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Arrow McLaren SP announced today that James Hinchcliffe has concluded his IndyCar racing duties with the team. The Canadian joined the team ahead of the 2015 season and scored three wins throughout his tenure with the team, while admirably leading the team through moments of huge adversity.

While James will cease racing for the team in 2020, he remains under contract with Arrow McLaren SP but is free to seek and secure alternative options.

“James has been a great ambassador for our team, and for the sport, over the last five years,” commented Arrow McLaren SP co-owner, Sam Schmidt. “Our history dates back to his early days in Indy Lights and we’ve been on a tremendous journey together. Most impressive was James’s determination to come back after his accident in 2015. I have the utmost respect for James and would like to thank him for his hard work and accomplishments during that period and wish him well in his future endeavors.

“We recognize that James is a fiercely motivated and determined competitor, and we won’t hesitate to release him unconditionally to secure another drive, whether in IndyCar or another series.”

“James’ passion for the team has been crucial in our development since he joined us in 2015,” noted Arrow McLaren SP co-owner, Ric Peterson. “His perseverance and teamwork led us to three wins and an Indianapolis 500 pole position. James has been a big part of our growth over the last five years and I’d like to personally thank him for everything. On behalf of the entire team, we wish him all the best moving forward.”

Arrow McLaren SP will reveal its 2020 driver lineup shortly.

Arrow McLaren PR

Arrow McLaren SP today announced its driver line-up for the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season. 2018 Indy Lights Champion Pato O’Ward and 2019 Indy Lights Champion Oliver Askew will both compete in the full 2020 season for the newly announced entity.

“It’s a dream come true to be joining Arrow McLaren SP for my first year in IndyCar,” commented Oliver Askew, who won seven races en route to the 2019 Indy Lights title. “The new team brings together three great partners and it’s an honor to be representing them in this new chapter for the team and for my career. This is an exciting new challenge for me and the next natural step after winning the Indy Lights title this year. I can’t wait to get started.”

Arrow McLaren SP are no strangers to developing young talent into championship winners. The team, formerly known as Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, are the winningest Indy Lights team in history with seven championships and have given IndyCar opportunities to rising stars such as Simon Pagenaud and Robert Wickens in recent years.

“I couldn’t be happier to be with Arrow McLaren SP for my first full season in IndyCar,” said Pato O’Ward, who clinched the 2018 Indy Lights title with nine wins to his name. “I’ve had some great opportunities over the last year, but this is by far the greatest thing that could possibly happen for my career. I had a taste of IndyCar earlier this year and cannot wait to represent Arrow McLaren SP in the best way possible for a full season in 2020.”

With both Askew and O’Ward winning the Indy Lights titles in their rookie seasons, the duo has shown a great ability at adapting to new machinery and competition as they’ve climbed the ladder.

“With our background in Indy Lights, I’ve followed Oliver and Pato closely over the last few years on the Road to Indy,” said Arrow McLaren SP co-owner, Sam Schmidt. “I couldn’t think of a better pairing as we write the first chapter in Arrow McLaren SP’s story. They’ve proven their skills on the Road to Indy and with an Indy Lights championship each, they are ready and deserving of full-time seats in IndyCar. I have no doubt that Oliver and Pato are the right drivers to move Arrow McLaren SP forward.”

“As we look to establish Arrow McLaren SP and re-establish McLaren in the world of IndyCar, I’m delighted to be welcoming these two young, homegrown talents to the team,” said Gil De Ferran, Sporting Director of McLaren Racing. “Oliver and Pato represent the new generation of IndyCar drivers. Proven winners and exciting prospects, I have no doubt that they will form an excellent pairing as we take on the 2020 season.

“Both drivers were super-impressive in Indy Lights, racking up 16 wins between them over the last two seasons. We have taken time and care to make a driver selection that we believe is in the best long-term interests of Arrow McLaren SP.”

Arrow McLaren PR

This Thursday, Friday and Saturday, several hundred cars across nine divisions of racing are expected to gather at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the 4th annual Driven Racing Oil World Short Track Championship, Oct. 31-Nov. 2. As the event’s tagline rings true, this is a giant opportunity for the weekly racers to come out and mix it up on a big stage against some of the best competition they’ll see all year.

Now in its fourth year of activity, several drivers have had the opportunity to make the journey to one of the most elite dirt track racing facilities in the world more than once. One of which will be in action this weekend on the FOX Racing SHOX Pro Late Model roster, “The Lil Headknocker” Trent Ivey.

The 24-year-old from Union, South Carolina, has several years of Pro Late Model experience behind the wheel of his Ivey Construction #88 Longhorn, featuring the Chevrolet Crate performance engine. And he’s certainly no stranger to The Dirt Track or its Victory Lane stage, having competed in all three previous Pro Late Model events at the World Short Track Championships and winning the 2015 Circle K Shootout as part of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series race at the venue.

Ivey’s nine years of experience driving a Crate engine Late Model will certainly come in handy this weekend as he and the crew prepare for some of the best competition the east coast has to offer. Fortunately, that big win four years ago has given him a ton of confidence and appreciation for the track.

