Adam Sinclair

Adam Sinclair

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

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

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

Contact Adam: Email  

  

 

By Sean Brennen, Monster Energy Supercross Wire Service

 

This past weekend 80 Supercross racers in two divisions competed inside Raymond James Stadium on a man-made, custom designed track of challenging jumps, bermed turns, and a deep, beach-sand section that threw their race bikes in unpredictable directions. There's really no aspect of Monster Energy Supercross that isn't extraordinary.

 

So when the promoters of a sport like Supercross team up with a world-renowned organization like St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, it should be no surprise that that partnership is extraordinary as well. When St. Jude first partnered with Supercross in 2017, there was no detailed road map, just two unique organizations coming together to see what was possible while also supporting St. Jude ambassador and four-time Supercross Champion Ryan Dungey.  

 

In 2020, the partnership includes a “This Shirt Saves Lives” text-to-donate campaign, an online auction that is fully supported by the Supercross community, and a specially-themed race aptly named “This Race Saves Lives”, which took place on Saturday in Tampa, Florida.   

 

For the Tampa race, athletes and teams incorporated St. Jude patient-inspired artwork into their riding gear and motorcycle graphics. These one-of-a-kind, race-worn items were collected after the race and will join the crown jewel of the 2020 auction: A Suzuki Boulevard M109R B.O.S.S. street bike that was ridden to Sturgis by five-time Supercross Champion and NBC Sports expert commentator, Ricky Carmichael. Both the text-to-donate campaign and online auction (stjude.org/supercrossauction) will remain open through the final round in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 2.  

 

Round seven also brought forward a new points leader as Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac grabbed his 30th career win and the title points lead in front of 46,173 fans. Shane McElrath also dominated in the opening round of the Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship.   

 

450SX Class Results, Tampa, Florida

1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki

2. Cooper Webb, Clermont, Fla., KTM

3. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda

4. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha

5. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Honda

6. Dean Wilson, Murrieta, Calif., Husqvarna

7. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda

8. Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Kawasaki

9. Justin Brayton, Charlotte, N.C., Honda

10. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna

 

450SX Class Championship Standings

1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (155)

2. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (151)

3. Cooper Webb, Clermont, Fla., KTM (144)

4. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha (135)

5. Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Kawasaki (128)

6. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna (118)

7. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda (106)

8. Justin Brayton, Charlotte, N.C., Honda (103)

9. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Honda (93)

10. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (91)

 

Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results, Tampa, Florida

1. Shane McElrath, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha 

2. Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda

3. Jeremy Martin, Rochester, Minn., Honda

4. Garrett Marchbanks, Coalville, Utah, Kawasaki

5. Jordon Smith, Ochlocknee, Ga., Kawasaki

6. RJ Hampshire, Minneola, Fla., Husqvarna

7. Kyle Peters, Greensboro, N.C., Honda

8. Joey Crown, Metamora, Mich., Yamaha

9. James Decotis, Huntersville, N.C., Suzuki

10. Jo Shimoda, Irvine, Calif., Honda

 

Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings

1. Shane McElrath, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha (26)

2. Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda (23)

3. Jeremy Martin, Rochester, Minn., Honda (21)

4. Garrett Marchbanks, Coalville, Utah, Kawasaki (19)

5. Jordon Smith, Ochlocknee, Ga., Kawasaki (18)

6. RJ Hampshire, Minneola, Fla., Husqvarna (17)

7. Kyle Peters, Greensboro, N.C., Honda (16)

8. Joey Crown, Metamora, Mich., Yamaha (15)

9. James Decotis, Huntersville, N.C., Suzuki (14)

10. Jo Shimoda, Irvine, Calif., Honda (13)

Over the past few years of hosting Speedway Digest Thursday Night Thunder, I have had the pleasure of chatting with many amazing drivers, all with a story to tell. Some of these competitors are so compelling that you just know that they are something truly special.

With this series, Five Questions hopes to give you a bit more insight into the minds of some of these racers, and perhaps make them seem a bit more...human!

You’ve driven IndyCar, prototypes, and more. Of all the things you’ve been behind the wheel of, which has been your favorite?  I really can't call my favorite one, as I've been doing many interesting racing categories through my career and all of them have good and bad side.
 
But definitely, at the moment the highlights are participating in FIA WEC on our BR1 LMP1 car and of course Indycar with SMP Racing.

