Tuesday, Jul 05
Adam Sinclair

Adam Sinclair

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

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

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

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By Holly Cain
IMSA Wire Service
 
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – You’d be hard-pressed to find a more motivated team than the Team TGM pairing currently tied for the lead in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Grand Sport (GS) class.
 
“TGM” stands for Ted Giovanis Motorsports, a nod to the 76-year-old team owner who shares the No. 64 Porsche 718 GT4 RS Clubsport with veteran Owen Trinkler, 45. Despite the relatively new driver pairing (they first teamed last season) and a switch to Porsche power this year, they find themselves on top of the standings boosted by early season success as they prepare for the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca 120 on Saturday.
 
 
“No. 1, I’m super excited for Ted Giovanis,’’ Trinkler said. “I owe so much to him for the championship we got in 2018 for the team. My goal with him – I’ve won races and a championship with him as a team owner – but I told him when we got paired together to drive, ‘Let’s do this, buddy, I’m here for you. Let’s go do this together.’
 
“I wanted to get him on the podium and win races. I know we’re only two races in, but what a magical year already for Ted. I think it’s such a cool thing and the team is really on a high from that in a car that nobody expected to be leading the championship, really.”
 
With a runner-up finish in the BMW M Endurance Challenge at Daytona International Speedway in January and a seventh-place showing in the Alan Jay Automotive Network 120 at Sebring International Raceway last month, Team TGM is tied with the No. 7 Volt Racing Aston Martin’s Trent Hindman and Alan Brynjolfsson atop the standings – 40 points ahead of the No. 95 Turner Motorsport BMW M4 GT4 team of veteran Bill Auberlen and Dillon Machavern.
And as Trinkler said, expectations were initially tempered in what was expected to be a transition year to the Porsche.
 
“We’re still learning this new car,’’ Trinkler said. “We have no notes on the Porsche, so now we’re learning a new product. Every track we come up on this is new for us, so we’re learning as a team on what we need to apply. And we’re leading the championship in a car that is brand new to us, so we’ll keep getting better through the year as far as our setups and what we learn this car likes and doesn’t like.’’
 
There’s legitimately no one better to help gauge that than Trinkler, who came on the IMSA scene in the mid-1990s as one of the youngest to start a Rolex 24 At Daytona race. He now counts 172 Michelin Pilot Challenge races to his credit – most in history – and the 2018 GS championship he and Hugh Plumb won driving for Giovanis.
 
And the famed 2.238-mile WeatherTech Raceway track has been one of Trinkler’s favorites throughout his career.
 
“I’ve run Laguna since 1997, I think, so a lot of experience there at Laguna and I love the place,’’ said Trinkler, who won at the track in his 2018 championship season and has multiple podium finishes there as well.
 
“I like that it has the old pavement because the tire fall-off happens and that makes it a driver’s track. You’ve got to own it on the setup, too, but then at that point the driver is involved in keeping the car on track in a slick environment with the tires falling off. I love that aspect.”
 
Trinkler was encouraged by a two-day test at WeatherTech Raceway with Giovanis earlier this month and genuinely has high expectations for the upcoming race.
 
“I have every confidence when Ted comes back here in a couple weeks and runs what he did, we’ll be a player in this,’’ Trinkler said. “All I ask for is a shot when we go to (the season finale at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta) to mathematically still be involved in it. 
 
“And that’s what I told him: It’s the long game. We may lose this (points lead) at some point, even after the next round, but it doesn’t matter. As long as we’re finishing consistently and doing what we need to do, we’ll hang around in this thing the rest of the year. That’s all we can ask for.”
 
Team TGM fields a second Porsche, the No. 46 co-driven by brothers Hugh and Matt Plumb, that is tied for fifth in the GS standings. A total of 41 cars – 28 in GS and 13 in Touring Car (TCR) – are entered this week. One notable change finds Sheena Monk and Kyle Marcelli moving into the No. 42 PF Racing Ford Mustang GT4 after their No. 3 Toyota Supra GT4 was deemed beyond repair following a crash at Sebring.
 
A pair of Michelin Pilot Challenge practices take place Friday at WeatherTech Raceway. Qualifying starts at 2 p.m. ET Saturday with the two-hour race streaming live on Peacock at 7 p.m. Saturday.

