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. 

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Jim Beaver eSports is proud to announce the second annual General Tire eShort Course World Cup presented by Fistful of Bourbon, streaming live this Thursday, January 21 at 9PM ET/6PM PT and airing on the CBS Sports Network on Sunday, February 14 at 1PM ET/10AM PT. Utilizing the world-class iRacing simulation, the eShort Course World Cup will pit nearly 30 world-class racers from both the real and virtual worlds against one another in a pair of events, first featuring Pro 2 short course trucks at Wild West Motorsports Park and Pro 4 trucks at Crandon International Raceway.
 
“After the success of last year’s event pulling in over 200,000 viewers online, we really wanted to go all out for year two and do something that has never been done before, and that’s television for virtual off-road,” explained Beaver. “With the help of General Tire, Fistful of Bourbon, and iRacing, we are going to be putting on one of the biggest short course races of the year, both virtual and in the real world, and I’m really excited to have CBS Sports as a partner.” 
 
The General Tire eShort Course World Cup presented by Fistful of Bourbon is one of just a handful of events to put top sim racers and real-world superstars on track together on a major stage. Featuring equal setups on all vehicles and a number of inversions throughout the night, all racers truly have an equal shot to win. Last year’s inaugural event saw professional sim racer Cam Pedersen sweep every race on the way to being declared the inaugural eShort Course World Cup champion.
 
The list of invited celebrity participants spans all forms of motorsports from NASCAR to drag racing, and includes a talented list of off-road superstars. Drivers expected to compete include the following:
 
  • Alan Ampudia, Baja 1000 winner and Trophy Truck driver
  • Rodrigo Ampudia, Baja 1000 and Pro 2 race winner
  • Ronnie Anderson, short course Pro Lite and Turbo UTV race winner
  • Ron Capps, NHRA Funny Car champion
  • Parker Kligerman, NASCAR Truck Series driver and eNASCAR team owner
  • Mikey Lawrence, Trophy Truck driver
  • Bucky Lasek, 20-time X Games medalist
  • Travis Pastrana, Nitro Circus founder and motorsports and action sports legend
  • Corry Weller, short course Turbo UTV champion
 
This year’s eShort Course World Cup will elevate off-road sim racing to the next level with its television debut on the CBS Sports Network. Fans will be able to watch the action through a robust show produced by iRacing’s own broadcast crew, which was responsible for the six highest-viewed sim racing broadcasts in US television history in the spring of 2020. The eShort Course broadcast crew of Evan Posocco on play-by-play, Beaver on color commentary, and Tiffany Stone in the pits will return.
 
The General Tire eShort Course World Cup presented by Fistful of Bourbon will stream live on Jim Beaver’s Facebook page starting at 9PM ET/6PM PT on Thursday, January 21. For more information on Jim Beaver eSports, follow the team on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram or visit www.jimbeaveresports.com. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.

 ST Racing took the GT4-class win during the highly competitive Creventic Series Hankook 24H of Dubai, taking place at the Dubai Autodrome this past weekend. Samantha TanChandler HullJon Miller, and Nick Wittmer co-drove the #438 BMW M4 GT4 to a win, claiming their first trophies of the season.

 

The Canadian outfit traveled to the United Arab Emirates to take part in their second Dubai 24H. The team could have claimed the win in 2020, but last year’s race was cut short due to a heavy rainstorm. This time around, the weather was ideal and the team came prepared to this event knowing they could repeat their feat very well.

 

On Thursday prior to the race, Nick Wittmer set an impressive time of 2:08.824 during qualifying, putting the #438 at the front of the GT4 field. As per the series rules, the car qualifies, not the driver. Therefore, 23 years-old Samantha Tan was set to start the 24-hour race on Friday afternoon. After a hectic first few laps where Tan lost valuable time fighting with cars around her, there was a Code 60 caused by a fellow competitor. The team decided to bring Tan down pit lane right away for fuel. Back on track, her focus was on taking the lead back again. Thanks to several stellar stints between her and Chandler Hull, they were able to regain the lead and keep it…until the very end!

 

“We won the Dubai 24H!!!” said with enthusiasm Samantha Tan, driver of the #438 car. “It honestly felt like a flawless race. We spent the majority of it first in class! My co-drivers all did an incredible job. I started the race, trying to be aggressive but also having to remind myself that it’s a long race ahead and keep the car clean. There was a Code 60 right at the start, so the team decided to bring me in to top up on fuel so I could run for almost 2 hours. I did back to back stints with Chandler until it got dark, while Nick and Jon drove through the night.”