What are some of the ways you deal with the chaos of a race weekend?
T
he most important is to stay focused in qualifying and the race. For me, the best way to do that is to have a 30 min nap before the start.

What has been your most memorable moment with a fan?
I would say it was at the Indy 500.
 
One man asked the autograph, and said that his granddad use to take his father to that race, then his father used to take that man to that race when he was young. And now he came to the race with his son and they're both fans of mine.
 
How amazing is that: four generations that love racing!?

What is one racing moment you are most fond of?
All weekend at Pocono 2016 and of course 24 hours of Le Mans 2019!

Outside of Racing, what are some things you most enjoy?
My family and my guitars:)
 
 

 

We'd like to thank Mikhail Aleshin for taking the time out of his busy schedule. Stay tuned for the next installment of this continuing series.

A wide-ranging, multifaceted plan to boost and strengthen the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was unveiled today featuring significant improvements and financial investment that will resonate with fans from Central Indiana and throughout the globe.

The goal of the plan is to produce a legendary Month of May. Enhancements revealed exactly 100 days from the 104th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 24 include:

- The largest purse in Indianapolis 500 history

- Improvements to the Indianapolis 500 qualifying format and television schedule

- New sponsors investing long term in the "500," IMS and NTT INDYCAR SERIES

- A multimillion-dollar investment in the fan experience at IMS

Since Jan. 6, following the change in ownership, the IMS team moved quickly to implement significant upgrades to the GMR Grand Prix, Indianapolis 500 and the Big Machine Vodka 400 during Fourth of July weekend.

"This is the Racing Capital of the World," Roger Penske said. "It is on par with some of the most historic sporting institutions in this nation and across the globe, from Churchill Downs to Augusta National. Today, we're announcing a meaningful investment in our fan experience that will produce rapid results. It's part of a long-term plan to ensure the legendary status of the Speedway continues to grow and evolve for generations to come.

"I am very excited about the enhancements to qualifying weekend, the largest-ever '500' purse, new sponsors and the significant investments we are making to the INDYCAR SERIES and to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway."

Indianapolis 500 Purse

The event purse for the 104th Indianapolis 500 will be the largest in the history of the event. The purse will grow by $2 million to more than $15 million, boosting the prize pool for NTT INDYCAR SERIES teams and drivers.

Indianapolis 500 Qualifying

Qualifying weekend for the 104th Indianapolis 500 - Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17 - will feature a variety of changes to its format and broadcast to create even more memories and drama. 

Multiple attempts will return to the Last Row Shootout, expanding it to 75 minutes. Previous versions of the Shootout featured one attempt per car. While fans enjoyed that format, feedback indicated they wanted even more drama as drivers try to seize one of the three final spots in the field.

A boost in turbocharger level will see speeds climb this year during the Indy 500 qualifying sessions. Turbocharger boost will increase horsepower by 45 HP this year.

An expanded weekend TV schedule will ensure NBC televises coverage of qualifications on both Saturday and Sunday, with total network exposure increasing over 2019. Full weekend broadcast details will be released soon.

New Sponsors

The NTT INDYCAR SERIES and IMS will add six new major sponsors in 2020. Pennzoil, Verizon, Snap-on Tools, DEX Imaging, Road & Track magazine and Global Medical Response will make significant investments in the racing series and Speedway.

Multimillion-Dollar Fan Experience Investment

The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2016 saw large investments made to the Speedway. Beginning with this year's GMR Grand Prix, fans will experience many new upgrades to IMS. These enhancements are all projects that will be finished before gates open, with several additional opportunities under consideration for future seasons.

Technology upgrades are a major component of this plan. More than 30 additional large-screen video boards will be added, including 24 along the Paddock seating. The Paddock screens will bring race action and vital information to an additional 25,000 fans. In addition, all seven large infield big-screen monitors will receive a running order addition.

Another exciting addition is the IMS Media Wall. This video board, measuring 100 feet wide by 20 feet tall, will be installed at the base of the Pagoda facing the Pagoda Plaza as a cornerstone of a plan to transform the popular gathering area for fans. It will also provide data-driven race insights to fans from NTT.

Verizon and their 5G Ultra Wideband network will transform the iconic Speedway into a first of its kind technology-led entertainment complex. IMS will be the first motorsports facility with commercial 5G service that will enhance both the consumer experience and track operations.

