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The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is set to introduce a first-of-its-kind digital product for this coming season - working together with some of the biggest content creators to reach new and younger audiences as part of an innovative partnership with YouTube.
 
Starting with a supplementary streaming service in the UK - with the ambition of expanding viewing opportunities in other territories and eligible markets - Formula E will show every E-Prix live on YouTube with guest appearances and influencer involvement throughout the course of the season.
 
The on-screen talent will host each show from a bespoke studio set-up at YouTube Space London, with regular anchor Laurence McKenna sitting alongside rotating content creators such as KSI - who has almost 20 million subscribers and will form part of the presentation team for the SAUDIA Ad Diriyah E-Prix on December 15.
 
In a bid to continue opening-up the fully-electric series to a younger demographic and making the sport more accessible than ever before, Formula E is once again breaking the mould and re-inventing the way fans follow and consume sports - in line with the viewing habits of a digitally driven audience.
 
The list of alternating content creators will be revealed across official Formula E digital platforms in advance of each race and chosen from a pool of top influencer talent in collaboration with Goat - the leading global influencer marketing agency.
 
Building on the successful partnership with Goat - who were appointed ahead of last season - the ABB FIA Formula E Championship recently received recognition at the highly-acclaimed International Performance Marketing Awards, collecting the accolade for ‘Best Influencer Marketing Campaign’.
 
Ali Russell, Media & Business Development Director at Formula E, said: “We always try to push the boundaries of what’s possible at the ABB FIA Formula E Championship - not only developing innovations with the cars on track, but also with our experience and offering to fans trackside, at home and on the move. Coming together with like-minded companies such as YouTube to provide new ways to watch electric racing is what separates Formula E from other sporting properties and rights-holders. Working in tandem with some of the biggest names and influencers allows us to grow our existing audience, which is primarily a younger and more digitally-engaged demographic. This partnership truly fits their needs and viewing habits.”
 
Tomos Grace, YouTube's Head of Sport, EMEA, said: “Seeing YouTube creators centre stage for such an important sporting event is an exciting moment for YouTube. We look forward to working with Formula E on this first-of-its-kind project over the coming months.”
 
Working with KSI and his management OP Talent for the season-opener and first episode in Ad Diriyah, JJ said: “I can’t wait for the first race, where it’s going to be great to see YouTube disrupt the traditional sports broadcasters.”
 
Laurence McKenna, renowned content creator and show host, said: “I’m excited to be part of this ground-breaking and innovative project. I believe Formula E is leading the way in how sport sets the agenda, with this generation and the next, and YouTube is the place to do that. As rights-holders they’re doing the smart thing by allowing creators and their audiences to decide how we consume the sport. Their faith in the platform and community is important.”
 
Arron Shepherd, Co-Founder of The Goat Agency, said: “Goat is delighted to be involved in this pioneering project. After a successful season four, where together with Formula E we picked-up ‘Influencer Campaign of the Year’ at the International Performance Marketing Awards, it's a privilege to be able to work with such an innovative brand on a truly ground-breaking initiative. Additionally, to have YouTube as a partner in this alongside a stable of the top UK influencers will allow Formula E to engage with a new generation of fans like never before, bringing the traditional broadcast model into the 21st century.”
 
To get the latest news on the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, visit - www.FIAFormulaE.com
 
 As far as Robert Hight is concerned, it doesn’t get any better than ending the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season at historic Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif. with a world championship on the line. That will be the scenario for a second straight year when the defending Funny Car world champion heads to the birthplace of NHRA drag racing for the 54th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals, Nov. 8-11 at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
 
After five of the six races in the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship, Hight is second in points – 74 behind J.R. Todd – on the strength of two playoff wins in his 10,000-horsepower Auto Club Chevrolet Camaro SS. He’s fought through a broken collarbone to stay in the Funny Car hunt and Hight will head to Pomona excited about the chance to win a third career world title.
 
“There’s nothing like racing in Pomona,” said Hight, who has 45 career wins. “Southern California, all the fans there, there’s nothing like that. I always remember back to my first run in competition coming there and just looking down the track. It was a dream come true getting to race a Funny Car and I still get all those same feelings every time I race there.”
 
Brittany Force (Top Fuel), Tommy Johnson Jr. (Funny Car), Bo Butner (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were last year’s winners of the race that will be televised on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), including live finals coverage starting at 4:00 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, Nov. 11. The race is the final event of the year and the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship and, once again, Hight has championship aspirations after getting hot at the right time.
 
In 2017, Hight won four of the final 11 races, including two in the Countdown to the Championship, advancing to three finals in the playoffs to edge out Ron Capps. This year, he posted back-to-back playoff victories in the playoffs at St. Louis and Dallas before a first-round slip up in Las Vegas. Hight broke his collarbone in a crash in the final-round win in St. Louis, but returned the next race to take the victory in Dallas. The pairing with crew chief Jimmy Prock has been a dynamite one, as the entire team has figured out a way to raise their performance when it counts.
 
“I think it’s all a mindset and really having a gameplan of getting your act together by Indy,” Hight said. “You definitely don’t want to go to Indy searching for a combination or struggling. What Jimmy is really good at is learning from mistakes earlier in the year and focusing on what we need to do better. That’s what he’s done the last two years and it’s all about having a gameplan. Jimmy and Chris (Cunningham) live this car night and day and I’ve never been around a team this focused.”
 
