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Adam Sinclair

Adam Sinclair

Adam has been a race fan since the first time he went through the tunnel under the Daytona International Speedway more than 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. 

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By Jeff Olson

IMSA Wire Service

Practice 1 Results

 

Practice 2 Results

 

BRASELTON, Ga. – The fastest lap of the first three hours of practice for the race that will decide the championship went to a team that isn’t involved in the battle but has a point to make nonetheless.

 

Sebastien Bourdais’ late lap was the fastest Thursday during the second of two daytime practice sessions in preparation for the 25th Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. A third 90-minute session was slated for Thursday night.

 

Driving the No. 01 Cadillac Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R he shares with Renger van der Zande and Scott Dixon this weekend, Bourdais was clocked at 1 minute, 9.040 seconds (132.444 mph) around the 12-turn, 2.54-mile circuit.

 

That led to a discussion in the pits among the three drivers about how their Cadillac handled as Bourdais prepares to qualify the car Friday and van der Zande gets ready for the closing stint of Saturday’s 10-hour race.

 

The No. 01 Cadillac won at Long Beach, Detroit and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park this season but enters Petit trailing the leaders by 152 points.

 

“We wanted to go out for the championship, but we had too many problems and took ourselves out of the championship hunt, which really is a shame,” Bourdais said. “This car has been fast and should have been a contender for the championship.”

 

Instead, the championship is down to two Acuras. The No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05 co-driven by Ricky Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley leads the No. 60 Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Acura ARX-05 shared by Tom Blomqvist, Oliver Jarvis and Helio Castroneves by 19 points.

 

In all likelihood, whichever Acura finishes better in Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season finale will claim the last title for the Daytona Prototype international (DPi) class before it’s replaced by the Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) class in 2023.

 

Blomqvist had the No. 60 second fastest through the opening two practices while the No. 10 was mired in seventh with Taylor behind the wheel.

 

Meanwhile, Louis Deletraz had the fastest lap (1:11.320) in Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) in the No. 8 Tower Motorsport ORECA LMP2 07 he co-drives with John Farano and Rui Pinto de Andrade. Farano is the LMP2 points leader by 33 over Dwight Merriman and Ryan Dalziel in the No. 18 Era Motorsport ORECA.

 

Kay van Berlo was quickest in Le Mans Prototype 3 (LMP3) in the No. 74 Riley Motorsports Ligier JS P320 (1:15.569) that he drives with Gar Robinson and Felipe Fraga. Jack Hawksworth was fastest in the Grand Touring Daytona Pro (GTD PRO) class in the No. 14 Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3 (1:18.912) he drives with Ben Barnicoat and Kyle Kirkwood. 

 

Bryan Sellers had the fastest lap (1:19.500) in Grand Touring Daytona (GTD), in the No. 1 Paul Miller Racing BMW M4 GT3 he shares with Madison Snow and Erik Johansson. 

 

Qualifying to determine the starting grid streams live beginning at 3:35 p.m. ET Friday on Peacock and IMSA.com/TVLive. Forty-three cars are entered across the five classes competing.

 

NBC’s live network race coverage begins at noon Saturday. USA Network will pick up the coverage at 7 p.m. through the checkered flag. Peacock has live flag-to-flag streaming coverage starting at noon. IMSA Radio coverage is available at IMSA.com and SiriusXM.

At New Jersey Motorsports Park, Tyler O’Hara battled through rain-soaked conditions to finish second in the Main Event, earning the necessary points to capture the 2022 Mission King of the Baggers (KOTB) Championship for Indian Motorcycle Racing and S&S® Cycle.  This is the second KOTB Championship in three years for O’Hara and the Indian Motorcycle Racing-S&S team in the increasingly popular MotoAmerican bagger-racing class. 

 

O’Hara’s 2022 Championship run was a picture of consistency throughout the seven-round series. The Petaluma, Calif. native captured five podium finishes over seven rounds; including a victory at the Daytona Speedway season opener, along with two fourth-place finishes aboard his ever-reliable Mission® Foods S&S® Indian Challenger. This year’s Championship came at the expense of Harley-Davidson Screaming Eagle rider Travis Wyman, who entered the series’ final round with a three-point lead in the Championship point race, only to see his hopes literally slip away when he crashed midway through the second lap while frantically chasing O’Hara through the rain soaked circuit in New Jersey. 

 

It was an afternoon rainstorm that spoiled the best-laid plans for points leader Wyman and served up a golden opportunity for O’Hara and teammate Jeremy McWilliams, who both thrive in wet conditions. Starting from the fourth and fifth positions respectively, O’Hara and McWilliams jumped out to a fast start, overtaking Wyman and Vance-Hines Harley Davidson rider James Rispoli and moving into second and third position respectively coming out of turn one. This allowed McWilliams to slow the pace for the field behind him, including Wyman, and create breathing room for O’Hara who consistently maintained pace behind race leader Kyle Wyman. With an added level of urgency thanks to McWilliams’ stifling efforts, the younger Wyman made an aggressive outside pass on McWilliams and immediately began aggressively pushing to close the gap with O‘Hara, ultimately low-siding and sliding into the infield late into the second lap. Although he was able to get back on his bike and continue the race, Wyman fell to the back of the pack, while O’Hara stayed close behind the older Wyman brother, holding his second-place position to the finish and capturing his second KOTB Championship. 

 

“Even though it’s one rider that earns the Championship, this was a situation where the support from Jeremy and our ability to work together made all the difference, and I could not be more grateful for his support and the tireless work of my entire Indian Motorcycle-S&S team,” said O’Hara. “Every member of this team sacrificed so much of themselves over this past year and to stand on that podium and celebrate this Championship with them is a testament to our commitment and nothing short of a dream come true. I’m so proud to reclaim the crown and the number-one plate for such an incredible and talented group of guys who put their hearts and souls into this season.” 