Infrastructure improvements will be noticeable inside and outside of the fabled, 110-year-old facility.

Pedestrian traffic on Georgetown Road will be widened by two lanes to make ingress and egress easier for more than half of the venue's Race Day customers.

More than 125 restrooms are being renovated inside IMS. New pavement will be added to the Parcel B lot near the IMS Main Gate to improve the parking experience and create a cleaner look for the "front door" of the facility. Approximately 3 miles of fencing will be added to the entire grounds.

The winning driver and team of the Indianapolis 500, Grand Prix and Brickyard 400 will receive higher honors, as the winner's car will be elevated to the same level as the Victory Podium after each race. This will give fans a better vantage point for pictures and social media sharing of the most prestigious Victory Lane in global motorsports.

The atmosphere of the massive facility also will be enhanced through detail-oriented improvements throughout IMS.

Night light signage will be installed over Gates 1 and 2, while IMS will assume responsibility for the beautification project along Crawfordsville Road. Fans will notice fresh paint and new signage on more than 50 concession stands inside IMS, picnic tables added throughout the grounds for more gathering space for families and friends, and the placement of more than 230 racing-themed flags around the facility and Crawfordsville Road.

All aspects of this fan experience investment plan are underway and will be completed before IMS gates open for the Month of May on Friday, May 8.

Tickets are on sale now at IMS.com and the IMS Ticket Office for the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, GMR Grand Prix, Big Machine Vodka 400 and all other activities at IMS.

After back-to-back years of poor results at Daytona International Speedway, KohR Motorsports finally was given a reason to celebrate.
 
Finishes of 23rd in 2018 and 27th in 2019 in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Grand Sport (GS) class followed the team into 2020, and the odds seemed stacked against them once again this year.
 
In a surprising announcement the week before the season-opening BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona last month, the longtime Ford competitor made a switch to Aston Martin, so much so even the team was surprised at the decision.
 
However, a closer examination of Aston Martin's ladder system caught the eye of Mike Stacy and his 20-year-old son Nate, the latter of whom has driven with KohR and co-pilot Kyle Marcelli since his IMSA debut in late 2017. The team had brief conversations about the Aston Martin previously, but nothing extensive until learning more about the marque's driver development program.
 
"The topic of the Aston Martin came back, especially with Aston Martin debuting the GT3 program," said Team Owner Dean Martin. "Aston Martin does have a Driver Academy, and there are a lot of opportunities with the Aston. We talked about it, and I said to Mike, 'Let's sleep on this and wake up tomorrow with a clear head and fresh eyes after we've really had some time to think about it and then decide.'
 
"Around about 10 in the morning, I got a text to me, Nate, Kyle and one of our other guys that said, 'Welcome to our new Aston Martin program for 2020.' That's when my life went sideways. You know, we were coming up on the holidays. We hadn't even spoken to Aston Martin about being able to get a car."
 
In an ironic twist, KohR hadn't planned to run at the Roar Before the Rolex 24 At Daytona test on January 3-5, but only because they still had their Ford Mustang GT4 and the car's data from past years. They wound up not attending because they wouldn't take delivery of their new Aston Martin Vantage GT4 until January 9.
 
A handful of testing days in the next two weeks would be all the drivers and teams would have before racing at Daytona. But it was enough.
 
Stacy would go on to qualify the No. 60 "Race for RP"-liveried Aston Martin Vantage GT4 in the fourth position and between him, Marcelli and the team's work in the pits, KohR held on to a fifth-place result.
"Coming into Daytona, it was a big question mark on if we had a long-distance car, and I think considering the small amount of testing we had, it went spectacularly," said Stacy. "The car ran smoothly, and we had a clean, solid finish for our first race of the season. Compared to the last two years of my IMSA career, this is the best I've ever finished Daytona. Starting the season off with 26 points instead of 8 could be a serious game changer!"
 
Marcelli echoed his co-drivers sentiments, as especially the 2018 race at Daytona continues to haunt KohR.
 
"We are pretty thrilled to start the season with a top-five because we have left Daytona the past two years with a DNF, and that makes for a long season of playing catch up," said Marcelli. "We were able to rebound pretty quickly in 2018 and go on to finish second in the championship, but in 2019, we struggled to just get back inside the championship's top-five by the end."
 
