Monday, May 16
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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Cardo Systems, Midland, Uclear and Sygn House ( owners of the B+Com brand) have today announced an industry-wide solution to integrated helmet communication devices – ‘Universal Communication Solution’.

 

Much in the same way that the Automakers and car stereo manufacturers adopted universal car stereo sizing and mounts (DIN/Double DIN Standard), the Universal Communication Solution standardizes communication systems size, and shape, allowing for integrated fitment in new motorcycle helmets, meeting the new ECE 22.06 standards.

 

With this new standard in place, Helmet manufacturers can potentially speed up the process of integrating communications into new 22.06 helmets while offering motorcyclists a variety of communication brands to choose from, all while reducing development costs and time to market.

 

The Universal Communication Solution will also allow motorcyclists the freedom to choose, change and replace communication devices without compromising on fit and looks.  

 

Speaking on behalf of the industry, Shachar Harari, VP business development at Cardo Systems commented, “This is a significant and important initiative that has seen collaboration between many of the key manufacturers in the helmet and communications industry.

This alliance between the companies will enable the supply of a variety of communication systems that are compatible and designed to be integrated with a variety of motorcycle helmet brands without any need for special mechanical adjustment per helmet model.

We call the helmet manufacturers to join forces with us and design their helmet offerings to adopt the Universal Communication Solution standard.”

 

While many helmet manufacturers have experienced demand for integrated communication solutions, until now this has been a significant R&D effort for each brand without a widely acceptable standard solution and without the advantage of duplicating this effort to new helmets. With the Universal Communication Solution, consumers will potentially be able to select their preferred brand of device, mounting the chosen unit cradle into a standardized cavity in the rear section of the helmet, linking to integrated speakers and microphone.

 

Shachar continued, This approach also gives consumers choice, allowing the rider to use their preferred brand of system and easily transfer between helmets if required. We encourage other brands to join us and adopt the industry-wide Universal Communication Solution”.

The world’s first all-electric motorsport, the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, returns to the streets of New York City for the fifth anniversary of the New York City E-Prix this summer with a double-header race weekend on July 16 and 17. Tickets are on sale today and available at www.fiaformulae.com/NYC 

 

Both races will start at 1:00 PM ET each day on the Red Hook, Brooklyn street circuit against the iconic Manhattan skyline. 

 

Twenty-two drivers from 11 teams including TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team, Jaguar TCS Racing and Mercedes-EQ, who are defending their Season 7 Drivers’ and Teams’ titles, will compete. Avalanche Andretti Formula E driver, Oliver Askew, will make his home race debut. Askew is the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship’s first American driver, and was the 2019 Indy Lights Champion, having previously competed in NTT INDYCAR SERIES and IMSA. 

 

Grandstand seating starts at $95 offering a prime view of the 1.44 mile, 14-turn track’s most crucial and dramatic spots. 

 

Tickets to the Allianz E-Village – Formula E’s innovative fan experience area – are $15 and include a dedicated live track viewing area, commentary and broadcast of all the racing action on giant screens and driver interviews from the pit lane.

 

The E-Village will feature the popular Formula E Gaming Arena offering fans the chance to get behind the wheel of super-realistic simulators and compete to set the fastest time. With true to life renditions of some of Formula E’s historic tracks and prizes up for grabs, it’s not to be missed. Fans will also discover the latest EV prototypes, autograph sessions with Formula E drivers, roaming entertainment, and much more, making this a unique family-friendly festival-of-the-future experience. 

 

The New York City E-Prix features Rounds 11 and 12 in the biggest-ever 16-round calendar of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship which features racing on the streets of iconic world cities including London, Berlin, Monaco, Diriyah, Mexico City, and for the first time this season, Jakarta, Vancouver and Seoul.

 

In making the NYC E-Prix 2022 ticket on-sale announcement at SXSW, Askew, who is a panelist on the festival’s ‘No Turning Back: Formula E and the Electric Future’ panel, said:

“Racing in New York City in my first season in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship is going to be a personal highlight. The racing in Formula E is intense and the wheel-to-wheel racing makes it one of the most exciting motorsport series out there. Formula E is an incredible, unique experience for fans too, and I can’t wait to be part of what will be an unforgettable double-header race weekend in Brooklyn.”

