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Dirt Modified veteran Mike Iles and youthful URC 360 Sprint driver Eddie Strada, Jr. are among the 120 drivers ready to challenge the clay track being created on the floor of the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, N.J.    The event, the East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals, will be held this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 13th - 15th.

Though he has largely curtailed his outdoor racing career, Iles filed an entry for Trenton driving a car owned by Bill Drill. Iles, who lives in Medford, NJ, is a past big-block Modified champion at N.J.’s Bridgeport Speedway. He is also an Indoor Racing Series concrete track winner in Providence, RI, on March 6, 2009.

“I always enjoy racing indoors,” Iles, who earned the nickname ‘Medford Mad Dog’ for his fierce driving style.

“Indoor racing on dirt is a really exciting challenge.”

Iles was extremely competitive in last year’s inaugural event in Trenton before getting involved in a tangle that sent him flipping over several times. Iles, who jumped from the car quickly without injury, would love nothing better than winning the 50 lapper finale on Saturday night, the huge silver bowl trophy and a $5,000 first place prize.

Strata, of Hamlin, PA, is a third generation racer. He finished fifth in the URC Sprint 360 season standings as a rookie driver this season.  Prior to that he was a heavy hitter in Micros and 305 Sprints.

Strada will be suiting up to drive a car owned and built by Mark Manieri, of Easton, PA., who has been an active and successful 600 Micro builder.

“Mark wants to give his Dirt Micro business a boost and running a car in Trenton is a good way to do that,” Strada said. “This is a car that can win. With  my Micro experience, it should be an advantage.”

The First Annual East Coast Dirt Car Nationals was won by 36-year-old Staten Island, N.Y. resident Whitey Kidd, III who executed a late race pass on Alex Bright, Collegville, PA, to win the thriller over Brian Carber, New Holland, PA, Tim Buckwalter, Douglassville, PA and Austin Quick, Etters, PA.

Many other Midget, Sprint and Dirt Modified regulars have entered the event including Brian Montieth of Phoenixville, PA, Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, NY., Lucas Wolfe of Mechanicsburg, PA, Tim Buckwalter and his cousin Steve of Royersford, PA, Scott Kreutter of Buffalo, NY, Mike Maresca of Potsdam, NY, Billy Pauch, Jr., of Frenchtown, NJ, Matt Roselli from Brodheadsville, PA, Dominic Buffalino of Sayreville, NJ, Eric Heyenreich of Bloomsburg, PA, and Joe Trenca of Clay, NY

This year’s schedule calls for heat races with passing points and four A-qualifier feature races for split fields on both Thursday and Friday night. On Saturday, with all 120 cars on hand, Alphabet mains are scheduled, with racers having the opportunity to advance from G, F, E, D, C, and B, will precede the 50 lap A-Main. Racing will start at 7 PM on Thursday and Friday, 5 PM on Saturday.

Slingshots will run a complete program of racing on Thursday night culminating in a 20-car, 20-lap feature. On Friday, Champ Karts are the co-feature, with the same field, same distance feature on the docket.

Information, including ticket and hotel links, is available at indoorautoracing.com. Tickets are also available daily at the CURE Insurance Arena box office.

Indoor Auto Racing PR

Saturday night belonged to the champions of the NASCAR Xfinity Series (Tyler Reddick) and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (Brett Moffitt).

Reddick was honored for his NASCAR Xfinity Series title driving the No. 9 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports.

"This year was a big character-building year for me and it's a great honor to bring JR Motorsports its third NASCAR Xfinity Series championship," Reddick said in his championship speech.

Reddick bookended his season with victories at Daytona in February and winning the season finale race at Homestead-Miami.

"With each race, he handled his business. He was aggressive and did everything he needed to do. Just really impressed with him. Looking forward to seeing what he can do next year at RCR. It's going to be fun to race against him," Dale Earnhardt Jr.said when presented with the championship owner award in the Xfinity Series.

Reddick will defend his 2018 crown with Richard Childress Racing in 2019.

