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Courtney Force Looks for More Wins at Charlotte

April 25, 2018 –This season on Friday and Saturday Courtney Force has been almost untouchable, qualifying in the top four every race. She has two No. 1 qualifiers including a top spot at the inaugural Las Vegas four-wide national event. Force has captured one win this season, getting the trophy at the NHRA Arizona Nationals after qualifying No. 1 where she also recorded low ET and top speed of the race. It was a commanding performance and one that the nine-time Funny Car winner would like to repeat this weekend in Charlotte. “We did it all in Phoenix. We were the No. 1 qualifier, top speed, low ET and won the race. It was a great weekend for this Advance Auto Parts Camaro team. I feel like I have the confidence in this team that we can do that every weekend. (Crew chiefs) Danny Hood and Brian Corradi have been [...]

J.R.Todd Posts First Funny Car Win

April 22, 2018 -- J.R. Todd captured his first career back-to-back Funny Car victory Sunday afternoon at the 31st annual NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway. Brittany Force (Top Fuel) and Matt Hartford (Pro Stock) were also victorious in their respective categories at the fifth of 24 events on the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. Todd powered his DHL Toyota Camry to a pass of 3.955-seconds at 313.29 mph to defeat defending world champion Robert Hight in the final round. He is the third driver in Royal Purple Raceway history to have won in both Top Fuel and Funny Car. This is his second win of the season and 13th of his career. “It’s nice to have this much momentum early in the season,” Todd stated. “We struggled really bad last season and didn’t really turn around till probably the Western Swing. It’s nice as Kalitta Motorsports to come [...]

Moorespeed Scores Barber Podium

April 22, 2018 – Will Hardeman and Moorespeed turned in another solid performance in the 2018 IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama this weekend at Barber Motorsports Park, building on a fourth-place finish on Saturday in the No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup to score a third-place podium showing in Sunday’s second and final 45-minute race. Hardeman and Moorespeed podiumed for the second year in a row at Barber after a second-place run in race one on the Alabama road course last year. Sunday’s third-place finish was also the second 2018 podium appearance for the No. 19 team in the year’s first four IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup races following a victory in the season-opening weekend of competition at Sebring International Raceway last month. “I feel really good about where we are at this point,” Hardeman said. “We are right there in the championship, I am feeling really positive [...]

Hardeman to Challenge at Barber

\ April 19, 2018– Following their victory at Sebring International Raceway, Will Hardeman and the Moorespeed racing team will continue to pursue their goal of being IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama championship contenders in the No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup this weekend in a Saturday and Sunday doubleheader at Barber Motorsports Park Rounds 3 and 4 of the 16-race 2018 season, Saturday’s first 45-minute sprint is scheduled to start at 11:50 a.m. CDT. The second and final 45-minute race of the weekend will go green Sunday at 8:45 a.m. CDT. Hardeman finished second in the first IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup race of the Barber weekend last year but now knows the path to the top step of the podium after the breakout victory at Sebring on March 16. “I now know what it takes to win a race and, for me, I can’t let up one bit,” Hardeman [...]

2019 Corvette ZR1 Announced as 2018 INDY 500 Pace Car

April 19, 2018 - The 2019 Corvette ZR1 is the official Pace Car for the 2018 Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil and will lead drivers to the green flag Sunday, May 27 for the 102nd Running of the legendary race. It marks the 15th time a Corvette has served as the official Pace Car, starting in 1978, and the 29th time a Chevrolet has led the field, dating back to 1948, when a 1948 Fleetmaster Six convertible paced the race. No other vehicle has served as the Pace Car more than the Corvette. To celebrate the iconic supercar's connection to "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing," the 2019 Corvette ZR1 and the other 14 Corvettes that have paced the "500" were on display on the front straightaway today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "Chevrolet is proud to once again pace the Indianapolis 500," said Steve Majoros, marketing director for [...]

