Adam has been a race fan since the first time he went through the tunnel under the Daytona International Speedway almost 30 years ago. He has had the privilege of traveling to races all across the state of Florida (as well as one race in Ohio), watching nearly everything with a motor compete for fame and glory, as well as participating in various racing schools to get the feel of what racecar drivers go through every week.
Adam spent several years covering motorsports for Examiner.com., where he had the opportunity to see the racing world from behind the scenes as well as the grandstands. He invites everyone to follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus, and looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm for all things racing with the readers of SpeedwayDigest.com.
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Carroll Shelby Signature Series Ford Mustang unveiled at the National Automobile Dealer Association Show (NADA) in Las Vegas
Shelby American is proud to introduce the Carroll Shelby Signature Series Ford Mustang at the National Automobile Dealer Association Show (NADA) in Las Vegas on Friday, February 14. It is the only sports car in the world available in new car dealer showrooms with a choice of convertible or fastback, automatic or manual transmission and 825 street legal horsepower. Only 50 of the refined super cars will be offered through select dealers in North America. Each will be memorialized in the official Shelby Registry.
The limited edition Signature Series Mustang is the ultimate combination of unparalleled beauty and unbridled brawn. From its refined, yet functional styling to its poised handling and brutal power, this is the most polished performance car in Shelby Americans history.
|The Shelby American team spent the past two years carefully engineering and refining the car to create a vehicle worthy of Carroll Shelbys name. The body was widened with high quality aluminum fenders to create a square footprint so the one-piece forged Monoblock wheels and tuned MagneRide suspension could maximize the 825 horsepower.|
|The metallic ram air hood, front fascia and bodywork was sculpted to tame the air to both drop under hood temperatures and strategically place air to cool performance components (brakes, wheel bearings, radiators, and more). These enhancements enable the Signature Series Shelby to perform lap after lap and mile after mile.|
The new model will be shown for the first time in the Shelby Tuscany exhibit at NADA from February 14-16. All 50 super cars will be identified by special badging and will be listed in the official Shelby Registry. The cars can be ordered in any standard 2020 Ford Mustang colors. The mighty 825 horsepower V8 will begin at $127,795 MSRP, including a well optioned Ford Mustang. The car comes with a 3 year/36,000-mile warranty.
The Carroll Shelby Signature Series Ford Mustang will be available through select Shelby dealers across North America. A limited number will be built by select Shelby mod shops and distributors internationally. Individuals interested in these or any other Shelby vehicle can visit their local dealer or go to.
“May the best V-twin win.” That’s the rally cry for the newest marketing campaign for Indian Motorcycle’s all-new Indian Challenger – a fully-loaded premium bagger designed as a superior alternative to the category leader, the Harley-Davidson® Road Glide® Special. This morning, Indian announced the “Challenger Challenge,” a campaign that invites motorcyclists to test ride the Challenger and Road Glide® Special back-to-back for the ultimate head-to-head comparison.
Launching at Daytona Bike Week on Friday, March 6, the Challenger Challenge product demo tour will visit Indian Motorcycle dealers around the country, as well as select motorcycle rallies and events, including the legendary Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August. In addition to the national tour, select Indian Motorcycle dealers will have a Road Glide® on hand to ensure that any customer who visits their dealership can take the Challenger Challenge.
Indian Motorcycle will support the Challenger Challenge with a digital media campaign, highlighted by an episodic video series where action sports icon Carey Hart and his loyal sidekick, Bryan “Big B” Mahoney, pit the new Indian Challenger head-to-head against the Road Glide® Special in a series of tests that showcase power, torque, braking and handling. In addition to the digital media campaign, the content series can be found on IndianMotorcycle.com, Indian’s social media and YouTube channels.
“The Challenger’s combination of power and dexterity is at another level,” said Hart. “The first time I rode it, I knew that they had something special. But riding the Challenger back-to-back against the Road Glide, it’s not even fair. The Challenger absolutely crushes it.”
“Over the years, the Road Glide has firmly entrenched itself as the category leader and has become the default choice, but our bike is simply better and our confidence in this product is what this campaign is all about,” said Mike Dougherty, President, Indian Motorcycle. “The difference when riding these two bikes back-to-back is undeniable, and we’re excited for riders to experience it for themselves with the Challenger Challenge.”
At the heart of the Challenger is the PowerPlus engine, Indian’s first liquid-cooled large displacement motor (108 cubic-inch, 60-degree V-twin) that packs a best-in-class 122 horsepower and 128 ft-lbs. of torque. The Challenger’s modern and aggressively styled chassis-mounted fairing sits over an inverted front suspension, while the Challenger Limited and Dark Horse variants are equipped with Indian Motorcycle’s intuitive Smart Lean Technology™, keeping riders confidently grounded by utilizing a Bosch® IMU to add cornering control to the dynamic traction control and ABS, as well as Drag Torque Control. A host of amenities add style, convenience and keep the rider comfortable, including electronic cruise control, full LED lighting, a long-haul seat, ABS, keyless ignition, weatherproof saddlebags with over 18 gallons of storage space, and an adjustable windscreen with nearly three inches of travel.
