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General Motors will auction the final production seventh generation Chevrolet Corvette this summer, with the proceeds benefiting the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.
The announcement, along with confirmation of the Next Generation Corvette’s development, was made this evening by General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra, who was honored at the foundation’s annual Footsteps to the Future Gala in New York.
“GM, GMC and Chevrolet support the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and its commitment to injured and fallen military members, first responders and their families,” said Barra. “The sale of this iconic Corvette will help the foundation continue its good work, and pave the way for the Next Generation Corvette that we will introduce on July 18.”
The final seventh gen Corvette — a black 2019 Z06 model — will be auctioned at the Barrett-Jackson Northeast sale in Connecticut June 28. Registration information is available at www.barrett-jackson.com.
Every dollar of the winning bid will go to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, named for New York City firefighter Stephen Siller, who died during the Sept. 11 attacks.
The foundation builds mortgage-free, accessible smart homes for the most catastrophically injured service members and helps pay off the mortgages for families of first responders killed in the line of duty. More information is available at www.tunnel2towers.org.
“The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation thanks GM, GMC and Chevrolet for supporting the brave men and women of our armed forces and our first responders,” said Frank Siller, chairman and CEO. “This generous gift will help us provide more injured veterans with the independence they deserve.”
For the past five years, GMC has supported the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation as its national foundation of choice. In that time, it has helped the foundation raise more than $10 million. That includes $2.2 million raised last year, with $925,000 of it coming from the auction of the first production 2019 Corvette ZR1. It was purchased by Chevrolet dealer and NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick at the 2018 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale sale.
Other money has come from employee donations and events across the country such as 5K Tunnel to Towers races and other activities sponsored by GMC dealers.
GM is committed to helping those who have given so much for their country. GM’s current and retired workforce includes 60,000 veterans.
To obtain the latest information on the Next Generation Corvette, visit the official website linked here.
Andrew Jordan is the next top driver in the line-up for the inaugural 2019 season of the TitansRX Rallycross Series.
The Brit first started racing in rallycross, when he entered the Ford Rally Academy in 2003 and enjoyed immediate impact winning the Winter Junior Rallycross Championship and the BTRDA Junior Rallycross Championship the following season.
In 2006, Jordan was the youngest ever race winner in the British Rallycross Supercar class and came championship runner-up a year later. Parallel to his touring car endeavours, where he crowned himself British Touring Car Champion in 2013, Jordan has always continued to race in rallycross. In 2014, he returned to the sport and has competed in several FIA World Rallycross Championship events since.
For the 2019 season, the 29-year-old will join the brand-new TitansRX Europe Series. "We have known Andrew for some time and are very happy to welcome him on board. He is a highly skilled and exciting driver," series promoter Max J. Pucher said.
"Having started my career in Rallycross, I have always loved the sport and re-joined whenever possible. Competing in World series events most recently, I managed to meet Max (Pucher) who signed me for several races over the last two years. I really enjoyed working with them and hearing about his plans moving forward and seeing how ambitious he was, I straight away wanted to be involved”, Jordan was all smiles.
“The level of drivers that will be competing from many different areas of motorsport is fantastic and I can’t wait to test myself against these great drivers", he added.
The TitansRX Championship will take off on June 29/30 in Dreux, France.
Third-generation racer Jarett Andretti will see a dream come true May 24 when he climbs into an Andretti Autosport Indy Lights machine for the Freedom 100 – his first career Indy Lights race. Jarett is the son of John Andretti, grandson of Aldo Andretti and great nephew of Mario Andretti.
“To say I’m excited to run the Freedom 100 this year would be an understatement,” said Andretti. “Anytime you get a chance to race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway it’s special. Obviously, Andretti Autosport has a great track record there and I’ve known all the mechanics on the cars for years – I can’t wait to get the Month of May started!”
Currently competing with Andretti Autosport in the team’s Pirelli GT4 America effort, Andretti will join new teammates Oliver Askew and Robert Megennis for a Rookie Orientation day at Kentucky Speedway April 18. He will become the seventh member of the Andretti family to compete on hallowed ground in Indianapolis, joining the list that includes his father John, great uncle Mario, uncle Adam and cousins Michael, Jeff and Marco.
“I’m really happy to field a car at IMS for Jarett,” said team owner Michael Andretti. “Running in an Indy Lights car will be a new experience for him, and I know he’s up for the challenge. Our Indy Lights team has shown strong pace this season, and we have a Freedom 100 title to defend. Jarett is already a team driver on the GT4 side, and I’m confident he is going to fit into the Indy Lights team well. He will be a contender and an instant crowd favorite.”
The youngest racing Andretti has carried on the family tradition and has championships in go-karts, the USAC Eastern Ignite Pavement Midget Series, the 410 Sprint Car division at the Lawrenceburg Speedway and is also an Indiana Sprint Car Series champion. In addition, Andretti is the 2014 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of The Year and a former Rookie of The Year at the Oswego Speedway in the supermodified class.
