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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Californian Phillippe Denes solidified his lead in the TireRack.com Road to Indy iRacing eSeries Presented by Cooper Tires by scoring yet another virtual victory this evening at the iconic Watkins Glen International road course in upstate New York. Credit also to native New Yorker Andre Castro, who spun out of contention in the opening race, then bounced back magnificently in Race Two, climbing from 16th on the grid to score an unlikely victory for Legacy Autosport.

A succession of incidents during two action-packed 20-minute races led to six different drivers splitting the podium honors. New Zealand’s Hunter McElrea finished second in the first race for Pabst Racing, chased home by Braden Eves (Exclusive Autosport). In the nightcap, Kory Enders (DEForce Racing), who hails originally from Warwick, N.Y., had to be content with his second place after a thrilling battle with Castro, while Christian Brooks, from Santa Clarita, Calif., chased them home in third for Exclusive Autosport.

Denes, from Carmel, put all of his iRacing experience to good use in qualifying as the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires contender clinched yet another SimMetric Driver Performance Labs Pole Award. McElrea lined up second on the grid ahead of Castro, with the other chief title protagonist, Eves, from New Albany, Ohio, rounding out the second row of the grid.

The long back straightaway at Watkins Glen affords a tremendous drafting opportunity and virtually assures that the race leader is unable to shake off his pursuers. So it proved this evening. But the fastest part of the 3.37-mile track also leads into one of the trickiest sections – the notorious Inner Loop “bus stop” chicane, which is always a magnet for trouble. Again, so it proved this evening.

Denes narrowly held onto his lead for the first couple of laps before, predictably, the drama reached its crescendo at the Inner Loop. Three cars entered the corner virtually abreast, with Eves somehow emerging in the lead – from fourth place – Denes falling to fifth and Castro spinning all the way to the back of the pack.

McElrea took his turn in the lead next time around, with Eves, Denes, Brooks and Jacob Loomis (BNRacing), from Corinth, Texas, all jockeying for position. An error by Eves at the Inner Loop on Lap Six cost him a few places, while Brooks also fell out of contention when he spun at the same place a couple of laps later.

The final stages saw Denes and McElrea fighting for top honors, with Denes eventually prevailing by just 0.366 of a second.

An even closer battle for third place saw Eves squeak ahead of Loomis on the final lap, with Prescott Campbell (Exclusive Autosport), from Newport Beach, Calif., surviving as best of the rest in fifth.

Singaporean Indy Lights racer Danial Frost (Andretti Autosport) followed in a distant sixth ahead of Max Kaeser (Miller Vinatieri Motorsports), from Keystone, Colo., and a steady Nate Aranda (Juncos Racing), from Albuquerque, N.M., who earned his best finish so far in eighth. Irishman Peter Dempsey (Turn 3 Motorsport) ran ninth until the final lap when he lifted off to allow Enders past, thereby ensuring himself a 10th-place finish and the coveted pole position for Race Two.

Another fraught encounter saw Dempsey and Eves exit the fray when neither of them was prepared to give an inch to each other as they fought for the lead of Race Two entering the Inner Loop for the third time. Both were out on the spot.

Enders gratefully took over the lead but it wasn’t long before Denes, who had started 10th, began to fill his mirrors. Castro, too, had taken advantage of a series of incidents to charge through the pack into third.

The decisive moment in the race came after six laps when Denes was assessed a drive-through penalty for his part in an incident a little earlier which caused the unfortunate Kaeser to spin out of the race.

Enders continued in the lead, but Castro soon had him in his sights. The pair then staged a thrilling – and clean – battle in the waning stages. They exchanged positions several times before Castro timed his run to perfection and executed a nice pass into the Inner Loop on the final lap to secure his second win in as many weeks.

Enders backed up his podium finish from WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca a couple of weeks ago by finishing a close second, with Brooks a lonely third after Indy Lights racer Ryan Norman (Andretti Autosport) lost ground with a quick spin just a few laps from the end. Norman held on for fourth, while Denes overcame his penalty to slip past Dempsey for fifth on the final lap.

Another late change of position saw eSeries debutant Toby Sowery (Belardi Auto Racing), from Cambridge, England, slip past Campbell for seventh, with Flinn Lazier (Lazier Racing) from Vail, Colo., and Aranda completing the top 10.

