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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American Flat Track is thrilled to announce an exciting development in its updated 2020 schedule - the 2020 Charlotte Half-Mile doubleheader races will run Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10 on the same weekend as the NASCAR Cup Series Bank of America ROVAL 400. This three-day racing extravaganza will be the first time in history these two historic motorsports will run races in the same market, at the same venue, on the same weekend.
 
With over 60 years of racing history to its credit, Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS) has become known as "America's Home for Racing." It will further solidify this title by hosting three back-to-back-to-back opportunities to witness high-speed motorsports action. On Friday and Saturday at CMS's The Dirt Track at Charlotte, the athletes in all three classes of American Flat Track will spend two nights vying for a spot in the AFT championship hunt. The weekend's action will culminate on Sunday with NASCAR's premier class, as its world famous drivers attack the unique ROVAL 400 on the CMS road course.
 
For the avid racing enthusiast, the opportunity to witness America's Original Extreme Sport coupled with the premier four-wheeled racing in the world presents a unique opportunity for the ultimate American motorsports experience.
 
“American Flat Track and NASCAR are the two most American and most iconic of all motorsports so we are delighted to be partnering with the team at Charlotte Motor Speedway to bring race fans this unprecedented and unique weekend of two and four-wheeled racing," said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. “The Dirt Track at Charlotte is one of the favorite destinations for our teams and riders as the facilities are outstanding and the famous Charlotte red clay makes for high speed thrills all evening.”
 
“At Charlotte Motor Speedway, we pride ourselves on hosting world-class race events and bringing out the very best entertainment for the fans,” said Charlotte Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager Greg Walter. “With the addition of the back-to-back days of American Flat Track to an already action-packed Bank of America ROVAL 400 weekend, we’re looking forward to delivering on that promise in October and showing fans of both series why we’re known as America’s Home for Racing.”
 
Tickets for AFT's return to the historic Charlotte Motor Speedway for the 2020 Charlotte Half-Mile I and Charlotte Half-Mile II doubleheader weekend on Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10 will be available for purchase in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to www.americanflattrack.com and AFT's social media channels for ticketing news and the latest updates on AFT's upcoming 2020 season.

Veteran Tony Ave mastered changing conditions to score his 38th career pole in Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli completion, leading Friday’s qualifying at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Ave will lead the field of 24 competitors in the TA, XGT. SGT and GT classes in Saturday’s 45-lap race, set to take the green flag at 1:35 p.m. ET. The race will be streamed live on the Trans Am by Pirelli app,  as well as on the series Facebook  and YouTube pages.  

Driving the No. 4 Lamers Motor Racing Corvette, the 51-year-old driver from Hurley, Wisconsin turned a lap of 2:02.728-seconds on the 15-turn, 2.4-mile circuit. 

The TA competitors were gridded for the 15-minute session on slick tires, when rain began to fall on the circuit. Most drivers changed to Pirelli wets before their first lap, but Ave gambled with the slicks. It only took him one lap before he made his way back to the pits to make the switch to rain tires. Ave went off track on his first lap out, and then ran his pole-winning lap in the rain.

"The qualifying session was very slick,” Ave said. “I was hoping it was dry enough on the back to use slick tires but I couldn't even keep it on the road. We switched to rain tires and were able to get a good lap in. This morning we found an electrical issue so the car doesn't run well on the straightaway. With the rain, it has not affected us as much. It will be fixed for tomorrow and we will see how we do. It feels great to be back in a Trans Am car and kick off the weekend with a pole." 

Ave’s time was well off Lawrence Loshak’s track record of 1:21.613-seconds, set in 2018 in a Camaro.

Ave will be joined on the front row by Tomy Drissi, who ran a quick time of 2:02.728-seconds in the No. 8 Lucas Oil Chevrolet Camaro.

Making up the second row will be Simon Gregg in the No. 59 Derhaag Motorsports Camaro with this quick time of 2:03.078-seconds, and Chris Dyson, 2:03.872-seconds in the No. 20 Plaid Ford Mustang.

Ernie Francis Jr. – going for his seventh-consecutive Mid-Ohio victory – rallied late in the session to move from 12th fastest with one minute remaining to score fifth on the grid with this third and final lap of 2:06.145-seconds in the No. 98 One South Florida Wealth Advisors Mustang

"We had some issues with switching to tires that we have not run on the car in a long time, if ever,” said Francis, who won at Mid-Ohio in all six of his championship seasons. “We ran into an issue that we didn't expect that took us a long time to figure out, which ran out the clock for getting a good qualifying lap. It is what it is and that type of thing happens in racing sometimes. Starting the race tomorrow in the top five allows me to make a race out of it as I work my way to the front." 

The SGT, XGT and GT competitors held separate qualifying following the TA drivers, with lightning halting the session prior to the scheduled 15 minutes.

Mark Brummond won the SGT pole with a lap of 2:08.845-seconds in the No. 24 Garage Door/Dynamic Auto Tune BMW M4 GT4. Making his first Trans Am start in his first visit to the circuit, Brummond managed to out-qualify the faster XGT cars.

