Adam Sinclair

Adam Sinclair

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

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

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

Contact Adam: Email  

  

 

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.

Team Penske is the motorsports equivalent of the New York Yankees, New England Patriots or Manchester United.
 
They don’t win every year, but fans of these teams and those within each organization expect to compete for and win championships. So, what Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron did in the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship was meet the high expectations placed on them as season-long co-drivers of the No. 6 Acura Team Penske ARX-05.
 
“I think it becomes a little bit expected when you’re at Team Penske that you’re going to win all the races and win the championships,” Cameron confirmed. “But at the same token, nothing really makes (team owner) Roger (Penske) happier than getting those championships, getting those race wins and winning those marquee races.”
 
In that sense, 2019 was a banner year. Cameron and Montoya scored the first WeatherTech Championship Daytona Prototype international (DPi) championship in just the team’s second year fielding the Acura-supported program.
 
Meanwhile, Josef Newgarden won the 2019 IndyCar championship and Simon Pagenaud (who also co-drives the No. 6 Acura DPi in endurance races) won the 2019 Indianapolis 500 for Team Penske. And Down Under, Scott McLaughlin picked up his second consecutive Australian Supercars championship for DJR Team Penske.
 
However, whereas the team already had multiple IndyCar, Australian Supercar and NASCAR Cup Series championships – in addition to several Borg-Warner (Indy 500) and Harley J. Earl (Daytona 500) trophies – Montoya and Cameron delivered the team’s first Bishop-France Trophy emblematic of its WeatherTech Championship in 2019.
 
Montoya knows what it’s like to bring home a crown jewel to Team Penske, which he did at the 2015 Indianapolis 500. He’s also got plenty of experience with other legendary teams like Williams and McLaren in F1 and Chip Ganassi Racing in everything from IndyCars to NASCAR to sports cars.
And the common thread between them?
 
“People,” he said. “It’s all about the people. People in the right places and how much they really want to do and get the job done. This is like every company. It’s having the people in the right places.”
 
Montoya and Cameron found themselves in the right places a lot in 2019. They won three races – Mid-Ohio, Detroit and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca – and really built their championship with a run of seven consecutive podium finishes from Round 3 at Long Beach through the penultimate round win at WeatherTech Raceway.
 
“A big factor in our success this year was just how consistent we were across all the different types of tracks, be it four-mile road courses or just over mile-and-a-half street courses,” Cameron said. “We were strong on both of them and had pole positions on the biggest tracks and the smallest tracks.
 
“I think that level of consistency and that amount of performance that we had allowed us to do that. When you get guys comfortable – like Juan and I were very, very comfortable in the car and very happy in the car – then you’re able to kind of drive for that next level and get even more out of everything. So, everything kind of came together in that regard.”
 
With the 2019 season in the rearview mirror, Cameron, Montoya and the rest of Acura Team Penske are already hard at work preparing for the 2020 season. And it starts with another one of those crown jewels the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 25-26.
 
Montoya already has three Rolex 24 wins, but another one would move him into rarified air, as only five drivers have four or more overall victories in the annual twice-around-the-clock classic. However, he’s more interested in getting Cameron his first Rolex 24 win and Team Penske its first since way back in 1969.
 
“I don’t think about it,” says Montoya of his legacy. “You tell me we can go and run – I don’t know – some kind of car somewhere and I’d go, ‘Oh yeah! Let’s do that!’ You know what I mean? I love racing and whatever I’m doing, I want to win. Whether it’s Daytona, it’s Indy, whatever I’ve done, I’m just competitive. I love what I do. I love driving the car.
 
“I mean, it’d be awesome to win. You know, Dane hasn’t won it, so it’d be great to get Dane’s first and to give Acura a win here as well. It’d be pretty amazing.”
 
The 2020 Rolex 24 At Daytona will take place January 25-26. Tickets are available at www.DaytonaInternationalSpeedway.com.

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.

 

For more information on American Flat Track visit 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.

There also remains an SCCA Pro Racing provision for 2020 Runoffs qualification. Drivers in specific classes, as defined in GCR 3.7.4.A.1.a, may swap participation in up to two Majors event weekends with SCCA Pro Racing weekend(s). Drivers doing such must still record a minimum number of individual Majors/Super Tour race finishes and also satisfy the U.S. Majors Tour Path point standings requirement.  Drivers must request this replacement via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by September 16, 2020.

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 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.

Be sure to follow H.E.P. Motorsports associated Instagram social media channels to keep up on day to day team news.

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. 

 

In addition to this LIVE broadcasts, motorsport fans can choose from more than 5,400 shows across 90 different categories, all available 24/7 on-demand on the Lucas Oil Racing TV platform. 

Both returning and new subscribers can log directly onto LucasOilRacing.TV and watch the action from the convenience of their browser. Additionally, Lucas Oil Racing TV is available on all the most popular streaming devices like ROKU, Apple iOS, Android devices, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, Google Play, Xbox One, and more. A full list of supported devices can found HERE. 

 

Formula E has been granted world championship status by the FIA, in a vote that will see the series recognised as the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship from the start of the 2020/21 season.
 
The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile, the governing and sanctioning body for world motorsport, and sitting members of the FIA World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) recently voted upon and agreed to move forward with certifying Formula E as an FIA world championship.
 
Founder & Chairman of Formula E Alejandro Agag - alongside FIA President Jean Todt - signed the agreement together at FIA headquarters at Place de la Concorde in Paris, to officially confirm world championship status for season seven.
 
