Indian Factory Motorcycle Racing At Santa Rosa

September 23, 2016  — There is no more thrilling sound than that of a high-powered Indian motorcycle, and fans will have that opportunity this Saturday. Indian Motorcycle®, America’s First Motorcycle Company®, kicks of a big weekend of racing at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, Calif., as Rip City Riders and the California Flat Track Association present Pro/Am Short Track Hooligan Racing featuring the Indian Motorcycle SuperHooligan class. While the new Indian Scout FTR750 makes it’s racing debut in the Ramspur Winery Santa Rosa Mile AMA Pro Flat Track Pro GNC class on Sunday Sep. 25, the all-new motorcycle will spin its historic first public demonstration laps on Saturday Sep. 24 during Pro-Am night at the fairground’s short track circuit in the Chris Beck Arena. The Scout FTR750 will be piloted by Joe Kopp, who has been tapped to be the first to ride the race-only machine the following [...]

Truex, Jr. Feels Confident Going Into Next Race

Sept. 20, 2016  –- If anyone feels that Martin Truex Jr. is going to take it easy the next two races after winning at Chicagoland Speedway and automatically advancing to the second round of the Chase, is misguided about the racing DNA of the Furniture Row driver. Truex, who has claimed three victories this season, says he wants to keep the momentum going with his No. 78 Toyota Camry. He is currently the hottest driver on the circuit with two wins and a third-place finish in the last three races. By leading 32 laps in Sunday’s win at Chicagoland Speedway Truex also took over as the season’s lap leader at 1266. That’s more laps led when combining his previous two season highs of leading laps -- 581 in 2007 and 567 in 2015. The Mayetta, N.J. native feels the time is ripe to claim that elusive Cup victory at New [...]

Foust Wins Evergreen Rallycross

September 19, 2016, by Kay Presto, www.carsandcompetition.com --- There's nothing that seems to hold Tanner Foust back from a Rallycross victory, or any other. After a big win on Saturday at Evergreen Speedway.Rockstar Energy Drink driver Tanner Foust is heading into the final doubleheader weekend of the 2016 Global Rallycross season with the championship lead in hand  The two-time series champion claimed his fourth victory of the year to move ahead of teammate Scott Speed in the rankings by 13 points. "It's great for the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Team that the two of us are battling for the championship," said Foust. "It shows the strength of our team and these incredible Volkswagen Beetle rallycross cars." Although the drivers' championship is still to be decided, the team has already locked in one title. Volkswagen clinched its first-ever GRC manufacturer's championship this weekend. In wet conditions at the Pacific Northwest track, Foust [...]

Furniture Row Racing Accepts NASCAR Laser Decision

Sept. 19, 2016, by Kay Presto, www.carsandcompetition.com --- As a follow-up to the laser-checked failure of the rear-end of Martin Truex, Jr.s No. 78 Toyota that won on Sunday and put him into the second segment of NASCAR's Chase for the Championship, Joe Garone, president of the Furniture Row Racing Team that sponsors Truex, Jr.s race car, stated that “The right rear of our car was well within the tolerance margin, which showed that we were trying to be conservative. However, the left rear wheel alignment was off by approximately ten- thousandths of an inch, which in high probability was due to damage in that area as a result of being hit by the No. 4 car. We believe the laser inspection numbers were correct and accept NASCAR’s decision that was made following Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.” In a statement made by Truex, Jr. following Sunday's [...]

Thirkettle Excels at Kern County Raceway Park

September 17, 2016, by Jim Short  – A few nights ago, while the Lucas Oil Modifieds warmed up for their return to Kern County Raceway Park, Travis Thirkettle talked about how nice it was to be somewhere he'd raced before. That meant he wouldn't have to use two or three of the limited practice sessions getting familiar with the track and instead could work on getting ready for the race. The fact Kern County is a half-mile oval was beneficial, too, because Thirkettle obviously has an affinity for those. The Lucas Oil drivers have run 150 laps on half-miles during this championship season and Thirkettle has led 135 of them. Saturday night, he started the General Tire Super Fast 75 on the outside of the front row, took the lead from pole-sitter Linny White in turn 2 on the opening lap and kept his National Papers Race Car Factory Chevrolet [...]

