Konica Minolta Cadillac Wins Rolex 24 At Daytona

Cadillac330 Hudson St.New York, NY 10013January 27, 2019 --Whelen Engineering Cadillac second Cadillac has won the 57th running of the Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona. The Konica Minolta Cadillac team soldiered through 24 hours of start and stop racing to give the Cadillac brand a Rolex 24 hat trick with their third win in as many years. Rain played a major role in the race At the start of the twice-around-the-clock classic at Daytona International Speedway, the six Cadillac DPi-V.R teams had their individual challenges throughout the event. Cool temperatures during the day Saturday and into the evening turned to rain at 5:30 a.m. The rain ignited the two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso behind the wheel of the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac as he passed the two Acura prototypes ahead of him to take the lead some 35-minutes later. Soon after, IMSA WeatherTech Championship officials flew the red flag. The race was [...]

Brittany Force to Drive Auto Parts Top Fueler

Jan. 25, 2019 — John Force Racing today announced that Brittany Force, the 2017 Top Fuel World Champion, will be in the driver’s seat of the Advance Auto Parts Top Fuel dragster for the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, which kicks-off with the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals, February 8-10 at the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Pomona, Calif.With her sister Courtney Force having just announced that she is stepping away from driving duties, Advance Auto Parts continues its partnership with John Force Racing by becoming the primary sponsor of Brittany Force’s Top Fuel dragster.“I’m really excited to start this season teaming up with Advance Auto Parts,” said Brittany Force. “They’ve been such a great partner to John Force Racing the past two years. They exceeded expectations when working with Courtney, building her as their brand ambassador, and I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish [...]

Rare Ferrari 250 GTO to Compete at Sonoma

January 23, 2019 – If you owned one of the only 36 Ferrari 250 GTO’s ever made, what would you do with it? Would you clean by hand weekly, only taking it out on sunny 78-degree days with no traffic or rain in the forecast…IF you let it leave the garage in the first place? Or… would you race it all over the world? Luckily for everyone attending the 2019 inaugural Sonoma Speed Festival, Tom Price has entered his famous 1963 Ferrari GTO – widely considered the “Holy Grail” model – to race, May 31-June 2 at Sonoma Raceway. Yes, you read correctly. This car won’t be on display behind a velvet rope with an armed guard. This car will be racing the wine country’s most prestigious road course. And so far it’s the first of TWO GTO’s entered to race the Sonoma Speed Festival…and more could be on the [...]

Moorespeed Ready for Eolex 24 Hour Race

January 23, 2019 – Final preparations have been made, and Moorespeed and the No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Audi R8 LMS GT3 team have arrived at Daytona International Speedway from their Austin, Texas-based shop for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, January 24-27. The famed 24-hour race is the first round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship during IMSA’s 50th Anniversary season. Full-season GT Daytona (GTD)-class drivers Will Hardeman and Alex Riberas will be joined by motorsports veterans Andrew Davis and Markus Winkelhock for the season-opener on the 3.56-mile Daytona road course. The Moorespeed team brings Continental Automotive Group, Bardahl and Audi Genuine Parts along as partners for the full-season endeavor as they make the move from sprint racing, including Porsche GT3 Cup with Hardeman behind the wheel, to a full season at the top level of sports car racing. “We have a really good team,” Moorespeed President David Moore said. “Everyone has [...]

Betty Rutherford Passes Away

Jan. 20, 2019, by Kay Presto, www.carsandcompetition.comBetty Rutherford, the wife of three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Johnny Rutherford, died on Jan. 20."We're all very saddened about the passing of Betty Rutherford, said Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles. "From the minute she and Johnny met at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1963 when he was an Indy 500 rookie and she was a student nurse in the infield medical center, Betty has been a beloved member of the racing community. "Her mutual devotion for Johnny, his legendary racing career and their beautiful family was evident from the beginning and throughout their 55-year marriage, but she also worked tirelessly for decades as a driving force behind many charitable organizations and efforts in the IndyCar community, especially CARA Charities. "Betty's engaging smile and personality will be remembered by everyone, as she was a wonderful person who radiated class and warmth to all. [...]