Brett Moffitt was honored for his championship in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Moffitt surged to six wins with Hattori Racing Enterprises in 2018. The championship was also the first for team owner Shigeaki Hattori.

"When the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series kicked off in February, our Hattori Racing team only had four races on the schedule," Brett Moffitt said during his championship speech. "So to be standing here today in front of you as the 2018 champion is truly an honor and quite unbelievable."

Moffitt who was released by Hattori Racing Enterprises following his championship season said that he's still working on his plans for the 2019 season.

Both Tyler Reddick and Brett Moffitt received thier championship ring and Goodyear presented each driver with a silver replica of their car and truck.

2018 Monster Energy Cup Series champion Joey Logano was also honored with the 2018 Comcast Community Champion Award. Each of the championship 4 drivers in both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, Johnny Sauter) and NASCAR Xfinity Series (Cole Custer, Daniel Hemric, Christopher Bell) each gave speeches discussing their 2018 season.

Below is a list of the awards that were handed out on Saturday night:

Camping World Truck Series

Mahle Engine Builder of the Year: Victor Garcia, llmor Engines

Duralast Brake in the Race Award: Noah Gragson, No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota

Mobil 1 Driver of the Year: Johnny Sauter, No. 21 GMS Racing Chevrolet

Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Myatt Snider, No. 13 ThorSport Racing Ford

Manufacturer Championship: Chevrolet

Champion Sponsor: AISIN Group

Champion Crew Chief Award: Scott Zipadelli, No. 16 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota

Champion: Brett Moffitt, No. 16 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota

 

Xfinity Series

Mahle Engine Builder of the Year: Doug Yates, Roush Yates Engines

Duralast Brake in the Race Award: Daniel Hemric, No. 21 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

Mobil 1 Driver of the Year: Christopher Bell, No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Tyler Reddick, No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet 

Manufacturer Championship: Chevrolet 

Champion Car Owner Award: No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

Champion Crew Chief Award: David Elenz, No.9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet

Champion Owner Award: Dale Earnhardt Jr., JR Motorsports

Champion: Tyler Reddick, No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet

Sheldon Creed (No. 28 United Rentals Toyota) was honored as the 2018 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards champion at the series' annual Awards Banquet in Indianapolis on Saturday night. 
 
Creed, from Alpine, California, scored the championship in his first full season of competition in the ARCA Racing Series. He had 17 ARCA starts prior to 2018, with a handful of top-five finishes. He teamed with MDM Motorsports for a full season run in 2018 and found success almost from the drop of the green flag at Daytona. 
 
Creed finished in the top five in each of the first four races of the season, and found victory lane for the first time at Michigan, the eighth race of the season. He followed with mid-season wins at Gateway and Iowa, and then clinched the championship with a dominant performance in the season finale at Kansas, his fourth win of the year.
 
A joyous Creed thanked his team for their efforts on stage, and presented each of them with a pair of custom Vans footwear which they all wore for a photo op with the championship trophy.
 
"It was a great year for all of us at MDM Motorsports," Creed said. "I'd like to thank everyone involved in our season. My team owners Matthew Miller, Doug Fuller, and Mark McFarland, my crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz, and all of my crew guys put together a great team. I'd like to thank my family for their support, not only this year but from the very start. Thanks to United Rentals and A.M. Ortega Construction for all they have done. 
 
"I am a pretty competitive person. I will always remember the 2018 season for the wins we had, and the things we learned on the way and all of the good times we had together as a team."
 
Creed and the MDM Motorsports team took away the lion's share of the special awards presented on Saturday night. In addition to the series championship, Creed also won the General Tire Superspeedway Challenge, the General Tire Pole Award, the Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge, the S&S Volvo Laps Completed Award, and crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz earned the Cometic Crew Chief of the Year Award.
 
"I am so proud of the team we built and the accomplishments we had this year," Stankiewicz said. "It's a pretty amazing feat to build a team around a young driver without a lot of experience and do what we did this year. It was an honor to be on stage again celebrating another championship with Sheldon and these guys."
 
