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Southern California Sprint Car championship contender Brody Roa is pleased to announce that HD Industries will be backing his racing efforts throughout the 2020 USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series campaign.
The announcement came after a meeting with HD Industries officials just before Roa hopped on a plane to head to this week’s Performance Racing Industries Trade Show in Indianapolis. Roa and the team are ecstatic to have the HD Industries logo on the side panels of the famous Shaver powered BR Performance sprint car for the upcoming campaign.
“It means everything to have HD Industries back on board with us for the 2020 season,” Roa said from the airport before departing to Indy. “We want to go out and win the CRA championship for them. With their help and help from our other sponsors, we feel we have a good shot at doing that.”
In addition to HD Industries, Burris Racing, Sander Engineering, Baldwin Filters, NGK Spark Plugs, Wilwood Brakes, Biker Bruce Fisher and Norma Leonard are already on board for 2020. The team hopes to announce additional sponsors after the PRI show.
In 2019, Roa competed full time in both the USAC/CRA and USAC Southwest Series. He won five main events between the two and finished third in the USAC/CRA title chase. In addition, he won the Southwest Series championship. For the 2020 season, things will change a bit.
“We will be running the #91R car in the USAC/CRA Series and will be looking for some rides to fill in the gaps in between those races,” the Garden Grove, California based racer said. “We want to keep the #91R fresh for the late-season USAC/CRA races. In addition, we will be running Tanner Grau’s car in some of the Southwest Series events. We are looking for opportunities in other series as well.”
For anyone who is looking for a championship and main event winning driver for their car during the 2020 season, contact Roa at the phone number or E-mail in this release. He will be available to race any night that is not in conflict with his regular racing calendar.
To view Roa’s online portfolio and learn more about the team and its marketing opportunities, please click on the following link https://www.teamwithbrody.com/
Fans wishing to stay completely up to date with Brody Roa and the BR Performance squad can do so on the team’s website http://www.brodyroa.com/ and Facebook page at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/br91r/
The buzz around the DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Model tour is already getting loud with the release of the 2020 schedule on Thursday at the Performance Racing Industry show.
Twenty-nine races across 33 days and seven states will make up the new schedule, which includes 20 returning tracks from this past year’s schedule.
Friday and Saturday night shows will each pay $10,000 to the winner; the other days of the week will serve as $5,000-to-win shows. Racing will commence six days a week; Mondays are the only pre-scheduled off days.
The race to the $25,000 championship check is once again divided into five sections, each with their own weekly point fund. Kickoff Week begins June 16 with a visit to the Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, IL, which produced one of the best races seen on the 2019 tour as Mike Marlar picked up his fifth career Summer Nationals victory.
Legends Week action gets underway on June 23 at the Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, IL, and also features a date with Granite City’s Tri-City Speedway on June 26. As one of the most talked-about Feature endings on the tour this past summer, Kyle Bronson swiped the lead (and the win) away from familiar foe Tyler Erb in the final turns after making contact upon corner entry to become the 100th different driver to ever win a Feature in tour history.
Independence Week begins with the only stop in the state of Tennessee on June 30 at Clarksville Speedway. The Summer Nationals tour has not seen the likes of Missouri’s Lake Ozark Speedway in over 11 years, and that will be changing on July 3 when the Late Models roll into the Eldon, Missouri, venue for the first time since 2008.
Challenge Week is scheduled to begin with a race on Tuesday, July 7 and another to follow, both to be announced at a later date. Macon Speedway’s Herald & Review 100 always produces some of the roughest and toughest racing seen all summer, and will be back for its 40th edition on July 9, just one year after St. Charles, MO-native Gordy Gundaker went back-to-back in the 100-lapper this past year.
Finally, Champions Week will wrap-up the points battle and determine a tour champion, starting with a date on July 14 at Plymouth Speedway in Indiana. Three-straight dates in Michigan will follow (Butler Motor Speedway, Thunderbird Speedway, Tri-City Motor Speedway) before things come to a close in Ohio at Oakshade Raceway for the 21st straight year on July 18.
