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 Western Conference 2020 SCCA® U.S. Majors Tour® competition calendar has been released. Six different venues will host Western Conference events this year for a total of 12 races. The season again opens in Southern California in January and travels up the Pacific Coast over five months to finish in Washington.

Half of the six events will be three-day weekends. Two events on the Western Conference schedule are Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour series dates, with those events being at Buttonwillow Raceway Park and Portland International Raceway. Competitors should be aware, however, that the annual Buttonwillow Raceway Park event has been moved up from April to February.

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

- January 24-26: Auto Club Speedway; Fontana, California

- February 21-23: Buttonwillow Raceway Park; Buttonwillow, California

- March 21-22: Willow Springs Raceway; Rosamond, California

- April 3-5: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca; Salinas, California

- May 16-17: Portland International Raceway; Portland, Oregon

- May 23-24: Pacific Raceways; Kent, Washington

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: Portland International Raceway’s challenging circuit is part of the 2020 U.S. Majors Tour Western Conf. schedule.

Photo Credit: Doug Berger

Mercedes ace Dominik Hofmann took his second win of the season ahead of Roy Arnouts and Philip Wauters. “It was important to get well through the first stint on the softs. After the stop, Roy got a bit stuck in traffic, on which I could capitalize and pull away. Following the second pitstop, I controlled the field”, Hofmann analysed, who now leads the championship after two rounds with the points maximum. Behind the Austrian, Red Bull Racing driver Roy Arnouts came runner-up. “The pace was good, but Dominik was too quick today. Only in the final laps, I was lacking grip massively on the rear tires. And you always get a time penalty in Canada, no matter what you do, which makes winning really tough“, said the Dutchman, who had led until the first series of pitstops.

 

 

The battle for the final spot on the podium was extremely tight. Philip Wauters (Toro Rosso) and Sven Knöller (Williams) switched positions numerous times throughout the race and in the dying seconds also Tim Palm in the second Red Bull, who had lost a lot of time in the pits, joined the duo. Eventually, Wauters rather surprisingly secured third place and was thus delighted saying: “It was a close fight with Sven (Knöller), exciting, but always fair. This result gives me a boost for the next races.” Title c- favourite Palm was pretty unhappy about losing ground in the championship. “P5 is certainly not, what I had hoped for. That was simply a bad drive from my side and must not happen again.”

 

 

For Dani Alves, the weekend was a true rollercoaster ride. First, the Portugese booked Pole Position in the closest qualifying in eF1 Championship history by lapping the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 1:07.438 minutes, two thousands of a second faster than Arnouts. At the end, the Top 7 were less than five tenths apart. In the race, however, Alves was very unlucky suffering a bad pitstop and then kissing the concrete wall with his Williams. Jonathan Klose (Renault) was the best Rookie crossing the line on P6.

 

The next race is the Singapore Grand Prix on December 15, 6 pm CET, live on Motorvision.tv and Formelaustria YouTube

 

Formelaustria.at is a product by HM Sports, an international sports consulting agency founded in 2003 and based in Vienna, which has been working in Formula One with several Top Teams, circuits and sponsors.

 

The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is partnering with Sports and Entertainment Travel, LLC (SET) as the official fan travel package provider for the upcoming race set for March 13-15, 2020.
 
SET’s official travel packages include hotel accommodations, VIP Club tickets to the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Firestone Paddock Pass to access the “locker room of motorsports” where the crews work on the cars, driver meet and greet, plus more. Prices start at $2,789 for a double occupancy three-night land-only package with a hotel check-in on Friday, March 13th and check-out on Monday, March 16th.
 
“The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is proud to partner with SET to provide race fans a first-class travel experience,” said Kim Green, co-owner, chairman and CEO of Green Savoree Racing Promotions, organizers of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. “St. Petersburg is the ideal host city for the NTT IndyCar Series season opener each year. This is a can’t miss event with terrific weather and an awesome waterfront backdrop as the site for the race. Working together with SET on this collaboration further elevates the experience for race fans attending the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.”
 
As the season-opening event for the NTT IndyCar Series for the 10th straight year in 2020, the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is a global motorsports gathering. It attracted advance ticket buyers from 48 different states from across the U.S. as well as Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, plus 19 additional countries in 2019.
 
“Our goal at SET is to create, manage, and provide an exceptional travel experience for those attending from the U.S. and across the globe. We’re excited to provide our services with travel packages for the valued race fans who are interested in attending the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg,” said Kyle McDonald, vice president of SET.
 
