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COMPTON RETIRES, CLIFFORD NEW NHRA CEO
July 1, 2015
It hardly came as a surprise when Dallas Gardner, National Hot Rod Association’s Chairman of the Board, announced the retirement of Tom Compton, who had served at NHRA’s president for years, had retired, and Peter Clifford, who has been with NHRA since 1998, was promoted to become the new NHRA President.

INDYCAR WANTS RETURN TO FONTANA
July 1, 2015
In a rare teleconference on Wednesday, Verizon IndyCar series CEO Mark Miles stated that, despite the low fan turnout for the MAV-TV 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Southern California, he would like to return his series to that two-mile oval next year. The track hosted the Indy Car series since 2012, but with different dates each season. In 2014, the Verizon IndyCar race was held on Saturday evening, with cooler temps for the drivers, and the fans. Last Saturday the race began in the afternoon at 1:30 p.m., in 90-degree heat, helped only by a cloud cover that stayed for part of the day. Although the race was high-speed, wheel-touching, and hard-fought to the finish, the fan attendance was extremely low, with large empty spaces in the grandstands.

AERO KITS – WHERE VIRTUAL MEETS REALITY
June 27, 2015, by Larry Mason, www.carsandcompetition.com
Over the off season both Honda and Chevrolet have been developing their aero kits for their respective Verizon IndyCar Series teams. So far this season Chevy has had the dominant answer to the tricky equation by winning most of the races. However, in today’s MavTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway, Honda’s solution to the superspeedway setup has been impressive. Marco Andretti qualified third, but led most of the early laps. Graham Rahal qualified 19th but worked his way into the lead and finished there in a wild pass-filled extravaganza.

RAHAL TRIUMPHS AT FONTANA
June 27, 2015, by Kay Presto, www.carsandcompetition.com
Through 500 laps of tight pack racing, a miscue during his pit stop that put him back 14 laps, and several crashes that occurred toward the end of the race, Graham Rahal persevered under pressure, and he, his one-car team, and Honda came home victorious in the Verizon IndyCar Series 500-mile Saturday race at California’s two-mile Auto Club Speedway.

PAGENAUD WINS POLE AT FONTANA
June 26, 2015, by Kay Presto, www.carsandcompetition.com
Simon Pagenaud finished 20th last year at the Verizon IndyCar race at the Auto Club Speedway in Southern California, but the French driver came back with a vengeance this Friday to claim the Verizon P-1 Award pole with a blistering speed of 218.592 miles per hour. His teammate, Helio Castroneves came in second, just .0656 seconds behind Pagenaud, and Marco Andretti sits a season-best third on the starting grid for Saturday’s 500-mile mid-day race.

TIRES WITHSTAND THE PRESSURE AT AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY
June 26, 2015, by Larry Mason
Greetings from Fontana where ambient temps have hovered near 100 degrees Fahrenheit today. For the Verizon IndyCar Series drivers and teams, that means that the track that was paved back in 1997, tires will play a critical role in their speed and success on the track. Every single car will be on Firestone race tires however, each team decides how much pressure, aerodynamic load, and alignment settings to use to hopefully qualify on pole and give them the key to victory after 500 miles.

BRISCOE FASTEST IN INDYCAR PRACTICE
June 26, 2015, by Kay Presto, www.carsandcompetition.com
Ryan Briscoe topped the speed charts in Verizon IndyCar morning practice at Auto Club Speedway’s 2-mile oval in Fontana, CA, posting a time of 217.451 mph in his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports mount, filling in for the injured James Hinchcliffe until he returns.

