Saldana To Drive No. 17 WoO Car

December 5, 2016 –- Joey Saldana is not only carrying on his family legacy into the 2017 racing season, but also living out the legacy left by the late Bryan Clauson. Saldana teamed up with Matt Wood and NASCAR star Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to pilot the Elk Grove Ford/ Roth Investments No. 17 racecar in the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series tour next season – an aspiration of Clauson’s since he first hopped into a 410 Sprint Car. Saldana finished the 2016 season with Dennis Roth and Roth Motorsports amassing five wins, 31 top-five and 62 top-ten performances with 10 quick times in 81 points races. Saldana is nearing the 100-win milestone heading into his 18th consecutive season with the series; he stands at 99 wins, a mark that has taken the 1996 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year 19 seasons to build. Saldana has finished within the [...]

NASCAR Brings Clash Back To Daytona

December 1, 2016, by Kay Presto, www.carsandcompetition.com --  Recently crowned seven-time NASCAR premier series champion Jimmie Johnson will join a star-studded elite field as NASCAR kicks off its 2017 season with The Clash at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.  The 75-lap race again will be split into two segments with a competition caution at lap 25 separating the segments.  “What better way to kick off the 2017 season than the sport’s brightest stars under the lights at Daytona International Speedway” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. “Coming off a thrilling season finale at Homestead-Miami, we’re looking forward to continuing that momentum into Daytona. With bragging rights and no points on the line, the Clash will set the tone for what should be a season full of great racing and tough competition.”  “We’re bringing back The Clash at Daytona,” said Chip Wile, [...]

Indy 500 Winner Rossi To See Borg-Warner Trophy Image

November 30, 2016  --- Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi will see his likeness revealed on the Borg-Warner Trophy at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7. The American rookie won the sold-out 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 in dramatic fashion, coasting to the checkered flag on a rapidly evaporating fuel load.  The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum will again this year host this special event with extended hours for the public, which may attend with paid admission. 

Gordon To Drive In Rolex 24 At Daytona

November 30, 2016 –- Four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon, who was part of the driver lineup when Wayne Taylor Racing (WTR) competed in its very first race in 2007, returns to join full-time co-drivers of the all-new No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R Ricky and Jordan Taylor and veteran Italian Max “The Ax” Angelelli for next month’s 55th Rolex 24 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2017 season opener.  Gordon, who has 805 career Sprint Cup starts with 93 victories and championships in 1995, 1997, 1998 and 2001, retired from full-time competition in 2015. He co-drove to a solid podium finish in his only career sportscar event – the 2007 Rolex 24 At Daytona – alongside Angelelli, Jan Magnussen and team owner and three-time sportscar racing champion Wayne Taylor in the No. 10 WTR prototype. “I really enjoyed racing in the 24 Hours of [...]

Gdovic To Defend Super Trofeo Titles In Spain

November 29, 2016 --- Brandon Gdovic returns toCircuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain to defend his U.S. and World Champion titles in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Series. Piloting the No. 46 ComServe Wireless Lamborghini Huracan for DAC Motorsports, Gdovic looks to capitalize on a successful 2016 season by adding two more division wins to his impressive season in preparation for the World Final events. Gdovic, who cut his teeth on oval racing in NASCAR, debuted in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Series in 2015. The 24-year-old exceeded expectations throughout his inaugural season beginning with a class win in his first race and ending with Gdovic not only taking the top Amateur honors in North America with eight wins, but also taking the overall World Title in the Gallardo class, besting the Amateur, Pro-Amateurs, and Pro drivers in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Series. Gdovic graduated from [...]

Edwards Crashes, Johnson Wins NASCAR Championship

November 20, 2016, by Kay Presto, www.carsandcompetition.com – Jimmie Johnson defeated three to tie two to be the one. Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS, won the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series finale’ to outpace the other three drivers in the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday to earn his seventh series championship, tying a NASCAR record held by Hall-of-Famers Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr. “Just beyond words,” said Johnson, who also won NASCAR championships in 2006-10 and 2013. “Just didn't think the race was unfolding for us like we needed to do to be the champs, but we just kept our heads in the game. Chad (Knaus, crew chief) called a great strategy, made some great adjustments for the short runs. Luck came our way and we were able to win the race and win the championship. “So thrilled to be in this moment, so grateful for the [...]

Suarez Wins NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship

Nov. 19, 2016 –- It’s been a rapid rise for Daniel Suárez, who captured the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series championship Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway by winning the Ford EcoBoost 300 in only his second full-time season of NASCAR national series racing. The driver of the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota is the first Latin American, as well as the first graduate of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program operated by Rev Racing, to win a NASCAR national series title.  To take home the crown in “The Series Where Names Are Made,” Suárez, 24, outlasted his Championship 4 competitors Elliott Sadler (third), Justin Allgaier (sixth) and Erik Jones (ninth).  It was a year of firsts for Suárez, who burst onto the NASCAR XFINITY Series scene last season by earning its Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award and finishing fifth in the championship standings. In his sophomore campaign, Suárez became the first [...]

Johnson, Sadler, Sauter Vying For NASCAR Championships

November 15, 2016 –  In the immortal words of rap superstar Eminem: “If you only had one shot or one opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted in one moment, would you capture it or just let it slip away?”  This weekend Chevrolet has one opportunity to capitalize on the chance to win the brand’s 31st NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) driver’s title. Jimmie Johnson is the lone Chevrolet SS driver headed into this weekend’s Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a shot at winning this season’s NSCS championship.  The six-time series title holder and his Chad Knaus-led No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS team are looking to make history by winning a record-tying seventh championship. If Johnson gets the title, he will join the elite ranks of Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt, Sr. as only the third driver in the history of the Sprint Cup Series with seven championship rings.  [...]

Munoz, Daly New Drivers For A.J. Foyt IndyCar Team

Nov. 15, 2016— The times they are a changin’ at AJ Foyt Racing.  Two young drivers, Carlos Munoz and Conor Daly, have been hired to drive the No. 14 and No. 4 (not 41) ABC Supply Dallaras in the Verizon IndyCar Series. The No. 4 team will be based in A.J. Foyt’s Speedway, Indiana race shop.  One aspect that isn’t changing is the team’s red, white and blue colors because sponsor ABC Supply has renewed its contract with the Texas-based team for another two years. The 2017 season will be the 13th consecutive season that America’s largest wholesale distributor of roofing has sponsored AJ Foyt Racing, making ABC Supply the longest active primary sponsor among teams in the Verizon IndyCar Series.  Hiring new drivers, adding to the team’s staff, setting up shop in Indiana and moving part of the team there has made Team President Larry Foyt and his Team [...]

NHRA Honors World Series Champs In Hollywood

 Nov. 14, 2016 –-  Antron Brown, Ron Capps, Jason Line and Jerry Savoie were the headliners crowned as world champions Monday evening during the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series awards ceremony at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.  The four drivers were honored for their season-long achievements and presented with checks and trophies for winning 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championship titles during the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship, NHRA’s playoffs.  Brown celebrated earning his third Top Fuel world championship. He secured the crown at the penultimate race of the season in Las Vegas over Halloween weekend. The driver of the Matco Tools dragster raced to a category-best seven victories, including three playoff wins in the Countdown to the Championship. He is the only African-American driver to win a major U.S. auto racing season championship and it is the first time [...]