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Brandon Jones picked up where he left off by securing the pole for Friday's ARCA race at Lucas Oil Raceway (LOR).
Jones set a new track record of 22.268 seconds (110.904 mph). The 17-year-old driver was fastest in both practices on Friday and won the last time he raced in ARCA at Winchester Speedway at the beginning of July. He was also the only driver to break the old track record of 22.294 seconds.
Points leader Mason Mitchell will start next to Jones on the front row. Mitchell ran up front in the last ARCA race at LOR in 2012 and scored a fifth-place finish.
Mitchell's closest points pursuer Grant Enfinger qualified 15th in the No 90. Chevrolet for his first race with Gallagher Motorsports.
Tom Hessert, Ken Schrader and Justin Allison rounded out the top-five in qualifying. Hessert was in Schrader's 52 car in the 2012 race here and finished runner-up to Frank Kimmel. Matt Tifft, one of Schrader's drivers, qualified ninth in a second Ken Schrader Racng entry. Kimmel ended up 10th on the board.
Cody Coughlin had a rough start to the day by crashing in practice and forcing his No. 55 team to go a back-up. Coughlin got to qualify and placed 16th on the chart. The highest Venturini Motorsports driver in qualifying was Justin Boston in sixth.
Blake Hillard made his return to the ARCA series for the first time since Salem in April with an 11th-place qualifying effort. Kyle Weatherman will start next to him on the sixth row in the No. 60 Ford for the Roulo Brothers.
Qualifying was extremely close as the first 21 cars out of 24 who took time were separated by less than a second.
The SCOTT Get Geared Up 200 will be live at 9 p.m. ET Friday on FOX Sports 1.
SCOTT Get Geared Up 200 Lineup Top 10
#4 Brandon Jones
#98 Mason Mitchell
#77 Tom Hessert
#52 Ken Schrader
#88 Justin Allison
#25 Justin Boston
#66 J.J. Haley
#22 Austin Wayne Self
#11 Matt Tifft
#44 Frank Kimmel
Verizon IndyCar star Josef Newgarden, the only American to ever win in the famed Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch, has been confirmed to participate in the Sports Car Club of America Formula F 45th Anniversary at Barber Motorsports Park, August 9-10. Newgarden will race on Sunday in a Honda-powered Piper Formula F, and participate as a speaker in the Formula F birthday celebration on Saturday night.
The 2014 Saddlemen Rookie of the Year Award will go to the eligible rider who earns the most points in GoPro Daytona SportBike as well as the eligible rider who earns the most points in AMA Pro Flat Track's Grand National Championship.
Tomas Puerta has all but locked up the $5,000 prize Saddlemen generously provides that goes along with earning the award in AMA Pro Road Racing's GoPro Daytona SportBike class. The Colombian sits 11th in the standings and has accumulated 46 more points than the next best contestant, Tucker Lancaster. It would be a long-shot for Lancaster to make up the difference in points with just one round of GoPro Daytona SportBike action remaining, which is set to be held at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, N.J., Sept. 13-14, 2014.
For anyone remotely familiar with AMA Pro Road Racing, Puerta's success this season hasn't been that surprising. The 21-year-old is the reigning SuperSport national champion and rides for one of the most sought-after race teams in the business today - RoadRace Factory/Redbull - and plays teammate to Jake Gagne, the current GoPro Daytona SportBike points leader. He's likely already banking on his money for this year's Saddlemen Rookie of the Year Award, and there's no telling how far he'll go next year with a full season at this level under his belt.
In AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship competition, Wyatt Maguire's 11th place finish at Grays Harbor Raceway last weekend was enough to put him ahead of Shayna Texter by a mere three points in the standings. If Maguire holds on to earn the most points out of all of the class-rookies this season, a lineup that features the likes of Texter, Justin Maloney, and Cody Johncox, he would be the recipient of the $5,000 award that goes along with winning the 2014 Saddlemen Rookie of the Year Award.
"I'm definitely striving towards the award and it would mean a lot to me if I were to win it," said Maguire. "It enables us rookies who are out of the championship chase to have something to compete for. There are a lot of battles going on right now. Week-in and week-out we're all competing for it. Last weekend's 11th place finish was pretty cool and I hope to keep the momentum rolling at Sacramento."
Maguire's main competition for the Rookie of the Year honor, Texter, won the Sacramento Mile in the Pro Singles class last year, so he will need to be on game in he wants to stay in front.