 

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McWilliams, a veteran road racer of Moto GP fame, joined the Indian Motorcycle-S&S factory team at the start of the 2022 season. Along with a virtually unmatched level of experience and skill that resulted in a Round Two victory at Daytona and fourth-place finish overall, McWilliams brought an invaluable wealth of knowledge to the team. His technical input and collaboration with Indian Motorcycle-S&S engineers and mechanics throughout the season allowed the team to continually evolve, refine and improve the Indian Challenger, optimizing set ups specific to track conditions at each and every round. 

 

“Jeremy’s expertise and experience, combined with Tyler’s skill and competitive fire is something truly special,” said Gary Gray, Vice President Racing, Service and Technology for Indian Motorcycle. “When you back those two guys up with the expertise, commitment and heart of this entire Indian Motorcycle-S&S crew, you come away with a Championship. On behalf of everyone at Indian Motorcycle, I could not be prouder of our team and what we’ve accomplished this season.” 

 

Ultimately, it’s the commitment of the entire team, including the engineers and mechanics behind the riders, that makes the difference between winning or losing a championship. This was no better evidenced then by the consistency of O’Hara and his Mission® Foods S&S® Indian Challenger throughout the entire season. Not only did O’Hara’s #29 bike finish every race during the season without fail, it never finished lower than fourth place.  

 

“This Championship is the result of the sacrifices and commitment made by each and every member of our team – so many days on the road away from their families and sleepless nights working to ensure our bikes were dialed-in for Tyler and Jeremy,” said Jeff Bailey, S&S Cycle Crew Chief. “Every member of our crew played a critical role, making unique sacrifices and sharing in the highs and lows we experienced together throughout the season, and that’s truly what makes this Championship so gratifying. I could not be prouder of this group of incredible individuals.” 

 

Sponsors for Indian Motorcycle Racing’s King of the Bagger efforts include Mission® Foods, S&S®, Medallia, Drag Specialties and Parts Unlimited.

 

To learn more about each race team, visit SSCycle.com, RolandSands.com, Saddlemen.com and LloydzGarage.com. For information about Indian Motorcycle, visit IndianMotorcycle.com, or follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. just dug back in his Twitter archives and explained the backstory to 8 of his wildest, most random Tweets from over the years ?. Dale was the first NASCAR driver to ever take part in Twitter’s series, “#BehindTheTweets.”

 

See here for Dale’s “#BehindTheTweets” video: https://twitter.com/DaleJr/status/1570783669777752065 

 

Some of Dale’s funniest explanations are below, and it’s clear he loves to have a good time ?:

 

  • Tweet from 1/13/2018: My wife is taking me to a brunch. What happens there?

    • “Apparently you drink mimosas. And so that part was fun… (especially) anytime before noon and you have a reason.”

  • Tweet from 12/26/2017: I’m glad there’s a week buffer between Christmas and NYE for those of us who wanna tie a few more on before the New Year. ?

    • “I love that week. There’s no responsibilities at all. If you want to party or drink that week all the way through New Year’s, you can!”

  • Tweet from 7/28/2022: Opens twitter and sees Kyle Petty is trending. Makes note to self to try and give Kyle Petty context when I see him tomorrow. ??

    • “I was having a conversation on my podcast and in the middle of the conversation, “what the f does kyle petty have to do with this?” comes blurting out of my mouth. Everybody started talking about it on the internet and we made a t-shirt that says “what the f does kyle petty have to do with this?” Now, Kyle has to sign these t-shirts at the race track when he sees them because everybody is buying them.”

  • Tweet from 7/11/2022: Was playing video games last night and met a random player using my name as his tag. I was also using my real name as a tag. I introduced myself. “Hey Dale Jr it’s me. Or you. Im Dale Jr.” but, he didn’t believe me

    • “The guy didn’t believe it was me. He just mumbled something and went in the other direction. I wish I could’ve gotten through.”

  • Tweet from 7/27/2022: Post race, I went straight to Broadway and raised hell till 4am to celebrate our determined efforts. ? ?

    • “So, we were in Nashville broadcasting a race. We had these rain delays that lasted forever. I had promised my wife that I would meet her on Broadway and we were gonna party. I guess finally right around midnight I arrive at Broadway and I come in sober as a goat and they are ripping and tearing and having a lot of fun. And I had to really catch up fast… Nashville is the best town to have fun in. Yeah, we raised hell until 4am!”

 

@DaleJr is a gem on the timeline (2.5 million followers) and he absolutely loves being active on Twitter: “I’ve been on Twitter a long time and certainly have enjoyed my experience (on the platform) and it’s fun to relive some of these Tweets.”

 

For reference, some other athletes to appear on #BehindTheTweets include the Antetokounmpo family (2022), Ja Morant (2022), Patrick Mahomes (2019), Dwyane Wade (2019), Joel Embiid (2018) and many more.

For the first time in the 19-year history of the Formula DRIFT series, Utah Motorsports Campus in Grantsville, UT hosted both the FD PRO Championship Round 7: Type S Elevated presented by Autozone as well as the Final Round of the Link ECU PROSPEC Championship. 

As the fastest course on the 2022 schedule that saw the drivers initiating into the first turn at more than 100mph, the track presented a unique challenge. Teams would need to find enough grip to accelerate hard into the first turn, but not too much that the car wouldn’t transition smoothly. With three Outside Zones and two Inside Clips, the drivers also needed precision to hit the marks and advance to the final rounds. 

 

PROSPEC QUALIFYING

The pressure on the Link ECU PROSPEC drivers was immense. With 31 points separating the top six positions and 14 drivers having a mathematical chance off winning the 2022 Championship title, the FCP Euro qualifying session would be critical. Not only would it allocate valuable points to the top three positions but also determine the competition match-ups and, as it transpired, would provide the top three qualifiers with bye runs through the Top 32 competition heats.

