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A rainy couple of weeks have saturated the grounds at Cochran Motor Speedway, forcing Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series and track officials to cancel Saturday’s scheduled event.

The event will not be made up.

The Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series will continue on Sunday at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, SC, with a 40-lap, $5,000-to-win event, which also includes $1,000-to-win 602 Late Model, $1,000-to-win Stock Outlaw RWYB, $600-to-win Thunder Bomber and $500-to-win Extreme 4 FWD races.

Gates at Cherokee Speedway will open at 10 a.m. On-track action will begin at 1 p.m. Grandstands are $20 with kids 10-and-under free. For more on the event at Cherokee, go to CherokeeSpeedwaySC.com.

The Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series wraps up on Saturday, Feb. 29, at Modoc Raceway in South Carolina.

Through three Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series events, two-time winner Chris Madden leads the championship standings by a slim 15 points over Trent Ivey with Kyle Strickler, Logan Roberson and the series’ most recent winner Zack Mitchell rounding out the top five. Brandon Overton, Chris Ferguson and Ross Bailes are all within striking distance in the top 10.

Visit CochranSpeedway.com for more from the Georgia track.

For more news and information on the Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series, visit XtremeDIRTcar.com.

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Competitors in the premier series may earn their way into the Countdown to the Championship, NHRA’s version of the playoffs, by one of two ways.
 
As in previous years, the top ten drivers in each of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series categories at the conclusion of the NHRA U.S. Nationals will earn positions in the Countdown to the Championship.
 
New for 2020, drivers in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series who meet a minimum set of requirements will also earn their place in the playoffs. 
 
In NHRA’s Top Fuel and Funny Car classes, collectively referred to as “Nitro,” drivers who compete at all 18 events in the regular season and run a minimum of two qualifying sessions at each event will also earn their place in the playoffs.
 
In Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle, drivers who compete at all 13 or 11 events, respectively, in the regular season and run a minimum of two qualifying sessions at each event will get to compete for the championship in five events throughout the Countdown to the Championship.
 
Those who secure a position in the Countdown to the Championship will have their NHRA Mello Yello points adjusted at the conclusion of the NHRA U.S. Nationals. In the Nitro categories, first and second place will be separated by 20 points and each consecutive position will be separated by a 10-point differential. In Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle, first and second place will be separated by 20 points while second through fifth place will be separated by 10 points and all following positions will be separated by five points.
 
Accumulation of points will remain the same, with points-and-a-half rewarded at the Auto Club NHRA Finals. The top ten drivers at the conclusion of the Countdown to the Championship will be recognized at NHRA’s annual awards banquet.
 
NHRA officials made this change in order to better reward driver endurance and encourage participation in regular season events.
The Rolex 24 At Daytona has a rich history of sports car racing at Daytona International Speedway dating back to the first three-hour Daytona Continental in 1962 and the first 24-hour race in 1966.
 
As we head into this weekend’s 58th Rolex 24 At Daytona, which takes the green flag on Saturday with live NBC network television coverage at 1:30 p.m. ET, let’s look back on what happened in this race 50, 40, 30, 20 and 10 years ago:
 
1970 – Rodriguez and Kinnunen Dominate in Gulf Porsche 917
A longstanding tradition of the Rolex 24 is the array of superstar drivers the event has attracted over the years. That certainly was the case in 1970, with a field that included racing luminaries like Mario Andretti, Jacky Ickx, Jo Siffert, Brian Redman, Jack Brabham, Dan Gurney, Mark Donohue, Vic Elford and many others.
 
But on this day, one star shone above the rest and his name was Pedro Rodriguez. The Mexican superstar already had a pair of Daytona victories under his belt – winning the three-hour Continental races in both 1963 and 1964. In 1970, Rodriguez was paired with Finnish racer Leo Kinnunen and Redman in the No. 2 Gulf Porsche 917K fielded by John Wyer.
 
The star-studded field turned out to be no match for the pair of Wyer Porsches, and most notably the No. 2 machine. Rodriguez took the lead two hours and 35 minutes into the race and disappeared off into the distance. At the checkered flag, the No. 2 was 45 laps ahead of its team car, the No. 1 Porsche 917 shared by Redman and Siffert.
 
Finishing third, three laps behind the No. 1 Porsche, was the No. 28 Ferrari shared by Andretti, Ickx and Arturo Mezzario.
 
Sam Posey and Mike Parkes co-drove the No. 24 Ferrari 312P to the P-class victory, while Jerry Thompson and John Mahler combined to win the GT+2000 class in the No. 7 Corvette. Bob Mitchell and Charlie Kemp won the T+2000 class in the No. 12 Camaro, with the T2000 class win going to Ralph Meaney, Gary Wright and Bill Bean in the No. 74 Porsche 911S.
 
And in GT2000, the win went to John Belperche, Tony Lilly and Don Pickett in the No. 78 MG B.
 
1980 – Joest Porsche Wins as IMSA GTP Era Approaches
With the dawn of the IMSA Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) area rapidly approaching, the 1980 Rolex 24 still came down to a battle among teams with the dominant Porsche 935. The field included no less than 16 935s alongside a handful of new GTP cars – including three BMW M1s – all competing in the GTX class.
 
The race came down to a battle between the No. 2 Joest Porsche 935 co-driven by team owner Reinhold Joest, Rolf Stommelen and Volkert Merl, the No. 93 Whittington Brothers 935, the No. 59 Brumos Racing Porsche and the No. 6 Dick Barbour Racing Porsche. While the Joest Porsche led the early running, Manfred Schurti in the Barbour Porsche battled Stommelen in the Joest machine in the overnight hours, trading the lead several times.
 
The No. 6 machine ultimately fell out of the battle when Schurti tangled with a lapped car. But the race wasn’t over yet, as the Whittington Brothers Porsche – which had fallen down the order early on with a penalty for passing under caution – found its way back onto the lead lap with under seven hours to go.
 
