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From a harrowing two-wheel incident to a now four-wheel champion, it’s been an unpredictable year for racer Chad Reed.
 
It was only eight months ago that the wildly popular, championship-winning dirt bike rider was sidelined with multiple broken bones and other injuries stemming from a Supercross incident. Just three months later, though, Reed returned to racing – this time of behind the wheel of a Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo EVO.
 
It began when Reed connected with IMSA driver Ryan Hardwick through mutual friends. The pair headed to Las Vegas earlier this summer for Reed’s first ever test in a Lamborghini Super Trofeo race car for Dream Racing.
 
“The test went well right away,” said Reed. “The owner, Enrico (Bertaggia) was like, ‘I’ll know in five minutes whether we’re going to put him in the car or not.’ I guess I passed the test.”
 
Just one week later, Reed found himself headed to Watkins Glen international in New York to make his debut in the IMSA-sanctioned Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America series as a part of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen weekend.
 
“I had heard a lot about Watkins Glen, but I had never been there,” Reed explained. “We race close by in a place called Unadilla, about an hour and 45 minutes away. So, though I’ve been to that part of the country quite a lot, I’d never gotten out to Watkins Glen. It was really exciting to go and see a pretty historic venue for IMSA racing.”
 
Originally competing in the Pro-Am class with Hardwick, Reed moved to the LB Cup class in July after Hardwick suffered a season-ending knee injury of his own in a crash during a WeatherTech Championship practice at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
 
Last month – following four wins in eight LB Cup races alongside new co-driver Justin Price – Reed headed to Circuito de Jerez in Spain to compete in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo World Finals. The duo won the final race of the 12-round Super Trofeo North America season, before Reed prepared to contend individually for the World Final LB Cup Championship amongst Lamborghini Super Trofeo competitors from around the world.
 
“I actually lived in Europe in 2001, so when I first left my native country Australia as an 18-year-old kid, I went to race the World Championship in Europe,” said Reed. “I got to venture all over Europe and I got to spend some time there. I’m a huge MotoGP fan and Jerez is a big part of that championship and testing program, so I knew the venue quite well.
 
“I had never been there, but I’d known it well enough that I’d watched so much of it that basically going there for the first time didn’t feel like the first time. To get to go to a venue I knew so much about and cared about its heritage, to race a Lamborghini there was really exciting.”
 
After winning the first of two World Final races, Reed finished second in Race 2 to clinch the LB Cup World Championship, adding his first four-wheel title to his already impressive collection of championships on two wheels.
 
“I’ve been a professional athlete for 22 years,” said Reed. “I come from a lot of experience in the racing world and in my opinion, racing is racing, always. From two wheel to four wheel, it’s a little different here and there but for the most part, racing at the highest level is always the same. It always takes the same mindset and it always takes the same successful way of going about it that is rewarded in every way. That’s just what I think.”
 
But what is it that keeps the drive going for the multi-time AMA/World Supercross champion? His participation in Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America shows just that – his desire to learn.
 
“It’s that progression at never arriving and always trying to be better and trying to figure out what it is,” explained Reed. “That desire to jump into something and try to find more. Though I won in Jerez, already immediately I re-watched the race. I got to watch it on TV and a lot of the battles I was in.
 
“With watching it, already your mind says, ‘Ah, I could do this better, I could do that better or I could approach this better.’ The competitive side of you, you’re always looking for more and always trying to find that competitive edge and understanding of how to be better. I guess that just drives me and it fuels me.”
 
Reed added how competing in four races at Jerez – instead of the traditional two at IMSA weekends – added even more fuel to his fire.
 
“Four races is double the time, so you have double the day there and double the experience and double the learning,” he said. “I’m left on this high where, ‘When’s the next time I get in a car?’”
 
Although now in the IMSA offseason, Reed hopes it won’t be long before he returns to a race car. The now 37-year-old is becoming more aware of the impending end to his two-wheel career, but has no intentions of quitting racing any time soon.
 
“I’m at the tail end of my Motocross career and life beyond motorcycles is becoming more real each and every year,” said Reed. “At this point, I’m not sure how many more years I’ll race. But it just feels normal to go racing. I feel the change. I really enjoyed my time in the car this year.
 
“The goal currently is to do Super Trofeo again. I think that’d be awesome to get in a car by myself and try to maximize my time, jump up a class into the Am class, then go learn and try to figure that out. That’s pretty much where I’m at, just figuring out what I can do.
 
“As far as being in IMSA racing, that is the goal. I love racing so much. It’s like I see Sebring and Daytona and the Six Hours at Watkins Glen. I don’t know why, but that seems really appealing to me and it seems fun. I love that grinding away, finding the limit. If I could find a level of driving that I feel I need to get to, where I can be competitive at that level, then obviously a GTD or something like that would be something I would really enjoy and love to do.”

ARCA Menards Series championship team Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) announced today that the team will compete in Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Series (NKNPSW) season finale from ISM (Ariz.) Raceway with drivers Corey Heim and Ty Majeski.

