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The new FE School Series – an official support race to the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship - will host its opening round during the Buenos Aires ePrix (Round 4) on January 10 2015.
Running before the main Formula E ePrix, the series sees students from 10 local schools building their own electric race cars, which will then compete on the full 2.44km Buenos Aires ePrix circuit – located in the Puerto Madero district. The series is organised by the Greenpower Education Trust, a UK charity designed to promote sustainable engineering to young people.
Participating children, including drivers, can be aged 11 to 16. Free tickets will be divided between the partaking Argentinean schools to allow friends and family to come and support, with city officials also providing free transport. Schools are chosen according to a set of pre-determined criteria, including those which are; a science & technology specialist or a special educational needs school.
Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, said: “We’re delighted to be launching the FE School Series in Buenos Aires and for the support of the local authorities. The initiative aims to inspire young people to embrace sustainable mobility and engineering, in addition to being a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Like with Formula E, the races will focus on energy efficiency, as well as speed.”
Jeremy Way, CEO of organisers Greenpower, said: "Formula E is the most exciting motorsport innovation in a generation and could not only revolutionise the way people view the sport, but also greatly enhance the advances being made in the development of electric and sustainable automotive engineering. The values and objectives that underpin Formula E mirror exactly Greenpower’s own aims; we have been promoting the advancement of sustainable motoring and engineering in the UK's schools and universities for 16 years and we are delighted that we can now take our initiative on to a global stage."
Events will see a combined 20-minute practice/qualifying session with pole position going to the most energy efficient team. Races will last 20-minutes with the winning school receiving a trophy on the main podium used by the Formula E drivers.
There will be a total of five races during the current 2014/2015 calendar from Buenos Aires onwards with the exception of Monaco. Michelin, Formula E’s official tyre supplier, will also provide the tyres for the FE School Series.
For more information visit www.fiaformulae.com.
Tis the season for giving - and there's no better gift than laughter. Miss Supercross Dianna Dahlgren was featured in SX ED Season 3, which included a total of eight videos on www.YouTube.com/SupercrossLive. The new season of SX ED took on the sports that Ernest Hemingway calls "merely games" and proved supercross is the toughest sport in the world.
Over the last two years, the SX ED series has featured Miss Supercross showing the lighter side of the sport, and this season is no different as she pits the sport of supercross against traditional sports.
Fans can meet Dahlgren during the 2015 Monster Energy Supercross season as she serves as the championship's spokes model, live event announcer, social media reporter for FOX Sports, and holder of
Headlining the 2015 Monster Energy Supercross television package will be the first-ever live FOX network broadcast from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Saturday, April 25 at 3pm E.T. FOX Sports 1 will broadcast 12 races live and FOX Sports 2 will broadcast 3 races live. Each race will include a next-day re-air on FOX Sports 1. In addition, the authenticated Fox Sports Go app will live stream each race.
As a precursor to the live television, don't forget to catch all of the pre-race coverage with Supercross Race Day Live, which will stream on SupercrossOnline.com from 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. local race time each Saturday during the season. Practice, qualifying, behind the scenes features, and key rider interviews will all be highlighted on the Supercross Race Day Live webcast.
For more information on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, please log on to www.SupercrossOnline.com, the official website of Monster Energy Supercross. To follow Monster Energy Supercross on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, log on to www.facebook.com/supercrossLivewww.Twitter.com/supercrosslive and www.instagram.com/supercrosslive. Subscribe to their YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/supercrosslive.
The ARCA Racing Series took to the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway Friday to prepare for the 52nd annual Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAV TV American Real on Saturday, February 14th. The annual race will be held just prior to the start of the Sprint Unlimited. Over 40 drivers took laps around the speedway.
Cody Caughlin posted the fastest time of the morning session with a lap of 48.210 seconds, 186.683 mph. Caughlin was driving the first of two cars for Venturini Motorsports on Friday. His teammate, Leilani Munter, ended up fourth on the speed chart. She posted her fast time of 48.470 seconds, 185.682 mph.
