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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The thunderous roar of American muscle returns to Sebring International Raceway this weekend as the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli headlines the Sebring SpeedTour Feb. 19-21. Fans are welcomed back to the former airfield for the three-day event. (TICKETS)
 
The roster of contenders in TA2® continues to get more crowded with IndyCar veterans, NASCAR legends, IMSA greats and youthful rookies filling out the entry list with a strong 30-car field for the stand-alone 100-mile TA2® race on Sunday.
 
“Last season the TA2® field gave us some of the closest races and dramatic finishes all year,” said John Clagett, President of the Trans Am Race Company. “As the field continues to grow with talented drivers, this championship will be even more competitive than its been in the past, and that is saying something!”
 
The full SpeedTour event, including Trans Am qualifying sessions, will be live streamed starting Saturday on the Trans Am by Pirelli Racing App.
 
As the new season is ready to launch there are a number of key storylines that are set to develop in 2021.
 
Champions Return
 
Trans Am Sebring Entry List
 
Reigning TA2® champion Mike Skeen returns to defend his title, wheeling the Liqui-Moly/Turn14Distribution Chevrolet Camaro under a new number, No. 1 - the position he ended with in 2020.
 
Skeen opened his championship-winning season with a victory (his first of six for the year) at Sebring last year, grabbing the lead following a restart with less than two laps remaining. Skeen claimed his first checkered flag of 2020 only .489-seconds ahead of second place, which set the tone for the TA2® class the rest of the season.
 
“The 2021 TA2 Championship is shaping up to be a great season with many new and returning contenders,” said Skeen. “Having Liqui Moly and Turn 14 back on our Howe Racing Camaro from Stevens-Miller Racing will ensure that we can continue to fight at the front and defend our championship.”
 
Challenging Skeen’s bid for a second championship is 2018 TA2® champion Rafa Matos. Matos opened 2019 with a win at Sebring, and last year edged himself onto the podium in the final seconds of the TA2® race with a third-place finish.
 
“Sebring is a track that I love and we have won there in 2019, so we have a good reference and data to make sure we are on the right path as far setup is concerned,” explained Matos. “Winning races and staying consistent throughout the season will be the key to winning the championship.”
 
After racing with another team in 2020, Matos is back with his championship-winning 3 Dimensional team in the yellow and red No. 88 3 Dimensional Services Group Ford Mustang for a full-time championship effort in 2021.
 
“I’m extremely excited to be back with Peterson Racing,” said Matos. “I had the chance to test the car and I was really happy the way the No. 88 3 Dimensional Services car felt and also the confidence of the team on the car’s preparation.”
 
Doug Peterson (No. 87 3 Dimensional Services Group Ford Mustang) and Maurice Hull (No. 57 Silver Hare Racing Chevrolet Camaro) were co-champions last season in the TA2® Masters Class. The team owners turned drivers return this season for another bout at the top step in the championship.
 
Chasing Titles
TA2® continues to attract a deep roster of talented drivers backed by strong teams, and the rise to championship glory will be even harder this season with several drivers looking to stake their claim to the title.
 
Last season, Thomas Merrill led 25 of the 27-lap feature at Sebring. Following the late-race restart Merrill spun out of the lead to finish 14th. But, the California native is looking to put the 2020 heartbreaking finish behind him as he makes his full-season campaign with Mike Cope Racing in the No. 81 HPTuners/MikeCopeRaceCars Ford Mustang. As a driver and road racing expert, Merrill will also take on double duty as he expands his role as team driver coach for the rest of the Mike Cope Racing stable. Last season, Merrill was always a front-running factor, finishing fourth overall in the championship with one victory, two podiums and six top-10 finishes in his eight starts.
 
Scott Lagasse Jr. has more than 115 starts across the NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Menards Series. While Lagasse Jr. has been a contender in TA2® since 2016, 2021 will mark his first full-season campaign with TeamSLR in the No. 92 Chevrolet Camaro.
 
“The level of competition in Trans Am increases each year and it’s one of the best in racing,” said Lagasse Jr. “This will be the first year we run the entire schedule and compete for a championship. There are a lot of great competitors and it takes a lot to win each race. The cars are some of the most fun racecars I’ve driven in my career. You can hustle these cars for the entire race, just like qualifying laps. It’s been a good training tool for me. I’ve seen improvements in my road-racing ability and it’s a great series.”
 