 Sonoma Raceway and Della Penna Motorsports Next Gen Foundation, a 501C-3 organization, announced today a partnership that will kick-off with two events – Karting Day and a NASCAR Race VIP Tour – that will go to support the DPM Next Gen Foundation’s mission to nurture a new generation of women in motorsports by sharing a love of racing, helping young girls to see it, dream it, and do it. As part of the partnership, Sonoma Raceway will donate a karting day and host eight girls from Della Penna on April 27. The partnership will continue during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Cup Series race with pit tours and meet and greets.

 

The first event, which will take place on April 27, is a Karting Initiation Program that will introduce eight local girls to the dynamic world of motorsports with hands-on experience on the track guided by Sonoma Raceway professionals. The karting day will also feature talks by two champion women drivers – Tati Ziemer, who just ​​competed in the International Formula Woman competition, and Michele Abbate, four-time champion in road racing and professional racing driver. 

 

“I grew up at Sonoma Raceway watching my father win so many races there. To partner with them now, share our love of racing and together provide girls inspiration on the ground to learn more about motorsports really feels like a full circle moment,” said DPM Next Gen Foundation Founder & President Michelle Della Penna. “We are so grateful to the Sonoma Raceway, and look forward to giving young girls the opportunity to see how motorsports work in real time and the joys of being around a track.”

 

The April 27 program will wrap with a reception to recognize the partnership with DPM Next Gen Foundation founder Michelle Della Penna, DPM Next Gen Foundation acting Executive Director Susan Lucas-Conwell, EVP and General Manager Sonoma Raceway Jill Gregory, and some of the families of girls attending the event.

 

The second event will take place on June 11 for a larger group of local girls and will be a VIP tour behind the scenes at a NASCAR race, which will include tours of garages and an opportunity to speak with drivers and engineers who will share what the motorsports industry has to offer. More details about this event will be announced closer to the date.

 

These events follow the successes of the DPM Next Gen Foundation’s first-ever event at The Firestone Grand Prix at Laguna Seca on September 18, 2021, playing host to the Bay Area’s Radical Monarchs, an organization that seeks to create opportunities for young girls of color to form fierce sisterhood, celebrate their identities, and contribute radically to their communities. The foundation has since hosted a “women in motorsports” panel at the LA Auto Show.

 

The foundation was launched in 2021 by Michelle Della Penna to honor the legacy of her father, IndyCar team owner and legend John Della Penna, by encouraging a more diverse motorsports community and nurturing a next generation talent pipeline that provides opportunities to young women to learn more about motorsports and get involved on and off the track.  

 

To find out more about the Della Penna Motorsports Next Gen Foundation – how your organization can participate, or how you can donate to the cause – visit www.nextgenfoundation.org. Additionally, the foundation can be found on Instagram at @dpmnextgen, on Facebook at @dpmnextgenfoundation, and on Twitter at @DPMNextGen.

Two-time F1 World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi had a chat with the VegasInsider team where he praised Lando Norris and McLaren for their performance at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Here's what Fittipaldi had to say:

 

  • Lando Norris got third place because of what happened to Charles LeClerc but he deserved it

"What happened to LeClerc gave him (Lando Norris) third place but I always say, he has to be there to get third place. He was there. He was there and he deserved it."

"Lando did a very good job in qualifying. Remember he was fast."

"In the race, he was by far the fastest Mercedes engine car (driver). He was consistent and quick."

"Norris is driving really well. On the wet he's fast. Always very fast. He's consistent."

 

  • McLaren is the most consistent Mercedes engine car and they'll keep on improving

"I think McLaren, talking to Zak Brown, McLaren is working hard to develop. The new rules, the new car, I think they've improved."

"I think you can see, normally, they're the most consistent Mercedes engine car. They're always ahead in the positions of other Mercedes engines (cars). That means the chassis is not bad, the mechanics are not bad. Mercedes has improved the engine."

"I think working in the same direction, they are going to improve for sure."

 

  • McLaren are poised to be extremely competitive after Monaco

"I think McLaren will be more and more competitive at every new grand prix."

"I would say after Monaco, they should be extremely competitive. This is my personal opinion."

"McLaren started on the third row of cars (at Imola). That means they're good, they're fast and they're consistent cars."

 

Fittipaldi was speaking to VegasInsider, and you can find the entire interview here.

