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Fans can now relive the thrilling Superprestigio flat track exhibition race that took place in Barcelona, Spain in December by viewing the highlights of the event's Superfinal at FansChoice.tv.
The race was originally streamed live thanks to a partnership with Cycle World magazine and RPM Racing, the promoters of the Superprestigio.
In the spectacular international event, AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Champion Jared Mees went wheel-to-wheel with road racing superstar Marc Marquez to decide the night's overall winner. Highlights from that finale can be seen by clicking the link below.
The race featured top motorcycle racing stars from around the world and various disciplines. The field boasted three AMA Pro Flat Track representatives, although defending champion of the event, Brad Baker, was unable to race due to an injury suffered in practice.
Every round of the upcoming 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track season will be available live, in high definition and free of charge for fans to watch online at www.FansChoice.tv
For a limited time, the Daytona International Speedway Track Tours will now bring visitors closer to the DAYTONA Rising project, the $400 million redevelopment project that will transform the “World Center of Racing” into motorsports’ first true stadium.
Beginning Feb. 2, the All-Access and VIP track tours will include a stop at the Florida Hospital Injector on the west end of the stadium. Guests will get an up-close look at the new amenities including vertical transportation and the wider, more comfortable seats available beginning with Budweiser Speedweeks 2015 and the 57th annual DAYTONA 500 on Sunday. Feb. 22.
The 90-minute All-Access Tour also includes stops at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garages and tech inspection, the driver’s meeting room, Gatorade Victory Lane and Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s 2014 DAYTONA 500 winning car.
The VIP Tour is three hours with the additional feature of a visit to the International Speedway Corporation Archives and Research Center that houses motorsports artifacts, past champion trophies, historic images and more.
For complete ticket and schedule information on tours of Daytona International Speedway, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/tours
Tickets for the 57th annual DAYTONA 500 and all Budweiser Speedweeks 2015 events are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or visiting www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com
Fans also can follow NASCAR on Twitter and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtags #DAYTONA500 and #SPEEDWEEKS. Stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter,Facebook and Pinterest for the latest news all season long. Fans can follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.
The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, NHRA’s popular Sportsman level racing series, will be featured in 16 one-hour shows on ESPN2HD in 2015, it was announced today.
The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series coverage from select national events will air on ESPN2HD on a tape-delay basis as part of NHRA’s relationship with ESPN, in its second decade as the exclusive home of NHRA drag racing. All 16 telecasts will air on Saturday or Sunday. The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series has a long-standing tradition of serving as a highly competitive developmental arena for the future stars of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
Returning as anchor of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series telecasts will be long-time NHRA announcer Dave Rieff. Rieff has been involved for many years with NHRA coverage on ESPN and ESPN2HD. The color analyst role for the shows will be filled by Alan Reinhart whose announcing career spans more than two decades. Reinhart has been the lead public address announcer of Lucas Oil Series racing at national events and brings extensive knowledge of the series and its competitors.
The popular NHRA Sportsman Spotlight segments, focusing on NHRA’s Member Track network and sportsman racing programs, will be showcased as part of the race-coverage telecasts once again in 2015. Lewis Bloom, currently involved in the NHRA Mello Yello telecasts on ESPN and best known as the “Stat Guy,” will split duties with Reinhart, as they return for their third year with these segments. They will visit the member tracks and share their reports with viewers during the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series telecasts on ESPN2.
Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 24 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers the NHRA Jr. Street program and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville in Florida; National Trail Raceway in Ohio; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
Tickets for the 2015 race season at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, one of North America's most competitive race tracks, will go on sale February 2 at 10 a.m. ET. Four spectator events highlight the historic track's 2015 season schedule, with marquee events The Honda Indy 200 returning July 31-August 2 and the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 returning August 14-15.
The 2015 race season kicks-off with the Mid-Ohio Vintage Grand Prix, June 25-28. Mid-Ohio holds a special place on the schedule for the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA), race fans have enjoyed watching the premier vintage racing series take to the track since 1981.
"Our Vintage Grand Prix is a great way to kick off our season of racing at Mid-Ohio," said Craig Rust, President of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. "The event celebrates the history and heritage of both Mid-Ohio and racing. With over 250 vintage race cars taking to the track that weekend, it is the perfect way to get things started at the track."
Two-wheelers will take over Mid-Ohio for a celebration of vintage motorcycles with AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, taking place July 10-12. The weekend will feature North America's largest motorcycle swap meet and will pay homage to classic motorcycles of all makes and styles while honoring the riders who made them famous.