Shortly after that, however, the No. 93 stopped with a broken distributor shaft. That enabled the Joest team to pull away to win by 33 laps over the No. 09 Preston Henn-fielded Porsche 935K3 shared by John Paul Sr. and Al Holbert. Ted Field, Danny Ongais and Milt Minter finished third in the No. 0 Porsche entered by Field.
 
The IMSA GTU class win went to William Koll, Jim Cook and Greg La Cava in the No. 62 Porsche 914/6, with Tony Garcia, Alberto Vadia Jr. and Terry Herman winning the IMSA GTO class in the No. 54 Montura Racing Porsche 911 Carrera RSR. In the Group 5 category for under-two-liter cars, Carlo Facetti and Martino Finotto won in the No. 4 Jolly Club Lancia Beta Monte Carlo.
 
1990 – TWR Jaguars Go 1-2 at Zenith of GTP Class
The first race of the 1990s was a continuation of the GTP class salad days from the late 1980s, with highly competitive prototype race cars from Nissan, Jaguar, Toyota and Porsche set to battle for the win.
 
The Nissan cars ranked among the favorites coming into the event on the strength of back-to-back IMSA GTP titles led by driver Geoff Brabham. However, victory in the Rolex 24 proved elusive for the blue, red and white machines, and it eluded them yet again in 1990 when mechanical issues ended their bid early.
 
Overheating problems also brought an early end to the race for the Toyota Eagle GTP machine entered by Dan Gurney’s All American Racers for co-drivers Juan Manuel Fangio II, Rocky Moran and Drake Olson. On the heels of a victory the year prior and four victories in the previous five years, there were plenty of Porsche 962s in the field from teams based in the U.S. and Europe.
 
But this event would belong to the pair of Tom Walkinshaw Racing Jaguar XJR-12s, which had switch from a turbocharged engine the year prior to using normally aspirated V12 engines. By daybreak, the battle was between the Jaguar teammates, with co-drivers Davy Jones, Jan Lammers and Andy Wallace in the No. 60 and Price Cobb, John Nielsen and Martin Brundle in the No. 61.
 
The outcome was in doubt into the final hour of the race when the No. 61 – which had battled overheating issues earlier – spent an extended amount of time on pit lane. That gave the victory to the No. 60 teammates by four laps over the No. 61 entry.
 
In the GTO class, Roush Racing picked up its sixth consecutive victory with co-drivers Robby Gordon, Lyn St. James and Calvin Fish taking the victory. The Camel Lights class saw John Grooms, Michael Greenfield and Frank Jellinek Jr. taking the win in the No. 36 Argo-Mazda, while Peter Uria, Bob Dotson, Jim Pace and Rusty Scott won the GTU class in the No. 71 Team Highball Mazda RX-7.
 
2000 – ORECA Viper Wins Then-Closest Rolex 24 Over Corvette in GRAND-AM Debut
The 2000 Rolex 24 At Daytona marked the beginning of the new GRAND-AM Road Racing Association and featured a wide variety of prototype and GT race cars.
 
This overall race victory would come down to GT machines, namely the No. 91 ORECA Dodge Viper GTS-R shared by Olivier Beretta, Karl Wendlinger and Dominique Dupuy and the No. 3 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C5.R co-driven by Ron Fellows, Justin Bell and Chris Kneifel.
 
Those two cars became combatants for the overall victory after heavy attrition befell cars in the fastest SportsRacer Prototype (SRP) class. The last of which to encounter issues was the No. 20 Dyson Racing Riley & Scott/Ford shared by James Weaver, Rob Dyson, Max Papis and Elliott Forbes-Robinson.
 
The Dyson team was looking for its second straight victory after taking the overall win in 1999, but a bent exhaust valve limited the car’s power just past halfway. With two hours remaining, the battle for the overall win officially became one of GT machines.
 
Wendlinger ultimately delivered the win for the French Viper team in what was then the closest finish in Rolex 24 history. The No. 91 crossed the stripe just 30.878 seconds ahead of the No. 3 Corvette. Third place went to another ORECA Viper, the No. 93 shared by David Donohue, Ni Amorim, Jean-Philippe Belloc and Tommy Archer.
 
The No. 20 Dyson entry salvaged a fourth-place overall result and claimed the SRP class victory, with Luca Drudi, Fabio Rosa, Fabio Babini and Garbrio Rosa claiming the GTU class win in the No. 56 Porsche 996 GT3R. In the AGT class, John Finger, Doug Mills, Richard Maugeri, Andy McNeil and Ron Zitza took the win in the No. 84 Camaro.
 
2010 – Action Express Wins Debut Race with Porsche-powered Riley
IMSA fans today widely recognize Action Express Racing as one of the top teams in the sport, with multiple championships and important race victories.
 
But coming into the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the team owned by Daytona Beach-businessman Bob Johnson and managed by storied NASCAR crew chief Gary Nelson was brand new. The team had a stellar driver lineup – Joao Barbosa, Terry Borcheller, Ryan Dalziel and Mike Rockenfeller – for its No. 9 Riley Daytona Prototype powered by a Porsche Cayenne-based V8 engine.
 
But there were other stellar driver lineups in the field, including the pair of Chip Ganassi Racing BMW/Riley DPs, the Ford-powered Rileys from Michael Shank Racing, the Dallara/Ford from Wayne Taylor Racing and the Pontiac/Riley from GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing that included multi-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson.
 
All of those aforementioned teams ran among the top contenders at one point or another in the race – especially the Ganassi machines that led throughout Saturday’s action. But an uncharacteristic mechanical problem removed the No. 02 Ganassi car shared by Juan Pablo Montoya, Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti and Jamie McMurray just past midnight.
 
That misfortune handed the lead to Barbosa in the No. 9 Action Express machine, which battled the No. 01 Ganassi BMW/Riley of Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Max Papis and Justin Wilson for the victory. An unscheduled pit stop by Wilson late in the race gave the No. 9 team its big break, and the new team headed to victory lane.
 