As road-course racing becomes more prominent in NASCAR’s national touring series, TeamSLR will give more seat time to aspiring NASCAR drivers, using Lagasse Jr.’s veteran experience in both series to coach racers like ARCA Late Model driver Connor Mosack (No. 28 NicTailor/IFS M1-SLR/Fields Chevrolet Camaro). After a starting in select races in 2020, Mosack will join Trans Am for a full season of racing.
 
NASCAR Xfinity Series pilot Michael Self will climb into a TA2® car this season outfitted in a familiar green Sinclair Oil color scheme featuring the red dinosaur on the side of the No. 7 Chevrolet Camaro. Self has coached drivers in the TA2® class since 2015, and was recently hired by Silver Hare Racing as General Manager where, in addition to driving, he will oversee operations. Having come up through the ranks of karting, open wheel and sports cars, Self is shifting focus from full-time oval racing back to his roots.
 
I’ve always had a passion for road course racing and would always circle those events on the ARCA or K&N schedules as races I looked forward to,” said Self on his transition back to road racing. “The partnership I’ve been fortunate enough to build and grow with Sinclair has really led to all of these opportunities being opened up for me. They took a chance on me with the oval racing a few years ago, and I’m extremely proud of what we accomplished over there together, now I’m anxious to see what kind of splash we can make in the road-racing world. I can’t wait to have Dino on the side of our SHR TA2 car.”
 
Entering the 100-start club last season, Tom Sheehan set the record for the most starts ever in the TA2® class with 104. Sheehan returns for his 10th season of TA2® racing in the No.  87 LTK Insulation Ford Mustang.
 
The 2020 Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli West Coast TA2® champion Jim Gallaugher hopes to retain his Iron Man status, making a bid on both the West Coast and National TA2® title.
 
New Drivers, New Teams, New Cars
Four drivers, Ike Keeler (No. 15 Keeler Racing Ford Mustang), Al Prieto (No. 01 Mike Cope Race Cars Ford Mustang), Bruce Raymond (No. 54 Ford Mustang) and Ty Young (No. 26 Mike Cope Race Cars Ford Mustang), will make their Trans Am debut at Sebring in the TA2® class.
 
Young is one of four drivers fielding cars for Mike Cope Race Cars this season who will be making his introduction to TA2® after claiming multiple championships in the SCCA and NASA ranks.
 
“TA2 looks like a ton of fun,” said Young. “I’m looking forward to drive the higher HP cars at some of the most iconic tracks in the world.”
 
But, the new drivers will have to get through some heavy hitters who are also looking to claim Rookie of the Year status.
 
After a successful run in the Trans Am by Pirelli Esports Championship, Tyler Kicera suited up for two in-person racing events in 2020, driving from pole to claim his first Trans Am national win at Virginia International Raceway. This season, the Esports Vice Champion signed a full-season deal with Silver Hare Racing to drive the No. 5 Ford Mustang.
 
“It's been a long off season since our win at VIR last September and I'm excited to get to work with the Silver Hare Racing crew in our Waukegan Farms, Sabelt No. 5,” said Kicera. “Despite this being my first full-season campaign in TA2® competing for a championship, I think my approach remains the same. Trust in myself, focus on consistency, staying out of trouble and being there at the end of the to maximize the result. If we can do that, I have no doubt we'll be a championship contender come November.”
 
Adrian Wlostowski took the SuperGT title chase down to the last race in 2020, taking second in the championship in his first full season of Trans Am racing. This season, Wlostowski is stepping out of his SGT Mustang into a F.A.S.T Racing Team prepared Chevrolet Camaro with the help of Hawk Performance.
 
“I could not be more excited about joining the ultra-competitive TA2 category and having Hawk Performance as our primary sponsor,” Wlostowski said. “It’s a big jump from SuperGT to TA2® but I’m really looking forward to the new challenge. There’s always a large field in a TA2 race so you’re always in a battle with someone and I’m excited to be able to go wheel to wheel with these great drivers. We had a great year in Super GT and hope to keep the momentum going in TA2®.”
  
Although it will be his first year competing in TA2®, Wlostowski’s F.A.S.T. Racing Team fielded Doug Winston alongside Wlostowski’s SGT efforts last year. The F.A.S.T. Racing Team will expand to a two-car TA2® effort when Winston returns to action at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in March.
 