It has brought out the best in Hight, who remains one of the best in the class on the starting line. He’ll have to be in peak form in Pomona, as Todd won in Las Vegas and also has two playoff victories in the playoffs. With the Auto Club NHRA Finals using the point-and-a-half system, the winner earns 150 points and can earn up to 191 points. That makes for plenty of drama, but it seems to bring out the best in Hight, who didn’t qualify for eliminations until the final qualifying session a year ago in Pomona before racing to the final and clinching the world title.
 
“At the beginning of the year, all you can do is hope to be in this position,” said Hight, who has four career wins in Pomona. “Up until these last few years, we went through a period where we were going to Vegas and Pomona without a chance to win a title, and that’s tough. It’s painful and I think that makes you appreciate the team you have and everything we have going on this year. We all know what we have to do. We love our jobs, but we love to win and that’s our main focus. Fans love the thought of the championship going down to the last race and that gets me pumped up.”
 
Steve Torrence has won the first five races of the Countdown to the Championship in Top Fuel, claiming first world championship with his victory in Las Vegas.
 
Second-year Pro Stock star Tanner Gray has seven wins in 2018, including two in the playoffs, and currently holds a 140-point lead over Jeg Coughlin Jr.
 
It’s a tight race in Pro Stock Motorcycle, with two-time world champ Matt Smith keeping a slim four-point advantage on defending world champ Eddie Krawiec. LE Tonglet is 61 points back.
 
The Auto Club NHRA Finals will also feature thrilling competition in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, where the future stars of the sport earn their racing stripes. After Nitro qualifying, stick around to see the spectacular Cacklefests during the weekend.
 
Those in attendance will also have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with some of the biggest names in drag racing during the NHRA Legends Tour. This includes meet-and-greets, autograph sessions, and a variety of other activities. Legends scheduled to attend the Auto Club NHRA Finals include Kenny Bernstein, Greg Sharp and more.
 
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 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, and the final two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11.
 
To purchase general-admission or reserved seats, call 800-644-4444. Tickets also are available online at www.NHRA.com/tickets. Kids 12 and under are free in general admission areas with a paid adult. All students can save 50 percent on general admission at the gate with a student ID. 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 www.NHRA.com.  

Thousands of Boy and Girl Scouts from across the Southeast will descend upon Daytona International Speedway for Scout Days, held Jan. 4-6 during the Roar Before the Rolex 24, the three-day annual test session for the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA – North America’s most prestigious sports car race.

 

Scout Days, which was first held in 2010, has become a tradition during the Roar Before the Rolex 24. In addition to watching the teams from IMSA’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Michelin Pilot Challenge prepare their cars for the season-opening endurance events on the 3.56-mile road course, Scouts will watch the IMSA Prototype Challenge race and participate in many activities including fishing on Lake Lloyd (campers must bring their own fishing rods), scavenger hunts, geocaching and movie night.

 

Scout Days admission, which is $30 per person if purchased on or before Dec. 15 and $40 per person if purchased afterward, includes:

·         Two nights of tent camping (bring your own tents, sleeping bags and firewood – there is a dedicated camping area for Girl Scouts)

·         $10 in DAYTONA Dollars, good at any DIS concession stand

·         Speedway Tour

·         Collectible patch

·         Garage access (limited times)

 

In addition, on Saturday morning, Jan. 5, there will be a tri-oval track walk where Scouts will walk pit road and have the opportunity to sign the start/finish line.

 

There is also a special offer for the Advance Auto Parts Clash weekend, only available to Scouts, which includes a general admission frontstretch seating ticket for the Advance Auto Parts Clash and DAYTONA 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger on Sunday, Feb. 10. The package, available for $55 for adults and $15 for kids 12 and under, also includes infield access Feb. 8-10 with overnight tent camping in a secure area within the infield and $10 in DAYTONA Dollars.

 

To purchase admission to Scout Days visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/scout or call 1-877-306-RACE (7223). For more information on the Scouts Advance Auto Parts Clash weekend offer, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/scoutoffer. Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on TwitterFacebookInstagramPinterestYouTube and Snapchat, and by downloading the Daytona International Speedway mobile app, for the latest Speedway news throughout the season.

Veteran IndyCar driver Marco Andretti will be taking an enhanced role in the No. 98 team’s entry come 2019 as the U.S. Concrete-branded Honda will officially be entered by Andretti Herta Autosport w/ Marco Andretti & Curb-Agajanian. 

“I’m happy and proud to invest back into the team that I have been with for 13 seasons and counting,” said Marco Andretti. “I truly believe this is the best team out there and I’m looking forward to a fun, competitive future with the U.S. Concrete No. 98 family.” 

“I’m proud to see Marco looking beyond the racing seat and taking a vested interest in not just his car entry, but the future of motorsport that can one day take him beyond his driving career,” said Andretti Autosport CEO Michael Andretti. “Marco has many driving years ahead of him and many victories yet to come but is continuing to see the big picture of racing and that will in turn make him a stronger competitor all around.” 

The No. 98 Andretti Herta Autosport w/ Marco Andretti & Curb-Agajanian entry will take to the track for the 2019 IndyCar Series season opener on the streets of St. Petersburg March 10. Marco Andretti will join Andretti Autosport teammates Alexander Rossi (No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda), Ryan Hunter-Reay (No. 28 DHL Honda) and Zach Veach (No. 26 Group 1001 Honda) for 17 rounds of competition in America’s premiere open-wheel series.

