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Practice: Kumpen Below The Record

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Friday, 24 June 2016 18:55

The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series drivers are back on track at Tours Speedway for the final meeting of the regular season on the first purpose-built NASCAR short track in Europe. At the end the Friday’s two practice sessions, Anthony Kumpen (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS) led the ELITE 1 division classification thanks to his 16.478 seconds lap around the .403-mile oval. 

The Belgian, who went .013 seconds below the current track record set by Nicolò Rocca (#56 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS) in 2015, was followed by NASCAR Next driver Alon Day (#54 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS). The israeli driver topped the Junior Jérôme Sarran Trophy by edging Gianmarco Ercoli (#9 Double-T by Nocentini Ford Mustang).  Frederic Gabillon was fourth fastest, a mere .010 seconds slower than Day. Thomas Ferrando completed a top-5 encompassed in less than two tenths of a second. 

Dario Caso led the Challenger Trophy classification with his 12th fastest time, just .637 from the leader. 

Brands Hatch winner Salvador Tineo Arroyo (#54 CAAL Racing Chevrolet SS) was fastest in the ELITE 2 Division with a lap in 16.752 seconds, ahead of Ferrando and Gabriele Gardel (#24 PK Carsport Chevrolet SS). Italian rookie Riccardo Geltrude (#7 Double-T by Nocentini Ford Mustang) led the Rookie Cup with the fourth fastest lap time overall. RDV Compétition driver Hugo Bec (#3 Tepac RDV Compétition Ford Mustang) rounded out the top-5 three tenths of a second behind the leader. 

Renzo Calcinati (#12 Virgin Radio Double-T by Nocentini Ford Mustang) was 9th fastest and dominated the Legend Trophy classification, while Arianna Casoli (#8 Vict Motorsport Ford Mustang) led the Lady Cup.

Qualifying will start at 10:00am CET on Saturday June 25 and each driver will have two flying laps to go for the pole position. All the action from Tours Speedway will be streamed live on ( Live updates from the track will be available on the Race Central Live page on NASCAR Home Tracks ( and on the official NWES social media profiles on Twitter (@EuroNASCAR),  Facebook ( and Instagram (


Firestone 600 Completion Plan Announced

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Friday, 24 June 2016 18:53
INDYCAR has announced its plan for resuming the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway that was suspended June 12 after completing 71 of its scheduled 248 laps. The Verizon IndyCar Series race will be completed Aug. 27.
The No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda driven by Conor Daly and No. 21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet driven by Josef Newgarden will not be permitted to participate in the continuation due to the extensive chassis and engine damage each sustained in a crash on Lap 42.
Cars continuing in the race will be permitted to use the chassis and engine of their choice for the completion day. Tire allotment and fuel quantity for the completion are yet to be determined.
Pre-race aero setups from the June event will be mandatory for the August completion, though INDYCAR may make changes prior to the completion based on the weather forecast for race weekend.
The remaining 177 race laps will be run at the conclusion of the Aug. 27 schedule that includes:
  • A mandatory systems check (an out/in lap only);
  • A 25-minute practice session: Cars will be split into two groups, each group receiving 10 minutes of practice time with a five-minute break in between;
  • A driver autograph session on the track's concourse;
  • Completion of the race in the evening.
Texas Motor Speedway will be announcing its plans for ticketing, credentialing, camping and various other fan-related and facility-based items in the coming weeks.


Castrol EDGE and Ford GT win the 24 Hours of Le Mans

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Thursday, 23 June 2016 18:44

History was made on the iconic Circuit de la Sarthe as the No. 68 Ford GT driven by Sébastien Bourdais, Joey Hand and Dirk Müller crossed the finish line to claim victory in the LM GTE Pro category at 24 Hours of the Le Mans. Known globally as the world's most famous endurance race and the ultimate test of man and machine, the No. 68 Ford GT ran 340 laps and was ahead of the rival Ferrari 488 GTE that had to settle for a second place finish. The No. 69 Ford GT of Ryan Briscoe, Scott Dixon and Richard Westbrook also joined the winners on the podium after scoring third place. The Nos. 66 and 67 Ford GTs finished in fourth and ninth places, respectively.

A slew of strategically planned pit stops and driver changes allowed the No. 68 Ford GT to maximize the car's fuel mileage while maintaining a solid lead among the other competitors. The twin-turbo 3.6L Ford EcoBoost V6 engine, producing over 600 horsepower, ran flawlessly throughout the 24-hour race as Castrol® EDGE® oil provided the performance needed for the Ford GT's vital internal engine components in the most torturous and competitive racing environment.