2019 Summer Nationals and DIRTcar Late Model national champion Brian Shirley will be crowned at the annual DIRTcar Racing banquet in Springfield, IL on Jan. 11.
For all of the latest and greatest news about the DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Models, stay tuned to our website and social channels (Twitter/Facebook @SummerNationals).
The DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals schedule was also released on Thursday. While a number of events will run in conjunction with the Summer Nationals tour, the tour itself will kick off a week earlier, June 11-13, at Tyler County Speedway in West Virginia. It will also conclude at the Prairie Dirt Classic on July 31-Aug. 1 at Fairbury Speedway.
Overall, the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals tour will race 29 times in seven different states between June 11 and Aug. 1.
Back again for 2020 is the DIRTVision FAST PASS, which race fans can purchase at $39 per month and watch every single Summer Nationals and World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series race live, all season long
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Team Penske and XPEL, Inc. (NASDAQ: XPEL) a leading provider of automotive paint protective film and window tint, today announced a multi-year partnership. XPEL will be the primary sponsor of the No. 1 Dallara/Chevrolet driven by reigning and two-time NTT IndyCar Series Champion Josef Newgarden for two races in 2020. XPEL will also serve as the “Official Protective Film Partner of Team Penske.”
The partnership with Team Penske – the most successful team in motorsports history – represents the first racing sponsorship for the San Antonio, Texas-based company. Newgarden will race the No. 1 XPEL Dallara/Chevrolet in the INDYCAR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on May 9 and in the Texas Indy 600 at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) on June 6. XPEL will build on the partnership and become a primary sponsor for a third IndyCar Series race with Team Penske in 2021 and beyond.
“We are excited to welcome XPEL to Team Penske in 2020,” said Roger Penske. “Motorsports provides a great opportunity to build the XPEL brand and we hope to build on a lot of business-to-business opportunities with their group. We look forward to delivering for XPEL both off and on the track as they compete with Josef and the defending champion No. 1 Chevy team starting next season.”
XPEL is a global company that offers high-quality products, world-class customer support and a vast network of trained installers. Through partnership with Team Penske, the company expects to generate maximum brand recognition among core marketing segments including dealers as well as consumers.
“We have thought about motorsports for quite a while, but we wanted to make sure we partnered with the right team,” said XPEL CEO Ryan Pape. “No one matches the success, class and integrity of Roger Penske, Team Penske and Penske Automotive Group. We are thrilled to be associated with Josef Newgarden as he is a proven winner. He will have plenty of support from our network of employees and dealers both at Texas and at Indianapolis.”
Since he joined Team Penske in 2017, Newgarden has captured two of the last three IndyCar Series championships. The native of Tennessee has produced 14 IndyCar Series victories in his career and he is the defending race winner at Texas Motor Speedway.
“When you race for Team Penske you are certain of two things – you will be in well-prepared cars with a chance to win every week and you will get a chance to represent some outstanding partners,” said Newgarden. “It is an honor to be the first race car driver to represent XPEL and I’m excited about carrying their brand at two fantastic venues next season. Partnerships are the lifeblood of our sport and I can’t wait to get XPEL to Victory Lane.”
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With a few old favorites, and several new venues lining the 2020 lineup, the first round of a scheduled 50 race slate has been released for 29th season of the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network.
Toyota Racing Development, U.S.A. (TRD), who is celebrating its 40th anniversary of American motorsports heritage this year, is in the design phase of developing a sprint car engine to meet World of Outlaws regulations.
“We’re excited to design and ultimately see Toyota compete in sprint cars,” said Tyler Gibbs, general manager of TRD. “We have, and will continue to enjoy our time in midget racing, and look forward to this expansion into sprint car competition. This provides us an opportunity to not only design a new engine, but also to expand our grassroots racing presence and continue to seek out and develop up-and-coming talent.”
