Estenson Racing is pleased to welcome Tommy Hayden as its Director of Racing Operations. Hayden brings with him a wealth of experience in the motorcycle racing world, and he is a key addition to the rapidly-growing team. In his new position, Hayden will oversee the team’s race operations, including everything from the nuts and bolts of the team, to the marketing efforts with sponsor relations and sponsorship development.
"I have become more and more excited about this project every day that has passed since making the decision to join Estenson Racing,” said Hayden. “To think back over the years on everything I have been involved with in the motorcycle racing industry and now for it to come full circle back to flat track where it all started, it puts a smile on my face. With a five-rider team, it is going to be a big project to get the infrastructure built and everything put together in the short amount of time before the first race in Daytona, but I am confident that we will show up there ready to compete at a high level."
The eldest brother of the well-known Hayden family, Tommy has been involved in racing his entire life. In addition to two AMA Supersport Championships (2004-2005), Hayden amassed 34 wins in the U.S. National road racing championship (now MotoAmerica), eight of which were in the Superbike series. More recently, Hayden was the Global Road Racing Manager for Monster Energy.
“I’m so excited to have Tommy on board,” said Tim Estenson, team owner of Estenson Racing. “After working together for a couple of weeks, I’ve already elevated his role to Director of Race Operations. It all came together for me from the understanding of his history as a successful racer and his background with marketing and sales, it made sense to make him the manager of the whole program.”
For 2019, Estenson Racing has more than doubled in size with five riders and plans to compete in all three classes of American Flat Track. With its partnership with Attack Performance, Estenson Racing will make its first foray into MotoAmerica with JD Beach in Superbike.
The 2019 Dakar quest of David Bensadoun and his co-driver Patrick Beaulé of the ALDO Racing Team, is over. The difficult terrain and multiple traps set for the 41st edition of the rally-raid were some of the most brutal ever seen. Adding to this was the fact that ALDO Racing was breaking in their new car, which was twice afflicted by mechanical woes. These afflictions are no fault of South African car manufacturer Century Racing, as the car spent too much time on the ocean blue travelling from South Africa to America, then a return trip from America to Asia for participation in the Silk Way Rally, that did not materialize. Finally, a trip to France before the last ocean cruise to Peru. The moist ocean air will have done most of the work to corrode the ignition distributor. The corrosion eventually caused the team's retirement on Day 3.
"Unfortunately, we had major electrical/fuelling problems starting at race kilometre 50 of Special Stage 3 and when we entered the dunes at kilometre 60, it just got worse," said David Bensadoun. "Engine power kept cutting out. We tore the car apart looking for the problem but could not immediately find the source".
30th in the car class prior to their retirement
Starting from Lima in 66th position in the car class, ALDO Racing lost six spots when they reached Pisco at the end of the first Special Stage. On day 2, the Canadian team made a giant leap, jumping to 38th position in class after checking in correctly at the eight Way Points on its way to San Juan de Marcona. After clocking in on Way Point 2 on Day 3, Bensadoun and Beaulé were 30th in class before encountering the problem that led to their retirement.
Because this Dakar is so tough on the cars, event organizers allowed participants who had retired from the rally in the first week, to re-enter the race after rest day on Saturday, January 12. Well rested, David and Patrick were back on the road on Sunday for a semi-marathon race with its own standings.
Dakar, Take 2
The ALDO Racing CR6 was back on the sandy trails of Peru to compete in the second half of the Dakar.
"We entered Special Sector 6 at 1 p.m. on Sunday and had a clutch failure in the Tanaka desert around 2 p.m.," continued Bensadoun. "With the help of our team, we removed the transmission and replaced the broken clutch pressure plate. We then had to navigate our way out of the desert in pitch black around 9:30 p.m.! Because of the crazy dunes and soft sand, it took us two hours to drive four kilometres in the dark before reaching a highway. Since we received help from our crew, we knew we would be excluded.
"We wanted adventure and we got it. It's always sad to be out but we have new stories to tell and we feel we tried everything to stay in. The Dakar is always tough, but this year's edition is just brutal."
The 2019 Dakar continues until Thursday, January 17 when a festive crowd in the Capital City of Lima will acclaim the grand winners. Until then, fans can still follow the Dakar Rally live onhttps://gaps.dakar.com/2019/dakar/aso/ukie.
The participation of ALDO Racing in the Dakar 2019 is the result of a partnership with the ALDO Group, E.F. Walters, Stingray, SAJO, Vitesse Transport Corporation, the OEC Group and Fesh-Fesh Investments.
Daytona International Speedway and Wayne Taylor Racing, which will field a star-studded driver lineup for the 2019 Rolex 24 At DAYTONA, have created an exciting new limited ticket offer for fans attending the 57th anniversary of North America’s most prestigious sports car race on Jan. 26-27.
The 2019 Rolex 24 At DAYTONA with Wayne Taylor Racing ticket package, available for $150 per ticket, includes:
· A four-day wristband that provides access to the infield and frontstretch seating (Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 24-27) as well as garage and UNOH Fanzone access.