With names like Thorne, Brutskiy and Bogovich stealing the headlines in the first three rounds, Kasey Kohl (USA) made a surprise appearance at the top of the PROSPEC qualifying table. Scoring 86 points in his Mspek Performance Nissan S14.9, the 2022 series Rookie would be the cat among the pigeons as he not only claimed three Championship points but also a bye run. Sitting 11th overall and 84 points from the title lead, he’d be an unlikely Champion but was undoubtedly keen to make an impact in the final round. 

In second place, Andy Hateley (USA) proved he’s still in contention in the Hateley Motorsports BMW E46 after winning the opening round in Orlando. Thirty-one points from the PROSPEC lead, Hateley had a genuine chance to claim the 2022 title, as did third-placed Jagger, who arrived in Utah fourth overall and 22 points from the top.

Link ECU PROSPEC Championship leader Robert Thorne (USA) put his ASMotorsport / Kats Coin BMW M3 in eighth position, one place ahead of Dmitriy Brutskiy who was in second, a single point behind Thorne and eager to win a third PROSPEC title with his DriftHQ / Link ECU / ISC Suspension / Enkei Wheels BMW M3 with Royal Purple.

Thirty-one drivers attempted to qualify for the Top 32 competition heats, with the bottom eight running a second time as part of the Knockout Qualifying Format (KQF). And with seven ruled incomplete on their first run, they needed to score points to avoid elimination. However, Rye O’Connor and Dustin Miles were unsuccessful and ended their 2022 season early. As a result, the top three drivers received a bye run through the Top 32 competition heats to further aid their championship aspirations.

 

PROSPEC COMPETITION

A revised schedule saw the 2022 Link ECU PROSPEC Championship take place on Friday in front of packed grandstands and the Formula DRIFT livestream audience. The action unfold extremely quickly, with the first key battle coming in the Top 16 heats. It paired the title protagonists, Thorne against Brutskiy, with the loser ending their 2022 aspirations.

Typical of many runs, the combatants displayed their nerves and lack of track experience by making a series of mistakes. On the first run, Thorne ran incredibly wide in the final Outside Zone but managed to avoid being ruled incomplete. While Brutskiy in the chase position missed Outside Zone 1 (OZ1) and Inside Clip 1 before appearing to possibly straighten as he made a big correction to regain control. On the second run, Brutskiy performed well in the lead while Thorne missed several zones. A number of tense minutes passed as the judges assessed the combined performances and gave the win to Thorne on a split decision. The consensus was that Thorne made fewer mistakes and Brutskiy’s third title chase was decimated. He would end the year in fourth place overall.

Thorne faced top qualifier Kohl in the Top 8 in what was another messy heat. Thorne slid into Kohl at the start of the run and straightened twice before it was completed. However, Kohl ran off the track just before the finish line, meaning both drivers were ruled incomplete. After Kohl took time to check his Mspek Performance Nissan S14.9, Thorne executed a good lead run while Kohl ran deep in OZ1 and missed part of OZ2 and OZ3. The subsequent win allowed Thorne to move into the Top 4 and claim the 2022 Link ECU PROSPEC Championship title thanks to an unbeatable points tally.

He would be eliminated by Blake Olsen (USA) in the TNVC / Koruworks E92 BMW, who hit a phenomenal speed on his approach to the first turn, only to be hit soon after by Thorne who fought to keep proximity. The tap required a big correction from Thorne. And with his run ruled incomplete, the 2022 champion’s weekend was over and fourth place was one of his many rewards. A $10,000 payout from the FCP Euro Cup for being the top driver in a European car was another reward.

Olsen won Round 4 after defeating Derek Madison (USA) in the Final in his Fuelab Fuel Systems / Team Infamous Nissan S14. An untidy chase run gave Madison an impossible task on the lead run, and Olsen did enough to claim his first win, becoming the fourth victor of the four-round season.

“I was looking forward to this weekend because I have a lot of experience on road courses,” Olsen told us after the podium ceremony. “I struggled in qualifying because the track seemed slick but this morning it felt like we flicked a switch. The Top 32 went well and then we had the call in Top 16 with Tommy Lemaire where his trunk came open. Luckily, the judges saw it and that allowed us to build momentum to the Final. I can’t express how great this feels. Everything we’ve put together over the past eight years has finally paid off and I’d like to jump up to the FD PRO Championship if we can put the funding together. But this win was the icing on the cake after a tough year where I felt I was driving better than ever, but so was everybody else. I had a couple of podiums over the last couple of years but it feels great to finally win.”

We also spoke to Robert Thorne about his Championship title: “It was a stressful weekend; the Link ECU Championship was not easy,” Thorne recounted. “We came to FD with low expectations and assumed a big learning curve. Yet I seemed to figure out each round just in time and all of a sudden we were leading, and today we finally got the job done. I’m super-excited to take home the Link ECU Championship and FCP Euro Cup. The team had been killing it, which made my job easy; I just drove the car. But we have a long off-season to decide what to do next; we’ll either be back in PRO or defending the PROSPEC title and aiming for a second!”

 

PRO QUALIFYING

With Matt Field (USA) taking a commanding lead in the 2022 PRO Championship title race, his opponents undoubtedly breathed a sigh of relief as he tumbled to 23rd during the K&N Qualifying session at FD SLC. After making uncharacteristic mistakes on his run, Field would face a challenging route in the competition heats compared to his closest rival, Fredric Aasbo (Norway). 