Team owner Matthew Miller accepted the owner's championship on behalf of MDM Motorsports, which is co-owned by Doug Fuller and Mark McFarland. 
 
"I know I am not a familiar face to a lot of you here tonight," Miller said, "but it has been a real honor to race with you all this season. Everyone at ARCA has been wonderful to work with and compete against. We're proud of Sheldon and everything this team accomplished in 2018."
 
Additionally, MDM Motorsports earned the Scott Rookie of the Year Award and the CGS Imaging 4 Crown Championship with Zane Smith (No. 41 LaPaz Margarita Mix/ICON Vehicle Dynamics Toyota). Smith, from Huntington Beach, California, finished second in the series standings on the strength of four victories, including the closest finish in series history when he defeated Joe Graf, Jr. at Talladega.
 
"It's no fun being the first loser," Smith said in reference to his second-place finish in the final standings, "but it's a great accomplishment to be named the Scott Rookie of the Year. A lot of great drivers have won that award over the years and it's an honor to add my name to the list. I'd like to dedicate tonight to Jerry Herbst. He meant a lot to me and my family and I wouldn't be here without the help he had given me over the years."
 
Other drivers who made appearances on stage included third place Riley Herbst, fifth place Travis Braden, sixth place Gus Dean, seventh place Natalie Decker, eighth place Joe Graf, Jr., ninth place Brad Smith, and tenth place Bret Holmes. 
 
Owners that were honored on stage, in addition to champion Matthew Miller, included second place Bill Venturini,  fourth place Coy Gibbs, fifth place Mark McFarland, sixth place Billy Venturini, seventh place Don Fike, eighth place Chad Bryant, ninth place Kevin Cywinski, and tenth place Cathy Venturini.
 
Darrell Basham, who made his ARCA Racing Series debut in 1973, was presented the General Tire Spirit Award along with his wife Sandy and son Mike. Darrell made 319 starts as a driver, including four in 2018 with a best finish of 14th at Iowa. Mike has 59 career starts, including 15 in 2018.
 
"I can't tell you all what this means to me," an emotional Basham said to the crowd. "Mike, I am so proud of you, and Sandy, the best spotter in the business, I wouldn't be here without you. I don't know what we're going to do yet next year, but I ran my first ARCA race in 1972. It's a part of our life and it has been for 46 years. Hopefully we'll find a way to be back, but if we can't be, it's been a great ride and something we're going to be proud of forever."
 
Series president Ron Drager presented the prestigious Marcum Award to Andy Hillenburg. The award, named for ARCA founders John and Mildred Marcum, has been presented every year since 1982 to an individual who has made positive contributions and has shown dedication to ARCA. Past recipients include Bill Kimmel, Sr., Bill and Cathy Venturini, Briggs Cunningham and Kerry Scherer, John Menard, and in 2017, long-time ARCA team owner Wayne Hixson.
 
"Ron, you have no idea what this means to me," Hillenburg said as he choked back tears at the podium. "To win this award in the last season that ARCA is owned by the Marcum family is a huge honor. You're a great friend to me and to the sport. Thank you to you and your family for giving us a great series to race in for all these years."
 
The 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season kicks off on February 9 with the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona International Speedway. The race will be televised live on Fox Sports 1 starting at 4 pm ET. ARCARacing.com will have live timing & scoring and track updates free for registered users.
 
ARCA Racing PR

The NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will award their champions tonight after a long season which came to an end just several weeks ago in Homestead, FL.

Tyler Reddick (Xfinity) and Brett Moffitt (Camping World) will take home the heavy hardware tonight at the Charlotte Convention Center in uptown Charlotte, NC.

Reddick, who drove the No. 9 for Jr Motorsports will embark to Richard Childress Racing in 2019 , driving Daniel Hemric's former ride in the NASCAR Xfinity Series as Hemric will move up to the Monster Energy Cup Series taking over Ryan Newman's ride.

Moffitt, on the other hand has no ride for 2019 at this time after Hattori Racing announced just days ago that Moffitt would be leaving their team due to sponsorship issues.