“Ever since then, I’ve had a liking for the racetrack, and it’s liked me,” Ivey said. “Every time I’m there, I’m generally in the top three. I was racing for the lead at this race last year before I popped a right-rear tire.”

It’s true, his solid 2018 World Short Track efforts came to a screeching halt with five laps remaining after blowing a tire while running sixth, leaving him with a 23rd-place finish. Earlier in the race, he was on leader and eventual winner Michael Brown’s heels for the top spot before settling back outside the top five. But it’s finishes like these that motivate him to come back even stronger next year. And what better way to get stronger than to drive something a lot more powerful.

2019 has been Ivey’s rookie season at the controls of a Super Late Model around his home track of Cherokee Speedway. Garnering two wins at the track in Super Late Model regional series competition already this year, Ivey said he’s learned a lot from moving up, and it’s made him a more well-rounded pilot.

“Driving a Crate and then going to a Super and making sure I do everything I can behind the wheel has helped me the most,” he said.

“A lot of people say that Super Late Model experience helps in driving a Crate car. I say it’s the opposite. In a Super, you’ve got all this motor and you can get yourself out of trouble. But with Crates, you’ve got to hit it perfect if you’re going to be the man to beat.”

Now a two-time South Eastern Crate Association (SECA) Late Model champion after his second crowning last year, Ivey’s had a chance to race at several tracks in his region. But to him, there just isn’t anything like The Dirt Track.

“Charlotte’s a big venue, and everybody likes to go race there,” he said. “But I like the track the most. Charlotte’s unique because you can race all over it. You get to see who really can drive.”

“The clay gets slick and the track’s really wide, it’s one of the widest tracks we race on,” Ivey continued. “It’s got a top, it’s got a bottom and a middle at times, and that’s everything a racecar driver wants. You pull into a racetrack that you can race all over on, that’s like finding gold.”

A great deal of experience, familiarity with the battleground, a few career accolades earned… Ivey will, no doubt, be putting that Super Late Model knowledge to good use in contention for the Feature win on Saturday.

“I like my chances, especially knowing what I know now from racing Supers, I can incorporate it into my Crate car,” Ivey said. “When the track gets slick, you can do more things with it.”

With all of his Super Late Model racing efforts this season, he’s only had time for one Crate Late Model start this year. Ivey ran third to Brandon Overton and Ross Bailes in a 75-lap, $50,000-to-win event at Virginia Motor Speedway in September. That solid finish gave him a boost of confidence as he prepares for another real test against his familiar foes of the Southeast this weekend.

“It showed me that maybe I still got it in a Crate, hopefully it’ll carry over into this race,” Ivey said. “It’s a pretty big deal. It’s a big event for the local guys, and I guess I’m still a local guy.”

World Short Track Championship action at The Dirt Track gets underway with a practice session for all classes on Thursday night, followed by qualifying events on Friday night and Last Chance Showdowns/Features wrapping up the event on Saturday.

DIRTcar Series PR

This week’s DRIVEN Racing Oil World Short Track Championship features nine divisions of racing Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, where a number of special awards will add to the overall purse of more than $125,000.

First, one of the competitors will win Chevrolet Performance engine. Those who pre-registered for the event will receive an extra entry and the drawing will be on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the drivers meeting, where the winner must be in attendance.

The traditional Hard Charger awards will be presented by FOX racing SHOX, with the hard chargers in Pro Late Models, Sportsman Modifieds and Pro Stocks receiving one set of FOX Racing SHOX and hard chargers in 602 Late Models, Pro Modifieds and Crate Sportsman receiving at $150 FOX Racing SHOX product certificate.

There will be three Longest Tow awards (West/longest overall, longest north, longest south), each receiving a prize package valued at more than $500. Plus, the Sportsman of Year award, as determined by the officials, will receive a prize package worth more than $400.

New this season is the Hard Luck Award, the winner of which will be determined by officials and receive a prize package from DRIVEN Racing Oil.

RaceQuip has once again joined the event by awarding each Saturday Feature winner with a RaceQuip Vesta 15 America Helmet.

All of the contingency awards are set for Saturday and include awards for top-20 positions in each division other than 602 Late Models, where positions 2 through 7 are rewarded.

The divisions of racing include:

  • FOX Racing SHOX Pro Late Models
  • Summit Racing Equipment UMP Modifieds
  • VP Racing Fuels Sportsman Modifieds
  • Hoosier Racing Tire Pro Modifieds
  • Pro Stocks
  • Chevrolet Performance 602 Late Models
  • DRIVEN Racing Oil Crate Sportsman
  • COMP CAMS Mini Stocks
  • DIRTVision Hornets.

Arizona Sport Shirts/GOTTA RACE will have the official apparel for the event.

Tickets will be available at the gate, with general admission grandstands $25 on Friday and $35 on Saturday. Kids 13-and-under are FREE in general admission.

A complete competitor’s guide to the event is posted at, or by clicking here.