The track's two largest events, The Honda Indy 200 and the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200, remain in their familiar August dates. The Verizon IndyCar Series will headline the July 31-August 2 weekend with Scott Dixon looking to defend his memorable 2014 last-to-first win. Later that month, the NASCAR Xfinity Series will return for its third year August 14-15 for the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200. Last year rookie driver Chris Buescher took home his first win with the series, driving his No. 60 Mustang in honor of Nationwide Children's Hospital Patient Champion Luke.
VIP Race Passes and tickets for individual events for the 2015 season will be available starting February 2 at 10 a.m. ET. Children under 12 are admitted free with a supervising adult and general parking is also free for all events. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit midohio.com or call 800-MID-OHIO800-MID-OHIO (643-6446) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
2014 marks the third year that a list of the best and hottest American Female Race Car Drivers has been published, and by all accounts this year is the best group by far. The racing venues are quite diverse: jet dragsters, monster trucks, dragsters, NASCAR-Whelen, off road, and way off road and a couple of road racers.
The driver of the 2014 season is Michele Abbate. A road racing driver from the Las Vegas and Southern Californian area. Her passion and success are admirable. For 2015 she's now her own team owner and she's super cute.
Check out the entire listing at www.AmericanCarsAmericanGirls.com.
The No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Prototype team and drivers Jordan Taylor, Ricky Taylor and Max Angelelli have been reclassified as finishing last in the Prototype class in the Rolex 24 At Daytona due to a violation of drive-time rules. In the Rolex 24, the maximum drive time was no more than four hours in a six-hour period and no more than 14 hours total.
All Prototype teams and drivers finishing behind the No. 10 team will move up one position in the race standings. The No. 10 team and drivers will receive points for 16th place, last in class. The team also forfeits its third-place prize money, and was scored last in the final segment of the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup standings.
“IMSA conducted a thorough review of drive times post-race, which revealed that Jordan Taylor exceeded four hours over a six-hour period late in the race,” said IMSA Race Director Beaux Barfield. “Drive-time maximums are in place to ensure that drivers do not get fatigued and create safety concerns, as well as to prevent any one driver from making too large a contribution to its team’s result.”
Husqvarna TiLUBE TUF Racing's Kyle Regal is in the midst of his second full season of AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael's Road to Supercross, competition. With a new training program and new approach to racing, along with a full season under his belt, Regal believes in his mind there is no one more deserving and ready to claim the 2015 Arenacross Class title than himself. Fresh off his first win of the season last Saturday night in Colorado Springs, Colorado, AMSOIL Arenacross caught a few words with the 23 year old on his way home from the race.
Kyle, you have been racing now for 19 years. Talk about the moment growing up that sparked your dream to some day race professionally?
My career initially started when I was four, but only because of my older sister. She started racing and I would get her old bikes. When I started racing, I wasn't too into it. I would be at the track because of my sister, not because of me. If I raced, I raced, if I didn't, I didn't. It didn't really matter to me. I was 11 when I had the huge turn in my mindset towards racing. My bike broke and my step dad did whatever he could to fix it for me. Shortly after that, he had a huge track built in Michigan [his home state] for my sister and I to ride. Two years later he sat us down and gave us the decision to either stay in Michigan or move somewhere warm and dedicate all year to riding. I was 14 when we chose to move to Texas, so ultimately my parents are the ones who gave me this opportunity and the stepping stones to be where I am today in my career.
This is your second full season in AMSOIL Arenacross. Talk about the competition difference this year compared to 2014, and how do you personally see yourself fitting in with the competition?
The competition this year from last year is still close. Last year there was a three-time reigning champion [Tyler Bowers], so he was the main competition and clearly had the system dialed in. Now there are a lot of guys close in speed. I feel like this year it all comes down to the starts. It's not any easier this year than last, it's just different and there are a lot more guys going at a speed that's able to win, which means there are a lot of guys that have the potential for the championship. As far as how I am feeling this season, I have a lot of confidence in my training program this year. When I am on the line I feel like I am one of the guys to win. I prepare and work harder than I ever have during the week to make the weekends flow that much easier. If I keep doing what I am doing now, there is no reason I shouldn't be winning every weekend. The most satisfying thing about racing AMSOIL Arenacross is achieving goals. Every goal as a racer is to be the first one to the checkers, and to already have accomplished that a couple times this early in the season is such a great feeling. You will be seeing more of me up front than last year. As I am improving as a racer every weekend, the team is improving and the bike is improving, and by the time the Race to the Championship comes, Team TiLUBE TUF Racing Husqvarna will be at 100 percent and ready for a championship.
You mentioned your training program being a huge difference from last year to this year. You train young, aspiring riders during the week. As a professional athlete, what advice do you give to them and how is it also helping you?
