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Capitol Raceway scored a close win over home track Maryland International Raceway at the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Division 1 (Patriots) Summit Team Finals completed Monday.
Capitol Raceway ended with 55-51 points to keep Maryland International Raceway from repeating as Division 1 champions.
Leading up to the main event, racers participated in a Gambler’s race, Bogey, Golf Cart, and Big Wheels race and “best of” awards.
Frank Lecates (US 13 Dragway) had a winning effort with a .005 reaction time combined with a 4.787 elapsed time at 142.57 mph on a 4.78 dial-in. Runner-up Bobby Spence (Capitol Raceway) had a .015 reaction time and made a 4.307-second pass at 158.39 mph against a 4.30 dial-in.
Frank Thompson Jr. (Maryland International Raceway) used a 6.011-second pass at 109.34 mph against a 5.99 dial-in with a .010 reaction time to win. Mike Keyton (Roxboro Motorsports Park) matched his 5.82 dial-in at 118.02 mph, but was slower at the tree with a .099 start.
Gayge Farrell won with a 12.375 against an 11.90 dial-in with a .022 reaction time. Zach Parlett had a 10.414 elapsed time against an 11.90 dial-in with a .067 reaction time.
Pit Vehicle Race
Ray Snoots (Maryland) defeated Bradley Tippett (Maryland) with a .002 reaction time and 9.03-second pass against a 9.00 dial-in. Tippett went down the track in 11.315 seconds against a 11.30 dial-in, along with a .049 reaction time.
Friday’s Gambler’s Race
Top — Bobby Bladen III (Capitol Raceway) 5.012 on a 5.00 dial-in, .001 reaction time defeated Jena Martin (Maryland International Raceway) 4.654 on a 4.67 dial-in, .045 reaction time.
Mod — Daryl Beauchamp (US 13 Dragway) 7.571 on a 7.59 dial-in, .016 reaction time defeated Ed Talbert (Capitol Raceway) 6.83 on a 6.83 dial-in, -.006 reaction time.
Junior — Allen Jenkins (Maryland International Raceway) 12.375 on an 11.90 dial-in, .022 reaction time defeated Zach Parlett (Maryland International Raceway) 10.414 on an 11.90 dial-in, .067 reaction time.
Saturday’s Gamblers Race
Top — Jerry Langley (Maryland International Raceway) 4.733 on a 4.72 dial-in, .006 reaction time defeated Ben Calhoun (Capitol Raceway) 4.708 on a 4.68 dial-in, .012 reaction time.
Mod — Kris Bunch (Summerduck Dragway) 8.979 on a 7.63 dial-in, .010 reaction time defeated Tony Mattera (Maryland International Raceway) 6.648 on a 6.65 dial-in, -.007 reaction time.
Junior — Cole Foskey (US 13 Dragway) 8.948 on an 8.91 dial-in, .010 reaction time defeated Zach Parlett (Maryland International Raceway) 9.38 on a 9.02 dial-in, .095 reaction time.
Friday Bogey Race:
Top — Ben Garnett (US 13 Dragway)
Mod — Steven Truitt (US 13 Dragway)
Junior — Keith Riddle (US 13 Dragway)
Best Appearing Full Bodied Car — Doug Minter, Maryland
Best Engineered Full Bodied Car — Buddy Mcgowan, Capitol Raceway
Best Appearing Junior Dragster — Cole Foske, US 13 Dragway
Best Engineered Junior Dragster — Ryan Davis, Capitol Raceway
Best Appearing Open Body Car — Brianna Lukhard, Richmond Dragway
Best Engineered Open Body Car — Jason Kirby, Maryland International Raceway
Best Team Spirit — Richmond Dragway
Best Appearing Sponsor Banner — Motor Mile Dragway
Best Appearing Grandstands — US 13 Dragway
Best Appearing Team — Motor Mile Dragway
1. Maryland International Raceway 63
2. US 13 Dragway 37
3. Capitol Raceway 29
4. Richmond Dragway 25
5. Sumerduck Dragway 23
6. Motor Mile Dragway 3
INDYCAR took another important step in the development of its cockpit-protecting Aeroscreen with Tuesday's two-car test at Richmond Raceway, a 0.75-mile short oval that will play host to the NTT IndyCar Series next June.