 

She continued saying: “I had a stellar night stint, passing many cars and putting our BMW M4 back into 1st in class. It got close with 2nd place after the halfway mark in the race, but during the last 6 hours, we all put in our best effort and gave ourselves a 3-lap lead. The car was amazing the entire race; I can’t thank my team enough for their hard work on giving us the best car and for the perfectly executed pit stops. This is my first pro win, and I’m so happy to share it with my ST Racing family. This win is for all of us, and we’re looking forward to the rest of the season!”

 

Nick Wittmer, who took the checkered flag, echoed Samantha’s thoughts on the flawless execution: “it was my first 24-hour race, and we won it! There were no issues at all; ST Racing did an amazing job preparing the car to run a full day.”

 

Jon Miller couldn’t help but reminisce on the Dubai 24H 2020: “Last year’s Dubai 24 was red-flagged for torrential rain after 7 hours, and after qualifying on pole and running up front, we came away disappointed with unfinished business. Showing up this year and replicating our pole position and strong pace, it’s incredibly satisfying for the whole team to finish the job and WIN the Dubai 24!”

 

For Jon, it was a team win: “the story of our race comes down to the crew executing fast pit stops for 24 hours and running a winning strategy with a BMW that was fast and easy to drive. Samantha and Chandler drove an awesome five stints, going back to back for the first 6 hours before Nick and I took over at night - and they handed us the car in P1. It takes everything and then some, with a little luck sprinkled in, to win a race like this. We’ll use it as motivation to keep pushing hard all season.”

 

“There’s no better way to start a new race season than winning, let alone winning a 24-hour race,” said Chandler Hull, more motivated than ever. “I am beyond grateful for the ST Racing group to have let me come along, and a huge thanks to the crew that worked their magic behind the scenes to give us a car that could fight for 24 hours. I’m looking forward to next weekend at Yas Marina for another 6 hours and can’t wait to keep this momentum up for the rest of the season.”

 

Kenneth Tan, Samantha Tan’s father, and Team Principal, only had good things to say about the event “I am so proud of our team! It was a team effort that won us the race. The drivers worked together to ensure efficient lap times and to take good care of the car: no curbs! The person responsible for data calculated and effectively carried out a dynamic pit stop strategy together with the drivers and our crew chief and head mechanic who, I think, ultimately won us the race. I am so proud of the team and so proud of Sam. She drove amazingly fast, especially during the night! This was by far the most exhilarating win yet for our young team, and the best part is that we had a lot of fun achieving it together. Go STR!”

 

The team’s next race will be as soon as this coming weekend at Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi. This will be a 6-hour race which is not part of the official calendar of the 24H Series. After Abu Dhabi, the team will have two months' break until the next race in Mugello (Italy), where they will be looking at keeping their momentum going.

 

 

 

 

2021 Calendar

 

ST Racing will take part in all 8 events of the 2021 24H Series season.

 

Hankook 24H Dubai: January 14-15-16 2021 - WIN

Extra - 6H Abu Dhabi, Jan 22-23

Hankook 12H Mugello: March 26-27 2021

Hankook 12H Spa-Francorchamps: April 23-24-25 2021

Hankook 12H Hockenheimring: May 22-23 2021

Hankook 24H Portimao: July 16-17-18 2021

Hankook 24H Barcelona: September 03-04-05 2021

Coppa Florio Hankook 12H Sicily: October 01-02-03 2021

Hankook 24H Sebring: November 12-13-14 2021

 

Qualifying results: https://bit.ly/3qt7jkl

Race results: https://bit.ly/2Lwo2oh

Thomas Nepveu and his team worked on their kart set-up throughout the three-day event of the first round of the ROK Cup USA - Florida Winter Tour, held on a tight course created in the large parking lot at Isle Casino in Pompano Beach, just south of Miami Beach. Over Friday's practice session (January 15th) aboard his Birel Art kart in the Shifter ROK class, the quickest machines in the event, Thomas Nepveu experienced some handling difficulties, especially coming out of the slow corners. The PSL Karting team tackled the issues and gradually corrected them between on-track practice sessions on Friday and at the end of the day, as well as on Saturday morning (January 16th) between qualifying races Q1 and Q2.

