Monday, Jan 30
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. 

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Supremacy Games from Helsinki, Finland announces a licensing deal with legendary American supercar manufacturer Saleen Automotive. Company’s original vehicles can be collected and driven in Apex Kings NFT Racing game.

Saleen is an American car manufacturer that is known for its high-performance sports cars and muscle cars. Founded by Steve Saleen, the company has a long history of building some of the most iconic and sought-after cars in the world.

One of the key features of Saleen cars is their impressive performance. Many of the company's vehicles are equipped with powerful engines and advanced suspension and brake systems, which allows them to deliver agile handling and impressive acceleration. This makes Saleen cars a favorite among car enthusiasts and performance driving enthusiasts.

Among the many real car brands and models available in the game, players can now find three exciting vehicles from Saleen: the S1, S5S Raptor, and S7. For a limited time, everyone can participate in a giveaway of a Saleen S7 car, further details in Apex Kings Twitter @ApexKingsNFT

Apex Kings NFT Racing is a new web3 racing game that allows players to collect and trade unique cars using digital collectibles based on real car brands and models. This feature adds an extra layer of strategy and depth to the game and provides players with several benefits. One of the main benefits of collecting NFT cars in Apex Kings NFT Racing is the added value that they provide. Just like in the real world, certain cars are more rare and valuable than others, and these cars can be more difficult to obtain or have better performance on the track.

A unique feature is the game’s natural scarcity feature, where the number of digital collectibles dropped corresponds to the actual production number of the cars. By collecting and trading NFT cars, players can build a valuable and powerful collection that can help them win races and earn rewards. First Apex Kings NFT Racing cars will be available in blind packs of 3 cars by the end of March 2023. The game will be available for a limited audience to play soon afterwards.

“We are thrilled to be able to add official Saleen cars to the game. All the Saleen models are very rare and will be a very valuable addition to anyone’s collection and formidable opponents on the racetrack. One lucky winner will get a free Saleen S7 supercar in our giveaway,” commented Supremacy Games CEO Jari Pauna.

More info
www.apexkings.io
https://twitter.com/@ApexKingsNFT

Andersen Promotions today announced a multi-year partnership with the Dallara Research Center to further prepare drivers on their rise through the USF Pro Championships Presented by Cooper Tires ranks. The final step on the ladder – USF Pro 2000 Presented by Cooper Tires – will now offer the top-three finishers in the championship simulator time at the renowned Speedway, Ind.-based facility.

 

Built in 2014, the Dallara USA simulator is one of only three Dallara simulators in the world. The state-of-the-art unit features a full motion platform with post lifts, movement, vibration, simulated G-force, immersive audio and 180-degree video. It is the most precise simulator dedicated to professional racing and has been utilized by top drivers and teams across the globe.

 

Alongside the USF Pro 2000 champion’s scholarship valued at $664,425 to advance to INDY NXT in 2024, Dallara will provide a full day of simulator testing with half-days awarded to second and third in the final finishing positions. All will drive an INDY NXT car at a track(s) mutually agreed upon.

 

“We have had a great working relationship with Dallara for many years including developing the Dallara IL-15,” said Dan Andersen, Owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions. “I want to thank Bryce Moore [Dallara Commercial and Business Development] and his team for reaching out to us and offering this great award package to assist our drivers in taking their next steps.

 

“I have seen the Dallara simulator in action and the amount of accurate, realistic set-up changes that can be made in a short amount of time coupled with the physical aspects and live data will definitely help to accelerate a driver’s learning curve. It truly is revolutionary as to what can be accomplished in one day in the simulator versus several days trackside. As always, our goal is to train drivers to advance and this is another benefit to our ladder system thanks to Dallara.”

 

“We have always had such a great relationship with Dan and his team and feel that, as the sole chassis supplier for the pillar series up the ladder, this is a way that we can continuously help and improve the abilities of the younger generation of drivers moving on to the next levels,” said Moore. “We are thrilled to have this partnership and are excited about what it can bring.”

 

USF Pro 2000 will be trackside February 27/28 at Sebring International Raceway for Spring Training followed by the season-opener on the Streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., March 3-5 in support of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.

With excitement already brewing surrounding the start of the 2023 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series at the 54th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, eight Top Fuel stars are already planning for a memorable weekend at historic Gainesville Raceway.

 

The Pep Boys NHRA Top Fuel All-Star Callout returns in 2023, pitting eight standouts against each other in a unique specialty race that takes place on Saturday, March 11. It’s a marquee, can’t-miss attraction to help kick off the new season, and a definite highlight of famed Gatornationals.

 

Reigning world champion Brittany Force, defending callout winner Steve Torrence, Justin Ashley, Mike Salinas, Doug Kalitta, Josh Hart, Austin Prock and Clay Millican make up the eight-car field for the one-day shootout with a distinctive callout format that promises big money and major bragging rights, along with a special broadcast on Fox Sports 1 (FS1).

 

The Pep Boys NHRA Top Fuel All-Star Callout’s format was introduced in 2022, with the top-seeded driver – which is Force this season – getting the first selection to call out her first-round opponent. Torrence gets the next selection, going down the line until the first-round matchups are set. After a sure-fire dynamite first round, the driver who makes the quickest winning run will select their semifinal opponent, locking in the other matchup as well.

