Adam Sinclair

Adam Sinclair

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.

Be sure to tune in for his sports talk program, Thursday Night Thunder, where he discusses the latest in motorsports news with drivers, crew members, and fans. The show takes place (almost) every Thursday at 8:00 pm EST on the Speedway Digest Radio Network. 

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Bryan Sellers was looking for a jeweler in victory lane at the 2020 Rolex 24 At Daytona to size a hard-earned timepiece to fit his wrist.
 
The co-driver of the No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini had just received his Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona for winning the GT Daytona (GTD) class, but Sellers would have to wait until he got back home for the fitting.
 
The watch hasn’t been hard to find since then.
 
“I haven’t taken it off yet,” Sellers says. “I didn’t wait this long to let it sit in a cabinet.”
 
Sellers’ victory along with co-drivers Madison Snow, Corey Lewis and Andrea Caldarelli came in his 13th Rolex 24 At Daytona appearance. It was his fifth consecutive as a member of Paul Miller Racing and sixth Daytona appearance with the team in total.
 
His first with the team came back in 2011 when he combined with Bryce Miller, Tim Sugden and Rob Bell to finish second in the GT class in the No. 48 Porsche. That also was the team’s first Rolex 24 appearance.
 
Ten years later, Paul Miller Racing is finally a Rolex 24 winner also.
 
“We were second in 2011, in fact, I still have the trophy on my credenza,” says team owner Paul Miller. “We were third in 2018, when we won the [IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar] Championship, but we had never won as a team.
 
“It was a big deal. We knew there were quicker cars than us in the race that fortunately ran into some issues. We were very consistent and had a really good car.”
 
They knew going into the race that they’d have a good car. After all, Lamborghini came into the race looking for – and getting – its third consecutive Rolex 24 victory. This one came down to a battle between two Huracán GT3s, the No. 48 and the No. 44 GRT Magnus Lamborghini shared by John Potter, Andy Lally, Spencer Pumpelly and Marco Mapelli, which wound up second.
 
“It’s no fluke that Lamborghini has won, now, three straight,” said Sellers. “For us, reliability was never really a concern. You don’t worry about, ‘Are you going to have some sort of drivetrain failure or parts failure or anything like that?’ What that allows you to do is move your focus away from that sort of preparation and on to just race-pace balance and execution of things. That certainly gives you a sense of confidence and trust in what you’re trying to do.”
 
Beyond the car itself, Miller had the utmost confidence in the team’s level of preparation, led by longtime team manager Mitchell Simmons and crew chief Garrett Crutchfield, and the quartet of drivers.
 
Sellers and Snow won the 2018 GTD title and also co-drove to victory in that year’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts with Lewis. Caldarelli, meanwhile, has been the team’s Rolex 24 specialist in recent years.
 
“The continuity has just been tremendous,” Miller said. “We’re in the fourth year with Andrea, the fifth year with Bryan, and I think it was the fourth year with Madison also. Corey really has grown dramatically as a driver and had some huge success with us at the end of the (2019) season when he and Bryan were driving in some of the sprint races and also at Petit.
 
“We just felt going in like we had such a strong lineup that if we could just figure out ways to get it to the end, we had a real shot. It was a great effort from the driving perspective, and very satisfying, especially with all the continuity we’ve had.”
 
Sellers agrees.
 
“I’ve said this over and over again, throughout my years,” he says. “Continuity – for me – is truly the key to this whole thing. When all the pieces are in place and you have the continuity, things tend to work a little bit easier, and they tend to run a little bit more smoothly. Things operate a little bit better.”
 
Or a lot better in the case of this team. The Rolex 24 victory was the latest “bucket list” item to go with the championship and wins at Sebring and Motul Petit Le Mans in recent years. So, what’s next?
 
Well, for starters, there’s another Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring victory to pursue on March 21, as well as another GTD title to chase. Miller and Sellers know that’s not going to be easy, especially in the deepest of the four WeatherTech Championship classes, which had 18 entries from nine different manufacturers at Daytona.
 
A little further down the road is the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen on June 28. While Sellers did win that race in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class in 2015, it’s one that’s missing so far from the Paul Miller Racing trophy case.
 
And while Sellers was trying to find somebody to size his new Rolex watch, a few feet away in Daytona’s victory lane, his team owner was quickly pointing out that they still need a win at Watkins Glen.
 
“One thing people probably don’t know about Paul is that he’s an ultimate competitor,” Sellers said. “He may not come across that way, but he races for one reason and it’s not to finish second. He races to win.
 
“Everyone wants to complete the endurance run and win all the endurance races. He’s won Petit, he’s won Sebring, he’s won Daytona and so now, Watkins Glen is the one that has eluded him. So, I know for Paul, he is already onto that.
 
“He’s thinking, ‘OK, great. We have Daytona. Everybody was happy, we checked that one off the list, so now we’ve got to get on to the next one.’ But that’s what I love. That’s what’s great. No win is really any more important than the last or the next.”
 
Next up for the WeatherTech Championship is the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts on Saturday, March 21. The race starts at 10:40 a.m. on CNBC. It can also be streamed on the NBC App with authentication and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold. IMSA Radio will have coverage available at IMSARadio.com, RadioLeMans.com and Sirius XM.
 
Tickets are available now at SebringRaceway.com

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 American’s history.

The Shelby American team spent the past two years carefully engineering and refining the car to create a vehicle worthy of Carroll Shelby’s 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.

The record book shows that Andy Lally finished 33rd in his one and only Daytona 500 start back in 2011. And it was one of the best days of his life.
 
“It’s the best time I’ve ever had being completely miserable,” Lally says. “It sounds odd to say, but it’s the thing that I’ve wanted to do the most in my life. It’s the biggest race that I’ve ever had a desire to do. It was a childhood dream come true to walk out on pit lane that day and see my car sitting on the grid of the Daytona 500.
 
“I am very rarely ever nervous or overexcited in a race, and I had butterflies before pulling off pit lane. When we were four-wide going down the back straightaway on Lap 2, I think I experienced the highest adrenaline rush of my entire life.”
That’s saying something.
 
Lally is a five-time class winner in the Rolex 24 At Daytona and a two-time IMSA champion. He’s also a former street luge champion who these days spends time when he’s not at a racetrack either navigating skate parks or on a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu mat.
 
It was shortly after Lally’s third Rolex 24 victory when he learned he’d be returning to Daytona for his first attempt at the Daytona 500. He would be driving the No. 71 TRG Chevrolet.
 
“It was maybe the next week that I was told I was going to get the ride full time in the 71 and be able to race the Daytona 500,” he remembers. “I was so excited. It didn’t matter what budget we had or what stage the car was going to be in or whatever. It didn’t matter.
 
“I was getting a chance to step up to the plate at Yankee Stadium, and it didn’t matter if I was given a wiffle ball bat or a twig, I was going to take a swing at the pitch and try and knock it out of the park. No matter how realistic that was going to be, I was going to give it my all and give it a shot.”
 
He and the No. 71 team faced relatively long odds to make the big show. There were 48 entries for a 43-car starting field, and they were one of the “Go or Go Home” teams vying for one of only eight non-guaranteed spots.
 
“We were a teeny-tiny team and we had one speedway car and a backup that was pretty much a shell of something that wasn’t at all complete or would have been able to actually compete. So, we did limited practice. We did limited drafting. We did not have a big engine program or a big wind-tunnel program or anything like that.
 
“That car had never been in a (wind) tunnel, never did anything. We were basically going to just chill, rely on the draft, try to log some laps and see what I learned along the way. It was a pretty amazing experience.”
 
The conservative approach paid off for Lally and the team in the 150-mile qualifying race on Thursday before the Daytona 500.
 