Trans Am ProAm Challenge
Indiana-native Raymond will field the first Trans Am ProAm Challenge TA2® car in the No.  54 Ford Mustang.
 
Partnering with SCCA, Trans Am launched the crossover program during the off season. Making an easy path for road racing teams to crossover to Trans Am is the primary focus of the new ProAm Challenge, with the 2021 schedule and rules package providing flexibility for teams and drivers to chase both their ProAm Challenge and their SCCA Road Racing goals in the same year.
 
Raymond has spent most of his racing career driving in the Ultimate Street Car Association.
 
Canadian Charge
After COVID-19 put a hold on its 2020 season plans, Canadian-based BC Race Cars returns with a two-car TA2® effort for Sebring, bringing a new TA2® Camaro to debut this weekend alongside Misha Goikhberg (No. 10 BC Race Cars Chevrolet Camaro) on the notoriously bumpy circuit.
 
Built during the pandemic lock-down, the new Camaro features many deviations from BRC’s previous builds, as most of the work was brought in-house. With BCR custom interior, re-packaging of components, hanging brake pedal assembly and X-bracing, among other updates, the result is a car with lower center of gravity and reduced polar moment.  
 
Sebring Schedule
The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli will join the SVRA Sebring SpeedTour in a thrilling weekend, mixing great race cars from the past and present.
 
Each of the four Trans Am classes will have testing sessions on Friday to open on-track activities. Saturday begins with practice at 11:00 a.m. ET, followed by qualifying for each of the classes beginning at 4:10 p.m. Sunday features two 60-minute races with a massive TA2® field taking the green at 11:15 a.m. ET followed by the mixed class of TA/XGT/SGT/GT taking the green at 1:35 p.m.  The full weekend will stream on the Trans Am by Pirelli Racing App. (Click to Download)

 Progressive American Flat Track announced today that Cometic Gasket, Inc., will serve as the Official Gasket of Progressive American Flat Track for a seventh successive season.
 
A worldwide leader in gaskets and engine-sealing solutions, Cometic is a proven performer under pressure. Since 1989, Cometic has been deeply involved in motorsports, excelling in a number of the most challenging series in existence, including Progressive AFT, GNCC, and NASCAR.
 
“Progressive American Flat Track and a good number of our competitors enjoy support from Cometic Gasket,” said Michael Lock, CEO of Progressive AFT. "Cometic’s gasket applications are a high-quality product and a much-valued component of engine preparation in our race paddock.”
 
Originally operating out of a 1,500 square-foot facility, Cometic has grown into a global power over the past three decades. While still a wholly-owned and -operated family business, Cometic is now housed in a 70,000 square-foot, leading edge R&D and manufacturing center in northeast Ohio. There, Cometic combines advanced materials and proprietary manufacturing processes to ensure superior performance across a wide range of engine sizes and types.
 
“American Flat Track is the pinnacle of flat-track motorcycle racing around the world and Cometic is eager to renew our partnership,” said Bob Gorman, Founder and CEO of Cometic Gasket, Inc. “Cometic has supported American Flat Track as a series, its riders and much of the paddock for many years. We pride ourselves in building a gasket that not only performs in the most demanding environments but provides a performance advantage that our customers can rely on. There’s no doubt that American Flat Track is the perfect proving ground for gasket technology. We can’t wait to see the green flag wave on a new season.”   
 
The 2021 Progressive AFT season kicks off with a Volusia Half-Mile doubleheader event at Volusia Speedway Park on Friday, March 12 and Saturday, March 13, 2021. Tickets for this season-opening extravaganza are on sale now at https://store.americanflattrack.com/ebooking/ticket/view/id/3321/#raceSchedule.
 
For more information on Progressive AFT visit https://www.americanflattrack.com.
 
To score the latest gear for the Progressive American Flat Track fan, visit our official merchandise store at https://store.americanflattrack.com.
Formula E and SuperSport have today announced a new, multi-year partnership to show the all-electric racing series live in more than 50 African territories.
 
Formula E will debut on SuperSport’s Motorsport Channel on February 26 & 27 as the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship lights up the streets of Diriyah with a double-header in the dark to kick off the season.
 
