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In a record-setting season for television viewership, ESPN networks averaged more than 20 percent in audience gains and set seven event viewership records during the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship season that ended this past weekend. Live Formula 1 racing returned to ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC in 2018
Over the 21-event season, live race telecasts averaged 671,000 viewers, an increase of 21 percent over the average of 554,000 on ESPN networks last year and up 25 percent from the 538,000 average on NBC networks in 2017.
Seventeen of the 21 races saw year-over-year viewership increases and seven races earned U.S. viewership records. In addition, the young adult demographic (persons ages 18-34) was up 75 percent over 2018 and 89 percent over 2017.
“This was a fantastic season for Formula 1 on our networks,” said Burke Magnus, ESPN executive vice president, programming and scheduling. “The viewership increases and event records demonstrate that the core F1 fans in the United States are tuning in and new viewers are watching as well.
“We look forward to helping Formula 1 celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2020.”
ESPN and Formula 1 recently announced a new, three-year deal to keep F1 races on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC through the 2022 season. As an additional element of the new deal, ESPN Deportes will serve as the exclusive Spanish-language home for all Formula 1 races in the U.S. starting in 2020.
The 2020 Formula 1 season begins with the Australian Grand Prix on March 15.
The Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track team readies itself for another season of intense American Flat Track competition with the announcement of three major additions to its talent pool for 2020. Reigning AFT Singles champion Dalton Gauthier will join veteran Jarod Vanderkooi as the newly-strengthened Factory effort. Additionally, the formidable powerhouse team of Ricky Howerton and former AFT Twins champion Bryan Smith will also be backed by Harley-Davidson and Vance & Hines in 2020.
Flat track fans are familiar with the championship-winning duo of Howerton/Smith. This battle-tested team aims to use its developmental prowess to bring the orange and black to the front in 2020. Howerton - backed by the unparalleled expertise of Vance & Hines Motorsports - will be charged with the tuning, set-up and technical refinement of the XG750R.
Despite his hiatus from the sport in 2018, Gauthier quickly became the man to beat in the 2019 AFT Singles championship hunt. The diversely talented athlete further displayed his versatility (and a natural finesse on a Harley-Davidson) as he joined the Black Hills Harley-Davidson AFT Production Twins effort and later lead it to victory at the legendary Springfield Mile in August.
“2020 is shaping up to be a banner year for our sport," said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. "Harley-Davidson’s and Vance & Hines’s boosted commitment to the series and their support for both the inaugural AFT SuperTwins season promises to ratchet up excitement over the coming months."
American Flat Track will kick off its highly-anticipated 2020 season with the first-ever 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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he Heart of Racing returns to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2020 to compete in the GT Daytona class. Former Heart of Racing driver Ian James reunites with Seattle based businessmen Gabe Newell and Yahn Bernier, and will lead the new ground-up team, full-season entrant with a new-for-2020 alliance with Aston Martin.
The team will compete with the twin-turbo V8 Aston Martin Vantage GT3, which also marks an exciting return to the North American racing scene for Aston Martin Racing in the GT3 class.
“There are so many things to be excited about for 2020,” said James. “To set up a new team and align ourselves with the Aston Martin brand in North America is an amazing opportunity. The car has been competitive all around the world in 2019, and we are delighted to partner with Aston Martin Racing and bring it to North America. The Heart of Racing and Aston Martin have both had a three-year break from the IMSA Championship, so we’ve got a lot of making up to do, but are under no illusion on how tough the IMSA series is with all the great teams and drivers we have to compete against.”
The Heart of Racing will continue its successful fund-raising collaboration with Team Seattle, the ‘Racing for Children’ Guild which accepts donations for Seattle Children’s Hospital. Founded and run by Don and Donna Kitch since 1997, the Guild, dedicated to raising money for pediatric cardiac care, has to date raised over $6 million for the Seattle Children’s Heart Center.
The new team will feature a host of familiar faces in the IMSA paddock supplemented with Aston Martin Racing personnel.
