Adam Sinclair

Adam Sinclair

Adam has been a race fan since the first time he went through the tunnel under the Daytona International Speedway almost 30 years ago. He has had the privilege of traveling to races all across the state of Florida (as well as one race in Ohio), watching nearly everything with a motor compete for fame and glory, as well as participating in various racing schools to get the feel of what racecar drivers go through every week.  

Adam spent several years covering motorsports for Examiner.com., where he had the opportunity to see the racing world from behind the scenes as well as the grandstands. He invites everyone to follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus, and looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm for all things racing with the readers of SpeedwayDigest.com.

Be sure to tune in for his sports talk program, Thursday Night Thunder, where he discusses the latest in motorsports news with drivers, crew members, and fans. The show takes place (almost) every Thursday at 8:00 pm EST on the Speedway Digest Radio Network. 

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The ABB FIA Formula E Championship has become the first sport to have a net zero carbon footprint since inception, investing in internationally certified projects in all race markets to offset emissions from six seasons of electric racing.
 
Formula E’s announcement was made today during the launch of Climate Week NYC 2020. Following the recommended approach set out by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Formula E has followed three key steps to achieve a net zero carbon footprint: effective measurement of carbon output, prioritising reducing its footprint and offsetting remaining unavoidable emissions.
 
With a founding purpose to counteract climate change, Formula E’s commitment to deliver better futures through racing drives its ongoing environmental, economic and social sustainability initiatives around the world.
 
Working closely with Quantis, the leading life cycle assessment and sustainability experts, Formula E has been calculating the overall footprint of the championship since its inaugural season, with a continual focus on lowering emissions.
 
Its emission reduction measures, including optimising transport and logistics, extending end-of-life options for lithium-ion battery cells and cutting out single-use plastics on site, led to Formula E becoming the first and only racing category to receive third-party ISO 20121 certification for sustainable events.
 
Unavoidable emissions from the past six seasons have now also been certified as offset through investment in Gold Standard and Verified Carbon Standard UN projects in line with the UNFCCC’s Clean Development Mechanism.
 
The projects selected are socially sustainable, advance renewable energy production and maximise the environmental benefits of electric cars, building on Formula E’s work to date to deliver positive, tangible legacies in race markets. (For the full list, see below).
 
Formula E is already thinking about how it can do even more to combat the global climate crisis. As such, on behalf of Formula E, CEO Jamie Reigle signed the UN’s EU 2030 letter released last week. The letter supports the UN’s global Race to Zero campaign for a decarbonised economy that guards against future threats, creates quality employment opportunities and nurtures inclusive, sustainable growth.
 
List of internationally certified offsetting projects:
 
China: biomass energy generation
Chile: landfill gas energy generation
Mexico: landfill gas energy generation
Argentina: wind power energy generation
Uruguay: wind power energy generation
USA: landfill gas energy generation
Malaysia: landfill gas energy generation
Morocco: wind power energy generation
- Renewable energy certificates in UKGermanyFranceItalySwitzerland and Russia
 
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In the aftermath of World War II, Ignas Peter Janavicius immigrated from Lithuania to Cleveland, Ohio. There, he worked as a mechanical engineer, but his true passion was cars, especially foreign sports cars. It seems fitting, then, that Ignas’s name and hometown will be emblazoned on the #80 Racing to End Alzheimer’s BimmerWorld BMW M4 GT4 during the two IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge races at Mid-Ohio this weekend.

 

The #80 BMW will feature the names and hometowns of more than 135 honorees who are battling or have battled Alzheimer’s. Ignas’s own battle with the disease lasted for a decade.

 

Ignas and his wife raised seven children in their home in Cleveland. Their youngest child, Paul, inherited his father’s love for cars and motorsports. “Dad battled Alzheimer’s for a long 10 years before passing away,” says Paul. “When I heard about what the Racing to End Alzheimer’s team was doing, I just thought it would be a touching tribute to my dad to have his name on the #80 BMW.”

 

The names on the car are more than just a moving tribute. They are also the primary way that Racing to End Alzheimer’s brings in donations to fund the care and fund the cure for Alzheimer’s. Donors give $250 to add the name and hometown of a loved one to the race car for the season. 

 

Since the inception of Racing to End Alzheimer’s in 2017, the non-profit has to date raised over $300,000, with 100% of the proceeds going to groups like UCLA’s Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program and the Nantz National Alzheimer Center at Houston Methodist Hospital. The ability to donate all proceeds is thanks to sponsors like Legistics. The company not only covers administrative fees but also matches every donation made, doubling its impact.

 

The memory of Ignas Peter Janavicius lives on in high-speed this weekend, as co-drivers Nick Galante and Dillon Machavern compete in two IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge races. The first one gets the green flag on Saturday, September 26 at 1:05pm ET, and the second race starts at 10:35am ET on Sunday. IMSA.tv and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold will both have live coverage.

 

Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that Skip Barber Racing School is now its “Official Racing School.” Founded by John “Skip” Barber over 45 years ago in 1975, the school has maintained its position as the gateway to motorsports since inception.

“As the only vintage racing organization with a national platform, we think Skip Barber is the perfect fit with us because of their national footprint,” said Tony Parella, SVRA CEO and majority owner of the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli.  “Their schools operate at many of the same tracks on our schedule, such as Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Circuit of the Americas (COTA), Sebring, Road Atlanta, and, of course, Lime Rock Park. This partnership expands our commitment to provide convenient, high-quality solutions to our members seeking racing licenses from an accredited school with a terrific history.”

