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Fourteen-year-old Kyle Campbell won the 2017 Allison Legacy Series championship in his first season competing full-time.

The Concord, North Carolina native finished inside the top-five in 13 of the 14 races this season. Throughout the year, he captured two wins. His first win came at Dillon Motor Speedway in South Carolina, and his second victory was captured at Orange County Speedway in North Carolina.

“I just never gave up, kept my head and drove hard,” Campbell said. “My dad (Kevin) and sister Allison work hard each week and gave me a great car to drive. I owe a lot to my dad as he is a great spotter and I was able to avoid the major wrecks. There weren't many but there were some.”

Campbell began racing go-karts when he was only six-years-old. Throughout the years, he captured championships at Coleridge Speedway, Millbridge Speedway and Woodleaf Speedway. Campbell was named the Allison Legacy Series Hard Charger of the Year in 2016, and now the young driver has his first-ever asphalt stock car championship.

“Very awesome, I never expected to win the championship my first full year of racing,” Campbell said. “Consistency, you never give up until the checkered flag falls. Always giving it 100-percent until you cross that line.

“I raced against some good competitors each and every week. Every race you needed to be on your A game. There were times when I didn't qualify as well as I'd have liked and had to work my way up through the field.”

In 2018, Campbell plans on competing full-time in the Allison Legacy Series as he looks to defend his title. He also hopes to get behind the wheel of a Late Model as well.

“The Allison Legacy Series is such a great place to transition from dirt to pavement,” Campbell said. “Love that it is a traveling series and you get to go to all these different race tracks.”

Justin Taylor finished second in the series standings, while Matthew Davey, Ethan Elder and Brett Suggs rounded out the top-five.

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Team Penske announced today that it has reached an extension agreement with DXC Technology (NYSE: DXC) for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

In its first season as a motorsports sponsor in 2017, DXC Technology built on an established presence with Team Penske’s successful Verizon IndyCar Series program and 2016 series champion Simon Pagenaud, driver of the No. 22 Dallara/Chevrolet. DXC Technology celebrated with Pagenaud in Victory Lane of the season-ending series race in Sonoma, California, to claim its first INDYCAR win.

For the 2018 season, DXC Technology will return and serve as the primary sponsor on Pagenaud’s car for six races, which will begin with the Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 15. DXC Technology will also continue as an associate sponsor on the remaining races for the No. 22 team.

“Team Penske is excited to grow the partnership with DXC Technology for 2018,” said Roger Penske. “This is a technology-dependent sport and we were able to integrate DXC into our INDYCAR program this season and we will be ready to take our performance, and hopefully our results, to the next level with them in 2018.”

DXC Technology was the primary sponsor aboard Pagenaud’s car for six races in the company’s first year with the team in 2017, including the memorable win in the season finale at Sonoma Raceway.

“I enjoyed working with DXC Technology and representing their brand this past season,” said Pagenaud. “DXC Technology shares a similar philosophy with us at Team Penske, which is to strive for excellence. We are very proud to work together relentlessly toward further limits in our respective industries. We were excited to get a win with them in Sonoma and everyone at Team Penske wants to build on that as we welcome them back for 2018.”

DXC Technology is the world’s leading independent, end-to-end IT services company. Formed by the 2017 merger of CSC and the Enterprise Services business of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, the company has more than 155,000 employees across 70 countries, serving some 6,000 clients. Its mission is to lead digital transformation for clients by tapping into global talent, developing powerful next-generation IT solutions and leveraging extensive partner relationships.

“Our partnership with Team Penske provides a great opportunity for DXC Technology,” said Mike Lawrie, DXC Technology chairman, president and CEO. “Performance and reputation make Team Penske the type of organization with which we want to align. Like us, they strive for excellence in everything they do and work diligently to provide value for both sides of the relationship.”

The 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season opens on March 11 in the Streets of St. Petersburg in Florida, the 1.8-mile temporary circuit set up on city streets and a runway of Albert Whitted Airport.

Read how Team Penske and DXC Technology collaborated to enhance the engineering process with a “digital transformation workshop” designed to optimize the team’s engineering software: How a championship-winning race team cut engineering cycles by 30 percent.

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IRG Sports + Entertainment (IRGSE), a leading marketer and promoter of sports and live entertainment experiences, announced today the recent acquisition of Bertil Roos Racing School.

