Twelve NASCAR Diversity Drivers Tested At New Smyrna

October 18, 2017, by Kay Presto, www.carsandcompetition.com -- After a day of media training and physical assessment, the 12 drivers participating in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine presented by Honda Generators finally got on track Tuesday. But not without a little extra waiting for the rain to clear at New Smyrna Speedway. Once the clouds moved away and the track was dry, the drivers were quick to get on the gas to show off their skills around the banked half-mile short track. The drivers took turns with two 10-lap sessions apiece in one of three Late Models, which were identically prepared by Rev Racing. Competition officials from NASCAR and Rev Racing evaluated them on their times, as well as their feedback and consistency throughout their runs. "It was amazing," said 16-year-old Ryan Vargas, who is coming off a season where he finished third in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series [...]

Truex Jr. Looks For Kansas Success

Oct. 18, 2017  -- If Martin Truex Jr. were in need of an elixir to cure any racing woes, Kansas Speedway’s 1.5-mile track would be the perfect remedy for the Furniture Row Racing driver. Truex does indeed light up when discussing Kansas Speedway, knowing he has a special kinship with the racetrack; it’s also the closest track to Furniture Row Racing’s home base in Denver. “There’s something about the track’s geometry and my driving style that suit each other,” explained Truex. “Back in 2007 we went there (to Kansas) and I just figured something out about that track late in the race and ended up having the fastest car. Even during the years when our cars didn’t seem to run so well we always for whatever reason were able to go there and run strong. Whether it was the old track, the new track with the repave and now the [...]

Heavy Hitters To Compete In HSR Classic 24 Hour At Daytona

October 18, 2017 - The entry list for the third running of the Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) Classic 24 Hour at Daytona presented by IMSA, November 8 - 12, was officially announced today by HSR officials and features nearly 150 race cars and a current tally of more than 250 drivers from around the world. In total, drivers and teams from 18 different countries, including an impressive list of past and current champion drivers, sports car racing legends and other motorsports notables, are heading to the "World Center of Racing" next month to participate in the HSR Classic 24 Hour at Daytona presented by IMSA. The equally impressive race cars in which these drivers will compete in the HSR Classic 24 Hour at Daytona represents a six-decade timespan, stretching back to the iconic prototypes and GT cars of the 1960s, '70s, '80s and '90s and up to the more modern racing [...]

Gallagher Tops it Off With Laguna Seca Global MX-5 Victory

October 15, 2017 – Already having collected a $200,000 Mazda Road to 24 scholarship  for his 2017 Battery Tender Mazda Global MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires Championship, Patrick Gallagher (No. 29 McCumbee McAleer Racing) added a cool $75,000 bonus to his year by winning the Mazda MX-5 Cup Global Challenge at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Saturday. The Global Challenge was conducted as a two-race shootout with the aggregate finishes determining the champion. Gallagher started from third in both races. A second place finish in Race One and victory in Race Two combined to earn him the overall weekend prize of $75,000. "Halfway through the day I began thinking that someone didn't want us to win today,” Gallagher said. “It's great to have CJ Wilson Mazda, ModSpace and Howard Concrete Pumping come out here on the car and win $75,000 with me and it is cool to cap off a championship win with [...]

Keselowski Wins Wreck-Strewn Talladega Race, Truex Jr. Out

Oct. 15, 2017 – Martin Truex Jr.’s victory last week at Charlotte Motor Speedway loomed even larger after the Furniture Row Racing driver was involved in a race-ending accident Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. He was credited with a 23rd-place finish. Truex, who automatically earned a transfer into the next playoff round with the Charlotte win, was running in ninth place with 19 laps remaining in his No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Toyota, but then the spinning and wrecking started on Talladega’s 2.66-mile tri-oval. Truex was evaluated and released from the infield care center. When asked about the accident a candid Truex said, “Well I tried to get into a hole that was closing up at the wrong time and by the time that I got in the brakes trying to get out of there. I got into the 38 (David Ragan) a little bit on the right rear and [...]