This travel package can be purchased from SET online at http://gpstpete.com/festival/travel-options or by calling 1-888-219-5323. To learn more about the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, please visit gpstpete.com or follow on social media using #FirestoneGP.

Lucas Oil Products Inc., the American-based manufacturer and distributor of additives and lubricants, is helping Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital (LLUCH) raise awareness for the annual Giving Tuesday global fundraiser. The fundraiser takes place on the National Day of Giving (December 3rd), and is centered around encouraging people to give back to important issues that better one’s local community. 

Having grown up in the Loma Linda area, Lucas Oil employee Greg Cozzo is familiar with the quality health care LLUCH provides the community. Greg, a member of the Activation and Promotions team, often finds himself back at LLUCH to coordinate hospital visits with Lucas Off Road Drivers and the hospital’s younger patients. Thanks to these hospital visits, Greg was able to meet Emmanuel.

 

“Growing up in the shadows of Loma Linda Children’s Hospital, I spent a few days here in my youth with some bumps and bruises, and to work for a company like Lucas which actively promotes being involved in our communities, it was a real honor to be a part of sharing their message for Giving Tuesday,” said Greg Cozzo, Activations and Promotions, Lucas Oil. “Especially getting to spend time with little Emmanuel, who is such an inspiring young man!”

Emmanuel was brought to LLUCH after it was discovered he suffered from a condition known as Meconium Asphyxia which causes respiratory distress in infants and can be fatal if not treated immediately. His parents tried for 14 years to have a child only to see their firstborn get airlifted to LLUCH because he was born with a severe condition. Emmanuel’s stay at the hospital was hard, both on his parents and himself, but the amazing team of nurses and doctors worked rigorously for 41 days and 40 nights in the NICU to bring Emmanuel back to health. 

LLUCH provided quality patient care for Emmanuel. 

“Giving back to local communities has always been a priority for us at Lucas Oil Products,” said Tom Fredrickson, Lucas Oil Chief Operating Officer. “Health care centers like Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital go above and beyond for their patients and the community. That’s why helping raise awareness for a fundraiser like Giving Tuesday is important to us. If we can help just one hospital generate enough support to provide quality health care to locals, we will have done our job.”

The Global Giving Tuesday campaign proves that when everyone works together, a single day can make a world of a difference. Lucas Oil encourages everyone to take action on December 3rd and give back to important issues that help better our local communities. Those looking to give a financial contribution to LLUCH can do so as soon as right now by visiting the LLUCH website. Other donations including clothing and volunteering to assist with LLUCH’s annual holiday toy drive and Santa Workshop are also encouraged. Each donation supports a share of world-class treatment, attentive patient care, scholarships and research equipment. More importantly, you are contributing to saving lives - just like Emmanuel’s. 

 

SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks has announced its schedule for the 2020 season. It will feature a total of 20 rounds of action next year, visiting ten different tracks in three different countries.

For the fourth time in series history, the SuperLoop 500 in Adelaide, SA, Australia, will be included on the schedule in conjunction with the Virgin Australia Supercars opening round early in the SST season.

After a year absence, the trucks will be back in South Australia, and will feature drivers from both the United States and Australia in the first of three co-sanctioned events with the newly formed Boost Mobile Super Trucks.

The longest-running event on the Stadium SUPER Trucks schedule will also be back for the eighth consecutive year as the trucks take to the streets of Long Beach, Calif., April 17-19, for the 47th running of the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

After a successful return to the Honda Indy Toronto in 2019, Canadian motorsports fans will revel in the thrills of STT being featured again on the NTT IndyCar Series weekend.  On July 10-12, the streets of Toronto will showcase the excitement of SST racing for the sixth time.

Starting the stretch of four race weekends in a month, the trucks will the make a stop for a third time at Wisconsin’s Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., August 7-8, in conjunction with the NASCAR Xfinity Series Henry 180.

After making two visits to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in 2019 with all kinds of wild racing action, the loyal fans of Ohio will be treated to a return trip of Stadium SUPER Trucks as part of The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio weekend, August 14-16.

The second of three events co-sanctioned with the Boost Mobile Super Trucks will see the American drivers head back to Australia, August 29-30, for a return to the Sydney Motorsport Park in Sydney, New South Wales, for a race under the lights. This will be the first time SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks will compete on a road course at night.  The first appearance of SST at Sydney Motorsport Park was back in 2018 at an event with AMRS. 

