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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Going into Rounds 7 and 8 of the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda series from July 10-13 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, the rest of the field will attempt the seemingly impossible and try to defeat points leader Mikhail Goikhberg. Goikhberg has been almost perfect through six of 14 rounds this season in the International Motor Sports Association Development Series, dropping just two of 120 available points. He has won five races, with the only blemish a runner-up finish to Tony Bullock in Round 3 in early June at Kansas Speedway.

 That impressive march through a talented field could continue July 10-13 for Rounds 7 and 8 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario. It's the only Canadian visit of the season for the series. Goikhberg lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia, so a victory in Canada would be sweet in the No. 10 JDC Motorsports entry.

 Goikhberg, 27, finished a close third in the championship in 2013 and entered this season as the title favorite after series champion Sean Rayhall graduated to the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and runner-up Ryan Booth moved to the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires junior open-wheel series.

Goikhberg's closest competitor this season is Craig Duerson, 50, from Gulfport, Mississippi. Duerson has finished on the podium in four of six rounds this season but was scoreless in the No. 27 Performance Tech Motorsports entry at the last event, in late June at Watkins Glen. He is second in points with 68. 

Duerson boasts plenty of speed, as in early June he became the first Masters (age 40 and older) competitor to win an overall pole in the series since September 2012. This is Duerson's first season in the series, as he won the Platinum Masters (age 45 and older) championship last season in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama before moving this year to the open-cockpit Prototype Lites cars with his son Hayden Duerson.  

 Two Canadian residents besides Goikhberg will line up on the starting grid at CTMP, Canada's most prestigious natural road circuit, which features 10 turns on an undulating, fast, 2.459-mile layout. Veteran Masters competitor Michal Chumlecky, from Windsor, Ontario, returned to the series last month at Watkins Glen and will continue at his home track in the No. 31 Eurosport Racing entry. Guy Laporte, from Montreal, will make his third and fourth starts of the season in the No. 68 Quorum Racing/Performance Tech Élan DP02 chassis powered by a Mazda engine. Laporte made his season debut last month at Watkins Glen. 

2013 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama champion Madison Snow will continue in the series in the No. 29 car fielded by standout TUDOR United SportsCar Championship team Extreme Speed Motorsports after making his series debut last month at Watkins Glen. 

Snow, 18, from Lehi, Utah, climbed this season to the GT Daytona class of the TUDOR Championship after winning the Porsche GT3 USA title last season with seven victories in 16 starts. He created a magic memory in GT3 USA competition last July at CTMP, edgingAngel Benitez Jr. by .011 of a second for victory in one of the most thrilling duels in series history.

Rising young star Matt McMurry, from Phoenix, will drive the No. 20 JDC Motorsports entry as the teammate of Goikhberg. McMurry is 12th in the standings - just 10 points out of sixth -- after six rounds. He joined JDC last month at Watkins Glen. McMurry, 16, made history June 14-15 by becoming the youngest driver in the 91-year history of the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans, driving an LMP2 prototype for British team Greaves Motorsport. 

The new ONE Motorsports team will expand to four drivers at this event. SCCA veteran Lee Alexander, from Las Vegas, will drive the No. 48 entry, joining Bullock, Masters title contender John Falb and Todd Slusher at ONE. 

Brian Alder, from Marysville, Ohio, has dominated the Lites 2 class in his No. 22 BAR 1 Motorsports entry this season, winning the first four rounds of the season. But Jerome Mee, from Bellaire, Texas, stopped that streak with a victory in Round 5 last month at Watkins Glen and will challenge Alder again at CTMP in the No. 95 Alta Velocita Racing entry. 

Practice starts at 9 a.m. (ET) Thursday, July 10, continuing at 9:45 a.m. July 11. Qualifying starts at 3:40 p.m. Friday, July 11. The 30-minute Round 7 of the season takes the green flag at 6:45 p.m. Saturday, July 12. Round 8, a 45-minute race, starts at 9:50 a.m. Sunday, July 13.

 

For die-hard NASCAR fans in attendance at the Daytona International Speedway last weekend, it seemed as though the weather was against getting any racing done at the track. The event began with knockout qualifying on Friday which was waved off early due to rain. The scheduled three rounds of qualifying were reduced to one, with David Gilliland the beneficiary – and the pole winner for Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola.

Qualifying began with a 25-minute Round One for all 44 cars entered; 24 cars then advanced to a 10-minute Round 2 which never took place. The format would’ve then advanced 12 cars to Round 3, a five-minute sprint for the pole.

Gilliland, driving the No. 38 Love’s Travel Stops Ford, led Round One with a fast lap of 199.322 mph.  And while he was considered somewhat lucky Friday, it should not be overlooked that when it comes to high-speed restrictor-plate qualifying, he’s good. This marks his second Daytona pole; his first came in the 2007 DAYTONA 500. He has one other NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole, at 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway in October 2006. Friday’s effort also earns him a spot in the 2015 Sprint Unlimited At Daytona.

Gilliland acknowledged having extra confidence at the biggest tracks on the schedule, saying the Coke Zero 400 is “something we circled on the calendar at the start of the year. And restrictor plate racing … it’s the great equalizer and we feel like we have a 100-percent chance, as good as anybody, of winning Saturday night.”

Reed Sorensen qualified second (199.221) in the No. 36 Golden Corral Chevrolet. Qualifying third was Landon Cassill (199.194) in the No. 40 Newtown Building Supplies Chevrolet. The 2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Bobby Labonte (198.970) will start fourth in the No. 33 Thunder Coal Chevrolet, while reigning and six-time series champion Jimmie Johnson (198.790) will start fifth in the No. 48 Lowe’s Patriotic Chevrolet.

When fans started pouring into the facility early Saturday, the rains started pouring down from the heavens as well. Early in the afternoon, the normally bustling Midway section of the track was almost entirely closed, leaving the assembled masses huddled in whatever covered areas they could find to get out of the weather. Although NASCAR made numerous announcements throughout the afternoon about the lightning in the area, as well as the need to get under cover for safety, thousands of fans started to try and weather the storm at roughly 6:00 p.m.,and the air titans took to the surface in what amounted to a parade of sorts.

