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.
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OpenRoad Racing marks big return to the international circuit
After a three year absence, OpenRoad Racing is making a big return to international motorsports with participation in two highly-competitive series - the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia (PCCA), piloted by OpenRoad Auto Group CEO Christian Chia and Francis Tjia, and the brand new Toyota GR Cup North America (GR Cup), piloted by professional race car driver Adam Isman.
OpenRoad Racing is the only Canadian team competing in the GR Cup this year.
“We are thrilled to be able to rev up our engines once again and represent OpenRoad Racing, and Canada, on the world stage in both the PCCA and GR Cup,” says Chia, who is also founder of OpenRoad Racing and has competed in 115 races since 2004. He last participated in the 2019 PCCA Cup. “I’m particularly proud to have Adam Isman be part of our racing team this year. He joined OpenRoad Auto Group in 2018, and has become an integral part of our organization. As an experienced professional race car driver, he still has a lot left in the tank. It’s great to have his talent back on the tracks once again and racing under the OpenRoad Racing banner.”
Isman’s love for racing started when he was just five-years-old, after attending the Molson Indy in Vancouver. A lifelong fan of the sport, he started go karting at age 14. By age 22, he had climbed to the highest levels of national and international karting, and made the jump to cars.
In 2014, he had a breakout year, running the full season in the IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge and received the Rookie of the Year Award with one win, two podiums, and two pole positions in the highly competitive endurance sports car series. In 2017, he attended OpenRoad Racing’s GT3 Cup shootout at Area 27 Motorsports Park. Soon after, he started working with OpenRoad Auto Group in 2018.
“I am truly thankful to Christian for giving me this amazing opportunity to lead the team in the GR Cup series and mark my return to professional racing,” adds Isman. “After leaving motorsports behind to start my marketing career, I never imagined I would be able to race again. However, OpenRoad has been nothing short of supportive, and it’s incredible to be able to relive my passion again, while still continuing my career in the auto industry. The new GR Cup car looks amazing. Toyota has done a fantastic job putting this series together and it’s going to make for some can’t-miss action.”
OpenRoad Racing is fielding two cars in the 2023 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia (PCCA), with one piloted by Chia and the other piloted by Tjia. Its provisional race calendar includes seven events in six different countries, beginning April 28 to 30, 2023 at Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia. It culminates in the Porsche Sports Cup China at Shanghai International Circuit from October 27 to 29, 2023. For the full schedule, please visit www.carreracupasia.com.
The Toyota GR Cup North America (GR Cup) features seven events and 14 races, starting at Sonoma Raceway from March 31 to April 2, 2023. Racers will travel across the United States throughout the summer, and finish at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, from October 6 to 8, 2023. For the full GR Cup Series schedule, please visit www.grcupseries.com.
To stay up-to-date on OpenRoad Racing throughout the season, please visit www.openroadracing.ca and on instagram at www.instagram.com/openroadracing.
Fastrack Racing to Field Bronson Bauman on KTMs in 2023
Fastrack Racing is proud to announce its all-new Mission SuperTwins effort featuring Bronson Bauman aboard KTM 890 Duke-based racebikes for the 2023 Progressive American Flat Track season.
Owned by Arney and Amy Wick, Fastrack Racing has worked in tight collaboration with Latus Motors Racing in recent seasons, contributing to both James Rispoli’s 2020 Mission Production Twins championship and Kody Kopp’s 2021 Rookie of the Year campaign.
Fastrack Racing now steps up to front its own premier-class squad in ‘23 with one of the category’s leading stars in Bauman.
During his career, Bronson has twice ranked inside the Mission SuperTwins championship top five, including a breakout third-place campaign in 2019, in which he scored his maiden victory at the Laconia Short Track. In all, the native Californian and Illinois resident has tallied up nine premier-class podiums, the most recent of which coming last season with Latus Motors Racing and Fastrack Racing.
