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“I want to congratulate Jordan on being named a factory driver for Chevrolet and Corvette Racing. As a father, I can’t express how proud I am to have both my sons in factory rides and, even though they are no longer with Wayne Taylor Racing, I can only wish them well. Our new driver lineup for the 2020 season will be announced in the coming days.”
Indian Motorcycle Benelux revealed the winning ‘Project Scout Bobber’ contest build at the Bigtwin Bikeshow and Expo earlier this month. ‘Hasty Flaming Buffalo’, by Dutch designer Luuc Muis of LM Creations, is a beautifully elegant blend of modern technology and the classic lines of a 1910 Indian board-track racer.
Open to amateur and professional builders from across the region, the Indian Motorcycle Custom Contest: ‘Project Scout Bobber’ saw three finalists chosen by a professional jury put forward to a public Facebook vote. Luuc’s design proved so popular that he became the clear leader with over 54% of the votes and won the opportunity to create his unique vision.
Luuc’s design for ‘Hasty Flaming Buffalo’ draws on the rich and successful history of Indian Motorcycle racing, particularly the board track racers of the early 1900s. With their innovative designs, Indian Motorcycle had a big technological advantage at the Motordromes, the timber board tracks appearing all over America at the time, and riders like Jake de Rosier became household names for their feats on these risky circuits.
“As an industrial product designer, this contest was something I had to enter. I wanted to explore the idea that, if over 100 years of motorcycling, materials and techniques had developed but visual design hadn’t, what would that look like,” says Luuc. “To be told that my design had won, and I now had the opportunity to explore the concept fully was both really exciting but also quite intimidating, especially with the short deadline to complete the build.”
Announced as the winner in the middle of June, Luuc had just 20 weeks to turn his design into reality for the November 1st unveiling, the opening day of the BigTwin Expo. With just the engine and axles retained from the original Scout Bobber, completing the build alongside working his normal day job meant many late nights to stay on schedule.
Blending his 2D design with a 3D scan of the Scout Bobber engine to refine his frame design, Luuc constructed the frame from aluminium tubing and parts machined in aluminium by Scheffers Engineering in Norway. The gorgeous handmade tank also forms part of the frame and houses the airbox and electronic components to achieve the clean minimalist look inspired by the early Indian Motorcycle board track racers.
Luuc was able attract great partners to the project and Hasty Flaming Buffalo benefits from exceptional bespoke parts including:
- Bespoke exhaust system by Akrapovic
- CeraCarbon Racing full carbon forks with diamond cut ceramic tubes
- One-off wheel rims by JSR Service
- Moto-Master Brakes and Brembo calipers
- Bespoke seat by Old Dutch Leatherworks
- One-off air filter by DNA Performance Filters
- Mini indicators and rear light/brake light supplied by Kellermans
“When we first saw the entries for this contest, we knew that the jury was going to have a very hard time choosing just three finalists to go to the public vote,” says Lynda Provoost, Marketing Manager Indian Motorcycle Benelux. “The creativity that went into all of the entries was outstanding, and I think you can see from Luuc’s winning build that the Benelux is a force to be reckoned with in the world of custom motorcycles. To take a Scout Bobber and transform it to such a high standard into beautiful tribute to the heritage of Indian Motorcycle and the early riders of motorcycle sport has exceeded our hopes for this contest.”
‘Hasty Flaming Buffalo’ will make its next public appearances at Custombike in Bad Salzuflen (December 5-7), the Autosalon in Belgium (January 10-19) and Motorbeurs Utrecht in the Netherlands (February 20-23).
It’s Official: Mustang Mach-E Is the Newest Member of the Mustang Family; Reserve Online Starting Sunday, Nov. 1714 Nov 2019 Written by Adam Sinclair
Just in time for Ford Championship Weekend, Ford’s all-new, all-electric SUV will don the iconic pony badge and the name Mustang Mach-E when reservations for the vehicle open after it is revealed this Sunday.
The all-electric Mustang Mach-E will make its debut Nov. 17 at an event in Los Angeles that will be streamed on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Autohome (China). Special guest, actor Idris Elba, will help introduce the latest addition to the Mustang family. Immediately following the broadcast – which ends at approximately 6:30 p.m. PST (9:30 p.m. EST) – reservations will open for the Mustang Mach-E at Ford.com.
Customers can reserve their spot in line for the Mustang Mach-E by making a $500 refundable reservation deposit.1 Timing will be critical, especially for a limited First Edition, details of which will be announced as part of the Nov. 17 event.
Customers in the U.S., Canada and Europe who wish to reserve a vehicle can select their desired specification of the Mustang Mach-E, create a Ford account, select their preferred Ford dealer, and enter their credit/debit card details and address.
Customers who reserve a vehicle will be able to finalize their configuration next year when the ordering window opens.
