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The All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series, recently purchased by three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart, today announced its 2015 tour dates. The schedule will consist of 54 total events spanning six states, including 29 events in Ohio and 14 in Pennsylvania.
While the schedule began in February with five non-points events in Florida between Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala and Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, races counting toward the season-ending championship get underway in late March.
The kickoff race for the 2015 All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series is March 28 at Atomic Speedway in Waverly, Ohio. The series will remain in Ohio the following weekend with back-to-back events April 3-4 at Attica Raceway Park and April 18 at Wayne County Speedway in Orrville.
“The schedule we put together for the 2015 All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series is filled with great venues on a timeline that works well for our participants,” Stewart said. “Our first five events in Florida went off extremely well and we look forward to carrying that momentum into Ohio with our first point-paying race at Atomic Speedway.”
After its slate of races in the Buckeye State, the All Stars visit Pennsylvania for five consecutive events beginning April 19at Bedford Speedway. The series traverses Pennsylvania through the first weekend in May with stops at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Port Royal Speedway (Bob Weikert Memorial $15k to win), Lernerville Speedway in Sarver and Mercer Speedway.
The month of May continues with the All Stars’ lone visit to Indiana where the tour will race May 22 at Plymouth Speedway before returning to Ohio for two events at Fremont Speedway and single-night events at Wayne County Speedway and Millstream Speedway in Findlay.
Four races in Pennsylvania follow, with a June 11 race at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Motorsports Park sandwiched among them as teams prepare for Ohio Sprint Week June 19-27.
Ohio Sprint Week will again kick off the summer stretch with stops at Attica, Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Waynesfield Raceway Park, Wayne County, Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Atomic, Fremont and Limaland Speedway in Lima before closing out with a $10,000-to win-show at Fremont.
The All Stars will continue the summer months with a strong presence in Ohio, along with annual stops in Michigan and Wisconsin.
As summer turns to fall, the transition is highlighted by two iconic races at Port Royal – the Sept. 11 Night Before The 50 and the 48th running of Tuscarora 50 Sept. 12.
The All Star season winds to a close with events at Fremont Sept. 18-19 before the season finale Oct. 10 with the UNOH Sprintacular at Eldora.
The complete schedule can be found at www.allstarsprint.com.
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Single-day tickets for the 2015 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, taking place March 27-29, are now on sale and can be purchased online at gpstpete.com or by phone at 877-725-8849877-725-8849 FREE.
For a fifth consecutive year, the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will serve as the season-opening race for the Verizon IndyCar Series, which will debut its street/road course aero kits at the event.
"It's truly an honor to be the first race on the racing calendar," said Kevin Savoree, Co-Owner, President and COO of Green Savoree Racing Promotions, organizers of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. "Racing is a big highlight of the event weekend, but with numerous off-track activities, interactive games and tasty concessions, there's so much more for visitors to enjoy. We're looking forward to welcoming race fans from around the world to the City of St. Petersburg for another great event."
Tickets range in price from $75 to $100 for single-day reserved grandstand seats, and $20 to $50 for single-day general admission tickets. For full pricing information or to buy tickets to the 2015 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, visit GPSTPETE.com or call 877-725-8849.
Second-generation off-road racing expert Keegan Kincaid captured his first Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS Stadium Super Trucks street circuit win in convincing fashion Sunday in the finale of the Toyo Tires SST race on the temporary street circuit in Victoria Park Adelaide in front of a announced crowd of 93,500 truck racing fans.
Kincaid, a native of Crandon, Wisc., driving his No. 47 Traxxas-sponsored truck, inherited the lead from Brad Gallard of Renmark, South Australia as his No. 454 Peter Kittle Motor Company truck took the third metal ramp of the 14-turn 2.012 mile (3.219 km) temporary street course awkwardly resulting in a rough landing which sent the truck into a spin.
Exciting Alpine, Calif. off-road regular Sheldon Creed wasted no time moving to the front of the pack from his seventh starting position. Back row starters E.J. Viso of Caracas, Venezuela and Robby Gordon of Orange, California immediately followed Creed to the front of the pack and created a tremendous four-truck battle also involving Australian driver Matt Mingay of Gold Coast, Queensland. Battling corner to corner, sliding sideways and smoking his tires, Viso make contact with Mingay in corner 6 causing them both to spin.
