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To fans of the Super DIRTcar Series, February means one thing: The DIRTcar Nationals are about to begin. From February 12-16, the Big-Block Modifieds will tear around the world’s fastest half-mile, Volusia Speedway Park, in Barberville Florida. Many of the best Big-Block Modified drivers have committed to full-time Super DIRTcar Series schedules in 2019, and the DIRTcar Nationals is the first opportunity for the Beasts of the Northeast to test their mettle against the competition. Fans from all over the country descend on the Floridian clay oval to take in the best dirt track racing in the world, all in one place.

For the eighth time, Matt Sheppard tows south to the DIRTcar Nationals as the defending Super DIRTcar Series Champion. Last year in Florida, Sheppard started out slow, but managed to grab one win out of four races completed. Meanwhile Tim McCreadie took home The Big Gator last year, but he is concentrating on his Late Model program in 2019. That leaves the door open for a wily veteran or young gun of the Series to take DIRTcar Nationals bragging rights.

An intriguing mix of drivers are southbound this year. Danny Johnson, Billy Decker, and Pat Ward carry the flag of the old guard. Meanwhile Stewart Friesen, Erick Rudolph, and Mat Williamson bring their A game to the great southern peninsula. Greenhorns Demetrios Drellos, Jack Lehner, and Kyle Coffey hope to make their names known far and wide with a victory or two. Will there be another surprise winner like last year’s first time Gator-winner Tyler Siri?

The Super DIRTcar Series silly-season was in full force this time around. Billy Decker, from Sydney, NY, has returned to the Gypsum Racing team alongside Pat Ward and Larry Wight. This formidable team enter the DIRTcar Nationals en masse with all three drivers competing for this year’s Big Gator trophy. Also, Peter Britten has left Graham Racing and will field his own equipment on the Series trail.

Ransomille, NY’s Erick Rudolph hopes to start his Championship campaign on a high note. Although the DIRTcar Nationals do not award points, the momentum a driver can gain from bringing home some Gators is undeniable. Last year Rudolph finished in Matt Sheppard’s wake in Super DIRTcar Series points, but he edged him out for the 2018 Land of Legends Track Championship.

Danny Johnson finished the 2018 season with a strong fourth place finish in points. The Doctor reeled in three top-five finishes in last year’s DIRTcar Nationals. This year he returns with a new team, Graham Racing, who switched chassis to TEO Pro Car for 2019.

A host of invaders are making their way down to Florida for a chance at a Big Gator. The legendary Billy Pauch and his bright yellow hand-painted no. 1 Big-Block Modified is always a threat for victory. Race fans should be on the lookout for Pennsylvania standout Rick Laubach, who competed in a pair of Super DIRTcar Series events in 2018. Ryan Godown would normally fall into the category of invader, but the exciting New Jersey star announced that he will run full-time on the Super DIRTcar Series trail.

The Super DIRTcar Series is pleased to see the commitment DIRTcar has made to safety at Volusia Speedway Park. New walls and catch fencing have been installed during the offseason to ensure the safety of drivers and fans alike.

Head over to the DIRTcar Nationals website to get your tickets now while they last. There are twelve nights of racing featuring UMP Modifieds, World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models, and DIRTcar Late Models racing February 5-16 and race fans will not want to miss a lap.

If you are unable to make it to the race track, you can catch all the action on DIRTVision, live and streaming in HD.

Be sure to check out these websites for all DIRTcar Nationals and Super DIRTcar Series information:

www.SuperDIRTcarSeries.com

www.DIRTcarNationals.com

www.DIRTVision.com

Super DIRTcar Series PR

Building on the team’s 2018 six-race NTT IndyCar Series program, Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) is pleased to announce that the team will contest a 10-race program in 2019 with driver Jack Harvey.
 
The MSR schedule will once again include an entry in the Indianapolis 500 and will grow to include nine IndyCar road course events as the team continues to build the program with sponsorship from AutoNation and SiriusXM. 
 
MSR will open the 2019 IndyCar season in St. Petersburg on March 10th, before heading to Texas for the series’ debut at the Circuit of the Americas. April will be another two-race month for the team with outings at Barber Motorsports Park and Long Beach ahead of the Indianapolis Grand Prix and the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 in May. June will see the team in action at Road America, with a run at the team’s home event at Mid-Ohio in July. The team will head west for the final two rounds of the season with outings at Portland International Raceway and the season-ending event at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
 
Continuing its technical partnership with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (Arrow SPM), Meyer Shank Racing is eager to take on the 2019 season with Harvey as the team continues to build on the IndyCar program.
 
“I am really excited to see the way this program has grown over the past season,” said Mike Shank. “Starting off with only six races is not easy, but Jack (Harvey) did a great job and really hung in there. With 10 races, Jack will have much more seat time and it will help us all around. I’m also excited to have both AutoNation and SiriusXM back on board with us. They have been such great partners to work with and there is only more to be excited about next year.”
 
