Schumacher Scores First Season Win

 June 17, 2018 -- Tony Schumacher was able to lock down his first Top Fuel victory of the season Sunday as he emerged victorious at the 18th annual Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. Ron Capps (Funny Car) and Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) were also victorious in their respective categories at the 11th of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. Schumacher powered to the Winner’s Circle with a run of 3.946-seconds at 313.58 mph in his U.S. Army dragster to take down Mike Salinas in the final round. This was Schumacher’s third final round of the season and the 150th of his career, as he now has six career victories in Bristol in eight career final rounds at the facility. “We have had little things bite us this season, but we knew we had to overcome adversity and we knew we had a [...]

NHRA Heads for Virginia Dragstrip

June 13, 2018, Kay Presto, www,carsandcompetition.com  – A spate of struggles during the first half of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Mello Yello Drag Racing Series 18-race regular season confounded John Force. But the 16-time Funny Car champion learned long ago that objectivity helps put on-track trials in perspective. “We have had a tough year, one of the toughest of my career,” he said. “We have never blown up this much stuff but we have figured a lot out. We are going to keep fighting and keep getting better. I have my heart back after Richmond.” A runner-up finish June 10 to daughter Courtney after qualifying seventh at Virginia Motorsports Park, preceded a week earlier by a run to the semifinals at Joliet, Illinois, has uplifted the driver of the PEAK Coolant & Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS. “I let this race car do the running for me,” he [...]

Tight Competition at Le Mans

June 13, 2018, by Kay Presto, www.carsandcompetition.com – Corvette Racing went as fast as it ever has in the GTE Pro category around the Circuit de la Sarthe on Wednesday in the first of three qualifying sessions for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Both Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs dipped into the 3:50 bracket and averaged more than 131 mph around the 8.47-mile track . Antonio Garcia led the way Wednesday in the No. 63 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R with a lap of 3:50.789 (132.041 mph) to rank 11th of 17 GTE Pro entries after the week’s initial two-hour time trial session. He and Jan Magnussen placed third in last year’s GTE Pro race, and they will try for victory this year with Mike Rockenfeller. "Everything is still going to our predetermined plan," Garcia said. "The various slow zones in the beginning of the qualifying session didn’t help, of course. [...]

John Force Pays Tribute to Tom McEwen

June 13, 2018 -- Although the Sunday death of Tom “the Mongoose” McEwen at age 81 reverberated throughout the sport of drag racing, it hit few harder than it did John Force, the 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion. Force spoke at length with his PR representatives Elon Werner and Dave Densmore to collect his thoughts and feelings about McEwen. This is what he wanted us to share with the NHRA community  As recently as three to four weeks ago, McEwen had called Force to talk about a recent spate of engine explosions and crashes that had left the Hall of Fame team owner and driver battered, bruised and besieged  The conversation was typically candid.  “Force,” McEwen said, “are you trying to kill yourself?  Let’s talk, call me.”  It was the kind of conversation in which the two had engaged in for more than 40 years. “He could do that,” Force said.  “I know, [...]

Legend Tom McEwen Passes at Age of 81

June 11, 2018 -- The drag racing world suffered a tragic loss with the passing of Legendary NHRA drag racer Tom “the Mongoose” McEwen, who died this week  at the age of 81. McEwen is one of the most widely recognized names in NHRA history and was a pioneer in shaping the landscape of the sport. “We are all saddened to learn the news of Mongoose’s passing," said Glen Cromwell, president of NHRA, "He was truly one of the most brilliant pioneers of NHRA Championship Drag Racing and continued to support the sport through a number of initiatives including our current NHRA Legends Tour in which he played an instrumental role. Everyone at NHRA will miss him deeply. Our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences are with the McEwen family at this difficult time.”

Courtney Force Retains Funny Car Lead

June 10, 2018 -- Courtney Force was able to build on her points lead in the Funny Car category at the Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park as she brought home her fourth Funny Car victory of the season. Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Tanner Gray (Pro Stock), and LE Tonglet (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also winners in their respective categories at the 10th of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. Force’s 4.039-second pass at 321.96 mph in her Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS was enough to take down her father, John Force, in the final round on Sunday. “It was really exciting for us to be part of an all John Force Racing final, but to have my team tuning this car so well all weekend helped get us a win here,” Force said. “We just have to maintain our focus throughout [...]

Courtney Force Leads Funny Car Field

Photo Credit: Gary Nastase, Auto Imagery June 08, 2018 — Courtney Force and the Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car are the provisional leaders at the inaugural Virginia NHRA Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park outside of Richmond, Va. Robert Hight follows closely in the No. 2 spot, John Force rounds out the Funny Cars in sixth and Brittany Force is No. 2 in Top Fuel. Being in a new environment and encountering the warmest conditions so far this season have done nothing to deter Courtney Force and the Advance Auto Parts team, headed by crew chiefs Dan Hood and Brian Corradi. In both sessions, Force was quickest and, both times, overtook the No. 1 spot from teammate Robert Hight; first with her 4.058-second pass at 319.82 mph and then again with her 3.983-second pass at 323.35 mph. Force is the first and, currently, only Funny Car to race [...]

  Foley Scores seventh in IMSA WeatherTech Debut June 7, 2018 -- With hundreds of passes completed in each race usually building up to razor-thin close finishes, racing in Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires competition quickly helps drivers improve both their speed and race craft. Building on those lessons, one young Global Mazda MX-5 Cup driver has grown his racing resume with a strong debut in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship this weekend in Detroit. Robby Foley, who claimed the Mazda Road to 24 $100,000 scholarship ahead of the 2016 Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires season, scored seventh in the Detroit Grand Prix this weekend in his first-ever GTD class outing. The result was a hard-fought one as the young Auburn University (engineering) student made his first-ever IMSA start on the concrete-lined circuit set on Detroit’s Belle Isle. "It was great [...]

Truex Jr. Eager for Strong Michigan Run

June 5, 2018 -- Martin Truex Jr. will most likely have an extra bounce in his step when he gets to Michigan International Speedway for Sunday’s Firekeepers Casino 400. The attributing factors for Truex’s uplifting attitude is that he is coming off a NASCAR Cup Series victory at Pocono Raceway along with his performances last year at Michigan’s 2.0-mile oval. “I felt we had the best car at the Michigan races last year but came away empty handed in the win column,” said Truex, who will drive the No. 78 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota this weekend. “In fact if we circled races that we haven’t won at prior to the season Michigan would be high on the list. We really want this victory after what happened last year. It would also be nice to drive the blue car to Victory Lane since Auto-Owners Insurance is based in Lansing, Mich.” Truex finished [...]

Gabby Chaves Perseveres in INDYCAR Double-header

June 4, 2018 -- Gabby Chaves and the Harding Racing team end the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit weekend with an 18th and 19th place finish. The #88 crew battled through rain and heat along a tough Raceway at Belle Isle Park for the only doubleheader race of the 2018 IndyCar season. This weekend’s schedule consisted of two practice sessions on Friday, qualifying in the morning and the race in the afternoon on Saturday and Sunday. The team qualified on Saturday in 19th position and was able to pick up a position throughout the race. "We just finished the first part of the Detroit Doubleheader weekend,” said Chaves after Saturday’s race. “We learned a lot out there during the race today. I know that the guys are going to work hard to take what we learned out there to make the necessary changes before tomorrow's race. I know we'll have some improvements, so we can [...]