In 2018, Moffitt compiled 6 wins, 13 Top 5's, 13 Top 10's, 269 laps led with an average start of 11.7 and an average finish of 8.9.

NASCAR will also honor each perspective series Most Popular Driver Award. Noah Gragson (Camping World) and Elliott Sadler (Xfinity).

The NASCAR Xfinity Series/Camping World Truck Series awards will air next Sunday at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on NBCSN.

The future of NASCAR looks bright, as a pair of South Floridians were announced to the 2019 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Development Program. Ernie Francis Jr., who resides in Southwest Ranches, and Homestead-native Nick Sanchez were each chosen to be a part of the program for the second consecutive year.

Sanchez and Francis were two of six drivers to be selected to the team after participating in the two-day NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Combine in October. The team’s full roster is comprised of young talent representing a myriad of cultures and backgrounds.

The goal of the program is to align the drivers with a team of executives, athletic directors, crew chiefs and mentors tasked with helping them achieve career successes, and thus improving their goal of reaching one of the three NASCAR national series.

“This year’s class features six highly-talented drivers who each possess an impressive blend of skill and experience,” said Jusan Hamilton, NASCAR senior manager of racing operations and event management. “We’re thrilled to see these drivers develop throughout the 2019 season and enjoy success both on and off the race track.”

“We are energized by the opportunity to work with the members of this year's class and foresee a very impactful year for Rev Racing,” said Max Siegel, CEO and Owner of Rev Racing. “NASCAR Drive for Diversity and Rev Racing are proud of the impact that we have had in the sport and we look forward to graduating the next generation of athletes to the national series.”

NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program Class of 2019

  • Nick Sanchez, 17, Homestead, Florida. Sanchez completed his NASCAR Whelen All-American Series rookie season in 2018. He also raced in the Bojangles Summer Shootout with Rev Racing’s Legends Car program and finished sixth in championship points. Sanchez will race in a Late Model for Rev Racing.
  • Ernie Francis Jr., 20, Southwest Ranches, Florida. In 2014, Francis Jr. became the youngest Trans-Am champion in series history. This past season, he captured his fifth consecutive series championship title. Francis will race a Late Model for Rev Racing and run in select events in the K&N Pro Series East.
  • Chase Cabre, 21, Tampa, Florida. Cabre will return to Rev Racing for his third season. In 2018, he competed in both the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, where he finished seventh in the championship standings. Cabre will again compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2019.
  • Rubén García Jr., 23, México City, México. In 2015, García Jr. became the youngest driver to win the NASCAR Peak Mexico Series Championship, and this year, won his second championship in the series. García Jr. also earned his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race win at Memphis International Raceway in 2018 followed with a victory at Dover International Speedway in October. García Jr. will continue racing in the K&N Pro East Series.
  • Brooke Storer, 20, Land O’ Lakes, Florida. Storer is the 2016 Desoto Speedway Sportsman Champion. This past season, she raced in the Wheel Man Series Late Model Sportsman division capturing two 50 lap feature wins. In 2017, she placed third in points in the Wheel Man Series. Storer will race in the Late Model for Rev Racing in 2019.
  • Gracie Trotter, 17, Denver, North Carolina. Trotter is the winner of Round 5 of the Bojangles Summer Shootout in the Semi Pro division. In 2018 she competed in the CARS Tour & PASS Series at Concord, Hickory, Caraway, Orange Country, South Boston and Carteret County. She also raced USLCI Legend cars at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, Anderson, Tri-County and Caraway. Trotter will race in the Late Model for Rev Racing in 2019.

For more information on the NASCAR Drive for Diversity driver and crew member development programs, visit NASCARDiversity.com. For continuing coverage of this year’s class, visit NASCAR.com or NASCAR’s social media platforms.

Homestead Miami Speedway PR

MDM Motorsports, which has previously fielded teams in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and ARCA competition, will be scaling back its racing operations starting with the 2019 season.