"It's an unbelievable feeling to be able to make this happen," said Bourdais. "There was so much effort, so much emotion, and to be the one that wins the trophy to give to the Ford family and everyone involved is very special. Everything aligned for us today - - the history, the Ferrari/Ford battle, 50 years on and the Ford family being here. To come out on top of all that is an amazing feeling."

The 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans marked the 50th anniversary of Ford's triumphant victory, when in 1966, the Ford GT40 race cars crossed the finish line in first, second and third place. In preparation for this year's race, the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing stable brought four Ford GTs to compete for another remarkable and historic win on the hallowed grounds of Le Mans.

Christina Nielsen and her Formula Racing teammates Johnny Laursen and Mikkel Mac took a sixth-place finish in the GTE Am class at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans in the No. 60 Ferrari 458.
The race started with some challenges for the all-Danish crew, as the Ferrari lost a wheel inside a first hour that saw heavy rain and more than 50 minutes under Safety Car conditions.
That left the team in comeback mode, almost at the very back of the 60-car field with 23 hours remaining; and fight they did!
With a blend of speed, consistency and near-total reliability for almost all the remainder of the race, the No. 60 rose up the order. The car was soon catching and passing rivals, while others had their own dramas and fell behind the Formula Racing effort.
Nielsen was back aboard the car in the late morning, taking the car through to midday with fast and consistent pace that grabbed an additional place - up to sixth in class by the time a broken damper intervened.
Nielsen nursed the car home to complete her required driving hours The crew then conducted a rapid repair, allowing the Ferrari to rejoin the race and retain Christina's hard-fought sixth position in the 13-car class. 
"I certainly got the full Le Mans experience," Nielsen said. "It has certainly cemented a drive to come back here.
"I completely understand now why so many who have raced here talk of a finish being an achievement in itself, but like any professional racing driver, I'm hungry for a better result.
"I'll be back!"

Scuderia Corsa Triumphs at Le Mans

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Thursday, 23 June 2016 18:05
Scuderia Corsa has triumphed at the biggest race in the world - the 24 Hours of Le Mans

The no. 62 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia driven by the all-American lineup of Townsend Bell, Jeff Segal and Bill Sweedler captured victory in the GTE-Am class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on Sunday afternoon in only the team's second appearance at the endurance classic. Throughout the race, the Scuderia Corsa Ferrari was a contender for victory, taking the lead for the first time as the sun began to set in the race's fifth hour. From that point the Ferrari had the GTE-Am victory in its sights, and Jeff Segal took the checkered flag just after 3:00 PM on Sunday afternoon.

Thanks to rapid stints at the wheel by all three drivers, the Scuderia Corsa Ferrari finished three minutes ahead of the second-placed car and lapped the rest of the GTE-Am field. The car completed 331 trouble-free laps of the 8.5-mile Circuit de la Sarthe, while the Scuderia Corsa crew executed 25 mistake-free pit stops.

"Since our first Le Mans last year, our only ambition was to get back to Le Mans and win," said Sweedler. "We knew that if we came back with the same Scuderia Corsa team, and the same drivers, we'd have a winner. Last year we didn't quite know what to expect, but this year we were ready. But I think we are all a little bit shocked that it happened!"

Townsend Bell was the driver who eased the Scuderia Corsa Ferrari into the lead for the first time late on Saturday evening. The Le Mans victory is another success that Bell, Sweedler and Scuderia Corsa have enjoyed together.

"It's so fun to win with these guys," said Bell. "We've had a lot of success together. With Scuderia Corsa, we have won Le Mans as well as the IMSA championship. Here, we had a terrific race. The Ferrari was exceptional, and my teammates were so fast that we won it with a margin. You couldn't ask for a better race than this."

Segal partnered with Scuderia Corsa to win at the 12 Hours of Sebring in March, and has now won two of the world's biggest endurance races with Scuderia Corsa in the same year.

"Winning at Le Mans is so special, you just can't put it into words," said Segal. "Standing on the top step of the podium here is something you dream about but when it is happening it doesn't seem real. It's difficult to put into words what this means - to win here representing Ferrari and Scuderia Corsa. My teammates Bill and Townsend were outstanding, and the crew were flawless, and the Ferrari was just perfect here. Everything came together just perfectly."