Both drivers enjoyed plenty of success for Chad Bryant Racing in the ARCA Menards Series this season with Majeski leading the team to three victories at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, Pocono (Pa.) Raceway and Chicagoland (Ill.) Speedway respectively.

NASCAR championship crew chief Paul Andrews will continue to work Majeski as crew chief of the team’s No. 2 Ford Fusion entry, while 2016 ARCA Menards Series championship crew chief and team owner Chad Bryant will guide Heim aboard the No. 22 Ford Fusion ride.

ISM Raceway’s season-finale will mark the team’s debut in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West division but will utilize the race to get a jumpstart on the 2020 season which will be rebranded as ARCA West.

“As an organization, we are excited to head to ISM Raceway and compete in Saturday afternoon’s K&N West Series season finale,” offered team owner Chad Bryant. “We realize that the competition will fierce and the teams are going to leave nothing on the table for the last race of the year, but we saw Phoenix as an opportunity to dive in and give ourselves another opportunity to get a win.

“My Chad Bryant Racing guys have worked extremely hard on these cars over the last couple of weeks and we feel like we’ll be in good shape with two talented drivers.”

Majeski, a native of Seymour, Wisc. competed in six ARCA races this year with Chad Bryant Racing between April and October.

In those six races, he won three times and earned six top-five finishes with the worst effort of fourth at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

Leading 112 laps this season, Majeski had an average finish of 2.0.

The 24-year-old has one start in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at the 1.0-mile race track last fall where he earned an 18th-place finish.

Majeski will have a busy weekend at Phoenix as he’ll compete in the Lucas Oil 150, the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series’ (NGOTS) penultimate race of the season for Niece Motorsports.

“I think we have a great chance this weekend at ISM Raceway,” offered Majeski. “We have been really good all year and I’m excited to end the season with Chad Bryant Racing on a good note. They’ve put a lot of work into the two cars for this weekend and I’m excited to see how we perform.”

A former competitor at ISM, Majeski knows that track position will be crucial to the team’s success in the 100-lap dash.

“I think the biggest thing we’ll face this weekend is track position,” he added. “There are no live pitstops so there are fewer opportunities to gain positions. It’ll be important to qualify up front and sustain that track position throughout the race.”

A native of Marietta, Ga., Heim has never been to ISM Raceway but leans on the experience of his team after a successful rookie campaign in ARCA.

Competing in 13 of the 20 races, the 17-year-old maneuvered eight top-five and 12 top-10 finishes with a worst finish of 11th in his third race of the year at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.

Heim ended the year on a string of three consecutive top-five finishes, including a career-best third twice in back-to-back races at the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds and Salem (Ind.) Speedway respectively.

Despite not running the full schedule, Heim finished runner-up in the Rookie of the Year honors and finished 10th in the championship standings.

“I can’t thank Chad Bryant Racing enough for all that they have done for this year,” said Heim who participated in a CARS Tour event at South Boston (Va.) Speedway this past weekend. “We’ve had a lot of fun and success together in ARCA this year and I’m excited about the opportunity to do more of the same in the K&N West Series season finale in Phoenix.

“I’ve never been to ISM Raceway, but I know I’m surrounded by talented people who will help my learning curve seamless.”

For more on Corey Heim, please like him on Facebook (Corey Heim Racing) and follow him on Instagram (@corey.heim) and Twitter (@coreyheim3).

For more on Ty Majeski, please like him on Facebook (Ty Majeski Racing) and follow him on Instagram (@tymajeski_) and Twitter (@TyMajeski).

For more on Chad Bryant Racing, please visit ChadBryantRacing.com, like them on Facebook (Chad Bryant Racing) or follow them on Twitter (@ChadBryantRace).

The Arizona Lottery 100 (100 laps | 100 miles) is the 14th of 14 races on the 2019 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West schedule. Practice begins Sat., Nov. 9 with an hour and 20-minute session planned from 9:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. Group qualifying is set for later in the day at 11:30 a.m. The race is set to take the green flag later in the day shortly after 4:15 p.m. The event will be broadcasted live on FansChoice.tv with an anticipated airdate on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) on Wed., Nov. 13 at 6:00 p.m. All times are local (Mountain).

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Garden Grove, California’s Brody Roa, the current point leader in the USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series championship standings, will be in action this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 7th, 8th and 9th in the 24th annual Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction. The three-night race will take place at Southern California’s Perris Auto Speedway.   

Roa, 28, will be in the Dwight Cheney #42 for the event and will carry a 10-point lead in the Southwest Series heading into Thursday night’s opening race.  Each night will pay full and separate points for the Southwest, USAC/CRA and USAC National Sprint Car Series.

In addition to his lofty position in the Southwest Series, the veteran driver comes into the weekend third in the USAC/CRA standings.  He is only 44-points out of second and 99-points out of the CRA lead.  As well as this weekend’s races, Roa and the other drivers will be able to garner points over two nights at the 52nd Annual Western World Championships at the Arizona Speedway on November 15th and 16th.