The advice I grew up knowing is the same advice I give these kids, which is the harder you work, the easier your goals will come in life. Honestly, as much as I help them I feel like they return the favor by helping me. This is my first year training riders during the season, and so far it has really stepped my game up. Being in this type of environment all the time, watching these kids ride and helping them better their training and riding program is also helping me prepare for the weekends. It's crazy because I give them advice and help them mentally prepare for their events, but in return I am able to take that same advice and apply it into the weekend for myself. Helping these kids achieve their dreams has been huge motivation for me during the week. I love seeing all their hard work pay off. I don't have kids personally, but now I feel like I do. They have changed my whole mindset on racing and wanting this championship. I get phone calls and texts from them during race day cheering me on and wishing me well. It is such a confidence builder for myself. I approach races a lot different than I ever have in my entire life. So far, my results have been a little inconsistent, but I think that was a little out of my control. From here on out I don't see any reason why I can't track down the points leader and take over the lead within the next couple of races.
Saturday was the first time you hadn't qualified to compete in the RMATV/MC Head 2 Head Challenge, yet you still ended the night with your first overall win of the season. It had to feel good ending on such a high note!
Saturday was a crazy day. If you had to draw out the perfect night of racing, you wouldn't have done it the way I did, but that's what makes getting the win feel that much better. The night started off great with the holeshot in my Heat Race, but I wasn't able to jump the catapult [finish line] the first lap, so the remainder of the race I played catch up until I actually got back into a qualifying position. Finishing sixth in my Heat Race meant I wasn't able to compete in the Head 2 Head Challenge, and between my teammate [Gavin Faith] and I, we had won every one so far this season! That really bummed me out. My sixth-place Heat Race finish also meant I had a second row start in the first Main Event. I was pretty fired up after that and I really made some smart moves in the first turn, which helped me finish third in that first Main Event. The second Main Event I shot out of the gate for another great holeshot and after a couple-lap battle with Kiniry, I was able to pull away and ride in my comfort zone for the win. Because I didn't race the Head 2 Head Challenge I honestly had no clue I won the overall, so when they pulled me up and broke the news to me I was pumped!
What is the most challenging thing about AMSOIL Arenacross racing fans may not see? What do you do to overcome those challenges and, in turn, ultimately achieve your goal of getting your first AMSOIL Arenacross championship?
The biggest challenge the fans don't see is all the hard work we put in during the week. There are also a lot of things done and said in the pits that goes unseen or heard. Mentally I'm in a different place this year. I know that I am one of the guys to beat and if I execute on race day I shouldn't have a problem doing what I did this past weekend from here on out. My goal is to continue chasing down more wins, but at the same time being smart and looking at the longevity of the series. I feel like I have an advantage on these guys in that aspect. A lot of them are throwing it all on the line for the overall win every weekend, so we have a lot of guys getting hurt in the process and not so much looking at the series as a whole. But that's the way they are going after it and that's their decision. I can only worry about myself and how I go about it. I will just keep putting in the hard work and by the time it comes for the points reset and the Race to the Championship, I have complete confidence I will be 120-percent ready to claim it [the title].
Talking about the last six races of the season, the Race to the Championship, what is the one thing that will set you apart from the other riders to potentially win your first title?
The one thing that sets me apart is my starts, 100 percent without a doubt in my mind. My reaction times to the gate drop are insane this year. I don't know what it is about this year but every time I am on the line, if I come over the gate clean I know I am going to get the holeshot. The setup I have with the Husqvarna and the experience and support from my team, TiLUBE TUF Racing, leads me in the right direction. I have one year of AMSOIL Arenacross under my belt and I feel like I'm building and improving every weekend. I took last year as my learning year and this year I feel like I know a lot more. I feel like I'm the guy that knows how to race the whole season and know where to put myself when it comes time to the last six races and getting that championship.
The fourth round of AMSOIL Arenacross kicks off this Saturday night, January 31st, from Nashville, Tennessee, inside Bridgestone Arena. Racing begins at 5 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. CT / 8 p.m. ET.
Tickets for each round of AMSOIL Arenacross are on sale now!
The entire AMSOIL Arenacross season will air on FOX Sports 1, including re-airs on Fox Sports 2.
Live timing and scoring from each round of the AMSOIL Arenacross season returns for the 2014 season! To follow the intense racing action live, log onto www.Arenacross.com.
Memphis International Raceway (MIR) is pleased to announce the classes for the new 3/10-mile dirt track opening this summer.
