Saturday, Oct 23
Adam Sinclair

Adam Sinclair

Adam has been a race fan since the first time he went through the tunnel under the Daytona International Speedway more than 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. 

Contact Adam: Email  

  

 

Keegan Leahy outlasted the Championship 4 field at virtual Texas Motor Speedway on Tuesday night, clinching his first eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series championship in a thrilling close to the 2021 season. With a total purse of more than $300,000 in play for the season, Leahy took home the champion’s share of $100,000 by taking the checkered flag.

 

“It’ll take me about a month to process this, I’m sure,” an elated Leahy said after taking his third win of the season. “My whole family is watching this. This is so huge to me, I’m sure it’s huge to 23XI, I don’t know where to start. My plan, which I think worked, was just to save tires until (Logan Clampitt) got to me, and hope we had even cars when he got to me. Thank you everybody, thank you to Denny Hamlin for believing me, I can’t name everybody, but thank you all so much!”

 

Alongside his 23XI Racing teammate Mitchell deJong, William Byron eSports’ Logan Clampitt, and Letarte Esports’ Bobby Zalenski, Leahy was one of four drivers looking to win his first series championship in a season that saw 14 different race winners this season. The premier sim racing series, the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series concluded its 12th season and continues to be one of the longest running esports series.

 

“We’ve seen incredible growth in the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series over the past couple of years and this year was no different,” said Nick Rend, Managing Director of Gaming and eSports, NASCAR. “With new teams and more intense racing from the top sim racers in the world, the 2021 season continued to build fan interest globally and is a testament to iRacing’s commitment and leadership in the eSports realm.”

 

In its first season as the championship event, Texas Motor Speedway turned up the competition among the Championship 4 competitors. With $100,000 on the line, deJong and Leahy qualified on the front row and held the top two spots through the first set of green flag pit stops. After waiting in second through the early stages, Leahy got a run on deJong down the backstretch and took over the lead for the first time on Lap 92.

 

Following a second set of green flag pit stops, Leahy returned to the top spot on Lap 127, cycling back into the lead as Clampitt climbed his way from the 16th row on the grid to second place in the closing stages. Clampitt tried to line up the field behind him to get a push to the lead, but Leahy’s advantage proved to be too much to overcome in the caution-free race.

 

“iRacing is proud to congratulate Keegan Leahy on winning this year’s eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series title,” said Anthony Gardner, President iRacing.com Motorsport Simulations. “In our biggest and most exciting eNASCAR season yet, and a year where 14 different drivers won races, this year’s championship was the hardest-fought yet. We’re grateful to NASCAR, Coca-Cola, and all of our partners for their support through a thrilling season and can’t wait to do it all again next year!"

 

Leahy’s championship was the first title for 23XI Racing, which concluded its first season in the series, and took its first real-world NASCAR Cup Series win with Bubba Wallace at Talladega Superspeedway earlier this month. Leahy tallied three wins, five top-five and nine top-10 finishes. Between Leahy and deJong, who finished fifth, 23XI Racing also clinched the team championship.

 

For more information on the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series and to watch past series races, visit www.eNASCAR.com. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.

 

After more than four decades of racing around in circles, Tony Stewart has embarked on a straight and narrow path, albeit at more than 300 mph.

 

The championship-winning racecar driver who has successfully transitioned to being a championship-winning team owner is joining the NHRA in 2022. His eponymous team, Tony Stewart Racing (TSR), will field two fulltime entries – one in Top Fuel for nine-time event winner Leah Pruett and one in Funny Car for 39-time event winner Matt Hagan.

 

The manufacturer and the team’s technical alliance associate, along with corporate partners, will be announced at a later date.

 

“When I retired from fulltime driving I said it wasn’t the end, but the beginning of a new chapter. This is proof of that,” said Stewart, who also co-owns Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series with machine tool magnate Gene Haas.

 

“I appreciate all forms of racing and I’ve always been intrigued about drag racing and NHRA, in particular. Back in 2009 when Tony Schumacher and I were both representing the U.S. Army, I got to hang out with him and Don Schumacher at the U.S. Nationals. Tony ended up winning and after taking it all in, I was hooked. But it wasn’t until I met Leah and started going to races regularly, where I saw the strategy and the preparation firsthand, that I truly understood it.”

 

Stewart has been a regular at NHRA events since last year when he and Pruett began dating. They are now engaged, with the couple set to be married in November after the season finale in Pomona, California.

 

“Beginning with Don Schumacher, I’ve probably annoyed everyone in the paddock with all the questions I’ve asked, but the more I learned about drag racing, the less I wanted to just be a spectator,” Stewart said. “I want to be an integral part of it. And I don’t do things halfway. I go all in. But I’m smart enough to know that I don’t need to be a rookie owner and a rookie driver, so I made sure to get two of the best NHRA drivers in Leah and Matt. I’m going to lean on their experience so we can hit the ground running in 2022.”

 

TSR was formed in November 2000. Since its inaugural season in 2001, TSR has earned 27 owner championships – 14 in USAC, nine in the World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Car Series, and four in the All Star Circuit of Champions TQ Midgets. TSR will continue its sprint car program, which is headlined by 10-time WoO champion Donny Schatz. TSR’s NHRA and sprint car entries will operate out of its existing 25,000-square-foot facility in Brownsburg, Indiana.

 

“I’m new to the NHRA, but I’m not new to motorsports,” Stewart said. “We have good infrastructure in place and we’re used to building things from the ground up. It makes success that much more rewarding.”