Sean Corr, who made his only start last season at Daytona, rounded out the second fastest of the afternoon. Corr posted a fast time of 48.362 seconds, 186.097 mph. in his No. 48 Hylton Motorsports Ford. He is the only driver testing for the single car operation this weekend.
Tom Hessert, one of two drivers testing Friday with Cunningham Motorsports, rounded out the top-three. Hessert posted a fast lap of 48.366 seconds, 186.081 mph. Austin Cindric, who is the son of President of Penske Racing, Tim Cindric, was the driver of the second Cunningham Motorsports car. Cindric posted a lap of 49.205 seconds, 182.908 mph. and good enough for eighth fastest.
In the afternoon session it was all Patrick Staropoli. Staropoli, testing for Empire Racing, posted a fast time in the draft of 47.785 seconds, 188.344 mph. The Plantation, FL. native turned his first ever laps today inside of an ARCA Racing Series car. He was 14th fastest in the morning session.
Eight-time Daytona winner in the ARCA Racing Series, Bobby Gerhart, ended up as the second fastest driver during the five-hour test session on Friday afternoon. Gerhart, the only driver testing for his own racing team, posted a time of 48.078 seconds, 187.196 mph. Gerhart ended up fifth in the morning session. This draft is important because qualifying will be held in groups of six in February.
Munter, who was fourth fastest in the morning session earlier in the day, found herself sitting one spot higher in the afternoon session. Munter posted a solid time of 48.080 seconds, 187.188 mph. Caughlin ended the afternoon test in fourth.
Mason Mitchell and Austin Wayne Self had a very slow day as their hauler didn’t arrive until 9:00 a.m. Friday morning. Both the drivers ended the afternoon session 33rd and 36th fastest out of 39 cars.
Testing will continue all day on Saturday at the Daytona International Speedway. Fans are welcome to watch the test in the oldfield grandstand in turn-four. Fans can follow along from home with live timing and scoring on ARCARacing.com. There is no live television or online streaming of this event available.
Officials of the Kulwicki Driver Development Program (KDDP) announced the details of their exciting new program today. The specifics call for the organization to select seven drivers who will contend for the inaugural “Kulwicki Cup” during the 2015 racing season.
The KDDP was established earlier this year by the family of late NASCAR Champion Alan Kulwicki. The organization’s mission is to help worthy drivers along the way in reaching their dream, while at the same time keeping alive Alan’s memory and legacy.
“The operating point for all of our activities will revolve around the number 7,” said Tom Roberts, executive director of the KDDP. “Not only does every race fan out there associate Alan with that number, it also has incredible significance elsewhere. In numerology, the number 7 represents the thinker and the seeker. Those were certainly descriptive of Alan. Many say there is even something spiritual about the number.
“We will be selecting seven drivers from the applications we collect to vie for our inaugural Kulwicki Cup award,” said Roberts. “Each of the seven drivers will receive a one-time stipend of $7,777 early in the season. The Kulwicki Cup winner will pick up an additional check worth seven times that amount ($7,777 x 7 = $54,439). There will also be a really cool trophy and special surprises in store for our Kulwicki Cup recipient.
“The financial support we will be offering to the selected drivers will come in handy in covering things like entry fees and operational expenses, but that’s only the beginning,” Roberts explained. “We will also be assisting those seven drivers in other important aspects in racing such as publicity, marketing, sponsorship development and industry networking.”
The KDDP is a non-profit organization made up of a small staff and management team. The program has an advisory board comprised of seven members. The group includes Kulwicki’s former colleagues, members of the racing community and legal, financial and accounting professionals.
“We have an extremely well-rounded team affiliated with the KDDP and our group can offer so much support to aspiring young racers,” said Roberts. “There are many drivers out there who have the potential to be successful. It is our mission to be instrumental in helping them achieve their goals.
