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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 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.

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A landmark 2019 season is in store at Monterey County’s WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. The legendary 2.238-mile, 11-turn road course is set to host a calendar of new and returning events that will thrill motorsports fans from across the globe.

The major event schedule will begin in March for the first time since 2006. The Intercontinental GT Challenge California 8 Hours returns for the third consecutive season to kick-off the year on March 29-31. Previously hosted in October, the event will be the second of the GT3 endurance racing series’ five races on five different continents.

The month of May springs into racing action May 3-5 with addition of the Trans Am Speed Festival taking hold of WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Contemporary car racing will take center stage by showcasing the motoring muscle of the popular Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli, which is filled with Camaros, Challengers, Mustangs and more. The Trans Am Series was formed in 1966 as a manufacturers championship for modern sedans and returns to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca after a 15-year absence.

The Trans Am Series was held in Monterey in 1969-1972, 1978-1982, 2000-2001 and 2004. Event winners during that span include greats such as Mark Donohue, Parnelli Jones, Peter Gregg, John Morton, Elliott Forbes-Robinson and George Follmer. Complementing the weekend professional Trans Am race will be vintage and historic racers of Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA).

One week later, Ferrari Challenge North America’s Ferrari Racing Days and exclusive Corse Clienti Formula 1 cars descend on Monterey May 9-12. The single-marque series sparks the enthusiasm of Prancing Horse fans and owners alike. Competition among Ferrari 488s in 2018 ranged from professional drivers to notable amateurs such as Hollywood actor Michael Fassbender. The Corse Clienti Formula 1 program enables a small group of people to purchase F1 cars and use them to the fullest with tutelage from Scuderia Corsa drivers.

Motorcycle fans will be greeted to a full sensory experience July 12-14 when the MotoAmerica racing series blasts into town for three days of world-class motorcycle racing for the Monterey Motorcycle Festival featuring MotoAmerica. There will be racing legends, celebrities, vintage racing and heritage GP racing motorcycle exhibitions, classic motorcycle auction and engaging family events among the planned activities. Returning for its fifth consecutive year at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, MotoAmerica carries on the AMA Superbike tradition while fielding its full slate of five highly-competitive classes. MotoAmerica takes the sole spotlight, as the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship series will not be racing in North America in 2019, but is anticipated to return to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in 2020.

The prestigious Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, a cornerstone of Monterey Classic Car Week, returns on its traditional date on the third week of August. The Monterey Pre-Reunion kicks things off with more than 300 historic race cars taking to the race track on August 10 and 11. The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion on August 15-18 will feature 550 cars selected for their history and race provenance. The 50th anniversary of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) will be celebrated as featured marque throughout the four-day event with legendary cars and drivers from the series’ illustrious past, present and future.

“Monterey Speed Week” with IMSA and INDYCAR

In September, “Monterey Speed Week” will bring America’s premier sports car racing series and America’s premier open-wheel racing series to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in back-to-back weekends with special events taking place in between. First up will be the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship returning for its penultimate race of the season on September 13-15. The technologically-advanced prototype and GT cars will do battle with championships on the line in an always thrilling race. The new, seven-race WeatherTech Sprint Cup series will hold its deciding race of the 2019 season in Monterey.

Indy cars return to Monterey for the first time in 15 years with the INDYCAR Grand Prix of Monterey on September 20-22 for what will be the crown jewel event in the 2019 race schedule. The champion will be crowned during the season ending event that brings INDYCAR back to its spiritual road racing home. Memories such as Alex Zanardi passing Bryan Herta during the last lap on the Corkscrew in 1996, Mario Andretti’s emotional retirement in 1994 and Bobby Rahal’s remarkable four consecutive wins will be rekindled while five-time champion Scott Dixon and a grid full of talented drivers bring incredible racing to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

Tickets for the INDYCAR Monterey Grand Prix are currently on sale at www.WeatherTechRaceway.com or by calling 831-242-8200. The on sale dates for all other events will be announced in the coming weeks. 