 

 

 

 

By Mark Robinson
IMSA Wire Service
 
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The stars are aligned for the greatest season to date in Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America (LSTNA), which opens its schedule this weekend at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
 
The North American version of the single-make racing series enters its historic 10th season and in the first of a five-year extension of the agreement that keeps it under IMSA sanction. The car that every competitor races this year is the new Evo2 version of the alluring and fast Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo. A record grid of 34 cars fielded by 12 teams (another new standard) is entered for the doubleheader race round at WeatherTech Raceway, with more entries expected in future rounds.
 
Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Entry List
 
To say the future looks bright for LSTNA is a vast understatement. In one of the brief moments he’s had to relax while preparing for the 2022 season, Chris Ward, senior manager of motorsports for Automobili Lamborghini America, reflected on how far the series has come since seven cars were on the grid for the inaugural race in 2013 at Lime Rock Park.
 
“You think about 10 years,” Ward said, “we’ve been through good times and bad times of the sports car racing paddock. Here we are 10 years later and just celebrating enormous success. The product is terrific and having new teams come to us shows that the word is out that this is a good place to come and race.
 
“Things are heading in the right direction. I’m very excited.”
 
The 2022 LSTNA grid is loaded with proven drivers and teams as well as fresh, promising newcomers. Dream Racing Motorsport – the reigning LSTNA team champion – returns with six entries this year, with a pair of 2021 champions in the mix. Richard Antinucci won the Pro class title last season, his third series championship, and will drive with Justin Price in the ProAm division this year in the No. 21 Lamborghini Atlanta Huracán. Luke Berkeley, who as a 17-year-old stormed to the Am class crown, moves up to Pro this season in the team’s No. 23 Lamborghini Broward Huracán.
 
US RaceTronics also has six cars in the field, including two run in conjunction with longtime series entrant Change Racing. Prestige Performance with Wayne Taylor Racing has four cars entered at WeatherTech Raceway with a fifth expected in future rounds.
 
Precision Performance Motorsports has three Huracáns on the grid, including the No. 47 Lamborghini Palm Beach entry in ProAm. Bryan Ortiz and Brandon Gdovic won the ProAm championship in the car last season. Ortiz is teamed with Sebastian Carazo in the No. 47 this year in a bid to repeat. TPC Racing and MCR Racing also return with three entries apiece.
 
New teams include Flying Lizard Motorsports (three cars), Forty7 Motorsports (two) and NTE Sport (1). Each has experience in other IMSA series but will debut in LSTNA this weekend.
 
A number of other past series champion drivers are back this season as well, including Edoardo Piscopo and Loris Spinelli in the Pro class, Damon Ockey in ProAm and Randy Sellari in Am. Spinelli already won the first two races of the 2022 European Super Trofeo season at Imola, Italy, in the new Huracán Evo2.
 
The LSTNA season consists of five doubleheader rounds in North America, followed by the final round in November at Portimao, Portugal, which runs along with the World Final matching up the North American and European teams and drivers.
 
At WeatherTech Raceway this week, LSTNA will conduct two 45-minute practices on Friday, with qualifying at 11 a.m. ET Saturday. The first 50-minute race starts at 4:50 p.m. Saturday and the second race at 12:40 p.m. Sunday. Both races stream live on IMSA.com/TVLive.

 

 It’s almost time to come Back Home Again.

The Month of May will return to its normal schedule at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with full seating capacity, including the traditional lineup of on-track and off-track activities surrounding the 106th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday, May 29 and the GMR Grand Prix on Saturday, May 14.

Fans can enjoy 11 days of on-track activity on the IMS road course and the historic, 2.5-mile oval. Action on the road course for the GMR Grand Prix will start Friday, May 13, with practice for the Indianapolis 500 starting Tuesday, May 17 on the oval.

NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers will line up to take the green flag for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” at 12:45 p.m. (ET) Sunday, May 29 on the historic, 2.5-mile oval (live on NBC, Telemundo Deportes on Universo, INDYCAR Radio Network). The ninth GMR Grand Prix will kick off the Month of May at IMS at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11 on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course (live on NBC, Peacock Premium, INDYCAR Radio Network).

Helio Castroneves will capture the attention of the sporting world as he tries to follow his emotional, record-tying fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in 2021 with a fifth win, elevating him above A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears as the most successful Indy 500 driver. On the road course, Team Penske will look to continue its hot start to the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season – it has won the first three races – with its sixth GMR Grand Prix victory.