After more than three hours of on-screen entertainment, a concert by country-music star Lee Brice, and pre-race ceremonies that almost everyone in the stands knew were simply to fill time, NASCAR announce that the 56th annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway had been postponed. As mentioned earlier, the weather had been bad most of the day, and was getting progressively worse as the evening rolled on. This begs the question as to why the race wasn't rescheduled earlier, allowing fans to retreat to the relative comfort of their hotels instead of the humid rainy track?

When weary fans started to awaken on Sunday morning, the forecast for the day had not improved. Many weather forecasters were calling for increasing showers by 11:00 a.m., which so happened to coincide with the exact start time for the advertised 160-lap, 400-mile race. That unfortunate fact didn't deter the greatest fans in sports, and those who were able to return did so hoping for a miracle of sorts.

Upon returning to the world center of racing, it was immediately apparent that the track was ill-prepared to handle the crowds that chose to try and witness the rescheduled event. Many of the volunteers who manned the admission gates, security posts and refreshment stands were not able to come back for another day of racing, leaving the facility understaffed and leaving many fans discouraged. The Midway was mostly packed up as well, which made for a long walk into the track.

It was obvious from the drop of the green flag that the forecasted storms were foremost on the minds of drivers and crews n the race. The rains came again Sunday, bringing out the first caution period on Lap 7 and leading to a red flag that lasted 25 minutes and 43 seconds. After the restart, mayhem ensued and on Lap 21 a crash involving 16 cars on the frontstretch brought out the first yellow. The crash was high-profile to say the least; the list of drivers involved included five former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions – Brad Keselowski, Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson.

That crash seemed almost minimal compared to what transpired on Lap 98, when 26 cars tangled in the backstretch, bringing out another red flag that lasted almost five minutes.

Aric Almirola avoided both melees, two strokes of luck that preceded a third.  With heavy rain visible in the area, and light mist falling on parts of the track, NASCAR threw the red flag with 112 laps (of the scheduled 160 laps) in the books. After nearly an hour and an increasingly heavy downpour, NASCAR declared the race official, giving Almirola and Petty Motorsports the historic victory that was accented by a most-appropriate sponsorship for the No. 43 Ford on the holiday weekend, from the United States Air Force.

While Almirola welcomed the rainout, he didn’t consider it an absolute necessity to win Sunday. His Ford, after all, led the second-most laps on the day, 14, including the last seven.  

Said Almirola: “We don’t feel like this race was handed to us.”

By mid-afternoon, Richard Petty Motorsports’ famed No. 43 was back in Daytona’s Gatorade Victory Lane thanks to Aric Almirola’s rain-shortened win in the 56th Annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola. Thirty years ago – July 4, 1984 to be exact – Petty won this race, the last of his 200 career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories.

“Thirty years ago, that’s history; today is the future,” Petty said.

For Almirola, it was his first  Sprint Cup victory, coming at what he considers his “home” track. He is a Tampa, Fla., native and attended Daytona races regularly as a youth, dreaming of driving on the famed track. The win almost assures Almirola of a berth in NASCAR’s season-ending “playoffs,” the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

“Obviously, this is really special,” Almirola said. “I grew up just two hours away. I sat in these grandstands watching the DAYTONA 500, watching the 400. And all the history behind the 43 car, I’m really appreciative of that.”

Brian Vickers (No. 55 Aaron’s/FSU National Championship Toyota) finished second, while Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet) rounded out the top three; Busch led the most laps on the day, 36.

Many of the fans, and several drivers, questioned the timing of the red flag that finally ended the event. There have been many excuses given by NASCAR for their decision to end the race so early in the day, but the most obvious logic behind calling the event official is probably because they simply gave up.

Given the forecast, they were lucky to have gotten so much of the race completed in the first place. As soon as the rain began o fall, the grandstands began to empty. Even if they had decided to resume the event, it would have been to a virtually empty facility, and that just doesn't work. Still, NASCAR needs to look at the plans they have in place for rain delays, as well as scheduling. The weather is becoming more and more unstable, and the rain shortened Coke Zero 400 is, as they say, just the tip of the iceberg.

Tickets to next year’s 57th running of the DAYTONA 500 and other Budweiser Speedweeks 2015 events are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

Fans can follow the latest NASCAR news on Twitter, using the hashtag #NASCAR. Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on TwitterFacebook and Pinterest for the latest news throughout the 2014 season. Fans can also follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

 Nearly halfway through the 2014 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama, something has to give.

 

Three drivers have combined to win the first seven rounds of the 16-round season in one of the most exciting single-make series in the world. And in no coincidence, that trio -Colin ThompsonAngel Benitez Jr. and Michael Lewis - comprises the top three drivers in the championship, locked in a tight race for the Platinum Cup drivers' title.

 

Rounds 9 and 10 of the series will take place Friday, July 11 and Saturday, July 12 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario. It's the only visit of the season to Canada for the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama, one of 19 globalPorsche single-make championships.

 

A trend has emerged through the first seven rounds this season, as one driver has won all available rounds at each of the four venues the series has visited.

 

Benitez, from Valencia, Venezuela, swept the season-opening two rounds in mid-March at Sebring International Raceway in the No. 05 Formula Motorsport/Avid Motorsport 911 GT3 Cup car. Lewis, from Laguna Beach, California, followed with a sweep in early May at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in the No. 98 Competition Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian Porsche. Benitez won the only round contested on Memorial Day weekend at Lime Rock Park, as rain washed away the second round.

 

Thompson, from Doylestown, Pennsylvania, broke through with his first two series victories June 27-28 at Watkins Glen International in the No. 14 Kelly Moss/Porsche of Bucks County entry. Those victories propelled Thompson to the points lead, 116-112, over Benitez. Lewis is third, with 102 points - still within one race worth of points of the top.

 

Both of Thompson's wins at The Glen came after he pulled off thrilling, risky passes of Benitez for the lead on the last lap, heating the rivalry between the 20-something stars from a simmer to a boil.

 

There could be a repeat of those last-lap theatrics on the fast, 10-turn, 2.459-mile circuit at CTMP, if history is any indication. 2013 season champion Madison Snow edged Benitez by .011 of a second in the first round last year at Canada's most prestigious permanent road circuit. But Benitez rallied to beat Sloan Urry by 3.469 seconds in the second round at CTMP.

