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NHRA Drag Racing will return to the world stage in a major way in mid-July, relaunching its Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and associated programs with events on back-to-back weekends at famed Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis.
The two events will be run on consecutive weeks, July 11-12 and July 18-19 at the home of the newly-sponsored Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals and serve as the launch point for 15 more NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events that will follow beginning two weeks later in Seattle. The season will conclude with the crowning of the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series champions November 13-15 at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
Sixteen of the events on the revised schedule will be condensed to two-day competition schedules for the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series classes due to economic and logistical factors. This will entail one day of qualifications (two rounds) on Saturday and Final Eliminations on Sunday. Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series classes will begin racing on Friday.
July 11-12 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing, Indianapolis
July 18-19 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing, Indianapolis
July 31-Aug. 2 Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals, Seattle
Aug. 7-9 Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals, Denver
Aug. 14-16 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Brainerd, Minn.
Aug. 21-23 Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals, Topeka, Kan.
Aug. 28-30 NHRA Southern Nationals, Atlanta
Sept. 3-6 Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals*, Indianapolis
Sept. 11-13 Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals, Reading, Pa.
Sept. 18-20 NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, Charlotte
Sept. 25-27 Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, Gainesville, Fla.
Oct. 2-4 AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, St. Louis
Oct. 9-11 NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, Bristol, Tenn.
Oct. 16-18 AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals, Dallas
Oct. 23-25 Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals, Houston
Oct. 30-Nov. 1 Dodge NHRA Nationals, Las Vegas
Nov. 13-15 Auto Club NHRA Finals, Pomona, Calif.
Schedule subject to change due to evolving facts and guidelines
All events listed above will contest the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series on Saturday and Sunday only
*The U.S. Nationals will have one Mello Yello Drag Racing Series qualifying round on Friday and two rounds on Saturday, followed by Eliminations on Sunday
Phillippe Denes clinched the TireRack.com Road to Indy iRacing eSeries Presented by Cooper Tires in style this evening by winning the 10th and final race of the season. Denes, from Carmel, Calif., representing the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires defending champion team RP Motorsport USA, shared the honors at a virtual rendition of Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa, with Andre Castro, from New York, N.Y., who headed an impressive sweep of the podium for Legacy Autosport in the first of two 20-minute races.
With his TireRack.com eSeries championship title, Denes takes home a valuable prize from SimMetric Driver Performance Labs, the Official Sim Partner of the Road to Indy. With an on-site mobile simulator presence at all Road to Indy events, SimMetric will be providing Denes with a complimentary 30-minute simulator session at each race event on the 2020 schedule.
Team principal and fourth-generation racer Louis “Mike” Meyer, from Pittsboro, Ind., edged Michael Meyers, from Lizton, Ind., to second place in Race One, while DEForce Racing team principal David Martinez, from Monterrey, Mexico, finished second in the finale. Max Kaeser (Miller Vinatieri Motorsport), from Keystone, Colo., completed the podium in Race Two.
The entry for the final weekend of Season Two was smaller than previous events – but for a good reason – as several teams were instead testing in real life today at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
But the smaller field didn’t mean the racing was any less intense. Far from it. Nor did it interrupt the form of iRacing veteran Denes, who duly claimed his third SimMetric Driver Performance Labs Pole Award in the last four events.
Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires race winner Toby Sowery (Belardi Auto Racing), from Cambridge, England, started second and was immediately involved in a frantic scrap for the lead on the banked, 0.875-mile oval.
A dozen cars were still embroiled in the lead battle after 18 laps, with Denes, Sowery, Kory Enders (DEForce Racing) from Sugar Land, Texas, Singapore’s Danial Frost (Andretti Autosport) and Castro all taking turns in the lead. Surely, it couldn’t last. It didn’t. Lap 19 saw Juncos Racing teammates Nate Aranda, from Albuquerque, N.M., and Artem Petrov, from Saint Petersburg, Russia, make contact, along with Canadian Nico Christodoulou (DEForce Racing).
Several others incidents weeded out a few others, but the final stages still boiled down to a thrilling scrap between Sowery and Castro, with Meyer, Myers and former iRacing Mazda MX-5 Cup champion Glenn McGee (FatBoy Racing) from Tampa, Fla., also in the mix.
