Johnson Jr. Confident in Funny Car

February 18, 2019 -- Tommy Johnson Jr.’s first trip to Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, the site of this weekend’s 35th annual Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals, as a nitro driver came in 1989. With the race marking the 30th anniversary of his Top Fuel debut, the now Funny Car championship contender reflected on what three decades of nitro racing has taught him. “You can definitely see where being a veteran and having experience pays off,” said Johnson, who has 17 career wins. “I want to use that now. I think it’s all about maintaining focus throughout the year. It’s a long season and you can’t let the lows get you down or let the highs distract you. That comes from years of experience. When you’ve been there and done that, it helps keep you on track. Being a veteran, it gives you a whole different mindset on [...]

Millican Sets His Eye on Pomona Success

February 7, 20l9, by Kay Presto,www.carsandcompetition.com Going into the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Championship season, Top Fuel competitor Clay Millican will definitely have his work cut out for him. This season he will start out with a whole new team. “Everybody on this team will have to learn to dance together,” said the Drummond, Tennessee native, with his friendly grin. Even his crew chief, Mike Kloker, is new to the team, but Millican feels confident that he will be competitive again this year. Parts Plus is still his co-sponsor, and he now has Strutmasters to partner his team. The way he puts it, “I have no other business, no other job; my entire life is dedicated to racing, and I want to win the championship this year.” Millican has been competing in drag racing since 1998, when he earned his Top Fuel dragster license and made his IHRA debut In [...]

Acura New Sponsor of Grand Prix of Long Beach

February 5, 2019 – The Grand Prix Association of Long Beach announced today that it has reached a multi-year agreement with Acura to become title sponsor of the Grand Prix of Long Beach starting in 2019. The 45th Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach will take place April 12-14, 2019. Launched in 1986 as the first Japanese luxury automotive brand, Acura is a leading nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of quality and reliability.  Both Acura and its American Honda parent have their U.S. headquarters in Torrance, California. Last year, Acura made a successful return to the top level of sports car racing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, fielding two entries in the Prototype class with Team Penske. The driver combinations of Juan Pablo Montoya/Dane Cameron and Helio Castroneves/Ricky Taylor finished fifth and seventh [...]

Todd Preps Toward Second Championship

February 5, 2019— J.R. Todd achieved a lifelong dream in 2018 by winning his first NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championship. But after claiming the Funny Car world title, Todd is hardly content and the first taste of championship glory has only pushed him further heading into the 2019 season in his 10,000-horsepower DHL Toyota Camry. The major goal is to try and become the first repeat champion in the class since John Force finished off his stretch of seven straight in 2002, but Todd knows plenty of work remains before that can become a possibility. The first step in that process starts at this weekend’s annual iconic opener at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, the tradition-rich 59th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com, where Todd will try to become just the fourth driver to win the event in both Top Fuel and Funny Car. “Now [...]

NHRA Teams Complete Pre-Testing

February 2. 3019 -- NHRA drivers took the opportunity to shake off the rust at the preseason test session at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park Jan. 30 – Feb. 2. Defending Top Fuel world champion Steve Torrence shows no sign of slowing down by setting the quickest pass of the session. Torrence piloted his Capco Contractors/Torrence Racing dragster to a 3.689 sec. pass at 328.78 mph during Thursday’s testing. The Texas native made history last season as he went undefeated during the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship. "We didn't change anything going into this test session," Torrence stated. "We just needed to brush the rust off of myself and the guys to get prepared for Pomona. There's some really good cars out there that we're going to have to contend with this season. We will take this with a grain of salt, build confidence and [...]

