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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. 

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Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming 37th annual Texas NHRA FallNationals, which takes place Oct. 13-16 at historic Texas Motorplex and serves as the fourth race in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship.
 
This race, which has a storied history of nearly four decades, will also serve as the main event of the second annual Stampede of Speed, a multi-day extravaganza that debuted last year to rave reviews. This year’s Stampede of Speed starts the weekend before the Texas NHRA FallNationals, allowing fans to enjoy a multitude of concerts, racing events, festivals and family-friendly entertainment options leading into the highly anticipated Countdown to the Championship event.
 
The race starts with the special “Friday Night Live” event, which includes all the thrills of 11,000-horsepower, 330-mph Top Fuel and Funny Car qualifying under the lights, additional qualifying bonus money, specialty exhibition races and an after-party on the starting line. That leads into final qualifying on Saturday and eliminations on Sunday at one of the fastest tracks on the NHRA circuit, making the Texas NHRA FallNationals a must-see event during the 2022 NHRA season.
 
“The Stampede of Speed was an amazing event for the state of Texas and this year we already have plans in motion to make the events this year even bigger and better,” said Christie Meyer Johnson, Texas Motorplex co-owner. “The NHRA FallNationals is the anchor event and one of the most popular NHRA national events on tour. We are proud to be an NHRA Countdown playoff race and have the national interest and attendance for the race. We are three races into the 2022 season and the competition has been unbelievable, so hosting a playoff race again will be a highlight of the season.”
 
Justin Ashley (Top Fuel), Ron Capps (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) all won last year’s event, with Capps, Anderson and Smith using that momentum from the late-season playoff win to claim world championships. This year’s race will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1 (FS1) and serves as the season-finale for Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown and the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series classes, and will also feature standouts in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.
 
Built in 1986, Texas Motorplex boasts an incredible history as the first all-concrete stadium-style drag racing facility, hosting a remarkable number of drag racing milestones and record performances. Last year, Anderson made history with his victory, passing Warren Johnson for the most wins in Pro Stock history, while Brittany Force obliterated track records with an incredible pass of 3.637-seconds at 335.32 mph.
 
Ashley also picked up a memorable Top Fuel win a year ago to put the finishing touches on a standout second season, while Tony Schumacher, who returned to full-time racing this year, has six career wins at Texas Motorplex. Capps earned his second Dallas win last year in Funny Car, but nobody has ruled Texas Motorplex quite like John Force, who has seven wins at the track. Anderson’s six Dallas wins are the most for any driver in Pro Stock, and Eddie Krawiec’s three wins leads the two-wheeled category at the Texas Motorplex. Smith grabbed his first Dallas win last year.
 
Additional Stampede of Speed events will be announced in the coming weeks.
  
To purchase tickets, please visit www.texasmotorplex.com or call 800-MOTORPLEX.

 

(Courtesy of NHRA  communications)

Only three months into 2022, George Kurtz and CrowdStrike Racing have already had quite the successful racing season. It continues this weekend with the famed Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, where Kurtz will rejoin CORE autosport in the highly competitive Le Mans Prototype 3 (LMP3) category of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

 

Kurtz will team up with Jon Bennett and Colin Braun behind the wheel of the No. 54 CrowdStrike/Flex-Box Ligier JS P320 a year after claiming a landmark victory at the famous race in Florida – one of sports car racing’s biggest events.

 

This year’s running will be even bigger for CrowdStrike – a leader in cloud-delivered protection of endpoints, cloud workloads, identity and data – which was named in January as an OfficialPartner of IMSA, the sanctioning body for the WeatherTech Championship.

 

The IMSA Experience

Sebring is CrowdStrike’s second full event as an IMSA Official Partner after launching the relationship at January’s Rolex 24 At Daytona. The commercial partnership adds to an impressive portfolio that includes a major sponsorship in SRO Motorsports America, where CrowdStrike is the Official Internet and Cloud Security Provider.

 

The IMSA partnership also provides the opportunity  for CrowdStrike to host CxO Summits at select IMSA race venues, such as the Daytona event.