“I was able to get in six or seven laps before it got too crazy, but I absolutely love racing in the rain,” said Brummond, a 2018 pole winner in Pirelli World Challenge competition. “I always do well I the rain, and getting the lucky draw of my best environment for me in my first race with Trans Am is awesome to be the fastest car on the track. My first qualifying was phenomenal. Mid-Ohio is a great track that I love in the dry and wet. We had fun today, and I look forward to the race tomorrow.”

“I absolutely love racing in the rain,” said Brummond, a 2018 pole winner in Pirelli World Challenge competition. “This track is phenomenal in the wet.”

Sebring winner Lee Saunders was second, 2:14.847-seconds in the No. 84 Landsearch LLC Dodge Viper, followed by New York City driver Adrian Wlostoski, 2:26.516-seconds in the No. 96 F.A.S.T. Auto Racing Mustang.

Tim Horrell captured his second-consecutive pole in the GT class, turning a lap of 2:11.371-seconds in the No. 45 Breathless Racing Porsche GT4 Clubsport. He was followed by Aponte-Rios Racing BMW E92 M3 teammates Miguelangel Aponte-Rios and Gabriel Jasper.

XGT qualifying saw Ken Thwaits fastest with a lap of 2:13.068-seconds in the No. 5 Franklin Road Apparel Audi R8 LMS Ultra. Sebring pole and race winner Eric Joiner was second in the No. 10 Championship Coffees and Tool Porsche 911 GT3 R.

The TA2® class will hold a separate 45-lap, 100-mile race. The class qualifies on Saturday at 5:55 p.m., with the race Sunday at 1:45 p.m.

Saturday TA/XGT/SGT/GT opens the day with a 100-mile (or 65 minutes) feature starting at 1:25 p.m. Eastern, followed by a 20-minute TA2® qualifying at 5:55 p.m. Eastern. The weekend concludes on Sunday with the TA2® 100-mile race (or 65 minutes) at 1:45 p.m. Eastern.

By downloading the app, fans can access exclusive Trans Am content. Fans can watch the live stream of the races, follow their favorite drivers through the field by switching from six different camera angles, access live timing and scoring, keep up with the latest news and download the event program all from the Trans Am by Pirelli Racing App (https://bit.ly/3dxc6Lg). 

The stream will also be available on the series Facebook  (www.facebook.com/gotransam) and YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/user/TheTransAmSeries) pages.  

Streams will begin five minutes before the start of each race on Saturday and Sunday.

Full Schedule: http://gotransam.cdn.racersites.com/assets/2020%20Mid%20Ohio%20Schedule%20V42.pdf

Entry List- http://gotransam.cdn.racersites.com/assets/MidOhioEntryList061620202.pdf

by Jim McIlvaine of Optima Batteries

OPTIMA's DriveAutoX series, presented by UMI Performance, is a unique motorsports opportunity for grassroots enthusiasts. While there is a competition involved with six different classes a national points championship and a $10,000 championship purse, there is a strong emphasis on the lifestyle aspect of the series and competitors are encouraged to congregate with their friend and meet new friends.

When competitors aren't swapping stories, they'll find they have more seat time in one weekend at a DriveAutoX event, than they'll experience at just about any other autocross event. That's because the format of DriveAutoX calls for larger autocross courses that allow multiple competitors to safely run at the same time. This series is also fully-staffed, which is a stark departure from a typical autocross event, where competitors are required to spend part of their weekend doing course work.

The series is starting small from a geographic perspective, focusing on locales East of the Mississippi river, but the response so far has been impressive. Some events have seen registration approach and eclipse 100 entries, but even with those large fields, it's not unusual to see cars get a dozen or more runs in during a weekend and the fast times approaching a full minute on course!

 

  • June 20–21 – UMI Motorsports Park in Philipsburg, PA
  • June 27–28 – Traders World in Monroe, OH
  • August 1–2 – NCM Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, KY
  • August 29–30 – Grissom Air Park in Peru, IN



The six different classes offer competitive opportunities for nearly every type of vehicle and the winners of the DriveAutoX series earn an invite to the UMI King of the Mountain event to compete for a $10,000 prize.

 

To learn more about the series and how you can get involved, please visit www.driveuautox.com. To view the points as they run, click here!

The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli is set for its 33rd visit to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course during the June 26-28 Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio.
 
America’s Road Racing Series made its Mid-Ohio debut as part of its second season, with Jerry Titus winning in a Ford Mustang fielded by the legendary Carroll Shelby. Roger Penske took back-to-back victories in 1968-69, with Mark Donohue and Ronnie Bucknum piloting his Chevrolet Camaros. Other winners during the Golden Years were George Follmer, who won for Bud Moore in a Mustang in both 1970 and 1971, and Milt Minter, who triumphed in a Herb Adams Pontiac Firebird in 1972.
 