 

Askew addresses his transition to all-electric racing in what is the first-ever motorsports-focused session in the 35+ year history of SXSW.

 

The American Legion, the nation’s largest veterans service organization with nearly 2 million members, has reached a multiyear agreement to become an Official Charity Partner of INDYCAR and the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.

INDYCAR and The American Legion will collaborate to promote a variety of Legion programs, including raising awareness of the growing problem of veteran suicide. Programs at the track will include patriotic displays, flag raising and lowering ceremonies, giveaways and public address announcements, while both groups will cross-promote on social media and through constituent communications and advertising.

One of the unique aspects of the partnership will be the creation of an INDYCAR Legion post, where veterans and veteran family members who work in motorsports are invited to join and contribute to the goals of The Legion and INDYCAR. The partnership also will be activated at physical Legion posts in various NTT INDYCAR SERIES race markets.

“The American Legion performs an incredibly vital role for our veterans, for whose service and sacrifice we’re eternally grateful,” said Mark Miles, president and CEO of Penske Entertainment Corp., which owns INDYCAR and the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. “This partnership will help to accelerate The Legion’s goals through various promotions, and we hope Legionnaires everywhere will join our team and follow our exciting series with its bold, hyper-competitive drivers and precise teamwork.”

This partnership increases The American Legion’s involvement with the sport that started in 2021 with Chip Ganassi Racing.

The Legion is a major associate sponsor on the No. 48 Carvana/American Legion Honda driven by legend Jimmie Johnson in the full 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season and will be the primary sponsor of fan favorite Tony Kanaan’s Honda in the 106th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday, May 29. The Legion also will rotate sponsorship with some of the other drivers on the championship-winning Ganassi team.

“Partnering with INDYCAR is a no-brainer for The American Legion,” said American Legion Chief Marketing Officer Dean Kessel. “For 103 years, Indianapolis has been the host city of our national headquarters. It is also the home of ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.’

“Pairing these two legendary institutions makes sense on so many levels. This partnership enables us to tell the story of how American Legion posts strengthen communities across the country. Race fans are patriotic. Like Legionnaires, they believe in supporting veterans and their families. The bottom line is that this partnership makes both The American Legion and INDYCAR even stronger.”

The 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season continues Sunday, March 20 for the XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway. Coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. (ET) on NBC and simulstreamed on Peacock Premium. Coverage is also available from the INDYCAR Radio Network with audio available via the INDYCAR App powered by NTT DATA.

Nearly half a century after Bill France Sr. first took stock cars to the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans, NASCAR and Hendrick Motorsports have announced their intention to compete in the 2023 event as the special Garage 56 entry. The entry will be a modified version of the Next Gen Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 race car and is a collaboration of NASCAR, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet, IMSA and Goodyear. Further details, including technical elements of the car and the team’s driver lineup, will be announced at a later date.
 
“From the early days of NASCAR, it was important to my father that we played a visible role in international motorsports, and there is no bigger stage than the 24 Hours of Le Mans,” said Jim France, NASCAR Chairman and CEO. “In partnering with Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet and Goodyear, we have the winningest team, manufacturer and tire in NASCAR history. We look forward to showcasing the technology in the Next Gen car and putting forward a competitive entry in the historic race.”
 
Hendrick Motorsports is the all-time leader in NASCAR Cup Series championships, points-paying victories and laps led. The team is coming off its second consecutive title and has won two of the four races in 2022. Seven-time champion crew chief Chad Knaus will serve as its Garage 56 program manager.
 
 
“NASCAR is going back to Le Mans! Chevrolet is looking forward to being a key partner with NASCAR, Hendrick Motorsports and Goodyear in this historic Garage 56 effort,” said Jim Campbell, Vice President, Chevrolet Performance and Motorsports. “While many know us as the winningest manufacturer in NASCAR, we also have had great success with our Corvette Racing program at Le Mans, with eight class wins in 21 starts since 2000. At Chevrolet, we love to compete and we can’t wait to get started on this program.”
 