 

With Sebring as the second round of the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup – which includes four long-distance rounds on the calendar – CrowdStrike will play a role in another highly visible effort as the sponsor of the new Endurance, Teamwork, and Speed Award at the Michelin Endurance Cup events. The award will recognize a team in each IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship class demonstrating strategic teamwork that is critical to success in long and grueling IMSA endurance races.

 

Speed, endurance and the focus to win as a team are all  qualities that mirror CrowdStrike’s approach to protecting the endpoints, cloud workloads, identity and data, of organizations around the globe.  It takes a team to stop breaches and deliver a top performance on the track  and we Win as One. 

 

CrowdStrike has redefined security with the world’s most advanced cloud-native platform that protects and enables the people, processes and technologies that drive modern enterprise.

Powered by the CrowdStrike Security Cloud, the Falcon Platform provides unprecedented levels of security to automatically stop data breaches and attacks like ransomware. 

 

In addition to sponsoring the Endurance, Teamwork and Speed Award, CrowdStrike’s IMSA partnership will also include on-track signage at the Michelin Endurance Cup tracks (Daytona International Speedway, Sebring International Raceway, Watkins Glen International and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta) and IMSA VIP experiences at other IMSA races throughout the season.

 

Winning With Speed

A combination of Endurance, Teamwork and Speed put Kurtz and CORE autosport over the top in the 12 Hours of Sebring a year ago. The Kurtz/Bennett/Braun trio won a hard-fought race in 2021 as the top three LMP3 entries finished within 3.201 seconds of each other after 12 hours.

 

With a margin of victory that close, all elements of the team had to work in sync. The CrowdStrike-sponsored effort made the fewest mistakes and set the fastest LMP3 lap of the race.

 

“Sebring is one of the most iconic and demanding tracks in all of sports car racing,” said Kurtz, CrowdStrike co-founder and CEO. “Speed and reliability are critical to achieving success. I know we have one of the best teams on the IMSA paddock. If we can maintain our focus, I’m confident we’ll have all the right components to achieve another victory.”

 

Kurtz is coming off  an incredible start to his racing season with podium finishes around the world. He recently opened SRO America’s GT America season with a victory and third-place showing at St. Petersburg; had a runner-up finish at the Rolex 24 for CORE autosport with Bennett, Braun and Nic Jonsson; and secured a second-place finish at the 24 Hours of Dubai.

 

“I am feeling confident heading into Sebring,” Braun said. “We had a great test a few weeks ago and a strong result in 2021. We know what it takes to make our CORE autosport/CrowdStrike/Flex-Box Ligier fast and reliable, we just need to execute. The goal is the same as it was for last year and at Daytona: be consistent and keep pushing to improve every time we go to the track. That way of racing has always served us well: focus on our own improvement and the results will take care of themselves.”

 

The 12 Hours of Sebring is scheduled for 10:10 a.m. ET on Saturday, March 19. The race will air across the USA network and the Peacock network. IMSA Radio also will have a live broadcast on IMSA.com and the IMSA app.

 

For more information, visit CrowdStrikeRacing.com. Follow #CrowdStrikeRacing on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn for updates.

 

By David Phillips
IMSA Wire Service
 
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – As the second round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the final leg of the 36 Hours of Florida, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts is generally viewed in the context of January’s Rolex 24 At Daytona.
 
Almost inevitably, the Daytona winners rank as “favorites” in the lead-up to America’s longest-lived endurance race. And why not? Teams, cars and drivers who triumphed in the twice-around-the-clock race at Daytona International Speedway have already shown the speed, endurance and savvy it takes to win a long-distance race. By a similar token, competitors who didn’t fare so well at Daytona are, if not desperate, then “highly motivated” to get on the winning track – or at least score lots of championship points – at Sebring, lest their championship aspirations all but vanish in the first two races of the long season.
 