For a complete schedule and frequently asked questions, click this link.


By RJ Valentine


Research indicates that one driver is dying every single month on tracks with outdated barriers.   Since January of 2018, 23 racers lost their lives after impacting with concrete, tire packs, guardrails, fences or berms, and those are just the incidents we know of.


Many different factors cause accidents on race tracks, such as car-to-car contact, mechanical failure, loss of control or driver error. Beyond wall-related deaths, there have been countless other racing tragedies as well. Nevertheless, no matter what incited the incident, the root cause of 23 racing deaths in the last 21 months involved an unyielding surface.  


Barrier-Related Deaths


Most of the drivers we lost were competing in sanctioned events. Many were pro racers, others might be semi-pro depending on how much time they spend on track, and some were participating in regional club series or vintage events. Then there were those whose luck ran out during a test drive, exhibition run, or coaching lesson. Whether drag racing K-rails are viewed as inevitable or not, there were also four sanctioned events that resulted in death.


Following is an alphabetical list of drivers who were lost to barrier-related incidents since January 2018. My sincere apologies if anyone was missed or for any mistakes or misspellings.  


Randy Alexander – May 2018; Ricardo Barahona – April 2018; Mike Corning – May 2019; Melissa Cothran – August 2018; Charlie Dean – October 2018; Bill Egleston – January 2018; Brody Ford – March 2019; Jeff Green – June 2018; Silas Hiscock Sr. – April 2019; Greg Hodnett – September 2018; Anthoine Hubert – September 2019; Jason Johnson – June 2018; Donnie Large – August 2018; Peter London – April 2019; Daley Mathison – June 2019; Kat Moller – November 2018; Ken Rambo – March 2018; Doug Rose – August 2018; Adam Schatz – July 2018; Thomas Thrash – June 2019; Jim Victor – July 2018; J.J. Wilson – February 2018; Billy Young – July 2018


Though pros only represent a fraction of 1% of all racers, they account for at least 17% of this group. While less experienced drivers make up the majority of the population, amateur racing isn’t as high profile, thus doesn’t receive as much attention as it should in the grand motorsports safety scheme. Be that as it may, these fatalities don’t appear to be heavily weighted toward any particular type of racing or level of experience but, they did have one tragic common thread.


Preventable Inherent Dangers


The fact that racing is intrinsically dangerous is a given. But it’s unconscionable to continue accepting fatalities and debilitating injuries as par for the course when many could be prevented if the bulk of America’s race track walls weren’t made of concrete, steel or tires.


Has it ever occurred to anyone that no official track rating system or governing organization for track safety exists? For those drivers who do care about their safety—and there are many—why isn’t there a way to assess potential risks before deciding whether to race on a particular track?


I’ve lost many a night’s sleep, as well as several close racing buddies, over this nightmare that never seems to end. However, I was gratified to hear about a recent motorsports safety forum of medical leaders who discussed procedures and techniques that could help smaller racing series, tracks or events who lack resources. At least then they’ll be able to better treat injuries sustained after impacts with hard walls.


I keep hoping sanctioning bodies, series, circuits, or maybe even the drivers themselves, will take charge of this fixable issue. Though a handful of major sanctions like NASCAR, the FIA, IndyCar, and the Sprint Car Council have taken responsibility for safety mandates, there are still countless other sanctioning bodies and associated series who haven’t. I’m still counting the years that go by as we wait for track safety to trickle down…and counting the number of drivers lost each month.


Money is not the object


The industry’s overwhelming concern is invariably for the financial well-being of struggling venues. Okay, then let’s figure out how to subsidize track improvements. We’ve already invested in equipment and vehicle safety upgrades, so the next logical step is to invest in the facilities themselves.


Perhaps a “driver safety fund” could be established and administered either by a free-standing entity or through individual sanctions. There are at least 2000 professional racers in the primary series, but the bigger numbers are in amateur racing. The combined membership of just three of the sanctioning organizations—Porsche Club of America, BMW Car Club of America and Sports Car Club of America—tops a quarter of a million. If even 1% contributed $50 each, $125,000 would be pledged for safety improvements. There are myriad ways funds could be raised to support enhanced safety measures. While creating and managing these programs would take a lot of work, the benefits would be easily measured by the number of lives saved.


Roadblocks and Research


In 2018, I formed Racing Safety United (RSU), of a volunteer-based alliance of 34 representatives from across all areas in motorsports whose mission statement reads “Improve driver protection to reduce injuries, concussions and fatalities at all levels of racing.” This new group has been working hard to further racing safety, but has already hit some of the same roadblocks that have historically held back change. For example, in an effort to acknowledge America’s safest race tracks, RSU developed a new track safety award program. Ironically, some track owners expressed concern over being recognized for making safety improvements for fear it might raise flags with insurance providers. So much for the positive approach.