“Goodyear has proudly produced tires for NASCAR for more than 60 years, and we look forward to taking our innovation to the next level at the 24 Hours of Le Mans,” said Stu Grant, Goodyear’s general manager of Global Race Tires. “In addition to Goodyear’s presence at Le Mans on the LMP2 class vehicles, being involved in this historic race as part of the Garage 56 entry is yet another demonstration of our commitment to advancing racing tire technology.”
 
Bill France first brought stock cars to Le Mans on June 12, 1976, after reaching a deal with the event’s organizers. Two NASCAR race cars – a Dodge Charger owned and driven by Hershel McGriff, and a Junie Donlavey-owned Ford Torino driven by Richard Brooks and Dick Hutcherson – competed in a newly created Grand International class.
 
“Garage 56 is a special opportunity at Le Mans since this race has been a leader in technological process for the auto industry over its nearly century long existence,” said Pierre Fillon, president of l'Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO), the organizer of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. “When the ACO receives an application for a Garage 56 program, we begin by talking with designers, team partners and suppliers in order to set performance parameters such that the program can be successful for everyone involved. We will continue to work with NASCAR and all their partners as they work toward their proposed 2023 Garage 56 project.”
 
Garage 56 was introduced in 2012 as a special single-entry class reserved for innovative cars. It allows for the testing of new technologies and fostering of creativity and innovation without taking away the spot of a car from the traditional starting grid.
By Jeff Olson and Mark Robinson
IMSA Wire Service
 
SEBRING, Fla. – Until a few days ago, Oliver Jarvis didn’t know he was on the verge of history. Now he does.
 
If he wins Saturday’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts, Jarvis will complete a grand slam of endurance races in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
 
He learned of the potential record during an interview.
 
 
Last year, Jarvis won the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International with Mazda teammates Harry Tincknell and Jonathan Bomarito. The three drivers then combined to win the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, the final IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup race of the 2021.
 
In January, after joining Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian, Jarvis teamed with Tom Blomqvist, Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud to win the Rolex 24 At Daytona. A victory Saturday at Sebring International Raceway with Blomqvist and Stoffel Vandoorne in the No. 60 would be a fourth consecutive for Jarvis in IMSA endurance races.
 
That’s something that hasn’t happened since 1998, when Petit Le Mans was debuted as a fourth endurance race.
 
“I don’t really pay attention to stuff like that,” Jarvis said. “Obviously, I know we had the wins last year and that we won Daytona, but I actually hadn’t put it together that if we were to win Sebring, it would be a streak of all four endurance races.”
 
Three other drivers – Mauro Baldi, Didier Theys and Giampiero Moretti – came close to an endurance grand slam. In 1998, they won Daytona, Sebring and Watkins Glen but missed winning Petit Le Mans.
 
Nine others – Ed Brown, Pipo Derani, Scott Sharp, Jordan Taylor, Ricky Taylor, Renger van der Zande, Johannes van Overbeek, Tincknell and Bomarito – have won two endurance races in succession since 1998.
 
“It’s very cool, I have to say,” Jarvis said. “The only way you could add to it is to win Le Mans. You’d tick off the biggest endurance races in the world within a year.”
 
Not bad for something he didn’t know until recently.
 
“Something like this is just the icing on top,” Jarvis said. “I don’t pay too much attention to it, but I guess it’s the equivalent of the grand slam in tennis. … If I could win four in a row, it would be pretty special.”
 
Twenty-One Drivers Entered in Both Sebring Endurance Races
 
 
 
 
 
Van Berlo Sweeps Porsche Carrera Cup Doubleheader
 
 
 
 
By Jeff Olson & Mark Robinson
IMSA Wire Service
 
 
 
 Chad McCumbee had two laps left to turn his lead into victory. He made the most of every turn.
 
Leading the Grand Sport (GS) class and the overall race when it restarted with 3 minutes, 25 seconds left, McCumbee held off a challenge from Trent Hindman to win the Alan Jay Automotive Network 120, the two-hour IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge event Thursday at Sebring International Raceway.
 
McCumbee was leading Eric Foss when Max Faulkner’s No. 38 FastMD Racing Audi slid into the tire barrier in Turn 13 with 15:30 left, bringing out a full-course caution. When the race restarted, McCumbee wasn’t sure if the tires would hold up for the No. 40 PF Racing Ford Mustang GT4 he co-drove with James Pesek.
 