Saddlemen has been helping AMA Pro Racing reward some of the best up-and-coming stars of motorcycle racing by sponsoring the Rookie of the Year award for the last four seasons. Saddlemen is also the official seat and luggage of AMA Pro Road Racing and AMA Pro Flat Track.
Fans can watch the Saddlemen Rookie of the Year Award battle heat up in Grand National Championship competition this weekend when AMA Pro Flat Track heads to Sacramento, Calif. for the Sacramento Mile on July 26. For tickets and more information on the event, please visithttp://www.sactomile.com/tickets/ or call 1-844-722-6453. All of the action will be streamed LIVE onFansChoice.tv.
The next time AMA Pro Road Racing takes to the track will be August 8-10, when Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series competitors roll their thundering Harley's off the trucks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Ind.
Extreme Speed Motorsports (ESM) threw down the gauntlet in practice and qualifying today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. For the first time in ESM history, both of the Tequila Patrón-sponsored Honda Performance Development ARX-03b prototypes will start from the front row and side-by-side for Friday’s Brickyard Grand Prix.It seems appropriate that the Tequila Patrón-sponsored race cars qualified 1-2, especially on National Patrón Tequila Day.
Ryan Dalziel, co-driver of the No. 1 Tequila Patrón HPD set the qualifying track record with a 1:17.603 (113.145 mph) en route to the first pole position for the No. 1 team this year. Dalziel dominated in qualifying and led the entire 15-minute session. His closest competitor was teammate Johannes van Overbeek.
Scott Sharp, ESM owner/driver, will start the race in the No. 1 Tequila Patrón team. Sharp has 14 previous Indy 500 starts and two IROC starts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
During his qualifying session, van Overbeek, co-driver of No. 2 Tequila Patrón, clocked a lap at 1:17.879 (112.744 mph), less than three-tenths of a second behind Dalziel. This marks the second front-row start for the No. 2 team. In May, van Overbeek was the pole winner at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca – the site of the No. 2 team’s first win.
Ed Brown is the starting driver for the No. 2 team for Friday’s race.
Friday’s two-hour, 45-minute Brickyard Grand Prix is the eighth race of 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Green flag is 5:45 p.m. ET.
Television coverage of the Brickyard Grand Prix starts at 5:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.
David Ostella put the Performance Tech Motorsports machine fourth on the grid in the Prototype Challenge class of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship on Thursday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
On his last lap, Ostella jumped from eighth to fourth with a lap time of 1 minute, 20.208 seconds. The quick lap continued a recent trend, as Ostella also posted his best time last month at Watkins Glen International with seconds remaining in the session. Ostella and new teammate James French will start from the second row of the PC class in the 49-car field.
"It was good; I'm happy with qualifying and being so close to the front," Ostella said. "Only four-tenths off Colin (Braun), who got the pole. I think I'm still struggling with qualifying. I'm not happy with how long it takes me to get up to speed. So I'll be working on that. I'm happy with the performance."
Ostella's best qualifying lap was more than a second quicker than his top practice time Friday. He qualified just .359 of a second behind Braun's track-record lap.
It was Ostella's best qualifying performance this season in the No. 38 Dash Neighborhoods/Phillips 66 car. Ostella competed on the historic IMS oval in the Firestone Freedom 100 for Indy Lights in 2011 and 2012, but this was his first day on the new 14-turn, 2.439-mile road circuit at IMS that incorporates part of the famous Indy oval. That mixture creates a complex setup challenge due to the circuit's intricate turns and fast straightaways, said Performance Tech Lead Engineer Ty Sayman.
"It's actually a very difficult track when it comes to setup," Sayman said. "You come off of straightaways into long turns, and you have to find where you can keep your speed. The track has a lot of nuances. I really wasn't too worried about the qualifying setup. I focus on the race. A pole would be nice, but a win is always better."
Team Principal Brent O'Neill joined his crew in applauding Ostella, 22, for his qualifying performance. This was the best qualifying result since the 12 Hours of Sebring in March, when the team started third.
"It was really good for us. The last lap, David was able to pull it out and put all the pieces together," O'Neill said. "David's still young. He's still getting it all together. That was a pretty stellar lap he put together at the end. He's never been a good qualifier. We're getting him to that point, and you're going to see him get better and better. We'll have a good start for tomorrow."
Ostella thinks he still has much to learn about qualifying but is happy to see most of the PC field behind him for the start of the race.
"I'm happy with the performance," Ostella said. "The Performance Tech team put together a great car. Now we just have to focus on race setup and get ready for tomorrow."