RSU will soon be releasing the results of an extensive driver safety survey. Though not completely finalized, the preliminary feedback is quite telling. When asked whether drivers considered some race tracks more dangerous than others and why, the answers from both pros and amateurs alike pointed to the same circuits, as well as to the exact same hot spots on those courses. To verify these responses, we researched the history of fatalities and serious accidents at these tracks and at which turns or sections of the track they occurred. Low and behold, the surveyed drivers were right.


On the other hand, though surveyed fingers pointed at specific tracks and was supported by validating data, the true scope of the track safety issue isn’t fully represented. There are multitudes of lesser-known venues that are equally, if not more dangerous than tracks mentioned in the survey. Yet, due to much lower event and participant volumes, they are less likely to be identified. Regardless, almost every driver knows which tracks are riskier than others.


Not to give away too many survey details before it’s released, but most respondents indicated that barrier improvements were a high priority, and many would consider contributing to an official motorsports safety fund to help tracks make these improvements.


Advocating for Safer Racing


I’ve been in love with this sport for over 40 years, but I’ve had enough of its deep-seated denial and penchant for secrecy. From the beginning, motorsport professionals have been reluctant to speak out about safety concerns. I’m well aware that this article may ruffle a few feathers and solidify my reputation as an agitator when, in actuality, I’m simply advocating for the protection of life and limb where ever possible.


How can we stop the killing without killing the excitement? What can we do to eliminate disabling injuries without crippling the motorsports industry? Who will take a stand against unnecessary harm? Continuing to ignore the problem isn’t going to make it go away. Regardless of “assumed risk,” it doesn’t make sense to take lives for granted, even your own. There may be backlash for speaking my mind, but at least I’m attempting to address a preventable hazard that’s been the cause of severe injuries and lost lives for over half a century. If I’m going about it wrong then, by all means, tell me, and let’s work together to find a better way.




About Richard “RJ” Valentine

Richard J. Valentine combined his passion for business and auto racing to achieve remarkable success in both fields. As a driver, he’s been a major player in competitive racing for four decades with over 400 pro starts, culminating with a win at the prestigious Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona. Valentine continues to be a force on the track and, when he realized there was a dire need for a better barricade system, he took it upon himself to invent one. In 2000, Valentine founded Impact Safety Systems (ISS) Barriers for the express purpose of setting new standards in driver protection. A native of Boston, Valentine now lives in Hingham, Massachusetts.


The opening race of the Formelaustria eF1 Championship Season 2 at the Hockenheimring was action-packed and high class. In the end, Dominik Hofmann was able to repeat his success from last season, making the best possible start into his championship defence mission. “It was a cool first race. The key was that I did not lose any time at my pitstop, while Tim (Palm) was stuck behind a McLaren for some time after his tire change,” the Austrian analysed.


Challengers moving in

In qualifying, Hofmann had to bow to his fiercest rival Tim Palm’s pace finishing runner-up. „It was pretty close this time round. But unfortunately, I lost a lot of time following my tire stop and Dominik could capitalize on that. Finishing on P2 is a good start into the new season regardless and we have to build up on that”, Palm said, whose Williams Jim teammate Roy Arnouts completed the podium. The Dutchman showed a long battle with Palm but eventually crossed the line in third. “I tried at the start to sneak past Dominik and Tim, but it didn’t work out. The fight with Tim was good fun, but he was stronger today, so I settled for P3 and good points.”


Great Newcomers, great skill

Bringing his McLaren home in P7, Germany’s Oliver Konert was the best rookie driver, as he had already indicated in qualifying with P4. “In general, the level on the grid is even higher than in our maiden season and the opener was characterized by close, but fair wheel-to-wheel battles throughout the entire race in the whole pack,” series promoter Harry Miltner of HM Sports said. Race 2 will take place on November 24, 2019 6 pm CET at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. It will again be broadcast live and the Formelaustria YouTube Channel.


Top series as F1 Esports feeder

The eF1 Championship by Formelaustria is the first professional online Formula One league in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and their neighbouring countries. Following several highly challenging Try-outs 20 drivers booked the coveted slots on the final grid: ten Germans, two Austrians, two Italians, a Croat, a Turk, a Dutchman, an Englishman, a Portuguese and a Thai make up the grid - the latter three all live in Germany and are thus eligible. The eF1 Champion gets a chance to enter the draft of the official F1 Esports Series. Thanks to the high level of the eF1 Championship actually four drivers made it to the final round of the F1 Esports Series Draft last year. is a product by HM Sports, an international sports consulting agency in Vienna which has been active in Formula One working with various top teams, circuits and sponsors for 16 years.



Result Round 1 Hockenheim, 25/10/2019



Dominik Hofmann




Tim Palm


Red Bull


Roy Arnouts


Red Bull


Sven Knöller




Philip Wauters


Toro Rosso


Daniel Alves




Oliver Konert




Liam Parnell




Cihan Aldemir




Jonathan Klose




Gianluca Battaglia




Niklas Clasani


Racing Point


Fabian Fieber




Stefan Geyer


Racing Point


Patrick Hadler




Daniel Rocker




Sebastian Hermann


Toro Rosso


Matthias Gigl*


Alfa Romeo


Denis Graf




Rico di Muro


Alfa Romeo


*Gigl is a substitute for Kevin Purkart (side-lined with illness)

The SCCA® Road Racing Super Sweep is the most challenging award a Club racer can achieve. To earn the award in 2019 a driver had to, in a single class, win a U.S. Majors Tour® Conference Championship, a Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour Points Championship, and the National Championship Runoffs race at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR). A handful of drivers were in the hunt to claim a Super Sweep title this year, but only three left the Runoffs at VIR having earned the coveted award -- the first Super Sweep for each racer.