Skip Barber Racing School has developed more winning racers than any other school in North America. Alumni have taken the podium in all facets of motorsports, including NASCAR, IndyCar, SCCA, SRO World Challenge, USAC, and IMSA. A full third of the drivers in the Indianapolis 500 starting field for the last 30 years have earned their licenses through Skip Barber. The list of champions at the sport's top levels includes Juan Pablo Montoya, Josef Newgarden, Danica Patrick, A.J. Allmendinger, Jeff Gordon, Colton Herta, and Ryan Hunter-Reay.

 “We are excited to join SVRA in our missions to support racers and offer world-class instruction to all experience levels,” said Anthony DeMonte, CEO of SBRS. “With a rich racing legacy to match the iconic cars competing in SVRA, SBRS offers multiple ways to serve SVRA members' needs, whether it is with a racing school license, progressive customer racing series, or a custom corporate event.”  

Skip Barber Racing School joins other top-brand companies on the growing list of SVRA partners. Among them are Jaguar, Land Rover, NetJets, Sunoco, Avis, Mazda Motorsports, Big Machine Vodka, Remington, TireRack.com, RACELOGIC, Cook Wealth Management, and Marathon Coach. SVRA's nationwide platform is at the heart of the organization's growth strategy. Sponsorship agreements with powerful brands are combined with the significant participation of legendary professional drivers and the high net worth demographic in the paddock for sponsorship attraction. This strategy provides three pillars for business expansion. Company officials report consistent annual triple-digit growth since 2012.

By Holly Cain
IMSA Wire Service
 
 
For most people, driving a race car is as high-energy, full intensity of a sport imaginable – the skill, the focus, the risk, all elements that draw a very certain brand of soul to its competitive clutches.
 
For IMSA driver Rob Ferriol, 43, auto racing is actually more of a calm, welcome diversion from a full-throttle life and career out of the driver’s seat. The former United States Marine and former civilian member of the United States Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) spent more than a decade in a career that required so many of the same character traits required for ultimate success in sports car racing.
 
With his unique and intriguing background, Ferriol may well be IMSA’s version of “The Most Interesting Man in the Paddock.”
 
Certainly Ferriol’s work in the military and afterward has been a vital asset in laying the groundwork for his new role as driver/owner of both the No. 30 Team Hardpoint/Audi R8 LMS GT3 car in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Daytona (GTD) class and the No. 31 Team Hardpoint Audi R8 GT4  in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge.
 
“The mental toughness, regardless which branch of the military, it’s all about discipline and staying focused on whatever your mission is at the time without any distractions or losing any mental toughness,’’ Ferriol explained. “So that definitely helps in a racing environment to focus on the car, focus on your performance, focus on your competitors and not be distracted by all the noise and chaos going on around on the track.’’
 
In fact, Ferriol said in some ways the mindset of a professional race weekend is similar to being deployed – albeit being sent into a sporting environment not to a dangerous military outpost. The focus must be resolute in both settings.
 
“When you deploy, everyone is there to be part of a singular mission and that’s all you do,’’ Ferriol said. “All your waking hours on deployment are focused on whatever your part of that mission is. You’re not worried about bills, you’re not worried about mowing the lawn or going to the grocery store. It’s day in and day out, doing the mission you’re there for, which in some ways, is what a race weekend is like.
 
“Everyone’s there to race, to compete. Everyone has their own role, but you’re all in it together and that’s all you are focused on. It’s very one-dimensional, but it’s cool. You’re so focused and everything else just kind of falls away.
 
“I haven’t deployed since 2009, but you hear a lot about people that deploy and come back from a deployment and kind of look to replace that spark. Just from my first weekend racing, I noticed this is a lot like behind deployed.
 
“This is so familiar and yet it’s relaxing at the same time.’’
 
In other words, it’s exactly the right combination of intensity and fulfillment for Ferriol; it tests the brain and rewards the heart.
 
A lifelong IMSA fan - even growing up in NASCAR’s backyard, Sumter, South Carolina - Ferriol only made his first concerted racing entrance in 2015, participating in “track days” at a racing school. He said he’ll always remember that first time on track, however, which he calls an “awakening.”
 
“If you’re someone like me that’s used to kind of busy-ness and chaos and things coming at you quickly, you get on a race track and it almost has a calming effect,’’ Ferriol said, noting the irony. “Early on, when I was growing my other business full-time, being on track became my form of yoga.
 
“It seems very counter-intuitive, but it was very therapeutic for me and I’m very competitive by nature.”
 
It would not take long for his competitors to see that.  Ferriol stood on the podium in his first two IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama races after finishing second at the historically tough Sebring International Raceway - prompting him to happily concede, ‘maybe there is something to this.’
 
One of his earliest driving coaches, IMSA star Spencer Pumpelly, saw something in Ferriol immediately and certainly appreciates the competitive benefits of Ferriol’s non-traditional background. So much so, that the two-time Rolex 24 At Daytona class champion is now co-driving with Ferriol in both IMSA series.
 
“I think the same qualities in Rob that probably made him so successful in the military - and then contracting for the military – the discipline, the dedication that has led to him being successful and being successful rather quickly in the racing world,’’ Pumpelly said. 
 
“I’m not 100 percent familiar with the military but I know there’s a lot of parallels between efficiency in the military and efficiency in car racing and I think because of Rob’s personality traits he’s been successful in both the arenas.’’
 
Pumpelly, a winning veteran who could team with anyone and race any kind of car, says he did not hesitate at the opportunity to co-drive with Ferriol. 
 