Two years ago at the Oval Nationals, Roa scored the biggest win of his career. That was when he bested the field in the Friday night preliminary of the three-day race.  

“That was definitely the biggest win of my career,” he said on Wednesday morning.  “The only thing bigger would be a win in this Saturday’s finale.  It is such a big race and it is very hard to win at the Oval Nationals as it matches the best drivers in the Midwest against the best drivers here in the West.  Everybody is on their game for this one.”

In six nights of racing at the past two Oval Nationals, “The Pride of Garden Grove” has only finished out of the top 10 one time.  That came last year when he was hit from behind and flipped during the Friday night portion of the show.  He ended up with a frustrating 25th place finish that night.  Besides that, he has the aforementioned win, third, sixth, seventh and ninth-place finishes in the other five races.

Through his first 36-starts in 410 sprint car racing this year, Roa has four-wins, four runner up finishes and four third-place outings.  He has 19-top five finishes and 24-top 10’s. 

For fans who would like to attend the Oval Nationals, the spectator gates will open at 5:00 P.M. on Thursday and Friday with racing at 7:00.  On Saturday, the gates open at 4:00 P.M. with racing at 7:10.

Perris Auto Speedway is located at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris (92571).  The track telephone number is (951) 940-0134 And the track website is at the following link http://perrisautospeedway.com/

Great looking Brody Roa t-shirts are available at the track or via mail.  If you cannot make it to a race and would like to order one, please use the following link https://www.brodyroa.com/?post_type=product.  You can see the design in one of the photos attached to this release.

Roa would like to thank car owner Cheney for putting him in the Racing Optics, Wilson Racing, STEELCO USA, Curb Records, Golden Harvest #42.  In addition, he wants to thank his personal sponsors HD Industries, Burris Racing. “Biker” Bruce Fisher, Molecule, K-1 Race Gear, Shaver Specialties and Sander Engineering.

Car owners, if you are looking for someone to shoe your car during the 2019 season, look at Roa’s schedule below.  He is available to race on any night not already on his racing calendar.  Contact him at the phone number and E-mail address in this release.

Fans wishing to stay completely up to date with Brody Roa and the BR Performance squad can do so on the team’s website http://www.brodyroa.com/ and Facebook page at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/br91r/

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If you happened to drive by Daytona International Speedway last week, you may have heard the Mazda RT24-P DPi car turning laps around the 3.56-mile road course.
 
The car and its drivers turned a lot of laps at DIS last week, then moved a few hours southwest of Daytona to run even more laps at Sebring International Raceway and its legendary, 3.74 miles of bumpy concrete and tarmac.
 
Mind you, these tests were occurring nearly 90 days before the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship opens with the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Saturday, Jan. 25, and more than 140 days prior to the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts on Saturday, March 16.
So, a good first question would be why so soon?
 
“The Rolex 24 is the biggest endurance race in the States, it’s the biggest race on the IMSA calendar and it would just be an absolute dream if we could (win) it,” said Harry Tincknell, who co-drove the No. 55 Mazda DPi to its historic first victory in the 2019 Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen alongside Jonathan Bomarito and Olivier Pla.
 
“I mean, I feel like we have the team, we have the car, we have the engine, we have the drivers,” Tincknell continued. “It’s a reality now. I think in the past, a win at the Rolex has been a dream, whereas now it can be a reality. But it’s obviously going to be an incredibly tough race. It’s absolutely relentless and unforgiving.
 
“It’s the first race of the season. It’s not like we have two or three races to sort of ease our way into the championship. It’s a really brutal schedule from that point of view, which is why we’re here in October testing and getting the reliability sorted.”
 
Reliability is the next frontier for the Mazda DPi program.
 
In 2019, the obvious goal for everybody in the program was to finally get that first victory. They poured everything they had into their pursuit of victory, and were finally rewarded not just at Watkins Glen, but in the next two races as well at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and Road America.
 
“Everyone says once you get the first one, they all seem to follow,” said Tristan Nunez, who won at CTMP with Oliver Jarvis in the No. 77 Mazda DPi. “Getting three in a row, I think, really showed that and we had strong showings since then. We were really close at [Motul] Petit [Le Mans on Oct. 12], but didn’t quite get there. We had some bad luck at the end.
 
“But as a whole, we’re there now. We’re in the first with the big teams. I think all the other teams see that. They’re not just seeing us as the Mazdas on track. They see us as a competitor, strong, and I think they’re a little bit worried about what we’re going to show this [2020] season. I think the big pressure’s out of the way now, getting that first win for Mazda. Now, it’s just continuing that momentum, getting podiums, and I think we’re going to go for a championship this season.”
 
And a key step to achieving that goal is to have a strong 36 Hours of Florida to start the 2020 campaign. Hence the reason they’ve already logged so many testing miles less than a month into the so-called “offseason.”
 