MDM Motorsports will no longer compete in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. The multi-car team operation in both ARCA and K&N competition will also decrease to a two-car operation. The team plans on competing full time in both series and defending their current ARCA Series championship, which they are celebrating tonight in Indianapolis with MDM driver Sheldon Creed.
"MDM Motorsports has amassed more than 30 wins over the last two racing season," said Matt Miller, Team Partner at MDM. "We've had a great run with more than a dozen different drivers win for us across three series. However, with the growth of driver development programs across all series, we feel that it's time to scale back our operation and our driver development efforts."
With the reduction in teams, restructuring of the organization will begin as well. Former team partner Mark McFarland will move to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2019 to manage the team's ARCA operation. The MDM Motorsports driver line-up, as well as numbers, sponsors and more will be announced at a later date.
For more information on MDM Motorsports, please visit www.mdmmotorsports.com, follow @MDMMotorsports on Twitter and like them on Facebook. Further questions should be asked of MDM Motorsports at 980-444-0000.
MDM PR

Acura Team Penske announced today that IndyCar Series championship contender and 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi will join the team for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship endurance events at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Rossi, a five-time race winner in the IndyCar Series, will share the No. 7 Acura ARX-05 Daytona Prototype International (Dpi) with fulltime Acura Team Penske drivers Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor.

Team Penske IndyCar Series driver Simon Pagenaud will return to compete in the endurance events with the team in 2019, racing the No. 6 Acura ARX-05 DPi with full-time racers Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron.

“I have watched and raced against Team Penske in INDYCAR and I have a lot of respect for the organization and what they do and how they do it,” said Rossi. “I really appreciate Andretti Autosport for allowing me the opportunity to represent Acura in some of the biggest sports car races in the world. I can’t wait to work with Helio and Ricky, to learn from them and hopefully contribute to some wins and a championship for Acura Team Penske.”

Though Rossi rose to racing superstardom when he won the 2016 Indianapolis 500 as an INDYCAR rookie, he has long been considered one of the most talented young American drivers. After winning numerous karting championships and the Formula BMW World title as a teenager, Rossi moved to Europe to follow his dream of competing in Formula 1.  He found success in both GP3 and GP2 competition before he made five Formula 1 starts for Manor Racing, recording a best finish of 12th.  The native of California returned to the states in 2016 to compete for Andretti Autosport in the IndyCar Series. Over the last three seasons, Rossi has produced five INDYCAR victories, including three wins in 2018 as he battled for the championship before finishing second in the series standings.

“Alexander will be a great addition to the Acura Team Penske lineup in 2019 and all of us at Acura are very excited about our prospects for the coming season,” said Art St. Cyr, President of Honda Performance Development. “When you add Alexander to the experienced team of Helio, Ricky, Juan and Dane - and with Simon returning for the endurance events – we are extremely proud of the talented and accomplished Acura Team Penske driver lineup.  We look forward to our second opportunity to win the Rolex 24 at Daytona in the ARX-05. Alexander has been a great representative of Honda in the IndyCar Series, from his Indy 500 victory in 2016 to competing for the title this past season. We are pleased to have this opportunity to build our relationship with him through our sports car program.”

Acura Team Penske returned to sports car competition in 2018 with its two-car Acura DPi program in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship. The team produced one victory – with Castroneves and Taylor at the Mid-Ohio SportsCar Course in May – and produced three poles and nine top-five finishes.

The 2019 IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship begins with the Roar Before the 24 January 4-6, followed by the Rolex 24 at Daytona on January 26. 

Team Penske PR

Another season of unique emotions and exponential growth for the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series is reaching its final stage tonight at the NASCAR Hall Of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina. The traditional NASCAR Prize Giving Ceremony will close the 2018 season honouring Alon Day’s back-to-back European crowns, Ulysse Delsaux’s ELITE 2 Division title and all NWES trophies and cups winners.

Celebrations started on Wednesday for Alon Day, who put his name in the Whelen Hall of Champions for the second time in a row. The Israeli, who won a record seven races in 2018, also received his commemorative Champion’s helmet and saw his #54 car featured in the Hall Of Fame’s Great Hall.
  