It has been nearly four seasons since Giacomo Mattioli's Scuderia Corsa made it's professional racing debut in a GRAND-AM race at Laguna Seca, and now, his team has stood atop the podium at Le Mans.

"What an amazing result" said Mattioli. "The drivers ran hard and flawlessly. I could have not asked them to perform any better. The crew was impeccable for the entire weekend and executed perfectly throughout the 24 Hours. I would like to thank Kessel Racing for the great support. It is truly a privilege to win Le Mans with Ferrari. This is really the pinnacle of sports car racing - an amazing feeling."

Scuderia Corsa will return Stateside to compete in the upcoming Six Hours of the Glen at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York. In the GT-Daytona class, Scuderia Corsa drivers Christina Nielsen and Alessandro Balzan are the current championship leaders.
Global protection systems company Geobrugg has donated 40 meters of debris fencing to the Motorsport Safety Foundation's Adopt-a-Corner initiative. In order to help race circuits keep up with the industry's increasingly expensive economic landscape, Adopt-a-Corner gives an individual or business the chance to donate a safety barrier upgrade in exchange for a branding contract at the track. This mutually beneficial partnership improves the racetrack's safety standards by providing added crash protection with FIA-approved barrier upgrades. 
"We are very grateful to Jochen Braunwarth, John Kalejta and everyone at Geobrugg for their generosity and support," said Scot Elkins, chief operating officer of the Motorsport Safety Foundation. "Because of this incredible contribution, we are now able to provide racetracks in need of updated debris fencing with 10 state-of-the-art panels."
Headquartered in Switzerland, Geobrugg develops and manufactures protection systems made of high-tensile steel wire, supplying a variety of motorsport barriers for city races, permanent race circuits and test tracks around the world. Its FIA debris fence delivers maximum protection against high-energy impacts and has been produced according to Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) specifications. Designed for diverse circuit layouts, shortcuts and city race circuits, the panels offer a fully bolted solution for both temporary and permanent track safeguarding. Furthermore, the unobtrusive net structure ensures that spectators get the best possible view without compromising safety.
The Motorsport Safety Foundation plans to offer these debris fence panels to interested race tracks based in the United States. The installation will be a showcase for Geobrugg and an opportunity for the Motorsport Safety Foundation to help a racetrack experience the latest in debris fence technology. 

For more information, or to be considered as an Adopt-a-Corner recipient of the Geobrugg fencing, please visit and complete the questionnaire.
Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross (VARX) fought back from the team’s worst event in recent memory to earn a spectacular one-two finish on Sunday at Daytona, with Tanner Foust taking the win ahead of hard-charging teammate, Scott Speed. Sunday’s result marked the team’s second double podium of the 2016 season, cementing their position on top of the Red Bull Global Rallycross field.

The results are particularly sweet as VARX mechanics spent all night repairing both cars after a series of on-track incidents during the weekend’s first round on Saturday. While leading, Foust damaged his suspension on a large hole in the dirt section of the course, sending the No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle GRC into a spin. Foust’s car was collected by another competitor, causing extensive damage that the crew needed to fix overnight.

Speed inherited the lead after his teammate’s accident, but within two laps of the checkered flag, a fire broke out under the hood of the No. 41 BFGoodrich Beetle GRC, forcing him to stop just shy of the complete race distance. The reigning Global Rallycross champion emerged from the flames unscathed, but his car was not as lucky. The damage necessitated a switch to the team’s backup car, adding more work to the already extensive tasks at hand for the VARX crew.

After pulling an all-nighter, the crew quickly refreshed at the hotel and commenced work again, getting the cars ready for the morning warmup session. Speed set the fastest time and followed the performance by sitting atop the time sheets in qualifying. His move to the backup car incurred a three-spot penalty in the session, giving pole position for the day to VARX teammate Foust, who in turn made the most of the prime starting position by winning both his Heat and Semifinal races. Speed was not as fortunate, suffering another mechanical failure after contact in the Heat.

Foust began the Final from pole position, with Speed starting from seventh. Contact between multiple drivers on the first lap left Speed stranded on course and caused a red flag. He was able to restart the race, but from the back of the field, setting up a nearly impossible task of getting to the front. Foust fended off other competition at the restart, while Speed began the methodical work of making his way up the field, using speed, precision, and a perfectly-timed joker lap to end the race second behind Foust. Exhausted, and in a bit of disbelief, the team rushed the track to congratulate their drivers.