“I think 2020 is the year that we go for the championship,” Tincknell said. “That’s the year where we match consistency with winning speed. This year, it was gung-ho every race, just try and get a victory. We didn’t really hold anything back. We took a lot of risk to get those victories.
 
“Whereas, I think in 2020, if we can have a bit more reliability in the first two races and be up there in the championship, then we can maybe just pick and choose our moments a little bit more. Instead of going for gung-ho, 100 percent, maybe just be a little bit more risk averse and just keep scoring the points.
 
“Because, at the end of the season, that’s what gets you into the title fight is the consistency rather than the big highs followed by big lows. We had some massive highs in 2019 and we also had some lows. We’ve just got to be a little bit more consistent and I think that’s going to be the difference.”
 
The 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship gets started with the Roar Before The 24 at Daytona International Speedway on Jan. 3-5. The 58th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona is set for Jan. 25-26.
 
Tickets for the Rolex 24 are available now at DaytonaInternationalSpeedway.com.
 

Kyle LeDuc and Toyo Tires won their sixth Pro 4 Class Championship in the Lucas Oil® Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) this past Saturday.  While already holding a large championship-points lead coming into the final race of the season, LeDuc won Round 9 to capture the overall championship at the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, AZ.  LeDuc and Toyo Tires have won Pro 4 Class Championships in 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and now 2019.

“Winning the championship for the sixth time in the Pro 4 division was a massive achievement for us,” said LeDuc.  “And to do it by winning the last round of racing is the only way to do it right… and we did because of Toyo Tires, period!”

Later that same day, LeDuc competed in the prestigious Lucas Oil® Challenge Cup race which pitted Pro 2 and Pro 4 class trucks against one-another.  LeDuc started the race near the back of the field and muscled his way to the front to win the 2019 Lucas Oil® Challenge Cup!  This represents LeDuc’s fifth Lucas Oil® Challenge Cup victory, winning in 2010, 2014, 2016, 2017 and now in 2019.  His #99 Monster Energy / Toyo Tires / WD-40 Ford truck relied on Toyo Open Country race tires to capture both his sixth overall championship and fifth Lucas Oil® Challenge Cup victory.

“The Cup race victory was the icing on the cake for this huge weekend for us,” said LeDuc.  “We had to fight past 20 trucks to get to the top level and capture the legendary Lucas Oil Cup race.  I am the only one on that track that has Toyo tires and that is why we are always a threat to win.”

LeDuc’s two victories on Saturday represent a total of 99 career wins overall.  Ninety-three of those have been on Toyo tires.

“Kyle LeDuc is one of the most prolific drivers in the history of short course off-road racing and we are proud to be a part of his championship-winning team,” said Stan Chen, senior manager of events and sponsorships, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “Our Open Country competition tires give him the traction, durability and overall performance he needs to get to the top of the podium race after race; season after season.”

LeDuc is one of the winningest drivers ever in short course off-road racing. In addition to his string of championships and Cup wins in the Lucas Oil® Off-Road Racing Series, he also won both the TORC World Championship and the AMSOIL® Cup at Crandon in 2014 as well as the Borg Warner® Cup at the Crandon World Championship Off-Road Races in 2009.

The nine-race Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series aired 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.

The live telecast of the Formula 1 World Championship Mexican Grand Prix on ABC drew the largest U.S. television audience on record for the event since its return in 2015, another mark in the season-long trend of audience growth for the championship across ESPN networks.

 

The race had an average audience of 850,000 viewers on ABC, an increase of 11 percent over the race on ABC last year (769,000) and up three percent from the NBC audience of 826,000 in 2017. The Mexican Grand Prix audience peaked at 1,014,168 as Lewis Hamilton scored his 10th win of the 2019 season.

 

The audience for the Mexican Grand Prix was the third-largest of the season on ESPN networks, following the Canadian Grand Prix on ABC (1.1 million average viewers) and the Monaco Grand Prix on ESPN (908,000).

 

Through 18 races this season, Formula 1 is averaging 671,000 viewers on ESPN networks, an increase of 19 percent over the average of 561,000 at this point last year on ESPN networks and up 24 percent from the average of 542,000 on NBC networks in 2017.

 

All but three of the 18 races this season have seen year-over-year viewership increases on ESPN networks.

 

The bar for American motorcycles has officially been elevated. Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company, has dramatically redefined the American bagger with its introduction of the 2020 Indian Challenger – a striking combination of American muscle, next-level technology, and premium comfort to deliver a truly unmatched riding experience.  

 

Designed for the most knowledgeable and discerning riders, Indian designers stopped at nothing to ensure that the Challenger out-classed its competition and delivered the highest performing, fully loaded bagger on the market. 

 

“The Indian Challenger delivers a new level of performance for riders who understand that the seemingly small details make a huge difference,” said Reid Wilson, Vice President of Indian Motorcycle. “Our mindset was to leave no stone unturned and deliver a bagger that exceeds the standards in categories like power, handling, comfort, and technology.”