So, while the No. 60 Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian and No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05s seek to repeat the form that took them to a 1-2 finish at Daytona, other Daytona Prototype international (DPi) teams are out to rebound from disappointments in the first round of the season. That surely applies to the brace of Cadillacs entered by Chip Ganassi Racing in the wake of what ranks among CGR’s most disappointing Rolex 24 performances, one that saw mechanical gremlins reduce their two Caddys to also-rans before the sun peaked over Daytona’s east banking on Sunday.
 
What’s more, the dynamics of having defending Sebring winner Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 01 Cadillac even as former Sebring pole winner Neel Jani slides into the No. 02 entry as an 11th-hour replacement for Formula 1-bound Kevin Magnussen. And speaking of JDC-Miller MotorSports, the JDC squad will be hoping the mythical law of averages helps them avenge the disappointment that comes from finishing third at Daytona after an untimely full-course yellow knocked them out of a convincing lead in the final hours of the 24-hour race. Not to mention reprising last year’s David vs. Goliath Sebring triumph, with the vastly experienced Richard Westbrook taking the place of the aforementioned Bourdais in the No. 5 Cadillac.
 
On the GT front, Porsche starts as prohibitive favorites based on the No. 16 Wright Motorsports and No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports 911 GT3 R sweep of the GT Daytona (GTD) and GT Daytona Pro (GTD PRO) categories at Daytona, respectively. But that’s the tip of the proverbial iceberg given that Sebring International Raceway has been a happy hunting ground for Porsche of late, witness the Stuttgart marque’s domination of the GT victory stand there dating back to Fall 2020. In fact, the last marques to best Porsche at Sebring were Corvette and Aston Martin (in the July 2020 sprint race).
 
And speaking of ‘Vettes, surely No. 3 Corvette C8.R GTD will be looking to rebound from a troubled GTD PRO debut at Daytona. If there’s any IMSA team capable of effecting such a reversal in form, it’s Corvette Racing. As for Aston Martin, it looks to break into the “W” column at Sebring in the wake of Magnus Racing’s No. 44 Vantage GT3 runner-up GTD finish at Daytona. Likewise, Ferrari, which garnered second in GTD PRO at Daytona and, happily, will be represented at Sebring by the same No. 62 Ferrari 488 GT3 entered by Risi Competizione for the first time since 2018.
 
Look to the 2022 Rolex 24 for a favorite in LMP2, or to recent Sebring form? Something has to “give” at Sebring, given that in order to notch a fourth consecutive win on the 3.74-mile circuit (including the 2020 sprint race), the No. 52 ORECA LMP2 07 of PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports will have to outrun DragonSpeed USA’s No. 81 entry; the same DragonSpeed that narrowly bested Racing Team Nederland, Tower Motorsports and PR1 Mathiasen to take the class win at Daytona; the same DragonSpeed entry that will feature a 1-2 Montoya punch in the form of the inestimable Juan Pablo and his 16-year-old son Sebastian in his IMSA debut.
 
By a similar token, CORE autosport is seeking to defend its LMP3 win at Sebring on the heels of its No. 54 Ligier JS P320’s third place at Daytona, while Riley Motorsports is gunning for its second LMP3 win of the young season, having finished second and third at Sebring last year in the Nos. 91 and 74 Ligiers – one of only two events that The No. 74 Riley entry failed to win in 2021.
 
Those are just a sampling of the storylines heading into what figures to be 12 hours of ferocious competition at Sebring International Raceway. With 53 cars, more than 45 teams and some 150 drivers vying for five class wins, you can be sure many, many more compelling developments will emerge between 10:10 a.m. and 10:10 p.m. ET on Saturday.
 
If you can’t be there in person, be sure to catch all the action on Peacock, IMSA Radio and the USA Network.

NOLA Motorsports Park, New Orleans’ premier racing facility, welcomed David Pace as General Manager in 2021. In his role, David has brought the track back to life by initiating much needed repairs and upgrades to the track’s facilities and bringing back major races and events.

