Grand Prix Foundation of Long Beach Announces Scholarship Winners

March 20, 2018 ---- The Grand Prix Foundation of Long Beach today announced seven winners of the Robert E. Leslie Memorial Scholarship for 2018.   Checks for each unrestricted $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to the students at a reception on Mon., April 2 at 5:30 p.m. at King’s Fish House.   The winning students and their high schools are, in alphabetical order:   Briana Contreras Tejado – Jordan Cameron Johnson – Wilson Drew Jones – Lakewood Juliana Lee – Poly Joy Rowden – Poly Luke Sams – Millikan Erin Williams – Lakewood   Robert E. Leslie was a former Long Beach Fire Chief and board member of the Grand Prix Foundation.  Seniors attending all Long Beach Unified School District high schools are asked to submit applications.   “The competition this year was the toughest yet, as all the applicants were well qualified and pretty evenly matched,” said scholarship committee [...]

Marco Seefried Signed by Frikadelli Racing for Nurburgring

March 21, 2018.- Frikadelli Racing is announcing another enhancement of their driver line-up for the upcoming season on the Nürburgring Nordschleife: The cult team from the village of Barweiler near the „Ring“ signed Marco Seefried, a proven Porsche specialist. The 42-year-old professional racer from Oettingen in Bavaria knows the demanding Eifel track like the back of his hand. In 2007, Seefried entered the endurance championship VLN and the 24-hour race in the “Green hell” for the first time. In 2016 he took second place at the 24-hour classic – until the final lap his team even had an overall victory within grasp. Now Seefried has set his eyes on doing that one place better with Frikadelli Racing. From the second VLN leg onwards he will drive on e of the two team’s Porsche 911 GT3 Rs. For the long journey from his chosen home in Austria to the Nürburgring Seefried [...]

INDYCAR Broadcasts Switch to NBC in 2019

March 21, 2018 -\ A statement was issued today from Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles about the new media rights package with NBC Sports Group for the Verizon IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500, starting in 2019. As part of this new alignment, the Indianapolis 500 will be included in NBC Sports' Championship Season marketing campaign, which touts numerous high-profile championship events presented on NBC Sports platforms from May to July. Other events include horse racing's Triple Crown, The PLAYERS, Premier League Championship Sunday, the French Open, the Stanley Cup Final, the Tour de France and The Open Championship. The entire Verizon IndyCar Series will receive unprecedented marketing and promotional support from NBC Sports, which will utilize not only its own assets but many NBCUniversal assets, as well. NBC will replace ABC as the network television home of the Indianapolis 500. ABC began televising "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" [...]

Truex Jr Dominates Fontana Race

March 18, 2018 – It was a perfect weekend for Martin Truex Jr., who dominated and won Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway in his No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/5-hour ENERGY Toyota. Not only did the Furniture Row Racing driver dominate the 200-lap race with a 11.685-second margin of victory over Kyle Larson, he started from the pole, captured the first two stages, led the most laps (125) and moved into first place in the driver point standings. The reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion also became the first driver to start from the pole and sweep all the stages. The victory was Truex’s first of the season and 16th of his career (14 with Furniture Row Racing). The victory was also the 15th career win for the Denver, Colo.-based Furniture Row Racing. After five races of the current season Truex has accumulated one win and four consecutive [...]

NASCAR to Feature In-car Twitter Feeds

March 16, 2018 -- NASCAR® announced today it will live-stream one in-car camera on Twitter for 15 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ races during the second half of the 2018 racing season, including all 10 NASCAR Playoffs races. Beginning with five regular season races this summer, the experience will once again provide fans a unique look from inside the race car with a live camera stream that can be accessed via NASCAR’s official Twitter handle, @NASCAR. Fans can watch full broadcasts of these regular season and NASCAR Playoffs races on NBC or NBCSN, and the NBC Sports app (full schedule here). NASCAR debuted the in-car camera live stream on Twitter during last year’s NASCAR Playoffs, when four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship contenders drove the live audience on Twitter from the green flag all the way to Victory Lane. “We’ve created an experience that brings Twitter users inside the cars at speeds [...]

