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As Rev Racing aims to advance and support the development of drivers in the program and beyond, we would like to congratulate Daniel Suarez on signing a deal with Joe Gibbs Racing to compete full-time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for the 2015 season. Suarez will join Kyle Larson and Darrell Wallace Jr. among the ranks of Rev Racing graduates who have moved on to a national series in NASCAR.
 
“Daniel is a special talent. We are proud to have been apart of his development as a driver and we are excited to see what the future holds for him. Along with Darrell and Kyle, Daniel is a testament to the success of the diversity program and we wish him the best in his latest endeavor,” said Rev Racing owner, Max Siegel.
 
Suarez is will finish out the 2014 season competing in both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series. In the NKNPSE he has two wins, four top-fives and seven top-10 finishes this season. However, Suarez will miss the next NKNPSE race at Greenville Pickens Speedway as he will be in Mexico contending for the NMTS championship, where he is currently first in the point standings. Suarez will return to the NKNPSE at Dover International Speedway in what is expected to be the culmination of his career with Rev Racing and the beginning to his career with Joe Gibbs Racing.

Rev Racing PR

Current NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) points leader Ben Rhodes will make his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut with powerhouse Venturini Motorsports (VMS) driving the No.55 Alpha Energy Solutions Toyota Camry at Madison International Speedway on Sunday, August 24th.

“I want to thank Alpha Energy Solutions, Alliance Comfort Systems, and Venturini Motorsports for the opportunity to make my first ARCA start at Madison this weekend. I have followed the series this year and there has been some great racing action just about everywhere they go,” said Rhodes.

Ben Rhodes will be led by his NKNPSE crew chief Mark McFarland on Sunday afternoon in the Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200.

At 17 years-old, Rhodes is no stranger to the national spotlight. Racing since the age of seven (2004), Rhodes has been a controlling force at virtually every level of competition and never has this been more apparent than his current K&N season driving the No.41 Turner Scott Motorsports entry.

In 2014, Rhodes has flat out dominated the field by starting in February as a front runner in the first-two NASCAR K&N Pro Series East events of the season, which included earning his first-career pole position at Daytona International Speedway and in the fourth race of the season he went to victory lane at Greenville Pickens Speedway earning his first-career NKNPSE win. Rhodes then went on a winning streak going to victory lane in four consecutive races at Iowa Speedway, Bowman Gray Stadium, Five Flags Speedway, and Langley Speedway.

His five pole positions and five victories through the first three-quarters of the season put Rhodes ahead of the competition in the championship and rookie of the year point standings. He’s also been selected to be a part of the NASCAR Next program for 2014 – 2015.

Blake Rayne, star of the film The Identical opening in theaters nationwide on September 5th, will be performing a pre-race concert in conjunction with the autograph session as well as singing the national anthem prior to the Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200.

Raceday Sunday gets started with an on-track autograph session from Noon – 1 p.m. CT, followed by pre-race ceremonies and driver introductions at 1:30. The 200-lap Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200 at Madison begins at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon, August 24. The race will also feature live timing and scoring at ARCAracing.com.

VMS PR

In the first Summit Team Finals action of the year, Castrol Raceway opened the season with a victory in the Division 6 Border Bandits team competition at the Edmonton, Alberta track while three drivers punched their tickets to Memphis as the first qualifiers of 2014 for the Summit SuperSeries presented by AMSOIL World Championship in October.

Castrol Raceway Team C took the team crown with 20 points, holding off Northern Lights Raceway Team A by just one point. It was the third year in a row a Castrol Raceway team has taken the Division 6 Summit Team Finals crown. Castrol Raceway Team F was third with 14 points, followed by Castrol Raceway Team B with 13 points and Castrol Raceway Team D with 11 points. The rest of the Summit Team Finals standings included teams from Hi-Line Dragstrip, Alaska Raceway Park, Calgary Drag Racing Association, Interlake Dragway and Northern Lights Raceway.

In the Summit SuperSeries runoff, Nathan Thornsley, Dean Smith and Ethan Ochitwa won their respective classes at the Summit Team Finals opener in Edmonton, securing their tickets to the Summit World Finals at Memphis International Raceway in October. The trio will runoff against other Summit SuperSeries champions for an opportunity to win the 2014 Summit SuperSeries World Championship.

Thornsley, representing Alaska Raceway Park, won the Top ET championship at the Division 6 Team Finals for the second year in a row. Thornsley defeated Dean Smith, who was -.044 red on the tree. Despite the guaranteed win, Thornsley still took a near-perfect victory lap with a .002 reaction time and a 7.666-second elapsed time on a 7.67 dial.