 

“Managing large-scale events and motorsports have been a big part of my career the last 20 years. At NOLA Motorsports, my hope is to put my knowledge and experience to work and bring motorsports back to the New Orleans area,” said David. “I’ve seen first hand the comradery and excitement motorsports can bring to a community. I’d like to position NOLA Motorsports Park as a cornerstone in the community when it comes to not only motorsports, but off track events.” 

 

David brings over 20 years of experience to his role at NOLA Motorsports Park. His first jobs as a mechanic and team manager with the Toyota Atlantic and INDYCAR series gave him a solid understanding and foundation in the motorsports sector. David continued his career with Goodridge where he developed and coordinated the opening of “Goodridge Indy,” including new facility design, construction and maintenance. After owning his own general contracting business for 8 years, David returned to the world of motorsports, managing operations for the Baltimore Grand Prix and independently contracting with INDYCAR, Andretti Sports Marketing, and various sanctioning bodies to establish motorsports races in multiple cities. 

 

As Vice President of Operations at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) David worked from the track’s inception in 2012 to establish all motorsport related logistics and operations of the inaugural Formula 1 race, X Games, MotoGP, Lone Star Le Mans, and other major races, concerts, and events. 

 

David Pace and his team at NOLA Motorsports Park are currently gearing up to host one of the first ticketed events the park has seen in years, the SVRA NOLA Speedtour, Hagerty Cars & Caffeine Car Show, and the NOLA Motorsports Park Cars & Crawdads Cook-Off on April 8-10. 

 

Louisiana residents and visitors alike can expect more thrills and chills at NOLA Motorsports than ever before with additional entertainment, events, and more to come. To learn more about NOLA Motorsports visit https://nolamotor.com/ and follow along on Instagram at @nolamotorsports.

F1 legend Juan Pablo Montoya recently caught up with the team from  VegasInsider, ahead of the season opener in Bahrain, and the Colombian great gave his picks for the race. Here's what he said:

  • The Mercedes camp has the most problems, but there's a major possibility that they're sandbagging

"The Mercedes camp cars seem to have the most issues at the moment."

"But is it the Mercedes camp cars or is it that they're sandbagging and not showing what they are." 

"And I think that's a major possibility."

"It's crazy because we're doing all this talk and we're gonna get to the race weekend and it might be that Red Bull's really fast and Mercedes is right there. And then you go - 'oh that's the same'."

"Then you look behind and then you see a Ferrari and McLaren, and an AlphaTauri and an Aston, all mixed together. And then you're gonna see behind a mixture of the Alfa Romeo and Williams and the Haas, all three together. And you go - 'oh, nothing changed'."

"That's a great possibility as well. It is. It's just so likely to happen!"

"It's so frustrating that they pull the rules upside down and you look at the qualifying results, you look at Abu Dhabi and this and you go - 'well, that didn't change'."

  • My money would be on Red Bull and Max Verstappen for Bahrain

"My pick, to be the best, my money would be on Red Bull."

"If it was for winning, I would probably put Red Bull with Max (Verstappen)."

"If I was a betting person, my money would be on a Red Bull. If it even breaks down, my money would be on a Red Bull."

"Remember with the new rules, new engines, new cooling systems, new everything."

"Look at the Mercedes packing of the car, it's insane and they're really having a lot of issues. But when you go racing, oh my god. That's the other thing with the Mercedes is, it's just floor. So if you get close to somebody and touch that floor and you break it, you're gonna break half of the floor and a cut tire really easy."

"With a Ferrari, you hit the side pod, because they're wide. Not ideal, but you're gonna rub against the side pod and you might damage a little bit of the floor. That's another one."

  • For Ferrari, the Bahrain GP can go two ways

"Two things are gonna happen in Ferrari - either Charles (LeClerc) can bounce back a little or the gap is going to get bigger, to Carlos (Sainz).

"Because at the end of the day, it's a mental war."

"Yes you're teammates, yes you like each other but you still want to beat the hell out of him."

"If you start going to race weekends and you're getting your ass kicked every week, it makes it really difficult."

  • George Russell is the underdog that will surprise in Bahrain

"Underdog - I would suspect he's gonna be really good is George (Russell) with the Mercedes."