“The partnership with Meyer Shank Racing has been so mutually beneficial, and I’m excited to see it continue and grow,” said Sam Schmidt, co-owner, Arrow SPM. “Being able to share data, resources and personnel only helps both teams’ efforts as we all strive to win more races. I’m really looking forward to another great year with MSR, Mike (Shank) and Jim (Meyer) working alongside everyone at Arrow SPM.” 
 
Returning to the MSR squad are AutoNation and SiriusXM which have been integral parts of MSR’s inaugural year in the IndyCar Series. AutoNation had a large presence at the IndyCar season finale in Sonoma with its traveling “Drive Pink Shasta” and is excited to partner with the Ohio-based team again.
 
SiriusXM is returning for its second multi-race season with Meyer Shank Racing. SiriusXM first appeared on the side of the team’s IndyCar during the 2017 Indianapolis 500 then joined the team again for its partial campaign in 2018. SiriusXM will sponsor the No. 60 car for all 10 races the team runs in 2019.

“We are proud to continue to support Meyer Shank Racing and Jack Harvey’s No. 60 car as they expand their schedule in 2019,” said Jim Meyer, Chief Executive Officer of SiriusXM.  “Jack (Harvey) turned a lot of heads with his performance in last year’s Indy 500 and we are excited to see what he and the MSR team will do on the track for 10 races this season.” 
 
SiriusXM offers listeners live coverage of every NTT IndyCar® Series race, including the Indianapolis 500, through the 2019 season.
 
The 10 race IndyCar schedule is another indicator of MSR’s growth as it also competes full time in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The team closed the season with a run to the Petit Le Mans podium on the way to second in the IMSA GTD class championship, and recently announced an all-female driver line up for its Acura NSX GT3 entry for the 2019 IMSA season.
 
“We are going to have a busy year between IMSA and IndyCar,” said Shank. “But I know my guys and they work around the clock to get the job done. The schedule that we have chosen allows us to do both series without any interference, so we can give ourselves the best chances possible to get results.”
 
Harvey who made an impression last season with a near-win in the Indianapolis 500 is eager to get back behind the wheel of his pink No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda for another competitive season.
 
“We are extremely excited to be extending our program,” said Harvey “That has always been the goal for 2019 and it is amazing to achieve that and continue to grow what we are doing. I have to thank Michael (Shank), he has put in an immense amount of work and of course thanks to Jim Meyer for his continued support. Without either of those guys, in their own way, I wouldn’t have received the opportunity. We also wouldn’t be able to do any of this without our partners, AutoNation and SiriusXM. We are incredibly lucky to have two companies that believe in us and the vision of the team. Now it’s our turn to get out on track and do more races and hopefully get some better results. I believe in the team and in myself to do what we have to do. We are just thrilled to confirm this expanded schedule so we can deliver results for everyone.”

 
Meyer Shank Racing will kick off the 2019 NTT IndyCar season with the official series test at Circuit of the Americas on February 12-13 followed by the fist event of the season in St. Petersburg on March 10th.

MSR PR

Gallagher, a leading global insurance brokerage, risk management and consulting services firm, is proud to announce that they will renew their motorsports partnership with Carlin for the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season with Max Chilton behind the wheel of the No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet.
 
“We are pleased to renew our relationship with Carlin for the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season. After a successful first season with Carlin and Max Chilton, we will continue to leverage this partnership to further increase awareness of our company to a global audience and deepen our relationships with clients and prospects,” said Christopher E. Mead, Gallagher Chief Marketing Officer. “Carlin shares Gallagher’s principles of teamwork, innovation and excellence.  Both of our teams strive to succeed on the racetrack and in the office, and we’re both dedicated to mitigating risks and creating solutions. We wish Carlin a very successful year.”
 
Chilton will return for his fourth season in the NTT IndyCar Series with partner Gallagher. Chilton and Gallagher made their INDYCAR debut together in 2016 and have since recorded 50 starts, eight top-10 finishes, 76 laps led and an impressive fourth-place finish at the 2017 101st running of the Indianapolis 500.
 
“I couldn’t be happier to formally announce that Gallagher will be back for the 2019 season partnering with myself and Carlin. Gallagher and Carlin are like family to me and I’m excited to see what we can do together building on both partnerships,” said Chilton. “Our first year together as an INDYCAR team had its ups and downs, but the potential and growth that we showed as a team was obvious to everyone. I want to say a massive thank you to Gallagher for their continuing support of me. To have the opportunity to represent the nearly 30,000 employees of Gallagher, a brand that focuses so heavily on teamwork and innovation, is a true privilege.” 
 
Chilton’s partnership with Carlin renews a successful relationship that goes back throughout the British racer’s career. Chilton won races with Carlin in Formula Three and Formula Two (formerly GP2 Series) before racing in the FIA Formula One World Championship from 2013 – 2014. In 2015, Chilton explored racing in the United States for the first time with a season of Indy Lights with Carlin, as well as a run with a manufacturer LMP1 program at the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans.  
 