Finishing second, 52.303 seconds behind the Action Express quartet was the No. 01 Ganassi squad, with Ryan Hunter-Reay, Richard Westbrook, Lucas Luhr and Scott Tucker placing third in the No. 95 Level 5 Motorsports BMW/Riley.
 
The GT class saw the No. 70 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 pick up its second victory in three years with Sylvain Tremblay, Nick Ham, David Haskell and Jonathan Bomarito sharing the car.
 
1990 – TWR Jaguars Go 1-2 at Zenith of GTP Class
The first race of the 1990s was a continuation of the GTP class salad days from the late 1980s, with highly competitive prototype race cars from Nissan, Jaguar, Toyota and Porsche set to battle for the win.
 
The Nissan cars ranked among the favorites coming into the event on the strength of back-to-back IMSA GTP titles led by driver Geoff Brabham. However, victory in the Rolex 24 proved elusive for the blue, red and white machines, and it eluded them yet again in 1990 when mechanical issues ended their bid early.
 
Overheating problems also brought an early end to the race for the Toyota Eagle GTP machine entered by Dan Gurney’s All American Racers for co-drivers Juan Manuel Fangio II, Rocky Moran and Drake Olson. On the heels of a victory the year prior and four wins in the previous five years, there were plenty of Porsche 962s in the field from teams based in the U.S. and Europe.
 
But this event would belong to the pair of Tom Walkinshaw Racing Jaguar XJR-12s, which had switch from a turbocharged engine the year prior to using normally aspirated V12 engines. By daybreak, the battle was between the Jaguar teammates, with co-drivers Davy Jones, Jan Lammers and Andy Wallace in the No. 60 and Price Cobb, John Nielsen and Martin Brundle in the No. 61.
 
The outcome was in doubt into the final hour of the race when the No. 61 – which had battled overheating issues earlier – spent an extended amount of time on pit lane. That gave the victory to the No. 60 teammates by four laps over the No. 61 entry.
 
In the GTO class, Roush Racing picked up its sixth consecutive victory with co-drivers Robby Gordon, Lyn St. James and Calvin Fish taking the victory. The Camel Lights class saw John Grooms, Michael Greenfield and Frank Jellinek Jr. taking the win in the No. 36 Argo-Mazda, while Peter Uria, Bob Dotson, Jim Pace and Rusty Scott won the GTU class in the No. 71 Team Highball Mazda RX-7.
 
2000 – ORECA Viper Wins Then-Closest Rolex 24 Over Corvette in GRAND-AM Debut
The 2000 Rolex 24 At Daytona marked the beginning of the new GRAND-AM Road Racing Association and featured a wide variety of prototype and GT race cars.
 
This overall race victory would come down to GT machines, namely the No. 91 ORECA Dodge Viper GTS-R shared by Olivier Beretta, Karl Wendlinger and Dominique Dupuy and the No. 3 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C5.R co-driven by Ron Fellows, Justin Bell and Chris Kneifel.
 
Those two cars became combatants for the overall victory after heavy attrition befell cars in the fastest SportsRacer Prototype (SRP) class. The last of which to encounter issues was the No. 20 Dyson Racing Riley & Scott/Ford shared by James Weaver, Rob Dyson, Max Papis and Elliott Forbes-Robinson.
 
The Dyson team was looking for its second straight victory after taking the overall win in 1999, but a bent exhaust valve limited the car’s power just past halfway. With two hours remaining, the battle for the overall win officially became one of GT machines.
 
Wendlinger ultimately delivered the win for the French Viper team in what was then the closest finish in Rolex 24 history. The No. 91 crossed the stripe just 30.878 seconds ahead of the No. 3 Corvette. Third place went to another ORECA Viper, the No. 93 shared by David Donohue, Ni Amorim, Jean-Philippe Belloc and Tommy Archer.
 
The No. 20 Dyson entry salvaged a fourth-place overall result and claimed the SRP class victory, with Luca Drudi, Fabio Rosa, Fabio Babini and Garbrio Rosa claiming the GTU class win in the No. 56 Porsche 996 GT3R. In the AGT class, John Finger, Doug Mills, Richard Maugeri, Andy McNeil and Ron Zitza took the win in the No. 84 Camaro.
 
2010 – Action Express Wins Debut Race with Porsche-powered Riley
IMSA fans today widely recognize Action Express Racing as one of the top teams in the sport, with multiple championships and important race victories.
 
But coming into the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the team owned by Daytona Beach-businessman Bob Johnson and managed by storied NASCAR crew chief Gary Nelson was brand new. The team had a stellar driver lineup – Joao Barbosa, Terry Borcheller, Ryan Dalziel and Mike Rockenfeller – for its No. 9 Riley Daytona Prototype powered by a Porsche Cayenne-based V8 engine.
 
But there were other stellar driver lineups in the field, including the pair of Chip Ganassi Racing BMW/Riley DPs, the Ford-powered Rileys from Michael Shank Racing, the Dallara/Ford from Wayne Taylor Racing and the Pontiac/Riley from GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing that included multi-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson.
 
All of those aforementioned teams ran among the top contenders at one point or another in the race – especially the Ganassi machines that led throughout Saturday’s action. But an uncharacteristic mechanical problem removed the No. 02 Ganassi car shared by Juan Pablo Montoya, Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti and Jamie McMurray just past midnight.
 
That misfortune handed the lead to Barbosa in the No. 9 Action Express machine, which battled the No. 01 Ganassi BMW/Riley of Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Max Papis and Justin Wilson for the victory. An unscheduled pit stop by Wilson late in the race gave the No. 9 team its big break, and the new team headed to victory lane.
 
Finishing second, 52.303 seconds behind the Action Express quartet was the No. 01 Ganassi squad, with Ryan Hunter-Reay, Richard Westbrook, Lucas Luhr and Scott Tucker placing third in the No. 95 Level 5 Motorsports BMW/Riley.
 
The GT class saw the No. 70 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 pick up its second victory in three years with Sylvain Tremblay, Nick Ham, David Haskell and Jonathan Bomarito sharing the car.
 
