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Hispanic SCORE Buggy Winner to compete in 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series WEST Championship with Team Stange RacingWritten by Steven B. Wilson Sunday, 23 November 2014 08:28
ARCA’s Team Stange Racing announced today that they will campaign the number 22 Ford Fusion NASCAR K&N Car for SCORE BAJA Buggy winner Christian Celaya for the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series WEST Championship along with the K&N East’s NASCAR Speed weeks New Smyrna, Florida event.
The pairing is sort of a homecoming for Celaya as he returns to Team Stange Racing where he participated in the team’s Driver Development program; “The Race to the Cup” (www.race2cup.com) and competed in the Herr's Live Life With Flavor 200 ARCA race at Madison International Speedway in Wisconsin with Team Stange Racing where he started 24th due to heavy rains and no qualifying not to mention on a track that he has never driven on, practiced on or let alone seen; he drove the car home safely to a 16th place finish on one of the hottest days of summer with a heat index of 105 degrees and an in-car temp of well above 140 degrees and don’t forget Christian is a Type 1 diabetic.
“We chose the NASCAR K&N Pro Series WEST championship for a couple reasons, one reason was the series demographic made a lot of sense for my current sponsors being mainly on the West coast and secondly it will allow me to sharpen my skills racing on the short tracks with some of the world’s best drivers”, States: Christian Celaya
Team Stange Racing and Christian Celaya are working on adding a handful of ARCA’s intermediate races such as: Chicago, Kansas, and Pocono to their program this season.
“I am delighted and very excited to have Christian Celaya back with us this season and I look forward to competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series Championship with Christian, I would also love to see Christian compete in some of ARCA’s intermediate races this season as well to prepare him for the big year we plan in 2016”. “I cannot say enough how proud I am of the progress Christian has made testing and working with us the past few months; he is very fast, safe, aggressive, smart and just has a great head on his shoulders.” Stated: John Stange, Jr. Co-Owner, Team Stange Racing
Team Stange Racing and Christian Celaya have a busy winter ahead of them as the team is building a fleet of cars with the new Five Star Composite Bodies and Christian will be busy training with his new physical trainer as well as promoting his new NASCAR K&N West program to potential partners and sponsors. “We are very excited; the 2015 racing season cannot start soon enough!” States: Christian Celaya
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Click the video below to watch the third installment of SX ED Season 3, the exclusive Monster Energy Supercross lighthearted web-based video series, with Miss Supercross Dianna Dahlgren. SX ED Season 3 will feature a total of eight videos onwww.YouTube.com/SupercrossLive. The new season of SX ED takes on the sports that Ernest Hemingway calls "merely games" and proves 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.
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Stay Tuned for Episode 4 on Friday, November 28.
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 the :30 board.
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.
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Sam Bird cruised to victory in the 2014 FIA Formula E Ycapital Management Putrajaya ePrix ahead of championship-leader Lucas di Grassi and Sebastien Buemi. The Virgin Racing driver crossed the line to pick up the full 25 points and clinch his maiden ePrix win.
Bird dedicated his win to former GP2 team-mate Jules Bianchi, who was severely injured in the Japanese Grand Prix: “I have to dedicate this win to a good friend of mine who is very ill. It’s very sad what’s happened to him and this one is for Jules. The weekend went really well, we were quick from the first outing and we were quickest in practice. Qualifying didn’t quite go our way as I think we were not in the best group for doing a fast lap time but we put that right in the race. The first stint I was able to get a very good gap which meant we could take it easy and not make any silly mistakes, do some lift and coasting, and coast to the finish.”
Audi Sport ABT driver Lucas di Grassi and e.dams-Renault’s Sebastien Buemi both managed to fight their way through the field to stand on the podium despite starting at the back of the grid.
Di Grassi, who started 18th, said: “For sure this was beyond my expectations. Everyone is here to win, everyone is pushing to the limit as this track has proven once and for all this car is very tricky to drive even if you have done all the testing. The tiniest margin can ruin your whole weekend and that’s what happened in qualifying from my side and then to come all the way from the back of the grid on a street track to second is an amazing feeling. I felt I had a much better race than in Beijing where I won.”
