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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The CARS Super Late Model Tour will introduce an all new touring program for the 2020 season. The “Super Six” program is a touring loyalty program dedicated to teams receiving additional financial and promotional benefits for participating full time on the CARS Super Late Model Tour in 2020. The program is modeled after the highly successful Touring 12 program for the Late Model Stock tour that has seen car counts sky rocket over the last two seasons.

The “Super Six” program for Super Late Models is a touring loyalty program that will consist of six Super Late Model teams that plan to compete in every points event for the 2020 season. Multiple benefits of the “Super Six” program will include: $100 savings per set of tires purchased at the track each race, $150 cash travel bonus at each event, two complimentary race tickets to all CARS SLM Tour points races, and multiple other financial and promotional benefits throughout the year. 

In order for teams to participate in the “Super Six” program, CARS SLM Tour teams must sign an agreement to participate in all regular season races and complete driver license, owner license, and annual race entry by March 3, 2020. Drivers will be required to have their name and likeness used on CARS Tour branding, and must be committed to participate in limited driver appearances throughout the season, along with running a special throwback scheme at the Throwback 276 set for August 1, 2020. Drivers who are eligible for the Rowdy Manufacturing Super Challenge are not eligible for the Super Six program.

“Ever since we introduced the Touring 12 program for Late Model Stocks, the Super Late Model guys have expressed the desire to have a similar program. It is something that we’ve really thought about and wanted to do, we just needed to see the support from the competitors. After a very good year with Super Late Models we fell that the 2020 season is the right time to see if we can start building a program like this, “explained CARS Tour Series Director, Chris Ragle. “We have to get six teams that want to build and invest in each other. That is the key to growing this program and the series for Super Late Models. I really hope teams will respond to this program, there’s no other series I can think of that does additional compensation for participating, and that is what this program is design for. It is about participation and not performance.”

Teams wanting to apply for the inaugural Super Six program can do so by visiting www.carsracingtour.com and clicking the “Super Six” application banner located in middle of the site’s home page. CARS Tour officials will also communicate the link to apply online, much like that to enter a race, via email throughout the application period.   

For additional information on the CARS Late Model Stock Tour and the CARS Super Late Model Tour visit www.carsracingtour.com. Be sure to stay active and social with the tour by liking “CARS Tour” on Facebook, following @CARSTour on Twitter, and scrolling through photos on Instagram cars_tour. Additional series information can be obtained by calling the CARS Tour series office, located in Mooresville, NC, at 704.662.9212. 

The Mid-States Conference 2020 SCCA® U.S. Majors Tour® competition calendar has been released. A total of six weekends, 12 races in all, make up the schedule that runs from April to August and visits five different venues.

The Mid-States Conference again opens its season with a Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour event at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit in Oklahoma, followed by a stop at Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, Kansas, later in April. May sees two events on the Mid-States Conference calendar with the first taking place at World Wide Technology Raceway, formerly Gateway Motorsports Park, located just east of St. Louis, followed by a visit to Pueblo Motorsports Park in Colorado. The final two events on the calendar then occur at High Plains Raceway in Colorado with one event scheduled for July and the other in August. All six meets on the Mid-States Conference schedule are two-day events.

As always, the calendar below is subject to change, but the current 2020 U.S. Majors Tour Mid-States Conference schedule is comprised of the following:

- April 4-5: Hallett Motor Racing Circuit; Jennings, Oklahoma
(Dual Mid-States/Southern Conference Event)

- April 18-19: Heartland Motorsports Park; Topeka, Kansas

- May 2-3: World Wide Technology Raceway; Madison, Illinois

- May 23-24: Pueblo Motorsports Park; Pueblo, Colorado

- July 4-5: High Plains Raceway; Deer Trail, Colorado

- August 22-23: High Plains Raceway; Deer Trail, Colorado

Schedules for other SCCA U.S. Majors Tour Conferences will be published as they are finalized. Only SCCA Full Competition and SCCA Pro Racing License holders may register for U.S. Majors Tour or Hoosier Super Tour events. Again this year, both the U.S. Majors Tour and Hoosier Super Tour serve as pathways to the 2020 SCCA National Championship Runoffs® being held at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