The 58th rendition of the prestigious Rolex 24 At Daytona gets under way next week on the 3.56-mile road course at Daytona International Speedway. Practice and qualifying starts Thursday, Jan. 23, with the green flag flying on the twice-around-the-clock battle just past 1:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 25.
 
NBC will have live network coverage of the start of the race beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 25, and also will televise the race finish beginning at 12 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 26 as part of NBC Sports’ complete coverage of the event that includes windows on NBCSN and the NBC Sports App and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.
 
IMSA Radio also will have live coverage throughout race weekend on IMSA.com and RadioLeMans.com, with complete race coverage also airing on SiriusXM Radio.
 
Tickets for the 58th Rolex 24 At Daytona are available on DaytonaInternationalSpeedway.com
 

The topic of racing safety has been coming up more and more often, primarily due to notable drivers who either retired because of concussions, were permanently damaged, or worse. However, regardless of efforts by sanctioning bodies, series and equipment manufacturers to advance safety in motorsports, there continues to be some reticence from the very constituents everyone is working to protect—the drivers.

 

At the close of 2018, there emerged a new volunteer organization under the moniker Racing Safety United (RSU), which had about 35 members hailing from very diverse areas in motorsports. As one of its first initiatives, RSU was determined to find out what drivers really think about the current state of racing safety, and where it could be improved.

 

The group developed an open-ended survey of 14 questions and promoted it through RSU members, on select motorsports media websites and social forums. Over a 12-month period, allowing for lulls during peak racing season, a total of 140 survey responses were collected. Then began the arduous process of interpreting each answer, tabulating the results and formulating overall conclusions.

 

Driver Profile Snapshot

 

Close to 2/3 of the drivers who responded were amateur level racers or track day participants, versus semi-pro or pro-level, and over half were on track one or more times per month. This represents a fairly close approximation of what the motorsports universe actually looks like.

 

High Accident Potential

 

When asked whether they’d ever sustained an injury while racing, the results were almost evenly split between drivers who had and those who hadn’t. However, the percentage of those that had experienced severe vehicle damage during races was twice that of those who hadn’t. The most telling answers described the primary causes of most injuries and/or vehicle damage while racing. By far, driver error was cited as the top cause, followed by concrete walls, mechanical failure, and other drivers.

 

Another key area of concern for RSU is concussions in motorsports. In fact, four RSU members are well-known victims of concussions or TBI—Jerry Nadeau, Randy LaJoie, Preston Calvert and John Mills. Survey participants were asked whether they had ever experienced a racing-related concussion, to which 1/4 claimed they had, but there were also many who weren’t sure whether they had. Not surprisingly, concrete walls were named the number one cause for concussions in racing. However, what was surprising was about half of driver respondents said that receiving a concussion, or multiple concussions, would affect their decision to continue racing.

 

Safety Influencers

 

If drivers in general are somewhat reluctant to adopt new safety measures, what or who might help change this mindset? According to the survey, drivers are primarily influenced by suggestions from other drivers, as well as recommendations by sanctioning bodies and series. They are also very much affected by drivers who’ve been injured during a race. These answers indicate a need for more driver education, driver safety advocates, and sanction/series safety mandates.

 

Dangerous Race Tracks

 

A staggering 73% of driver respondents believed certain race tracks or types of tracks were more dangerous than others, and 2/3 of them identified specific areas that were notoriously hazardous on those tracks.

 

Furthermore, nearly half stated that the type of barriers responsible for causing the most damage to drivers and their vehicles were concrete walls. The real kicker was that the majority of drivers felt barrier improvements were necessary at most U.S. racetracks.

 

Drivers Willing to Help

 

The most positive news to come out of the survey was that an overwhelming 76% of drivers were willing to get involved and advocate for safer race tracks. Best of all, if a motorsports safety fund were established to help tracks afford to make barrier improvements, 2/3 of driver respondents stated they would definitely contribute, or would consider contributing, whether to an organization, as part of registration fees, or through a sanctioning body program. This offers hope for the future of racing safety.

 

Though the survey represents only a small sampling of a much larger motorsports community, it does give serious food for thought. To view the full survey results report, go to the RSU microsite http://www.impactsafetybarriers.com/racing-safety-united-alliance.php

The field for the 58th Rolex 24 At Daytona gathered on Wednesday morning at Daytona International Speedway for an annual photo opportunity on the day before cars take to the 3.56-mile track for practice and qualifying. The race starts Saturday, Jan. 25 at 1:30 p.m. ET and will be televised live on the NBC network. For the first time, NBC also will offer network television coverage of the race’s finish, beginning at 12 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 26.
 
IMSA Radio also will have live coverage throughout race weekend on IMSA.com and RadioLeMans.com, with complete race coverage also airing on SiriusXM Radio.
 
Tickets for the 58th Rolex 24 At Daytona are available on DaytonaInternationalSpeedway.com

NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers are set to compete in yet another prestigious offseason motorsports event with this week's Rolex 24 at Daytona, the top U.S. sports car road race at Daytona International Speedway.

Just days after three NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers competed in the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the series will be represented by six former series champions and five Indianapolis 500 winners in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship's season-opening race.

Scott Dixon, a five-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion and 2008 Indianapolis 500 winner, headlines the Indy car contingent at the Rolex 24, and he appreciates drivers trying different disciplines, as Conor Daly, Santino Ferrucci and James Davison did in last week's Chili Bowl, a midget race on dirt.

"It shows their versatility and it shows some drivers have opened the eyes of others to switch across categories," Dixon said. "But it's tough because the level of competition these days is through the roof no matter what category you are going to."

Dixon will drive for Wayne Taylor Racing, the Rolex 24's reigning overall champion. Dixon and Ryan Briscoe are part of the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R. in the event's top class (DPi). Dixon is a two-time event champion, but he is driving the faster prototypes for the first time in four years.

"It's nice to look forward and not look in the mirrors the whole time like I did with the GT cars," said Dixon, who competes for Chip Ganassi Racing in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.