Castro grasped the lead from Sowery with four laps to go, then managed his pace – and line – to perfection to emerge with the win, his third of the season. Sowery looked set for second, only for Meyer to get a run as they headed onto the back stretch for the final time. Sowery attempted to defend but unfortunately made contact with Meyer, who was on his inside, heading into Turn Three. Meyer maintained control to secure second place, with Myers following him home in third. It was the first podium result for both.
McGee finished hot on their heels in fourth, with Sowery limping home a disconsolate fifth. Denes was the first unlapped runner in sixth.
The nightcap race saw Kaeser on pole position by virtue of the top 10 finishers from the opening race being inverted for the start. Martinez started alongside, followed by Christodoulou and Jacob Loomis (BNRacing), from Corinth, Texas.
Denes took only 10 laps before moving from fifth on the grid into the lead. The action again was hot and heavy, although while the first race had been relatively uneventful, this one most emphatically was not. Instead, a series of incidents broke up the field and Denes was left all alone at the front of the pack.
Martinez remained as his only challenger, until the Mexican almost spun on his 38th lap. Martinez somehow regained control and was rewarded with his best finish of the season. Kaeser was the only other unlapped finisher in third.
Petrov looked set for a good result, battling hard with Kaeser until unfortunately once again tangling with teammate Aranda with just 10 laps remaining.
Loomis thereby inherited fourth after another strong evening, followed by Frost, who was also involved in an incident earlier in the race.
The TSOLadder.com Fastest Race Lap Awards went to Frost in Race One and Castro in Race Two.
The focus now switches to the real-life Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires. After a false start on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., and a subsequent lengthy hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, both the Indy Pro 20000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship will commence with a pair of races at the famed Road America on July 9-10.
- The two winners from the IMSA iRacing Challenge Series have been given the bump up to the Pro Series next Thursday. Race 1 winner Michael Cooper will be competing in the No. 30 Ford GT, while Race 2 winner Greg Liefooghe will run the No. 19 BMW M8 GTE.
- The penultimate round of the IMSA iRacing Pro Series last week at VIRginia International Raceway saw Kenton Koch take a Ford GT to victory for the first time since the championship began. Was it an eye opener for some drivers? Nineteen competitors who are entered for Watkins Glen have opted to race the Ford GT, compared to only 13 who entered for VIR.
- It looks as if previous race winners Kenton Koch and Nick Tandy – winner of Round 4 at Road America – will be going out on top. Both drivers are not entered for the finale, leaving only Bruno Spengler and Nicky Catsburg as former victors in the field. Forty-eight other drivers will look to join them in that category.
- It’s hard not to reMINIsce on the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race from Watkins Glen in 2018, when then-16-year-old Colin Mullan scored his first career IMSA victory in just his second start. He and Mat Pombo made it back-to-back wins for the MINI JCW Team at The Glen and next Thursday, Mullan will swap the red and black Street Tuner racecar for the No. 36 Porsche 911 RSR.
- While the IMSA iRacing Challenge Series entry list will be released next week, competitors will now have an option to race either the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport or the BMW M4 GT4. In the previous two rounds, only the Porsche was available to select. Now, not only will we see a battle amongst competitors, but also manufacturers. The finale for this championship will stream live Thursday at 3 p.m. ET on the Global SimRacing YouTube Channel.
Before the inaugural season comes to a close, the Trans Am by Pirelli Esports Championship will make a trip to Europe, revitalize another legendary circuit and visit a Trans Am regular season favorite.
The last three rounds of the virtual championship will be held at three incredible tracks, with visits to the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium (June 6), Bridgehampton Race Circuit (June 13) and Lime Rock Park (June 20). All three races will start at 3:00 p.m. Eastern and will be streamed on the series app (https://bit.ly/3dxc6Lg) as well as YouTube and Facebook pages among other outlets.
After making its European debut a few weeks ago at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, the Trans Am esports series will return to European countryside on Saturday to one of the most renowned Formula One Grand Prix tracks, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.
Legendary Trans Am driver and esports participant Boris Said is one of the only drivers on the entry list with real world experience on the fabled circuit. In 1994 after qualifying on pole, Said won the 4 hour DPR Endurance Race in a Calloway Corvette.
After the high of winning at Spa, Said experienced a career low on the very same circuit where he claimed his victory years earlier. During a test at Spa, Said was involved in the biggest crash in his career after a wheel failure sent his BMW flipping through Eau Rouge toward Raidillon.
Said emerged from the carnage with minor injuries but has not returned to the course since the wreck.
