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The most pressure-filled four laps in racing have become even more challenging for those looking to qualify well and win the pole position for the 106th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.
INDYCAR officials have announced adjustments to PPG Presents Armed Forces Qualifying on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22, which sets the field for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” on Sunday, May 29 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
After Day One of qualifying from noon-5:50 p.m. (ET) Saturday, May 21, Day Two will include two rounds of qualification attempts to decide the first four rows, including pole position.
Starting in reverse order of speeds based on Day One, each of the top 12 drivers will have a guaranteed attempt to post a traditional four-lap qualifying time starting at 4 p.m. The fastest six will advance to the Firestone Fast Six at 5:10 p.m. to determine positions one through six and compete for the NTT P1 Award for pole. The slowest six will fill out starting positions seven through 12 according to their recorded time.
In the Firestone Fast Six, each entrant is again guaranteed one attempt and will qualify in reverse order based on their Top 12 qualification results. The fastest wins pole position, which includes a $100,000 prize, with the remaining five drivers filling out the remainder of the first two rows.
“We have an incredibly deep field heading into this year’s Indianapolis 500,” said INDYCAR President Jay Frye. “The timing is right to implement a new and dramatic way to expand one of the most intense weekends on our calendar. Winning pole position for the ‘500’ is an incredible feat, and with this new format, it will be even more challenging.”
2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship points will be awarded for those who advance to the Top 12 qualifying session. The Indy 500 pole winner will receive 12 points, the second fastest will receive 11, and points awarded will decrease by one-point increments down to 12th fastest (one point).
“Indianapolis 500 qualifying weekend always is special,” Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles said “This format will give our fans even more opportunities to see INDYCAR’S world-class drivers compete on racing’s biggest stage. While winning the race is the ultimate prize, capturing pole position for the ‘500’ is one of motorsports’ most prestigious honors and almost a race within a race. I cannot wait to see this expanded format on the final Sunday before Race Day.”
A Last Chance Qualifying session for spots 31-33 is scheduled from 2-3 p.m. (ET) Sunday, May 22 if there are more than 33 entries competing for a spot in the world’s most prestigious auto race. Each entry is guaranteed one attempt and can make multiple attempts until time expires. If multiple attempts are made, previous times are withdrawn, and the fastest non-qualified car assumes the 33rd spot.
PPG Presents Armed Forces Qualifying Schedule (All times ET, subject to change):
Saturday, May 21
9-10:30 a.m.: Pre-Qualifying Practice: Peacock Premium, INDYCAR Radio Network
Noon-5:50 p.m.: NTT INDYCAR SERIES Qualifying: Setting positions 13-33 (or 13-30 if more than 33 entries) Peacock Premium, INDYCAR Radio Network
Sunday, May 22
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Last Chance Practice (If necessary): Peacock Premium, INDYCAR Radio Network
12:30-2 p.m.: Top 12 Practice: Peacock Premium, INDYCAR Radio Network
2-3 p.m.: Last Chance Qualifying: (Positions 31-33, if necessary) Peacock Premium, INDYCAR Radio Network
4 p.m.: Indianapolis 500 Top 12 Qualifying: NBC, INDYCAR Radio Network
5:10 p.m.: Firestone Fast Six: NBC, INDYCAR Radio Network
5:40 p.m.: NTT P1 Award Presentation: NBC, INDYCAR Radio Network
A practice session for all 33 Indianapolis 500 starters is scheduled for noon-2 p.m. Monday, May 23, with live coverage on Peacock Premium and the INDYCAR Radio Network. Fans will be permitted in the infield only. Gates 2, 4, 6S, 7 and 7S will be open from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Bronze and silver badges will be honored for gate admission and corresponding garage and pit access.
Live coverage of the 106th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge starts at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 29 on NBC, Peacock Premium, Telemundo Deportes on Universo and the INDYCAR Radio Network. The full Month of May schedule will be announced later.
The 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season continues Sunday, May 1 at Barber Motorsports Park for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by AmFirst. Race coverage begins at 1 p.m. on NBC, with INDYCAR Radio Network coverage available at 12:30 p.m.