 

It makes for a thrilling Saturday duel leading into Sunday’s eliminations, also setting the stage for a terrific way to open the 2023 season. Last year’s Pep Boys NHRA Top Fuel All-Star Callout was finished in Indy due to weather, with Torrence going 3.692-seconds at 329.02 mph in his 11,000-horsepower Capco Contractors dragster to slip past Force in a stellar final round. Torrence, who won four straight world championships from 2018-2021, will look for back-to-back specialty race wins and the chance to do it for the first time in Gainesville, while Force will look to start her second career championship defense with a callout victory. The speed dynamo made a track-record run in Gainesville last year, scorching the track with a run of 337.75 en route to her world title.

 

Standouts Ashley and Salinas, who each had the best seasons of their careers in 2022, advanced to the semifinals in the shootout last year, while the veteran Kalitta was a participant last year and is no stranger to specialty races in his storied career. Millican and rising stars Josh Hart and Austin Prock will make their first appearances in the callout. Hart started his Top Fuel career with a victory at Gainesville at his first career race in 2021, while Prock came on strong to end 2022, winning two playoff races and finishing third in the points standings.

 

With three rounds of the specialty race set to take place on Saturday, it adds another thrilling attraction to the kickoff of the NHRA’s 72nd season. For more than five decades, Gainesville Raceway has served as hallowed grounds for drivers eager to leave their mark at the storied facility. The first event of the year will also celebrate the 2022 world champions with a ring ceremony, along with a pre-race kickoff party in Gainesville to help set the tone for an incredible opener.

 

In 2022, Tripp Tatum (Top Fuel), Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Dallas Glenn (Pro Stock), and Karen Stoffer (Pro Stock Motorcycle) all picked up victories during a record-breaking weekend in Gainesville. Hagan earned the first-ever victory for Tony Stewart Racing, and Karen Stoffer made the quickest pass in Pro Stock Motorcycle history at 6.665 seconds en route to the win. Tatum earned his first career victory, as a first-time winner picked up the victory for a second straight year in Top Fuel.

 

Action will start with qualifying on Friday, final qualifying and the Pep Boys NHRA Top Fuel All-Star Callout on Saturday, and eliminations on Sunday as the NHRA stars will aim to open their 2023 season in standout fashion.

 

To purchase tickets to the 2023 Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, fans can visit www.NHRA.com/tickets. Children 12 and under are free in general-admission areas with the purchase of an adult ticket. 

 

2023 Pep Boys NHRA Top Fuel All-Star Callout Final Standings

1.   Brittany Force

2.   Steve Torrence

3.   Justin Ashley

4.   Mike Salinas

5.   Doug Kalitta

6.   Josh Hart

7.   Austin Prock

8.   Clay Millican

 

(Note: Force will get the first selection for the opening round, followed by the next-highest seeded driver until matchups are set.)

 

 

(Courtesy of NHRA Communications)

After what seems like a never-ending offseason, the engines have started grumbling once again in the sunshine state in anticipation of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. This storied round the clock endurance event pits drivers, manufacturers, and mother nature against each other in an effort to win the most coveted trophy in motorsports - a Rolex watch!

With new automotive finish technology, what's on the outside of the car has become, some would argue, just as important as what is on the inside. The shroud of secrecy surrounding some teams final paint schemes has become almost as strong as the shroud the covers their engines, if not more so! GM is keenly aware of this fact, and turned their recent reveal into a media circus that even entrapped this intrepid reporter. 

On Friday, Cadillac revealed the liveries for the three all-new electrified V-LMDh race cars that will make their competition debut at the Rolex 24 At Daytona this month. The three distinctive designs represent the teams campaigning the all-new Cadillac V-LMDh, each with a different bold color from the Cadillac V-Series emblem.

 

“Cadillac is ready to compete against the very best in North America and internationally — including one of the world’s toughest races, the 24 Hours of Le Mans,” said Global Vice President of Cadillac Rory Harvey. “As Cadillac builds toward an all-electric future, the all-new V-LMDh furthers our dedication to exploring new advanced performance technologies.”

 

Cadillac Racing will be competing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with the No. 01 Cadillac Racing and No. 31 Whelen Engineering V-LMDh cars and in the FIA World Endurance Championship with the No. 2 Cadillac Racing V-LMDh. The three liveries share a V-Series graphic-and-color theme. Each car wears one of the primary colors of the V-Series logo, including No. 01 in gold, No. 2 in blue and red on the No. 31.  

 

The V-LMDh is powered by Cadillac’s all-new LMC55R 5.5L DOHC V-8 that’s paired with the LMDh common hybrid system. Developed in-house, the naturally aspirated racing engine is rated up to 670 horsepower, per series specifications, and is backed by a seven-speed sequential gearbox.

 

Co-developed by Cadillac Racing, Cadillac Design and Dallara, the final Cadillac V-LMDh design was informed by the Project GTP Hypercar that debuted last summer. It incorporates distinctive Cadillac design elements such as vertical lighting and floating blades.

 

"From an aesthetic point of view, the LMDh regulations allowed us to create a vision for the car that is clearly Cadillac," said Chris Mikalauskas, lead exterior creative designer, Cadillac. "And that's really exciting for fans and for people who are true enthusiasts, every car is unique.”

 

Each Cadillac Racing driver contributed to the V-LMDh’s development. Earl Bamber, Alex Lynn and Richard Westbrook will co-drive the No. 2 Cadillac V-LMDh in FIA WEC competition, including the centenary Le Mans 24 Hours, and the Rolex 24 At Daytona, where the car will compete as No. 02. The No. 2 is in homage to the first Cadillac entry at Le Mans in 1950, Briggs Cunningham’s “Le Monstre”.