O’Connell Takes GT Victory

September 18,  2016 --- Defending four-time GT Champion Johnny O'Connell of Flowery Branch, Ga., dominated Sunday's 50-minute GT sprint race in the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Sonoma presented by Cadillac with an impressive first turn move and never looked back for his second win of the weekend. In addition, Michael Schein of Glen Cove, N.Y., and Alec Udell of The Woodlands, Tex., scored double victories in the GTA and GT Cup divisions, respectively. O'Connell, the sports car legend driving the No. 3 Cadillac Racing Cadillac ATS-V.R., started third behind K-PAX Racing McLaren 650S teammates Austin Cindric and Alvaro Parente at the drop of the green flag. But O'Connell slid his Cadillac inside Cindric into turn one and took the lead up the hill into turn two. O'Connell then jumped out to a 4.6-second advantage by lap three and ultimately extended his gap to 11.386 seconds at the checkered flag [...]

Truex, Jr. Locks Into Second Round Of Chase

Sept. 18, 2016 –- Step aside Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello, the day belonged to Martin – that’s Martin Truex Jr., who took the lead with two laps remaining to win Sunday’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway. The victory in the Chase opener automatically advances Truex to the next round in NASCAR’s version of the playoffs. The current round of 16 drivers has two races remaining – Sept. 25 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Oct. 2 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. The next round of 12 drivers starts Oct. 8 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “Today was obviously a big win for us,” said Truex. “Just excited for everybody. I mean, this is what we came here to do. It was cool to be able to put it out there and make it happen.” Truex’s victory at the 1.5-mile Chicagoland Speedway was his [...]

Pagenaud Clinches IndyCar Championship

Sept. 18, 2016 --- Simon Pagenaud put the exclamation point on a sensational breakthrough season, winning today's GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma to clinch his first Verizon IndyCar Series championship in impressive fashion. Pagenaud, driving the No. 22 Hewlett Packard Enterprise Chevrolet for Team Penske, won the 85-lap race at Sonoma Raceway by 3.2523 seconds over Graham Rahal. The dominating performance saw Pagenaud lead all but nine laps and clinch the series crown by 127 points over teammate Will Power. "I tried to take my future in my destiny by being aggressive and going as fast as I could," Pagenaud said. "Clearly we had a phenomenal car, I think a very dominant car today, so we could do that. "I just enjoyed driving today. It was an incredible day and I think it just shows the strength of the 22 team for the whole season." Pagenaud started the race from [...]

Force Back In Winning Form At Carolina Finals

September 18, 2016, by Kay Presto, www.carsandcompetition.com --- It seemed like a long time coming for the 16-time NHRA Funny Car champ, but John Force made the most the first Countdown race of 2016 picking up his 146th career win and moving from the No. 8 to No. 3 position in the Mello Yello point standings. Force outran Dave Richards, Tim Wilkerson, Ron Capps and then Tommy Johnson Jr to pick up his first win at the Carolina NHRA Nationals. From the winner’s circle stage Force dedicated the victory to his sponsors and announced he would be sending the Wally trophy to Advance Auto Parts who were emblazoned across the side of his Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car along with primary sponsor PEAK Antifreeze & Coolant. Going into the final round John Force was 7-1 against Tommy Johnson Jr. and Force’s Advance Auto Parts PEAK Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car was [...]

Taylor Racing Victorious In Lone Star Le Mans

S September 17, 2016 ---  Racing in the most brutally hot conditions of the season proved to be a piece of cake for brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor, who in stifling Texas heat and humidity co-drove the No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP for Wayne Taylor Racing (WTR) to a stifling victory in Saturday’s Lone Star Le Mans IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Circuit of the Americas on the outskirts of Austin.  \Starting from the pole for the first time this season, they led 70 of the 75 laps raced around the 3.4-mile, 20-turn home to the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix in 93-degree temperatures outside and 130 degrees inside the cockpit.   And, to add a measure of excitement, the victory came despite a midrace spin while leading that, in the long run, proved to be just a blip on the radar on an otherwise flawless performance [...]