ACS Adds Wednesday Night Drags

January 19, 2018 – With over 100 drag racing events planned this year at Auto Club Dragway, officials announced today they will host a new “Wednesday Night Lights” Street Legal Drags sponsored by NHRA and AAA at Southern California’s only championship quarter-mile dragstrip located in Fontana. “Introducing Wednesday Night Lights will double the number of street legal racing events at Auto Club Dragway,” said Dave Allen, President of Auto Club Speedway. “Our racers wanted more dates and now we are able to accommodate them.” To prepare for the 2018 season, Auto Club Speedway which owns and operates Auto Club Dragway, has made facility improvements including new signage, new scoreboards and a shade structure. In addition, new mobile light towers will be used for “Wednesday Night Lights” through a partnership with DC Solar Solutions. The first “Wednesday Night Lights” event is scheduled for January 31st and 30 additional dates are planned throughout the [...]

NASCAR Updates Rookie Rating

 Jan. 18, 2018 – Exactly one month from today, the green flag will wave over what is expected to be the youngest DAYTONA 500 field in NASCAR history. And today, NASCAR announced an update to the Sunoco Rookie of the Year points structure in all three national series, placing a brighter spotlight on some of those young stars. Beginning this season, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year point system will mirror the points structure that awards the season-long championship, including stage points and playoff points, with the eventual Sunoco Rookie of the Year earning the most points throughout the season. As is the case with the season-long points structure, a race win will earn a Sunoco Rookie 40 points and five playoff points. A second-place finish will earn a Sunoco Rookie 35 points; a third-place finish nets 34 points, and so on. A Sunoco Rookie who wins a stage will [...]

Gurney Remembered as Multi-Talented American Racing Lege

Jan. 15, 2018 - Dan Gurney, one of America's true auto racing heroes, passed away Sunday, Jan. 14 in Southern California following complications with pneumonia. He was 86. A tall, handsome, larger-than-life American who raced in Europe during the late 1950s and 1960s at a time when the American public was generally not following European racing anywhere close to the extent it later would, Gurney enjoyed considerable success overseas, including winning four Formula One World Championship Grand Prix events and sharing the winning car in the 1967 Le Mans 24 Hours with A.J. Foyt, plus the 1960 Nurburgring 1000-kilometers with Stirling Moss. But he also won at home, claiming seven United States Auto Club-sanctioned National Championship events in the late 1960s; five out of the six grueling 500-mile NASCAR stock races held over the Riverside, California, road course between 1963 and 1968; numerous events in the SCCA Can-Am and Trans-Am [...]

2018 Indy Car Unveiled

Jan. 16, 2018 - For INDYCAR, "The Future Starts Now" - and it began today with the official unveiling of the highly anticipated car that will rule the roads, streets and ovals in the Verizon IndyCar Series for 2018 and beyond. A panel of dignitaries from within the sport and the automotive industry gathered at the North American International Auto Show to talk about the newly developed universal aerodynamic bodywork kit that will be affixed to the Dallara IR-12 chassis and used by all competitors in the 17-race season that begins in seven weeks. The universal kit is the result of more than two years of discussion, design, simulation and testing. Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, the parent of INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, told media attending today's presentation that reception to this point has been emphatically positive. "This may be the public premiere," Miles said, "but there's been [...]

Andretti, Soto receive Baby Borgs

 Jan. 17, 2018 - Verizon IndyCar Series driver Takuma Sato and team owner Michael Andretti each received BorgWarner Championship trophies, also known as the "Baby Borg," this evening to honor their thrilling victory in the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil last May. BorgWarner Inc. President and CEO James Verrier presented the BorgWarner Championship Driver's Trophy to Sato and the BorgWarner Championship Team Owner's trophy to Andretti Autosport owner Andretti during the annual Automotive News World Congress Dinner in Detroit, held in conjunction with the North American International Auto Show. "I haven't decided if it's going to Indy or Japan," a smiling Sato said of the ultimate destination for his trophy. "Anywhere will do. "(Being honored for winning the Indianapolis 500) just never stops, and we're only four months away from the next Indy 500. It's crazy." The BorgWarner Championship trophies are unique replicas of the iconic Borg-Warner Trophy [...]