“We have looked forward to a ‘normal’ Month of May for more than two years, and we can’t wait to see all of our loyal fans at the Racing Capital of the World,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “But as anyone who has attended even one Indianapolis 500 or GMR Grand Prix knows, there is nothing ordinary about this magical time of the year at IMS. It’s so special, with action, excitement and memories every single day. We truly welcome everyone back home again.”

Among the highlights of the Month of May at IMS is an exciting new format for PPG Presents Armed Forces Qualifying on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22.

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.

A post-qualifying practice from noon-2 p.m. Monday, May 23 will give fans another opportunity to see NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers hone setups in traffic before Race Day.

Miller Lite Carb Day will feature the final practice before Race Day, with cars on track from 11 a.m-1 p.m. Friday, May 27. The popular INDYCAR Pit Crew Challenge also returns after a two-year hiatus, rewarding the fastest crews in the sport and putting their talent in the spotlight from 2:30-4 p.m.

Month of May action will start on the IMS road course with the GMR Grand Prix, with two full days of on-track action open to the public Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14 featuring the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship.

The GMR Grand Prix is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14. Only two drivers have swept this event and the Indy 500 in the same year – Will Power in 2018 and Simon Pagenaud in 2019.

A great variety of live music also will complement the exciting on-track action throughout Race Weekend.

Rock’s ultimate supergroup Kings of Chaos and legendary Grammy Award winner Rick Springfield will co-headline the Miller Lite Carb Day Concert on Friday, May 27. Legendary funk and R&B band Morris Day and the Time will open the concert, followed by Springfield and Kings of Chaos. The show starts at 3:30 p.m. on the Miller Lite Stage inside Turn 3 of the IMS oval, a new location this year.

Country music superstar Dierks Bentley will headline the Firestone Legends Day Concert on Saturday, May 28. Special guests Ashley McBryde and Dillon Carmichael will open the show, which begins at 7 p.m. (ET) at the TCU Amphitheater in White River State Park, further expanding the celebration of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” into downtown Indianapolis.

Superstar DJ and producer Martin Garrix will headline a stellar lineup of global electronic music artists at the Indy 500 Snake Pit presented by Coors Light on Sunday, May 29. deadmau5, Galantis, Steve Aoki and Yellow Claw also will perform at the Race Day concert during the 106th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. Performances begin at 8:15 a.m. in the infield adjacent to Turn 3 of the IMS oval.

Tickets are on sale now at IMS.com for the ninth GMR Grand Prix and 106th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. All fans 15 and under are admitted free for general admission with an accompanying paying adult. There is no free admission for reserved seats on Race Day for the Indianapolis 500 or GMR Grand Prix.

NINTH GMR GRAND PRIX PUBLIC SCHEDULE

(All times local, subject to change; all on-track activity on IMS road course)

FRIDAY, May 13 (General admission $20)

7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Public Gates Open

8-8:30 a.m.

USF2000 Qualifying

8:45-9:15 a.m.

Indy Pro 2000 Qualifying

9:30-10:30 a.m.

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Practice 1 (45 minutes)

10:45-11:30 a.m.

Indy Lights Practice 1

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

USF2000 Race 1

12:45-1:45 p.m.

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Practice 2 (45 minutes)

2-2:30 p.m.

Indy Lights Qualifying

2:45-3:35 p.m.

Indy Pro 2000 Race 1

4-5:15 p.m.

NTT INDYCAR SERIES NTT P1 Award Qualifying

5:35-6:30 p.m.

Indy Lights Race 1 (35 laps or 55 minutes)

SATURDAY, May 14 (General Admission $40; Reserved Seats Start at $41)

7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Public Gates Open

8:05-8:50 a.m.

USF2000 Race 2

9:10-10 a.m.

Indy Pro 2000 Race 2

10:30-11 a.m.

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Warmup

11:15-11:55 a.m.

USF2000 Race 3

12:10-1 p.m.

Indy Pro 2000 Race 3

1:20-2:15 p.m.

Indy Lights Race 2 (35 laps or 55 minutes)

2:40-3:05 p.m.

Silver/Bronze Badge Grid Walk

3:30 p.m.

Ninth GMR Grand Prix (85 laps)

5:45 p.m.

GMR Grand Prix Post-Race Track Invasion

106th INDIANAPOLIS 500 presented by Gainbridge PUBLIC SCHEDULE

(All times local, subject to change; all on-track activity on IMS oval)

TUESDAY, May 17 (General Admission $15)

8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Public Gates Open

9-11 a.m.