Returning to the Pacific Northwest for the second straight year, Portland International Raceway will be host to SST again along with the NTT IndyCar Series, September 4-6.

To close out the 2020 campaign, SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks will return to the Gold Coast to compete on the Streets of Surfers Paradise for the fourth time. A venue favorite of the series boasting large crowds and a picture perfect beachfront track provides the perfect scenario to crown the 2020 champion.  Gold Coast will be the last of three events co-sanctioned with Boost Mobile Super Trucks.

Stay tuned to StadiumSuperTrucks.com and Facebook.com/StadiumSuperTrucks for additional event dates to be announced in the coming weeks.

2020 SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Schedule

February 1; Southern California Stadium*

February 20-23; SuperLoop 500; Adelaide, SA, Australia **

April 17-19; Long Beach Grand Prix, Long Beach, California

July 10-12; Honda Indy Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

August 7-8; Road America; Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

August 14-16; Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course; Lexington, Ohio

August 28-30; Sydney Motorsport Park; Sydney, NSW, Australia**

September 4-6; Portland International Raceway; Portland, Oregon

October 30-November 1; Surfers Paradise Street Circuit; Gold Coast, QLD, Australia**

TBA*

 *Look for an announcement with additional dates in the coming weeks

** Co-Sanctioned with Boost Mobile Super Trucks

New for 2020, Stadium SUPER Trucks in Australia has expanded to feature its own series schedule in conjunction with existing Virgin Australia SuperCar events under the banner of Boost Mobile Super Trucks.

The Australian campaign will kick off February 20-23 with the SuperLoop 500 in Adelaide, South Australia. The opening event of the Boost Mobile Super Trucks schedule will be co-sanctioned with SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks and will feature both drivers from the United States and Australia competing.

The next two events will feature new tracks for SST with Symmonds Plains Raceway in Launceston, Tasmania hosting an event, April 3-5. While a week later, the trucks will be loaded on a ship for the Pukekohe Raceway, April 24-26, and the first event in the country of New Zealand.

The remaining schedule will feature the Boost Mobile Super Trucks to return to venues that have hosted previously. Making a third appearance at the Barbagallo Racway in Perth, Western Australia, SST will take to the track, May 15-17, for the first of two night events on the schedule in 2020. Following Perth, the trucks will make the cross-country journey for the second appearance at the Townsville Street Circuit in Townsville, Queensland, June 26-28.

Traveling to the north for the second time in the trucks history, the Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin, Northern Territory, will be part of all the action, July 17-19. 

For the second co-sanctioned event with the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks, the drivers from the North American series will join the Australians for a twilight shootout, August 28-30, at the Sydney Motorsports Park in Sydney, New South Whales. 

The closing event in the Inaugural Boost Mobile Super Trucks season will see the high-flying trucks return to the streets of Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. Similar to Adelaide and Sydney, both drivers from Boost Mobile Super Trucks and SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks will be in action for the final event in both series. Two champions will be crowned the weekend of October 30-November 1.

2020 Boost Mobile Super Trucks Schedule

February 20-23; Adelaide Street Circuit; Adelaide, SA, Australia**

April 3-5; Symmonds Plains Raceway; Launceston, TAS, Australia

April 24-26; Pukekohe Raceway; Auckland, New Zealand

May 15-17; Barbagallo Raceway; Perth, WA, Australia 

June 26-28; Townsville Street Circuit; Townsville, QLD, Australia 

July 17-19; Hidden Valley Raceway; Darwin, NT, Australia

August 28-30; Sydney Motorsport Park; Sydney, NSW, Australia**

October 30-November 1; Surfers Paradise Street Circuit; Gold Coast, QLD, Australia **

**Co-Sanctioned with SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks

More events and new locales are highlights featured in the 2020 Tire Rack SCCA® ProSolo® schedule, which has now been unveiled. In 2020, the ProSolo Series, America’s Premier Autocross Championship Series, will encompass 13 events -- two more than last year -- and include new stops in North Carolina, Maryland, Texas and Tennessee.

March will see the start of ProSolo’s season in 2020 with a visit to zMAX Dragway just outside Charlotte, North Carolina. Then it’s off to the West Coast in April for the next two rounds, the first taking place at Auto Club Speedway in Southern California, followed by the annual visit to Crows Landing in Northern California. And as usual, fantastic welcome parties are anticipated on both coasts.