 

Pruett is currently in her 25th consecutive season competing in NHRA, which began in the series’ Jr. Drag Racing League as an 8-year-old. She won the 2010 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series championship in the Nostalgia Funny Car class and has spent the last eight years advancing her way through Top Fuel. However, the Redlands, California-native is not confined to NHRA’s top class. The 33-year-old Pruett has pulled double duty for a number of years by also competing fulltime in the NHRA Factory Stock Showdown, winning the title in 2018 for Don Schumacher Racing (DSR).

 

“I’m an NHRA lifer and nitro racing is my passion,” Pruett said. “Don Schumacher gave me an incredible chance when we teamed up back in 2016. I’ve learned a lot from him and he’s made me a better driver. He helped me take a massive step in my career and this opportunity with TSR affords another big step. I’m forever grateful to all the individuals who I’ve been able to work alongside with at DSR. Don’s mentoring has prepared me for this new endeavor in more ways than just on the track.”

 

Hagan is the three-time and reigning Funny Car champion (2011, 2014 and 2020). He joined DSR in 2009 and currently leads the point standings with only three races remaining. The 38-year-old from Christiansburg, Virginia, balances wrangling an 11,000-horsepower Funny Car down a 1,000-foot straightaway with wrangling cattle on his 3,200-acre farm.

 

“I got my start at 13 drag racing a four-wheeler. Went from that to sneaking cars off my dad’s lot and returning them with the transmissions nearly gone. I’ve loved going fast my whole life – from Pro Mod to finding where I thrive in the driver’s seat of a Funny Car,” Hagan said.

 

“Don Schumacher has been a huge chapter in my racing career. We’ve won a whole lot of trophies and multiple championships together over the years, and that’s because of the incredible team he’s placed around me and the opportunities that he’s given us to be successful.

 

“This next chapter with Tony Stewart is one I’m excited for. I’m ready to go racing. That’s what I’m here to do. I’m jumping into this new program with two feet and I’m confident in the package we’re bringing into the 2022 season with TSR. Let’s make some history.”

 

While Hagan’s future is set, he is intently focused on the present.

 

“Don Schumacher has been great to me and my goal this year is to deliver him another Funny Car championship,” Hagan said. “We’re in a dogfight and a lot can happen in three races. I want to go out on top.”

 

TSR will make its NHRA debut during the 2022 season opener Feb. 17-20 at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Those interested in partnering with TSR for its inaugural NHRA season can contact the team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

The Racers Group fields TWO solid entries at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for SprintX. Derek DeBoer and Spencer Pumpelly double down on their SprintX podium assault in TRG’s #66 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport, while Dr. Jim Rappaport introduces teammate, Todd Hetherington, to the Brickyard in patriotic TRG #17. A Porsche Club veteran, Todd will be driving together with the team in all of 2022 and this will be a fantastic Indy introduction for him.

The Racers Group is thrilled to announce its team for the headliner event, the Pirelli GT-4 Indy 8-hour Challenge: Derek DeBoer and Spencer Pumpelly will be joined by TRG Alumnus, Andy Lally, behind the wheel of TRG’s #66. Andy and Spencer are fellow TRG Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona endurance champions, and Derek and Andy drove last year’s Indy 8-hour for TRG. Andy was a stalwart with the TRG success from 2005-2011 at a time when the synergies amongst all yielded multiple championships—as well as two victories—at the 24 hours of Daytona.

Endurance  — TRG’s Got it!

TRG’s record in endurance racing is unsurpassed by any independent sports car team in history. 13 podiums and 4 victories (once overall) at the 24 hours of Daytona, victory of the 24 hours of Le Mans and Petite LeMans, as well as countless other victories at endurance-style races throughout the US. This team knows how to win and is looking forward to getting back to its core strengths. Team owner Kevin Buckler, is eager to get back on “The Box”

Team TRG’s endurance chops are enhanced by 7 year veteran, Derek DeBoer, who is also well-acquainted with the tenacity required. Derek and Andy teamed up for TRG in the inaugural Indy 8-Hour last year. Derek also competed in 2015’s Rolex 24, placed 2nd in the California 8 Hour Challenge and finished on the podium in the intimidating 25 Hours of Thunderhill in California.  

 


Derek DeBoer

“There’s no better place than Indianapolis to finish our season on the right foot. The entire TRG team and our partners, including LaSalle Solutions, have put in such great effort this season; and Spencer and I are feeling ready to deliver a win. Also look for a livery change as we are representing the Pink Board Project and bringing awareness to cancer. Lots of new companies jumped in this weekend to support that cause so you’ll see them riding alongside the #66 to pick up the first win for the season! Once Spencer and I are all done with our final sprint X rounds we can change our focus to the eight hour. We have lots of unfinished business there and couldn’t be more excited about Andy Lally joining our team to make what we think will be an unbeatable trio!”
—Derek DeBoer

Derek DeBoer will be driving #66/LaSalle Solutions / FASTLIFE.TV / BRM / AutoLeadStar / Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport with co-drivers Spencer Pumpelly and Andy Lally
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Spencer Pumpelly

“TRG has had a lot of close-calls and near misses in the 8 hours as far as making it to victory lane. Hopefully this will be the year we finally do it. With Andy Lally joining Derek and myself, this should be our best chance ever. I know the car is good and the TRG crew is up to the task of endurance racing. Come Sunday afternoon, we expect to be ‘kissing the bricks’.”
—Spencer Pumpelly

Spencer Pumpelly will be driving #66/LaSalle Solutions / FASTLIFE.TV / BRM / AutoLeadStar / Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport with co-driver Derek DeBoer.
Read Spencer's Bio


Andy Lally

“Indianapolis is such an amazing place to win and as we head there with a great line up, I can’t wait to get on track and see how we stack up against the competition. Eight hours of multi-class racing will certainly demand top notch car prep and excellent strategy in order to win and I think we have an awesome opportunity ahead of us!”
— Andy Lally