"He is going to surprise more than anyone else."

 

Thanks again to VegasInsider for this information. You can find the entire interview here.

By Jeff Olson
IMSA Wire Service
 
 
SEBRING, Fla. – Mike Conway paid tribute to his father by leading the field a third of the way through the 70th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts.
 
Four hours into Saturday’s race, Conway had the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R in the overall and Daytona Prototype international (DPi) class lead in the historic endurance race at Sebring International Raceway.
 
Conway, who co-drives the Action Express Racing car with Pipo Derani and Tristan Nunez, honored his dad, Michael Conway, who passed away on Friday, with an Instagram post and message.
 
“Today we lost a great man who will be sorely missed by many but more so by me and my family,” Conway wrote. “Really is a tough day for everyone who knew him, but I’ll always remember all the racing we did together and all the hours in the garage tinkering with cars. Mostly dad fixing all the things I broke but I learned a lot from this man, and I miss you so much, Pops. Rest in peace, love you.”
 
Live streaming of the race continues on Peacock through the conclusion shortly after 10 p.m. ET. USA Network opens its TV coverage at 3:30 p.m. and will continue through the finish.
 
At the four-hour mark, none of the pole winners was leading in any of the five IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship classes, including the No. 1 overall and DPi starter. On the first lap of the race, Motul Pole Award winner Sebastien Bourdais brought the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R into the pits with a problem in the car’s gearbox.
 
Persistent issues sent the No. 01 car – co-driven by Bourdais, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Renger van der Zande – back to the pits and paddock several times. At the four-hour mark, it was on track but 34 laps behind.
 
“We took the No. 01 to the garage and changed the gearbox after having downshifting problems,” team manager Steve Eriksen said. “We tried a number of counter measures in the pits to correct but later realized we needed to change the whole gearbox to eliminate the issue.”
 
The class leaders four hours into the race were Conway in DPi, Giedo van der Garde in the No. 29 Racing Team Nederland ORECA LMP2 07 in Le Mans Prototype (LMP2), Dakota Dickerson in the No. 30 Jr III Racing Ligier JS P320 in Le Mans Prototype 3 (LMP3), Jordan Taylor in the No. 3 Corvette Racing Corvette C8.R GTD in GTD PRO and Michael de Quesada in the No. 28 Alegra Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 in GT Daytona (GTD).
 
Just 10 minutes into the race, Zacharie Robichon pulled the No. 16 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R – the pole sitter in GTD and class winner in the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January – into the pits. It soon went to the garage to repair the differential and fell laps off the pace. Little more than two hours into the race the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GT3, the pole winner in GTD PRO, needed repairs for a power steering issue.
 
At the 2:43 mark, Alec Udell’s No. 6 Muehlner Motorsports America Duqueine D08 LMP3 spun on the exit of Turn 1, taking out Juan Pablo Montoya, who had just gotten into the No. 81 DragonSpeed USA ORECA that was leading in LMP2. Montoya was caught between the No. 6 and the No. 1 Paul Miller Racing BMW M4 GT3 driven by Erik Johansson.
 
“I saw everyone slowing down going into Turn 1, so I really backed off,” Montoya said. “I lifted really early and downshifted and rolled through the corner actually pretty slow. I saw the car spinning in front of me. And when the guy spun he got off the brakes. I had nowhere to go. They all checked up and I backed off, but they all just stopped.”
 
Montoya had inherited the lead from his son, Sebastian, the 16-year-old making his WeatherTech Championship debut who stormed from more than a minute back to take the lead in his stint at the wheel.
 
“My dad had nothing to do with that,” Sebastian Bourdais said of the incident that ended the day for the No. 81. “My dad has a lot of experience and what he did, honestly, I think is what everybody would have done, so it’s really disappointing.”
 
The Twelve Hours of Sebring also serves as the second of four races included in the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup, with separate points being awarded at designated junctures in the race. At Sebring, points are awarded at the four- and eight-hour marks and the race finish. The leader in each class earns five points at each juncture, four points for second place, third points for third and two points for all other competitors.
 