“It is due to the graciousness and dedication of the Kulwicki Family that the KDDP was founded,” Roberts added. “We are committed to helping drivers in numerous ways, while at the same time keeping Alan’s dream alive. We hope to educate many about who Alan was and what he stood for along the way. It promises to be a fun and rewarding journey.”
The selection of the seven KDDP drivers will be done via an application basis. All the applications received will be reviewed by the organization and the seven drivers will be named early next February. The application form can be downloaded or requested on the official KDDP website (www.KulwickiDDP.com). The deadline for receiving entries is Friday, Dec. 26, 2014.
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Global Supplier of Mobile Accessories färbe technik™ Joins Team Stange as Primary Sponsor on the #45 Ford Fusion for NASCAR K&N Pro Series East TourWritten by Steven B. Wilson Friday, 19 December 2014 14:05
Team Stange Racing, LLC announced today that Global Supplier of Mobile Product Accessories färbe technik™ will join the team as the primary sponsor on the Number 45 Ford Fusion. They will be Team Stange’s full time sponsor for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series EAST Division. In addition to (2) events on the West Tour including the beautiful Sonoma Raceway road course in Sonoma, California, and the fastest oval in the west, Phoenix International Raceway that will conclude the season in November.
färbe technik™ is a leading global supplier of mobile product accessories. Their stylish designs and high-quality premium products are created with a customers’ lifestyle in mind. No matter the preference, whether it’s Apple, Blackberry, Samsung, or other well-known market brands, färbe technik™ provides the accessories to meet every customer’s needs. Specifically developed for everyday user applications in mind, färbe technik™ seeks to provide an unparalleled range of quality products that reflect individual needs and lifestyles while consistently delivering value for money.
färbe technik™ will be executing a major launch of their brand with new products at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month from January 6-9th. At the show the #45 färbe technik™ Ford Fusion Team Stange Racing Show Car will be on display. They will be at Booth Number: CP28 located at the main entrance in the CES Central Plaza.
“My team and I are very excited to launch our products and enter the world of NASCAR racing with Team Stange Racing. We hope to follow in the footsteps of other major consumer electronics brands that are part of the Nascar family.” Shane Broesky, President, färbe technik™
“It is such a pleasure to work with Steve and Shane and their team at färbe technik™. I have to say what is so promising about färbe technik™ is that their product line is relevant to everyday users of portable electronics.” John Stange Co-Owner, Team Stange Racing.
Piloting the Number 45 färbe technik™ Ford Fusion is the up and coming driver that hails from Bozeman, Montana, Robert Petroff. Robert has competed in over 50 dirt track races, and scored in the top 10 in his first ever race after starting 24th and finishing 10th. He has recorded 25 top 5 finishes, 40 top 10's with only 4 career DNF's. He has the longest top 5 streaks in the state of Montana with 8 in 2013. Petroff scored 4 heat wins and a Consi Feature win. He has finished in the top 5 in track points at Galatian in the 2014 season, ahead of veterans who have been on the circuit for decades. He finished 89th out of 464 drivers at National Points this season after running only running 21 shows combined at BMP Speedway in Billings Montana, and Southwest Speedway in Dickinson North Dakota.
“We are very excited to have Robert drive for us in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series Tour. He has a lot of heart and potential. We’re looking forward to a successful season. “Ashley Stange Co-Owner, Team Stange Racing
“First off I have to thank Mr Broesky and Mr. Devries for believing in Team Stange and I and thank John and Ashley who have been great in helping me fulfill my dreams. We as a team are going to work extremely hard to promote Färbe technik™ and make it a great success. “Robert Petroff Race Car Driver, färbe technik™ Ford Fusion
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In the world of motorsports, the difference between winning and losing happens in the the blink of an eye. Sometimes, how your team performs in the pits can make or break your weekend. For this reason, Hendrick Motorsports recently spent a day working with Alcon – the global leader in vision care – and its DAILIES® TOTAL1® contact lens brand to help bring the latest advancements in vision care technology to its roster of elite pit crew athletes.
