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Since the beginning of February, a total of 358 of the finest late model dirt track racers have taken their shot at throwing it sideways throughout the Central and Eastern time zones, visiting a total of 19 different states over the past nine months during the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. The 54-race schedule is a true test of endurance, with thousands of laps logged to determine which driver will emerge as the 2019 champion. On October 18-19, the highly anticipated 39th Annual Rhino Ag Dirt Track World Championship Presented by OPTIMA Batteries, will bring the season to a thrilling conclusion from Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio.
John Force fired up going into this weekend's 34th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex17 Oct 2019
Building on an all-star roster of events, the 2020 Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli schedule will feature a 12-race schedule for the National Championship that features outstanding venues and boasts healthy consistency year on year.
The opening rounds of the 2020 season are nearly identical to 2019, with the 54th year of Trans Am kicking off its season at Sebring International Raceway as part of the SpeedTour Event, a doubleheader collaboration featuring Trans Am and the SportsCar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) February 29-March 1. The multi-class series will then head to the always competitive Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta on March 28-29.
Following an early season break in April, the National Championship will be back in full force, returning to the West Coast in May 1-3 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. The 2019 season marked the first full Trans Am Series appearance at the Monterey circuit since 2004. The home of the infamous Corkscrew turn will once again play host for the first of two Trans Am National and West Coast championship combined races that will see the competitors from the Trans Am West Coast Championship Presented by Pirelli take to the track in competition alongside the full field of National Championship entrants.
“Last May, we started a new chapter of Trans Am in the West and it was a great success,” President of the Trans Am Race Company John Clagett said. “The drivers in both championships really enjoyed competing against each other through the elevation changes and fast turns of Laguna Seca, and we want to continue to foster that growth in 2020.”
The series then heads back to the other side of the country for a pair of high-profile events on back to back weekends. The long-held tradition of Trans Am at Lime Rock Park was restored in 2019 with the fans voting with their feet on the newest chapter of that history with a strong turnout. The 2020 season will once again feature the Lime Rock Memorial Day Classic at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut, May 22-25.
The following weekend, the TA2 muscle cars will return home to Detroit, supporting the NTT IndyCar Series at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear on Belle Isle.
“Lime Rock produced so many great races over the years, but it’s really the amazing fan base that keeps us coming back,” said Clagett. “Combined with the following weekend at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear, we have two incredible events back-to-back; one of the best pairings in motorsport.”
A return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will take place June 19-20 as part of the SpeedTour event that has generated growing interest as the iconic facility hosts a wide range of machines for fans to enjoy at speed.
The trip across the Bricks kicks off a four weekend, three event sprint through the Midwest as Trans Am goes from Indianapolis to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, (June 26-28) with SVRA. After a week break, Trans Am will head North to Minnesota for a very special event.
Honoring the late track co-owner and former part-time Trans Am driver Jed Copham, the weekend will be named the Jed Copham Memorial Weekend, and Trans Am racers will be on the receiving end of $35,000 in purse bonuses and participation incentive payouts.
“We were shocked and saddened to hear of Jed Copham’s passing from a boating accident last November,“ said Clagett. “He was a huge supporter of motorsports. First, in buying Brainerd International and bringing it back to life. Brainerd originated as Donnybrooke and Trans Am ran there first in 1969, with Parnelli Jones winning, and Ed Leslie and Peter Revson joining him on the winner’s podium. Donneybrooke and Brainerd are part of the Trans Am’s storied history and it’s the right thing to do to return to Brainerd this next season to honor his legacy.”
Trans Am will once again stage two 100-mile races as part of the Xfinity NASCAR Series at Road America on August 7-9, completing its summer tour.
“NASCAR made several changes for the 2020 season, and we were fortunate to once again be a part of the Road America event weekend,” Clagett explained. “We’ve seen lot of cross over in our series with NASCAR drivers joining Trans Am to work on their road racing skills, and racing at a track like Road America is something our entire paddock is enthusiastic about.”
The final leg of the 2020 docket starts September 11-13 at Watkins Glen International, followed by a staple on the series’ schedule, VIRginia International Raceway (September 25-27).
After a grueling weekend of racing in record-breaking heat in 2019, the Circuit of The Americas date moves from October back to November (6-8) in 2020 which will host the season finale for both the Trans Am National and West Coast championships.