Reservation timing for China will be announced at a later date.
The first race of the inaugural Xtreme DIRTcar Series winter tour kicks off next Sunday, Nov. 24 with the running of the 29th annual Blue Gray 100 at Cherokee Speedway.
This storied event hosts some of the best Super Late Model talent from across the Southeast, coming together in a 100-lap battle for $10,000 to win.
The Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series has sanctioned the year-end racing extravaganza since 2015 but will co-sanction this year’s running with DIRTcar, serving as the first race for the Xtreme Series and the final race for the Clash.
Cherokee Promoter Scott Childress was recently presented with the 2019 Promoter of the Year Award at the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series awards banquet last Sunday in Concord, NC, for his honorable efforts at the helm of both this year at Cherokee and Lavonia Speedway.
Since 2017, Childress has worn the promoter hat at Cherokee and has continued to satisfy Super Late Model fans by hosting several different regional and national series races at the historic venue. Next Sunday, he’ll make yet another advancement into the future by hosting the very first Xtreme Series race of 2019, helping to usher in a new venture of Super Late Model racing into both the DIRTcar Racing family and to the Southeastern United States.
Childress credits the great relationship he’s formed in recent years with DIRTcar Racing and the World of Outlaws for the three races he’ll promote on the Xtreme tour in 2019-20 (Cherokee – Nov. 24; Lavonia - Dec. 15; Cherokee – Jan. 18), especially with Morton Buildings Late Model Series Director Casey Shuman and his team.
“Casey and I were talking about it, and that’s a great group of guys that I enjoy working with,” Childress said. “I’m always game to get involved. We were talking about it and it just made sense. To me, it’s a perfect race to introduce it to.”
One-hundred laps, $10,000 to the winner and host of everyone’s favorite Dirt Late Model racers will no-doubt pack “The Place Your Mama Warned You About” on Sunday. This is the only 100-lap Super Late Model race the track runs all year, but that’s exactly what makes the event unique.
“It’s 100 laps, so it’s not a sprint to the checkered flag,” Childress said. “Teams have to consider tires and other factors to run more laps, and it’s always a really interesting race… there’s always a little bit of drama.
“The Blue Gray always has a lot of people there. This is something different that we give [the fans]. It’s a different base of drivers, and just a different viewpoint.”
Statistically speaking, Team Zero racer and home-state favorite Chris Madden is among the favorites to taste victory in this year’s running, having won three Blue Gray titles in 2004, 2013 and 2015. Despite multiple starts at Cherokee this year, he was unable to reach Victory Lane but came very close in the most recent World of Outlaws visit, the inaugural Mike Duvall Memorial on October 4, with a runner-up effort.
Last year’s winner, Brandon Overton of Evans, GA, will be back to defend his crown after a great year behind the wheel of the Rum Runner Racing #2. He’s been Victory Lane several times in 2019, including once at Cherokee in the Mike Duvall Memorial, and will certainly be a contender in the Blue Gray again this year.
Gates will open at 10 a.m., drivers meeting at 12:30 p.m. and racing to follow. Tickets are $30 for grandstands and $40 for a pit pass. More information at cherokeespeedwaysc.com.
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It will be like an old home week for Garden Grove, California racing veteran Brodie Roa when he contests the “52nd Annual Western World Championships Presented by San Tan Ford” this Friday and Saturday, November 15 and 16, at the Arizona Speedway. For the first time since early September, he will be wheeling his own bright green #91R sprint car.
Heading into last weeks Oval Nationals at Perris Auto Speedway, Roa led the USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series championship standings by 10-points. After three nights of racing on the Riverside County, California clay oval, he increased his advantage to 26-points going into this weekend’s final two races of the year.
In addition to his point lead in the USAC/Southwest Sprint Car Series, Roa is third in the USAC/CRA Series heading into the race in San Tan Valley. The 28-year old is 96-points out of second-place and he is 89-points ahead of the fourth-place driver.
Last week at the Oval Nationals, Roa qualified 23rd out of 41-cars on the first of three nights. He placed second in his heat race and then started 21st in the 30-lap main event. He moved forward all race long and ended up finishing 13th.
Twenty-four hours later, Roa was 19th fastest of the 41-cars on hand in qualifying. He placed fourth in his heat and moved forward again ending up 12th after starting 17th in the main event.
On Saturday night, Roa qualified in the 19th spot of the 31-cars who took time trials. He placed fifth in his heat and second in one of the B mains. For the A main, he began in the 18th position, but mechanical ills knocked him out of the race early and he finished 26th.
This Friday will mark the first time Roa has driven the famous family-owned #91R since September 7th at the Santa Maria Raceway. While the car has sat idle since then, it has been ready to race, and the crew will only need to make a few minor adjustments to get it ready for this weekend’s action.