 

Additionally, Sebastien Bourdais and Renger van der Zande will drive the No. 01 Cadillac V-LMDh in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. They will be joined by six-time IndyCar champion and four-time Rolex 24 At Daytona winner Scott Dixon for the 2023 Rolex 24 At Daytona.

 

Pipo Derani and Alexander Sims will drive the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac V-LMDh in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Throughout the season they will be joined by Jack Aitken.

 

Cadillac’s expanded 2023 racing program builds on a long history of racing success. In fact, Cadillac is the only high-volume luxury American manufacturer to compete at Le Mans for the overall win since 1969.

 

The brand has competed since 2017 at the forefront of American sports car racing in the Cadillac DPi-V.R. Before that, Cadillac Racing scored several wins in the Pirelli World Challenge. Recent highlights include:

  • Winning the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship three times: 2021, 2018 and 2017
  • Winning the Rolex 24 at Daytona four consecutive times: 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017
  • Winning the Michelin North American Endurance Cup four consecutive times: 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017
  • Earning five Pirelli World Challenge Manufacturer Championships (2015, 2014, 2013, 2007 and 2005) and five Driver Championships (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2005).

 

This rich history influenced the Project GTP Hypercar, which debuted in June 2022 and previewed the all-new Cadillac V-LMDh prototype race car. It is Cadillac’s third-generation prototype race car and represents the start of the fifth generation of the brand’s storied V-Series.

 

Since 2004, V-Series has embodied Cadillac’s commitment to performance, on and off the track. When it comes to road-going models, the lineup has grown recently to include the 2023 Escalade-V. It joined the CT4-V and CT5-V, along with the track-capable CT4-V Blackwing1 and CT5-V Blackwing1.

 

The Rolex 24 At Daytona kicks off a packed racing season that will see the trio of race cars continue to compete around the world. Following Daytona, Cadillac Racing will compete at the 1000 Miles of Sebring on March 17 with the No. 2 car, with the No. 01 and 31 competing in the Twelve Hours of Sebring on March 18.

 

Although we won't be on hand for the Rolex 24 itself, we will be on hand for the Roar Before the Rolex 24, and will be sharing our insight into the cars here as well as on twitter, Instagram, and Facebook

Due to the severe weather conditions afflicting Northern California, Round 2 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship originally scheduled for Saturday, January 14 at RingCentral Coliseum in Oakland, California is being rescheduled for Saturday, February 18, 2023. The safety of our athletes, teams, operational and television staff, and fans is always our foremost concern.

 

All original ticket purchases will be honored for the rescheduled date. Ticket purchasers can visit SupercrossLIVE for the most up to date information regarding this rescheduled event. 

 

Round 3 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship will continue next Saturday, January 21 at Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego, California.

 

By Mark Robinson

IMSA Wire Service

Roar Before the Rolex 24 Entry List

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – No season in recent memory arrives with as much eagerness and expectation as the 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. It unfolds next week, starting with three days of testing at the annual Roar Before the Rolex 24. It’s the prelude to the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the renowned 24-hour endurance marathon that kicks off the worldwide racing season.

 

This year’s Rolex 24, the 61st running on Jan. 28-29, takes on more interest and intrigue than usual since it serves as the global competition debut of the LMDh platform prototype cars in the reborn Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) class. Nine entries from four powerhouse auto manufacturers are entered in the class, with each manufacturer designing its own internal combustion engine that’s mated to an electrified hybrid powertrain common to all the entrants. The combination of the two power sources can generate up to 670 horsepower.

 

The manufacturers and their teams have been working tirelessly to prepare their cars for this groundbreaking debut. The Rolex 24 will serve as the first and ultimate test to see who will survive the grueling, twice-around-the-clock measure of driver and machine on the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway road course.

 

It also places a premium on the three-day Roar Before the Rolex 24 test from Jan. 20-22, as GTP drivers, teams and manufacturers hammer out the final details to fine-tune performance for the demanding 24-hour race to come. The Roar will conclude on Sunday, Jan. 22 with qualifying for all five WeatherTech Championship classes to set the starting grid for the Rolex 24 six days later. Qualifying will stream live on Peacock at 1:25 p.m. ET Jan. 22, with IMSA Radio also providing coverage.

 

Other key notes to consider for the Roar and Rolex 24 include:

 

Sixty-One Cars for the 61st Running: Interest is soaring for the WeatherTech Championship. For the second straight year, there are a hefty 61 entries for the Roar and Rolex 24. Additional entry applications were submitted but had to be turned away in order to accommodate the 61 in pit lane and the garage area.

 

For 2023, in addition to the nine GTP entries, there are 10 in Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2), nine in Le Mans Prototype 3 (LMP3), eight in GT Daytona Pro (GTD PRO) and 25 in GT Daytona (GTD).

