Aghakhani To Race In Pirelli World Challenge

November 11, 2018 - 15-year-old Steven Aghakhani has chosen to race the AMG GT3 for the 2019 season. Aghakhani was approached by Porsche, BMW, Ferrari and Lamborghini, but chose to transition to AMG for several races in the Pirelli World Challenge Series next year. The Southern California native will be co-driving with former Lamborghini champion Richard Antinucci as part of US RaceTronics expanded operation. Steven is proud to represent AMG for 2019 and is looking forward to competing in his new AMG GT3 car. "I'm super excited that I'm going to be competing in the GT3 class next year with AMG," the young driver said. "I'd like to thank Thomas Jager (the race director of AMG) for the opportunity and can't wait for the season to start. I've driven Lamborghinis pretty much my entire career and am really looking forward to the challenge the new car presents. Having Richie as [...]

Sheldon Creed To Drive Fulltime for GMS Racing

November 11, 2018— While at ISM Raceway (formerly Phoenix Raceway), Sheldon Creed announced that he will join GMS Racing, full-time next season. Creed will continue his climb through the NASCAR ranks, competing for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors during the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series (NGOTS) season.   Creed already has two truck series starts this year under the GMS Racing banner, making his series debuts at both Martinsville Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. The El Cajon, Calif. native is scheduled to race in two more events this season, including this weekend’s race at ISM Raceway, and in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, both tracks that he has never raced at before.   “I am extremely pumped about the opportunity to continue my asphalt career and transition into being full-time in the Truck Series,” said Creed. “My goal in whatever I race is to be able to go [...]

J. R Todd Captures NHRA Funny Car Championship

November 12, 2018 -- J.R. Todd clinched his first career NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car world championship title during the first round of eliminations Sunday at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.   Matt Smith also won his third Pro Stock Motorcycle world championship at the final 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event during eliminations on Sunday.  The race winners at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona were Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Todd (Funny Car), Tanner Gray (Pro Stock) and M. Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle). For the first time in NHRA history, all of the event winners were also the world champions in their respective categories. Robert Hight, the defending category champion, was second in points in the category and smoked the tires against Bob Tasca III during the opening round of eliminations which guaranteed the title crown to Todd. “People kept [...]

Tanner Gray Captures NHRA Pro Stock Championship

November 11, 2018 -- Pro Stock racer Tanner Gray became the youngest NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world champion by qualifying Saturday at the season ending Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.  During his championship season Gray notched seven victories including securing his first career win at the prestigious Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals win in Indianapolis. In the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship, Gray cemented his first crown with two wins and maintained the points lead throughout the entire playoffs.  “It has been a heck of a year,” Gray stated. “It started out pretty slow and I wasn’t quite sure it would end up here. About midseason we were able to find something, and everything seemed like it started clicking from there. We did so much testing at the beginning of the season and it really paid off. It was [...]

Todd and Hight Battle it out for NHRA Funny Car Championship

November 9,  2018--  by Kay Presto, www,carsandcompetiton.com --   At the 54th Annual Auto Club Finals in Pomona, California this weekend, there will be a David and Goliath battle in the Funny car ranks. Seasoned veteran Robert Hight, currently the 2017 NHRA Funny Car World Champion, is taking on young J. R. Todd, who is only in his second year of piloting the hard-to-handle Funny car mounts. In contrast, Hight currently has 45 Funny Car career victories. Due to a take-down in the second round at the recent drag races at Las Vegas due to a dropped piston, Hight finds himself 74 points behind the impressionable young driver. Todd admits he stumbled in his performance mid-season, but his team began clicking after his test session held before the U. S. Nationals this year. “My crew changed their old ways of tuning the car,” Todd said, “and we began using different [...]

Daytona Hosts Weekend HSR Classic

November 8, 2018 - A full schedule of around-the-clock action and events on and off the race track takes place this weekend at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) where the Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) Classic Daytona presented by IMSA, November 8 - 11, will be run for the fourth time at the "World Center of Racing." At the heart of the four-day celebration of speed is the featured classic 24-hour race that takes place this year from 1 p.m. EST Saturday, November 10, straight through to the checkered flag at 1 p.m. EST on Sunday, November 11. Official Daytona Classic practice begins today and includes nighttime sessions for all run groups from 7 - 9:30 p.m. EST. The accompanying HSR Daytona Historics schedule also gets started today and features the first race of the event, the Sasco Sports International/American Challenge sprint, at 4 p.m. EST. The HSR Classic Daytona debuted in [...]

Brittany Force Still Campaigning for Victory

Nov. 7, 2018  — It’s been a tough season for the 2017 NHRA Top Fuel world champion that started at the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, but Brittany Force hasn’t let 2018 taint her fond memories of the Auto Club NHRA Finals as she heads back to her home track to close out the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. “We are heading into Pomona for the last race of the season, it’s the Auto Club Finals and this is where we locked in the championship last year. We made some history here last year and this is a big race for us,” Force said. It was just one year ago that Force piloted her Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster to a three-hat weekend. Force earned a green hat when she secured the No. 1 qualifying position, then during eliminations, she became the first woman in 35 [...]

Anderson Seeks Positive Pomona Pro Stock Results

November 7, 2018 -- A consistent NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series regular season did not lead to Pro Stock Greg Anderson contending for a fifth world championship during the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship. But the longtime standout still has a chance to end his 2018 campaign on a good note at this weekend’s 54th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, where Anderson will look for his 13th win at the facility. That would give Anderson the most wins in Pro Stock history at the historic facility, breaking the current tie with the legendary Bob Glidden. It is something that is definitely on Anderson’s mind heading to the season-finale, as is finishing his 2018 season on the best note possible in his Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro. “It would mean a lot,” said Anderson, who has 91 career victories. “We’ve struggled in the [...]

$50,000 Award for Mazda Sebring Winner

November 5, 2018 - One lucky racer will earn themselves $50,000 in just 90 minutes of racing as Mazda stages the 2018 Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Challenge at Sebring International Raceway next weekend.  A robust and diverse field of racers from around the globe, all utilizing the same Global Mazda MX-5 Cup machine, will take to Sebring for two 45-minute races. The format is straightforward: the driver with the best combined results from the two races will win $50,000, while the runner-up will score $20,000 and the third-place racer will claim $10,000. Both races will be streamed live at Mazda USA’s YouTube page (https://www.youtube.com/user/mazdausa). The 2018 event is the third consecutive post-season event staged by the Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich. Two key traditions for the post season event, a big payoff and a strong international field of drivers, will continue once again this [...]

IMS Chairman of the Board Emeritus Mari Hulman George Dies at 83

IMS Chairman of the Board Emeritus Mari Hulman George Dies at 83 INDIANAPOLIS, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 - Hulman & Company and Indianapolis Motor Speedway Chairman of the Board Emeritus Mari Hulman George, who touched the lives of millions through her deep passion for auto racing, stewardship of the Racing Capital of the World and decades of compassionate philanthropy, died Nov. 3 in Indianapolis with her family by her side. She was 83. Mari served as IMS chairman from 1988-2016, but motorsports and the world-renowned racetrack were among the cornerstones of her life since her father, Anton "Tony" Hulman Jr., purchased the facility in November 1945 and saved it from almost certain demolition after World War II. She was a pioneer as co-owner of a team that raced at the highest levels of Midwestern auto racing, in the 1950s and 1960s, a rarity for a woman at the time. She [...]