Thursday, Jun 30
Adam Sinclair

Adam Sinclair

Adam has been a race fan since the first time he went through the tunnel under the Daytona International Speedway more than 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 long-awaited debut of SKI Autosports in the SRO Americas series is finally here.  The team will campaign a Ferrari 458 GT with famed sports car driver Andy Pilgrim in the GT America category.

VIRginia International Raceway will host the series at the historic 3.27 miles, 17-turn course.  The team will take part in the test days on Wednesday and Thursday before the official SRO event schedule begins on Friday, June 17th.

The GT America category is one of the most diverse in the SRO series.  SKI will compete against other Ferraris, in addition to Mercedes AMG, Audi, Corvette and Lamborghini.  With the weather forecast this weekend at VIR being between high 80’s and low 90’s the 40 minute races will be tough on both cars and drivers.

British born – American racing driver, Andy Pilgrim’s career has included stints as a factory Corvette and Cadillac driver.  Pilgrim is a multi-time podium finisher at Le Mans 24 Hour and a Rolex 24 at Daytona winner.  He’s not new to the SRO/World Challenge series and sprint race format.  Pilgrim raced in the Cadillac’s in the Series top category for many seasons, winning the championship in 2005. The Cadillac factory program was one of the most successful in SRO/World Challenge series history.

We've been waiting and preparing for this week for a long time”, said SKI Autosport team owner Kent Hussey.  “Melissa and I have been involved in motorsports for decades in various roles and series but this is one of our most exciting ventures.  We’re proud to have Andy Pilgrim at the wheel and veteran team manager Phil Creighton behind our efforts.  

As a team, we are very familiar with the Ferrari 458 GT and feel we will be competitive from the start.  We had great success at VIR last year with Andy driving the same Ferrari 458 GT at the International GT event.  We finished first overall in all three races on the weekend.

The weather forecast is for high heat and humidity which will put all the teams to the test but we’re all up against the same elements, we will be prepared. We’ve put together a great team, with a very talented driver and we’re really looking forward to hitting the track.”

SCHEDULE:
Friday, June 17

8:30 AM: Practice                            
1:45 PM: Practice
Saturday, June 18     
8 AM: Qualifying
12:10PM: Race #1 - 40 minute race
Sunday, June 19
8:45AM: Race #2 - 40 minute race

Live on-track action is available at https://www.gtamerica.us/

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 Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) will be back at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) this weekend for the first time since 2019 to mark the return of the ever-popular Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational. The Father's Day Weekend event will welcome spectators Saturday and Sunday, June 18-19. Tickets start at just $30, and children ages 15 and under are free with a paid adult ticket.

With over 250 cars slated to compete, some of the most anticipated vehicles include a group of Pre-War cars. Entries in that class include racecars that participated in the early years of the Indianapolis 500, as well as several produced by Indianapolis-based National Motor Vehicle Company. The group was assembled, in part, by Ragtime Racers, who are known for dressing in period garb while working to educate spectators about motorsports history before World War I, and keeping these historical cars in motion rather than sitting idle in a museum. 

Keeping with the rich open-wheel history at IMS, over 75 Formula Ford, Formula Bs and Formula Vees are set to take the green flag this weekend. In addition to a collection of beautiful cars, spectators may also recognize a few drivers’ names from their successes on the racetrack. Jimmy Vasser, the 1996 CART IndyCar Champion and the last American to win the CART championship, will race a 1978 Crossle 32F with the Formula Fords—marking a full-circle moment for the driver that won the 1986 Formula Ford National Championship in SCCA competition. Meanwhile, Geoff Brabham, a four-time IMSA GTP champion, one-time Can-Am champion and winner of the 1993 24 Hours of Le Mans, will drive a 1971 Brabham BT35-31—a car designed by his late father, three-time Formula One World Champion, Sir Jack Brabham. 

With 13 decades of racing history on the track, spectators will have a host of other opportunities to take in unique and exotic cars at the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, starting with the Hagerty Cars & Caffeine Car Show, which is scheduled for Saturday, June 18. In addition, the Shelby American Automobile Club will return to IMS for their 47th annual National Convention, which will cumulate with a Popular Vote Car Show available to spectators on Saturday. Another group participating in the weekend is the Vintage Ten Thousand Road Rally. Racing their way to IMS as part of their 2022 rally, the group will arrive midday Saturday and will close out the event with touring laps on the IMS course.