 

A handful of other drivers could challenge for the Platinum Cup (2014 model cars) podium in both races at CTMP.

 

Runaway Platinum Masters (drivers age 45 and older) championship leader Kasey Kuhlman, from Cincinnati, has finished third overall in Round 4 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Round 8 at Watkins Glen in the No. 15 Wright Motorsports entry. Two strong finishes at CTMP, coupled with problems for any of the leading three drivers, could launch Kuhlman into the title race, as he is fourth with 89 points.

 

Urry, from Park City, Utah, has three podium finishes this season in the No. 20 JDX Racing Porsche and is fifth in the standings with 84 points. 

 

Christina Nielsen, from Aarhus, Denmark, finished second at Lime Rock Park in the No. 25 NGT Motorsport entry for her first career podium in the series. Nielsen is racing in North America for the first time this season after competing in various open-wheel and Porsche series in Europe and the Middle East.

 

Nielsen competed in the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin event in May at CTMP to gain more experience on the rolling, challenging circuit. She is sixth in the GT3 USA standings with 69 points.

 

This will be a special event for 16-year-old series rookie Jesse Lazare, the only full-time Canadian driver in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama. Lazare, from Montreal, drives the No. 31 Door Doctor/Moorespeed Porsche managed by 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Price Cobb.

 

The Platinum Cup Team Championship is tense and tight. Just 15 points - less than one race worth of points - separate the top three teams. At the top, Kelly Moss/Porsche of Bucks County leads Formula Motorsport/Avid Motorsport, 118-117.

 

Racing for Drivers and Team championships also remain tight in the Gold Cup (2010-2013 model cars) class.

 

Patrick-Otto Madsen, from Boca Raton, Florida, took the championship lead at Watkins Glen and is atop the standings with 110 points in the No. 99 ANSA Motorsports Porsche. Fred Poordad, from San Antonio, Texas, is second at 101 points in the No. 02 Competition Motorsports 911 GT3 Cup car.

 

Madsen and Poordad are looking over their shoulders at Michael Levitas, charging hard after winning both Gold races at Watkins Glen. Levitas, from Baltimore, is third in the Gold Cup championship with 96 points in the No. 35 TPC Racing Porsche.

 

Just 18 points separate the top four teams in the Gold Cup Team Championship - ANSA Motorsports, Competition Motorsports, Wright Motorsports and TPC Racing - entering CTMP.

 

Practice at CTMP starts at 10 a.m. (ET) and 3:25 p.m. Thursday, July 10, with qualifying at 10:35 a.m. Friday, July 11. Two 45-minute races are scheduled. Round 9 of the season starts at 5:40 p.m. Friday, with Round 10 at 10:10 a.m. Saturday, June 28. Both races will be streamed live at FansChoice.TV, and live updates on all on-track sessions will be provided @IMSALive on Twitter.

 

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama continues its 10th season at CTMP, offering two unique classes of racing to fuel the competitive spirit of drivers and teams.

 

The two class divisions in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama are Gold Cup and Platinum Cup, with each class featuring a Masters Championship (for drivers 45 and over). Each class is awarded with a podium at the end of every race, with individual champion honors at the end of every season. Points are awarded by finish in class.

 

All Platinum Cup drivers will race this season in the 2014 version of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, developed for Porsche one-make Cups worldwide and based on the street version of the current Porsche 911. The 3.8-liter power unit featured in the new 911 GT3 Cup car produces 460 horsepower and a maximum engine speed of 8,500 rpm. The new 911 GT3 Cup also includes a new Porsche six-speed sequential gearbox with a mechanical slip differential, with an electro-pneumatic paddle shift system creating faster, more efficient gear changes.

 

The 2010-2013 versions of the 911 GT3 Cup car will compete in the Gold Cup class, while the new 2014 model will race for Platinum Cup honors.

 

For more information about Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama, visitwww.gt3cupchallengeusa.comfollow hashtag #GT3USA @IMSA on Twitter or IMSA onFacebook.

 

    

  

 

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama

 

The IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama enters its 10th season in North America as the one of Porsche's largest single-make Cup Challenge series in the world. The series produces intense, exciting competition for semi-professional and aspiring professional drivers in one of the world's most successful and iconic race cars, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Racing is divided into two classes - Platinum Cup, featuring the new 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, which is based in on the current seventh generation of the street car, and Gold Cup, which is comprised of the previous version (2010-2013) of the race car. The series is the perfect platform for aspiring drivers to ascend to the highest levels of GT competition, such as the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. The series races at classic American road courses, providing thrills for drivers and fans.

 

IMSA

 

The International Motor Sports Association, LLC (IMSA) is the sanctioning body of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the road-racing series resulting from the merger of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. IMSA also sanctions the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda, as well as four single-make series: Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama; Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin; Ferrari Challenge North America; and Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America. IMSA is the exclusive strategic partner in North America with the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) which operates the 24 Hours of Le Mans as a part of the FIA World Endurance Championship. The partnership enables selected TUDOR United SportsCar Championship competitors to earn automatic entries into the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans.

 

(IMSA PR)

Two years ago at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP), a hard-charging Johannes van Overbeek made a late-race pass that put Extreme Speed Motorsports (ESM) in a position to take its first GT class win. It was a memorable day for ESM and Tequila Patrón – and a finish the team would like to repeat this weekend for the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix, the seventh round of TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

“When you look at the schedule, there’s always a few that stand out as great places and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is one of mine," stated owner/driver Scott Sharp. "We’ve run well there every year, back in the Ferrari days and with these HPDs. We won in 2012 and we’re ready to go back to the track and be on the podium. We’re excited. We’re pumped up because the Honda prototype produces so much downforce, it should be unbelievable around Turns 1, 2, 3; it’s pretty breathtaking."
 
A few things have changed since that 2012 win: ESM switched to the Honda Performance Development (HPD) ARX-03b racing machines, Ed Brown and van Overbeek co-drive the No. 2 prototype and Ryan Dalziel is co-driver with Scott Sharp. This year, ESM addedmagicJack as an associate sponsor on the black and green Tequila Patrón-sponsored cars. ESM drivers and crew have downloaded the magicApp to their phones and can now call friends and family and avoid roaming charges this weekend while in Canada.
 