 

Q1 et Q2 on Saturday morning (January 16)

These adjustments transformed Thomas Nepveu's kart into a competitive machine, as demonstrated when he tuned in the quickest lap time in Q3 and finished 7th in Q4, thus earning himself the 7th spot on the starting grid for Sunday’s final race. That was well within reach of the leading group for the 20-lap final race (Check out page 2 for more details according to Thomas on how the weekend went).

 

“I'm really happy with the work the whole team did in this first race for me at this high level in the Shifter class. We worked hard and managed to qualify 7th, in good position for a top-5 finish in the final. I made an excellent start from 7th on the inside lane and moved up to 4th on the first lap by passing people on the inside. I lost a few places on the following laps then all the drivers stopped blocking the inside by lap 6 and we all settled down to the normal quicker racing lines. I then got bumped off the track and lost about 30 seconds. I pitted and went back out again only to be bumped a second time. We then decided to retire from the race, with a pretty banged up machine. I'm really happy with the work we did over the weekend to improve the kart in this first race for me in the Shifter class, the top American competition level. Even if it had not ended the way we wanted it to, we'll be ready for the next round in a few weeks,” said Thomas Nepveu.

 

Our result for the whole weekend is all the more deserving for everyone concerned, as this was Thomas Nepveu’s third event in his career at the wheel of a "Shifter" kart and it was at the top level in America. During almost all of his 300 or so career races, the young driver was at the wheel of more conventional direct drive karts, with a fixed final chain drive (no gearbox) and a single rear brake. These shifter karts add 8 extra horses (from 35 to 43), a six-speed gearbox, front brakes, and a manual clutch. These are all new variables that need to be optimized and used optimally by the driver. Thomas Nepveu obviously adapts quickly to such changes.  

 

Next Events

Thomas Nepveu and his team will be back in Florida for the third and fourth rounds of the SuperKarts! USA - Winter Series held at the AMR Homestead-Miami Motorplex (Florida) on February 12th to 14th. On the following weekend, the second round of the ROK Cup USA - Florida Winter Tour will take place from February 18th to 21st at the Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg (Florida).

The weekend events according to Thomas Nepveu (extraits)

 

Friday (January 15th): “I had to adapt quickly to the new type of kart on the very tight track, where I had to use the first of six gears in the gearbox in the three slowest corners, which is very rare for us. The first gear ratio must be just right for me to be at the minimum of the ideal power range (12,000 to 13,700 rpm) to optimize my corner exit. I use a “diamond” type of line in the turns, braking very hard on entry and then changing direction abruptly at the corner apex, where I am almost stopped, and then accelerate as hard as I can in an almost-straight line along the next straightaway. You have to be exactly at the right rpm (just above 12 000) when you accelerate on the exit. You must know the track to decide what ratio you need to install in the gearbox in time for qualifying the next day. It's extremely difficult to overtake on this 17-corner and 0.74 mile (1.2 km) track, and you must always stay on the clean side of the track as it is very dirty and slippery when we change lanes to overtake. In addition to opening the gearbox to change gears, we also suspension and chassis settings, and I expect better results for Saturday's qualifying races.”

 

Saturday (January 16th): “This was a good day for us as we started out with a better machine than yesterday after work the team put in last night. I managed to fight my way up from the mid-pack with better and better results in each of the four qualifying races, especially in the two afternoon qualifying sessions. The gearbox ratio we installed on Friday night and some minor carburettor adjustments worked great. Two good starts from the inside row in Q3 and Q4 allowed me to move up the grid. Q4 went really well as I started 9th in the inside lane and was able to move up to 6th before my increasingly worn tires slowed me and left me in 7th place at the end. I still managed to keep a group of three faster drivers behind me, keeping 7th place for the grid for tomorrow's 20-lap final race.”

 

Thomas Nepveu 2021 Karting Results

 

Date

Track

Location

Series

Event

Final 1

Final 2

Jan. 8 – 10

AMR Homestead-Miami Motorplex

Homestead, FL

SKUSA

Winter Series Rounds 1&2

14TH

24TH

Jan. 16 – 17

Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL

ROK

Florida Winter Tour

28TH

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Feb. 9 - 14

AMR Homestead-Miami Motorplex

Homestead, FL

SKUSA

Winter Series Rounds 3&4

 

 

Feb. 18 – 21

Tropicana Field

St. Petersburg, FL

ROK

Florida Winter Tour

 

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Mar, 11 - 14

Ocala Gran Prix

Ocala, FL

USPKS

Ocala Gran Prix

 