 
 
 
 
The haulers and tow vehicles have barely made it home from this year's Runoffs at Sonoma Raceway, but it's already time to look ahead to the 2019 Summit Racing Equipment SCCA® Road Racing season and the Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour. Next year, the Hoosier Super Tour features 11 events beginning in January and closing out in July. The lineup of tracks includes old favorites along with a couple venues new to the series.
 
Once again in 2019, the Hoosier Super Tour will open at Sebring International Raceway in Florida before a February visit to Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. In March, the Hoosier Super Tour makes its first visit to Georgia's recently-renamed Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta since the series re-launched in 2017, then it's off to Hallett Motor Racing Circuit in Oklahoma.
 
April will see the Hoosier Super Tour make its annual stop at VIRginia International Raceway. Participation is expected to be very high that weekend as VIR is home to the 2019 SCCA® Runoffs® taking place in October, so plenty of competitors will use that three-day event as a warmup for the National Championship. After VIR, Hoosier Super Tour action heads west with stops at California's Buttonwillow Raceway Park and Portland International Raceway in Oregon.
 
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is again on the Hoosier Super Tour this year, as well as the WeatherTech Chicago Region June Sprints at Road America in Wisconsin. The month of June closes out with racing at Watkins Glen International in New York. The final race weekend on the schedule then takes place in July on the West Coast at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, also a first-time location for the Hoosier Super Tour.
 
As always, the calendar is subject to change, but dates for the exciting 2019 Hoosier SCCA Super Tour are currently as follows:
 
- January 11-13: Sebring International Raceway; Sebring, Florida
(Southeast Conf., Central Florida Region)
 
- February 8-10: Circuit of the Americas; Austin, Texas
(Southern Conf., Lone Star Region/Southwest Division)
 
- March 15-17: Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta; Braselton, Georgia
(Southeast Conf., Southeast Division)
 
- March 30-31: Hallett Motor Racing Circuit; Jennings, Oklahoma
(Mid-States Conf./Southern Conf.; Ark Valley Race Group)
 
- April 12-14: VIRginia International Raceway; Alton, Virginia
(Northeast Conf./Southeast Conf., North Carolina Region)
 
- April 26-28: Buttonwillow Raceway Park; Buttonwillow, California
(Western Conf., Cal Club Region)
 
- May 17-19: Portland International Raceway; Portland, Oregon
(Western Conf., Oregon Region)
 
- May 31-June 2 (tentative date): Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course; Lexington, Ohio
(Northern Conf., Ohio Valley Region)
 
- June 14-16: Road America - WeatherTech Chicago Region June Sprints; Plymouth, Wis.
(Northern Conf., Chicago Region)
 
- June 21-23: Watkins Glen International; Watkins Glen, New York
(Northeast Conf., Glen Region)
 
- July 26-28: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca; Salinas, California
(Western Conf., San Francisco Region)
 
Hoosier Super Tour venues are selected based on various attributes. Some have decades of history with a record book featuring the biggest names in all of motorsport. Other sites are top "pro" tracks offering the best quality racing surface and amenities. And certain tracks were selected because they are the best "club" courses in the country, where challenging layouts are matched with warm hospitality and a "family feel" to the paddock area.
 
According to Deanna Flanagan, SCCA's Director of Road Racing, "We have done some fine-tuning on this year's schedule based on participant feedback, including adding a week between the Hallett and VIR races. Additionally, we've added to the schedule two world-class facilities in Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca—each of which has a rich history with SCCA in Regional activities and as past Runoffs hosts. We anticipate another exciting Hoosier Super Tour season and, as always, thank our host SCCA Regions for putting on such great events."
 
Beyond the venues, the Hoosier Super Tour offers a heightened experience for both competitors and race fans. Weekends include segmented timing and scoring, a service simply unavailable at most amateur motorsports events. The series also boasts a dedicated "Super Tour Radio presented by Hoosier Racing Tire" team of announcers capable of providing consistent insight and entertainment heard at tracks or online at SCCA.com.
 
Dedicated staffing with a series race director, administrator and technical inspector working in conjunction with local event personnel is an additional feature of the Hoosier Super Tour. Up to two static cameras broadcast races live online at SCCA.com, and onsite SCCA public relations staff provide weekend media coverage. Hoosier Super Tour dates also have enhanced weekend social activities.
 
The Hoosier Super Tour serves as the Summit Racing Equipment SCCA Road Racing's nationwide point championship. The point structure remains the same as previous years with the best six Hoosier Super Tour races, plus a Runoffs finish, going toward identifying class champions. Point totals for the Hoosier Super Tour are managed by SCCA national office staff and can be viewed at SCCA.com.
 
Only SCCA Full Competition and SCCA Pro Racing License holders may register to compete at Hoosier Super Tour events. The Hoosier Super Tour also serves as a path to the 2019 SCCA National Championship Runoffs® being held Oct. 8-13 at VIRginia International Raceway.
 
The Sports Car Club of America®, Inc., founded in 1944, is a 67,500-member motorsports organization that incorporates all facets of autocross, rally and road racing at both Club and professional levels. With headquarters in Topeka, Kansas, the SCCA annually sanctions over 2,000 events through its 116 Regions and subsidiary divisions. In addition to series title sponsor Hoosier Racing Tire and Summit Racing Equipment's support of the entire SCCA Road Racing program, much of the SCCA's activities are made possible with support from the following Official Partners: Chevrolet, the Official Truck of the SCCA; Hawk Performance, the Official Brake Products of SCCA; Mobil 1, the Official Oil of SCCA; Sunoco, the Official Fuel of SCCA; and Tire Rack, the Official Tire Retailer of SCCA. To learn more, please visit www.scca.com.