After a nine-year hiatus, Trans Am returned in 1982, with Elliott Forbes-Robinson winning in a Joe Huffaker Pontiac Trans-Am. Willy T. Ribbs claimed victory in 1983, driving Neil DeAtley’s Camaro.
 
Trans Am ran 10 consecutive seasons beginning in 1985. Jack Roush won four of them, with Wally Dallenbach (1985 in a Mercury Capri), Scott Pruett (1987 in a Mercury Merkur XR4Ti), Dorsey Schroeder (1989 in a Ford Mustang), and Tommy Kendall (1994 in a Mustang). Greg Pickett (1986 and 1992 in a Camaro) and Darin Brassfield (1990-91 in a Rocketsports Oldmobile Cutlass) were two-time winners, while Jack Baldwin triumphed in 1993 in Buz McCall’s Camaro and Hans Stuck won in 1988 in a Group 44 Audi Quattro.
 
“I always enjoyed racing at Mid-Ohio, and I always felt I had a chance to win there,” Brassfield said. “We spent a lot of time there testing – it was one of Rocketsports’ test tracks. I also won a couple of times there in IMSA. The key was probably having a well-balanced car. It was also relatively hard on brakes, because the backstraight is downhill. Even though it seems you’re turning right all the time, there are also significant left-handers that mean a lot.”
 
The series raced six times over the next two decades. Paul Gentilozzi won three straight times with three different makes: 1998 (Corvette), 1999 (Mustang) and 2001 (Jaguar XKR). Butch Leitzinger triumphed in 2002 in a Tom Gloy Corvette, while Jorge Diaz Jr. won in 2009 in a Jaguar XKR.
 
Trans Am returned in 2012, and has competed at Mid-Ohio annually since. Ernie Francis is riding a six-year winning streak (coinciding with his championships), winning in TA3 in 2014-15; TA4 in 2016; and TA from 2017-19.

“Honestly, I just can’t wait to get back to real racing – I don’t care which track it is,” Francis said. “I’ve just been sitting here staring at my race car, getting ready to get back behind the wheel again. I have a lot of good memories of racing at Mid-Ohio, and it seems every time we go back there we get pretty good new ones. They’ve all been pretty good victories. Last year was nice. We had Boris Said out there and a bunch of other drivers who were fast. That made for a nice victory for us.”
 
Simon Gregg is a two-time Mid-Ohio winner, scoring in 2012 and 2016 in Jim Derhaag’s Corvette. Other TA winners include Cliff Ebben in 2013 (Mustang); Doug Peterson in 2014 (Corvette); and Paul Fix in 2015 (Corvette).
 
In TA2®, races were won by Bob Stretch (2012), Cameron Lawrence (2013), Adam Andretti (2014), Gar Robinson (2015), Lawrence Loshak (2016), Tony Buffomante (2017), Rafa Matos (2018) and Marc Miller (2019). Miller won in a Dodge Challenger and Buffomante in a Ford Mustang; the other TA2® races were won by Chevrolet Camaros.
 
Mark Boden is also a three-time winner at the circuit, in TA3 in 2017 and 2018 in addition to SGT in 2019, driving a Porsche 991 GT3 Cup.
 
The weekend kicks off on Thursday for Trans Am with a mixed-class test. Friday opens with an official practice with split qualifying sessions in the afternoon for TA/XGT/SGT/GT, followed by a late practice session for the TA2® group.
Saturday TA/XGT/SGT/GT opens the day with a 100-mile (or 65 minutes) feature starting at 1:25 p.m. Eastern, followed by a 20-minute TA2® qualifying at 5:55 p.m. Eastern. The weekend concludes on Sunday with the TA2® 100-mile race (or 65 minutes) at 1:45 p.m. Eastern.

By downloading the app, fans can access exclusive Trans Am content. Fans can watch the live stream of the races, follow their favorite drivers through the field by switching from six different camera angles, access live timing and scoring, keep up with the latest news and download the event program all from the Trans Am by Pirelli Racing App (https://bit.ly/3dxc6Lg). 
 
The stream will also be available on the series Facebook  (www.facebook.com/gotransam) and YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/user/TheTransAmSeries) pages.  
 
Streams will begin five minutes before the start of each race on Saturday and Sunday.
Full Schedule: http://gotransam.cdn.racersites.com/assets/2020%20Mid%20Ohio%20Schedule%20V42.pdf
Entry List- http://gotransam.cdn.racersites.com/assets/MidOhioEntryList061620202.pdf

 GEICO Honda rider Chase Sexton rode not only to the Main Event victory, but to his second-consecutive Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship Sunday afternoon in Salt Lake City, UT during the finale of the peculiar 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, season.


 Sexton was first across the line in Sunday’s AMA Supercross 250 East/West Showdown at Rice-Eccles Stadium, tallying up to his fifth race win and seventh podium of his 2020 season performance. With just a three-point lead heading into round seventeen, and the seventh consecutive round in SLC, Sexton strong-armed the pressure and executed a
confident performance ending with the awarding of the 250SX Eastern Regional Championship.

