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The Katech-powered team of BC Race Cars finished on top of both TA2 races at the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli in Detroit on June 1-2, 2019. The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear featured two races, including the TA2 Muscle Car Challenge on the Streets of Detroit on Saturday, and the Motor City Dash on Sunday. Katech drivers Misha Goikhberg and Tony Ave finished first and second at the Muscle Car Challenge, respectively, while Ave took the top spot on Sunday, which was the 100th Trans Am Race of his career.
The finish at Muscle Car Challenge was BC Race Cars first ever one-two finish. The race featured four different leaders in the 36-lap race, with Goikhberg beating teammate Ave and the third-place driver by just over three seconds. In the Motor City Dash, Ave took the lead on the final lap of the race, holding on for his 19th career win and first in Detroit.
“In a crowded field of excellent TA2 drivers, it was amazing to see two Katech drivers dominate the rest of the field,” said Kevin Pranger, director of motorsports with Katech. “We couldn’t be happier for Misha and Tony and our championship partner BC Race Cars. Congratulations to everyone who worked hard to make it a successful weekend, and a special shout out to Tony for winning his first Detroit Grand Prix in his 100th TA2 race. It definitely was a storybook finish.”
“BC has been in the hunt all season long,” said Beau Bradley, Master Engine Builder and Trans-Am Project Manager for Katech. “They’ve been consistently fast with three different drivers, so it was only a matter of time before they got a win. Going into a long break in the schedule and the second half of the season with a pair of wins is huge. All of our teams have several weeks before Indy to find more speed and come out swinging for the second half. I look for lots of success from all of our Katech-powered teams for the rest of the championship schedule.”
The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli continues August 1-4 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana.
In partnership with the Indy Racing Experience, award-winning non-profit organization VETMotorsports provided five United States military veterans, one active-duty airman and one active-duty national guardsman with rides in the Indy Racing Experience two-seater IndyCar at the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway following this year’s Indy 500.
The participants included Colorado Navy veteran Mike Atwater, Ohio Army veteran Mike Hensel, Indiana Navy veteran Troy King, Illinois Army veteran Claire Farron, Virginia Army veteran Jason Ehrhart, Ohio Army National Guardsman Kevin Colwell, and Ohio Airman Drew Brenner.
All took rides from the Indy Racing Experience’s team of professional race car drivers in one of their purpose-built, two-seater Indy cars and experienced what it’s like to go 180 miles per hour around one of the world’s greatest racetracks.
“We’ve given our military participants some pretty incredible experiences over the years,” said VETMotorsports Founder and Executive Director Peter Cline, “but this one was right at the top! Getting a driver’s-eye view and the physical experience of what it’s like to race in the Indy 500 is truly unbelievable. We can’t thank the Indy Racing Experience enough for making it possible, as well as donations from Rod Falkner at Dumonde Tech Racing Oils and Hilliard Memorial VFW Post 4931.”
VETMotorsports is an award-winning, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers active military, National Guard, Reserve, Gold Star parents, and veterans with service-connected injuries and their caregivers through active participation in motorsports. The program recruits participants, gives them hands-on access to a variety of motorsports experiences, and covers all expenses for them to take part.
More information about participating, donating or volunteering with the program is available at www.vetmotorsports.org.
MAVTV, the United States’ only cable television network dedicated exclusively to motorsports, continues to expand on its ever-growing presence across the broadcast landscape. Thanks to longstanding core partnerships with globally recognized racing series like the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, MAVTV is now available to more viewers than ever before entering the popular summer racing season. With a total of 220 providers across cable, satellite, telco, and digital broadcast platforms, including AT&T U-verse, Charter/Spectrum, DIRECTV, Fios by Verizon, FuboTV, Google, Mediacom, and many more, the country’s premier motorsports network is seen in more than 30-million households.
“Motorsports fans are arguably the most passionate and dedicated audiences of any competitive sport. MAVTV is here to serve that loyal fan base by offering them the most dynamic collection of programming anywhere in the U.S.,” said Jason Patison, MAVTV Programming Director. “What makes motorsports so unique is how incredibly diverse it is, whether its two wheels or four, on road or off, with fenders or without. For well over a decade we’ve been committed to showcasing the best the racing world has to offer, and we’ve built the most complex motorsports network available to consumers in the country. We now boast the widest reach in the history of MAVTV, and we’re excited to bring these world-class events to our largest potential audience to date.”