SuperSport will cover all of the races scheduled on the Season 7 calendar. Fans will be able to watch each race and qualifying session live across SuperSport’s channels, app and website.
 
Each Formula E race broadcast by SuperSport will also be available on demand through the app or website. SuperSport’s Blitz news channel will also offer season-long reporting and editorial content.
 
Growing Formula E’s fanbase in Africa remains important to the sport, building on the momentum of four consecutive races in Marrakesh since Season 3 (2016/17).
 
CHIEF MEDIA OFFICER OF FORMULA E
AARTI DABAS
"SuperSport’s reach across Africa, allied with the diversity of their rights portfolio, their localised production and their thematic channel approach demonstrates their importance as a leading media network on the continent.
 
"We are delighted to announce this new partnership and we will work with Africa’s leading sports broadcaster to grow our fanbase in the region, introducing more people to the most unpredictable racing series in the world, its world-class drivers and Formula E’s vision to accelerate sustainable human progress through the power of electric racing."
 
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF SUPERSPORT
MARC JURY
"We are very happy to have concluded a new deal to broadcast the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. Motorsport has a wide following across the African continent and this will provide more thrilling action for fans on our dedicated Motorsport channel."



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Indian Motorcycle Racing, the reigning four-time Manufacturer’s Champion, today announced its 2021 Progressive American Flat Track race team and privateer contingency program. Reigning Mission SuperTwins Champion Briar Bauman, along with Progressive AFT Champion Jared Mees will return to the track and battle for yet another championship as the 2021 Indian Wrecking Crew. In addition, fellow Progressive AFT Champion Bryan Smith and Mission SuperTwins rider Bronson Bauman will join Indian Motorcycle Racing as factory-backed privateers. Indian Motorcycle Racing has also committed over $266,000 in privateer contingency for the 2021 Progressive AFT Mission SuperTwins season.
 
The two-man Wrecking Crew of Briar and Mees, which together combine for the last four championships, return in 2021 with its presenting sponsor, Progressive Motorcycle Insurance. The team will continue to be backed by S&S Cycle, Indian Motorcycle Oil, Parts Unlimited, Drag Specialties, Alpinestars and Bell Helmets. Briar will receive additional support from J&P Cycles, while Mees will continue with support from Rogers Racing and additional sponsors.
 
“2020 brought its breadth of challenges for everyone, but watching Briar and Jared stay on top of their game and compete race in and race out was really a testament of their work ethic, dedication and drive to be the greatest,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology & Service for Indian Motorcycle. “For 2021, we’re excited to get back on the track, support Bryan and Bronson as factory-backed privateers, while committing a season-long contingency for our privateers.”
 
As former members of the Indian Wrecking Crew, both Smith and Bronson will compete in 2021 as factory-backed privateers. Smith will be riding for Crosley/Howerton Motorsports and will have his own unique chassis built around the Indian FTR750 motor. Bronson will pilot his same factory FTR750 race bike in partnership with Indian Motorcycle of Oklahoma City.
                                                                                                                                               
In support of its privateers, Indian Motorcycle Racing has committed over $266,000 in contingency, including $14,225 per race and a $25,000 championship bonus. The 2021 contingency structure breaks down by the following:
 
  • Championship - $25,000
  • 1st - $7,500
  • 2nd - $2,500
  • 3rd - $1,500
  • 4th - $1,000
  • 5th - $750
  • 6th - $350
  • 7th - $250
  • 8th - $150
  • 9th - $125
  • 10th - $100
 
To be eligible for contingency payouts, riders must run an Indian FTR750 at all races the team participates in for the 2021 Progressive AFT Mission SuperTwins season. The bike must maintain the original red, white and black paint scheme on the tank panels and include the full “Indian Scout” logo across both sides. Additional logos on the bike are acceptable but must be pre-approved by Indian Motorcycle Racing. Privateers must also wear three Indian Motorcycle patches, including one on the upper chest on either the left or right side, as well as one on both shoulders.
 
For more information on Indian Motorcycle Racing and the Indian Wrecking Crew, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on FacebookTwitter & Instagram.       
 

Not at Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway this weekend for the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli season opener? Not a problem.