Foust highlighted the team’s special accomplishment after the race. “Both cars have been getting chewed on all weekend. It’s just epic to come back first and secondafter all that, and it will be a well-deserved bit of champagne after this.”

Speed also appreciated getting the result for his team after their monumental effort to provide him with a capable car. “We were fastest in warmup and qualified quickest, so this result is definitely earned, and not a gift,” he declared after stepping from his car. “I’m glad for the guys that they got a little bit of a payoff after what they’ve been through. This result is very special for all of us.”

Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross will be back in action for another doubleheader at MCAS New River on July 2 and 3. Each race will air LIVE on NBC—Saturday, July 2 at 5:00PM (ET) for Round Six, and Sunday, July 3 at 5:00PM (ET) for Round 7.

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The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) is heading north for the first of two scheduled events in Canada this season. The Mopar Canadian Nationals presented by Williams Racing will take place June 24 - 26 at Grand Bend Motorplex located in Huron County Ontario. 

The Mopar Canadian Nationals will feature three-days of professional and sportsman racing on the quarter-mile. The world's best racers in AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car, Nitro Motorcycle, Pro Modified and Pro Stock will continue their points battle for the IHRA World Championship and they will be joined by Top Fuel dragsters. The Canadian teams of Paton and Maier will go up against IHRA Top Fuel Champion Bruce Litton and former European Champion Smax Smith in the Leverich Top Fueler.

The racing action doesn't stop there as the Nostalgia Hemi Super Stocks, Outlaw Sleds and sportsman racers will run in conjunction with the professional competition. Fans will also witness flames and sparks, as a jet truck and fireworks close out the night on Saturday.  
Grand Bend Motorplex is located an hour from several Canadian and US major markets and is just minutes from the beaches of Grand Bend. The 407-acre property is a multi-purpose property with a 1/4-mile dragstrip, paved oval, road course and motocross facility. The Mopar Canadian Nationals presented by Williams Racing is credited as being the largest drag racing event in Ontario.

Did you know?:
  • Canadian-born AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car driver Tim Boychuk took home the Ironman at last weekend's President's Cup Nationals Fueled by Sunoco.The win marked his first since March 2015 and catapulted him to fourth in the point standings; 33 points out of first-place.
  • Last week's President's Cup Nationals Nitro Motorcycle winner and 2015 Mopar Canadian Nationals winner is looking to repeat his performance. Bob Malloy is fifth in the point standings; 34 points out of first-place.
  • 2014 IHRA Nitro Motorcycle World Champion Mike Scott is entered to compete in this weekend's race. The Canadian-born driver will compete with Jay Turner Racing.
  • The 2015 winners of the Mopar Canadian Nationals include:
    • AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car - Mark Sanders
    • Nitro Motorcycle - Bob Malloy
    • Pro Modified - Paolo Giust
    • Pro Stock - Larry O'Brien
  • The current points leaders heading into the Mopar Canadian Nationals include: Mike McIntire Jr. (AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car), Cary Goforth (Pro Stock), Billy Harper (Pro Mod) and Jay Turner (Nitro Motorcycle).
Mopar Canadian Nationals presented by Williams Racing Entry List: 

AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car 
  1.     Jason Rupert 
  2.     Mike McIntire Jr. 
  3.     Mark Sanders 
  4.     Tim Boychuk 
  5.     Steve Nichols 
  6.     Shawn Bowen 
  7.     Paul Romine 
  8.     Greg Jacobsmeyer
Nitro Motorcycle 
  1.     Rob Brown
  2.     Frank Capone 
  3.     Mark Conner
  4.     Tracy Kile 
  5.     Bob Malloy 
  6.     Mike Scott
  7.     Jim Fagan
  8.     Jay Turner
  9.     Jason Pridemore
Pro Stock 
  1.     Trevor Eman 
  2.     JR Carr 
  3.     Cary GoForth 
  4.     John DeFlorian 
  5.     Larry O'Brien 
  6.     Dean Goforth
  7.     John Konigshofer
  8.     Matt Bertsch
  9.     Tony Pontieri
Pro Modified 
  1.     Billy Harper
  2.     Sam Andreacchi
  3.     Bruce Boland
  4.     Paolo Giust
  5.     Melani Salemi
  6.     Al Martorino
  7.     Jay Santos
  8.     Doug Blowes
The Mopar Canadian Nationals presented by Williams Racing features one professional qualifying session on Friday, June 24 at 8 p.m., two professional qualifying sessions and a round of eliminations on Saturday, June 25 starting at 3 p.m., and two rounds of eliminations Sunday, June 26 at 1 p.m.. 