Andy Lally will be driving #66/LaSalle Solutions / FASTLIFE.TV / BRM / AutoLeadStar / Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport with co-drivers Derek DeBoer and Spencer Pumpelly.
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Dr. Jim Rappaport

"To race at Indianapolis is a great thrill. This is the 2nd year that I've had that privilege!
Last year ended with Derek Deboer and me scoring 2nd in the national standings and Derek, Andy Lally and me finishing 5th in the 8 hour Enduro world championship. Last year, we had the good fortune of two hours of rain but the misfortune of 2 flat tires.
I'm Looking for some more rain this year and some more luck. Love this team...life is definitely good when I am hanging with Robert, Todd, Kevin, Derek, and Spencer!"
— DR. JIM RAPPAPORT

Dr. Rappaport will be driving #17 TRG /Silver State Medical Consultants / LienStar / Westpark Capital / LaSalle Solutions / Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport, with co-driver Todd Hetherington.
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Todd Hetherington

“I simply will say, TRG and all the folks surrounding me have been so gracious and accommodating.   My journey in Motorsports has been fast-tracked and grown into way more than just a race. Lifelong friends … places visited … people met and opportunities abound. This team and network of friends is amazing. I'm very pleased and happy to be part of dreamers, fighters, and top-graded people. Only in America, God Bless the USA.”
— TODD HETHERINGTON

Todd Hetherington will be driving #17 TRG /Silver State Medical Consultants / LienStar / Westpark Capital / LaSalle Solutions / Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport, with co-driver Dr. Jim Rappaport.

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Kevin Buckler 
Founder and CEO of the Racers Group

I’m very pleased and excited to bring TRG back to Indy for a jam-packed weekend of SprintX and endurance racing.

Derek and Spencer have worked so hard on their driving this year and have seen some incredible improvements and a well-deserved second-place in the Sprint X championship. Dr. Jim and Todd have quickly developed a great partnership in #17—as well as a pretty good mutual admiration society. I look forward to seeing how their synergy continues to develop at "The Brickyard" and into 2022.

I am absolutely thrilled that we were able to capitalize on this opportunity to run the Pirelli GT-4 Indy 8-Hour Challenge with 3 endurance veterans: Derek DeBoer, Spencer Pumpelly and Andy Lally. As things came together over the last few weeks, it was a pretty short conversation and we all decided it was time to jump in together on the 8 hour. It’s fantastic to have Andy back on board and I know this is a lethal lineup. 

I don’t know why, but from early on I was always fascinated with the endurance races and how complex everything was...more like chess rather than checkers. I ran my first Daytona 24 hours in 1995 and we continued for 22 straight years and I’m proud that we have earned one of the best records in endurance racing history.

This weekend's diverse race schedule requires the ultimate “teamwork” and we’re going to do everything we can to put our best resources together to give Derek, Spencer and Andy, and Dr. Jim and Todd a shot at a victory here. We are ready!

Read Kevin's Bio

Indianapolis SprintX and
Indy 8-hour Schedule

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2021
12:00 PM Pirelli GT4 America SprintX Paid Bronze Test Session
1:35 PM Pirelli GT4 America SprintX Practice 1
4:15 PM Pirelli GT4 America SprintX Practice 2

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2021
11:45 AM Pirelli GT4 America SprintX Qualify Driver 1
12:05 PM Pirellit GT4 America SprintX Qualify Driver 2
2:00 PM Indianapolis 8 Hour Paid Test Session
5:00 PM Pirellit GT4 America SprintX Race 1

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2021
9:20 AM Indianapolis 8 Hour Paid Bronze Test Session
11:20 AM Indianapolis 8 Hour Free Practice
2:35 PM Pirelli GT4 America SprintX Race 2

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2021
8:30 AM Indianapolis 8 Hour Pre-Qualifying
2:00 PM Indianapolis 8 Hour Qualifying Driver 1
2:22 PM Indianapolis 8 Hour Qualifying Driver 2
2:45 PM Indianapolis 8 Hour Qualifying Driver 3
4:20 PM Indianapolis 8 Hour Pole Shoothout

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2021
8:30 AM Indianapolis 8 Hour Pre-Race
10:00 AM Indianapolis 8 Hour Race

Schedule is subject to change.

 Velocity Invitational will host seven of the eight Ford GTLM GTE Pro race cars at our inaugural event taking place at WeatherTech Laguna Seca Raceway November 12-14, 2021. The race-winning cars will be on display in the paddock and will also run demonstration laps at full track speed with racing driver Joey Hand, the LM GTE Pro class winner with Ford at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, behind the wheel. This marks the first reunion of the Ford GTLM GTE Pro race cars, five years after the historic 2016 victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
 
The Ford GTs competed for four seasons (2016-2019) in both IMSA and the FIA World Endurance Championship under the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing banner. Besides the historic 2016 Le Mans victory, which came 50 years to the day of Ford’s first win at Le Mans in 1966, the cars scored 18 other victories, including back to back Rolex 24 at Daytona IMSA GTLM wins in 2017-2018.
 
“Ford has always been a driving force in American racing and we couldn’t be more excited to host this unprecedented reunion of the GT LM GTE Pro race cars at our event,” said Velocity Invitational founder Jeff O’Neill. “From the legendary cars that came out of Carroll Shelby’s shop in the 1960s to the modern day Ford GT LM GTE Pro car which took a class victory at Le Mans in 2016, we will have some of the marque’s most revered race cars in the pits and on the track this year. This is sure to be a sight no Ford fan will want to miss.”
 