Among the other series regulars competing in Daytona Beach are Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alexander Rossi of Andretti Autosport, Simon Pagenaud of Team Penske and Colton Herta with Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport, plus Team Penske, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian, Vasser Sullivan and DragonSpeed.

Full television coverage of the 58th annual event begins Saturday at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBC. The NBC Sports Network will air the race from 2:30-6 p.m. and from 11 p.m.-3 a.m., returning at 6 a.m. Sunday. The final 90 minutes of the race airs on NBC on Sunday beginning at noon.

Hunter-Reay, who won an NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship in 2012 and an Indianapolis 500 in 2014, has joined the No. 55 Mazda Team Joest entry that won last year's pole. This team, along with Acura Team Penske, are among the top candidates to be the overall champion.

The top two finishers in last year's Indianapolis 500 - Pagenaud and Rossi - are part of the Acura Team Penske's entries. Rossi, who won the 500 in 2016, will drive with three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves and sports car veteran Ricky Taylor in the No. 7 Acura DPi. Pagenaud, the 500 winner and 2016 series champion, will team with two-time 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron, a three-time IMSA champion, in the team's No. 6.

"All the drivers in the world want to be here," Pagenaud said. "We have a fantastic team here at Team Penske, and I certainly want to add this to the trophy list. That would be fantastic."

Team Penske last was the overall champion of Daytona's 24-hour race in 1969.

Said Rossi: "Obviously, for Simon and I this isn't our full-time job but at the same time there's a lot of preparation and commitment that goes into these (endurance) rounds and we have an obligation to the team and the manufacturer to represent them and get results. We have a big target this year to go out and finally get a Rolex 24 win."

Four-time Indy car champion Sebastien Bourdais has joined Mustang Sampling Racing/JDC-Miller MotorSports and will co-drive the No. 5 Cadillac DPi. Matheus Leist, who drove for AJ Foyt Racing last season, will be in the team's other Cadillac, No. 85 which includes former NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver Tristan Vautier.

The Rolex 24 has 38 entries among four classes. Ben Hanley, who is confirmed to drive for DragonSpeed in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Sunday, March 15, will co-drive the team's LMP2 No. 81 Oreca 07.

Herta, a two-race NTT INDYCAR SERIES winner as a rookie and a Rolex 24 class champion last year, is a co-driver of the BMW Team RLL No. 25 entry, a BMW M8 GTE co-owned by Bobby Rahal, in the GT Le Mans class (GTLM).

The GT Daytona class (GTD) has the largest field with 18 cars. Townsend Bell, a broadcaster of NTT INDYCAR SERIES races on NBC, will co-drive the No. 12 Lexus RC-F GT3 entered by AIM Vasser Sullivan, which is owned by 1996 Indy car champion Jimmy Vasser and James "Sulli" Sullivan. Reigning NASCAR Cup champion Kyle Busch will make his Rolex 24 debut driving the team's No. 14 car.

Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian is competing in the Rolex 24 for the 17th year. The event's overall winner in 2012 with AJ Allmendinger and Justin Wilson driving has won three poles and scored four podiums over the years. This year, MSR is fielding the Nos. 57 and 86 Acura NSX GT3s in the GTD class.

The race can be heard on Sirius 138 and XM 202.

INDYCAR DRIVERS DRAW PRAISE FROM JEFF GORDON

The willingness to try an event as competitive as the Chili Bowl drew props from four-time NASCAR Cup champion Jeff Gordon, whose racing career started on the dirt. Gordon knew how limited the dirt-track experience was for Daly, Ferrucci and Davison.

Daly had competed in one other Chili Bowl; Ferrucci and Davison had never raced on dirt.

"While I don't recommend this approach to anyone, I have a lot of respect for those that attempt it," Gordon tweeted. "(The Chili Bowl) is no joke!"

Daly was the highest-finishing NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver in Saturday's finals, finishing ninth in his H Main feature. Ferrucci finished seventh in his K Main feature; Davison was ninth in his M Main.

The weeklong event won by NASCAR Cup driver Kyle Larson started with 360 drivers from 40 states and six countries.

"I've watched many races and I can see what you need to do, but to actually do it yourself is the challenging part," Davison said of dirt-track racing against such a loaded field. "It's a lot harder to do than it looks like from the outside.

"There's no substitute for experience, right? Experience brings confidence to start going faster and slide (the car) more. I'm not quite there yet."

Ferrucci said the experience could lead him to seek a ride in the Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink, the dirt midget race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 1-2.

"(This) was a cool experience and if I had done some testing it could have been really good," he said.

The father of one-time Chili Bowl champion Bryan Clauson said the NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers acquitted themselves well.

"Besides the racing they have all been great ambassadors of @INDYCAR (and) @IMS engaging with fans and teams," Tim Clauson tweeted. "It's this stuff that brings us all as racers together."

The NTT INDYCAR SERIES will stage its first open test of the year February 11-12 at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas. The first of 17 races is the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (March 13-15).

NTT IndyCar Series PR

NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers are set to compete in yet another prestigious offseason motorsports event with this week's Rolex 24 at Daytona, the top U.S. sports car road race at Daytona International Speedway.

Just days after three NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers competed in the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the series will be represented by six former series champions and five Indianapolis 500 winners in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship's season-opening race.

Scott Dixon, a five-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion and 2008 Indianapolis 500 winner, headlines the Indy car contingent at the Rolex 24, and he appreciates drivers trying different disciplines, as Conor Daly, Santino Ferrucci and James Davison did in last week's Chili Bowl, a midget race on dirt.

"It shows their versatility and it shows some drivers have opened the eyes of others to switch across categories," Dixon said. "But it's tough because the level of competition these days is through the roof no matter what category you are going to."

Dixon will drive for Wayne Taylor Racing, the Rolex 24's reigning overall champion. Dixon and Ryan Briscoe are part of the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R. in the event's top class (DPi). Dixon is a two-time event champion, but he is driving the faster prototypes for the first time in four years.