While Dean Smith went red in his attempt to take the Top ET victory, he more than made up for that error in the Mod ET race with a redeeming victory over Kalem Menzel. Representing Interlake Dragway, Smith ran a 9.247 on a 9.23 dial at 140.53 mph in the final, besting Menzel's 10.482 on a 10.45 at 121.35. He added a .013 reaction time to put together a .03 package for the win.

Finally, in the Junior Dragster runoff, Castrol Raceway's own Ethan Ochitwa took the victory over Zack Jagnicke from Interlake Dragway. Jagnicke had a slight advantage on the line with a .047 to a .057 light, but Ochitwa battled back on the top end, running a 7.974 on a 7.96 at 81.86 to take the win. Jagnicke had a 9.116 on a 9.08 in the runner-up effort.

Other big winners from the Division 6 Summit Team Finals were Main Event winners George LeBlanc (Top ET) from Northern Lights Raceway, Corey Hewitt (Mod ET) from Castrol Raceway, Broderick Allison (Junior Dragster) from Castrol Raceway and Kevin Steenhart (Street) from Calgary Drag Racing Association.

The following are the final results from the Division 6 IHRA Summit Team Finals event at Castrol Raceway.



Division 6 Summit Team Finals Team Standings

1. Castrol Raceway Team C - 20
2. Northern Lights Raceway Team A - 19
3. Castrol Raceway Team F - 14
4. Castrol Raceway Team B - 13
5. Castrol Raceway Team D - 11
6. Castrol Raceway Team A - 9
7. Calgary Drag Racing Association Team A - 8
8. Hi-Line Dragstrip Team A - 6
9. Alaska Raceway Park Team A - 6
10. Northern Lights Raceway Team D - 5
11. Northern Lights Raceway Team B - 4
12. Castrol Raceway Team E - 4
13. Interlake Dragway Team A - 2
14. Hi-Line Dragstrip Team B - 2
15. Northern Lights Raceway Team C - 2

SUMMIT SUPERSERIES RESULTS

Summit SuperSeries Runoff Top ET - Nathan Thornsley, Alaska Raceway Park, (.002) 7.666 on 7.67, 175.47 def. Dean Smith, Interlake Dragway, (-.044) foul

Summit SuperSeries Runoff Mod ET - Dean Smith, Interlake Dragway, (.013) 9.247 on 9.23, 140.53 def. Kalem Menzel, Castrol Raceway, (.046) 10.482 on 10.45, 121.35

Summit SuperSeries Runoff Junior - Ethan Ochitwa, Castrol Raceway, (.057) 7.974 on 7.96, 81.86 def. Zack Jagnicke, Interlake Dragway, (.047) 9.116 on 9.08, 69.63

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

Main Event Top ET - George LeBlanc, Northern Lights Raceway, (.017) 9.53 on 9.52, 142.33 def. John Tiegen, Northern Lights Raceway, (n/a) 8.599 on 8.60, 152.85

Main Event Mod ET - Corey Hewitt, Castrol Raceway, (.013) 10.532 on 10.49, 126.10 def. Adolph Sabourin, Castrol Raceway, (.038) 10.458 on 10.44, 126.76

Main Event Street - Kevin Steenhart, Calgary Drag Racing Association, (.025) 14.698 on 14.64 def. 87.63 def. Shane Graw, Northern Lights Raceway, (.080) 15.034 on 14.79, 93.70

Main Event Juniors - Broderick Allison, Castrol Raceway, (.010) 7.998 on 7.98, 81.12 def. Ethan Ochitwa, Castrol Raceway, (.132) 7.992 on 7.97, 81.44

Palm Beach International Raceway™ (PBIR) hosts Ford and Mopar fans of all ages during a special weekend of motorsports in September. Celebrating Mustang’s 50th Birthday, Fun Ford Weekend kicks off on September 12, 2014, while Mega Mopar Action on the Drag Strip returns on September 14, 2014.

From Ford-powered and Ford-bodied bracket racers looking to earn some “cred” on the Drag Strip to Blue Oval restoration experts showing off their finished masterpiece or searching for that hard-to-find part at the Swap Meet, Fun Ford Weekend at Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter, Florida has something for everyone.

Fun Ford Weekend

On Saturday, September 13, from 8 am to 7 pm, Fun Ford Weekend presented by R.J.S. Racing Equipment features family-friendly entertainment and activities including:

 

  • Drag Racing on PBIR’s renowned 1/4-mile concrete Drag Strip
  • Ford Car and Truck Show
  • Mustang Triathlon on the Road Course and Drag Strip
  • MustangGuys Fastest 5.0 Shootout presented by S&W Race Cars on the Drag Strip
  • Pro Show
    • Tulsa County Heat Wave Jet Car with Driver Sammy Ives
    • Elvis Wheelstander with Driver Joel Harris
    • Southern Slingshots featuring Nostalgia Dragsters
  • Midway, Swap Meet and Car Corral
  • Revell Make ’n’ Take – kids are invited to build their very own model car to keep for free

For more details and to purchase discounted tickets for Fun Ford Weekend, visit www.tinyurl.com/pbirford2014.