The team will field KTMs in ‘23 after the Duke platform flashed immense promise in limited action during the 2022 campaign. Matt Krsul will serve as Crew Chief while Dave Bush will work as Technical Support.
Bronson Bauman #37:
“To be honest, this is one of the most exciting seasons in years. I am surrounded by people who truly believe in me and my capabilities and only want success for me and the team. I got to work with Arney, Amy and Matt during the '22 season so we all are very familiar with one another and know how each other operates. Everyone involved is aware it will be a bit of a learning curve with these bikes, but we are up for the challenge. We have seen the great success of this motorcycle and plan to add to that success during the 2023 season.”
Team Owner Arney Wick:
“We are looking forward to the opportunity and challenges that lie ahead,” said Arney Wick. “We have tremendous support from many industry-leading companies and first-class key individuals like Matt Krsul and Dave Bush who continue to spend countless hours in the shop during the preparation and testing phase of the season. As a team, we also want to acknowledge the fact that none of this would be possible if not for the opportunities and equipment provided to us by George Latus of Latus Motors Racing.”
Team Owner Amy Wick:
"We are incredibly excited to support such a talented rider such as Bronson Bauman and are looking forward to a great season. The KTM 890 provides us a new opportunity to build on the success that multiple teams have seen in the past year."
Crew Chief Matt Krsul:
"What an honor it is to be able to work with Bronson and Fastrack Racing. The opportunity to be involved with setting up the new KTM race bikes and to work with a top shelf rider like Bronson is exciting. I have been fortunate to be involved in the motorcycle world my entire life. and the flat track community is one of the best parts of the motorcycle world. Challenges are many but with the dedication of the team and support staff we have assembled that seems to grow daily, we will achieve great results.”
Progressive AFT Announces 2023 Broadcast Schedule
Progressive American Flat Track is proud to present the broadcast schedule for the upcoming Progressive AFT season. All 18 rounds will once again premiere in one-hour telecasts on FS1 during highly desirable weekend time slots that are expected to deliver further viewership increases in 2023.
The 2023 campaign marks the second year of the blockbuster multi-year agreement that has already served to expand the visibility of the world’s premier dirt track motorcycle racing series. In 2022, FOX Sports provided a radically increased 150 hours of linear television coverage for the sport, which attracted nearly three million viewers across FS1 and FS2. That total was the highest linear television viewership for the series to date and represented a year-over-year increase of more than a million viewers.
“FOX Sports helped us reach millions of fans and delivered incredible coverage of the racing action last season,” said Gene Crouch, Chief Operating Officer of AMA Pro Racing. “With a condensed schedule, the return of fan favorite venues, new teams and the rekindling of some great rivalries, the 2023 Progressive AFT season is shaping up to be one for the record books.”
FOX Sports coverage will first air on FS1 the weekend following each round (two weekends later for the Sacramento Mile), followed by re-airings on FS2. The schedule also again strategically leverages FOX Sports’ powerhouse motorsports lineup to maximize viewership and introduce the sport to all-new audiences by regularly leading in and/or out of other highly rated motorsports programming.
FOX Sports coverage of the 2023 Progressive AFT season will deliver captivating coverage from all 18 events, starting with the season opening doubleheader at Daytona International Speedway on March 9 and 10 and wrapping up with the Springfield Mile doubleheader on Labor Day weekend. For tickets and more information, please visit https://www.americanflattrack.com.