Denes continued to display his mastery by claiming the TSOLadder.com Fastest Race Lap Awards in both races. Consequently, Denes now holds a commanding 34-point advantage over Eves heading into next week’s concluding pair of races at the Iowa Speedway oval in Newton, Iowa.

Provisional championship points after eight of 10 races:
1. Philippe Denes, 191
2. Braden Eves, 157
3. Andre Castro, 134
4. Max Kaeser, 121
5. Hunter McElrea, 110
6. Danial Frost, 103
7. Jacob Loomis, 85
8. Flinn Lazier, 81
9. Kory Enders, 73
10. Michael Myers, 69

The Mid-Ohio School begins its 28th season of professional instruction this Tuesday, June 2, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. The 2020 schedule is available at midohioschool.com, and customers can register online or by calling 419-884-4000. 
 
The Mid-Ohio School will operate under the State of Ohio’s guidelines for the “Responsible RestartOhio” surrounding COVID-19. School participants will receive detailed instructions on the health and safety protocols being implemented, and an overview of these are also posted on its website at midohioschool.com.
 
“We’re excited to get back into action in 2020 after this spring holding pattern,” said Sonny Gee, director of The Mid-Ohio School. “We’ll start with our High Performance courses on track then move into the weekend with our first Teen Defensive Driving programs teaching life-long skills to the youngest drivers.”
 
The Mid-Ohio School offers driving and riding instruction to drivers and motorcyclists of wide-ranging experience, from teaching teenage drivers life-saving defensive driving techniques to coaching professional racers for an extra edge in competition at speed around the race track. The Mid-Ohio School also offers Open Test & Tune twilight events on select late afternoons and evenings for drivers to take their personal street-legal cars or race cars on track. The first Performance Track Riding program for sportbike owners hits the track on Monday, June 8. The Mid-Ohio School’s 2020 schedule will wrap up in mid-November.
 
The Mid-Ohio School showcases a fleet of Acura ILXs, Honda Civics, and Honda S2000s all custom-fitted with Cooper Tires to maximize the driving experience. Two of the vehicles are equipped with skid systems to practice oversteer and understeer car control techniques often encountered in inclement weather conditions and emergency situations.
 
Additional sponsors of The Mid-Ohio School include Bazell Fuels, Comfort Inn, Malco, Optima Batteries, Quality Inn & Suites, Summit Racing, and Total Oil.

 Today, Hyundai announced its high-performance N Brand will be the title sponsor of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) race weekend at the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Sept. 4 – 6, 2020. This year’s IMSA Labor Day Race Weekend will be the Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship. Hyundai will provide N Brand experiences to fans throughout the weekend. The title sponsorship enhances Hyundai’s growing N and N Line portfolio of vehicles that includes: the Veloster N, Elantra N Line and Sonata N Line. Hyundai also will be the broadcast title sponsor when the race airs on NBCSN.
 
Hyundai’s N Brand is a perfect match for the IMSA series and Laguna Seca’s 11-turn, 2.238-mile road course that includes the famous Corkscrew turn. Hyundai sees this partnership as a great opportunity to showcase the high-performance N Brand to fans of sports car racing and automotive enthusiasts.
 
“Seeing Hyundai and their N performance brand combine with one of my all-time favorite venues is fantastic news,” said Bryan Herta, co-owner of Bryan Herta Autosport.
 
Hyundai will be mounting an all-out assault to win the 2020 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca race and the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge championship with three Veloster N TCR cars and six drivers. Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis who co-drove the #98 Veloster N TCR to the 2019 IMPC Drivers championship will be split up for 2020. Michael Lewis will remain in the #98, now with Mason Filippi and Mark Wilkins will co-drive with Harry Gottsacker in the #21. The new third entry, the #33 Veloster N TCR, will be driven by open wheel standouts Gabby Chaves and Ryan Norman.
 
“Hyundai is proving to be a terrific partner in the rebranded Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship, and their on-track presence continues to impress us,” said John Narigi, president and general manager of WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. “We look forward to working with their skilled team on the Hyundai N Brand experience to provide even more exciting engagement opportunities for guests and fans who join us for the Labor Day race weekend.”
 
IMSA President John Doonan, added that IMSA is pleased that Hyundai has become the title sponsor of its annual visit to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. “Hyundai is a valued partner of ours and they have shown great success on the track in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge in a short period of time. The combination of their planned activations and the scenic, iconic circuit in the hills of Monterey will make this an unforgettable weekend for everyone involved,” said Doonan.
 
In addition to the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race featuring the Hyundai Veloster N TCR race cars, the other series that will race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca include:

  • The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
  • IMSA Prototype Challenge
  • Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America
  • Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA

 
Tickets are on sale now for the Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. A Weekend General Admission ticket is available for $75. Paddock access is free to get up close to the cars and drivers. Children 15 and under always receive free general admission at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca when accompanied by a ticketed adult.
 
Visit WeatherTechRaceway.com or call 831-242-8200 to purchase tickets or for more information. Follow the Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Professional off-road racer and Red Bull athlete Mia Chapman makes her foray into the world of podcasting with Mia Chapman’s Free For All, a brand new show that covers anything and everything. From her exploits as a professional athlete and the world of motorsports at large to pop culture, music, friends, and more, Chapman is set to provide the listener with a different experience every episode.
 
“I’m so excited to be able to share Free For All with the world!” said Chapman. “It’s awesome to be able to have my own podcast and talk about everything from my racing career to what I’m up to away from the car. We’ve got lots of exciting things to talk about, and I can’t wait to keep rolling these episodes out!”
 
The first episode of Mia Chapman’s Free For All is out, featuring Mia and her friend Laylen introducing the new show and more. Be sure to subscribe to the show now on Apple Podcasts, or listen now on Spreaker.
 
Mia Chapman is supported by Red Bull, R-N-R Steel, Yokohama, Kicker Performance Audio, Walker Evans Racing, Vision Wheel, Rigid Industries, Jim Beaver’s Down & Dirty Show Powered By Polaris RZR, Action Sports Canopies, Muzzys, Sparco, DynoJet, AiM Sports, Xtreme Racing Fabrication, and Rugged Radios. For more information on Mia Chapman and her off-road racing career, visit www.miachapman.com or follow Mia on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Monster Energy Supercross mitigation efforts are underway as load-in continues at Rice-Eccles Stadium ahead of Sunday’s race. Supercross mitigation efforts include mandated prescreening, COVID-19 testing, temperature checks, face masks, increased sanitation efforts and social distancing to limit contact among individuals executing the events. The Supercross responsible return to racing plan complies with all federal, state and local health guidelines and mandates.

 

Supercross athletes have little to no contact as riders race solo against other competitors and wear several protective elements – full-face helmets that cover the mouth, goggles, gloves, jerseys and pants that leave little to no skin exposed, plus fully secured knee-high boots.

 

Supercross returns to racing after an abrupt halt in early March after completing ten rounds of the 17-round Championship. NBC Sports will present the final seven, made-for-TV races across NBC, NBCSN & NBCSports.com. Races will also be available to domestic livestream subscribers via the NBC Sports Gold “Supercross Pass” and internationally via the Supercross Video Pass.  

 

*Supercross Racing Resumes - Sunday, May 31 from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET on NBCSN then it switches over from 4:00 – 6:00pm ET on NBC. The final round will be on June 21st. 

 

Round 11   Sunday, May 31                        1:00 pm – 4:00 pm MDT

Round 12   Wednesday, June 3                  8:00 pm – 11:00 pm MDT

Round 13   Sunday, June 7                          3:00 pm – 6:00 pm MDT

Round 14   Wednesday, June 10                5:00 pm – 8:00 pm MDT

Round 15   Sunday, June 14                        5:00 pm – 8:00 pm MDT

Round 16   Wednesday, June 17                5:00 pm – 8:00 pm MDT

Round 17   Sunday, June 21                        1:00 pm – 4:00 pm MDT

 

*Three Supercross Champions crowned at final round on June 21st as both the Eastern and Western Regional 250SX Classes and the 450SX Class wrap up their championships.                       

Kenton Koch has been one of the fastest drivers in the IMSA iRacing Pro Series.
 
Thursday night on the virtual VIRginia International Raceway circuit, Koch finally translated that speed to a victory. After starting the 90-minute Michelin Presents IMSA iRacing at VIR event from the pole position, Koch led a vast majority of the race in the No. 80 Kenton Koch Racing Ford GT.
 
He led throughout his opening stint and re-emerged as the leader following the pit-stop sequence and competition caution period. In fact, he pretty much led the entire race all the way to the second-to-last lap.
That’s when Jesse Krohn battled his way past in the No. 24 BMW IMSA Team Black M8 GTE in Turn 2, relegating Koch’s pink and black Ford to second place. But it wasn’t over yet.
 
Just before the white flag was displayed to start the final lap, Koch managed to get a strong run down the backstretch, making it all the way to Krohn’s rear bumper. And while he didn’t “mean” to do it, the ensuing contact sent Krohn’s BMW spinning off course while Koch’s Ford cruised to victory.
 
“I mean I hate for it to be that way,” Koch said. “Unfortunately, I got in there a little hot and there was definitely a little bit of netcode between us there. I didn’t mean to do that intentionally at all. It was good fun, but man, my heart was pounding for that entire hour and a half. That was good fun and the paint job was good luck this time.”
 
It was the first IMSA iRacing Pro Series victory for Ford, coming one race after Porsche picked up its first series victory. The first three races of the season were won by BMWs.
 
Speaking of Porsches and BMWs, Shane van Gisbergen has experienced both in the IMSA iRacing Pro Series. The New Zealander previously finished on the podium earlier this season aboard the No. 97 AIM Vasser Sullivan BMW M8 GTE.
 
For tonight’s race, the Australian Supercars star and multi-time Rolex 24 At Daytona starter switched to a Porsche. The move paid off, putting “The Giz” back on the podium with another second-place result in the bright yellow and black AVS entry.
 
“It’s really a different car,’ said van Gisbergen. “We obviously don’t have a Lexus representative in the game so we run what we think is going to be best. It was cool, all the cars are quite different.
 
“Obviously, I can’t run the Ford due to the conflict with Holden. That’s what (AVS teammate) Jack (Hawksworth) was in and he found that to be the fastest car, so it was sort of switching between a manufacturer brands there, but the Porsche seems to be the most comfortable and easy to drive. I’ve been struggling with qualifying and the BMW guys really know how to qualify good in that car and I struggled with it. So, starting up front certainly helped us.”
 
Van Gisbergen prevailed in a spirited late-race battle with Argentine racer Agustin Canapino in the No. 66 Juncos Racing Ferrari 488. Nevertheless, Canapino’s stellar performance netted Ferrari’s first podium in IMSA iRacing Pro Series competition and also was the first race to feature three different manufacturers on the podium.
 
“It was a crazy race from the start after a Porsche spun in front of me, causing an accident where I sustained some damage and lost some positions,” Canapino said. “After that I restarted in ninth and picked up the rhythm, despite having to pit early for new tires. We had some great overtaking moves and great pace, putting us in the Top 3. I was able to get very close to Shane and had some great battles with him until the end. A podium finish for us in a Ferrari is fantastic and a tremendous achievement and I am so happy to have Ricardo Juncos and my team by my side through all of their help."
 
With as little as 10 minutes left in the race, it looked like there could be two BMWs on the podium. With less than two minutes left, it looked like BMW might win its fourth race in five tries.
 
But late incidents wiped out would-be podium runs for both Krohn and points leader Bruno Spengler in the No. 7 BMW IMSA Team Red entry. Spengler recovered from his spin with just under 10 minutes remaining to finish fifth, one spot behind Shinya Michimi in the No. 86 Meyer Shank Racing Porsche 911 RSR.
 
As a result, Spengler continues to lead the IMSA iRacing Pro Series point standings by 31 markers, 153-122, over Nicky Catsburg heading into the season-ending race at the virtual Watkins Glen International circuit two weeks from tonight.
 
In the second round of the IMSA iRacing Challenge Series earlier this afternoon also at VIR, Greg Liefooghe took the victory in the No. 119 Stephen Cameron Racing Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport.
 
A longtime IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge competitor, Liefooghe held off Nealson Lawrence by 2.753 seconds for the win. Lawrence came within a second-and-a-half with eight laps remaining when Liefooghe was challenged by a car resisting to be lapped. While there was contact between Liefooghe and the lapped car that sent the latter off track, there was little to no damage on the No. 119 Porsche and Liefooghe pulled away again from Lawrence to win.
 
Round 3 of the IMSA iRacing Challenge Series will take place on Thursday, June 11 at 3 p.m. ET prior to the IMSA iRacing Pro Series event at 6 p.m. Both iRacing championships will reach their conclusion that day at Watkins Glen International.

The regular rotation between oval tracks and road courses continues tomorrow, May 27, for the TireRack.com Road to Indy iRacing eSeries Presented by Cooper Tires with a visit to a virtual copy of Watkins Glen International in upstate New York. Watkins Glen is an iconic natural terrain course situated among the woodlands and rolling hills overlooking Seneca Lake. It includes 11 turns, plenty of elevation change over its 3.37 miles, and will provide an exhilarating challenge for the full field of drivers representing all three levels of the acclaimed open-wheel racing development ladder – Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship.

Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYKPnV1mDOY

The action will begin tomorrow at 6:45 pm EDT with an intense qualifying session to determine which 28 of 38 at-home drivers will be fast enough to contest the pair of 20-minute simulated races. Race One will start at 7:00 pm. The finishing order will determine the starting grid for Race Two, albeit with the top 10 positions inverted.

The 10-race series is nearing its conclusion with a pair of 21-year-old American Indy Pro 2000 racers, Phillippe Denes and Braden Eves, separated by just six points – 140-134 – at the top of the table after six events. Denes, from Carmel, Calif., represents Italian-based RP Motorsport USA, while Eves, from New Albany, Ohio, by virtue of winning last year’s USF2000 championship, carries the striking blue-and-white Road to Indy Scholarship colors for Canadian-based Exclusive Autosport.

Max Kaeser (Miller Vinatieri Motorsports) and Andre Castro (Legacy Autosport) lie third and fourth in the points table after securing breakthrough victories last week at the Lucas Oil Raceway oval.

Both USF2000 racers have been a factor throughout the sim racing season. After finishing on the podium in the oval openers at World Wide Technology Raceway, Kaeser, 17, from Keystone, Colo., bounced back from a disappointing day at the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca road course to score a dominant Race Two win last week at LOR.

Andre Castro, from New York, N.Y., who is balancing his time with studying economics at the University of Chicago, finally banished a sequence of misfortunes to the rear-view mirror when he took the checkered flag in the LOR  opener.

“It was really good to get that first win last week,” said Castro. “I knew I would have a good chance on the oval – since it was less about the draft, I knew I could control my own destiny. I’m really looking forward to this week’s race as well, especially since the track is so big that lapped traffic shouldn’t be an issue. I have more sim laps at Watkins Glen than any other track. I’ve been playing racing video games since I was 7 years old, like the NASCAR game, and Watkins Glen was one of the two road courses, so I played it a lot.

“It’s my favorite track. It’s so beautiful, and I hope to race there in real life someday. I’ve done iRacing at Watkins Glen in so many cars, from stock cars to sports cars to Indy cars. It’s really easy for me to pick it up and be near the pace. That said, it’s not easy to compete with Phil and Braden so I’m definitely going to have to put in some practice time this week.”

Fellow New Yorker Yuven Sundaramoorthy also has high expectations after breaking through at Lucas Oil Raceway with a brace of top-six finishes for Pabst Racing. Sundaramoorthy, from Guilderland, N.Y., is one of only a few Road to Indy drivers who have relevant experience at Watkins Glen, having earned his first F1600 Championship Series victory there in 2018.

“Watkins Glen has a few elements that are different from other road courses – like the banking in the heel and the toe of the Boot,” said Sundaramoorthy. “Those are definitely difficult to get into, because if you miss it by just a bit, you push out into the wall. That was a big challenge to get used to in F1600 because it was very ‘slidey’ as well. The Inner Loop ‘bus stop’ is difficult to judge as well: I sometimes come in too fast and it would push me out so I couldn’t make the second half.