Due to incoming inclement weather, the schedule for today’s I-70 Half-Mile presented by Indian Motorcycle of Kansas City has been updated moving Semi events prior to Opening Ceremonies and removing the Open Paddock/Fan Walk. The paddock will open to all fans after the last main event.
Fan gates will still open at 3:30 p.m. with on-track activity and Opening Ceremonies commencing as scheduled at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. respectively.
Emerson Fittipaldi: I don't think Ferrari will choose a Number 1 driver - whoever is leading, will be number 1
F1 great Emerson Fittipaldi talked to the team at VegasInsider about Ferrari's season so far, especially about whether Charles LeClerc is the Number 1 driver in the team's eyes. Here's what Fittipaldi had to say:
- I don't think Ferrari will choose a number 1 driver - whoever is leading, will be number 1
"I don't think Ferrari will choose who is number 1."
"I think Ferrari, automatically, who'll be leading the championship, the next three-four Grands Prix, will have more support from the team."
"But so far, there is no number 1, number 2 driver right now. My opinion, looking from the outside, they have the same equipment, the same effort."
"This will be decided later in the season, not yet."
"But both can win the World Championship. It could be a great challenge between (Charles) LeClerc and Carlos Sainz. It can happen, through the rest of the Championship."
- Carlos Sainz has had issues but he'll be back strong in Imola
"LeClerc has a great potential to be World Champion but Carlos Sainz can challenge him."
"Carlos is a racer. He had a problem in the last race but he'll be back strong and I think the Ferraris, the two drivers, have the highest potential to be on the podium, for sure. No doubt about that."
- Ferrari have my respect, for their turnaround from last year to now
"I have a lot of respect for what Ferrari has done from last year to this year."
"They focused on this year's car and it's showing in the results now. Last year was a frustrating year for Ferrari. This year is the opposite."
"They are the team to win the championship. That's my opinion, for sure."
- Ferrari is the complete package this season
"To me, Ferrari has the best package of the year."
"They look reliable, they look fast in different conditions, in different tracks. They got around the new rules better than anybody else, in my opinion."
"Very powerful engine, good mechanical grip, good downforce, good aerodynamic grip."
Goodyear, the “Official Tire of NASCAR,” is renewing its entitlement sponsorship of the Goodyear 400, NASCAR’s Official Throwback Weekend Cup Series race for 2022.
Hosted on May 8 at Darlington Raceway – one of the Cup Series’ oldest active tracks – the Goodyear 400 celebrates the history of stock car racing and signifies another milestone chapter in Goodyear’s 68-year affiliation with NASCAR.
“Our entitlement sponsorship of the Goodyear 400 represents a continuation of our six-decade commitment to NASCAR through tire innovation and allows us to celebrate the sport’s storied history and talented drivers of today,” said Karen Maroli, Goodyear's vice president of marketing. “NASCAR’s Official Throwback Weekend is always a highly-anticipated stop on the circuit, and alongside Darlington Raceway, we look forward to providing race fans with an unforgettable experience.”
Amid a race weekend known for drivers’ nostalgic paint schemes honoring former drivers and memorable stock cars, Goodyear will sport a vintage sidewall design on its Eagle race tires, last used during the 1980-1992 Cup Series race seasons. The throwback tires mimic the spray-painted logo designs of the past, paying tribute to the first time Goodyear featured “Eagle” on its race tires’ sidewalls in NASCAR. The tire design will be used at all three national series races during the Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR.
“From the paint schemes to the historic track and throwback tire design, few races capture NASCAR’s tradition like the Goodyear 400,” said Kerry Tharp, president of Darlington Raceway. “As NASCAR’s longest-running continuous partner, Goodyear is uniquely woven into the fabric of the sport and is an ideal partner for the Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR at Darlington Raceway.”
Fans will have a chance to bring home a winning throwback Eagle tire
To bring spectators closer to the action, Goodyear is introducing the “Bring Home the Win Sweepstakes,” giving one lucky fan the chance to win one of the throwback Goodyear Eagle race tires from the winning driver’s stock car. Now through May 9, fans who visit Goodyear400Sweepstakes.comand complete the online entry form will automatically be entered for a chance to win one of the limited-edition tires, used exclusively by the winner of the Goodyear 400*.
Tune in to watch the Goodyear 400 on Sunday, May 8 at 3:30 p.m. ET on FS1 and Motor Racing Network, where Goodyear will provide aerial coverage of the race.