 

It starts with the all-new Indian PowerPlus engine, Indian’s first liquid-cooled large displacement motor (108 cubic-inch, 60-degree V-twin) that packs a best-in-class 122 horsepower and 128 ft-lbs. of torque. The new powertrain also features a six-speed transmission with true overdrive, assist clutch to reduce clutch effort, and hydraulic valve lash adjusters and camshaft chain tensioners for a low maintenance, reliable powerplant. The PowerPlus’ overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder deliver incredible V-twin performance and power. Riders can customize the bike’s throttle mapping by selecting one of three ride modes, including Rain, Standard and Sport – resulting in one motorcycle with three distinct performance personalities. Each ride mode has been engineered with its own distinct traction control setting to align with each mode’s specific throttle mapping.

 

Starting at $21,999, the Challenger features all the premium touring amenities riders expect from Indian Motorcycle, including electronic cruise control, full LED lighting, a long-haul seat, ABS, keyless ignition, and weatherproof saddlebags with over 18 gallons of storage space. In addition, a modern and aggressively styled chassis-mounted fairing sits over the Challenger’s inverted front suspension. This, combined with the bike’s lightweight cast aluminum frame and hydraulically adjustable FOX® rear shock, delivers unrivaled handling and rock-solid stability.

 

Race-spec radially-mounted Brembo® brakes provide superior stopping power, and new performance touring Metzeler® Cruistec® tires offer supreme traction. Challenger’s chassis-mounted fairing features an adjustable windscreen with nearly three inches of travel and adjustable air vents – delivering unprecedented rider protection from all elements. With menacing LED running lights, a central headlamp, and a redesigned and modernized Indian Motorcycle headdress adorning its front fender, the Challenger presents an unmistakable profile day and night.

 

A true state-of-the-art bagger, the Limited and Dark Horse variants of Challenger are equipped with Indian Motorcycle’s intuitive Smart Lean Technology™, keeping riders confidently grounded by utilizing a Bosch IMU to add cornering control to the dynamic traction control and ABS, as well as Drag Torque Control. These models also feature Indian Ride Command, the largest, most-customizable touchscreen infotainment system on two wheels.  The Challenger’s seven-inch Ride Command system features weather and traffic overlays, key vehicle information, Bluetooth® and USB mobile pairing, and an all-new quad-core processor for faster response.

 

For its inaugural year, the Challenger lineup is accompanied by a variety of Indian Motorcycle Authentic Accessories that allow riders to upgrade their ride based on their preferences. With the Indian Challenger Rogue Collection, riders can improve sound and add blacked-out styling with the black stage 1 slip-on muffler and black PowerPlus stage 1 air intake. While a gloss black mid-rise handlebar, a tinted curved windshield and gloss black front highway bars add a premium blacked-out finish.  

 

For an added measure of comfort over longer hauls there’s the Indian Challenger Tour Collection, including a 16-inch windshield, quick release passenger sissy bar, passenger backrest and passenger floorboards, an extended reach seat, rider backrest pad, infinite highway pegs and pinnacle heel shifter. Riders can also upgrade the Indian Challenger’s audio experience with the PowerBand Audio Plus system, which delivers exceptional sound and clarity from high-output fairing and saddlebag speakers that are 50% louder than the Challenger’s stock audio system.

 

With its modern, aggressive look, and a seemingly unlimited array of performance, comfort and technological features, the Indian Challenger stands alone as the ultimate bagger.

                                              

“While we are grounded in our iconic history, we are focused and driven to break new ground and establish a higher standard for riders; and the Challenger is a testament to that,” said Steve Menneto, President of Indian Motorcycle. “The amount of technology and level of detail packed into this bike is incredible, and it’s something we’re extremely proud of.”

 

Pricing for the 2020 Indian Challenger, available in Titanium Metallic paint, starts at $21,999, while the Challenger Dark Horse, starting at $27,499, is available in Thunder Black Smoke, Sandstone Smoke, and White Smoke. The Indian Challenger Limited starts at $27,999, and is available in Thunder Black Pearl, Deepwater Metallic, and Ruby Metallic.

 

The Indian Challenger will be assembled at Indian Motorcycle’s production facility in Spirit Lake, Iowa.  Learn more about Indian Motorcycle and the 2020 Indian Challenger by visiting IndianMotorcycle.com and following along on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

 

 Visiting five of the most iconic tracks in the Western half of the United States, the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli West Coast Championship returns in 2020 for its fourth season with six events.

The Trans Am Series initiated a growth strategy on the West coast three years ago with the launch of the West Coast Championship. The West Coast Championship hit a record entry in 2019 with the field growing by 27 percent, with additional growth anticipated in 2020 with the introduction of the new Xtreme GT class (read more about new XGT class) .

“We are so happy to see the growing interest in the West Coast Championship,” said John Clagett, President of the Trans Am Race Company. “The interest has been strong, and we’ve grown the schedule for the 2020 season to help continue that trend. Our paddock has been vocal about where they want to race, and I’m pleased that we’ll be able to visit some great tracks and generate more opportunity for the teams next season.”  

The 2020 Trans Am West Coast Championship will kick off at Sonoma Raceway on March 14-15 in conjunction with the NASA event. The series then moves up the Golden Coast from Sonoma to Willows, California, for a visit to Thunderhill Raceway Park April 4-5.

The West Coast Championship will return to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca May 1-3. The 2019 season marked the first full Trans Am Series appearance at the Monterey circuit since 2004.

 

Once again, the home of the infamous Corkscrew turn will play host for the first of two weekends that will stage Trans Am National and West Coast championship combined races in 2020. The dual-championship events allow the competitors from the Trans Am West Coast Championship to take to the track in competition alongside the full field of National Championship entrants.

“This year was a huge success with having both series at Laguna Seca, and the racing was some of the best all season,” said Clagett. “Having two events that combine the West Coast schedule with the National Championship will likely foster more of the crossover that we saw this year in terms of West Coast programs growing to the National level.”

Following a short summer break, the West Coast Championship will be back in full force, running alongside the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) for the Portland Vintage Racing Festival at Portland International Raceway July 24-26.

The roar of Trans Am machinery then returns August 29-30 to the 160-foot of elevation changes that make each lap at Sonoma Raceway a driver favorite for its penultimate event of the season.

Moving to a November event date, the Circuit of The Americas will play host to the Texas-sized 2020 finale November 6-8, and will feature the first-ever season finale weekend for both the West Coast and National Championships.

“Circuit of The Americas is always a highlight and having both our National and West Coast finales as part of the same event is a great way to close out the year,” said Clagett. “Our Honors Banquet is a very big event and being able to celebrate both of these championships at the seasons end at CoTA should be a fantastic close to the year.”

Responding to racers with focused time and resources that were looking to step up to Trans Am, the series introduced the Southern and Northern Cups in 2018. The two regional groupings of Trans Am competitions were designed to reward competitors and teams that tackle certain segments of the Trans Am schedule, but do not undertake a full season commitment (competitors who undertake a full season are not eligible for cup championships). 
 

In 2020, seven venues from the Detroit Grand Prix to Watkins Glen International are reserved for the Northern Cup challenge while the Southern campaign will focus on five events ranging from Sebring International Raceway to Circuit of The Americas.

For more information on the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli visit GoTransAm.com.

Trans Am Championship by Pirelli Northern Cup 2020 Schedule

May 22-25           Lime Rock Park, Salisbury, Conn. (with SVRA)
May 29-31           Detroit Grand Prix, Detroit, Mich. (TA2 only) (with Indy Car)
June 19-21           Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, Ind. (with SVRA)
June 26-28           Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio (with SVRA)
July 10-12            Brainerd International Raceway, Brainerd, Minn.
Aug. 6-8                Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis. (with NASCAR)
Sept. 11-13          Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, N.Y. (with SVRA)

Trans Am Championship by Pirelli Southern Cup 2020 Schedule

Feb. 29-Mar. 1   Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, Florida (with SVRA)      
March 28-29       Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, Braselton, Ga. (with SVRA)
June 19-21           Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, Ind. (with SVRA)
Sept. 25-27          Virginia International Raceway, Danville, Virginia (with SVRA)
Nov. 6-8               COTA, Austin, Texas (with SVRA) 

Trans Am West Coast Championship by Pirelli 2020 Schedule

March 14-15       Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, Calif.   (with NASA)
April 4-5               Thunderhill Raceway Park, Willows, Calif. (with NASA)
May 1-3                Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, Calif. (with SVRA)
July 24-26            Portland International Raceway, Portland, Ore. (with SVRA)
Aug. 29-30           Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, Calif.   (with NASA)
Nov. 6-8               COTA, Austin, Texas (with SVRA)  

Trans Am Championship by Pirelli 2020 Schedule

Feb. 29-Mar. 1   Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, Florida (with SVRA)      
March 28-29       Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, Braselton, Ga. (with SVRA)
May 1-3                Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, Calif. (with SVRA)
May 22-25           Lime Rock Park, Salisbury, Conn. (with SVRA)
May 29-31           Detroit Grand Prix, Detroit, Mich. (TA2 only) (with Indy Car)
June 19-21           Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, Ind. (with SVRA)
June 26-28           Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio (with SVRA)
July 10-12            Brainerd International Raceway, Brainerd, Minn.
Aug. 6-8                Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis. (with NASCAR)
Sept. 11-13          Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, N.Y. (with SVRA)
Sept. 25-27          Virginia International Raceway, Danville, Virginia (with SVRA)
Nov. 6-8               COTA, Austin, Texas (with SVRA) 

With the entry process already under way for the 2020 season, IMSA today released the Sporting Regulations and Standard Supplementary Regulations for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge and IMSA Prototype Challenge. At the same time, updated Technical Regulations also were released for all three series.
 