"I’m really happy I have to say," said Buemi, who lined up 20th. "We were really good in testing and then when we came to the first race it just didn’t go well. It went bad today in the qualifying which is quite strange, we did some set-up changes that didn’t work so well but I felt the strongest in this car and finished third."
Bird’s win means he moves up to second place in the championship standings just three points behind Beijing race-winner di Grassi.
Nicolas Prost continued the strong form he showed in qualifying to finish fourth. The Frenchman started from 11th position after carrying over a 10-place grid penalty for causing an avoidable collision in Beijing.
Oriol Servia, who inherited pole position, made a good getaway to retain the lead at the start but was soon overtaken by Bird, who pulled off a well-judged move before streaking away to victory.
Dragon Racing’s Jerome d’Ambrosio showed his reliance rising from the back row of the grid to come home in fifth. D’Ambrosio qualified in the top-three only to be penalised for exceeding the maximum power usage.
There were mixed fortunes for the FanBoost winners. Amlin Aguri’s Katherine Legge was involved in a first-lap tussle with Michela Cerruti that effectively ended her hopes. Venturi’s Nick Heidfeld crashed out of the race while battling with Andretti’s Franck Montagny.
Bruno Senna used one of his FanBoosts to overtake e.dams-Renault’s Nico Prost for fourth, but the Mahindra Racing driver lost out on the final lap as he was preparing to overtake Buemi for third and hit the wall. Senna said: “I saw Buemi and had an opportunity to get a podium but I made a mistake. I just went for it and got out on the marbles when I lost the car.”
Overall the feeling was that the local promoter has done an excellent job with creating a brand new street circuit. “Well done to everyone who has helped this track happen,” said Bird. “It was extremely challenging and a great layout and made for some exciting racing.”
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The International Hot Rod Association is excited to announce that it will be returning to national event-style drag racing for its sportsman competitors beginning in 2015 with increased payouts, contingency and prestige at Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series events across North America.
The 2015 edition of the IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series will return to the look and feel of traditional national event style class racing for competitors in Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Super Stock, Stock, Quick Rod, Super Rod and Hot Rod.
The national event class racing program will feature a single race contested during the weekend with an increase in purse and contingency, a welcome change for racers, sponsors and fans. "We are getting very positive responses from our contingency sponsors when we tell them we are getting back to the old IHRA sportsman racing structure at most of the NJDRS events" said Dan Driscoll, IHRA Contingency Director. "This is certainly an exciting time as the IHRA continues its journey back to its roots while bringing racers back into the national spotlight at IHRA Nitro Jam events."
Qualifying for sportsman racers during Nitro Jam weekends will be held on Friday and Saturday, with eliminations beginning immediately following final qualifying. Sunday will be reserved for completing the event if weather prevents competition from being concluded on Saturday. The sportsman national event program will be contested at the NJDRS events in Tucson, San Antonio, Bradenton, Palm Beach, Cordova, Budds Creek, Grand Bend, Martin and West Salem.
In addition to the increased purse and contingency program, each of these sportsman national events will count as one Summit Pro-Am Tour divisional points claim. The Tucson and Cordova races will be "Wild Card" events where all competitors may use that event as an in-division points claim. A double-race weekend with Summit Pro-Am Tour point claims on both events will be held in Division 6 during the Edmonton and Spokane events. The top three in Summit Pro-Am Tour points at the end of the season will again meet at the Summit Racing Equipment World Finals at Memphis International Raceway to race for the National Championship.
The new NJDRS national event payout structure has increased significantly across the board for the seven Summit Pro-Am classes and will be divided as follows: Top Sportsman and Top Dragster will receive $2,000 for an event win and $1,000 for runner-up. Second round winners will receive $200, with each additional round winner receiving $100 per round win. Competitors in Super Stock, Stock, Quick Rod, Super Rod and Hot Rod will receive $1,500 for an event win with $900 for runner-up. All classes will receive $150 starting with a second round win with $50 increases for each remaining round won.