TRD is currently working with established engine builders Speedway Engine Development, Inc. and Rider Racing Engines, as well as All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads, Inc. and Mobil 1™ to develop the engine. Once designed, engine builders will be able to purchase TRD-sourced castings to build customer engines. The castings will be available in late 2020 in advance of the 2021 season. The aluminum block engine will meet the World of Outlaws, All Star Circuit of Champions, USAC and other sprint car series rules, both in 410ci and 360ci displacements.
In late 2007, Toyota debuted a Toyota 360 engine for USAC Silver Crown competition, which was a derivative of the cast iron eight-cylinder Toyota engine used in the NASCAR Xfinity and Gander Truck Series. The program has seen 22 victories, one driver’s championship (Jerry Coons Jr., 2008), two team titles (2008 and 2012) and is still run on occasion in the series.
Toyota’s open-wheel dirt and pavement journey began in 2006. Since then, Toyota has competed in national midget car racing in both the USAC and POWRi series with Toyota drivers winning more than 270 national midget car events and a combined 10 driver championships.
TRD currently supports customer racing programs with midget racing in USAC, POWRi and other series, the Lexus Motorsports IMSA program in the GTD category and the addition of the GT4 Supra customer program in 2020. Testing of the new sprint car engine is expected to take place in Summer 2020 with parts available for purchase late next fall in preparation for the 2021 season.
On the heels of a breakthrough season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE), Rette Jones Racing (RJR) is already focused on next season where the Mooresville, N.C.-based team eyes to have an exalted presence in the rebranded ARCA Menards Series East.
With driver Spencer Davis set to tackle new objectives with Rette Jones Racing next season, the No. 30 Ford Fusion seat is currently vacant but is being prepared for a new driver to steer the wheel when the ARCA East Series takes the green flag for the season-opener at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway on Feb. 10, 2020.
“We’ve had a lot of discussions about our ARCA Menards Series East program next year, but we don’t have anything signed just yet,” said Rette Jones Racing co-owner Mark Rette. “It was a great season for our organization with a lot to be proud of.
“The guys have been working hard on our fleet of race cars to prepare them for next season with the focus to be a little better than we were this season.”
The 2019 K&N Pro Series East season saw Rette Jones Racing earn their first series victory with Davis at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway in August to coincide with six top-five and 11 top-10 finishes in 12 races overall.
The team also tied for a career-high third in the overall championship standings.
“I don’t think anyone will disagree that Rette Jones Racing only continued to get better as the season progressed and what we learned will make us even more potent in 2020,” added Rette.
“The 2020 ARCA Menards Series East season only consists of seven races, but we can do those races cost-effectively while also striving for the championship too. We also will be readily prepared for competition in the ARCA Menards Series West, ARCA Menards Series and the ARCA Menards Series Showdown if needed too.
“We hope to make some formal announcements in January.”
RJR is co-owned by Canadian entrepreneur and former race car driver Terry Jones.
For more on Rette Jones Racing, please visit RetteJonesRacing.com, like them on Facebook (Rette Jones Racing) or follow them on Twitter (@RetteJones30).
Championship-winning ARCA Menards Series team Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) has immediate openings for their race program next season that includes competing in the ARCA Menards Series, the ARCA Menards Series Showdown and the newly rebranded ARCA Menards Series East and West divisions.
The Mooresville, N.C.-based team fielded two full-time entries this season with drivers Joe Graf Jr., Connor Hall, Corey Heim and Ty Majeski respectively. Between the two entries, the team scored three wins (Majeski), 15 top-five and 31 top-10 finishes in 40 races collectively this season.
Additionally, the team made starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway and in the season-finale NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at ISM (Ariz.) Raceway respectively.
CBR’s immediate openings include pre-season testing at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway from January 10 – 11, 2020 in preparation for the Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire series’ season-opener on Sat. February 8, 2020.