It’s great to be here once again, it’s the fourth consecutive year that I’m coming to Charlotte and every year it’s more emotional. It is so great for me to share that feeling and happiness my family and team here,”  said Day. ”But now I need to have me speech which is probably the hardest part if the season.”

A large delegation, led by Euro NASCAR President Jerome Galpin and COO Anne Galpin, flew from Europe to Charlotte for the occasion. Alongside Alon Day and Ulysse Delsaux, RDV Competition team manager Franck Violas, Rookie Cup winner Florian Venturi, Gil Linster, Nicholas Risitano, Romain Iannetta, Thomas Ferrando and CAAL Racing’s team manager Luca Canneori made trip. The group will be joined also by 2000 NASCAR Cup Series Champion Bobby Labonte, who took part in his first season of full-time competition in NWES.

“Entering the NASCAR Hall of fame alongside amazing champions who made history of NASCAR is one of the biggest honor in Motorsports, so I’m really proud we can offer this opportunity to our NASCAR Whelen Euro Series drivers. We are very happy to celebrate the 2019 champions with the whole NASCAR family, from across the USA, to Canada, Mexico and Europe we all ONE NASCAR!” said NWES President / CEO Jerome Galpin.

On Thursday, the European group had the opportunity to join a full-immersion tour in the heart of NASCAR. The Euro NASCAR delegation visited the headquarters of Richard Childress Racing, one of the most prestigious teams in American motorsports, the Childress Vineyards attended a marketing seminar and enjoyed a cocktail at the Hall Of Fame, all making for a unique experience.  

The week will culminate today with the NASCAR Awards gala at the NASCAR Hall Of Fame. The NASCAR Awards will be streamed live on Fanschoice.tv starting with the red carpet at 10:30 pm ET and t he show beginning at midnight CET.

NASCAR Euro Series PR

Today, FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, announced a multiyear partnership with the United States Auto Club (USAC Racing) to provide live and on-demand coverage of more than 80 races per year exclusively on FloRacing.com.

Through this new agreement, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2019, FloRacing will broadcast all of USAC Racing’s flagship National Championship events in its Silver Crown Championship, AMSOIL National Sprint Series and the NOS Energy Drink National Midget Championship.

Included in the partnership, existing Loudpedal.tv subscribers will be granted access to not only all live and on-demand FloRacing content, but thousands of other live events streamed across 20+ other verticals across the FloSports network.

“FloRacing is the ideal partner for us as we look to provide a best-in-class experience for our fans,” USAC CEO Kevin Miller said. “We’re excited about FloRacing’s vision for motorsports and look forward to the enhanced coverage they will bring to promoting our series and events to a wider and more diverse audience base. The FloSports subscription model of just $150 annually for all of USAC races along with thousands of other live events makes this a true winner for racing fans worldwide.”

“This is a significant partnership for us, and a big win for our motorsports fans,” FloSports Vice President of Global Rights Acquisition Mike Levy said. “We will provide subscribers with a better and more affordable solution to consume live racing. Given its heritage, USAC immediately propels our efforts to grow coverage of the sport.”

The 2019 USAC National season begins with the kickoff of an expanded “Winter Dirt Games” schedule that brings the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets to Ocala, Fla., for their debut appearance at Bubba Raceway Park on Feb. 8-9, followed by the return of the AMSOIL National Sprint Cars Feb. 14-16.

Throughout the season, FloRacing will take you to the marquee events on the USAC calendar, including the 14th annual Indiana Midget Week on June 4-9, the 12th annual Eastern Storm on June 11-16, Mid-America Midget Week on July 9-14, the 32nd Indiana Sprint Week on July 18-27, and Pennsylvania Midget Week on July 30 - August 3, among many competitions.

To access live and on-demand coverage of USAC races and other racing events, visit FloRacing.com to become a monthly or annual PRO subscriber. Either subscription unlocks access to premium content across the entire FloSports network. Watch the events across all screens by downloading the FloSports app on iOS, Roku, or Apple TV 4.