“The Heart of Racing program has always been an inspiring environment to be in for everyone involved,” said James. “This is in addition to the very compelling fund-raising element. Gabe and Yahn’s support and vision is incredible and I’m delighted they decided to bring the program back to the IMSA paddock full-time. We have a close-knit crew, awesome full-time drivers to announce, and a great manufacturer partner. All the ingredients are in place.”
The Florida-based team will make their first appearance at the official pre-season practice, the ROAR Before The 24, from Friday, January 3rd to Sunday, January 5th. Full-season drivers to be announced prior.
The Sports Car Club of America® Board of Directors has approved changes to Runoffs® qualifying criteria for the 2020 U.S. Majors Tour season. Highlighted by the return of a point standings performance criteria, the changes will be applied to drivers attempting to compete at the 2020 National Championship Runoffs taking place Oct. 5-11 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
While the first step toward qualifying for the Runoffs through the U.S. Majors Tour program is to participate in three separate events, for 2020, the requirement for three race “starts” criteria has been replaced with three U.S. Majors Tour race “finishes.” A finish is defined as completing at least half of the laps of the overall race winner.
Also for 2020, performance requirements have been reinserted into Runoffs qualifying criteria for the U.S. Majors Tour path. Those receiving an invite to the 2020 Runoffs must place in the top half of a car class’s Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA® Super Tour Points Championship or a U.S. Majors Tour Conference Points Championship by the end of the “regular” season. For classes with 20 or fewer participants, Runoffs invitations will be offered to those finishing in the top 10 of the class.
“The Runoffs is the culmination of our Summit Racing Equipment SCCA Road Racing season,” said SCCA Road Racing Director Deanna Flanagan. “It is a great celebration for our Club, but also a gathering of the best-of-the-best. Bringing a performance requirement back into Runoffs qualification supports that goal, while also encouraging more competition throughout the year.”
A Divisional Path to Runoffs qualification still exists for the 2020 season and is unchanged from 2019. There, competitors must participate in four Runoffs qualifying event weekends in a single Division in the same class, and finish in the top three -- or top five if competing in Spec Miata or Spec Racer Ford Gen3 -- in a Division’s Point Standings for the class. Divisions may count Regional or U.S. Majors Tour events within a Division toward this criterion. Drivers should check local Division Championship programs for further details.
SCCA Regional events are also still an option for the 2020 Runoffs. For that alternative, one U.S. Majors Tour event weekend may be substituted with participation in two Regional event weekends. However, drivers must still complete the U.S. Majors Tour race finish and point standings portion of the qualification criteria. Regional events must occur between January 1, 2020, and a date not less than two weeks prior to the start of the Runoffs (September 22, 2020) and may be in any division. Enduros are excluded from this pathway.
Last but not least, current defending National Champions may enter the 2020 Runoffs in classes being defended, without meeting any of the noted criteria. This provision may not be invoked two consecutive years in the same class, even if a driver repeats as a National Champion.
Full details of the 2020 SCCA National Championship Runoffs qualification process will be available in the January 2020 SCCA General Competition Rules (GCR). A graphic flowchart can also be found here.
H.E.P. Motorsports Announces 2020 Partnership with Suzuki and Team Athletes Max Anstie, Kyle Cunningham, and Adam Enticknap06 Dec 2019
H.E.P. Motorsports and Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (SMAI) are proud to announce their continued partnership for the 2020 racing season. Building on continuity and increased support from SMAI, H.E.P. Motorsports will look to excel to new heights by contending for career-high finishes on the race track and continuing to lead the pack in fan engagement off the race track. "The H.E.P Team has done a great job representing the RM Army both on and off the track," added Chris Wheeler, Suzuki's SX/MX Manager. "Each year they've worked very hard progressing forward and I'm looking forward to seeing them take that next step up during the 2020 season!"
In addition to competing in the 2020 Monster Energy Supercross Championship, the team will also contest in the 2020 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. “Taking on a new Championship series seemed like quite the challenge at first. But, when I took a step back and looked at the athletes, partners, and staff assembled, I knew it was time for the team to take the next step,” explained Team Manager Dustin Pipes. “Going into our third professional season, I feel this move shows the motorcycle community and all racing fans that the team is committed to the sport long-term by exhibiting continued progression.”