For more information on the Challenger Challenge, visit IndianMotorcycle.com/en-us/Challenger-Challenge. Join the conversation by tagging photos on social media using #ChallengerChallenge. At select events, riders who take the Challenger Challenge will receive an exclusive Challenger t-shirt.
Six Floridian racers to kick off track build on Tuesday (Feb. 18) for Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Over the past several years, more and more big name advertisers have been using the Daytona 500 as the springboard for new advertising campaigns. Some might even say that the commercials during the Great American Race are just as innovative and entertaining as the ones during the Big Game!
This year, the
“Goodyear is more than a tire company, as we enable movement so people can meet challenges, realize opportunities and unleash new possibilities,”rica Consumer. “This is the logical evolution of our long-standing More Driven campaign, and it communicates Goodyear’s constant pursuit of forward motion, so people have the confidence to discover and get more out of life.”
Breakout Each transformation represents different attributes of Goodyear’s tires and opens doors to new experiences and adventures – from a surfer signifying exceptional wet performance to a rock climber demonstrating all-terrain capabilities to an astronaut representing innovation.
Will you be watching in 2020? Are you more interested in the ads than the race? Let me know in the comments below!
Over the past few years of hosting Speedway Digest Thursday Night Thunder, I have had the pleasure of chatting with many amazing drivers, all with a story to tell. Some of these competitors are so compelling that you just know that they are something truly special.
With this series, Five Questions hopes to give you a bit more insight into the minds of some of these racers, and perhaps make them seem a bit more...human!
What is one racing moment you are most fond of? My win at Laguna in 2015. The marine who saved my life was there. I kept the car in the top 5 all day and Andrew snuck in a last lap pass to take the win.
What was your impression of the 2020 Rolex 24 at Daytona? While the class battles were extremely tight, the field size was disappointing. I'm hoping John Doonan has a plan to get car counts back up and reduce costs and maybe payouts!
However, the Michelin Pilot series field and racing was awesome. I don't think this series gets enough recognition for the racing, cars and drivers. Numerous pros have raced in it and some current pros do double-duty. If you are looking for tons of great racing in easily identifiable cars, this class is the place to see it!
What are your on-track plans for 2020? I only found out in December I won't be signed for this year. Its left me scrambling looking for funding. I spoke to quite a few teams at Daytona, especially the new ones, handed out my resume and business cards Many showed interest, but of course it comes down to $$$
Do you feel that the Mazda Road to 24 helped your career, and do you think the program can survive in today’s racing environment? Absolutely! Without a doubt. We're not having this conversation if it wasn't for Mazda, John Doonan, Derek Whitis, Tom Long, Andrew Carbonnel and Freedom Autosport.
Mazda Motorsports is going through a whole restructuring as we speak. As we know, Nelson Cosgrove has come over from TRD and taken the reigns. He's getting things in-line with how he sees fit. He's got TCR moving along, he's watching Mazda Global MX5 transition to the sequential gearbox, as well as the Prototype program being taken over by Multimatic. He has a lot going on, but Mazda isn't going anywhere.
Outside of Racing, what are some things you most enjoy? Right now, I'm enjoying my last semester of school, finally walking daily (zero wheelchair use) and getting back to the gym. School takes up almost all of my time with 6 classes, group projects and upwards of a dozen papers due each week.
I'm looking further ahead in life. I'll eventually have to hang-up the helmet, maybe earlier than I want, so I'm trying to best prepare myself for when that might happen. However, I am already looking forward to this semester being over!
We'd like to thank Liam Dwyer for taking the time out of his busy schedule. Stay tuned for the next installment of this continuuing series.
American Flat Track and Yamaha Motor Corp. announced today an expansion of their partnership for the upcoming season. Yamaha joins AFT's family of Official OEM Partners for 2020.
Following a banner year of competition for the manufacturer, including an AFT Production Twins Championship won by Cory Texter and two premier class wins from Estenson Racing's JD Beach, the industry leader in racing technology scored a total of 12 victories throughout all three classes of AFT competition.
Athletes who compete on Yamaha machinery will benefit from the brand's generous contingency offerings for the 2020 season. Totaling $444,550 across all three classes, Yamaha's 2020 contingency package represents the largest thus far for the upcoming season.
Audiences of AFT can look forward to seeing Yamaha's signature branding throughout all series channels, both at the track and through at-home coverage.