Cooper MacNeil, from Hinsdale, Illinois, earned the Super Sweep in Touring 2 (T2) after a dominate win in his No. 3 WeatherTech Porsche 911 at the 56th annual Runoffs. MacNeil began his journey to a Super Sweep by claiming the Southeast Conference’s T2 championship by only nine points over the Chevrolet Corvette C5 Z06 of John Logiudice. In the Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour Points Championship, MacNeil walked away with the T2 title on the strength of six wins obtained through weekend sweeps at Sebring International Raceway, VIR and Circuit of the Americas, along with the Runoffs victory.

John Phillips, of Sealy, Texas, earned his first Super Sweep title in a B-Spec car new to him. Only a month before the National Championship, Phillips purchased his competition vehicle, the No. 43 Hoosier/PRP/HPD//KTuner/G-Loc Honda Fit, from friend and fellow competitor David Daughtery. During the 15-lap Runoffs race on VIR’s 3.27-mile circuit, Phillips and Daughtery worked together to pull away from the rest of the 25-car field. With only a couple laps remaining, Daughtery fell off the pace and Phillips stormed on to his first National Championship in 29 attempts.

Prior to the Runoffs, Phillips drove to a B-Spec championship in the Southern Conference, claiming eight wins in eight races. He also claimed the B-Spec Hoosier Super Tour Points Championship based on a total of seven wins coming at Sebring International Raceway, Circuit of the Americas and Hallett Motor Racing Circuit, along with his Runoffs victory.

Things looked dodgy momentarily at the Runoffs for Super Touring® Lite (STL) driver Danny Steyn, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after he slid his No. 9 Nelson/OPM/G-Loc Brakes Mazda MX-5 into the dirt with only a handful of laps remaining in the race. However, Steyn held the lead and brought home both the National Championship and Super Sweep title. His hard work earlier in the year produced an STL championship in the Southeast Conference after claiming five combined wins on the season at Sebring International Raceway, VIR and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta -- which were Hoosier Super Tour weekends contained within the Southeast Conference schedule. Steyn then earned the Hoosier Super Tour Points Championship in STL by tacking on a win at Circuit of the Americas and, of course, the Runoffs victory.

Congratulations to each of these drivers on the incredible season, masterful performance and tremendous accomplishment.

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Photo: 2019 Super Sweep winners Danny Steyn (left), John Phillips (center) and Cooper MacNeil (right).

Photos Credit: Jay Bonvouloir

 Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company, raised the bar for American motorcycles today with the announcement of its most powerful engine to date, the PowerPlus. The all-new 108 cubic inch, liquid-cooled, V-twin engine delivers a class-leading 122 horsepower and 128 ft-lbs. of torque and establishes a dramatically new standard for V-twin performance.


The PowerPlus will serve as the heart of the new Indian Challenger, an all-new, fixed-fairing bagger that utilizes Indian Motorcycle’s state-of-the-art technology to become the highest-performing American V-twin ever developed. The new engine’s name is a nod to Indian Motorcycle’s iconic history, paying homage to the Indian PowerPlus motorcycle produced from 1916 to 1924.


“We challenge our engineers with the notion that anything less than best-in-class design and performance will simply not get it done, and it’s clear with this new engine that they have delivered on that high standard,” said Steve Menneto, Indian Motorcycle President. “Countless hours were spent in design, development and testing to ensure this is the best liquid-cooled V-twin ever developed, and I could not be prouder of our team and this incredible motor.”  


The PowerPlus adopts several design and performance features from the liquid-cooled 1,133 cc Indian Scout engine, including an overhead camshaft design utilizing four valves per cylinder. But comparisons end there. The PowerPlus was developed with a big-piston, big-torque mindset with an end game of maximum power delivery across the entire curve.


The all-new powertrain features a six-speed transmission with true overdrive, assist clutch to reduce clutch effort, and three ride modes that allow riders to tailor throttle mapping to their riding preferences. Advanced technology also includes hydraulic valve lash adjusters and hydraulic camshaft chain tensioners for ease of maintenance and reliability. 


The PowerPlus was tested, refined and proven by one of the industry’s most rigorous development and testing programs, accumulating nearly one million miles of simulated testing, including state-of-the-art dyno testing, and more than 250,000 on-road miles.  


“You simply cannot deliver the ultimate bagger without an engine that stands head and shoulders above anything else in its class, and that was the motivation behind the PowerPlus,” said John Callahan, Indian Motorcycle Vice President, Engineering. “We developed the most sophisticated V-twin powerplant in the industry, and then we spent month after month, hour upon hour, putting it through the most intense paces to ensure it could take whatever we threw at it. The end result is something truly special.” 