With Michelin Endurance Cup points from the Sebring four-hour mark added to those earned at the Rolex 24, the class leaders were: the No. 60 Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Acura ARX-05 in DPi; the No. 29 Racing Team Nederland ORECA in LMP2; the No. 74 Riley Motorsports Ligier JS P320 in LMP3; the No. 2 KCMG Mercedes AMG-GT3 in GTD PRO; and the No. 16 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R in GTD.
 Three-time Funny Car world champion Matt Hagan gave Tony Stewart Racing its first NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series victory, racing to his first win at the historic and 53rd annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway on Sunday.
 
Tripp Tatum (Top Fuel), Dallas Glenn (Pro Stock) and Karen Stoffer (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also picked up wins at the third of 22 races during the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season.
 
In his second final this season, Hagan powered his 11,000-horsepower Dodge Power Brokers Dodge Charger Hellcat SRT to a run of 3.910-seconds at 330.96 mph to beat Blake Alexander in the final round. It gives Hagan his 40th career victory and just as importantly, his first-ever win at historic Gainesville Raceway. He reached the final round with wins against Dave Richards, Terry Haddock, and Chad Green. Hagan joined the first-year Tony Stewart Racing team in the off-season and posted a No. 1 qualifier and a runner-up for the team before the momentous win on Sunday in Gainesville.
 
“To get this first win at the Gatornationals and Tony Stewart’s first win in a drag car, it’s pretty awesome,” Hagan said. “He wants to be here, and it says a lot for our sport. It was a good weekend for Tony, a good weekend for NHRA and I’m just very blessed and humbled to be here. I want to make sure I’m showing up on the starting line and doing my part and I just know what this team is capable of. It’s a lot of tough competition, but as a driver that’s exciting.
 
“It just was a big weekend for me personally because I’ve been wanting to win this race and check it off on my career box, and I think this allows me to accomplish everything I’ve ever set out to do in NHRA.”
 
Added Stewart: “This is pretty badass, especially at the Gatornationals. We’ve got two awesome race teams that work their butts off. I’m really proud of all these guys.”
 
Making his first appearance of the 2022 season, Alexander advanced to his fifth career final round, knocking off J.R. Todd, Cruz Pedregon and Ron Capps.
 
A day after picking up his first career No. 1 qualifier, Tatum did one better, driving to his first career Top Fuel victory with a standout run of 3.700 at 330.31 in his 11,000-horsepower Tripp Tatum Racing dragster. Making just his 12th career start, Tatum delivered a truly magical weekend, beating Lex Joon, Billy Torrence, and points leader Mike Salinas to reach the final round, a day after qualifying No. 1 with a 3.674 at 331.53. He was just as good on Sunday during eliminations, streaking past Foley to earn an incredible victory.
 
“This is pretty neat,” Tatum said. “My dad was at the first Gatornationals and my first career race was at the Gatornationals. This is just surreal and it’s not even close to setting in. There’s a lot of excitement now and this was a gigantic step for this team. I never really thought about winning, it’s been overwhelming and that’s all because of the Capco family. For me, I’m a lucky guy to have this opportunity to do this with the way Top Fuel is and the competition level in this class, it’s pretty awesome.”
 
Foley advanced to his first career final round, as the veteran knocked off Spencer Massey, Clay Millican and Justin Ashley in what was his most successful day as a Top Fuel driver.
 
In Pro Stock, Glenn, the reigning NHRA Rookie of the Year, got the best of his KB Racing teammate in the final round, going 6.486 at 210.21 in his RAD Torque Systems Chevrolet Camaro to knock off Kyle Koretsky. It gives Glenn his fourth career victory and first this season, also giving KB Racing its first win of the year after Elite Motorsports dominated the first two races. Gainesville, though, belonged to KB Racing, as Glenn knocked off Troy Coughlin Jr., points leader Aaron Stanfield and Rodger Brogdon to reach the final round. There, he tracked down Koretsky to pick up another major victory in his young career.
 