The Brickyard Grand Prix begins at 5:45 p.m. (ET) Friday with the live broadcast beginning at 5:30 p.m. on FOX Sports 1. Fans can follow live timing and scoring at IMSA.com and also race details on Twitter at @IMSALive.
For more information or to donate to Dash from Breast Cancer, click the following link: davidostella.com/dash-from-breast-cancer/. For updates on the team, follow Performance Tech Motorsports on Facebook.
AMA Pro SuperSport action from the Buckeye SuperBike Weekend a Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course was typical of the class for up-and-coming stars of tomorrow and fast club aces. In other words, it was a full grid's worth of battles and unpredictable skirmishes at the front.
Dustin Dominguez of Houston Superbikes took two wins as the Oklahoman's hot streak extended. Each time out, he topped TOBC Racing's Hayden Gillim as both races were held on Sunday due to track conditions unconducive to racing the day before. With the riders making their bids for the series championship, the New Jersey round will be another winner-take-all showdown in the final chapter of 2014.
The weekend began as a test for three men fighting for the points lead as Corey Alexander (HVMC/Celtic Racing) remained out in front as the teams entered Ohio. Alexander was great early in the season. The reigning East champion, looked nearly unbeatable at Daytona and was almost as strong at Elkhart Lake despite a training accident that put his participation in doubt. However, a subpar Alabama round left Gillim and Dominguez rallying closer.
Mid-Ohio would go be a turning point as Dominguez and Gillim left Alexander behind.
In Race 1, Gillim had the early lead but Dominguez made a great pass on lap two and made it stick. Gillim made a nice move to rip the lead away on lap four but Dominguez repeated his earlier ploy - outbraking Gillim on the main straight. He then cut a blazing lap and when Dominguez encountered lapped traffic, he didn't have Gillim's No. 69 machine directly on his Yamaha's tail anymore. From then on, the Oklahoman held the point position.
"With these races being so short and there's so many riders, I didn't know if there was going to be a red flag so I tried to lead every lap," said Dominguez. "We've finally got this thing the way we wanted it and have been getting good results ever since."
Dominguez had another good race in the second affair. He led Gillim, but the Kentuckian seemed poised on his tail and in good position to make a late-race move. Gillim nearly crashed with a lap and a half to go, avoiding a highside heading onto the main straight.
Gillim tried to rally on the final lap. He made an ambitious move and the two touched. Neither rider fell, and Dominguez pulled away for a 3.510-second victory after 11 laps.
"Mid-Ohio has always been one of my favorite tracks. I knew going into the weekend I had to win both races to have a shot at the championship," Dominguez said. "This was the biggest weekend for me not just because I won both races, but because now I'm two points out of the championship and have good momentum going into the last race of the year. All the glory to God and can't thank my team and sponsors enough for providing me a bike and opportunity to win races. I'm ready to prove I have what it takes to win this championship."
Gillim took two second place finishes on the day. He was disappointed not to win but made the most of a day when he never really got his bike sorted.
"With us getting so little track time before the race, I really didn't have a good setup," said Gillim after Race 1. "I had hardly any weight on the rear so in every turn I was out sideways."
He clearly found some answers for Race 2 but wasn't totally satisfied.
"We were still having some issues with grip," said Gillim, pointing out his near-crash with two to go. "The last lap, I put my head down and pushed as hard as I could. (Dominguez) made a little mistake. Coming into Thunder Valley, I was right next to him I felt like I might have made the pass but I didn't want to risk taking us both out. I'm glad we could give the fans watching a good race. I'm looking forward to New Jersey and (I) have the points lead so it should be fun."
Gillim dueled with Alexander for the East crown at New Jersey last year and the outcome was in doubt until the checkered flag, so he has experience in a championship shootout. The Suzuki pilot holds a slim two-point margin after Ohio.
Alexander lowsided in the Keyhole on lap five of the first race - a tough blow for his championship hopes. In Race 2, he had to pull off before the race started due to an issue with his brakes.
"I guess bad luck comes all at once when it does come," said Alexander. "This weekend started off rough just from the weather alone, which cut down the whole weekend to essentially one day. With that said, I felt we had a really good bike and a lot of potential to do really well. Unfortunately the unpredictable track surface caught us out in Race 1 which ultimately caught us out in Race 2 with a brake failure induced by the crash. With such a short schedule it puts a lot of pressure on the whole team to get everything together in a big hurry, and very little time for the riders to get a feel for everything. It's unfortunate for the team, the sponsors and myself to be plagued with such bad luck especially with such high potential and a strong start to the season. The only thing we can do is move forward and hope to dominate at our home track, New Jersey Motorsports Park, in September. Thanks, to all of the sponsors and people who made this season possible. It is unfortunate when things don't go as expected as we owe it to all of you to get a good result."