 

Fans can get their fix of Trans Am racing action no matter where they are this Saturday and Sunday with full coverage from the Trans Am by Pirelli Racing App, available for download on Apple iOS and Android Google Play

 

Scott Lagasse, Jr., driver of the No. 92 M1 Racecars/Fields Racing Chevrolet Camaro, plans to drive this point home and to Sebring’s victory lane by carrying the Trans Am by Pirelli Racing App on the sides of his TeamSLR-prepared TA2 entry.

 

“Trans Am has some of the best racing around and the Trans Am by Pirelli Racing App brings it directly to our fans,” said Lagasse, who is running the full TA2 schedule in 2021 with an eye on the championship. “Streaming is becoming more and more prevalent and Trans Am has been at the forefront of this technology. It’s a great product and an excellent way for our fans to take a deep dive into what we’re experiencing inside the racecar.”

 

The livestream on the Trans Am by Pirelli Racing App features high-definition onboard footage and real-time data from the cars thanks to cutting-edge technology from RACELOGIC and its flagship VBOX system. Live scoring, in-race highlights, post-race highlights, full-race replays, race results and series, team and driver news augment the livestream.

 

“The footage and real-time data available on the app is so good we use it ourselves,” Lagasse said. “Fans use it for entertainment and we use it to find more speed.”

 

As Trans Am drivers navigate Sebring’s iconic 17-turn, 3.74-mile layout, fans can ride shotgun from anywhere in the world with the Trans Am by Pirelli Racing App. Coverage is facilitated by NAGRA, a best-in-class global media technology leader. Its cloud-based video content management technologies and services allow Trans Am to deliver a broadcast on par with traditional, linear programs.

 

Coverage from Sebring begins at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday with TA2 practice and is carried all the way through TA qualifying at 4:30 p.m. Sunday’s slate begins with the TA2 race at 11:15 a.m. and culminates with the TA feature event at 1:30 p.m.

 

Lagasse competes in the TA2 division. The 40-year-old from St. Augustine, Florida, has made more than 115 starts across the NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Menards Series. The two-time ARCA race winner has been competing in TA2 since 2016.

 

The move from Trophy Truck racing into UTV competition has paid plenty of dividends for professional off-road racer, TV host, and General Tire Down & Dirty Show Powered by Polaris RZR host Jim Beaver over the past few years. From the creation of the Polaris RZR Star Car to the development of a highly competitive and reliable platform, the rise of Beaver’s race program has only been matched by the growth of the JB15 media empire. 
 
For 2021, that growth kicks into an even higher gear with a new car and the full-time move into UTV Unlimited competition, starting with this weekend’s Parker 250 in his hometown of Parker, Arizona.
 
“Hands down, 2021 is going to be one of the biggest years of my racing career,” said Beaver. “We’re stepping into a new car with a proven history of winning, and taking the fight into a brand new class with UTV Unlimited. We’re only going for one thing this year, and that’s the top step of the podium. I can’t wait to get my race program kicked off this weekend with my hometown Parker 250, and I’m hoping that the winner’s trophy won’t have far to travel from the podium to our race shop!”
 
This offseason, Beaver purchased Polaris RZR teammate Mitch Guthrie Jr.’s former ride, a Polaris RZR nicknamed “Mona Lisa” that has proven one of the fastest and most reliable cars in the desert over the past two years. With multiple major wins and podiums in its logbook as well as a championship, Beaver and his team will be working with a car that threatens to win any race it runs. The team converted the car from its former UTV Turbo spec to compete in the Unlimited division in the winter, and Beaver has already logged multiple test days in the rechristened #2915 machine in preparation for the year.
 
Last year’s Parker 250 was a battle of attrition, as Beaver overcame a belt issue in his former car to persevere through a rough course that took out a number of top competitors. In spite of the early repair, the team rebounded to finish just outside of the top 20 in the always deep UTV Turbo field for the first race of the 2021 Best in the Desert season.
 
Stay tuned for new episodes of the General Tire Down & Dirty Show Powered By Polaris RZR, Project Action, and more, as well as full coverage of the Parker 250 and the world’s premier action motorsports events on the new DownAndDirtyShow.com, which will be launched in the coming weeks.
 