Spectator tickets for the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational and entry into the Hagerty Cars and Caffeine Car Show are both available for advanced purchase at SpeedTour.net, or available at the gate at IMS. 

By Mark Robinson
IMSA Wire Service
 
Entry List (Click here)
 
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The largest field for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen since 2014 is set to take to the Watkins Glen International road course next week for the next stop of the 2022 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
 
Forty-nine cars are entered for the six-hour race on June 26 that serves as the seventh event of the 2022 WeatherTech Championship season and third round of the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup. All five classes will be in competition together for the first time since the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts in March.
 
Here’s what you need to know heading into the pivotal race weekend at the historic natural terrain circuit:
 
Watkins Glen International – Watkins Glen, New York
June 23-26, 2022
 
Fast Facts
Race Day/Time: Sunday, June 26 – 10:40 a.m. ET
USA Network Coverage: LIVE – 2-5 p.m.
Streaming Coverage: LIVE – Flag-to-flag beginning at 10:40 a.m. on Peacock (in the U.S.) and IMSA.com/TVLive (outside the U.S.)
IMSA.com/TVLive Live Qualifying Stream: Saturday, June 25 – 1:15 p.m.
IMSA Radio: All sessions live on IMSA.com and RadioLeMans.com; SiriusXM live race coverage begins Sunday, June 26 at 10:30 a.m. (XM 207, SiriusXM Web/App 992)
Circuit Type: 3.4-mile, 11-turn road course
Classes Competing: Daytona Prototype international (DPi), Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2), Le Mans Prototype 3 (LMP3), Grand Touring Daytona Pro (GTD PRO), Grand Touring Daytona (GTD)
Race Length: 6 hours
Track Social Media: 
Event Hashtags: #IMSA, #Sahlens6HRS
 
WeatherTech Championship Track Records
Qualifying:
DPi: Oliver Jarvis, Mazda DPi, 1:29.639 / 136.547 mph, June 2019
LMP2: Gabriel Aubry, ORECA LMP2 07, 1:31.735 / 133.427 mph, June 2019
LMP3: Austin McCusker, Ligier JS P320, 1:40.404 / 121.907 mph, June 2021
GTD PRO: new class in 2022
GTD: Jack Hawksworth, Lexus RC F GT3, 1:44.499 / 117.130 mph, July 2018
 
2021 Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen Winners
DPi: Jonathan Bomarito/Harry Tincknell/Oliver Jarvis, No. 55 Mazda Motorsports Mazda DPi
LMP2: Steven Thomas/Tristan Nunez/Thomas Merrill, No. 11 WIN Autosport ORECA LMP2 07
LMP3: Gar Robinson/Felipe Fraga/Scott Andrews, No. 74 Riley Motorsports Ligier JS P320
GTD PRO: new class in 2022
GTD: Bill Auberlen/Robby Foley/Aidan Read, No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3
 
Storylines
  • Band’s Back Together: The five classes of the WeatherTech Championship – DPi, LMP2, LMP3, GTD PRO and GTD – will race together for the first time in more than three months. With the largest car count at Watkins Glen in eight years, it will make for exciting racing and traffic management throughout the field.
  • Tight Points Battles Throughout: All five classes feature close competition at the top of their respective standings. The largest margin for any leader is just 50 points (the difference between a first- and third-place race finish) and the narrowest margin is but nine points. It means that all the class championships remain wide open and puts a premium on qualifying and finishing well at The Glen and succeeding races.
  • Michelin Endurance Cup Resumes: The Sahlen’s Six Hours marks the third of four events making up the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup, where drivers and teams rack up points at designated junctures of each endurance race separate from the season championship. Points at Watkins Glen (five for being in first place in class, four points for second place, three points for third and two points for all others) will be awarded at the halfway mark and conclusion of the six-hour race. The competition in the Michelin Endurance Cup is extremely close in all classes, with no team or driver leading by more than four points.
  • Return of the Prancing Horse: Ferrari is back on the grid as the famed Italian marque continues its Michelin Endurance Cup quest in both the GTD PRO and GTD classes. The No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GT3 that finished second in the Rolex 24 At Daytona to open the season in January returns in GTD PRO, while the No. 47 Cetilar Racing Ferrari that won the GTD class at Sebring in March is back as well.
 