Alexander dropped down to fourth in points after his troubles.
His teammate on the HVMC/Celtic Racing squad, Wyatt Farris, earned third in Race 1 after a duel with Conner Blevins. He leapfrogged his stable mate in the points, too. Farris was second in Daytona but off the podium since then.
"I'm happy to get back on the podium with a third, and bring home a fifth for the Celtic/HVMC Suzuki team and our sponsors," said the Californian. "Even though they may not be quite the results I'm looking for, or the results we know we can get, any time you're on the podium it's a good day. I'm going to use this seven-week break to work on a few things, and head to New Jersey looking to improve our results."
Conner Blevins (Excel Machine Racing) earned his first AMA Pro podium in Race 2.
"We had a rough start to the season, but my dad has gotten the bike working really well now," said Blevins, who battled with Farris in Race 1 and finished fourth. "Also, the new tires that Dunlop brought this weekend were great, lots of grip and they looked really good at the end of the races."
Kaleb De Keyrel had been building momentum and earned a double podium in Alabama. The De Keyrel Racing pilot was just a little short of repeating that pace but still earned two nice finishes with sixth and fourth.
J.C. Camacho showed nice speed once again, earning fifth and eighth. The Texan has been solid all year and spent most of the time in the top ten, showing he can duel with the best in class. The House of Paint Designs racer is a lock to do well in the final points standings and is seventh heading into the final round.
Tuned Industries' Jason Aguilar (9-6) and Harv's Harley-Davidson pilot Cody Wyman (7-9) also garnered a pair of top tens in Ohio. Two surprise finishers jumped up this weekend as well. Jimmy Merck (Merck Factory Racing) was seventh in Race 2 after bagging 11th in Race 1. Frankie Gillim, Hayden's older brother, made the most of his appearance in Ohio and took 10th in Race 2.
Youngster Nick McFadden (TOBC Racing) was tenth in the opener.
It's all on the line for New Jersey. It has been an unpredictable season, one that saw Alexander look like a lock to win the title while Dominguez and Gillim had some low moments. With two aggressive, tough riders going for the honor of the number one plate, expect fireworks.
Following the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series' Indianapolis doubleheader Aug. 8-10, the AMA Pro Road Racing season will come to its conclusion and the 2014 champions will be decided at the Kawasaki Devil's Showdown at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, N.J., Sept. 13-14.
FansChoice.tv is the official home for live streaming coverage of AMA Pro Road Racing and AMA Pro Flat Track events in 2014. The site also provides coverage of IMSA's development and single-make series, and NASCAR's touring and weekly series.
The event is streamed live. Supporters and fans can track Team IHRA's location via live GPS by AmberAlertGPS.
Exclusive Raffle Offers a Chance to Win a Brand New 2014 Honda CRF450R to Benefit the Asterisk Mobile Medial CenterWritten by Adam Sinclair Friday, 25 July 2014 15:29
X Sports Pro Racing is giving away a brand new 2014 Honda CRF450R, courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., to benefit the Asterisk Mobile Medical Center. The contest is open to anyone who purchases a raffle ticket online from now until Saturday, Aug. 15, 2014. The winner will be announced at the inaugural Indiana National in Crawfordsville, Indiana on Saturday, Aug. 16.
The prize, a 2014 Honda CRF450R, resembles the Team Honda Muscle Milk machine ridden by Factory Honda riders Trey Canard and Fredrik Noren in the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. The bike includes a Yoshimura TI exhaust system, Team Honda/Muscle Milk graphics kit, Honda motorcycle stand and a full set of Fly Racing gear and helmet. Proceeds benefit the Asterisk Mobile Medical Center. The Asterisk Mobile Medical Center, and its dedicated staff, has been a mainstay at every Pro Motocross event for more than a decade, in providing on-site emergency medical services to professional motocross riders.
Enter for your chance to win this unique prize package by logging onto http://bit.ly/Honda450 and purchasing your raffle ticket now. The winner does not need to be present to claim the prize. Tickets are only $10 each, and quantities are unlimited. So buy as many as you like - it's for a good cause.
