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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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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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 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.

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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.

Returning to their familiar home where they ran unbridled in the ‘60s and early ‘70s, thundering Can-Am cars will be a popular group this year at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Held August 14-17 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the event is a collection of 550 authentic and period-correct race cars from nearly every decade of motorsports.
 
It will be difficult to ignore the guttural rumble of 30-plus authentic Can-Am cars as they accelerate out of Turn 11 and down the straightaway to the start/finish bridge. These very same cars from the “anything goes” era of motorsports raced here in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s to enormous crowds watching from the hillsides.
 
The original Can-Am series attracted the world’s finest drivers. The Who’s Who of driving included Mark Donohue, George Follmer, Jim Hall, Phil Hill, Denny Hulme, Jacky Ickx, Vic Elford, Bruce McLaren and John Surtees, to name just a few.
 
The grid is dominated by McLarens, Shadows and Lolas. “The Can-Am group is a popular one for fans and participants alike as they represent the true definition of win at any cost,” said Gill Campbell, CEO and general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “These cars retain their characteristic look and certainly sounds and they are a welcoming site in their spiritual home.”
 
The Can-Am group is one of 15 race groups featured at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. They will be on track in Group 3B, racing on Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
 
Celebrating its 100th anniversary is Maserati, which is this year’s featured marque. Visitors will have the chance to visit the Maserati heritage display in the race paddock, exploring the company’s past, present and even future.
 
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is one of the cornerstones of the renowned Monterey Classic Car Week and is the largest event held annually in the scenic coastal community. Visitors worldwide descend on the community to enjoy the historic cars in action, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and the myriad of supporting activities that comprise the motoring week.
 
Advance general admission tickets to the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion are on sale beginning at $50 (Friday) and a three-day ticket at $130, which includes a complimentary souvenir magazine. Children 12 and under are free with a paying adult. Hospitality packages begin at $200 per person.
 
For more information on the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion or to purchase tickets, visit MazdaRaceway.com or call 800-327-7322.

After trading the top spot in Nitro Funny Car numerous times throughout the weekend, Tim Nemeth capped off a wild weekend in the nitro-powered Funny Car category at the IHRA Mopar Rocky Mountain Nationals with a thrilling victory over Tim Boychuk to lead the way at IHRA's biggest event of the season. Ike Maier (Top Fuel), Joe Delehay (Pro Mod), Damian Cownden (Nitro Bike), Shane Reykdal (Pro 6.90) and Dawn Perdue (Jet Dragster) also were winners at the IHRA Mopar Rocky Mountain Nationals presented by Good Vibrations Motorsports and Parts Canada Sunday at Castrol Raceway.

Sunday's sportsman winners on the Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour presented by Amsoil were Cody Liwiski (Top Sportsman), Scott Hearn (Top Dragster), Mark Faul (Super Stock), Ed Matiejewski (Stock), Mike Shannon (Quick Rod), Dave Stobbe (Super Rod), Carey Borchuk (Hot Rod). The remaining sportsman winners included George LeBlanc (Box ET), Ray Peck (No Box ET), Jenna Michaud (Junior Master), Kassie Thomas (Junior Advanced) and Connor Scott (Junior Beginner).

Nemeth and Boychuk, who have combined to win the last five Rocky Mountain Nationals events in Nitro Funny Car, spent the majority of the weekend trading the fast lap for the weekend. Nemeth led the way after qualifying on Friday, but he conceded a great lap to Boychuk on Saturday to give the Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series regular the top qualifying spot. On Sunday, Nemeth saved the best for last and drove his way to his second consecutive Rocky Mountain Nationals victory.


"We were really excited about this event. We got here early, got setup and really focused on the possibility of back-to-back wins at one of our favorite tracks," Nemeth said. "We started the weekend off rough. We had a good first round of qualifying, but after that we started to struggle and we thought this might not be a back-to-back weekend after all. But last night, I got everyone together, we had a nice dinner and I told them to suck it up, put the bad behind us and go to work. We got up this morning and everything just came together."