Jim Beaver Motorsports is supported by General Tire, Vision Wheel, Polaris RZR, Rigid Industries, Fistful of Bourbon, GSP XTV Axles, DirtFish, Discount Tire, Gibson Exhaust, Rugged Radios, Pro Armor, HCR, Acronis, Impact Racing, Optimas Powersports, Northern Chill, Marwin Sports, and iRacing. For more information on Jim Beaver and the General Tire Down & Dirty Show Powered By Polaris RZR, follow @JimBeaver15 on all social media channels, and follow @DownAndDirtyShow on Instagram.
Renger van der Zande hadn’t even crossed the finish line at Daytona before he was on his way to Sebring.
 
That’s how professional racers deal with devastating losses.
 
Van der Zande was chasing down Filipe Albuquerque for the lead during the final laps of the 59th Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 31 when a punctured right rear tire sent him to the pits and ended any chance of his third consecutive victory in the famous endurance race.
 
Instead, he returned to the track to finish fifth, then immediately turned his focus to another famous endurance race – the 69th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts on March 20. It’s the next event on the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship schedule.
 
“When I finished the race, I was already over it,” van der Zande said Wednesday. “At the moment we crossed the finish line, the only thing I took out of it was that we were in a chance to win that race – and we were in a really good chance to win that race.” 
 
That’s what van der Zande and his Chip Ganassi Racing teammates, including full-time co-driver Kevin Magnussen and endurance co-driver Scott Dixon, are taking from Daytona: Their No. 01 Cadillac DPi-V.R is fast enough to contend for the Daytona Prototype international (DPi) championship.
 
“You look to the positive in what people would perceive to be the most negative situation,” said Mike Hull, Chip Ganassi Racing’s managing director. “Your mindset is totally different. I think that probably represents people in business or people in other sports situations. I mean, there was only one team that won the Super Bowl. What’s every team in the NFL doing today? They’re working on next year’s Super Bowl right now.”  
 
The impetus for looking forward with enthusiasm lies in what happened before the tire went down at Daytona. Throughout the race, van der Zande, Magnussen and Dixon had the car in contention, even recording the fastest lap of the 24-hour, 807-lap marathon on Daytona International Speedway's road course.
 
“It just shows that we had a really fast car,” van der Zande said. “I hate finishing fifth when I can’t fight for the win, but I was fighting for the win and finished fifth. That’s a whole different story between those two ways of finishing fifth. It just shows that the potential for the rest of the year is huge. That’s what I’m looking forward to.”
 
He’s doing it with a team that – while in its first season with the Cadillac DPi – is hardly inexperienced with the car or the series. CGR has seven IMSA championships and 64 victories to its credit, including eight Rolex 24 wins. 
 
“The people the team attracts are people that want to be with the best. They want to be at Chip Ganassi Racing,” van der Zande said. “The people who are new to the team are very high-end people, as well. I always feel it starts with the philosophy at the top – Mike Hull and Chip and Mike O’Gara (CGR’s IMSA team manager). They are really in it to go racing and race for the wins.”
 
It also has a stellar driver lineup suited for the car, which Hull says favors open-wheel drivers. Van der Zande has an extensive history in Formula 3 in his background, Magnussen spent the previous seven years in Formula One, and Dixon is, well, Dixon – the owner of six IndyCar championships and 50 race wins, which rank third all-time in Indy car racing, trailing only A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti.
 
Dixon and van der Zande had previous experience in the Cadillac, with van der Zande winning the Rolex 24 for Wayne Taylor Racing the previous two seasons. Dixon joined him with WTR for last year’s victory.
 
“The (Cadillac) is more suited to a fire-breathing, open-wheel race driver,” Hull said. “With a single-seater driver, the drive style it takes is much more so than it’s ever been before. That’s our opinion. We have three really good single-seater drivers – with different backgrounds, obviously, but they have that in common.”
 
The trick of moving forward after disappointment, though, could be persistent positivity. The core group around the No. 01 car – Hull, O’Gara, lead engineer John Hennek and crew chief Phil Binks – knew they were on to something good at Daytona in spite of the bad result.
 
“They’re not finger-pointing,” van der Zande said. “They’re only very critical about what happened in order to become better. They’re not focused on fault; they’re just focused on moving forward and getting better. That’s why they’re so good at swallowing these kinds of losses.”
 
Mostly, team members say, it’s because they’ve been through the wringer of racing. What appears to be victory can turn to disappointment in an instant. Sometimes, though, disappointment hides potential.
 
