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Adam Sinclair

Adam Sinclair

Adam has been a race fan since the first time he went through the tunnel under the Daytona International Speedway more than 30 years ago. He has had the privilege of traveling to races all across the state of Florida (as well as one race in Ohio), watching nearly everything with a motor compete for fame and glory, as well as participating in various racing schools to get the feel of what racecar drivers go through every week.  

Adam spent several years covering motorsports for Examiner.com., where he had the opportunity to see the racing world from behind the scenes as well as the grandstands. He invites everyone to follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus, and looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm for all things racing with the readers of SpeedwayDigest.com.

Be sure to tune in for his sports talk program, Thursday Night Thunder, where he discusses the latest in motorsports news with drivers, crew members, and fans. The show takes place (almost) every Thursday at 8:00 pm EST on the Speedway Digest Radio Network. 

Contact Adam: Email  

  

 

When racer and vintner Kevin Buckler and his wife Debra Buckler established The Racers Group (TRG) in 1992, becoming one of the most historical and successful professional motorsports operations in sportscar racing history, may have all seemed like a dream. However, over the past 30 years, California-based TRG went on to set a record for the most wins and podiums of any independent GT team in North American sports car racing history.

 

 
TRG is immortalized by its class win in the team’s first showing at the 2002 24 Hours of Le Mans and four victories – 2002, 2003, 2009 and 2011 – and 13 podiums at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Throughout TRG’s three decades of head-to-head competition across the American Le Mans, IMSA, Grand Am, and SRO Motorsports Group racing series the team has amassed seven series championships with more than 100 victories and nearly 300 podiums worldwide.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of TRG’s iconic 2003 Rolex 24 at Daytona overall win racing in the GT class, TRG owner Kevin Buckler and his team will be re-living their legacy and offering a VIP experience that will not only honor his original co-drivers Michael SchromTimo Bernhard and Jörg Bergmeister, but provide an exclusive 5-star infield experience at the Boardwalk Club on Lake Lloyd in the heart of the Daytona International Speedway, January 26-29, 2023, during this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona (tickets can be purchased at: https://www.theracersgroup.com/all-trg-reunion/).

TRG’s ‘all-driver’ reunion will offer an incredible ambiance in the entire Boardwalk Beach Club area, including 30 flatscreen televisions, a stage for celebrity and race driver appearances and a unique ‘Hall of Flags’ showcase recognizing every TRG racecar and driver. Additionally, the overall experience will include a Historic Car Display featuring TRG’s famed  No. 66 – the overall winning GT class Porsche 911 – along with TRG-themed vehicles and guest-owned racecars. The reunion also includes a fully catered experience featuring gourmet chefs and, of course, select varieties from Buckler’s Adobe Road Winery.

“We couldn’t be more excited to share our legacy with our motorsports family and the race aficionados that enthusiastically make this sport so thrilling,” said Buckler. 
 
“Through the past three decades our winning philosophy has expanded beyond racetracks to the lifestyle experiences we offer at our Adobe Road Winery in California, and especially with the success of The Racing Series wines.”

The Racing Series from Adobe Road Winery is a collection of cutting-edge California blends featuring unique packaging technology specifically designed to connote the thrills of racing and the passion for motorsports competition.
 
Buckler currently is in for the ride of his life as he transforms the already successful Adobe Road Winery into "The New Paradigm” of the wine world with a 15,000-sq.-ft. entertainment complex and state-of-the-art winery. Other features include indoor and outdoor tasting rooms, a third story, 5000-sq.-ft. rooftop deck for weddings and banquets, as well as a visitor center and an automotive museum – all located in the center of downtown Petaluma, Calif. and directly on the beautiful and prestigious waterfront.

Lucas Oil Products rings in the new year by celebrating its 15th annual title sponsorship of the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals Presented by General Tire, at the Tulsa Expo Raceway located inside the SageNet Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The beloved quarter-mile clay track contest, now in its 37th year, attracts elite drivers from stock car, open wheel, late models and drag racing, making the Chili Bowl a rare single event where fans can see their favorite athletes from across motorsports compete on the same track in an action-packed, exceptional face-off. The annual championship event will air live on MAVTV Motorsports Network and stream live on MAVTV on FloRacing on Saturday, January 14 at 10:30 p.m. EST with an encore presentation airing on MAVTV Motorsports Network on Sunday, January 15. 