Streaming more than 10,000 live competitions per year, FloSports continues to emerge as the global leader in live, in-depth, and on-demand digital coverage for passionate sports fans.

For more information, visit FloRacing.com or FloSports.tv.

Flo Racing PR

The Trans Am Race Company has announced a 12-event 2019 Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli schedule, with many of the same venues and dates returning from the 2018 championship season.   The upcoming competition will feature two key additions: Trans Am’s return to Memorial Day Weekend at Lime Rock Park and its first appearance at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca since 2004.   

“We were very pleased with our schedule in 2018,” said John Clagett President of the Trans Am Race Company.  “Our goal has always been to assemble a schedule packed with world-class tracks.  With that in mind, when the opportunity arose to add both Lime Rock Park and Laguna Seca, we had to take action; they’re both fantastic venues and welcome additions to our full championship.”

Trans Am’s return to Memorial Day Weekend at Lime Rock Park, May 24-27, marks the Series’ 30th appearance in Lakeville, Connecticut, and comes in the wake of a three-year absence, reuniting the historic pairing of track and series.  

“Lime Rock is an iconic circuit with a passionate fanbase that Trans Am has called home throughout its existence,” said Clagett. “It’s a historic marriage between Series and venue that’s produced so many great races.  Combined with the following weekend at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear we have an incredible two events back-to-back; one of the best pairings in motorsport.”

The return of the Trans Am Championship to Laguna Seca, May 3-5, marks the full Series’ first appearance in the West since a 2011 event at Miller Motorsports Park.  Trans Am’s last appearance at the Monterey circuit came in 2004.  

“The West Coast has played a huge role in Trans Am throughout its history,” said Clagett. “Championships have been made and lost on the West Coast, former champions have called it home; we want to continue that history and foster its growth.  After careful consideration, we’ve made the decision to bring our full championship west and start a new chapter of Trans Am in the West; and Laguna Seca is the perfect place to begin this next chapter.” 

“At the same time we understand the commitment it takes for our teams to make the haul west,” continued Clagett.  “To assist in that effort we’ll be increasing prize money at Laguna Seca, and we’ll be granting free entry at our Daytona International Speedway finale for teams that run the full championship.”

The 2019 schedule features new weekends for Indianapolis Motor Speedway, now August 1-4, and Circuit of The Americas, moved forward to October 4-6.  

Longtime Trans Am partners Ryan Companies and FirstEnergy will return in 2019 as well with the Ryan Companies Road America Classic and FirstEnergy Mid-Ohio 100.  

Trans Am will also continue three initiatives from 2018: Northern and Southern Cups for drivers not mounting a full-season effort, a standard three-day event format, with the inclusion of test day, and the Trans Am West Coast Championship presented by Pirelli.  

“We’re reaching the stage where consistency is key,” said Clagett.  “We will continue to refine and improve our approach, but we’re pleased with the Series’ direction and our competitor feedback.  The 2019 Trans Am Championship presented by Pirelli looks to continue the momentum and success we’ve collectively experienced this year.” 

The Trans Am West Coast Championship presented by Pirelli will feature the additions of Thunderhill Raceway Park and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca to its 2019 docket, expanding the regional championship to six races in total.  

“We believe in the potential of Trans Am racing on the West Coast,” said Clagett. “Growing anything is a process; it takes time, but we’re seeing more interest every day.   We now offer six races at some world-class facilities and have an enthusiastic and passionate competitor base.  Our goal will always be a truly national presence, and a strong West Coast Championship is a key part of that effort.”

The 2018 Trans Am Championship presented by Pirelli will conclude this weekend on Saturday November 10th at Daytona International Speedway.  

