Thompson Returns For Second Mazda Season

January 20, 2017 -- Parker Thompson will return for another season in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda as part of an all-Canadian effort from first-year entrant Exclusive Autosport in the lowest rung of the Mazda Road to Indy development ladder. Thompson, who finished second in the USF2000 driver's championship in 2016, will return to the team that helped launch his racing career in race cars piloting Exclusive Autosport's No. 30 Mazda-powered Tatuus US-17. "It has been a long time coming, signing Parker to a full-season program with Exclusive Autosport," team co-owner Michael Duncalfe said. "I am especially excited that he will be one of our drivers, a series veteran, leading the EA program in our inaugural season in the USF2000 championship/MRTI. I have the utmost respect for not only Parker's race craft, but also his work ethic on and off the track. I have never seen a [...]

Five Enshrined In NASCAR Hall Of Fame

Jan. 20, 2017 – Five of NASCAR’s legendary competitors – three owners and two drivers – were enshrined into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina, tonight during the Induction Ceremony held in the Crown Ball Room at the Charlotte Convention Center.  Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick, Mark Martin, Raymond Parks and Benny Parsons make up the eighth Class of The NASCAR Hall of Fame – a shrine of the sport’s history that now houses 40 inductees.  A man from humble beginnings, Richard Childress bought his first race car for $20 at the age of 17. He turned that purchase into a NASCAR dynasty, winning six premier series championships with NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt from 1984-2000. Overall, Childress ranks second all-time with 11 titles across NASCAR’s three national series. His Richard Childress Racing team has won 105 NASCAR premier series races.  “Only in America could a kid selling [...]

Carpenter Signs Pigot For Road And Street Races

January 17,  2017 ---  Spencer Pigot gave a glimpse of the possibilities during his Verizon IndyCar Series rookie season in 2016. Team owner Ed Carpenter liked what he saw and announced today that Ed Carpenter Racing is bringing back the 23-year-old Floridian to drive the No. 20 Chevrolet at all road- and street-course events this year. Pigot, the 2015 Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires champion and winner of more Mazda Road to Indy developmental series races than anyone (24), competed in 10 Verizon IndyCar Series races last season, split between Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and ECR. He drove in the season's final seven road/street races for ECR, posting best finishes of seventh at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and ninth at Road America. This year, Pigot will be behind the wheel of the No. 20 Chevy for the 11 road/street events on the calendar. Team owner Carpenter returns to pilot [...]

Gdovic Runs Six Races, Scores Five Podiums

January 16, 2017 --- NASCAR XFINITY Series and Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Series driver Brandon Gdovic rounded out a three-series racing gauntlet at Dubai Autodrome with a fourth-place finish in the Middle East's most prestigious road race, 24 Hours at Dubai. Gdovic adds this to his impressive list of achievements this week - as the only driver of 425+ to pull triple-duty, he brings with him back to America an extraordinary amount of hardware from his one win and five podium finishes. Gdovic's race weekend began on Tuesday with the 24hr Proto Series in which he competed in three different three-hour races behind the wheel of a Ginetta G57 LMP3 (Le Mans Prototype 3). Having suffered through multiple flight cancellations and delays to get from the snow stricken East Coast of the United States to Dubai, Gdovic missed the first practice and made only two laps in the second free practice. [...]

“Auto Club Speedway Holds Unique Fan Contest

Jan. 13, 2017 –- During NASCAR's silly season and hiatus, there is more time in that series for levity and fooling around a little. During the season it's "Hammer Down." So, while time is more free for the drivers, new and funny concepts are created, even by the race tracks... Who, in the NASCAR garage area, does Jimmie Johnson think is the “Most Athletic” driver?  Who does Brad Keselowski think has the “Best Hair”? Who does Jeff Gordon think is the “Most Likely to Cause an Argument on Race Day?” In the spirit of Auto Club Speedway’s 20th Anniversary Reunion, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Drivers were asked ever-popular yearbook superlatives such as “Who is the “Class Clown” or “Who is “Class President” in the NASCAR garages as part of the “Track Reunion Awards.” Each week starting Jan. 13, fans can find out the answers to the life’s most important questions [...]