2023 Television Schedule for Progressive American Flat Track (all premieres on FS1):
- Saturday, March 18 – DAYTONA Short Track I – 10:30 a.m. ET (7:30 a.m. PT)
- Sunday, March 19 – DAYTONA Short Track II – 12:30 p.m. ET (9:30 a.m. PT)
- Saturday, April 1 – Yamaha Senoia Short Track – 7:00 a.m. ET (4:00 a.m. PT)
- Sunday, April 9 – Arizona Super TT – 1:30 p.m. ET (10:30 a.m. PT)
- Sunday, April 30 – Mission Dallas Half-Mile – 11:00 a.m. ET (8:00 a.m. PT)
- Saturday, May 13 – Ventura Short Track – 2:30 p.m. ET (11:30 a.m. PT)
- Saturday, May 27 – Mission Sacramento Mile presented by Law Tigers – 11:30 a.m. ET (8:30 a.m. PT)
- Sunday, June 4 – Red Mile – 12:00 p.m. ET (9:00 a.m. PT)
- Sunday, June 25 – DuQuoin Mile – 1:00 p.m. ET (10:00 a.m. PT)
- Sunday, July 2 – Lima Half-Mile – 2:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. PT)
- Saturday, July 8 – West Virginia Half-Mile – 11:30 a.m. ET (8:30 a.m. PT)
- Sunday, July 16 – Orange County Half-Mile – 2:30 p.m. ET (11:30 a.m. PT)
- Sunday, July 30 – Bridgeport Half-Mile – 12:30 p.m. ET (9:30 a.m. PT)
- Sunday, August 6 – SC2 Peoria TT presented by Country Saloon – 11:30 a.m. ET (8:30 a.m. PT)
- Sunday, August 13 – Buffalo Chip TT – 11:00 a.m. ET (8:00 a.m. PT)
- Sunday, August 20 – CertainTeed Castle Rock TT presented by Law Tigers– 11:00 a.m. ET (8:00 a.m. PT)
- Sunday, September 10 – Springfield Mile I – 10:00 a.m. ET (7:00 a.m. PT)
- Sunday, September 10 – Springfield Mile II – 11:00 a.m. ET (8:00 a.m. PT)
How to Watch:
FOX Sports and FansChoice.tv are home to Progressive American Flat Track programming. For the 2023 season, all races will premiere in one-hour telecasts on FS1 during highly desirable weekend time slots. The complete schedule can be viewed at https://www.americanflattrack.com/events-foxsports. FansChoice.tv provides livestreaming coverage of every Progressive AFT round at http://www.FansChoice.tv.
Fans waiting to see the return of the ASA brand to Pavement Super Late Model Racing will have numerous options this year, as officials from Track Enterprises announced today a multi-tiered broadcast and streaming package for all ASA-sanctioned events.
"We're excited to announce a unique distribution package," stated Bob Sargent, President of Track Enterprises, which owns and operates the ASA STARS National Tour. "We've aligned with three great media partners to allow fans of pavement super late model racing unprecedented opportunities to watch the sport."
The 10-race ASA STARS National Tour will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis on MAVTV, beginning with the series-opening event, the Sunshine State 200, from Five Flags Speedway on March 11.
"The legacy of ASA is rich, and we at MAVTV could not be more excited to collaborate with Track Enterprises to bring the new STARS National Tour to our audience," said CJ Olivares Interim President of MAVTV. "The condensed coverage of every race will be a major tent pole of our new primetime programming block 'All-American Racing', airing Monday nights between 8p and 11pm ET/PT."
In addition, all ten ASA STARS National Tour races, plus all ASA / CRA Super Series, ASA Midwest Tour races and all ASA Southern Super Series events will be live-streamed on a combination of Racing America, SPEEDSPORT.tv and FloRacing.
The multi-platform distribution package is unique, due the unification of the three regional tours - each of which already have contractual obligations.
"Putting our broadcast schedule together this first year was quite challenging," Sargent continued. "We have existing relationships with the three streaming entities through the ASA / CRA Super Series, the ASA Midwest Tour; and the ASA Southern Super Series, plus a number of our host racetracks have independent relationships with one or more of the three. It's been a challenge, but we are excited with the outcome."
While the MAVTV telecasts will provide network television coverage of the new ASA STARS National Tour, streaming services have continued to refine the way race fans consume the sport.
"Racing America is proud to partner with the new ASA STARS Tour and to bring coverage of this series to our fans across the country," noted Colin Smith, President of Racing America. "We knew we wanted to be involved with Bob and the STARS team from the day the announcement of the new series was made and we are excited about helping shine a brighter light on these races. We will have a presence at each event and are looking forward to working with all the partners to help make year one a success."