 

“The coveted Golden Driller trophy represents so much of what we love about racing,” said Scott McLemore, Director of MAVTV Programming and Production. “Hoisting up that trophy as the Chili Bowl champion has been the start of many legendary racing careers, and we are incredibly fortunate to be able to share those stories with fans through our title sponsorship as well as the MAVTV Motorsports Network and our live streaming partner FloRacing. It’s a racing event like no other, elite drivers versus upstart amateurs, and an exceptional kick-off to the 2023 racing season.” 

 

Exceeding 300 entries for the ninth consecutive year, this year's Chili Bowl Nationals is expected to be another record setting event. Drivers include 46 former A-Feature starters, 62 Chili Bowl Rookies and a growing number of international competitors including Michael Pickens, the nine-time New Zealand Midget Champion. 

 

"The Chili Bowl is one of my favorite racing events of the year - it's thrilling to see newcomers and legends from across motorsports compete in the nation's heartland," said Brandon Bernstein, Director of Partnership Marketing at Lucas Oil. "Not only does the Chili Bowl give motorsports fans some much-needed wintertime racing excitement, but it also sets the tone for the racing season to come. Every team wants to kick off the year with the Golden Driller in the trophy case." 

 

Fans not able to attend the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire can watch every lap live plus behind the scenes coverage on MAVTV on FloRacing. The broadcast starts January 9 with coverage of qualifying and runs until the championship events on January 14. MAVTV Motorsports Network will air a special encore presentation of the race on January 15. Local air times available at MAVTV.com.

By Godwin Kelly

IMSA Wire Service

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – California’s Courtney Crone has been awarded the prestigious 2023 IMSA Diverse Driver Development Scholarship and landed a fulltime ride in the new IMSA VP Racing SportsCar Challenge.

 

The 21-year-old driver from Corona, California, who was a finalist for the inaugural award in 2022, will take the wheel of the No. 99 Forty7 Motorsports Duqueine D08 Le Mans Prototype 3 (LMP3) for the single-driver sprint series.

 

“This really is an honor and it shows that a lot of my hard work has paid off,” Crone said. “For IMSA to recognize me and my hard work to move forward in IMSA is really a pleasure.

 

“This will be my third season driving an LMP3 car,” added Crone, who raced the past two seasons in the IMSA Prototype Challenge development series for LMP3 teams and drivers. “They have proven to be a very good race car and a decent endurance car. I’m really excited to feel it out in the sprint-race format. I really can’t wait to do a whole race on my own.”

 

Scholarship criteria was based on drivers having a strong desire to compete in IMSA, outstanding previous race results and/or proven on-track potential in junior racing categories and the ability to build a compelling business plan for securing funding. Support for the scholarship comes from IMSA and partners including Michelin, VP Racing Fuels, OMP, RECARO and LAT Photo USA.

 

"The IMSA Diverse Driver Development Scholarship takes another step forward with naming Courtney Crone as the 2023-24 recipient," IMSA President John Doonan said. "Courtney has shown true potential both on and off the track. She typifies what this award is about: creating opportunities for developing a more diverse pool of deserving talent in the IMSA community. We look forward to seeing what Courtney is able to accomplish in 2023."

 

The VP Racing SportsCar Challenge replaces the IMSA Prototype Challenge, which featured only LMP3 cars. The new series will mix in LMP3 and GT4 cars. Competitors will participate in a dozen 45-minute sprint races – with two races on each of six competition weekends – with no planned pit stops at any event.

 

“With IMSA implementing this new series, it is the perfect step for me in IMSA to help prove myself and my individual driving with my results in a sprint-race format,” Crone said. “It will be interesting mixing the LMP3 and GT4 cars in the same races. I’m really looking forward to getting some multiclass racing this season. This is a great format for me to showcase what I am capable of doing.”