Indian Motorcycle PowerPlus Engine Specifications:

·         Engine Displacement: 108 cubic inches (1,769 cc)

·         Power: 122 hp at 5,500 RPM

·         Torque: 128 ft-lbs at 3,800 RPM

·         Maximum Engine Speed: 6,500 RPM

·         Architecture: 60-degree V-twin, liquid-cooled powerplant

·         Crankcase: Unit design featuring a high capacity semi-dry sump oil system

·         Timing System: Overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder

·         Fuel System: Electronic fuel injection. 52mm dual bore throttle bodies

·         Compression Ratio: 11:1

·         Transmission: Six-speed with true overdrive, constant mesh

·         Clutch: Assist clutch  


The PowerPlus will be built in Osceola, Wisconsin with final motorcycle assembly taking place in Indian Motorcycle’s production facility in Spirit Lake, Iowa. Riders can learn more at and follow along on Facebook, Twitter andInstagram.


The plan for Jack Beckman is to have a chance to race for a NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championship at the final race of the season. But for that to happen, the former Funny Car world champion knows he must perform at the penultimate race of the 2019 season, the Dodge NHRA Nationals Presented By Pennzoil, which takes place Oct. 31-Nov. 3 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Beckman heads to the race second in points, 70 behind leader Robert Hight going into the final two events of the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship. The veteran standout has had his share of big moments in this year’s playoffs, advancing to a pair of finals in his 11,000-horsepower Infinite Hero Founder Dodge SRT Hellcat, but rising to the occasion in Vegas will be imperative if Beckman has any hopes of chasing down Hight to end the year.
“Our goal is to win a championship,” Beckman said. “I think it will be a big mistake for any team to look past Vegas and look toward Pomona just because Pomona is going to offer points-and-a-half. If you stumble first round in Vegas, you’re not going to get those rounds. We can’t look past the next run right now. You can’t afford to give away any points.”
Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), J.R. Todd (Funny Car), Bo Butner (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were last year’s winners of the event that will be televised on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), including live final eliminations coverage starting at 4:00 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, Nov. 3. It is the fifth of six races in the Countdown to the Championship, and the 23rd of 24 events in a 2019 NHRA season that’s come around at the perfect time for the 2012 Funny Car world champ.
Two of his six final rounds have come in the playoffs, including a victory at the opening race of the Countdown to the Championship, allowing him to move into the championship conversation. But Beckman suffered a red light in the final round at Charlotte and has just one round win at the other two playoff races, meaning the goal is consistency in Las Vegas. It can be a tense time with a world title on the line, but Beckman will look to remain focused down the stretch.
“In a perfect world, you treat Q1 the same as the final round at Pomona,” said Beckman, who has 29 career wins. “In reality, driving the car is no easier or more difficult whether it’s qualifying or a final round, it’s just the pressure we put on ourselves. I stumbled in the final round at Charlotte and you can’t do that. If we’re going to win this championship, the car has to be to right and the driver has to be right. I just have to do go up there and do my job. I can thrive under pressure, I just didn’t have my head where it needed to be in the final round, and it’s time to get it back.”
It’s far from a two-car race for the title as well, raising the stakes in Vegas even more. Beckman leads John Force by just four points, while Dallas winner Matt Hagan and Bob Tasca are also lurking. But Beckman is confident at this point in the season, praising a team, led by crew chiefs John Medlen and Dean Antonelli, that has made the most of its opportunities. The team didn’t test during the preseason and has limited those sessions, but they’re currently performing as well as they have all year heading to Las Vegas.
“It forced us to be more efficient with our testing and incorporate more of it during the regular season,” Beckman said. “But that’s over. Now every single run counts. You want to do everything you can to come out on top. The faster the horse you ride, the better a jockey you become. From a driver’s standpoint, your confidence is always going to be best when you’re driving a fast car. Being confident helps me perform better and having a fast car never hurts your confidence.”
Torrence clinched his first Top Fuel world title a year ago in Vegas en route to the victory, but it will be a different story in that regard this year. Torrence is currently locked in a tight points battle with the likes of Doug Kalitta, 2017 world champ Brittany Force and his father, Billy.
Butner is the reigning event winner in Pro Stock and he’ll need a win to stay in the title hunt. The former world champ is 74 points behind leader Erica Enders, who jumped into the lead with her St. Louis win. But the likes of Matt Hartford, Jeg Coughlin Jr. and Jason Line remain close.
Arana Jr. will look for a second straight win in Vegas to help finish his Pro Stock Motorcycle season on a strong note. Andrew Hines is after another world title after an impressive season, but Karen Stoffer, Jerry Savoie and Eddie Krawiec will look to make things interesting in Vegas.
The Dodge NHRA Nationals Presented By Pennzoil also features thrilling competition in the season-finale of the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service, as well as the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, showcasing the future stars of the sport. Stevie “Fast” Jackson has clinched his first world championship in the NHRA Pro Mod class, while Sidnei Frigo is the defending winner in the category.
After nitro qualifying, watch spectacular jet cars, including Segal Motorsports’ Shelly Segal running “FireStarter,” Tim Smith running “American Freedom Fighter,” Tony Franco driving the Lucas Oil Terminal Velocity and Lucas Oil Racing TV Missile driven by Tom Bogner. Known for exciting pre-run flame shows and after burner pops, jet cars are thrust driven vehicles propelled by jet engines.
Along with the exciting on-track action, the Dodge NHRA Nationals Presented By Pennzoil will honor first responders with NHRA’s “Salute to First Responders” celebration.    
NHRA fans can take part in the Mello Yello Walking Tour to see the cars and teams hard at work in the pits. Fans can also attend Pro Stock School and Nitro School to learn how the cars operate and reach their thrilling speeds. The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will also host a Mello Yello autograph session and allow fans to meet their favorite drivers as well as the Sealmaster Track Walk hosted by NHRA announcer Joe Castello. Another can’t-miss experience is the winner’s circle celebration on Sunday after racing concludes. NHRA fans are invited to congratulate the winners of the event as they celebrate their victories.          
