing the V-Series Blackwings, we looked to our championship-winning racing heritage to find the right mix of performance and driver engagement complemented by sophisticated luxury.”
The V-Performance Academy program is part of the next-level Cadillac ownership experience and includes accommodations at Spring Mountain Motor Resort in addition to classroom and on-track training.
The No. 02 Cadillac Accessories DPi-V.R’s livery draws attention to the luxury brand’s complete portfolio of genuine Cadillac Accessories – from premium all-weather floor liners to brake system upgrade kits to unique wheel options.
Each piece is designed, developed and manufactured to enhance the appearance, performance and capability of Cadillac vehicles.
Learn more about the V-Series, the Cadillac V-Performance Academy and Cadillac Accessories at
Both Cadillac DPi-V.R race cars will be campaigned by Chip Ganassi Racing during the 2022 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season on a variety of challenging road courses and street circuits. Cadillac will be seeking its fifth overall victory in the 60th edition of the Rolex 24 At Daytona since the DPi class was formed in 2017.
Cadillac is the reigning IMSA DPi Manufacturer Champion, while Action Express Racing claimed the 2021 IMS DPi Team and Driver Championship (Pipo Derani, Felipe Nasr in the No. 31 Whelden Engineering Racing) in a Cadillac DPi-V.R.