It was a fantastic three days of competition Oct. 19-21 at Sonoma Raceway in California during the 2018 SCCA® National Championship Runoffs®. For those who couldn't make it to the track or missed the live online broadcast of races, it's now possible to catch up on all the action with free 2018 Runoffs race videos available for viewing at SCCA.com. Later this year, certain 2018 Runoffs races will also air on CBS Sports Network.

 

With nearly 500 entries across 28 different car classes, this year's 24 events featured exciting competition, close racing throughout the fields, a handful of surprises and some great storylines. Video coverage, presented by Mazda, was again anchored by Greg Creamer with guests Ryan Myrehn (SportsCar365 writer), Tom O'Gorman (pro driver), Heyward Wagner (pit reporter), Andy Hollis and Larry MacLeod (SCCA Solo Nationals announcers) providing additional insight and commentary.

 

The SCCA National Championship Runoffs has evolved into what is now commonly agreed to be the pinnacle of American motorsports. Since 1964, the SCCA has crowned Road Racing's National Champions at the winner-take-all, single race Runoffs format through dozens of separate races over three days. As host of the 55th Runoffs, Sonoma Raceway became only the third California track to host SCCA's National Championship, joining Riverside International Raceway and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

 

The Sports Car Club of America®, Inc., founded in 1944, is a 67,500-member motorsports organization that incorporates all facets of autocross, rally and road racing at both Club and professional levels. With headquarters in Topeka, Kansas, the SCCA annually sanctions over 2,000 events through its 116 Regions and subsidiary divisions. Much of the SCCA's activities are made possible with support from the following Official Partners: Chevrolet, the Official Truck of the SCCA; Hawk Performance, the Official Brake Products of SCCA; Mobil 1, the Official Oil of SCCA; Sunoco, the Official Fuel of SCCA; and Tire Rack, the Official Tire Retailer of SCCA. To learn more, please visit www.scca.com.

After a difficult three rounds of Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli competition, points leader Ernie Francis, Jr., and the No. 98 Frameless Shower Doors Ford Mustang returned to the top step of the TA class podium in the COTA Trans Am 100 and Circuit of The Americas (COTA).  Brothers Ryan and Warren Dexter also claimed Trans Am victories in the the TA3 and TA4 classes, respectively. 

Francis’ difficult stretch dates back to a practice session at Road America where the No. 98 found oil and made a heavy impact into a barrier.  Francis would salvage points in a loaned car later that weekend, the first of three consecutive finishes well outside the top ten with the No. 98 struggling to get up to its customary speed following repairs.  

However, the month between Trans Am competitions gave the Breathless Pro Racing team time to regroup and get the No. 98 back up to speed, efforts that paid dividends in the 102.81-mile contest, 30 laps around the 3.427-mile, 20-turn circuit with the No. 98 starting in first position and leading every lap.   Francis would cross the finish line just over two seconds ahead of runner-up Chris Dyson, in the No. 20 Plaid Enterprises/ CD Racing Ford Mustang.  

“We definitely needed this result,” said Francis. “It’s been a tough couple races for us, and we were all kind of in a low spell.  To get a good result and a win, really a dominant win, out there, it will boost the moral of the whole team.  We’re ready to go Daytona, finish it off and bring home this championship.”

“The effort from the team has been unbelievable,” said Francis.  “Mark Meissen pretty much rebuilt the whole car after the issue at Road America.  That was followed by issues at Watkins Glen and VIR—the car just wasn’t working the way we needed it to.  Finally, we were able to get the car back down to Fort Lauderdale and our team, so we could do some testing and get it where it needs to be.  A big thank you to our sponsors Frameless Shower Doors and Baldwin Richards Foods for their support.”  

Francis’ second consecutive TA class victory at COTA was his fifth of the season and also saw the No. 98 turn a new track record 2:09.486, breaking his own mark set last year.  Now Francis and the Breathless Racing team will head south to their home state of Florida for the Trans Am Season finale next weekend at a track they know very well, Daytona International Raceway.  

“We’re pretty confident,” said Francis.  “Daytona is a big power track; and even though that’s where we we are usually lacking, last year we were able to start on pole and bring home the win last year.  I think if we can get our setup down and get this car trimmed out real nice for the banking we’ll be pretty good out there.  We have one thing on our minds though, just win; that’s what we’re going to go out and do.”

For Dyson the podium finish marked his fifth of the season and first since Road America.   Tomy Drissi, in the No. 8 The Grinch Chevrolet Camaro, who had started in fourth position completed the TA class podium.  

Finishing fourth in class was Amy Ruman, in the No. 23 McNichols Company Chevrolet Corvette, celebrating her 100th career Trans Am start.  Ruman’s Trans Am career began in Cleveland in 2005 and since that mark she and the Ruman Racing team have amassed 16 victories and captured two championships while setting historic marks.  Ruman became the first woman to win a Trans Am race in 2011 at Road Atlanta and the first female professional road racing champion in North America in 2015, a mark she repeated in 2016.  