 

  • GTP: The four LMDh cars competing are the Acura ARX-06, BMW M Hybrid V8, Cadillac V-LMDh and Porsche 963. Cadillac has three entries (two fielded by Chip Ganassi Racing and the third from Action Express Racing), Acura two (one from Meyer Shank Racing with Andretti Autosport and the other from Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian), BMW two (both from BMW M Team RLL) and Porsche two (both from Porsche Penske Motorsport). Each car has at least one past Rolex 24 winner in its lineup, with the No. 01 Cadillac Racing entry boasting a total of eight victories among Sebastien Bourdais, Renger van der Zande and Scott Dixon.
  • LMP2: The class maintains its size (10 cars) from a year ago, with returning favorites such as Era Motorsport, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports and 2022 season champion Tower Motorsport – the latter adding IndyCar drivers Josef Newgarden and Scott McLaughlin to its 2023 Rolex 24 lineup in search of that elusive victory. New entries in LMP2 include a pair from TDS Racing and single cars from Crowdstrike Racing by APR, Rick Ware Racing, Proton Competition and AF Corse.
  • LMP3: The count in this class also mirrors 2022 (nine cars), led by the teams that finished 1-2 in last year’s Rolex 24 – Riley Motorsports and Sean Creech Motorsport. The field is nearly equally split between chassis manufacturers, with five from Ligier and four from Duqueine.
  • GTD PRO: Seven manufacturers are represented among the eight entries in this highly competitive class that debuted last year at the Rolex 24. Porsche won in a stirring battle between two of its own last year and has the new 992 version of its Porsche 911 GT3 R to race with this year. Other new cars for the class in 2023 are the Ferrari 296 GT3 and the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO2. But don’t rule out returning war horses including the Chevrolet Corvette C8.R GTD, Lexus RC F GT3, Mercedes-AMG GT3 and the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 – the latter being the only manufacturer with two cars in the class (one each from Heart of Racing Team and TGM/TF Sport).
  • GTD: This popular class swelled by three to 25 entries this year and in many ways is the heart of IMSA since it boasts nine manufacturers – Acura, Aston Martin, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lexus, McLaren, Mercedes-AMG and Porsche. It was a Porsche that conquered last year’s Rolex 24, but the depth and parity of the class was displayed by the fact that seven of those manufacturers won at least once in 2022. It bodes well for another GTD donnybrook in the 2023 season opener.

 

A Load of Past Rolex 24 Winners Entered: When all is said and done, more than 230 drivers will likely compete in this year’s race. At least 62 of them have taken an overall or class win in the Rolex 24 before. Andy Lally (No. 44 Magnus Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT3 in GTD) leads among active drivers with five previous victories. Joao Barbosa (No. 33 Sean Creech Motorsport Ligier JS P320 in LMP3) and the aforementioned Scott Dixon (No. 01 Cadillac Racing V-LMDh in GTP) both have four, including three overall triumphs each.

 

Most Class-Winning Teams Return … Sort of: Four class winners from the 2022 Rolex 24 are back, though it comes with an asterisk for Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian. The team won last year in the Daytona Prototype international (DPi) class that gave way to GTP for this season. Three of the four winning drivers from that effort are back in the No. 60 – Tom Blomqvist, Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud – and are joined by two-time Rolex 24 winner Colin Braun.

 

Oliver Jarvis, who co-drove the No. 60 to the Rolex 24 victory as well as the season-long WeatherTech Championship DPi title in 2022 (with Blomqvist), moves to the LMP2 class this year as part of the No. 18 Era Motorsport lineup that also features past Rolex 24 winners Ryan Dalziel and Dwight Merriman.

 

Speaking of LMP2, while the DragonSpeed USA team that won last year’s Rolex 24 in LMP2 is not back, two of the drivers – Eric Lux and Devlin DeFrancesco – have joined Rick Ware Racing in the No. 51 ORECA LMP2 07 along with co-drivers Austin Cindric (the 2022 Daytona 500 winner) and Pietro Fittipaldi (Formula 1 test driver). The No. 74 Riley Motorsports Ligier JS P320 is back to defend its LMP3 victory, including two of the drivers from a year ago, Gar Robinson and Felipe Fraga.

 

The No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R won a thrilling GTD PRO race last year and returns but with a completely new driver lineup, although all three drivers who won for the team last year – Matt Campbell, Mathieu Jaminet and Felipe Nasr – are in this year’s race as part of Porsche Penske Motorsport’s GTP squad. They’ve been replaced in the No. 9 Pfaff Porsche by Klaus Bachler, Patrick Pilet and Laurens Vanthoor. Vanthoor helped guide the No. 9 to the 2021 GTD championship.

 

Wright Motorsports made it a Porsche sweep in the GT classes a year ago, winning in GTD. The No. 16 Wright entry has all three of its drivers back – Ryan Hardwick, Jan Heylen and Zacharie Robichon – and added Dennis Olsen as a fourth wheelman this year.

 

Practice Makes Perfect: Five WeatherTech test sessions are scheduled for Jan. 20-21, with qualifying the series’ only on-track action on Jan. 22. In addition to the WeatherTech Championship, the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge will use the weekend for testing and the new IMSA VP Racing SportsCar Challenge will debut with a pair of 45-minute races.

 

WeatherTech Championship Track Records

Qualifying:

GTP: new class in 2023 (DPi track record: Oliver Jarvis, Mazda DPi, 1:33.685 / 136.792 mph, January 2019)

LMP2: Paul-Loup Chatin, ORECA LMP2, 1:35.532 / 134.154 mph, January 2022

LMP3: Felipe Fraga, Ligier JS P320, 1:42.133 / 125.483 mph, January 2022

GTD PRO: Laurens Vanthoor, Porsche 911 GT3 R, 1:45.087 / 121.956 mph, January 2022

GTD: Marcos Gomes, Ferrari 488 GT3, 1:44.541 / 122.587 mph, January 2019

Cosworth has launched its very first racing product dedicated to sim racing purposes, the CCW MkII Pro Sim wheel, in partnership with SIMTAG, exclusively at the Autosport International Show.