“Daytona 500 qualifying by times only takes first and second place and then after that, you race your way in,” Lally explains. “We just sat at the back of the field. Once the first wreck happens, it doesn’t matter. You’re in and you just sit there. We weren’t even that quick anyway.”
 
In 2011, the “tandem draft” was prevalent. Two cars would link up with each other nose-to-tail and push each other around the racetrack and every few laps, they’d switch positions.
 
“My tandem partner for the qualifying race was actually Michael McDowell [another driver who made his way from sports car racing into NASCAR],” Lally said. “We got about halfway into the race and I was pushing Michael. Going down the back straightaway, his motor exploded all over the place.
 
“So, I was then left without a drafting partner for the rest of the race and we finished in the back of that. Just through other people crashing and doing dumb stuff, we ended up qualifying 37th.”
 
But 37th was more than enough to get him into the field for the Daytona 500. And once the green flag dropped, Lally quickly realized that anything could happen.
 
“Probably in the first five or six laps, just through the craziness of being three- and four-wide and getting lucky and picking the right line here and there, we moved up about 10 spots,” he says. “And then we moved up about another 10 spots after the first caution. I can’t remember if we just took gas or something, but we hopped a bunch of people on pit road and came out 13th and restarted there.
 
“We were running around 20th, but everybody was starting to move around and find their drafting partners. At that point in time, the tandem draft was still in its progress of evolution, but you absolutely knew that you could only be to the right of center of your drafting partner. So, for me, whoever I had that I was trying to push, I would line up my eyes with the dead center of their spoiler, with the spoiler tape that runs down the split of the spoiler and the gussets of the rear spoiler.
 
“You would drive absolutely blind. The spoiler was too tall to see through, so you were absolutely just trusting – with only peripheral vision – the direction that your guy wanted to go. Unfortunately, two teammates spun themselves out – (David) Reutimann spun out (Michael) Waltrip or vice-versa – coming through Turn 4 and that was the ‘Big One’ that year at Daytona.”
 
For the uninitiated, the “Big One” is when several cars are involved in the same crash in a NASCAR superspeedway race. Lally was officially initiated on Lap 30 of the 2011 Daytona 500.
 
“When it started to happen and everybody checked up, I saw the direction everybody was going and I shot for the apron,” Lally remembers. “I thought I was through it, but then somebody crashing from the top came down. I think it was (Greg) Biffle in the (No.) 16 or it was (Joe) Nemechek.
 
“One of those two were right behind me and just tagged me in the right rear and it brought me right back up the banking and I went into the wall. We spent 20 minutes in the garage banging stuff out, and unfortunately, that was the end of the exciting part of my Daytona 500. So, my Daytona 500 was really more like the Daytona 100 and we, unfortunately, didn’t get too far.”
 
Nevertheless, it was an unforgettable experience.
 
“There were a number of really neat moments throughout Speedweeks that were noteworthy,” Lally said. “Little things that you’ve thought about as a young racer that you wanted to see and achieve and do. Whether that’s little things like walking by Richard Petty in the garage and getting a little wave to seeing your car roll out of the trailer for the first time, to seeing your name on the entry list, to seeing your number up on the scoring pylon, to seeing your name on the roof of the car.
 
“There were a lot of those, ‘Holy cow, this is really cool’ moments, but none compared to actually taking the green flag and being side-by-side with many drivers, many of the veterans that I had been a fan of, literally, since my childhood, and knowing that my parents were in the stands watching me race the Daytona 500.”
 
Lally continued to race in the NASCAR Cup Series for most of the 2011 season, earning Rookie of the Year honors at year’s end. He returned to sports car racing the following year, going on to win two more Rolex 24s and other prestigious victories such as the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts, Motul Petit Le Mans, Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen and the inaugural IMSA race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2012.
 