The ASA STARS National Tour will open the 10-race, six-state schedule at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL on Saturday, March 11, 2023. The Sunshine State 200 will be live-streamed on both Racing America and SPEEDSPORTt.tv. MAVTV will air the event on Monday, March 20 at 8pm ET.
FloRacing will stream one event, at North Wilkesboro Speedway (NC) on Tuesday, May 16, due to its already established partnership with NASCAR and the CARS Tour.
For the full ASA STARS National Tour schedule, plus Super Late Model rules and other information, please visit the series website at www.asastarsnationaltour.com, and be sure to follow the series on social media (Facebook: STARS National Series | Twitter: @racewithstars | IG: @starsnational).
Jackson Lee Joins Turn 3 Motorsport for 2023 USF Pro 2000 Campaign
National NASCAR Sponsor Launches Docuseries Chronicling Defending Daytona 500 Champion Austin Cindric
Discount Tire, a leading independent tire retailer and NASCAR sponsor, will launch a three-part docuseries, "Defending Daytona," beginning Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023. The series will highlight Austin Cindric, driver of the No.2 Discount Tire Ford Mustang, and his experiences as he prepares to defend his title at the Daytona 500 race in Florida. Part one of the docuseries aired Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023, with subsequent episodes released Saturday, Feb. 11, and Saturday, Feb. 18, prior to the Daytona 500 race Sunday, Feb. 19.
The series features interviews from Cindric, his father, driver Joey Logano, and Team Penske executives as he prepares to race and defend this year's Daytona 500 title. Footage from Cindric's previous races, standout moments in his career, and Penske's training facility are showcased in each episode.
"Discount Tire is excited for fans and viewers to get a behind-the-scenes look at the road to Daytona through our first-ever docuseries," said Kevin Fournier, director of marketing and advertising at Discount Tire. "We're honored to support Austin Cindric again this season with the opportunity to bring home a third win at the race for Team Penske and Discount Tire."
To complement the series, Discount Tire is hosting a social media contest where the winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to a NASCAR race of their choosing for which Discount Tire is a primary sponsor. Additionally, the winner will receive a voucher for a free set of tires from Discount Tire. The contest opened Saturday, Jan. 21, and will run through Tuesday, Jan.31. The winner of the contest will be randomly selected and announced on Monday, Feb. 6. Once selected, the winner will be notified to the email used to enter the sweepstakes. For more information on the social media contest and how to enter, follow Discount Tire on Instagram: @discount_tire, Twitter: @DiscountTire and Facebook: @DiscountTire.
To watch "Defending Daytona" and learn more about the docuseries, visit //www.discounttire.com/defendingdaytona.
NHRA returns to Route 66 Raceway
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FORMULA 1 CRYPTO.COM MIAMI GRAND PRIX announces significant campus upgrades ahead of 2023 race
South Florida Motorsports (SFM), the organizers of the FORMULA 1 CRYPTO.COM MIAMI GRAND PRIX can today announce details of their huge investment into the Miami International Autodrome ahead of the 2023 race on May 5-7th. A series of exciting upgrades include a brand-new premium hospitality Paddock Club building and the creation of the Formula 1® Team Village on the football field in the center of Hard Rock Stadium.
Following on from the success of the first-ever FORMULA 1 CRYPTO.COM MIAMI GRAND PRIX, organizers have made a significant investment ahead of the 2023 edition of the race. In consultation with the teams, FIA and Formula 1®, SFM have spent the past six months constructing the new permanent 190,000 square foot Paddock Club building that will house over 6,000 guests in premium suites and a luxury rooftop club.
The new three-tiered Paddock Club structure has been built above the existing team pit garages and overlooks the pitlane and start/finish straight. For the 2023 edition of the FORMULA 1 CRYPTO.COM MIAMI GRAND PRIX, SFM have appointed global catering experts DO & CO to provide a premium hospitality experience for this exclusive area. There are also additional hospitality experiences at Miami International Autodrome for 2023 which include new spaces The Vista at Turn 1 and The Boathouse at MIA Marina.