"It's nice to look forward and not look in the mirrors the whole time like I did with the GT cars," said Dixon, who competes for Chip Ganassi Racing in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.

Among the other series regulars competing in Daytona Beach are Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alexander Rossi of Andretti Autosport, Simon Pagenaud of Team Penske and Colton Herta with Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport, plus Team Penske, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian, Vasser Sullivan and DragonSpeed.

Full television coverage of the 58th annual event begins Saturday at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBC. The NBC Sports Network will air the race from 2:30-6 p.m. and from 11 p.m.-3 a.m., returning at 6 a.m. Sunday. The final 90 minutes of the race airs on NBC on Sunday beginning at noon.

Hunter-Reay, who won an NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship in 2012 and an Indianapolis 500 in 2014, has joined the No. 55 Mazda Team Joest entry that won last year's pole. This team, along with Acura Team Penske, are among the top candidates to be the overall champion.

The top two finishers in last year's Indianapolis 500 - Pagenaud and Rossi - are part of the Acura Team Penske's entries. Rossi, who won the 500 in 2016, will drive with three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves and sports car veteran Ricky Taylor in the No. 7 Acura DPi. Pagenaud, the 500 winner and 2016 series champion, will team with two-time 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron, a three-time IMSA champion, in the team's No. 6.

"All the drivers in the world want to be here," Pagenaud said. "We have a fantastic team here at Team Penske, and I certainly want to add this to the trophy list. That would be fantastic."

Team Penske last was the overall champion of Daytona's 24-hour race in 1969.

Said Rossi: "Obviously, for Simon and I this isn't our full-time job but at the same time there's a lot of preparation and commitment that goes into these (endurance) rounds and we have an obligation to the team and the manufacturer to represent them and get results. We have a big target this year to go out and finally get a Rolex 24 win."

Four-time Indy car champion Sebastien Bourdais has joined Mustang Sampling Racing/JDC-Miller MotorSports and will co-drive the No. 5 Cadillac DPi. Matheus Leist, who drove for AJ Foyt Racing last season, will be in the team's other Cadillac, No. 85 which includes former NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver Tristan Vautier.

The Rolex 24 has 38 entries among four classes. Ben Hanley, who is confirmed to drive for DragonSpeed in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Sunday, March 15, will co-drive the team's LMP2 No. 81 Oreca 07.

Herta, a two-race NTT INDYCAR SERIES winner as a rookie and a Rolex 24 class champion last year, is a co-driver of the BMW Team RLL No. 25 entry, a BMW M8 GTE co-owned by Bobby Rahal, in the GT Le Mans class (GTLM).

The GT Daytona class (GTD) has the largest field with 18 cars. Townsend Bell, a broadcaster of NTT INDYCAR SERIES races on NBC, will co-drive the No. 12 Lexus RC-F GT3 entered by AIM Vasser Sullivan, which is owned by 1996 Indy car champion Jimmy Vasser and James "Sulli" Sullivan. Reigning NASCAR Cup champion Kyle Busch will make his Rolex 24 debut driving the team's No. 14 car.

Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian is competing in the Rolex 24 for the 17th year. The event's overall winner in 2012 with AJ Allmendinger and Justin Wilson driving has won three poles and scored four podiums over the years. This year, MSR is fielding the Nos. 57 and 86 Acura NSX GT3s in the GTD class.

The race can be heard on Sirius 138 and XM 202.

INDYCAR DRIVERS DRAW PRAISE FROM JEFF GORDON

The willingness to try an event as competitive as the Chili Bowl drew props from four-time NASCAR Cup champion Jeff Gordon, whose racing career started on the dirt. Gordon knew how limited the dirt-track experience was for Daly, Ferrucci and Davison.

Daly had competed in one other Chili Bowl; Ferrucci and Davison had never raced on dirt.

"While I don't recommend this approach to anyone, I have a lot of respect for those that attempt it," Gordon tweeted. "(The Chili Bowl) is no joke!"

Daly was the highest-finishing NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver in Saturday's finals, finishing ninth in his H Main feature. Ferrucci finished seventh in his K Main feature; Davison was ninth in his M Main.

The weeklong event won by NASCAR Cup driver Kyle Larson started with 360 drivers from 40 states and six countries.

"I've watched many races and I can see what you need to do, but to actually do it yourself is the challenging part," Davison said of dirt-track racing against such a loaded field. "It's a lot harder to do than it looks like from the outside.

"There's no substitute for experience, right? Experience brings confidence to start going faster and slide (the car) more. I'm not quite there yet."

Ferrucci said the experience could lead him to seek a ride in the Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink, the dirt midget race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 1-2.

"(This) was a cool experience and if I had done some testing it could have been really good," he said.

The father of one-time Chili Bowl champion Bryan Clauson said the NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers acquitted themselves well.

"Besides the racing they have all been great ambassadors of @INDYCAR (and) @IMS engaging with fans and teams," Tim Clauson tweeted. "It's this stuff that brings us all as racers together."

The NTT INDYCAR SERIES will stage its first open test of the year February 11-12 at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas. The first of 17 races is the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (March 13-15).

The ARCA Menards Series has announced the dates for two events – races at Charlotte Motor Speedway and WWT Raceway – have been moved back by one day.

The date at Charlotte will now be Friday, May 22, and the date at WWT Raceway will now be Sunday, August 2.

The Charlotte race will continue to be a part of qualifying day for the NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600, which now moves to Friday night eliminating a day the track sat dark. The change in the date at WWT Raceway from Saturday night to Sunday will allow for the area’s many short track fans to attend without missing a night at their favorite area dirt track.

“We’re pleased to work with both Charlotte Motor Speedway and WWT Raceway at Gateway on these minor adjustments to the 2020 ARCA Menards Series schedule,” said ARCA President Ron Drager. “Cooperation among our tracks, broadcast partners, teams, sponsors and fans is important and we will do all we can to work with our valued partners.”

The ARCA Menards Series season will get underway on Saturday, February 8 with the Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire at Daytona International Speedway. The race will be televised live on FS1 starting at 4:30 pm ET.