As a pioneer in the industry, the Bertil Roos Racing School has been training students in the art of motor racing for over four decades. Graduates of the European-style, road racing school can be found at every level of racing, from the hobbyist up to the top levels of professional racing. All programs are "arrive and drive," where all you need to bring is a positive attitude.

Bertil Roos will continue to run programs at existing locations and will add resident driving schools at Palm Beach International Raceway, which began the week of Nov. 11, and at Memphis International Raceway in 2018.

"We are pleased to welcome Bertil Roos Racing School into the IRGSE family," IRGSE President and CEO Lou Partenza said. "When we looked for an acquisition, the focus was to find an organization that would add value by complementing IRGSE's existing assets while maintaining a strong culture of delivering value and service to its customers.

"Bertil Roos hit on all of these parameters with an added benefit of a strong, passionate leadership team that is committed to the continued growth and development of the company."

In addition, IRGSE acquired the complete Formula fleet and spares from the Skip Barber Racing School. These vehicles are undergoing complete overhauls and will be permanently situated at the Palm Beach and Memphis Bertil Roos Racing School locations.

Bertil Roos Racing School will service seven track locations in 2018 with a fleet of 45 open-wheel Formula cars and 20 full-bodied cars, along with offering trackside support. Corporate headquarters will be based in West Palm Beach, Fla.

"I am excited to be part of the IRGSE family," said Dennis Macchio, President of Bertil Roos Racing Schools. "Their track assets fit perfectly into our vision for the continued expansion of Bertil Roos Racing School and the residency driving school programs we have developed.

"The resources afforded to Bertil Roos through this venture will allow us to expand both geographically and through the development of additional programs and racing weekends."

For more information about Bertil Roos Racing School including gift certificates, holiday pricing and travel discounts, visit the website at www.racenow.com.

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Cole Custer and Sam Hornish Jr. made it a Ford 1-2 finish in the Ford EcoBoost 300 Saturday afternoon, while Chase Briscoe won his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race in the Ford EcoBoost 200 to close out the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway Friday night.

“Congratulations to Cole and Chase on their first career wins in their series this weekend,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “We’re very proud to have powered the Ford Mustangs and Ford F-150 trucks this season as part of the Ford Performance team. Racing has a bright future ahead with drivers like Cole and Chase and we’re excited for the 2018 season."

Custer dominated the race in the No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Mustang recording his first win in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Custer’s win is the ninth NXS win of the season for Ford Performance and the first in history for Stewart-Haas Racing. Custer is the 36th different driver to win a NXS race with Ford.

“We knew we were gonna be really good this weekend, but our Haas Automation Mustang was unreal,” said Custer in victory lane. “We really wanted to have a good showing at Ford Championship Weekend. We obviously have some good cars in the hunt, but everybody at Haas Automation, Code 3, Roush Yates Engines -- the engines have been unbelievable all year -- XFINITY, everybody at NASCAR, it’s just been unbelievable.”

Sam Hornish Jr. drove the No. 22 REV/Fleetwood Mustang to a second-place finish, giving car owner Roger Penske his fourth series owner’s championship in the last five years. A Mustang has now won at least one championship in six of the seven years it has competed full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.

Briscoe, the No. 29 driver of Brad Keselowski Racing edged out Christopher Bell for the win in the NASCAR CWTS, marking the first by the Ford Performance driver. The No. 29 led a race high 77 laps of the 134 lap race and recorded his fourth pole of the season.

“This is a long time coming. I’m so proud of all these guys. Thank you so much to Ford for believing in me. I know that this year, at least by my standards and what I felt like I could have done, for those guys to continue to believe in me makes me feel so blessed and thankful to be here,” said Briscoe in victory lane.

To add to the celebration, Briscoe was named NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year on Friday.

Teammate Austin Cindric finished fifth and ended up third in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship.

The Ford Championship Weekend wrapped up on Sunday. Kevin Harvick from Stewart-Haas Racing finished fourth and Brad Keselowski from Team Penske seventh in the Ford EcoBoost 400. After a tough fought race, the duo ended up third and fourth respectively in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship.

We look forward to the start of the 2018 season at the Daytona International Speedway.