Yamaha will also return as the entitlement sponsor of the 2020 Yamaha Atlanta Short Track at Dixie Speedway on March 28. The Atlanta-based company will be present in full force at its hometown event. Members of the Yamaha family will gather to experience the world's fastest dirt track motorcycle racing at one of the most-competitive tracks on the circuit.
“The Yamaha brand is woven deep into the fabric of AFT,” said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. “From the pioneer era of Kenny Roberts in the ‘70’s, to the present-day factory-backed team of Estenson Racing campaigning in the debut season of AFT SuperTwins, Yamaha is a valued partner to our series. With Cory Texter defending the number 1 plate in AFT Production Twins and a bounty of over $400,000 available to Yamaha-mounted racers, this promises to be a great year for all fans of Yamaha and American Flat Track.”
“We’re super excited to be able to increase our support for the sport this year,” said Steve Nessl, Motorsports Marketing Manager of Yamaha. “From our partnership with AFT and investment in Estenson Racing, to the contingency program and employee activation at our home round, everyone here is looking forward to 2020 and continued success at the track.”
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"It is with great pleasure that we welcome Danial to our Indy Lights program," said J-F Thormann, president, Andretti Autosport. "Danial has shown impressive speed and talent across his racing career and we are excited to see what 2020 has in store for him and our Indy Lights team."
In 2018, Frost made his first start in USF2000 at Road America and finished his first season with five top-10 finishes. Now entering his third year in the Road to Indy ladder system, Frost competed in the 2019 Indy Pro 2000 Championship where he finished fifth in the point standings and captured two wins and six podiums. Starting from pole position, Frost earned his first Indy Pro 2000 victory for the Freedom 90 on Carb Night, the Friday before the Indianapolis 500.
"To be a member of Andretti Autosport is truly an honor. I’m very excited to be driving for a renowned team and I’m looking forward to the 2020 season," said Frost. "I am very thankful for this opportunity and especially to my sponsor Denjet. Also, I would like to thank my family, friends and fans that are supporting me."
Frost began his racing career in 2015 with go karts and won the Singapore Karting Championship a year later. Since 2016, Frost has competed in four different Formula 4 Championships and finished third in the Formula Masters Asian Series in 2017.
Frost joins Kyle Kirkwood as the second driver announced to Andretti's 2020 effort. The duo will strap into their Andretti Autosport machines as the 2020 Indy Lights season kicks off on the streets St. Petersburg, Florida, for the first doubleheader of the 2020 season March 14-15.
For more information, visit AndrettiAutosport.com
By Sean Brennen
Monster Energy Supercross Wire Service
Each year the Monster Energy Supercross series hosts a Military Appreciation Night. San Diego is a military town, with seven bases nearby, so it makes a great venue to display admiration and thanks to the service members of our military. The event, round six this year, has become a showcase of special riding gear and bike graphics by the gear companies and race teams.
This past Saturday the camouflage and military aircraft-themed gear and bikes delivered some great on-track racing. KTM's Cooper Webb, who earned his first 450SX Class championship last season, had been winless in 2020 until San Diego, where he stalked premiere class rookie, Kawasaki's Adam Cianciarulo for 21 laps in the 25-Lap Main Event. Each pass attempt by Webb slowed both riders, allowing KTM rider Blake Baggett, running in third, an opportunity to close the distance to potentially create a three-way battle for the victory.
Webb, four years into the premiere 450SX Class, strategically held off on more attacks until late in the race. Following the two whoop sections, where racers jump through or skim tall bumps like a rock skipping over water, Webb pulled alongside Cianciarulo in the track's only sand turn, drag raced him down the next rhythm section of five peaky jumps, then squared up the corner and cut across in front of Cianciarulo to protect the inside line going into the next corner.
It was great race craft from the defending champion whose 2020 performance prior to this round had raised questions by fans – and even his own team – if he would be able to retain the number one plate. The series now heads back east, where North Carolina-native Webb should perform even stronger; but the Tampa round is nearly a hometown race to all as Florida has become the training center for the majority of the top racers.
In a season of four winners in six rounds, and with only nine points separating the top three athletes, the only certainty is that anything can happen. The next round takes place Saturday night at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
450SX Class Results – San Diego
1. Cooper Webb, Clermont, Fla., KTM
2. Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Kawasaki
3. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM
4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki
5. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha
6. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda
7. Justin Brayton, Charlotte, N.C., Honda
8. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda
9. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Honda
10. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha
450SX Class Championship Standings
1. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (130)
2. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (129)
3. Cooper Webb, Clermont, Fla., KTM (121)
4. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha (116)
5. Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Kawasaki (113)
6. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna (105)
7. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (90)
8. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda (90)
9. Justin Brayton, Charlotte, N.C., Honda (89)
10. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (75)