Freedom 100 action begins Monday, May 20 with testing followed by Thursday qualifying and race day Friday, May 24. Andretti Autosport fields three full-time entries in the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires series with Askew (No. 28 Index Invest Dallara), Megennis (No. 27 Cybersecurity Dallara) and Ryan Norman (No. 48 Evo Dallara).
Students from around the region visit NASCAR Technical Institute for annual "Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge" competition19 Apr 2019
More than 35 high school students from around the region competed in a fast-paced annual competition designed to get students excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and introduce them to the high-demand field of automotive technology. The Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge was hosted on Saturday by Universal Technical Institute's Mooresville campus, NASCAR Technical Institute (NASCAR Tech).
The Forsyth Central High School team from Cumming, Ga. took home the top prize, competing against five other teams from Georgia and Virginia. Teams are judged on the ability to accurately tear down and rebuild an engine as quickly as possible. Qualifying teams will compete against more than 40 other high school teams at the Dual National Championship Qualifiers in November and December, where students can win up to $10,000 in UTI scholarships.
Modern vehicles are powered by sophisticated digital systems - requiring knowledge in each of the STEM areas. Students interested in auto technology are able to combine a strong foundation of STEM education with technology-based, hands-on opportunities.
"It's rewarding to see so many students engaged in STEM education, and Hot Rodders of Tomorrow really demonstrates the skill needed to work on today's high-tech engines," said Jennifer Bergeron, campus president at NASCAR Technical Institute. "This competition is exposing students across the country to the high-demand, rewarding jobs available in automotive technology. Universal Technical Institute is proud to offer scholarships to the winning team members, and we're excited about the opportunity to provide those students with the training they need to begin a successful career after high school."
Organizers say the competition also teaches soft skills that translate to the workplace.
"Our students are the future of our industry, and the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow program gives them the opportunity to earn scholarships, learn team work, and grow as a person," said Greg Parker, event director for Hot Rodders of Tomorrow. "Because of partners like UTI, the instructors, and volunteers, our program continues to grow. Our students earn more than $1 million in scholarships every year to give them a jumpstart on furthering their education."
Industry demand for trained automotive and diesel technicians continues to accelerate. The U.S. Department of Labor projects that, by 2026, there will be more than 1.2 million job openings in the automotive, diesel and collision repair industries.1 To help reach that total, the transportation industry will need to fill more than 120,000 technician job openings annually, on average.
For more information about Hot Rodders of Tomorrow, visit www.hotroddersoftomorrow.com.
Championship Battles Begin to Take Shape at Second Round of Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series from Wild Horse Pass19 Apr 2019
McLaren is moving up.
After competing in the IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge Grand Sport (GS) class the past two seasons with its GT4 model, the British high-performance sports car and supercar manufacturer today confirmed plans to bring the McLaren 720S GT3 into the seven-race WeatherTech Sprint Cup series.
The seven-race series for GT Daytona (GTD) cars within the overall IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship debuts on May 5 with the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio. The race will mark the debut for the 720S GT3 race car in the hands of Compass Racing and co-drivers Paul Holton and Matt Plumb.
“The popularity of GT3 racing in North America has dramatically grown over recent seasons, and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is one of the most competitive GT series in the world,” said McLaren Automotive Motorsport Director Dan Walmsley. “With the North American market the largest for McLaren Automotive in respect of road car sales, it is great to have customer teams racing with the 720S in such an exciting and well-supported championship.
“We are proud to partner with IMSA and having McLaren cars competing in the GTD class from 2019 is an important and significant moment for McLaren Customer Racing.”
McLaren already was one of IMSA’s 19 Official Automotive Partners through its Pilot Challenge program. But the expansion into Sprint Cup means that the starting grid will now include 14 different manufacturers; the most for a WeatherTech Championship race since there also were 14 in the 2017 Rolex 24 At Daytona.
“We are honored and humbled that McLaren has chosen our race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course as the venue for the North American debut of the 720S GT3 race car,” said IMSA President Scott Atherton. “It’s fantastic to see McLaren doubling down on its commitment by bringing this program onto one of our biggest stages. It also reaffirms that IMSA’s platforms continue to provide an unmatched ROI and an attractive target-rich environment for manufacturers and their customer racing programs.”
McLaren already has an IMSA victory this season, as Holton and co-driver Kuno Wittmer combined to win the four-hour Pilot Challenge season-opening BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona International Speedway in January. It was McLaren’s third series victory amid stiff competition that included eight world-class manufacturers in the GT4 class.
It won’t be any easier in Sprint Cup. GTD is the largest class, and the addition of McLaren runs the total number of manufacturers in the class to nine.