“We were really fortunate there,” McCumbee said during the postrace celebration. “I felt like our tires were going off pretty bad. … I’d beat them up pretty good.”
 
McCumbee’s Mustang was ahead of Foss’ No. 56 Murillo Racing Mercedes-AMG GT GT4 when the final green flag waved. Hindman drove the No. 7 Volt Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT4 past Foss into second and began pursuing McCumbee. Hindman got close but couldn’t wrestle away the lead.
 
McCumbee made it to the finish line 0.472 seconds ahead of Hindman, who co-drove the Volt Aston with Alan Brynjolfsson. Andy Jakos and the No. 14 Riley Motorsports Toyota Supra GT4 that he shared with Alfredo Najri worked past Foss on the final lap for third place. 
 
The final caution wasn’t ideal, McCumbee said, but it helped prove a point.
 
“I definitely didn’t want to see that caution, but I’m glad it came out,” he said. “It proved that we had the pace to be there. I’m glad we were able to finish it out and get to the checkered flag under green-flag conditions. That’s really important.”
 
Winning also helped the team bounce back from a disappointing 17th-place finish in the Michelin Pilot Challenge season opener in January.
 
“We’ve had so much bad luck,” McCumbee said. “Strange things have happened. We’ve been in position for good finishes. Man, we went to the top this time.”
No. 99 Honda Slips Way to TCR Victory on Wild Final Lap
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Saudi Motorsport Company (SMC)– Promoter of the FORMULA 1 STC SAUDI ARABIAN GRAND PRIX 2022 – is thrilled to announce that renowned rapper, singer and songwriter, Wiz Khalifa, will headline the post-Qualifying concert on Saturday 26th March at the second Formula 1® race weekend to be staged in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
 
The concert will again take place on the Main Stage of the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, F1®s newest, longest and fastest street circuit, right after the Qualifying session has concluded.  
 
Multi-platinum selling, Grammy and Golden Globe nominated recording artist Wiz Khalifa burst onto the scene with mainstream success with the release of his first major label debut album, ROLLING PAPERS‎ in 2011. ‎ROLLING PAPERS spawned the hugely successful hits “Black and Yellow,” “Roll Up,” and “No Sleep” and gave Wiz the platform to win the award for “Best New Artist” at the 2011 BET Awards and “Top New Artist” at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards.
 
As a follow up to ROLLING PAPERS, Wiz Released O.N.I.F.C. in 2012. This album featured tracks “Work Hard, Play Hard” and “Remember You” featuring The Weeknd.
 
His third studio album released in 2014, BLACC HOLLYWOOD, ‎debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart and included hit single "We DemBoyz." Soon after, Wiz’s track,‎ “See You Again,” off the FURIOUS 7 soundtrack, catapulted to the top of the charts across 95 countries. Holding the #1 spot for 12 consecutive weeks, “See You Again” broke records by being Spotify’s most-streamed track in a single day in the United States and in a single week in 26 countries and winning two Billboard Music Awards in the categories “Top Hot 100 Song” and “Top Rap Song,” earning three Grammy Award nominations in the categories “Song of the Year,” “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance,” and “Best Song Written for Visual Media,” and a Golden Globe nomination in the category “Best Original Song – Motion Picture.”
 
His latest studio album, ROLLING PAPERS 2, which is certified gold, was released in July 2018.
 
Wiz Khalifa will headline the same bill as global DJ superstar Axwell, whose presence on the Saturday night post-Qualifying concert line up was announced by SMC last week.
 
Tickets to the next edition of the spectacular Saudi Arabian race weekend are currently on sale to fans at home and abroad! In addition to the F1® racing itself, all ticket holders will also be able to enjoy watching the all-action Formula 2 and Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East support series as well as participate in and witness the many entertainment activities, fan festivals and live concerts that will be taking place across the circuit and F1® Fanzone all weekend.
 
All ticket holders will have free access to the concerts.
 
To purchase your ticket to the FORMULA 1 STC SAUDI ARABIAN GRAND PRIX 2022, please visit www.saudiarabiangp.com.
 