Who’s Hot?
  • No. 60 Meyer Shank Racing Acura: While they haven’t won a race since the season-opening Rolex 24, Oliver Jarvis, Tom Blomqvist and the No. 60 Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Acura ARX-05 have been the most consistent of late, with second-place finishes in the last three races. It’s allowed them to retake the DPi season points lead, 10 better than Filipe Albuquerque, Ricky Taylor and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura.
  • Ben Keating: The versatile Texan is fresh off winning at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the GTE Am class on June 12. Keating also won the last WeatherTech Championship race he was in, at Sebring in March. He and co-drivers Mikkel Jensen and Scott Huffaker are piloting the No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA LMP2 07 in just the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup races this season and are a threat to come out on top again at The Glen.
 
Who’s Good Here?
  • Auberlen, Barbosa and Lally: Three veteran drivers – Bill Auberlen, Joao Barbosa and Andy Lally – have each won the Sahlen’s Six Hours four times. Auberlen’s first win at The Glen came two decades ago and he won in GTD last year. Barbosa’s four wins have all come in the past decade in the top prototype class; he’ll be driving the No. 33 Sean Creech Motorsport LMP3 this year. The most recent of Lally’s four victories came five years ago in the same GTD class in which he’ll drive this year.
  • Bomarito Aims for Threepeat: Jonathan Bomarito is riding a two-race win streak in the six-hour race heading into the 2022 edition. He was a member of the Mazda DPi team that won in 2019 and ’21, and he will go for a third straight triumph this year in the No. 11 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports LMP2.
 
Previous Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen Winners in 2022 Field (25)
Bill Auberlen (4): GT – 2002, 2004; GTLM – 2017; GTD – 2021
Joao Barbosa (4): DP – 2012, 2013; P – 2016, 2017
Andy Lally (4): SGS – 2004; GT – 2007, 2010; GTD – 2017
Richard Westbrook (3): P – 2014, 2015; GTLM – 2016
Jonathan Bomarito (2): DPi – 2019, 2021
John Edwards (2): GT – 2012, 2013
Antonio Garcia (2): GTLM – 2014, 2021
Spencer Pumpelly (2): GT – 2007, 2010
Renger van der Zande (2): PC – 2015, 2016
Filipe Albuquerque (1): P – 2017
Jonathan Bennett (1): PC – 2014
Colin Braun (1): PC – 2014
Mario Farnbacher (1): GTD – 2019
Robby Foley (1): GTD – 2021
Felipe Fraga (1): LMP3 – 2021
Oliver Jarvis (1): DPi – 2021
Katherine Legge (1): GTD – 2017
Dirk Mueller (1): GTLM – 2018
Olivier Pla (1): DPi – 2019
Gar Robinson (1): LMP3 – 2021
Bryan Sellers (1): GTLM – 2015
Jordan Taylor (1): GTLM – 2021
Ricky Taylor (1): DP – 2011
Steven Thomas (1): LMP2 – 2021
Don Yount (1): GTD – 2018
 
Previous Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen Pole Winners in 2022 Field (16)
Bill Auberlen (3): GTS-3 – 1997; GT3 – 1998; GT – 2004
Colin Braun (2): PC – 2014; P – 2018
Antonio Garcia (2): GTLM – 2019, 2021
Andy Lally (2): GT – 2005; GTD – 2017
Jordan Taylor (2): GT – 2011, 2012
Ricky Taylor (2): DP – 2011; DPi – 2021
Richard Westbrook (2): GTLM – 2016, 2018
Joao Barbosa (1): GT – 2002
Pipo Derani (1): P – 2017
Mario Farnbacher (1): GTD – 2016
Jack Hawksworth (1): GTD – 2018
Trent Hindman (1): GTD – 2019
Oliver Jarvis (1): DPi – 2019
Kyle Kirkwood (1): GTD – 2021
Steven Thomas (1): LMP2 – 2021
Renger van der Zande (1): PC – 2016
 
Previous Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen Winning Teams in 2022 Field (12)
Chip Ganassi Racing (6): DP – 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010; GTLM – 2016, 2018
Action Express Racing (4): DP – 2012, 2013; P – 2016, 2017
Turner Motorsport (3): GTD – 2014, 2018, 2021
Corvette Racing (2): GTLM – 2014, 2021
Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian (2): GTD – 2017, 2019
Riley Motorsports (2): GTD – 2015; LMP3 – 2021
BMW Team RLL (1): GTLM – 2017
CORE autosport (1): PC – 2014
JDC Miller MotorSports (1): P – 2018
Performance Tech Motorsports (1): PC – 2017
PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports (1): LMP2 – 2019
Wayne Taylor Racing (1): DP – 2011
 