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Mar. 17 – 21

Ocala Gran Prix

Ocala, FL

ROK

Florida Winter Tour

 

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Mar. 24 - 28

Nola Motorsport Park

New Orleans, LA

SKUSA

Winter Nationals

 

 

Apr. 29 – May 2

New Castle Motorsports Park

New Castle, IN

USPKS

The Hoosier State Grand Prix

 

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May 22 - 23

Utah Motorsports Campus

Utah

SKUSA

Spring Nationals

 

 

Aug. 11 – 15

New Castle Motorsports Park

New Castle, IN

SKUSA

Summer Nationals

 

 

Oct. 16 - 17

GoPro Motorplex

Mooresville, NC

USPKS

The Carolina Grand Prix

 

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Nov. 6 - 7

Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NE

ROK

ROK the Rio

 

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Nov. 20 -21

Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NE

SKUSA

Super Nationals

 

 

 

Honda Performance Development (HPD) has joined with Honda Motor Company, Ltd., to offer a scholarship program to the Super Formula Championship for the winner of the 2021 Formula Regional Americas series.

The FIA*-supported Formula Regional Americas Championship provides talented young racers the opportunity to develop their skills in a state-of-the-art open-wheel chassis powered by the latest version of the iconic Honda Civic® Type-R® power plant.

The internationally respected Super Formula series is the top level of open-wheel racing in Japan featuring high downforce Dallara chassis powered by engines making in excess of 500hp. Successful graduates of Super Formula include Pierre Gasly and Honda-powered INDYCAR driver Alex Palou, who was a race winner, championship contender and series Rookie of the Year in 2019.

 “What an amazing scholarship” said Chip Ganassi Racing driver Palou, who moved to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES last year after a season in Super Formula in 2019.   “I’m sure it’s going to be the strongest and most successful scholarship, and it’s much needed for so many drivers nowadays. The racing level in the Super Formula series is really high and demanding for a driver. You can then use all that experience in INDYCAR. I’ve been lucky enough to get to experience the highest level of racing in Japan and now in the US, and I can’t thank enough Honda, Dale Coyne and Team Goh for the amazing opportunity of becoming an INDYCAR driver, now with Chip Ganassi at the highest level. I’m now facing the best moment of my career driving for the most successful team in the championship. I can’t wait to share track with the next Honda Scholarship Champion!” 

Supporting the next generation of racing talent is a fundamental value of HPD. As a committed partner to the F4 U.S. Championship, the FR Americas Championship and the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, HPD and Honda Motor are proud to expand their support for the FR Americas champion to include the scholarship value of up to $600,000 for participation in the 2022 Super Formula series.   

“I am very pleased with this new program as it is a collaboration between HPD and Honda Motor for a true global driver development program,” said John Whiteman, HPD Commercial Motorsports Manager.  “This past year, Alex Palou demonstrated that Super Formula can fully prepare a driver for INDYCAR racing success.  Progressing from Formula Regional Americas to Super Formula can be a clear, fully Honda-powered path to INDYCAR.

 

 “The Formula Regionals America champion earns 18 FIA* Super License points, and the Super Formula champion earns 25,” Whiteman added.  “Winning both titles will prepare a driver to compete in INDYCAR and earn enough Super License points to exceed the 40 required for Formula One.”

 

Promoted by Parella Motorsports Holdings, LLC, FR Americas is sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing and features the spec JS F3 chassis designed and sold by Ligier Automotive in North Carolina, which meets the most advanced global FIA safety specifications, including the first North American application of a race car Halo. The car, running on proven Hankook tires, is powered by a 303-horsepower Honda Performance Development version of the Honda Civic Type-R turbocharged K20C1 motor.

The FR Americas Championship aligns with the global FIA development ladder philosophy of using common components to provide a cost-efficient, reliable, and powerful racing structure as drivers ascend through the levels on their way to U.S. or global racing success.

“We are so excited that the 2021 FR Americas champion will receive such an unprecedented opportunity from Honda and HPD,” said PMH President and CEO Tony Parella. “We look forward to growing our partnership with HPD to continue to develop drivers at a grassroots level.”

The 18-race FR Americas calendar will feature iconic venues across the United States and Canada. The official 2021 FR Americas season commences at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta March 26-28.

More details on the program are available at hpd.honda.com.