*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN
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"First of all, I think the team is motivated and we have great history together, we came close to many times together. It raised my interest and excitement to get our unfinished business done in 2022. Lots of great things have been happening over the last couple months; the series as gain a lot of momentum, the quality of drivers as never been so high, that I got fired up again, and I'm excited to see where we stack up at the opening of the season," said team driver Alex Tagliani.
Another great news this year is that TAG Motorsport welcomes a new partner Qwick Wick Fire Starters. "We're excited to welcome Alex to the Qwick Wick racing family, said Dave Lloyd President of Qwick Wick Fire Starters. Alex will be featured on the special TAG-Edition RONA/Lowe's 4-packs of the world's best fire starters. Alex, a proven brand ambassador, and RONA/Lowe's have a long-standing relationship in the NASCAR Pinty's series. Together we saw this as perfect fit and an opportunity for loyal Canadian race fans to support both Qwick Wick and our national retail partner RONA/Lowe's through their stores."
"From those many great things on the go on the sponsorship side, it's amazing that VIAGRA as stepped up as primary sponsor of the 18 car. I am always honoured to extend and grow with a sponsor into the sport that I love. St-Hubert as also stepped up as the new co-primary sponsor. It is with pride that we represent this famous food brand, which during the pandemic helped people feel a little better with their home delivery of comfort food. CanTorque is back, continuing its long-term relationship with TAG in manufacturing exceptional range of hydraulic torque wrenches and pneumatic bolting tools equipment and more. Can Torque is based in Edmonton, Alberta. We are very proud to represent them," continued Tagliani.
"More sponsors are back this year as well as new ones. FAST Wheel is one returning and we are going to interact with them and the crowd this year and we are going to have more NASCAR contests. This will be very interesting for the fans at the racetracks. FAST Wheels specializes in the design and production of the best quality alloy wheels. I have been associated with them for a long time and I am proud of our friendship. O'SOLE MIO is also back as well as 440 Laval Chevrolet and Repentigny Chevrolet who are back on the number 18 Chevrolet Camaro VIAGRA / St-Hubert / Qwick Wick. MACH Group, a newcomer, joins our team as an associate sponsor. He is new on the NASCAR program but at the same time the company is not new to me. I have been friend with Vincent Chiara for 25 year, and I have been bothering him for a building for a long time, to have the most unique indoor karting centre, and now TAG E-Karting & Amusement Centre is operating inside one of MACH's real estate building in St-Thérèse, Québec. I would also like to welcome NTN Bearings back with me in NASCAR. They were with me back in my day in the Atlantic Series and I am happy to see their logo on my car, " concluded Tagliani.
First look at Alex Tagliani's upcoming 2022 NASCAR Pinty's season
The 2022 NASCAR Pinty's Series season is scheduled to start Saturday, May 14 at Sunset Speedway short oval track located in Innisfil, Ontario for the third consecutive year. The 13-race schedule features races at 11 different tracks in Newfoundland, Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta. It includes six short tracks, three road courses, and two street courses, including a return to the Honda Indy Toronto and Trois-Rivières, and the series debut at Eastbound International Speedway and on an dirt track at Ohsweken Speedway.
At the 2022 season opener at Sunset Speedway, Alex Tagliani has a record of 2 wins for 3 podiums in four starts. Next stop on the schedule is the first of two races at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) road course on May 22 followed with the second one on September 4. In Bowmanville, he has run 12 times in the Pinty's series with a win for 3 podiums. On their first visit of the season in Québec, the series will go to Autodrome Chaudière in Vallée Junction on June 11 where has scored 3 top 5 and four top 10 in six starts. Round 4 is the inaugural race at Eastbound International Speedway in Avondale, Newfoundland on June 25 then a return to Toronto on July 15 where Tag has two poles, two wins for three podiums in four starts in this series.
Then the series moves West for the next three races. With a win, three top five and 5 top 10 in six races in Edmonton, Tagliani is looking to add to his total. Four days later on July 27, Tag will be in Saskatoon for a 125-lap twin features at the Sutherland Automotive Raceway where he has not been happy with the results with only three top five and 5 top 10 in nine starts. The key is the performance in the first of the two races.