As a result, ESM can focus on the task at hand – winning.  Sharp, co-driver of the No. 1 Tequila Patrón HPD has six wins at Mosport – three in Trans Am (1992, 1993, 1994), two in prototypes with co-driver David Brabham (2008, 2009), and one GT win (2012) with van Overbeek. Dalziel has two podium finishes at CTMP, one in the PC class and another in GTC. The Scot looks to add an ESM prototype win to that list of achievements.

“We really need to get our season turned around and I’m hoping Mosport can do that for Scott and I," added Dalziel. "We’re going back to the two-hour and 45-minute race and I couldn't be happier. There is one thing that’s guaranteed and that is Mosport will be a lot of fun.”
 
The daunting 2.459-mile, 10-turn permanent road course will be challenging this weekend with three classes of cars competing. An entry list that includes 12 Prototypes, 19 GT Daytona (GTD) and 10 GT Le Mans (GTLM) race cars will provide an interesting mix in traffic. The ESM Tequila Patrón Honda HPDs should prove their prowess on the fast corners. Patience and managing traffic are two keys to any race, especially this weekend.

“It will be a tricky race," stated driver Ed Brown. "Traffic is always a factor. Plus we’re back to the two-hour, 45-minute race. The No. 2 guys always have a great strategy; we’ll be smooth in our pit stops and driver changes. We’ll do everything we can on our end; we just need a little luck to fall our way.”

Last year, Brown made gains in the Prototype car at CTMP by posting some of his quickest laps ever at the circuit. Now with more than a year of prototype seat time, Brown’s expectations of his race have soared. He and van Overbeek are seeking their second win of the season. The duo last appeared on the podium at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in early May as race winners.

“Canadian Tire Motorsport Park should be a great track for the ESM Tequila Patrón Honda prototype," van Overbeek stated. "The team knows how to make cars quick there and the prototype likes quick corners, which make up more than half of Mosport. Racing with the GTD class will an add additional challenge as they are very fast in the straight but less in the corners. If we prepare and work on all the things in our control, Ed and I will have a good outcome; there's nothing more I'd like than to have another win with Ed.”
 
The two-hour, 45-minute TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix Presented by Hawk Performance on July 11-13 is the seventh race of 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Qualifying for prototype cars takes place at 6:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 12. Green flag is 2:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 13.  
 
Television coverage of the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix starts at 2 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

The 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, has officially reached its halfway point. As the world's best riders gear up for six more thrilling rounds of action, legendary Budds Creek MX Park in Mechanicsville, Maryland, is preparing to celebrate 25 years as a round of the most prestigious motocross championship on the planet. The GEICO Motorcycle Budds Creek National, the seventh stop on the schedule, will commence on Saturday, July 12, to mark a quarter century of competition in Southern Maryland, in the shadow of our nation's capitol.

 

Live broadcast coverage from Budds Creek begins Saturday, July 12, at 1 p.m. ET with the first motos of the 450 and 250 Classes on MAVTV, followed by final moto coverage of both classes on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) at 3 p.m. ET.

 

Additionally, all the action can be seen via live stream online at ProMotocross.com (first motos) and NBC Sports Live Extra (second motos).

 

Despite having to go head-to-head against a star-studded 450 Class loaded with veterans and a trio of former champions in Red Bull KTM's Ryan Dungey, Team Yoshimura Suzuki's James Stewart, and Discount Tire Racing/TwoTwo Motorsports' Chad Reed, Red Bull KTM rookie Ken Roczen has been the most consistent rider in the premier division by far through the first half of the season. No other competitor has been able to come close to matching Roczen's average finish of 1.58, which is highlighted by six moto wins, five moto runner-ups, and one third-place moto score, and his ability to respond to any challenge has been the hallmark of his success to this point.

 

Roczen (94) continues to put the pressure on his 450 Class rivals as the  

second half of the season begins.

Photo: Simon Cudby / Racer X

 

When it appeared as though his closest challengers were possibly closing in, Roczen countered and now boasts a three-moto winning streak to go along with back-to-back overall victories. With four wins in six starts, the German has set a standard that will be hard for any of his rivals to live up to over the course of the next 12 motos, barring a major misstep from the former world champion. As a result of his second career 1-1 moto sweep last weekend at RedBud, Roczen now enjoys a points cushion that extends beyond one full moto (26 points), allowing for some wiggle room should he encounter any adversity.

 

The only rider to provide a constant threat to Roczen throughout the first half of the season is his Red Bull KTM counterpart Dungey. As the second winningest rider in series history, there isn't an active rider more familiar with success than Dungey, but even he has appeared frustrated at times in his inability to maintain the torrid pace of his teammate. While Dungey sits comfortably in second in the 450 Class standings, his continued attempts to bring his performance consistently to the level of his teammate have led to uncharacteristic mistakes and the loss of valuable points. While a 2.5 finishing average is still exceptional and would surely be good enough to win a title most of the time, Dungey still faces an uphill climb to catch his teammate atop the standings. In fact, Dungey has only outscored Roczen on two occasions this season, each as a result of a moto win.

 

While Roczen and Dungey continue to separate themselves from the pack, Team Honda Muscle Milk's Trey Canard further asserts his hold on third, while GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac continues to blossom just two rounds into his 450 Class career. After a third-place overall effort in his debut, Tomac took one step forward at RedBud to finish in the runner-up spot behind Roczen. While he isn't a title threat this season, Tomac has nothing to lose with the sole intention of winning from here on out. As a result, his significant role in the outcome of the title fight is undeniable and will constantly be a storyline for the remainder of the summer.

 

Dungey knows how to win at Budds Creek and could make a statement on Saturday.

Photo: Simon Cudby / Racer X

 

After his toughest outing of the season brought his closest 250 Class challengers within striking distance of the points lead, Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha's Jeremy Martin responded to the pressure by capturing his third overall win at RedBud. Martin was at his best on a day when his rivals experienced misfortune, which allowed him to regain valuable points and move back to nearly a full moto advantage (23 points) in the 250 Class standings.

 

Through the first 12 motos, three riders have proven they can win each time the gate drops and as a result, have distanced themselves from the rest of the division in the points. Martin has six moto wins to his credit this season, while his Yamalube/Star Racing teammate Cooper Webb has two, and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Blake Baggett has four. Collectively, this trio carries a 31-point lead over the rest of the field and appears to be the ones that will battle it out for the title.