Gordon and Creed then broke away from the rest of the pack three wheeling and trailing each other closely swamping the second position multiple times behind Kincaid. As Kincaid controlled the race, Gordon and Creed put on a driving performance for the ages maneuvering their 600-horsepower Traxxas trucks around the track much to the delight of the ecstatic crowd.
Gordon made a last-corner pass on Creed who missed his mark and lost control of his truck just short of the finish line. Creed created the highlight of the race crossing the finish line upside and backward after jumping the second ramp just short of the line.
After making contact with the wall just past the finish line, the Traxxas truck never stopped moving and righted itself landing on all four Toyo Tires, allowing Creed to get back in the gas and pull away from the roll as if nothing happened, much of the delight of the thousands of fans cheering on their feet. Dodging the rolling truck of Creed, Australian stuntman Mingay crossed the line fourth in his No. 2 Hot Wheels sponsored truck.
Renmark, South Australia’s Brad Gallard was fifth in his Peter Kittle Motor Company No. 454 followed by veteran Australian racer Nathan Pretty in the Toyo Tires, Gear Wrench TRAXXAS truck. Charles Dorrance from Austin, Texas in the Light Force Performance Lighting truck finished seventh. Dakar Rally cycle podium finisher Toby Price of Aberglasslyn, New South Wales finished eighth after having to serve a late stop and go penalty. Nazareth, Penn. driver Bill Hynes in the No. 57 LIVE SST Truck rounded out trucks on the lead lap while LIVE teammate Viso suffered a mechanical problem and finish 10.
The SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by Traxxas series will continue with Rounds No. 4 & 5 March 27-29 at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Fla. Tickets to the race are available through the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg web site at www.gpstpete.com/.
Fourth- and Eighth-Place Finishes for RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing at the Georgia DomeWritten by Adam Sinclair Tuesday, 03 March 2015 20:43
In the ultra-competitive world of Monster Energy Supercross, there’s one sure bet. The pendulum swings both ways and stays in perpetual motion. On the surface, the fourth- and eighth-place finishes may not represent a tremendous shift, but for RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing, the way those two finishes played out speaks volumes.
For Broc Tickle, rider of RCH’s No. 20 Suzuki RM-Z450, Saturday night’s fourth-place effort in the Georgia Dome matches his career-best 450SX finish and represents continued forward progress since being sidelined for one race following an ugly crash in Oakland, just over a month ago.
Tickle finished fifth in his heat Saturday night but went on to pick up his second semifinal win of the year. His solid showing in the main proved the semi was no fluke. The Holly, Mich., rider remains 10th in the 450SX Championship standings and now trials ninth-place Andrew Short by a slim four-point margin.
“Like I said after last weekend, Atlanta just has good vibes for me,” explained Tickle following Round 9. “It felt like I was almost riding effortlessly. The track was coming to me really easily. I knew I just needed to have a good flow and ride smart. That’s what my mechanic Ritchie (Matchett) and I worked on all week. We focused on not clipping things and riding clean. I think that helped me on Saturday. That’s why I was good in practice and in the main event. Towards the end, I tightened up a little bit because the track started getting blown out so I just tried to clean everything up and push through the last five or six laps. We’ve built some great momentum over the last two weeks. We’re in a good place. It feels good.”
On the flip side, Ken Roczen fought his way through an ankle injury to finish eighth, but continued concern about his ankle sent the 2014 outdoor champion for an MRI Monday morning. Roczen suffered a pair of incidents two weeks ago at the Georgia Dome, and he aggravated the same ankle during Saturday’s final qualifying session. Still, the 20-year-old German powered through the pain to notch a respectable eighth-place finish.
Roczen is still third in the standings but now trails second-place Trey Canard by 13 points and leader Ryan Dungey by 43.
“Obviously, our night didn’t go as planned,” commented Roczen. “There are some things that I have to figure out. I have to get an MRI on my ankle this week so we know what we have to do, pushing forward. We need to figure out if I can keep riding and keep training or if its better to take some time off and let it heal. It wasn’t that great of a night. We’ll figure it out and be back as strong as ever.”
While both of his riders finished in the top 10, RCH co-owner Carey Hart knows plenty of work remains to be done. Hart was obviously pleased with Tickle’s performance but, at the same time, perplexed with Roczen’s last two outings.