Also attending Velocity Invitational will be the 1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe known at the time as Carroll Shelby’s "secret weapon." CSX2286 was built specifically for the 1964 24 Hours of Le Mans and is the last of only six Daytona Coupes built. It will be racing on track alongside eight genuine Shelby Cobras. The event will also showcase iconic vintage Ford Mustangs such as the Shelby GT350, the 1970 Mustang Boss 302 Trans-Am raced by Parnelli Jones and George Follmer and the Shelby Trans Am Mustang. An original Ford GT40 will also take part in the event.
 
Tickets for the all new Velocity Invitational are moving fast, so if you haven’t gotten yours yet, it would be wise to act fast! We only have a limited number of tickets left and prices are set to increase October 20th. Trust us, this event is not to be missed and if we sell out tickets will not be available at the gate.
The sporting regulations for Season 8 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship were today ratified by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), during its World Motor Sport Council (WMSC).
Following consultation by the FIA and Formula E with sporting, technical and commercial stakeholders, the WMSC approved three key updates for Season 8: 
  • An updated 16-race calendar with new race locations confirmed including the addition of Jakarta with Vancouver and Seoul.
  • Up to 10 minutes of added race time to offset neutralisations during Safety Cars & Full-Course Yellows. The power of the Gen2 cars will increase from 200kW to 220kW, as ratified at July’s WMSC. 
  • The introduction of a new qualifying format featuring Groups and head-to-head Duels to provide a platform for the best teams and drivers to compete while retaining opportunity and unpredictability.

 

Season 8 calendar
Event
Round
Locations
Date
1
1 & 2
Diriyah, Saudi Arabia
28 & 29 January 2022
2
3
Mexico City, Mexico
12 February 2022
3
4
TBC
5 March 2022
4
5
TBC, China
19 March 2022
5
6
Rome, Italy
9 April 2022
6
7
Monaco, Monaco
30 April 2022
7
8
Berlin, Germany
14 May 2022
8
9
Jakarta, Indonesia
4 June 2022
9
10
Vancouver, Canada
2 July 2022
10
11 & 12
New York City, USA
16 & 17 July 2022
11
13 & 14
London, UK
30 & 31 July 2022
12
15 & 16
Seoul, South Korea
13 & 14 August 2022
 
Revised Sporting Regulations
Formula E races can now have additional race time of up to a maximum of 10 minutes added when incidents result in a Safety Car or Full Course Yellow neutralisations during the standard 45-minute + 1 Lap race. As ratified at July’s WMSC, Formula E’s all-electric Gen2 cars will be able to use 220kW of power in Season 8, an increase from 200kW in Season 7, during the 45 minute + 1 Lap races. Power allowed during Attack Mode will also increase to 250kW from 235kW in Season 7. 
Also validated today, a new qualifying format featuring Groups and head-to-head knockout Duels will be introduced allowing the best teams and drivers to showcase their speed and skill. The format maintains the possibility of any driver to start on pole, ensuring drama and unpredictability throughout.
Qualifying will feature a first round of two groups with each driver able to make multiple attempts at fastest laps within their allocated time. The top four fastest-lap drivers in each group will progress into head-to-head Duels on a knockout basis in quarter-finals and semi-finals. Pole-position will be decided in a final head-to-head Duel, with all grid positions based on either success in the head-to-head Duels, or lap times depending on which stage of Qualifying drivers reach.

 

Alberto Longo, Chief Championship Officer and Co-Founder, Formula E, said:
“The changes being made to qualifying and race time reflect our and the FIA’s focus on sporting integrity and maximising the racing spectacle. Our new qualifying format will showcase the teams and drivers head-to-head throughout the season while still allowing any driver on their day to take pole position. 
“For our fans, the new qualifying format was designed to be intuitive, unpredictable, and entertaining. The ability to increase race time when we have incidents during the regular 45-minute race is a product of the rapid evolution of electric vehicle technology and the continual improvements in energy efficiency by ABB Formula E teams.” 

 

Jamie Reigle, Chief Executive Officer, Formula E, said: 
“With more races in more global iconic cities than ever before the season ahead is set to be our largest to date as we rebound from the impacts of Covid-19 over the last two seasons. Combined, the revised calendar and new regulations will mean that Season 8 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship is expected to be the best yet for our teams, drivers and fans.”

 

Frédéric Bertrand, Director of the Formula E & Innovative Sport Activities Department, FIA, said:
"To secure an even more authentic and intuitive sporting format, both our sporting and technical teams at the FIA have put a lot of efforts together, in collaboration with Formula E, to first propose an attractive and disruptive new qualifying session. It has been designed to remove the impact of track evolution during the Groups whilst simplifying the understanding for the fans and optimizing the show with the Duels. 
“Additionally, the effective racing time will also be improved with an innovative additional time system and ensure the battle goes on until the checkered flag. With all those new challenges for teams and drivers, I'm sure the competition will once again be super tight in Season 8 and I’m really looking forward to it! “

Toyota announced today that Torrence Racing will join Team Toyota beginning with the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season. The addition of Torrence Racing’s two-team effort expands Toyota’s team partnerships to include five Top Fuel dragsters and two Funny Cars. 

 

“Torrence Racing is a leader in NHRA competition, and we look forward to bringing Steve and Billy into the Toyota family in 2022,” said Paul Doleshal, Group Manager, Motorsports and Assets, Toyota Motor North America (TMNA). “We have incredible drivers and team partners in the NHRA landscape. The addition of Steve and Billy Torrence will only enhance that outstanding lineup.”

 

Torrence Racing has been a dominant force in NHRA in recent years. Steve has driven to 49 victories in 263 career events and three Top Fuel championships. This season, Steve has won nine times and is the current points leader. His father, Billy, has won twice this year and eight times in his career. Despite running a part-time schedule, Billy is currently fifth in the overall point standings.