 

 “Yeah, I’m satisfied,” said Sexton. “Everyone said I got lucky last year and that really fired me up for this season. Man, this feels good. I won five main events. I’m just a kid from Illinois, from a town of 800 people. It feels so good. This is my last 250 race, now I’m moving to the 450 with HRC Honda, and man I cannot be more excited. I won the race. […] I can’t thank my team enough. They’ve been behind me since I turned pro, and this just feels so good. I’m so happy, I can’t even explain where I’m at right now!”

 This is not the first time Sexton has ridden his Wiseco-powered GEICO Honda CRF250R to the top step of the Eastern 250SX Class standings, however. In 2019, the number 23 became number 1E with his first professional Supercross career title at the age of 19-years-old. After what is now his second-consecutive Championship, Sexton will move up to another Wiseco-backed machine and swing his leg over a Team Honda HRC CRF450R for the 2020 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series.


 Another notable performance for the GEICO Honda team came from Jo Shimoda, who earned Rookie of the Year honors with his third place 250SX Eastern Championship performance. 


 On the Western Regional side of the 250SX Class, X2-backed Star Racing Yamaha rider Dylan Ferrandis lined up for the 250 East/West Showdown seven points ahead of Austin Forkner with his second consecutive 250SX West Championship at stake.


 Ferrandis faced some nerve-racking adversity early in the day after rider contact off the start of his heat race put him just outside of a main event transfer position, sending him to his first ever Last Chance Qualifier, where he came away with the win.


 The East/West Showdown Main Event served up its own helping of dramatic events with a hard crash for Forkner two-minutes in, issuing a red flag and a restart. After the restart, Ferrandis rode a consistent race
aboard his X2-equipped YZ250F to fourth place, and his second-straight Western 250SX Championship title.


 “Right now, it's crazy,” Ferrandis explained with emotion, “The most difficult day of my life, so much emotion today after being in the LCQ. And in the Main, we needed to battle on the outside [of the starting gate]. I got a good start and wanted to push. And when I saw Austin [crashed], it broke my heart for him. Also, it [could] break my legs to ride good, and after that I couldn't push. We had a red flag and had to restart. I got another good start and it was so amazing. But I never expected to do back-to-back championships in my life. It's unbelievable.”


 For the 2020 season, Star Racing Yamaha and Dylan Ferrandis have relied on titanium valves from X2, a performance valvetrain line offered from Wiseco. The X2 and Wiseco teams are proud to have played a pivotal role in the fight for the 250SX West title.


 “We couldn’t be more proud and grateful for our partnerships with Champion-level teams like GEICO Honda and Star Racing Yamaha,” Wiseco’s Director of Powersports, Scott Highland, commented on this Supercross season’s success. “The entire team here at Wiseco works hard day-in and day-out to achieve an elite level of performance and durability, and to have played a vital role in two Championships is a major accomplishment for us all. Congratulations to Chase Sexton and Dylan Ferrandis and their entire teams behind them. We value the growth our partnerships bring immensely and we’re looking forward to a great outdoor season!”


 The 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season also marked substantial accomplishments for Wiseco-backed Team Honda HRC rider Ken Roczen in the premier 450SX Class. Roczen earned his first Main Event win earlier in the year in St. Louis after nearly three years of determination and hard work bouncing back from major injury. 


 Roczen went on to ride his way to an additional three wins accompanied with consistent podium performances throughout the season for a third-place position in the final 450SX Class Championship.


 “I really wanted to get second place in the championship and was in a very good position to do so, but unfortunately I jumped to the inside before the triple and lost both ends,” commented Roczen. “That cost me a bunch of positions and I ended up only seventh in the main, which obviously wasn’t enough. But we got a heat-race win and are leaving here healthy. The track obviously wasn’t in the best shape; I felt like we were riding parade laps out there because it was dry and sketchy. Still, overall, it’s not bad; I got four wins this year and third in the championship, which is four more than I’ve had in the past couple of years, and I’m in one piece. That’s big for us, so I’m leaving here with my head high.”


 Riders get a slightly longer break than normal before the start of the revised Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series schedule. The season will kick-off with the Circle K Ironman National at Crawfordville, Indiana’s Ironman Raceway on July 18. 
 

Building off the rising demand for streaming entertainment, and in response to the noticeable need for motorsport racing and automotive content on streaming platforms, MAVTV, the only cable television network in the U.S. dedicated solely to motorsports, is pleased to announce the launch of "MAVTV Select” on The Roku Channel, the home for free and premium entertainment on the Roku® platform. MAVTV’s new streaming network specializes in broadcasting only the best motorsport content available, including Pro Motocross,Late Model Dirt, Pro Pulling, ARCA Menards Series and more racing entertainment. MAVTV Select is available on The Roku Channel, effective immediately.