“Our first year in the series was a great learning experience for the whole team and we’re thrilled that Gallagher is back on board for our second year. Gallagher started this journey with us and we’re just so thankful that they share our passion for success and really believe in both us as a team and Max’s ability to represent their brand,” said Team Principal Trevor Carlin. “We’re confident that our second season in the series will be even better than the first and we’ll be able to push our partnership to the next level.”
 
Max Chilton PR
Since its inception in 2015, SCCA® Track Night in America® Driven by Tire Rack has helped tens of thousands of automotive enthusiasts turn their dream of getting on track into a reality. With the release of the 2019 schedule, one that features a return to iconic tracks from last year, as well as an exciting new addition, the program is once again set to make dreams come true.
 
With 29 circuits spread across the continental United States, Track Night in America is as easy to participate in as ever. Along with the program returning to many of the excellent venues seen throughout the ground-breaking program's history, there are a couple exciting additions to this year's schedule. On the West Coast, the full course at Auto Club Speedway just outside Los Angeles will be used for the first time. While on the East Coast, there will be a return to the historic endurance racing circuit, Sebring International Raceway. And located somewhere vaguely in between, Track Night in America is very excited to announce that, for the first time ever, the program will be held at the visually stunning, and equally historic, VIRginia International Raceway -- home of the 2019 SCCA National Championship Runoffs®!
 
Track Night in America is a non-competitive, no-stress, entertaining, easy and inexpensive way for nearly anyone who loves cars or motorsports to get on a real racecourse in their own vehicle during weeknights. All that is required is that participants be at least 18 years old with a valid driver's license and have access to an approved helmet and street car in good working condition.
 
The price to participate is usually around $150 per event. Some special events and certain tracks may be a bit more. No previous on-track experience or SCCA membership is required to join in the fun. Drivers participate in the Advanced, Intermediate or KONI Novice Experience group so on-track activities remain fun for all, and everyone gets three 20-minute sessions on course -- as well as feedback from SCCA driver coaches on site. Admission is free for people who just want to stop by and watch the fun, and leisurely circuit parade laps are provided for all Track Night in America guests.
 
Registration is already open for some February events -- but March 5, 2019 is when general event registration is scheduled to open. However, a handful of additional events may open for registration prior to that date. Check the Track Night in America website for details. The 2019 event calendar is subject to change, but the current schedule is as follows:
 
Atlanta Motorsports Park; Dawsonville, GA
April 3, May 8, June 5, July 10, August 7, September 11
 
Auto Club Speedway; Fontana, CA
February 23, April 5 (Full Sports Car Course), June 22, August 24
 
Blackhawk Farms; South Beloit, IL
May 2, June 12, July 16, August 7, September 11
 
Carolina Motorsports Park; Kershaw, SC
May 10, June 26, August 6, September 10, October 16
 
Charlotte Motor Speedway; Concord, NC
April 26, June 6, July 19, August 16
 
Dakota County Technical College Driver Training Facility; Rosemount, MN
May 17, June 21, July 25, August 15, September 13
 
Dominion Raceway; Woodford, VA
April 18, May 17, June 27, August 15, September 19
 
GingerMan Raceway; South Haven, MI
May 16, June 13, July 17, August 8, September 12
 
Harris Hill Raceway; San Marcos, TX
March 20, April 10, May 8, June 5, September 18, October 16
 
Heartland Motorsports Park; Topeka, KS
April 25, May 17, June 13, July 12, August 8, September 19, October 17
 
High Plains Raceway; Deer Trail, CO
May 29, July 17, August 14, September 18
 
Lime Rock Park; Lakeville, CT
May 22, May 23, June 13
 
Memphis International Raceway; Millington, TN
March 26, April 23, May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10
 
MotorSport Ranch; Cresson, TX
March 19, April 9, May 7, June 4, September 17, October 15
 
New Hampshire Motor Speedway; Loudon, NH
May 24
 
New Jersey Motorsports Park; Millville, NJ
April 23, May 21, June 25, July 24, August 13, September 10
 
NOLA Motorsports Park; Avondale, LA
March 21, April 11, May 16
 
Pacific Raceways; Kent, WA
May 24, June 21, July 17
 
Palm Beach International Raceway; Jupiter, FL
February 19, March 19, April 23, May 21, June 18, August 20, Sept 17, Oct 22, Nov 12, Dec 10
 
Palmer Motorsports Park; Palmer, MA
May 2, June 6, June 27, July 18, August 8, September 5
 
Pittsburgh International Race Complex; Wampum, PA
April 24, May 22, June 6, June 22, July 23, August 14, September 11
 
Pocono Raceway; Long Pond, PA
April 17, May 9, June 13, July 11, August 27, September 16
 
Portland International Raceway; Portland, OR
May 17, June 7, July 5, August 9
 
Ridge Motorsports Park; Shelton, WA
May 16, June 6, July 23, August 7, September 12
 
Road Atlanta; Braselton, GA
April 24, June 27, July 26
 
Sebring International Raceway; Sebring, FL
September 12
 
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park; Thompson, CT
April 23, May 9, June 18, July 11, July 30, August 22, September 12, October 3
 
Thunderhill Raceway Park; Willows, CA
March 21, April 18, May 23, June 13, August 15, September 12
 
VIRginia International Raceway; Alton, VA
July 25
 
After getting a glimpse at the 2019 schedule, SCCA President and CEO Mike Cobb, a frequent Track Night participant and staunch supporter, said, "I absolutely freaking love it! I am so pumped for the 2019 season. Let's do this!"
 