“Did the result measure up to what we were doing?” Hull asked. “Yes, it did. In order to finish first, you have to have a car that’s capable of finishing first. We certainly showed that we were able to create that opportunity for us as a team. Just like Renger, I’m thinking Sebring’s coming pretty quick here.”
 
Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring action runs March 17-20 at Sebring International Raceway, with tickets available at sebringraceway.com. The WeatherTech Championship schedule calls for three practices on March 18, qualifying on March 19 and the green flag for the 12-hour race at 10:30 a.m. ET Saturday, March 20. Live flag-to-flag coverage is available on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold, with the final dramatic hours also airing on NBCSN beginning at 7 p.m.
 
IMSA Radio also will have all the action live on IMSA.com and SiriusXM Radio.

In Supercross racing the athletes have progressed nearly every aspect of the sport. Even, sometimes, crashing. The 450SX Class Main Event at the Orlando Supercross this past Saturday was a perfect example of some of the best riders in the world pushing the ragged edge of control. Some riders went past their, their bike's, and even the track's limit… and a few of those riders managed to reel things back in before hitting the stadium floor.

 

Saturday's 450SX Class Main Event started with Husqvarna rider Zach Osborne grabbing the lead early. Osborne had yet to replicate his round 17 performance from last year where the popular racer grabbed his first premiere class win, but round seven of 2021 looked like his chance to tally up another victory.

 

But on the second pass through the track's whoops section his bike kicked and he lost his balance. He lost drive, but managed to keep the bike largely upright, though falling slowly and uncontrollably left. Still off-balance, Osborne jumped over the next step-over jump and used a left turn's rut to brace off of and keep himself on the bike. He lost two positions immediately, and a third shortly after.

 

Later in this same race Osborne ran in fourth place and was on the rear tire of opening round winner, GASGAS' Justin Barcia. Barcia got wildly sideways (even for his own very loose riding style) and actually did come off the bike. His hands stayed on the bars, and with balance, strength, a little luck, and some running alongside his machine, Barcia miraculously didn't hit the ground other than his boot soles. Osborne was in position to be the beneficiary this time and he earned back one of the positions he had lost in the same section to finish on the podium in Orlando, his first of the year.

 

Some riders follow the belief, 'If the grips don't get dirty it wasn't a crash,' though that phrase is usually applied to off-road riding and slow-speed tip-overs. It's quite another thing to add a complete dismount to one of the toughest sections on a Supercross track and still come out with the grips spotless.

 

This season’s racing has been one thrilling twist after another. The unique limitations of all spectator events this year has resulted in a season that involves four triple-header, two double-header, and one stand-alone venue events. Spectators are allowed in attendance at a limited capacity and in a pod-style seating arrangement. This Saturday, the second of the Orlando rounds takes place at Camping World Stadium. Tickets for the FanFest daytime event and the evening race are available, as well as for future rounds up through the Atlanta races. For ticket information, the full race schedule, and broadcast times on the Peacock app and NBCSN, please visit SupercrossLIVE.com.

 

450SX Class Results

1. Cooper Webb, Newport N.C., KTM

2. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda

3. Zach Osborne, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna

4. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., GASGAS

5. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki

6. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha

7. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM

8. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.Mex., Husqvarna

9. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha

10. Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Kawasaki

 

450SX Class Championship Standings

1. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (161)

2. Cooper Webb, Newport N.C., KTM (148)

3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (132)

4. Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Kawasaki (118)

5. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., GASGAS (115)

6. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM (110)

7. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha (109)

8. Zach Osborne, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna (108)

9. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (99)

10. Dylan Ferrandis, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Yamaha (97)

 

The BMW X7 has built a reputation of luxury, power, and quality that makes it a symbolic high-end vehicle for individuals such as diplomats, politicians, executives, and VIPs. The vehicle’s OEM specifications make this model the perfect base for armoring, turning this luxurious SUV – the symbol of status – into a symbol of safety and protection. INKAS® Armored Vehicle Manufacturing is proud to release the world’s first armored BMW X7, offering exceptional protection and ultimate comfort.

 

The INKAS® Armored BMW X7 comes with three turbocharged engine options to suit the needs of its clientele. The strong xDrive40i is powered by a 335-horsepower turbocharged inline-six-cylinder, while the powerful V-8 engine is available in either 523 or 612 horsepower. All engine options are equipped with eight-speed automatic transmission and paired with all-wheel-drive to provide torque and a smooth ride, regardless of the terrain and weather conditions. 