This June, a series of live broadcasts of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship and the ARCA Menards Series highlights MAVTV’s extensive programming schedule. First moto coverage of all 12 rounds of the world’s most prestigious off-road motorcycle racing series can be seen live during the season on MAVTV, with the Circle K High Point National (June 15), the inaugural US Assure Florida National (June 22) and the Southwick National (June 29) headlining the first month of the summer.
The premier division of the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) has long been the proving ground for the future stars of stock car racing, and for the 2019 season MAVTV will be the broadcast home for 12 of the 18 races on the schedule. In June, the Shore Lunch 200 from Madison International Speedway (June 14) and the Day-to-Day 150 from Gateway Motorsports Park (June 22) will be showcased exclusively on MAVTV.
Racing fans will also be treated to a diverse array of action that can quench any motorsports thirst throughout the month of June. Drag racing aficionados will be treated to the 1/4-mile and 1/8-mile excitement from Santa Pod Raceway, which hosts the biggest prize fund drag race ever held in Europe. Short-track devotees will be able to get their fix via the Spears Manufacturing Modified Series presented by Lucas Oil, the wide array of racing disciplines featured at California’s Madera Speedway, and the Spears SRL Southwest Tour.
While racing sits at the heart of MAVTV’s content, there’s plenty to love for the general automotive enthusiast as well. This June will bring a new one-off special to viewers with the Super Jeep Challenge. Eleven of Florida’s top custom Jeep builders compete for the title of being America’s inaugural Super Jeep Champion Builder of the Year, where an elite panel of industry experts will judge each build’s modifications, fabrications, creativity, and more, in order to determine a winner.
Race fans who don’t have MAVTV should contact their local cable, satellite, or other subscription service provider to get details on how to add it to their channel lineup. A full list of providers, shows, and scheduled broadcasts can be found by visiting www.MAVTV.com.
MAVTV June Schedule
|June 4||Santa Pod Raceway Drags||Door Slammers||4:00 a.m.|
|June 6||Super Jeep Challenge||Builder of the Year||4:00 p.m.|
|June 6||Madera Racing||Sprint Cars/Late Models||8:00 p.m.|
|June 11||Spears Manufacturing Modified Series||Irwindale Speedway||3:00 p.m.|
|June 11||Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship||Hangtown Motocross Classic||4:00 p.m.|
|June 14||ARCA Menards Series||Madison International Speedway||9:00 p.m.|
|June 15||Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship||High Point National||1:00 p.m.|
|June 18||Spears SRL Southwest Tour||Irwindale Speedway||3:00 p.m.|
|June 18||Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship||Fox Raceway National||4:00 p.m.|
|June 22||Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship||Florida National||1:00 p.m.|
|June 22||ARCA Menards Series||Gateway Motorsports Park||7:30 p.m.|
|June 25||Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship||Thunder Valley National||4:00 p.m.|
|June 25||Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship||Southwick National||4:00 p.m.|
|BOLD indicates live broadcast.|
People who spend their whole lives in the racing world like to do everything fast, from racing to eating to sleeping. In order to get the best night’s sleep possible, many people find themselves turning to cannabidiol, known commonly as CBD.
CBD is a cannabinoid that works as a mild general sedative. It has been found to help users breathe easier, reduce the amount of physical pain that they are in, and even lower their heart rate blood pressure. People who suffer from anxiety have also found that CBD helps them to reduce the symptoms they feel, which helps them to truly deal with the root causes of what is exacerbating their mental illnesses.
THC is another cannabinoid that is often combined with CBD in products to help with sleep. It has many of the same effects of CBD, but with added side effects such as dry mouth, redness of the eyes and a feeling of being high like you would get with marijuana. Both cannabinoids are derived from hemp, marijuana’s calmer cousin, and tend to even out each others’ negative effects to some degree.
All of this assistance can help users fall asleep easier at night without having to worry about taking troublesome and addictive prescription sleeping medications that can cause all kinds of health problems of their own. That’s not to say that CBD has no unintended side effects, but it’s absolutely less addictive than anything you can get over the counter or with a doctor’s prescription. As long as it doesn’t include THC, it’s completely legal to use throughout the world. It won’t show up on drug tests because it isn’t psychoactive.