Previous Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen Winning Manufacturers in 2022 Field (7)
Porsche – 53
Chevrolet – 18
BMW – 9
Ferrari – 8
Lexus – 3
Acura – 2
Cadillac – 1
Angelle Sampey will always be the first rider in Pro Stock Motorcycle history to win the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, something she accomplished last fall in the category’s first-ever appearance at Thunder Valley.
 
The three-time world champion would also love to continue to be the only Pro Stock Motorcycle competitor to win in Bristol, something she’ll try to achieve weekend on her Vance & Hines/Mission Foods Suzuki at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. In a thrilling final round a year ago, Sampey knocked off Karen Stoffer in an all-female final round on a memorable holeshot.
 
It kept Sampey in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series championship mix a year ago and she’s after her first win of the 2022 season heading into Father’s Day Weekend.
 
“The facility is phenomenal, and I loved being there,” Sampey said. “It’s so beautiful and the fans are fantastic. You really have to be focused when you’re racing there, but I’m really looking forward to being there this year and defending my title and keeping my fingers crossed that we can do it again.”
 
Mike Salinas (Top Fuel), Alexis DeJoria (Funny Car) and Sampey (Pro Stock Motorcycle) all picked up wins last year in Bristol, while this year’s race will be broadcast on FOX broadcast network and Fox Sports 1 (FS1). The Father’s Day weekend race is the fifth race of the 2022 Pro Stock Motorcycle season and Sampey hopes the return to Bristol gets her year on track.
 
Sampey, who has 45 career victories, has shown glimpses this season, picking up a No. 1 qualifier in Charlotte and two No. 2 qualifiers. But things haven’t quite clicked on raceday, as Sampey hasn’t been out of the second round. She’s placed the brunt of the blame on herself, but it’s impossible to argue with her career track record.
 
Sampey knows a win is coming if the bike continues to perform like it has, though in Bristol she’ll also have to contend with the likes of points leader Steve Johnson, who has two wins this year, defending world champ Matt Smith, Stoffer, who won in Gainesville, Angie Smith, Eddie Krawiec, Joey Gladstone, and Jimmy Underdahl.
 
“It’s definitely a confidence boost going into a race that you’ve previously won,” Sampey said. “I haven’t done that well this year thus far, so I need to take my mind off racing and just focus on getting the bike down the track. That’s exactly what needs to happen. My motorcycle is super-fast and super strong, and where I need it to win. People are figuring out how to make these four-valve Suzuki bikes work, and I just need to get my head in the right place.”
 
In Pro Stock, Erica Enders is off to the best start in her remarkable career, as the four-time world champ has four wins in the first six events in the class in her Melling Performance/Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro. That includes three straight victories – something she’s done only one other time in her career – with the last coming a couple of weeks ago in Epping.
 
To get four consecutive wins for the first time ever in her Pro Stock career, Enders will have to come through in Bristol, which would be fitting since she considers it one of her favorite tracks on the NHRA tour. But it certainly won’t be easy, as Enders has had to be perfect this year against a talented field that includes the likes of teammate Aaron Stanfield, Gainesville winner Dallas Glenn, defending world champion Greg Anderson, who is a win away from 100 career victories, Kyle Koretsky, and rookie Camrie Caruso.
 
“We’ve definitely started this 2022 season out on the right foot,” Enders said. “If you ask me an any interview, Bristol is always at the top of my favorite track list, and we’ve had a lot of success there. It’s near and dear to my heart, and it’s a beautiful facility. It can definitely be challenging at times, but we’re definitely up for it. The level of competition in Pro Stock is definitely immense right now. It keeps me hungry, and it keeps me wanting to win more races. We’re definitely excited to head back to Bristol and we’re hopeful for another successful weekend.”
 
Salinas will look for his third straight win at Bristol Dragway and the Top Fuel standout heads to Thunder Valley with plenty of momentum, picking up his third win of 2022 at the most recent race in Epping. He’s chasing points leader Brittany Force, who also has three wins this year, four-time defending world champ Steve Torrence, Tony Schumacher, Antron Brown, Justin Ashley, and Leah Pruett.
 