Next on tap is a street course for the 52nd edition of the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières (GP3R) on August 7 where Alex competed 11 times in a NASCAR vehicle. He has scored three wins for six podiums in his last six races there. The first dirt race of the Pinty's series should be full of surprises on August 16. Several dirt track ringers will try to get a ride from team owners still in the hunt for owner's championship points. The following race will be on a road course at ICAR in Mirabel, Quebec on August 27. Tag has six top 8 finishes in six starts, but only one podium. After the second race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on September 4, the series will end its racing season with a visit at Delaware Speedway September 25. In his first race in 2017, Tag finished runner up. But, last year in the season ending triple-header weekend, it was a nightmare. Alex lost his championship lead with a mishandling car and a couple skirmishes in the final two races. He has to get back on his winning ways for this race.
All races will air on TSN and RDS. Start times and a complete broadcast schedule will be released at a later date.
With automobile chip and inventory shortages continuing into 2022, drivers across America are choosing to either hold on to their vehicles longer or buy pre-owned. With more Americans now driving older vehicles, it comes without surprise that car care and emergency prevention education is more important than ever. Recognizing this need, AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE:AN), America’s largest and most admired automotive retailer, is offering drivers tips for a smooth and safe ride.
“Not only have Americans delayed regular wellness visits and important medical procedures due to fallout from the pandemic, but many have also chosen to skip recommended car maintenance repairs or are shying away from taking their cars in for a check-up,” said Marc Cannon, Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Experience Officer. “Whether it’s because car maintenance simply isn’t in the budget right now, or because they never learned proper car care, many car owners are risking avoidable trouble down the road. It’s a safety concern, which is why we are trying to reach more drivers with basic car care facts that could add years to the life of a vehicle and keep drivers safe.”
As we leave winter weather in the rearview mirror, and before heading out on spring and summer road trips, you’ll want to check the box on the following car care essentials:
- Check your tire pressure monthly and make sure to have tires rotated and balanced every 6,000 miles.
- Check your wipers and replace them every 6 months.
- Check your oil filters and fluids – windshield washer fluids, air conditioning coolant and oil levels should be at appropriate levels before you embark on your road trip.
- Get a computerized battery test to ensure your battery won’t quit while you are on the road.
- Worn breaks put additional strain on your transmission and tires, so get them checked, especially if you are planning to travel in mountainous terrain.
- Use National Car Care Month as a reminder to schedule a routine visit before any major problems pop-up and leave you stranded and unhappy during your next road trip vacation.
- Your car should receive a check-up every three months or 3,000 miles, whichever comes first. Keep in mind that preventative maintenance saves you money in the long run.
- AutoNation offers pit stops, fast and free of charge, including tire pressure checks and fluid top-offs, as well as multi-point inspections by certified technicians. So, just make the stop and give your car the attention it deserves.
Drivers should also be proactive, taking additional safety measures into their own hands. AutoNation recommends preparing a cost-effective emergency & car care preparedness kit to tuck into the center console or keep in the trunk. Consider the following:
- Tire pressure gauges can easily be used by unscrewing the valve cap and pressing the gauge onto the valve stem hard enough until the hissing sound disappears. The reading should be between 32-40 psi.
- Self-powered flashlights are helpful when stranded at night in a vehicle that won’t start.
- A filled water bottle and snacks are critical to survival if stranded for a prolonged period.
- A whistle enables trapped or injured drivers and passengers to loudly call out for help.
- Emergency blankets provide a barrier from the elements including heat, cold, rain and wind.
- Cell chargers that are battery operated or solar charged ensure that you can communicate your whereabouts in an emergency or make an emergency call for help.
- A Pocket first aid kit, with an assortment of bandages, safety pins, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic ointments, sting relief pads, tweezers, scissors, gloves and tape, can ease pain from injury.
- Vehicle escape tools are essential if you are trapped in a car that is on fire or sinking in water.
- Car wipes and air fresheners go a long way to keep your car in tip top shape and ensure you enjoy the ride.
“When we sell our Customers a car, we look forward to continuing the relationship as they journey through the stages of car ownership,” noted Cannon. “We want our drivers to be safe and stress-free and these very simple guidelines can help keep drivers safe. National Car Care Month is a perfect opportunity to remind drivers of these small preventative measures.”