 

While Martin's blazing 5-0 start to the season has been the biggest reason for his position atop the standings, he's handled the spotlight like a veteran, despite being in just his second season of competition. When it looked as though he might lose his grasp on the championship, he rebounded in impressive fashion. That elite level of riding has in turn led to even better performances by fellow sophomore Webb, who has won two of the last three motos after five runner-up finishes and outdueled his teammate for the first time this season in the second moto at RedBud. Webb has shown no intimidation to the task at hand and as a result the Star Yamaha tandem continues to flourish off one another.

 

Webb (front) and Martin (back) have been within sight of one another for the majority  

of the first half of the season.

Photo: Simon Cudby / Racer X

 

While he may appear to be a lone solider in this fight, Baggett's near three seasons of additional experience and his 2012 title outweigh any advantage in the Yamaha camp. His Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki teammates Dean Wilson and Justin Hill happen to be two of the top riders in the 250 Class, which is motivation enough, while his desire to end the control Yamaha has had atop the points since the opening round has helped him take things to the next level. Despite having a DNF to his record this season, Baggett is in the thick of the championship and is potentially still the favorite thanks to his past experience.

 

While the championship picture appears to have taken shape, many other competitors in the 250 Class have risen to the occasion this season and will ultimately play a role in how the title fight unfolds. GEICO Honda's Justin Bogle is on the verge of a breakout ride, while Red Bull KTM's Marvin Musquin appears to be hitting his groove at a crucial time. Moreover, Valli Motorsports Yamaha veteran Christophe Pourcel is still surprisingly winless this season and the confidence in Rockstar Energy Racing's Jason Anderson is growing each week. A former champion in his own right, Wilson has nothing to lose after missing three rounds with an injury and would surely like to help his teammate win a title if it meant he could return to the top step of the podium. With six rounds and 24 motos remaining, the 250 Class is far from being decided.

 

Baggett could gain valuable ground in the 250 Class championship with  

a third straight win at Budds Creek.

Photo: Simon Cudby / Racer X

 

Budds Creek has been an integral part of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship since 1989 and in turn has become one of the most renowned tracks in the world, allowing it to earn global recognition in hosting additional events like the 2007 Motocross of Nations. With its iconic mix of sand and clay, multiple elevation changes, and wide range of obstacles, Budds Creek is a fast, fluid, and fun track that will push any rider to his limits. Combine that with the hot, humid weather of the East Coast in the summer and you have the makings of one of the most challenging rounds in the championship. The winners of this race are a true who's who of motocross history as the best often rise to the occasion there.

 

Last year at Budds Creek, Dungey earned his second straight 450 Class victory at the track after a thrilling battle with Ryan Villopoto. In the past four years, Dungey boasts three wins in Mechanicsville, which bodes well in his hopes of slowing the momentum Roczen currently has. In the 250 Class, Baggett also emerged victorious for the second straight season for his lone overall win of the 2013 season. The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team has won eight straight years as Budds Creek, something the rest of the 250 Class field will surely be aware of on Saturday afternoon.

 

Action for the GEICO Motorcycle Budds Creek National this Saturday, July 12, begins at 8:30 a.m. ET with timed practice. Opening ceremonies get underway at 12:25 p.m. ET, with the first gate drop scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET.

 

Previous Round Results

 

Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship

Red Bull RedBud National

RedBud MX - Buchanan, Michigan

July 5, 2014

Round 6 of 12

 

450 Class (Moto Finish)

  1. Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM (1-1)
  2. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda (4-2)
  3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM (3-3)
  4. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda (2-4)
  5. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM (5-5)
  6. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha (6-6)
  7. Chad Reed, Australia, Kawasaki (8-7)
  8. Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Kawasaki (7-8)
  9. Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Yamaha (10-9)
  10. Kyle Chisholm, Clearwater, Fla., Yamaha (13-13)

450 Class Championship Standings

  1. Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM, 280
  2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 254
  3. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 226
  4. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 196
  5. Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Kawasaki, 168
  6. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha, 159
  7. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM, 134
  8. Chad Reed, Australia, Kawasaki, 132
  9. Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki, 131
  10. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 120

250 Class (Moto Finish)

  1. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (1-2)
  2. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (4-3)
  3. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., KTM (3-4)
  4. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki (2-7)
  5. Cooper Webb, Morehead City, N.C., Yamaha (14-1)
  6. Dean Wilson, Scotland, Kawasaki (9-5)
  7. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda (8-6)
  8. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (6-9)
  9. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda (5-12)
  10. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Kawasaki (10-8)

250 Class Championship Standings

  1. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha, 250
  2. Cooper Webb, Morehead City, N.C., Yamaha, 227
  3. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki, 222
  4. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda, 191
  5. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM, 181
  6. Christophe Pourcel, France, Yamaha, 176
  7. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., KTM, 167
  8. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda, 143
  9. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Kawasaki, 127
  10. Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda, 125

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Lucas Oil Products    

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 Round 8 of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge takes place at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, just 40 miles (65 km) from driver James Vance's home in the Toronto suburb of Stouffville. Vance considers the beloved, challenging track - known by many by its first name, Mosport - as his home track and is thrilled to race July 12 at a familiar venue.

"I am completely excited for this weekend," Vance said. "I know the MX-5 cars really well, and I love racing them. My team (C360) is supportive of me doing this. I'm excited for the extra track time. I know I'm really fast in the car, and think I can shine in the series because last year I was running up front and now I have more experience.

The knowledge of the 10-turn, 2.459-mile circuit and the area will help ease the stress of the weekend, as Vance will pull his first weekend of double-duty racing with his teamCompass360 Racing in the SportsCar Challenge and Sick Sideways in the Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup. Vance also will race with the MX-5 team in August at Road America and in October at Road Atlanta. 

"The most frustrating part of this season is that I haven't been able to break out and really show my potential in Continental (Tire SportsCar Challenge)" Vance continued. "I've had to learn to lean on my teammates some. Luckily, I have a great one in Jon Miller."

With new plans in place with C360 teammate Miller, Vance will be equally as focused on success in his No. 74ExpoSystems USA Honda Civic Si in the Street Tuner class. 