While they did squeeze in to finish fifth in the standings by eight points, this year's race at Daytona makes it a little easier to go after the 2020 championship. Also, making it more accessible is how the transition to the Aston Martin has been an overall positive experience.
 
"Switching to the Aston Martin has been amazing so far," Stacy explained. "I couldn't ask for much more support from the factory, and I have to thank the guys from KohR Motorsports for being so adaptable with all the new challenges. The Aston is a very user-friendly car, finding the limit isn't too difficult. It's just a matter of maximizing its strong suits."
 
"The Aston is a very well built and well-engineered car, especially as a race car, it's very easy to work on," Martin agreed. "Learning the little nuances that this car likes is the challenge. It responds well to changes, and the electronics are extremely well engineered and designed.
 
"As the year progresses and we've got to work on the car more and more, we'll learn it. We've got a great group of guys with a lot of experience, so it hasn't been very difficult. But in fairness, we haven't had any real challenges with the car to date."
 
With the team's dark cloud of Daytona turned bright, they are focused on the upcoming races and securing a title. As far as which rung Stacy is at in Aston Martin's ladder system, Martin speaks highly of the one he's on.
 
"If you're trying to progress your career in racing, Pilot Challenge is the only place to be," said Martin. "You're racing against the most talented guys, and even some of these guys are (IMSA) WeatherTech (SportsCar Championship) drivers and WeatherTech pros. The depth of talent in the Pilot field is pretty significant. In my opinion, if you're going to develop as a driver, this is where you need to be."
 
It's just over one month before the second round of the 2020 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season, with the next stop at Sebring International Raceway on March 18-21. The two-hour Alan Jay Automotive Network 120 goes green on Thursday, March 19, at 3:50 p.m. ET and can be streamed live exclusively on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold. IMSA Radio will also have live radio coverage throughout the weekend on RadioLeMans.com.
 
Tickets are available at www.SebringRaceway.com.
 
 

 

BMW i has today announced its extended partnership as official vehicle partner of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, continuing to supply Formula E with an extensive fleet of course cars at every race.
 
As a founding partner of Formula E, the continued collaboration was confirmed at an event held ahead of the CBMM Mexico City E-Prix, to present the striking new design and colour scheme of the BMW i8 safety car.
 
The updated livery - which will make its debut on track in Mexico City this weekend - was unveiled by Jamie Reigle, Chief Executive Officer of Formula E, Pia Schoerner, Head of BMW Motorsport Marketing, internationally renowned influencer Brooklyn Beckham, together with Dr. Andreas Aumann, Vice President BMW i Product, eMobility.
 
With the renewed partnership beyond the current season, the German manufacturer will continue to equip Formula E with a fleet of BMW i safety vehicles, including the new-look safety car, race director car, medical car and rescue car.
 
As well as supplying circuit course cars, BMW i branded vehicles will also remain an important part of the enhanced Formula E fan and guest programme, with passenger laps enabling fans to experience the thrill and excitement of electric cars at every E-Prix.
 
To learn more about the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, find out where to watch race highlights and buy tickets, visit www.FIAFormulaE.com or download the app on iOS and Android.
 
Alternatively, follow the ABB FIA Formula E Championship on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. @FIAFormulaE #ABBFormulaE
Andretti Autosport announced today that Robert Megennis will return to pilot the No. 27 entry for the championship-winning team for the 2020 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season. As a rookie, the 19-year-old scored his first Indy Lights-career win with the team on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after starting from the pole position.

The New York-native followed the success in early May by capturing the pole for the series crown jewel, the Freedom 100. Megennis went on to stand on the podium six times and recorded 12 top-five finishes throughout his rookie campaign.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Robert back to the team,” said J-F Thormann, President of Andretti Autosport. “From the moment he climbed in the car, Robert has been determined to fight for results and it has paid off, earning a victory and a handful of podiums last season. He was a strong contender in the Freedom 100 and we’re happy he’ll have another chance to claim that title. We’re really looking forward to watching Robert mature even more in the car and anxious to see what results he can capture in 2020.”

Throughout his career in the Road to Indy ladder system, the veteran driver has scored 15 podiums and collected 52 top-10 finishes. Heading into his fifth year of Road to Indy competition, Megennis has never finished outside of the top six in each championship run he has competed in. Starting his career in 2016, he earned Rookie of the Year honors along with the Hard-Charger award in Cooper Tires USF2000, where he finished the season as the top American driver in sixth. He went on to compete as a sophomore in Cooper Tires USF2000 in 2017 and ran the Indy Pro 2000 Championship in 2018.  