Matt Edmonds, Executive Vice President of Tire Rack, said, "Track Night in America Driven by TireRack.com is a great way for inquisitive automotive enthusiasts to explore their desire to become motorsports participants. With Supervision from experienced SCCA members at Track Night, car owners can explore performance driving and feel the rush that comes from getting behind the steering wheel at some of the great motorsports venues around the country."
 
For more information about Track Night in America Driven by Tire Rack, visithttps://www.tracknightinamerica.com.
Seven individuals who made significant contributions to the Sports Car Club of America® and the world of motorsports became official members of the SCCA®Hall of Fame Saturday evening during the Awards Banquet that closed out the 2019 SCCA National Convention at South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. David Ammen, Dr. Frank Falkner, George Follmer, Patricia "Patc" Henry, John McGill, Dorsey Schroeder and Henryk Szamota make up the 2019 Hall of Fame class.
 
David Ammen
An SCCA member for more than 60 years, Ammen spent nearly half that time as a competitor who made 20 consecutive National Championship appearances through the '60s, '70s and '80s. An accomplished driver, the New England Region member is also well known for his hard work behind the scenes. He was a Road Racing Steward until the 2000s, participated on the Competition Committee, served consecutive years on the Board of Directors, and is a Woolf Barnato Award winner.
 
Dr. Frank Falkner
Born in England, Dr. Falkner moved to the United States in 1956 and soon joined the Sports Car Club of America where he became a Regional Executive and helped host an SCCA National Convention. In 1960, Dr. Falkner became a member of the newly formed SCCA Competition Events Committee, and served as the Committee's Chairman one year later. It was during his tenure that the Club introduced the Stewards program. Also during the '60s, Dr. Falkner was elected to the SCCA Board of Governors, became Vice Chairman in 1965, and Chairman of the Board a year later. Under his leadership, the Club evolved from an amateur-only racing organization to a Club that supported and ran professional events, including the Formula One races on U.S. soil. After retiring from the Board of Governors, he became a member of SCCA's Professional Competition Board and was a Woolf Barnato Award winner.
 
George Follmer
Follmer started racing in 1959 and was immediately successful. Over the following two decades, he competed in virtually every form of racing, including the United States Road Racing Championship, USAC, NASCAR, IROC, Fast Masters, SCCA's RaceTruck Challenge, Formula 5000, Formula One, the World Endurance Championship, IMSA, and both SCCA Trans Am and Can-Am. In 1972, he earned the unique honor of winning the Trans Am and Can-Am championships in the same year -- the only driver ever to have done so. In 1999, Follmer was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame.
 
Patricia "Patc" Henry
Henry has been a member of SCCA for 54 years. During the first 18 years of her membership, she was a vital member of the Nebraska Region, filling many positions and winning many awards. And while her string of accomplishments in the early days left a strong impression on the SCCA locally, it is her work both in SCCA Road Racing and SCCA Pro Racing for which she became nationally and internationally known. During her ten years at SCCA Pro Racing, her detailed and dedicated work made her a fixture on the professional sports car racing scene in the United States. Henry later moved to the SCCA Road Racing department and became known for her extraordinary work in managing all of SCCA's Road Racing activities. In that role, her experience guided a booming racing program and its crown jewel – the National Championship Runoffs®.
 
John McGill
McGill was a longtime member of SCCA and a Regional Executive of the Mahoning Valley Region. But what he's perhaps best remembered for is his untiring work as track manager of Nelson Ledges Road Course in Northeast Ohio. During his tenure at the track, McGill helped bring about use of "tire walls" to improve safety. Because of his dedication, SCCA created the John McGill Award in 1975 that honors those that make a significant contribution to the Road Racing program, and McGill was the first person to receive that award.
 
Dorsey Schroeder
One of the youngest drivers to earn an SCCA competition license more than 45 years ago, Schroeder went on to become an accomplished competitor in SCCA Road Racing, SCCA Pro Racing, IMSA, IROC, Grand Am, ARCA and NASCAR. He has been a broadcast television race commentator for many years and continues to serve the motorsport community today as Race Director of SCCA's Trans Am presented by Pirelli. Additionally, Schroeder is Competition Director for the Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) series, and formerly worked as Race Director for Pirelli World Challenge.
 
