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.
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Pendregon finds victory lane for the first time in three years at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park
(Courtesy of NHRA Communications)
(Courtesy of NHRA Communications)
The Arthritis Foundation today announced its formal partnership with NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Natalie Decker by naming her a Champion Ambassador to raise awareness of leading a full life with arthritis. The announcement of Decker’s ambassadorship coincides with the start of Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month in July, which focuses on the arthritis community that is dearest to her heart.
“Natalie Decker has supported the Arthritis Foundation for years, and we’re so thrilled to make our partnership official,” said Ann M. Palmer, President and CEO of the Arthritis Foundation. “She has overcome her chronic pain to find success in a male-dominated sport, and she gives hope to millions of people with arthritis that they can lead a full life.”
The 24-year-old racing phenom battles rheumatoid arthritis that began as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) at birth. Her active lifestyle on and off the racetrack has been underscored by a painful journey with arthritis: as a child, she had difficulty fully straightening her arms and faced challenges to find the right medication. Today, Decker says the pain and stiffness she feels as an adult are exponentially worse than when she was younger – and she’s committed to sharing her story to inspire others.
“Especially for the kids, I want to normalize that it’s okay to talk about their arthritis and the challenges they face,” said Decker. “Having arthritis can be incredibly isolating, and if I can help just one more person feel more supported and inspired, I’ve done my job.”
As an Arthritis Foundation Champion Ambassador, Decker will promote her experience using the Arthritis Foundation’s new Vim app and share regular updates with her followers about her successes and challenges completed within the goal-setting app. Her ambassadorship also includes participating in the Arthritis Foundation’s upcoming National Juvenile Arthritis Conference and National Juvenile Arthritis Camps, which are being held virtually this summer. Juvenile arthritis affects nearly 300,000 kids and teens in the United States.
Decker, who started racing in go-karts at 5, has forged her own path to becoming one of the top young drivers in the NASCAR scene. In 2020, she made history as the fastest finish for a female driver in the NASCAR Truck Series’ NextEra Energy 250 Race at Daytona International Speedway. Her record-breaking career has secured Decker a strong, loyal fan base.
“For me, it’s so important to use my platform to let others fighting similar battles know that they’re not alone, especially younger patients with forms of juvenile arthritis,” said Decker. “The Arthritis Foundation has already formed a wonderful network of support for patients of all ages, and this partnership will allow me to make even more meaningful connections with the arthritis community.”
Families can still register to be a part of the Arthritis Foundation’s free National Juvenile Arthritis Conference from July 22-25 by visiting: https://www.arthritis.org/events/ja-conference.
Registration is also still open for the free National Juvenile Arthritis Camp from August 3-5. For more information and to register visit: https://www.arthritis.org/events/ja-camps.
Progressive American Flat Track announced today the long-awaited return of its open paddock sessions at all remaining races of the 2021 season. With the changes to CDC guidelines and local regulations on outdoor events, Progressive AFT will bring back its Rider Autograph session beginning with its fifth and sixth rounds at Remington Park.
It has been nearly two years since race fans and riders have intermingled at the racetrack, so the return of the fan walk at the Indian Motorcycle of Oklahoma City OKC Mile Doubleheader presented by KICKER will be a treat for fans and racers alike.
"I'm excited to interact with the fans again in OKC," said Briar Bauman, reigning two-time Mission SuperTwins presented by S&S Cycle Champion. "We as racers get as much joy talking and catching up with fans as they do us. The small interaction we had with fans in Chicago reminded me of the reasons I became a racer in the first place and why fan support means the world."
The stars of Progressive AFT will test the upper limits of speed, bravery, and excitement when the series unleashes the first Mile action of the season doubleheader style. The Indian Motorcycle of Oklahoma City OKC Mile I & II presented by KICKER at Remington Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, will take place on Friday, June 18, and Saturday, June 19. Tickets are available for purchase now at https://store.americanflattrack.com/ebooking/ticket/view/id/3323/#selectTickets. For those viewing from home, live coverage will be available on any device for only $1.99 a month via TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.
For more information on Progressive AFT visit https://www.americanflattrack.com.
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For 10 days in July, motorcycles are king in Monterey County.
West Coast Bike Week is a community focused week of activities geared to those who love all things on two wheels. There’s plenty of excitement for riders (or enthusiasts) of all ages and experience levels.