“2019 was a good season for Chad Bryant Racing, but we are focused on making 2020 even better,” said team principal Chad Bryant. “Between all the drivers at Chad Bryant Racing, we were able to win races, maintain a constant presence at the front of the field and cap off the year with Joe Graf Jr. finishing top-five in points and Corey Heim inside the top-10, despite not running the entire season.
“I feel that with the leadership of our team, including former Cup Series championship winning crew chief Paul Andrews – Chad Bryant Racing has the ability to bring in the next wave of talent and immediately continue our winning ways.”
For more on Chad Bryant Racing, please visit ChadBryantRacing.com, like them on Facebook (Chad Bryant Racing) or follow them on Twitter (@ChadBryantRace).
The CARS Super Late Model Tour will introduce an all new touring program for the 2020 season. The “Super Six” program is a touring loyalty program dedicated to teams receiving additional financial and promotional benefits for participating full time on the CARS Super Late Model Tour in 2020. The program is modeled after the highly successful Touring 12 program for the Late Model Stock tour that has seen car counts sky rocket over the last two seasons.
The “Super Six” program for Super Late Models is a touring loyalty program that will consist of six Super Late Model teams that plan to compete in every points event for the 2020 season. Multiple benefits of the “Super Six” program will include: $100 savings per set of tires purchased at the track each race, $150 cash travel bonus at each event, two complimentary race tickets to all CARS SLM Tour points races, and multiple other financial and promotional benefits throughout the year.
In order for teams to participate in the “Super Six” program, CARS SLM Tour teams must sign an agreement to participate in all regular season races and complete driver license, owner license, and annual race entry by March 3, 2020. Drivers will be required to have their name and likeness used on CARS Tour branding, and must be committed to participate in limited driver appearances throughout the season, along with running a special throwback scheme at the Throwback 276 set for August 1, 2020. Drivers who are eligible for the Rowdy Manufacturing Super Challenge are not eligible for the Super Six program.
“Ever since we introduced the Touring 12 program for Late Model Stocks, the Super Late Model guys have expressed the desire to have a similar program. It is something that we’ve really thought about and wanted to do, we just needed to see the support from the competitors. After a very good year with Super Late Models we fell that the 2020 season is the right time to see if we can start building a program like this, “explained CARS Tour Series Director, Chris Ragle. “We have to get six teams that want to build and invest in each other. That is the key to growing this program and the series for Super Late Models. I really hope teams will respond to this program, there’s no other series I can think of that does additional compensation for participating, and that is what this program is design for. It is about participation and not performance.”
Teams wanting to apply for the inaugural Super Six program can do so by visiting www.carsracingtour.com and clicking the “Super Six” application banner located in middle of the site’s home page. CARS Tour officials will also communicate the link to apply online, much like that to enter a race, via email throughout the application period.
For additional information on the CARS Late Model Stock Tour and the CARS Super Late Model Tour visit www.carsracingtour.com. Be sure to stay active and social with the tour by liking “CARS Tour” on Facebook, following @CARSTour on Twitter, and scrolling through photos on Instagram cars_tour. Additional series information can be obtained by calling the CARS Tour series office, located in Mooresville, NC, at 704.662.9212.
The Mid-States Conference 2020 SCCA® U.S. Majors Tour® competition calendar has been released. A total of six weekends, 12 races in all, make up the schedule that runs from April to August and visits five different venues.
The Mid-States Conference again opens its season with a Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour event at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit in Oklahoma, followed by a stop at Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, Kansas, later in April. May sees two events on the Mid-States Conference calendar with the first taking place at World Wide Technology Raceway, formerly Gateway Motorsports Park, located just east of St. Louis, followed by a visit to Pueblo Motorsports Park in Colorado. The final two events on the calendar then occur at High Plains Raceway in Colorado with one event scheduled for July and the other in August. All six meets on the Mid-States Conference schedule are two-day events.