 

From the No. 2 spot on the Amsoil Nitro Funny Car ladder, Nemeth, in the "Iceman" '77 Firebird, won a thriller over Boychuk with a 5.929-second lap at 238.05 mph. Boychuk, in the "Forever Forward" '77 Firebird, had a 6.190 at 205.19 in the runner-up effort.

"Tim and I are really good friends on and off the track, but it looks like there is a little bit of a rivalry developing between us," Nemeth said. "Friday we went out there thinking we are just going to repeat what we did last year and it didn't happen. We just held on to the top spot until Tim came back on Saturday with a number and we thought, wow, this is going to be a tall order. But we just stuck to our guns, stuck to our game plan and Sunday turned out to be our day."

Nemeth added a win over Jordan Pawlick earlier in the day and received a bye into the final in the non-points paying Canadian showcase.

Sunday's other big winner was Joe Delehay, who set both ends of the track record and bested a few personal bests on his way to the Ironman in Pro Modified. Driving a beautiful blue and silver '68 Camaro, Delehay qualified first and was the fastest driver all weekend on his way to his first win at the Rocky Mountain Nationals.

"We have been away from this race for three years and it was great to once again put on a show for these fans," Delehay said. "Tim McAmis built us a pretty good racecar. It goes right down the track every time, straight as an arrow, and has been really good to us as of late. We came here in August of last year and won the race. We went to Las Vegas and won the race. Now we come here and win again to make it three-in-a-row. That is not too bad."

With everyone on the property gunning for the weekend's fast qualifier, Delehay's final-round opponent, Garry Weslosky, got ahead of himself, going way red and allowing Delehay to make a victory pass of 6.086 at 238.72 for the win.Delehay, trying to put down the first five-second Pro Mod pass in Castrol Raceway history, flirted with the record all weekend long, coming as close as 6.001 Saturday evening. But on Sunday, Delehay shifted his focus from records to an Ironman as he weaved his way through Kerry Stone and Glen Kerunsky on his way to the win.

"We actually hadn't run this car since November. We put the car together, put a new blower on it, new gear ratio, new combination and started the weekend pretty safe in our setup, but we stepped it up as the weekend went along," Delehay said. "We were so close to that five-second mark. We thought we were there a couple of times, but we just came up short. Still, we set a few records and came away with the win and we are pretty happy about that."

IHRA's largest pro field in Edmonton was Pro 6.90 made up of the Rocky Mountain Nostalgia Funny Car group as Edmonton's own Shane Reykdal, piloting the "E-Town Hustler" '79 Omni, drove to his second win in the last three years at the Rocky Mountain Nationals. From the No. 7 position on the 16-car ladder, Reykdal went four rounds ending with a win over Ryan Hodgson.

Reykdal had a .025 light and drove a 6.982 at 197.62 in the final of the 6.90-index class as Hodgson broke-out by .003 at the line.

Reykdal added wins over Cal Tebb, Landon Goudreau and Troy Sitko on his way to his second Ironman in three years.

Damian Cownden, from Victoria, B.C., won the Drag Specialties Nitro Bike category, meeting up with Nate Gagnon, from Qualican Beach, B.C. in the final. Gagnon, who won IHRA's most recent race in Grand Bend,Ontario just two weeks ago, had the advantage on the starting line with a .109 to a .137, but lost it at the top end as Cowndon rode to a 6.699 at 212.43. Gagnon had to shut it off early.

Tottenham, Ontario native Ike Maier won his second consecutive IHRA Ironman in Top Fuel on Sunday, besting Indiana native Kyle Wurtzel in the final with a 4.988 at 279.73. Wurtzel's dragster lit up in a fiery explosion at the line, handing Maier the win.

Wrapping up pro eliminations in Edmonton was Jet Dragster as Dawn Perdue, in the Sport Aviation jet dragster, collected her second Ironman of the year over Marisha Falk. Perdue had a 6.008 at 262.74 in the final, while Falk launched before lighting the stage light, negating her run.

Mark Faul and Casey Plaizier led the way in the sportsman categories during the three-day weekend. Faul, from Tacoma, Wash., won Super Stock both Saturday and Sunday, while Plaizier, from Stony Plain, Alb., took home a pair of Ironman trophies on Saturday in Stock and Hot Rod.