Qualifying first in the Rockstar Energy Toyota GR Supra, Aasbo was one of 14 drivers to score 90 points or more. Aasbo topped the list on 94 points, but was one of three drivers with an identical score. He took the top spot thanks to a superior style score over second place Dylan Hughes (USA) and Jhonnattan Castro (Dominican Republic) in third. 

The top Rookie qualifier was Nick Noback (USA) who put his KoruWorks E46 BMW in 11th. He currently sits second in the Rookie title chase behind Mike Power (USA).

With 36 drivers attempting to qualify for the Top 32 competition heats, four would be eliminated in the Knockout Qualifying Format (KQF). These included Dan Burkett, Adam LZ, Yves Meyer and Joao Barion, who took no further part in the event.

 

PRO COMPETITION

With only two rounds remaining in the 2022 Formula DRIFT PRO Championship, the attention was on the leading title challengers. And with a different winner from each round, everybody was asking if it could possibly happen again.

Arriving in Utah in third place, Ryan Tuerck (USA) was the first title hopeful eliminated. He was knocked out of the Top 32 heats after a “One More Time” (OMT) battle with Mike Power (USA). While trying to apply pressure to Power in the chase position, Tuerck ran his Rain-X / Nitto Tire Toyota GR Corolla onto dirt in the high-speed Outside Zone 3 (OZ3). Bouncing off the tire barrier, the collision resulted in considerable damage and would drop Tuerck to fifth position in the Championship.

Championship leader, Matt Field (USA) was eliminated from the Top 16 heats after OMT with Ken Gushi (Japan). Field’s Drift Cave / Falken Tire C6 Corvette collided with the Ken Gushi Racing / Toyota Gazoo Racing NA GR86 on their third run. The damage meant Field required his 5min Competition Time Out (CTO) to make repairs. And on their fourth run, Field ran off the track at Inside Clip 2 (IC2). Despite the premature retirement, Field retained the Championship lead but his advantage has been reduced from 56 to 14 points as he contemplates the Irwindale Final.

The Top 8 heats saw the demise of fourth-placed Chris Forsberg (USA) and sixth-placed Dylan Hughes (USA). Forsberg lost to a charging Chelsea DeNofa (USA) who initiated into the first turn at 108mph, giving the driver of the NOS Energy Drink Nissan Z on GT Radials a tough chase. Hughes got lost in Gushi’s smoke trail and his DHR / Royal Purple / Falken Tire BMW ran off the track at OZ2. Both drivers retained their Championship positions and reduced the points deficit.

The Top 4 heats saw fifth-place DeNofa defeated by Fredric Aasbo (Norway) after the two collided in OZ2. DeNofa was ruled at fault for being off-throttle in the Pennzoil / BC Racing Ford Mustang RTR Spec 5-FD, giving Aasbo nowhere to go. DeNofa finished the event in third and jumped from fifth to third in the 2022 title race.

The Final would match Toyota GR drivers Aasbo and Gushi. However, Papadakis Racing was unable to complete extensive repairs to the Rockstar Energy Toyota GR Supra in the allotted time following the DeNofa collision. This handed the win to Gushi and saw the seventh winner from seven rounds of the 2022 FD PRO Championship. It also represented Gushi’s first victory since the Irwindale Final in 2019. The win bumped him from tenth to seventh in the standings.

“I didn’t know what to expect coming to the Utah Motorsports Campus. All I’d seen was some video of Justin Pawlak driving a few laps but it looked like a fun track,” Gushi explained from the podium. “When I got here I was blown away by how hard the track was and couldn’t complete a single lap in practice. I got lucky in qualifying and placed seventh, which gave me some good battles against Kyle Mohan in Top 32 and then Matt Field in Top 16, which I won after some contact. Again there was contact with Dylan Hughes in Top 8 but I advanced to the Top 4 against Simen Olsen, although I’m not really sure how I got that decision. And then in the Final I should have met Toyota Gazoo Racing USA teammate Fredric Aasbo but he couldn’t run and I got a bye. And honestly, that final run on my own was where the track finally clicked. I’d felt uncomfortable all weekend but my team kept the car running and I’m really stoked to have won. The engine sounded a little hurt on the final run but we have a few weeks to check it and get the car running so I can try to repeat my 2019 Irwindale win.”

The leading FD PRO Rookie at FD SLC was Mike Power (USA) driving the Power Racing Nissan Silvia. He finished eighth and extended his lead in the Rookie title race, sitting in 15th place overall.

After Round 7, Toyota remains at the top of the 2022 Formula DRIFT PRO Auto Cup while Nitto regained the lead of the Tire Cup.

With the PRO Championship tightening, everybody is looking forward to the Final Round at Irwindale Speedway on October 14-15 when the new Champion will be crowned. So we turned to Formula DRIFT President Ryan Sage for his final thoughts: “It’s been an incredible weekend and a great proof of concept for the new venue, which saw fans attend in larger numbers than we expected”, Sage told us. “The track was super-fast, which made the action incredibly exciting. We crowned a new Champion in PROSPEC and saw new winners in both the PROSPEC and PRO Championships. We also saw the PRO Championship constrict as Matt Field went out in the Top 16 and opened the door to Aasbo, with DeNofa and Forsberg still having a chance. It means we again have an exciting prospect going into the Final Round, which is what this sport is all about.”