The Sports Car Club of America®, Inc., founded in 1944, is a 67,500-member motorsports organization that incorporates all facets of autocross, rally and road racing at both Club and professional levels. With headquarters in Topeka, Kansas, the SCCA annually sanctions over 2,000 events through its 115 Regions and subsidiary divisions. Much of the SCCA’s activities are made possible with support from the following Official Partners: Hagerty, the Official Insurance Partner of SCCA; Hawk Performance, the Official Brake Products of SCCA; Sunoco, the Official Fuel of SCCA; and Tire Rack, the Official Tire Retailer of SCCA. To learn more, please visit www.scca.com.

Photo: SCCA racers wind their way around Hallett Motor Racing Circuit

Credit: Mark Weber

This iconic event will take place September 2-7  at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The U.S. Nationals will feature the intense side-by-side racing at speeds of over 320 mph that fans have come to know and love in the region.
 
Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), John Force (Funny Car), Alex Laughlin (Pro Stock), and Jerry Savoie (Pro Stock Motorcycle) all took home titles at the 2019 event.
 
The U.S. Nationals has been contested since 1955 and is the most historic and tradition-rich event on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series calendar. The event marks the end of the 2020 regular season, where racers will be vying for a top 10 spot in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship.
 
Competition will feature the 11,000-horsepower nitro-fueled Top Fuel and Funny Car classes, along with the ever-thrilling Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle categories. The E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series, Mickey Thompson Tires Top Fuel Harley Series, and SAMTech.edu NHRA Factory Stock Showdown will once again be contested.
 
NHRA fans can take part in the Mello Yello Walking Tour to see the cars and teams hard at work in the pits. Fans can also attend Pro Stock School and Nitro School to learn how the cars operate and reach their thrilling speeds. Lucas Oil Raceway will also host a Mello Yello autograph session and allow fans to meet their favorite drivers as well as the Sealmaster Track Walk hosted by NHRA announcer Joe Castello. Another can’t-miss experience is the winner’s circle celebration on Monday after racing concludes. NHRA fans are invited to congratulate the winners of the event as they celebrate their victories.
 
To purchase general admission or reserved seats, call (800) 884-NHRA (6472) or visit www.NHRA.com/tickets. Kids 12 and under are free in general admission areas with a paid adult.
 

Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (YMUS) is pleased to announce support for Estenson Racing’s effort in American Flat Track (AFT) for the 2020 season. The team has signed a multi-year deal with JD Beach, who will lead the campaign in the all-new SuperTwins class, while Kolby Carlile, the 2017 AFT Singles Champion, steps up to the premier class alongside Beach aboard the Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT. The team has also signed Mikey Rush for a two-pronged threat in the AFT Singles class with young phenom Dallas Daniels.

 

Returning for his second year with Estenson Racing, 2020 will be JD Beach’s first full-season in American Flat Track. With multiple road race titles on his resume, the Owensboro, Kentucky, resident has his sights set on a SuperTwins crown. He pulled double duty with the team in 2019, competing in the premier classes of both AFT and MotoAmerica. The dirt track/road racer made history with his first AFT Grand National win at the Super TT in Arizona, which was also the first victory for a Yamaha Twin since 1981. Beach then backed it up the following weekend at Virginia International Raceway with his first MotoAmerica Superbike win, becoming the first rider to top the podium during the same season in the premier class of both disciplines since Nicky Hayden in 2002. He ended the year in AFT with two wins and three podiums.

