IMS Pitches Tickets for 2017 Race

 May 26, 2016 -- Can't wait for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500? The officials at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have figured out a quick way for you to reserve your seats for that event. On the heels of yesterday's historic sellout announcement, they unveiled the 2017 Indy 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil logo today alongside an exciting "Race to Renew" campaign for current ticketholders. They feel that the red, white and blue logo captures the patriotic nature of America's greatest Memorial Day Weekend tradition and projects the forward motion that drives both the Indy 500 and the Verizon IndyCar Series onward.  "This has been a year of growth and opportunity for the Verizon IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway," Hulman & Company CEO Mark Miles said. "The 100th Running has been a powerful reminder that the Indy 500 will always be so much more than just [...]

Wisko Grand Prix Competes At VIR On Memorial Day

  May 25, 2016 ---  Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) will be part of America's biggest weekend of racing this Memorial Day Weekend with the HSR WISKO Grand Prix at VIRginia International Raceway, May 27 - 29. The WISKO Grand Prix marks the first time that HSR has competed on Memorial Day Weekend, which has long been regarded as the premier weekend of auto racing competition in the United States and beyond. In addition to Sunday's 100th Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte, the famous Monaco Grand Prix will be run earlier that day in Europe. The 24 Hours of Nürburgring sports car race also takes place all weekend on the legendary Nordschleife circuit in Germany. "Memorial Day Weekend means racing both in the United States and around the world and we are honored to join in on the tradition," said HSR President David Hinton. "We want to thank WISKO [...]

NASCAR Announces Hall Of Fame Legends

 May 25, 2016, by Kay Presto, www.carsandcompetition.com --- NASCAR announced today the inductees who will comprise the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2017. The five-person group – the eighth since the inception of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2010 – consists of Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick, Mark Martin, Raymond Parks and Benny Parsons. In addition, NASCAR announced that Martinsville Speedway founder H. Clay Earles won the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR.   The NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel met today in a closed session at the Charlotte Convention Center to debate and vote upon the 20 nominees for the induction class of 2017 and the five nominees for the Landmark Award.   NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France and NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton announced the class and Landmark Award winner, respectively, this evening in the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s “Great Hall.”   The Class [...]

NASCAR, Harvick To Honor Military Vet in Coca-Cola 600

 May 25, 2015 ---by Kay Presto, www.carsandcompetition.com Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), is driving in remembrance of United State Marine Corps Lance Corporal Nathan Ross Elrod, a fallen soldier and member of the extended NASCAR-industry family, during this Memorial Day weekend’s Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.  Elrod is the brother of Christopher Elrod, executive vice president and chief financial officer at Concord, North Carolina-based Lionel Holdings LLC. Lionel Holdings is engaged in the design and marketing of model racecars and related accessories for the NASCAR industry. Harvick’s No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS will feature LCPL Elrod’s name at the top of the windshield for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600.  Elrod, of Salisbury, North Carolina, discovered at an early age that his true calling was to serve his country as a member of the military. [...]

Newgarden Tops Monday IndyCar Practice

May 24, 2016 - -- The drivers qualified for this year's 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil got a taste for the upcoming race in practice on Monday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. All 33 entries turned laps in the 3.5-hour session scheduled for the same time of day as the historic race on Sunday. Josef Newgarden, who will start the Indy 500 from the middle of Row 1 in the No. 21 Preferred Freezer Chevrolet, clocked the fastest lap , 227.414 mph, as teams spent the bulk of the session running in packs to gain a greater understanding how their cars will perform on race day. "I think today is the most representative day that we're going to get going into Sunday, which was great," said Newgarden, the two-time race winner in 2015 for Ed Carpenter Racing. "Everyone was in a pack together, which was [...]

NASCAR, Truex Jr. To Honor Fallen Heroes

May 24, 2016 --- After a near miss of winning last year’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Martin Truex Jr. is braced for another go at NASCAR’s longest race of the season. But before the green flag drops late Sunday afternoon for the Memorial Day weekend race at the 1.5-mile oval, Truex, along with his Furniture Row Racing team members and the NASCAR community, will take pause to remember the fallen military heroes from different generations who paid the ultimate price to preserve freedom. As part of NASCAR’s 600 Miles of Remembrance, Denver-based Furniture Row Racing will honor U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Jeffrey Edward Bohr, who was killed in action on April 10, 2003 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. His name will appear on the windshield on Truex’s No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Toyota. A native of Ossian, Iowa, GySgt. Bohr was awarded the Silver Star Medal posthumously [...]

Teen Driver Impresses During Race Test

 May 24, 2016 --- US RaceTronics' young development driver Steven Aghakhani impressed team owner Shane Seneviratne last week during his first competitive event with the team at Buttonwillow Raceway Park in Buttonwillow, CA. Aghakhani drove a Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo car in Friday's event after spending Thursday testing with the team. The 1-day event saw the 13-year-old native Californian finishing at the top of the speed charts in each of the 20-minute sessions he ran in as well as posting the fastest overall time of the day. Seneviratne was impressed with not only the youngster's speed, but also his focus on learning everything he could during his two days with the team. "Steven really demonstrated his capabilities," Seneviratne said. "It was a great event; very much like qualifying where you have to find a gap and put down your fastest lap. So far Steven has done a great job in [...]

Florence Henderson Chosen As Indy 500 Grand Marshal

 May 23, 2016 --- Florence Henderson, a beloved part of Indianapolis 500 Race Day for a quarter-century, will serve as the Grand Marshal of the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. Henderson, a native of Dale, Indiana, will complete various official duties as Grand Marshal including greeting drivers and dignitaries on the pre-race stage, delivering the “drivers to your cars” message over the public-address system and riding in a Grand Marshal Parade Car at the front of the field prior to the start of the race. “We wanted to have a Grand Marshal as part of our buildup to the green flag of the 100th Indy 500, and Florence Henderson was the perfect choice,” said Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles. “She has been an integral part of the IMS family and ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,’ and this is a great way to [...]

Long, Schein and Green Post Canadian Victories

May 22, 2016 --- Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada -- Patrick Long, Michael Schein and Chris Green won in Sunday's GT, GTA and GT Cup race, respectively, at the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Canada presented by Audi at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The 50-minute GT/GTA Round 9, GT Cup Round 8 race was held in slick overcast conditions. The race started behind the safety car with two additional pace laps due to a damp race track because of a quick rain shower just before the race. With the green flag out for a rolling single-file start, Long, in the No. 58 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R, took the lead from pole ahead of Andrew Palmer, in the No. 87 Bentley Team Absolute Bentley Continental GT, and Ryan Eversley, in the No. 43 RealTime Racing Acura/HPD/Red Line Oil/RealTime Acura TLX-GT, in third. In GTA, Schein, in the No. 16 Wright [...]

Hinchcliffe Makes Remarkable Return To Win Indy Pole

May 22, 2016 --- James Hinchcliffe, who nearly lost his life at the same track one year ago in a crash during Indianapolis 500 practice, put together a scintillating four-lap run of 230.760 mph as the final driver of the day in the Fast Nine Shootout. It allowed the Canadian fan favorite to claim the Verizon P1 Award and $100,000 prize for earning the pole position and the right to lead the 33-car field to the green flag to start the epic 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 race. Driving the No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda, Hinchcliffe collected the first pole of his Verizon IndyCar Series career in what will be his 79th race, edging Josef Newgarden for the honor by a mere 0.0407 of a second over the 10-mile run. "I came into this month hoping we'd have a new story to talk about after what happened [...]