Truex Jr. to Make 450th Career Start in Richmond

Truex Jr. to Make 450th Career Start in Richmond Furniture Row Racing driver seeks redemption at short track April 17, 2018 -- Martin Truex Jr. will make his 450th career NASCAR Cup Series start in Saturday night’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway. “That’s crazy how time flies,” said Truex when he was told that Richmond will be his 450th career start. “Just seems like yesterday we were making preparations to run our first Cup races. “I feel fortunate to be competing at the highest level of stock car racing, thanks to everyone who has helped and supported my career along the way. I am still having plenty of fun and feel I have more good years left in me.” The 37-year-old Mayetta, N.J. native ran nine Cup races before joining NASCAR’s elite series full time in 2006. He made his debut Oct. 31, 2004 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, starting [...]

Tight Battle for Frikadelli Racing at Nurburgring

April 16, 2018 -- Frikadelli Racing finished Sunday’s six-hour qualification race for the 24-hour season highlight with a tearful and a joyful eye. The #30 Porsche 911 GT3 with Alex Müller (D), Porsche Young Professional Matt Campbell (AUS) and Klaus Abbelen (D) took a fine 13th place. The #31 sister car with Norbert Siedler (A), Marco Seefried (D) and Felipe Laser (D), however, took pole position for the Top 30 qualifying but retired after only 30 minutes into the race. Seefried was hit by another car that spun while being lapped. A Frikadelli Racing car was fastest in the first qualifying session o Friday night. Norbert Siedler marked a 8,16.758 min lap for the Grand Prix circuit plus the Nordschleife. Since the track was still wet from the night’s rain on Sunday morning for the second session, the Austrian’s time remained unbeaten. Siedler not only took pole for the qualifying shoot-out but [...]

Rossi Dominates to Win at Long Beach

By Larry Mason, Copyright 2018 April 15, 2018 -- For the 44th time, the streets of Long Beach were shut down for rush hour of the open-wheel race car kind. The Verizon IndyCar Series was in town for its annual “World’s Fastest Beach Party” and Chamber of Commerce weather greeted the huge contingent of fans. The morning warm-up for the Indy cars seemed pretty cut and dried in that the guys that were fast yesterday were fast this morning too. However, as a number of drivers mentioned, there was so much traffic, various uses of push-to-pass and fuel loads that there could be some guys with good race pace that weren’t able to show it. Charlie Kimball was one of those, as he had a similar setup to his teammate Max Chilton in the new Carlin team, yet Kimball was down in 20th position while Max was in 10th. Two [...]

Rossi Races to IndyCar Pole at Long Beach

By Larry Mason, copyright 2018 April 14, 2018-- Another cool start to the day ended with temps in the mid-80s with not a cloud in sight greeted the Grand Prix goers again as the annual pilgrimage descended upon the sandy shores. In Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) qualifying, Toni Vilander in the Ferrari 488 GT3 grabbed the pole position just a couple tenths in front of the sole Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the field of Daniel Morad. Daniel Mancinelli rounded out the top three in another Ferrari. Local racer and fan favorite Rocky Moran Jr. hopped into the Trench Shoring/King Taco Audi R8 LMS for a one-off race and ended up 11th on the grid just a scant 0.001 seconds in front of his teammate Parker Chase. The Verizon IndyCar Series had their final practice session before qualifying and Alexander Rossi put his Andretti Honda just ahead of the Penske Chevrolet duo [...]

Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Sees Fast Friday

By Larry Mason, copyright 2018 April 13, 2018 -- The sun was out in full force today with 83 degrees at 3:30 in the afternoon greeting the large throng of race fans and competitors. The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship was given the honor (or dishonor) of being the first race group out on a chilly and dusty track at 7:40 this morning. After their two hour practice, two Cadillac DPi prototypes, an Acura and a Mazda were the top four quickest cars in the 14 car field. The Nasr/Curran Whelen Engineering Cadillac was quickest. In the afternoon IMSA qualifying was capped off with some scintillating times as track records fell in both the prototype and GTLM classes. Juan Pablo Montoya extended his fantastic weekend after yesterday’s induction into the Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame and gave Acura Team Penske its first ever pole position in Honda’s backyard. “I really [...]