Henryk Szamota
A member of SCCA's New York Region since 1950, Szamota was an active and dedicated SCCA competitor, supporter and patron. His commitment progressed through Region involvement that included Race Chairman, Assistant Regional Executive and many years as Regional Executive. Beyond his own region, Henryk is credited with founding the North Atlantic Road Racing Championship (NARRC), collectively run by the New York, North Jersey, Mohawk-Hudson and New England Regions for many years. In 1961, Szamota was elected to the National Board of Governors. There he served for 14 years, but then decided fresh leadership was instrumental for the Club and helped create the two-term Board of Directors limit that stands today. For his work and dedication to the Club, Szamota received in 1977 the Woolf Barnato Award.
 
Below are some additional honor recipients from Saturday's ceremony.
 
Woolf Barnato Award: Karen Babb, Northwest Region
This is SCCA's highest award and is presented to a member who has made an outstanding, long-term contribution to the Club.
 
David Morrell Memorial Award: Laurie Shepherd, Oregon Region
This award is presented to encourage continued participation in the Steward's Program by recognition of an active National Chief Steward who has exhibited outstanding performance and dedication to the sport and the highest principles. The winner is selected by the Chairman of the Stewards and the Executive Stewards.
 
President's Cup: Michael Varacins, Chicago Region
Presented to the driver demonstrating ability, competitiveness and success at the National Championship Runoffs®. The winner is selected by the Stewards of the Meeting and the Chief Steward of the National Championship Runoffs along with the President and CEO of SCCA. The inaugural presentation in 1954 was performed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
 
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 116 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.
 
“International” is IMSA’s first name.
 
And the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) will deliver its flagship IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship to audiences all over the world through international distribution plans confirmed today. IMSA partnered with Greenlight International to secure coverage in 220 countries beginning with this weekend’s 57th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 26-27.
 
“As IMSA enters its 50th Anniversary season, we are proud to let our fans around the world know of the many options they have to enjoy WeatherTech Championship races,” said IMSA Vice President, Marketing, David Pettit. “We regularly hear from race fans all over the globe, and it is clear we have a significant international audience. These broadcast options via television and streaming provide the opportunity for practically everyone on the planet to watch our races.”
 
This plan includes television coverage as well as live video streaming services. Fans around the world also can listen to races via IMSA Radio on IMSA.com, RadioLeMans.com and the IMSA Mobile App.
 
Highlights of this dynamic WeatherTech Championship international coverage are as follows:
 
Canada to Receive Live and Tape-Delayed Coverage
Canadian IMSA fans have much to look forward to in 2019. Not only will the WeatherTech Championship Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park return on weekend of July 5-7, but live television coverage of the championship will be carried north of the border all season on the Discovery Velocity network, starting with flag-to-flag coverage of this weekend’s Rolex 24.
 
In addition, TSN will air tape-delayed, one-hour “cutdown” telecasts from WeatherTech Championship events.
 
FOX Sports Latin America Continues Longstanding Relationship
As it has since the inception of the WeatherTech Championship in 2014, FOX Sports Latin America again will bring IMSA action to audiences throughout the region. Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela and Uruguay are among several countries to receive FOX Sports Latin America coverage.
 
J SPORTS Brings WeatherTech Championship Action to Audiences in Japan
Beginning with live Rolex 24 At Daytona, leading Japanese sports television network J SPORTS will carry WeatherTech Championship action in 2019. J SPORTS has four different channels of sports programming.
 
Live Rolex 24 At Daytona Action Televised Live in Spain via Mediapro
Buoyed by the presence of two-time Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso as part of the driver lineup in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R and two-time WeatherTech Championship GTLM champion Antonio Garcia in the No. 3 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, live coverage of the Rolex 24 At Daytona will be provided for the second consecutive year by the Mediapro network.
 
American Forces Network Brings WeatherTech Championship to a Half Million Troops
The American Forces Network (AFN) will offer WeatherTech Championship action to 500,000 troops serving in the U.S. armed forces. AFN is available in 174 territories and on 140 ships around the world.
 
IMSA.tv Continues Live Streaming for Global Audiences
As it has done since 2014, IMSA.tv will continue to provide live video streaming to international audiences where live television coverage is not offered. IMSA.tv features the international television feed and commentary from the IMSA Radio team of John Hindhaugh, Jeremy Shaw, Shea Adam, Brian Till and Jamie Howe.

Chad Boat climbed from eighth to third to lead three Toyota drivers into the top 10 in Friday night’s Vacuworx Qualifying Night feature event at the 33rd annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals at the Tulsa Expo Raceway. Tucker Klaasmeyer finished fifth, while Spencer Bayston placed ninth. 

After winning his opening heat race from the eighth starting position, Boat then climbed from sixth to second in his qualifying race only to make a slight error on the penultimate lap that resulted in him spinning and then having to re-start from the back of the field. He climbed back up to sixth, but that result pushed him back to the eighth starting position in Friday’s A Main.