 

 

Mega Mopar Action

Mopar fans are invited to celebrate everything that makes Mopar stand out in a crowd with Mopar Action magazine at the Mega Mopar Action event at Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter, Florida. There’s something for all Pentastar enthusiasts, like watching HEMI-powered American muscle on the Drag Strip and admiring cars like Challengers, Javelins, Barracudas and Road Runners in the Car Show. Mega Mopar Action Series is the largest national series honoring the iconic brand.

On Sunday, September 14, from 8 am to 7 pm, the Mega Mopar Action event includes:

  • Drag Racing on PBIR’s impressive 1/4-mile concrete Drag Strip
  • Car and Truck Show
  • S&W Race Cars Challenger Shootout on the Drag Strip
  • Pro Show
    • Tulsa County Heat Wave Jet Car with Driver Sammy Ives
    • Elvis Wheelstander with Driver Joel Harris
    • Southern Slingshots featuring Nostalgia Dragsters
  • Midway, Swap Meet and Car Corral

For more details and to purchase discounted tickets for Mega Mopar Action at PBIR, visitwww.tinyurl.com/pbirmopar2014.

“While the iconic Ford Mustang celebrates its 50th birthday in 2014, we’re also turning 50 this year. Palm Beach International Raceway was founded in 1964, and we’re honored to share this milestone with America’s legendary pony car,” noted PBIR’s Vice President and General Manager Dale Gann.  

At the gate on the event days, tickets are $20 for a 1-day adult spectator admission on Saturday or Sunday. Tickets for a 2-day adult spectator, including both Saturday and Sunday, are $35. Tickets for children ages 6 to 12 are $5 per event day, while children ages 5 and under enter free. Parking at the facility is free for all racers and spectators. Discounted tickets are available online at www.RacePBIR.com.    

The weekend kicks off with Test & Tune on the Drag Strip on September 12, 2014. Test & Tune is an open track session for any make and model car, truck, dragster or motorcycle, during which racers can speed down the track for just $20. Gates open at 6 pm while racing continues until 11 pm. Spectator tickets are just $10 for adults; children 12 and younger enter free. Parking at the track is also free throughout the weekend.

Please note that Friday, September 12, 2014 features Test & Tune on the Drag Strip only. Complete event programming for Fun Ford Weekend occurs on Saturday, September 13, 2014 only.

Palm Beach International Raceway™ (PBIR) is pleased to announce its partnership with the Great American Bracket Race (GABR) at Memphis International Raceway™ (MIR) on September 5 – 7, 2014. PBIR and GABR have joined forces to offer the points winner of the GABR a free entry to the Dick Moroso Memorial 5-Day Bracket Championship presented by Madaris Window & Insulation and The Screen Shop on November 21 – 25, 2014 at PBIR.

The Dick Moroso Memorial 5-Day Bracket Championship brings racers from all over the country to the Sunshine State to compete for a $10,000 prize to the winner each day on the 1/4-mile drag strip. With this new partnership, racers who participate in the Sixth Annual Moser Engineering Great American $50,000 Bracket Race at MIR on September 5 – 7, 2014 have a shot at winning a free entry to PBIR, valued at $875. The electronics overall points winner from the weekend at MIR’s GABR will receive a free five-day entry to PBIR’s 2014 Dick Moroso Memorial 5-Day Bracket Championship.

“Palm Beach International Raceway is proud to host the inaugural Dick Moroso Memorial 5-Day Bracket Championship this year,” stated Dale Gann, Vice President and General Manager of PBIR. “Being the host to a race with such rich history is both an honor and a pleasure.” 

“GABR has an impressive pedigree, and we are thrilled to be offering a free racer entry to the Dick Moroso Memorial 5-Day Bracket Championship during their event at Memphis International Raceway,” Gann continued. “This was a great opportunity for two sister tracks to work together and offer the participants more incentive. I’d also like to thank the organizers at GABR for all their hard work and dedication to the drag racing community.”

Tabbed as the best party in bracket racing, the Dick Moroso Memorial 5-Day Bracket Championship places the best drag racers up against each other in the electronics category. It’s door car versus door car and dragster versus dragster from Friday until Tuesday. In addition to competing for big bucks, racers receive an appreciation dinner Saturday night, a complimentary breakfast each morning and can participate in a golf cart race, cornhole tournament, and a chili cook-off.