“We’re honored and excited to formally announce our GTD McLaren program with the new 720S GT3,” remarked Compass Racing Team Principal Karl Thomson. “The new WeatherTech Sprint Cup is a logical next step for our IMSA effort, which celebrates its sixteenth-consecutive season this year. We’ve been very successful in the MICHELIN Pilot Challenge, but know how hard-fought the battles are in GTD and are looking forward to the challenge.”
How will McLaren fare in its debut? Tune in to NBCSN at 1:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 5 to find out. The two-hour, 40-minute Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio also will be covered live by IMSA Radio on IMSA.com, RadioLeMans.com and SiriusXM Radio.
Tickets are available now at MidOhio.com.
Photo Credit: Jordan Lenssen / Compass Racing
Barrett-Jackson Sees Turbocharged Demand for Japanese Performance Vehicles During Palm Beach Auction11 Apr 2019
As the Roman philosopher Seneca the Younger said long ago, “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.”
That sentiment carried the day for ProX Racing Parts and Pro Circuit Racing Saturday when Monster Energy AMA Supercross visited Nissan Stadium for the inaugural Nashville Supercross.
After his teammate and Eastern Regional 250SX Class points leader Austin Forkner went down and was sidleined with an injury he sustained in practice earlier in the day, it was up to Martin Davalos to shoulder the weight for Pro Circuit and to minimize the damage to his teammate’s point lead.
Davalos, a savy 32-year-old veteran, was up to the challenge and rode a smart, clean race to collect his fifth-career 250SX Class victory. The rider of the ProX-sponsored No. 73 Kawasaki KX250, who also picked up his first heat race win of the year earlier in the day, hung with the top five out of the starting gate and when the top two got together, taking themselves out of contention, Davalos took over the point and never looked back.
The Tallahasee, Fla., resident and native Ecudorian led all 19 laps and took home top honors with a little more than three seconds to spare. Davalos is currently fourth in points after picking up one spot in the standings following the win.
“It has been a long road to get back here with my neck and knee injuries last year,” commented Davalos, who spent most of 2018 recovering from injuries suffered at a trio of races (Anaheim, Atlanta and Saint Louis).
“The journey has not been easy, so to be up here (on the podium) tonight just means the world to me. My Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki KX 250 was ripping all night. Some of my competitors decided to take each other out in the main event, which left me with a clear track to do my thing and I just rode a consistent race from start to finish.”
While Davalos was confident in his riding and his ability to close out his fifth-career victory, he still made his mechanic, Kyle Defoe, a little nervous in the waning moments after rolling his way through the demanding whoop section before taking the checkered flag.
“Everyone is talking about that,” explained Davalos. “The whoops were sketchy. It was a challenge to hit them just right every lap, and I like that. It was technical for all of us. I was managing my gap and I saw Chase (Sexton) moved up to second. I saw the white flag and I knew there wasn’t any reason to risk it. When I won my first race in Atlanta, I almost crashed on the last lap so I was like ‘I can’t do that’ so I rolled it and my mechanic was freaking out. When I came off the track he was like dude, you almost got passed. I’m like ‘calm down dude’ (laughs). So, it was alright.”
Unfortunately, much of the day’s conversation centered around Forkner, who went down earlier in the afternoon after losing the handle on his machine during the first 250SX Class timed practice. As of press time, the extent of Forkner’s injuries had yet to be revealed, but the rider of the No. 24 Kawasaki was on crutches and in the pits when the starting gate dropped for the main event. While the Richards, Mo., native was out for the night, he still holds a three-point advantage with two races left to determine a champion.
“I am absolutely gutted right now,” lamented Forkner. “I should have been out there racing, but a mistake in practice caused me to crash. We tried to give it a go in the third practice and everything felt fine until I over jumped one of the sections, which aggravated the issue. We still are chasing the championship and the team and I decided to play it safe and take the night off to make sure I am ready to go for the last two rounds.”
Monster Energy AMA Supercross heads for the Mile High City this weekend where the series will wrap up a 15-week swing that began in January in Anaheim, Calif. The 15th of 17 races on the 2019 supercross championship calendar will be televised live on NBCSN Saturday, April 13 beginning at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 5:30 p.m. Pacific
Indian Motorcycle today announced its sponsorship for the 2019 Handbuilt Show in Austin, TX. The brand will have the all-new, highly-anticipated FTR 1200 on display, including the Tracker, Rally, Tour and Sport accessory collections.
The weekend will be jam-packed with activities including demo rides where show-goers will be able to test the Indian Scout and Scout Bobber models. On Saturday, attendees can step outside to catch the live action at round three of the Super Hooligan Series, powered by Indian Motorcycle, where Hooligan racers will battle it out on a TT style track.
The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show will take place April 12-14 at the Austin American Statesman located at 305 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX.