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Holiday weekends are a treasured tradition, and this weekend will see a new mark for race fans as the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli makes its 50th visit to Road America. America’s Road Racing series will stage two 100-minute sprint races as part of the NASCAR Cup event weekend at the fabled Wisconsin facility July 1-4.
Another event-record field of 63 cars will take to Road America with the TA2® race up first on Saturday at 4:45 p.m. Central with the multi-class TA/XGT/SGT/GT going green first thing Sunday at 8:00 a.m. Central. (Download the Trans Am by Pirelli App for Weekend Updates)
The Trans Am class will be one to watch as multiple Road America winners are entered among the class including Boris Said, Ernie Francis Jr., local driver Cliff Ebben and championship leader Chris Dyson.
Following two consecutive victories, Dyson leads the TA championship standings by 12 points over second-place Tomy Drissi (144-132) heading into Road America.
Drissi is looking for a bit of redemption this season on the iconic race track. During his last visit in 2020, Drissi, contending for the lead, spun in the final moments of the race, gifting the win to Dyson. (Video: 2020 Road Amrical Race From Drissi Onboard)
While Drissi is on a quest of redemption, Dyson is looking for a repeat result form his outing last week at Mid-Ohio, where he scored the Motul Pole and race victory in the No. 20 ALTWELL CBD Ford Mustang. Dyson has qualified on pole for two consecutive seasons at Road America, as well as claiming wins in multiple races in the IMSA American Le Mans Series and in the Pirelli World Challenge for Bentley in 2015.
“We’ve got great momentum going now,” said Dyson. “Road America is a special place for the Dyson family and I’ve personally had a lot success here. I love the place and it's rightfully considered one of the greatest road racing tracks in the world. Our ALTWELL CBD Mustang is well suited to this circuit. I’m optimistic about the weekend.”
The CD Racing squad will have a guest driver Guy Smith in the teal and white No. 21 Thetford Corporation Ford Mustang. Smith, the 2003 Le Mans 24-Hour winner and 2011 IMSA American Le Mans Series champion, was a Dyson Racing regular for its prototype program, but this will be Smith’s Trans Am debut for the team.
"I was already in the USA racing at Watkins Glen when Chris reached out, actually just a few hours away from the team's base in Poughkeepsie,” said Smith. “So it worked out well and I'm really excited about this weekend. Rejoining Chris and the Dyson group is like a homecoming for me. This has always been my American 'racing family.' Chris has been telling me about the Trans Am cars for a few years, so I'm eager for this opportunity to race one with him. The team has been doing a great job so far this year so the objective this weekend is to get both the cars on the podium and help the team in the championship."
Seven-time Trans Am champion Francis Jr. has suffered a heart-breaking season, fighting mechanical issues that have kept his speed from translating into results in the first half of the season.
For the first time in his career, Francis Jr. comes into season at its mid-point without a win. But, this weekend might be different for Francis Jr.(No. 98 Future Star Racing Ford Mustang) as the young Floridian is the leading all-time Elkhart Lake winner, with five victories. Francis Jr. won in American Muscle in 2014-15 and in TA4 in 2016. Since turning his attention to the lead TA category, Francis won overall in 2017 and 2019.
Another threat to Dyson’s win streak, is Road Atlanta winner Boris Said. Returning to wheel Pancho Weaver’s No. 2 WeaverRacingTechnique/SRI Dodge Challenger, Said won at Road America in 1995, 2002 and in 2018 driving for Weaver in the Monster Dodge Challenger.
Then there’s Ebben, a three-time Trans Am Road America winner, scoring victories in 2009, 2011 and 2016 here on his home track. While making limited appearances in the series, the Appleton, Wisconsin driver scored a third-place podium finish last year behind Chris Dyson and Francis.
While Tony Ave is also a Road America Trans Am winner, he will not be competing this weekend as a driver, but his Ave Motorsports team will field NASCAR up-and-coming talents.
Matthew Butson, a Trans Am West Coast regular winning most recently in 2020 at Sonoma, will field the in the No. 24 Chevrolet Corvette for Ave Motorsports. Signing the deal just yesterday, Ave Motorsports will also host Cody Ware, son of former NASCAR team owner Rick Ware, in the No. 4 Ave Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette. Ware won the Asian Le Mans 2019-2020 season, and has also competed across multiple motorsport disciplines like IndyCar, NASCAR Trucks, Xfinity and Cup races.
Ave is no stranger to developing road racing talent. Natalie Decker frequently drives for Ave Motorsports in both the West Coast and National Series when Tony is not behind the wheel.
SGT continues to fuel deep competition for the production classes. With three pole-to-checkers victories in four races, Justin Oakes in the No. 11 Droneworks Chevrolet Corvette looks to pad his championship lead with another win at Road America, a new track to the Texas-based driver.
After falling to second last season in the XGT class at Road America, points leader Erich Joiner returns to Road America in the No. 10 Good Boy Bob Coffee Roasters Porsche 991 GT3 R in search for a win on the historic track.
The Trans Am will feature in two 100-mile, 25-lap contests at Road America: the TA2® Muscle Car Challenge on Saturday and the multi-class TA/XGT/SGT/GT race on Sunday.
The TA2® field will participate in a test and practice day on Thursday. Friday morning the TA/XGT/SGT/GT classes will hold testing and practice before TA2® qualifies at 1:00 p.m. Central.
Saturday kicks off with back-to-back qualifying sessions for TA/XGT/SGT/GT classes starting at 8:20 a.m. Central. TA2® will take the green at 4:45 p.m. Central for a 100-mile sprint.
The weekend ends on Sunday with the TA/XGT/SGT/GT race starting at 8:00 a.m. Central.
- 2021 Trans Am by Pirelli Road America Schedule v3 (6-29-21) (pdf)
- 2021 Trans Am by Pirelli Road America Entry List (7-1-21) (pdf)
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ABB, global technology leader and official title partner of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, is to further strengthen its long-standing commitment to the all-electric series by becoming the race titlepartner for the New York E-Prix on July 10 and 11.
ABB joined the series in January 2018 in a ground-breaking collaboration, which made it the first title partner of an FIA-sanctioned single-seater championship.
Staged in sight of Manhattan's majestic skyline, this year’s ABB New York City E-Prix will once again be a double-header event, with two races being held over July 10-11. The back-to-back races will mark ABB’s first title partnership of an individual E-Prix.
Located at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in the heart of the Red Hook neighbourhood, the event has become a staple on the championship calendar since 2017 and a firm favourite with teams, drivers and fans alike. In 2019, it famously closed out season five where Jean-Eric Vergne made history to become the first ever double ABB FIA Formula E champion.
Theodor Swedjemark, ABB’s Chief Communications and Sustainability Officer, said:“The US is ABB’s largest market, where we have 20,000 employees across all 50 states. ABB has significantly expanded the company’s US footprint since 2010 by investing more than $14 billion in plant expansions, greenfield development, and acquisitions to accelerate the adoption of e-mobility and electrification. Our involvement in the ABB New York City E-Prix is more than a race, it is an opportunity to test and develop e technologies that will accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy, create well-paying American jobs, spur innovation, and mitigate the impacts of climate change.”
Jamie Reigle, CEO of Formula E, said: “With Formula E and ABB having collaborated for almost 50 races, we’re delighted to be extending that relationship for one of the championship’s flagship events. North America is of key importance in the electric vehicle revolution and the ABB New York City E-Prix provides the perfect platform to showcase just how far our two companies have been able to push the boundaries of this technology and its infrastructure.”
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NERD Focus™, a leading focus beverage aimed at assisting in energy production and concentration, is teaming up with up-and-coming NASCAR driver Natalie Decker ahead of the Henry 180 Xfinity race. Eagle River, WI native and newest NERD Focus™ sponsor, Decker will be back on her home turf as she races in the Henry 180 Xfinity Series Race on July 3rd at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI. The race will start at 2:30pm ET and fans can watch the non-stop action broadcasted live on NBC. Decker has been an avid NERD Focus™ consumer for several months, drinking the beverage to help assist with an energy and focus boost when she needs it most. Since she herself uses the brand, the sponsorship in this race felt very fitting for Decker.
“As a professional driver, energy and focus are crucial in getting you across the finish line as quickly as possible,” said Natalie Decker. “NERD™ approached me several months back about trying their brand, and I was instantly intrigued with the boost I felt and how refreshing the taste was. I’ve personally been enjoying the brand for several months and feel confident in having them be a part of my team through this sponsorship.”
NERD Focus™, the original “Think Drink”, will sponsor Decker in the Henry 180 Xfinity Series this holiday weekend. NERD Focus™ is formulated with nootropics, adaptogens and vitamins aimed to help consumers increase clarity and concentration, boost memory and cognition and support overall brain health. The sponsorship presence brings the energy drink to the forefront of the exciting sport of NASCAR and the roaring, one-of-a-kind experience that races bring. Natalie’s Chevrolet Camaro racecar, number 23, will sport NERD Focus™ graphics and she will be wearing a branded fire suit in the driver’s seat. The 22-year-old Wisconsin native is already well on her way towards becoming one of the top young drivers in the NASCAR scene.
“We are so excited to see Natalie NERD-ed out for a big race out in front of her home state fans,” said Howard Davner, CEO of Beverage USA, the parent company to NERD Focus™. “There’s always something special about a homecoming and we’re thrilled to be along for the ride with her!”
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Since the first season of Speedway Digest Thursday Night Thunder, we have had the opportunity to work with Waldorf Publishing to get to know some of their authors, many of whom have a passion not only for the written word, but for speed!
My former co-host Mykkal Mulalley-Kapalo and myself have been grateful to the teams and racers that we have spoken with on the program, and during this unparalleled pandemic, we hope to provide you, our readers, listeners, and fans, a little snippet into some of the people who help make this the greatest sport in the world.
Today, we are pleased to highlight Alli Mackenzie.
Kyle LeDuc and Toyo Tires® continued their success on the track winning back-to-back races this weekend in rounds three and four of the 2021 Championship Off-Road (COR) series. Coming off his seventh Pro 4 Championship last year, LeDuc swept the weekend, taking maximum points in his pursuit for another championship season. Ryan Beat had similar success this weekend, taking first place in the Pro 2 division on Sunday. All three victories took place at Wisconsin’s Crandon International Raceway. LeDuc and Beat relied on Toyo® Open Country® tires to get to the finish line and pick up their first victories of the season in the COR series.
Located in Crandon, WI, the International Raceway is one of the longest and fastest short-course tracks in the COR series circuit. At 1.5-miles in length, the course can see trucks hitting speeds that exceed 100 miles an hour. LeDuc and his #99 Monster Energy / Toyo Tires / WD-40 / Ford Raptor Pro 4 Truck dominated the weekend in his bid for his eighth championship of his career. Ryan Beat and his Pro 2 truck added another victory to his decorated career.
“This weekend was the hardest pair of races in recent history and we had to choose a tire that could handle the changing weather conditions,” said Kyle LeDuc. “The decision to run the Open Country C/T was the right choice. The tire is incredibly strong and reliable with amazing grip on the dirt. It’s one of the reasons we won both class races at the big house!”
“We had a great weekend! We have put in hours of testing and development to find the speed needed to win in this competitive class,” said Ryan Beat. “With 25 trucks out there, equipment like tires and shocks are crucial for success. We have what I feel is the best combination with the Bilstein shocks and Toyo Tires. I am looking forward to more wins!”
LeDuc is a seven-time Pro 4 champion in the Lucas Oil® Off-Road Racing Series and his two victories this weekend exemplify his dominance over the past few years at Crandon International Raceway. Beat is a three-time Pro-Lite off-road racing champion, two-time Rick Huseman award winner, and 2018 Lucas Oil Driver of the Year. Both drivers look to continue their success when the COR series returns to ERX Motor Park in Elk River, Minnesota on July 9-10.
“We are thrilled with the successful weekend with both Kyle and Ryan reaching the top of the podium with Toyo Open Country tires,” said Stan Chen, senior manager, events, sponsorships, and motorsports Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “These impressive performances by both drivers bode well for their championship pursuits in this year’s COR series.”
Toyo Open Country tires are known for excellent performance on and off the track. Witness their toughness and hear from more Team Toyo members in this recent video on Baja racing: https://youtu.be/2LkgCceHeSA. To learn more about the Open Country line of tires visit https://www.toyotires.com/product/open-country.