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca 2019 Schedule
 
    Intercontinental GT Challenge California 8 Hours           March 29-31
    Trans Am Speed Festival                                                May 3-5
    Ferrari Racing Days & Corse Clienti F1                          May 9-12
    Monterey Motorcycle Festival featuring MotoAmerica     July 12-14
    Monterey Pre-Reunion Races                                         August 10-11
    Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion                             August 15-18
    IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship                 September 13-15
    INDYCAR Grand Prix of Monterey                                   September 20-22

The Trans Am Race Company has announced a 12-event 2019 Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli schedule, with many of the same venues and dates returning from the 2018 championship season.   The upcoming competition will feature two key additions: Trans Am’s return to Memorial Day Weekend at Lime Rock Park and its first appearance at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca since 2004.   

“We were very pleased with our schedule in 2018,” said John Clagett President of the Trans Am Race Company.  “Our goal has always been to assemble a schedule packed with world-class tracks.  With that in mind, when the opportunity arose to add both Lime Rock Park and Laguna Seca, we had to take action; they’re both fantastic venues and welcome additions to our full championship.”

Trans Am’s return to Memorial Day Weekend at Lime Rock Park, May 24-27, marks the Series’ 30th appearance in Lakeville, Connecticut, and comes in the wake of a three-year absence, reuniting the historic pairing of track and series.  

“Lime Rock is an iconic circuit with a passionate fanbase that Trans Am has called home throughout its existence,” said Clagett. “It’s a historic marriage between Series and venue that’s produced so many great races.  Combined with the following weekend at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear we have an incredible two events back-to-back; one of the best pairings in motorsport.”

The return of the Trans Am Championship to Laguna Seca, May 3-5, marks the full Series’ first appearance in the West since a 2011 event at Miller Motorsports Park.  Trans Am’s last appearance at the Monterey circuit came in 2004.  

“The West Coast has played a huge role in Trans Am throughout its history,” said Clagett. “Championships have been made and lost on the West Coast, former champions have called it home; we want to continue that history and foster its growth.  After careful consideration, we’ve made the decision to bring our full championship west and start a new chapter of Trans Am in the West; and Laguna Seca is the perfect place to begin this next chapter.” 

“At the same time we understand the commitment it takes for our teams to make the haul west,” continued Clagett.  “To assist in that effort we’ll be increasing prize money at Laguna Seca, and we’ll be granting free entry at our Daytona International Speedway finale for teams that run the full championship.”

The 2019 schedule features new weekends for Indianapolis Motor Speedway, now August 1-4, and Circuit of The Americas, moved forward to October 4-6.  

Longtime Trans Am partners Ryan Companies and FirstEnergy will return in 2019 as well with the Ryan Companies Road America Classic and FirstEnergy Mid-Ohio 100.  

Trans Am will also continue three initiatives from 2018: Northern and Southern Cups for drivers not mounting a full-season effort, a standard three-day event format, with the inclusion of test day, and the Trans Am West Coast Championship presented by Pirelli.  

“We’re reaching the stage where consistency is key,” said Clagett.  “We will continue to refine and improve our approach, but we’re pleased with the Series’ direction and our competitor feedback.  The 2019 Trans Am Championship presented by Pirelli looks to continue the momentum and success we’ve collectively experienced this year.” 

The Trans Am West Coast Championship presented by Pirelli will feature the additions of Thunderhill Raceway Park and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca to its 2019 docket, expanding the regional championship to six races in total.  

“We believe in the potential of Trans Am racing on the West Coast,” said Clagett. “Growing anything is a process; it takes time, but we’re seeing more interest every day.   We now offer six races at some world-class facilities and have an enthusiastic and passionate competitor base.  Our goal will always be a truly national presence, and a strong West Coast Championship is a key part of that effort.”

The 2018 Trans Am Championship presented by Pirelli will conclude this weekend on Saturday November 10th at Daytona International Speedway.  