The schedule for the Dick Moroso Memorial 5-Day Bracket Championship has gates opening at 8 a.m. ET and races begin at 1:30 p.m. every day. There is an open Test & Tune prior to each race, and the purse is guaranteed with 120 cars entered into the championship event. For a complete breakdown and schedule, visit www.tinyurl.com/pbir5day2014 or call 561-622-1400.

Entering each TUDOR United SportsCar Championship weekend, Bryan Sellers, driver of the No. 17 Team Falken Tire Porsche 911 RSR, has been outlining his favorite turns. This weekend, the Braselton, Georgia-resident and longtime teammate Wolf Henzler (Germany) travel to one of North America's truly classic tracks, VIRginia International Raceway (VIR).

The Alton, Virginia facility is nestled in the hills, valleys and woods of the Old Dominion and enjoys a history almost as deep as the country around it. For Sellers, the classic turn at a track of classic turns - including the event namesake corner for the Oak Tree Grand Prix at VIR - is Turn Three. The "NASCAR Bend", as it is nicknamed, is the linchpin of the 17-turn, 3.27-mile facility. The long lefthander is Sellers' favorite corner at the track which will play host to the only GT Le Mans (GTLM)/GT Daytona (GTD) stand-alone race of the season on Sunday, August 24.

"VIR is a very famous old-school racetrack. It's the kind of place that just feels 'natural' because it is natural! It's a classic American track with a number of corners that were laid organically through the terrain. Out of all the great corners, it is difficult to pick the best one. But, if forced to choose, my favorite corner of the 17 to drive the No. 17 Team Falken Tire Porsche is Turn Three. 

Turn Three is a challenging corner because the approach is so different to most others anywhere in the TUDOR Championship calendar. It is a third-gear corner with an approach that has a consistent bend making the braking difficult. The important thing about this turn is carrying the speed through the center of the corner and, with the approach being so difficult, it is easy to over-slow or overshoot the corner entry. The car has a lot of dynamic issues in this corner. You are braking and turning, which means you need a car with good platform and support. However you also use some curbing in this corner meaning you need compliance as well. It's a fine line between having a car that is too soft and a car that is too stiff. It is also very difficult to get a proper balance through the entire turn because, from a mechanical perspective, the car is doing so many different things. In my experience, when you have a car that is good in Turn Three, and a car that you can be aggressive with there, it means you will be fast at VIR. Get Three right and you get the lap right. Get it wrong and it will be a long weekend."

 The two-hour, 45-minute Oak Tree Grand Prix at VIR can be seen on FOX Sports 1 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time, August 24. The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the race live on its network of stations beginning at 4:00 p.m. ET. The two-hour and 45-minute race for GTLM and GTD class cars will also have live timing and scoring available at IMSA.com. Streaming of qualifying is available on the IMSA web site beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, August 23.  

 

It was announced today that the NHRA has named JEGS, one of the largest mail order automotive performance equipment companies in the United States, as presenting sponsor for the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series event at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, Aug. 27- Sept. 1 at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. It is the seventh of 10 races in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. 

“The U.S. Nationals is the crown jewel,” said Troy Coughlin, vice president of JEGS. “To have the name JEGS associated with the most prestigious NHRA race on tour is something our family and the 350-plus associates at JEGS will take great pride in.” 

Featuring the world’s fastest and most unique doorslammer race cars, the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series offers something for every kind of hot-rodding enthusiast. The growing class is highlighted by historic muscle cars like ’67 Mustangs and ’68 Firebirds and ’69 Camaros, as well as a wide variety of late model American muscle cars. With more than 3,000 horsepower, the suspended door pro mod cars travel the quarter-mile in less than six seconds at speeds exceeding 250 mph. 

JEGS Mail Order and JEGS.com have been helping automobile enthusiasts for more than 50 years. Founded in 1960 by Jeg Coughlin Sr., a champion drag racer in his own right, the second generation company sends out 18 million catalogs a year, registers more than a million hits a day on JEGS.com and generates more than $250 million in sales annually worldwide. 

In addition, JEGS is very active in NHRA drag racing. JEGS and Team JEGS has produced three generations of Coughlins who have won some of drag racing’s most prestigious races and championships. Jeg Coughlin Jr. drives the JEGS.com Dodge Dart in Pro Stock and is a five-time Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock world champion. Troy Coughlin drives the JEGS.com Chevy Corvette in Pro Mod and is the 2012 Pro Mod world champion while Mike Coughlin drives the JEGS.com Chevy Camaro in the Top Sportsman category. Third generation driver Troy Coughlin Jr. competes in Super Comp and Super Gas and won the Indy event in 2010 in Super Comp. Meghan Coughlin races in Super Street and the family has a fleet of Jr. dragsters. 