“The track felt great all weekend and we felt pretty good going into raceday,” Glenn said. “The car made an absolutely beautiful run in the final. The new car is working fantastic and to knock off a win really early in the season really gets me excited for the rest of the year. You get a season under your belt and then it’s a different pressure, but we ran great on raceday, and it should be a really fun season if we can continue to run like this. But this category is so tough and it’s really awesome right now.”
 
Koretsky advanced to the final round for the sixth time in his career, picking up round wins against Fernando Cuadra, Camrie Caruso, and Mason McGaha. In the opening-round, four-time world champ Erica Enders made the quickest pass in Pro Stock history, going 6.450 at 213.57 in a losing effort.
 
Stoffer wrapped up one of the most impressive weekends in Pro Stock Motorcycle history, finishing her record-breaking weekend by going 6.700 at 200.77 on her Big St. Charles/Ray Skillman Suzuki to beat Angie Smith in the final round. It proved to be a thrilling way for the category to open its 2022 season and the weekend belonged to Stoffer, who claimed her 11th career victory. To reach the final round for the fourth straight race, dating back to last season, Stoffer made the two quickest runs in Pro Stock Motorcycle history, going 6.682 at 198.70 in the opening round to initially set the record before she topped it with an astounding 6.665 at 200.71 a round later. Stoffer added a 6.721 at 200.08 to reach the final round, with her finals performance giving Stoffer the third-quickest run in class history.
 
“I knew the conditions were fantastic and out of the box, the bike was on fire,” said Stoffer, who now has three Gatornationals wins. “Gainesville is like my second home. I’ve spent a lot of time here; I feel really comfortable racing here and I’ve done well. When you look at that whole package, it means a lot and it’s definitely a dream come true to win and set a record at one of my favorite tracks. I love it here and it’s really nice to know we were able to cement something and say we were the first bike in the 6.60s.”
 
Smith had a strong weekend as well, advancing to her third career final round thanks to round wins against Chris Bostick, Steve Johnson, and Joey Gladstone.
 
The NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series returns to action April 1-3 with the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

 

(Courtesy of NHRA Communications)

Kris Thorne picked up his first career victory in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series on Sunday, knocking off Sidnei Frigo in the final round of the season-opening race as part of this weekend’s Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.
 
The event, which was presented by FTI Performance in Gainesville, was the first of 10 races during the 2022 NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series season.
 
Racing in his first career final round, Thorne went 5.642-seconds at 255.10 in his ProCharger-powered Camaro to take the win over Frigo’s 5.716 at 251.81. Thorne’s memorable day also included round wins against J.R. Gray, Lyle Barnett and defending event winner and world champ Jose Gonzalez, making a pair of runs in the 5.60s before the finals. In the championship round, Thorne had a terrific .015 reaction time and never trailed to finish off a standout Sunday.
 
“This is awesome. To get this moment and represent at our home track and win this thing, it means a lot,” Thorne said.
 
Frigo reached the final round thanks to victories against Justin Bond, Dwayne Wolfe, and Mike Thielen.
 
The NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series returns to action on April 29-May 1 as part of the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte.
 

 

(Courtesy of NHRA Communications)

Racers in the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League, a popular racing league for kids ages 5-17, will have the opportunity to compete in an exciting eight-car shootout that will be held at seven different NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series national events during the 2022 season.
 
Young racers in each of the seven NHRA divisions will have the chance to race on the national stage, beginning with Division 2 drivers at the upcoming NHRA Four-Wide Nationals on April 29-May 1 at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte.
 
These eight-car shootouts will put a major spotlight on competitors in the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League, which is celebrating its 30th season in 2022. The final round will take place on Sunday and be featured on the television broadcast during eliminations on either the FOX broadcast network or Fox Sports 1 (FS1), with racers running alongside the stars in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series and Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.
 
Along with the exciting television spotlight for drivers in the final round, the event winner will also be included in the parade of champions at each national event, giving the driver the chance to be recognized in front of the crowd and on NHRA.tv. 
 