In Funny Car, DeJoria will look for a repeat victory to grab her first win of the season, but it won’t be easy in a loaded field. Matt Hagan has led the way in 2022 with three wins and he currently has the points lead, but others to watch include Robert Hight, who also has three wins, defending world champ Ron Capps, 16-time world champ John Force, J.R. Todd, Bob Tasca III and Cruz Pedregon.
 
The event also will feature thrilling competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, which features some of the sport’s top drivers, as well as the Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown category. After nitro qualifying on Friday, fans will also be treated to a spectacular fireworks show. On Saturday, a special autograph session featuring NHRA stars will take place at 6 p.m. ET at the Guest Welcome Village, while fans can also attend Nitro School on Saturday prior to the second round of qualifying to learn more about how the cars operate and reach their thrilling speeds.
 
Bristol Dragway will host the special pre-race ceremonies that introduce and celebrate each of the drivers racing for the prestigious Wally on Sunday and includes the SealMaster Track Walk at 11 a.m. The final can’t-miss experience of any NHRA event is the winner’s circle celebration on Sunday after racing concludes, where fans are invited to congratulate the event winners of the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.
 
As always, fans also get an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet in Bristol. This unique opportunity gives fans a unique chance to see teams in action and service their hot rods between rounds, get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers and more. Fans can also visit NHRA’s popular Nitro Alley and Manufacturers Midway, where sponsors and race vendors create an exciting atmosphere that includes interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise, food and fun for the entire family. The new Pep Boys midway display will include tire change challenges, oil change challenges, a slot car track and much more, adding even more excitement to the midway.
 
NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature one round at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, June 17 and the final two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, June 18 at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 12 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 19. Television coverage includes live qualifying action on FS1 at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, 11 p.m. on Saturday, and then live eliminations action at 3 p.m. ET on FOX on Sunday.
 
To purchase tickets to the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, call 866-415-4158 or visit www.bristoldragway.comhttp:///. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. For more information about NHRA, visit www.nhra.com.
 
(Courtesy of NHRA Communications)
NHRA officials announced today that Pro Stock has been added to the upcoming Pep Boys NHRA Nationals on Sept. 15-18 at Maple Grove Raceway. The track was purchased in April by veteran NHRA racer Kenny Koretsky and his family, including current Pro Stock driver Kyle Koretsky.
 
The annual stop at Maple Grove Raceway is the kickoff event to the six-race NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship playoffs. With the addition of Pro Stock to the fan-favorite race, all four professional categories (Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle) will be in action at the playoff opener.
Pro Stock will now compete at all six Countdown to the Championship races, including in front of the huge legion of drag racing and Pro Stock fans at Maple Grove Raceway.
 
“It’s very exciting to have Pro Stock at Maple Grove. Pro Stock is a staple for fans in this area and it’s just a great fit having that class at this race,” Kenny Koretsky Jr. said. “I think the Pro Stock fans are really going to come out in full force. There’s a big Pro Stock following in this area, and you add in the support from Pep Boys being on board for this race, and it’s going to be a great event.”
 
After breaking his own world record in Virginia earlier this month, Top Fuel Motorcycle rider Larry “Spiderman” McBride will return to action in Reading as part of the Pep Boys NHRA Nationals. McBride went an incredible 268.38-mph in Virginia to make the fastest motorcycle pass in drag racing history and will attempt to go even faster at a track where several record-breaking performances have taken place over the years.
 
The race will also serve as the NFL adjacent broadcast on FOX, putting the NHRA on a huge platform to open its 2022 playoffs. Last season, NHRA on FOX television coverage that ran adjacent to FOX’s NFL singleheader delivered nearly 1.5 million viewers, the most-viewed NHRA telecast on FOX.
 
The broadcast will showcase all the stars of the NHRA at a track that has played host to incredible racing for nearly four decades. Located in the heart of Amish country, the track is known as one of the fastest on the NHRA circuit and is surrounded by trees and boasts a wonderful, scenic backdrop for the massive fanbase.
 