The 2014 NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series competes during a 10-race schedule, with each event televised on the Velocity Channel. The season kicked off at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals with Mike Castellana taking the opening victory over 2013 series champion Rickie Smith. Mike Janis took the second race of the season at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals, defeating Castellana in the final. Rickie Smith defeated Von Smith to win the third race of the season at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals. 

Von Smith raced to victory in the fourth race of the season at the Toyota NHRA Summernationals in Englishtown, N.J., beating Jason Hamstra. In the fifth race of the season at the Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol, Tenn., Pete Farber defeated Steve Matusek. The sixth race of the season saw 2012 series champion Troy Coughlin beat Von Smith to take the Wally at the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio. 

Each race will air in a half-hour show on the Velocity Channel, which launched in October and is owned by the Discovery Network. The shows, produced by Masters Entertainment Group, will air during 10 consecutive weeks in the fourth quarter of 2014. 

Mikhail Goikhberg and Brian Alder both can clinch season championships at the next Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazdaevent weekend, Aug. 22-24 at Virginia International Raceway. 

Goikhberg, from North Vancouver, British Columbia, leads the Lites 1 class by 55 points - 156-101 - over Christian Potolicchio this weekend entering Rounds 11 and 12 of the 14-round season. Goikhberg needs to lead by 60 points after Round 11 Saturday or 40 points after Round 12 Sunday to secure his first championship. 

Alder, from Marysville, Ohio, leads the Lites 2 class by 78 points over Jerome Mee and needs to start Round 11 to clinch his second consecutive L2 season title. 

The coronation of Goikhberg and Alder could take place during a unique event weekend for the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) Development Series. This is the second time Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda will race concurrently on track with the Prototype Challenge (PC) class of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, as the two championships first ran together in early June at Kansas Speedway. 

Both races for Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda will be 45 minutes this weekend, an increase of 15 minutes for the first race of the weekend compared to events in which Prototype Lites run alone. Round 11 is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. (ET) Saturday, Aug. 23, with Round 12 at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 24. 

Practice takes place Friday, Aug. 22, with qualifying at 10:50 a.m. Saturday on the 17-turn, 3.27-mile circuit at VIR. 

Prototype Challenge and Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda cars have similar top speeds, approximately 175 mph in PC and 170 mph for Prototype Lites. But PC cars and their ORECA FLM09 chassis are heavier, with a minimum weight of 1,990 pounds compared to the 1,175-pound Prototype Lites cars and their Élan DP02 chassis. PC cars also use a 6.2-liter, 430-horsepower Chevrolet LS3 V8 engine, while a 2-liter, 240-horsepower Mazda MZR four-cylinder engine powers the L1 division in Prototype Lites. 

Goikhberg steam-rolled his competition from March through June, winning five of the first six rounds in the No. 10 JDC Motorsports entry. But he has appeared mortal in the last four rounds, with a pair of non-scoring results bookending a runner-up finish at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in mid-July and victory two weeks ago at Road America. Still, Goikhberg has led the championship standings for the entire season in a tour de force since opening with two victories in March at Sebring International Raceway. 

Potolicchio, from Hallandale Beach, Florida, is the hottest driver in the series. He has 62 points combined in the last four rounds in the No. 2 8Star Motorsports entry, more than any other driver, including a second-place and two third-place finishes. He will seek his first victory of the season at VIR. 

Andrew Novich, from Novato, California, broke through for his first victory of the season Aug. 10 at Road America in the No. 61 Comprent Motor Sports car. That victory launched Novich into third in the standings, four points behind Potolicchio and three ahead of third-place Robert Alon. 

Alon, from Encino, California, is at the heart of a four-car race for second place in the standings. He has two runner-up finishes and has scored 94 points this season in the No. 9 Performance Tech Motorsports entry. 

His teammate, Craig Duerson, is fifth in the standings with 88 points in the No. 27 Performance Tech Motorsports entry. Masters (age 40 and older) standout Duerson, from Gulfport, Mississippi, opened the season with four consecutive overall podium finishes. 

Duerson also remains locked in a tight battle for the Masters championship with John Falbof ONE Motorsports. Falb leads Duerson, 143-126, with two victories and consistent finishes in the No. 77 entry. Duerson has five Masters victories this season but also has been hurt by four finishes scoring 10 points or less in the last six rounds due to a variety of misfortunes. 

Lamont Harris and Don Yount also remain contenders for the Masters title. Harris, from Palm Beach, Florida, is third with 122 points in the No. 65 8Star Motorsports entry. Yount, from Houston, is fourth with 120 points in the No. 28 Yount Motorsports car. 

Yount is surging toward the end of the season in his single-car team. He finished second and third in Masters two weeks ago at Road America, his first podium results since early June at Kansas Speedway. 

