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 [...]

Truex, Pollex Receive Prestigious Myers Brothers Award

November 29, 2017 – A storybook season added another brilliant chapter on Wednesday as Martin Truex Jr. and girlfriend Sherry Pollex won the prestigious 2017 Myers Brothers Award. The honor recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to stock car racing and is voted upon by the National Motorsports Press Association. Truex, with his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship, captured the attention of NASCAR fans everywhere during 2017. His on-track dominance was one reason, as the New Jersey-native won a series-high eight races. But even more so, fans were drawn to the unassuming Truex because of the grace he and Pollex showed in the face of heartache. Pollex battled a recurrence of ovarian cancer throughout the 2017 season, sometimes missing Truex’s race-winning performances while undergoing treatments to counter the disease. The couple transformed their adversity into opportunity. Their charitable efforts around childhood and ovarian cancer have helped spotlight the [...]

NASCAR Legend Bud Moore Passes Away

November 28, 2017 – Walter “Bud” Moore Jr., a decorated member of America’s “Greatest Generation” who went on to win NASCAR championships as car owner and crew chief, has died at the age of 92. Moore, a Spartanburg, S.C., native who won the NASCAR premier series title in 1957 as crew chief for Buck Baker and car owner titles in 1962-63 with Joe Weatherly, had been the oldest living member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. He was inducted in 2011. After graduating from high school, Moore joined the military in 1943 at the age of 18 as a machine gunner, assigned to the 90th Infantry Division which landed on Utah Beach in France on D-Day, June 6, 1944. His unit was attached to General George W. Patton’s “Third Army,” which pushed to liberate Europe. In recognition of his heroism, Moore was decorated with five Purple Hearts and two Bronze [...]

Truex Jr. Battles to Win NASCAR Championship

November 19, 2017 – Martin Truex Jr. capped off a dream season with a tenacious late-race drive to capture the NASCAR Cup Series championship Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Truex, who led four times for 78 laps in his No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Toyota, held off a hard-charging Kyle Busch while leading the final 51 laps. His margin of victory over Busch was 0.681 seconds. Truex needed to finish ahead of Busch and the two other Championship 4 drivers — Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski — to claim the season title. The victory was the eighth of the season for Truex, who now owns 15 career Cup wins. Thirteen of those wins have been with the Denver, Colo.-based Furniture Row Racing team. The 2017 season for Furniture Row Racing also saw the No. 78 team win the regular season championship and Erik Jones of the No. 77 team win [...]

Danica Plans To Race in 102nd Indianapolis 500 Next May

 November. 17, 2017 - Fan favorite Danica Patrick announced Friday, Nov. 17 she plans to race in the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in May 2018, the last start in her barrier-breaking career as a race driver. Patrick, from Roscoe, Illinois, has made seven career starts in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" from 2005-11, setting a number of milestones for female drivers. Her best finish - third in 2009 - and start - fourth as a rookie in 2005 - both are records for female drivers in the "500." She also has led 29 laps during her "500" career, including 19 in her electrifying debut in 2005. Both also are race records for a female driver. "This will be my last season as a full-time driver," Patrick said of 2017. "I'm not totally done. I'm going to do the Daytona 500 and Indy 500 next year, and [...]

US Racetronics Captures Super Trofeo Pro-Am Championship

 November 17, 2017 - The Lamborghini Super Trofeo Pro-Am Championship came down to the last laps of the last race of the season with the US RaceTronics duo of Edoardo Piscopo and Taylor Proto winning the back and forth battle and taking the championship over Austin Versteeg with a win in Round 12 at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola, Italy. The USRT pair came into the last two Rounds of the 2017 LSTNA Championship with a one-point lead. Versteeq took the championship lead when the No. 50 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills Huracan finished second in Round 11. Piscopo started Round 11 and built a 15-second gap before handing the car to Proto.  The pace-car came out for a track incident shortly after the switch wiping out the gap. Versteeg capitalized on Proto being fresh in the car from the driver change and managed to take the lead [...]

Brittany Wins World Title and Final, Hight Wins Funny Car Title

November 12, 2017, by Kay Presto, www.carsandcompetition.com -- With a resounding run in the second round of eliminations at the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship, Brittany Force became only the second woman in NHRA history to win a Top Fuel World Championship; Shirley Muldowney was the first. With a low E.T. of 3.667 in the second elimination round in her Monster Energy dragster, Force downed Terry Haddock, and world champion Antron Brown took down Steve Torrence, guaranteeing her enough points and cementing Brittany’s name forever in the NHRA history books. As she received her championship jacket, her father, 16-time Funny Car champion John Force, speechless and in tears, kneeled down on the tarmac. “I can’t believe I’m here,” said a breathless Brittany as she received her championship medallion. "It’s a dream; this is huge! Coming into this weekend, I felt we could accomplish this, [...]

Krawiec Wins Motorcycle Crown, Force, Hight, Anderson Fight for World Trophies

November 11, 2017 , by Kay Presto,  www.carsandcompetition.com -- The competition tightened down further during the annual NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship at the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona. But one person will breathe easier Sunday, and that is Eddie Krawiec, who captured his fourth Pro Stock Motorcycle championship on Saturday simply by qualifying for the final race of the year. He took his Screamin’ Eagle Vance and Hines Harley-Davidson down the 1000-foot dragstrip with a low E.T. of 6.781 seconds to put that World Championship trophy on his shelf. Carrying 150 points into that round, he literally locked out LETonglet for that title. “I can say I can appreciate this title a lot more,” Krawiec said, “as I get a lot older. You never know when the next one is going to be, so cherish the ones that you get. The work isn’t [...]

Funny Car Speed: It’s Partly in the Clutch

November 11, 2017, by Kay Presto,www.carsandcompetition.com   Speed… It’s obvious in the Top Fuel class of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series, with Brittany Force piloting her Monster Energy dragster to a top speed of 330.31 miles per hour in Friday’s  qualifying round at the Auto Club Raceway in Pomona. But the Funny Cars excel at speed too. Jack Beckman powered his Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger R/T to a top speed of 334.98 miles per hour down the 1000-foot dragstrip. Courtney Force also charged her Chevy Camaro Funny Car to a speed of 334.57 miles per hour. How are these fire-breathing Funny Cars attaining those speeds? According to Beckman, part of that speed is due to the use of the six-disc clutch in those cars. “We found our answer at the hot tracks this year, posting three wins,” he said, “Mid-season this year, we parked that car, brought [...]