Updated 2020 ARCA Menards Series Schedule

DATE                                    TRACK                                                                               CITY

Saturday, Feb. 8                  Daytona International Speedway                                  Daytona, Fla.

Friday, March 6*                ISM Raceway                                                                    Avondale, Ariz.

Sunday, April 19*               Salem Speedway                                                             Salem, Ind.

Friday, April 24                   Talladega Superspeedway                                              Talladega, Ala.

Friday, May 22                    Charlotte Motor Speedway                                            Concord, N.C.

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

Friday, June 5                      Michigan International Speedway                                 Brooklyn, Mich.

Thursday, June 18              Chicagoland Speedway                                                   Joliet, Ill.

Thursday, June 25              Pocono Raceway                                                             Long Pond, Pa.

Friday, July 3*                     Lucas Oil Raceway                                                           Brownsburg, Ind.

Saturday, July 11*              Elko Speedway                                                                 Elko, Minn.

Friday, July 17*                   Iowa Speedway                                                               Newton, Iowa

Sunday, Aug. 2*                  WWT Raceway at Gateway                                            Madison, Ill.

Friday, Aug. 7                      Madison International Speedway                                 Madison, Wisc.

Friday, Aug. 14*                 Watkins Glen International                                            Watkins Glen, N.Y.

Sunday, Aug. 23                  Springfield Mile at Illinois State Fairgrounds                Springfield, Ill.

Saturday, Sept. 5                Magic Mile at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds                    DuQuoin, Ill.

Thursday, Sept. 17*           Bristol Motor Speedway                                                 Bristol, Tenn.

Saturday, Sept. 26*            Memphis International Raceway                                   Millington, Tenn.

Friday, Oct. 16                    Kansas Speedway                                                            Kansas City, Kan.

*Denotes Sioux Chief Showdown event

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After winning his first American Flat Track championship in 2019, Cory Texter will return to the G&G Racing for the 2020 season to defend his title in the AFT Production Twins class.

 

Texter scored three wins during the 2019 season and earned eight top-five finishes in route to the championship. Texter will once again team up with G&G Racing.

 

G&G Racing is a father-and-son-owned team based in Southern California. John and John “LJ” Gronek are pleased to bring Texter back on board for the 2020 season.

 

“We are really happy to bring Cory back to the team,” LJ Gronek said. “We learned a lot about setup last year, and we are adding a few new components to our program this year that should be a real benefit in our efforts. ‘CTex’ has a never-quit attitude and works hard. He was talking about the 2020 season just days after he won the Production Twins title at the Meadowlands Mile in New Jersey, so that says a lot about his will to win and improve.”

 

Texter is excited about the opportunity to stay on the Yamaha MT-07 DT in his return to G&G Racing.

 

“It has been a long off-season so far, but I feel that staying on board the Yamaha MT-07 gives me the best opportunity to make another run at a championship,” Texter said. “The Yamaha is a great motorcycle, and I am very excited about the new aspects to our program that we are working on for 2020. We’re a small team, but we are very efficient and work hard every day. John and LJ have been like family to me, and those are the type of dudes you want to go into battle with every weekend.”

 

Roof Systems of Dallas, Texas will be joining the team as a sponsor. Roof Systems owner Jerry Stinchfield is a major asset to the sport of flat track and had this to say about his partnership with Texter and G&G Racing:

 

“As many know, I am very passionate about the American Flat Track series, and I really want to get more involved in the Production Twins class. I really like the work ethic of Texter and his team. Cory does a lot for amateur racing and frequently gives back to the sport, so I wanted to do the same for him. I am excited about joining his efforts and helping his team contend for another championship.”

 

In addition to a new partnership with Roof Systems, Texter welcomes aftermarket motorcycle parts and accessory titan Parts Unlimited / Drag Specialties to his list of partners for 2020.

 

Texter will also be joined once again by many of his 2019 sponsors, including Holeshot Powersports, Motul Oils, Kicker Audio, Stay The Course, Fredericktown Yamaha, Alpinestars, and Bell Powersports.

 

G&G Racing is sponsored by TDFJ.com, Twisted Development, Graves Motorsports, Yamaha Motor Corp. USA, Motion Pro, GPS Racing, and Hickory Ranch.

 

Tickets for the first-ever doubleheader - DAYTONA 200 and DAYTONA TT - at the legendary Daytona International Speedway are on sale now. Watch both historic motorcycle racing events during Bike Week at DAYTONA for just $35 when you purchase an advance General Admission ticket online. Get yours at www.americanflattrack.com.

 

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 The start of the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – and essentially the entire auto racing calendar – is upon us.
 
The 58th rendition of the prestigious Rolex 24 At Daytona gets under way next week on the 3.56-mile road course at Daytona International Speedway. Practice and qualifying starts Thursday, Jan. 23, with the green flag flying on the twice-around-the-clock battle just past 1:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 25.
 
NBC will have live network coverage of the start of the race beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 25, and also will televise the race finish beginning at 12 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 26 as part of NBC Sports’ complete coverage of the event that includes windows on NBCSN and the NBC Sports App and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.
 
IMSA Radio also will have live coverage throughout race weekend on IMSA.com and RadioLeMans.com, with complete race coverage also airing on SiriusXM Radio.
 
Tickets for the 58th Rolex 24 At Daytona are available on DaytonaInternationalSpeedway.com.
In the second of a four-part series detailing the four classes that will compete in the 2020 Rolex 24 At Daytona, let’s take a closer look at the LMP2 category.
 
No. 8 Tower Motorsport by Starworks
ORECA LMP2
Ryan Dalziel/David Heinemeier Hansson/John Farano/Nicolas Lapierre
Tower Motorsport by Starworks kicks off its 2020 IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup campaign at the Rolex 24 with the potential of adding other WeatherTech Championship races later in the season. Spearheaded by Farano – a 2012 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Grand Sport (GS) champion who also competed in the Asian Le Mans Series LMP2 Am class this winter – the No. 8 ORECA will be run in partnership with Peter Baron’s Starworks program.
 