 

Crone won’t be hard to spot in the field. The No. 99 will carry the “Red Dragon” livery made famous by GAINSCO Racing and Bob Stallings.

 

“Again, I want to thank IMSA for choosing me to represent this award.” Crone said. “I want to thank Bob Stallings. He’s been out of motorsports for a while, but he has been helping me the last few years run the prototypes. And, I’ve had many other supporters who helped get me to where I am today.”

 

The IMSA Diverse Driver Development Scholarship is a multi-dimensional scholarship that assists the recipients with improving their interview, social media and overall professional skills for holistic success both on and off the track. One new scholarship will be awarded each year, with additional benefits extending to a second year for that selected recipient.

 

Crone is the second winner of the IMSA Diverse Driver Development Scholarship. Jaden Conwright was the inaugural recipient and used the support to secure a ride with NTE Sport in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for the 2022 and 2023 seasons.

People lie, cheat, steal and even kill for a variety of reasons, one of which is to go motor racing, a particularly expensive and egotistical sport. This intriguing book, the result of years of research, encompasses not just those who have been ‘driven to crime’ in order to pay for their sport but also characters within motor racing who have been involved in wrongdoing, sometimes through no fault of their own. 

 
More than 60 true stories cover webs of deceit and numerous crimes including drug trafficking, corruption, embezzlement, robbery, fraud, murder and money laundering. The author investigates misdemeanors at all levels, from drivers, designers and mechanics to team owners, entrants and sponsors. This book will appeal not only to motor racing enthusiasts and cognoscenti on both sides of the Atlantic but also to anyone who enjoys reading about crime.
 
Key content:
 
  • Stories of motorsport chicanery from all over the world, including:
 
  • Fraud: Southern Organs (lay preachers who faked suicide and hid on a remote Scottish island); Jerry Dominelli (a Ponzi scheme that funded top-level racing Porsches); Jean-Pierre Van Rossem (self-styled stock-market guru who bankrolled an F1 team); Dominic Chappell (serial bankrupt racer brought down after purchasing a British department store); David Thieme (the Lotus sponsor who vanished).
  • Murder: David Blakely (the driver killed by his lover Ruth Ellis); Franco Ambrosio (F1 sponsor of Shadow and Arrows); Elmer George (American racer who married into Indy ‘royalty’); Ricardo Londoño-Bridge (Colombia’s first F1 driver); Mickey Thompson (1960s American drag-racing icon); Nick Whiting (casualty of the biggest gold bullion heist in British history). 
  • Swindles: James Munroe (accounts manager who embezzled his way to a racing McLaren F1 GTR); Lord Brocket (jailed for staging the theft of his classic cars, including Ferraris); Andrea Harkness (stripper who ripped off NASCAR).
  • Drugs: Ian Burgess (sometime British F1 racer); Randy Lanier (drug-smuggling IMSA champion); John Paul Sr. and Jr. (talented son dragged into a racing father’s drug-running); Vic Lee (super-successful team owner with a dodgy transporter); the Whittington brothers (more misdeeds in IMSA circles).
  • Other misdemeanors: Roy James (Great Train Robbery getaway driver); Bertrand Gachot (jailed after road rage in London); Juan Manuel Fangio (kidnapped by Cuban rebels in 1958); Colin Chapman (the unresolved ‘DeLorean Affair’); ‘Spygate’ (Ferrari design secrets passed to McLaren).
 
About the Author:
Crispian Besley is a first-time author with a life-long interest in cars and a passion for motor racing. Inspired by James Hunt’s Formula 1 exploits with Hesketh and having become friends with the World Champion’s younger brother at school, he competed in Formula Ford during the late 1970s but had to face the reality that his results were not going to earn him a place in F1. Under pressure from his parents to get a ‘proper’ job, he embarked on a 30-year career in London. He later returned to racing as a successful amateur, initially competing in Ferraris and then mainly in historic single-seaters ranging from F1 and F2 machinery to a variety of Formula Junior cars. An enthusiastic collector of classic cars, he lives in a 16th century manor house in Northamptonshire, England, conveniently close to the Silverstone Circuit.
 