Next up for the IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series is a trip to Cordova Dragway Park in Illinois for the IHRA Nitro Jam Summer Nationals July 18-19.

Showing the true power of German engineering, Audi Sport Abt’s Lucas di Grassi set the pace during the second official test for the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship at Donington Park with his best time in the afternoon session topping yesterday’s pace-setter Sebastien Buemi (e.dams-Renault).

Belgian racer Jerome d’Ambrosio, testing for China Racing, topped the morning timesheets with a 1:34.554s and already up on Buemi’s best time from day one. Times then began to tumble partway through the afternoon stint when the temporary chicane on the exit to the Old hairpin was removed after a number of drivers made contact with it.

That paved the way for di Grassi, testing with two cars due to an absent Daniel Abt on GP2 duties, to lay down a benchmark in the 1:31s which was never bettered.

“It was my first time driving the car with full power and I’m really pleased with the performance,” said di Grassi. “With Daniel [Abt] at Silverstone for GP2, I had the use of two cars so was able to do a lot of work in race mode. We had very little problems and I was very pleased with the way the Abt team worked, and I’m looking forward to getting in the car next week.”

Venturi’s Nick Heidfeld came away with the third best time whilst team-mate Stephane Sarrazin could only manage 13th spot.  Scott Speed, testing for Andretti, looked sharp to finish fourth in front of Mahindra’s Bruno Senna and Spain’s Antonio Garcia - testing with China Racing. Nicolas Prost finished ahead of Virgin’s Sam Bird – completing the most laps of any driver with 56 – with d’Ambrosio and Jarno Trulli rounding out the top 10 before rain brought an early end to proceedings with 10 minutes left on the clock. Oriol Servia made his test debut for Dragon Racing alongside newly signed driver Mike Conway.

Reigning GP2 champion Fabio Leimer, taking over the duties for Antonio Felix da Costa at Amlin Aguri, ended the day 12th commenting: “It’s been interesting getting used to the car. It’s something quite different from what I’m used to. But we have been moving forward in a good way and everything is fine. I used race power and qualifying power – there’s a big, big difference between them and I think that will be something quite interesting for the driver.”

FIA Formula E Championship – Day 2, Donington Park – Test results (Combined times):

1.  Lucas di Grassi, Audi Sport Abt, 1:31.973s

2.  Sebastien Buemi, e.dams-Renault, 1:32.089s
3.  Nick Heidfeld, Venturi, 1:32.373s
4.  Scott Speed, Andretti Autosport, 1:32.632s 
5.  Bruno Senna, Mahindra Racing, 1:32.960s
6.  Antonio Garcia, China Racing, 1:32.966s
7.  Nicolas Prost, e.dams-Renault, 1:33.040s
8.  Sam Bird, Virgin Racing, 1:33.072s
9.  Jerome d’Ambrosio, China Racing, 1:33.178s
10. Jarno Trulli, Trulli, 1:33.299s
11. Franck Montagny, Andretti Autosport, 1:33.754s
12. Fabio Leimer, Amlin Aguri, 1:33.792s
13. Stephane Sarrazin, Venturi, 1:34.006s
14. Katherine Legge, Amlin Aguri, 1:34.071s
15. Michela Cerruti, Trulli, 1:36.064s
16. Jaime Alguersuari, Virgin Racing, 1:36.962s
17. Karun Chandhok, Mahindra Racing, 1:37.415s
18. Oriol Servia, Dragon Racing, 1:43.239s
19. Mike Conway, Dragon Racing, 1:44.698s

The test day also saw the announcement that pioneering electric car company Rimac Automobili is to supply the series with one of its exclusive fully-electric Concept_One supercars which will be used by the Race Director. The one-of-a-kind car, which can accelerate from 0-60mph in the same time as a Formula E single-seater, also took to the Donington track for a number of demonstration laps.

The next test days take place on July 9 and 10 at Donington Park with free access to fans, including a pitlane walk. For more information visit www.fiaformulae.com

 

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