“This is such an exciting development for the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League, and these shootouts will give these young racers such a wonderful chance to perform in front of a national stage,” NHRA Sportsman Racing Manager Sara Walker said. “We’re extremely thankful for all our member tracks and partners that worked together on this plan to create even more excitement for the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League and help showcase all the great young people involved in the sport.”
 
These special NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League events will also take place at Norwalk on June 23-26 for Division 3 competitors, Denver on July 15-17 for racers in Division 5, Seattle on July 29-31 for competitors in Division 6, Reading on Sept. 15-18 for Division 1 drivers, Dallas on Oct. 13-16 for Division 4 drivers and Pomona at the season-finale for competitors in Division 7 on Nov. 10-13.
 
Full qualifications for competitors, which varies by division, have been posted by each NHRA division director and can be viewed at http://jrdragster.nhra.com/schedules/2022-national-shootouts/.
 
NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League competitor’s race cars, called Jr. Dragsters, are half-scale versions of the iconic Top Fuel dragsters. They go as fast as 85 mph and as quick as 7.90 seconds in the eighth-mile using a five-horsepower, single-cylinder engine, though younger age groups are restricted to slower times and speeds.
 
Since its start in 1993, the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League has provided a place for young racers to compete and been the start for many top NHRA professional drivers. The list includes world champions like Pro Stock’s Erica Enders and Top Fuel driver Shawn Langdon, who won a JDRL national championship in 1997, as well standouts such as Top Fuel’s Leah Pruett; Funny Car driver J.R. Todd; Pro Stock competitors Deric Kramer, Chris McGaha and Vincent Nobile; Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Cory Reed and many more.
 
 
Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League National Shootout Schedule
-      April 29-May 1 (Division 2): NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, zMAX Dragway
-      June 23-26 (Division 3): Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park
-      July 15-17 (Division 5): Dodge Power Brokers NHRA Mile-High Nationals, Bandimere Speedway
-      July 29-31 (Division 6): Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals, Pacific Raceways
-      Sept. 15-18 (Division 1): Pep Boys NHRA Nationals, Maple Grove Raceway
-      Oct. 13-16 (Division 4): Texas NHRA FallNationals, Texas Motorplex
-      Nov. 10-13 (Division 7): Auto Club NHRA Finals, Auto Club Raceway at Pomona
 

 

(Courtesy of NHRA Communications)

Nissin Foods (USA) Co., Inc. announced today that Cup Noodles has expanded its line-up of motorsport brand ambassadors to include both Takuma Sato and Graham Rahal throughout the entire 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season, with each driver serving a unique position in the marketplace.

 

Nissin’s initial involvement in 2019 was the first motorsports sponsorship for the company in its 50-year history in the U.S. Nissin wanted to celebrate this partnership through the promotion of one of its flagship brands, Cup Noodles. The CupNoodles logo can be found on the race suits of the two-time Indianapolis 500 Winner Takuma Sato, along with a visible position on Graham Rahal’s season-long helmet livery.

 

“After a very successful 50th anniversary last year, the Nissin team is excited to expand our partnership to reach an expanding consumer base for the Cup Noodles brand,” said Michael Price, President and CEO, Nissin Foods (USA). “Graham and Takuma represent the very best in racing. Their individual desire to win and to push for excellence align perfectly with the spirit on which Cup Noodles was founded: Be original, be innovative and be bold.”

 

“We’ve been building our relationship with Nissin Foods and Cup Noodles for a couple years and I am pleased to continue the growth in to 2022,” said Graham Rahal. “What started out as support for our foundation’s fundraising efforts has developed into a partnership that I am genuinely excited to see expand in both our racing and charitable spaces.”

 

“It’s great to have an iconic brand like Cup Noodles back supporting my INDYCAR efforts again this season,” said Takuma Sato, the 2-time Indy 500 winner. “Cup Noodles is a quick and easy meal that I’ve enjoyed for many years at home and the racetrack. I’m honored to continue as a brand ambassador with Nissin Foods and the Cup Noodles brand and appreciate all their support.”

 

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