“It couldn’t have been a much better night for Broc,” said Hart. “He rode really strong all day long. He’s been putting in the work and it’s showing. I couldn’t be happier for him. At the same time, it’s been a tough couple of weeks for Ken. We spent a lot of time together after the race, trying to figure out how to get that program back on track. I think we know what we need to do to get him back in the same frame of mind that he had at the beginning of the season. We’re going to hit the reset button this week and go from there but first things first. He needs to get his ankle checked out. After that, we’ll have a better idea where we’re at.”
Monster Energy Supercross travels to the World Center of Racing this weekend for the Daytona Supercross by Honda. Round 10 of the 2015 Supercross Championship will be televised live on Fox Sports 1 Saturday, March 7 beginning at 4:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, 7:30 p.m. Eastern.
Ducati enthusiasts across North America will flock to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the eni FIM Superbike World Championship, GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round July 17-19, 2015. They will be cheering on their favorite Ducati riders and celebrating the third annual presentation of Ducati Island during this event. It is an entire world of Ducati located right in the middle of the race action between turns 2 and 3 of the world famous circuit. “We have an incredible customer and loyal Ducati fan base that we want to share with them our world championship racing action,” says Arrick Maurice, marketing director of Ducati North America. “Our return to Monterey to share this thrilling experience is just one way Ducati provides ongoing excitement and passion for the brand.” Mazda Raceway and Ducati have partnered to offer Ducatisti an incredible package for the World Superbike event which includes the following:
- Three-day event admission and paddock access
- VIP parking in the paved lakebed area
- Grandstand seating (Turn 4)
- Commemorative Ducati gift
- Souvenir program
- Participation in the Ducati track walk
- The opportunity to ride your motorcycle on the track during the Ducati parade lap (Friday, July 17)
The package price is just $179 per person. “We are pleased to continue our partnership with Ducati,” says Gill Campbell, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca CEO/general manager. “They are dedicated to engaging and entertaining their fans with strong event activation. They seem to truly understand and appreciate their customers.” Ducati riders can click here to purchase the Ducati special package or for more information about the eni FIM Superbike World Championship, GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round go to www.MazdaRaceway.com or call the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca ticket office at 831.242.8200831.242.8200.
Six-time NASCAR® Sprint Cup Series™ Champion Jimmie Johnson earned his first victory of the 2015 Sprint Cup Season at Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Johnson raced his Bosch-equipped No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS to his 71st career Sprint Cup Series victory. For more than a decade Bosch has helped power Hendrick Motorsports to victory lane at stock car racing’s highest level.
In recognition of the win, Bosch Aftermarket NA is donating $1,000 to the Hendrick Marrow Program, which works to raise money to help cover uninsured costs of transplants through the Hendrick Family Fund for patient assistance and add more volunteers to the Be The Match® Registry.
Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports, established the Hendrick Marrow Program of Be The Match® Foundation, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program, after being diagnosed with leukemia in 1997.
"Hendrick Motorsports is one of the finest racing organizations in the sport today, and Bosch is proud to support them not only on the racetrack but also in their work to help those in need of lifesaving bone marrow transplants that fight blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma," said Tony Pauly, director of advertising and brand management for Bosch Automotive Aftermarket North America.
Bosch Aftermarket has a long-standing partnership with Hendrick Motorsports, including Jimmie Johnson and his teammates Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne. Bosch has been providing quality parts— such as oxygen sensors, spark plugs, injectors, alternators, coils, filters, fuel pumps, starters and pressure regulators — to the Hendrick Motorsports Teams for more than a decade, helping them to numerous appearances in victory lane, and seven Series Championships since 2001.
Fans can now vote for their favourite driver to receive an extra speed boost for the Miami ePrix and monitor their progress live on a new FanBoost leaderboard.
The new live leaderboard lets you view the latest voting results with instant updates to monitor your driver’s position. The registration process has been made easier too and fans can now log in through their Facebook account.
FanBoost is Formula E’s unique fan interaction concept, where fans vote for their favourite driver – and the three with the most votes get a five-second boost of power per car from 200bhp to 240bhp.
You can vote now here or via the official Formula E app – which is available for FREE on iOS and Android.