The 2019 Trans Am Championship presented by Pirelli 

Date Venue Partner
March 1-3 Sebring International Raceway*  SVRA
March 29-31  Road Atlanta* SVRA
May 3-5 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca SVRA
May 24-27 Lime Rock Park^ SVRA
May 31 - June 2        Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear^ (TA2)        IndyCar
August 1-4 Indianapolis Motor Speedway*^ SVRA
August 8-10  Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course^ NASCAR Xfinity
August 22-24 Road America^ NASCAR Xfinity
September 5-8 Watkins Glen International^ SVRA
September 20-22  VIRginia International Raceway* SVRA
October 4-6 Circuit of The Americas* SVRA
November 14-16 Daytona International Speedway* HSR


*Southern Cup
^ Northern Cup


The 2019 Trans Am West Coast Championship

Date Venue Partner
April 12-14  Thunderhill Raceway Park*  NASA.   
April 26-28      Auto Club Speedway SVRA
May 3-5 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.       SVRA
June 14-16 Sonoma Raceway* NASA
July 26-28 Portland International Raceway  SVRA
October 4-6 Circuit of The Americas SVRA


*tentative 

The Florida Commission on the Status of Women (FCSW) announced Elaine Larsen as a recipient of the 2018 Spirit of the Community Award for someone that has improved the lives of Florida women and families, and who serves as a positive role model for women and girls in their communities.

 

Elaine Larsen is a professional Jet Car driver based in Palm Bay, Florida.  She and her husband Chris operate Larsen Motor Sports, build their entire fleet of race cars from concept design to full fabrication, while training the next generation of high-performance vehicle specialists. Their affiliation with Florida Institute of Technology has opened the door for internships, which led the LMS team to research many different avenues from biofuels to human centered design, lighting that spark for the next generation.

 

Elaine taught pre-school kids before her racing career took off, and spent years working with children of all ages to promote STEAM (Science -Technology -Engineering -Arts -Math), both on local and regional levels throughout Florida and across the USA. She is an ambassador for STEM and a keynote speaker for WeVenture Women Entrepreneurs, Space Coast Women, Women in Aviation, All About You, and other women’s organizations and events.

 

The creation of the comic book BLAZE is a vehicle to educate through entertainment with emphasis on STEAM. Each book is themed with a specific lesson targeted at an issue that the team must work together to resolve.   Because of the BLAZE program Blazing Trails, a 501 c3 organization, was formed as a charity to help the next generation achieve their dreams. Blazing Trails sponsors and assists children who have goals that they want to achieve, but are unable to, due to lack of money, time, and/or guidance. This is done with education through motorsports, entertainment, and STEAM programs. The next Blazing Trails event takes place January 25, 2019 at Palm Beach International Raceway for 1300 students in 6-12th grades.

 

Elaine Larsen continues to blaze her own trails as she allows for opportunities to ladies of all ages to promote STEAM(Science, Technology, Arts, and Mathematics). She will be presented with her Spirit of the Community Award on Friday, November 16, 2018 during the Commission’s 4th Quarterly meeting, Noon – 2:00 PM at the Tampa Bay History Center.

 

“The Florida Commission on the Status of Women is proud to focus on celebrating the contributions and success of women,” said Lady Dhyana Ziegler, DCJ, Ph.D., Commission Chair. “We are delighted to honor these outstanding individuals for their tremendous achievements and dedicated service to their communities.”

The goal of the Florida Commission on the Status of Women is to provide communication, promotion, and collaboration among the hundreds of organizations working in all 67 counties that are focused on the welfare of the women of Florida. The revitalization of the women’s movement to address the status of women, such as discrimination, poverty, pay equity, and other social and economic issues impacting the lives of women have moved to the forefront of conversations across the nation.

 

The Florida Commission on the Status of Women is a nonpartisan board, statutorily created in 1991, consisting of 22 appointed members. The Commission is administratively housed in the Office of the Attorney General, with a focus on raising awareness and celebrating the contributions and successes of all Floridians, along with providing a collaborative platform for those seeking information on issues that affect women, girls and their families in our state. The Governor, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President of Senate, and the Attorney General appoint four members and the Chief Financial Officer and Commissioner of Agriculture each appoint three members for a term of four years.