Parallel to the planned expansion, H.E.P. Motorsports is also proud to announce the addition of former World MXGP race winner and 2017 Motocross of Nations overall winner Max Anstie. The likeable Englishman will look to make waves in both the Supercross and Motocross series. Already gelling with his 2020 Suzuki RMZ-450, the sky is the limit when the talented Brit hits the track. With limited Supercross experience, Max has already shown an aptitude for the tighter circuits. “Although my focus until recently has been on the MXGP championship, I have always kept an eye on one day competing in the American Championships. Having spent some of my teenage years in the States and placing as high as 4th in my single full Lites West season, I know I am up for the challenge ahead. There are a lot of talented racers here, but I believe in myself and my team.” added Max. “Supercross is going to be a learning experience and I plan to build throughout the season. Motocross, on the other hand, is quite natural to me. I will be up to speed quickly when the series starts outdoors.”
Flanking Max will be the hardworking veteran Kyle Cunningham. An original member of the inaugural H.E.P. Motorsports team, the Weatherford, Texas native looks forward to stepping back into the premier 450 class. “In a sense I feel like I am coming back to family. Although it wasn’t always easy, the team and I worked together during their first season where we were both constantly searching for ways to be better. After spending some time away and then resigning with the team this winter, it was exciting the first time I jumped back on the bike and noticed the progress they made. I am a racer at heart, and to have a team around me as invested in racing as myself is refreshing. I expect to catch a lot of people off guard and remind people how fast I can go,” exclaimed a confident Cunningham.
Rounding out the trio of athletes is fan-favorite Adam Enticknap or better known as the “Seven Deuce Deuce”. Full of moxie and a likeable attitude, Adam will come back for his 2nd consecutive year with the team. Many times sporting the most boisterous autograph lines, the Lompoc, California local is easily the most approachable athlete in the paddock. Rounding out a healthy offseason, Adam will look to set new career highs. “I have been working really hard during the off-season. Helping develop the team’s new suspension and motor packages have meant me spinning a lot of laps. I have definitely found another level this off-season and I can’t wait until I can show the fans at the first round all the gains I’ve made,” explained Enticknap.
Continuing as the teams Crew Chief will be racing industry legend Clark Jones. With countless credentials earned throughout his many years around motorcycles, the former professional racer, team owner, and current owner of Noleen J6 is confident in the team’s ability to exceed expectations in 2020. “With Anaheim just over a month away, testing has been going great! Rider feedback has allowed us to improve not only the suspension package, but the motor as well. The riders are feeling comfortable and confident on their machines and are ready to attack the season ahead,” mentioned Jones.
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IG: @HEPmotorsports, @Suzukicycles, @rmarmy, @maxanstie, @_kylecunningham, @the722
Get ready to start the new year in high gear when Lucas Oil’s Chili Bowl Nationals Presented by General Tires comes to Lucas Oil Racing TV (LORTV) in January! Yearly LORTV subscribers will enjoy a LIVE broadcast of the Chili Bowl Nationals on January 18th at 8:30 p.m. ET. Recognized as the Super Bowl of racing, Lucas’ annual Chili Bowl Nationals brings 55 laps of can’t-miss adrenaline-packed racing straight to your television. Give yourself or a loved one the gift of automobile racing this holiday season with a yearly subscription to LORTV and watch all the Chili Bowl action go down LIVE this January.
- Acura Sports Car Challenge (IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship event) – May 1-3
- Mid-Ohio 170 (NASCAR Xfinity Series event / ARCA Menards Series) – May 29-30
- Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio (Sportscar Vintage Racing Association / TransAm) – June 26-28
- AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days (AMA’s annual motorcycling celebration) – July 10-12
- The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (NTT IndyCar Series event) – August 14-16
“Well, in our first Snowflake, we had a solid qualifying run and started 11th," Griffin added. "Unfortunately, our day was cut short because we got caught up in a wreck there was no way to avoid. We're using that as motivation to bring home a strong finish this time around.”