One of the major updates for 2023 will see the Formula 1® paddock expanded onto the Miami Dolphins football field in the center of Hard Rock Stadium. The all-new Team Village will house the hospitality units of the ten F1® teams where the drivers will be based across the weekend. Organizers have worked closely with Formula 1® on creating this new expanded paddock to create a truly unique experience for the teams as well as the benefit of this increased paddock space. For the first time ever fans will also have an exclusive insight into the behind-the-scenes working of a Formula 1® paddock as all general admission Campus Pass ticket holders will be able to access the 300 level of Hard Rock Stadium and look directly into the Team Village from above. These tickets will go on sale from January 23rd.
Organizers of the FORMULA 1 CRYPTO.COM MIAMI GRAND PRIX 2023 have also appointed renown track designers TILKE to oversee a repaving of the entire 3.36-mile race track which will increase the spectacle of this year’s race by assisting the opportunity for drivers to overtake one another. While there were officially 45 overtakes across last year’s 57 laps, the improved grip levels should lead to an increase in that number in 2023. TILKE are the leading circuit designers having designed and constructed the majority of new circuits in Formula 1® and with wider experience of hundreds of motorsport projects around the world.
“After an incredible debut race, we have been working flat-out to ensure the 2023 event is an even greater experience for everyone visiting the Miami International Autodrome,” said Tyler Epp, President of FORMULA 1 CRYPTO.COM MIAMI GRAND PRIX. “Stephen Ross and Tom Garfinkel are committed to making May’s event a best-in-class experience that is unlike any other Formula 1 race in the world. With new and enhanced hospitality experiences, the creation of the F1 Team Village directly on the football field and increased capacity we are expecting our second race to be even bigger and better for the fans, the teams, drivers, partners and everyone in South Florida.”
The first-ever FORMULA 1 CRYPTO.COM MIAMI GRAND PRIX last May was a sell-out success in which 242,955 spectators visited the Miami International Autodrome over the three-days, making it the most attended event in the history of Hard Rock Stadium. With its luxury hospitality, exciting racing and fan-focused experience, the FORMULA 1 CRYPTO.COM MIAMI GRAND PRIX set a new standard for viewers of a US Formula 1® race and was quickly recognized as one of the highlights on the F1 schedule. Sports Business Journal named FORMULA 1 CRYPTO.COM MIAMI GRAND PRIX the Best New Event of 2022.
Island Brands USA Races Into 2023 as a Primary Sponsor of NASCAR Driver Kaz Grala and Sam Hunt Racing
In a partnership primed for racing greatness, Island Brands USA (islandbrandsusa.com) has proudly signed on as primary sponsor of star driver Kaz Grala and the Sam Hunt Racing team’s No. 26 Toyota GR Supra throughout the 2023 NASCAR Xfinity Series season.
Kaz and Island Brands USA have similar origin stories in that they’re both young disruptors in their industries but have already demonstrated excellence by winning major awards. Island Brands, a lifestyle company that produces premium products across multiple segments in the adult beverage space, recently ranked on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the country. Kaz became the youngest NASCAR winner in the history of Daytona International Speedway when he was just 18.
Island Brands will have primary branding in 16 races (see schedule below), including separate Island Coastal Lager and CRUSH paint schemes on the team’s No. 26 Toyota GR Supra. The partnership also includes branded firesuits, and helmet designs.
Through the sponsorship, Island Brands will reach NASCAR’s 80 million fans, turbocharging the company’s global awareness. Island Brands brought on Hilary Johnson, an expert in the brand sponsorship space with experience at MolsonCoors and Penske Racing, as Director of Sports Marketing to oversee this and other initiatives.