This was the third of four scheduled Aeroscreen tests this fall and it went so well that recently crowned NTT IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden of Team Penske needed only a handful of laps to adjust to the new cockpit surroundings.
"Perception-wise, it was a little different when I first got in (the car) but it took maybe 30 or 40 laps and after that you're pretty used to it," Newgarden said. "It's pretty normal at this point."
The Richmond test also included five-time NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon, who also took part in the initial Aeroscreen on-track test with Team Penske's Will Power on Oct. 2 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In addition to testing Firestone tires, Dixon said the Aeroscreen works well on ovals and is nearly ready for action now.
"A little different look with the Aeroscreen," Dixon said. "It seems like everything is going well with all the testing (INDYCAR has) done. For sure (here), the car's fine."
The Aeroscreen is scheduled to make its race debut March 13-15, 2020 at the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and will be used in competition at all 17 races next season, including the June 26-27 event at Richmond Raceway. It will mark the first series race at Richmond Raceway since 2009.
INDYCAR President Jay Frye continues to be pleased with the ongoing development of the Aeroscreen.
"We've learned something every time we've tested," Frye said. "It's about checking the boxes and once the teams get a hold of it they'll make it even better. They'll take it to a whole other level."
The Aeroscreen was developed by Red Bull Advanced Technologies to reduce the risk of driver injury from flying debris or other objects striking the cockpit area. Anchored by titanium framework, the Aeroscreen consists of a polycarbonate laminated screen that includes an anti-reflective coating on the interior of the screen, an anti-fogging device through an integral heating element and tear-offs, all of which will be produced by integrated third-party companies.
The titanium framework mounts in three areas around the cockpit: the chassis centerline, two rear side mounts and roll hoop integration to provide enhanced load-bearing capabilities. The load-bearing is expected to be 150 kilonewtons (kN), which equals the FIA load for the Halo design currently used in Formula One. A kilonewton is equal to approximately 225 pounds.
The visit to Richmond Raceway was the third consecutive week of on-track testing of the Aeroscreen, with each coming on a different type of layout. Previously, INDYCAR staged an Aeroscreen test at a superspeedway - Indianapolis Motor Speedway - and followed with the second at the Barber Motorsports Park permanent road course in Birmingham, Ala. on Oct. 7.
The fourth scheduled test will be Nov. 5 at Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway, a track that simulates street circuits. Four-time Indy car champion Sebastien Bourdais of Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan and James Hinchcliffe of Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports will be the drivers at Sebring.
A focus of this test was to make driving the car a more comfortable experience by redirecting the airflow inside the cockpit through the use of interior inlets.
"That was an improvement," Dixon said, "especially around the legs and body."
While the Aeroscreen adds about 60 pounds to the car, Newgarden said he noticed little difference between driving here and without the Aeroscreen at Iowa Speedway, a similar short oval track.
"When I first went out my perception of how much grip the car and how much control I had was slightly different, but I think that's because it felt foreign," he said. "You're not used to having a screen over your head, but after 20 or 30 laps after you got used to it the car feels very similar in terms of how I drive the car or how the car feels compared to a place like Iowa or Gateway -- it feels very similar.
"From a tuning standpoint, it didn't take that much to get it back into the correct window as far as the balance - the balance is very good even with the screen on. From that point, I don't think the cars are going to change that much going into next year."
Frye said INDYCAR will stage an open test at Richmond Raceway in late March, bringing all full-time competitors.
For the 2019 showing, Walkinshaw Andretti United welcomed the international pairing of NTT IndyCar Series drivers Alexander Rossi and James Hinchcliffe, co-piloting the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Holden Commodore in what was a baptism by fire. The duo had a “mountain” of a challenge ahead of them with just a handful of practice sessions to learn a new car and driving style - and to familiarize themselves with the 23-turn circuit that boasts a 570-foot climb from lowest to highest points.
The 1000km race got off to a slow start, seeing a delay following an incident during the formation lap. Once back underway, Hinchcliffe executed a flawless standing start to begin the 161-lap event. By Lap 10 and mid-way through the pit window, the Canadian driver made his way into the top 10 before entering the pits. Hinchcliffe completed 22 laps before handing the wheel over to Rossi.
Rossi double-stinted, running 45 laps and working his way from 23rd to show as high as 12th. While in the seat, Rossi and the 27 NAPA team completed one of two mandatory brake pad changes and the required brake rotor change.