As always, the calendar below is subject to change, but the current 2020 U.S. Majors Tour Mid-States Conference schedule is comprised of the following:
- April 4-5: Hallett Motor Racing Circuit; Jennings, Oklahoma
(Dual Mid-States/Southern Conference Event)
- April 18-19: Heartland Motorsports Park; Topeka, Kansas
- May 2-3: World Wide Technology Raceway; Madison, Illinois
- May 23-24: Pueblo Motorsports Park; Pueblo, Colorado
- July 4-5: High Plains Raceway; Deer Trail, Colorado
- August 22-23: High Plains Raceway; Deer Trail, Colorado
Schedules for other SCCA U.S. Majors Tour Conferences will be published as they are finalized. Only SCCA Full Competition and SCCA Pro Racing License holders may register for U.S. Majors Tour or Hoosier Super Tour events. Again this year, both the U.S. Majors Tour and Hoosier Super Tour serve as pathways to the 2020 SCCA National Championship Runoffs® being held at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
The Sports Car Club of America®, Inc., founded in 1944, is a 67,500-member motorsports organization that incorporates all facets of autocross, rally and road racing at both Club and professional levels. With headquarters in Topeka, Kansas, the SCCA annually sanctions over 2,000 events through its 115 Regions and subsidiary divisions. Much of the SCCA’s activities are made possible with support from the following Official Partners: Hagerty, the Official Insurance Partner of SCCA; Hawk Performance, the Official Brake Products of SCCA; Sunoco, the Official Fuel of SCCA; and Tire Rack, the Official Tire Retailer of SCCA. To learn more, please visit www.scca.com.
Photo: SCCA racers wind their way around Hallett Motor Racing Circuit
Credit: Mark Weber
Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (YMUS) is pleased to announce support for Estenson Racing’s effort in American Flat Track (AFT) for the 2020 season. The team has signed a multi-year deal with JD Beach, who will lead the campaign in the all-new SuperTwins class, while Kolby Carlile, the 2017 AFT Singles Champion, steps up to the premier class alongside Beach aboard the Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT. The team has also signed Mikey Rush for a two-pronged threat in the AFT Singles class with young phenom Dallas Daniels.
Returning for his second year with Estenson Racing, 2020 will be JD Beach’s first full-season in American Flat Track. With multiple road race titles on his resume, the Owensboro, Kentucky, resident has his sights set on a SuperTwins crown. He pulled double duty with the team in 2019, competing in the premier classes of both AFT and MotoAmerica. The dirt track/road racer made history with his first AFT Grand National win at the Super TT in Arizona, which was also the first victory for a Yamaha Twin since 1981. Beach then backed it up the following weekend at Virginia International Raceway with his first MotoAmerica Superbike win, becoming the first rider to top the podium during the same season in the premier class of both disciplines since Nicky Hayden in 2002. He ended the year in AFT with two wins and three podiums.
Kolby Carlile made the transition to the Twins ranks last season, competing both in the new AFT Production Twins class and AFT Twins. He had a solid rookie year in spite of injury and made a late-season charge for the Production Twins title, ultimately ending the year third in the Production championship with two wins and six podiums. The “Flying Tomato” also showed strength in the premier class on the TTs, making all four Main Events. Carlile now looks forward to stepping up to the SuperTwins full-time in his fourth season with the Estenson Racing squad.
The newest member of the team, Mikey Rush, jumped straight into the premier class of AFT in 2009 and scored his first win in 2013 at the Daytona Short Track. After some tough years in the privateer ranks, he made the move to the AFT Singles class and had a standout season in 2019, finishing second in the championship with four wins and seven podiums. The Californian now looks to bring home the title in 2020 aboard the Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F.
Returning with the team is 2019 AFT Singles Rookie of the Year, Dallas Daniels. The 16-year-old turned heads last season with a dominant debut win at the Peoria TT. He then went on to back it up with two more podiums to finish the year just outside the top 10, despite only turning pro mid-season. Daniels looks to build on his progress in his first full-year of AFT competition.