The global edgy and artistically fashion forward backpack and streetwear brand Sprayground, is pulling up to the races in an unforgettable collection with the iconic sportscar company Porsche that’ll be sure to spark a sense of adventure. This collection, which includes a backpack and a duffle bag, pays homage to the iconic Porsche 911 Carrera. The design captures the purist and timeless aesthetics of this classic sportscar, combined with Sprayground’s eclectic and unique style design, including its collectible art-piece shark mouth design. Sprayground and Porsche have created the perfect travel flex with this collection, showcasing functionality and quality, while still bringing the essence of adventure to the forefront. The design also encompasses vibrant colors of turquoise, orange, yellow and red, with classic comic additions like the speech bubble, dollar signs and cartoon smoke. Sprayground created astriking and ground-breaking collection for fans of the German sportscar brand and streetwear fashion enthusiasts.


Sprayground is known for its artistic and bold collections from Star Wars and Avatar, to Formula 1 and the NBA. This new uniquely-designed collection in partnership with Porsche will be no different. This exclusive collection will be released across Porsche Dealerships globally this month. Visitwww.sprayground.com or @sprayground, for more updates on any upcoming projects.

As 2022 draws to a close, it marks an opportunity to reflect on the year and another thrilling season of Extreme E. The series caught up with the experts to look back on an dramatic campaign before attention turns to Season 3 in 2023. 

The experts: 
Dominik Wilde (DirtFish / Racer) 
James Morris (Forbes / WhichEV) 
Elisabetta Caracciolo (Gazzetta dello Sport) 
Bianca Garloff (AutoBILD) 
Daniel Panelo (Soy Motor) 

Extreme E: What was your favourite X Prix of Season 2? 
James Morris: For me, that had to be Uruguay. Not for any specific race during the weekend, but the whole event from Free Practice to the Final was packed with crucial drama. The whole championship remained in the air until a few minutes after the Final, when the stewards' decision about penalties was confirmed. The story swung backwards and forwards with each stage of the competitive tussle, making for an exciting finale. 

Daniel Panelo: I would completely agree with James. The Uruguay Natural Energy X Prix was the standout of Season 2. 

Elisabetta Caracciolo: That makes three of us! It was the most exciting of the season for sure. 

 

 

Dominik Wilde: Chile's Final was definitely the stand-out race for me. Ignoring the fact that a litany of penalties meant that everyone in the race was regarded as the winner at one point, what actually happened on track was thrilling. Let’s not forget before the race even began there was drama with Rosberg X Racing failing to make the start thanks to a rare mechanical issue. I’m still catching my breath after that one. 

Bianca Garloff: I would have to agree with the majority here. The season finale in Uruguay was an epic way to end the year. 

XE: What do you think was the standout livery out on the course this season?  
DP: I’d have to say the ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team. Its colours have been distinctive since the series launched. 

DW: This is a tough choice for me between NEOM McLaren Extreme E Team’s original look and Genesys Andretti United Extreme E’s, but given the latter stayed the course of the year, it has to get the nod. The Andretti United car was a stunner. Simple, yet effective. Bright, yet not overbearing. It stood out, yet had the elegance of those instantly memorable racing car liveries of days gone by. At least to me, anyway. 

JM: I'm a sucker for the ABT CUPRA XE blue, which parallels the signature colour you can specify on the Cupra Born EV. It's a classy livery, which maybe doesn't stand out as boldly as some others in the season but underlines how Cupra is doing Extreme E because it's also a consumer car brand focused on electrification. 

 

 

BG: I would have to agree with ABT CUPRA XE’s livery – it was my standout, too. 

EC: For me, it was great to see the X44 Vida Carbon Racing livery from Sardinia in person. It is not in doubt for me! 

XE: There has been a variety of courses this year, but can you pick a favourite?  
DW: Chile, without a doubt. What the Extreme E crew managed out there was nothing short of remarkable. To go to the most remote, most featureless place on earth, and somehow create the most dramatic circuit – all keeping within the limitations of what nature had provided – was fantastic.  

Big banks, big jumps, big action, it provided everything and has set the blueprint of what every track from now on needs to live up to. 