Chastain To Return To Xfinity Series

Febriary 2, 2019 --Kaulig Racing announced today that Ross Chastain will return to the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) in 2019 with new partner, Nutrien Ag Solutions. Chastain, scheduled to compete for the championship in the Xfinity Series, will partner with Kaulig Racing and Nutrien Ag Solutions in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway on February 16th. He will also pilot the No. 10 Nutrien Ag Solutions Chevrolet at Chicagoland Speedway (June 29th) and Texas Motor Speedway (November 2nd).“I’m thrilled for this opportunity with Kaulig Racing,” said Chastain. “We’ve had quite the roller coaster of emotions in the off-season, but I am really looking forward to competing for wins this season. It is also a great honor to have a new sponsor on board with Nutrien Ag Solutions. Partnering with Nutrien Ag Solutions is a natural fit for me with my family’s legacy as watermelon farmers, and I’m excited to represent their growers and employees.” Kaulig Racing enters their fourth [...]

DragonSpeed Takes LMP2 Win at Chaotic Rolex 24

January 29, 2019 The DragonSpeed sportscar (and soon to be IndyCar) team emerged victorious on its return to the American racing scene, claiming LMP2 class laurels at the weather-disrupted 57th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona endurance classic, which was red flagged twice for the first time in its history due to torrential rain.Before the downpour, DragonSpeed’s pair of ORECA O7-Gibsons were firmly in control of LMP2, having overcome various early incidents and a challenge from the similar PR1 Mathiasen machine. The number 81 10Star entry driven by Henrik Hedman, Ben Hanley, Nicolas Lapierre, and Motul Pole Award winner James Allen held the lead, a lap ahead of the Soliq-backed number 18 car of Roberto Gonzalez, Pastor Maldonado, Sebastián Saavedra, and Ryan Cullen, the latter two making their debut with the team. The first red flag was preceded by several hours of running under full-course yellow. The restart with just [...]

Konica Minolta Cadillac Wins Rolex 24 At Daytona

Cadillac330 Hudson St.New York, NY 10013January 27, 2019 --Whelen Engineering Cadillac second Cadillac has won the 57th running of the Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona. The Konica Minolta Cadillac team soldiered through 24 hours of start and stop racing to give the Cadillac brand a Rolex 24 hat trick with their third win in as many years. Rain played a major role in the race At the start of the twice-around-the-clock classic at Daytona International Speedway, the six Cadillac DPi-V.R teams had their individual challenges throughout the event. Cool temperatures during the day Saturday and into the evening turned to rain at 5:30 a.m. The rain ignited the two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso behind the wheel of the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac as he passed the two Acura prototypes ahead of him to take the lead some 35-minutes later. Soon after, IMSA WeatherTech Championship officials flew the red flag. The race was [...]

Brittany Force to Drive Auto Parts Top Fueler

Jan. 25, 2019 — John Force Racing today announced that Brittany Force, the 2017 Top Fuel World Champion, will be in the driver’s seat of the Advance Auto Parts Top Fuel dragster for the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, which kicks-off with the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals, February 8-10 at the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Pomona, Calif.With her sister Courtney Force having just announced that she is stepping away from driving duties, Advance Auto Parts continues its partnership with John Force Racing by becoming the primary sponsor of Brittany Force’s Top Fuel dragster.“I’m really excited to start this season teaming up with Advance Auto Parts,” said Brittany Force. “They’ve been such a great partner to John Force Racing the past two years. They exceeded expectations when working with Courtney, building her as their brand ambassador, and I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish [...]

Rare Ferrari 250 GTO to Compete at Sonoma

January 23, 2019 – If you owned one of the only 36 Ferrari 250 GTO’s ever made, what would you do with it? Would you clean by hand weekly, only taking it out on sunny 78-degree days with no traffic or rain in the forecast…IF you let it leave the garage in the first place? Or… would you race it all over the world? Luckily for everyone attending the 2019 inaugural Sonoma Speed Festival, Tom Price has entered his famous 1963 Ferrari GTO – widely considered the “Holy Grail” model – to race, May 31-June 2 at Sonoma Raceway. Yes, you read correctly. This car won’t be on display behind a velvet rope with an armed guard. This car will be racing the wine country’s most prestigious road course. And so far it’s the first of TWO GTO’s entered to race the Sonoma Speed Festival…and more could be on the [...]