Veteran Practice

1-3 p.m.

Rookie Orientation Program, Veteran Refresher Tests

3-6 p.m.

Open Practice

WEDNESDAY, May 18-THURSDAY, May 19 (General Admission $15)

10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Public Gates Open

Noon-6 p.m.

Open Practice

FRIDAY, May 20 – FAST FRIDAY (General Admission $15)

10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Public Gates Open

Noon-6 p.m.

Open Practice

6:15 p.m.

Qualifications Draw

SATURDAY, May 21 – PPG Presents ARMED FORCES QUALIFYING (General Admission $20)

8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Public Gates Open

9-10:30 a.m.

Pre-Qualifying Practice (Two groups)

Noon-5:50 p.m.

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Qualifying (Setting positions 13-33 or 13-30 if there are more than 33 entries)

SUNDAY, May 22 – PPG Presents ARMED FORCES QUALIFYING (General Admission $20)

10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Public Gates Open

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Last Chance Practice*

12:30-2 p.m.

Top 12 Practice

2-3 p.m.

Last Chance Qualifying (Positions 31-33)*

4 p.m.

Top 12 Qualifying

5:10 p.m.

Firestone Fast Six Qualifying for NTT P1 Award

5:40 p.m.

NTT P1 Award Presentation

* -- if necessary

MONDAY, May 23 (General Admission $15; Infield Access Only for Fans)

11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Public Gates Open (Gates 2, 4, 6S, 7, 7S only)

Noon-2 p.m.

Open Practice

TUESDAY, May 24-THURSDAY, May 26

No track activity

 

FRIDAY, May 27 – MILLER LITE CARB DAY (General Admission $40)

8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Public Gates Open

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Final Practice

2:30-4 p.m.

INDYCAR Pit Stop Challenge

4-6 p.m.

Miller Lite Carb Day Concert, Turn 3 infield

SATURDAY, May 28 – LEGENDS DAY presented by Firestone (General Admission $10)

8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Public Gates Open

9-10 a.m.

Full Field Driver Autograph Session, Pagoda Plaza

10:30 a.m.

Public Drivers’ Meeting, Tower Terrace

Noon-1:30 p.m.

AES 500 Festival Parade, downtown Indianapolis

7 p.m.

Firestone Legends Day Concert, TCU Amphitheater in White River State Park, downtown Indianapolis

SUNDAY, May 29 – RACE DAY (General Admission $50; Reserved Seats Start at $55)

6 a.m.-4 p.m.

Public Gates Open

7 a.m.

Indy 500 Snake Pit presented by Coors Light Gates Open, Turn 3 infield

12:45 p.m.

106th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge (200 laps)

 

 

High Rock Vodka and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) today announced an expansive strategic partnership making High Rock the Official Celebratory Partner of RLL and associate sponsor for Graham Rahal throughout the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season.

High Rock Vodka will serve as primary sponsor for Rahal’s No. 15 Honda for Race 1 of the Hy-Vee INDYCAR Weekend doubleheader at Iowa Speedway on July 23. In addition, High Rock branding will adorn the No. 15 engine cover at the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 29. High Rock branding will also appear as an associate sponsor on Rahal’s driver suit throughout the season.

“I’m looking forward to working with Sugarlands in this new category, as well as with Dale and Amy. As the Earnhardt’s know, our sport has some of the most devoted fans who pride themselves in supporting our sponsors,” said Graham Rahal. “Sugarlands and High Rock have a fun product, not only to enjoy, but in the experience they want their consumers to have from the fun ‘shines to the High Rock Moments and toasting to milestone memories in one’s life. There’s no doubt we’ll have a few of these High Rock Moments ahead of us this year to celebrate, and I’m looking forward to raising a glass of High Rock when it’s time to do so!”

In collaboration with Digital Ally, Inc. and platinum-selling recording artist O.A.R., High Rock and RLL will present one of the more unique liveries in NTT INDYCAR SERIES history during the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix on August 7. Digital Ally will turn the design of its livery that weekend over to O.A.R., who will develop the artwork for Christian Lundgaard’s No. 30 in Nashville. The livery, which is a primary for Digital Ally and its Shield Cleansers brand, will incorporate O.A.R. branding and the band’s custom artwork. O.A.R. will perform as part of its headlining United States tour at Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville on Saturday, August 6, the night before the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix.