Give your favourite driver a chance of winning FanBoost by voting now!
After many hours of torrential rain and a gloomy weather outlook for Sunday’s race, the season opener for the Trans Am Series boasted a record-setting 69-car field, with rookie Gar Robinson of Robinson Racing earning second place in the TA2 Class, under clear skies and with typical Florida heat. Starting in 11th place in the Foametix Trans Am 100 held at Sebring International Raceway, 20-year-old Gar charged steadily through the turbulent field, making aggressive moves against Mustangs and Challengers, in the No. 74 Chevrolet Camaro sponsored by 74 Ranch Resort.
"The car was manageable all weekend. I made the car last in the end. I just kept picking them off one by one, until I got to second," said Robinson. "We'll be contenders at the end of the year for sure."
"I'm thankful for all the support behind me from my dad and for how my team solves problems," noted Robinson. "We came together fairly well as a team, making progress throughout the weekend; it showed on the race track and in how we performed when we all work together. We all get along which you don't find too commonly in racing."
Driving Robinson Racing’s No. 72 Chevrolet Camaro sponsored by 74 Ranch Resort, rookie Shane Lewis began the day in fourth place but lost power in the first lap due to a faulty plug wire. Repairs were done during full-course caution laps, and Lewis fell to the back of the pack, yet still on the lead lap. After a green flag restart and several more cautions, Lewis continued to advance and battle through the field. Lewis stayed focused, gaining momentum, and ultimately finishing in the seventh position in the TA2 Class.
“I now have my first Trans Am race under my belt, and I am so happy to be running all season,” said Lewis. “This series is so much fun, and I have the best teammate and crew you could imagine. You have no idea what a talent Gar really is. I am so incredibly proud of him.”
The Foametix Trans Am 100 at Sebring International Raceway, held on Sunday, March 1, 2015, set an all-time record for Trans Am entries in a single race at 69, while 73 cars participated in sessions throughout the weekend. Fans can catch all the action from the race weekend at Sebring on CBS Sports Network on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. ET. Next up on the schedule is the Homestead-Miami Speedway on April 12, 2015, for Round 2 of the Trans Am Championship.
To view more images from the race, follow Robinson Racing on Facebook.
JDC MotorSports announced today that it has signed 2014 Mazda MX-5 Cup Champion Kenton Koch to drive for the team in the 2015 Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda championship.
Kenton will join Clark Toppe, Matt McMurry and Gerry Kraut in a four-car JDC MotorSports line up. The team captured the 2014 Driver’s and Team Championship with Mikhail Goikhberg, Matt McMurry and Gerry Kraut behind the wheels.
20 year old Kenton from Glendora, California has a current winning percentage over the past 3 years of 82%, and won the 2014 Mazda MX-5 Cup Championship in style by taking home six wins, four podiums, and nine poles in 2014, earning him not only the 2014 Mazda MX-5 Cup Championship but also providing him with a scholarship to run in a Mazda-powered-car of his choice in 2015.
2015 will be Kenton’s second year as a Mazda Motorsports Development driver and his fifth consecutive year being aided by scholarship funds.
"I'm extremely pleased to join JDC Motorsports this year. I know for fact this is the team to be with. Testing has been going really well and I'm feeling confident with the car already. The jump from sports cars to the Elan DP-02 Prototype Lites car wasn't as difficult as I made it out to be. I am still learning obviously, but I think when Sebring comes round I'll have the pace.
I'm really looking forward to representing Mazda for the second time as a Mazda Sportscar Academy driver. I'm so grateful for the support they have in this sport and without them I wouldn't be where I am now." stated Kenton.
"Obviously we have followed Kenton’s success in the past and we are very excited to have him drive for us in 2015. I think he will fit in perfect with Matt, Clark and Gerry this year and for sure will add to our already strong driver lineup." said John Church team principal of JDC MotorSports.
"Kenton has shown that he can win races and championships and I have no doubt that he will make a fast transition into the IMSA Lites car and be a frontrunner and candidate for the championship, so as stated before with adding Kenton to the lineup defending both championships in 2015 is the goal." John summed up the teams expectations for 2015.