“I’ve had trouble with consistency at Watkins Glen, but that’s one of the things I’ve been working on in iRacing. I’m working on holding my position during races, being a bit more aggressive and on improving in qualifying.”

Thirty points are up for grabs in each of the two 20-minute races, plus additional bonus markers for the SimMetric Driver Performance Labs Pole Award, leading most laps and the TSOLadder.com Fastest Race Lap.

All competitors once again will be racing for a cause as all registration fees to enter will be donated into a fund to support COVID-19 relief efforts.

Fans can follow the weekly action on a series of outlets including the Cooper Tire Facebook page, the TireRack.com website (TireRack.com/roadtoindy), the Road to Indy TV website and App, ApexRacingTV’s YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, the iRacing eSports Network and the series’ respective Facebook platforms. In addition, live coverage will be carried by MAVTV Canada, which will be airing all Indy Lights races live in 2020 when the series returns to action as well as Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship highlight shows.

It's always a thrill to buy a new vehicle. It's dramatically more so if you have the chance to actually drive your new vehicle right off the assembly line. That's exactly what six-time world champion drag racer Jeg Coughlin Jr. got to do in 2018 when he purchased a new Jeep that was assembled in Toledo, Ohio.
 
"It was truly an amazing experience and made that particular Jeep very special to me," Coughlin said. "I was the first butt in the seat, as they say, and I feel a real connection to my Jeep. I keep it down in Florida, where it's the perfect cruiser for the beach."

 

 

Coughlin's special opportunity to visit the Jeep Plant at the Chrysler-Toledo Assembly Complex came from his professional relationship with Mopar and a long-standing offer from former Plant Manager Bruce Schabeck. Coughlin competed in a Dodge Avenger and a Dodge Dart in the past, winning the 2013 Pro Stock title in the HEMI-powered JEGS.com/Mopar Avenger.
 
"With the Toledo plant just a few hours away Bruce set up a deal where we could go up and have a tour of the facility the same day my Jeep was being assembled," Coughlin said. "We actually started the process with our friends at Coughlin Jeep in Marysville. Although we share the same name, we aren't related, but they are good friends and great people. We've done a lot of business there through the years.

 

 

"As you may imagine, it takes a ton of coordination to order a vehicle the way you want it and then have it come to life before your eyes. We were able to follow the build through the entire process, from the initial plans and scheduling of when all the specific components would come together on through to the build itself."
 
It actually takes less than one full day for a Jeep to be built. Coughlin was alerted to the day his Jeep would be assembled so he headed north to watch it happen. He was greeted by Jeep's JK/JT Quality Center Manager Chad Kamm, a drag racer himself who regularly competes in a 23T Altered at nearby Milan Dragway.
 
 
"We arrived with about three hours of the build left," Coughlin said. "Chad took us straight to the assembly line and found my Jeep. It had just reached the point where the body panels were being installed. We watched as they installed the drive-train, the seats, a lot of trim, and the door pieces. It's incredible to see the professionalism and the coordination of all these different parts coming together right before your eyes.
 
"I've been fortunate to see a lot of factories and assembly lines for all kinds of things through the years but this one was just mind-boggling. You could certainly feel the pride the workers there had in what they were doing and in the units they were producing each day."
 
 
During his visit, Camm allowed Coughlin to drive a Jeep Rubicon through the elaborate testing grounds outside, where the full capabilities of the machine are revealed in actual practice.
 
"Until you drive those things to their limits it's hard to fully appreciate what they can do," Coughlin said. "The turns they can make, the angles they can traverse, the climbing abilities of that vehicle; it's all quite remarkable. They can handle way more than you would ever think to take them through in a normal day."
 
 
After having some extracurricular fun, Camm made sure Coughlin was ready at the end of the assembly line at the right moment.
 
"At the very last station they put 12 gallons of fuel in the tank in about four seconds," Coughlin said. "Then it came forward and they allowed me to jump in there, fire it up, and drive it off the assembly line. 
 
"I've always been a fan of Jeeps. I had a couple when I was younger and my friends and I would go 'Jeeping' through the woods and what-not. But I don't know if any Jeep experience can beat that feeling right there.
 