"We hope that the increase in event payout will solidify our position to our Pro-Am competitors. We are committed to doing everything within our control to make the racing at IHRA events a viable alternative when you are determining your racing plans for 2015," said Mike Baker, IHRA Senior Director of Racing Operations.
For more information on the new IHRA sportsman national event structure, visitwww.ihra.com.
The all new CARS Super Late Model Tour is offering teams entered for this year’s 2014 Snowball Derby a chance to earn free team registration for the 2015 season.
The newly formed tour will award the highest finishing super late model team in the 47th Annual Snowball Derby sporting a CARS Super Late Model Tour contingency decal free registration for the 2015 season. The award is a $400 value and will allow the team to earn championship points and be eligible for special contingency and cash awards.
Teams will be able to pick up the decals at Five Flags Speedway from CARS Tour officials beginning night Friday December 5th after Snowball Derby qualifying.
The CARS Tour, featuring both Super Late Model and Late Model Stocks classes, is expected to debut the inaugural schedule for the upcoming 2015 season prior to the 47th Annual Snowball Derby weekend December 3rd-7th.
For more information and to stay up with all the latest news and information on the all new CARS Late Model Stock Tour and the all new CARS Super Late Model Tour visit www.carsracingtour.com or contact the series directly at 704-662-9212.
AMA Pro Racing Announces New AMA Pro Flat Track Class Names to Embrace History of the Grand National ChampionshipWritten by Adam Sinclair Friday, 21 November 2014 10:37
AMA Pro Racing announced today a renaming of the classes for AMA Pro Flat Track with a nod to the rich history of the world's longest-running and most prestigious dirt track championship and its long list of Grand National Champions.
The previously named Expert division, which has been contested by some of the top motorcycle racing talent in the world since the inception of the Grand National Championship in 1954, will now be called GNC1, while the sport's up-and-comers will compete in a class titled GNC2.
"As we focus on the bright future of flat track racing, we felt a renaming of the classes was necessary in order to embrace the legendary history of the sport," said Michael Gentry, Chief Operating Officer of AMA Pro Racing. "We are excited about the future and feel these changes will make the format easier for fans to understand while honoring the Grand National Champions who built this great American sport."
The Grand National Champion's No. 1 plate, currently owned by Jared Mees, will be awarded to the top GNC1 rider at the end of the 2015 season. Just like in the Expert class in 2014, competition will include the thundering twins on Half-Mile and Mile circuits while the riders will compete on single-cylinder motorcycles for Short Track and TT (Tourist Trophy) events.
At the end of the season, the top rider in the GNC2 class will be crowned in a similar fashion and awarded a No. 1 plate for that division. The riders in GNC2 will mount single-cylinder machines at most stops, as was the standard during the Pro Singles era. In order to provide a stepping-stone platform for the stars of tomorrow, riders will compete and earn points for the GNC2 championship aboard twin-cylinder motorcycles tuned to a specific performance envelope at larger circuits, such as the Springfield Mile.
AMA Pro Flat Track will kick off the 2015 season on March 12 and 13 with a doubleheader at the DAYTONA Flat Track. For tickets and information, please visithttp://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.
IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG) President & CEO, Jason Rittenberry, announced today that the company has launched the International Drag Bike League (IDBL), and has named MIROCK Superbike Series founder Jason Miller as the Promoter of the new series.
For 2015, the IDBL will be comprised of five events with four events at IRG owned Maryland International Raceway and one event at Atco Dragway. There are plans to expand the IDBL to additional tracks in the Northeast for 2016 and return to a seven or eight race schedule.
IDBL Promoter Jason Miller states, "I started the Mickey Thompson Tires MIROCK Superbike Series a little over a decade ago between Maryland International Raceway and Rockingham Dragway and it has always been my biggest passion. I have always done most of the leg work to grow the series into what it is today and I am very fortunate to have the support from our motorcycle racers, families, fans, sponsors, media, and staff. I want everyone to view this transition to the IDBL as an evolution of the MIROCK Superbike Series, and not a dissolution."