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By the slimmest of margins, the Kulwicki Driver Development Program (KDDP) is proud to announce that Marietta, Georgia's Cody Haskins is the program's 2017 champion. Haskins, who won two races and finished in the top-five 13 times, edged out Lakeville, Minnesota's Michael Ostdiek 965-952 after on-track results and community engagement points were taken into account.

The final 2017 KDDP “Kulwicki Cup” point standings:

1) – Cody Haskins - 965

2) – Michael Ostdiek - 952

3) – Brett Yackey - 844

4) – Cole Butcher - 607

5) – Justin Mondeik - 532

6) – Braison Bennett - 472

7) – John Peters – 331

"It's really no surprise that the season title came down to Cody and Michael because they have been neck and neck since the late spring,” said Tom Roberts, Executive Director of the KDDP. “They were nearly equal on and off the track, but Cody really impressed our board with his hands-on approach at the track and his massive amount of off-track activities after his season wrapped up in early October.  It doesn’t come as a shock that the two drivers who were invited to return to the program in 2017 finished in the top two spots.”

For Haskins, this championship is the culmination of a yearlong journey that began on a late night drive home after the 2016 KDDP banquet last December. "Cody has often said that the 2016 banquet was one of his most humbling experiences,” said Roberts. “Finishing where he did in the 2016 standings (fifth of the seven drivers) motivated him to improve for 2017. His Alan Kulwicki-like hands-on approach offered a notable parallel to the 1992 NASCAR champion and his on-track results were consistent. But what really put Cody over the top this season was his commitment to engaging with his neighbors and the fans."

An executive with KRC Power Steering, Haskins participated in fundraisers for the American Cancer Society, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, the American Red Cross, Goodwill and the Shriner's Hospital. He also helped raise money for the family of Terry Evans, a fellow racer who was killed in an accident after leaving Myrtle Beach (SC) Speedway in July.

“Like several of our drivers, Cody also spent time with school kids in and around his hometown, visiting a numer of schools and churches throughout the season,” Roberts said. "It sure seemed like that whenever there was an open weekend in the racing schedule, Cody and his team were somewhere signing autographs and meeting young race fans. What set Cody apart for me, personally, was that even on his wedding day, he and his new wife found the time to visit a local food pantry and help those less fortunate. That just shows what kind of character he has."

If there was any driver in this year’s KDDP class who understood the power of working closely with young people, it had to be Ostdiek. The Iowa State University student from the Twin Cities suburbs focused his off-track energies on his own quarter-midget driver development program, which continues to shape and mold the next generation of Midwest short track racers.

"Michael has really emerged as not only a top young talent on the track, but has established himself as a leader off of it as well,” Roberts said.  “His driver development program is second-to-none and his commitment to fundraising and improving the lives of those around him continues to impress.”

Ostdiek won the 2017 ARCA Midwest Tour Rookie of the Year, edging out fellow KDDP finalist Justin Mondeik.  He picked up three race wins at his home track of Elko (MN) Speedway, along with six top-five finishes throughout the season. "I think Michael impressed a lot of people this year and he will only improve in 2018,” said Roberts. “I know that Gregg McKarns and all the ARCA Midwest Tour community are proud that he represented them so well and they look forward to having him back in the fold next year."

Colorado's Brett Yackey finished a close third, followed by Nova Scotia's Cole Butcher, Wisconsin's Justin Mondeik and Braison Bennett, and Maine's John Peters. Those remaining five drivers all acquitted themselves well on-and-off the track in 2017, with Yackey really standing out throughout the season.

"For a high school senior, Brett really impressed us throughout the year,” said Roberts. “He raced hard at Colorado National against some of the best competition in the West and then impressed us with his off track work.” Among his many off-track activities, Yackey helped raise over $4,000 for former Colorado National Speedway driver Dalton Hewitt's cancer fund, selling baked good, burritos, and hosting a silent auction. It was incredible that he was able to balance all of that with also being a star athlete at Greeley Central High School.”

Cole Butcher, who posted two wins, including the prestigious Atlantic Cat 250, and 10 top-10 finishes, was a big supporter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, hosting two young race fans and their families at Scotia Speedworld in June. Justin Mondeik showed great improvement on the track during the season, and played a critical role in helping raise funds for the Northwoods Veterans Post in Merrill, Wisconsin. Braison Bennett embodied the Kulwicki spirit in many ways; owning, maintaining, and fixing his own race cars on a limited budget, but still able to find victory lane at Wisconsin International Raceway. Bennett, along with Maine's John Peters, both suffered incredibly bad luck this season, but both were able to overcome and post strong finishes. At his home track of Beech Ridge (ME) Motor Speedway, Peters hosted a "Kulwicki Kid" program for seven young fans, selected through a fan drawing on social media, providing them with a up-close-and-personal look at short track racing and sending them home with a number of prizes, including a racing helmet.