“It’s great to see the interest and excitement the Pro Stock teams and our fans have after adding the class to the race at Maple Grove Raceway,” NHRA Vice President of Racing Administration Josh Peterson said. “The Koretsky family’s passion for Pro Stock racing is second-to-none and we’re thrilled to have them as track owners at such a historic track. Having this race on FOX, and adding Larry and his record-breaking motorcycle and Pro Stock to the mix will give everyone a terrific opportunity to showcase the work they’ve already done at the facility, as well the amazing racing that’s been a trademark at Maple Grove for so many years.”
 
The Koretsky family has been hard at work since purchasing the legendary facility last month. At the Pep Boys NHRA Nationals in September, fans will notice several changes and renovations to a facility that has yielded a number of record runs, including updates to signage, facility maintenance, suites, lighting and much more.
 
The facility is also the hometown track for the family, so adding Pro Stock simply made sense. Kyle Koretsky is a standout in the Pro Stock ranks, winning his first career race in the category last year and starting 2022 in strong fashion. He raced in Pro Stock at Maple Grove Raceway for the first time last year in his Lucas Oil Chevrolet Camaro and being able to do so again in 2022 – this time with the family as the track owners – will make the moment even more special.
 
“We’re super excited and to own our home track that we’ve been racing at forever, it’s just an incredible opportunity,” Kenny Koretsky Jr. said. “Again, for this to be our first national event and have Pro Stock be a part of it and have Pep Boys on board, it’s the perfect recipe all the way around. We’re working hard to make a lot of improvements and we’re trying to do as much as we can to give the race teams and fans the best possible experience at our track.”
 
To purchase tickets to the Pep Boys NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway, visit www.NHRA.com. All children 12 and under will be admitted free in the general admission area with a paid adult.

 

(Courtesy of NHRA Communications)

MotorTrend, in partnership with Warner Bros. Discovery owned Eurosport, is bringing sports fans in the U.S. and Canada every angle and hour of the world’s preeminent, legendary automotive racing event, the 24 HOURS OF LE MANS. Fans can catch all the heart stopping action of the 90th running of the 24 HOURS OF LE MANS live starting Saturday, June 11 at 9:30 AM EDT / 6:30 AM PDT, on MotorTrend+ and MotorTrend TV.
 
A subscription to MotorTrend+ provides live coverage of all practice and qualifying sessions which begin today, and offers a unique, in-depth viewing experience that encompasses multiple feeds for on-board race car cameras, as well as timing, scoring, and aerial cameras.
 

Full 24 HOURS OF LE MANS Broadcast Schedule (*All Times EDT)

 

Free Practice & Qualifying

MotorTrend+

Wednesday, June 8 at 7:45 AM

 

Free Practice Session 2

MotorTrend+

Wednesday, June 8 at 3:45 PM

 

Free Practice Session 3

MotorTrend+

Thursday, June 9 at 8:45 AM

 

Hyperpole Qualifying

MotorTrend+

Thursday, June 9 at 1:45 PM

 

Free Practice Session 4

MotorTrend+

Thursday, June 9 at 3:45 PM

 

Warm Up

MotorTrend+

Saturday, June 11 at 4:10 AM

 

Pre-race Coverage

MotorTrend+ 

Saturday, June 11 at 9:30 AM

 

24 HOURS OF LE MANS - Race Begins

Streaming on MotorTrend+ (*Exclusively in the U.S. and Canada)

On television on MotorTrend TV (*Exclusively in the U.S.) and Velocity in Canada

Saturday, June 11 at 10:00 AM

 

For viewers in Canada, the practice and qualifying sessions will be available on MotorTrend+ in addition to the 24 HOURS OF LE MANS, and linear TV viewers can catch the 24 HOURS OF LE MANS live on Velocity Canada beginning at 10:00 AM EDT on Saturday, June 11, 2020. 
 
Keegan Kincaid will look to build off the momentum of another championship season in 2021 by returning to the Pro 2 class for the 2022 Championship Off-Road season. This year’s campaign kicks off once again at Antigo Lions Roaring Raceway in Antigo, Wisconsin, where Kincaid scored both race victories to open last year’s championship campaign.
 
“It’s been a long offseason, and I’m thrilled to finally get back to racing this weekend in Antigo!” said Kincaid. “We couldn’t have ended last season in any better way, with both the COR Pro 2 title and Crandon World Cup win. Now, we’re focused on defending two things: last year’s wins in Antigo, and the overall class title throughout the summer.”
 
