Petty “Meet The King” Tickets On Sale At Auto Club Speedway

February 20, 2017 –   Richard Petty is giving Southern California race fans a birthday present!  To celebrate the NASCAR Hall of Fame driver and owner’s upcoming 80th Birthday, race fans can purchase a Richard Petty Ticket Package that includes a Q&A at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 race weekend – March 25-26, 2017.  The first 80 ticket packages purchased will receive an exclusive autograph session with “The King.” “We are both celebrating major milestones and this is a definitely a one-of-a-kind experience for fans,” said Dave Allen, President of Auto Club Speedway. “This is our first time offering a ticket package with ‘The King’. We know it will be very popular.” Richard Petty’s 80th Birthday Ticket Package is $99.00 and must be purchased before March 10. Reserved ticket to the Auto Club 400 – Sunday GA ticket to the NXS 300 – Saturday Pre-Race Pit Pass Q&A on race weekend for ticket [...]

Hurley Haywood Grand Marshal For Atlanta HSR Race

February 20, 2017 --- Porsche will be the featured marque when Speedfest at the Classic Motorsports Mitty presented by Hagerty and sanctioned by Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) returns to Road Atlanta, April 20 - 23, and the event's Grand Marshal will be a racer who is closely tied to the brand: Hurley Haywood. Haywood's association with Porsche began more than 45 years ago. During that time he's driven Porsches to victory five times at Daytona, three times at Le Mans and twice at Sebring. The most successful endurance driver from North America is now a regular on the vintage race circuit and has competed many times with HSR, including at the inaugural Classic 24 Hour at Daytona. "When Porsche was announced as the featured marque of the 2017 Speedfest at the Classic Motorsports Mitty last year we knew their couldn't be a better fit for the 40th edition of one [...]

Elliott, Earnhardt, Jr. Claim Front Row At Daytona 500

February 19, 2017, by Kay Presto, www.carsandcompetition.com  –  For the second consecutive year, Chase Elliot put the No. 24 NAPA Chevrolet SS on the pole for the season-opening Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Daytona 500.  With a lap of 46.663 seconds/192.872 mph, the 2016 Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year, claimed his third career pole. In his return to competition after missing 18 races in 2016 recovering from symptoms of a concussion, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. qualified the No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS in the second position, locking Chevrolet and Hendrick Motorsports into the front row for the 59th running of the Great American race. It is the fifth-time Hendrick Motorsports has swept the front row for the season-opening race. The pilot of the No. 24 Chevy becomes just the fifth driver to win back-to-back poles for the Daytona 500. Elliott finished round one of the two-round knock-out qualifying on the top of the leader board, [...]

Riding On A Fireball – The Nitro Top Fuel Harleys

February 19, 2017,by Kay Presto,www.carsancompetition.com --- With extreme care, Bob Malloy prepared for his motorcycle run down the dragstrip at Pomona Raceway during the Circle K NHRA Winternationals. His bike had been carefully prepped, fuel loaded in, leathers on, flak vest securely sealed inside his leathers. Flak vest? What kind of a motorcycle was this? Malloy and eight other riders had prepared for competition in the Nitro Top Fuel Harley Motorcycle division, signed on for eight races at NHRA dragstrips in 2017. This series had debuted at Pomona Raceway in November of 2016, and NHRA was bringing them back in 2017 to entertain the fans at the eight races where Pro Stock Motorcycle does not compete. But nitro? Not gasoline? Not for these powerful machines. They go down the track powered by either 100 percent nitromethane or 98 percent nitro with two percent alcohol, per the rider’s choice. That’s the [...]

Rossi Presents New Indy 500 Ticket

February 17, 2017 --- At a ceremony at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Alexander Rossi unveiled the new ticket design for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500. The ceremony started a day of activities to mark 101 days from Race Day for this year's edition of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" on Sunday, May 28 at IMS. Adhering to time-honored tradition, the ticket design is anchored by the most-recent Indy 500 champion. This year's layout features an iconic photo of Rossi taken immediately following the winner's customary swig from a bottle of milk in Victory Circle.  "This year's ticket features a spectacular design, and it will be a great keepsake for fans for years to come," Boles said. "We're grateful to our friends at Cummins, who share our passion for racing and the Indy 500, for hosting us this morning and creating such a special memory for Alexander, as well [...]