Andretti Autosport welcomes a new face this season, announcing today that racing driver Tristan Herbert will co-drive the No. 18 Gallant Ligier JS P320 along with Jarett Andretti in the IMSA Prototype category. Herbert currently competes on and off the track while managing Audi Sport customer racing U.S. for the last seven years.  He continues supporting a customer base of over 100 Audi specific race cars which include efforts in club racing, IMSA and SRO’s GT3, GT4, TCR and GT2 platforms.
 
Jarett Andretti looks forward to sharing driving duties with Herbert, stating, “I think that Tristan is a great addition to our team, and I am excited to work with him this season.  He has an extensive background in sportscar racing and I know we will learn a lot from one another.”
 
Herbert shares Andretti’s excitement, stating, “When the opportunity presented itself to step beyond the pit wall and back into a car with Jarett Andretti, I made the decision to do so without hesitation.  I have known Jarett for a few years and it’s never surprised me with his racing pedigree and experience that he can jump into anything and immediately be quick out of the box.  I’m looking forward to working with Jarett and such a professional organization in the New Year.”
 
Andretti Autosport owner Michael Andretti added We’re looking forward to being back in the IMSA paddock with the LMP3 program and would like to welcome Tristan to the team alongside Jarett. Daytona is fast approaching and we can’t wait to get the season going strong.”
 
The 2021 IMSA Prototype Challenge is scheduled to kickoff with the Roar Before the Rolex 24 on January 22-24 at Daytona International Speedway. 
For more information, visit www.AndrettiAutosport.com

The Eastern Regional 250SX Class kicked its season off with great racing on Saturday night at the opening round of Monster Energy Supercross at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. Husqvarna’s RJ Hampshire nabbed the holeshot but his time at the front lasted less than one minute as Yamaha’s Christian Craig got past and pulled away to a comfortable lead. Behind, Hampshire battled hard to stay up front, but Kawasaki's Austin Forkner got past just after the midway point, and Craig's teammate Colt Nichols made his way into a podium finish after rounding the first lap just inside the top five.

 

It was an emotional night for Craig as he started the 2021 season with his first victory in five years.

 

Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results

1. Christian Craig, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha

2. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki

3. Colt Nichols, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha

4. Jo Shimoda, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki

5. RJ Hampshire, Minneola, Fla., Husqvarna

6. Jett Lawrence, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Honda

7. Michael Mosiman, Menifee, Calif., GASGAS

8. Mitchell Oldenburg, Aledo, Tex., Honda

9. Max Vohland, Granite Bay, Calif., KTM

10. Joshua Osby, Valparaiso, Ind., Honda

 

 

Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings

1. Christian Craig, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha (26)

2. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki (23)

3. Colt Nichols, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha (21)

4. Jo Shimoda, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki (19)

5. RJ Hampshire, Minneola, Fla., Husqvarna (18)

6. Jett Lawrence, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Honda (17)

7. Michael Mosiman, Menifee, Calif., GASGAS (16)

8. Mitchell Oldenburg, Aledo, Tex., Honda (15)

9. Max Vohland, Granite Bay, Calif., KTM (14)

10. Joshua Osby, Valparaiso, Ind., Honda (13)

Amid all the changes during these turbulent times, one startling sports aberration emerged – again – last Saturday night inside Houston's NRG Stadium. Justin Barcia, on a motorcycle model that didn't exist one year prior, on a team that's never fielded a rider, and in a state that hadn't hosted a Supercross season opener since 1988, won the first race of the season for the third straight year. More surprising to those outside the world of 70-foot triple jumps and steep-bermed bowl turns, these three wins mark Justin Barcia's only three Supercross wins in the past 85 race starts and eight seasons.

 

Barcia's win marked the first time since the series inception in 1974 that a motorcycle brand had debuted with a win. And the victory last Saturday night was no fluke, Barcia led every lap of both his heat race and the championship-points-paying Main Event. He led all 37 of the 37 Laps he rode. He flat dominated the stat sheets in Houston.

 

Motorsports fans can draw three conclusions: One, the racer can cope with opening round jitters better than his competitors; two, the racer accepts a higher risk threshold to gain an early season points advantage; or three, Justin Barcia is getting along with his new dirt bike and 2021 will be his best year to add a 450SX Class title to his 250SX Class championships.

 

The question for sports fans is this: will Justin Barcia repeat the pattern and fail to repeat his season win? Or has the 28-year-old racer, far from young on professional Supercross starting gates, been backed into a must-win season and will continue to pull out the stops for the next rounds?