“We had a good Kristine Auction/KC Drywall Spike Toyota tonight,” said Boat, who will start at the front of a B Main on Saturday. “We made one slight mistake in our qualifier going for the lead and I think that’s what ultimately relegated us to a third-place finish tonight. When you’re racing on a track that fast against racers that are as good as they are, you have to start up front. Tonight, we were probably one or two rows too far back. I definitely think we were the fastest car out there over the last 15 laps. We’ll take what we learned tonight and apply it tomorrow in the B Main and make sure that we finish our job and put it in the show.  Then we’ll go after it in the A Main and have a good 55 laps.”

Klaasmeyer’s fifth-place finish will give him a spot in tomorrow’s B Mains. Bayston may have registered the drive of the night after starting from the 24th starting position and climbing all the way to ninth. After an incident ended his heat race prematurely, Bayston was forced to start the night in the back of the C Main. He then raced into the B and then followed with another impressive run into the feature. Between the A, B and C Mains, Bayston passed 34 cars on the night.

Toyota Chili Bowl Notes:

- Toyota drivers won four of this year’s five preliminary night feature events at the Chili Bowl.

- Seven of the 10 drivers who advanced directly to Saturday’s feature were Toyota-powered. In addition, five Toyota drivers will begin from the B Mains.

- The Toyota driver line-up for Saturday’s Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals includes three Chili Bowl champions and nine drivers that have previously won open-wheel national championships. The list includes two-time defending champion Christopher Bell, Rico Abreu (2015 and 2016 Chili Bowl champ), reigning national midget car champs Logan Seavey (USAC) and Tucker Klaasmeyer (POWRi), three-time POWRi champion Zach Daum, 2017 USAC midget champion Spencer Bayston, USAC Triple Crown champions J.J. Yeley (the 2005 Chili Bowl winner) and Jerry Coons, as well two-time USAC Sprint Car champion Brady Bacon.

- Twelve of the 38 Toyota drivers won at least one national midget feature event in 2018.

TRD PR

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) announced today, from its 2019 IndyCar Series season unveiling at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo., a significantly deepened partnership with Arrow Electronics, Inc. The Denver-based technology company is now the title partner of the newly branded Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, providing additional technical expertise and resources to the racing team. 
 
The three Dallara-Honda Indy cars of James Hinchcliffe, Robert Wickens and Marcus Ericsson were on display this morning at the home of the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche and Colorado Mammoth. The Nos. 5, 6 and 7 displayed the team’s new signature black and gold previously seen on the Honda driven by Hinchcliffe since 2015. Longtime fans of the team will notice the chrome on the cars has changed to a futuristic, sleek matte finish. 
 
While Wickens will not compete in the 2019 IndyCar Series season as he continues his rehabilitation and recovery after an accident during the 2018 season, the No. 6 Arrow Electronics Honda was on display to signify the team is keeping the No. 6 car ready and available for the Canadian whenever he is able to and wants to return to racing. 
 
The Arrow SPM team also continues its technical alliance with Meyer Shank Racing and its No. 60 AutoNation/SiriusXM Honda driven by Jack Harvey although the car was not on display for today’s announcement. Arrow SPM will continue to provide full-time engineering and technician staff to see the car through from the initial build to on-track performance. 

The relationship with Arrow began with SPM co-owner Sam Schmidt in 2014 through their collaboration on the semi-autonomous motorcar (
SAM car). That was the same year Schmidt, a quadriplegic, drove the SAM car over 90 mph and 100 mph on consecutive days using the Arrow technology embedded in the car. The following year in 2015, the electronics company joined the race team as a primary partner on Hinchcliffe’s No. 5 car; the number a nod to the company’s “Five Years Out” vision that is about “guiding innovation forward to help you create a better tomorrow.” 
 
To watch the entire unveiling from this morning, please visit the Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ Facebook page by clicking HERE.
 
Mike Long, Chairman, President and CEO, Arrow Electronics 
“Our relationship with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has become synonymous with innovation, courage and perseverance. We are very driven to bring our technical expertise and resources to SPM to help them win races and championships for many years to come.”

Sam Schmidt, Co-Owner, Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 
“For me, this announcement is nothing short of a lifelong dream come true. Mike Long and the entire team at Arrow first had vision to create a system that enabled me to get behind the wheel after 16 years of paralysis which, in and of itself, has changed my life and the lives of millions worldwide. Now, by becoming our team title partner, they have given us the resources to fulfill another lifelong dream to win the Indy 500 and a championship in the IndyCar Series.”
 
Ric Peterson, Co-Owner, Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 
“We couldn’t ask for a better partner for our team than Arrow. They’ve been by our side the last four years through the highs and lows, always pushing us closer to our goal: becoming Champions. We’re very excited for this next chapter of Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.”

SPM PR

Toyota driver Christopher Bell led the first 22 laps, then gave up the lead on lap 23 of 25, only to retake the lead on lap 24 on the way to winning Thursday night’s John Christner Trucking Qualifying Night feature at the 33rd annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals at the Tulsa Expo Raceway. With the win, Bell advances directly to Saturday night’s A Main feature event.