 

"The development of Connected TV’s and digital streaming players have changed the way we watch television forever. Consumers want content they can stream for hours on end from multiple devices,” stated Ed Niemi, Senior Vice President, Content Distribution & Strategic Partnerships, MAVTV Motorsports Network. "By tapping into our vast media library, we've created MAVTV Select, now available through a linear channel on The Roku Channel, to meet the rise in demand for digitally streaming content and expanded our availability to motorsports fans throughout the U.S. and around the world."

 

Roku pioneered streaming to the TV. The Roku Channel, which launched in 2017, is the home to more than 100,000 titles, including free movies and TV episodes as well as premium entertainment, and is one of the top channels on the Roku platform. In Q1, The Roku Channel reached households with an estimated 36 million people. 

"Now more than ever it’s important for us to provide Roku users with easy access to free content, such as news and sports, and the ability to access it on-demand,” said Ashley Hovey, Director of AVOD Growth, Roku. "We’re excited to enhance the streaming experience for motorsport enthusiasts through the updates we’ve made on The Roku Channel.”

MAVTV Select will broadcast content from the enormous Lucas Oil Studios library. Daily programming for MAVTV Select is said to remain independent from the existing linear channel. Therefore, LIVE race event programming will stay exclusively on the MAVTV Motorsports Network.

MAVTV Select is a free 24/7 channel dedicated to all motorsports and designed to complement the existing MAVTV Motorsports Network. From archived race events, to figure 8 racing, to car build shows, MAVTV Select will broadcast nothing but the best motorsports content. To begin streaming premium motorsports content on your television, use your Roku remote to turn on the device or open the smart tv app and The Roku Channel will appear automatically on your home screen. 

 

Josh Hurley put a stamp on the Trans Am by Pirelli Esports Championship on Saturday afternoon after a victory and third-place finish on a virtual Silverstone Circuit secured the inaugural championship title, $20,000 in cash and prizes, a seat at the end-of-season champions awards banquet and a Crystal Sensations trophy for the California racer.

Hurley entered the finale three points behind leader Tyler Kicera. But, with Kicera’s typical fast speeds hindered by a 40kg weight penalty that carried over from the previous round, Hurley was able to move even closer to the title with some bonus points for qualifying on pole with a fast time of 1:59.808-seconds. The feat tied up the championship entering the opening round, ratcheting up the drama ahead of the double header. 

“I really thought Tyler (Kicera) deserved the championship as much as me,” said Hurley. “If either of us won, I’d be a happy guy. It’s great to win a championship again- it’s been awhile (2008 in TDI Cup). I’m super excited and hoping, just maybe we can make this lead to show what we can do in a real car, even if it’s just a couple races.” 

Driving a loaner rig from Pittsburgh International Raceway, Hurley went lights to checkers in the opening round fairly uncontested out front. The No. 03 Jetco Racing/McAleese & Assoc car crossed the stripe more than three seconds ahead of second-place Carl Rydquest (No. 46 MyRaceShop.com/Prototype Development Group). Ed Sevadjian (No. 38 Big Machine Vodka/Leadfoot Racing/Duntov Motors) finished third.

“The start was really close, and that was a bit stressful,” explained Hurley. “I knew if people got by, especially (Ed) Sevadjian, it would be really hard to repass them, and I did not want to risk that. But after the start in Race 1, it was a cruise.

“It was a struggle with the new rig, and it was not comfortable, but we got there,” Hurley continued. “What really helped was I was able to bring my old pedals and was able to bolt them to their rig. I’m eternally grateful to PittRace. They were tremendously nice to let me use their sim. It’s located in the middle of their store, so people were buying stuff while I was setting up my pedals and getting ready, we generated a bit of a live audience here on location.”

In Race 2, Dylan Archer (No. 32 Archer Brothers Racing) spent most of the race fending off Kicera, who had to win to reclaim the championship lead. But driving under an immense amount of pressure on the very physical track, Archer kept his composure, despite some very heavy pressure from Kicera, all the way to the finish line to claim his second win of the 16-race season.

“Kicera got into the back of me, I know that wasn’t intentional, and then I had to just keep the car under me. Then going through the Esses, the rear end stepped up and I had to catch the car,” Archer said. “I had to keep my head down, and after I made those mistakes, I set my fastest laps.”

Archer’s performance in the esports championship, relit his dad’s (Bobby Archer) passion for Trans Am racing. Now, the father-son duo is actively searching to get into a real TA2® powered by AEM seat for the 2020 season so that Dylan can continue the Archer family tradition of Trans Am racing.

“It’s been a lot of fun getting to know the guys and how they race, so when we get to go back to racing in TA2® I know what to expect from them,” Archer continued. “They’re an amazing group, racing clean and being over-top friendly. I like racing with champions like Ernie Francis Jr., what a great guy. I think it was great for Trans Am to make this happen. It was great for everyone’s sponsors, including mine- Forgeline, Tommy Archer Realty, Caldwell Banker and Team Tech.”

