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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Kyle LeDuc and Toyo Tires won Sunday’s Round 8 in the Pro 4 Class of the Lucas Oil® Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) this past weekend.  This victory came as the series returned to the Glen Helen Raceway near San Bernardino, CA.  LeDuc’s #99 Monster Energy / Toyo Tires / WD-40 Ford truck relied on Toyo Open Country race tires to capture his fifth victory of the 2019 championship season.

During Saturday’s Round 7, LeDuc experienced transmission problems which ultimately cost the race win.  Sunday proved to be a different day with his dominant victory.

“Our team came to Glen Helen with one thing in mind, dominate,” said LeDuc.  “We led almost all the laps this weekend and came out with a win today (Round 8) with Toyo Tires.”

Also capturing a second-place finish during Saturday’s Round 7 in the Pro 2 class was Brandon Arthur driving his #6 MAV TV / Toyo Tires Chevrolet truck equipped with Toyo Open Country race tires.  During the 2018 season, Arthur finished 2nd overall in the Pro Lite class championship.  This podium finish in Pro 2 confirms he remains a force to deal with in LOORRS.

“We congratulate Kyle LeDuc on winning Sunday’s Round 8 in the Pro 4 class at Glen Helen.  It is great to see him capture most of the race victories so far in the 2019 championship season,” said Stan Chen, senior manager of events and sponsorships, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “Congratulations to Brandon Arthur as well for his second-place finish during Saturday’s Pro 2 race.”

LeDuc is a five-time Pro 4 Class Champion, four of those being consecutive from 2014 to 2017.  He is also a four-time winner of the prestigious Lucas Oil® Challenge Cup.  This season he won Round 1 at Glen Helen in California; Round 2 in Chandler, Arizona; Rounds 5 & 6 at the Wild West Motorsports Park near Reno; and now Round 8 at Glen Helen.  This Round 8 victory represents LeDuc’s 97th career win overall with 91 of those being on Toyo tires.  LeDuc has his sights set on winning championship number six in 2019 and he hopes to win his much coveted 100th career victory soon after.

Only one more round remains to decide the overall championship.  The final (Round 9) and the Lucas Oil® Challenge Cup race will take place October 26 at the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, AZ.   The nine-race Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series can be seen on CBS, CBS Sports Network and MAV TV.  Log on to www.lucasoiloffroad.com for race highlights and for schedules of television coverage.  Learn more about the full line of race-proven Toyo Open Country tires at www.toyotires.com.

Loenbro Motorsports’ Steve Arpin wrapped up the 2019 Americas Rallycross season with his fourth podium of the season at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Sunday. Arpin tied a season-best result with a second place result, holding off challenges from other competitors on a muddy course throughout the six-lap final in his #00 cbdMD Ford Fiesta.

With his familiar pink and teal colors flipped to promote breast cancer awareness, Arpin’s new look changed nothing about the team’s excellent pace throughout the season. The Canadian driver posted the fastest time in the final qualifying round to seed himself fourth for the semifinals, and finished second in his semifinal to secure a spot in the main event. From there, he held off a late-race pursuit from multiple cars to cross the line in second and secure fourth place in the championship.

“Talk about an amazing way for us to finish the ARX season with cbdMD at Mid-Ohio!” said Arpin. “We had great pace all weekend, and we showed it with not only a Q4 victory, but our fourth podium of the year. It was extra special to run so strong on a weekend where we honored breast cancer survivors and raised awareness with an extra splash of pink on our cbdMD paint scheme. I’m really pumped about the year that we had, and I can’t thank our amazing group at Loenbro Motorsports enough for their hard work in making this all happen!”

Teammate Travis PeCoy, meanwhile, returned to the spot of his first-ever ARX Supercar start and podium looking for more of the same. The #3 Factory Canopies Ford Fiesta made it to the final by virtue of finishing just behind Arpin in the semifinal, as a penalty to Tanner Foust dropped the series champion from the final grid. PeCoy avoided some of the trouble that dogged other competitors to score a fifth place finish, elevating him to fifth in series points after making all but one main event in his rookie Supercar season. The result also ensured that PeCoy was the top rookie in ARX’ Supercar class in 2019.

“I’m incredibly grateful to Loenbro Motorsports for an awesome 2019 season, and glad to end it with another final appearance at Mid-Ohio,” said PeCoy. “I learned a ton over the course of the season and can’t wait to bring what I learned into 2020. Steve and the whole team have been the biggest supporters I could ask for, and I can’t wait to get us back on the box again!”

In ARX2, Michael Leach concluded his rookie season in the #09 American Grinders SuperCar Lites by equaling his best finish of the season. Leach raced his way into Sunday’s final with a third place semifinal finish ahead of defending series champion Conner Martell, and capitalized on the opportunity by scoring a fifth place result in the main event.

“My debut ARX2 season was full of highs and lows, but it’s awesome to finish off with a high this weekend,” said Leach. “I’ve picked up so much from the entire team this year and I’m a totally different driver than I was when I first stepped into the car. I’m having a ton of fun as a rallycross driver and I can’t wait for next year—I feel like we’re close to our first podium!”

With the 2019 ARX season now drawn to a close, Loenbro Motorsports is fully devoted to preparing for its 2020 race program. Further information on the team’s future race efforts will be disclosed in the coming months. In addition, Loenbro Motorsports will contest its inaugural esports season this fall, as talented young driver Garrett Lowe will race Arpin’s familiar livery in the Thrustmaster iRacing Rallycross World Championship for the remainder of the year. Each race can be streamed live on Saturdays at 2PM ET on the Loenbro Motorsports Facebook page.

Be sure to follow Steve Arpin, Travis PeCoy, Michael Leach, and Loenbro Motorsports on social media:

  • Facebook: Steve Arpin, Travis PeCoy, Loenbro Motorsports
  • Twitter: @stevearpin,@travispecoy3, @loenbroracing
  • Instagram: @arpin00,@travispecoy3, @m09leach, @loenbromotorsports

 

The ARCA Menards Series will return to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the first time since 1965 when it competes at the 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course on May 30, 2020. The race will be held in conjunction with the annual NASCAR XFINITY Series weekend, which in previous seasons had been scheduled in the month of August. The move to a new late spring date is to accommodate television coverage of the 2020 Summer Olympics.
 
The ARCA Menards Series last raced at Mid-Ohio in 1965, with Springfield, Ohio native Jack Bowsher earning the victory. Since then the series has raced only sporadically on road courses, with a single event on a modified oval at the defunct St. Louis International Raceway in 1986, a pair of races at Heartland Park Topeka in 1991 and 1992, a street circuit event in Des Moines, Iowa in 1994, a single event at Palm Beach International Raceway in 2010, a pair of races at Road America in 2013 and 2017, and nine races at New Jersey Motorsports Park from 2008 through 2016.
 
The Lexington, Ohio natural terrain road course has been home to world class road racing since its inception, and since the 1980s has hosted series such as the NTT IndyCar Series, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the SCCA Trans Am, plus various amateur and professional motorcycle series sanctioned by the AMA. Stock car racing returned to Mid-Ohio in 2013 when A.J. Allmendinger defeated Michael McDowell in a shootout. Other NASCAR XFINITY Seres winners include 2012 ARCA Menards Series national champion Chris Buescher, Regan Smith, former ARCA winner at Palm Beach Justin Marks, former Indianapolis 500 winner Sam Hornish, 2008 ARCA Menards Series champion Justin Allgaier, and Austin Cindric, who won August’s most recent race.
 
"We have worked diligently with Craig Rust and his team at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for several seasons trying to get the ARCA Menards Series back on their schedule, and we're really happy to make it happen for the 2020 season," said ARCA President Ron Drager. "We have a lot of excitement building for 2020 and additions to our schedule like Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course are a big part of it."
 
“We are thrilled to add the ARCA Menards Series to our NASCAR XFINITY Series weekend,” said Craig Rust, president of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. “Each year, it’s our objective to showcase a very diverse schedule at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and bring the best of motorsports to our fans. ARCA fits that billing and is a great, returning addition to the 2020 schedule.”
 
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course offers an exceptional family value. At all events, children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a ticketed adult, plus free parking is available. The complete 2020 event schedule will be released later this fall. Visit midohio.com for more information.

Lucas Oil Products has announced it will return as title sponsor of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. The multi-year deal ensures that Lucas Oil, the globally renowned American-based manufacturer and distributor of additive and lubricant products, will continue in this role with the world’s most prestigious motocross championship through at least the 2021 season.

Photo courtesy of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship

Additionally, MX Sports Pro Racing, in conjunction with Lucas Oil, MAVTV and NBC Sports, has unveiled the 12-round schedule for the 49th season of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship in 2020, which will visit 11 different states over the course of the summer, beginning with the Hangtown Motocross Classic, on May 16, and concluding with the Ironman National, on August 29. As part of its continued partnership with the championship, MAVTV - The Motorsports Network, will once again showcase live broadcast coverage of the opening motos at all 12 events.

The partnership between Lucas Oil and MX Sports Pro Racing regarding the legendary brand’s title sponsorship of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship began in 2009, and will continue into its 12th season next summer. On the broadcast side, MAVTV’s role as the exclusive television partner of the first motos of both the 450 Class and 250 Class enters its seventh season, dating back to the 2014 championship campaign.

"The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship embodies the values that make up the core of our business," said Tom Bogner, Lucas Oil Director of Motorsports. "Our partnership with the series began a decade ago and the championship serves as a vital platform to demonstrate our support of both grassroots racers to the most elite riders in the world. We are proud to return for the 49th season of this world-renowned championship that continues to grow on the strength of its loyal fans, excellent TV coverage and strong leadership."

2020 LUCAS OIL PRO MOTOCROSS SCHEDULE

From mid-May through the end of August, the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will visit every corner of the United States, from the motocross hotbeds of the southwest, in Southern California, and the southeast, in North Florida. Additionally, the championship will journey to the densely populated motocross region of the northeast, in New England and Central New York, as well as the Pacific Northwest, on the border of Washington and Oregon. The schedule will also feature a journey into the heartland of America, from the Rocky Mountains to the Great Lakes.

The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship has served as the world’s preeminent motocross competition, dating back to 1972. Over the span of the past five decades it has maintained its distinction as the most difficult championship to win in all of racing.


Date        Event                            Venue                           Location 
May 16    Hangtown                     Prairie City SVRA        Rancho Cordova, California
                Motocross Classic              
May 23    Fox Raceway               Fox Raceway               Pala,  Califronia
                National            
May 30    Thunder Valley             Thunder Valley              Lakewood,  Colorado
                National                       Motocross Park
June 6     Florida National            WW Ranch                   Jacksonville, Florida
                                                     Motocross Park    
June 20   High Point National      High Point Raceway     Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania
June 27   Southwick National      The Wick 338               Southwick, Massachusetts
July 4      RedBud National          RedBud MX                  Buchanan, Michigan
July 18    Spring Creek                Spring Creek                 Millville, Minnesota 
                National                       MX Park           
July 25    Washougal National     Washougal MX Park     Washougal, Washington
August    Unadilla National          Unadilla MX                  New Berlin, New York
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August    Budds Creek National  Budds Creek                Mechanicsville, Maryland
22                                                Motocross Park  
August   Ironman National          Ironman Raceway         Crawfordsville, Indiana
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The exclusive renewal period begins today for race fans who attended this March’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and purchased 3-Day Grandstand tickets for 2019. These customers will have until Thursday, Oct. 31 to renew or upgrade their seats. General public sales will begin on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 10 a.m. ET. 
 
This 16th annual event, featuring NTT IndyCar Series’ season-opening race for the 10th straight year, is set for March 13-15, 2020, in downtown St. Petersburg. Renewal customers who purchase 3-Day Grandstand seats get a Champions Club membership when placing orders through the Oct. 31st deadline closing at 9 p.m. ET.
 
"Our event countdown is on with ticket renewals starting. It’s just over 150 days until Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg," said Kim Green, co-owner, chairman and CEO of Green Savoree Racing Promotions, organizers of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. “St. Pete is a world-class destination city and a vacation hot spot. There is always great anticipation by spectators and the entire motorsports community for the season to get started here. The magnitude of this event just keeps rising!"
 
The complimentary Champions Club membership included with renewal ticket purchases has new features for 2020. The additions include opportunities to sign a trackside barrier block and a photograph with the winner’s trophy, plus upgrade to a Pit Pass for only $99 through the Oct. 31st renewal deadline (regular price $125). Champions Club members get unprecedented access. They can attend the official IndyCar drivers’ meeting on race day morning, get up close to the Indy cars and drivers with a complimentary Firestone Paddock Pass, and participate in Sunday’s pre-race grid walk. Additional benefits are a credential with lanyard, savings offers on official event merchandise, a chance to win a two-seater Indy car ride on the track, and more. The Champions Club will be available for a very limited time and quantity after the renewal period for a cost of $75.
 
Renewals are available online at gpstpete.com or by phone at 1-888-476-4479 with pricing starting at $115 for reserved 3-Day Grandstand seats. For full ticket pricing and 2020 event information and news, visit gpstpete.com or follow Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on social media using #FirestoneGP.
NHRA officials released the 2020 schedule for the Mountain Motor Pro Stock category, which will compete at six of the 24 events on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.
 
This exciting category participated in four national events during the 2019 season and delighted fans with their dynamic paint schemes, throwback hood scoops, and impressive wheel stands that go on for the first 100 feet of a launch. Adding two more events for the 2020 season means even more fans will get the opportunity to check out what makes Mountain Motor Pro Stock so special. 
 
NHRA’s two nitro categories – Funny Car and Top Fuel – will participate at all 24 national events in the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
 
2020 MOUNTAIN MOTOR PRO STOCK SERIES SCHEDULE
 
April 24-26 - NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, Charlotte, N.C.
May 29-31 - Virginia NHRA Nationals, Richmond, Va.
July 9-12 - Route 66 NHRA Nationals, Chicago
July 17-19 - Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals, Denver
Aug. 13-16 - Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Brainerd, Minn.
Oct. 2-4 - AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, St. Louis
 

From the Runoffs to the Hoosier Racing Tire Super Tour, U.S. Majors Tour to regional weekends, SCCA® road racing events are made possible thanks to the tremendous effort of SCCA workers.  And each year a handful of workers are recognized for their enormous contribution.  Those individuals are bestowed with Worker of the Year honors, presented by Mazda.

“When you combine both national and regional activities, more than 200 road racing events are conducted across the United States by the Sports Car Club of America each year,” said Michael Cobb, SCCA President & CEO. “That colossal mission just couldn’t be achieved without the thousands of highly skilled and incredibly helpful volunteers who are part of this Club. Worker of the Year awards identify a handful of these devoted volunteers. To the winners and absolutely everyone who helped pull off 2019 SCCA events, I can’t say ‘thank you’ enough for your passion and involvement.”

Award recipients have shown dedication throughout the season to their Specialty, events, Region, competitors, fellow workers and the SCCA; exhibited strong skills, good leadership, and a willingness to go above and beyond what is expected; and provide excellent customer service to everyone encountered.  SCCA members submitted Worker of the Year nominations, and winners were then selected by the SCCA National staff with input from Division leadership.

The Flagging and Communications Worker of the Year is North Carolina Region’s Heather Clark. During her service to the SCCA Clark has served on the Region board, been Flag Chief and Assistant Chief for the last three years, and her experience and attitude has earned her the respect of fellow workers and drivers as she took on the role of a teacher and leader.

Cal Club’s Tracy Roper is the Grid & Pits Worker of the Year. Roper, who attended her first Runoffs® only a couple of years ago, has left a deep impression on the Club by never missing a race with her local region, being one of the first to arrive and always looking for more responsibility and things to learn.

Elizabeth Thiel, of Finger Lakes Region, has taken “plays well with others” to new heights in earning the Worker of the Year award for Race Administration. Theil presents a positive, professional attitude with track management, workers, drivers and partners as she handles the routine and not-so-routine events which pop up on race weekends for regions, the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour and Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour.

A 29-year SCCA member, New England Region’s Terry Roberts is the Registration Worker of the Year, an honor earned by being a wonderful ambassador to the SCCA at and away from the track in her years of service. At the track, Roberts has worked all over the East Coast in both Northeast and Southeast Divisions, and she has been a staple at the Runoffs® for more than a decade. Off track, Roberts’ can-do attitude has been flexed by coordinating annual meetings and serving as the Divisional Administrator.

The 2019 Scrutineering Worker of the Year is the “contagiously warm” Bernie Novak of San Francisco Region. Novak has participated in SCCA events as a scrutineer since 2011 and is known for her planning and coordination while interacting with drivers and fellow workers with a smile. Outside of her specialty, Novak has also gotten her competition license and participated in the Tire Rack Time Trials National Tour powered by Hagerty in a continuing quest to spread her enthusiasm on and off track.

Larry Kurkowski holds many specialty licenses, but it’s his time in the start stand which has earned this Florida Region member the SCCA Starter of the Year. On the way to the honor, this 36-year SCCA member has worked events from Florida to Minnesota and served on the Runoffs start team since 2008 as Assistant Chief and then Chief Starter. 

The humility, grace, thoughtfulness and patience of Washington D.C. Region member Steve Pence has earned him the title of Steward Worker of the Year. Pence, who now splits his stewarding time between SCCA and FIA, has spent time in the SCCA as a driver, instructor, flagger, steward and Majors and Hoosier Super Tour Race Director. In each of those positions, Pence has garnered respect through transparent and sincere communication. 

Steel Cities Region member Jeff Hutzelman is the Timing & Scoring Worker of the Year. Hutzelman strives to serve the SCCA wherever and whenever needed, working frequently out of division and at the Runoffs® setting examples for others with his dedication. It is Hutzelman’s delivery of excellence which leads him and the rest of the Worker of the Year group as shining examples of the SCCA spirit.

The Sports Car Club of America®, Inc., founded in 1944, is a 67,500-member motorsports organization that incorporates all facets of autocross, rally and road racing at both Club and professional levels. With headquarters in Topeka, Kansas, the SCCA annually sanctions over 2,000 events through its 115 Regions and subsidiary divisions. Much of the SCCA’s activities are made possible with support from the following Official Partners: Hagerty, the Official Insurance Partner of SCCA; Hawk Performance, the Official Brake Products of SCCA; Sunoco, the Official Fuel of SCCA; and Tire Rack, the Official Tire Retailer of SCCA. To learn more, please visit www.scca.com.

The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) today announced further expanded initiatives for its IMSA Green Racing program.
 
In the on-going effort to pursue Green Racing Protocols, these initiatives include the continuing expansion of the sanctioning body's own IMSA Green program. This includes increased involvement in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) SmartWay Program, discovery and implementation of solar energy within its paddocks and progress in the current move to electric and hybrid technologies in the mobility field.
 
IMSA announced earlier this year it became an affiliate of the EPA's SmartWay program. This vital initiative assists companies in using more efficient transport modes, equipment and operational strategies. IMSA's new trailers and nine Mack Anthem tractors use SmartWay technology to improve fuel efficiency, reduce emissions and save money within the transport sector.
There are several ways IMSA is serving as a high-profile Affiliate. They include using Michelin fuel-efficient truck tires, aerodynamic features on the tractors and trailers and the tractors use of the MY engine.
 
MICHELIN SmartWay verified tires have been determined by the U.S. EPA to provide an estimated fuel savings of 3 percent or greater, relative to the best-selling new tires for line haul trucks, when used on all three axles. These fuel-efficient truck tires offer low rolling resistance and can be used with lower-weight aluminum wheels to further improve fuel savings.
 
Tractor aerodynamics include an aero profile and aerodynamic bumpers and mirrors. The MY engine features significant improvements in fuel efficiency, power and productivity while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. A SmartWay tractor and trailer annually save 2,000 to 4,000 gallons of fuel and reduce CO2 emissions by up to 20 percent as compared to similar trucks on the road.
 
The EPA recently bestowed a 2019 SmartWay Excellence Award on Michelin for outstanding environmental performance and leadership. IMSA’s “Official Tire Supplier” was one of 17 shipper and logistics companies – and the only tire company – to receive this distinction. The award is the EPA’s highest recognition and acknowledges the best environmental performers among SmartWay’s 3,700 partners.
 
IMSA has shared these improvements with its partners with the hope they will incorporate these technologies and protocols.
 
“These EPA SmartWay initiatives are an important component of the ever-evolving IMSA Green Racing Program,” IMSA President Scott Atherton said. “It is easy to see the monetary savings SmartWay provides and by adding in the reduction to our environmental footprint makes this something every team in our paddock should be exploring for their use.”
 
With the mobility landscape moving swiftly to electric and hybrid technology, IMSA has already announced the next generation of its top racing class – Daytona Prototype international (DPi) 2022 – will have a hybrid powertrain. The sanctioning body also continues to explore the possible adoption of ETCR (fully electric TCR) and ePrototype platforms in the future.
 
Discoveries in the areas of off-track solarization and electrification are evolving for IMSA as new technologies become available.
 
IMSA has been working closely with a number of companies to explore the use of available technologies to transform energy into opportunities. By implementing these technologies, IMSA Green can continue to develop its sustainability and innovation strategy.
 
The goal of these collaborations is for IMSA to have electric production vehicles from its manufacturer partners serve as hot lap and pace cars at its events. Today this technology is on display at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta with the 455 horsepower Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid, a plug-in hybrid SUV up to the task of serving as the safety car for this year's Motul Petit Le Mans. IMSA foresees using solar-powered stations to charge these vehicles in the future. This technology could be used in the IMSA paddock to charge generators or possibly have a racecar use this plug-in feature.
 
The performance of this vehicle was on display earlier today at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta with it being driven for a demonstration lap on full electric power by Atherton along with passenger, Karl Simon, the EPA’s Director, Transportation and Climate Division.
 
“It is no secret the mobility field is focused on alternative forms of energy with most of these efforts revolving around electric and hybrid technologies,” Atherton added. “IMSA’s conversations with top companies in this sector have led to more innovations on how we can better utilize these advancements throughout our paddock.”
 
IMSA's partnership with the EPA and SAE International has been invaluable for these evolving initiatives. The United States Department of Energy has been involved in IMSA Green, and the sanctioning body continues to have discussions with the agency for its return as an affiliate in 2020. The EPA has a display area here at the Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta Midway this week as part of the Motul Petit Le Mans festivities.
 
Earlier this summer, IMSA announced it was focusing on ways to return to the Green Challenge Level. It hopes to become the first racing series to attain Green Racing Cup status, which is the highest level of environmentally responsible racing. IMSA continues to seek ways to implement innovative engine and fuel technologies to help obtain this status.
 