Barrett-Jackson Topples Palm Beach Auction Records with $60.7 Million in Total Sales, Including $3.8 Million for Charity and Hosts Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to Help Raise $1.76 Million in Support of Ukrainian Relief Efforts
Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, has again proved to be the barometer of the collectible car market with another record-setting event during its 2022 Palm Beach Auction, April 7-9, at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Celebrating its most successful Palm Beach Auction, Barrett-Jackson sold 676 vehicles, all with No Reserve, for over $59.6 million, including nearly $3.8 million for charity. Also celebrating their most successful non-Scottsdale automobilia auction, Barrett-Jackson sold 412 pieces of authentic automobilia for more than $1.07 million, bringing the total auction sales to more than $60.7 million with a 100-percent sell-through rate and over 80 world-record auction sales. On Friday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis attended the auction for the sale of two charity vehicles that raised $1.76 million to support humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine.
“Coming in to Palm Beach our goal was to build on the momentum that we created during our Scottsdale sale, and we delivered that in spades,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “It’s been three years since we’ve hosted our auction in Florida and this week was an enormously successful return with our best Palm Beach Auction in Barrett-Jackson history. While we celebrated countless milestones this year, the highlight was hosting Florida Governor Ron DeSantis who helped us raise $1.76 million to support Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse and humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine.”
The top 10 non-charity vehicles that sold during the 2022 Palm Beach Auction included:
- 2020 Ford GT Carbon Series (Lot #725) – $1.54 million
- 2018 Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition (Lot #732) from the Cars of Dreams Collection – $1.43 million
- 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition (Lot #726.1) – $704,000
- 1960 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Convertible (Lot #720) – $550,000
- 1968 Chevrolet Yenko Super Camaro 427/450 (Lot #705.1) from the American Muscle Car Museum Collection – $533,500
- 1961 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Convertible (Lot #711) – $467,500
- 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Topless Roadster “Elegance” (Lot #722) – $385,000
- 2006 Ford GT (Lot #726) – $385,000
- 1962 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Convertible (Lot #712) – $324,500
- 1967 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova SS Custom Coupe (Lot #687) – $297,000
In addition to Governor Ron DeSantis, numerous business luminaries, entertainers and professional athletes attended this year’s Palm Beach Auction including Golden Globe Award-winning actor Sylvester Stallone, Super Bowl Champion and six-time NFL Pro-Bowl wide receiver Reggie Wayne, UFC Hall of Famer Rich “Ace” Franklin, Florida State Senator Tom Wright, Vanilla Ice, Ant Anstead and Captain Lee Rosbach.
Barrett-Jackson raised nearly $3.8 million for charity during the Palm Beach Auction with the sale of seven vehicles, including three first production and VIN 001 vehicles. On Friday, Governor Ron DeSantis was on the stage to help auction the 2009 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake (Lot #3003) from the George Shinn Collection and the 1986 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Indy Pace Car (Lot #3003.1) from Mark Pieloch’s American Muscle Car Museum Collection.
The pair of collectible vehicles was purchased by Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports, for $1 million to provide humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine through Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse. An additional $760,000 in donations were made following the winning bid, including $100,000 donations from Carolyn and Craig Jackson, Janie and Steve Davis, Megan and George Shinn, Tetiana and Mark Pieloch, Jeanette and John Staluppi, John Rosatti, and Sam Pack.
The charity vehicles that sold in Palm Beach include:
- 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 First Retail Production Convertible (Lot# 3005) benefiting the Thurgood Marshall College Fund – $1,000,000
- 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor SUV VIN 001 (Lot #3004) benefiting the National Forest Foundation and Outward Bound – $350,000
- 1986 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Indy Pace Car (Lot # 3003.1) and 2009 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake (Lot #3003) benefiting Samaritan’s Purse – $1,000,000 together as a pair, plus an additional $760,000 pledged by donors, totaling $1.76 million
- 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Custom 6×6 Pickup (Lot# 3002) benefiting Can’d Aid – $250,000
- 2023 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing Collector Series First Production VIN (Lot #3001) benefiting SAE Foundation – $250,000
- 2020 Ford Shelby GT500 (Lot #3000) benefiting John Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center – $185,000
To date, Barrett-Jackson has helped raise over $147.9 million for charitable organizations around the world.