"All of our drivers did a remarkable job this year and our board members were superb in completing their voting assignment,” Roberts said. “They continued to place great value on community involvement, off-track projects and social media activities.  They awarded bonus points for drivers going the extra mile in representing our organization. With all things being equal and with some better racing luck, any of the drivers could have walked away with the Kulwicki Cup this year. I am so proud of each of them and I know Alan would be also.”

The KDDP points system is based on a combination of judging input from members of the advisory board and the drivers’ on-track performance.  Voters are asked to rank the drivers from first to seventh in their job of representing the organization and points (from 70 for first to 10 for seventh) are awarded for those rankings.  Each voter is given 10 discretionary “bonus” points to award the drivers for “exceptional contributions” to the program.  Community engagement, program representation and social media activities account for much of those points. The remainder of the points come from actual racing statistics. Race wins award 10 points, with 2nd-5th-place finishes getting 6 points, 6th-10th 4 points, 11th-15th 2 points and 15th-plus 1 point.

Here is a look at the final “on-track” competition points (from 4/1/17 through 10/31/17):

Cody Haskins         -           98 (2 wins, 13 top-5s)

Brett Yackey            -           96 (3 wins, 9 top-5s)

Michael Ostdiek      -           90 (3 wins, 6 top-5s)

Braison Bennett     -           88 (1 win, 11 top-5s)

Cole Butcher           -           87 (2 wins, 10 top-5s)

Justin Mondeik       -           64 (0 wins, 2 top-5s)

John Peters             -           54 (0 wins, 3 top-5s)

For the third and final round of voting, the two regular season judging points were averaged (however, bonus points continued to accrue) and added to the final vote’s judging points. The overall competition points (maximum 150 points for 15 wins) were applied and the driver with the largest points total, Haskins, earned the 2017 Kulwicki Cup championship.

Haskins is the KDDP's third champion and the first from outside of Wisconsin, following Ty Majeski (2015) and Alex Prunty (2016). While he has big shoes to fill, Roberts feels that Haskins is ready to take the next step.

"Cody has achieved a great deal in late model stock car racing throughout the Southeast and I know that he plans on trying to take the next step in his career,” said Roberts. “It's also impressive that he has seen great success working as a mentor and car owner for Jensen and Taylor Jorgensen, both of whom have a bright future in short track racing. While his 2018 plans are not set in stone, we expect big things for Cody. He has a personal drive much like Alan possessed. He knows every nut and bolt on the race car and expects a lot of himself and those around him. A determination like Cody's can only lead to success."

Haskins and the other six members of the 2017 KDDP class will be honored during the organization’s banquet set for Thursday, Dec. 14 in the Speedway Club at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Highlighting the activities for the evening (which would have been Alan Kulwicki’s 63rd birthday) will be the presentation of the winner’s check for $54,439 and the special KDDP “Kulwicki Cup” Champion’s trophy to Haskins.

While the 2017 season is over, drivers can start applying for the 2018 Kulwicki Driver Development Program today. Please visit www.kulwickiddp.com for the application and additional information. All applications are due on December 31, 2017.

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On November 22, YouTube Red will debut a brand new series from top creator Roman Atwood and Studio71. Known by millions of fans for some of the most ridiculous and outrageous feel-good moments on the internet, ROMAN ATWOOD’S DAY DREAMS will take that outrageousness to the next level with extreme projects that make people’s dreams come true. The series is executive produced by Atwood and John Fitzpatrick and Studio71’s Dan Weinstein and Rabih Gholam.

In this new series, Atwood -- along with his family and team of volunteers -- take on challenges that only an Atwood could pull off. From creating an enormous monster truck playground in Roman’s backyard to a never seen before tricycle backflip at Nitro Circus, the team will tap into people’s wildest dreams and bring them to life right in front of viewers’ eyes.

Roman Atwood said, “This was an opportunity for me to do something different in partnership with YouTube Red and to focus on doing great things for some amazing people.  I’m excited for the world to see the life changing results.”