The Lone Star state plays host to the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge season opener this coming weekend at the world famous Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. This 3.4-mile undulating racetrack features dramatic, natural elevation changes, including a 133-foot climb to its signature Turn 1. TRG-AMR has some great history at the young track, having taken the pole here last year in IMSA TUDOR competition and a win back in 2013. The epic victory here at COTA in 2013 included one of the best GT battles in recent history, running nose-to-tail for the last full hour with TRG coming out on top after the dramatic engagement.
The 20 turn circuit is sure to be a challenge for all the drivers on track, though the high-speed sweepers and elevation changes suit the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 and GT4 models. Developed on high-speed, technical tracks such as Silverstone, Spa, and the famed Circuit de la Sarthe, both the V12 Vantage GT3 and V8 Vantage GT4 find themselves at home on tracks such as the Tilke-built COTA, also home to the United States Formula One Grand Prix.
The racing is sure to be intense with more than 100 cars now entered in the season opener. Manufacturers from all over the world are embracing the chance to compete in what has become the largest professional-tier car count in all North American racing. Leveraging the successful GT3 Global Formula, Pirelli World Challenge has helped usher in a new era of North American sports car racing that has been warmly received by the racing community. With this comes a revamped television package, this time with CBS Sports and even featuring a Live Broadcast component.
TRG-AMR brings with it an ever-impressive stable of drivers, hailing from different backgrounds and all corners of the world. Racing in the series GT class is Danish GT star Christina Nielsen, piloting the No. 7 V12 Vantage GT3. The electric blue Aston Martin will surely be a sight (and sound) to be remembered. Driving the No. 09 Aston Martin of Austin V12 Vantage GT3 is Ferrari Challenge Champion and Austin native Mark McKenzie. Mark, whose company Ranger Excavating performed all the award-winning grading work during the COTA construction process, jokes that he has an unfair advantage as he knows each and every piece of the track’s layout from the ground up - literally! The GT and GTA field is incredibly competitive, undoubtedly more so than in previous years. Both TRG-AMR drivers will have a challenging weekend ahead of them, though they look forward to the strong competition.
In GTS, Canadian star Max Riddle brings his No. 07 V8 Vantage GT4 to the fight, fresh from testing and a strong performance at Daytona in late January driving in the Continental Tire GS race and the Rolex 24 in the 009 car. Max brings with him a wealth of racing experience and incredible car control, as well as being referred to by the team as the “Canadian Kimi” for his incredibly calm and cool demeanor. Driving the companion TRG-AMR GTS entry is longtime team driver and sportscar veteran Derek DeBoer in the No. 09 Lex Tempus/BlackRider/BRM Chronographes/DriverWebsites.com/Petrol Lounge V8 Vantage GT4. Hailing from Medford, Oregon, Derek runs a large dealership group and was a professional wakeboarder before catching the racing bug. Derek brings with him an impressive array of partners, notably Austin’s Shane Sterling the owner and founder of the BlackRider Racing Group, who helped build the collection of partners and sponsors on the No. 09 GTS car this weekend. Both TRG-AMR GTS entries are planned for the full season of competition and incredibly strong cars with capable drivers. Expect to see both these Astons running for the championship all season long.
TRG-AMR heads into the season-opening race following the grueling Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona followed by a month of rebuilding the cars and equipment and testing at Sonoma, Buttonwillow, and Thunderhill racetracks. Never known for resting on its laurels, TRG-AMR heads immediately to Florida for two weeks of more racing and events that include the tortuous 12 Hours of Sebring and the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The team is planning an incredible event at St. Petersburg, having secured the Dali museum for viewing and entertainment throughout the weekend. Click here to read more about this incredible experience.
As is the norm with TRG-AMR, more than a few events are planned throughout the race weekend, kicking off with an appearance on the local CBS affiliate news station KEYE. Making appearances will be Shane Sterling and Sonny Morgan. Sterling is a Texas entrepreneur and principal of the Black Rider Racing Group, the primary partner on the 09 GTS entry fielded by TRG-AMR Team Driver Derek DeBoer and Morgan is the dealer principal of Austin’s impressive Aston Martin dealership.
Thursday night takes the team to Morgan’s Aston Martin of Austin dealership for a fun evening of food, Adobe Road wine, and the chance to meet and chat with Team Owner Kevin Buckler and the individual racing drivers and to see one of the team’s racecars on display. Click here to view the invitation.