 

Kolby Carlile made the transition to the Twins ranks last season, competing both in the new AFT Production Twins class and AFT Twins. He had a solid rookie year in spite of injury and made a late-season charge for the Production Twins title, ultimately ending the year third in the Production championship with two wins and six podiums. The “Flying Tomato” also showed strength in the premier class on the TTs, making all four Main Events. Carlile now looks forward to stepping up to the SuperTwins full-time in his fourth season with the Estenson Racing squad.

 

The newest member of the team, Mikey Rush, jumped straight into the premier class of AFT in 2009 and scored his first win in 2013 at the Daytona Short Track. After some tough years in the privateer ranks, he made the move to the AFT Singles class and had a standout season in 2019, finishing second in the championship with four wins and seven podiums. The Californian now looks to bring home the title in 2020 aboard the Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F.

 

Returning with the team is 2019 AFT Singles Rookie of the Year, Dallas Daniels. The 16-year-old turned heads last season with a dominant debut win at the Peoria TT. He then went on to back it up with two more podiums to finish the year just outside the top 10, despite only turning pro mid-season. Daniels looks to build on his progress in his first full-year of AFT competition.

 

Keith McCarty – Yamaha Racing Division Manager

“We’re very excited to expand our partnership with the Estenson Racing team for 2020.  Last year, Tim Estenson really stepped it up in a big way with his new tractor-trailer that set the standard in the pits that Yamaha is accustomed to. In addition, he assembled a great group of riders that accomplished some milestone events for Estenson Racing and Yamaha with a couple of AFT Twins wins and several podium finishes. The team also had success in the Production Twins and singles class.

For 2020, with the help of Tommy Hayden, Tim has refined his crew and assembled a solid team of winning riders with improvements to their equipment that should greatly increase their chances for championships. With a great rider line-up and Tim’s enthusiasm for perfection, I’m sure good things will happen for the Estenson Racing Yamaha Team.”

 

Tim Estenson – Estenson Racing Team Owner

“My roots in racing, in motorcycling in general, have been with the Yamaha brand, so I’m really happy to have Yamaha USA’s increased support for our American Flat Track effort. Last season, we were able to accomplish my dream of returning a Yamaha Twin to the top of box for the first time in nearly forty years with JD Beach’s win in Arizona. Going into the new season, along with the support we are receiving from Yamaha, we’ve made some key additions to our staff and technical program. We’ve had some success early on with our young team and I look forward to building on that in 2020 to fight for the championship.

 

“I’m really happy to have JD back on board with us and especially full time this year in American Flat Track. I also look forward to seeing Kolby step up full-time in the SuperTwins class. He brought us our first championship and it has been great to see him progress in the sport with our team. On the AFT Singles side, Dallas had a great rookie season in 2019 and I look forward to his continued growth in the sport. I’m also really excited to have a championship contender like Mikey Rush join our team. He has a great story and has showed a lot of character and perseverance over the years as a privateer in the sport.”

 

JD Beach – Estenson Racing SuperTwins Team:

“I’m really looking forward to being back with the Estenson Racing crew. I think we kind of got started on our back foot last season. We were hoping for more, but we still managed a few wins, and within the Twins team a few podiums. I think the changes to the team and the new personnel are going to help a lot. We’re all putting in a lot of work this winter to come out next season swinging. I’m definitely looking forward to it.”

 

Kolby Carlile – Estenson Racing SuperTwins Team:

“2020 is going to be an awesome year for me. I learned a lot last year racing the Twin in the Production Twins class and winning a few rounds. This year I’ll be racing in the new AFT SuperTwins class full-time on the Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07. The guys I’ll be racing against week in and week out are the fastest guys in the world and I feel like I’ve always benefited from racing the best there is. The team also has some new members that are going to be huge additions in the development of the bike.

 

“Going into the new year, I’ve been taking a few months away from racing to allow me to focus on getting my knee in better condition. The races are a bit longer this year for me, and the intensity is up from what I have raced before, so being in top physical condition is important. I have an awesome teammate in JD Beach. I’ve grown up learning from him and I don’t plan on stopping now. I look forward to doing my best to improve the bike, the team, and myself in 2020.”