 

2022 FORMULA DRIFT CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

 

ROUND 7 FD PRO TOP 16 DRIVER POINTS

POSITION

DRIVER

POINTS

1

Ken Gushi

100

2

Fredric Aasbo

94

3

Chelsea DeNofa

80

4

Simen Olsen

80

5

Dylan Hughes

69

6

Chris Forsberg

67

7

Wataru Masuyama

67

8

Mike Power

67

9

Jhonnattan Castro

53

10

Jonathan Hurst

52

11

Aurimas Bakchis

52

12

Kazuya Taguchi

52

13

Travis Reeder

52

14

Taylor Hull

52

15

Matt Field

52

16

Daniel Stuke

52

 

2022 FD PRO TOP 16 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

POSITION

DRIVER

POINTS

1

Matt Field

558

2

Fredric Aasbo

544

3

Chelsea DeNofa

492

4

Chris Forsberg

484

5

Ryan Tuerck

482

6

Dylan Hughes

459

7

Ken Gushi

404

8

Travis Reeder

394

9

Aurimas Bakchis

386

10

Wataru Masuyama

360

11

Rome Charpentier

350

12

Kazuya Taguchi

349

13

Taylor Hull

328

14

Justin Pawlak

313

15

Mike Power

311

16

Branden Sorensen

311

 

2022 AUTO CUP TOP FIVE STANDINGS

Toyota

1132

Chevrolet

886

Ford

805

Nissan

711

BMW

296

 

2022 TIRE CUP STANDINGS

Nitto Tire

1139

Falken Tire

1089

GT Radial

1066

Nexen Tire

800

Federal Tire

727

 

ROUND 4 FD PROSPEC TOP 16 DRIVER POINTS

POSITION

DRIVER

POINTS

1

Blake Olsen

100

2

Derek Madison

91

3

Andy Hateley

82

4

Robert Thorne

80

5

Kasey Kohl

70

6

Amanda Sorensen

67

7

Rudy Hansen

67

8

Adam Knapik

67

9

Alex Jagger

53

10

Tommy Lemaire

52

11

Rich Whiteman

52

12

Dmitriy Brutskiy

52

13

Evan Bogovich

52

14

Ben Hobson

52

15

Austin Matta

52

16

Trenton Kropf

52

 

FD PROSPEC TOP 16 CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL STANDINGS

POSITION

DRIVER

POINTS

1

Robert Thorne

318

2

Derek Madison

301

3

Andy Hateley

289

4

Dmitriy Brutskiy

289

5

Evan Bogovich

284

6

Alex Jagger

269

7

Blake Olsen

239

8

Kasey Kohl 

224

9

Tommy Lemaire

223

10

Ben Hobson

210

11

Nate Chen

204

12

Rich Whiteman

193

13

Amanda Sorensen

189

14

Rudy Hansen

189

15

Austin Matta

189

16

Brian Wadman

174

 

 

NEXT ROUND

Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, CA is the destination for the Formula DRIFT PRO Championship Round 8: Title Fight on October 14-15. Please visit formulad.com for the competition schedule, ticket information, driver profiles, special content, and the event livestream

Bryce Menzies and Toyo Tires® took the overall win at the SCORE Baja 400 desert race, completing back-to-back wins in the Trophy Truck class after previously winning in 2021. Christopher Polvoorde also finished on top of the podium in the Trophy Truck Spec class and is leading in championship points. In addition, Vildosola Racing also claimed victory in the Trophy Truck Legends class and is leading in championship points.

The Baja 400 is a treacherous and unforgiving 400-mile course through Baja California, Mexico. This is the third of the four-race 2022 SCORE World Desert Championship. Menzies has qualified first for the Baja 1000 coming up in mid-November after this monumental win. Christopher Polvoorde and Vildosola Racing are one race away in their bid for a championship in their respective classes.

Menzies and his #7 Red Bull / Toyo Tires / KMC Wheels AWD Mason Motorsports Trophy Truck qualified second at the Baja 400. At race mile 200, Menzies’ Trophy Truck lost front drive entering the later stages of the race. Unphased, Menzies willed the truck to the finish line winning with an overall time of seven hours, 59 minutes, and 26 seconds. He relied on championship-winning Toyo® Open Country M/T®-R tires to achieve the top step on the podium.

“I am so happy to come away with another win down in Baja!” said Bryce Menzies. “It takes so much effort from everyone on our team to make this happen, I couldn’t surround myself with better people. Now, we focus on the Baja 1000.”

“This was a phenomenal result for Toyo Tires, claiming three victories over the weekend” said Stan Chen, senior manager, events, sponsorships and motorsports, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “It was a determined drive from Bryce to secure his second consecutive win at the Baja 400. With Polvoorde and Vildosola Racing leading in championship points and Menzies to start on pole, the Baja 1000 will be a great finale to the SCORE race series.” 

To learn more about the Open Country line of tires for light trucks, SUVs, crossovers, and outdoor adventure vehicles visit ToyoTires.com.

 

South Florida Motorsports (SFM) has confirmed the scheduled date for the second annual Formula 1® Crypto.com Miami Grand Prix to take place on Sunday, May 7, 2023.

 

“We are excited to bring back the Formula 1® Crypto.com Miami Grand Prix to Miami Gardens for year two. Preparations are already underway to deliver an event with great racing alongside an unparalleled fan experience for all of our key stakeholders,” said Tyler Epp, President of the Formula 1® Crypto.com Miami Grand Prix. “In hosting a record-breaking event this past May, the anticipation towards next year’s race has been tremendous and with this announcement we are excited to unveil new details in the upcoming weeks.”

 

In the first week of May, the venue hosted the first-ever Formula 1® Crypto.com Miami Grand Prix, held around a new 19-turn circuit known as the Miami International Autodrome, built around Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.

 

The race, which is one of 24 races worldwide comprising the 2023 Formula 1 World Championship and will take place at the Miami International Autodrome.  The 2022 weekend attracted over 243,000 spectators across the three days and culminated with a thrilling race as Red Bull’s Max Verstappen beat the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc. As well as enjoying the on-track action, fans were able to soak up the incredible atmosphere of the event which quickly became the hottest ticket in town. Celebrities from the worlds of film and music mingled with sports stars in luxury VIP hospitality areas, such as Hard Rock Beach Club and MSC Cruises Yacht Club while international DJs performed to the entire campus and Miami restaurants served up the best local cuisine.