Nadine Zylstra, Head of Family Entertainment and Learning at YouTube Originals said, “Roman Atwood has always created the kind of content that appeals to people of all ages. We are sure that his current fans will be eager to check out his new series, and new viewers will be thrilled to discover him.”

YouTube Red is a subscription that gives you access to YouTube Red Original movies and series, a premium music service and an uninterrupted experience across YouTube. YouTube Red is currently available in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Korea.

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There is a great deal of symmetry between the histories of Juncos Racing team owner Ricardo Juncos and driver Victor Franzoni. Both came to the U.S. from South America with little more than the money in their respective pockets, and the passion and drive to make their racing dreams happen. In an all-or-nothing, pressure-packed scenario, the story of their 2017 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires title run became one of the feel-good narratives of the year.
 
Juncos’ story is well-known: as a successful auto shop owner and part time race car driver, he emigrated from Argentina to America in 2002 with few contacts and no English. He built a race team from the ground up and a driver development program that has produced a who’s who of young racers that includes Conor Daly, Connor De Phillippi and Spencer Pigot.
 
Juncos first met Franzoni when the young Brazilian was the mechanic for a karting team competing against his son. Recognizing his ability both on and off the racetrack, Juncos had long hoped to have Franzoni on his team but was unable to connect the dots until last October, when Franzoni drove for Juncos Racing in the Chris Griffis Memorial Test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. That Franzoni went faster than the existing series track record did not surprise Juncos at all.
 
“When I first started racing back in Argentina,” said Juncos, “I was doing kind of the same thing as Victor is doing now: starting at the bottom as a mechanic and doing whatever it takes to make a living in racing and being in the car as much as possible. We’ve known Victor for years. I knew how good he was as a driver when I saw him race in karts, but it was difficult to make it happen for him to drive for us. When we finally did, we were very impressed. I realized he was even better than we thought – not just on the driver side, but on the technical aspects as well.”
 
The team was finally able put a deal together just days before the season opener, running Franzoni and sports car veteran Jeff Green. To say the team had a limited budget is an understatement. Franzoni brought what he could and supplemented the rest with “work for” deals: working as a coach for BN Racing and David Malukas, and as a mechanic for a karting team in exchange for tires, entry fees and a place to stay. For Juncos, it was a chance to keep the team intact and, for both, the chance to earn the budget that would allow them to progress together to Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires – just one rung away from their shared dream of the Verizon IndyCar Series.
 
“The only goal was to win the championship. We had no options. We were both committed, but it was such a gamble. We didn’t focus on making money, we just wanted to keep the mechanics employed. These guys have been with us for years and they have families, but we were in a situation that we would have to let everyone go and not have a Pro Mazda team. But this was a way to keep everyone employed and give us a chance to win a championship. For Victor, it was win or nothing.”
 
Cape Motorsports’ Anthony Martin won the first two races at St. Petersburg, Fla., and Franzoni won both races at Indianapolis while the pair split Road America – by then, it was readily apparent that this would be a two-horse race. The pressure between Martin and Franzoni was enormous: with one winning and the other usually finishing second, there was absolutely no margin for error. One bad finish, and the entire season would be done.
 
“That made it a very difficult year, with so much pressure for the drivers and the teams. But we kept the pressure under control. I learn more every year on how to help the mindset, and I think that helps a lot. When you see someone else’s life experience, and see them perform on a high level, you can visualize doing it yourself. We worked a lot on the psychological level to keep it easier than it was, because the pressure was massive – and not just in regard to the results. Not only did we have no money to test, we had no money to repair the car. Victor knew that if he crashed, we couldn’t fix it. So he knew he couldn’t even crash a front wing, and that’s even more pressure. But Victor surprised me on so many levels this year. He is the real thing.”
 
Racing is about family for Ricardo Juncos, and while it is a business in many ways, it is a sport first and foremost. The passion that Franzoni exhibits every time he gets out of the race car is shared by the entire team – and that passion was necessary as Juncos reached the pinnacle of the sport this year with an entry into the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500.
 
“Everyone is here for the passion of motor racing, not just to get a paycheck. We are a racing team, not a racing business. That is key. The results are the priority before anything else, and every single person on my team is willing to do that. It’s difficult to measure, but we work as a family and that makes a difference. 
 