“He’s extremely dedicated to every aspect of racing whether it’s his craft behind the wheel or how good he is at grasping concepts of driving to his dedication to the behind-the-scenes things,’’ Pumpelly said. “He shows up prepared. He puts in the homework and does the simulator time. 
 
“You can tell when someone is talented but actually also wants to put all that energy and focus in the right place to be successful. And those are the type of people I want to be with.’’
 
While simultaneously running a successful business and owning cars and competing in two professional racing series, Ferriol – a father of three - has certainly proven himself – again - ready to step up to a task.  It’s a new uniform for the military veteran, but one he can also wear proudly.  
 
Ferriol and Pumpelly have earned two top-10 class finishes in four WeatherTech Championship races and are optimistic about the remaining portion of the schedule as they have more seat time and get more acclimated to the cars. They’re focusing their top-tier series efforts on the seven-race IMSA WeatherTech Sprint Cup season for GTD races two-hours and 40-minutes in length or shorter, in addition to the full Pilot Challenge campaign.
 
And this is just the beginning really.
 
“I did really well under some high pressure circumstances (working in the Special Operations Command) so it helped my overall confidence that no matter what you’re thrown into, focus and prepare and chances are, you can be just as successful as the next guy,’’ Ferriol said. “That was proven out to me during my time in the SOC community and when I started my own business over the next nine years.
 
“So now as a racing driver and new team owner, I look at these things as almost challenges, not from an ego standpoint, but that if other people can do it, I can do it. I set out to learn and prepare and be as disciplined and organized as possible.’’
 
As Pumpelly says, “We have the right person in charge.’’
After a near-three decade absence, Progressive American Flat Track returns to Devil’s Bowl Speedway, in Mesquite, Texas, on Friday, September 25, and Saturday, September 26, to launch the second-half of an epic Grand National Championship fight with the Roof Systems Dallas Half-Mile I & II presented by Law Tigers.
 
Expectations were sky high prior to the start of the 2020 campaign, as Briar Bauman (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) was set to defend his AFT SuperTwins presented by Vance & Hines crown against record-book smasher Jared Mees (No. 9 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750).
 
Those expectations have most certainly been met; between them, the two have accounted for seven of eight Main Event wins on the season while trading the championship advantage back and forth following each successive doubleheader. While reigning champion Bauman currently leads the way, Mees is in a strong position to keep that trend alive with just five points separating the two at the top of the order as they prepare to do battle on Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s high-banked black clay.
 
The weekend will carry extra importance for a number of riders; it’s the home race of Roof Systems, which is not only the title sponsor of the doubleheader but also a key backer of nearly twenty riders spread across the three classes.
 
Roof Systems boasts a high-profile presence in the premier category in the form of two front-running efforts, HCRR Racing / Ben Evans Racing, backed by Roof Systems of Dallas, Texas and the Roof Systems of Dallas, Texas racing team.
 
Both outfits come into Dallas having flashed considerable potential in ‘20. Brandon Robinson (No. 44 HCRR Racing/Ben Evans Racing Indian FTR750) captured two runner-ups in the last three races, Brandon Price (No. 92 Roof Systems of Dallas, Texas Indian FTR750) has run up front in the pack all season long and Dan Bromley (No. 62 Roof Systems of Dallas, Texas Indian FTR750) secured two top fives last time out at Williams Grove.
 
That increased emphasis will also be evident in the AFT Singles presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys class, where Roof Systems Racing ace Trent Lowe (No. 48 Roof Systems of Dallas, TX/Shoei Helmets Honda CRF450R) is fresh off the best ride of his young professional career.
 
Lowe pushed championship leader Dallas Daniels (No. 32 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F) to the checkered flag en route to his first-career Progressive AFT podium. He’d love to move up one step this weekend.
 
That said, it could prove difficult to beat Dallas Daniels in Dallas, Texas. The ultra-talented Daniels has blossomed into the title frontrunner in just his second pro season on the strength of three wins and a runner-up result in eight races this season.
 
Preseason championship favorites Henry Wiles (No. 17 RMR Honda/Honda Talon CRF450R) and Mikey Rush (No. 15 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F) are still within striking distance but would do well to not allow the fast-rising Daniels to pick up any more momentum.
 
The same could be said for reigning AFT Production Twins champ Cory Texter (No. 1 G&G Racing/Roof Systems Yamaha MT-07), ‘19 runner-up Ryan Varnes (No. 68 RVR/RoyBuilt Don’s Kawasaki Ninja 650), and Indy winner Ben Lowe (No. 25 Roof Systems of Dallas/Bruce Lowe Excavating Yamaha MT-07) regarding the streaking James Rispoli (No. 43 Latus Motors Racing Harley-Davidson XG750R).
 
Rispoli has won four of the class’ last five races and finished lower than second just once all season long. As a result, he’s assembled a 30-point advantage at the season’s midpoint while leaving his rivals scrambling for answers.
 
As always, spectator safety has been placed at a premium and Progressive AFT has worked closely with local health and government officials toward those ends. For more on the specific precautions being undertaken, please consult the Progressive AFT Events Health & Safety FAQ.
 
Tickets can be purchased at https://store.americanflattrack.com/ebooking/ticket/view/id/3128/#selectTickets. Admission has been limited in accordance with federal, state and local guidelines in order to promote a safe atmosphere and allow for proper social distancing. General Admission Grandstand tickets are $25 (kids 12 and under are free with the purchase of an adult admission) with a $10 multi-day discount is available for each pair of Friday/Saturday General Admission tickets purchased in advance. Premium General Admission Grandstand tickets have sold out for Saturday, but a limited number for Friday Premium GA Grandstand tickets remain.
 