 

In the coming weeks, the innovative range of 2023 ticketing and hospitality options available to savor the occasion will be unveiled in what organizers believe will be another new landmark for F1® and Miami. Access to presale is now open for fans to sign-up here.

 

Andersen Promotions today announced the continuation of a partnership with the Castrol Toyota Racing Series (TRS) in New Zealand through 2025 which affords drivers opportunities during the racing off-season to sharpen their skills in preparation for 2023 campaigns. Established in 2019, the program opens the doors to the January/February TRS championship and provides TRS competitors an invitation to sample the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires.

 

For drivers who have completed at least 75% of the rounds in either USF Juniors Presented by Cooper Tires, the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship or the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, the $7,500 NZD entry fee for the full TRS championship will be waived for up to nine drivers.

 

From the Road to Indy side, TRS drivers that have completed all five rounds of the championship will be offered free entry and a free set of Cooper tires for the Fall Combine to be held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on October 22/23 or the series’ annual Spring Training to take place in early 2023.

 

“The pandemic impacted our initial partnership due to international travel restrictions, and we look forward to bringing this program back online,” said Dan Andersen, Owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions. “TRS attracts drivers from around the globe and it’s an excellent training ground during our off-season with plenty of track time and great competition – a perfect precursor to our Spring Training and 2023 calendar kickoff.

 

“It also allows us to introduce drivers to the Road to Indy with two-day events at either our Fall Combine or Spring Training open tests on whichever level of the ladder is appropriate for them.”

 

The TRS schedule will visit both the South and North Islands with rounds slated at Highlands Motorsports Park (January 13-15), Teretonga Park Raceway (January 20-22), Manfeild – Circuit Chris Amon (January 27-29), Hampton Downs International Motorsports Park (February 3-5) and Taupo International Motorsport Park (February 10-12). The date of the series’ crown jewel – the 67th New Zealand Grand Prix – is still to be confirmed.

 

"A significant number of high-quality drivers coming up through the ranks are targeting careers in the USA and ultimately a drive in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES," explained TOYOTA GAZOO Racing New Zealand Motorsport Manager Nicolas Caillol.

 

"The Road to Indy is an established program with outstanding results and it recognizes that a series like TRS is a world class way for young drivers to develop on that pathway. The success of our graduates and the relevance of competing in New Zealand is always at the forefront of our plans and it’s great to be in partnership with the Road to Indy once again."

 

"Driver development is at the core of our mandate with the Road to Indy, and fostering quality partnerships with organizations like the Toyota Racing Series are a win-win for our current drivers, and those who wish to further their career with the RTI in the United States" added Rob Howden, Road to Indy Series Development Director. "We're enjoying a steady stream of talent coming from New Zealand, and I'm excited to see the names who will make up the next wave. I'm also thrilled for our drivers who will take the opportunity to head Down Under in the off-season to challenge themselves through the TRS's intensive schedule."

In 2016, Indian Motorcycle and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey forged the ultimate partnership in celebration of American craftsmanship. Each year, the two American originals auction serial #001 from that year’s collection to support the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) and its Operation Ride Home program, which assists active-duty United States military personnel in traveling home to visit their families. This year, the 2022 Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Challenger Dark Horse raised $55,000 at Mecum Auctions in Dallas, Texas. In total, the annual auction has raised over $400,000, which has helped connect more than 10,000 enlisted service members with their families during the holidays and in times of need.

 

America’s First Motorcycle company and America’s First Registered Distillery united to annually produce a limited-edition motorcycle collection that embodies innovation and world-class mastery. The partnership was created to bring together two of America’s most iconic brands who share a mutual commitment to independence, originality and American craftsmanship that dates back more than a century. With a shared respect for the U.S. military, Indian Motorcycle and Jack Daniel’s save motorcycle #001 from each collection and auction it off with all proceeds benefitting the ASYMCA’s Operation Ride Home program. 

 

“Partnering with Jack Daniel’s has been nothing short of amazing,” said Aaron Jax, Vice President for Indian Motorcycle. “As two of America’s most iconic and storied brands, we naturally share several core values, including our passion and respect for the U.S. military. We’re proud of the platform our partnership with Jack Daniel’s has provided, as we directly support the service men and women who serve our country and help connect them with their families during the holidays.” 

 

Designed in conjunction with Klock Werks Kustom Cycles, each exclusive model celebrates a piece of Jack Daniel’s fine craftsmanship and attention to detail in its distilling process. In 2022, the Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Challenger Dark Horse drew inspiration from Jack Daniel’s renowned Tennessee Rye whiskey. With a custom Rye Metallic paint scheme, the bike’s green and gold accents gave a nod to the high-touch crafting process of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Rye whiskey.

 

“Since establishing Operation Ride Home with the ASYMCA in 2011, it has been our mission to support junior-enlisted service members who do not have the financial means to connect with their families during important moments of the year,” said Greg Luehrs, Director of Sponsorships and Partnerships for Jack Daniel’s. “Our partnership with Indian Motorcycle has greatly expanded the reach of the program, as our annual auction of bike number 001 has been one of the leading contributors in total monies raised for Operation Ride Home.” 

 

“Jack Daniel’s has been a long-time sponsor of the ASYMCA and we are truly humbled by their continued support,” said Bill French, Chief Executive Officer of the ASYMCA. “Through Operation Ride Home and the contributions received from this year’s auction, we anticipate that we will be able to connect nearly 2,000 service members with their families for the holidays. Many thanks to Jack Daniel’s and Indian Motorcycle for continuing to support our mission.”