As always, fans can interact with their favorite drivers as they’re granted an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet. This unique opportunity gives fans direct access to the teams, allowing them to see firsthand the highly-skilled mechanics service their hot rods between rounds, and get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers.
Fans also will want to visit NHRA’s popular Nitro Alley and Manufacturers Midway, where sponsors and race vendors create a carnival atmosphere, with interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise, food and fun for the entire family.
Mello Yello Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature two rounds at 12:45 and 3:15 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, and the final two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 12:45 and 3:30 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3.
To purchase general admission or reserved seats, call 800-644-4444. Tickets also are available online at Kids 12 and under are free in general admission areas with a paid adult. To honor the Salute to First Responders, military and first responders can save 20 percent on general admission tickets at the gate. For more information about the NHRA visit  
Jan Magnussen and Corvette Racing wrapped up a fantastic, 16-year run together with last week’s announcement that the Dane would be exploring other opportunities for 2020.
It’s a ride that included 35 victories – including five wins in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts, four 24 Hours of Le Mans victories, four Motul Petit Le Mans victories and a Rolex 24 At Daytona triumph. It also included five IMSA titles and played a significant role in Magnussen’s selection as one of the 50 Great IMSA Drivers in the IMSA: Celebrating 50 Years book published last year to commemorate IMSA’s 50th Anniversary season in 2019.
Let’s look at some of the highlights of Magnussen’s Corvette Racing career over the years:
First Win Was A Big One
Magnussen drove in a total of 156 races with Corvette Racing from 2004 through 2019, and his first victory with the team couldn’t have been a bigger one. Sharing the No. 64 Chevrolet Corvette C5.R with Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta in the GTS class, Magnussen claimed his first career victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
It turned out to be the first of three consecutive victories at La Sarthe for Magnussen, who went on to win the GT1 class alongside Gavin and Beretta in 2005 and 2006 as well. In 2009, he claimed his fourth Le Mans win – again in the GT1 class – co-driving the No. 63 Corvette C6.R with Johnny O’Connell and Antonio Garcia.
Speaking of Races with “Le Mans” in the Title…
Magnussen’s first IMSA victory with Corvette came a few months after the 24 Hours of Le Mans win in 2004. Reunited with Gavin and Beretta in the No. 4 C5.R, Magnussen won the 2004 Petit Le Mans in the GTS class.
It was the first of four Motul Petit Le Mans victories for the Danish racer. The next year, Magnussen returned to victory lane at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta alongside Gavin and Beretta, this time aboard the then-new Corvette C6.R.
Magnussen won another Motul Petit Le Mans in 2008 with Johnny O’Connell and Ron Fellows as his co-drivers in the No. 3 Corvette C6.R and added a fourth in 2010 in the No. 4 Corvette with Gavin and Emmanuel Collard.
Respect the Bumps and They’ll Respect You Back
Of all the crown jewels in sports car racing, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts is considered one of the toughest – if not THE toughest – of them all.
Magnussen was at his best on the punishing, 3.74-mile, 17-turn Sebring International Raceway circuit, scoring five victories with Corvette Racing in the Twelve Hours. His first, a GT1 class win in 2006 alongside Gavin and Beretta in the C6.R, was followed by GT1 wins in 2008 with O’Connell and Fellows and 2009 with O’Connell and Garcia.
He added two more Sebring wins with the Corvette C7.R, winning the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Le Mans (GTLM) class in 2015 with Garcia and Ryan Briscoe as his co-drivers in the No. 3 machine and again in 2017 alongside Garcia and Mike Rockenfeller.
Completing the Triple Crown
Sports car fans generally consider the triple crown of endurance racing to include the Rolex 24 At Daytona, Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Magnussen had multiple wins at both Sebring and Le Mans with Corvette Racing. Still, it wasn’t until the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) and GRAND-AM merged to create the WeatherTech Championship in 2014 that the Corvette team became annual competitors in the Rolex 24 apart from a couple early runs in 2000 and 2001 before Magnussen joined the team.
Nevertheless, the Dane completed the triple crown in the 2015 twice-around-the-clock classic, co-driving the No. 3 Corvette C7.R to the GTLM win with Garcia and Briscoe. Incidentally, he, Garcia and new endurance co-driver Rockenfeller came just 0.034 seconds short of a second consecutive GTLM win at Daytona in a near-photo finish behind their teammates, Gavin, Tommy Milner and Marcel Fassler in the No. 4 C7.R in 2016.
Five-Time IMSA Champ
In addition to the major endurance race victories, Magnussen’s trophy case is also overflowing with a total of five IMSA championship trophies as a member of Corvette Racing. He scored two ALMS titles, the first in the 2008 GT1 class with O’Connell as his season-long co-driver in the No. 3 C6.R.
But the bulk of Magnussen’s championship success came alongside Garcia. They won the final ALMS GT title in 2013 – also the last year of the C6.R – and then parlayed wins in the 2015 Rolex 24 and Twelve Hours of Sebring to claim that year’s IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup in the GTLM class.
Becoming a model of consistency and expert collectors of podium trophies, Magnussen and Garcia partnered for back-to-back WeatherTech Championship GTLM titles in 2017 and 2018. The 2018 title was particularly impressive as the No. 3 duo won it without winning a single race but scoring eight podium results in the 11-race season.
Last Win with Corvette
We didn’t know it at the time, but Magnussen’s last Corvette Racing victory would come alongside Garcia in the No. 3 Corvette C7.R at VIRginia International Raceway on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017 in a two-hour and 40-minute contest.
It was their third victory of that season, following wins at Sebring and Circuit of The Americas, and came at a critical juncture in their chase for the 2017 GTLM title. Two races later, they were crowned champions.