“We recognize that precise vision is absolutely essential to the success of our racing team,” said Andy Papathanassiou, Director of Human Performance, Hendrick Motorsports. “From strength and conditioning to nutrition, we put our pit crew athletes through training regimens comparable to any other professional sports team. Working with Alcon DAILIES® TOTAL1® to test the vision of all our athletes will help to achieve the highest standards of performance."
As part of the program, Alcon’s “A”’ Team of sports vision doctors conducted a first-of-its-kind vision “training camp” on site at the Hendrick Motorsports headquarters for nearly 50 of the organization’s Hendrick pit crew athletes across the #5, #24, #48 and #88 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams.
“Our high performance vision testing uses the latest technology and training to help athletes determine how well their eyes perform, beyond the basic ability to see letters and objects clearly on a standard eye chart," said Dr. Don Teig, founder of the “A” Team – High Performance Vision Associates. "We start by measuring each athlete’s visual acuity, eye-hand coordination, contrast sensitivity and reaction time to assess how well an athlete sees and then provide a game plan to address areas of improvement.”
To provide the best eye care for athletes, Teig also spends time educating both athletes and trainers on the latest advancements and technology available.
“Like any working professional, these athletes put in long hours and need to be completely focused on the task at hand. They cannot afford to deal with missteps or “fumbles” that stem from vision issues or eye discomfort,” continued Dr. Teig. “With more than a decade of product development, the Alcon DAILIES®TOTAL1®contact lens is the most high-tech lens on the market, combining, for the first time, the highestbreathability1 and an exceptional, game-changing comfort that lasts all day.2”
Of course, it wasn’t just the over the wall crew who participated in the testing. Media members representing a wide variety of outlets were also invited to take part in the bevy of tests. It definitely answered the question as to whether or not racers are indeed athletes.
“We were incredibly excited to visit Hendrick Motorsports and its impressive team of athletes,” said Robert Kinzie, Brand Manager, Alcon DAILIES® TOTAL1®. “Performance is at the heart of the DAILIES® TOTAL1® brand and we are dedicated to delivering the ultimate lens-wearing experience for high-performance elite athletes, weekend warriors or everyday consumer.”
For more information about Alcon DAILIES®TOTAL1®, visit www.dailies.com and on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
- In a randomized, subject-masked clinical study; Alcon data on file, 2011.
Pro Wrestler turned Short Track Racer to Compete in Select 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series EAST Races for Team Stange Racing, Primary Sponsorship, Bell PlantationWritten by Steven B. Wilson Thursday, 18 December 2014 15:56
Mike Senica first sat behind the wheel of a racecar in 1991, and has been involved with the professional auto racing circuit for 20 years. His direct involvement began when Mike was a senior in college in Daytona Beach, Florida. He earned his SCCA regional license and competed in local races throughout central Florida.
In 1994, Mike became involved with Indycar racing, by assisting CART/Indycar Driver, Dennis Vitolo of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Mike contacted journeyman driver Vitolo after the 1994 Indianapolis 500. Vitolo took Senica under his wing and educated Mike about the logistics of sports marketing and promotions. Mike started his own sports marketing company, Motorsport Concepts in 1995 and has been working diligently for the past twenty years to obtain corporate sponsorship for his racing efforts.
Motorsport Concepts has worked with companies such as Bell Plantation, Damn Good Jerky, Optimum Nutrition, XS Energy Drinks, CAM2 Motor Oil and Madi's Organic Water with their motorsports marketing programs by providing corporate consulting and B2B relationships in the racing industry.Mike began to assist other drivers with their marketing programs for their respective sponsors. “I was involved from running corporate days to driver appearances”, Senica said. It was all a part of his plan to run in bigger races down the road. Senica has been competing in the ARCA Racing Series for the past five years and drove for several teams before being introduced to John Stange in 2014.