 

Mikey Rush – Estenson Racing AFT Singles Team:

“I’m really excited to have this opportunity with Estenson Racing. Tim is a great guy and their whole program is very professional. I’m looking forward to working with them next season and am ready to go racing and fight for the AFT Singles Championship.”

 

Dallas Daniels – Estenson Racing AFT Singles Team:

“I’m super excited to start my first full year in American Flat Track with Estenson Racing. I’ve been training hard and preparing for 2020. I’m really looking forward to getting things started in Daytona. I can’t wait for the season.”

 

American Flat Track will kick off its highly-anticipated 2020 season with the first-ever Saturday of Speed featuring the DAYTONA 200 and DAYTONA TT Doubleheader at Daytona International Speedway. It all kicks off at the peak of Daytona Bike Week on Saturday, March 14, 2020. Tickets start at just $35 online and are available for purchase now at www.americanflattrack.com.

 

For more information on American Flat Track visit www.americanflattrack.com.

 

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You can’t have a much better year than the Porsche GT Team did in the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
 
Between the team’s two 911 RSR race cars in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class, the team won more than half of the season’s races (six of 11) and finished 1-2 in the final WeatherTech Championship standings. So, what’s the team going to do for an encore in 2020?
 
For starters, it’s going to introduce a brand-new race car to the WeatherTech Championship, the new generation 911 RSR. It’s also going to shift Frederic Makowiecki from IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup duty to full-time action in 2020, joining Nick Tandy for the full season in the No. 911 Porsche.
 
Tandy finished second in the GTLM championship in 2019 alongside co-driver Patrick Pilet with three victories – the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts, the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen and the Michelin GT Challenge at VIR.
 
They finished the season 13 points in arrears of their championship-winning teammates, Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor, who won the BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach, the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio and the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in the No. 912 Porsche.
 
“It’s going to be difficult to follow up what we did this year,” Tandy said. “Obviously, we won pretty much everything, the manufacturers’ and the drivers’ championship with Porsche, so it was a good season. It’s not often you have years like this, but we’ve got a new car coming. It’s an evolution rather than a revolution, so hopefully it won’t take a lot of time to get to know the new car that we’re going to be debuting in the IMSA series in Daytona.”
 
As Tandy points out, this RSR is not revolutionary as its predecessor was. That car made history as the first “midengined” 911 race car, but it also took a little while for the team and drivers to fully come to grips with the car as it clearly did in 2019. The “revolutionary” car in the 2020 GTLM field will be the new Corvette C8.R, which for the first time will be midengined itself after decades of front engine success.
 
“It’ll be interesting,” said Vanthoor. “We are coming with a new 911 RSR and the Corvette guys are coming with quite a drastic new car. There will be some new stuff around, which will be, I think, pretty cool to see at the Roar (Before the Rolex 24 on Jan. 3-5). For Corvette, it might be more different than for us. I remember us going from a completely different car and a different placement of the engine, and it took a bit of time to get used to it.
 
“So, I secretly hope it’s about the same for them,” Vanthoor laughed.
 
One of the races the Porsche GT Team didn’t win in 2019 was the Rolex 24 At Daytona. It’s especially high on Vanthoor’s radar, and he’ll go in search of that title again next month with two-time 24 Hours of Le Mans overall winner Bamber and endurance teammate, Mathieu Jaminet, who was confirmed as a full factory driver for Porsche over the weekend.
 
“It’s one of the biggest 24-hour races in the world and it would mean a heck of a lot to me,” said Vanthoor of a possible Rolex 24 victory. “It’s been my goal for a couple of years now. I haven’t succeeded, unfortunately, but I always had a dream to win the four big 24-hour races, which are Spa, Le Mans, Nürburgring and Daytona. I have three and I’m missing this one, so I’m pretty keen on getting that one.”
 
