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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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.
Crone Earns 2023 IMSA Diverse Driver Development Scholarship
DRIVEN TO CRIME: TRUE STORIES OF WRONGDOING IN MOTOR RACING," by Crispian Besley, is now available in the U.S.
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.
- 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).
SPRAYGROUND X PORSCHE Collection To Hit The Road In Style
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.
The experts’ review of Extreme E Season 2
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.
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.
BG: I would have to agree with ABT CUPRA XE’s livery – it was my standout, too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 partners with minority-owned Legacy Clean Energy to bring EV charging to businesses and disadvantaged communities
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 Gears up for 80-Plus Hours of IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Coverage
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.