 

For more information about Operation Ride Home, or to make a tax-deductible donation, please visit OperationRideHome.com. Jack Daniel’s press information can be found at the Jack Daniel’s press room located at www.jdpressroom.com. Learn more about Indian Motorcycle by visiting IndianMotorcycle.com and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media channels.

 

X44 Vida Carbon Racing took their first victory of the season in a dramatic first X Prix Final in Chile for Extreme E.

Sébastien Loeb and Cristina Gutiérrez finished second on course, but penalties for on track winners NEOM McLaren Extreme E dropped the team down the standings.

A dramatic twist saw No.99 GMC HUMMER EV Chip Ganassi Racing enter the Final as first reserve, after technical issues robbed championship leaders Rosberg X Racing (RXR) a shot at securing the title this weekend.

The American team had finished the race in third, but in pushing hard to make the most of the opportunity they received a penalty for missing a waypoint, which subsequently put No.99 GMC HUMMER EV Chip Ganassi Racing off the podium and into fourth.

Following the penalties for NEOM McLaren Extreme E and No.99 GMC HUMMER EV Chip Ganassi Racing, ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team took second place and ABT CUPRA XE secured their first podium of Extreme E Season 2 with third.

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Sébastien Loeb, X44 Vida Carbon Racing, said: "We are very happy with the result today, of course. We were surprised to see that Rosberg X Racing weren’t competing in the Final, but we didn’t have a lot of time to think about it as we were racing straight away.

"It was a very strong fight against some great teams but Cristina was incredible, securing the fastest lap of all the drivers in the Final."

Cristina Gutiérrez, X44 Vida Carbon Racing, said: "Today was amazing, we are so happy to have won the Copper X Prix and to still be in the fight for the championship. Rosberg X Racing are a really strong team so for them to not be able to drive in the Final was not good for them, but hopefully it is more interesting to have more than one team fighting for the championship in Uruguay!

"It was a very tough race so I was surprised to get the fastest lap, but it shows what an incredible opportunity Extreme E is providing for female drivers to prove ourselves and show we can compete against some of the best drivers in the world. Now we go to Uruguay, which is very good for me as I love to race in South America. Hopefully we can even get another race win and maybe the championship too."

The scene was set for a thrilling climax to the Antofagasta Minerals Copper X Prix Final, with all three of RXR’s nearest championship rivals lining up on the start line while Johan Kristoffersson and Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky watched on from the paddock.

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Loeb took the lead for X44 Vida Carbon Racing in the opening corners, while behind Tanner Foust muscled through the field to put NEOM McLaren Extreme E in second.

As the teams tussled for position, No.99 GMC HUMMER EV Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kyle LeDuc took third place from Carlos Sainz Snr. despite a half-spin after passing the ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team.

ABT CUPRA XE’s Nasser Al-Attiyah kept the other teams in his sights as all five ODYSSEY 21s remained close, with Foust putting more and more pressure on Loeb out in front.

The American threw everything he had into a left-hander, passing Loeb while sideways to put NEOM McLaren Extreme E at the front of the pack as the teams neared the Switch Zone.

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The fight for the win fell to Gilmour and Gutiérrez, and the Spaniard made clever use of her ENOWA Hyperdrive to steal the lead for X44 Vida Carbon Racing early on in their first lap.

The front two pulled away from No.99 GMC HUMMER EV Chip Ganassi Racing’s Sara Price in third, while Extreme E debutant Klara Andersson continued to impress for ABT CUPRA XE as she held off Laia Sanz in fifth for the ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team.

More wheel-to-wheel action between X44 Vida Carbon Racing and NEOM McLaren Extreme E saw Gilmour side-by-side with Gutiérrez before passing down the inside to finish in first on course.

Aware of at least one penalty for NEOM McLaren Extreme E, Price pushed hard to close the gap to Gilmour, but a 5-second penalty of their own for missing a waypoint earlier in the Final thwarted her efforts and saw No.99 GMC HUMMER EV Chip Ganassi Racing classified fourth.

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Laia Sanz crossed the line in fourth, having made it through despite Andersson’s defences, but the penalties for NEOM McLaren Extreme E and No.99 GMC HUMMER EV Chip Ganassi Racing meant the ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team secured second place for the second time this season.

The penalties also promoted ABT CUPRA XE up the order, resulting in a third-place and a podium finish for Al-Attiyah and Andersson on her debut.

Carlos Sainz Snr., ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team, said: "It was a very exciting weekend and now we need to look to Uruguay now and make sure we do a good final race.

"Even though we made it to the Final it was not easy from where we were. We have been consistent and have been improving, and in life you have to keep improving - although it’s difficult at my age!"

Klara Andersson, ABT CUPRA XE, said: "I can’t believe that we finished on the podium, I’m just so happy. My whole family has been watching from Sweden and they are super happy for me, and for the whole team, so now we celebrate!

"You only get one chance as a driver sometimes to show your pace, so of course I hope this has shown what I can do."

Results 
 
1. X44 Vida Carbon Racing 8:59:728 
2. ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team +6.093
3. ABT CUPRA XE +8.612
4. No.99 GMC HUMMER EV Chip Ganassi Racing +10.159 (Penalised)
5. NEOM McLaren Extreme E +18.935 (Penalised)

Championship Standings 
 
1. Rosberg X Racing: 83 points
2. X44 Vida Carbon Racing: 66 points
3. ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team: 60 points 
4. No.99 GMC HUMMER EV Chip Ganassi Racing: 55 points
5. NEOM McLaren Extreme E: 34 points 
6. Genesys Andretti United Extreme E: 33 points 
7. XITE ENERGY RACING: 29 points 
8. JBXE: 25 points 
9. ABT CUPRA XE: 21 points
10. Veloce Racing: 8 points

To catch up on all of the racing action, you can read the Semi-Final 1Semi-Final 2, and Crazy Race reports online.