Kicera (No. 4 Howe Racing Ent/Carbotech Brakes) finished second in the final race of the season, but that wasn’t enough to keep Hurley from clinching the championship by 10 points. (454 points to 444 points). Hurley rounded out the podium in third.

 “I knew going into it that 40 kilograms of extra weight was going to be a huge disadvantage, which was obvious in qualifying and in the first race,” explained Kicera. “I just didn’t have the pace. No matter how hard I pushed, it just wasn’t there. I was hoping Josh (Hurley) would have some unfortunate luck, or something would go our way, but it didn’t today. Congratulations to Josh. He was playing the odds and strategy to be there at the end of that last race, and he had the pace to get around me, for sure. I think he was letting me fight it out with Archer. I would have liked to have won the last race of the season, but Dylan (Archer) did a great job and he earned it.”

While Kicera didn’t win the title, he did emerge from the inaugural Trans Am esports championship with a focus on returning to real world racing in Trans Am as he eyes at least two races this season.

“I will most likely be at Watkins Glen, and possibly Road America,” Kicera said. “We will announce with which team closer to the events.”

Ernie Francis Jr. finished the esports championship in third with Sevadjan in fourth and Rydquist in fifth.

“First of all, I want to congratulate Josh (Hurley) and Tyler (Kicera) on an amazing championship run,” said Rydquist. “My goal was to finish sixth in the championship, and we finished fifth. I’m excited that at least I had some speed during the championship, but I am ready for real racing. It was a good, fun season. Thanks to the whole organization.”

The FIA has published the provisional calendar for the 2020/21 season of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, following approval of the FIA World Motor Sport Council.
 
The season seven calendar was formally ratified by the FIA today, showcasing the list of cities Formula E is currently scheduled to visit in a landmark year for the electric racing series.
 
Officially being recognised as an FIA world championship for the first time, the 2020/21 season is set to commence in Santiago on January 16 and conclude with a double-header decider in London on July 24 & 25.
 
Following the season-opener in the picturesque Parque O’Higgins in Santiago, the series moves to Mexico City for what will be the sixth running of the race around Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
 
From there the championship goes directly to Saudi Arabia for another double-header in Diriyah, and then on to Sanya in China before returning to Europe for races in the Italian capital of Rome followed by the French capital of Paris.
 
Formula E will next return to the famous streets of Monaco on May 8, with the Principality continuing to host an E-Prix on a bi-annual basis.
 
The series then sets off to Seoul in South Korea for the first time, before heading to Germany where Berlin will become the only city to have staged an E-Prix in all seven seasons.
 
The championship will be rounded off in style with a USA-based race in New York City followed by a UK-based double-header in London.
 
 
2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship - Provisional calendar
 
Round
City
Country
Date
 
1
Santiago
Chile
January 16, 2021
 
2
Mexico City
Mexico
February 13, 2021
 
3
Diriyah
Saudi Arabia
February 26, 2021
 
4
Diriyah
Saudi Arabia
February 27, 2021
 
5
Sanya
China
March 13, 2021
 
6
Rome*
Italy
April 10, 2021
 
7
Paris
France
April 24, 2021
 
8
Monaco*
Monaco
May 8, 2021
 
9
Seoul*
South Korea
May 23, 2021
 
10
TBC
TBC
June 5, 2021
 
11
Berlin
Germany
June 19, 2021
 
12
New York City
USA
July 10, 2021
 
13
London*
UK
July 24, 2021
 
14
London*
UK
July 25, 2021
 
 
*Subject to circuit homologation
 
 
Alongside announcing the calendar, the FIA World Motor Sport Council also approved modifications to the championship’s sporting regulations in line with Formula E’s new world championship status. Measures to reinforce economic, social and environmental sustainability efforts were also agreed.
 
More details on the decisions listed above will be revealed by the FIA and Formula E in due course.
 
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 Some four months since the thunderous roar of American-made Trans Am machinery rattled the ground, the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli is ready to return to race action in a big way this weekend. 

After staging a successful 2020 season-opening weekend at Sebring International Raceway on the last weekend in February, the season went on pause following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. But, on June 26-28 the fire breathing beasts will awake from their extended slumber for Round 2 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio.

With nearly 45 cars and five classes (TA, TA2® powered by AEM, Xtreme GT, Super GT and GT) set to compete in races on Saturday and Sunday at the Northern Ohio circuit, the event will be live streamed worldwide from the Trans Am by Pirelli Racing App (DOWNLOAD HERE).

While Trans Am drivers have been keeping busy with the Trans Am by Pirelli Esports Championship during the break in action, Ernie Francis Jr. (No. 98 OneSouthFloridaWealthAdvisors Ford Mustang) is ready to get back to real-world racing, especially at Mid-Ohio. The reigning Trans Am champion holds a six-year win streak, in his respective class, at Mid-Ohio and is coming off a win from the season-opener at Sebring.  