 

The launch of this sim wheel marks Cosworth’s first foray into the ever-expanding sim racing industry. The CCW MkII Pro Sim is the first product of the partnership which is to deliver exclusive high-end sim racing equipment, with more to follow. The partnership combines Cosworth’s decades of expertise in the motorsport industry with SIMTAG’s experience in creating high-quality sim racing products.

 

The CCW MkII Pro Sim has been designed exclusively for simulators, around one of Cosworth’s current race steering wheels, the CCW MkII, providing sim racers and racing drivers the visual, tactile and functional accuracy of the real steering wheel, simulating reality to the highest degree, helping to enable the most productive sim training experiences for drivers and teams. 

 

Cosworth will be exhibiting at the Autosport International Show from 12-15 January 2023, with the CCW MkII Pro Sim available to test on the simulator at the stand as well as whole host of products from across the Cosworth Group.

 

Stefan Balkowiec, Managing Director of Cosworth Electronics said: “This is an historic moment for Cosworth. It’s our very first product sim racing product, utilising our decades of experience in motorsport electronics. We envision this to be a vital aid for drivers, especially those with the need to accurately replicate their real-life race cars for training purposes. It also, for the first time, gives sim racers the opportunity to have a genuine Cosworth wheel with identical functionality to the motorsport version of the CCW MkII at home for use on their favourite sim racing titles which feature real-world cars equipped with Cosworth wheels. We’re really excited to be working with SIMTAG as part of an ongoing partnership to design ever more exciting products for the sim racing space.”

 

János Zsinor, co‑owner and Sales Manager at SIMTAG says: “We’re very thrilled to be working with Cosworth as part of this partnership to create the CCW MkII Pro Sim wheel. Cosworth is a historic name in the motorsport industry and with their expertise in designing ground-breaking products in motorsport, we’re looking forward to designing even more products for sim racing enthusiasts and racing drivers alike.”

The Piston Foundation, whose mission is to bring more young people into the trades of the collector car industry, will receive support from the Cavallino Classic on January 26-29, 2023, for the second straight year as a sponsored charity.

The 32nd edition of the “Concorso d’Eleganza" will celebrate the Ferrari marque, dedicating a class to the 100 years of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a race that is a significant part of Ferrari’s legendary racing pedigree. It will be held at the famed Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida, and will feature a Piston Foundation discussion panel at noon on Saturday, January 28, entitled “The New Wave: Everything You Don’t Know About The Next Generation of Collector Car Technicians.”

Included on the panel, hosted by The Piston Foundation’s Manager of Development Sperry Hutchinson, will be Paul Russell, owner/manager of Paul Russell and Company in Essex, Massachusetts, which offers restoration, preservation and maintenance services; along with Jon Dega, who operates Rare Classics Restorations LLC in Boca Raton, Florida. where he and his team manage and care for four private collections and provide restoration services. https://paulrussell.com, www.americancoachbuilder.com, www.vignalecabriolet.com, www.chryslerboano.com, www.maxradpicturecars.com.

Russell and Dega will be joined on the panel by Jeff Mason, President/COO of The Piston Foundation, and three of the 10 recipients of the inaugural 2022 Piston Foundation Scholarships: Zoe Carmichael, Jacob Koehn and Sean Whetstone. All three are juniors at McPherson College and part of the Automotive Restoration Technology Program.

The Piston Foundation is working to bring more young people into the trades of the collector car industry. (Image courtesy of Chris McNeil Photography and Black Horse Garage.)
The students will also take part in assisting J.R. Amantea and his team from GT Motorcars of Wallingford, Connecticut, in preparing and placing client’s cars on the show field. The cars include an unrestored Ferrari 288 GTO, a Ferrari 512bbl and a low-mileage Ferrari F40. Amantea earned a 2017 and 2022 Sports Car Market “40 Under 40” award. https://www.gtmotorcarsllc.com/.

At Sunday’s Sports & Classic at Mar-a-Lago Club resort in Palm Beach, the students will walk the car show with car collector volunteers who will share career advice and guidance.

“Across the industry, there is a shortage of skilled workers,” Mason said. “Every shop can tell you about the difficulty of finding qualified technicians to hire. At the same time, young people with the interest, talent, and skill to be collector car technicians are unaware of the rewarding career opportunities the industry offers. The Piston Foundation is working to solve these problems through its scholarship and apprenticeship programs.

“In 2022, the Piston Foundation awarded scholarships to its inaugural class of Piston Scholars – 10 aspiring technicians who are each studying in an automotive technology program with the goal of building a career in vehicle restoration. Three of these impressive young people will join the Foundation at the Cavallino Classic to share their experiences with the collector car community."

Mason added, "During the discussion we’ll talk about generational differences that affect the workforce and unpack the myths about bringing young workers into skilled trade careers. This is the first discussion panel on workforce development in the collector car industry. I think it’s going to start a lot of conversations in the community.”

The 2022 Cavallino Classic "Overall Outstanding Ferrari Competition" winner: the 1964 Ferrari 250 GTO Serial No. 5573, owned by Aaron Hsu. (Image courtesy of Justin Nardella Photography.)
The Piston Foundation is one of several sponsored charities at this year’s Cavallino Classic. Each charity benefits from the support of the Cavallino Foundation created by Canossa Events CEO Luigi Orlandini. “One of the very first tasks I set myself was to increase the charitable contributions of the Cavallino Classic, to continue supporting the organizations we have already helped in previous years, and to also launch some new initiatives,” said Orlandini, Chairman of Canossa and Cavallino. “As the lucky father of three kids, I strongly believe that the younger generation is the most important part of our future, and young people deserve our help to seize their opportunities in life.”