The Lites 1 Team Championship also remains tense and tight. JDC Motorsports leads with 182 points, 26 ahead of the tied second-place tandem of 8Star Motorsports and Performance Tech Motorsports. ONE Motorsports is fourth with 136 points, with Comprent Motor Sports fifth with 128. 

Brian Alder has finished first or second in Lites 2 in all 10 races this season in his No. 22 BAR1 Motorsports entry.

Alder and his BAR1 Motorsports team have dominated the Lites 2 class all season, with seven victories and three runner-up finishes in 10 rounds. But Todd Slusher earned his first career Lites 2 victory Aug. 9 at Road America in the No. 62 ONE Motorsports entry. 

For live updates on all the action, follow @IMSALive on Twitter. 

 

Portland Vintage Festival Added to SVRA Schedule for 2015

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 The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) announced today the addition of the Portland Vintage Festival for 2015. Continuing a long tradition of vintage racing at Portland International Raceway, the Portland Vintage Festival, a 4-day event, will take place July 9-12, 2015. With the prior addition of the Sonoma Historics, SVRA completes its' vision to become a true national sanctioning body for vintage racing. 

“We are excited to have added this event to our 2015 national schedule. The Portland Vintage Festival fills out the western event landscape for SVRA," said Tony Parella, President and CEO at SVRA. “We are excited for the opportunity to create a first class event at this first class race track. Our members are looking for a fun, challenging, destination track and Portland International Raceway fits that bill."

Opened in 1960, Portland International Raceway has long been a popular stop for National Championship race series including IMSA, Trans-Am, IndyCar, Indy Light and Championship Atlantic. The 12-turn, 1.97-mile road course is a favorite of vintage racers throughout the Pacific Northwest.

The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association is the premier vintage racing organization in the United States. Founded in 1981 by Ford Heacock III, the SVRA has 2,000 members. It sanctions 14 events at some of the finest racing venues in the United States, including Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sebring, Road America, Watkins Glen, Auto Club Speedway, Homestead- Miami Speedway, Pocono Raceway, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Virginia International Raceway. The rapidly growing organization hosted the first U.S. Vintage Racing National Championships in 2013 at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

In some of the most challenging conditions the series has seen in recent memory, the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, made its inaugural visit to the new Ironman Raceway on Saturday with the Thor Indiana National from Crawfordsville. The 11th stop of the 12-round season proved to be a fight against Mother Nature as much as a battle between riders, and following a pair of grueling motos in both the 450 Class and 250 Class, it was the Red Bull KTM duo of Ken Roczen and Marvin Musquin who enjoyed the spoils of victory, while Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha's Jeremy Martin savored the clinching of his first career professional championship. All in all, the inclement weather produced a wild afternoon of competition in which a variety of riders held the spotlight at some point in time.

 

Through partnerships with series sponsors, the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will recognize the riders who achieve the series' specialty awards all summer long. Each week, MX Sports Pro Racing will recognize the riders who are able to lay claim to the Oakley Bomb Fastest Lap Program, the MotoSport.com Holeshot Award in each moto, and the Ricky Carmichael Hard Charger Award throughout the 2014 season.

 

The Oakley Bomb Fastest Lap Program is designed to present a unique challenge for the 2014 season, providing a different twist by recognizing the rider who sets the fastest lap of practice in both the 250 and 450 Classes. Each rider will receive special Oakley Bomb trophy, specially designed by the brand.As the season wears on, the total number of Oakley Bomb awards a rider receives will be tallied into a final season total. The competitor with the most awards at season's end will be presented with an Elite Oakley Time Bomb II Swiss Automatic Watch.

 

Eli Tomac was all smiles after laying down the fastest time in qualifying.  

Tomac opted to sit out the second session due to the inclement weather.

Photo: Matt Rice / Alli Sports 

 

In the 450 Class, GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac captured his second Oakley Bomb Award of the 2014 season with an absolutely blistering lap. Tomac's lap of 3:02.241 in his lone session of practice was a full nine seconds faster than anyone else at the event, ahead of a surprise second-place time from privateer rider Austin Wagner. Tomac's success in Indiana proved to work in Roczen's favor from a big picture standpoint, as the KTM rider and current championship points leader is now guaranteed to win the Elite Oakley Time Bomb II Swiss Automatic Watch with the most fastest laps of the season in the 450 Class, which currently sits at four.

 

In the 250 Class, Martin got his championship-clinching day off to a fast start by earning his second Oakley Bomb Award over stalwart Christophe Pourcel and his Valli Motorsports Yamaha. Martin's time of 3:14.028 was nearly two seconds quicker than Pourcel's fastest lap, and proved to pay big dividends in his hopes of wrapping up the title.