Motorsports Mourns Passing Of Glen Wood

 January 18, 2019, by Kay Presto, www.carsandcompetition.com The motor racing world lost a great member with the passing of legendary NASCAR team owner and driver and NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Glen Wood, who died Jan. 18 at age 93: "Everyone at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is saddened by the passing of Glen Wood,” said Indianapolis Motor Speedway president E. Douglas Boles. “The word 'legendary' sometimes is overused, but it absolutely fits Glen and the team that he and his brother, Leonard, founded and built into a powerhouse in NASCAR. Wood Brothers Racing has such a deep, rich connection to IMS through its multiple entries in the Brickyard 400 and by serving as the pit crew for the Lotus/Ford that Jim Clark drove to victory in the 1965 Indianapolis 500. Glen's legacy as a fine driver and motorsports innovator will be matched only by his enduring status as one of [...]

Robert Hight to Appear at St. Louis Auto Show

January 18, 2019 — Two-time Funny Car World Champion and driver of the AAA Missouri Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car, Robert Hight will make a special appearance at the annual Saint Louis Auto Show. taking place Jan. 24-27th. The AAA Missouri booth will be stationed near the display from Gateway Motorsports Park, which will once again host the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals this year on Sept. 27-29th. “With the Gateway Motorsports Park booth right there, it’ll be even easier for me to have a delayed celebration with fans. Especially since you can usually count on them giving away tickets for the upcoming race in September,” added Hight. “Chevy is usually a huge part of the show too, I always enjoy getting to walk around a little and see all the new cars that are coming out.” The Saint Louis Auto Show, held at the America's Center and The Dome, [...]

JImmie Johnson Intro’s New Ally Sponsor

January. 11, 2019 – Legendary NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson and Ally revealed the new look for the No. 48 Ally Chevrolet this morning, unveiling a blend of Ally’s unique branding along with Johnson’s iconic number and color. “This is an exciting beginning with Ally, and we wanted a car that conveyed that excitement to our fans,” Johnson said this morning after unveiling the new car on Good Morning America. “Personally, I’ve put a ton of time in on this paint scheme to help our team develop the new look.”  In October, Ally, a leading digital financial services company, announced that it would join Hendrick Motorsports as the whole-season primary sponsor of Johnson’s team in 2019 and 2020. The sponsorship will feature Ally on the champion driver’s cars throughout the full 38-race NASCAR schedule, beginning with February’s 2019 DAYTONA Speedweeks and the 61st running of the DAYTONA 500. “We wanted Jimmie and [...]

NHRA Opens Challenging Season at Pomona

 January 10, 2019 --The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series’ annual iconic opener, the tradition-rich 59th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com, will kick off another thrilling NHRA season, Feb. 7-10 at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.The first of 24 races during the 2019 season has long been a historic event for the sport and winning the Winternationals has provided career-making moments for NHRA competitors for nearly six decades. On the heels of an action-packed 2018 campaign, there is plenty of excitement heading into 2019 and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona provides the perfect backdrop for the 10,000-horsepower nitro machines to roar back to life. New cars, new teams and new team members add another level of excitement to the race, making it a must-see event to start 2019.  TThe top stars in Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock will aim for a quick start and to grab [...]

Moorespeed Completes IMSA tests

January 6, 2019 – Moorespeed completed a successful IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Roar Before the Rolex 24 Test Friday and Saturday at Daytona International Speedway (DIS), marking the first appearance in official IMSA competition of the No. 19 CAG/Moorespeed Audi R8 LMS GT3, which makes its GT Daytona (GTD) class debut in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona, January 24 – 27.  Six on-track sessions were held over the two days, including a preliminary qualifying session and night practice on Saturday, with Will Hardeman, Alex Riberas and Andrew Davis co-driving in preparation for Moorespeed’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship debut in the Rolex 24 in three weeks.   Moorespeed and its drivers, who will be joined by Markus Winkelhock for the Rolex 24, shook off an early-Friday incident to get in the mix with the GTD competition and record a productive number of laps on the 3.56-mile DIS road course.  “We accomplished all [...]