The triumph is the fourth consecutive preliminary night feature victory for Bell and is his 52nd national midget car victory – all coming with Keith Kunz Motorsports (KKM) and Toyota. He is one of just four drivers ever to win five preliminary night features.

In a race marred by caution flags, Bell took the lead from the inside on the green flag and would consistently pull away from the field, only to see a yellow flag fly. Following a re-start, Shane Golobic was able to use a slider to get past the two-time defending champ into turn three on lap 23, with Bell countering a lap later when he was able to go back under and win a drag race going into turn one and go on to the victory.

“Shane definitely made a race out of it and I hope the last four laps was a good show,” said Bell, a Norman, Oklahoma native. “It was a lot of fun because I won, but it wouldn’t have been much fun if I had lost. I think running later in the week was a benefit with what we were able to learn from my teammates, but it seemed like I had the hardest time winning among my teammates – Kyle (Larson), Rico (Abreu) and Logan (Seavey). They all seemed to make it look easy, but that definitely wasn’t the case tonight. I had a lot of competition all night. I’m going to do my best to try to figure out why I didn’t feel as good as I normally do and why I didn’t run as good a race as I normally do. Going into Saturday, I’m in a really good spot, but these guys are all hungry for a Driller.”

Jerry Coons Jr. also advanced to Thursday’s A Main where he ran in the top two early with Bell before slipping back and was eventually caught up in a mid-race incident that ended his night early with a 17th-place finish.

This year’s Chili Bowl features more than 360 entries - each fighting for one of the 24 openings in Saturday night’s A Main feature event. Qualifying concludes on Friday night with seven Toyota-powered drivers expected to attempt to qualify including 2018 POWRi champion Tucker Klaasmeyer and 2017 USAC champ Spencer Bayston. Through the first four nights of qualifying, seven Toyota-powered have clinched a berth in Saturday’s A Main.

Toyota Thursday Results

Finished

 

Remaining Qualifiers

71W Christopher Bell

A Main – 1st

 

Friday 

25 Jerry Coons

A Main – 17th

 

1S Flick

72K Sam Johnson

B Main – 6th

 

2G Buckwalter 

5R Ryan Foster

B Main – 8th

 

5S J. Elledge

56X Mark Chisholm

B Main – 10th

 

27 Klaasmeyer

83 Karsyn Elledge

B Main – 11th

 

94X Boat

71x McKenzie Haase

B Main – 12th

 

97K Bayston

 

 

Toyota Powered Drivers Saturday Qualifying Positions  

Car #

Driver

Hometown

 

01

Kyle Larson

Elk Grove, CA

A Main

1L

Landon Simon

Brownsburg, IN

F Main

2J

J.J. Yeley

Charlotte, NC

O Main

5D

Zach Daum

Pocahontas, IL

A Main

5P

Kyle Craker

Lewisberry, PA

E Main

5R

Ryan Foster

Anderson, CA

F Main

5T

Presley Truedson

Kennedy, MN

M Main

08

Cannon McIntosh

Broken Arrow, OK

B Main

9X

Paul Nienhiser

Chapin, IL

C Main

13M

Dennis Gile

Glendale, AZ

I Main

15M

Jason McDougal

Broken Arrow, OK

E Main

25

Jerry Coons Jr. 

Tucson, AZ

D Main

27Z

Zane Hendricks

Stillwater, OK

O Main

35

Sterling Cling

Tempe, AZ

H Main

52

Blake Hahn

Sapulpa, OK

C Main

56X

Mark Chisholm

Cheyenne, WY

G Main

67

Logan Seavey

Sutter, CA

A Main

67K

Holley Hollan

Tulsa, OK

D Main

71

Jesse Colwell

Cottonwood, CA

B Main

71K

Tanner Carrick

Lincoln, CA

D Main

71W

Christopher Bell

Norman, OK

A Main

71X

McKenna Haase

Des Moines, IA

H Main

72K

Sam Johnson

St. Peters, MO

F Main

76G

David Gravel

Watertown, CT

A Main

76M

Brady Bacon

Broken Arrow, OK

A Main

83

Karsyn Elledge

Mooresville, NC

H Main

87

Colby Copeland

Roseville, CA

B Main

89

Tanner Berryhill

Bixby, OK

C Main

91A

Chris Andrews

Sandusky, OH

I Main

91T

Tyler Thomas

Collinsville, OK

E Main

91W

Hayden Williams

Auckland, NZ

E Main

97

Rico Abreu

Rutherford, CA

A Main

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In its 10th season, the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series will see several exciting changes to the only officially sanctioned NASCAR eSports series. For the first time, official teams – both motorsport organizations and professional eSports teams – will join the series in its upcoming season.

Several high-profile teams have already committed to the series including JR Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Wood Brothers Racing, Clint Bowyer Racing, Williams Esports, Richmond Raceway Esports, G2 Esports, FlipSid3 Tactics, and Team Renegades, with more expected to join in the coming days.