For more information contact Laura South at 561-371-7818 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

While the Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA® Super Tour 2019 schedulehas already been announced, let us take a moment before moving forward to fête the 2018 Hoosier Super Tour point champions from across 28 different classes.
 
One standout this year is driver Robeson Clay Russell, the 2018 Hoosier Super Tour point champion in Spec Racer Ford Gen3 (SRF3). He also earned the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour® Southeast Conference SRF3 championship, took the SRF3 Tire Rack Pole Award at the 2018 National Championship, and brought home a Runoffs® win at Sonoma Raceway in his Angry Llama/SVN/Comprent Motorsports SRF3 racecar. As such, Russell becomes the sole competitor in 2018 to earn an SCCA Road Racing Super Sweep award.
 
There were several tight finishes in the Hoosier Super Tour point championship this year. The Formula Enterprises 2 battle came down to a tie, with Thomas W. Burt and Rhett Barkau both earning 137 points. However, Burt and his Bulldog Motorsport SCCA FE2 Mazda claimed the point championship based on his fifth-place finish at the Runoffs as compared to the eighth-place finish of Barkau.
 
The point championship battle was nearly as close in the Formula F (FF) class. There, David Livingston Jr., in a Spectrum 14H, eked out a win by one point over Yuven Sundaramoorthy's Mygale. Jonathon Kotyk, the 2018 FF Runoffs winner who also drives a Mygale, finished third in the point championship only three points off Livingston.
 
Four points were the deciding factor in two Hoosier Super Tour class point championships. The Formula 1000 point champion in 2018 is Gary Hickman in his Edge Engineering Phoenix F1K.12 Suzuki. Hickman compiled 75 points as compared to the 71 points of Jeremy Hill, in a Photon VD07, and the JDR F1000 of Nicholas Vardis. And in Super Touring® Under (STU), Kevin Koelemeyer and his OPM/HPD/G-Loc/Hoosier Honda Civic grabbed the Hoosier Super Tour point championship by four points over Runoffs STU winner Kevin Boehm, also in a Honda Civic.
 
Two other close point championships to note occurred in the Touring 4 (T4) and Spec Miata (SM) classes. The T4 point championship went to the Hoosier Mazda RX-8 of Ross Murray who amassed five more points than runner-up Gresham Wagner driving a Mazda MX-5. And in SM it's Chris Haldeman, in his X-Factor Racing/Sunoco/G-Loc Mazda Miata, who claimed the Hoosier Super Tour point championship by eight points over Michael Carter.
 
Only the top six regular-season finishes counted toward a driver's 2018 point total. Points were also awarded for a seventh and final race, the Runoffs. For each race, points were awarded to the top 20 finishers in each class. Winners earned 25 points, and 21 points went to second. Points were then doled out to others starting with 18 and descending to a single point for the 20th finisher.
 