Kincaid drew first blood against a deep Pro 2 field in Antigo last June, taking both race wins on a track that hadn’t hosted professional off-road racers in more than a decade. If that wasn’t enough to establish him as this weekend’s favorite, he also enters the 2022 season coming off of a nearly perfect weekend in the World Championship Off-Road Races at Crandon International Raceway last September. The Crandon native stole the championship by a single point with a maximum points race in the COR Pro 2 points finale, finished third in the Pro 2 World Championship race, and held off the Pro 4s in the World Cup race with a nine-second victory.
With more than 15 entries to go up against this season, Kincaid will once again rely on the support of one of the strongest teams on the grid to try and top the six wins that he took across the COR season and World Cup. Flannery Racing will return to support Kincaid’s race efforts once again, while top partners like Lucas Oil, Vision Wheel, and Cooper Tire will also return to help chase another championship.
 
Tickets for the Championship Off-Road season opener at Antigo Lions Roaring Raceway can be purchased here. Single-day adult tickets are $30, while weekend passes are $50. For those who are unable to attend, the entire event will be streamed live on FloRacing, and air on television on the CBS Sports Network in the coming months.
 
Keegan Kincaid is supported by Lucas Oil, Vision Wheel, Cooper Tire, Battle Approved Motors, Champion Power Equipment, Langlade Ford, Roush Performance Products, Fox Shocks, Impact, Ehren PSP, and VP Racing Fuels. For more information and to stay in the loop, follow Keegan on Facebook and Instagram.
 

 The 2022 Supercross Year in Review special airs tomorrow - Saturday, June 4, at 2 p.m. ET on NBC, and then will be available on demand at 3:00 p.m. ET on Peacock.

The one-hour program features the biggest stars of the sport and follows the major storylines as they unfolded throughout the season. Monster Energy AMA Supercross is the most competitive and highest-profile two-wheeled off-road motorcycle racing championship in the world and the 17-race series is a constant roller coaster of emotions for the athletes and teams that compete at this level.

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Going into the season, many questions surrounded Eli Tomac and Jason Anderson as both switched teams and manufacturers. Defending champion Cooper Webb made pivotal changes to his racing program that included leaving long-time trainer Aldon Baker who helped Cooper win two championships.

The 2022 Supercross Year in Review special revisits these key storylines and showcases the season-that-was for Ken RoczenMalcolm StewartJustin Barcia, Chase Sexton, Justin Brayton, and others, plus Eastern and Western Regional 250SX Class Champions Jett Lawrence and Christian Craig. 

By David Phillips
IMSA Wire Service
 
 
DETROIT – Kyle Kirkwood doubled his pleasure and doubled his fun on Belle Isle Friday. Within an hour of posting the fastest time in opening practice for Sunday’s IndyCar race, the young Floridian steered his No. 17 Vasser Sullivan Racing Lexus RC F GT3 to the GT Daytona (GTD) Motul Pole Award for Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship event, the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic.
 
Kirkwood’s second career WeatherTech Championship pole came on his final lap of a tantalizing qualifying session. His time of 1 minute, 29.096 seconds (94.953 mph) edged hometown favorite Roman De Angelis in the No. 27 Heart of Racing Team Aston Martin Vantage GT3 by 0.118 seconds in the 15-minute session that saw the top four qualifiers jammed within two-tenths of a second.
 
“Someone asked, ‘Have you ever been to the media center (for press conferences) twice in one day?’” Kirkwood said. “I don’t think I have. This is a first for me, especially within a 45-minute span. Today ranks pretty high up there in my career. I’ve definitely got a headache now from all the running around I’ve done, but it’s been a lot of fun. My passion is racing cars and I got to do a lot of it today.”
 
Kirkwood was quick to credit the Vasser Sullivan crew and Lexus for giving him the tools to do the job. But he readily conceded the extra track time that comes from running two cars this weekend was a factor in his performance.
 
“If they were very similar cars, it would be a lot tougher,” he explained. “But with two totally different cars – the IndyCar has a ton of downforce, a lot more power and is lighter; then the sports car is heavy, no downforce, different tires, ABS (anti-lock braking system), traction control – so there’s a lot of differences.”
 
Getting a read on the track conditions in IndyCar practice was also a definite plus when it came time to qualify the Lexus.
 