 

Toyota provides its NHRA teams with tow vehicles, along with engineering, technology and trackside support through TRD (Toyota Racing Development). In addition to Torrence Racing, Toyota will continue to support Antron Brown’s newly established team – AB Motorsports, DC Motorsports and Kalitta Motorsports’ three-team effort in 2022.

 

“I’ve been blessed to have a lot of success in my NHRA career, but I feel like this new partnership with Toyota and TRD will only improve what Torrence Racing can do on the track,” said Steve Torrence. “I’ve seen firsthand that the drivers and teams associated with Toyota aren’t just part of their roster, but part of a family. They are a special manufacturer that puts people first and that’s the type of partnership our team is excited to be a part of starting next season.”

 

Steve and Billy Torrence join a Toyota driver lineup that includes three-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Brown, U.S. Nationals winner Alexis DeJoria, 49-time race winner Doug Kalitta, 2013 Top Fuel champion Shawn Langdon and 2018 Funny Car champion J.R. Todd.

 

Toyota is celebrating its 20th season in NHRA this year. Toyota drivers have won 137 Top Fuel and 43 Funny Car races along with six Top Fuel and three Funny Car championships during its tenure in the series.

Receiving a cancer diagnosis is all too common in the U.S., with one in three Americans developing cancer in their lifetime. In fact, nearly all of us have been touched by cancer whether it’s a loved one, a friend or even ourselves. That’s why, in 2013, AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE: AN), America’s largest and most admired automotive retailer, made the decision to direct all its charitable initiatives towards fighting cancer. Two years later, it launched its Drive Pink initiative and to date has raised and donated more than $28 million to create awareness and support critical research and treatment through partnerships with cancer charities from coast to coast.

 

“We take tremendous pride in the many partnerships we’ve forged through our fundraising efforts not only during Breast Cancer Awareness Month but all year long,” said Marc Cannon, Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Experience Officer. “It’s thanks to the generosity and commitment of our partners and Associates that we’re able to provide this substantial support.”

 

On Tuesday, October 12 and Wednesday, October 20, 2021, AutoNation will host two events at DRV PNK Stadium, home to Inter Miami CF, to continue raising awareness and funds to drive out cancer:

 

Drive Pink Week

On October 12, in celebration of the 6th Annual DRVPNK Across America Day, Inter Miami CF players join AutoNation Associates to fill comfort bags for cancer patients at AutoNation-sponsored, DRV PNK Stadium. Every October, Associates from more than 300 AutoNation locations coast to coast unite to honor those touched by cancer. This year, Associates from more than 300 locations will write thousands of messages of hope to those who are battling the disease.     

 

Drive Pink Night

On October 20, fans are encouraged to support the DRVPNK cause at the Inter Miami CF vs. Toronto FC match with opportunities to honor loved ones touched by cancer by wearing pink that evening. The first 10,000 fans who enter the stadium will receive FREE pink rally towels.  Inter Miami will also join AutoNation to recognize 4-time INDY 500® Champion Hélio Castroneves at the pre-game ceremony.  Last May, Castroneves won his epic fourth INDY 500 as a proud member of the DRVPNK AutoNation Racing Team.

 

AutoNation is the official and exclusive automotive dealership partner of Inter Miami CF.

 

About AutoNation, Inc.
AutoNation, America's largest and most admired automotive retailer, is transforming the automotive industry through its bold leadership, innovation, and comprehensive brand extensions. As of June 30, 2021, AutoNation owned and operated over 300 locations from coast to coast. AutoNation has sold over 13 million vehicles, the first automotive retailer to reach this milestone. AutoNation's success is driven by a commitment to delivering a peerless experience through Customer-focused sales and service processes. Since 2013, AutoNation has raised over $28 million to drive out cancer, create awareness, and support critical research through its DRIVE PINK initiative, which was officially branded in 2015.

 

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By Mark Robinson
IMSA Wire Service
 
 
The opportunity to race in the only prototype action this weekend at his home track – VIRginia International Raceway – was too good to pass up, so Mike Skeen is back for his second IMSA Prototype Challenge race of the season.
 
Skeen is rejoining Jr III Racing for Sunday’s three-hour race on the 3.27-mile, 17-turn road course some 45 minutes from where the native Virginian grew up. Skeen, along with co-driver Terry Olson, finished second overall for Jr III in the Prototype Challenge race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in May. It was Skeen’s third podium finish in five career series starts.
 
 
In 2019, Skeen won at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta and finished second at VIR driving for Gilbert/Korthoff Motorsports. The 34-year-old is pulling double duty this weekend, also driving a GT Daytona entry for Gilbert/Korthoff in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race on Saturday. He’s relishing the challenge of driving two completely different race cars this weekend.
 
“It’s a little tricky, but fortunately I have a lot of experience jumping between different cars and picking them up quickly,” said Skeen, the reigning Trans Am TA2 champion who has 25 career WeatherTech Championship starts under his belt. “It also helps that we’ve done a little testing with the IPC car, so I’m pretty familiar with that and it shouldn’t be too hard to get back into it and get back to speed.”
 
Skeen is paired in the No. 3 Ligier JS P320 with Marc Sharinn, who’s looking to make his Prototype Challenge debut for a second time after mechanical issues prevented him from taking the green flag at Watkins Glen International in July.
 
“We’ve tested with him a bit and he’s getting used to the car,” Skeen said of Sharinn, who turned minimal practice laps at Watkins Glen. “Certainly, this is the highest-level racing he’s done. It will be interesting to see how he does, but we’re really not putting a whole lot of pressure on ourselves.”
 