The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli will add a new production-based class to its thriving line-up for the 2020 season. Slotted between the Trans Am and TA2 powered by AEM classes, the new Xtreme GT (XGT) class will be  focused on 2016 and earlier FIA GT3 machines that are no longer eligible to race in other professional series. 

Based on feedback from the paddock and continued development from the Trans Am technical staff, the new Xtreme GT class will integrate the GT3-based entries along with cars from other series and track day groups with equivalent performance potential into the new class. 
 “There are believed to be more than 100 GT3 race cars in North America that are no longer eligible to run in the professional series that they originally competed in,” said Trans Am Company President John Clagett. “These cars have a lot of good life remaining in them, but there are not really any good places for those cars to race competitively. The Trans Am Series intends to deliver a professionally-run series for drivers to compete in these cars and fully exhibit their potential.”
The new Xtreme GT class entries will use advanced aerodynamic parts as homologated into the original FIA GT3 specification, boasting a higher level of downforce than is utilized in the SuperGT and GT class machines in Trans Am competition. 
Pirelli sets the international tire standard in GT racing and will continue that tradition with the new XGT class. All XGT cars will be outfitted with the proven Pirelli P Zero tires.  
“At Indianapolis this season, the Audi R8 LMS GT3 car was classified into the SGT class,” said Trans Am Technical Director Aaron Coalwell. “This required significant adjustments to balance the car with the current cars in the SGT. However, it did raise a lot of interest from other teams looking for places to race their former GT3 cars. While in discussions with those teams, they specified that they would prefer running prepared to the former GT3 specifications instead of adjusting the cars to run in the SGT class. We’ve been fortunate to have a lot of positive response from our paddock, and have made the decision to start the new XGT class specifically for these cars.” 
The move to add XGT into the Trans Am regulations marks another chapter of Trans Am Series management identifying opportunities to integrate production-based machines into the professional series, which will launch its 54th season at Sebring on February 28-March 1.
At the beginning of 2019, the Trans Am Series initiated a redevelopment of its production-based classes. This integration represented a different approach by establishing a place to race for individual race teams and tuner shops, allowing them to compete with innovative and unique vehicles to showcase their abilities. 
Over the 2019 season, the grid sizes continued to grow with new teams and production-based cars attending the races, bringing innovation and uniqueness between cars from the various teams back into professional racing. The entries for both classes combined were in the single digits near the beginning of the 2019 season and grew to more than a dozen by the season’s end.
The adaptation of new regulations to integrate production-based machines has not only helped provide the opportunity for teams and drivers to compete in a professional series like Trans Am in a cost-effective way, but it also harkens back to the very first days of Trans Am that originally featured prepared production entries that were not too far removed from street machines. 
The Trans Am Series was started by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and is still closely allied with SCCA and sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing. The new XGT class continues the Trans Am approach of integrating race machines that share eligibility with a number of SCCA Club Racing Classes, including T1 and GT2. With small weight and restrictor adjustments, SGT, GT, and the new XGT teams will be able to cross over to SCCA Club Racing events and provide additional value for the teams and drivers. 

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