The Main Event program is set to kick off at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT both evenings. Live coverage of the entire weekend’s racing activities will be available on any device for less than $1 per event via TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.
 
The Roof Systems Dallas Half-Mile I presented by Law Tigers will air on NBCSN on Saturday, October 3, at 3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT, and the Roof Systems Dallas Half-Mile II presented by Law Tigers will air on NBCSN later that same day at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT. The broadcasts will include exclusive features, cutting-edge aerial drone and onboard footage, and the expert commentary of Progressive AFT legend Chris Carr.

eNASCAR and ASUS today announced a new partnership for the remainder of the season for NASCAR’s premier sim racing esports series, the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series. As part of the agreement, ASUS becomes the “Official Gaming Hardware of the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series.” In its 11th season, the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series is the pinnacle of motorsports esports, featuring 40 of the world’s top sim racers in the most environmentally accurate racing experience.

 

“Our eNASCAR platforms are redefining fan engagement for our sport,” said Tim Clark, senior vice president and chief digital officer, NASCAR. “This series has grown exponentially through the support of the entire NASCAR community, and partnerships with internationally acclaimed brands like ASUS, with authentic connections to the league, legitimizes that growth.”

 

Through the agreement, ASUS will market its Republic of Gamers (ROG) product line during in-race broadcasts and on social media. ASUS produces innovative gaming hardware that provides gamers with leading performance, premium features, superior durability, and stylish design. Since 2006, ROG has played an active role in the global gaming community through partnerships at events and with gaming personalities as well as organizations.

 

“We’re thrilled to expand our partnership with eNASCAR to bring an unrivaled motorsports esports experience to racing professionals and their fans, both on the track and as a spectator,” said Yen Hoang, senior manager of brand marketing, ASUS North America. “As the new Official Gaming Hardware of the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series, we’re excited to share our most innovative products to aspiring sim racers and fans so they can compete at their best!”

 

Established in 1989, ASUS is a multinational company known for producing the world’s best motherboards and high-quality personal computers, monitors, graphic cards, routers and other technology solutions. Today, ASUS is dedicated to innovating, designing and building next-generation technology in order to provide incredible experiences that enhance the lives of people everywhere. From robust ASUS Education solutions in physical and virtual classrooms to powerful ProArt devices in movie studios and home offices, ASUS goes above and beyond the status quo to reimagine today’s smart life. The latest innovations from ASUS include world record-setting motherboards such as the Maximus XII Apex, ultra-fast and smooth Wi-Fi 6 connectivity with the gaming-ready RT-AX82U router, and unrivaled gaming hardware performance in products like the ROG Phone 3 and ROG Swift 360 Hz monitor.

 

The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series is the longest running officially sanctioned esports racing series. The series features some of the world’s best sim racers competing for more than $300,000, one of the richest payouts in esports racing competition. The elite series features NASCAR and professional esports teams, including those established by NASCAR Cup Series drivers William Byron, Austin Dillon and Denny Hamlin.

 

The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series will be back in action Tuesday, September 22 at virtual Las Vegas Motor Speedway at 9 p.m. ET on eNASCAR.com/live.

 

 

 The way Shawn Langdon sees it, he has a chance to make NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series history at the upcoming 51st annual AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, which takes place Sept. 25-27 at historic Gainesville Raceway.
 
Coming off a win at the prestigious U.S. Nationals, the former Top Fuel world champ can follow it with another massive victory at one of the biggest stops on the NHRA tour. After being postponed six months from its traditional March date, the Gatornationals will take place in September for the first time, presenting a unique opportunity for the stars in the NHRA who are eager to do something special in front of the always-passionate fanbase in Gainesville.
 
"I definitely think winning the U.S. Nationals gives us momentum going to the Gatornationals,” Langdon said. “(Kalitta Motorsports team owner) Connie (Kalitta) has won there the last two years and we have a lot of good data. This DHL Toyota dragster has been so close to winning, it was great to win the biggest race of the year. The Gatornationals is another 'major' for our sport. That track has a lot of history and to be able to go back-to-back with a U.S. Nationals win and then a Gatornationals win would be something no one has ever done before."
 
Richie Crampton (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car), Bo Butner (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are defending winners of an event that will be televised on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), including live finals coverage starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 27.
 
Langdon now pilots the 11,000-horsepower DHL dragster that Crampton took to the Gatornationals winner’s circle the past two years, giving him an added boost of confidence as he tries to track down teammate and points leader Doug Kalitta.
 
Jack Beckman leads the way in Funny Car following his U.S. Nationals victory, furthering Don Schumacher Racing’s run of dominance in the class. The DSR stable of Beckman, Ron Capps, Matt Hagan and Tommy Johnson Jr. have combined to win the last nine Funny Car races in the class, with Beckman slipping past J.R. Todd in Indy. Well aware of the vast history of the Gatornationals, the veteran knows how significant it would be to pick up a second Gatornationals victory in his 11,000-horsepower Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. With the NHRA’s traditional East Coast opener pushed back several months, he’s also excited to venture somewhere outside of Indianapolis to race for the first time since February.
 
“I love Indy, but it’s going to be fun to go to a different venue and I fully expect to see fans foaming at the mouth for drag racing,” Beckman said. “The fans in this area have been clamoring for this since March, so it’s going to be a lot of fun. You want to win every race you go to and it would be great to give Don a 10th straight victory. We lost the points lead for a race, so it felt good to come back and vindicate ourselves, and we’ll try to extend it in Gainesville.”
 