Moorespeed to Compete in IMSA GT-3

March 15, 2018 -   Moorespeed and team driver Will Hardeman will begin their fourth season together in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama this week at Sebring International Raceway where the team will launch an all-out bid for the 2018 Platinum Cup Championship in the No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup. Moorespeed and Hardeman – both based in Austin, Texas – return after a successful 2017 IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA season for Moorespeed that saw the team score runner-up honors in the top-tier Platinum Cup Team Championship. Hardeman’s 2017 highlights included second-place finishes at Barber Motorsports Park in April and Watkins Glen International in late June. “We feel confident this year heading to Sebring,” Hardeman said. “Our opportunities for this season will come from many small things we are doing with driving and setup. After the three previous seasons in IMSA Porsche GT3 cup, [...]

Truex Jr Likes Rough Fontana Track

March 13, 2018 -- Martin Truex Jr. has a strong opinion of what not to do about the rough track surface at the 2-mile Auto Club Speedway, site of Sunday’s Auto Club 400 in Fontana, Calif. “Fontana is such an awesome racetrack and to repave it would be a huge mistake,” Truex said. “I have a preference for worn-out track surfaces. The repave at Michigan (another 2-mile track) took a long time to come around. Repaves, in my opinion, don’t work out that well.” Before the three-race Western Swing started the Furniture Row Racing driver felt his best shot of winning was at Auto Club Speedway. He said top-five finishes at Las Vegas and Phoenix would work, but felt it would be at the Southern California track as his best chance of returning to Victory Lane. So far he is right on with his Western Swing goal. He finished fourth [...]

Garone Named to West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame

March 12, 2018– Joe Garone, president of 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion Furniture Row Racing, was named to the 2018 six-member Class for induction into the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame. Joining Garone in the Hall of Fame's 15th class will be: Joe Gibbs Racing senior executive J.D. Gibbs; Southern California racing legend Oren Prosser; two-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Champion Greg Pursley and NASCAR and open-wheel car owner Richard “Dick” Woodland. The late Larry Albedi, a five-decade-long public-address announcer, will be inducted as a member of the media. “It is getting increasingly difficult to select the honorees because the West Coast, over 75 years, has produced so many eligible candidates – literally hundreds,” said Ken Clapp, Chairman of the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame. “I salute the tenacity of the voting board and the members of the nominating committee on making these [...]

Leist Tops St. Pete Speed Chart

March 10, 2018 -- Photos by Action Sports Photography As the Verizon IndyCar Series opened their 2018 season on the streets of St. Petersburg Friday morning, A.J. Foyt’s ABC Supply Racing team was in the top 10 when the checkered fell. In practice 1, Matheus ‘Matt’ Leist surprised everyone (including himself) when he emerged as quickest of the 24 starters. His teammate Tony Kanaan set the pace early and then elected not to put on new tires towards the end of the season. Rookie Leist was in the top 10 from the beginning of the session and then popped up to the top of the speed chart in the final minutes after putting on fresh tires, as did many of those behind him. In the second session, Kanaan showed the consistency expected of a veteran with another ninth place performance while Leist dipped to 12th in that session. Kanaan summarized [...]

Famed Inductees to be Entered Into Motorsports Hall of Fame

March 10, 2018 - An illustrious group of motorsports legends and leaders as famous and accomplished as the iconic Inductees they will honor will join together next Tuesday, March 13, to enshrine the Class of 2018 at the 30th Annual Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) Induction Ceremony Presented by Bridgestone at the Shores Resort and Spa Hotel in Daytona Beach. This year’s magnificent seven group of Inductees includes John Buttera (Drag Racing), Carl G. Fisher(Historic), Jeff Gordon (Stock Car), Howard Hughes (Aviation), Fred Merkel (Motorcycles), U.E. “Pat” Patrick(Open Wheel) and Bob Tullius (Sports Cars). The Inductees will be lauded and ushered into the Hall by a gathering of equally notable presenters that also has combined to leave an indelible mark on the motorsports industry, both on the track and in the board room. The lineup includes MSHFA Members Mario Andretti (Class of 1990), Emerson Fittipaldi (Class of 2001) andFreddie Spencer (Class of 2001), future Hall of Famer Don Schumacher, NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton, Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) President Doug [...]