There are currently seven classes confirmed to compete at MIR. The classes include: 305 & 360 "Winged" Sprint Cars, the "Awesome Power of the" Super Late Models, "Challenging" Crate Late Models, "Sideways" Street Stocks, "Wild" Open Wheel Modifieds, and the "Mighty" 600cc Mini Sprints.
"We're excited to announce the new classes for the dirt track," stated Bobby Sides, Director of Operations - Dirt Track and Special Events. "My focus has been on putting together a program that is racer and fan friendly. This facility is going to be one-of-a-kind and we want to make sure the racing and the experience is exciting each and every week."
The state-of-the-art facility will be fan friendly with new restrooms, ticketing outlets, concession stand, vendor area, VIP parking, press box facilities and a mezzanine area for fan entertainment and interaction. The dirt track will also feature a large pit area with pitting available on both asphalt and grass. Racers will have an opportunity to reserve their 14 x 90 pit space for the year at a later date.
Groundbreaking for the new dirt track is set for the first week of March and everyone is invited to attend. An exact date for the groundbreaking is forthcoming. Upon opening this summer, the schedule will include Friday night races as well as special events and will be announced at a later time. In addition, rules, payouts and pricing will be announced in the near future.
For more information regarding MIR or the dirt track, please visit www.RaceMIR.com or call (901)WOW-Race. Social media updates can be found on www.Facebook.com/RaceMIRDirt , @RaceMIR on Instagram and Twitter.
Today's announcement by BAND that the March 8 INDYCAR race in Brasília was cancelled was both unexpected and disappointing. INDYCAR had received every indication that the race was already a success: Two-thirds of the seats available for the event had already been sold; a title sponsor for the event (ITAIPAVA) was announced yesterday; hospitality was sold out; and track construction was progressing and scheduled to be complete in time for the event. Although we have not received formal confirmation from our partners in Brazil regarding the cancellation, economically INDYCAR is protected and the paddock is protected from such action.
Speedway Benefits, the trailblazer in growing, educating and supporting grassroots racing and the promoters and track owners that are the backbone of this industry, has announced a very unique opportunity. Chairman, H.A. ‘Humpy’ Wheeler, legendary NASCAR promoter and respected 55 year veteran of the industry, will be hosting a one day event at his private residence in the foothills of North Carolina.
“I have a long and exciting career in the motorsports industry, but I have many friends and colleagues whose stories and experience rival mine! These gentlemen are truly the legends of motorsports and have so much to offer young promoters, veteran promoters, and everyone in between. I cannot wait to introduce them to our attendees,” said Humpy Wheeler recently.
This unparalleled event has attracted attention of those who built the sport and helped grow its popularity through its rich and colorful history. Legends like Bobby Allison, with his super charged NASCAR career who never forget his grassroots fans, Junior Johnson, moonshine mogul and NASCAR pioneer, Tom Higgins, NASCAR journalist, and the quintessential ‘gentleman’ of racing, Ned Jarrett,will all be in attendance throughout the day.
The workshop will feature all new content, never before shared at Speedway Benefits’ previous shows at WARPA (Western Auto Racing Promoters Association), PRI-Indy (Performance Racing Industry) or the AARN/PPB Motorsports Show (Area Auto Racing News).
Attendees will learn how to write business plans for big events with Billy Thomas, special event mastermind from East Alabama Motor Speedway. They will also explore the biggest misconceptions in Public Relations and learn how to connect with the media from former reporter and columnist turned PR expert, Jon Show. They will host a round table session with Humpy Wheeler, Terri Marascio (social media expert) and Clint Elkins (track relations expert) on promotional ideas that really work and how attendees can apply them to their track. Trip Wheeler will also take a deeper look into sponsorship and the data that companies desire that make them turn over their checkbooks to your track.
“This is not really a workshop. It’s not a show. It’s not a conference.We actually didn’t really know what to call it to do it justice, because it’s never been done before. We’re presenting solid ‘classroom’ and hands-on learning, but with a twist. Just as you’re working on your business plan, Junior Johnson (who’s a phenomenal businessman, too) could walk in and tell you what you could do better, and yeah, you get to talk to him one on one. We’ll be sitting around a bonfire after the workshop talking about what worked, what didn’t, what mistakes others have made and celebrating the successes. That’s really what will resonate with promoters. They will be blown away,” said President of Speedway Benefits, Trip Wheeler.
The Promoter’s Retreat will be held on Saturday, February 7th, 2015 just outside Charlotte, NC and is open to all racetrack promoters, track owners, series directors and associations. The cost is $299/person and includes lunch, dinner, cocktails, transportation to and from host hotel, and all materials. Please register or RSVP by Friday, February 6, 2015. For full details visit: http://buytickets.at/speedwaybenefits/21002
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