Reigning Pro Stock world champ Erica Enders has a similar mindset after she jumped back into the points lead with her U.S. Nationals victory. It’s just a slim seven-point advantage over Elite Motorsports teammate Jeg Coughlin Jr. and Jason Line is lurking just 11 points back, but Enders is feeling strong after a standout Indy performance in her Melling Performance Chevrolet Camaro. The best way to keep it going in her eyes would be picking up her first Gatornationals victory.
 
“Racing at Gainesville in the fall will definitely pose some different track conditions, but I’m excited about it,” Enders said. “With only five events left, every single round is going to count, and I think we’re all looking forward to racing there and being at a different venue. It’s a way different way to finish the year, and we’re excited. We have to continue to do our best to execute on Sundays, but my money is on us.”
 
Speaking of momentum, Pro Stock Motorcycle’s Scotty Pollacheck may have more than anyone entering the Gatornationals. The veteran earned his first career victory, qualified No. 1 and made his first 200 mph run, all at the U.S. Nationals. Things came together perfectly for a storybook weekend, but after tasing success on his Strustmasters.com EBR, Pollacheck doesn’t want it to end. He’ll head to Gainesville with the points lead and eager to race in the category’s first race outside of Indy during a wild and unprecedented 2020 season.
 
“There’s definitely a lot of excitement and Gainesville has always been one of the majors to me,” Pollacheck said. “ It’s just a great place and it’s truly exciting to go there coming off our first win. The bike has just been super consistent and working everywhere it needs to on the track. It’s just phenomenal to have a fast motorcycle like that. It gives you so much confidence. The competition in this class is so good, but Matt (Smith) is making great power with our engines, and we’re just in a really good spot heading to a premier place with great fans.”
 
The event will also feature the fourth race of the 2020 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series season. The race is presented by FuelTech, and the defending winner is Todd Tutterow, who knocked off reigning world champ Stevie “Fast” Jackson in the final round. The race also includes thrilling competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, where future stars of the sport hone their skills, as well as the SAMTech.edu Factory Stock Showdown Drag Racing Series and the Mickey Thompson Tires Top Fuel Harley Series.
 
On Friday, after the conclusion of Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series qualifying, and Saturday after the final professional qualifier, the two-car jet dragster team from Larsen Motorsports will light up the night sky over Gainesville Raceway with a thrilling high-speed exhibition.
 
Additionally, the Southeast Nostalgia Pro Stock Group will bring six vintage cars to Gainesville, highlighted by a match race between veteran Frank Teague, who currently pilots the Chevy Camaro that is a tribute to Jerry Eckman, and C.J. Curtis, who drives a 1994 Dodge Avenger that pays tribute to the car driven by two-time world champion Darrell Alderman. Also on display will be faithful recreations of Billy “the Kidd” Stepp’s Plymouth Duster, Don Campanello’s Camaro, and Hubert Platt’s Georgia Shaker Ford Maverick.
               
Mello Yello Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature two rounds at 11:45 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26. Final eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27. Television coverage includes qualifying action on FS1 at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26 and live eliminations beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27 on FS1.
 
A limited number of tickets are on sale now for AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. Tickets may be purchased by visiting NHRA.com or calling 800-884-NHRA.
   
 
(Courtesy of NHRA Communications)
The next major step in the introduction of LMDh prototypes to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the 24 Hours of Le Mans was taken today on the eve of this weekend’s 88th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
 
During the annual pre-event press conference in Le Mans, France, IMSA President John Doonan joined Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) President Pierre Fillon and FIA Endurance Commission President Richard Mille as details of the new LMDh car that will compete for overall wins at Daytona, Le Mans, Sebring and many major endurance races all over the world were confirmed.
 
“Since the announcement of the IMSA and ACO convergence back at Daytona in January, and the opportunity for a competitor to enter the same car at both the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship, we have received and responded to many specific questions from prestigious automakers,” Doonan said. “We’ve also had those same automakers very involved in the development of the LMDh regulations, and I think all of us are very encouraged and confident, that as we announce the final regulations today, it will bring more names to the table.
 
“Certainly, the top level of endurance sports car racing has now a very clear, tangible and very bright future. This is, quite frankly, very good news in this difficult global context.”
 
IMSA Technical Director Matt Kurdock and ACO Technical Director Thierry Bouvet then unveiled the specific technical details for the new LMDh car, which will feature hybrid engine technology. The estimated cost of a complete LMDh car, without the engine, is one million Euro ($1.1-1.2 million).
 
Major automotive manufacturers will work together with one of four approved chassis constructors – Dallara, Ligier, Multimatic or ORECA – to develop their LMDh race cars. Between the manufacturer’s internal combustion engine and a spec hybrid powertrain system, each LMDh car will have a combined power output of 500 kilowatts (just over 670 horsepower).
 
Minimum weight will be 1,030 kilograms (just over 2,270 pounds), with a maximum width of two meters (roughly six-and-a-half feet), a maximum length of 5.1 meters (16.7 feet) and a common wheelbase for all cars of 3.15 meters (10.3 feet). Each LMDh car will have advance upper body styling, allowing each automotive manufacturer to bring their own identity and styling cues, while each LMDh will have a controlled underfloor.
 
Bosch, Williams Advanced Engineering and Xtrac were introduced as hybrid powertrain suppliers for all LMDh cars.
 
“ACO and IMSA have led a collaborative effort along with the four chassis constructors and the three hybrid powertrain suppliers to come up with a common LMDh solution,” Kurdock said. “The Bosch motor is integrated with the Xtrac gearbox, while the Williams Advanced Engineering battery will be integrated with the Bosch motor controller. This is all in a compact assembly, which installs from underneath the survival cell in an isolated compartment from the driver.”
 