For fans who would like to attend the Western World Championship, the spectator gates will open at 3:00 P.M. with racing at 6:00 on both nights.
Arizona Speedway is located at 47346 N. Ironwood Road in San Tan Valley (85140). The track telephone number is (480) 926-6688 and the track website is at the following link http://www.arizonaspeedway.net/
Great looking Brody Roa t-shirts are available at the track or via mail. If you cannot make it to a race and would like to order one, please use the following link https://www.brodyroa.com/?post_type=product.
The BR Performance team would also like to thank the sponsors that make the regular season possible. HD Industries, Burris Racing, “Biker” Bruce Fisher, Molecule, K-1 Race Gear, Norma Leonard, Lee Leonard, The Golden-Vibe Boutique, NGK Spark Plugs, Baldwin Filters, Driven Racing Oil, Wilwood Brakes, Coffman Racing Graphics and Bill’s Smokey Mountain Jerky. If you or your company would like to join BR Performance’s team for a championship run in 2020, please call 714-932-7994.
Car owners, if you are looking for someone to shoe your car during the 2020 season, contact Roa at the phone number and E-mail in this release. He will be available to race any night that is not in conflict with his regular racing calendar.
Fans wishing to stay completely up to date with Brody Roa and the BR Performance squad can do so on the team’s website http://www.brodyroa.com/ and Facebook page at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/br91r/
Conner Jones is ready to continue his stock car education this weekend during Myrtle Beach 400 weekend at Myrtle Beach Speedway.
Tickets for the 2020 Indoor Auto Racing Series race events in Trenton, N.J and Syracuse, N.Y. will go on sale for the first time on Wednesday, November 20.
The third annual East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals will again be held at the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, N.J. but on a new later date, Friday and Saturday nights February 21st and 22nd. The exciting event featuring nearly 100 wingless 600cc Sprints, had been held the last two years in December prior to Christmas.
To relieve family conflict with Christmas holiday events, the dirt race has been moved to the weekend after the Daytona 500. On Friday night February 21st competitors will race in ten heat races that will set the field for four 20 lap features that will follow. These events, which will begin at 7 PM, set the starting grid for Saturday’s events.
On Saturday, February 22nd the first green flag will fall at 6 PM with the first of ten qualifying transfer races that will advance top finishers to the back of the next event. The program concludes with the 50 lap, 24 car feature paying $5,000 to win that will not start until after 8 PM.
The “Concrete Series” season finale follows on Friday and Saturday March 13th and 14th in a second year return to the new Exposition Center located on the grounds of the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. N.Y.
Tickets have been on sale for the first two events of the 2020 Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled by VP Race Fuels.
The 2020 Series schedule opens with the Ironton Telephone Allentown Indoor Race, inside Allentown, PA’s PPL Center on Friday and Saturday, January 3-4, 2020. The NAPA Know How Gambler’s Classic Weekend follows inside Atlantic City’s historic Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall on Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1, 2020.
The TQ Midget “Concrete Series” will comprise five rounds with two complete programs held at the events in Allentown and Syracuse. Atlantic City’s uniquely different program includes four 20 lap semi-features on Friday night with the top 80 in time trials split into events. These races offer partial points as well as guaranteed starting spots in Saturday’s 40 lap Gambler’s Classic.
The Champ Karts and Slingshot classes are a part of the schedule at all three of the “Concrete Series” venues. In Allentown the Champ Karts race on Friday night and the Slingshots on Saturday. In Atlantic City both classes qualify on Friday and race their feature on Saturday. In the series finale in Syracuse, both classes have complete shows both nights.
Erick Rudolph of Ransomville, N.Y. won the Saturday night Series finale in Syracuse in March to clinch his fourth VP Racing Fuels sponsored TQ Midget championship. Rudolph also finished second in Friday’s first ever feature event in Syracuse won by Long Island, N.Y. driver Justin Bonsignore.
Andy Jankowiak of Buffalo, N.Y., the 2019 Atlantic City Gambler’s Classic winner, ended up second in the standings.
Matt Janisch of Nazareth, Pa. opened the 2019 series with his first career Indoor Series victory and past series champion Ryan Flores from Cornelius, NC won Saturday night’s feature event.
Over the entire series schedule, just ten TQ drivers were able to qualify for all five of the 2019 A-Main features. Among them, Rudolph was the only driver to register top-five finishes in each race.
All told, 75 TQ drivers, 54 Champ Kart wheelmen and 52 Slingshot racers earned points in the 2019 series, a total of 181 different competitors.
Brandon Rusczek won the Hoosier Champ Kart title. Though winless in the Kutztown Action Track sponsored Slingshot Indoor Series, Kurt Bettler grabbed his first title.