TGPLB Thunder Thursday Moves To Pike Outlets In Long Beach

Feb. 17, 2017 – Thunder Thursday, the free-to-the-public festival that annually kicks off Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend, will take place in a new location in2017: The Pike Outlets on Thursday, April 6. Thunder Thursday at The Pike Outlets will begin at 6:30 p.m. and feature freestyle motocross demonstrations from Metal Mulisha, motorcycle stunts from Tony Carbajal and Verizon IndyCar Series pit stop competitions on Shoreline Drive, west of Pine Ave. Within The Pike Outlets, fans will enjoy live music and DJs in the main Plaza; an exotic, race and classic car show on Bay Street, and a beer garden. “The Pike Outlets is thrilled to host Thunder Thursday for the first time at the newly renovated shopping center and waterfront area,” said Morgan Erickson, property manager of The Pike Outlets. “We look forward to partnering with The Grand Prix Association of Long Beach to host this free [...]

NASCAR Announces New Concussion Protocol

Feb. 17, 2017, by Kay Presto, www.carsandcompetition.com --- NASCAR today announced updates to its concussion protocol for competitors, adding a consistent screening tool for all venues and increasing available neurological support for race event weekends through its new partnership with AMR. This indicates that NASCAR, like the National Football League, is looking into concussions more seriously, inspired by NASCAR Cup drivers like Dale Earnhardt, Jr., was forced to drop out of racing during the 2016 season due to severe symptoms indicating a concussion.  “NASCAR has worked very closely with the industry to ensure our concussion protocol reflects emerging best practices in this rapidly developing area of sports medicine,” said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. “We will continue to utilize relationships we’ve had for years with leaders in the neurological research field who helped to shape these updates.”  NASCAR’s protocol now includes:  As part of the new [...]

Documentary Airs Jeff Gordon’s First Daytona 500 Victory

Feb. 16, 2017 –- In advance of the 59th annual Daytona 500, FOX Sports and NASCAR Productions have teamed up to deliver a rare behind-the-scenes look at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s first win in the “Great American Race” with an original film entitled “Refuse to Lose.” On the 20th anniversary of Gordon’s milestone triumph, the documentary takes viewers inside his journey to victory lane using never-before-seen footage of the No. 24 team captured in the 10 days leading up to the event. Featuring interviews with Gordon and crew chief Ray Evernham, both executive producers on the project, the film premieres on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 10 p.m. ET immediately following FS1’s coverage of the Can-Am Duel at Daytona International Speedway. “I forgot that Ray had secured a camera crew to document the No. 24 team heading into the 1997 Daytona 500,” Gordon said. “There is footage included in ‘Refuse to [...]

Harvick Ready For Daytona

February 15, 2017 --- As Harvick enters his 17th NASCAR Cup Series season and his fourth at SHR with crew chief Rodney Childers at the helm, he is looking to score his second win in the Daytona 500. He won the famed Harley J. Earl trophy in 2007, when he beat Mark Martin to the Daytona 500 finish line by .020 of a second on the final green-white-checkered restart. It was the closest Daytona 500 finish since the start of computer scoring in 2003.Harvick also has three wins in the Clash at Daytona – 2009, 2010 and 2013 – tying him for second-most with his team owner Tony Stewart and NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett. In the 2009 Clash at Daytona, Harvick survived an incident-filled race that saw a record eight caution periods and less than half the starting field make it to the checkered flag. The following year, [...]

Ed Carpenter Racing Tests At Sonoma

February 15, 2017 --- Ed Carpenter Racing tested Tuesday on a road course for the first time in 2017, as teammates JR Hildebrand and Spencer Pigot completed a one-day session at Sonoma Raceway, home to the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma that will conclude the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season in September. It marked Pigot's first time in an Indy car this year. The 23-year-old Floridian is driving ECR's No. 20 Chevrolet at road- and street-course events this season, with team owner Ed Carpenter in the car for the six oval races. Hildebrand is driving the entire season in the No. 21 Chevy and tested Feb. 10-11 on the oval at Phoenix Raceway. The Sonoma test also served as a homecoming for Hildebrand, a native of Sausalito, California, who got his start at Sonoma Raceway driving karts and formula cars before making the jump to professional racing in 2010. "It [...]