The fifth month of the year will be very busy for ProSolo participants as four different events will take place in May. Things get cranking early with a stop in Grenada, Mississippi, before Round 5 occurs at FedExField outside of Washington, D.C. Then it’s off to the Tire Rack Spring Nationals ProSolo in Lincoln, Nebraska, which is a “must run” event for those chasing a ProSolo series championship. Action then concludes in May with the Tire Rack Texas ProSolo being held this year at GrandSport Speedway in Hitchcock, Texas.

ProSolo’s eighth round will tentatively be the Tire Rack Peru ProSolo in Indiana. However, discussions are still being conducted with two other potential sites within the Great Lakes Division. Competitors should mark June 12-14 on their calendars, but check back to the 2020 ProSolo schedule webpage for updates on the location of that event.

June closes out at Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, Kansas, before July opens with Round 10 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee. Action then switches to the West Coast again for the 14th Tire Rack Packwood ProSolo in Washington, perhaps the most picturesque destination on the ProSolo calendar -- and the only event with a covered paddock!

The penultimate ProSolo event in 2020 will again take place in Oscoda, Michigan on a patch of concrete just a few miles from Lake Huron. It’s a pleasant way to end the “regular season” before it’s back to Lincoln, Nebraska in September for the annual Tire Rack ProSolo Finale.

More information regarding ProSolo event structure, classing and index will be released in the coming weeks. Check back to www.scca.com/solo for the latest program news and information. Of particular note is a new event structure for some of the unconventional locations on the schedule.

The schedule is subject to change, but the current 2020 Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo calendar rundown is as follows:

- March 20-22: Tire Rack Charlotte ProSolo; Concord, North Carolina
zMAX Speedway

- April 3-5: Tire Rack Fontana ProSolo; Fontana, California
Auto Club Speedway

- April 24-26: Tire Rack Crows Landing ProSolo; Crows Landing, California
NASA Crows Landing Airport

- May 1-3: Tire Rack Grenada ProSolo; Grenada, Mississippi
Grenada Municipal Airport

- May 15-17: Tire Rack D.C. ProSolo; Landover, Maryland
FedExField

- May 22-23: Tire Rack Spring Nationals ProSolo; Lincoln, Nebraska
Lincoln Airpark

- May 29-31: Tire Rack Texas ProSolo; Hitchcock, Texas
GrandSport Speedway

- June 12-14 (tentative): Tire Rack Peru ProSolo; Peru, Indiana
Grissom Aeroplex

- June 26-28: Tire Rack Topeka ProSolo; Topeka, Kansas
Heartland Motorsports Park

- July 2-3: Tire Rack Summer Nationals; Bristol, Tennessee
Bristol Motor Speedway

- July 17-19: Tire Rack Packwood ProSolo; Packwood, Washington
Former Hampton Lumber Mills Packwood

- July 31-Aug. 2: Tire Rack Oscoda ProSolo; Oscoda Township, Michigan
Oscoda-Wurtsmith Airport

- September 4-6: Tire Rack ProSolo Finale; Lincoln, Nebraska
Lincoln Airpark

During traditional ProSolo events, drivers face off, side-by-side, at a “Christmas Tree” start before launching down a straightaway and into mirror image autocross courses. Three heats of class competition give drivers 12 total runs, six on each course. Like other Solo competitions, runs are timed to 1/1000th of a second and knocking a cone down means a two-second penalty added to a time. New for 2020 will be the introduction of PS1, a new concept for some unique sites on the 2020 calendar. Stay tuned for details on this and many updates coming soon to the ProSolo series.

Opening runs determine class rankings and set the qualifying order for the second part of the event which determines the overall winner. Top qualifiers enter single-elimination brackets and conduct runoffs until only one driver remains; The Top Eliminator. Additionally, the Ladies Challenge pits top female qualifiers against one another, while the Super Challenge features the top 32 Open Class competitors in a winner-take-all battle. There is even a Bonus Challenge where randomly selected, non-qualifying drivers can compete for prizes and bragging rights.

Competitors earn class and Challenge points throughout the season that count toward the Overall Ladies and Open ProSolo Championships. Class National Championships and Overall ProSolo Championships are determined by combining regular season points with points earned at the ProSolo Finale in Lincoln, Nebraska.

For additional information on Tire Rack SCCA Solo, visit www.scca.com/solo.