“The joy we felt reconnecting with our collector car family in Palm Beach was immeasurable,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “We’re so thrilled to be back in Florida and offer some of the very best collectible vehicles with something for every type of collector. Over the three days, we continued to see a high demand for Resto-Mod vehicles, trucks and SUVs. These Resto-Mods are bringing a renewed interest in the original versions of the classics, which is bringing new people into the hobby. We’re so excited to keep this momentum growing as we head to Las Vegas in June.”
Barrett-Jackson’s most successful non-Scottsdale automobilia auction featured 412 automobilia pieces selling for more than $1.07 million during the Palm Beach Auction. Among some of the top sales was the large custom-designed O Gauge Train set (Lot 8299.9) that sold for $97,900. The top five automobilia pieces that sold during the Palm Beach Auction include:
- Large Custom Designed O Gauge Train Set (Lot #8299.8) – $97,900
- Porsche Automobiles Neon Sign (Lot #7297) – $51,750
- Sunoco Oil Gilbarco Model #96 Gas Pump (Lot #6291.1) – $37,950
- 1950s Corvette Coin-Operated Kiddie Ride (Lot #7264) – $34,500
- 1928 Ford Wayne Model 515 Gas Pump (Lot #8282.4) – $34,500
Barrett-Jackson is now accepting consignments for the 2022 Las Vegas Auction, June 30 – July 2 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Those interested in being a part of the auction may consign their collector vehicle here. Those interested in registering to bid for the 2022 Las Vegas Auction may do so here.
XITE Energy Racing powered by myenergi is delighted to announce 2009 Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button will join Oli Bennett in the British-based squad for this year’s Nitro Rallycross series.
Jenson and Oli will drive a pair of XITE Energy-liveried, all-electric FC1-X race cars in a global series which is redefining the sport of rallycross.
“I want to go racing,” said Jenson, 42. “I love racing, I love competing and I want to have fun. I’m looking forward to racing Nitro RX with XITE Energy – a team which has great experience of not just rallycross but also racing Electric Vehicles.
“And I get to race alongside my mate Oli. He’s a great character, great for the sport and comes with a lot of experience of competing on the dirt. Hopefully I can learn that side from him and he can learn from my circuit driving. It’s going to be a fun partnership, but I think it’s going to be a good partnership as well and hopefully we can take it to the big boys in rallycross.”
Jenson and Oli completed initial testing aboard XITE Energy’s Mini RX Supercar and a Fiesta Supercar at Pembrey, Wales, earlier in April.
But it’s Nitro RX and the FC1-X which the Frome driver’s most looking forward to.
“It looks awesome,” said Jenson. “There’s so much action. There are some fantastic drivers driving some absolute beasts. The car I’ll be racing is the FC1-X. It’s a 1000 horsepower, four-wheel drive EV with 12-inches of suspension travel – which it needs, to be fair.
“Some of the jumps I’ll be flying over are extremely big and kind of scary, but that’s why it’s exciting to me as it’s a new challenge.
“Rallycross is night and day different to Formula 1 and that’s why I love it. I left F1 after 17 years because I wanted to try something new. I’m all about new challenges. I’m a racing driver, not a formula one driver so new challenges is what I’m all about. I felt I achieved what I needed to in Formula 1 so it’s nice to try different things.”
While he spent 17 years at the top of the world’s premier motorsport series, Jenson’s family history is rooted in rallycross. His father John competed at the forefront of the British Championship while Jenson was growing up.
Jenson added: “There’s a real family connection with rallycross. Dad used to race in the late 70’s and 80’s in a Volkswagen Beetle and then a Volkswagen Golf. If you go on YouTube you’ll actually find some videos of my Dad racing at Lydden Hill with Murray Walker commentating.
“I’d like to emulate what he did – that would be pretty special. I used to love going along and watching him race. I remember it was so loud. That won’t be a problem this time – the FC1 is not loud; it’s awesome that the kids can come and watch and don’t need to wear headsets!”
XITE Energy Racing powered by myenergi team owner and driver Oli revealed the Bristol-based squad’s global intentions earlier this month.