Keith McCarty – Yamaha Racing Division Manager
“We’re very excited to expand our partnership with the Estenson Racing team for 2020. Last year, Tim Estenson really stepped it up in a big way with his new tractor-trailer that set the standard in the pits that Yamaha is accustomed to. In addition, he assembled a great group of riders that accomplished some milestone events for Estenson Racing and Yamaha with a couple of AFT Twins wins and several podium finishes. The team also had success in the Production Twins and singles class.
For 2020, with the help of Tommy Hayden, Tim has refined his crew and assembled a solid team of winning riders with improvements to their equipment that should greatly increase their chances for championships. With a great rider line-up and Tim’s enthusiasm for perfection, I’m sure good things will happen for the Estenson Racing Yamaha Team.”
Tim Estenson – Estenson Racing Team Owner
“My roots in racing, in motorcycling in general, have been with the Yamaha brand, so I’m really happy to have Yamaha USA’s increased support for our American Flat Track effort. Last season, we were able to accomplish my dream of returning a Yamaha Twin to the top of box for the first time in nearly forty years with JD Beach’s win in Arizona. Going into the new season, along with the support we are receiving from Yamaha, we’ve made some key additions to our staff and technical program. We’ve had some success early on with our young team and I look forward to building on that in 2020 to fight for the championship.
“I’m really happy to have JD back on board with us and especially full time this year in American Flat Track. I also look forward to seeing Kolby step up full-time in the SuperTwins class. He brought us our first championship and it has been great to see him progress in the sport with our team. On the AFT Singles side, Dallas had a great rookie season in 2019 and I look forward to his continued growth in the sport. I’m also really excited to have a championship contender like Mikey Rush join our team. He has a great story and has showed a lot of character and perseverance over the years as a privateer in the sport.”
JD Beach – Estenson Racing SuperTwins Team:
“I’m really looking forward to being back with the Estenson Racing crew. I think we kind of got started on our back foot last season. We were hoping for more, but we still managed a few wins, and within the Twins team a few podiums. I think the changes to the team and the new personnel are going to help a lot. We’re all putting in a lot of work this winter to come out next season swinging. I’m definitely looking forward to it.”
Kolby Carlile – Estenson Racing SuperTwins Team:
“2020 is going to be an awesome year for me. I learned a lot last year racing the Twin in the Production Twins class and winning a few rounds. This year I’ll be racing in the new AFT SuperTwins class full-time on the Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07. The guys I’ll be racing against week in and week out are the fastest guys in the world and I feel like I’ve always benefited from racing the best there is. The team also has some new members that are going to be huge additions in the development of the bike.
“Going into the new year, I’ve been taking a few months away from racing to allow me to focus on getting my knee in better condition. The races are a bit longer this year for me, and the intensity is up from what I have raced before, so being in top physical condition is important. I have an awesome teammate in JD Beach. I’ve grown up learning from him and I don’t plan on stopping now. I look forward to doing my best to improve the bike, the team, and myself in 2020.”
Mikey Rush – Estenson Racing AFT Singles Team:
“I’m really excited to have this opportunity with Estenson Racing. Tim is a great guy and their whole program is very professional. I’m looking forward to working with them next season and am ready to go racing and fight for the AFT Singles Championship.”
Dallas Daniels – Estenson Racing AFT Singles Team:
“I’m super excited to start my first full year in American Flat Track with Estenson Racing. I’ve been training hard and preparing for 2020. I’m really looking forward to getting things started in Daytona. I can’t wait for the season.”
American Flat Track will kick off its highly-anticipated 2020 season with the first-ever Saturday of Speed featuring the DAYTONA 200 and DAYTONA TT Doubleheader at Daytona International Speedway. It all kicks off at the peak of Daytona Bike Week on Saturday, March 14, 2020. Tickets start at just $35 online and are available for purchase now at www.americanflattrack.com.
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