“We appreciate the continued support of the Cavallino Classic,” said Robert P. Minnick, CEO and Founder of The Piston Foundation, “They are an important and valued partner and we are excited to join them at this year’s event.”

Tickets for the Cavallino Classic may be purchased at https://cavallino.com/palm-beach-cavallino-classic/.



Season 9 and a new era of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship begins this Saturday with the competitive debut of the fastest, lightest, most powerful and efficient electric race car ever built – the GEN3 – in the 2023 Hankook Mexico City E-Prix at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit. Formula E has also unveiled a new winners trophy inspired by innovation, power, and energy to mark the start of a new era of racing for the series.
 
A capacity crowd of 40,000 spectators will fill the grandstands, with a carnival atmosphere in the famed Foro Sol stadium section welcoming the 22 drivers from 11 teams who will be competing in a race car performing at the very limit of innovation and pushing the boundaries of EV technology – the all-new GEN3.
 
NEW TEAMS, WORLD CLASS GRID
It was a busy off-season as every team manoeuvred for early position at the start of the GEN3 era. Just one team has retained the same driver line-up that finished last season.
 
DS Automobiles has partnered with PENSKE AUTOSPORT, signing two of the biggest names on the grid to launch their Season 9 campaign. Reigning champion Stoffel Vandoorne and Formula E's only double champion Jean-Éric Vergne will drive for the DS PENSKE team. The pair were highly-competitive in testing recording the second and third fastest times respectively. Vandoorne will be looking to mount a strong title defence to match Vergne’s unique double-title honour.
 
Two iconic names in world motorsport - McLaren and Maserati – line up on the Formula E grid for the first time this season.
The former is among the greatest names in motorsport, with 20 Formula 1 World Championship titles, 180 Grand Prix wins and three Indianapolis 500 victories to its name, as well as a Le Mans 24 Hours win at the first attempt.
 
René Rast, multiple DTM champion and former Formula E racer, will compete in the distinctive papaya of the new NEOM McLaren Formula E Team alongside Jake Hughes, who impressed in testing on the way to recording the fourth-quickest time of the week.
 
In partnership with MSG Racing, Maserati marks its return to single-seater competition for the first time in more than 60 years and is set to become the first Italian marque to compete in Formula E. Both Maserati and McLaren have cited Formula E as key to their EV development programmes with the championship’s intense sporting laboratory driving learnings from the racetrack to road models.
 
Maserati’s rich motorsport heritage is evident throughout their return to racing: launched on the streets of their Italian hometown of Modena in the iconic blue colour, the Maserati Tipo Folgore pays homage to the Trident’s first racing car, the Tipo 26.
 
Maserati MSG Racing will see the return of Edoardo Mortara who will look to build on his most successful Formula E campaign yet of four wins among six podium finishes last season alongside new teammate Maximilian Guenther. It was a strong start for the team in Valencia, where Guenther topped five of the seven timed sessions and set the benchmark pace in Spain at a third official Formula E test.
 
Jaguar TCS Racing is the only team on the grid to field an unchanged driver line-up. Mitch Evans was in the hunt for his first-ever Formula E world champion title until the final weekend of last season, ultimately finishing second. Across the garage, teammate Sam Bird was frustrated by an injury that meant he was unable to take part in the final two races of the season – numbers 99 and 100 in Formula E history – leaving Lucas di Grassi to become the only driver to achieve the ever-present feat.
 
André Lotterer joins Jake Dennis at the now Porsche-powered Avalanche Andretti Formula E team, while Season 6 champion António Félix Da Costa will partner Pascal Wehrlein at TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team.
 
Nick Cassidy stays at Envision Racing, where he is joined by long-standing Nissan driver and Season 2 champion Sébastien Buemi.
Buemi’s departure means Nissan Formula E Team also has a fully-refreshed line-up with Norman Nato and Sacha Fenestraz, who stood in for Antonio Giovinazzi in Seoul in the last race of Season 8.
 
Mahindra Racing welcomes ‘Mr 100’ and Season 3 champion Lucas di Grassi to partner Oliver Rowland.'
 
NIO 333 Racing retains Dan Ticktum, who will partner with Sérgio Sette Câmara, who put in some impressive performances last year for DRAGON/PENSKE AUTOSPORT while Robins Frijns and Nico Mueller will race for the new ABT CUPRA Formula E Team.
 
GEN3: A HUGE TECH LEAP
The 11 teams and 22 drivers in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship have had private testing and three days together in Valencia to build up the mileage and acquaint themselves with their all-new GEN3 race car. 
 
The GEN3 is a huge leap in technological development and innovation with engineers at the FIA and Formula E delivering the fastest, lightest, most powerful and efficient electric race car ever built, pushing the boundaries of EV development.
 
Capable of a 200mph (322kph) top speed, it is 53kg lighter with a smaller chassis optimised for street racing. An additional front powertrain adds 250kW to the 350kW at the rear, more than doubling the regenerative capacity of the current GEN2 car to 600kW, with more than 40% of the energy used in-race regenerated under braking.

 
SPORTING UPDATES FOR SEASON 9
Alongside the revolutionary technology on-track, Formula E’s sporting regulations have undergone updates aligned to the GEN3 era. A lap total will replace time in setting a race distance, with additional laps added for Safety Car and Full Course Yellow interruptions to racing.
 