"We'll be focused on getting the No. 74 back on track," Vance said. "We've got a new plan going into the weekend. Jon and I will have our own engineering plan worked out with the team for our car. We'll be basing it more of how we feel in the car rather than looking to our teammates." 

Vance's sponsor ExpoSystems USA will provide homecoming grandeur by setting up a Formula One-style garage structure. The structure is made of aluminum framing and will feature custom graphics. The unique structure will be on display and available for tours throughout the weekend, with dates and times to be announced. Unique setups similar to C360's are available for purchase on the company's website, www.exposystems.us. 

The race weekend begins for Vance at 8 a.m. (ET) Thursday, July 10 for MX-5 Cup Practice 1. The series will hold two 45-minute sprint races. at 8 a.m. and 4:20 p.m. Saturday, July 12. 

The SportsCar Challenge schedule begins at 1:40 p.m. Thursday, July 10 for Practice 1. Qualifying for the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series takes place at 2:40 p.m. Friday, July 11. Finally, the green flag drops over Round 8 at 1:15 p.m. Saturday, July 12. Live timing will be available at scoring.imsa.com, with live updates at @IMSALive on Twitter. The race will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 20th.

 Performance Tech Motorsports will head for the Canadian border for Rounds 7 and 8 of the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda series at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The team has seen four of its five drivers earn podium finishes this season. This time the team hopes to see a podium sweep with its Masters Championship drivers, Craig Duerson, Jon Brownson and Joel Janco, all competing in the L1 class.

This is the series' only trip outside of the United States this season and will prove to be an exciting one. The track, commonly referred to as Mosport, is 2.459 miles of blind corners, high-speed straightaways and elevation change.

 The goal of landing the Performance Tech fast five - Craig Duerson, Hayden Duerson, Robert Alon, Brownson and Janco - on podium will be challenged only by the circuit's 10 turns and the No. 10 car of series leader Mikhail Goikhberg. Sweeping the previous race weekend at Watkins Glen International, Goikhberg helped JDC Motorsports pull ahead in the Team Championship.  Performance Tech is second in the Team Championship, 16 points behind JDC. But knowing the team's can-do attitude, Team Principal Brent O'Neill sees no reason why the team would not leave CTMP in the lead.

 "We'll have extra time to focus on the Lites car this weekend with PC not running," O'Neill said. "I think this track will really suit the Duersons' and Alon's racing styles. I think we have a good shot at seeing them all on podium at Mosport.

Practice starts at 9 a.m. (ET) Thursday, July 10, with qualifying at 3:40 p.m. Friday, July 11. The 30-minute Race 1 takes place at 6:45 p.m. Saturday, July 12, and the 45-minute Race 2 is scheduled for 9:50 a.m. Sunday, July 13. Follow live timing and scoring at scoring.imsa.com/prototype-lites/ and also follow the action live at @IMSALive on Twitter.

 

On Tuesday, July 8, the organizers of the FIA Formula E Championship announced a joint partnership with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, showing their support for the environmental actions led by the Foundation and helping to raise funds for future projects. The Foundation, created by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco in 2006, is dedicated to the protection of the environment and the promotion of sustainable development.

“Formula E is a perfect illustration of what can be achieved in terms of clean mobility with electric vehicles," added HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. "The move towards a low-carbon economy is one of the key challenges of this century on which global climate change and the level of adverse consequences for the planet's population will greatly depend. The development of a series of spectacular and exciting races will certainly be a key factor for raising awareness of these crucial issues and we are both pleased and proud that the organisers, recognising the action implemented by my Foundation, have chosen to make it part of their commitment.”

Formula E is scheduled to race around the streets of the Principality on May 9 2015 and will be Round 8 of the 2014/2015 FIA Formula E Championship. Routes for the race are currently being finalised but as with all Formula E events, it will take place through the city streets, incorporating the historic Monaco harbour backdrop.

 

The Foundation’s efforts focus on three main sectors: climate change and clean energies, biodiversity, and integrated and sustainable water management, which seem to be a perfect match for the new all-electric racing series. The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation joins previously announced ONE DROP as one of the official Formula E founding charity partner. During each race weekend, Formula E will be hosting activities to help raise funds to be distributed between each official charity, along with projects across the country and other schemes in the local area. 

“We are great supporters of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and their commitment to sustainability and green initiatives, which ties in with the ethos of the FIA Formula E Championship," stated Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E. "We share many core beliefs and the goals associated with both companies are very similar: to raise awareness of environmental concerns and in turn promote renewable energy sources.”

Beginning this September in Beijing, Formula E is the FIA’s global motorsport championship featuring fully-electric open-wheel cars racing around 10 of the world’s leading cities including London, Miami and Monaco. The debut of Formula E ushers in an innovative age where a race on the world stage has become the platform to showcase and promote sustainable technology for the environment. 

For more information on Formula E visit www.fiaformulae.com, or for further details on the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation click onto www.fpa2.com.

The 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, reached the halfway point this past weekend in Buchanan, Michigan, for the Red Bull RedBud National. The 4th of July weekend tradition showcased the world's best motocross racers taking to one of America's most renowned tracks, housing the infamous "LaRocco's Leap," in hopes of gaining valuable championship points. Fans filled the grounds to watch a day of top-notch racing while celebrating Independence Day.

 

Through partnerships with series sponsors, the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will recognize the riders who are able to lay claim to the Oakley Bomb Fastest Lap Program, theMotoSport.com Holeshot Award in each moto, and the Ricky Carmichael Hard Charger Award throughout the 2014 season.

 

The biggest surprise of the weekend came from Rockstar Energy Racing's Joey Savatgy, making a noticeable return to form in his second season as a pro. After injury kept him out of the entire AMA Supercross season and the opening round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, Savatgy has gradually worked his way back into contention in the 250 Class. This past weekend, the reigning Rookie of the Year experienced the highs and lows of the sport in the course of two motos, earning the RC Hard Charger Award and a Motosport.com Holeshot Award along the way.