BUSCH EARNS HARD-FOUGHT MICHIGAN WIN
June 14, 2015
Kurt Busch and the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS team of Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) overcame adversity at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn on Sunday afternoon, winning the rain-shortened Michigan 400 after starting 24th in a backup racecar. Busch led six laps en route to the win, which marks his 27th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career victory, second in 2015 and third overall at the 2-mile oval.
A BANNER DAY FOR CHEVROLET
June 14, 2015
It was a banner day for Chevrolet. It began with Cole Custer winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in the wee hours of the morning at Gateway (Ill) Motorsports Park. Corvette Racing ended a 24 hour campaign to reign victorious in the prestigious 24 Hour of Le Mans for the eighth time since it’s 2000 debut run.
TRUEX, JR. THIRD, TIES HISTORICAL RECORD
June 14, 2015
Martin Truex Jr. charged to a third-place finish and in the process tied a 46-year-old NASCAR Sprint Cup Series record.
SPEEDY GONZALEZ EARNS NICKNAME AT TORONTO
June 14, 2015
Dale Coyne Racing drivers Rodolfo Gonzalez and Tristan Vautier returned to action this weekend in the Honda Indy Toronto just two weeks removed from another street race in Detroit. The circuit was a familiar one for Vautier, having raced there in the past, but was a new experience for Gonzalez due to his limited racing in North America.
JOHN FORCE WINS NEW ENGLAND NATIONALS
June 14, 2015
Once again John Force rose to the occasion and came up big when it mattered the most. Facing Tommy Johnson Jr., the No. 1 qualifier and arguably the most consistent Funny Car on the property, Force raced his Peak Antifreeze and Coolant Chevrolet Camaro SS to victory at the 3rd annual New England Nationals. As the No. 3 qualifier Force defeated Dave Richards, Matt Hagan and Cruz Pedregon to reach his 240th final round and secure his 143rd win over Johnson Jr.
NEWGARDEN WINS IN TORONTO
June 14, 2015
CFH Racing finished first and second in today’s Honda Indy Toronto with Josef Newgarden taking the victory and Luca Filippi finishing in second.
POWER CAPTURES TORONTO POLE
June 13, 2015
For the fifth time this season, Will Power, No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, will lead the field of the Verizon IndyCar Series to the green flag. It is the 41st career Verizon P1 award for the reigning Series’ champion and breaks a tie with Rick Mears for fifth on the all-time list of pole winners. Powergrabbed the number one starting position with a lap of 59.4280 seconds/106.314 mph.
TRUEX, JR. THIRD, TIES HISTORICAL RECORD
June 14, 2015
Martin Truex Jr. charged to a third-place finish and in the process tied a 46-year-old NASCAR Sprint Cup Series record.
SCHUMACHER, JOHNSON JR. AND MCGAHA TOP FRIDAY QUALIFYING
June 13, 2015
Tony Schumacher raced to the qualifying lead in Top Fuel Friday at the NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway.
MONTOYA FASTEST IN INDYCAR 1 PRACTICE
June 12, 2015
Verizon IndyCar Series championship points leader Juan Pablo Montoya recorded the quickest lap of 1 minute, 0.6343 of a second on the 1.755-mile, 11-turn Exhibition Place street circuit on the opening day of practice for the Honda Indy Toronto.
INDY 500 VETS TO RACE IN INDY LEGENDS PRO-AM
June 12, 2015
A field of 33 cars will hit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, but with a twist.
NO. 63 CORVETTE OUT OF LE MANS DUE TO CRASH
June 11, 2015
The No. 63 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R of Corvette Racing drivers Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia and Ryan Briscoe, has been withdrawn from this weekend’s 83rd running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans following an accident during Thursday’s first qualifying session.
VIPER TEAM GETS REQUIRED LE MANS NIGHT LAPS
June 10, 2015
Rainy weather during the day gave way to dark but dry conditions in opening qualifying Wednesday night for this weekend’s 83rd running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans that will see Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Marc Miller co-drive the No. 53 ViperExchange.com/Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper GTS-R in the GTE-Am division.
TRUEX JR. TO PILOT NEW CAR AT MICHIGAN
June 10, 2015
There are a number of reasons why Martin Truex Jr. can’t wait to strap himself in his No. 78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet for Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
MILLICAN CHALLENGES EASTERN NHRA SWING
June 10, 2015
The eastern swing of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series combines three consecutive races and marks the longest amount of time the newly formed Stringer Performance team will be out on the road.
KYLE BUSCH LOOKS FOR MICHIGAN GRIP
June 9, 2015
Kyle Busch remembers the day well. It was Aug. 21, 2011, and with just four top-10 finishes in 13 previous starts in his career at Michigan International Speedway, he found himself outdueling now six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson for the win in a late-race shootout at the 2-mile oval.
CAPPS AIMS TO DELIVER HISTORIC WIN FOR CREW CHIEF TOBLER
June 9, 2015
Last weekend, Funny Car standout Ron Capps watched Don Schumacher Racing teammate and Top Fuel points leader Antron Brown pick up his 5Oth career win.
DESPAIN GRAND MARSHAL FOR MAVTV500 INDYCAR RACE
June 8, 2015
Auto Club Speedway has announced its pre-race ceremony line-up for this year’s daytime MAVTV 500 Verizon IndyCar race on June 27, 2015.
TEXAS MAY BE START OF SURGE FOR DIXON
June 8, 2015
Dixon’s decisive victory in the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway – the ninth of 16 Verizon IndyCar Series races – was his second of the season and 37th of his Indy car career.
HARVICK RUNNERUP AT POCONO
June 8, 2015
Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), finished second in the Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway Sunday afternoon, scoring his 10th top-two finish in the 14 points-paying races of 2015.
MIKE SKINNER TO COMPETE AT GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED
June 8, 2015
Former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) champion Mike Skinner will return to the Goodwood Festival of Speed for the fifth time in his career. Looking to improve the record he set in 2014, Skinner will return with a Toyota Tundra truck that has previously competed in the NCWTS.
WINTERS DEMOS MODIFIEDS HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE
June 7, 2015, by Jin Short
LoanMart Madera Speedway promoter Kenny Shepherd is putting together the richest Modified race ever run on the West Coast to commemorate the appearance of the Lucas Oil Modified Series presented by LoanMart this fall.
SEBASTIAN ERIKSSON EARNS X GAMES BRONZE
June 7, 2015
Olsbergs MSE rookie Sebastian Eriksson put in an amazing performance to score X Games bronze in his Red Bull/Bluebeam Ford Fiesta ST this weekend, even after driving most of Saturday’s rallycross competition with a flat tire.
MARTIN TRUEX, JR. WINS AT POCONO
June 7, 2015, by Kay Presto, www.carsandcompetition.com
It took 69 races to do it, but Martin Truex, Jr. dominated the 160-lap contest in the Axalta ‘We Paint Winners’ 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway by leading 97 circuits en route to his first win of 2015.