New Indy Car Aedynamics Help Bottom Downforce

December 13, 2017 ---  Of course, a pretty face is important; Jay Frye, INDYCAR president of competition and operations, is the first to admit that. But looks aren't everything. That's why work began long ago on bodywork that will cover the Dallara IR-12 chassis in 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series competition. That body and universal aero kit will serve through 2020. To get it wrong is not an option. During a media roundtable Thursday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, which also included Verizon IndyCar Series drivers Josef Newgarden and Alexander Rossi, winner of the 100th Indianapolis 500, Frye offered the first glimpse, both in words and concept illustrations, of the 2018 car's look. To say it was well-received is an understatement. "I'm just delighted with the feedback," Frye said. And it isn't just the presumed slightly retro look, it was mechanics of the design, which made Frye even happier. [...]

Gdovic Posts Dual Podium Finishes In Dubai

December 13, 2017 ---  NASCAR XFINITY Series and Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Series driver Brandon Gdovic continued his championship run at the Dubai Auto Autodrome, scoring a hard-fought victory on his way to the TCR Middle East points lead. Not only that, but Gdovic's dual podium finishes put Liqui Moly Team Engstler on top on the team championship standings. The TCR Middle East is a brand new regional series that is part of the International TCR brand. These inaugural races were held in conjunction with the 24h Series and 24h Proto Series, all of which Gdovic is competing in. He spent his three-race tenure in the LMP3 learning the unique characteristics of the Dubai Autodrome, amassing three podium finishes along the way. Gdovic then put these skills to practice behind the wheel of the No. 46 Liqui Moly Team Engstler VW Golf. Gdovic qualified in the third position for the [...]

Daly Looks For ROC votes

January 9, 2017 --- Conor Daly hopes to start the 2017 racing season a little earlier than planned. The Verizon IndyCar Series driver is one of 10 finalists for the Race Of Champions' ROC Factor North America contest to determine who will team with James Hinchcliffe on Team North America in the all-star racing event later this month in Miami. "It's a cool deal they have to bring in a wildcard, per se," said Daly, who will race the No. 4 ABC Supply car for AJ Foyt Racing when the Verizon IndyCar Series season begins March 12 in St. Petersburg. "I know it was a big hit (in London) at Race Of Champions and ROC is big race everyone looks at. Drivers from all the major disciplines of the sport are coming here to compete against each other. It would be a cool opportunity to maybe participate against them." Voting [...]

NHRA Honors First Responders

Jan. 09, 2016 — In the high-speed world of NHRA Championship Drag Racing, things can happen in the blink of an eye. Wins and losses are decided by milliseconds but when things go wrong on the track, NHRA racers know that they also can rely on the lightning-quick response of the NHRA Safety Safari presented by AAA.  Through the 2017 season, the NHRA will pay tribute to the legion of first responders, the heroes who are among the first people to arrive and assist at a scene of an emergency.  NHRA Salutes First Responders will honor medical professionals, law-enforcement officers, firefighters, members of the armed forces, and a number of other professions charged with the safety and well-being of the public, much like the Safety Safari is charged with the safety and well-being of the racing community.  The Safety Safari, initially created in 1954 to travel the country and educate [...]

Wayne Taylor Racing Readies For Daytona Rolex 24

January 8, 2017, by Kay Presto, www.carsandcompetition,com ---  The all-new No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R piloted by brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor, veteran Italian Max “The Ax” Angelelli and four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon concluded a solid three days of testing Sunday at the annual Roar Before the 24 in preparation for the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.  Ricky Taylor, returning to the team as full-time co-driver alongside his younger brother Jordan for the fourth consecutive season, laid down the fastest lap of the test during Sunday afternoon’s seventh and final session. It was an effort of 1 minute, 38.343 seconds at 129.4 mph around the 3.56-mile, 11-turn superspeedway road circuit. It was the eighth-best lap of the weekend among the 55 car-and-driver combinations entered for the 55th annual Rolex 24-hour endurance marathon set for Jan. 28 and 29. [...]