Tandy, on the other hand, does have a Rolex 24 victory on his résumé from 2014, as well as an overall 24 Hours of Le Mans victory in 2015, as well as multiple victories at Sebring and Motul Petit Le Mans and a Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen win. What’s missing from his résumé is a championship, which is what he’s got his eye on for 2020.
 
“We’re going racing because we want to win, so right from the start, we’re going to be hoping for a victory (at Daytona) and backing out with a consistent season like we did this year with lots of good results,” said Tandy. “Championships follow after that, of course.”
 
It’s likely to come down to how well the new 911 RSR performs in the WeatherTech Championship. It got off to a good start in the FIA World Endurance Championship, winning the season opener at Silverstone in September as well as the most recent round last month at Shanghai. That could be a good omen for the U.S.-based program.
 
“It was a great start for the car,” Tandy said. “It’s proved reliable. We’ve obviously done lots of testing with the car before we started racing. The good thing for us debuting it in January is it’s already going to have four races under its belt in WEC before we even roll out for our first race of the season.
 
“We can take onboard lots of the things that they’ve learned. That’s the advantage of having two factory operations on two different sides of the world. We gain experience from both sides where we can give feedback from what we learn and vice-versa. Then, of course, we go to Sebring and we all meet together. Yeah, it’s good to have this big Porsche family and all these great cars racing around.”
 
The 2020 Rolex 24 At Daytona will take place January 25-26. Tickets are available at www.DaytonaInternationalSpeedway.com.
 

After tight 2019 Main Event battles in all three classes, tickets for American Flat Track's highly-anticipated return to the Red Mile are in high demand. Admission for the 2020 Red Mile - scheduled for May 30 -  is now available for purchase at tickets.americanflattrack.com.

 

Race fans may remember an unforgettable battle between AFT Singles competitors Shayna Texter and Mikey Rush for which only a photo-finish could determine Rush's victory. In similar fashion, the later-crowned 2019 AFT Twins champion Briar Bauman came up only inches short of Wrecking Crew teammate and defending-champion Jared Mees in a heart-stopping Main Event battle. 

 

With its undeniably exciting on-track action, coupled with multiple experiential additions in the fan zone, AFT's return to Lexington, KY  will be bigger and better than ever before.

 

For the exclusive race-day experience, fans should explore the VIP Hospitality Suite ticketing option. With food and beverage provided, this indoor, climate-controlled VIP area provides an unbeatable Turn 1 view of all the on-track race action. New for 2020, fans may purchase an all-day Paddock Access add-on allowing a behind-the-scenes view of riders and teams right in the heart of the pits. All VIP passes purchased include Paddock Access upgrade. Premium Red Mile ticketing options always sell fast, so be sure to reserve yours today at tickets.americanflattrack.com.

 

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In a record-setting season for television viewership, ESPN networks averaged more than 20 percent in audience gains and set seven event viewership records during the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship season that ended this past weekend. Live Formula 1 racing returned to ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC in 2018

 

Over the 21-event season, live race telecasts averaged 671,000 viewers, an increase of 21 percent over the average of 554,000 on ESPN networks last year and up 25 percent from the 538,000 average on NBC networks in 2017. 

 

Seventeen of the 21 races saw year-over-year viewership increases and seven races earned U.S. viewership records. In addition, the young adult demographic (persons ages 18-34) was up 75 percent over 2018 and 89 percent over 2017.

 

“This was a fantastic season for Formula 1 on our networks,” said Burke Magnus, ESPN executive vice president, programming and scheduling. “The viewership increases and event records demonstrate that the core F1 fans in the United States are tuning in and new viewers are watching as well.

 

“We look forward to helping Formula 1 celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2020.”

 

ESPN and Formula 1 recently announced a new, three-year deal to keep F1 races on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC through the 2022 season. As an additional element of the new deal, ESPN Deportes will serve as the exclusive Spanish-language home for all Formula 1 races in the U.S. starting in 2020.