The TA class top five was completed by David Pintaric, in the No. 57 Kryderacing Cadillac CTS-V, after battling back from tenth position on lap three.  Championship challenger Lawrence Loshak, in the No. 2 Pennzoil/ ETE/ GOShare Chevrolet Camaro, saw his title hopes dealt a heavy blow early on in the race, entering the pits with only three laps complete due to motor issues.  Loshak and the No. 2 were unable to re-enter the contest and now head to Daytona 22 points behind Francis. 

In TA3 it was Trans Am debutant Ryan Dexter, in the No. 62 Joe’s Hand Cleaner / Dexter Racing Ginetta G55, who captured the class victory by way of a 23rd lap pass of Jason Daskalos, in the No. 27 Vintage Four Twenty-Three Dodge Viper, after a race-long pursuit.  

“We recently picked up two new Ginettas,” said Ryan Dexter.  “So we decided I’d take a shot and see how I do.  In the race, I just had to hold on.  I knew the Vipers would eventually have their tires fall off towards the end.  So I just tried to be consistent and hit my marks, and towards the end I was able to make my way by.”

Dexter would also set the fast lap for the class, a 2:18.401 while his pass for the lead was named the COOLSHIRT Systems “cool move” of the race.  Daskalos would finish second for his second podium finish in as many appearances this season, while Marko Radisic, in the No. 22 Precision Driving BMW M4 GT4, finished third, tying a career best set earlier this season at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.   

In TA4, class champion Warren Dexter, the elder brother of Ryan, secured his sixth win of the season in the No. 60 Joe’s Hand Cleaner/ Dexter Racing Ginetta G55.  Dexter would finish the final stages of the race unopposed in class, following Shane Lewis and the No. 72 74 Ranch Resort Chevrolet Camaro’s retirement due to differential issues on the 26th lap; however, he would run amongst the TA3 class leaders, finishing just behind Daskalos.  Warren Dexter would also set a TA4 class track record with a 2:19.078.  

“What more can you ask for than coming out of one weekend with two victories,” said Warren Dexter. “It was fun and awesome that I was close enough towards the end to watch Ryan make his pass for the lead.  We’re super happy with how the car has been running this year and the way the Trans Am Series has worked with us; their hospitality is really second to none. We’re super excited about this year and looking forward to more in the future.”

The race underwent a single full-course caution to retrieve the No. 71 of Dave Ricci stranded just off course in turn 11, that spanned from lap 12 to the completion of lap 15.  Starting positions for the race were based on official practice times, per Trans Am Rule Book Article 6.2.8, after track delays and daylight issues saw qualifying canceled on Saturday.  

Previously in the weekend, the Trans Am Series held the COTA Muscle Car Challenge, an equidistant competition, that saw Gar Robinson victorious. Full details and results of the contest can be found at gotransam.com. 

The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli will now head to Daytona International Speedway for the 2018 Trans Am Series Finale, with the multi-class TA, TA2, TA3 and TA4 class contest to be held on Saturday, November 10th.  

Trans Am featured on the Circuit of The Americas weekend alongside the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association holding the US Vintage Racing National Championship.  

Fans can keep up with the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli at www.gotransam.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gotransam and on Twitter at @gotransam. 

he Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires enters its 10th year in 2019 and continues to set the standard as one of the most successful driver development programs in the world, providing a scholarship-funded path to reach the Verizon IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500. Andersen Promotions today confirmed the champion’s prize packages for each of the three series – Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship – as the globally recognized platform prepares for the new season.

When Andersen Promotions took over operations of Indy Lights in 2014, it set in place an unprecedented prize – its champion would be guaranteed a three-race IndyCar Series program. This tradition will continue in 2019 with an increased champion’s purse of $1.1 million built on a three-race IndyCar program including the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2020.

In Pro Mazda, a vital step in the career path of many drivers including James Hinchcliffe, Spencer Pigot and Graham Rahal, the champion’s purse is valued at $596,700, which includes a $500,000 scholarship to advance to Indy Lights the following year and $96,700 in Cooper tires and entry fees towards the champion’s next step on the ladder.

USF2000, which has a rich history dating back to 1990, will provide its 2019 champion with a prize package valued at $305,600, which includes a $250,000 scholarship to graduate to Pro Mazda and $55,600 in Cooper tires and entry fees for the following season.

The full per-race prize money structure and end-of-season prize money and awards list, including second/third place finishers payouts, Rookie of the Year, team champions and other year-end prizes, is being finalized and will be publicized in the coming weeks.

“We are pleased to announce the continuation of the highly regarded Road to Indy scholarship program for all three of our champions each year,” said Dan Andersen, Owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions. “Our goal has always been to advance the careers of talented drivers to the IndyCar ranks, and these awards will help pave the way for even more Road to Indy stars to race in future Indy 500s. There are no driver development programs in the world with as much on offer.”

The vast majority of the 2019 IndyCar Series grid will be comprised of drivers who have come through the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires. Among them will be reigning Indy Lights champion Patricio O’Ward and vice champion Colton Herta, driving for Harding Steinbrenner Racing, and newly announced Chip Ganassi Racing driver Felix Rosenqvist, who turned heads in a partial season of Indy Lights two years ago claiming three wins in 10 starts. Rosenqvist initially impressed the Ganassi team after being invited to test at Mid-Ohio both in 2016 and 2017 as part of an initiative supported by INDYCAR with the intention of promoting the talents of Indy Lights drivers.