 

Round two on Monster Energy Supercross's accelerated 2021 schedule, takes place tomorrow night, Tuesday, January 19, back at the same venue but on a modified Supercross track. Feld Entertainment, the series promoter, has managed to adapt to keep fans entertained and, more significantly, keep the racer, team, and support jobs open and the motorcycle industry healthy – no small feat in a series that has traditionally crisscrossed the map each year.

 

Tickets are available in a limited capacity, pod seating structure. The series is now carried live on Peacock, NBC's streaming service, as well as on NBCSN.

 

The Historical Society of Martin County is welcoming Jim Ferrare as the new car curator of the Elliott Museum, one of two museums that the nonprofit organization oversees.

 
Ferrare’s responsibilities include managing the Elliott’s antique car collection of some 100 cars dating back to the early 1900s and utilizing the museum’s car assets to involve the community by participating in car shows and other car-related activities.

 
“This will allow us to bring membership and donors into the museum forefront, and to let the community know we have an excellent car collection and other activities so we can grow the museum and participate in community activities,” said Ferrare.

 
Ferrare has had a lifelong interest in cars and motorcycles and has volunteered as a docent at the Elliott Museum for over five years.

 
“I specialize in high end supercars but I’m learning all the details about the Model A’s and older cars, such as Model T’s,” said Ferrare.

 
His interest in high performance cars has included driving them on the track, which evolved into a teaching job and teaching high performance driving at different race tracks. He has taught at professional driving schools, qualified by Motorsports Safety Foundation, level 1. He teaches at all of the tracks in Florida; National Corvette Museum Track in Bowling Green, Kentucky; Virginia International Raceway; Barbar Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama; and Roebling Rode in Georgia.

 
“I’ve always had an interest in cars … actually raced motorcycles when I was younger, but I moved away from that and started doing the tracks with cars, which is significantly safer,” said Ferrare.

 
His personal car collection features a 1966 Corvette Coupe, a 2018 McLaren, a 2020 McLaren 600 LT Spyder, and a 2017 Audi R8.


Ferrare’s career spans 35 years working for FPL at its Turkey Point Nuclear station where he served as an engineering supervisor for 25 years and a maintenance department head for five years. He also spent 10 years in the United States Navy on a nuclear submarine.

 
Since 1955, the Historical Society of Martin County has served as a guardian of local history and a cultural center by operating the Elliott Museum and the House of Refuge Museum at Gilbert’s Bar, which opened in 1876 and served as a haven for shipwrecked survivors. The Elliott Museum seeks to preserve and celebrate the region’s colorful history by presenting an eclectic mix of traveling and rotating permanent exhibits, lectures and experiential events. The House of Refuge’s mission is to educate the public about the historical significance of Martin County’s iconic landmark and to ensure its historical integrity and preservation. For more information, go online to www.elliottmuseum.org or call 772-225-1961.

Paretta Autosport, a new NTT INDYCAR SERIES race team spearheaded by female automotive and motorsport executive Beth Paretta, has announced its entry for the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.

2010 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year Simona De Silvestro has been announced as the driver for Paretta Autosport, which will utilize Chevrolet power and run the No. 16 for this year’s legendary “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” The 32-year-old from Switzerland is a veteran of five Indianapolis 500 starts.

The team is an extension of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s “Race for Equality & Change” announced last July. Team Penske will provide technical support to Paretta Autosport in assisting in the preparation for competing in the race Sunday, May 30.

Paretta Autosport will integrate women in the team to ensure that it provides opportunities, including competition, operations and administrative roles such as logistics, marketing and public relations.

“Today is the beginning of a commitment to gender equity in sport, to encourage women to work hard so they can earn their seat at the table or spot on the grid,” Paretta Autosport Team Principal Beth Paretta said. “INDYCAR has been a leader and a welcoming place for women for many years because of the hard work of many women and men before us, but now we have a stronger commitment with INDYCAR’s ‘Race for Equality & Change’ to make sure opportunities continue in the future.

“Our team, along with our technical alliance with Team Penske, will work hard to give Simona the best car we can provide so she can achieve her best results. Competition drives us. The Indy 500 is the greatest race in the world, and one day soon we hope to have a woman’s face on the Borg-Warner Trophy.”