 

 

JM: Chile had a great blend of terrain and a unique track for the series. It also had a strong, sustainable message about how mining is essential for the decarbonised future. 

 
DP: I would have to agree. The Antofagasta Minerals Copper X Prix course was absolutely spectacular and provided so many on-track highlights from the year. 
 
EC: It is so hard to choose between Chile and Uruguay. I thought they were both so beautiful and great locations for the series. 
 
BG: I would actually have to go for the Sardinia course which featured the championship’s first-ever double header event. That was impressive and produced some great racing.

XE: Who is the driver you’ve been most impressed by this season? 
DW: We knew from World Rallycross that Klara Andersson is a decent pedaller, but in Chile – after being parachuted into ABT CUPRA XE at the 11th hour – we really got to see what she’s made of.  

 

 

Klara held her own in on-track battles before helping the then-struggling team to its first podium of the season on debut. And if that wasn’t enough, after keeping the seat for the finale in Uruguay, that fine form continued as she became Extreme E’s youngest-ever winner. 

JM: I would also say Klara Andersson. She was a late addition to the ABT CUPRA XE team, but having watched her impressive performance in World RX, I was not surprised how quickly she has taken to wringing the best possible performance out of the ODYSSEY 21. She's still very young but has the potential to show that female racing drivers can compete with men on a level playing field, which is fantastic message of equality. This is one of the themes Extreme E is trying to promote, and Klara is a fantastic ambassador for female contribution to motorsport. 

EC: Watching Klara come in and perform the way she did so quickly was fantastic. She was the driver that impressed me the most this season. 

DP: My standout driver of the year was Johan Kristoffersson. He has had another remarkable year, not just in Extreme E, and was always showing tremendous speed throughout. That would be my pick. 

 

 

BG: Another RXR pick, but it would be Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky. I thought she was very impressive throughout the year especially in joining the reigning champions. 

XE: Looking at things off course, what was your favourite Legacy Programme? 
JM: Although the Uruguay race showcased rather than contributed to this, the example that this country has given about switching to renewable energy is commendable. In barely more than a decade, Uruguay has switched from a fossil fuel energy user to having a grid that is 98% renewable. The developed world should really learn from this. 

EC: I also thought the initiatives in Uruguay were really important. Moreover, and I can be a little bit biased here, but I was truly impressed with Extreme E’s work in Sardinia and I am really keen to see how that develops. 

DP: The Antofagasta Minerals Copper X Prix was the first event I was able to attend and getting a chance to see the legacy activity first hand there really topped it off. It was great to be part of. 

DW: I might be a ‘car guy’ who’s priority on the ground is to cover the racing, but an invite to a Legacy Programme is always a highlight for me when I’m at an Extreme E event. 

 

 

This year visiting the mine in Chile (there’s a theme developing here, isn’t there?) was a highlight. While Extreme E’s Legacy Programmes tend to highlight environmental and natural issues, the Antofagasta Minerals field trip was eye-opening in a totally different way, allowing us to learn where key things we use every day – and take for granted – come from, and how an industry that’s not exactly regarded for its green credentials is changing for the better. 

Oh, and apparently the ‘smallest’ mine on the site was still bigger than most towns. Getting my head round that is still tricky. 

XE: What will be your lasting memory of Season 2? 
DW: I’m not going to pick out one individual moment, but rather the year as a whole. Extreme E arrived in the midst of a pandemic, swimming against a tide while the whole world wondered if it could even be done.  

Season 1 was fine, but Season 2 was where Extreme E firmly proved its point, telling the world ‘we’ve arrived’. 

 

 

EC: The way the final round in Uruguay unfolded would be my highlight – all of the teams, but particularly those fighting for the championship, really put it all on the line for the win.  

BG: That would be mine, too! It was an incredible climax to the season with Lewis Hamilton’s team beating Nico Rosberg’s - the reverse of Season 1. 

DP: It was great to see the series visit South America for the first time and I am really looking forward to it returning. The races in Chile and Uruguay were my highlights from 2022. 