“There are new ideas in this space daily and IMSA is keeping track of these advancements,” he added. “The collaboration between the EPA and SAE International has been instrumental in being able to make these announcements today. The anticipated return of the U.S. DOE can only help us advance the IMSA Green Racing program further ahead.”
 
Officials from IMSA, Michelin and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta dedicated the track’s most visible improvement with Friday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony outside the sparkling new Michelin Tower that hovers above the front stretch of the historic circuit outside Atlanta.
 
The 52,000-square-foot facility, four stories high with a viewing deck on top, houses three floors of hospitality and suite space as well as one floor for the media center and broadcast booths. In addition to race weekends, the tower is available to host events year round – even when no cars are on track.
 
The Michelin Tower further cements the relationship between the 50-year-old racetrack and the tire maker, which became entitlement sponsor of the facility in January. Geoff Lee, president and general manager of Michelin Raceway, and Alexis Garcon, chairman and president of Michelin North America, participated in the ribbon cutting as a host of IMSA executives – Chairman Jim France, President Scott Atherton, CEO Ed Bennett and IMSA Properties Vice President Rick Humphrey – looked on.
 
“Placing our brand name on this tower, on this racetrack, represents the commitment of Michelin to continue its innovation and is a mark of our dedication to motorsports and those manufacturers, racers and fans that share the same passion,” Garcon said.
 
The track has played host to premier sports car events since it opened in 1970. The tower replaced the old media center that was about 25 percent the size of the new facility. It was built in eight months after unusually wet weather delayed construction last November.
 
Lee, the track president, said the Michelin Tower is just the tip of the iceberg of improvements that he called a “game changer” for the track.
 
“It allows us to play in the marketplace with new stadiums and the NFL and NBA and so forth,” Lee said. “And it’s not just the building, of course. The Michelin effect here goes all around the facility. I hope you all take that in and enjoy it and keep seeing improvements that will benefit our corporate fans and our everyday fans.”
 
Garcon added that putting the Michelin name on the track and tower contributes to the tire maker’s racing legacy.
 
“We speak about the racetrack at Michelin being a laboratory for designing tires, building the best tires,” he said. “This track, with its incredible turns and elevation changes through the natural terrain of the region, has provided us an authentic proving ground for our tires. Our story runs deep on those grounds where we have been fortunate enough to have witnessed several decades of success here.
 
“We are proud of the Michelin history here and are excited about the new chapter that we will write all together. We are thrilled with our partnership with Road Atlanta and the iconic racetrack with the rich history and the natural connection to the fantastic heritage of the Michelin’s global racing.”

The third and final day of competition from the 56th SCCA® National Championship Runoffs® at VIRginia International Raceway has concluded. The last eight winners have cemented their place in the history book, bringing the total to 28 winners crowned this year. Sunday's highlights included John Phillips claiming a championship in B-Spec after nearly 30 tries, Ernie Francis Jr. winning his first championship in GT-1 on his first try, and Mark Boden making his third podium appearance during the 2019 Runoffs.

With the Runoffs from VIR complete, the Sports Car Club of America® now sets its sights on the 2020 National Championship Runoffs being held Oct. 5-11 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. But first, a rundown of the newest winners from the last day of competition in Virginia.

 

Below is coverage of each of the eight class races from Sunday, which can also be found at SCCA.com.

- Phillips Finally Finds B-Spec SCCA Championship at VIR

- Tray Ayres Storms VIR in P2 for Second Championship

- Busy Weekend Ends in Win for MacNeil in T2

- Prill Thrills For F Production Win at VIR

- Francis Claims First Runoffs Championship in GT-1 at VIR

- Kotyk Wins Rain-Soaked Formula F at 2019 Runoffs®

- Third Times the Charm at VIR for Mark Boden in T1 at Runoffs

- Seaber Wins Wet and Wild Formula Mazda VIR Runoffs Race

Image: Iron Man Mark Boden finishes with one of every medal after winning in T1   

Photo Credit: Jay Bonvouloir

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