There is pressure atop the Prototype Challenge standings with just two races remaining. Moritz Kranz holds a narrow 10-point lead in Le Mans Prototype 3-1 (LMP3-1) heading into the VIR weekend. He’s raced with a co-driver in two races and driven solo in two, winning one race each way in the No. 21 Muehlner Motorsports America Duqueine D08.
 
Right behind Kranz in the points are No. 54 MLT Motorsports Ligier co-drivers Dakota Dickerson and Josh Sarchet, who have finished on the podium in all four 2021 races and won at Watkins Glen.
 
In the LMP3-2 class for previous-generation cars, George Staikos and Danny Kok will clinch the season crown by starting in Sunday’s race.
 
The Prototype Challenge schedule features a practice on Friday afternoon and another Saturday morning, ahead of qualifying at 4:35 p.m. ET Saturday. The race streams live at 8:45 a.m. Sunday on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.

Fans witnessed a second day of high adrenaline racing yesterday at ERX Motor Park, the latest stop on the five-city Nitro Rallycross 2021 calendar. The best drivers in the world went head-to-head on Nitro RX’s latest revolutionary track, pushing their limits on a challenging new course with huge jumps, steep berms and multiple lines. 

 

In the marquee SuperCars classRallycross veteran Scott Speed (USA) added a Nitro RX trophy to his collection with a textbook performance, leading the stacked field from start to finish. The victory was especially sweet as it completed Speed’s comeback from a broken back sustained at Nitro Rallycross in 2019.

 

Speed finished less than half of a second ahead motorsports icon – and fellow Subaru Motorsports USA teammate - Travis Pastrana (USA). Placing third, Kevin Hansen (SWE) maintained the Hansen family’s hold on the Nitro RX podium: Kevin took the top prize in 2019 while his brother Timmy won last weekend at Nitro RX’s Salt Lake City kickoff as well as in 2018 at Nitro RX’s debut race.

 

Supercar Final (Minneapolis):

Finish

Car #

Name

Nation

Team

1

41

Scott Speed

USA

Subaru Motorsports USA

2

199

Travis Pastrana

USA

Subaru Motorsports USA

3

9

Kevin Hansen

SWE

Red Bull Hansen NRX Team

4

21

Timmy Hansen

SWE

Red Bull Hansen NRX Team

5

35

Fraser McConnell

JAM

Olsbergs MSE

6

4

Robin Larsson

SWE

Monster Energy RX Cartel

7

13

Andreas Bakkerud

NOR

Subaru Motorsports USA

8

34

Tanner Foust

USA

Dreyer Reinbold Racing

9

00

Steve Arpin

CAN

GRX Loenbro

10

23

Oliver Eriksson

SWE

Olsbergs MSE

 

Supercar Championship Standings:

Position

Name

Nation

Team

Salt Lake City

Minneapolis

Total

1

Timmy Hansen

SWE

Red Bull Hansen NRX Team

51

36

87

2

Scott Speed

USA

Subaru Motorsports USA

34

53

87

3

Kevin Hansen

SWE

Red Bull Hansen NRX Team

41

44

85

4

Travis Pastrana

USA

Subaru Motorsports USA

28

47

75

5

Fraser McConnell

JAM

Olsbergs MSE

37

31

68

6

Steve Arpin

CAN

GRX Loenbro

47

12

59

7

Tanner Foust

NOR

Dreyer Reinbold Racing

16

15

31

8

Andreas Bakkerud

NOR

Subaru Motorsports USA

10

20

30

9

Robin Larsson

SWE

Monster Energy RX Cartel

 

26

26

10

Oliver Eriksson

SWE

Olsbergs MSE

20

5

25

11

Oliver Bennett

GBR

XCITE Energy Racing

1

 

1

11

Liam Doran

GBR

Monster Energy RX Cartel

 

1

1

 

In the final of the NRX Next developmental class, Sage Karam (USA) completed a stunning comeback from seventh place to take the win, becoming the fourth different winner in four rounds of competition. Spun around backwards on the first turn after a frenzied start, Karam thought his chances of making the podium were finished. Nonetheless, he pressed on and worked his way through the field to cross the finish line nine ahead of runner-up George Megennis (USA). Martin Enlund (SWE) followed up his win Saturday with a third-place finish in this contest.

 

NRX Next Final (Round 4):

Finish

Car #

Name

Nation

Team

1

24

Sage Karam

USA

Dreyer Reinbold Racing

2

9

George Megennis

USA

#YellowSquad

3

60

Martin Enlund

SWE

Enlunds Motorsport

4

55

Lane Vacala

USA

Dreyer Reinbold Racing

5

99

Eric Gordon

USA

Bak 40 Motorsports

6

36

Casper Jansson

SWE

Enlunds Motorsport

7

44

John Holtger

USA

Dreyer Reinbold Racing

 

In a battle of motorsports legends, Tanner Foust (USA) held off Brian Deegan (USA) to take gold in the special Side-By-Side event. It was a back and forth contest, with Foust and Deegan putting on a master class for the crowd. Scottie Lawrence (USA) secured a third-place finish on the podium.

 

Side-By-Side Final (Round 2):

Finish

Car #

Name

Nation

1

34

Tanner Foust

USA

2

38

Brian Deegan

USA

3

26

Scottie Lawrence

USA

4

48

Corry Weller

USA

5

7

Jason Luburgh

USA

6

714

Andy Ives

USA

7

2

Catie Munnings

GBR

8

37

Mia Chapman

USA

9

91

Kyle Chaney

USA

10

15

Andrew Carlson

USA

 

The intense action of Nitro RX heads next to Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix, Arizona on November 13 and 14. For nearly four decades, the venue has been a true destination for speed and competition. Now Nitro RX is set to unveil another bold new track that will redefine racing. 