JM: Extreme E is still a young motorsport, but it's rapidly coming of age. Watching the ODYSSEY 21s leap over the final hill in NEOM, Saudi Arabia, was glorious. However, it's the camaraderie that is particularly unique. While this is still a competitive sport, and sparks do fly between drivers, the general sense of shared purpose provides a uniquely positive atmosphere that like no other motor racing series. 

 

 

To learn more about Extreme E, visit - www.Extreme-E.com

For the past two years, MAHLE Powertrain has worked with INDYCAR to develop an innovative, first-of-its-kind hybrid system for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES to provide on-demand acceleration at the driver’s request.

With several milestones now met by MAHLE Powertrain, INDYCAR, in collaboration with Chevrolet and Honda Performance Development, will provide continued development and production of the hybrid system in time for the 2024 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season.

The new hybrid system is an important extension of the INDYCAR’s objective to be the most sustainable motorsports series in the world. In 2023, the series will use 100% renewable race fuel in its race cars, while the teams' support transporters will use 100% renewable diesel fuel as they move from their race shops to the event circuits. The hybrid system developed by MAHLE Powertrain demonstrates how innovative technology can also help the wider transportation and industrial sectors achieve their decarbonization goals.

“We are delighted to have supported the NTT INDYCAR SERIES to develop the new push-to-pass hybrid system,” said MAHLE Powertrain Managing Director Hugh Blaxill. “We’re particularly appreciative of the expertise and support we have received from INDYCAR, HPD and Chevrolet during the system’s development, much of which took place during the significant global supply chain issues that demanded even closer collaboration between ourselves, the entire INDYCAR team and our suppliers to help resolve.

“I would like to thank the MAHLE Powertrain team for their hard work and dedication to reaching this milestone, and we look forward to watching the hybrid system perform on track to deliver the exciting racing that INDYCAR fans enjoy.”

INDYCAR President Jay Frye said: “We appreciate the innovative solution initiated by MAHLE Powertrain and their hard work in the development of our new hybrid system. We are also grateful for Chevrolet and HPD, as well as the INDYCAR team, for their close collaboration in this important project and continued work as we proceed toward implementation for the 2024 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season.”

The 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season will begin Sunday, March 5 at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg presented by RP Funding. Coverage will be available on NBC and simulstreamed on Peacock. Coverage also will be available from the INDYCAR Radio Network with audio available on the INDYCAR App powered by NTT DATA.

Autel Energy, a global manufacturer of electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment, has partnered with Legacy Clean Energy (LCE), a minority-owned business in Charlotte, NC, to provide EV charging solutions for businesses and underserved communities throughout the nation. 

 

LCE provides comprehensive EV charging solutions for vehicle dealers, public and commercial fleet managers, municipalities, rideshare operators, and a variety of parking applications where AC or High-Power DC charging infrastructure is required. LCE tailors its menu of services to meet individual customers' success criteria and financial objectives. These services include EV charging hardware and software procurement, infrastructure plan, design, and installation, hardware and software commissioning, and activation.

 

"As a member of the historically disadvantaged and underserved minority community, I want LCE to become a strong voice for my community regarding matters of clean energy," said Donny Smith, LCE's CEO.

 

Autel, which entered the EV charging solutions industry just this September, has already established itself as a leader in innovative AC and DC charging solutions by developing products with elegantly streamlined designs, industry-leading efficiency, and cutting-edge technologies.

 

Autel's offerings include:

  • World-class charging hardware for AC home and commercial applications.
  • V2X bi-directional charging.
  • Hi-Power DC Charging products with capacities from 40KW to 480KW.

Autel's commercial products include dynamic communication protocols and robust feature sets on a highly efficient and flexible network.

 

"As a key member of the EV market, Legacy Clean Energy's faith and trust in Autel Energy is a humbling endorsement of our products and technologies and a testament to our high standards for quality and after-sales customer experience. Autel's decision to partner with Legacy Clean Energy reflects our continued investment in building diversity within our strategic partnership space. We are beyond excited to welcome Legacy Clean Energy into the Autel Energy family of partners!" said Andrew Byrne, Autel's North American Sales Director.