“The extra track time enabled me to think, ‘Oh, the wind is affecting one car this way, so I can expect it to happen in the next session with the other car,’” he said. “I got out of the IndyCar after the wind had really picked up and it got loose going into Turn 1, so I took that over to the Vasser Sullivan guys, they put some more rear wing into it and we went out and qualified on pole. So, so far, so good as far as balancing the two out.
 
“The Lexus is pretty strong on street courses. They’ve won a few times here and have had some almost wins a few other times, so it’s no secret they’re pretty strong around here, and I’m glad to keep that reputation up.”
  
Confirming the Lexus’ street-circuit chops, Frankie Montecalvo turned the fourth-fastest lap in the No. 12 Vasser Sullivan entry (1:29.299), just behind Madison Snow in the No. 1 Paul Miller Racing BMW M4 GT3 (1:29.286).
 
Aidan Read was fifth in the No. 51 Rick Ware Racing Acura NSX GT3 (1:29.544), some two tenths quicker than Robert Megennis in the No. 39 CarBahn with Peregrine Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3. Russell Ward was seventh in the No. 52 Winward Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3, ensuring that six different makes will start in the top seven GTD spots on Saturday.
 
The 100-minute race airs live at 3 p.m. ET Saturday on USA Network, Peacock and IMSA Radio
By John Oreovicz
IMSA Wire Service
 
 
DETROIT – There’s rarely been a dull moment in the first half of the 2022 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for Sebastien Bourdais, Renger van der Zande and the No. 01 Cadillac Racing team.
 
The latest dose of excitement came Friday when Bourdais claimed the Motul Pole Award for the Daytona Prototype international (DPi) class at the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic with a new track record for the 14-corner, 2.3-mile Belle Isle Raceway temporary course.
 
The fifth career pole position of the 43-year-old Frenchman’s IMSA career – and fourth this season – came despite making contact with the Turn 2 wall at one point during the 15-minute qualifying session and later spinning out.
 
It was just the latest adventurous day for Bourdais, who has qualified on the pole for four of the last five WeatherTech Championship races. But that qualifying dominance hasn’t translated to race day, as van der Zande and Bourdais have collected only one victory – on the streets of Long Beach, California – and lie sixth in the point standings.
 
Their challenge is therefore to have a clean day in Saturday’s race on a narrow, unforgiving circuit that almost caught Bourdais out twice in qualifying.
 
He broke Juan Pablo Montoya’s three-year-old Belle Isle sports car track record with a 1-minute, 19.017-second lap with about six minutes remaining Friday, then suffered hard right-side impact with the Turn 2 wall as he started another flying lap.
 
After taking a couple laps to ensure the Cadillac V-Performance Academy DPi-V.R was not seriously damaged, Bourdais uncorked a 1:18.818 (107.335 mph) on his final attempt that edged Tom Blomqvist in the No. 60 Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Acura DPi by 0.110 seconds.
 
“It was a bit of a messy qualifying, and I don’t think I’ve hit that many walls in succession in a very long time,” Bourdais said. “You have to hustle the cars and push so hard here that you really expose yourself. It proves that we really have to dig deep to keep those Acuras at bay.
 
“It’s really sweet. It takes big commitment out here, so it’s really rewarding,” he added. “A couple of really big laps, a really big hit, and I’m super happy that Cadillac is so strong because I think my session would have been done halfway through in any other car.”
 
Championship leaders Ricky Taylor and Filipe Albuquerque qualified third fastest in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05, followed by the No. 02 Cadillac Racing Cadillac shared by Alex Lynn and Earl Bamber.
 
Bourdais and van der Zande understand that multiple race wins represent the only way for them to climb back into championship contention. After Friday’s qualifying effort shaved their deficit by five points, they are still 203 behind Taylor and Albuquerque.
 
“We’re hoping for a great day,” Bourdais said. “The No. 01 car won here last year (with van der Zande and Kevin Magnussen), so expectations are high. As everybody knows, it’s Cadillac’s and GM’s home ground, so we are kind of expected to win here. I hope we are the ones doing so.
 
“We know things need to start coming our way, and we need our opponents to run into some issues,” he continued. “We need to kick-start our season and put some points on the board, and I hope it starts tomorrow. We just need to put our heads down, minimize mistakes, and hopefully we’ll get some luck that will help us get back in this fight.”
 
The Chevrolet Sports Car Classic airs live on USA Network and will stream on Peacock starting at 3 p.m. ET Saturday. IMSA Radio also has full race coverage.
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