“I’m super excited to join Andretti Autosport for another year in Indy Lights. We had a great 2019 season and 2020 will be even better,” said Megennis. “I’m confident that we’re only going to grow and get stronger together as a team. Thanks to everyone at Andretti Autosport, SailPoint, Sirius Computer Solutions, Juniper Networks, CyberArk and my family for giving me this opportunity. Let’s go win some races.”  

The No. 27 machine will receive support from a wide portfolio of partners including SailPoint, Sirius Computer Solutions, Juniper Networks and CyberArk. 

“Robert’s work ethic and commitment to the sport is nothing short of impressive. We are eager to put our name behind a racer who we believe is the future champion of Indy Lights,” said Juliette Rizkallah, Chief Marketing Officer for SailPoint. “Robert and his team have been an invaluable partner to us and we look forward to extending our partnership in the year ahead.”   

"Sirius is proud to team up with Andretti Autosport and RKM Racing in 2020. This partnership is a great opportunity for us to showcase our focus on technology, innovation and agility," said Michael Harwood, SVP of Marketing at Sirius.

Veteran Megennis will join rookie teammates Kyle Kirkwood (No. 28 Dallara) and Danial Frost (No. 68 Dallara) as the Indy Lights season kicks off on the streets of downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, for the first doubleheader of the 2020 season March 14-15.


For more information, visit AndrettiAutosport.com.

Last season wasn’t up to the usual impressive standards from Antron Brown, but you won’t find an ounce of discouragement from the three-time NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world champ. Coming off his first winless season of his career in the Top Fuel ranks, Brown, a 66-time event winner, is welcoming the journey to once again get back on top.
 
He’s back with former crew chief Brian Corradi, a tandem that led to massive success in previous years, and Brown is eyeing the 2020 season as a return to form in his 11,000-horsepower Matco Tools/Global Electronic Technology/Toyota dragster. The veteran standout knows what a quick start could mean for the year, leaving him determined and focused heading into this weekend’s 36th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.
 
“We feel good right now, even though we know we’ve still got our work cut out for us getting the car where we want it,” Brown said. “It doesn’t happen overnight. It’s going to take laps and we know that. But the journey is the meaningful part. We know nothing comes free and you have to put the work in. You can see the mountain in front of you. Are you going to let it eat you up or are you going to conquer it? That’s one of the parts I enjoy most and you go through it as a team. For us, it’s not a question of if we can do it. We’ve been there before.”
 
Billy Torrence (Top Fuel), Matt Hagan (Funny Car) and Jeg Coughlin (Pro Stock) were last year’s winners of a race that will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 1 (FS1), including finals coverage on Sunday, Feb. 23. The duel in the desert marks the second of 24 races during a 2020 NHRA season Brown ultimately hopes is better than his last two campaigns.
 
Prior to 2019, Brown won just one race in 2018, finishing sixth in points. He dropped to ninth a year ago, an uncharacteristic fall for a star who won back-to-back Top Fuel world championships in 2015 and 2016. Brown could never find his footing a year ago, prompting the move to reunite with Corradi. It’s a proven team, but there’s still an adjustment process as everyone comes together. The team was solid in testing, but lost in the first round in Pomona to start the year. Brown, though, wasn’t banking on instant success, knowing the team is going to continue to put in the work.
 
“We just have to be poised and confident in the process,” Brown said. “We all have to be in it together. There’s pressure for all of us and we all share it. If you take it and put it all on your own shoulders, that’s when you start messing up. That’s where experience pays off and that’s one of the biggest things with this team and our backgrounds.”
 
It’s clearly a winning background, as Brown’s 50 Top Fuel victories are fourth most in class history. He’ll look to add to that in Phoenix, where he has three career wins. Standing in his way is an array of talent, including Pomona winner Doug Kalitta, back-to-back world champ Steve Torrence, 2017 world champ Brittany Force, Shawn Langdon, Austin Prock, who was last year’s top rookie, Leah Pruett, Terry McMillen and Clay Millican. But a strong performance in Phoenix could be just the boost the team needs early in the season.
 