“I’m proud to call Nashville home, so the opportunity to design a car for the Music City Grand Prix, which is the day after our concert at Ascend will make this a special weekend for myself and the entire band,” said O.A.R. drummer Chris Culos. “We’re thankful that Digital Ally has been gracious enough to turn over the design of its livery to us, and appreciate all the folks at High Rock, Sugarlands and Rahal Letterman Lanigan for making this happen.”

High Rock is a premium, handcrafted vodka created by Sugarlands Distilling Company in collaboration with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Amy Earnhardt. Beginning with a base of 100% corn and crisp, clean water from the Great Smoky Mountains, High Rock Vodka is distilled seven times and then triple filtered using the Lincoln County Process. Made famous by Tennessee whiskeys, the Lincoln County Process uses sugar maple charcoal to remove any impurities. The result is premium vodka that is undeniably smooth and pure. High Rock checks in at 88 proof, a nod to the number Earnhardt drove for a decade in the NASCAR Cup Series. High Rock will be available nationwide in April.

The High Rock partnership deepens Sugarlands' relationship with RLL, which began in 2021. In addition to RLL, Sugarlands has strategic partnerships with the Atlanta Braves, Baseball Hall of Famer Chipper Jones, Boston Red Sox, New Orleans Saints, Grammy-nominated country superstar Cole Swindell, Major League Bow Hunting, and multiple Speedway Motorsports properties.

“Working with the team at Rahal Letterman Lanigan has been a fantastic experience and expanding our partnership to include the High Rock brand is a natural fit,” said Sugarlands Chief Revenue Officer Patrick Sullivan. “Integrating High Rock into our RLL partnership will increase awareness to a whole new group of racing fans while creating unique branding and activation opportunities, like the O.A.R. paint scheme in Nashville.”

Founded in 2014, Sugarlands Distilling Company produces a full line of craft moonshines and sippin’ creams with flavors like Dynamite Cinnamon, American Peach, Dark Chocolate Coffee and Butter Pecan. Sugarlands also produces Roaming Man Tennessee Straight Rye Whiskey, which won Best Whiskey in the 2019 American Craft Spirits Association Awards.

This month, Deluxe (NYSE:DLX), a Trusted Payments and Business Technology™ company, announced that it has signed Porsche North America to a multi-year contract in its Promotional Solutions business. With the agreement, Deluxe has also signed on as title sponsor for the new Porsche Carrera Cup signature racing series in North America.

 

Deluxe will be the premium preferred supplier to Porsche brands in North America, providing all printed products, apparel, signage kitting and other services at events across the country and to the Porsche family of brands. The Porsche racing performance team will use the exclusive Deluxe promotional solutions online technology to order custom materials and products for their team members and racing fans across the country.

 

“Porsche North America is another important win for Deluxe, further accelerating our transition as a platform service provider in cloud and promotional solutions,” explained Barry McCarthy, President and CEO of Deluxe. “Through our advanced technology, we are able to provide end-to-end, customized promotional solutions for Porsche to enrich the exclusive Porsche brand and racing experience.”

 

Deluxe is further enhancing its brand in the marketplace by sponsoring and helping promote the Carrera Cup racing series in North America. Along with its sponsorship, Deluxe will also receive dedicated brand exposure on one of the vehicles in the competition, while also delivering digital content across the racing series.

 

“Today, we are proud to announce Deluxe as a major partner to the Porsche Carrera Cup North America,” said Volker Holzmeyer, President and CEO, Porsche Motorsport North America. “The culture of innovative problem solving shared by Deluxe and Porsche is inspiring. It is a perfect fit from the start, and we believe time will provide additional symmetries between our two companies.”

 

“This is an exciting win for Deluxe to not only provide exclusive promotional solutions support to the Porsche family of brands across North America, but to also partner with such a deeply respected company,” said Garry Capers, President of Promotional Solutions for Deluxe. “Our experts in promotional solutions along with our technology solutions makes it easy for customers and partners like Porsche to customize their promotional solutions and manage their inventory in real time.”

 

The Porsche Carrera Cup series features identical Porsche racing vehicles—the same model, make, and generation – placing extra emphasis on the driver’s skills, rather than technical advantage, to win. This is the second season of the Carrera Cup racing across tracks in North America.