The 2019 Trans Am Championship presented by Pirelli 

Date Venue Partner
March 1-3 Sebring International Raceway*  SVRA
March 29-31  Road Atlanta* SVRA
May 3-5 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca SVRA
May 24-27 Lime Rock Park^ SVRA
May 31 - June 2        Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear^ (TA2)        IndyCar
August 1-4 Indianapolis Motor Speedway*^ SVRA
August 8-10  Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course^ NASCAR Xfinity
August 22-24 Road America^ NASCAR Xfinity
September 5-8 Watkins Glen International^ SVRA
September 20-22  VIRginia International Raceway* SVRA
October 4-6 Circuit of The Americas* SVRA
November 14-16 Daytona International Speedway* HSR


*Southern Cup
^ Northern Cup


The 2019 Trans Am West Coast Championship

Date Venue Partner
April 12-14  Thunderhill Raceway Park*  NASA.   
April 26-28      Auto Club Speedway SVRA
May 3-5 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.       SVRA
June 14-16 Sonoma Raceway* NASA
July 26-28 Portland International Raceway  SVRA
October 4-6 Circuit of The Americas SVRA


*tentative 

The Florida Commission on the Status of Women (FCSW) announced Elaine Larsen as a recipient of the 2018 Spirit of the Community Award for someone that has improved the lives of Florida women and families, and who serves as a positive role model for women and girls in their communities.

 

Elaine Larsen is a professional Jet Car driver based in Palm Bay, Florida.  She and her husband Chris operate Larsen Motor Sports, build their entire fleet of race cars from concept design to full fabrication, while training the next generation of high-performance vehicle specialists. Their affiliation with Florida Institute of Technology has opened the door for internships, which led the LMS team to research many different avenues from biofuels to human centered design, lighting that spark for the next generation.

 

Elaine taught pre-school kids before her racing career took off, and spent years working with children of all ages to promote STEAM (Science -Technology -Engineering -Arts -Math), both on local and regional levels throughout Florida and across the USA. She is an ambassador for STEM and a keynote speaker for WeVenture Women Entrepreneurs, Space Coast Women, Women in Aviation, All About You, and other women’s organizations and events.

 

The creation of the comic book BLAZE is a vehicle to educate through entertainment with emphasis on STEAM. Each book is themed with a specific lesson targeted at an issue that the team must work together to resolve.   Because of the BLAZE program Blazing Trails, a 501 c3 organization, was formed as a charity to help the next generation achieve their dreams. Blazing Trails sponsors and assists children who have goals that they want to achieve, but are unable to, due to lack of money, time, and/or guidance. This is done with education through motorsports, entertainment, and STEAM programs. The next Blazing Trails event takes place January 25, 2019 at Palm Beach International Raceway for 1300 students in 6-12th grades.

 

Elaine Larsen continues to blaze her own trails as she allows for opportunities to ladies of all ages to promote STEAM(Science, Technology, Arts, and Mathematics). She will be presented with her Spirit of the Community Award on Friday, November 16, 2018 during the Commission’s 4th Quarterly meeting, Noon – 2:00 PM at the Tampa Bay History Center.

 

“The Florida Commission on the Status of Women is proud to focus on celebrating the contributions and success of women,” said Lady Dhyana Ziegler, DCJ, Ph.D., Commission Chair. “We are delighted to honor these outstanding individuals for their tremendous achievements and dedicated service to their communities.”

The goal of the Florida Commission on the Status of Women is to provide communication, promotion, and collaboration among the hundreds of organizations working in all 67 counties that are focused on the welfare of the women of Florida. The revitalization of the women’s movement to address the status of women, such as discrimination, poverty, pay equity, and other social and economic issues impacting the lives of women have moved to the forefront of conversations across the nation.

 

The Florida Commission on the Status of Women is a nonpartisan board, statutorily created in 1991, consisting of 22 appointed members. The Commission is administratively housed in the Office of the Attorney General, with a focus on raising awareness and celebrating the contributions and successes of all Floridians, along with providing a collaborative platform for those seeking information on issues that affect women, girls and their families in our state. The Governor, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President of Senate, and the Attorney General appoint four members and the Chief Financial Officer and Commissioner of Agriculture each appoint three members for a term of four years.

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