“If you get off to a good start, you can start building momentum,” Brown said. “If you have good races, that means you’re making eight laps and you’re going to learn more to grow and be better. If you’re making less runs, that’s less data you’re getting. We just have to continue to stay the course and keep raising our level of performance. We’ve all worked together in the past and we know we can communicate with each other, so that’s big.”
 
In Funny Car, Hagan will look to keep his winning ways going at Phoenix while continuing the momentum from the hot finish to his 2019 campaign last season. His Don Schumacher Racing teammate Jack Beckman opened 2020 with a victory in Pomona and he’ll be challenged by the likes of reigning world champ Robert Hight, 2018 champ J.R. Todd, Alexis DeJoria, Ron Capps and John Force.
 
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020, the Pro Stock class will head to Phoenix with plenty of fanfare. The class continues to provide plenty of thrills, led by defending event winner Coughlin, who won the opener in Pomona. He’ll match up with the likes of defending champ Erica Enders, Greg Anderson, Jason Line, Alex Laughlin, Bo Butner, Deric Kramer and Chris McGaha.
 
The event also will feature thrilling competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, where future stars of the sport hone their skills. After nitro qualifying, fans can watch a trio of spectacular jet cars, including a pair from the Lucas Oil Muy Caliente team, as well as Scott Arriaga’s “Wicked Sensation” jet car. Known for exciting pre-run flame shows and after burner pops, jet cars are thrust driven vehicles propelled by jet engines.
 
NHRA fans can take part in the Mello Yello Walking Tour to see the cars and teams hard at work in the pits. Fans can also attend Pro Stock School and Nitro School to learn how the cars operate and reach their thrilling speeds. Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park will also host a Mello Yello autograph session and allow fans to meet their favorite drivers as well as the Sealmaster Track Walk hosted by NHRA announcer Joe Castello. Another can’t-miss experience is the winner’s circle celebration on Sunday after racing concludes, which will now take place on the racing surface. NHRA fans are invited to congratulate the winners of the event as they celebrate their victories.
 
As always, fans will have the opportunity to interact with their favorite drivers as they’re granted an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet. This unique opportunity in motorsports gives fans direct access to the teams, allowing them to see firsthand the highly-skilled mechanics service their hot rods between rounds, and get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers.
 
Fans will want to visit NHRA’s popular Nitro Alley and Manufacturers Midway, where sponsors and race vendors create a carnival atmosphere, with interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise, food and fun for the entire family.
 
Mello Yello Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature two rounds at 1:45 and 4:45 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21 and the final two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 1:30 and 4 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23.
 
To purchase general-admission or reserved seats, call (800) 884-NHRA (6472) or visit www.NHRA.com/tickets. Kids 12 and under are free in general admission areas with a paid adult. To honor the Salute to First Responders, military and first responders can save 20 percent on general admission tickets at the gate. For more information about the NHRA visit www.NHRA.com.

Andretti Autosport welcomes back a familiar face this season, announcing today that GT4 racing driver Colin Mullan will again co-drive the No. 36 Window World- MI Windows and Doors Sprint X McLaren along with Jarett Andretti.

The returning Mullan raced along with Andretti during four Pirelli GT4 America Sprint X events in 2019.  Jarett Andretti looks to continue the winning streak he shared along with Mullan, stating, “It was great to share so many podiums with Colin last season. For a driver of his age, I think his experience and record speaks for itself. We’re happy to have him back and I look forward to winning more with him.”

Mullan shares Andretti’s excitement, “I’m very excited to be joining Andretti Autosport and Jarett Andretti for the 2020 GT4 America Sprint X championship. Jarett and I meshed very well as co-drivers during my partial season with the team last year. The whole organization has been a pleasure to work with, and I was welcomed into their family immediately. It’s been amazing to work with both McLaren and a team that carries such a pedigree in racing, and I’m looking forward to continuing that relationship into the future. I have no doubt that we’ll be a serious contender for podiums and race wins this year!” stated Mullan.

The 2020 Pirelli GT4 America Sprint X series features a 60-minute race with a halfway pit stop and driver change.  Mullan and Andretti will each drive for 30-minute intervals. The season kicks off on March 7 at The Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas.