The 2019 Road to Indy season will kick off on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., in support of the IndyCar Series’ season-opening race. The highly popular event is held on a temporary circuit downtown overlooking Tampa Bay and the St. Petersburg Harbor and Marina on March 8-10.

The Road to Indy will close out the year with an Open Test at the Homestead-Miami Speedway road course in Homestead, Fla., on December 3/4. The test provides new drivers the opportunity to test the waters, and returning drivers and teams the chance to jumpstart their 2019 campaigns. Six test sessions totaling four hours of on-track time are on deck for each series.

Three days after Homestead, the focus will shift to Phoenix, Ariz., where the third annual Mazda Road to Indy USF2000 $200K Scholarship Shootout will see 20 champions of junior open-wheel and karting series vie for a scholarship to USF2000 in 2019. Drivers from North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australasia and Africa will undergo two days of competition at the Bondurant Racing School on December 8/9.

Saturday's AutosByNelson.com 250 had something for everyone when the CARS Response Energy Tour ran their season finale at the Virginia racetrack. Corey Heim and Craig Moore both visited Edelbrock Victory Lane, the first win for both competitors on the tour, while Jared Fryar and Bobby McCarty both claimed their first series titles in nailbiting fashion at the end of the afternoon.
 
 
SUPER LATE MODEL RECAP
 
Tate Fogleman led the field to green in the final super late model contest of the season after claiming the Mahle Pistons Pole Award earlier in the afternoon. The Durham, North Carolina, driver led the opening 18 circuits until Anthony Cataldi took the lead for a handful of circuits on lap 18.
 
An accident involving Dean Ward and Ryan Matthews slowed the field on lap 21, forcing a restart where Fogleman motored back around Cataldi to lead the field for the next 52 laps. As the race wore on, Corey Heim and Cataldi began to reel in Fogleman while the entire trio distanced themselves from the field. Heim took advantage of a slip by Fogleman in turn one to drive underneath the No. 8 Ford and set the pace for the first time of his afternoon.
 
With 22 laps to go, championship leader Jared Fryar had trouble in turn one, showering sparks behind his No. 14 car as it pounded the retaining wall due to a cut tire. Fryar's closest championship rival, Heim, was in position to capitalize when the incident occurred, leading the field to the restart.
 
Anthony Cataldi had been pressuring Heim for the race lead prior to the Fryar incident and continued to do so once the field raced back into the first turn after the green flag. Cataldi raced side-by-side with Heim for numerous laps and nosed ahead on lap 120 after nudging the No. 78 aside. Heim returned the favor a lap later and recaptured the top spot before pulling away by three car lengths.
 
Heim fended off the last-lap attempts by Cataldi to steal the win and captured his first career CARS Response Energy Tour victory, also the first for his Fab Specialties team. Cataldi, Brandon Lynn, Fogleman and Nolan Pope rounded out the top five finishers.
 
"Hats off to Anthony for racing me hard without wrecking me, we ran 1-2 almost the entire race, so I really appreciate him racing me clean," Heim said as soon as he exited the car in Edelbrock Victory Lane. "All I have to say is what an awesome job by my team to give me a great car. I burned off my right rear a little bit in the middle of the race but we're in victory lane so that's all that really matters right now.
 
"Going into this year, I didn't expect to be a champion or even finish top three in the points," he continued when asked about a runner-up finish in the series points. "To finish second, it's just an honor for me to finish second in any points series in my first year in super late models."
 
Despite his late-race troubles, Jared Fryar was able to retain his point lead over Heim and claimed his first series championship. A long-time supporter of the tour since its inception in both classes, Fryar was in tears following the race.
 
"It means a lot and it was tough all throughout the year, I'm just kind of speechless right now," Fryar mustered while wiping tears from his eyes. "I'm very thankful to be in this position and race for a championship and most importantly to do it with my dad and my family. It means a lot to us because my family has been racing for a long time. To win my first championship means a lot and I can't thank everyone who helps out out at the racetrack and the shop, it means a lot. 
 
"We wanted to run all the races, finish all the races, and try to win all the races," he continued in response to a question about how real the goal of winning a title was at the beginning of the season. "When you have good finishes like that, that's what happens. It just feels good. There's a lot of hard work that goes into it and a lot of dedication, man, I'm just speechless."
 
 
 
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Layne Riggs came into South Boston hoping to avenge last year's misfortune when a part failure ended his race prematurely and started the afternoon in successful pursuit of that goal by claiming the Hedgecock Racing Pole Position. On the drop of the green flag, however, the No. 99 Ford failed to accelerate and headed to the pits with another drivetrain failure, reminiscent of his race a year prior. 
 
Championship leader Bobby McCarty took full advantage of Riggs' situation and rocketed to the lead in turn one, attempting to win his first race since the June event at Carteret County.
 
Two major incidents eliminated drivers early including a three-car melee on lap 4 and a four-car mashup on lap 24, the first of which required a red flag for cleanup. 
 
On the lap 24 restart, Craig Moore bypassed McCarty for the race lead and took charge of the event for 12 laps until McCarty motored his way back around the No. 1 car for another 29 laps.
 
McCarty's luck began to sour on lap 65 when, while leading, his car shot up the track in turn one and dramatically slowed with a flat right front tire, the result of a broken wheel on his AutosByNelson.com Toyota. McCarty was able to keep the car out of the wall to avoid further damage but was assessed a one-lap penalty by officials for intentionally stopping to bring out a caution.
 