Hankook Tire becomes the exclusive Technical Partner and Tyre Supplier of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship from Season 9. Two years of research and development has gone into producing the Hankook iON Race tyre which in Formula E is used in all conditions, wet and dry. Nearly 30 percent of the new tyre is made of sustainable materials while Hankook completely recycles every set of tyres after use.
 
NEW WINNERS’ TROPHY INSPIRED BY POWER, ENERGY AND INNOVATION OF THE GEN3 ERA 
Ahead of the first race of Season 9 in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship this Saturday (14 January) in Mexico City, Formula E has revealed a new set of race winners’ trophies with an iconic design inspired by technology and electrification as part of their new brand identity.
 
London-based studio Beta Design Office designed and engineered the trophy to coincide with the debut of Formula E’s new GEN3 race car – the fastest, lightest, most powerful and efficient electric race car ever built.  
 
The energy burst-like design of the new trophy is heavily inspired by the power features of the GEN3 – the third-generation Formula E car racing at the very limit of innovation and pushing the boundaries of development in EV technology. The first electric open wheel race car to break 200mph, the GEN3 acts like a power station on wheels, generating more than 40% of energy used in the race during the race itself, and more than doubling the regenerative capability of the previous GEN2 car to 600kW.
 
The brief was to create an iconic new race trophy for the GEN3 era. It was vital that it conveyed electrification, speed, and movement, whilst also retaining elegance and modernity.  
 
Designers at Beta were influenced by real life components of the world’s first all-electric motorsport world championship. The trophy comprises of 44 fins: 22 larger fins represent the 22 drivers competing in Formula E, and 22 smaller fins representing their cars on the track. The trophy form takes inspiration from automotive spokes, heat sinks and cores within a power cable, combined with flowing lines seen in automotive body panels. 
Anodised aluminium was chosen as the primary material for its lightweight, rigid qualities, which also enabled an accurate gold and silver colour-match. It was vital that the final creation felt high-end and premium in keeping with the FIA World Championship status of the sport. 
 
Henry Chilcott, Chief Marketing Officer, Formula E, said:  
“We tasked Beta with creating a trophy that would be the pinnacle expression of our new brand identity. Inspired by the instant torque of electric acceleration, the trophy speaks to our sport’s role as a powerful catalyst for change, whilst also capturing the excitement and speed of electric racing. We can’t wait to see it lifted in celebration at our first race of Season 9 in Mexico City on Saturday 14 January.”
 
Mark Reilly, Co-Founder and Creative Director, Beta, said:  
“We wanted the trophy design to create a sense of electricity, the essence of a cup but with the burst of acceleration. Creating a narrative in projects is important for us at Beta. Both Harry [Mitchell, Co-Founder & Creative Director] and I are fans of motorsport and we wanted the design to act as a symbol of the exciting and fast-paced evolution of Formula E, and a vision for the future.”  
 
RETURN TO MEXICO CITY
This Saturday, Formula E makes a seventh visit to a circuit that has been a feature on the calendar since Season 2, save for a trip to Puebla in Season 7 – Autódromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
 
The 19-turn, 2.630km circuit is a perfect mix of long, fast straights and a technical infield section that passes right through the legendary Foro Sol stadium section where tens of thousands of fans sit. 
 
A new chicane has been added on the back straight this season, while the ATTACK MODE activation zone is now on the outside of Turn 15 at the exit of the stadium section presenting more of a challenge this time around.
 
Last season, TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team dominated in Mexico City to claim their first ABB FIA Formula E World Championship race win.
Pascal Wehrlein led home teammate Andre Lotterer for a Porsche one-two with the team inflicting an extra lap on the field with just a couple of seconds remaining on the clock.
 
MEXICO CITY FACTS
  • Mexico has been a mainstay on the Formula E calendar since its initial appearance in Season 2 with Mexico City hosting apart from Covid-hit Season 7 (with Puebla filling the gap). Only Germany (16) and USA (13) have hosted more races than Mexico (8).
  • The 2023 Hankook Mexico City E-Prix will be run to a new track layout with a chicane being added after Turn 8, making the circuit the longest Formula E configuration around the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.
  • The 19-turn layout will be the fourth different configuration across the seven Mexico City E-Prix.
  • After eight years of the Formula E season commencing in Asia, Formula E will start its GEN3 journey in North America, with Mexico City being the fourth city to have hosted the opener (after Beijing, Hong Kong and Diriyah).
  • The opening race isn’t always a clear indicator of who will clinch the championship in Formula E. In only two seasons has the Driver’s Champion won the opening race (Sébastien Buemi in Season 2 and Nyck de Vries in Season 6).
  • Lucas di Grassi won the Season 3 Mexico City race from 15th on the grid, the lowest position any driver has won an E-Prix from.
  • Of the six previous races in Mexico City, Sébastien Buemi has stood on the podium three times, more than any other driver.
  • António Félix da Costa is coming up to his first Formula E race with his new team, Porsche. Da Costa will be hoping he starts the GEN3 era in the same way he started GEN2, which is with a win.
  • Sébastien Buemi, Sam Bird and Lucas di Grassi are the only drivers to have raced in every season opening race (each having claimed at least one win at a season opener).
  • The last visit to Mexico City saw Pascal Wehrlein claim his maiden Formula E victory. Seven drivers come into Mexico City in search of their first Formula E win.
  • NIO 333 Racing will start Season 9 with the youngest driver pairing (with an average age of just 24 years and 45 days). Mahindra Racing will start the season with the oldest driver pairing (with an average age of 34 years 156 days).
  • The last three Julius Baer Pole Positions in Mexico City have all been claimed by German drivers. However, pole position isn’t always the spot to be in Mexico City, with three of the six pole sitters having failed to make it to the chequered flag.
  • Starting last in Mexico City isn’t always the end to a driver’s weekend. In three of the last four Mexico City E-Prixs, the driver starting in last has picked up points (with a ninth-place finish in each instance).