 

Jeremy Martin earned his second Oakley Bomb Award of the season.

Photo: Matt Rice / Alli Sports 

 

The Motosport.com Holeshot Award is brand new to Lucas Oil Pro Motocross this season and it awards $500 to the rider who gets the holeshot of each moto - in both the 450 Class and 250 Class - at every round of the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. A total of $2,000 will be up for grabs at each event between the two classes, thanks to Motosport.com.

 

Coming into Indiana, the Motosport.com Holeshot Award had been a showcase of dominance by Yamaha in recent weeks, namely Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX's Justin Brayton and Pourcel, who each carried multi-event streaks into Ironman Raceway. Unfortunately, neither rider, nor Yamaha, would be a factor in being first to the line last Saturday.

 

The opening 450 Class moto saw Roczen emerge with the Motosport.com Holeshot Award, and the German rookie was able to parlay that into a dominant wire-to-wire effort by winning his first moto since RedBud over 4th of July weekend. That performance ultimately put Roczen in a position to claim his fifth overall victory of the season and take one step closer to his first career national title.

Ken Roczen got the MotoSport.com Holeshot when it counted the most,  

staying clean off the muddy start.

Photo: Simon Cudby / Racer X 

 

In Moto 2, the momentum swung into Team Honda Muscle Milk rider Trey Canard's favor, with the Oklahoma native edging out Roczen at the line and proceeding to put forth a near-flawless performance out front to earn his second moto win in his last three attempts. The moto triumph landed Canard second overall for the second straight week.

 

The 250 Class was the sight of yet another sweep of the Motosport.com Holeshot Awards, but this time it was Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil Honda's Jessy Nelson assumed the reigns from Pourcel. The California native was on point all afternoon at Indiana and was able to carry the momentum of his first moto holeshot into the inaugural moto win of his career. While he ultimately was unable to back up that effort with his second moto holeshot, Nelson still landed on the overall podium for the first time, finishing third overall and pocketing $1,000 in bonus money for his efforts.

Jessy Nelson used the MotoSport.com Holeshot Awards to springboard himself  

into a favorable position in both 250 Class motos.

Photo: Simon Cudby / Racer X 

 

The RC Hard Charger Award is entering its sixth season in 2014. Named after Ricky Carmichael, the most winning motocross rider of all time, the award recognizes the one competitor at each of the 12 rounds of the championship who overtakes the highest number of his fellow racers in any of the four championship motos between the 250 and 450 Classes.The award is a testament to "The Greatest of All Time" or "The GOAT" and his never-give-up attitude over the span of a career that warranted 10 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross titles and 102 wins - two feats that will likely never be duplicated. All recipients of the RC Hard Charger Award are given a custom-designed trophy.

 

Despite missing out on the other awards that he's become familiar with this season, Pourcel still walked away from Indiana with some recognition for his achievements. While his fourth-place overall finish wasn't quite what the former World Champion was looking for, Pourcel showed why he's simply known as the "Crafty Frenchman" with an incredible come-from-behind effort in the opening 250 Class moto in what might have been the worst conditions of the day. When adversity struck Pourcel on the opening lap of the afternoon, he crossed the line all the way back in 31st position. Despite the hard luck, Pourcel made an impressive march through the field to pass 22 riders and break into the top 10 for a ninth-place finish. That effort was enough to earn him the RC Hard Charger Award and also gave him the distinction of being the only rider in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship to have earned each of the specialty awards available during the 2014 season.

  

Kellian Rusk's mechanic provided a little extra incentive to charge through the pack.  

It paid off with his first RC Hard Charger Award.

Photo: Davey Coombs / Racer X 

 

However, Pourcel wasn't the only rider to put forth a valiant effort in breaking through the pack, as two additional riders join the Frenchman this week as a co-recipient of the RC Hard Charger Award. Rusk Racing/M&R Trucking's Kellian Rusk earned his first RC Hard Charger Award of the season en route to a 14th place finish overall. The Colorado native began his day with a 37th-place start in moto one of the 450 Class but through heart, determination and a great deal of persistence, Rusk was able to claw his way up to 15th, where he ultimately finished in moto one. Perhaps the driving force behind Rusk's incredible come-from-behind performance was the pit board message from his mechanic, who wrote "Hard Charger" to remind Rusk to never give up. And he did just that, passing 22 riders in the first moto.

 

Trey Canard (41) captured the MotoSport.com Holeshot in Moto 2, while Josh Grant (33) rode on to a fifth place finish following a hard-charging effort in the first moto.