In January’s historic IMSA-ACO convergence announcement prior to the Rolex 24 At Daytona, it was announced that the LMDh regulations would take effect in 2022. Today’s announcement provides all manufacturers with the specific details they need to propose and develop LMDh programs, and it will be in the hands of the manufacturers to determine if programs can be launched by 2022 amid the global pandemic.
 
“I think this demonstrates effective work and collaboration between ACO and IMSA,” Fillon said. “Actually, we should have announced this in June had we not had the health crisis.”
 
“I think the efficiency of the process is a further reflection of the importance of this collaboration between IMSA and the ACO, and the future of endurance sports car racing,” Doonan added. “To have the same car be able to run at Daytona and Le Mans is an expectation of all of our manufacturer partners, and can you only imagine how this is going to make our fans feel?”
 
After struggling during the first two races of the 2020 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series season, Stevie “Fast” Jackson returned to his world championship form at the U.S. Nationals. With the next stop on the schedule a trip to where he made the quickest pass in NHRA Pro Mod history, Jackson may not be slowing down anytime soon.
 
Following a victory at the U.S. Nationals, the popular Jackson is ready to pounce at the upcoming AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, which takes place Sept. 25-27 at the historic Gainesville Raceway. He made an incredible run of 5.643-seconds in the final round in his blown Bahrain 1 Racing Camaro a year ago, setting the national record in the process, which happened to come in a losing effort after Todd Tutterow won on a holeshot. That leaves Jackson, the defending world champ, with a mix of emotions as he heads to Gainesville hoping to finish the job in 2020.
 
“My goal is not to lose another round of racing this year,” Jackson said. “I think we have a car that can run well in Gainesville and I want a Gatornationals win bad. These fans are passionate. I’ve always ran well there, and it is a special place for me.”
 
The race, which is presented by FuelTech, is the fourth event of the 2020 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series season and will be shown on Fox Sports 2 (FS2). Jackson is the most recent winner in the talent-filled class, finally getting everything to come together at the U.S. Nationals. That it came after he crashed his Camaro in testing the week before simply made the win that much sweeter.
 
It vaulted him into the points lead, giving him a slim three-point advantage over Jonathan Gray, who also has a race win in 2020. The likes of Kris Thorne and Chad Green, another race winner this season, Mike Janis and Jason Scruggs are also within striking distance, but Jackson is solely concerned with making sure his program is clicking. When it is, he’s proven to be difficult to beat in recent seasons.
 
“I got my mojo back in Indy and drag racing, like all sports, is a momentum-driven sport,” said Jackson, who has five wins in the last 14 Pro Mod races. “You need to have momentum when it comes to crunch time, and my team is fired up and ready to race for a championship. I was pretty bummed after the first two Indy races, but we bounced back with a strong showing and I drove like I needed to.”
 
The trip to Gainesville is special for Jackson in a number of ways. A lifelong Georgia Bulldogs fan, he joked it’s an opportunity to have success in Florida Gator territory, but he’s always enjoyed putting on a show at the historic facility. The traditional NHRA Pro Mod season opener was pushed back six months, but Jackson believes it’s only built up excitement among the fans as the Gatornationals take place in September for the first time ever.
 
“What has blown my mind is the fans’ thirst for the sport in a year like this,” Jackson said. “They’ve just been so excited to see us compete this year and that means a lot. When you add the glory and the passion of the Gatornationals, it just adds to it. The fans at this race have a hunger and passion for the sport and Pro Mod racing, and I’m proud to be a part of this class.”
 
FuelTech is the presenting sponsor for the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series race, as the class holds its first race outside of Indianapolis in an unprecedented 2020 season. Considered an industry leader, FuelTech has specialized in developing and manufacturing state-of-the-art performance engine management systems since 2003, becoming a product of choice for many of the top NHRA Pro Mod drivers.
 
Additional class sponsors for the stop in Gainesville include Brampton Pallet Management and Jay Santos of Ontario, Canada, who are supporters of Pro Mod racing in the U.S. and Canada, as well as T&E Auto Haulers, which is celebrating 40 years of making all-aluminum trailers for professional and sportsman racers, and Arrow Components of Minnesota, which has produced high-quality trailer accessories like awnings, cabinets, carts and benches for 25 years.
 
Featuring the world’s fastest doorslammer race cars, the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service offers something for every kind of hot-rodding enthusiast. The class is highlighted by historic muscle cars, as well as a variety of late model American muscle cars.
 
The first of two E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service qualifying sessions takes place at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, with the final session taking place at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26. The first round of Pro Mod eliminations is scheduled for 12:40 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27.
 
A limited number of tickets are on sale now for AMALIE Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. Tickets may be purchased by visiting NHRA.com or calling 800-884-NHRA.
 
(Courtesy of NHRA Communications)

 Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company, today announced its 2021 model-year lineup. The new lineup, which includes new model iterations, next-level technology upgrades, and a robust offering of genuine Indian Motorcycle accessories, is made available following the brand’s strongest sales quarter ever.

 

“We’re extremely motivated by the significant brand momentum we’re experiencing, and we’re as focused as ever to provide our riders with best-in-class products and experiences,” said Reid Wilson, Vice President of Indian Motorcycle. “Our riders are extremely discerning, with high expectations across the board and it’s incumbent upon us to stay on the cutting edge in style, performance, and technology. Our 2021 lineup additions and upgraded features are a result of the hard work and dedication we pour into every bike in the lineup.”