"Two years ago I added Atco Dragway to the MIROCK schedule and the series grew from two tracks to three tracks. The MIROCK events at Maryland International Raceway and Atco Dragway have always thrived with bike counts in the 600-700 range at every event, and we have even seen as many as 800 bikes at an event."
"I have enjoyed the personal relationship with Steve Earwood at Rockingham Dragway over the last decade, and I am very grateful for the support he has shown me over that time," Miller continued. "I wish him all the best with his facility, but we are moving onwards and upwards with the motorcycle series. I have never been more excited about the future of our sport than I am right now."
The IDBL will be the same racing program that the MIROCK racers, fans, and sponsors have come to enjoy. All payouts, entry fees, admission prices, and vendor pricing from the MIROCK structure will remain the same for the IDBL. The IDBL will host the following nine classes: Orient Express Pro Street, DME Racing Real Street, Louis Concrete 4.60 Index, FBR Shop 5.60 Index, Cycle Connection Crazy 8's, Trac King Clutches Top Sportsman, Fast by Gast Pro E.T., Brock's Performance Street E.T., and Psychobike.com Grudge. The IDBL will also honor Gold Cards from the 2014 MIROCK Champions.
In the coming weeks IRG will launch the new IDBL website at RaceIDBL.com with all the details along with a new logo and branding for the series. Stay tuned for more information and exciting news in forthcoming press releases during the off season.
Be sure to follow the IDBL on Instagram and Twitter @RaceIDBL, on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/RaceIDBL and visit www.RaceIDBL.com.
2015 IDBL SCHEDULE
Fast by Gast Spring Nationals
April 24-26, 2015
Maryland International Raceway
Fast by Gast Summer Nationals
May 29-31, 2015
Maryland International Raceway
WPGC Bike Fest
July 24-26, 2015
Maryland International Raceway
Orient Express Motorcycle U.S. Nationals
September 11-13, 2015
Fast by Gast Fall Nationals
October 2-4, 2015
Maryland International Raceway
Darrell Gwynn Foundation is proud to announce the induction of Jerry Gwynn to the International Drag Racing Hall of FameWritten by Adam Sinclair Friday, 21 November 2014 10:29
The International Drag Racing Hall of Fame (IDRHOF), housed at the famed Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing (Ocala, Fla.) has revealed its inductee Class of 2015. This group has a particular significance, as they mark the 25th anniversary of honoring significant individuals who contributed to the sport during their careers.
The induction ceremony will take place in Gainesville, Fla. at the Paramount Plaza Hotel & Suites on Thursday, March 12, 2015, immediately preceding the NHRA Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals. Bob Frey, the very popular retired NHRA event announcer, will serve as the evening's Master of Ceremonies.
The 2015 class of inductees is composed of a pair of Pro Stock legends, a colorfully successful Top Gas driver, two southeastern U.S. Funny Car drivers, a legendary crew chief, and one of the legendary names of the Modified sportsman class.
Lee Edwards (Calverton, Va.) - Lee ("The General") Edwards was one of the most consistent IHRA (International Hot Rod Association) Pro Stock racers of the fabled Mountain Motor era. He won IHRA World Championships in 1977 and 1978 by huge margins.
Shirl Greer (Kingsport, Tenn. - 1935-2010) - The late Shirl Greer, was for much of his racing career, a very popular and competitive funny car racer in the NHRA's (National Hot Rod Association) Southeast Division (Division 3). He rose to prominence by capturing the NHRA Funny Car World Champion in 1974 in a most unlikely manner, defeating the legendary Don Prudhomme in a dramatic final race of the season in Ontario, Calif.
Jerry Gwynn (Davie, Fla.) - Jerry Gwynn drove the famed "Baby Huey" AA/Altered blown Hemi/23 Ford to the NHRA's Super Eliminator World Championship in 1969, sweeping the board on his way to the title. He took the "Baby Huey" name to the Alcohol Funny Car class, and then became crew chief for his son, Darrell. Jerry joins Darrell in the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame, becoming the first father-son honorees.
