Newgarden Wins, Kanaan Falters at Road Anerica

June 24, 2018 -- A swing and a miss. Decisions made with the best of intentions did not work out as planned which resulted in the drivers having a tough day in the cockpit. Adding to the troubles, the team chose a strategy for Tony Kanaan that to truly succeed needed a full course caution and the race ran caution-free for the first time since 2000. However, all information is useful and the team will analyze the data to determine how to improve in the future. With Kanaan starting 18th, the team used an attack all day strategy—one of the few to do so—which meant four stops and running full rich on fuel. On the first lap he jumped from 18th to 13th which is where he ran until his first pit stop on lap 7 which dropped him back to 21st. As the leaders pitted seven laps later, he [...]

Truex Jr. Caps Sonoma Victory

June 24, 2018 – A fast race car, flawless driving and a pit-road audible sent Martin Truex Jr. to Victory Lane in Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 at the Sonoma Raceway road course. The victory was Truex’s third of the season, 18th of his career and his third career road course win. By winning at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International road circuit last year, Truex has now won the last two NASCAR Cup Series road races. The victory also gave Truex a California sweep. His first win of the season was in March at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. Truex, who led four times for a race high of 62 laps on the Sonoma road course, was running a close second to Kevin Harvick until it was time for the final scheduled pit stop in the 110-lap race. Furniture Row Racing crew chief Cole Pearn radioed Truex to pit on Lap 73, [...]

AJF Team Struggles, Newgarden on Pole

June 23, 2018 -- A.J Foyt’s team will have its work cut out for them in tomorrow’s Kohler Grand Prix at the picturesque Road America, a four-mile road course in eastern Wisconsin. Despite a positive practice Friday morning in the ABC Supply Chevrolets in which Tony Kanaan was sixth and Matheus ‘Matt’ Leist was 10th, the team struggled in the afternoon session, prompting some changes overnight. The morning session before this afternoon’s qualifying round indicated the changes didn’t work so the team regrouped. However in qualifying, both drivers still struggled with a persistent understeer. Kanaan posted a lap of one minute, 44.1165 seconds and will start 18th. He cited running into traffic on his quick lap as a contributing factor in his run. “I got traffic on my fast lap but it would have just put us in the top 13, not enough to advance,” Kanaan said. “The car is [...]

Millican Sets Top Fuel Track Speed Record

june 23, 2018 -- Clay Millican set the Top Fuel track speed record Saturday afternoon during the single round of qualifying due to inclement weather at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park. Courtney Force (Funny Car), Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are also No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at the 12th of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. Millican powered to the top spot with a run of 3.750-seconds at 332.67 mph in his Parts Plus / Great Clips dragster during the lone qualifying session on Saturday. This is his sixth No. 1 qualifier on the season as he looks for his fourth career victory. “Our goal was to be in the top five,” Millican stated. “Once we did that, that allowed (crew chief) David Grubnic to get after it that last [...]

Dean II Sweeps Mazda MX-5 Cup

June 23, 2018 – John Dean II swept The Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich weekend at Road America with a second victory on Saturday, but his path to victory on Saturday was much more crowded than it was the day before.  Dean earned a flag-to-flag victory in Friday’s Round Five race, but the MX-5 Cup competition wasn’t about to let him do the same thing in Saturday’s Round Six. Though he started from pole in the No. 16 Sick Sideways Global Mazda MX-5 Cup entry and held his lead in the opening laps, it wasn’t long until he fell victim to the massive drafting potential presented by Road America’s 4.014 miles. “That was a tough battle,” Dean said. “I tried to do the same thing I did yesterday and run the same lines and same defensive technique, but obviously the other guys weren’t having it! It [...]

Truex Throws Out Colorado Rockies First Pitch

June 22, 2018 – For someone preparing to compete on a twisting road course, Furniture Row Racing’s Martin Truex Jr.’s toss across home plate was straight and true. The 2017 NASCAR Cup Series champion threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Wednesday night’s Colorado Rockies game at Coors Field, a 10-8 victory over the New York Mets. Truex spoke on the field with Rockies manager Bud Black before throwing the pitch to catcher Chris Iannetta. After the on-field activities, Truex conducted interviews with the Denver media and then signed autographs for the many race fans at the ballpark. “As long as you get the ball over the plate, you don’t throw it hard,” said Truex. “You just get it there and you’re good so it worked out ok. Any time you get to do stuff like this is a lot of fun. It’s an honor to be here to talk to [...]

Tutterow on Pro Mod Winning Streak

June 22, 2018 -- Todd Tutterow appeared headed to a rough back-to-back stretch after not qualifying in Richmond and following it up by barely squeaking into the field in the No. 16 spot at the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service race in Bristol. But Tutterow made an impressive turnaround in eliminations, knocking out the No. 1 qualifier in the first round and advancing to the final. It was precisely the race Tutterow needed in his WYO Motorsports/Ty-Drive Camaro, and the Pro Mod veteran hopes that momentum continues as the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service starts the second half of its season as part of this weekend’s Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. “It was a pretty good boost for us,” said Tutterow, who is currently eighth in the points standings. “We ran good all weekend [...]

Corvette Racing to Compete in WEC

June 22, 2018 -- Chevrolet announced today that Corvette Racing will close its 20th season of competition in grand style by competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) 2018 race in Shanghai. The C7.R racecar, which will wear a special Redline livery for the competition, will be the first factory-run Corvette to race in Asia. The 6 Hours of Shanghai will take place from November 16-18 at the 16-turn, 5.45-km Shanghai International Circuit. Built in 2004, the venue plays host to a number of motorsports’ top championships, including the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix. "Corvette is a global icon that we are excited to be bringing to race in China – the second largest market for Chevrolet,” said Scott Lawson, general director of Chevrolet for SAIC-GM. The WEC is one of the world's key sports car series that features racing at venues across the world with all races being [...]

Force Feels Confident Going into Norwalk

June 21, 2018 — The winningest driver in Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park history is eager to get back to a track where he has seen more win lights than stoplights. While John Force, driver of the PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro Funny Car, may only have one NHRA Funny Car win at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, the 148-time winner has picked up so many specialty wins at the August mega-event, Night Under Fire, that he feels right at home at the track outside of Cleveland. “When I think of coming to Norwalk I think of two things,” said John Force. “The Bader family and huge crowds. They packed them in here for so many years for the Night Under Fire that the Baders finally got an NHRA national event about ten years ago and it has been awesome ever since.” While Force was dominating the [...]

Pippa Mann Returns to Super Trofeo

Photo: Jamey Price June 21, 2018 -- Nine months after the Laguna Seca race weekend and one year since her podium finish at the Watkins Glen round of the 2017 Super Trofeo North American Championship, the British driver dons the black and gold fire suit for the 3rd and 4th rounds of Super Trofeo North America. Pippa Mann is joining the Precision Performance Motorsports team to co-drive the #47 Huracan Super Trofeo EVO alongside PRO-AM points leader Patrick Liddy. The PPM entry will also feature branding from three of Pippa's primary Indy 500 sponsors - Donate Life, OrthoIndy, and Bell Techlogix. "I am delighted to have this opportunity to rejoin the Super Trofeo paddock, and to return to one of my favorite US road course at Watkins Glen." Says Pippa. "I'm thrilled to be able to bring Donate Life, OrthoIndy, and Bell Techlogix with me, and I'm very thankful to [...]