Dalziel, a longtime Starworks driver, and Farano are considered the full-time drivers of the car, with Heinemeier Hansson set for the four enduros. Lapierre, a two-time winner of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts and a four-time 24 Hours of Le Mans LMP2 class winner, will join the team at Daytona.
 
Dalziel is the only driver of the four who owns a previous Rolex 24 victory, an overall win in 2010 with the Action Express Riley-Porsche. Starworks as a team is also in search of its first win at the Daytona endurance race.
 
No. 18 Era Motorsport
ORECA LMP2
Kyle Tilley/Dwight Merriman/Ryan Lewis/Nic Minassian
New to the IMSA grid is Era Motorsport with its No. 18 ORECA. Not new to IMSA are drivers Ryan Lewis and Nic Minassian. Lewis has six WeatherTech Championship starts with his best finish coincidentally coming in an ORECA at the 2017 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park round in the Prototype Challenge class.
 
Minassian – a former Peugeot LMP1 factory driver – has a decent amount of experience between the American Le Mans Series, Rolex GRAND-AM Sports Car Series and WeatherTech Championship. In fact, he participated in the 2016 Rolex 24 a race, in which his car started first in the Prototype category in the hands of then co-driver Mikhail Aleshin.
 
Newcomers Tilley – Era’s team principal – and Merriman are tabbed as the full-season drivers for 2020. The two co-drove together in historic racing, where Era Motorsport got its start.
 
No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports
ORECA LMP2
Cameron Cassels/Robert Masson/Kyle Masson/Don Yount
Performance Tech looks to improve one position on its runner-up finish at the 2019 Rolex 24 and to collect the team’s second Rolex watch in four years. Of the team’s four drivers entered this year, only Kyle Masson was part of the 2017 winning lineup in the Prototype Challenge class.
 
The younger Masson will run the twice-around-the-clock race for the second consecutive year with his father, Dr. Robert Masson, and also returns with his full-season co-driver from 2019, Cameron Cassels, the 2019 Jim Trueman Award winner as the top sportsman driver in the LMP2 class. Meanwhile, Yount returns to a prototype for the first time in the Rolex 24 since 2016 after competing in the GT Daytona (GTD) class the last three years.
 
No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports
ORECA LMP2
Ben Keating/Simon Trummer/Nick Boulle/Gabriel Aubry
PR1 Mathaisen Motorsports may be looking for some redemption at this year’s Rolex 24. Before storming to six straight victories to win the 2019 WeatherTech Championship LMP2 championship, the team finished last in the Daytona endurance race to start the year.
 
Aubry is the only returning driver to the team’s lineup and will be joined by former JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac DPi driver Simon Trummer. Seeking his second Rolex 24 win is Nick Boulle, who previously scored the victory with now-competitor Performance Tech Motorsports in 2017.
 
Pulling double duty in the Rolex 24 – not for the first time, however – will be Texan Ben Keating, who will jump between the No. 52 ORECA LMP2 and the No. 74 Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the GTD class. This will be his fifth time competing at Daytona in two different cars and it was in the GTD class in 2015 where Keating scored his first and only Rolex watch to date.
 
No. 81 DragonSpeed USA
ORECA LMP2
Ben Hanley/Henrik Hedman/Colin Braun/Harrison Newey
The 2019 Rolex 24 LMP2 winning team looks to defend its title, albeit with a different lineup. Both Hanley and Hedman ran in a second DragonSpeed entry last year and took the third and final step on the Rolex 24 podium. Entered as the team’s full-season drivers, these two will look to start the year off right with a win.
 
Braun, meanwhile, returns to the cockpit of an LMP2 machine after running for several years with a now-shuttered CORE autosport program. He owns one Rolex 24 victory – in Prototype Challenge machine – from 2014 and still holds the record set in October 2013 for the fastest lap ever recorded on the Daytona oval with a speed of 222.971mph (40.364 seconds) in a Michael Shank Racing Ford EcoBoost Prototype.
 
Completing the driver lineup is Newey, the 2018 Asian Le Mans Series LMP2 champion who competed in Super Formula and the Japanese endurance racing series Super Taikyu in 2019. He is the son of renowned Formula 1 and IndyCar engineer, Adrian Newey, who is now the Chief Technical Officer for the Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team.
 

Micro Sprint teams from around the world will descend on California this June, when the sixth annual Hoosier Tire California Speedweek hits the dirt.  Series officials have announced the 2020 slate, running from June 23-27 at the four weekly Micro Sprint tracks in the golden state.  Lucrative prizes including the coveted carved wooden bear trophies will be on the line for 130 competitors.
 
The series begins on June 23rd at Dixon Speedway, 42 miles west of the state Capitol in Sacramento.  On Wednesday June 24th, competitors will travel south to Delta Speedway in Stockton.  A rest day on June 25th gives teams the opportunity to reload before Friday’s jaunt at Keller Auto Raceway Plaza Park in Visalia.  The finale is Saturday June 27th, just 25 miles west of Visalia at Lemoore Raceway.
 
2019 champions Mitchel Moles in Super 600, Tristan Guardino in Non-Wing, and Gauge Garcia in Restricted will try to keep the championship titles within the California. Nearly two dozen states have sent their best to California over the years along with drivers from Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Only one championship has been claimed by an out of state contender, when Oklahoma’s Chris Andrews won the Non-Wing division in 2016.
 
Entry lists are capped to 50 Super 600s, 40 Non-Wing, and 40 Restricted competitors. Registration will open on the series website in April.  Registration opens early for drivers who finished within the top-ten of the 2019 series before being available to all drivers the following week.
 
Hoosier Racing Tire returns as the primary sponsor for the globally recognized series, which attracted over 500,000 social media impressions and a 34% increase in pay per view sales in 2019.
 
The California Speedweek is available online at www.HoosierCASpeedweek.com  or on Facebook and Twitter. For sponsorship information, contact Steven Blakesley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (916) 316-4854

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