“Spa is a daunting place,” explained Said. “TV doesn’t give the elevation and speed justice. That Eau Rouge is the most daunting corners of any race track in the world. I have a lot of great memories and a lot of sore memories there! It’s one of the greatest race circuits in the world and I look forward to returning to once again tame the Eau Rouge beast.”
After watching Riverside International Raceway be injected with new life with the help of technology during last week’s esports round, Trans Am President John Clagett knew that before the esports season ended that Bridghampton had to also be revitalized.
“I never imagined being able to visit tracks from the Golden Years of Trans Am, but with help of Torque Esports and NAGRA we were able to recreate legendary circuits that have been lost to history,” Clagett said. “Most of the current Trans Am drivers have never raced or even saw these tracks before, so it’s great to bring part of that history back for the current drivers to experience.”
Bridgehamption is full of Trans Am history. The track was built in 1957 - one of first American road circuits - and it held major sports car races through the Sixties. The first Trans Am race at Bridgehampton was in 1968, won by Donohue in a Camaro. In 1969, George Follmer (Mustang) beat Donohue.
Roger Penske once said that the Trans Am moment he remembers most vividly was winning at Bridgehampton in 1970 - the first win for the Javelin driven by Mark Donohue that the team developed by themselves. AMC had threatened to pull Penske's contract before the race. That was the third - and final - Trans Am race at the circuit.
Heavy storms damaged the circuit in 1970. That - along with noise ordinances - ended professional racing at the Bridgehampton, although club races continued until 1998 before most of the circuit was turned into a golf course.
The Trans Am by Pirelli Esports finale will be staged on the same circuit where Trans Am held its first esports pilot program, Lime Rock Park. Two-time TA2® Champion Cameron Lawrence went down in history as the first Trans Am Esports winner, sweeping the doubleheader event. The success of the program pilot launched the eight-round Trans Am by Pirelli Esports Championship with $20,000 in cash and prizes awarded to the top drivers.
Round 6 of the Trans Am by Pirelli Esports Championship starts Saturday at 3:00 p.m. Eastern at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. The day will feature a swift qualifying followed by two 20-minute main events. For added excitement, the second round will be an inverted field.
Drivers will continue to race identically prepared Corvette C7.r GTLM machines hosted on the ‘World’s Fastest Gamer - SIM edition’ JV with Torque Esports and Assetto Corsa.
Fans can stream the action by downloading the free Trans Am by Pirelli Racing app (https://bit.ly/3dxc6Lg). The live stream will also be available on the series Facebook (www.facebook.com/gotransam) and YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/TheTransAmSeries), as well as UMG TV Esports Network on Mobile (IOS and Android), Apple TV, Fire TV and ROKU.
|A file photo of Jeg Coughlin Jr.'s HEMI-powered JEGS.com Dodge Avenger, which he drove to the 2013 Pro Stock title, in the wind tunnel.|
American Flat Track announced today its plan to return to a mecca of dirt track racing - Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, TX - for its Dallas Half-Mile I and Dallas Half-Mile II doubleheader weekend on Friday, September 25 and Saturday, September 26.
Located just 20 minutes from downtown Dallas, this half-mile black clay racetrack is best known as the birthplace of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.
Flat track fans will recall AFT's previous visit to Devil's Bowl for three consecutive years beginning with AMA Hall-of-Famer Will Davis's win in 1993. "The Findlay Flyer" and AMA Hall-of-Famer Steve Morehead went on to dominate this track in the following years, winning two of the three pro flat track events ever held at the speedway. This year, Morehead, now serving as Track Director for American Flat Track, will return to Devil's Bowl Speedway for the first time in nearly three decades.
"I think it’s awesome we are returning to Devil's Bowl Speedway," said Morehead. The facilities were always great and fan-friendly. The racetrack was a great one to ride - it holds so much moisture and you can get a lot of speed on that back straight into Turn 3. I think we are going to see some great racing and maybe even a first-time Main event winner in the AFT SuperTwins class."
"We couldn't be more excited to have American Flat Track return to our historic Devil's Bowl Speedway," said Lanny Edwards, Track Promoter of Devil's Bowl Speedway. "Both our racetrack and AFT are known for putting on some of the best racing in the world, so we know it'll be an event that fans won't want to miss."
“Devil’s Bowl Speedway is legendary in the Southwest as a high banked half-mile with tacky black clay,” said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. “The track features a unique D-shape and I’m confident the venue will offer great AFT racing for our fans.”