To wrestle the title away from McCarty, Lee Pulliam needed some help in the form of bad luck from his rival and on the restart, he quickly made his way forward into the top three in pursuit of the race win. McCarty, however, had fortune on his side as a lap 67 caution for Colin Garrett permitted him to receive the free pass and earn his way back to the lead lap. 
 
Timothy Peters stole the lead away from his Nelson Motorsports teammate Brandon Pierce on the lap 68 restart and led the next five circuits until Mini Tyrrell and Ronald Hill tangled in turn four, ending the day for both competitors and drawing the second red flag of the day for water barrel cleanup after Tyrrell smashed into them at the turn four pit entrance.
 
Coming to the restart, Timothy Peters suddenly darted down the track and accidentally made contact with his teammate Pierce after Peters realized he had a flat left rear tire. Though the damage to Pierce's car seemed minor, Craig Moore was able to drive around the No. 2P on the restart to take the lead for the second time on lap 73.
 
Moore, Deac McCaskill and Lee Pulliam began to pull away from the field in the final 50 laps to settle the race amongst themselves, but Moore began to prove himself as the better of the three. Moore was out to substantial lead when Charlie Watson and Mason Diaz wrecked in turn three, causing the final restart of the afternoon with only nine laps to go.
 
After choosing the outside lane on the restart, Moore quickly executed his way through the gearbox and into the lead once again on the exit of turn two. McCaskill hounded the No. 1 for nine laps, tapping the back bumper lightly multiple times but never moving Moore out of the way, allowing the new father a chance to win one for his newborn son whow as home watching on TV with his mother. McCaskill, Pulliam, Josh Berry and Brandon Pierce rounded out the top five.
 
"First off, I want to thank God because I prayed, and prayed, and prayed. I'm dedicating this win to my main man, Dusty. We lost his dad last week and this one is for him, he was riding with us," Moore said in Edelbrock Victory Lane. "We hated that caution came out because we felt like we had the race won. The car was good on the high side, but we got tight with probably 20 or 30 to go. With these tires, and on this racetrack, you're able to maintain on the outside and it doesn't bother me a bit to run up there. This is great, man, we've been fighting and trying so hard.
 
"I'm going to tell you, you're racing with the best of the best here. Peyton Sellers and Philip Morris were the only two guys we were missing," Moore explained as he continued. "A couple of guys had some bad luck, and I really hate that, but I still feel like we had a really good car. My car was just too tight on the bottom, so the top really suited me better and on a couple of those restarts we really got pinched on the bottom. It just wouldn't get going and after about five laps it was good. I just have to thank so many people, and my wife is at home with my newborn baby. I'm mad she didn't come because I wanted her to be here and I really felt like we had a good shot at this, but I'm thinking about her first and foremost." 
 
Bobby McCarty finished an uncharacteristic ninth in the final rundown, but it was enough to guarantee himself the championship over Lee Pulliam. It was McCarty's first championship in late model stock competition and the first tour title for team owner Barry Nelson who fields cars for three drivers in the CARS Tour. 
 
"'Oh, no!,' is exactly what went through my mind," McCarty explained after the race. "I was more worried that a suspension part broke. Once I found out it was a tire, I felt like we were going to be ok. We fired off really good on the new right front, but it wouldn't hold. The new right front and the old right rear just weren't working together. I couldn't move around enough to make passes and get back through the field. We just had to dodge wrecks after that and hold on. 
 
"I'm so thankful to everyone who's a part of this, I can't thank them enough, I really can't," he continued. "This is definitely at the top. I haven't won a championship in late model stocks, I've won one in limiteds, but to win it in late model stocks and a tour like this one, it means the world to me."
 
The CARS Response Energy Tour kicks off their 2019 season at Southern National Motorsports Park on March 9. The dual-division show will be the first twin big-money event in tour history, paying $10,000 to win the feature events in both late model stock and super late model competition. 
 
For more information on the CARS Tour, visit their website at www.carsracingtour.com. Fresh content and updates can also be found on the series Facebook page (@carstour), Twitter (@carstour), Instagram (@cars_tour), Snapchat (@carstour) and Youtube channel (/carstour). The series Roku app is also available for installation to see live and on-demand events by following the instructions available at www.carstour.tv.
 
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Thirteen-year-old Ryan Rackley will make his limited late model debut driving for Lee Faulk Racing and Development during Myrtle Beach 250 weekend on Nov. 9-10 at Myrtle Beach Speedway.
 
Rackley, who recently became a client of McCallister Precision Marketing, will compete in the 50-lap Southeast Limited Late Model Series Challenger division feature aboard a potent Lee Faulk Racing and Development late model that will carry sponsorship from Centinel Spine, LLC.
 
The Georgia resident recently took part in several test sessions with Lee Faulk Racing and Development and based on his steady progress, the decision was made for him to make his limited late model debut at Myrtle Beach to close out the year.
 
“I’m really looking forward to making my debut in a full-bodied stock car at Myrtle Beach,” said Rackley, a graduate of Legends car racing. “I’ve had the chance to test with the Faulk team a few times now and I’ve improved every time I’ve gotten in the race car. This will be a great test to see how far along I am and what I need to work on for 2019.”
 
Joining Rackley for his limited late model debut will be Centinel Spine, an industry leader in anterior column reconstruction of the spine.
 