Hinchcliffe took control of the No. 27 again on lap 68 for a double stint before returning the wheel to Rossi to finish the race with 59 laps remaining.
Commanding the car for three stints to close the 1,000km race, Rossi set a new fast lap for the 27 team on Lap 133. The closing laps of the race saw drama and yellow flags from the field, and despite a late excursion into the gravel with three-laps remaining, Rossi brought the NAPA car home in 19th. If you consider what the duo had to adapt to over the weekend, it’s a credit to them and the determination of the NAPA AUTO PARTS team.
Formula E and the FIA have today revealed the final calendar for the 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship, with the closest and most competitive racing series set to race in 12 of the world’s leading cities - featuring a record nine capitals and three new locations in Seoul, Jakarta and London.
The busiest season yet in the short history of Formula E was formally approved following the FIA World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) meeting in Cologne, Germany.
The Diriyah E-Prix kicks off the season once again on November 22 & 23, with the Mercedes-Benz EQ and TAG Heuer Porsche teams making their much-anticipated arrival to complete a full 24-car grid for the first time in Formula E.
The most competitive line-up in motorsport then moves to South and Central America for the Antofagasta Minerals Santiago E-Prix (January 18) and CBMM Niobium Mexico City E-Prix (February 15), with the Marrakesh E-Prix replacing Hong Kong for round five of the 2019/20 calendar.
Sanya fills the last free slot, with another scorcher around Haitang Bay for round six on March 21. The voestalpine European races return for season six, starting with the third running of the Rome E-Prix on April 4, followed by the Paris E-Prix in the French capital against the backdrop of the Eiffel Tower on April 18.
The ABB FIA Formula E Championship touches down in South Korea for the first time on May 3 for the Seoul E-Prix, ahead of the most recent race to be announced - the inaugural Jakarta E-Prix - taking place on June 6.
Being the only city to have featured in each season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, the BMW i Berlin E-Prix presented by CBMM Niobium will once again be held at the historic Tempelhof Airport on June 21, where all four German manufacturers go wheel-to-wheel for the first time in front of their home crowd.
Three weeks later, Formula E crosses the Atlantic to the Big Apple for the penultimate event of the season in New York City.
The voestalpine European races and the 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship come to a conclusion in London across a two-day season finale showdown at ExCeL London on July 25 & 26.
2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship - Calendar
Rockstar Energy Drink driver claims his first ARX Supercars title, second championship for Andretti Rallycross14 Oct 2019
Last weekend proved victorious at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course as Tanner Foust has been crowned as the 2019 Americas Rallycross Champion. With a dominate second half of the season, Foust captured two wins, 15 heat race wins and three podium finishes in the series’ sophomore season.
Honing his skills on and off track, Foust brings to the table a diverse background in various forms of racing that includes rallycross, drift and stunt driving, racking up accomplishments that include now two rallycross championships, X Games gold medals and world records. The first American driver to win a round of the European Rallycross Championship, Foust has been a competitive force since the sport was first introduced to the United States in 2010.
Since the series formed in 2018, Andretti Rallycross boosts six ARX wins and 33 wins since entering U.S. Rallycross competition in 2014. The team has earned two-consecutive series championships (’18/Speed, ’19/Foust) and five U.S. Rallycross titles
Andretti Rallycross fields two full-time entries in Americas Rallycross Supercars, with Foust and Cabot Bigham (No. 02 Oink Clothing Volkswagen).
Even though he only needed to start the race to secure the TA2 powered by AEM championship, Marc Miller took an emphatic Trans Am presented by Pirelli win at Circuit of the Americas on Sunday.
Miller’s No. 40 Prefix/Stevens-Miller Racing Dodge Challenger was fastest in testing, practice, qualifying, and ultimately the 100-mile TA2 feature on Sunday. But as easy as he made it look on the iconic 3.427-mile, 20-turn circuit, the race was by no means an easy one for Miller to win.
Scott Lagasse Jr. (No. 92 SLR/Fields Racing/M1Racecars / Chevrolet Camaro) kept Miller honest for most of the 25 laps, even leading the race at one point. But Miller pulled it together, clinching his championship in style with his fourth win of the season.
Lagasse Jr. finished a close second, with Edward Sevadjian claiming his first TA2 podium with a third-place finish.