Photo: Christian Munoz / Racer X 

 

Toyota/Yamaha/N-FAB/JGRMX's Josh Grant, who raced for the first time since suffering an injury during practice at Washougal, also earned the RC Hard Charger Award this week with another impressive come-from-behind performance. Grant began his afternoon with a 34th-place start in the first 450 Class moto, but was able to fight his way forward in the muddy conditions to ultimately finish just outside the top 10 in 12th, also passing 22 riders. For Grant it was the third time in 2014 that he's earned the RC Hard Charger, the most of any rider in the series. While not a distinction Grant's necessarily would have hoped for, it's proven to be an indication of the veteran's incredible resiliency and ability to overcome virtually any obstacle, the true nature of what the award represents.

 

2014 Specialty Award Winners

 

Oakley Fastest Lap Program

 

450 Class

 

Glen Helen        - Ryan Dungey

Hangtown          - Ken Roczen

Thunder Valley    - Trey Canard

High Point         -  Ken Roczen

Muddy Creek     -  Eli Tomac

Red Bud            -  Ken Roczen

Budds Creek      -  James Stewart

Spring Creek      -  Ken Roczen

Washougal        -  Ryan Dungey

Unadilla            -  Trey Canard

Indiana              -  Eli Tomac

 

250 Class

 

Glen Helen        - Christophe Pourcel

Hangtown          - Christophe Pourcel

Thunder Valley   - Christophe Pourcel

High Point         -  Jeremy Martin

Muddy Creek     -  Christophe Pourcel           

Red Bud            -  Christophe Pourcel

Budds Creek      -  Christophe Pourcel

Spring Creek      -  Christophe Pourcel

Washougal        -  Marvin Musquin

Unadilla            -  Christophe Pourcel

Indiana              -  Jeremy Martin

 

Motosport.com Holeshot Award

 

450 Class

 

Glen Helen

Moto 1 - Josh Grant

Moto 2 - Ken Roczen

 

Hangtown

Moto 1 - Ryan Dungey

Moto 2 - Jake Weimer

 

Thunder Valley

Moto 1 - Josh Grant

Moto 2 - Trey Canard

 

High Point

Moto 1 - Chad Reed

Moto 2 - Chad Reed

 

Muddy Creek

Moto 1 - Eli Tomac

Moto 2 - Ryan Dungey

 

Red Bud

Moto 1 - Ryan Dungey

Moto 2 - Ken Roczen

 

Budds Creek

Moto 1 - Justin Brayton

Moto 2 - Ryan Dungey

 

Spring Creek

Moto 1 - Ryan Dungey

Moto 2 - Eli Tomac

 

Washougal

Moto 1 - Justin Brayton

Moto 2 - Justin Brayton

 

Unadilla

Moto 1 - Justin Brayton

Moto 2 - Justin Brayton

 

Indiana

Moto 1 - Ken Roczen

Moto 2 - Trey Canard

 

 

250 Class

 

Glen Helen

Moto 1 - Jeremy Martin

Moto 2 - Jeremy Martin

 

Hangtown

Moto 1 - Zach Bell

Moto 2 - Jeremy Martin

 

Thunder Valley

Moto 1 - Jessy Nelson

Moto 2 - Zach Bell

 

High Point

Moto 1 - Christophe Pourcel

Moto 2 - Christophe Pourcel

 

Muddy Creek

Moto 1 - Christophe Pourcel

Moto 2 - Justin Bogle

 

Red Bud

Moto 1 - Matt Biscegila

Moto 2 - Joey Savatgy

 

Budds Creek

Moto 1 - Justin Bogle

Moto 2 - Jeremy Martin

 

Spring Creek

Moto 1 - Christophe Pourcel

Moto 2 - Christophe Pourcel

 

Washougal

Moto 1 - Christophe Pourcel

Moto 2 - Christophe Pourcel

 

Unadilla

Moto 1 - Christophe Pourcel

Moto 2 - Christophe Pourcel

 

Indiana

Moto 1 - Jessy Nelson

Moto 2 - Jessy Nelson

 

RC Hard Charger Award

 

Glen Helen        - Josh Grant (+22)

Hangtown          - Andrew Short (+24)

Thunder Valley      -    Fredrik Noren (+21)

High Point         - Shane Sewell & Zack Williams (+14)

Muddy Creek     -  Josh Grant (+29)

Red Bud            -  Fredrick Noren & Joey Savatgy (+21)

Budds Creek      -  Dean Wilson (+21)

Spring Creek      -  Jason Anderson (+25)

Washougal        -  Tevin Tapia (+18)

Unadilla            -  Cade Clason & Luke Renzland (+17)

Indiana              -  Christophe Pourcel, Kellian Rusk & Josh Grant (+22)

 

The 12th and final round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship heads to Tooele, Utah, for the second annual Zions Bank Utah National on Saturday, August 23.

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