“The entire team is excited to get back on the track," said Ernie Francis Jr. "The last two months have been difficult for everyone and we are all glad that society is starting to open back up. I’ve just been sitting here staring at my race car, getting ready to get back behind the wheel again We are delighted that our sponsor One South Florida Wealth Advisors is aboard and is also looking forward to Mid-Ohio.”

Even with his stout record of success at the undulating natural terrain circuit, Francis Jr. will have to overcome a deep field of competitors to make a return to victory lane. 

Amy Ruman finished on the podium at Sebring in the No. 23 McNichols Co. Chevrolet Corvette, and has been eyeing the Mid-Ohio race date for a long time. Ruman has a lot of history on the technical 2.4-mile, 15-turn course through her career. As an Ohio native, Ruman only lives about an hour away from the track that she calls home, and is determined to do well in front of her hometown crowd that will cheer her on from their couches this season instead of in the stands.

“I’m so happy and excited to finally get back to racing, I know I’m not the only one,” Ruman said. “The Sebring race seems so long ago- I feel like we’re starting a whole new TA season. Hopefully we can continue our podium momentum here at my home track Mid-Ohio. My crew took advantage of the off time and made some changes to the No. 23 McNichols/Cornertech Chevrolet Corvette so I’m confident we will have a good car for the upcoming race weekend. Things will definitely be different at the track and I’m extremely disappointed there will be no spectators and a hometown crowd to race in front of, but right now safety is key for all of us. I’m glad the race will be streamed on the new Trans Am Series Racing App and online so people can tune in and watch the race as it happens!”

Mike Skeen, winner of the opening TA2® round at Sebring, will return to racing under the Stevens-Miller Racing banner, looking to defend his points lead in the No. 77 Liqui Moly / Turn 14 Chevrolet Camaro.

 “Coming away from the season opener with a victory is always good, but that certainly puts a target on our No. 77 Liqui Moly Turn 14 Distribution Howe Racing Chevrolet Camaro for the rest of the field. The Stevens-Miller Racing guys did everything right for me at Sebring and I expect nothing less at Mid-Ohio. I'd love to keep the momentum going with a solid run. We are pretty much restarting the year, so we need to set the pace for the rest of the championship run!

“Given all the incredible events in our country and around the world, it will be great to get back to racing,” Skeen continued. “It will be good to offer the fans at home some great action even if they can't come see us in person just yet. Trans Am’s new live streaming could not have come at a better time for the series or the fans.”

Ken Thwaits is third in standings after securing a third-place finish at Sebring in XGT, the newest Trans Am class. Thwaits, who was monumental in launching the XGT class, took advantage of the downtime by taking his No. 5 Franklin Road Apparel Audi R8 GT3 Ultra out west to stay fresh behind the wheel.

"We've been keeping busy and kept the cars ticking over but there's no substitute for competitive action and frankly, I can't wait to get started again,” Thwaits said. “We took advantage of an unexpected chance to take the car out to California and compete with some of the best GT3 cars in the country. The GT Celebration was a great opportunity to stay active and jump in the cars out west.”

SGT points leader Lee Saunders is on the hunt for his second win of the season, driving the No. 84 Landsearch LLC Dodge Viper in the SGT class, but the podium will be left wide open in the GT class as defending GT champion and current points leader Steven Davison will miss Round 2.

The weekend kicks off on Thursday with a mixed-class test. Friday opens with an official practice with split qualifying sessions in the afternoon for TA/XGT/SGT/GT, followed by a late practice session for the TA2® group.

Saturday TA/XGT/SGT/GT opens the day with a 100-mile (or 65 minutes) feature starting at 1:25 p.m. Eastern, followed by a 20-minute TA2® qualifying at 5:55 p.m. Eastern. The weekend concludes on Sunday with the TA2® 100-mile race (or 65 minutes) at 1:45 p.m. Eastern.

By downloading the app, fans can access exclusive Trans Am content. Fans can watch the live stream of the races, follow their favorite drivers through the field by switching from six different camera angles, access live timing and scoring, keep up with the latest news and download the event program all from the Trans Am by Pirelli Racing App (https://bit.ly/3dxc6Lg). 

The stream will also be available on the series Facebook  (www.facebook.com/gotransam) and YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/user/TheTransAmSeries) pages.  

 

Streams will begin five minutes before the start of each race on Saturday and Sunday.

 

Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac earned his first Monster Energy Supercross Championship in the 450SX Class at the season finale inside Rice-Eccles Stadium. Tomac won the title by 25 points after a smart ride to finish fifth in the race. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Zach Osborne won the event, taking home his career-first 450SX Class victory. Second went to his teammate Jason Anderson, who led 15 of the 25-Lap Main Event. Rounding out an all-Husqvarna and team podium, Dean Wilson turned an early lead into his first podium of 2020, the second of his career.