“Running the Indy 500 added pressure for the whole team,” continued Juncos. “It’s a lot for any team, especially for a team running it for the first time. In addition to people we hired for the race, we used every single person from our Indy Lights and Pro Mazda teams. We tried to keep it separate as much as possible. There were people in common with all three teams, like myself, Jayson Marksberry, my COO, my wife Danielle, Abby Carter our PR person, and (technical director) Ernie Gonella, and they put in so many hours to do everything. It was very challenging but we kept everyone happy and kept our performance level up. We won a Pro Mazda race and an Indy Lights race in the month of May, so we didn’t miss a beat. But everyone worked so much.”
 
Martin took two of three races at Mid-Ohio for a four-point lead in the championship. But Franzoni won the three final races, on the oval at Gateway and both races at Watkins Glen. The word “pressure” comes up so often while describing the 2017 season, but Juncos still marvels at Franzoni’s ability to compartmentalize what he was dealing with (including three-quarters of the season in a drivers suit that was several sizes too small), and the emotion that came with the championship moment was a career highlight for both.
 
“He was under so much pressure, but that all changed when the race started. His voice changed on the radio, he was under a different dimension. He was so calm and under control at Gateway. His concentration was so good and that really surprised me. At Watkins Glen, Victor was leading but Anthony was third and we knew that anything could happen. It could change in a second: something could happen to the car and it would be game over. Everything you had worked for and done all year could disappear in a moment. You’re just waiting for the race to finish and at that moment, we knew it all made sense, that everything we wanted had materialized and the emotion comes out.”
 
Juncos was also quick to include Green in the season kudos. Green finished with season-high tallies of fifth at Road America and Gateway, in only his first season on the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires. At age 60, he was also a calming and steadying influence on Franzoni.
 
“Jeff did an amazing job all season helping win this championship. He is an amazing person and very passionate driver. We had a great year with him and also had a lot of fun. He has proven he is a talented driver as well, especially for his age.”
 
Franzoni has yet to announce his 2018 intentions, but obviously Juncos Racing is at the top of the list of teams he would want to drive for. He watched Spencer Pigot ride his Pro Mazda title in 2014 and Indy Lights championship in 2015 straight into a successful career in the Verizon IndyCar Series and the pair would dearly love a repeat. Naturally, it would place both right back into that pressure cooker.
 
“We have the same intention with Victor that we had with Spencer in 2014: he would win the Pro Mazda championship and stay with us in Indy Lights. That’s the idea with Victor, but we still have to make the program come together and work. This type of program will have the same situation as this year, win all or nothing. If we were to go on and win the Indy Lights championship, then we will see what doors that opens up for the future.” 
 

More than a dozen GTC Carrera Cup drivers competed recently at the world class Daytona International Speedway, known for the prestigious Rolex 24 At Daytona endurance race and famous Daytona oval, including high-speed turns with 31 degrees of banking.

 
PCA Club Racing driver Gary Jensen had a successful weekend during the Oktoberfast at Daytona 2017 event after sweeping Sprints 1 and 2 and the Enduro in his No. 117 GTC6 entry.
 
"Everything went really smoothly, no mistakes at all," Jensen said. "It felt good."
 
Jensen said he's trying something new next year and is already excited for 2018.
 
"I'm looking forward to next season," he said. "I'm going to drive a 991 in the
PCA Club Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Trophy East series."  
Curt Swearingin, representing the Tennessee PCA Region, put away his No. 18 ACI Motorsports Cayman GT4 Clubsport entry this weekend and tried his hand at his new No. 1 GTC6 entry.

"It was fun," Swearingin said. "It's a challenge learning a new car and getting out there and competing with these guys - they're fast. My team, ACI Motorsports and my coach, Cass Whitehead, did great."

From left to right: Edge, Jensen, Swearingin
Swearingin came in second place behind Jensen in the Enduro race Sunday, and fifth overall. He was also crowned the winner of the Championship class in the PCA Club Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Trophy East series and celebrated his win Sunday night at the series' banquet at Daytona's Goodyear 500 Club.
 
His ACI Motorsports teammate, Richard Edge, placed third in the GTC6 class Enduro and 10th overall. Edge and Swearingin plan to join Jensen and compete in their GT3 Cup cars in the Cayman GT4 Clubsport Trophy East series next season as well.
 