Drag racing’s ultimate thrill ride returns to the entertainment capital of the world, as the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals are set to take place April 1-3 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
 
The incredible thrill of four 11,000-horsepower nitro-burning machines powering down the dragstrip simultaneously is a thrill unlike anything in motorsports and it only takes place twice during the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series season. The first of two annual stops in Las Vegas is also the fourth of 22 races during the 2022 season, and is the ideal opportunity for fans on the West Coast to take in all the unique sights and sounds of four-wide drag racing.
 
With four qualifying sessions, jet cars and eliminations on Sunday, this year’s NHRA Four-Wide Nationals is also shaping up to be a memorable early-season duel at the fan-favorite facility in Las Vegas. All the stars in Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock will look to pick up a key early-season victory at a race that will be shown on Fox Sports 1 (FS1). Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Bob Tasca III (Funny Car) and Erica Enders (Pro Stock) all picked up wins at last year’s four-wide race in Las Vegas.
 
Torrence has been dominant in the four-wide scene in Las Vegas, winning two of the three races in the four-wide format. The four-time defending champ will look to add to his total this year and pick up his first win of the 2022 campaign. The stacked Top Fuel class has featured strong parity thus far this year, with Mike Salinas, who posted his first career Top Fuel win victory in 2019 at the four-wide race, currently serving as the points leader. Other big names to watch in Las Vegas includes Pomona winner Justin Ashley, Leah Pruett, Tony Schumacher, who has a class-best eight wins at the track, Doug Kalitta, five-time race winner Antron Brown, Josh Hart, Brittany Force, Austin Prock, Clay Millican and Shawn Langdon.
 
In Funny Car, Tasca earned his first victory at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, spurring the best season in the veteran’s career. He finished with three wins and was third in points, but Tasca is looking for his first victory in 2022. It’s been mostly dominated by three-time world champ Robert Hight, who has two wins this year and boasts an impressive track record in Vegas with five wins. Only his teammate, John Force, has more with six, but it’s a star-studded class that also includes Matt Hagan, who won the first race for Tony Stewart Racing in Gainesville, five-time race winner and defending world champ Ron Capps, Cruz Pedregon, Alexis DeJoria, and J.R. Todd.
 
Enders has been impressive in Pro Stock at Las Vegas over the years, with her eight wins tying reigning world champion Greg Anderson for the most in class history. Enders, a four-time world champ, has posted a Vegas victory in each of the last three years, with the 2021 victory her first four-wide win at the track. She already has one win in 2022 and will look to keep rolling against a loaded field that includes teammate and points leader Aaron Stanfield, Kyle Koretsky, Dallas Glenn, who won in Gainesville, five-time world champ Anderson, who is after his 100th career win, Troy Coughlin Jr., rookie Camrie Caruso, Bo Butner, and Mason McGaha.
 
The event also will feature thrilling competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, which features some of the sport’s top drivers. After nitro qualifying on both days, fans take watch a thrilling jet car display featuring the “Muy Caliente” jets, as well as the “Volcano” jet dragster.
 
On Saturday, Toyota-sponsored drivers will be signing autographs at 10:30 a.m. at the Toyota Midway Display, while throughout the weekend fans can attend Nitro School to learn more about how the cars operate and reach their thrilling speeds.
 
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will host the special pre-race ceremonies that introduce and celebrate each of the drivers racing for the prestigious Wally on Sunday and also includes the SealMaster Track Walk. The final can’t-miss experience of any NHRA event is the winner’s circle celebration on Sunday after racing concludes, where fans are invited to congratulate the event winners celebrating their NHRA Four-Wide Nationals victories.
 
As always, fans also get an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet in Las Vegas. This unique opportunity gives fans a unique chance to see teams in action and service their hot rods between rounds, get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers and more. Fans can also visit NHRA’s popular Nitro Alley and Manufacturers Midway, where sponsors and race vendors create an exciting atmosphere that includes interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise, food and fun for the entire family. The new Pep Boys midway display will include tire change challenges, oil change challenges, a slot car track and much more, adding even more excitement to the midway.
 
NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature two rounds at 12:30 and 3 p.m. PT on Friday, April 1 and the final two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, April 2 at 12:30 and 3 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 12 p.m. PT on Sunday, April 3. Television coverage includes qualifying action on FS1 at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, and then eliminations action at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday.
 