 

Developed in direct response to rider feedback, Indian Motorcycle’s 2021 enhancements and new offerings span across its Thunderstroke, PowerPlus and Scout lineups. 

 

Indian Thunderstroke and PowerPlus Models                                                              

Joining the Indian Motorcycle cruiser lineup is the new Indian Vintage Dark Horse. For riders who want timeless style with a mean attitude, the Indian Vintage Dark Horse comes with soft black leather bags and fully blacked-out styling. 

 

Featuring significant upgrades in 2021, the Roadmaster lineup is better than ever. Apple CarPlay® is now standard across the lineup, while Roadmaster Limited and Roadmaster Dark Horse models feature Indian Motorcycle’s all-new ClimaCommand Rogue heated and cooled seat with Ride Command integration. 

 

Joining the Roadmaster lineup is the Roadmaster Limited, which features gloss paint, chrome finishes, a modern fairing design, open front fender and slammed saddlebags. Meanwhile, the restyled Roadmaster Dark Horse includes fully blacked-out finishes for mean and modern attitude. Each model is powered by Indian Motorcycle’s powerful, air-cooled Thunderstroke 116 with premium features, including Metzeler Cruisetec® tires, lower fairings with adjustable airflow vents, heated grips and a push-button adjustable windshield. Standard amenities across the entire Roadmaster lineup include remote-locking saddlebags and trunk with over 37 gallons of combined storage, adjustable passenger floorboards, ABS, cruise control, keyless ignition, tire pressure monitoring and full LED lighting. 

 

Furthermore, the power buttons on the Chieftain, Roadmaster, Indian Springfield, and Indian Challenger models have been relocated to the switch cube on the handlebars to accommodate a new 12-volt charge port on the dash. The charge port conveniently provides riders with an opportunity to plug in and connect to a wider range of electronics. 

 

Innovative Technology
The 2021 lineup boasts new ride-enhancing technology, both as standard equipment and as an upgrade.

ClimaCommand Heated & Cooled Seat
In addition to being standard equipment on the Roadmaster Limited and Roadmaster Dark Horse, Indian Motorcycle’s new ClimaCommand heated and cooled seat is also available as an upgrade across all Thunderstroke models. New for 2021, the ClimaCommand seat is available in two style variations, Classic and Rogue, which has more modern, streamlined style. Additionally, the 2021 ClimaCommand seat now allows riders to adjust heating and cooling directly through the Ride Command infotainment system on select 2020 and 2021 models, offering riders a new, and easy way to manage comfort while on the road. With a low, medium, or high setting, the thermoelectric technology is used to independently cool or heat the rider and passenger seat, while a flexible graphene material allows the heating or cooling to disperse through the entire surface area of the seat. The non-perforated seat is 100% water resistant and highly durable. The ClimaCommand seat is available as an added accessory for all 2014 through 2021 Thunderstroke models, though 2020 and 2021 Chieftain and Roadmaster riders can integrate the seat within the bike’s Ride Command system.

Apple CarPlay®

Standard on all 2021 Roadmaster, Chieftain, and Indian Challenger models equipped with Ride Command with navigation. Apple CarPlay® delivers an easier, more customized level of control for music, navigation preferences, and mobile device information. 

 

Pathfinder Adaptive LED Headlight & Pathfinder S LED Driving Lights

Available as an accessory upgrade, Indian Motorcycle introduces the all-new Pathfinder Adaptive LED Headlight for most 2015-2021 Thunderstroke models, and Pathfinder S LED Driving lights for most Chieftain, Roadmaster, and Indian Challenger models. The all-new Pathfinder Adaptive LED Headlight senses the bike’s lean angle and activates individual LED projector beams to provide unprecedented visibility. With 15 individual beams, and featuring patented, cutting-edge technology that monitors the bike’s lean angle in real-time, the Adaptive Headlight delivers unmatched illumination of the road ahead – whether upright and traveling in a straight line or leaned over to carve a turn. In addition, the Pathfinder S LED Driving Lights can be added to complement the Pathfinder Adaptive LED Headlight. With the same superior LED illumination as the Pathfinder Adaptive LED Headlight, riders will benefit with even more nighttime visibility. 

                

PowerBand Audio

New for 2021, riders can now upgrade the Indian Challenger’s audio experience with PowerBand Audio quick release trunk amplified speaker kit.  When paired with PowerBand Audio Plus, this system delivers exceptional sound and clarity from high-output fairing and saddlebag speakers that are 50% louder than the Indian Challenger’s stock audio system.

 

                Touring & Comfort Accessories

In 2021, Indian Challenger riders can pack for the long haul and enjoy new touring amenities. The Indian Challenger quick release trunk adds 17 gallons of additional storage. Similar to the Indian Roadmaster trunk, the Indian Challenger trunk is lockable via key fob and can fit two full-face helmets.  When paired with the Slim Trunk Passenger Backrest Pad, passengers have up to 2 inches of additional room for comfort. 

 

For both Indian Challenger and Thunderstroke models, a new low-profile quick release padded sissy bar with low-profile passenger pad, is available to those who want added passenger comfort without sacrificing the bike’s low-profile and sleek styling. 

 

Additionally, Indian Challenger and Thunderstroke riders can add even more wind protection with taller accessory windshield options and added comfort with an extended reach seat, infinite highway pegs and a pinnacle heel shifter. For those riding two-up, a quick release passenger sissy bar, passenger backrest pad, and passenger floorboards add passenger comfort.

 

For Thunderstroke models, Indian Motorcycle offers a full package of comfort and passenger accommodations, including extended reach seat, mid-rise and 16-inch ape hanger handlebars, rider and passenger back rests, color matching quick release trunk, passenger arm rests and more. Indian Challenger riders can upgrade with mid-rise handlebars, a tinted curved windshield, and front highway bars.  