Transitioning to the highest level in the FIA sanctioned single-seater hierarchy, means the most competitive line-up of teams and drivers in motorsport will compete for the newly named ABB FIA Formula E World Championship title next season.
 
The announcement comes off the back of Formula E’s most successful season to date - with nine different race winners and growing audience figures - and shortly after the opening two rounds of season six and the much-anticipated arrival of Mercedes-Benz and Porsche at the SAUDIA Diriyah E-Prix.
 
To learn more about the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, find out where to watch highlights from the season opener in Saudi Arabia and buy tickets to the remaining races, visit www.FIAFormulaE.com or download the app on iOS and Android.
 
Alternatively, follow the ABB FIA Formula E Championship on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube@FIAFormulaE #ABBFormulaE
The green flag has dropped on ticket sales at advance pricing for all five major race events at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course next season. The 59th season of racing at the legendary road course in Lexington, Ohio, will feature the best in two- and four-wheel motorsports action, beginning the first weekend of May and running through mid-August.
 
Fans can see all the on track action, plus gain access to club weekends not open to the general public, with the purchase of a Mid-Ohio Season Race Pass at the $360 advance price. The regular price is $395 starting March 3rd. Included with the all access pass are all event general admission tickets and grandstand seating, infield parking, redemption offers for use on site, and other exclusive experiences. A Paddock Pass for The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio is also provided. See midohio.com for a summary of all the exclusive benefits of a 2020 Mid-Ohio Season Race Pass.
 
Now through March 2nd, fans who buy during the advance purchase window get rewarded with savings of up to $20 on most event tickets. Also, Weekend Motorhome and Tent Camping are available at $20 off regular prices currently. Tickets can be ordered online at midohio.com or 419-884-4000 weekdays during business hours.
 
“Tickets are on sale now at a terrific savings during the holiday gift buying season. The Mid-Ohio Season Race Pass continues as one of the best values in all of motorsports, and it makes a great gift for any race fan,” said Craig Rust, president of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. “We have another exciting season of racing in store for 2020. The variety of series on our schedule across the five race weekends is tremendous and hard to top.”
 
The 2020 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course schedule is as follows:
 
  • 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
 
Two adjustments on the schedule for 2020 are shifts in dates for the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NTT IndyCar Series rounds at Mid-Ohio due to television coverage of the Summer Olympics from Tokyo. The NASCAR Xfinity Series race, the Mid-Ohio 170, moves earlier to May 29-30, and is the first stop in the Midwest next year for NASCAR. The ARCA Menards Series returns to Mid-Ohio for the first time since 1965 as Friday’s feature race of this stock car weekend. Then, Ohio’s largest motorsports event, The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio headlined by the NTT IndyCar Series, shifts to a later summer date, August 14-16, to wrap up the 2020 schedule with the stars and cars of the Indianapolis 500.
 
The Acura Sports Car Challenge, featuring the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, again leads off the 2020 schedule the first weekend of May for the third straight season. A celebration of automobile history in motion occurs June 26-28 for the Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio. The longest continuously running event at Mid-Ohio also adds the fender-banging, ground-pounding cars of the TransAm Series to its weekend schedule for the first time.
 
Shifting from four-wheel to two-wheel action, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is up next, July 10-12. American Motorcycle Association’s annual motorcycle gathering again brings numerous activities for enthusiasts spread across all 330 acres of the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course facility.
 
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course offers one of the best family values in all of live sports and entertainment. Children 12 and under always receive free general admission when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Visit midohio.com for more information, and follow its Facebook page @MidOhioSportsCarCourse, Twitter @Mid_Ohio or Instagram @officialmidohio for the latest news.
On Saturday, December 7, the eyes of the stock car racing world will turn south towards Pensacola, as the stars of the world of Late Model racing head to Five Flags Speedway for the Snowflake 100. Amongst the myriad of up and coming racers in the field is Jake Griffin.
 
Griffin is not unaccustomed to finding victory lane, as he scored a Late Model win earlier this year at one of the most scenic areas in the world at Alaska Raceway Park in Palmer, AK.  Jake will drive the Adventures In Racing #88 Ford in the Snowflake 100, and it will be his second start in the storied event.
 
Jake has made six starts in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series, having debuted under the tutelage of Mike Mittler and his MB Motorsports operation.
 
“This is going to be really cool.  Earlier in the year I raced in Alaska for Adventures In Racing and now we're racing near the Gulf Of Mexico," stated Griffin."We have now raced at opposite ends of the country in a single season.”
 
At age 14, Jake Griffin became the youngest winner in NASCAR touring series history. Two years later, Griffin made his NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series debut.
 
“As I mentioned when we raced in Alaska, seat time is seat time and you can never get enough of that," Griffin continued. "It's kind of like having a well rounded education.  The more aspects of your trade you have experience with, the better a driver you will be.”
 
Jake has one regional championship, and six track championships since his start in quarter midgets at age seven. Since then, he has raced in the UMP A and B- Modified, UMP Late Model, USAC Midget, IMCA Modified and Sportmod, ULMA Late Model (where he placed 2nd in series points, at the age of 12),POWRi Series, Crate Late Model, Pro Late Model, Super Late Model, Modified and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. He has over 200 Feature wins in various series and more than 300 top fives,
 
With that in mind, he's hoping for a good weekend in Pensacola. 

“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.”
 
 
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