Butch Leal (Tulare, Calif.) - Butch Leal ("The California Flash") was one of the "guys to beat" in the Super Stock, Modified or Pro Stock class when his hauler drove through the pit gate. Leal's notoriety began in the Super Stock class in 1964, finishing runner-up at the NHRA Winternationals, then winning the U.S. Nationals, the sport's premier events. He became the NHRA Super Stock World Champion in 1965. In the 1970s, Butch raced the Super Stock, Modified, and Pro Stock classes with great success, always in the thick of championship battles.
Bob Muravez (Burbank, Calif.) - One of the most colorful drivers in the sport, Bob Muravez competed under the assumed name of Floyd Lippencote, Jr. to keep his racing activities from his parents. Driving the fabled "Freight Train" Top Gas twin blown Chevys in the 1960s for John Peters, Muravez once went 28 rounds of racing without a loss, and breaking several Top Gas performance milestones in the course of over 1300 passes.
Bill Schultz (Pasadena, Calif.) - Bill Schultz was a nitromethane-fueled engine-tuning wizard, and his exploits approached near legendary status. In his early career, he applied his talents to Top Gas supercharged gasoline engines, then turned to nitro-powered cars. He partner Gary Glenn made history in 1971 with the last front-engined dragster to win the NHRA Top Fuel World Championship. Schultz spread his talents and influence across the spectrum of leading Top Fuel and Funny Car teams for another three decades.
Jess Van Deventer (National City, Calif.) - Jess Van Deventer was one of the NHRA's earliest World Champions, winning the title in 1962. Racing across the U.S., he dominated in a B/MR '23 Ford T-Bucket powered by an injected 283 Chevy - unbeaten in 1961 and 1962. After racing a successful Chevy powered Top Gas car in 1964, Van Deventer's father passed away in early 1965, and he then devoted all of his time to supporting his mother and two sisters. After retiring from racing, he became a successful businessman in National City, Calif. in auto parts retailing, construction, and real estate development.
Founder's Award - Dave Densmore (Elgin, Tex.) is one of the most visible and respected public relations specialists in motorsports. Beginning as a writer for the Amarillo (Tex.) Globe-News, Densmore joined the NHRA's Publicity Department and then formed Denswood Sports Marketing in 1982 with good friend, Steve Earwood. His clients have been the sport's top names: Raymond Beadle, Gary Beck, Kenny Bernstein, Candies & Hughes, John Force Racing, Billy Meyer, Reher & Morrison, and Steve Torrence. Densmore received the prestigious Jim Chapman Award for Excellence in Motorsports Public Relations from the American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) in 2007.
The honorees are selected by a committee of veteran drag racing and performance industry figures. The selection committee consists of: Steve Gibbs (Retired Vice President, NHRA), Harry Hibler (President, UNI-Marketing, LLC), Ted Jones (Masters Entertainment, Retired President, IHRA) and Greg Sharp (Curator, Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum).
The presenters will be named in the future.
The Don Garlits Drag Racing Hall of Fame is recognized as a 501(c)3 educational not-for-profit organization.
Kelly Moss Motorsports is looking for funded drivers to compete for a championship as they announce a three-car effort in a full season of the GT Cup Championship in the Pirelli World Challenge in 2015.
2014 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama Platinum Cup champion Colin Thompson will lead the Kelly Moss effort in PWC in 2015 in a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. Thompson will make his PWC debut in his second season with the team.
"We were looking to continue our relationship and development of Colin," Stone said. "This was the next logical step for him in the U.S. before the Carrera Cup."
The championship-caliber team seeks to fill the remaining two seats in its Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars with funded drivers.
"We want like-minded people that are looking to compete for championships, whether that's young drivers that want to develop their craft or gentleman drivers looking for a top-quality experience," Stone said. "We are looking to make it cost effective for everyone."
The team also will continue to keep a primary focus in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series.
"GT3 will be a primary series for us," Kelly Moss Vice President Jeff Stone said. "But Pirelli World Challenge offers a unique opportunity for us. We have the capacity and staff to make it work and make it so that we are competing for championships in both series."