 

The 2020 Formula 1 season begins with the Australian Grand Prix on March 15.

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

The Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track team readies itself for another season of intense American Flat Track competition with the announcement of three major additions to its talent pool for 2020. Reigning AFT Singles champion Dalton Gauthier will join veteran Jarod Vanderkooi as the newly-strengthened Factory effort. Additionally, the formidable powerhouse team of Ricky Howerton and former AFT Twins champion Bryan Smith will also be backed by Harley-Davidson and Vance & Hines in 2020.

 

Flat track fans are familiar with the championship-winning duo of Howerton/Smith. This battle-tested team aims to use its developmental prowess to bring the orange and black to the front in 2020. Howerton - backed by the unparalleled expertise of Vance & Hines Motorsports - will be charged with the tuning, set-up and technical refinement of the XG750R.

 

Despite his hiatus from the sport in 2018, Gauthier quickly became the man to beat in the 2019 AFT Singles championship hunt. The diversely talented athlete further displayed his versatility (and a natural finesse on a Harley-Davidson) as he joined the Black Hills Harley-Davidson AFT Production Twins effort and later lead it to victory at the legendary Springfield Mile in August.

 

“2020 is shaping up to be a banner year for our sport," said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. "Harley-Davidson’s and Vance & Hines’s boosted commitment to the series and their support for both the inaugural AFT SuperTwins season promises to ratchet up excitement over the coming months."

 

American Flat Track will kick off its highly-anticipated 2020 season with the first-ever DAYTONA 200 and DAYTONA TT Doubleheader at Daytona International Speedway. It all kicks off at the peak of Daytona Bike Week on Saturday, March 14, 2020. Tickets start at just $35 online and are available for purchase now at www.americanflattrack.com.

 

For more information on American Flat Track visit www.americanflattrack.com.

 

To get the latest American Flat Track clothing and merchandise visit www.americanflattracker.com.

he Heart of Racing returns to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2020 to compete in the GT Daytona class. Former Heart of Racing driver Ian James reunites with Seattle based businessmen Gabe Newell and Yahn Bernier, and will lead the new ground-up team, full-season entrant with a new-for-2020 alliance with Aston Martin.
 
The team will compete with the twin-turbo V8 Aston Martin Vantage GT3, which also marks an exciting return to the North American racing scene for Aston Martin Racing in the GT3 class.

There are so many things to be excited about for 2020,” said James. “To set up a new team and align ourselves with the Aston Martin brand in North America is an amazing opportunity. The car has been competitive all around the world in 2019, and we are delighted to partner with Aston Martin Racing and bring it to North America. The Heart of Racing and Aston Martin have both had a three-year break from the IMSA Championship, so we’ve got a lot of making up to do, but are under no illusion on how tough the IMSA series is with all the great teams and drivers we have to compete against.
 
The Heart of Racing will continue its successful fund-raising collaboration with Team Seattle, the ‘Racing for Children’ Guild which accepts donations for Seattle Children’s Hospital. Founded and run by Don and Donna Kitch since 1997, the Guild, dedicated to raising money for pediatric cardiac care, has to date raised over $6 million for the Seattle Children’s Heart Center.
 
The new team will feature a host of familiar faces in the IMSA paddock supplemented with Aston Martin Racing personnel.
 
The Heart of Racing program has always been an inspiring environment to be in for everyone involved,” said James. “This is in addition to the very compelling fund-raising element. Gabe and Yahn’s support and vision is incredible and I’m delighted they decided to bring the program back to the IMSA paddock full-time. We have a close-knit crew, awesome full-time drivers to announce, and a great manufacturer partner. All the ingredients are in place.
 
The Florida-based team will make their first appearance at the official pre-season practice, the ROAR Before The 24, from Friday, January 3rd to Sunday, January 5th. Full-season drivers to be announced prior.

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