"They also allowed me to write a personal note to all the workers who had touched my Jeep on its way through the plant, which was really neat. I added a photo of our championship-winning Dodge from 2013 and a huge 'Thank you' to each of them."

MAVTV, the only cable television network in the U.S. dedicated solely to motorsports, is thrilled to announce the return of LIVE racing beginning with coverage of the opening rounds for MotoAmerica’s Supersport series from Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The LIVE broadcasts are scheduled to air at 3 pm ET on Saturday, May 30th and Sunday, May 31st. MAVTV’s LIVE broadcasts will feature one-hour programmingof the rising stars competing in the hotly-contested Supersport class.

"MAVTV has a rich history with two-wheel racing and we are proud to offer America’s premier road racing series in our May broadcast schedule,” said John Duff, Head of Content, MAVTV Motorsports Network. "While racing without fans isn’t ideal, the ability to hold a live race is still a big win for the industry and its fans, and we’re excited to broadcast these live events to motorsports enthusiasts.”

 

With last year’s top three finishers switching classes, Sean Kelly and Richie Escalante, who finished 4th and 5th in the 2019 standings, are itching to get to Supersport racing as they look to capitalize off their strong finishes last season and break into the top three for 2020. The action takes place at the 4.048 mile, 14-turn race track near Oshkosh, Wisconsin, that has hosted some of the greatest names in automotive racing and now North America’s top supersport racers.

MAVTV is now available through 220 providers across cable, satellite, telco, and digital broadcast platforms.With partners includingAT&T U-verse, Charter/Spectrum, DIRECTV, Fios by Verizon, FuboTV, Google, Mediacom, and many more, the country’s premier motorsports network is seen in more than 30-million households.

For more information regarding showtimes and re-runs or to begin watching premium motorsports content on MAVTV, please reference your digital and TV channel guides.

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Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today affirmed June dates at both Road America and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.  The agreement with Road America is a new date after a postponement from the original May 15 -17 Vintage Festival. Fathers’ Day June 18 – 21 weekend became available with the postponement of the Brickyard Invitational at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and changes to the Indy car date originally planned at Road America at that time. Mid-Ohio will take place on its previously announced date, June 25 – 28.

SVRA will share the Road America race weekend with Blue Marble Radical Cup’s unique form of sports car racing. The SpeedTour Festival formula will return at Mid-Ohio, featuring SVRA and Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli.

The Mid-Ohio races will be live-streamed. Fans around the globe can enjoy the competition through free streaming media to their phones, tablets, and computers. Free downloads are available for both Apple and Android. There are separate apps for SVRA and Trans Am.

“Road America and Mid-Ohio are important venues for our sport and as the economy opens, we are able to move forward with responsible precautions,” said Tony Parella, SVRA President and CEO and majority owner of the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli. “Our goal is to make SVRA and SpeedTour racing safer than going to the grocery store.”

“Vintage racing is important to Road America and we are delighted to keep SVRA on our schedule this season,” said Road America President and General Manager, Michael Kertscher. “I am proud that everyone in motorsports is pitching in to make the best of a situation we absolutely did not want and could not have planned for. This was a perfect opportunity to get SVRA back and give all our fans another reason to take in Father’s Day at America’s National Park of Speed. Fans will also have the opportunity to watch the Blue Marble Radical Cup during the SVRA Vintage Weekend.”  

 

As part of its commitment to honoring America's heroes, Road America will also provide FREE admission to all active, reserve-duty military and veterans with ID during the SVRA Vintage Festival Weekend, June 18-21, at Road America. Gates will open to the public each day at 7 a.m.

Anyone 16-years-old and under are always FREE with a paying adult at the gate. All races will run rain or shine. A tentative event schedule for each event will be posted at www.roadamerica.com.

 

Fans are encouraged to follow safe practices at Road America, such as social distancing (maintaining six feet from others), frequent hand washing, or using one of the many new sanitizer stations located throughout the facility. Cloth face coverings are encouraged in areas where social distancing is difficult. For additional details on Road America’s Active Measures Against COVID-19, fans are encouraged to check out its website at www.roadamerica.com/covid-19

Car owner registrations for both race weekends are open at www.svra.com. Owners who filed entries for Road America’s original date are welcome to register at no additional fee if they wish.