To purchase tickets to the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, call 800-644-4444 or visit www.lvms.com. Children 12 and under are admitted free in general admissions areas with a paid adult. For more information about NHRA, visit www.nhra.com.
 

 

(Courtesy on NHRA Communications)

DRT Racing has named All Kids Bike the “Official Charity Partner” of their 2022 racing events.

DRT Racing was formed in 2014 and has established itself as the premier race operations, timing & scoring and track builder for select AMA racing events and promoter for the AMA Supermoto Championship Series.

Wacky Racers is a racing series established in September 2021, it offers multiple classes of racing for young riders including Stacyc 12” and 16” classes, Strider 12” and 14” Classes, PW50, mini motos up to 110cc, and electric motorcycles.

DRT Racing will donate $1.00 per race registration to All Kids Bike. Wacky Racers will then match the total donation from DRT Racing.

With this partnership, DRT Racing will contribute to creating new riders across Southern California by placing the All Kids Bike Kindergarten PE Program in elementary schools.

Cost of the All Kids Bike program is $5000 and includes:

  • 24 Strider 14x Balance Bikes
  • 24 Pedal conversion kits
  • 24 Helmets
  • Teacher training certification
  • 8-week teaching curriculum
  • 2-year equipment warranty
  • 5+ year product support

This partnership opens the door to teaching thousands of kids how to ride a bike as well as giving those who don’t have access to a bicycle the chance to develop this lifelong skill.

Jim Beaver eSports driver Jakob Rafoss scored his biggest win yet since joining the team by taking the checkered flag in the 2022 General Tire eShort Course Triple Crown finale on iRacing’s virtual Crandon International Raceway, which aired Thursday night on the CBS Sports Network. Rafoss, a top 10 points finisher in the 2021 iRacing Rallycross World Championship, traded in the all-wheel drive of a rallycross car for a Pro 4 truck, slipped away from the field after avoiding first-corner chaos, and led every lap of the feature to become the first Norwegian driver to win an eShort Course event.
 
Fellow JBeS driver Josh Edmundson was second, while Keaton Swane completed the podium. JBeS drivers took four of the top six spots, with World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series pro Felix Roy in fourth and 2020 eShort Course World Cup champion Cam Pedersen in sixth; between them was real-world NASCAR Xfinity Series driver and off-road champion Sheldon Creed. Pedersen, Zachary Drapkin, and 2022 World Cup champion Connor Barry won the three heat races, while Cody Retzlaff and Trent Dinkel took the top spots in the last chance qualifiers.
 
The Pro 4 leg of the eShort Course Triple Crown was the biggest race of the year for the promotion, with 50 drivers taking part; action sports legends Travis Pastrana and Jim DeChamp, NFL All-Pro Kyle Long, and eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series drivers Blake Reynolds, Michael Guest, and Cody Byus were among those to take part. They joined a season-long entry list that included numerous other top real-world racers, crossover sim racing pros, and of course, the fastest virtual off-road drivers in the world. Pastrana, competing alongside DeChamp in their home state of Maryland, also joined the commentary team of Evan Posocco, Jim Beaver, and Tiffany Stone in the commentary booth for the feature race.
 
Rafoss’ victory clinched the sixth and final guaranteed invitation to the 2023 General Tire eShort Course World Cup. He’ll join past World Cup champions Pedersen, Barry, and Holden Heitritter, Pro 2 Triple Crown race winner Steven Wilson, and Edmundson, whose second place points finish in the 2022 World Cup guaranteed him a berth as well. The remaining invitations for next year’s World Cup event will be given to real-world professional drivers and selected sim racing pros who impress in the iRacing Off-Road Championship Series that will take place this summer. Past eShort Course World Cup invitees have included Pastrana, NHRA champion Ron Capps, IndyCar stars Conor Daly and Alexander Rossi, NASCAR Cup Series drivers Greg Biffle, Josh Bilicki, and Landon Cassill, and Supercross legend Chad Reed, among many others.
 
Following the CBSSN broadcasts, races will be available for on-demand viewing on iRacing’s YouTube channel. For more information, follow Jim Beaver eSports on Facebook and Twitter, or visit the all-new www.jimbeaver15.com for more team content in the coming months.
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