 

Two 250SX regional titles were decided in the East/West 250SX Showdown, with GEICO Honda's Chase Sexton pulling away to win the race and the Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship by nine points, while three spots back in the race, Monster Energy/Star Yamaha Racing's Dylan Ferrandis took home the Western Regional 250SX Class by a 20-point margin over his teammate Justin Cooper.

 

The tension was high for Tomac to deliver his first 450SX Class title in his seventh year in the class and after three second-place season finishes. Off the start, Dean Wilson got into the lead and ahead of his two teammates Anderson and Osborne. Tomac crossed the holeshot line in ninth position. The only rider still with a mathematical shot at the title, defending-champion Red Bull KTM's Cooper Webb, was knocked over by another rider and started the race picking his bike up off the ground in the first corner.

 

Tomac slowly moved up the leader board. Webb recovered from his tip over but never caught up to Tomac. After sliding out on the opening lap, Team Honda HRC's Ken Roczen split the two title contenders for the rest of the race. Roczen never broke free of Webb with enough positions to make up the points deficit he had on the second place spot in the points. Up front, Anderson wrestled the lead from Wilson six minutes into the 20-minute plus one lap event; immediately after that Osborne took second place from Wilson. Osborne got within striking distance a few times, but it wasn’t until late in the race, when Anderson's seat had been pulled off his bike, that Osborne made the pass with just over one minute on the race clock. The three Husqvarna riders swept the podium, followed by a career-best fourth place finish from Smartop/BullFrog Spas/Motoconcepts Honda's Malcolm Stewart. Tomac crossed the line fifth, as the 2020 champion.

 

The win marked Osborne's first 450SX Class victory, as well as the first time inside Rice-Eccles Stadium that a 450SX rider has taken his first win. It also gives Husqvarna its first win of 2020 and brings the total number of race winners this season to five. Breaking records with his fifth place finish, Eli Tomac, at the age of 27, became the oldest rider to win his first 450SX Class championship, the first rider with 30 or more wins to earn his first title, and the first father to win a first Supercross premiere class title – fitting that it happened on Father's Day. Another dad having a big day, Mountain Motorsports, cbdMD, CR22 Racing's Chad Reed earned a top-ten finish in what likely is his final professional race. He has started more 450SX Class Main Events than any other rider, and the 2020 finale marked his 265th start.

 

In a turbulent year, the extreme sport of Monster Energy Supercross managed to return to racing with a unique format of two-a-week races for the final seven rounds. Feld Entertainment and its partners, with the help of the Utah Sports Commission, were able to make history not only by completing the season's full 17-race schedule, but by also becoming the first professional sport to complete its interrupted championship in 2020.

 

 

450SX Class Results

1. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna

2. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna

3. Dean Wilson, Murrieta, Calif., Husqvarna

4. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda

5. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki

6. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki

7. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda

8. Cooper Webb, Clermont, Fla., KTM

9. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Honda

10. Chad Reed, Cornelius, N.C., KTM

 

450SX Class Championship Final Standings

1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (384)

2. Cooper Webb, Clermont, Fla., KTM (359)

3. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (354)

4. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna (287)

5. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha (272)

6. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (252)

7. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda (252)

8. Dean Wilson, Murrieta, Calif., Husqvarna (239)

9. Justin Brayton, Charlotte, N.C., Honda (227)

10. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Honda (213)

 

250SX East/West Showdown Results

1. Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda 

2. Shane McElrath, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha

3. Michael Mosiman, Menifee, Calif., Husqvarna

4. Dylan Ferrandis, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Yamaha

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

6. Brandon Hartranft, Corona, Calif., KTM

7. Justin Cooper, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha

8. Jo Shimoda, Irvine, Calif., Honda

9. Derek Drake, Corona, Calif., KTM

10. Mitchell Oldenburg, Godly, Tex., Honda

 

Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship Final Standings

1. Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda (218)

2. Shane McElrath, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha (209)

3. Jo Shimoda, Irvine, Calif., Honda (122)

4. Garrett Marchbanks, Coalville, Utah, Kawasaki (119)

5. Enzo Lopes, Huntersville, N.C., Yamaha (107)

6. Jeremy Martin, Rochester, Minn., Honda (105)

7. Jalek Swoll, Belleview, Fla., Husqvarna (104)

8. Kyle Peters, Greensboro, N.C., Honda (94)

9. Pierce Brown, Sandy, Utah, KTM (92)

10. RJ Hampshire, Minneola, Fla., Husqvarna (80)

 

Western Regional 250SX Class Championship Final Standings

1. Dylan Ferrandis, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Yamaha (200)

2. Justin Cooper, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha (180)

3. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki (176)

4. Brandon Hartranft, Corona, Calif., KTM (158)

5. Michael Mosiman, Menifee, Calif., Husqvarna (139)

6. Alex Martin, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki (124)

7. Derek Drake, Corona, Calif., KTM (120)

8. Mitchell Oldenburg, Godly, Tex., Honda (109)

9. Luke Clout, Hemet, Calif., Honda (106)

10. Jett Lawrence, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Honda (97)

 

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