Veteran open wheel and stock car racer Jimmy Kite will race the full, four-race season of the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association's (SVRA) Vintage Race of Champions Charity Pro-Am Series in 2020. Kite (Brownsburg, Indiana) will contest the VROC rounds at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta (March 26 - 27), the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational (June 17 - 21) at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Heacock Classic Gold Cup at VIRginia International Raceway (September 24 - 27) and the season-finale U.S. Vintage National Championships at the Circuit of the Americas (November 5 - 8) in Austin, Texas. Details of the car the five-time Indianapolis 500 starter and 1997 USAC Silver Crown Copper World Classic winner will be driving will be announced at a later date.
 
No stranger to SVRA competition, Kite drove in his first vintage event at Indianapolis in 2015. He has competed in at least one round every season since. In 2018, Indy's Fastest Rookie Qualifier (1998) won the A Production class with Gary Klutt in the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational at "The Speedway". In addition to his stints in the cockpit of vintage machines, Kite is an instructor for the Dodge/SRT Thrill Rides program and pace car driver for the one-make Ferrari Challenge race series in North America.
 
The VROC Charity Pro-Am is a Saturday feature event for the SVRA. The cars are primarily 1963 to 1972 vintage Corvettes, Camaros and Mustangs of SVRA "Group 6" A and B Production. The Pro-Am style series pairs professionals with amateur drivers. The amateur starts the 50-minute race for a preset minimum number of laps before handing the car over to their professional co-driver.
 
Jimmy Kite | "It's an honor that Tony [Parella] and everybody at SVRA are letting me be a part of the four race VROC series. Not only am I excited to know I'll be running Indy again this year but to get the invite to run the full VROC schedule has me ready to jump in a car tomorrow. To see Atlanta and Indy are the first two races on the schedule... that's a dream for me. Then VIR and COTA; both are beautiful tracks that will be fun to drive. I am looking forward to racing these fun cars at some of the best road courses in the country. The competition is going to be intense. I can't wait!"

American Flat Track and American Honda Motor Co. proudly announce a renewal of the official partnership between the powersports industry leader and AFT that will introduce an expansion of its Honda Talon experiential program at all rounds of the 2020 season.

 

In 2019, American Honda partnered with AFT to bring Honda's revolutionary sport side-by-side to AFT fans across the country, and the Talon was named the Official Sport Side-by-Side of American Flat Track.

 

As part of the unique Honda Talon Flat Track Experience, VIP guests and members of the media were given full-speed rides around AFT's racetracks to demonstrate the Talon's power and maneuverability. Additionally, the vehicle assisted in the conditioning of certain racetracks as part of the evolution of AFT's track-prep efforts.

 

The Honda Talon Flat Track Experience will expand for 2020 with a Friday pre-race activation aimed to garner more exposure for both American Honda and AFT. Local media will be invited to experience the thrill of flat track racing via the latest-generation four-seat Honda Talon 1000X-4.

 

Furthermore, excitement about American Honda's AFT involvement is rising following the recent announcement of its support of TT king Henry Wiles joining the Honda family for 2020 AFT Singles competition. Wiles has signed with the Richie Morris Racing and will campaign an American Honda-backed CRF450R in what will surely be an aggressive championship hunt.

 

With 2020 Red Rider Rewards contingency offerings from American Honda totaling over $104,000 - $20,000 more than 2019 - AFT fans can look forward to seeing even more athletes choosing to Ride Red in the upcoming season of American Flat Track.

 

“The Honda Talon is an exciting entry into the side-by-side market and AFT is proud to partner with Honda to showcase its capabilities in our series," said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. "Honda’s support for AFT, with the Talon and their partnership with RMR and Henry Wiles, represents their biggest commitment to AFT since the days of Bubba Shobert and Ricky Graham and we are looking forward to seeing how the 2020 season develops.”

 

“The Honda Talon Flat Track Experience has been a fun way to give people a firsthand flat track thrill, while also letting them experience the performance of Honda’s Talon side-by-side,” said Chris Cox, Manager of Experiential Marketing/Public Relations of American Honda. “Between the program’s expansion and Henry Wiles joining Richie Morris Racing, we can’t wait for the 2020 AFT season to get started.”

 

Tickets are on sale now for the first-ever doubleheader - DAYTONA 200 and DAYTONA TT - at the legendary Daytona International Speedway. Watch both historic motorcycle racing events during Bike Week at DAYTONA for just $35 when you purchase an advance General Admission ticket online. Get yours at www.americanflattrack.com.

 

For more information on American Flat Track visit www.americanflattrack.com.

 

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