The 10-day experience is highlighted by professional championship racing at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca with the GEICO Motorcycle MotoAmerica Superbike Speedfest at Monterey, July 9-11, followed by exciting vintage racing with the AHRMA Classic Motofest of Monterey, July 16-18. It’s paradise for motorcycle lovers.
Everything kicks off July 9 at the MotoAmerica Bike Night, which will take place in downtown Pacific Grove from 5-9 p.m. Lighthouse Avenue will be shut down between Forest Avenue and Congress Avenue, where live music, merchandise and other surprises await at this free event that is presented by the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce. Fans are encouraged to bring their motorcycles to help launch West Coast Bike Week.
After three days of pulse pounding MotoAmerica action at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, the Ducati Owner Program takes the track on July 12.
From July 13-15, the Learn to Ride program will be teaching important lessons to motorcycle riders of all skill levels at the Raceway’s Lakebed. Part of the California Motorcyclist Safety Program, Learn to Ride is implemented by members of the Pacific Motorcycle Training team, in conjunction with the California Highway Patrol. For more information, click here.
There will be both a Training Course – designed for the novice rider – and a Premier Course – which allows riders who are age 21 and older and who already know how to ride, but are not licensed, the chance to earn their motorcycle license.
On track July 14-15 will be Iconic Motorbikes – which is a promotional partner of West Coast Bike Week. The company has quickly risen to become one of the premier motorcycle auction websites in the industry. Anybody looking to buy or sell a motorbike needs to look no further than Iconic. More information about Iconic can be found at www.iconicmotorbikeauctions.com.
The AHRMA Bike Night is July 15 at the Baja Cantina & Grill in Carmel Valley. It will run from 5-7 p.m. and include vintage bikes, drink specials, a raffle, plus much more.
“West Coast Bike Week is an exciting initiative that brings the whole community together in celebration of our two wonderful motorcycle racing events,” said John Narigi, president and general manager of WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. “There is a rich history of motorcycle racing at our track, and the West Coast Bike Week events inject even more energy and enthusiasm into those two weeks in July.”
For those who prefer to pedal on two wheels, the Twilight Cycling event returns July 7, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. This ride allows cyclists of all ages and experience levels the thrill of pedaling WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca’s 11-turn, 2.238-mile course. The ride is highlighted by the legendary Corkscrew that drops 59 feet in just 450 feet of track length. Helmets are required.
For a list of West Coast Bike Week events, click here. To buy tickets for both the MotoAmerica and AHRMA events at WRLS, click here.
(Courtesy of WeatherTech raceway Laguna Seca)
- Common FIA-GT3 specification for both classes and common fuel from VP Racing Fuels, IMSA’s official fuel partner.
- Both classes will use the single-specification Michelin S9M tire currently used this year in the GTD class for the 2022 season. This along with the use of the shared FIA-GT3 platform will reduce development costs for both manufacturers and customer teams. IMSA and Michelin will announce a longer-term solution for 2023 and beyond at a later date.
- GTD PRO and GTD will use the same, data-driven Balance of Performance (BoP) process, which is an extension of IMSA’s current process.
- As GTD PRO is geared toward factory-supported teams and drivers, on-track performance levels achieved by the GTD PRO class is expected to exceed that of the GTD class. For this reason, the BoP for each class will be managed independently.
- GTD PRO will adopt current GTLM Sporting Regulations on driver ratings, qualifying, grid placement and race procedures. GTD PRO cars will use red number panels and position-indicator LEDs. GTD PRO cars will be required to start the race on qualifying tires or face a penalty as opposed to GTLM, which allowed teams to use any tires from their allocation without penalty.
- GTD will remain as it is today with the same requirements for Bronze- or Silver-rated drivers to be included in team lineups, qualifying, grid placement and race procedures. The same qualifying procedures introduced in 2021 which require a Bronze- or Silver-rated driver to set the team’s starting position followed by a mandatory driver change and a second qualifying session to earn qualifying points will remain in effect.
- GTD PRO will adopt the same testing limitations as the existing GTLM class, which allows for eight days of testing. The GTD class will continue to be capped at four days, although Bronze drivers may have unrestricted test days with IMSA approval. Wind tunnel and straight-line testing is prohibited in GTD.