Photo Credit: Rupert Berrington

The Southeast 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 January to early June.

All but two race weekends on the Southeast Conference schedule are again three-day events. Two-day events are slated for June at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Roebling Road. Three events on the Southeast Conference schedule will also again be Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour dates that offer a heightened experience for both competitors and race fans.

As always, the calendar below is subject to change, but the current 2020 U.S. Majors Tour Southeast Conference schedule is comprised of the following:
- January 3-5: Homestead-Miami Speedway; Homestead, Florida

- January 10-12: Sebring International Raceway; Sebring, Florida

- March 20-22: Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta; Braselton, Georgia

- April 10-12: VIRginia International Raceway; Alton, Virginia
(Dual Southeast/Northeast Conference Event)

- June 6-7: Charlotte Motor Speedway; Concord, North Carolina

- June 27-28: 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 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: Sebring International Raceway (pictured) is just one of six tracks on the 2020 Southeast Conf. U.S. Majors Tour schedule.

Photo Credit: Mark Weber

American Flat Track has announced its 18-event schedule for the 2020 season, which once again features coast-to-coast action and launches anew at legendary Daytona International Speedway on March 14 with a Saturday of Speed: an epic season opener DAYTONA 200 & DAYTONA TT Doubleheader. It all finishes next fall with the Meadowlands Mile* finale at the most spectacular venue of the season: Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment in East Rutherford, N.J.

 

There are two fan favorite events returning to the schedule and one event revamped for a thrilling new experience. The returning venues is the Half-Mile at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C. and the famed OKC Mile.

 

Additionally, the fastest Mile in the world - the Springfield Mile - will run back-to-back as a doubleheader, making for a Labor Day weekend event unlike any other. 

 

"AFT is coming off the back of a record-breaking season and we have planned the 2020 schedule to push things to the next level and return to the best tracks in the country,” said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. ”We are delighted to be restoring the series to OKC and Charlotte and to amplify the thrilling action of Springfield Mile with a fall doubleheader."

 

Tickets for the first-ever doubleheader - DAYTONA 200 and DAYTONA TT - at the legendary Daytona International Speedway are on sale now. Watch both historic motorcycle racing events during Bike Week at DAYTONA for just $35 when you purchase an advance General Admission ticket online.  Get yours at tickets.americanflattrack.com.

 

Final 2020 American Flat Track Schedule:

1. March 14: DAYTONA 200 & DAYTONA TT - Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL

2. March 28: Atlanta Short Track - Dixie Speedway, Woodstock, GA

3. April 4: Charlotte Half-Mile - Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC

4. May 2: Texas Half-Mile - Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX

5. May 9: So-Cal Half-Mile - Perris Auto Speedway, Perris, CA

6. May 16: Sacramento Mile - Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA

7. May 30: Red Mile - Red Mile, Lexington, KY

8. June 13: Laconia Short Track – New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, NH

9. June 20: OKC Mile - Remington Park, Oklahoma City, OK

10. June 27: Lima Half-Mile - Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima, OH

11. July 4: New York Short Track - Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY

12. August 9: Buffalo Chip TT - Buffalo Chip, Sturgis, SD

13. August 11: Black Hills Half-Mile - Black Hills Speedway, Rapid City, SD

14. August 22: Peoria TT - Peoria Motorcycle Club, Peoria, IL

15. September 5: Springfield Mile I - Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL

16. September 6: Springfield Mile II - Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL

17. September 12: Williams Grove Half-Mile - Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA

18. September 26: Meadowlands Mile* - Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ

 

*Subject to final confirmation

The Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA® Super Tour will be back in 2020 with a calendar that includes 10 events for a total of 20 Hoosier Super Tour races. For the fourth year in a row, the series will commence its exciting season in January and conduct at least one race weekend each month right through July.

As has become tradition, this year’s Hoosier Super Tour will again open at Sebring International Raceway in Florida before a February visit to Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas. However, this year’s stop at COTA will only be a two-day event. Then, competitors head west to Central California’s Buttonwillow Raceway Park in February this year instead of the traditional April visit, a new twist for the 2020 season.

March sees a return to Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, followed by an early April date at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit just west of Tulsa, Oklahoma. That is followed by a weekend tentatively scheduled at VIRginia International Raceway along the border of North Carolina and Virginia.

One Hoosier Super Tour event will take place in May, and that will be out west at Portland International Raceway in Oregon. Drivers then head back to the Midwest for a tentative date at Road America for the annual WeatherTech Chicago Region® June Sprints®, which would certainly serve as a “preview” for Runoffs competition since that venue is hosting the 2020 National Championship.