By John Oreovicz

IMSA Wire Service

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Making sense of the three classes of prototypes that compete in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship can be a challenging proposition.

 

At first glance, cars built to Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2), Le Mans Prototype 3 (LMP3) and even the new Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) specifications look somewhat similar – especially when viewed on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway running 200 mph in the dead of night. But there are key factors that differentiate the cars from each class – visually, aurally, technologically and financially.

 

In simple terms, think of LMP3, LMP2 and GTP as the “Small, Medium and Large” of prototypes. Or “Fast, Faster and Fastest.”

Le Mans Prototype 3

 

LMP3 was created as a cost-effective entry to prototype racing that has proven valuable for young up-and-comers and less-experienced drivers. Cars are available from four approved constructors (Ligier, Duqueine, Adess and Ginetta) for a homologated price of approximately $250,000, all powered by an Oreca VK56 V-8 engine producing more than 450 horsepower. The LMP3 field expected at the Rolex 24 is almost evenly split between Ligier (5) and Duqueine (4) chassis.

 

To control costs, LMP3 cars incorporate a steel tubular roll cage into a composite chassis. They also utilize steel brake rotors as opposed to carbon. LMP3 cars measure 183 inches in length, 75 inches in width, with a minimum weight of 950 kilograms (2,090 pounds). LMP3 cars may also be identified by the orange coloring in designated places on the car, including the mirrors, rear-wing endplates, class plates and the lighted led position indicators.

Le Mans Prototype 2

 

LMP3 to LMP2 represents a shift to a higher level of race car technology. The LMP2 chassis is full composite; the 4.2-liter, 500-horsepower Gibson V-8 is purpose-built for endurance racing, featuring a flat-plane crankshaft that creates a screaming exhaust note. There are four approved constructors (Ligier, Multimatic, Dallara and ORECA), and the homologated price is $506,000. ORECA is the only LMP2 chassis on the Rolex 24 entry list, which has been the case over the past few seasons.

 

An LMP2 car is fractionally longer than an LMP3 and weighs the same. LMP2 cars may also be identified by blue coloring in designated places such as the mirrors, rear-wing endplates and class plates. Lighter, more powerful and with full carbon brakes, an LMP2 prototype laps a typical circuit about five seconds faster than an LMP3. These are fully professional race cars that require a professional level of engineering and maintenance.

Grand Touring Prototype

 

In 2023, the GTP class will feature cars built to LMDh technical regulations developed by IMSA and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO). GTP cars are identifiable by the black background on the class plate.

 

The LMDh formula mandates affiliation with an established automotive manufacturer that produces more than 2,500 vehicles annually for worldwide sale. Four such manufacturers have committed for the 2023 season (Acura, BMW, Cadillac and Porsche); Lamborghini has announced its intent to join the WeatherTech Championship GTP class in 2024.

 

Each manufacturer partners with one of the four approved LMDh "spine” constructors. The spine includes a full-composite central chassis, suspension, and braking system. BMW and Cadillac have linked with Dallara, Acura with ORECA, Porsche with Multimatic and Lamborghini with Ligier for their LMDh spine providers.

 

LMDh manufacturers contribute stylized bodywork with their own brand language to that LMDh spine base, and they also enjoy a great deal of freedom with regard to the powertrain. The rules allow any gasoline-powered, four-stroke internal combustion engine (ICE) with a 10,000-rpm limit, as long as it integrates to Bosch’s mandated Motor Generator Unit (MGU) – the hybrid technology unit built into the common seven-speed Xtrac gearbox used by every LMDh car as part of the common Energy Recovery System (ERS). Batteries and other common components for each car’s hybrid system come from WAE Technologies.

 

Not only does every GTP/LMDh competitor look different, they also sound different because the manufacturers made radically different choices in terms of their “traditional” engine. Acura developed a twin-turbo V-6; Porsche and BMW have opted for turbocharged V-8s, while Cadillac chose a 5.5-liter, naturally aspirated V-8.

 

While Cadillac, Acura, BMW and Porsche are fielding full-fledged, factory-supported programs in the 2023 WeatherTech Championship, Porsche also will sell its 963 Hybrid to qualified customer teams. The asking price is $2.9 million, which includes full factory engineering support. That figure alone should tell you that an LMDh prototype is a no-compromise, ultra-technology racing car.

 

GTP entries are relatively easy to spot on track because they are so much larger than the LMP2 and LMP3 runners. LMDh cars can measure up to nearly 201 inches in length and 79 inches in width. Although they weigh 1,030 kilograms (2,270 pounds), the additional power (643-697 horsepower made at the rear wheels, to be determined for each manufacturer via IMSA’s Balance of Performance process) and superior aerodynamics will make GTP cars much faster than the other classes of prototypes in terms of lap time.

 

How much faster? Because GTP/LMDh is totally new, we won’t really know until the WeatherTech Championship opens the 2023 season at Daytona International Speedway with the Roar Before the Rolex 24 from Jan. 20-22, followed Jan. 26-29 by the Rolex 24 At Daytona race week. No matter which class you focus on as IMSA kicks off an exciting new era, it’s guaranteed to be a can’t-miss event.

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