 

As a top-of-the-line vehicle, the armored BMW X7 boasts a powerful and elegant appearance, featuring athletic styling that both impresses and commands respect. The vehicle provides exceptional comfort for passengers for both urban drives and long commutes. The stylish BMW X7 offers spaciousness and functionality for its occupants including comfortable seats, adaptive cruise control, ambient lighting, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto compatibility, lane keep assistance and more. The vehicle comes with a variety of high-quality upholstery and decorative element choices to match individual preferences.

 

 “We are thrilled that despite the challenges during this pandemic, INKAS® is able to continue developing and extending our product line with high-quality and innovative products. It’s always a challenge being the first one in the industry to convert a specific model into a bulletproof vehicle, but it’s a rewarding venture,” said David Khazanski, CEO of INKAS® Armored Vehicle Manufacturing. “This first-ever armored BMW X7 is engineered with attention to detail and provides unparalleled protection and comfort for its passengers”.

  

The INKAS® Armored BMW X7 is equipped with high-quality and innovative ballistic armor, covering the vehicle with 360-degree protection. With INKAS® proprietary armoring system, the vehicle offers protection from top to bottom, and even ensures that no bullets can penetrate the door seals. Meeting the CEN 1063 BR6 ballistic standard, the vehicle can withstand attacks from 7.62x51mm or .308 Winchester FMJ ammunition as well as protect from the explosions of two hand grenades detonated simultaneously. INKAS® offers additional protective upgrades such as sirens and PA systems, air filtration devices, night-vision systems, smoke screen system, engine bay fire suppression system, and emergency lights packages.

 

The new INKAS® Armored BMW X7 is now available for worldwide delivery to all major seaports, or even airfreight upon special request. For additional information, please watch the video here or visit the vehicle’s page.

 

Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) announced today that Adobe Road wines are now “The Official Wine of SVRA.” Adobe Road Winery's product line includes its "Racing Series," comprised of four ultra-premium, California, red wine blends. They are the vision of champion race car driver, team owner, and winery owner Kevin Buckler. Buckler founded the renowned race team, The Racers Group (TRG). Among his numerous accolades, he drove the overall winning car in the 2003 Daytona Rolex 24-Hour race.

 

"Kevin and TRG have stout racing credentials. No orientation to sports car racing is necessary," said Tony Parella, owner and CEO of both Trans Am and SVRA.  "Kevin and TRG’s racing accomplishments alone are off the charts. The team has four Daytona 24 wins, a GT class championship at Le Mans, and the record for the greatest number of wins and podiums of any independent GT team in North American sportscar racing history. Their resume also includes NASCAR competition, including three years at the Cup level. I could talk all day about what they have achieved in the sport we love, but I have to say Adobe Road wines are delicious."

 

Kevin and his wife Debra, building on the success of TRG, opened Adobe Road Winery in the heart of Sonoma County in 2002. Kevin's auto racing success was a great branding vehicle to distinguish their products from another of his great passions – handcrafted wine. Some might say, they’ve reached that goal by producing award-winning wines. The winery team has produced over forty 90+ score wines from prominent publications like Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and the Wine Spectator.

 

"Nowadays, making amazing wine is the cost of entry. What we have done is taken the next step forward and have begun construction on a world-class winery and entertainment center in downtown Petaluma (CA) that will serve as our home to share with our fans for years to come," said Buckler. "Sportscar racing is home base for our Racing Series wines. SVRA is the pinnacle of vintage sports car racing, so the association is outstanding. It’s like we have known each other forever."

 

Adobe Road Winery joins other top-brand companies on the growing list of SVRA partners. Among them are Jaguar, Land Rover, Lucas Oil, NetJets, Sunoco, Avis, Mazda Motorsports, Big Machine Vodka, TireRack.com, RACELOGIC, Mission Foods, Hawk Performance, F.A.S.T., Marathon Coach, and CG Detroit. SVRA's nationwide platform is at the heart of the organization's growth strategy. Agreements with powerful brands combine with the significant participation of legendary professional drivers and the paddock's high net worth demographic for more partnership attraction. This strategy provides three pillars for business expansion. Company officials report consistent annual triple-digit growth since 2012.

 

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