Below is a rundown of the 2018 Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour point champions. A full accounting of the standings can be viewed at the Hoosier Super Tour points webpage. Congratulations to one and all for a fantastic effort this season.
-American Sedan®: Brian Himes; Slidell, LA; Delta Region; Ford Mustang
-B-Spec: John Phillips; Sealy, TX; Houston Region; Honda Fit
-E Production: Matthew Reynolds; Boerne, TX; Alamo Region; Mazda Miata
-F Production: Charlie Campbell; Corry, PA; Mohawk Hudson Region; Mazda Miata
-H Production: Nick Engels; Bedford, TX; Texas Region; Toyota MR-2
-Formula 500: Russell Strate Jr.; Alden, NY; Western New York Region; Scorpion S-1
-Formula 1000: Gary Hickman; Alpine, CA; San Diego Region; Phoenix F1K.12
-Formula Atlantic®: Paul Ravaris; Aledo, TX; Texas Region; Pro Formula Mazda
-Formula Continental®: Charles Moran; Oakton, VA; Old Dominion Region; Van Dieman RF99
-Formula Enterprises: James Libecco; Solon, OH; NeOhio Region; SCCA FE Mazda
-Formula Enterprises 2: Thomas W. Burt; Woodway, WA; Northwest Region; SCCA FE2 Mazda
-Formula F: David Livingston Jr.; Nashville, TN; Tennessee Region; Spectrum 14H
-Formula Mazda: Bryce Cornet; Norman, OK; Oklahoma Region; Formula Mazda
-Formula Vee®: Andrew Whitston; Neenah, WI; Milwaukee Region; Protoform P2
-GT-1: David Fershtand; Fort Worth, TX; Texas Region; Oldsmobile Cutlass
-GT-2: Max Nufer; Wildwood, MO; St. Louis Region; Chevrolet Camaro
-GT-3: Jeff Dernehl; Roswell, GA; Atlanta Region; Mazda RX-7
-GT-Lite: Larry Svaton; Alvin, TX; Houston Region; Mazda MX-5 Miata
-Prototype 1: Darryl Shoff; Fort Myers, FL; Northeastern Pennsylvania Region; Elan DP02
-Prototype 2: Armen Megregian; Naples, FL; Central Florida Region; Ligier JS 51
-Spec Miata: Chris Haldeman; McKinney, TX; Texas Region; Mazda Miata
-SRF Gen3: Robeson Clay Russell; Spartanburg, SC; Central Carolinas Region; Spec Racer Ford Gen3
-Super Touring® Lite: Danny Steyn; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Florida Region; Mazda MX-5
-Super Touring® Under: Kevin Koelemeyer; Fort Myers, FL; Central Florida Region; Honda Civic
-Touring 1: Brad McCall; Boca Raton, FL; Florida Region; Porsche Cayman GTS
-Touring 2: Bill Collins; Saint Paul, MN; Land O'Lakes Region; Chevrolet Corvette
-Touring 3: William Hendrix; Oxford, MA; New England Region; Nissan 350Z
-Touring 4: Ross Murray; Marina Del Rey, CA; Cal Club; Mazda RX-8
 
 
The 2018 Hoosier Super Tour season opened in January with Round One and Round Two atSebring International Raceway in Florida. The second event then took place in February at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Competitors got a month off before Round Five and Round Six atNOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, Louisiana, followed by April stops at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit in Jennings, Oklahoma, and VIRginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia. The Hoosier Super Tour then headed west for weekends at California's Buttonwillow Raceway Park and Portland International Raceway in Oregon. Round 15 and Round 16 were then held at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course before the WeatherTech Chicago Region June Sprints® at Road America. The 10-event, 20-race Hoosier Super Tour regular season then came to a close in June at Watkins Glen Internationalin Upstate New York.
 
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 116 Regions and subsidiary divisions. In addition to series title sponsor Hoosier Racing Tire and Summit Racing Equipment's support of the entire SCCA Road Racing program, much of the SCCA's activities are made possible with support from the following Official Partners: Chevrolet, the Official Truck of the SCCA; Hawk Performance, the Official Brake Products of SCCA; Mobil 1, the Official Oil 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.
Finishing the 2018 season fourth in the championship, 20-year old, Ryan Norman is back with Andretti Autosport, and will chase the 2019 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship as a seasoned veteran in the field.

“I’m really excited to finally make it official that I’ll be returning to Andretti Autosport for my third season competing in Indy Lights," said Norman. “We’ve built a solid foundation over the past two years and I’m ready to fight for wins, podiums and ultimately the championship, with such a great group of people who have become like a family to me.” 

 

Norman melded the competitive pieces together and showed remarkable strides during the second stint of the 2018 season – capturing three of his four total podiums, claiming the pole position at the season finale in Porltand and chasing the checkered flag all the way to his first victory at Gateway Motorsports Park.   

 

“We’re very happy that Ryan is rejoining us for his third season of Indy Lights,” said Andretti Autosport President, JF Thormann. “We were pleased with his performance this past season, and his potential as a driver began to really shine after his win at Gateway [Motorsports Park]. He’s right on track with his progression plan put together by his engineering team, and we feel strongly that he has what it takes to be a contender for the 2019 championship.”  