Next on the Hoosier Super Tour calendar is a June visit to beautiful Watkins Glen International in New York before the season concludes in July with a tentative date at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. This will be the first time the series has capped off its “regular season” at Mid-Ohio, which has traditionally held its Hoosier Super Tour event in early June.

As always, the calendar is subject to change, but dates for the 2020 Hoosier SCCA Super Tour are currently as follows:

- January 10-12: Sebring International Raceway; Sebring, Florida
(Central Florida Region - Southeast Conference)

- February 8-9: Circuit of the Americas; Austin, Texas
(Lone Star Region - Southern Conference)

- February 21-23: Buttonwillow Raceway Park; Buttonwillow, California
(Cal Club Region - Western Conference)

- March 20-22: Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta; Braselton, Georgia
(Atlanta Region - Southeast Conference)

- April 4-5: Hallett Motor Racing Circuit; Jennings, Oklahoma
(Ark Valley Race Group - Mid-States & Southern Conference)

- April 10-12 (tentative): VIRginia International Raceway; Alton, Virginia
(North Carolina Region - Northeast & Southeast Conference)

- May 16-17: Portland International Raceway; Portland, Oregon
(Oregon Region - Western Conference)

- June 12-14 (tentative): Road America - WeatherTech Chicago Region® June Sprints®; Plymouth, Wis.
(Chicago Region - Northern Conference)

- June 19-21: Watkins Glen International; Watkins Glen, New York
(Glen Region - Northeast Conference)

- July 17-19 (tentative): Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course; Lexington, Ohio
(Ohio Valley Region - Northern Conference)

Hoosier Super Tour venues are selected based on various attributes. Some have decades of history with a record book featuring the biggest names in all of motorsport. Other sites are top “pro” tracks offering the best quality racing surface and amenities. And certain tracks are on the schedule because they are the best “club” courses in the country, where challenging layouts are matched with warm hospitality and a “family feel” to the paddock area.

Beyond the venues, the Hoosier Super Tour offers a heightened experience for both competitors and race fans. Weekends include segmented timing and scoring, a service simply unavailable at most amateur motorsports events. The series also boasts a dedicated “Super Tour Radio presented by Hoosier Racing Tire” team of announcers capable of providing consistent insight and entertainment heard at tracks or online at SCCA.com.

Dedicated staffing with a series race director, administrator and technical inspector working in conjunction with local event personnel is an additional feature of the Hoosier Super Tour. Up to two static cameras broadcast races live online at SCCA.com, and onsite SCCA public relations staff provide weekend race coverage and post-race winner videos. Hoosier Super Tour dates also have enhanced weekend social activities for volunteers, drivers, crew and family.

The Hoosier Super Tour serves as the Summit Racing Equipment SCCA Road Racing’s nationwide points championship. The point structure remains the same as previous years with the best six Hoosier Super Tour races, plus a Runoffs finish, going toward identifying class champions. Point totals for the Hoosier Super Tour are managed by SCCA national office staff and can be viewed at SCCA.com.

Only SCCA Full Competition and SCCA Pro Racing License holders may register to compete at Hoosier Super Tour events. The Hoosier Super Tour also serves as a path to the 57th SCCA National Championship Runoffs® taking place Oct. 5-11, 2020, 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.

The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli TA/SGT/GT drivers delivered another spectacular finale at the Daytona International Speedway on Saturday to close out the 2019 season with a title-deciding thriller. 

Chris Dyson needed everything to go his way to overcome the points advantage of Ernie Francis, Jr. and claim the title in his No. 20 Plaid Ford Mustang.

While Dyson claimed pole position in qualifying, led every lap of the 29-lap race and clocked the fastest time of the session on his way to his third win of the season, it wasn’t enough to derail Francis Jr.’s (No. 98 Frameless Shower Doors Ford Mustang) drive to a sixth career Trans Am title. 

Dyson mathematically had a chance at the championship if Francis Jr. finished last. But with Ernie Francis Jr. taking second, the points from Dyson’s perfect weekend still weren’t enough to keep Francis Jr. from scoring a second consecutive TA championship. 

Despite coming up shy of his championship goal.  the second-year TA driver was ecstatic after the race to keep the winning Dyson name alive at the World Center of Racing. 