“John Stange and I met for the first time through a mutual friend and started talking Indy Car racing “of the past” and what his team was going to be doing in NASCAR racing in 2015 I then said to myself this guy gets it and I need to work with him. My sponsors need to work with him”. “John understands what it takes to support and develop a relationship with a sponsor, as well as building a strong race team with great people starting from his marketing to his performance department.” Mike Senica
“What I like about Mike is that he is a promoter. He understands all the areas of racing from a driver perspective to marketing and promotion. He is determined, committed and never gives up. That says a lot about the driver you want in your car. Mike is the guy that is quietly building his racing career race by race strategically and carefully and making sure he is taking VERY GOOD care of the sponsors at the same time.” John Stange, Team Stange Racing Co-Owner
“We chose the NASCAR K&N Pro Series EAST championship for a few reasons, one reason was the series demographic made a lot of sense to Bell Plantation and the affiliation to NASCAR was huge for them. There are also a few ARCA races that Bell Plantation, Team Stange Racing and I will race and they will be announced at a later date.” Mike Senica
“This is cool, I get to work with a real wrestler, I told the boys that the 47 car uniforms are going to be tights and masks and that they are going to all have cool nick names. This is good for NASCAR, Team Stange Racing, Mike Senica and a great program for Bell Plantation. We look forward to working with Bell Plantation and his other sponsors and welcome them to NASCAR and to our great little team.” Rick Crawford, Team Stange Racing Competition Director and NASCAR Race Car Driver
Once finished with exams at Aarhus University in Denmark, Nielsen will move to California in January to be with her new team TRG-AMR. There she will continue preparing for the 2015 season of TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and Pirelli World Challenge.
Nielsen, who spent the past three years in a Porsche, has multiple challenges ahead as she and TRG-AMR progress through the off-season. She'll continue working to understand the nuances of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3, all while learning how her new team operates.
"There is still so much to learn about this car," Nielsen said. "That will be one of the challenges next year, but the car is competitive and I can't wait to learn from it. Meeting the team has been a great experience as well. They are a group of outgoing people, so it has been easy and fun to get to know them and how they work."
Nielsen is coming off of a full season of IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama and the Tequila Patròn North American Endurance Championship in 2014. The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge is notably a single driver series while her TPNAEC pursuit included multiple different drivers sharing a car with her throughout the season.
In 2015 Nielsen will have the luxury of a consistent teammate. She will share the 007 Aston Martin with James Davison, a well known character in the United SportsCar Championship paddock.
"James is a great teammate," Nielsen said. "He is a very talented driver, but he also makes a great co-driver and supporter. He has helped me a lot with data and video. He has shown me that we are in this together and we are in it to win it."
Davison's first year in GT racing was the 2014 season with TRG-AMR where he collected four TOTAL Pole awards. Davison is also known for his work in open wheel racing. He finished second in the Indy Lights Championship in 2009 and most recently finished 16th in the 2014 Indianapolis 500.
A teammate like Davison comes with the benefit of working with a high caliber team. Nielsen has worked with well-accomplished teams throughout her career, which has helped her career flourish quickly. Of course, TRG-AMR will expect Nielsen to help them flourish as well.
"We have always tried to work with professional teams so I'm used to them expecting a lot," Nielsen said. "But I have never been with a team that is so good at commercializing itself, which also requires a lot of work. So I am looking forward to some new challenges within that area."
As test sessions and public appearances become more frequent, Nielsen is starting to pull her goals for 2015 into focus.
"One of my main goals is to finish every race," she said. "In TUDOR I think we have a great shot at a couple of podiums but I find PWC hard to judge. I simply don't know enough about the competition, and it appears next year will be the year to race PWC so I am definitely expecting a really high level of competition."
SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS announced today its 2015 schedule, which will feature a diverse and exciting mix of venues and track layouts including popular stadium venues, several prominent Verizon IndyCar Series races and prestigious international events.
“Developing such a strong schedule for next year allows us to continue to provide a platform for Stadium Super Trucks presented by TRAXXAS in major markets,” said Robby Gordon, owner. “Next season our trucks will race in front of enthusiastic crowds across the country, as well as in international markets. That will allow the series and our competitors to gain world-wide exposure.
“We’ve been invited to race at some of the most popular venues on the IndyCar circuit and we’re super pumped to be going back to stadiums where we will build the most amazing track configurations that will blow fans away.”
The season kicks off with a full field of SSTs on Feb. 27-March 1 in Adelaide, Australia, where the series will race with the V8 Supercars at the Clipsal 500 in front of an anticipated crowd of more than 250,000.
The TRAXXAS sponsored and inspired SST trucks will then travel to Florida to race during the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (March 27-29), one of four IndyCar companion events in 2015. In addition, the series will be a part of the following IndyCar event weekends: the Grand Prix of Long Beach, California (April 17-19), the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans (May 29-31) and the Honda Indy Toronto (June 12-14).
The series’ 2015 schedule will also feature wildly popular stadium racing, which takes place in both Phoenix (May 8-9) and San Diego (May 15-16). Stand-alone urban off-road events will take place in Los Angeles (September/October) and Las Vegas (Nov. 4-5).
Details related to an event held in Texas on the weekend of June 5-7 will be announced separately.
All 10 races will again be broadcast on a major sports network in 2015, with the broadcast partner and specific air times and dates to be announced later.
“This schedule allows us to continue to bring off-road racing to the masses,” Gordon said. “We have built SST races to be great family events and these venues also allow our teams, drivers and sponsors to connect directly with some of the most enthusiastic sports fans in the world.”
Before the 2015 season kicks off in Adelaide, Australia, several of the SSTs will close out 2014 in Barbados as featured vehicles for 13 of the world’s top drivers in the annual end-of-season Race of Champions. The Dec. 13-14 event at Bushy Park will include drivers from Formula 1, IndyCar, MotoGP, Le Mans, NASCAR, World RallyCross and Touring Cars. SST founder and owner Robby Gordon will compete in the event for the second time – his first coming in 2001.
About Stadium Super Trucks
Influenced by the former Mickey Thompson Stadium Off-Road Racing Series, where drivers such as Gordon, Casey Mears and six-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson got their start, Gordon created SST in response to the public’s overwhelming interest in trucks and off-road racing. His plan to re-launch the former stadium series has led to exciting racing on both asphalt and dirt, while producing one of the most extreme forms of action sports today.
Other than the trucks launching 20 feet in the air covering distances more than 150 feet, what sets the SST program apart from other series is the fact that all the SST trucks are identically prepared and delivered to drivers in race-ready condition. Race winners are decided by driver skill rather than individual team engineering and budgets. Drivers and their personal mechanics are assigned specific SST technicians who together tune and make minor adjustments to the 600-horsepower trucks.
Speed Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS
2015 Season Schedule
Venue Date Type Format/Companion Event
Adelaide, Australia Feb. 26-March 1 w/ V8 SuperCars Street
St. Petersburg, Fla. March 27-29 w/ IndyCar Street
San Diego, Calif. April 10-11 Stand Alone Stadium
Long Beach, Calif. April 17-19 w/ IndyCar Street
Phoenix, Ariz. May 8-9 Stand Alone Stadium
Detroit, Mich. May 29-31 w/ IndyCar Street
Texas (Market TBA) June 5-7 TBA TBA
Toronto, Ontario, Canada June 12-14 w/ IndyCar Street
Los Angeles, Calif. September/October Stand Alone Off-Road World Championship
Las Vegas, Nev. Nov. 4-5 Stand Alone Urban Off-Road
(SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road PR)