Notable changes for the 2020 WeatherTech Championship season are as follows:
 
  • Adjustments to LMP2 driver combinations:
  • A Bronze-rated driver will be required for all LMP2 class entries.
  • At Daytona - A maximum of one Platinum-rated driver is permitted.
  • For all other LMP2 races Platinum drivers are prohibited.
 
  • As previously announced for the LMP2 class, the Rolex 24 At Daytona will not count toward overall WeatherTech Championship points but will count toward IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup points.
  • Also announced previously for the GT Daytona (GTD) class, the Long Beach event has been added, now serving as the season opener for the IMSA WeatherTech Sprint Cup. The eight-race Sprint Cup season also includes Detroit as a Sprint Cup-only event.
  • IMSA has introduced a Premium Entry package for GTD teams committing to compete in the full, eight-race Sprint Cup season.
  • All WeatherTech Championship teams may use pit lane fuel rigs for all sessions.
  • Teams now have the choice of lining their cars up at Pit Out during qualifying or any session stoppage or go to their assigned pit boxes before being released by race control.
  • Base drive-time has been eliminated for 2020. Instead, all drivers must meet minimum drive times as designated for their class in the Supplementary Regulations for each race.
 
Key changes for the WeatherTech Championship, Michelin Pilot Challenge and IMSA Prototype Challenge in 2020 include:
 
  • If a race is red-flagged after 50 percent has been completed and the race is not restarted, final race results will be determined as of the last completed green-flag lap as though the checkered flag was displayed to the overall leader and remaining cars at the conclusion of that lap.
  • Michelin RFID readers will be solely used to identify qualifying tires, eliminating the requirement to be physically marked for identification purposes. All cars still must start on qualifying tires.
 
Additional changes to the 2020 IMSA Prototype Challenge regulations include:
 
  • Two drivers will be mandatory for all cars.
  • Each car is required to have one Bronze-rated driver, who also must qualify and start the race.
  • Once the pits are open, teams may pit during Full-Course Caution periods.
  • The mandatory pit stop time will be shorter than it was in 2019 and will be based on pit-lane distance to ensure a consistent, wheels-stopped time, regardless of the pit lane length.
 
The 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship gets started with the Roar Before The 24 at Daytona International Speedway on Jan. 3-5. The 58th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona is set for Jan. 25-26.
 

Following the lead in safety enhancements set forth by its sanctioning body INDYCAR, Andersen Promotions today announced that all three levels of the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires will be required to employ a Cockpit Frontal Protection (CFP) device for the 2020 season with additional enhancements expected in the coming years.

Andersen Promotions has finalized the required installation update for teams with Dallara for the IL-15 in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires and with Tatuus for the PM-18 and USF-17 in Indy Pro 2000 Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship.

Designed to deflect debris away from the driver, the CFP will be positioned along the chassis centerline in front of the cockpit. Installations will begin immediately with a mandate for the 2020 season.

“This is expected to be the initial phase of cockpit safety updates,” said Dan Andersen, Owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions. “We are closely following the evolution of the INDYCAR aeroscreen, which is expected to drive the direction for the future. Safety is the highest priority and we appreciate both Dallara and Tatuus’ willingness to help us advance in this area.”

Andersen Promotions recently announced chassis extensions for all three ladder series with the Indy Lights IL-15 remaining in competition through at least 2022 and the Indy Pro 2000 PM-18 and USF2000 USF-17 through at least 2024.

The success of revitalization of the entire Road to Indy with new chassis introductions over the past few years was again apparent in the recent Chris Griffis Memorial Open Test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course where many of the 44 drivers in attendance comfortably graduated to the next step on the ladder.

“The transition to this car felt seamless, but that’s what it’s designed to be,” said USF2000 champion Braden Eves in his first outings with the Indy Pro 2000 PM-18. “Everything feels similar – the same steering wheel, the same pedals – you just have to get on the brakes more. The car is very similar mechanically but the braking and high-speed corners are different: you can go a lot harder. It’s really fun to drive, in the way that driving harder gets more time out of it.”

“I love this car: it’s faster, with more grip than the USF2000 car and it just clicked with me straight away,” said USF2000 vice champion Hunter McElrea. “There’s a lot more mechanical and aerodynamic grip, and more power, but that all exponentially goes up together. It’s the same (Tatuus) chassis, so I have my same steering wheel and seat so that makes the learning process shorter. The Road to Indy does a great job of making the steps in the right amount.”

“It’s more of a transition from the PM-18 to the IL-15 than it was from the USF-17 to the PM-18, but it wasn't a huge step,” said Danial Frost, a race winner in Indy Pro 2000 who turned his first laps in an Indy Lights car. “I've gained a lot of experience and race craft this season in the PM-18 – that developed me as a driver and helped with the transition.”

The Road to Indy will return to the track on December 11 and 12 with a test at Sebring International Raceway for Indy Lights, followed by its traditional Spring Training at Homestead-Miami Speedway for all three levels the weekend before the season-opener on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla.