 “I won here a few times the first part of my racing career and I am feeling fantastic after that win,” Dyson said. “It’s so great to be back at Daytona winning here, there’s nothing quite like it. It’s been a very dramatic season for us, a lot of ups and downs. We came here and we’ve done exactly what we needed to do. We came up a bit short on the title race but it was a real joy and privilege to race out there today,”

Targeting the lead right from the drop of the green flag, Francis Jr., shadowed Dyson throughout the race. On the final lap, the 21-year-old South Floridian sliced a tire in the No. 98 Frameless Shower Doors that extended Dyson’s margin of victory as Francis Jr. nursed his wounded Ford Mustang to a second-place finish. 

“I am really looking forward to next season racing against Chris (Dyson),” said Francis. “Chris and I go to battle every race and I think we’ve made each other better drivers because of it. We had to take it home today to clinch the championship. Wish we could have ended the season with a win, but we will be back next year even stronger.”

Adam Andretti drove from the back of the pack to finish third in the No. 17 Engineered Components Co./AnchorBolt Chevrolet Camaro, prevailing in a spirited battle to end Tomy Drissi’s bid for a fourth-consecutive podium finish in the No. 8 Lucas Oil/Axalta Chevrolet Camaro. The fight for the podium also earned Andretti the Cool Shirt Cool Move of Race. 

“I felt like I was on a mission,” said Andretti. “Tomy (Drissi) and I had a blast. I couldn’t have asked for any better competitor out there to go door-to door-with and clean. I can’t thank Tomy enough because that was so fun. I hope it was the highlight of his day because it sure was mine.” 

Kerry Hitt, in the No. 19 Advanced Composite Products Inc. Cadillac CTSV, earned the Masters Cup Award in the TA class after finishing his 100th Trans Am career start in 13th place. In addition to his Masters Cup honor, Hitt was given a special commemorative trophy by Trans Am to celebrate his career accomplishment. 

“We started this journey 18 years ago,” Hitt said. “Trans Am is my family and this (trophy) is just priceless. I can’t wait to continue this journey with them.”

Having won the season-opening race at Sebring, Lee Saunders (No. 84 V10PWR Racing Dodge Viper) finished his SuperGT season with bookend wins with a Daytona victory.  2019 SGT Class champion Mark Boden finished second in the No. 46 Beverage Flavors International Porsche. Tom Herb crossed the stripe third in the No. 16 Fall-Line Motorsports / Porsche 991 GT3 Cup.

“Wow, it was a heck of a battle,” said Saunders. “The Porsches are so fast, and Mark [Boden] and Tim [Kezman] are such great drivers. We were faster in the banking, and they were much faster in the infield, so it was a balance of where I could get them, where they could get us. We got a little lucky in traffic, and that helped. They got unlucky in traffic, and that sometimes happens. It was a heck of a battle and a great time. We made the pass for the lead going into NASCAR Turn 3, and I was able to hold it. Before that, we actually changed the lead four, five or six times before we were finally able to make it stick. I was able to keep them behind me in the infield, and then pull away a little bit.”

Steven Davison continued his winning streak in the GT class, ending his championship season with his fifth victory in the No. 22 Davinci Plastic Surgery Aston Martin Vantage. 

Davison went to the point during a Lap 10 caution when pole-starter Mark Ramsey was issued a drive-through penalty after the first-time Trans Am competitor missed the wave-by in the No. 92 Big Data in Action Mercedes-AMG GT4. The mistake forced Ramsey to a third-place finish. Billy Griffins took second in the No. 14 Griffin Auto Care/Sheehan’s Towing Ford Mustang.

“Winning was fabulous,” said Davison. “It was real nice to see good GT competition out there. From my standpoint, it was a ‘stay out of trouble’ race, and I couldn’t be happier to end the season with a win. The Mercedes (Mark Ramsey) was very strong to start with, and so was the Ford (Billy Griffin). I got behind the Ford, and worried and harassed him a little bit before I got by. I thought it would be a very good head-to-head battle with the Mercedes toward the end, but maybe his tires wore down a little bit. It was great racing. I took the lead after the restart, and then held on the rest of the race.”

The showing at Daytona International Speedway closed out the 53rd Trans Am Series season. 

The thunder returns to action Feb. 29-March 1, 2020 at Sebring International Raceway. 

Fans can keep up with the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli throughout the offseason at www.gotransam.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gotransam and on Twitter at @gotransam.  

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