“We couldn’t be more stoked about teaming up with Kaz at this pivotal moment in his career as he joins the crew at Sam Hunt Racing,” said Scott Hansen, CEO, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Island Brands USA. “As a fast-growing lifestyle brand that caters to active and socially conscious consumers, Island Brands knows that NASCAR is a perfect place to expand our company’s reach and recognition throughout the world, and Kaz is the perfect partner for us.”
“This partnership with Island Brands is a match made in heaven for me,” said Kaz Grala, 24-year-old driver of Sam Hunt Racing’s No. 26 machine. “They’re a cool, young brand with clean beverages that fit my lifestyle perfectly. I know our fanbase is going to absolutely love each one of their products. Together, we’re going to help everyone find their island this year, and CRUSH the competition. See you in Daytona!”
For more on Island Brands, including a product locator, visit islandbrandsusa.com.
2023 NASCAR Xfinity Series Schedule — Island Coastal Lager and CRUSH Race Days
February 18: Daytona International Speedway — Island Coastal Lager
March 18: Atlanta Motor Speedway — CRUSH
April 1: Richmond Raceway — Island Coastal Lager
April 15: Martinsville Speedway — Island Coastal Lager
April 22: Talladega Superspeedway — CRUSH
April 29: Dover Motor Speedway — Island Coastal Lager
June 24: Nashville Superspeedway — Island Coastal Lager
July 8: Atlanta Motor Speedway — CRUSH
July 15: New Hampshire Motor Speedway — Island Coastal Lager
August 19: Watkins Glen International — Island Coastal Lager
August 25: Daytona International Speedway — Island Coastal Lager
September 2: Darlington Raceway — CRUSH
September 15: Bristol Motor Speedway — CRUSH
October 7: Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL — Island Coastal Lager
October 21: Homestead Miami Speedway — Island Coastal Lager
October 28: Martinsville Speedway — Island Coastal Lager
Click here for additional information, including full season schedule, how to tune in, and where to buy tickets.
From Strider Glides to Wheelies and Whips, Sophie Gregory Takes the Biking World by Storm
A 12-year-old from Utah is making some serious waves on two wheels when it comes to competitive racing. Sophie Gregory is a seventh grader who is already a two-time National Champion in downhill mountain biking.
However, Sophie didn’t earn these accolades overnight. She’s been riding since she was a toddler.
Sam Gregory, Sophie’s father, purchased a yellow Strider Bike for his daughter when she was only four years old. “We were drawn to Strider because of the awesome color options,” explained Sam. “And because they last forever.”
That simple purchase was the foundation for a lifelong love of riding.
In 2016, Sophie competed at the Strider Cup in Salt Lake City. It was her first race ever. She took 3rd place, and earned her first trophy.
After that race, she was hooked.
Now, years later, Sophie has graduated from cruising on her tiny Strider Bike to pushing the limits on two wheels any way she can. “I love doing big whips and tables on jumps,” said Sophie. “I also started landing suicide no-handers.”
It’s fair to say that Sophie is fearless, which is a necessity in this type of sport. “It’s very nerve wracking waiting at the bottom of a Downhill course,” said Sam. “Especially on the races where the courses are dangerous or especially difficult.”
Sophie’s proudest biking moment was when she won nationals at Trestle Bike Park. This extraordinary middle schooler is currently sponsored by Transition Bikes, DHaRCO, FOX, and Maxxis Tires. Sophie was even featured in a movie called ‘Esperanto,’ which can be viewed on Amazon Prime and Apple TV. The film shows that no matter where you’re from, what language you speak, or what gender you are, everyone can bond through biking. Her ultimate goal is to race in the Downhill World Cup when she’s old enough.
Although she has big aspirations, she still treasures the simple moments like chowing down on a Slim Jim Beef Stick after a fun day of shredding with her dad and brother in Deer Valley.
“When I am riding my bike, I feel free,” said Sophie. “I feel like I am a bird flying through the air with nothing to worry about.”
We agree, Sophie. And honestly, it doesn’t get any better than that.