 

Joey Savatgy (43) earned the RC Hard Charger Award and a MotoSport.com Holeshot

Photo: Simon Cudby / Racer X 

 

The RC Hard Charger Award is entering its sixth season in 2014. Named after Ricky Carmichael, the most winning motocross rider of all time, the award recognizes the one competitor at each of the 12 rounds of the championship who overtakes the highest number of his fellow racers in any of the four championship motos between the 250 and 450 Classes.The award is a testament to "The Greatest of All Time" or "The GOAT" and his never-give-up attitude over the span of a career that warranted 10 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross titles and 102 wins - two feats that will likely never be duplicated. All recipients of the RC Hard Charger Award are given a custom-designed trophy.

 

Savatgy fought harder than anybody to earn his result in the opening 250 Class moto, experiencing misfortune on the opening lap and crossing the line in dead last, 40th place. Despite the early adversity, Savatgy refused to quit and fought his way past 21 riders to finish an impressive 19th, rightfully earning the RC Hard Charger Award.

  

Likely motivated by his effort in Moto 1, Savatgy then went on to grab the MotoSport.com Holeshot Award in Moto 2, earning the very rare distinction of starting dead last in one moto and first in the next, and earning $500 in bonus money for his efforts. It was the kind of outing Savatgy needed to get back into the swing of things and potentially turn his season around.

 

The Motosport.com Holeshot Award is brand new to Lucas Oil Pro Motocross this season and it awards $500 to the rider who gets the holeshot of each moto - in both the 450 Class and 250 Class - at every round of the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. A total of $2,000 will be up for grabs at each event between the two classes, thanks to Motosport.com.

 

In the 450 Class, the fourth gate pick proved to be enough for Red Bull KTM rider Ryan Dungey as he raced to the line quicker than the top three qualifiers in Moto 1. Team Honda Muscle Milk's Trey Canard fought hard with Dungey down the straight and into the first corner, but Dungey was able to stay hard on the throttle and take the line away from Canard while also taking away the $500 award with him. However, it was Dungey's teammate Ken Roczen that would ultimately take control, making his way from deep inside the top 10 to pass each and every rider on his way to the front.

  

 Ken Roczen (94) posted a 1-1 sweep in the 450 Class, grabbing a MotoSport.com Holeshot Award along the way. Fredrik Noren (80) made a memorable debut  

aboard the Team Honda Muscle Milk factory effort.

Photo: Simon Cudby / Racer X 

 

Roczen continued his charge in Moto 2, leading the 40-rider bunch into the first turn of Moto 2. After a little close competition, Canard seized the opportunity again to quickly take the lead away from the rookie. Canard did everything he could to hold off Roczen and the duo battled it out until the Red Bull KTM finally found the inside and powered away from Canard to cap off a dominant day.

 

Matt Bisceglia (96) claimed a MotoSport.com Holeshot Award in the 250 Class

Photo: Simon Cudby / Racer X 

 

The 250 Class saw two fresh faces leading the eager pack early in each moto. GEICO Honda's Matt Biscegila had a great jump in Moto 1 and raced hard with Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Blake Baggett to the line. Biscegila put the power to the ground to take his first MotoSport.comHoleshot Award, taking home the $500 prize to complement Savatgy's effort in Moto 2.

 

The Oakley Bomb Fastest Lap Program is designed to present a unique challenge for the 2014 season, providing a different twist by recognizing the rider who sets the fastest lap of practice in both the 250 and 450 Classes. Each rider will receive special Oakley Bomb trophy, specially designed by the brand.As the season wears on, the total number of Oakley Bomb awards a rider receives will be tallied into a final season total. The competitor with the most awards at season's end will be presented with an Elite Oakley Time Bomb II Swiss Automatic Watch.

 

Ken Roczen claimed yet another Oakley Bomb Fastest Lap Award

Photo: Simon Cudby / Racer X 

 

Some recent track changes and added sections were said to make for better racing and faster lap times for the 2014 national at RedBud. With the new sections offering various types of dirt and traction, tire selection would leave mechanics and riders scratching their heads. However, that did not seem to pose a challenge for the 450 Class points leader Roczen. The Red Bull KTM rider set the fastest lap in practice, posting a 2:02.848. Roczen parlayed the top time into a win for the second time this season and is the only rider to qualify fastest and then secure the overall in either class thus far.

 

Christophe Pourcel is 5-for-6 with fastest times this season

Photo: Simon Cudby / Racer X 

 

The 250 Class saw Frenchman Christophe Pourcel continue his supremacy of practice, posting yet another chart topping time of 2:03.517. Capturing another Oakley Bomb trophy, Pourcel will add a RedBud title to his stack of others from the 2014 season. Pourcel is 5-for-6 with fastest times, but is still in search of a moto win. At RedBud, Pourcel crashed in the first moto while leading and eventually pulled off with a DNF, forcing him to have a bad gate for Moto 2 where he started outside of the top 10 and ultimately finished 11th. He ended up 16th overall for his worst outing of the season.

 

Only days after Team Honda Muscle Milk announced he would be the replacement rider for an injured Justin Barcia, Swedish rider Fredrik Noren made a memorable debut aboard his factory ride by earning his second RC Hard Charger Award along with Savatgy. Noren battled his way from a 38th starting spot to finish 17th, matching the 21-rider total he achieved at Thunder Valley earlier this season.

 

2014 Specialty Award Winners

 

Oakley Fastest Lap Program

 

450 Class

 

Glen Helen        - Ryan Dungey

Hangtown          - Ken Roczen

Thunder Valley      -    Trey Canard

High Point         -  Ken Roczen

Muddy Creek     -  Eli Tomac

Red Bud            -  Ken Roczen

 

250 Class

 

Glen Helen        - Christophe Pourcel

Hangtown          - Christophe Pourcel

Thunder Valley      -    Christophe Pourcel

High Point         -       Jeremy Martin

Muddy Creek     -  Christophe Pourcel           

Red Bud            -  Christophe Pourcel

 

Motosport.com Holeshot Award

 

450 Class

 

Glen Helen

Moto 1 - Josh Grant

Moto 2 - Ken Roczen

 

Hangtown

Moto 1 - Ryan Dungey

Moto 2 - Jake Weimer

 

Thunder Valley

Moto 1 - Josh Grant

Moto 2 - Trey Canard

 

High Point

Moto 1 - Chad Reed

Moto 2 - Chad Reed

 

Muddy Creek

Moto 1 - Eli Tomac

Moto 2 - Ryan Dungey

 