 

To experience Nitro RX’s high-flying action in person, tickets can be purchased at https://www.nitrorallycross.com/calendarFans can also watch live on Peacock in the U.S. as well as on YouTube worldwide.

 

2021 NITRO RALLYCROSS SCHEDULE

Nov. 13-14 // Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park // Phoenix, Arizona

Nov. 20-21 // Glen Helen Raceway // Southern California

Dec. 4-5 // The Firm // North Florida

Hours after the conclusion of another spectacular season of competition in the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires yesterday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, over 300 drivers, team members, officials, sponsors, partners and guests congregated at The Legacy on Possum Run in Bellville, Ohio for a Championship Celebration. In all, more than $3.1 million was distributed – the bulk of it to a selection of talented young drivers who are steadily progressing along the unique three-rung open-wheel racing ladder with a singular goal of competing in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and the Indianapolis 500.
 
Fittingly, all three championship titles were decided during the VP Racing Fuels Championship Weekend Presented by Cooper Tires, which comprised a total of six races on the challenging 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio track situated midway between Columbus and Cleveland.
 
Kiko Porto, 18, from Recife, Brazil, was the first to clinch, with a third-place finish for DEForce Racing in Saturday’s penultimate round of the first step on the ladder, the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship. Porto will receive a scholarship package valued at $406,305 to ensure graduation to the next step on the ladder, the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, in 2022.
 
Christian Rasmussen, 21, from Copenhagen, Denmark, needed merely to start yesterday's Indy Pro 2000 finale to be assured of his second championship title in as many years for the Jay Howard Driver Development team after winning the USF2000 crown in 2020. He did rather better than that, rising from the back of the grid to score a last-gasp podium finish. Rasmussen earned a package valued at $723,065 which will guarantee his progression to the top step of the ladder, Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, next season.
 
Similarly, Andretti Autosport’s Kyle Kirkwood, 22, from Jupiter, Fla., needed merely to avoid a last-place finish in order to secure the Indy Lights crown and a scholarship valued at over $1.3 million which will fund a minimum of three races in the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES, including the 106th Indianapolis 500. He survived a few scares along the way during a wet race but ultimately accomplished his goal with a fifth-place result.
 
Kirkwood became the first driver to win scholarships on all three levels, having accumulated an astonishing 31 wins from a total of 50 starts since making his USF2000 debut in 2018.
 
Other notable awards included one-day Indy car tests for each of the top three Indy Lights drivers. David Malukas (HMD Motorsports), from Chicago, Ill., and Linus Lundqvist (Global Racing Group with HMD Motorsports), 22, from Stockholm, Sweden, will join Kirkwood in gaining their first official taste of an NTT INDYCAR SERIES car just prior to the annual Chris Griffis Memorial Road to Indy Test at the Indianapolis Grand Prix circuit in Speedway, Ind., at the end of this month.
 
Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires Award Winners:
 
Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires
 
Champion: scholarship package valued at $1,369,425 to advance to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES in 2022* – Kyle Kirkwood, Andretti Autosport
Second Place ($200,000**) – David Malukas, HMD Motorsports
Third Place ($150,000**) – Linus Lundqvist, Global Racing Group w/ HMD Motorsports
Team Champion ($35,000) – HMD Motorsports
Cooper Tires Rookie of the Year ($35,000) – Kyle Kirkwood, Andretti Autosport
Hi-Tide Spirit Award ($1,000) – Sting Ray Robb, Juncos Hollinger Racing
Tilton Hard Charger Award ($1,000) – Christian Bogle, Carlin
AiM Move of the Year ($1,000) – Kyle Kirkwood, Andretti Autosport
INDYCAR Mechanic of the Year ($1,000 Snap-On Certificate) – Chris Sheffer, HMD Motorsports
Rotiform Winning Driver Team Owner Trophy/Set of Street Wheels – Andretti Autosport
Dallara Bent Pushrod Award ($2,000) – Andretti Autosport
Josten’s Indy Lights Champion’s Ring – Kyle Kirkwood, Andretti Autosport
Original Artwork by Jim Swintal – Kyle Kirkwood, Andretti Autosport
 
*$1,250,000 Scholarship to advance to the NTT INDYCAR Series, $25,000 Dallara Parts Credit, $7,500 Bell Helmet Award, $6,925 Sabelt Award, $5,000 Cosworth Refurbishment Award, $75,000 one-day Indy car test = $1,369,425
 
**includes one-day Indy car test valued at $75,000
 
Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires
 
Champion: scholarship package valued at $723,065 to advance to Indy Lights in 2022* – Christian Rasmussen, Jay Howard Driver Development
Second Place ($40,000) – Braden Eves, Exclusive Autosport
Third Place ($20,000) – Hunter McElrea, Pabst Racing
Team Champion ($10,000) – Exclusive Autosport
Cooper Tires Rookie of the Year ($7,500) – Christian Rasmussen, Jay Howard Driver Development
Hi-Tide Spirit Award ($1,000) – Hunter McElrea, Pabst Racing
Tilton Hard Charger Award ($1,000) – James Roe, Turn 3 Motorsport
AiM Move of the Year ($1,000) – Artem Petrov, Exclusive Autosport
The Ticket Clinic Fastest Lap Award ($1,000) – Christian Rasmussen, Jay Howard Driver Development
INDYCAR Mechanic of the Year ($1,000 Snap-On Certificate) – Nick Denny, Jay Howard Driver Development
Rotiform Winning Driver Team Owner Trophy/Set of Street Wheels – Jay Howard Driver Development
Carl Haas Golden Wishbone Award ($1,000) – Jay Howard Driver Development
Josten’s Indy Pro 2000 Champion’s Ring – Christian Rasmussen, Jay Howard Driver Development
Original Artwork by Jim Swintal – Christian Rasmussen, Jay Howard Driver Development
 