 

To learn more about the Porsche Carrera Cup, go to porschecarreracup.us.

 

Toyota announced today that Ron Capps and his newly formed race team of Ron Capps Motorsports will begin fielding the Toyota GR Supra Funny Car at this weekend’s 4-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway in Concord, N.C. The addition of Ron Capps Motorsports will expand the footprint of Toyota Gazoo Racing North America (TGRNA) to three GR Supra Funny Cars competing for the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series championship.

 

“Ron Capps is a proven champion in NHRA competition and all around one of the truly entertaining and engaging personalities in the pit area,” said Paul Doleshal, Group Manager, Motorsports, Toyota Motor North America (TMNA). “The drivers that pilot not only our GR Supra Funny Cars, but all of our TGRNA vehicles in NHRA competition are not only talented behind the wheel, but also as ambassadors for our brand on and off the race track. And we couldn’t be happier to welcome Ron and his team to the family.”

 

Capps has been a dominant driver in Funny Car competition every time he rolls to the starting line, as the California-native owns the second-most wins in NHRA Funny Car history. The two-time (2016 and 2021) and defending Funny Car World Champion has amassed 68 event titles (67 in Funny Car, 1 in Top Fuel) to date in his career and has made 131 final round appearances (129 in Funny Car, 2 in Top Fuel).

 

TGRNA provides its NHRA teams with tow vehicles, along with engineering, technology and trackside support. In addition to Ron Capps Motorsports, Toyota will continue to support the GR Supra Funny Cars fielded by DC Motorsports and Kalitta Motorsports.

 

“For Ron Capps Motorsports to partner with Toyota is literally a dream come true,” said Capps. “One thing I’ve learned pretty quickly as a team owner is how important it is to surround yourself with good people, and nothing exemplifies that more than what I’ve experienced with Toyota already. The commitment, the passion and the history with Toyota goes hand-in-hand with our NHRA fans, and as someone who grew up in the sport, I can’t tell you how exciting it is for me to represent and join the family of Toyota drivers. It’s an exciting partnership for us and being able to debut the NAPA AUTO PARTS GR Supra Funny Car is one of the highlights of my NHRA career.”

 

Ron Capps joins a TGRNA driver lineup that includes four-time Top Fuel Champion Steve Torrence, three-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Antron Brown, U.S. Nationals winner Alexis DeJoria, 2020 NHRA Rookie of the Year Justin Ashley, 49-time race winner Doug Kalitta, 2013 Top Fuel champion Shawn Langdon and 2018 Funny Car champion J.R. Todd.

 

Toyota drivers have won 138 Top Fuel and 44 Funny Car races along with six Top Fuel and three Funny Car championships during its tenure in the series.

 The future of all-electric high-performance motorsport has been revealed by Formula E and the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) at the Yacht Club de Monaco where the third-generation Formula E race car was officially unveiled to the public.
 
The Gen3 is the world’s first race car designed and optimized specifically for street racing. It will debut in Season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, where some of the world’s greatest manufacturers race wheel-to-wheel on the streets of iconic global cities.
 
Developed by engineers and sustainability experts at the FIA and Formula E, the Gen3 is the pinnacle of high performance, efficiency and sustainability. Designed to show the world that high performance and sustainability can powerfully co-exist without compromise, the Gen3 pioneers cutting-edge technologies that will make the transfer from race to road.
 
While aerodynamic development programs have been central to driving incremental improvement in motorsport for decades, the launch of the Gen3 propels software engineering forwards as a new battleground for motorsport innovation and competition. Performance upgrades to the Gen3 will be delivered as software updates directly to the advanced operating system built into the car.
 
Seven of the world’s leading automotive manufacturers have registered with the FIA to race the new Gen3 in Season 9 of the ABB FIA World Championship with pre-season testing this winter. They are: DS Automobiles (France); Jaguar (UK); Mahindra Racing (India); Maserati (Italy); NIO 333 (UK / China); Nissan (Japan); Porsche (Germany).
 