 

Opening weekend for the 2019 Indy Lights season kicks off on the streets of St. Petersburgh, Florida. The field of young, talented drivers will chase the checkered flag twice, with the green flag waving for Race 1 on Saturday, March 9 followed by Race 2 held on Sunday, March 10.    

 

For more information, visit AndrettiAutosport.com.
The Southeast Conference has released its 2019 SCCA® U.S. Majors Tour® competition calendar. A total of six weekends, 12 races in all, make up the schedule that runs from January to early June.
 
All but two race weekends on the Southeast Conference schedule are three-day events. The two-day events are slated for June at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Roebling Road. Three events on the Southeast Conference schedule have also been named Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tourseries dates, with one of those events taking place in April at VIRginia International Raceway -- a venue which will host the 2019 SCCA National Championship Runoffs® later in October.
 
As always, the calendar below is subject to change, but the current 2019 U.S. Majors Tour Southeast Conference schedule is comprised of the following:
- January 4-6: Homestead-Miami Speedway; Homestead, Florida
 
- January 11-13: Sebring International Raceway; Sebring, Florida
 
- March 15-17: Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta; Braselton, Georgia
 
- April 12-14: VIRginia International Raceway; Alton, Virginia
(Dual Southeast/Northeast Conference Event)
 
- June 8-9: Charlotte Motor Speedway; Concord, North Carolina
 
- June 29-30: Roebling Road; Bloomingdale, Georgia
 
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 the U.S. Majors Tour or Hoosier Super Tour series. Again this year, both the U.S. Majors Tour and Hoosier Super Tour serve as pathways to the 2019 SCCA National Championship Runoffs® being held at VIRginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia.
 
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 116 Regions and subsidiary divisions. Much of the SCCA's activities are made possible with support from the following Official Partners: Chevrolet, the Official Truck of the SCCA; Hawk Performance, the Official Brake Products of SCCA; Mobil 1, the Official Oil 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.

Officials from the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) announce the addition of a “Sportsman” class to the IHRA Summit SuperSeries program beginning in 2019.

The Sportsman class is open to door cars only (12.00 & slower in the ¼-mile and 7.50 & slower in the 1/8-mile). The use of trans brakes, two steps, and delay boxes are prohibited in the Sportsman class.

Sportsman racers who win Summit SuperSeries track championships or Summit Team Finals events will be invited to compete at the Summit SuperSeries World Finals October 17-19 at Memphis International Raceway for their chance to win the first ever Sportsman National Champions and a $5,000 payout.

“The Sportsman class was added after receiving a lot of feedback from our dedicated members about forming no electronics class,” IHRA Vice President Skooter Peaco said. “We are excited to have these competitors running for a spot in the Summit SuperSeries World Finals in 2019 and making the 18th season of the Summit SuperSeries one for the record books by crowning our first Sportsman World Champion in October.”

To become a member of the IHRA please call (561) 337-3015 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 The Western Conference has released its 2019 SCCA® U.S. Majors Tour® competition calendar. Seven different venues will host Western Conference events this year for a total of 14 races. The season opens in Southern California in January and travels up the Pacific Coast during the year before coming to a close in July back in California at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
 
Four of the seven events will be three-day weekends, and two tracks on the schedule previously hosted the SCCA National Championship Runoffs®. Additionally, three events on the Western Conference schedule are Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour series dates, with those events taking place at Buttonwillow Raceway Park, Portland International Raceway and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
 
As always, the calendar below is subject to change, but the current 2019 U.S. Majors Tour Western Conference schedule is comprised of the following:
- January 12-13: Sonoma Raceway; Sonoma, California
 
- February 1-3: Auto Club Speedway; Fontana, California
 
- March 2-3: Willow Springs Raceway; Rosamond, California
 
- April 26-28: Buttonwillow Raceway Park; Buttonwillow, California
 
- May 18-19: Portland International Raceway; Portland, Oregon
 
- May 25-27: Pacific Raceways; Kent, WA
 
- July 26-28: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca; Salinas, California
 
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 the U.S. Majors Tour or Hoosier Super Tour series. Again this year, both the U.S. Majors Tour and Hoosier Super Tour serve as pathways to the 2019 SCCA National Championship Runoffs® being held in October 8-13 at VIRginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia.
 