Each spectator ticket includes pit access to interact with drivers and witness teams service their race cars and motorcycles between rounds. To purchase advance general admission tickets, please go to  

Starting this weekend, parents will have a new way to fuel their kids' imagination, inspire them to chase their dreams all while having high-speed fun! Apex Legends author / illustrator Chris Workman and Verizon Indy Car Series star Josef Newgarden have teamed to create "Josef, The IndyCar Driver", a unique illustrated children's book that uses Indy car racing to send a positive message that anything is possible.
"I am hopeful that kids are attracted first to this book because of the unique visual approach and storyline," said Newgarden. "I know when I was a kid when I saw something exciting and fun, I was interested in it regardless of the subject matter. Growing kids' interest in racing and IndyCar will be a natural effect if they like what they are reading. This type of content can be extremely engaging to young kids and fans of Indy car racing, and that is something I really want to be a part of."
Josef Newgarden with the new book on his career. 
Newgarden's personal story of following his dreams from racing motorized scooters to the pinnacle of racing in North America, the Indianapolis 500, helps show a path to achieving goals. "Josef was the perfect choice for this children's book," reflected Workman, a father himself. "He is such a likeable guy on and off the racetrack, and he is always working as an ambassador for the sport. He is a true inspiration."
A fictionalized, action-packed race at Road America, the road course featured in the book, offers and entertaining and educational stage for the high-speed world of Indy car.
"Road America was the perfect choice for the book," offered Workman. "The first race I ever attended was an Indy car race at Road America. I immediately fell in love with racing when I saw those cars rocketing through the woods! It is such a visually stunning place with elevation changes, blind turns and fast straightaways - my goal was to try and recreate that experience for the readers through the eyes of the fans and also from Josef's perspective looking out from the cockpit. "
Regardless of whether you - or your kids - are into cars or racing "Josef, The Indy Car Driver" provides a visually appealing and entertaining storyline that also provides education about Indy car racing for those who aren't as familiar with the sport. True race fans won't be disappointed either, because of the attention to detail in the illustrations and action.
"Josef and I set out to create a book that would be authentic for kids who are into racing and have a dream of becoming a race car driver. But it also had to be appealing to anyone who is looking for a positive, action-filled story," continued Workman. "Our hope is that the book will attract a new generation of kids to get interested in Indy car racing, and that it inspires and empowers them to chase after their goals, whatever they may be."
The book is most appropriate for kids five-years-old and older. However, a companion coloring book has been created with simpler text for younger kids and early readers to enjoy.  
"This book gives young kids and fans an true glimpse into some of the twists and turns that led me to racing in IndyCar," explained Newgarden. "Not only will this be a very entertaining read, but it will also include many facts about the sport which will help educate kids about racing and my personal history."
"Josef, The Indy Car Driver" will be available for purchase at the Paddock Shop at Road America, on and through
at launch. Apex Legends is also working with distributors to expand the reach of the book to libraries, independent chains and national retailers.

Still leading the Super Late Models CARS Racing Tour series after four races, Raphaël Lessard, the native of St- Joseph-de-Beauce, is heading to Easley, South Carolina this week, this time to the Greenville Pickens Speedway.

Raphaël Lessard will compete in the fifth race of the CARS SUPER LATE MODEL TOUR 10-race championship at the wheel of his car, the 99 FRL Express/Team Coach Imaging/Toyota/JBL Audio of the David Gilliland Racing Team this Saturday in Greenville County.

In preparation for the race, he will be on track Thursday, June 23rd for an evening of private testing. The SUPER LATE MODEL race is to take place at approximately 8:30 p.m Saturday evening, following the Late Model stock car race. The #99 car will feature its partners, and Team Coach Imaging (in Québec:, a Beauce company which specializes in fleet signage and digital printing for buses, recreational vehicles, racing haulers and race cars.

The Greenville-Pickens Speedway is one of the oldest NASCAR race track in the USA. From 1946 to 1969 the surface was dirt and it was paved in 1969." It's 0.500 miles long (0.805 km).

The 100-lap race, the LEFTTURNS AND SUNBURNS.COM 200 MOTORSPORTS APPAREL will air live on the site You may also follow Raphaël's performances in real time on

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