NBC Sports will present more than 80 hours of IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship action in 2023 across NBC, Peacock and USA Network, including live comprehensive coverage of the historic 61st Rolex 24 At Daytona that opens the season Jan. 28-29 at Daytona International Speedway.

 

NBC Sports’ 2023 WeatherTech Championship schedule is highlighted by 12 hours of NBC broadcast network coverage, matching last year’s total, which was the most since NBC Sports acquired the rights in 2018. Races airing entirely or in part on NBC include the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the Motul Course de Monterey at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (May 14), the Chevrolet Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (July 9) and the TireRack.com Battle on the Bricks, which marks the return of the WeatherTech Championship to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time in nine years (Sept. 17).

 

Peacock will again serve as the streaming home of the WeatherTech Championship with flag-to-flag live coverage of all races as well as exclusive coverage for portions of all four Michelin Endurance Cup races: the Rolex 24, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts, the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen and the season-ending Motul Petit Le Mans. Peacock will stream Rolex 24 qualifying live on Jan. 22 and will also again exclusively present live coverage of all IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, VP Racing SportsCar Challenge and Lamborghini Super Trofeo races in 2023.

 

USA Network will present more than 35 hours of live WeatherTech Championship coverage throughout the year. CNBC will air encore presentations of all Michelin Pilot Challenge, VP Racing SportsCar Challenge and Lamborghini Super Trofeo races.

 

“We’re looking forward to showcasing the exciting, competitive racing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2023 and starting the engines in just a few short weeks with the iconic Rolex 24 At Daytona,” said Matthew Grassie, director, programming and rights management, NBC Sports. “IMSA fans won’t miss a minute of the action throughout the season with the return of comprehensive live race coverage on Peacock and extensive coverage on NBC and USA Network.”

 

“IMSA is embarking on a new era in 2023 with the introduction of our flagship Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) class, featuring the highest-technology and most sustainable race cars competing in North America,” said IMSA President John Doonan. “With NBC network coverage for the launch of this new platform combined with flag-to-flag availability on Peacock and many hours of programming on USA and CNBC, IMSA is poised to experience a substantial boost in interest and popularity beginning next season.”

 

BigR Racing is excited to announce it has signed Cole Zabala to contend for the Parts Unlimited AFT Singles presented by KICKER championship during the 2023 Progressive American Flat Track season aboard a Honda CRF450R.

 

Zabala returns to Parts Unlimited AFT Singles competition following a highly successful Mission Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines campaign in 2022. The Illinois native finished fifth in the category’s championship standings, boasting a pair of podium finishes among his seven top-five finishes.

 

Zabala’s performance last season continued his upward trajectory after previously demonstrating his front-running potential in the Parts Unlimited AFT Singles class. That was especially true in 2020 and 2021, which saw him score a combined three podiums and secure a top-ten championship ranking in ‘21.

 

Zabala will be backed by a BigR Racing team that has enjoyed a similar rise in form. Founded by team owner Ron Belt in 2017, the Kansas-based outfit stepped up to the professional ranks in 2022 and immediately proved it belonged with a string top-ten finishes in its debut Progressive AFT season.

 

Eager to build on that strong start and fronted by a proven podium talent in Zabala, 2023 is poised to be yet another landmark season for rider and team.

 

“I couldn’t be more excited to join Ron and his team for the 2023 season back in the Parts Unlimited AFT Singles Class,” said Zabala. “Since moving to Mission Production Twins, I always felt that I had unfinished business in AFT Singles to take care of. On this team, there’s so much chemistry because every one of our sponsors has known one another for years. It feels great to be a part of it. I know we have the winning combination to get the job done.”

 

“I have always kept an eye on Cole and his talent,” said Belt. “After we were able to bring Cole in for two races last year the team knew the mission. Mission accomplished… It’s time to go racing!”

 

BigR Racing is supported by several of the sport’s leading sponsors. Mike Vinson of Vinson Construction, Mission Foods, ODI Grips, and Motion Pro are new to the effort in ‘23, joining returning sponsors Al Lamb’s Dallas Honda, Scherb Racing, L&R Racing, SPC Racing, VP Racing Fuel, and LBP.

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