“Our season finale will be at COTA in 2020 due to schedule conflicts with Daytona International Raceway that could not be resolved,” said Clagett. “Circuit of The Americas is always a highlight and we are pleased that we can end both the West Coast and National championships on the same weekend.
“Our goal is to always assemble a schedule packed with iconic and legendary raceways that our drivers will enjoy driving and that the fans will equally enjoy watching,” continued Clagett. “The 2020 schedule achieves that in all ways.”
The full official 2020 Trans Am Series West Coast presented by Pirelli Championship schedule will be released at a later date.
Trans Am Championship by Pirelli 2020 Schedule
Feb. 29-Mar. 1 Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, Fl. (with SVRA)
March 28-29 Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, Braselton, Ga. (with SVRA)
May 1-3 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, Calif. (with SVRA)
May 22-25 Lime Rock Park, Salisbury, Conn. (TA2 is Saturday May 23) (with SVRA)
May 29-31 Detroit Grand Prix, Detroit, Mich. (TA2 only) (with Indy Car)
June 19-21 Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, Ind. (with SVRA)
June 26-28 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio (with SVRA)
July 10-12 Brainerd International Raceway, Brainerd, Minn.
Aug. 7-9 Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis. (with NASCAR)
Sept. 11-13 Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, N.Y. (with SVRA)
Sept. 25-27 Virginia International Raceway, Danville, Virginia (with SVRA)
Nov. 6-8 Circuit of The Americas, Austin, Texas (with SVRA)
Erica Enders peaking at the right point as they approach the 34th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex17 Oct 2019
Seven-time NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson will highlight the Jimmie Johnson Foundation this weekend during the Hollywood Casino 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. Johnson will wear the Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope, which honors five charities working to improve K-12 public education during the race. In addition to the Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope, a number of Cup competitors and Xfinity drivers will help raise awareness for the Foundation by sporting a specially designed TeamJJF strip on the visors of their respective helmets.
In support of the Foundation’s efforts, the No. 48 Ally Chevrolet will feature a special decal to recognize the Jimmie Johnson Foundation and Ally Fueling Futures. The “Ally Fueling Futures” program introduces teens to motorsports careers and money basics and debuted at Michigan International Speedway in August.
“It’s really exciting to be able to promote the Jimmie Johnson Foundation this weekend,” said Johnson. “Chandra (wife) and I are so grateful to Ally for allowing us to highlight the foundation, to Blue Bunny for sponsoring the Helmet of Hope program for the 8th time, and all of the drivers participating in the TeamJJF visor campaign. Thanks to the generosity of our partners and the NASCAR community, we are able to provide much needed financial support to some outstanding non-profits and schools through Foundation programs.”
The Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope program allows fans and consumers across the country to nominate and vote on not-for-profit (501c3) organizations that support K-12 public education. Each of the recipients was also awarded a $25,000 grant and a Blue Bunny Ice Cream party.
The 5 recipient charities are:
● Art With a Heart in Indianapolis
● High Mountain Youth Project in Ruidoso, New Mexico
● Immigrant Family Services Institute in Roslindale, Massachusetts
● Lakeshore Elementary School PTA in San Francisco
● Pilot Light in Chicago
At the conclusion of Sunday’s 400-mile race at Kansas, participating drivers will sign their TeamJJF branded visors. The signed visors will be available in an online auction to raise funds to support K-12 public education. Participating drivers include:
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Martin Truex Jr.
Drivers Austin Dillon, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, and Ryan Newman will donate visors for the auction.
In addition to the Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope program, the Foundation operates the Champions Grant program, which provides cash grants to schools in the Johnson’s hometowns and where they currently live; and Team Up For Technology, a $48,000 technology makeover open to schools nationwide.
Larsen Motorsports is proud to announce Zach Costello as their newest developmental driver. Zach is an alumni of Florida Tech and holds a bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering. During his 3rd year of college, Florida Tech announced a partnership with Larsen Motorsports at an event on campus where they unveiled the Florida Tech Jet Dragster.
With the combination of aerospace engines in a racing application, Zach couldn’t help but spend the entire time talking with the team of LMS. He was determined to be a part of their operation.