Kelly Moss has run some of the most advanced vehicles for the most prominent drivers in the world and will continue the trend in PWC in 2015. The team knows its cars down to the smallest detail, adding up to a significant advantage.
"There are some differences from GT3 Cup like the standing starts, which I'm a big proponent of, and the street courses, but that wont change our take or how we approach the setup of the car," Stone said. "We expect to compete; those things just make it a little more interesting."
As the reigning Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama Platinum Cup team champions, Kelly Moss will take its extensive knowledge of the Porsche 911 to some familiar tracks on the PWC schedule, such as Road America, Circuit of the Americas and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
"We've ran on every single one of these tracks and love all of them," Stone said. "I feel like we are uniquely positioned to compete from the start."
Kelly Moss uses advanced alignment equipment with extreme tolerances to best set up the cars. As a multi-car operation, the team uses multiple sources of data to analyze car and driver achievement, ensuring championship level performance.
Industry-leading practices are the standard set by Kelly Moss. With one of the most advanced prep shops in North America, Kelly Moss provides impeccable quality control of its services and has the means to constantly push the technical envelope on its clients' cars, allowing it to compete for championships from day one.
The team boasts a staff of qualified Porsche-trained technicians in both engineering and chassis repair, who always keep up-to-date with the latest techniques. In fact Kelly Moss has nine factory-trained technicians on staff, the most of any team in North America, including Vice President and Team Manager Jeff Stone.
Trackside, Kelly Moss will continue to bring in top-notch mechanics and engineers from all over the world.
The PWC season will start Friday, March 6 at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
In the high stakes world of professional sports, being able to see what is coming towards you clearly and easily is essential. Whether it is a hockey puck, baseball, or speeding race car, the ability to act quickly without having to worry about your eyes can be the difference between winning and losing.
On Thursday, November 20, Alcon visited the sprawling campus of Hendrick Motorsports in Concord, North Carolina to subject the crewmen as well as assembled media to a litany of tests designed to help determine visual acuity. These tests included state of the art computer diagnosis as well as physical challenges that challenged even the most athletic individuals and demonstrated the importance of hand eye coordination in the world of auto racing.
The team of optometrists, also known as the A Team, was put together by Florida based Dr. Don Teig. He and his colleagues hope to revolutionize the fast growing field of athletic vision testing. They currently work with professional golfers, hockey teams, and football teams, but Hendrick is their first foray into the world of Motorsports. This shouldn't surprise anyone, as the team has always been on the cutting edge of racing.
Crew members whose vision was less than perfect were fitted with the latest in contact lens technology - Alcon Dailies Total 1. These lenses have been proven to help athletes improve vision skills while executing their sport.
Since the days of Ray Everham and the rainbow warriors, Hendrick Motorsports has approached the sport a little differently. They were the first team to recruit upper echelon athletes from college as well as professional teams to join their pit crews. The fact that they have decreased the amount of time a car is on pit road from more than a minute in the late 1980s to just over 10 seconds today shows that they must be doing something right!
Anyone who doubts the athleticism of the over the wall crew will think twice after they see them in action first hand. One of the main activities of the day was a pit stop competition that pitted two teams of assembled media and corporate representatives against each other in a test to see who could change a tire the fastest. The Winning time was just over 20 seconds, which doesn't sound too bad until you compare it to the pit crew time of 14 seconds for all 4 tires AND fuel!
The group was also given a tour of the teams' headquarters by pit coach Andy Papathanassiou. Following the guided tour, we visited the museum and gift shop, which has something for every race fan. From the winning cars to trophies and other memorabilia, the facility is a shrine to the best of NASCAR past and present.
The day ended with a ride-along at the Charlotte Motor Speedway with the Richard Petty Experience. It is truly amazing to feel how more than 600 horsepower machines travel around the mile and a half banked oval at top speeds of 165 MPH.
Speedway Digest would like to thank Cohn and Wolfe, Alcon, and Hendrick Motorsports for allowing me to cover this event. I would also like to offer a special thank you to the more than 100000 readers who have shared in my love of Motorsports this year. I look forward to bigger and better things in 2015!