Moorespeed Gains Championship Points at Mid-Ohio

May 6, 2018 – Will Hardeman and Moorespeed rebounded for a fourth-place finish Sunday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to gain some solid championship points for the No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup team’s season-long campaign in the 2018 IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama. Shaking off a spin late in Saturday’s first race of the weekend’s doubleheader, Hardeman started fifth in Sunday’s final 45-minute sprint and improved one spot by the checkered flag. “I think today was just a result of us getting back on track and making the most of our starting position,” Hardeman said. “We were in the hunt, the pace was good and the car was good. We were well setup and I improved some of my lines a little bit, so the overall package and result was satisfying yet modest.” Hardeman was running with the leaders and battling for the top five when he [...]

Courtney Force Achieves New NHRA Record

May 6, 2018 -- Female NHRA nitro racers dominated Top Fuel and Funny Car as Leah Pritchett and Courtney Force were victorious in their respective categories Sunday at the 38th annual NHRA Southern Nationals Powered by Mello Yello at Atlanta Dragway. Vincent Nobile (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also victorious in their respective categories at the seventh of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. Pritchett locked in her first Top Fuel win of the season as she piloted her FireAde dragster to a pass of 3.874-seconds at 322.42 mph during the final round of eliminations to defeat Blake Alexander. This is her first Wally since Brainerd 2017, first event victory at Atlanta Raceway, and sixth overall. Pritchett is the first of Don Schumacher Racing’s Top Fuel drivers to go to the winner’s circle this season. “We were racing one round [...]

Corvette Racing Ready for Mid-Ohio

May 5, 2018 – With an eye toward a questionable raceday forecast, Corvette Racing will head into the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio prepared for both a dry and wet race. The two Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs will start from the third and fourth rows of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT Le Mans (GTLM) field. The team’s task of winning for the ninth time at Mid-Ohio is not an impossible one. Corvette Racing won in its last appearance at the 2.25-mile, 13-turn circuit in 2012 with Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner coming from sixth place to do it. Saturday, Antonio Garcia qualified fifth in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R at 1:18.114 (104.063 mph) while Milner wasn’t far off at 1:18.452 (103.614 mph) in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette. Garcia will drive with Jan Magnussen, and Milner is back at Mid-Ohio with Gavin.b “A lot of [...]

Ashley Force Hood Favorite Throughout Her Career

May 5, 2018 — Ashley Force Hood was a fan favorite throughout her sportsman career and, when she moved up to the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, she took the sport by storm. In May of 2008, she changed the history of the Funny Car category when she defeated her then 14-time time Funny Car champion father John Force in the Southern Nationals final round to become the first female to win an NHRA Funny Car national event title. When she hung up her fire suit at the conclusion of the 2010 season, she had racked up four pro wins, including back to back U.S. Nationals victories, in 16 final round appearances. “Winning Atlanta in 2008 was a huge deal for me personally, for many different reasons. It was my first win as a Funny Car driver, and I was the first female to win in that category which was [...]

Hardeman Debuts in Porsche GT3

  May 3, 2018 – Moorespeed returns to a Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course circuit on which they have seen some success this weekend for Rounds 5 and 6 of the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama that will see team driver Will Hardeman make his race debut in the No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup on the 2.258-mile Buckeye road course. Moorespeed and Hardeman will continue their collective mission of consistent and competitive race weekends at Mid-Ohio as the fourth-year team and driver combination has all eyes focused on the 2018 IMSA Porsche GT3 Platinum Cup Championship. “Mid-Ohio is one of the classic tracks, a driver’s track, and has been historically good to us,” said Moorespeed President David Moore. “Our last time there was a while back, but I remember it well as we won the top GT class in World Challenge in a 3.8-liter Porsche RSR. It’s a [...]