*$600,000 Scholarship to advance to Indy Lights, Cooper Tires Tire Allotment Award valued at $68,640, Series Race Entry Fee Award valued at $35,000, $7,500 Bell Helmet Award, $6,925 Sabelt Award, $5,000 Wheel Pros Bonus Award = $723,065
 
Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship
 
Champion: scholarship package valued at $406,305 to advance to Indy Pro 2000 in 2022* – Kiko Porto, DEForce Racing
Second Place ($20,000) – Michael d’Orlando, Cape Motorsports
Third Place ($10,000) – Yuven Sundaramoorthy, Pabst Racing
Team Champion ($7,500) – DEForce Racing
Hyperco Rookie of the Year ($2,500) – Spike Kohlbecker, Ignite Autosport with Cape Motorsports
Hi-Tide Spirit Award ($1,000) – Michael Myers, Michael Myers Racing
Tilton Hard Charger Award ($1,000) – Trey Burke, Joe Dooling Autosports
AiM Move of the Year ($1,000) – Christian Weir, Turn 3 Motorsport
INDYCAR Mechanic of the Year ($1,000 Snap-On Certificate) – Isreal Jimenez, DEForce Racing
Rotiform Winning Driver Team Owner Trophy/Set of Street Wheels – DEForce Racing
Carl Haas Golden Wishbone Award ($1,000) – Force Indy
Josten’s USF2000 Champion’s Ring – Kiko Porto, DEForce Racing
Original Artwork by Jim Swintal – Kiko Porto, DEForce Racing
 
*$325,000 Scholarship to advance to Indy Pro 2000, Cooper Tires Tire Allotment Award valued at $33,480, Series Race Entry Fee Award valued at $28,400, $7,500 Bell Helmet Award, $6,925 Sabelt Award, $5,000 Wheel Pros Bonus Award = $406,305
 
QUOTEBOARD:
 
Dan Andersen, Owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions: “Once again, the season presented extraordinary challenges for the entire Road to Indy, and I am very appreciative of the way the teams, the drivers, the racetracks and the entire Andersen Promotions staff stepped up to put together a complete season. Each series conducted a full schedule, with every one of those races providing their own excitement, with many twists and turns on the way to the final championship results. Kiko Porto, Christian Rasmussen and Kyle Kirkwood represent the future of motorsports and we look forward to following their achievements as they move up the ladder, with the opportunity to join drivers like Colton Herta and Pato O'Ward who have earned success in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. This evening highlighted so many fantastic achievements by the talented young drivers who make up our fields, and we are very proud to be a part of their ongoing careers in motorsports. And of course, we couldn't do this without our partner, Cooper Tire. Congratulations to all of tonight's winners and to the entire Road to Indy. We look forward to 2022."
 
Chris Pantani, Director of Motorsports, Cooper Tires: “Tonight, we come together as a series to celebrate the 2021 Road to Indy Champions and the future stars of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. The Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires continues to prove that it’s the most direct path to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES for any young driver interested in open-wheel racing. I would like to once again recognize Dan Andersen, Michelle Kish and the entire Andersen Promotions staff that make up the Road to Indy. Dan’s vision and relentless dedication is what makes the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires the success we see today.”
 
Kyle Kirkwood Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Champion: “This is pretty insane, to think of all of this as a whole. So many people that are here tonight I’ve raced with my entire life: Cape, Abel, RP Motorsports – even though they unfortunately aren’t here this weekend – and Andretti. They’ve been my family all the way through and it’s really cool to see where my career has gone these past four years, with three championship seasons. I’ll cherish these times; this is an important milestone in my career and I hope it takes me somewhere.
 
“Since I was a child, INDYCAR has been my goal. I’ve seen so many people I’ve grown up with make it, drivers like Pato (O’Ward), Colton (Herta) and Oliver (Askew), and I’ve always been on a trend right behind them. To be able to make it, to match up with those guys, to beat records on the Road to Indy set by drivers that I would never expect to challenge, is incredible. It’s all just now sinking in.”
 
Christian Rasmussen winner of the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires: “To be honest, it really hasn’t sunk in yet. It still feels so surrealistic to think about what we’ve accomplished this year. It’s been a great year with Jay Howard Driver Development, both of us in our rookie season in the series. We knew it would be difficult, given how competitive the series is and with so many good teams and drivers, for us to come in and win. To overcome that, to be quick right out of the gate, was so important. It gave me so much motivation for the rest of the season, knowing that we were quick. It means everything to me to win the scholarship – I wouldn’t have been able to race this year without the USF2000 scholarship so I’m happy to carry on that legacy, to be one of the drivers to carry that moniker. For my career, the scholarship is absolutely crucial to help me continue on the Road to Indy. Knowing I have a seat guaranteed in Indy Lights next year is incredible and I can’t wait to get started.”
 
Kiko Porto, winner of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship: “The DEForce team and I worked so hard this year and gave a 100 percent commitment from the start of the season. We had some tough breaks early in the year but we kept pushing. I’m so happy how fast we went all year, going better and better all season. This is an incredible moment for me and for the team, and for everyone who helps me be here. 2022 starts now, we need to start as fast as we can so we can begin the season strong. This scholarship gives me the opportunity to continue my career, it’s an incredible opportunity. I hope to represent the Road to Indy the best I can – thank you to everyone for making this possible. Everyone on the grid wants this opportunity and I am so grateful.”
 
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