Auto Club Speedway Offers Magic of Lights Discount

November 12, 2018 --  ‘Tis the season for finding the best deals and unique holiday gift ideas. Organizers of Magic of Lights Fontana announced two special promotions for this year’s holiday light drive-through experience at Auto Club Speedway. Members of Automobile Club of Southern California and those who shop at O’Reilly Auto Parts can take advantage of the following discounts: Auto Club Discounts & Rewards Members get $5 off At-Gate car passes and Dash Passes (Dash Passes good on Friday through Sunday night only).  To receive the discount, you must present a valid Auto Club ID membership card at the gate. Go to any participating O'Reilly Auto Parts Store and buy your car pass for only $17.00. A ticket to Magic of Lights includes one carload for the drive-through experience plus guests can get out of their vehicle to enjoy the new Jolly Holiday Village. Magic of Lights is a family [...]

Fox Sports Announces 2019 NHRA Schedule

Nov. 16, 2018 – FOX Sports and NHRA announced today the release of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. Most notably, the 2019 schedule includes additional live coverage on the FOX broadcast network for the NHRA SpringNationals in Houston. The schedule is once again highlighted by live FOX broadcast network coverage of the “Western Swing” (Denver, Sonoma and Seattle) and the iconic U.S. Nationals from Indianapolis on Labor Day. Joining the NHRA on FOX broadcast team as lead announcer at all 24 NHRA national events will be Brian Lohnes, a seasoned NHRA announcer who has served as a contributor over the past three seasons in various capacities. This will be Lohnes’ first year to join the team full-time. “We’re excited to have Brian Lohnes in this role to help lead the broadcast team into the future,” said Ken Adelson, NHRA chief content officer and executive producer. “Brian [...]

CBS Television to Feature HSR Racing

  November 16, 2018 - Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) teams and drivers will be featured on television this Thanksgiving Weekend in the premiere of "Trackside Time Machines" on the CBS Sports Network, a mini-series that will see all four episodes air consecutively Saturday, November 24, from 8 - 10 a.m. EST. Hosted by longtime automotive broadcast personality Bill Stephens, the four "Trackside Time Machines" episodes were filmed at this past April's 41st HSR Classic Motorsports Mitty presented by Hagerty at Road Atlanta. The "Trackside Time Machines" episodes combine to give viewers a "who's who" of HSR competitors and a look at some motorsports notables that participated in the 41st HSR Mitty, including Grand Marshal John Morton, NASCAR legend Bill Elliott and Hollywood funny man and automotive enthusiast Adam Carolla. Episode one features HSR Groups 6 and 7 with classic endurance machines like the Porsche 962 and Lola T70 sharing the spotlight with everything from the 1978 No. 4 Toj SC 206 [...]

Sheldon Creed To Drive Fulltime for GMS Racing

November 11, 2018— While at ISM Raceway (formerly Phoenix Raceway), Sheldon Creed announced that he will join GMS Racing, full-time next season. Creed will continue his climb through the NASCAR ranks, competing for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors during the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series (NGOTS) season.   Creed already has two truck series starts this year under the GMS Racing banner, making his series debuts at both Martinsville Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. The El Cajon, Calif. native is scheduled to race in two more events this season, including this weekend’s race at ISM Raceway, and in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, both tracks that he has never raced at before.   “I am extremely pumped about the opportunity to continue my asphalt career and transition into being full-time in the Truck Series,” said Creed. “My goal in whatever I race is to be able to go [...]

J. R Todd Captures NHRA Funny Car Championship

November 12, 2018 -- J.R. Todd clinched his first career NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car world championship title during the first round of eliminations Sunday at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.   Matt Smith also won his third Pro Stock Motorcycle world championship at the final 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event during eliminations on Sunday.  The race winners at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona were Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Todd (Funny Car), Tanner Gray (Pro Stock) and M. Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle). For the first time in NHRA history, all of the event winners were also the world champions in their respective categories. Robert Hight, the defending category champion, was second in points in the category and smoked the tires against Bob Tasca III during the opening round of eliminations which guaranteed the title crown to Todd. “People kept [...]