To learn more about Extreme E, visit - www.Extreme-E.com

Toyota swept the final rounds in both Top Fuel and Funny Car in Sunday’s event at zMax Dragway in Charlotte. The Toyota Top Fuel dragsters of Antron Brown and Justin Ashley faced off for the win while GR Supras of Ron Capps and Alexis DeJoria went head-to-head to capture the Wally. Brown would capture the win over Ashley on a holeshot running a 3.672 to Ashley’s 3.671 to claim his second win of 2022. Capps would get the funny car victory of DeJoria by only two hundredths to claim his third win of the season and put him within 27 points of the Funny Car point lead.

 

Toyota Post-Race Recap

NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series

zMax Dragway

Race 18 of 22

 

TOYOTA TOP FUEL FINISHING POSITIONS 

 

Name

Car

Final Result

Round-by-Round

Antron Brown

Matco Tools Toyota Top Fuel Dragster

Winner

W. 3.691 vs. 3.778 (Prock)

W. 3.733 vs. 5.252 (Force)

W. 3.687 vs. 3.699 (Millican)

W. 3.672 (holeshot) vs. 3.671 (Ashley)

Justin Ashley

Phillips Connect Toyota Top Fuel Dragster

Finals

W. 3.688 vs. 3.814 (Laughlin)

W. 3.697 vs. 3.725 (Torrence)

W. 3.691 vs. 7.778 (Kalitta)

L. 3.671 vs. 3.672 (Brown-holeshot)

Doug Kalitta

Mac Tools Toyota Top Fuel Dragster

Semi-Finals

W. 3.710 vs. 3.731 (Langdon)

W. 3.696 vs. 3.720 (Salinas)

L. 7.778 vs. 3.691 (Ashley)

Steve Torrence

Capco Contractors Toyota Top Fuel Dragster

Round 2

W. 3.690 vs. BYE

L. 3.725 vs. 3.697 (Ashley)

Shawn Langdon

DHL Toyota Top Fuel Dragster

Round 1

L. 3.731 vs. 3.710 (Kalitta)

 

TOYOTA FUNNY CAR FINISHING POSITIONS 

 

Name

Car

Final Result

Round-by-Round

Ron Capps

NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota GR Supra Funny Car

Winner

W. 3.889 vs. 4.535 (Alexander)

W. 3.885 vs. 8.251 (Tasca III)

W. 3.899 vs. 3.915 (Force)

W. 3.967 vs. 3.985 (DeJoria)

Alexis DeJoria

Bandero Tequila Toyota GR Supra Funny Car

Finals

W. 3.878 vs. 4.192 (Todd)

W. 3.918 vs. 3.924 (Hight)

W. 3.887 vs. 3.893 (Hagan)

L. 3.985 vs. 3.967 (Capps)

J.R. Todd

DHL Toyota GR Supra Funny Car

Round 1

L. 4.192 vs. 3.878 (DeJoria)

 

TOYOTA QUOTES

ANTRON BROWN, Matco Tools Toyota Top Fuel Dragster, AB Motorsports

Final Result: Winner

What did you have to bring to the finals to beat Justin Ashley today?

“You gotta bring it all. That car was running strong, but this Matco Tools, Lucas Oil, SiriusXM Toyota – all the people that help us out all the time. Brian, Mark and all of our Matco boys put in the work. But Justin (Ashley) is no joke and that team does a really good job. We were driving for a higher purpose. Thank God for my Grandma, for her, for Abby Booker. She was flying with us today. Booker family, we love you and she’s an angel up there. What a day.”

 

RON CAPPS, NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota GR Supra Funny Car, Ron Capps Motorsports

Final Result: Winner

What happened in the final round matchup with your Toyota teammate, Alexis DeJoria?

“She’s (Alexis DeJoria) been driving her rear-end off all day and I didn’t want to be victim number three. Look who all she took out today. It was incredible and she was cutting good lights and her car was hauling the mail. Del, Nicki and those guys. Sometimes you just think no matter how good your car is running, it’s just their day and I’m going to be the next victim. We both went up there, we both staged and the light came on, I felt like I had a good light and Guido made a joke that this car was so glued that I might try to run this thing like an .83 or .84. And I looked outside and saw the sun popping out and thought it would be cool to pull that in the final round, but I think he tried that because we left and I didn’t see her car and mine bowed up and lifted the frontend and I’m sure the G-meter is probably half a G higher than any other run we’ve made. It just started grunting and taking off and I had to hang onto it. Then it just quit and I’m listening. I didn’t want to hit the button on the parachutes or press anything, I just wanted to be like Fred Flintstone and push my feet through the bottom and do anything I can because you don’t know where they’re at and I couldn’t hear her so obviously something happened and I was just staying away from everything and my light came on and she just went whizzing by me coasting and I thought that would be fun to watch later. We high-fived at the top end and I’m not even sure how close it was.”

 

JUSTIN ASHLEY, Phillips Connect Toyota Top Fuel Dragster, Davis Motorsports

Final Result: Final Round

What were the round wins like en route to another final round appearance?

“The two round wins over Steve (Torrence) and Doug (Kalitta) were huge for this Phillips Connect team. Those are guys that have so much experience and race wins. When you get a win light against either one of those guys you know you have done something special. I have to thank Mike Green, Tommy DeLago and Dustin Davis plus the crew for all their hard work. Every win light is the result of a pit full of guys working together.”

 

What does it mean to extend the points lead after the second race of the Countdown?

“We were able to extend our points lead and that was our goal coming into this race. We have a long way to go before this season wraps up, but this was a good weekend for this Phillips Connect Toyota Vita C Energy team. There are so many tough competitors out here. I am proud of our effort and we will be turning our focus to St. Louis.”

 

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