THREE-YEAR RENEWAL CONTINUES SPONSORSHIP OF CHASE ELLIOTT

Jan. 18, 2018 – Kelley Blue Book, the most trusted brand for car pricing, research, valuation and selling your car, has extended its relationship with 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports with a three-year contract renewal through the 2020 racing season. In 2018, 2019 and 2020, Kelley Blue Book will be featured as a two-race primary sponsor and full-season associate sponsor of driver Chase Elliott and his No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 team. The company’s partnership with Hendrick Motorsports began in 2014 with a one-race primary sponsorship of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and grew to two races in 2016 when it transitioned to Elliott for his rookie year. Elliott, 22, will pilot the No. 9 Kelley Blue Book Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 on Aug. 18 at Bristol Motor Speedway and in the NASCAR Cup Series playoff race Nov. 4 at Texas Motor Speedway. “Kelley Blue Book is proud to call the [...]

ECR Adds Jordan King

January 4, 2018 –  Ed Carpenter Racing completed the lineup of the team’s No. 20 Chevrolet today with the addition of British driver Jordan King. The native of Warwickshire, England will compete in the 11 road and street course events for Ed Carpenter Racing in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet. The only owner/driver in the Verizon IndyCar Series, Ed Carpenter, will continue to pilot the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet at all oval races. King’s transition to Indy car racing is the next step in a young career which has seen him ascend the European motorsport ranks. The Verizon IndyCar Series competes primarily in the United States, with only one international event over the course of a 17 race season. Though the 23-year-old has not yet competed in a US-based racing series, he joins the Indy car field with numerous accolades, including the FIA Institute’s 2015 Driver of [...]

INDYCAR Announces 2018 Schedule

January 5, 2017 - INDYCAR and its broadcast partners announced the 2018 television schedule today featuring an expanded use of in-car cameras to bring fans the thrilling action of the Verizon IndyCar Series from a variety of new angles in the upcoming 17-race season. ABC and NBCSN will utilize never-before-seen views of the intense racing that the Verizon IndyCar Series offers with cameras strategically placed on the universal bodywork kit that is new for all cars in 2018. In addition to the traditional in-car position above and behind the driver's head, cameras will be mounted to the nose, sidepod and rear attenuator. There also will be expanded use of the popular visor cam mounted on the driver's helmet and pioneered by INDYCAR. "This is a unique opportunity to bring the sport even closer to the television audience," said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., which owns INDYCAR and Indianapolis [...]

Borg-Warner Trophy Heads to Japan To Celebrate Sato’s First Victory

 November 30, 2017 - The iconic Borg-Warner Trophy is leaving the United States for the first time in its 82-year-history, traveling this week to Japan for a 15-day celebration of Takuma Sato's victory in the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. The Borg-Warner Trophy left its permanent home at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum on Nov. 28, flying from the United States to Tokyo for a variety of festivities to honor Sato as the first Japanese winner of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" and also to celebrate Honda's 12th Indianapolis 500 victory. Stops on the Japanese tour include a variety of events in Tokyo, the Twin Ring Motegi race circuit and the Japanese cities of Nabari and Fukuroi. Sato, from Tokyo, edged three-time "500" winner Helio Castroneves by .2011 of a second to win the 2017 Indianapolis 500 in a thrilling finish May 28. "I think it is [...]

Moorespeed To Compete in IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge

November 30, 2017 – Co nfirming a key component of the team’s continuation of a two-car IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama program in 2018, Moorespeed announced today that Will Hardeman will be back with the team for a fourth-consecutive season next year for a Platinum Cup Championship campaign in the No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup. Hardeman’s return follows a successful 2017 IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA season for Moorespeed that saw the Austin-based team score runner-up honors in the Platinum Cup Team Championship. The second-place team championship finish came from a solid run of 12 top-three results in the 16-race 2017 IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup season, highlighted by at least one podium showing in each of the season’s eight doubleheader race weekends. Hardeman’s highlights in Moorespeed’s stellar run of 2017 podiums included second-place finishes at Barber Motorsports Park in April and Watkins Glen International in [...]