Zach became a crew chief for LMS in 2017 and currently leads the Florida Tech Jet Racing Team driven by Elaine Larsen. You can follow Zach on his journey from Crew Chief to the Driver's Seat on the Larsen Motorsports YouTube Channel!
Capitol Raceway scored a close win over home track Maryland International Raceway at the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Division 1 (Patriots) Summit Team Finals completed Monday.
Capitol Raceway ended with 55-51 points to keep Maryland International Raceway from repeating as Division 1 champions.
Leading up to the main event, racers participated in a Gambler’s race, Bogey, Golf Cart, and Big Wheels race and “best of” awards.
Frank Lecates (US 13 Dragway) had a winning effort with a .005 reaction time combined with a 4.787 elapsed time at 142.57 mph on a 4.78 dial-in. Runner-up Bobby Spence (Capitol Raceway) had a .015 reaction time and made a 4.307-second pass at 158.39 mph against a 4.30 dial-in.
Frank Thompson Jr. (Maryland International Raceway) used a 6.011-second pass at 109.34 mph against a 5.99 dial-in with a .010 reaction time to win. Mike Keyton (Roxboro Motorsports Park) matched his 5.82 dial-in at 118.02 mph, but was slower at the tree with a .099 start.
Gayge Farrell won with a 12.375 against an 11.90 dial-in with a .022 reaction time. Zach Parlett had a 10.414 elapsed time against an 11.90 dial-in with a .067 reaction time.
Pit Vehicle Race
Ray Snoots (Maryland) defeated Bradley Tippett (Maryland) with a .002 reaction time and 9.03-second pass against a 9.00 dial-in. Tippett went down the track in 11.315 seconds against a 11.30 dial-in, along with a .049 reaction time.
Friday’s Gambler’s Race
Top — Bobby Bladen III (Capitol Raceway) 5.012 on a 5.00 dial-in, .001 reaction time defeated Jena Martin (Maryland International Raceway) 4.654 on a 4.67 dial-in, .045 reaction time.
Mod — Daryl Beauchamp (US 13 Dragway) 7.571 on a 7.59 dial-in, .016 reaction time defeated Ed Talbert (Capitol Raceway) 6.83 on a 6.83 dial-in, -.006 reaction time.
Junior — Allen Jenkins (Maryland International Raceway) 12.375 on an 11.90 dial-in, .022 reaction time defeated Zach Parlett (Maryland International Raceway) 10.414 on an 11.90 dial-in, .067 reaction time.
Saturday’s Gamblers Race
Top — Jerry Langley (Maryland International Raceway) 4.733 on a 4.72 dial-in, .006 reaction time defeated Ben Calhoun (Capitol Raceway) 4.708 on a 4.68 dial-in, .012 reaction time.
Mod — Kris Bunch (Summerduck Dragway) 8.979 on a 7.63 dial-in, .010 reaction time defeated Tony Mattera (Maryland International Raceway) 6.648 on a 6.65 dial-in, -.007 reaction time.
Junior — Cole Foskey (US 13 Dragway) 8.948 on an 8.91 dial-in, .010 reaction time defeated Zach Parlett (Maryland International Raceway) 9.38 on a 9.02 dial-in, .095 reaction time.
Friday Bogey Race:
Top — Ben Garnett (US 13 Dragway)
Mod — Steven Truitt (US 13 Dragway)
Junior — Keith Riddle (US 13 Dragway)
Best Appearing Full Bodied Car — Doug Minter, Maryland
Best Engineered Full Bodied Car — Buddy Mcgowan, Capitol Raceway
Best Appearing Junior Dragster — Cole Foske, US 13 Dragway
Best Engineered Junior Dragster — Ryan Davis, Capitol Raceway
Best Appearing Open Body Car — Brianna Lukhard, Richmond Dragway
Best Engineered Open Body Car — Jason Kirby, Maryland International Raceway
Best Team Spirit — Richmond Dragway
Best Appearing Sponsor Banner — Motor Mile Dragway
Best Appearing Grandstands — US 13 Dragway
Best Appearing Team — Motor Mile Dragway
1. Maryland International Raceway 63
2. US 13 Dragway 37
3. Capitol Raceway 29
4. Richmond Dragway 25
5. Sumerduck Dragway 23
6. Motor Mile Dragway 3