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 116 Regions and subsidiary divisions. Much of the SCCA's activities are made possible with support from the following Official Partners: Chevrolet, the Official Truck of the SCCA; Hawk Performance, the Official Brake Products of SCCA; Mobil 1, the Official Oil 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.
 
Loni Unser is heading to the Mazda Road to 24 Shootout this Friday for chance to earn a $100,000 scholarship for the 2019 Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires.
 
The developing driver was initially among a dozen competitors invited to submit a written and video proposal to the Mazda Road to 24 program. She is among four candidates shortlisted to attend the Shootout, the final stage of the selection process. The drivers will be evaluated by an independent panel of judges.
 
With a background in line-finding sports including ski racing, Unser started racing cars in 2017 and has shown promise in NASA Rocky Mountain Spec Miata competition. She is now ready to step up to the Global Mazda MX-5 Cup.
 
The young driver carries her family name to a new generation of fans. Her grandfather was Jerry Unser, the first of the famous Unsers to race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. From then on, the Unser family has won the prestigious Indianapolis 500 nine times and become known as “The First Family” of American auto racing.
 
Currently studying Environmental Design at the University of Colorado Boulder, Unser maintains a strong GPA while balancing the demands of her motorsport schedule. Her racing career is made possible through partnerships with companies that are supporting her early development including Cooper Tire, TRITEC Seals, and AMSOIL.
 
The other three candidates in the Mazda Road to 24 Shootout are Michael Carter, Matthew Dirks, and Hannah Grisham.
 
Mazda Motorsports boasts the most comprehensive auto racing development ladder system of any auto manufacturer in the world. Over the course of 12 previous seasons of the Mazda Road to 24 and eight seasons of the Mazda Road to Indy, the manufacturer has awarded over $12 million in scholarships. In grassroots road racing, more Mazdas race on any given weekend in North America than any other manufacturer.
 
Follow the Mazda Road to 24 on social media using the hashtag #MRT24. Find Unser at @LoniUnser
Sports Car Club of America's Board of Directors approved the rule set to create GT-X, a new Summit Racing Equipment Road Racing class designed to capture internationally-homologated cars and tube-frame cars outside of the current available classes. Eligible cars will include those homologated to FIA GT3, SRO GT4 and TCR specifications.
 
The GT-X class will be eligible at all Regional, Majors and Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA® Super Tour events in 2019. That will not include the 2019 SCCA National Championship Runoffs®, although it could be considered for future Runoffs events.
 
"There is a huge movement worldwide for homologated GT and Touring-style racecars, but there hasn't been a clear way for all of these cars to race with SCCA," SCCA Vice President and COO Eric Prill said. "The Club Racing Board's introduction of the GT-X class is a very simple and elegant solution for people to enjoy these spectacular cars with SCCA."
 
In addition to the FIA GT3, SRO GT4 and TCR classes, which will follow international vehicle regulations, GT-X will also welcome tube frame cars currently classified in SCCA GT-1 that wish to add additional aerodynamic, wheel, brake and fuel delivery modifications, as well as cars built previous to Grand-Am tube-frame specs.
 
"The purpose of GT-X is to provide a place for these cars to race within SCCA, not necessarily balance performance of each car or one specific class rule set to another," SCCA Club Racing Board Chairman-Elect Peter Keane said.
 
Because it is not a class that will be actively managed with balance of performance adjustments once the season has started, GT-X will race for event awards and contingency prizes, but for 2019 will not recognize Majors Conference or Hoosier Super Tour championships.
 
SCCA has obtained permission to use the current rule sets through their respective organizing bodies, including the Federation Internationale de L'Automobile (FIA), Stephane Ratel Organization (SRO) and World Sporting Consulting (WSC).