The ARCA Menards Series East officially enters a new era with a seven-race slate in 2020 that will provide a mix of short-track showcases and national series companion events. The compact stand-alone schedule will also allow for the opportunity for competitors to compete for the new ten-race ARCA Menards Series Showdown championship.

The East season will kick off as the main event of the 54th World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway on Monday, February 10. The champion will be crowned on Saturday, September 12 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s Full Throttle Fall Weekend.

Sam Mayer captured the 2019 East title at 16 years of age to become the youngest national or regional series champion in NASCAR history. He’s already counting down the days until the green flag at New Smyrna.

“I am looking forward to returning to the East series to defend my title in 2020,” Mayer said. “I had so much fun racing in that series this year and learned so much at every race. The competition was tough, and I’m sure it will be even better next year. With the series combining, it will give me the opportunity to race against some new drivers and become more competitive. Hopefully we can go out and win a bunch of races and take home another East series championship.”

“We are really looking forward to being a part of the new East series with Sam Mayer,” said Keith Barnwell, GMS Racing manager of driver development and special projects. “This will be a great series for young drivers to hone their skills and prepare for the next phase of their careers. We consider the East series like our home games, and when we travel for the Showdown it will be like home and away. We are looking for the opportunity to defend our home races and our title.”

With the blending of the ARCA Menards Series with the newly renamed ARCA Menards Series East and West, and a consolidated rulebook to go along with it, opportunities now exist for traditional ARCA Menards Series teams to test the waters in the East Series. One team looking to do just that is the ARCA Menards Series reigning championship team, Venturini Motorsports.

“This is a great schedule with excellent spacing between events,” said Venturini Motorsports co-owner Billy Venturini. “Our team will continue to compete in the ARCA Menards Series, as we have since 1982, but this schedule gives us the flexibility to run these seven races as well. It’s great to be able to offer this to the young drivers we are working with in 2020 and beyond.”

Other schedule highlights include:

  • New Smyrna Speedway will host the season opener for the seventh consecutive season. The high-banked half-mile is just ten miles from Daytona International Speedway, and the World Series runs parallel to DAYTONA Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth at the “World Center of Racing.” Daytona will be the site of the opener of ARCA’s 68th season, with the Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire on Saturday, February 8.
  • A pair of tracks that have hosted both East and ARCA races will be featured on the ARCA Menards Series East calendar: Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida, and Marne, Michigan’s Berlin Raceway. Five Flags is the home of the Super Late Model crown jewel, the Snowball Derby, held annually in December. The quick half-mile will be the second race on the East schedule on Saturday, March 14. Berlin is the home track of former NASCAR Gander Trucks champion Johnny Benson and has been integral in the early careers of other NASCAR Hall of Famers such as Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin.
  • Toledo Speedway will also transition from the ARCA Menards Series on Saturday, May 16 to give the series a cornerstone event in the Midwest. Toledo’s high-speed half-mile will give a great test for the East drivers and teams. The race will now be the headline event of a full Saturday of racing activity at the popular Glass City oval.
  • The series will be part of two short-track national series weekends: Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 4, and Dover International Speedway on Friday, August 21. Bristol, the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile,” was swept by Mayer in 2019. Dover moves to the penultimate race on the East schedule as part of the larger national series schedule re-organization for 2020.

The ARCA Showdown will feature ten events with a separate points championship and will include several traditional East race dates, including the annual combination races at Iowa Speedway and WWT Raceway at Gateway.

The complete NBCSN schedule for the ARCA Menards Series East, including broadcast times, will be released at a later date.

 

2020 ARCA Menards Series East Schedule

 

Date                                         Track                                                   Location

Monday, Feb. 10                       New Smyrna Speedway                         New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Saturday, March 14                   Five Flags Speedway                            Pensacola, Florida

Saturday, April 4                       Bristol Motor Speedway                         Bristol, Tennessee

Saturday, May 16                      Toledo Speedway                                 Toledo, Ohio

Saturday, July 25                      Berlin Raceway                                     Marne, Michigan

Friday, August 21                      Dover International Speedway                Dover, Delaware

Saturday, September 12            New Hampshire Motor Speedway           Loudon, New Hampshire

 

 

2020 ARCA Showdown Schedule

 

Date                                         Track                                                   Location

Friday, March 6                         ISM Raceway                                       Avondale, Arizona

Sunday, April 19                        Salem Speedway                                  Salem, Indiana

Friday, May 29                          Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course                  Lexington, Ohio

Friday, July 3                            Lucas Oil Raceway                               Brownsburg, Indiana

Saturday, July 11                      Elko Speedway                                     Elko, Minnesota

Friday, July 17                          Iowa Speedway                                     Newton, Iowa

Saturday, August 1                    WWT Raceway at Gateway                   Madison, Illinois

Friday, August 14                      Watkins Glen International                     Watkins Glen, New York

Thursday, September 17           Bristol Motor Speedway                         Bristol, Tennessee

Saturday, September 26            Memphis International Raceway            Millington, Tennessee

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