Brothers Barry and Darrel Bell won first place in the 90-minute Enduro race Sunday in the GTC4 class. The brothers celebrated on the podium ceremony with family and friends.
 
Barry Bell also recently won first overall and first in class in his No. 49 GTC4 entry in Sprints 1 and 2 and the Enduro during the PCA event weekend at NOLA Motorsports Park in September.
 
"I am very proud of all of my race committee, our volunteers, the Speedway staff and the PCA Club Racing staff who join together to make this event happen," Steve Williamson, Oktoberfast 2017 event chair, said. "Most members of our race committee and volunteers have been working with this event from the very beginning and their efforts and talent cannot be overstated."
 
PCA Club Racing has a class for all Porsche sports cars, including both street and modified cars. To learn about PCA Club Racing and how to get started, visit the PCA Club Racing page at PCA.org for more information. There you'll find information on how to get started, rules, and other useful knowledge on how to get your own Porsche on track.

For more information on PCA Club Racing sponsorships, please click here. 

 

Mazda has confirmed the eligible racers for the 12th annual Mazda Road to 24 Shootout. This post-season shootout will award a $100,000 Mazda Motorsports scholarship to compete in the 2018 Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires. The shootout will take place December 8, 2017 at the Bondurant Racing School in Chandler, Arizona.   

 

Winning a club racing championship with Mazda power is the primary entry channel into the Mazda Road to 24 Shootout.  Racers competing with the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), the National Auto Sport Association (NASA), Teen Mazda Challenge, and iRacing are eligible. The following racers are being invited to submit a written and video proposal from which three to five finalists will be selected. 

 

1.     John Allen – iRacing MX-5 Cup Champion

2.     Jay Aranha – NASA NP01 (At large)

3.     Ryan Dexter - Teen Mazda Challenge Rock Mountain Region Champion

4.     Julian Garfield – SCCA Solo (At large)

5.     Brian Henderson - Teen Mazda Challenge Mid-Atlantic Region / NASA East PTE Champion

6.     Tyler Kicera – SCCA Spec Miata (At Large)

7.     Tristan Littlehale NASA West Spec Miata Champion

8.     Brian Lock NASA West – NP01 Champion

9.     Aaron Michelet - NASA PTC (At large)

10.  Matt Million – Teen Mazda Challenge (At large)

11.  Austin Newmark - NASA ST4 (At large)

12.  Preston Pardus - SCCA Runoffs Spec Miata Champion

13.  Eric Prill – SCCA Runoffs F-Production Champion

14.  Bryan Putt - NASA East Super Unlimited Champion

15.  Selin Rollan – SCCA/NASA Spec Miata (At large)

16.  Michael Ross - NASA East Spec Miata Champion

17.  Nick Sommers - Teen Mazda Challenge West Coast Region Champion

18.  Danny Soufi - Teen Mazda Challenge Texas Region Champion

 

David Cook, business development manager for Mazda Motorsports noted that, “The criteria for the shootout has been created to identify the aspiring professional racer who has the most complete set of skills required to succeed in motorsport. These skills include speed, consistency, race craft, technical understanding, and off-track business and PR skills. History has shown that a driver will be limited in success if he or she is lacking in multiple areas.  It will be a big challenge for the judges to narrow these 18 racers to our finalists.  It will be an even larger task to select a $100,000 winner.”  

The inherent all-star flavor of the Rolex 24 At Daytona has become a tradition, one that will be especially well-served on Jan. 27-28 at the 56th running of the sports car endurance classic at Daytona International Speedway.

 

Champions from various other forms of motorsports will once again come to the “World Center of Racing” for the International Motor Sports Association’s (IMSA) season-opening event weekend, helping to form respective “dream teams.” One of those teams, Acura Team Penske, tested on Friday at DIS. Team owner Roger Penske has returned to sports car racing with Juan Pablo Montoya, Helio Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud, Graham Rahal, Dane Cameron and Ricky Taylor co-driving new Acura ARX-05s at the Rolex 24 in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s Prototype class.

 

Castroneves and Montoya are former Indianapolis 500 champions who will drive full-time this year in the WeatherTech Championship with Cameron and Taylor, Prototype class champions the last two seasons.  In addition, Pagenaud and Rahal are IndyCar Series regulars on board for the Rolex 24.