Design, engineering and production innovations for the Gen3 race car include:
 
Performance:
  • Fastest Formula E car yet with a top speed over 322 kph / 200 mph.
  • Most efficient formula racing car ever with more than 40% of the energy used within a race produced by regenerative braking.
  • Around 95% power efficiency from an electric motor delivering up to 350kW of power (470BHP), compared to approximately 40% for an internal combustion engine.
  • First-ever formula car with both front and rear powertrains. A new front powertrain adds 250kW to the 350kW at the rear, more than doubling the regenerative capability of the current Gen2 to a total of 600kW.
  • Ultra-high speed charging capability of 600kW for additional energy during a race, almost double the power of the most advanced commercial chargers in the world.
  • The first formula car that will not feature rear hydraulic brakes with the addition of the front powertrain and its regenerative capability.
 
Every aspect of Gen3 production has been rethought, redesigned and rebuilt to ensure the car sets the benchmark for high-performance, sustainable racing without compromise. For example, natural materials have been introduced to tires, batteries and bodywork construction with life cycle thinking at the core.
Sustainability:
 
  • Gen3 batteries are among the most advanced, sustainable batteries ever made consisting of sustainably-sourced minerals while battery cells will be reused and recycled at end of life.
  • Linen and recycled carbon fibre will be used in bodywork construction for the first time in a formula car featuring recycled carbon fibre from retired Gen2 cars and reducing the overall amount of virgin carbon fibre used. This will reduce the carbon footprint of the production of the Gen3 bodywork more than 10%. All waste carbon fibre will be reused for new applications through adoption of an innovative process from the aviation industry.
  • Natural rubber and recycled fibres will make up 26% of new Gen3 tyres and all tyres will be fully recycled after racing.
  • The carbon footprint of the Gen3 has been measured from the design phase to inform all reduction measures taken to reduce environmental impact, while all unavoidable emissions will be offset as part of Formula E’s net zero carbon commitment.
  • All Gen3 suppliers will operate in line with top international standards to reduce environmental impacts of manufacturing (ISO 14001) and be FIA Environmental Accreditation 3-Star rated.
 
Mohammed Ben Sulayem, FIA President said:
“Both technologically and environmentally, Gen3 sets new standards in the sport. The FIA and Formula E development teams have done a superb job, and I thank them for their hard work on this project. I am delighted to see so many leading manufacturers already signed up to the championship’s next era and await Gen3’s competitive debut in Season 9 with great anticipation.”
 
 
 
Jamie Reigle, Chief Executive Officer, Formula E said:
“Monaco is the spiritual home of motorsport and there is nowhere more fitting to unveil our Gen3 race car. The Gen3 disrupts and challenges the conventions of motorsport, setting the benchmark for performance, efficiency and sustainability without compromise.
 
“Together with the FIA, we are proud to reveal the Gen3 to Formula E fans and demonstrate to the wider sports industry how elite sport, high performance and sustainability can successfully co-exist in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. We cannot wait to see how our teams and drivers push the car to its limit in 2023.”
 
 
Alejandro Agag, Founder and Chairman, Formula E said:
“The Gen3 represents the ambitious third age of Formula E and the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. With every generation of race car we push the boundaries of possibility in EV technology further and the Gen3 is our most ambitious project to date. The eyes of the world are on the Principality for the Monaco E-Prix and we are proud to reveal a car that been two years in the making in the historic home of motorsport. My thanks go to the great team behind it at Formula E and the FIA - the future of all electric racing is bright.”

Let's face it...South Florida traffic is no fun! As a lifelong Floridian, I've seen things steadily decline for years. The fun of driving is almost gone, and then you have to worry about parking!

 

During the F1Miami Grand Prix weekend,  RedCoach is offering intercity bus travel as an affordable travel option to save money and avoid going over budget due to skyrocketing airfares and hotel rates, along with high gas prices due to inflation and world events.   

 

"With the Miami Grand Prix around the corner, my biggest concern is that airfare and gas prices are skyrocketing across the country, which will force many F1 enthusiasts to go over budget or have to rearrange their plans," stated Florencia Cirigliano, VP of Marketing for RedCoach. "If visitors need another option, intercity bus travel is exponentially more affordable and eliminates the stress of driving yourself or navigating a crowded airport. Consider bus travel if you are in the position of needing to adjust your plans due to costs. There’s no reason to sacrifice your long-awaited vacations this year.”   

 

 RedCoach is a luxury motorcoach and great cost-effective alternative for those traveling to the Miami Grand Prix across the state. RedCoach has transported over 2 million business and leisure travelers over the last decade, offering riders dynamic pricing and rates starting as low as $15. 

 

With 16 stops across the state including Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, RedCoach is an affordable, luxury travel experience fit for everyone.   

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