Tickets for AFT's return to the historic Devil's Bowl Speedway for the 2020 Dallas Half-Mile I and Dallas Half-Mile II doubleheader weekend on Friday, September 25 and Saturday, September 26 will be available for purchase the coming weeks. Stay tuned to www.americanflattrack.com and AFT's social media channels for ticketing announcements and the latest updates on AFT's upcoming 2020 season.
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The cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic of the Honda Indy Toronto event and the addition of a joint INDYCAR/NASCAR event on July 4 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which already has a full schedule, has resulted in two standalone events for USF2000 and Indy Pro 2000. These will take place at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on July 29-30 and at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on September 3-4. Both will be tripleheader events.
Revised 2020 Indy Pro 2000/USF2000 Schedule
|July 9-10||Road America||Double Header Rounds|
||Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
||Triple Header Rounds
||Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
||Double Header Rounds*
||Lucas Oil Raceway
||Single Race Event
||World Wide Technology Raceway
||Single Race Event Indy Pro 2000
||Indianapolis Motor Speedway (road course)
||Triple Header Rounds
||Portland International Raceway
||Double Header Rounds
||WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
||Double Header Rounds
||Streets of St. Petersburg
||Double Header Rounds
A schedule of test dates will be released shortly. All but the standalone events are in support of INDYCAR, including the Carb Night Classic “The Race Before the 500” held at Lucas Oil Raceway alongside USAC on Miller Lite Carb Day. The season-ending awards banquet for USF2000 and Indy Pro 2000 will take place on October 26 in St. Petersburg at a venue to be announced.
“It took some maneuvering, but I am happy to be able to provide our teams and drivers with a full schedule of 18 races in these challenging times and I want to thank everyone for their patience,” said Dan Andersen, Owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions. “Our Spring Training 2.0 at Mid-Ohio the end of this month will be a chance to shake off some cobwebs and prepare for our season-opener at Road America. Like many racing series, it really will be non-stop once we hit July and all of us are excited to return to the track and showcase the talented drivers we have in these two series.
“Following confirmation of the two standalone events, we are working with our promoter partners on the details which will be announced soon.”
In a stadium devoid of fans but fulfilling the promise of the full 17-round 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, Round 11 Presented by Toyota, Kawasaki's Eli Tomac took the 450SX Class victory after some early-race battles at Round 11 in Rice-Eccles Stadium. KTM's Cooper Webb fought his way up to, then defended the second-place position, and Honda’s Ken Roczen held onto the bike during a scary near-crash in the closing laps to grab the final spot on the podium.
When the gate dropped after an unprecedented 85-day break in the season, Blake Baggett jumped into the lead ahead of Adam Cianciarulo and Justin Brayton. Cianciarulo went down hard early while the three main title contenders, Webb, Tomac, and Roczen, battled and scrapped in tight formation. Tomac at one point dropped back to fifth, then found a pace no one could match and marched his way to the front.
Six and a half minutes into the race Tomac got by Webb, and a minute and a half later the Kawasaki rider was past Baggett and never challenged for the lead. It marked Tomac's sixth victory in 2020 and complemented his win in Daytona on March 7, the previous round in the modified 2020 Supercross schedule. The win stretched Tomac's championship points lead from three to eight.
The Salt Lake City round kicked off seven races that will run over the next three weeks. Races will take place and air live every Sunday and Wednesday, each held at an elevation of 4,637-feet inside the University of Utah's football stadium, to complete the full 17-round 2020 series on June 21.
Feld Entertainment's Responsible Return to Racing plan has enabled the world's premiere action sport to return for the fans, racers, and teams. The compressed but not truncated schedule allows the completion of the full seventeen-round series. The original Round 11, scheduled for Indianapolis on March 14 was the first race in the sport's history to be cancelled.
In a sport that traditionally brings racing to stadiums across the continent, Feld Entertainment's new schedule keeps racers and teams in one city. They will adapt to the high altitude, alternating race-time schedules, more frequent rounds, social distancing guidelines, and the empty stadium seats; the 2020 events averaged 49,953 screaming fans through the previous ten rounds.
The next race takes place on Wednesday, June 3 at 10 p.m. ET. Race times will vary; please go to SupercrossLIVE.com for the full schedule and don't miss any of the action on NBC, NBCSN, and the NBC Sports Gold app.