Said Mark Miles, president and CEO of Penske Entertainment Corp.: “We are pleased to welcome Beth and her Paretta Autosport team to INDYCAR this year. Her team’s addition to the INDYCAR ‘Race for Equality & Change’ program this year will ensure that INDYCAR and the Indianapolis 500 continues the legacy of having a female driver qualify for the 2021 Indy 500. Of course, it will be up to Simona and the team to qualify the car for the grid, but knowing Beth, I know that her team will be up for the task.”

Paretta has a long history as an automotive and motorsports executive in leadership roles with some of the most respected performance brands, including SRT (Street and Racing Technology) at FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles), where she was the first female director to lead a performance brand and motorsports for an original equipment manufacturer. In that role, she led successful racing programs that earned three national championships: the NASCAR Cup Series championship for Dodge with Team Penske in 2012, the IMSA GTLM championship with the factory Viper GTS-R program in 2014, and the Trans Am championship with the Dodge Challenger TA2 in 2014. She is also a board member of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.

In addition to her Rookie of the Year honors in 2010, De Silvestro also captured the Tony Renna Firestone Rising Star Award for her 14th-place finish. Her accomplishments throughout the motorsports world are numerous after competing in Australian Supercars, as a Formula One development driver, in Formula E, the IMSA SportsCar Championship and, since 2019, as a factory driver for Porsche.

“I am very excited to have this incredible opportunity to return to Indianapolis and the Indy 500 with Paretta Autosport this year,” De Silvestro said. “My career really took off through my time competing in INDYCAR and the Indy 500, so returning to compete with Beth and her new team in alliance with Team Penske is a special and rare chance in my career. Being part of the goal of diversity and inclusion for everyone, and especially women in INDYCAR, and in motorsports in general, is very important to me and how I would like to see the future of racing. I want to thank the NTT INDYCAR SERIES for taking such an important leadership role in providing gender and overall diversity inclusion in motorsports.”

For more information and future announcements, please visit www.parettaautosport.com or the team’s social media channels.

Pindare Films is proud to announce that the 90 minute documentary Become Who You Are featuring Scott Dixon, Bruno Senna, Memo Rojas and Jules Gounon is now available WORLDWIDE.

 

Directed and Produced by Virginie Dulauroy, the film that follows the lives of 4 international racing drivers on and off the track, is now available on Amazon Prime Video USA, UK, Germany and Japan, on Claro Video in all Latin America (Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina and more with a presence in 19 countries of Latin America) and on Vimeo-On-Demand Worldwide (https://vimeo.com/ondemand/becomewhoyouare).

 

French Director Virginie Dulauroy that won the Best 1st time Director Award said: “ I am very proud for such an international recognition for our film. The film competed against more than 300 films and along big names such as Neil Corboult (Oscar Winner for Gladiator and double BAFTA winner for Fifth Element and Saving Private Ryan). The film won The Best of the month Award , but also the Award of excellence for Best First time Director , the Award of excellence for Best Trailer , the Award of prestige for Best Feature Documentary .”

 

Become Who You Are takes you behind the scene on track and off the track, in a unique fast paced and intimate documentary, so the viewers can appreciate what it takes to race and compete at the Famous 24 Hours of Le Mans in France.

 

Memo Rojas said: “I am very proud that our documentary Become who you are is finally being released in Latin America, a production that was filmed in 2019, in which, through the eyes of the four of us, it is told what it is to live, prepare, get to run the 24 Hours of Le Mans from different perspectives. Everything that this great race implies. The effort, the preparation, the sacrifice, our lives and all the part that is not seen on the cameras during the race, rehearsals, qualifying. All the behind the scenes that really puts you in perspective of what this race is and why it is one of the hardest to win and one of the most important for any driver in world motorsports. I invite you to join me in this documentary, not only to share my experiences, but also to share with me this great dream of winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans. A challenge that I have set myself after the victories in the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Daytona, and with the aim of achieving the triple crown of endurance motorsport with the 24 Hours of Le Mans. I hope you like it. I enjoyed it a lot. It will be a great honor to share with you a little of what we do in this great sport ”.

 

Bruno Senna, who shared with passion a lot of his heritage with Ayrton Senna through the documentary, added: "Most people only see the racing driver for what he is in the sport, so it's amazing to see the other, truly human side of these people risking everything at Le Mans and in auto racing in general."

 

Become Who You Are is a must see for all the racing fans even if you don’t need to be a racing fan to enjoy this movie!! This excellent documentary about the human side of racing is rated 7.6 out of 10 on IMDB and gets a 4.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon! So don’t wait a minute to watch it!

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