The Asterisk Mobile Medical Center is an emergency care facility available at each Lucas Oil Pro Motocross event to staff, participants, and crew at no cost. The full 53-foot hospital trailer is staffed with qualified and experienced medical personnel and offers specialized equipment for our sport's unique injuries. The Asterisk Mobile Medical Center is provided to the racing community by Asterisk. Their operating budget is made possible by MX Sports Pro Racing, Road 2 Recovery Foundation, as well as individual riders and private donors.
Round 8 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship heads to Washougal, Washington for the MotoSport.com Washougal National on Saturday, July 26.
For event tickets and additional information, please visit www.promotocross.com and LIKE the Pro Motocross Facebook page and follow @ProMotocross on Twitter and Instagram for exclusive content and additional information on the latest Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship news.
Official Sergio Perez Grandstand Ticket Package offered by Circuit of The Americas for the 2014 F1 United States Grand PrixWritten by Adam Sinclair Friday, 25 July 2014 15:29
- Automatic entry for a chance to meet Checo Perez in-person during the Grand Prix;
- a hand-autographed, special edition Sergio Perez cap;
- a commemorative photograph postcard; and
- a custom ticket lanyard and sleeve.
The Official Sergio Perez Grandstand Ticket Package features three-day, reserved seat tickets in a designated section in the best viewing areas of the Circuit so that fans can rally together and support their Mexican driver. The Turn 12 grandstand, a fan favorite due to its direct view of the Back Straight, which is the primary passing area of the track, is $549 for a three-day pass. The Turn 4 grandstand offers a view of the dynamic sweeping curves at $349 for a three-day pass.
“The power and presence of the fans at COTA is unbelievable; it almost feels like home,” said Mexican F1 driver Sergio Perez. “I am very happy to have a dedicated grandstand for my fans to come and show support during the race. I am looking forward to seeing everyone in Austin at one of my favorite circuits this November.”
This year’s 2014 USGP highlights include a robust schedule of support races, an F1 driver showcase with free autograph and interview sessions, enhanced fan hospitality areas throughout the venue, and a post-race track invasion and concert in the Austin360 Amphitheater. Fans who make their travel plans early will find more affordable hotel rooms available through COTA’s online hotel booking portal, http://circuitoftheamericas.com/bookaroom. Official Sergio Perez Grandstand Ticket Packages can be purchased at http://circuitoftheamericas.com/f1/checousgp through Sept. 30, 2014, or while supplies last.
The ARCA Racing Series returns to the Lucas Oil Raceway (LOR) at Indianapolis for the first time since 2012 Friday night.
The last race there saw Frank Kimmel break a four-year winless streak in ARCA. It also got current points leader Mason Mitchell on the map.
Mitchell ran up front most of the night and brought home the car in fifth place in just his second ARCA start.
His closest points competitor Grant Enfinger made some news this week by moving over to Gallagher Motorsports for the remainder of the season. Enfinger will continue to drive the No. 90, but instead will be a Chevrolet under the Gallagher camp. Team BCR Racing will still have driver Justin Allison running a part-time schedule in the No. 88 Ford.
Another Ford team made a number switch. Roulo Brothers Racing changed from No. 17 to 60 for Friday night’s race. Kyle Weatherman returns to the wheel and turns 17 next month.
Venturini and Cunningham Motorsports recently tested at the .686 mile track in preparation for the race. Shannon McIntosh will make her ARCA debut for Cunningham in the No. 72 Dodge. Austin Wayne Self will look for better luck at the track this week after wrecking cars in both qualifying and the race last weekend at Chicagoland.
J.J. Haley returns to Venturini this week, driving the No. 66 Toyota. Brennan Poole will make his first ARCA start of the season in the car next week at Pocono Raceway. Haley’s teammate Cody Coughlin had a strong run at Chicagoland last week, grabbing his first top-five finish in the series. The 18-year-old will look to carry the momentum into LOR Friday night.
Ken Schrader Racing will field two cars at LOR on Friday night. The boss returns to the 52 car for the first time since Winchester. Matt Tifft drove the car to a third-place finish at Chicagoland, but will be in the No. 11 Chevrolet this week.
For the first time in 10 years, A.J. Fike will run an asphalt race. The driver can be seen running the ARCA dirt races at Springfield and DuQuoin every year. Fike will also run at Berlin Raceway in two weeks.
Brandon Jones also returns to the series after winning his ARCA debut at Winchester earlier in the month. He will again drive the No. 4 car for Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM). Jones will look to become the second driver to win in their first two ARCA starts. Alex Bowman was the only driver to do it in 2011.
The Scott Get Geared Up 200 will air live at 9 p.m. ET Friday night on FOX Sports 1.