· Question-and-answer session with all four No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R. drivers (Jordan Taylor, Renger van der Zande, Fernando Alonso and Kamui Kobayashi) on Friday, Jan. 25 at 1:30 p.m.
· An autographed Wayne Taylor Racing hero card signed by all four of the team’s drivers.
For fans that have already purchased their four-day Rolex 24 wristband and want to add to their experience, a limited amount of upgrades are available for $40 per person.
To purchase this limited 2019 Rolex 24 At DAYTONA with Wayne Taylor Racing ticket package, fans can visitor call 1-800-PITSHOP.
Wayne Taylor Racing was formed in 2007 by endurance racing legend and two-time Rolex 24 champion Wayne Taylor and captured the overall Rolex 24 title in 2017. The team annually brings a championship-contending driving lineup to DIS and the 2019 edition of the Rolex 24 is no different. Behind the wheel of the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R. will be 2017 Rolex 24 champion Jordan Taylor, two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso, two-time 24 Hours of Le Mans podium finisher Kamui Kobayashi, and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship veteran Renger van der Zande.
Tickets for the 57th Rolex 24 and other Daytona International Speedway events can be purchased online ator by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on , , , , and , and by downloading , for the latest Speedway news throughout the season.
For the first time since the historic .363-mile track opened in 1951 Hickory, N.C., native, GMS President and former HMS competitor Mike Beam - along with racing historian Phil Combs - have joined forces to host the inaugural 2019 Hickory Motor Speedway Reunion on Saturday, January 19 at the GMS Racing shop located on West Aviation Drive in Statesville, N.C.
Drivers, crew members, and track officials from every decade of the track's existence are expected to attend the event. Over 100 former drivers are expected to attend headlined by former track champions such at Tommy Houston and NASCAR Hall of Fame drivers Ned Jarrett and Jack Ingram.
VIP guests will be allowed to enter at 10 a.m. with doors opening at 11 a.m. for the general public. A limited number of Hickory Motor Speedway posters courtesy of Hickory Motor Speedway and hero cards will be available. Fans will receive a ticket upon admission that can be redeemed for a poster or hero card during the event. Tickets will be distributed on a first come-first served basis only.
Highlighting the day's activities will be an unveiling of a car driven by the late Butch Lindley which Beam served on the crew for in the 1970s at HMS. A memorial service for former HMS competitor Clarence Ogle will also be held. Food vendors will be on site, and a driver autograph session will be held during the day.
Schedule of events:
10 a.m. VIP/Media Meeting
11 a.m. Doors open for fans and the general public
11:20 a.m. Opening remarks from Mike Beam and Phil Combs
11:25 a.m. Invocation by HMS chaplain John Abernathy & National Anthem
11:30 a.m. Remarks from HMS Promoter Kevin Piercy
11:35 a.m. Unveiling of Butch Lindley car
Noon Clarence Ogle Memorial Service
12:30 p.m. HMS Organized Pictures
A. HMS Past Late Model Track Champions
B. All past HMS track champions
C. All former Busch Series/Late Model Sportsman Drivers
D. Current & Former Miss HMS Beauty Queens
E. All previous HMS officials and employees
1 p.m. Autograph Session (Collect tickets & distribute Posters & Hero Cards in front of line)
Orange County New York is home to one of racing’s hidden gems and a true historic site, a ⅝ mile dirt track located in the heart of the Town of Wallkill that has been continuously operated since 1919, making it the oldest in the nation. While New York state plays host to a number of dirt short tracks, none have as rich or interesting a history as what has long been known as “The Orange County Fair Speedway.”
At the time of the first automobile race on August 16, 1919, “OCFS” was known as “The Harry Clay Oval.” It had been constructed in 1857 at the Orange County Fairgrounds as a horse racing track. Despite the existence of older horse tracks, The Harry Clay Oval/OCFS may be the oldest continuously operated racing facility in the world. Starting in 1913, auto racing enthusiast, George Martin lobbied to bring cars to the track, eventually succeeding in 1919 assembling a field of drivers for a crowd of 5,000.
That first race, run mostly by cars with Duesenberg motors, was won by James Benedict of Katonah, NY, driving the “Benedict Special”. To Martin’s relief, the races were a huge success, with fair directors admitting that by next year, they’d need to accommodate a much larger crowd.
Auto racing at OCFS would continue regularly for the next 100 years, excluding a short government mandated break during WWII due to metal and gasoline conservation efforts. In 1946, full time racing returned to the newly dubbed “Victory Speedway,” now officially an auto racing track featuring “American Racing Drivers Club” sanctioned Midget Car racing. Stock car racing officially began at the speedway on September 18, 1948 as Rocky Dinatale is credited with the first-ever stock car win. The first fully contested championship season began on April 16, 1950 and the first race of the season was won by Tex Enright driving the no. 407 Modified coupe. Eventually, Victory Speedway would transition into being known as “The Orange County Fair Speedway” as it is still today.