Lagasse Jr. got the jump on the start and went from a fourth-place start to second before entering Turn 1. Miller pulled a six-second gap by Lap 6 but, all of that would change when an extended caution period eliminated his advantage.
Excelling at restarts, Lagasse Jr. whipped to the outside of Miller and took the lead entering into Turn 1. The former NASCAR driver lead for three laps until Miller repaid the favor. Lagasse Jr. was relentless in the pursuit for his first win of the season, glued to the No. 40’s bumper for the remainder of the race, but the clock expired before he could make a successful move for first. Lagasse Jr. settled for second, which satisfied the SLR/Fields Racing driver after suffering a total loss at VIRginia International Raceway just two weeks ago and his past experience at CoTA.
Texas native Sevadjian’s No. 38 Chevrolet Camaro was in pieces last week, but his Leadfoot Racing team finished the build on Tuesday, just in time to load up for race weekend. Fighting heat and a few teething issues, Sevadjian wheeled his brand new machine to his first TA2 podium finish.
“We felt the Texas heat today,” Sevadjian said following the race. “Being that the car was brand new, we hadn’t run it with a full tank of gas. The weight distribution of the gas changed the handling a bit and it was a battle to finish where we did. Considering the car was just put together this week, we are extremely happy with a podium finish. It’s more than we expected heading into the weekend.”
“I chose to start from the back today because I wasn’t feeling well and I didn’t know if I could make it through the whole race,” said Prociuk. “Then adrenalin kicked in, and I felt energized. With how the day started, we couldn’t be happier with the sixth-place finish.”
John Cloud (No. 41 Ultimate Headers Chevrolet Camaro) received the Masters Class Award after starting 30th to finish with a top-25 standing.
Trans Am West Coast Championship
Brad McAllister (No. 24 www.PortlandImplantDentistry.com Ford Mustang) locked up the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli West Coast Championship by three points with his win over Anthony Honeywell Sunday at CoTA. McAllister entered the weekend trailing Honeywell by two points. Nabbing an extra two points for qualifying second, McAllister needed a race win to secure the championship.
Wilson’s misfortune lead to McAllister’s gain as he crossed the finish line first for the West Coast bunch, earning his first Trans Am championship.
“I am really proud of all the West Coast guys, we came here and matched up with the National guys with three of us finishing in the top-10,” said McAllister. “I’ve been racing in the West Coast Championship since its inception in 2017. It’s great that Trans Am indroduced the series out west because it allows guys like me to race in a professional series at an affordable cost. I look forward to coming back next season to defend my title.”
Honeywell finished second on the day, missing out on championship glory by three points. Matthew Butson (No. 19 Butson Racing Chevrolet Camaro) rounded out the podium in third.
Michael Mihld ‘s fifth-place finish, in the No. 55 Michael Mihld Racing / Chevrolet Camaro, earned him enough points to finish take third in the West Coast Championship.
The National Trans Am Championship heads to Daytona International Speedway Nov. 14-16 for its season-end finale.
For live timing and scoring, event photos and post-race recap videos visit GoTransAm.com. For live race updates follow @GoTransAm on Twitter.
Beacon Dragway has been selected as the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Division 2 (Heat Wave) Track of the Year.
The 1/8-mile track in Paduach, Kentucky provides some of the most competitive heads-up and bracket racing in Western Kentucky. It’s also the host to autocross and rallycross events with a 2019 schedule that extends into December.
It first opened as a quarter-mile facility in 1968 before being shut down and converted to an airport nearly a decade later. In 2012, racer Keith Murt bought the property. He renovated the drag strip and reopened it the following year.
The former airplane hangers were used to house race cars, while other conveniences included parts sold on site.
Beacon Dragway took a narrow win over Memphis International Raceway in 2018 to win in their first year competing the IHRA Division 2 Summit Team Finals.
Now under the leadership of manager Kevin Wesmolan, the strong IHRA Summit SuperSeries program continues, going from 24 members the first year to 88 this year. Despite a flood at the race track and a late start to the season, Beacon still managed to bring almost two full teams to this year’s Division 2 Team Finals.
The 2019 IHRA Summit SuperSeries track champions are: Jared Fulcher (Top), Charlie Lockhart (Mod), Adalynn Atkinson (Junior) and Chris Mohler (Sportsman).
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