The teams will participate in a driver’s draft on January 30th, where they select drivers to represent them in the 2019 season. All of these organizations have shown a genuine interest and commitment to eSports and are excited about the upcoming season.

“The 2019 season is a watershed moment for the series with the addition of these new teams as well as the significant increase in the prize pool to $100,000, said Tony Gardner, president, iRacing.com. “To have teams made up of both motorsport and eSports team competing in the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series has been a longtime goal of ours. Simracing has a unique place in the eSports world.  It is the only eSport that has a direct correlation to the skills needed in the motor racing world, but without the traditional barriers, so it only makes sense to have teams involved.”

From a modest initial broadcast of the first race in 2009, which Dale Earnhardt Jr. won, to well over 12 million impressions in 2018, the series has come a long way since it’s inception. The addition of PEAK Antifreeze as the title sponsor in 2013 helped position the series as the premier NASCAR eSports series and the addition of the official teams can only help elevate the series. This upcoming season will also include multi-channel broadcasting on Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and NASCAR.com, as well as cash prizes for each race along with the championship and the appointment of a NASCAR race director.

“I have been simracing for more than 20 years now, so it goes without saying that I am excited to see NASCAR and iRacing working to further legitimize simracing as a true eSport. Expanding the eNASCAR Peak Antifreeze iRacing Series to include teams like ours is a huge step forward,” said Dale Earnhardt Jr, co-owner JR Motorsports. “JRM has worked behind the scenes with iRacing for years on the technical side of the product as well as having an unofficial entry in the series going back to its inception in 2009. We are looking forward to JR Motorsports continued collaboration with iRacing to help promote the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series in 2019 and beyond.”

“To be invited to join eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series shows the progress we have made since launching our eSports program last season,” said Claire Williams, Williams Racing deputy team principal. “Our Formula One team has enjoyed great success in North America and we’re eager to replicate that success by now expanding our sim racing team to the United States. Williams, working together with NASCAR and iRacing, has huge potential in content and audience engagement for sim racers and motorsport fans alike, so we can’t wait to get started.”

Teams that join the series after the pre-season draft will be allowed to select previously undrafted drivers. Interested teams should contact Steve Myers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

“Renegades are excited to be participating with NASCAR in the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series”, said Jonas Jerebko, NBA player for Golden State Warriors and owner of Team Renegades. “The top racing teams in the world use iRacing as a training tool, and it is the most competitive eSports title in motorsports. NASCAR’s involvement in the PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series continues to professionalize eSports and is just the beginning of what can happen in the future.”

The series kicks off on February 12 at Daytona International Speedway. Drivers will race on virtual replicas of the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series cars and precise digital facsimiles of the most iconic NASCAR tracks raced in the real-world series. Races are Tuesday nights at 9 pm eastern. All 18 rounds of the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series will be broadcast live on the iRacing eSports Network (www.youtube.com/iracing-esports-network) as well as on www.iRacing.com and www.nascar.com.

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Nolan Pope is going to be staying very busy this year after signing a new deal with Lee Faulk Racing and Development to contest the full CARS Super Late Model Tour schedule.

Pope, 21, ran the full CARS Super Late Model Tour schedule in 2017 before running only two events in 2018. He has a best finish of third in CARS Super Late Model Tour competition, which came in 2017 at Virginia’s Dominion Raceway.
 
The CARS Super Late Model Tour season begins on March 9 with a $10,000-to-win event at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, N.C.
 
“I got the chance to run the CARS Tour schedule once before, so I’m pretty excited to do it again,” said Pope. “We’ve run well against the CARS Tour in the past and our goal is to be consistently in the top-five and start challenging for wins this year. With Lee Faulk Racing behind me I know we can do it.”
 
In addition to his CARS Super Late Model Tour schedule, Pope will also be competing in additional super late model events around the country. He’ll start his season by competing in the SpeedFest event at Georgia’s Crisp Motorsports Park on Jan. 25-26.
 
Pope, who scored a pair of victories in late model stock car competition in 2018 at South Carolina’s Anderson Motor Speedway, also plans to compete in the Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway and the Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Florida, among others.
 
“I’m beyond excited to get this season going,” said Pope. “Thank you to Lee Faulk Racing for believing in me and trusting me to get the job done. Races like SpeedFest and the Snowball Derby are bucket-list races. I want to go down there and show everyone just how good we are.
 
“Thanks to my parents, Lee Faulk Racing, MPM Marketing, my sponsor Wiley X and all my friends for helping me get this far. I can’t wait to see everybody at the track.”
 
Lee Faulk Racing and Development’s Michael Faulk said he is excited to have Pope back for another season.
 
“Nolan made huge gains last year behind the wheel,” said Faulk. “He picked up a couple of wins and we think that’s just the start for this young man. He only made a few super late model starts last year but he performed well when he raced, which was fantastic. We’re looking forward to more strong performances this year and hopefully some visits to victory lane.”
 
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