Bringing Jenson in to drive alongside him is another step towards sporting success in Nitro RX and globalising the XITE Energy brand.
“We’re a British team taking on the world,” said Oli. “There’s no bigger or better driver to represent the team and what the team stands for than Jenson. We’re hugely excited about what’s to come.
“His family history in rallycross and the fact that we’re both from the South West – him from Frome and me from Bristol – makes this a great story.
“We’ve already completed a lot of testing and we’ve learned a fair bit from each other. As you can imagine, he took to it really quickly, adapted his driving style and was very, very fast. It’s been really interesting and useful to compare the data – but I don’t think there’s any doubt which one of us is quicker in a go-kart…
“It’s great to work with Jenson. We competed against each other in Extreme E last season and immediately got on. He’s a great guy and somebody who’s going to be a great addition to XITE Energy Racing powered by myenergi.
“As well as the circuit experience he brings, one of the things you notice immediately is the level of professionalism. You don’t become a Formula 1 World Champion without knowing how to get the best out of the car, the engineers, the team and everybody around you. I feel, as an organisation, we’ve already benefitted hugely from having him with us.”
The XITE Energy Racing powered by myenergi team will begin their test programme with the FC1-X in the coming weeks.
Lux Performance Group has been gone from the National Trans Am by Pirelli championship since 2019 but that is all about to change. Two years racing around the West Coast is enough and Cindi Lux is ready to be back on the road. Competitors and fans of the 14-time road racing champion have been warned: Lux Performance Group is packing the overnight bag for a seven race national tour. The Aloha, Oregon driver will bring the No. 45 Black Rock Coffee Bar/Lux Performance Group Dodge Viper ACR-X “Coffee Machine” back onto the main stage in the SGT class with a second V10 American classic, the No. 35 Dodge Viper ACR-X, also fielded by Lux Performance Group for longtime client Dirk Leuenberger (Redmond, Washington).
The fans will see the team start out the season with back-to-back races in California. They will compete at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (April 22 – 24), Sonoma Raceway (April 30 – May 1), the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (June 23 – 26), Road America (July 1 – 3), Watkins Glen International (September 7 – 11), VIRginia International Raceway (October 6 – 9) and the season-closing round at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA), November 4 – 6.
The Fred and Cindi Lux-owned operation has been off the national stage since 2019. Covid restrictions kept the Aloha, Oregon-based preparation shop from racing in 2020. In 2021, the veteran Viper program raced four times in the Trans Am West Coast Championship Presented by Pirelli with the two team cars capturing four pole positions, four wins, two second-places, one third-place finish, seven podiums and two track records.
Think the team is a bunch of homers with provincial dominance? Think again. Since joining Trans Am in 2015, Lux Performance has won over 50 percent of the 30 races it has entered, racked-up 13 pole positions and six track records. Cindi Lux earned the TA3 Northern Cup SGT Championship in 2018.
With a 28-year pedigree of winning, Lux Performance Group will not only field the pair of Vipers in the SGT class, but the program will also oversee multiple SVRA entries as well. Beyond the car prep of some of the world’s most storied historic race cars, Cindi Lux brings her no-BS coaching style to maximize client performance behind the wheel of those vintage machines.
Like Lux, longtime marketing partner Black Rock Coffee Bar continues to break into new markets around the country. The 12-year Black Rock-Lux partnership will again spread the “Fuel Your Story” philosophy into its second decade of collaboration and growth with motorsport as its message machine.
Live coverage of every Trans Am race will be streamed on the Trans Am YouTube channel: TheTransAmSeries. Tape delay broadcasts will be found on CBS Sports.
Fred Lux, Principal/Head Creative Engineer, Lux Performance Group |
“As we all know, Laguna Seca is Spanish for ‘Dry Lagoon’ and hopefully it will be refilled this race weekend with the tears of our competitors. Cindi has been training hard with her personal corkscrew… often two or three times daily.”
Cindi Lux, Driver, No. 45 Lux Performance Group Dodge Viper ACR-X Coffee Machine |
“We gave everyone two years to race without us breathing down their necks. We have the oldest cars in our class and probably one of the few that still have a manual transmission. No paddle shifting for us. Old school, baby. However, that’s what I love about them. We just work hard to squeeze more speed out of them every year.”