 

Performance Upgrades

Indian Motorcycle’s lineup of Thunderstroke performance accessories significantly modify the overall look, sound, and performance of each engine. The stage 1 slip-on exhaust, available in black or chrome, improves sound for both the Thunderstroke 111 and Thunderstroke 116. Indian Motorcycle’s stage 1 oval slip-on muffler kit and stage 1 performance air intake together increase horsepower by 4% with the Thunderstroke 111 and 8% with the Thunderstroke 116. By adding the stage 2 performance cams, riders will gain 13% more horsepower when compared to a stock Thunderstroke 111. The Thunderstroke 116 stage 2 performance kit, which includes cams, higher flowing fuel injectors and throttle body, produce a 17% horsepower boost when paired with both Stage 1 accessories. Riders can also upgrade any Indian Motorcycle model packing the Thunderstroke 111 with its Thunderstroke 116 stage 3 big bore kit, which produces 20% more horsepower when compared to a stock Thunderstroke 111. 

 

For Indian Challenger riders, the stage 1 slip-on muffler and PowerPlus stage 1 air intake improves sound and style. 

 

Paint & Pricing

·         Indian Vintage Dark Horse: Starting at $19,499, available in Thunder Black Smoke.

·         Indian Vintage: Starting at $20,499, available in Crimson Metallic, and Deepwater Metallic over Dirt Track Tan 

·         Indian Springfield: Starting at $21,999, available in Maroon Metallic over Crimson Metallic, and Thunder Black over Dirt Track Tan.

·         Indian Springfield Dark Horse: Starting at $22,499, available in Thunder Black Smoke, Sagebrush Smoke, and White Smoke.

·         Chieftain: Starting at $21,999, available in Thunder Black.

·         Chieftain Dark Horse: Starting at $27,999, available in Thunder Black Smoke, Ruby Smoke, and Titanium Smoke.

·         Chieftain Limited: Starting at $27,999, available in Thunder Black Pearl, and Radar Blue. 

·         Indian Challenger: Starting at $22,999, available in Thunder Black, and Titanium Smoke.

·         Indian Challenger Dark Horse: Starting at $27,999, available in Thunder Black Smoke, White Smoke, and Bronze Smoke.

·         Indian Challenger Limited: Starting at $27,999, available in Thunder Black Pearl, Ruby Metallic, and Deepwater Metallic.

·         Roadmaster: Starting at $29,999, available in Thunder Black Pearl, Maroon Metallic over Crimson Metallic, and Alumina Jade over Thunder Black.

·         Roadmaster Dark Horse: Starting at $29,999, available in Thunder Black Smoke, White Smoke, and Bronze Smoke.

·         Roadmaster Limited: Starting at $30,749, available in Crimson Metallic and Thunder Black Azure Crystal.

 

Indian Scout Models

Indian Motorcycle’s robust Scout lineup offers both classically-styled and modernly-mean designs. With a 61 cubic-inch (1000 cc) motor, delivering 78 horsepower, the Scout Sixty and Scout Bobber Sixty are each approachable and attainable with an MSRP starting at $8,999. Riders looking for more punch can opt for the 69 cubic-inch (1133 cc), 100 horsepower, engine in the Scout and Scout Bobber. 

 

This year’s 2021 Scout lineup receives a refresh with new paint colors – further enhancing the iconic style and lines of the bike. Colors like Stealth Gray on the Scout Bobber Twenty and Maroon Metallic Smoke on the Scout Bobber add to the aggressive, low profile look that riders love with Scout Bobber models.

 

Scout Accessories 

Already a robust line of genuine Scout accessories, Indian Motorcycle is adding even more in 2021. With all-new Scout touring parts, riders can turn their city cruiser into a capable long-haul touring machine. A Scout Bobber low or mid wind deflector protects riders from the elements, while heated grips for all 2017-2021 Scout models keep your hands warm in cold weather conditions. In addition, a new fairing bag and semi-rigid saddlebags add stylish storage options. Finally, a color-matched quick release fairing with a two-inch windshield is available for all Scout models in new 2021 colorways.

 

Indian Motorcycle’s Scout performance upgrades can seriously change the overall attitude of any Scout. Exhaust and muffler options change the aesthetic, while increasing horsepower by over 10% when paired with the performance air intake. Options include the stage 1 2-in-1 full exhaust system and the stage 1 shorty slip-on muffler kit – both available in chrome and matte black.

 

Paint & Pricing

·         Scout Sixty: Starting at $8,999, available in Thunder Black, and Ruby Metallic.

·         Scout Bobber Sixty: Starting at $8,999, available in Thunder Black, Thunder Black Smoke, Blue Slate Smoke, and Titanium Metallic.

·         Scout: Starting at $11,499, available in Thunder Black, Deepwater Metallic, White Smoke, and Maroon Metallic over Crimson Metallic.

·         Scout Bobber: Starting at $10,999, available in Thunder Black, Thunder Black Smoke, White Smoke, Alumina Jade Smoke, and Maroon Metallic Smoke.

·         Scout Bobber Twenty: Starting at $11,999, available in Thunder Black, Thunder Black Smoke, Stealth Gray, and Sagebrush Smoke.

 

Thunderstroke and Scout models are arriving at dealerships now, and 2021 Indian Challenger models will ship in October. Riders can learn more or test ride by visiting a local Indian Motorcycle dealership. For more information on the 2021 lineup, or to find the nearest dealer, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

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