 

Montoya is a three-time (2007-08, ’13) Rolex 24 champion and two-time (2000, ’15) Indianapolis 500 champion.  Castroneves has three Indy 500 victories (2001-02, ’09) and has competed in the Rolex 24 twice, co-driving to a third-place finish in 2008.

 

“It’s always exciting to come to the Rolex 24 and it’s exciting being involved with Team Penske and Acura,” Montoya said. “I feel like we’re going to start off being really competitive. This car is insane; it really moves. I think with Acura and Team Penske you come in knowing you’re going to probably be the best well-prepared team. With the background of Acura and Team Penske and the driver lineup which is unbelievable … I think we’re going to be tough to beat.”

 

“When you’re talking about [events like] the DAYTONA 500, the Indy 500, the Super Bowl … the Rolex 24, for the IMSA series, is definitely one of those,” said Castroneves. “It’s the big one. If you’re going to win one race this is where you want to make it happen. Plus it’s a challenge. It is big and that’s why we’re here testing. We want to prepare as much as we can.”

 

Further adding to this year’s all-star appeal is the entry of two-time (2005-06) Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso, who will co-drive a Ligier LM P2 Prototype for United Autosports.

 

“Fernando is in kind of the same boat as myself,” said Montoya, who also has raced in F1 and NASCAR. “He’s wanting to try a lot more racing. And he’s passionate about racing.”

 

Acura Team Penske and other WeatherTech Championship teams will return to DIS on Jan. 5-7 for the annual Roar Before The Rolex 24 – the official preseason test sessions on the 3.56-mile DIS road course.

 

Tickets for the Roar Before The Rolex 24, the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA, the 60th annual DAYTONA 500 and other Daytona International Speedway events can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

 

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Snapchat, and by downloading Daytona International Speedway’s mobile app, for the latest news throughout the year.

 Friends of PIR has announced the dates and initial details for the 58th running of the famed Rose Cup Races. The 2018 event will take place July 13 through July 15 at Portland International Raceway and will host the Pirelli World Challenge, North America’s top GT production-based road racing sports car series.
 
A sanctioned event of the Portland Rose Festival, the Rose Cup Races is the premier amateur road racing event in the Pacific Northwest, featuring racing competitors from both the Oregon Region Sports Car Club of America and the Cascade Sports Car Club.
 
Three amateur classes (TBA in early 2018) will race at the event, along with all seven of the Pirelli World Challenge professional racing classes, which will compete in doubleheader races: two 60-minute GT SprintX events, two 50-minute GTS races and two 40-minute Touring Car contests. The popular SprintX two-driver, 60-minute format will be a part of the weekend as well. Over 100 Pirelli World Challenge cars and drivers expected for the event.
 
“The Pirelli World Challenge is one of North America’s premier racing series and we are very excited to have many of the world’s top sports cars and drivers return to PIR,” said Gary Bockman, president of Friends of PIR. “The variety of Pirelli World Challenge machinery will make for a great addition to our three amateur race groups, forming a very attractive motorsports weekend in the Rose City.”
 
In 2017, Pirelli World Challenge featured 26 different auto manufacturers with 44 separate models including the prestigious GT and GTS series sports some of the world’s most iconic sports cars including Acura, Audi, Aston Martin, Bentley, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Ford, Lamborghini, McLaren, Mercedes, Nissan, Panoz and Porsche. Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car categories have some spectacular wheel-to-wheel action in the three divisions with makes from Audi, BMW, Honda, Lotus, Mazda, Nissan and Scion.

The Pirelli World Challenge has held events at Portland International Raceway on three occasions with events in 2001, 2004 and 2005. Past Pirelli World Challenge race winners at PIR include Michael Galati (GT) and Neal Sapp (TC) in 2001, Tommy Archer (GT) and Pierre Kleinubing (TC) in 2004 and Dino Crescentini (GT) and Randy Pobst (TC) in 2005.
 
The Rose Cup Races weekend will feature practice and qualifying on July 13, and racing events on July 14 and July 15. More information about ticket prices, additional events and the specific schedule will be released in early 2018.
 
The Rose Cup Races was the first major event ever held at PIR in 1961, and has taken place annually ever since. The event is promoted by Friends of PIR. Learn more at RoseCup.com and follow @RoseCupRaces on social media (#RoseCup2018 #RoseCup58 #RoseCupRaces).