CAR LINES – 2015 HYUNDAI GENESIS
April 23, 2015, by Larry Mason, www.carsandcompetition.com
Welcome to the lap of luxury: the 2015 Hyundai Genesis! What?!? “Luxury” and “Hyundai” in the same sentence? I heard that a lot during my time with the new Hyundai Genesis sedan.
LINGENFELTER INTRODUCES REVOLUTIONARY CAN BUS CONVERTER
April 20, 2015
Lingenfelter Performance Engineering is offering a CAN Bus converter to simplify late-model GM engine transplants into older cars. Given the popularity of late-model GM engine swaps and the abundance of aftermarket support for these affordable performance engines, the Lingenfelter Performance CAN Bus converter could be a barrier-removing technology, paving the way for even more GM ECU-controlled LS engine transplants.
AUTOMOTIVETOUCHUP FOR PAINT TOUCH UP SUCCESS
April 14, 2015
After a long harsh winter, the paint on most cars and trucks can use a little attention to eliminate minor damage and prevent future problems. This doesn’t have to mean a big hassle trying to get the color right,or the high cost of a trip to the body shop. An affordable alternative is to use custom-formulated, precisely-matched automotive touchup paint from AutomotiveTouchup.
CORSA PERFORMANCE OFFERS NEW 2015 SUBARU IMPREZA WRX EXHAUST SYSTEM
February 20, 2015
The new CORSA(r) Performance exhaust system for the 2015 WRX 2.0L Turbo and WRX STI 2.5L Turbo has been designed to provide improvements in sound, performance and quality over the OEM exhaust system.
LINGENFELTER INTRODUCES C7 CORVETTE LIQUID TO AIR INTERCOOLER INTAKE MANIFOLD
January 22, 2015
Lingenfelter Performance Engineering announces the availability of a liquid to air intercooler intake manifold for turbocharged or centrifugal supercharged 2014-2015 C7 Corvettes with the LT1 engine. Featuring an innovative, low-profile design which fits with a stock C7 hood and integrates neatly into the engine compartment, the new Corvette engine intercooler builds on the previous success of products Lingenfelter created for Gen 3 and Gen 4 engines.


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