When the opportunity presents itself, Lally still jumps in for the occasional NASCAR road course race. Most recently, he competed in NASCAR Xfinity Series races at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Road America and the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval in 2018.
 
Like many of us, he’ll be watching this Sunday’s Daytona 500, which starts at 2:30 p.m. But unlike most of us, he’ll also remember what it was like to be out there, mixing it up in the draft.
 
“It’s the most excitement and best time I’ve ever had being that miserable,” he says. “I wouldn’t have traded the experience at all.”
 
Lally’s next race in the WeatherTech Championship is the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts on Saturday, March 21. The race starts at 10:40 a.m. on CNBC. It can also be streamed on the NBC App with authentication and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold. IMSA Radio will have coverage available at IMSARadio.com, RadioLeMans.com and Sirius XM.
 
Tickets are available now at SebringRaceway.com
 

“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.

 

For more information, or to find the nearest dealer, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

 
The 16th Annual Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is coming up on March 13-15. This is the official launch of the track build project of the 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary circuit. An array of drivers, all from Florida, will be on hand representing every racing series on the weekend schedule. 
 
On Tuesday, February 18, Dr. Kanika Tomalin, Deputy Mayor, City of St. Petersburg, Kim Green, Co-owner, Chairman & CEO, Firestone G.P. and Kevin Savoree, Co-owner, President & COO, Firestone G.P. will be joined by Oliver Askew, NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver, Ryan Hunter-Reay, NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver, Kyle Kirkwood, Road to Indy Series Indy Lights driver, Jason Bell, SRO Motorsports Group America driver, Victor Gonzalez, SRO Motorsports Group America driver and Tom Kerr, IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA driver as 2020 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg track construction begins.
 
 
 
The 16th annual Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is a race event held during Florida’s spring break season each March. As the NTT INDYCAR SERIES’ season-opening race for the 10th consecutive year, St. Pete is a destination city hosting this annual motorsports tradition and offering a festival atmosphere with its downtown location. The temporary circuit is a 1.8-mile, 14-turn configuration using the streets circling Pioneer Park, the Duke Energy Center for the Arts, The Dali Museum and extending onto the runways at Albert Whitted Airport, which overlooks the waterfront of Tampa Bay and picturesque St. Petersburg Harbor and Marina. Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is owned and operated by Green Savoree St. Petersburg, LLC, whose affiliates also promote three additional IndyCar races, Honda Indy Toronto (July 10-12, 2020), The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (August 14-16, 2020) and Grand Prix of Portland (September 4-6, 2020).  
 
For more information, visit gpstpete.com, ‘like’ its Facebook page at @GPSTPETE or follow the event on Twitter @GPSTPETE and Instagram @GPSTPETE using #FirestoneGP.
 

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 Tire & Rubber Company will be debuting a new brand campaign that underscores its more than 120-year commitment to the discovery, growth and possibility that is fueled by mobility. 

 

Goodyear’s campaign highlights the relationship between physical movement and unlocking human potential. To bring this to life, Goodyear will debut a new :30 television advertisement during the FOX broadcast of the DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, Feb. 16.   

 

 

“Goodyear is more than a tire company, as we enable movement so people can meet challenges, realize opportunities and unleash new possibilities,” said Mike Dwyer, Goodyear’s chief customer officer, North America 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.”

 

The new commercial, “Breakout,” portrays the iconic Goodyear Wingfoot coming to life as a symbol for forward motion. In the commercial, a graffiti character is moved by a passing Goodyear tire giving it the power of the “Wingfoot” to grow, evolve and transform. 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.”

 

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.

 

For more information on American Flat Track visit www.americanflattrack.com.

 

To get the latest American Flat Track clothing and merchandise visit www.americanflattracker.com.

 
Andretti Autosport has expanded its roster with the addition of Danial Nielsen Frost for the 2020 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season. The 18-year-old from Singapore is slated to slide into the No. 68 machine for the championship team. 

"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)

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