NHRA Funny Champ Prudhomme Conquers Baja Off-Road

May 4, 2018 – After a 50 year delay drag racing legend Don “The Snake” Prudhomme found his redemption in the desert finishing the grueling five day Yokohama NORRA Mexican 1000 presented by Method Race Wheels. The four-time NHRA Funny Car champion and drag racing legend along with co-driver Canadian Shane Chatwell drove his JEGS  2018 Polaris RZR 1000 prepped by P.J. Jones of PJ’s Performance in Scottsdale, Ariz., to a tenth place finish in the Stock Turbo UTV class of the off-road rally run by the National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA). “It was a hell of a run I can tell you that,” said an exhausted but satisfied Prudhomme after the race. “It was a thousand miles worth of trails, dirt roads, rocks, boulders and massive dust clouds. You name it we saw it in the desert. It was unbelievable. Just to make it to the finish line is an [...]

u.S. Racing to Field Four Cars in Super Trofeo

=  May 3, 2018 - US RaceTronics returns to the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North American (LSTNA) series with four cars for the 2018 season. 2017 North American and World Champion Pro-Am drivers Edoardo Piscopo and Taylor Proto return in the No. 50 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills Pro entry. 2016 North American AM Champion Damon Ockey returns to the team after a year away from racing in the No. 09 Lamborghini of Calgary. Brian Thienes who finished last season third in the LSTNA AM Championship returns in the No. 17 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills. Thienes and Ockey will both compete in the AM class. Mark Proto and Parris Mullins will round out the team in the No. 88 Lamborghini of La Jolla competing in the LB Cup class. Piscopo has fond memories of Mid-Ohio's 2.258 mile, 13-turn road course where he began his racing career and hopes to finish one step higher [...]

Truex Looks Forward to Next Seven Races

May 1, 2018 – Based on history the next seven races should be good news for Martin Truex Jr., who has suffered through a difficult stretch where issues not related to performance have plagued the reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion. In three of the past four races Truex was involved in accidents -- at Texas, Bristol and Talladega. He also had a pit-stop issue late in the Richmond race that took him out of contention for the win. His finishes of 37th (Texas), 30th (Bristol), 14th (Richmond) and 26th (Talladega) dropped him from second to ninth in the driver point standings. But there appears to be a silver lining for the Mayetta, N.J. native. The upcoming seven-race stretch, starting with Sunday’s AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover, are at venues where Truex has scored 10 of his 16 career Cup wins. Along with Dover, the seven venues include: Kansas, [...]

Courtney Force on Top Fuel Upswing

May 2, 2018 — Top Fuel world champion Brittany Force is heading into the NHRA Southern Nationals with her head held high. The pilot of the Monster Energy dragster is on an upswing. After suffering the lowest low of her career, a devastating crash at the season opening NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., Force has secured a race victory and a No. 1 qualifier under her belt, putting her in competitive spirits heading to Atlanta Dragway located just outside of Atlanta. Force tallied her first victory of the season at the NHRA SpringNationals near Houston and, the very next weekend, powered to her first No. 1 qualifier of the season, doubling up with sister Courtney Force who was No. 1 in Funny Car, at the NGK Spark Plug NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. Race day at the four-wide event in Concord, N.C. didn’t go as picturesque as the eight-time career event winner [...]

Lone Star Racing Scores Weekend Sweep

 April 29, 2018  -- Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing teams in both the GT and GTS classes turned in a competitive performance this weekend in the Pirelli World Challenge SprintX event at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) that was highlighted by a Sunday overall and GT-Pro victory by co-drivers Mike Skeen and Scott Heckert in the No. 80 Lone Star Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3.   The win followed the first front-row qualifying sweep for the Mercedes-AMG GT3 in North American competition on Saturday that saw Skeen join the pole-winning No. 2 CRP Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Daniel Morad on the front row for Race 1 of the weekend doubleheader.   Edging Skeen on his final qualifying lap by just .088 of a second, Morad’s time of 1:41.953 is a new Pirelli World Challenge GT record on the 3.27-mile VIR circuit.   The Mercedes-AMG GT3 is a perfect two-for-two in Pirelli World Challenge SprintX [...]