Now, in 2019, the track referred to by some as “The Hard Clay” or “The House of Power” features some of the most exciting racing action you’ll see in the country. Many racing legends like Mario Andretti competed in Middletown early in their careers. Even Nascar stars like Tony Stewart are known to make yearly appearances, but all season long, local grassroots stock car teams can be seen giving their all in 850+ HP V8 powered Dirt Modified race cars, battling for the OCFS Championship. For around the same price as a night at the movies, your family can witness this spectacle that has captivated fans for 100 Years.
Orange Motorsports and Entertainment, the new managing company at OCFS as of 2018, will celebrate this hundredth season with a special 3-day Centennial event in August as well as specially curated, year-long tributes to OCFS’ history and legendary cast of drivers, car owners, car builders and track personalities. Weekly events will feature live music at “The 31st Lap Tavern” the track bar where fans and racers meet for drinks, delicious food and of course some racing talk after the night’s events. Fans of racing, history, Americana, car culture, classic cars or just those looking for a fun night out with the family will be treated to a season steeped in nostalgia, local history and the finest racing you’ll see at this newly upgraded facility.
2018 saw the restoration of OCFS’ half covered grandstand, the addition of party deck seating with high top tables for four, new turn 4 bleachers, new restrooms, new VIP areas, new official merchandise store, the return of the “Super DIRTcar Series” and more. With last year’s upgrades, OCFS offers a more comfortable experience for all in this unprecedented anniversary season. It all starts the first weekend in April, 2019 with The Short Track Super Series’ “Hard Clay Open,” followed by the OCFS 100th Anniversary Season Opener on Saturday, April 13th. For a preview of the season to come, fans are encouraged to attend our 2019 Motorsports Show on March 23rd - 24th where they can get up close and personal with the cars, drivers and teams.
For a full schedule of speedway events and news, visit the official site at orangecountyfairspeedway.com and follow @ocfsracing on Instagram and Facebook for daily posts, giveaways, breaking news and exciting video content.
The Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires will feature enhanced coverage on Road to Indy TV as it enters its 10th year as one of the most successful driver development programs in the world. Road to Indy TV debuted in 2014 providing behind-the-scenes access and exposure to drivers, teams and personnel on the ladder system in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship.
The collaboration between Andersen Promotions and Pro Racing Group to form Road To Indy TV has resulted in a number of firsts, including Road to Indy becoming the first American racing series with a dedicated broadcast channel on demand – currently available on Apple TV, Amazon Fire and Roku – and the first open-wheel series to have an official App on Xbox One.
The 2019 season of Road to Indy TV will continue to see further enrichments with more coverage delivered directly to fans including live content on race weekends streamed to Road to Indy TV’s 300,000+ followers on Facebook. The segments will bring the paddock to the fans and provide live updates throughout events of everything Road to Indy.
Road to Indy TV will continue to produce full post-race highlight shows and Season 6 will now see sections of the shows posted on social media every other day in the week following a race with the full episode available on the Road To Indy TV App, website and dedicated broadcast channels. The shows will provide more screen time opportunities for drivers as they host various segments in the expanded format.
A new partnership between Road to Indy TV and TSOLadder.com Presented by Cooper Tires – which provides dedicated coverage of the Road to Indy – will be an integral part of the shows, bringing new storylines and programming including a new “False Grid” podcast that will help fans learn more about drivers on the Road to Indy in addition to the latest news for each series.
“With today's media, we at Pro Racing Group understand that the consumer wants the product immediately,” said JP Manterola, Road To Indy TV Executive Director and founder of Pro Racing Group. “If not, the interest gets lost. That is why we have chosen to move into live content during the race weekends and to increase the frequency of the edited TV show with shorter segments that are released every other day. We are greatly enhancing our social media presence in 2019 and look forward to the addition of our partnership with TSO Ladder.”
Road to Indy TV will also continue with live streaming and live timing coverage of Road to Indy race weekend on-track sessions on the Road to Indy TV App which, in addition to the Road to Indy arcade-style game, are available as free downloads at the App Store (iPhones) and Google Play (Android).
“Our goal when we started Road to Indy TV was to provide an avenue of additional exposure for all of our drivers, teams and partners and the tremendous competition we have across the three series,” said Dan Andersen, Owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions. “JP and his team at Pro Racing Group continually strive to enhance our initial vision and continue to knock it out of the ballpark on this project.
“Adding drivers as hosts is a win-win as fans can get to know the drivers and drivers gain experience in front of the camera, which furthers our efforts in off-track training to prepare drivers as they move up the ladder. Bringing TSO Ladder into the loop, who have been so supportive of our series with great coverage, will provide a new perspective. We look forward to showcasing what should be another exciting season of racing with Road to Indy TV.”
The 2019 Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires season will kick off with its traditional Spring Training on March 2-4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway followed by the season-opener March 8-10 on the streets of St. Petersburg.