Rudolph, the 2019 DIRTcar 358 Modified series champion, entered the Trenton Dirt Nationals last December and won it in his first attempt. Billy Pauch Jr., the 2019 dirt Modified champion at N.J.’s New Egypt Speedway, finished a close second.
For complete ticket information and special host hotel rates go to www.indoorautoracing. Corporate sponsorship packages to fit every budget and group sales information are available for all events.
Ryan Rackley, fresh off his first victory in a stock car last month, will carry that momentum into Myrtle Beach 400 weekend at Myrtle Beach Speedway.
With a runner-up finish at Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday, 15-year-old Luke Akers solidified his first-ever Allison Legacy Race Series championship.
Heading into the season finale at Hickory Motor Speedway, Akers entered the weekend only six points ahead of fellow North Carolinian, Cole Wagner, but before Akers could take the green flag, he had to first complete his duties as a sophomore at West Davidson High School. On Monday, Akers had band auditions where he earned second chair, and then he also played in a JV football game. He took the PSAT on Tuesday, played in another football game on Thursday and then it was time for the biggest race of his career.
Akers qualified fourth and ran up front all race long at Hickory. Running in second for the majority of the race, Akers kept pace with race leader, Ethan Elder. On the final lap, Akers and Elder battled it out for the win. Akers’ runner-up finish secured him enough points to capture the 2019 Allison Legacy Race Series championship. The title marked the first of his career, and it came in his debut season.
“In the second race of the season, we actually found something, and it sped us up a whole bunch,” Akers said. “We just kind of went on from there, and towards the end, we thought that we were in contention to win the championship, so we just had our mindset towards that, and luckily, it worked out for us.”
Throughout the 2019 season, Akers captured two wins, four poles and 12 top-five finishes. Akers’ wins came at Hickory Motor Speedway and Orange County Speedway. On seven occasions this season, Akers was named the Rookie of the Race.
“It was crazy,” Akers said about earning his first win at Hickory. “We didn’t expect to win it, but once we got that pole, we felt confident in what we were doing.”
Akers continued and said, “When we went to Orange County, that was our second win, and it was in a row. We didn’t qualify on the pole, but we qualified third. We just came out of a cannon. The car felt great.”
Akers joins current and former NASCAR national series stars, John Hunter Nemechek, Trevor Bayne, Chad McCumbee, Regan Smith, Timmy Hill and others as Allison Legacy Racing Series champions.
This year’s Allison Legacy Race Series championship battle was one of the closest in its history. Five drivers visited Victory Lane during the 14-race schedule. Elder’s fifth victory at Hickory on Saturday catapulted him to the winningest driver of the 2019 season. Cole Wagner won four races, followed by Akers and Jantzen Stirewalt with two and Matthew Davey with one.
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On Saturday, December 14, the Petersen Automotive Museum will debut a new exhibit honoring one of the world’s most diverse and winning race teams, Chip Ganassi Racing. Titled “Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute,” the display will present significant vehicles, trophies and more that exemplify the success of the team under founder and racing legend Chip Ganassi, who will be formally honored on April 15, 2020 at the Petersen’s Annual Racers Night before the Long Beach Grand Prix.
Located in the Charles Nearburg Family Gallery, the 10 key vehicles on display will include the 1983 Patrick Wildcat MK9B raced by Chip Ganassi to his best finish in the Indianapolis 500; the Lexus-powered 2006 Riley MK XI raced by Scott Dixon at the Rolex 24 At Daytona; the 2010 Dallara IR-05 driven to victory in the Indianapolis 500; the 2016 Ford GT that finished first at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the LM GTE Pro category 50 years after Ford’s iconic first-, second- and third-place victories in 1966; and the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by Kurt Busch in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
“Chip Ganassi is an influential member of the automotive community, and his team’s penchant for success is a reflection of his raw skill and passion for the sport,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Complemented by a visually dynamic and compelling 180-degree video, ‘Chip Ganassi Racing’ will celebrate the team’s victories and tell its story while taking visitors on a trip down memory lane.”
A fixture in the auto-racing industry for more than 30 years, Chip Ganassi is considered one of the most successful and innovative team owners the sport has ever seen. Following a strong career as a driver, Ganassi created his own one-car INDYCAR team in 1990. The team’s track record includes 19 championships and over 220 victories. It is the only team to win the Indianapolis 500 (four times), Brickyard 400, Rolex 24 At Daytona (eight times), 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Le Mans. Adding to the prestige, it is also the only team to win the Rolex 24 At Daytona three times consecutively and the only team to win the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the Daytona 500, the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400 in one 12-month span.
“Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute” will run through January 31, 2021. The museum will host a ticketed preview and opening reception on December 13. To learn more about the Petersen Automotive Museum, please visit www.Petersen.org.