Brittany Claims Top Fuel Wally At Texas

October 15,  2017 -- Robert Hight powered to the Funny Car victory Sunday at the 32nd annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex. Brittany Force (Top Fuel), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also earned victories in their respective categories at the fourth of six playoff events during the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship. Hight raced to a 3.877-second pass at 332.34 mph in his AAA of Texas Chevrolet Camaro SS to defeat reigning world champion and category points leader Ron Capps’ 3.927 pass at 329.18 in his Napa Auto Parts Dodge R/T in the Funny Car final. It is Hight’s fourth win of the season, 41st of his career, third at Texas Motorplex and second in the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship. Hight remains second in the points standings with Capps in first [...]

Scott Speed Wins Third Global Rallycross Championship

 October 14, 2017 -- Capping off an impressive season in Red Bull Global Rallycross competition, Scott Speed raced his way to a third consecutive championship title with Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross in his No. 41 Oberto Circle K Beetle GRC over teammate Tanner Foust, who finished second and Steve Arpin, finishing third. Kicking off the 2017 season with a win in Memphis, Speed went on to capture first in VARX’s backyard at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis before sweeping the weekend in Rounds 8 and 9 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Finishing on the podium in all but one event this year with Indianapolis-based VARX, Speed has continually showed his dominance in the past four seasons, racking up 70 heat race wins, 38 podiums, three X Games gold medals in addition to his 15 wins and three championships. Boasting one of the most diverse backgrounds in racing, including stints in IndyCar, [...]

Arana Prepped For Texas Nats

October 13, 2017 - Primed to make a move in the hunt for his first career world championship, Hector Arana Jr. did not have the result he had hoped for during the most recent race of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship. Despite the disappointing finish, the Pro Stock Motorcycle standout insists there is still plenty of fight left on his team with three races remaining. Arana lost in the first round at St. Louis, dropping him 115 points behind category leader Eddie Krawiec. It wasn’t the situation Arana had in mind heading to this weekend’s AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at the Texas Motorplex, but Arana believes there is still enough time to make things interesting on his Lucas Oil Buell. "We are ready," Arana Jr. said. "Maybe some people have written us off and that's fine. We plan on showing everyone we're not done [...]

5K Payout For Redemption Exhibition Event At Texas

October 11, 2017 -- It has just been announced that Jim Hughes of Tucson Dragway along with Dan Drake of Arizona No Prep have stepped up to sponsor the $5000 dollar pay out that the eight cars selected by Shannon Morgan (owner of the Redemption Series No Prep) to compete in the Redemption Exhibition experience at the AAA Texas Fall Nationals October 13, 2017. "Thanks to Jim Hughes at Tucson Dragway in conjunction with Arizona No Prep for sponsoring the $5k payout for the Redemption No prep exhibition race Texas Motorplex with the NHRA." Said Shannon Morgan, "Jim has been supporting and trying to grow the no prep movement in Arizona since he came to his first No prep last year. He believes in the grass roots racer and we appreciate his support and trying to help grow our side of the sport"

Portland Back On 2018 IndyCar Schedule

October 12, 2017 -- Consistency and stability, plus the return of a favored track in the Pacific Northwest, highlight INDYCAR's announcement of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule that again contains 17 races.   Sixteen of the 17 races from this year's exciting and momentum-building season return in 2018, with most falling in the same spot on the calendar to further capitalize on their date equity. The newcomer to next year's schedule is Portland International Raceway, which hosted Indy car races under CART and Champ Car sanction from 1984-2007, including what is still the closest race finish in Indy car history on a road or street course. The Portland event is set for Labor Day weekend in 2018.   2018 VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES PRINTABLE SCHEDULE: Click here   The 2018 season will feature the highly anticipated introduction of universal aero kits to be used by all teams. The new kits offer [...]