Red Bud

Moto 1 - Ryan Dungey

Moto 2 - Ken Roczen

 

250 Class

 

Glen Helen

Moto 1 - Jeremy Martin

Moto 2 - Jeremy Martin

 

Hangtown

Moto 1 - Zach Bell

Moto 2 - Jeremy Martin

 

Thunder Valley

Moto 1 - Jessy Nelson

Moto 2 - Zach Bell

 

High Point

Moto 1 - Christophe Pourcel

Moto 2 - Christophe Pourcel

 

Muddy Creek

Moto 1 - Christophe Pourcel

Moto 2 - Justin Bogle

 

Red Bud

Moto 1 - Matt Biscegila

Moto 2 - Joey Savatgy

 

RC Hard Charger Award

 

Glen Helen        - Josh Grant (+22)

Hangtown          - Andrew Short (+24)

Thunder Valley      -    Fredrik Noren (+21)

High Point         - Shane Sewell & Zack Williams (+14)

Muddy Creek     -  Josh Grant (+29)

Red Bud            -  Fredrik Noren & Joey Savatgy (+21)

 

Round 7 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship heads to Mechanicsville, Maryland, for the GEICO Motorcycle Budds Creek National on Saturday July 12.

MX Sports Pro Racing

MX Sports Pro Racing manages and produces the world's most prestigious professional motocross series - the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. The industry leader in off road power sport event production and management, its mission is to showcase the sport of professional motocross competition at events throughout the United States. Through its various racing properties, partnerships and affiliates, MX Sports Pro Racing organizes events for thousands of action sports athletes each year and attracts millions of motorsports spectators. Visitwww.mxsportsproracing.com.

 

Alli Sports

Alli Sports is a media, event and branded content company that specializes in action, adventure, and adrenaline based sports. Alli Properties include the Dew Tour, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, the Red Bull Signature Series and World of Adventure Sports presented by Go Pro. Alli Sports is a division of the NBC Sports Group. More information can be found at www.Allisports.com.

 

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AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines.  Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.

 

Lucas Oil Products    

Based in Corona, Calif., Lucas Oil Products, Inc is the world leader of High Performance Lubricants and Problem Solving Additives and produces and markets 272 unique formulations in thirty four countries around the globe and is growing country by country, market by market every year. Through innovative product research and development, along with progressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top-selling additive line in the American truck-stop industry.  Lucas Oil is involved in an array of motorsports sponsorships, including the "Official Motor Oil of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship." Visit: www.lucasoil.com.

 

MAVTV

MAVTV is a television network with its roots deep in the automotive world.  With an unparalleled line-up of motorsports events and exclusive automotive reality shows, MAVTV is the answer for motor-heads from all walks of life.  But MAVTV is much more than a motorsports destination, with original action/adventure programming, live MMA and an unbelievable library of blockbuster movies - MAVTV is a network the whole family can enjoy.  A network by the people and for the people, made in America and American Real.  Visit: www.mavtv.com.

 

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As one of the fastest road courses in the world, the Canadian Tire Motorsports park, located in Bowmanville, Ontario, has been known for decades as demanding both passion and commitment in order to succeed. The same can be said for its fans, some of the most dedicated and knowledgeable in the sport.

The 2.459-mile road course is cut out of the Canadian countryside north of Toronto and has always been about speed. While safety and amenity changes have kept the track current in the years since its founding, it continues to be a legacy of previous great eras of road racing. While not near the overall track length of Road America or the Circuit of the Americas at which the Tudor Championship will compete on later in the year, its fast corners and elevation changes generate some of the highest average speeds that the GT Le Mans (GTLM) cars, like Sellers' Porsche 911 RSR, will compete on. Each corner demands full commitment, there are no "take a breath and relax" turns among the 10 that make-up the layout of CTMP.

For Bryan Sellers, the July 13 Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at CTMP is a non-stop, high-energy blur in and out of the No. 17 Team Falken Tire Porsche 911 RSR he shares with Wolf Henzler (Germany).

"This is a racetrack that takes quite a bit of time to get back up to speed," added Sellers. "The difficulty of the circuit is high along with the level of commitment needed to be fast. You have to mentally prepare yourself for the speed and risk level of the circuit by running through all your past experiences. I think everything eventually matches mentally and physically, you just have to not be in a rush to get there."

The Sunday afternoon race is among the favorite stops on the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship circuit and seldom fails to provide the unexpected. 

"It is rare to get a high-speed track that is also technical," stated Sellers. "However, CTMP is one of those tracks. You have to be fast and you also have to have good car placement. It is one of a kind! I am looking forward to get the Team Falken Tire Porsche onto the track and face the challenge."

Despite the danger that comes with the speed, or perhaps because of it, the track draws passion from the drivers and teams that compete here. It is considered among the most challenging tracks but that creates a desire to "beat" the circuit, one corner, one lap and one race at a time. Nothing is taken for granted. 

"Turn two is probably the most famous corner, and for good reason," Sellers continued. "It is a corner like no other. It takes full commitment and demands all of your attention. It is extremely fast and line sensitive making it so difficult. You have to take a deep breath before turn two every time you approach it."

That level of commitment and passion carries over to the fan base as well. The two-hour, 45-minute multi-class race draws spectator support not only from all over Canada but it is a destination event for motorsport fans the world-over. The opportunity to witness, firsthand, drivers in the fastest GT machines in the world, battle the track is hard to turndown. The fans that come to the track recognize the skill and the commitment of the drivers and they pay that back with unequalled appreciation and knowledge of the sport. Saturday afternoon's autograph session and Sunday's fan grid walk will be among the most crowded of the season. 

"The fans here have such a rich history in motorsports," Sellers concluded. "This is our only stop in Canada and they make sure they come out in full force to support the Tudor Championship. The fans are so great that I wish we could come more than once a year with the Falken Tire Porsche. They are educated on our sport and love coming to the race. As a driver, it's exciting to race in front of these Canadian fans and to try and impress them with a great race. That isn't easy. They have seen a lot of great racing over the years here."

The Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix can be seen live on FOX Sports 1 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time, July 13. The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the race live on its network of stations. Sunday's race will also have live timing and scoring available at IMSA.com. Live streaming of the qualifying show is available on the IMSA web site beginning at 5:20 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 12.

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