Centinel Spine, the pioneer of the No-Profile®, Integrated Interbody™ has a 30 year global clinical history of success behind these devices for treatment of degenerative disc disease. The company recently announced the acquisition of the worldwide assets of the prodisc® Total Disc Replacement portfolio, the most extensive total disc replacement portfolio in the world with the longest history of use. The acquisition is the next step in the evolution of Centinel Spine executing on its mission to become the worldwide leading company addressing spinal disease through anterior access to the spine with the widest breadth and depth of technology platforms.
 
For more information about Centinel Spine, visit www.centinelspine.com.
 
“It’s an honor to represent Centinel Spine and I can’t thank the company enough for their support during my limited late model debut,” said Rackley. “Our goal is to put together a solid showing for Lee Faulk Racing and for Centinel Spine and hopefully I can learn a lot in my first late model race that I can carry into next year.”
 
Follow Ryan’s progress on Facebook (www.facebook.com/RackleyRacing), Twitter (@RackleyRacing) or Instagram (ryan_rackley_racing).
 
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Tim Fuller of Watertown, NY won the battle and Matt Sheppard won the war. With just a handful of laps the 2018 Mohawk International Speedway Champion tracked Sheppard down and made the pass for the World of Outlaws World Finals Presented by Cam-Am 40-lap Feature win. Matt Sheppard crossed the finish line second as the newly crowned 2018 Super DIRTcar Series Champion. The Franklinville Flyer Billy Decker was a threat at the front of the field, but had to settle for third. That rounds out the final chapter in the 2018 Super DIRTcar Series season.

Tim Fuller’s 2018 season started out with a run of bad luck, but he finished with three Super DIRTcar Series wins including “The Jack” at Fonda Speedway, a Series win at his home track Mohawk International Speedway, and now the World Finals. “This one was pretty sweet. Matt [Sheppard] is on top of his game and he’s been showing that for the last four or five years. This is great to go into the Winter with. We’re pretty fortunate to have owners like Mike and Barb Maresca of St. Lawrence Radiology.”

Matt Sheppard has added yet another layer to his legacy as arguably the greatest Big-Block Modified driver in the history of the sport. He is now second in all-time Super DIRTcar Series Championships, just one shy Brett Hearn’s whopping eight Series Championships. “Brett [Hearn] is the best that’s ever sat in Big-Block Modified and being as close as we are to the Championship record, it’s definitely in the back of my mind.”

This year the MSM team ran into some bad luck with flat tires, in particular while leading races. “Last season, everything went right for us. We couldn’t do anything wrong. It was really a dream season. This year was one of those years that we still had the speed but didn’t have the luck we had in the past year. Hopefully we got it out of our system, and we were still able to pull the Championship out. We’ll be working hard and getting ready for next season,” said Sheppard.

Sheppard started on the pole and choose the outside lane to begin his 40-lap quest for the Series Championship. The no. 9s jumped out to the front and kept the Matt Sheppard Motorsports machine right around the outside to build his lead. Sheppard worked his way through lapped traffic but had difficult time getting around Yan Bussiere and Pat Ward. That’s when Tim Fuller closed in.

Late in the race Tim Fuller got to Matt Sheppard’s rear bumper and went wheel-to-wheel with the no. 9s. Fuller then swept by Sheppard around the outside to make the final race-winning pass of 2018. After a stellar year Erick Rudolph came up short at the World Finals and posted a twentieth-place finish to end the season.

Billy Decker ended his 2018 season with the final spot on the World Finals podium. Decker was also set up for the outside and looked like a threat for the lead, but was held up in the lapped traffic Fuller and Sheppard left in their wake. “We were pretty good right out of the box. We missed it a little bit this afternoon but Mike and the guys made some adjustments. We were pretty doggone close in this last race here tonight. I was just a little bit too free to dice it out for the win, but had a lot of fun nonetheless.”

World of Outlaws World Finals Presented by Can-Am Saturday Feature (40 Laps)

1. 19-Tim Fuller [5]; 2. 9s-Matt Sheppard [1]; 3. 91-Billy Decker [4]; 4. 20-Brett Hearn [9]; 5. 111-Demetrois Drellos [2]; 6. 39-Tim McCreadie [11]; 7. 6h-Max McLaughlin [15]; 8. 21a-Peter Britten [8]; 9. 66-Matt Williamson [18]; 10. 43-Keith Flach [7]; 11. 98h-Jimmy Phelps [21]; 12. 96-Steve Bernard [19]; 13. 19w-Justin Wright [29]; 14. 7m-Michael Maresca [6]; 15. 25-Stewart Friesen [31]; 16. 19m-Jessy Mueller [22]; 17. 88-Mike Mahaney [3]; 18. 3-Justin Haers [10]; 19. O7-Tim Kerr [16]; 20. 25r-Erick Rudolph [26]; 21. 5st-Tyler Siri [24]; 22. 21b-Yan Bussiere [25]; 23. 42p-Pat Ward [23]; 24. 8-Rich Scagliotta [27]; 25. 63-Adam Roberts [28]; 26. 25J-Chad Jeseo [13]; 27. 48T-Dave Rauscher [14]; 28. 21J-Danny Johnson [12]; 29. 18Jr-Louie Jackson [30]; 30. 66x-Carey Terrence [17]; 31. 28z-Gary Lindberg [20]

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