CBD is metabolized in your liver and kidneys, so people with histories of issues with those organs should make sure to talk to a doctor before using any product including it. Anyone with a history of heart issues should also be careful if using a product with THC in it. THC can raise users heart rates, sometimes to an unhealthy degree. For most people, however, CBD and products made with it have been found to be safe to use as long as they are careful.
In July 2018, NASCAR driver Carl Long was set to be an advertiser for Colorado-based VeedVerks which makes CBD products, but the deal was struck down before his first race. But, in May 2019, the New Mexico-based CBD company Craft 1861 was announced as a sponsor of the Carlin team. So, racers might not be able to advertise the products in some races, but the effects of CBD products can help them to get a better night’s sleep so that their heads are clearer during the race.
However, it is not recommended to use them before a driver goes out on the race track. Racing is all about making split-second decisions that can save or destroy a driver’s life. Both CBD and THC can lead to slower decision making, which is dangerous when someone is driving that fast.
Our Future is in Motion: Ford Motor Company Reflects on 20 Years in Sustainability with New Goals Ahead12 Jun 2019
In 1999, Ford Motor Company published its first Sustainability Report – the first company in the industry to do so. Since then, Ford has spent the last two decades moving toward a more sustainable world.
“We are committed to having a positive impact on the planet and the communities where we live and operate,” said Kim Pittel, vice president, sustainability, environment and safety engineering. “By working with our partners and suppliers to find solutions that protect the planet and make people’s lives better, we can make an even bigger impact and reach our goals together.”
Ford has come a long way from the first report, which initially focused on environmental issues. The company’s approach to sustainability is now much broader and has celebrated continuous progress over the years.
Last year was a pivotal year for some of that progress. In 2018 alone:
- Ford celebrated 10 years of soybean-based foam in more than 18.5 million vehicles built in North America
- Conducted a formal United Nations human rights saliency assessment
- Met the company’s previously set 2010 goal to reduce operational GHG emissions per vehicle produced by 30 percent – eight years early and
- Announced aspirational goals of zero water withdrawals for manufacturing processes, only using freshwater for human consumption
Vision for the Future
To prepare for the next 20 years, Ford is building upon last year’s aspirational goals and committing to several new ones as part of the journey to become the world’s most trusted company, designing smart vehicles for a smart world.
Those aspirations, which will guide future sustainability targets and strategies, include:
- Drive human progress by providing mobility and accessibility for all
- Become the most inclusive and diverse enterprise globally
- Responsibly source all raw materials used in all vehicles globally
- Use only recycled and renewable plastics in all vehicles globally
Working Toward the Vision
While aspirational goals set Ford’s long-term sustainability strategy, the company has established new specific sustainability targets in conjunction with the 20th anniversary Sustainability Report that will help achieve its vision for the future:
- Ford will use 100 percent renewable energy for all manufacturing plants globally by 2035, meaning the energy comes from sources that naturally replenish – such as hydropower, geothermal or wind and solar.
As a step toward this goal, the company has committed to a substantial renewable energy procurement through DTE Energy’s MIGreenPower program, which will provide 500,000 megawatt hours of locally sourced Michigan wind energy – Ford’s largest ever renewable energy purchase.
- Ford will continue to do its part to reduce CO2 emissions consistent with the Paris Climate Accord. Ford’s first Climate Change Scenario Report, published in tandem with the Sustainability Report, details Ford’s vision for the transition to a low-carbon economy and resilience to managing climate risk in the future.
- Ford will eliminate single-use plastics from operations by 2030.
Additional Report Highlights
In addition to these aspirational goals and sustainability targets, Ford has officially launched SHE-MOVES (Strengthening Her: Mobilizing Ventures for Social Innovation), a grant program from Ford Motor Company and Ford Fund that supports community ventures benefitting women and children in India, South Africa and Nigeria and promotes access to mobility.
The company also selected three inaugural grantees:
- Zaclon India Pvt. Ltd. – trains more than 40 women in India to operate and maintain vehicles, supporting job placement, as well as instructs them in self-defense and personal safety
- Shuttlers – provides specialized shuttles along a frequently traveled route while facilitating a customized learning experience for at least 600 women in Nigeria for one year
- Uhambo Foundation – provides community-wide support, education and transportation related to disabilities and Whole Person Leadership Development in South Africa for parents, especially mothers
Beyond the new goals and initiatives being announced in conjunction with the 20th annual Sustainability Report, the company also highlights in depth additional details from last year’s efforts and accomplishments around people, planet and product innovation. To read the full report, visit sustainability.ford.com.