John Force Runner-up in Four-Wide

April 29, 2018 — Sixteen-time Funny Car world champion John Force led his team at the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway just outside of Charlotte. Force finished second in the final quad of the day earning runner-up points. Daughter Courtney Force was also in the final quad and finished as a semifinalist. Defending Funny Car champ Robert Hight ended his day in the second quad and reigning Top Fuel world champ and No. 1 qualifier Brittany Force had her day cut short in the first quad. The start to the 2018 season has been anything but easy for the winningest driver in NHRA history with multiple engine explosions, trips to the hospital, witnessing daughter Brittany Force wreck in Top Fuel and failing to qualify for the first time in ten years last weekend in Houston. John Force won’t say it’s all behind him but he can [...]

Aasbo Third in Formula Drift

\ April 29, 2018 - This weekend saw another podium finish for Fredric Aasbo as he snagged the top qualifying position and advanced through the Formula Drift competition ladder to score third place in the brand new Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla Hatchback. "To debut a new car with back-to-back podium finishes is incredible," said Aasbo following the Round 2 champagne ceremony in Orlando, Florida. "These results say a lot about the whole team and are a credit to the fantastic support we get from Rockstar Energy Drink, Toyota, and Nexen Tire."   The driver crushed qualifying on Friday, earning a 97 on his first run and topping the leaderboard with a 99 on his second. The score earned him a bye into the Top 16, where he advanced cleanly past rookie Matt Vankirk and closed proximity on Ken Gushi in the Great 8 to move into [...]

Force Sisters Hold Top Spots at Four-Wide

 April 28. 2018 -- Fans in attendance at the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals witnessed two sisters take the preliminary top spots in their respective categories. Top Fuel pilot Brittany Force and Funny Car racer Courtney Force, are qualifying leaders after the first day of action at zMAX Dragway. Drew Skillman (Pro Stock) and Cory Reed (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are also provisional No. 1 qualifiers at the sixth of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. In the final Friday qualifying session, B. Force raced her Monster Energy dragster to a pass of 3.689-seconds at 318.39 mph to take the provisional top position. She has yet to have a No. 1 qualifying position this season but won the most recent event in Houston. Her elapsed time is a zMax Dragway track record. “It felt good, especially compared to that first run we made earlier,” [...]

Lone Star Racing Heads for Pirelli Challenge

April 27, 2018 –   Lone Star Racing and team drivers Mike Skeen and Scott Heckert bring the momentum of a pole-winning and dual-podium performance one race ago to their “Home Track” of Virginia International Raceway (VIR) this weekend where the North Carolina-based duo will co-drive the No. 80 ACS Manufacturing/Lone Star Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the Pirelli World Challenge SprintX GT Championship doubleheader at VIR, April 27 – 29. Driving together for the first time in what was the 2018 debut race for Lone Star Racing last month at Circuit of The Americas (COTA), Skeen won the pole in the No. 80 Mercedes-AMG GT3 and then joined Heckert in earning second and third place podium finishes in that weekend’s pair of Pirelli World Challenge SprintX GT races. The team’s front-of-the-pack performance should continue this weekend at VIR where Lone Star Racing has always been quick and Skeen and Heckert will [...]

Blake PostsTop Alcohol Funny Car Semi-Final Finish

April 26, 2018 – Follow A Dream/Permatex Chevrolet Camaro Top Alcohol Funny Car team owner Jay Blake promised things would get better after the team’s slow start in the first two races of 2018. And indeed that’s what happened this past weekend in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series regional race at Virginia Motorsports Park in Dinwiddie, Va. Blake, driver Phil Burkart and tuner Anthony Terenzio and the rest of the team helped get the car to a semi-final finish. Burkart lost in the next-to-last round to Mathew Gill, but there was no embarrassment, as Gill went on to win the overall race in the AA/Funny Car class.n“We tested on Thursday, qualified third on Friday and eliminations were Saturday and we lost in the semifinals,” Blake said. “The results really sound better than we did." “We struggled with (tire and body) shake all weekend. We’re pretty confident we’ve got it [...]

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 [...]