Tanner Gray Captures NHRA Pro Stock Championship

November 11, 2018 -- Pro Stock racer Tanner Gray became the youngest NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world champion by qualifying Saturday at the season ending Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.  During his championship season Gray notched seven victories including securing his first career win at the prestigious Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals win in Indianapolis. In the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship, Gray cemented his first crown with two wins and maintained the points lead throughout the entire playoffs.  “It has been a heck of a year,” Gray stated. “It started out pretty slow and I wasn’t quite sure it would end up here. About midseason we were able to find something, and everything seemed like it started clicking from there. We did so much testing at the beginning of the season and it really paid off. It was [...]

Todd and Hight Battle it out for NHRA Funny Car Championship

November 9,  2018--  by Kay Presto, www,carsandcompetiton.com --   At the 54th Annual Auto Club Finals in Pomona, California this weekend, there will be a David and Goliath battle in the Funny car ranks. Seasoned veteran Robert Hight, currently the 2017 NHRA Funny Car World Champion, is taking on young J. R. Todd, who is only in his second year of piloting the hard-to-handle Funny car mounts. In contrast, Hight currently has 45 Funny Car career victories. Due to a take-down in the second round at the recent drag races at Las Vegas due to a dropped piston, Hight finds himself 74 points behind the impressionable young driver. Todd admits he stumbled in his performance mid-season, but his team began clicking after his test session held before the U. S. Nationals this year. “My crew changed their old ways of tuning the car,” Todd said, “and we began using different [...]

Brittany Force Still Campaigning for Victory

Nov. 7, 2018  — It’s been a tough season for the 2017 NHRA Top Fuel world champion that started at the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, but Brittany Force hasn’t let 2018 taint her fond memories of the Auto Club NHRA Finals as she heads back to her home track to close out the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. “We are heading into Pomona for the last race of the season, it’s the Auto Club Finals and this is where we locked in the championship last year. We made some history here last year and this is a big race for us,” Force said. It was just one year ago that Force piloted her Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster to a three-hat weekend. Force earned a green hat when she secured the No. 1 qualifying position, then during eliminations, she became the first woman in 35 [...]

$50,000 Award for Mazda Sebring Winner

November 5, 2018 - One lucky racer will earn themselves $50,000 in just 90 minutes of racing as Mazda stages the 2018 Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Challenge at Sebring International Raceway next weekend.  A robust and diverse field of racers from around the globe, all utilizing the same Global Mazda MX-5 Cup machine, will take to Sebring for two 45-minute races. The format is straightforward: the driver with the best combined results from the two races will win $50,000, while the runner-up will score $20,000 and the third-place racer will claim $10,000. Both races will be streamed live at Mazda USA’s YouTube page (https://www.youtube.com/user/mazdausa). The 2018 event is the third consecutive post-season event staged by the Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich. Two key traditions for the post season event, a big payoff and a strong international field of drivers, will continue once again this [...]

IMS Chairman of the Board Emeritus Mari Hulman George Dies at 83

IMS Chairman of the Board Emeritus Mari Hulman George Dies at 83 INDIANAPOLIS, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 - Hulman & Company and Indianapolis Motor Speedway Chairman of the Board Emeritus Mari Hulman George, who touched the lives of millions through her deep passion for auto racing, stewardship of the Racing Capital of the World and decades of compassionate philanthropy, died Nov. 3 in Indianapolis with her family by her side. She was 83. Mari served as IMS chairman from 1988-2016, but motorsports and the world-renowned racetrack were among the cornerstones of her life since her father, Anton "Tony" Hulman Jr., purchased the facility in November 1945 and saved it from almost certain demolition after World War II. She was a pioneer as co-owner of a team that raced at the highest levels of Midwestern auto racing, in the 1950s and 1960s, a rarity for a woman at the time. She [...]