Todd and Hight Battle it out for NHRA Funny Car Championship

November 9,  2018--  by Kay Presto, www, --   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 [...]

Daytona Hosts Weekend HSR Classic

November 8, 2018 - A full schedule of around-the-clock action and events on and off the race track takes place this weekend at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) where the Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) Classic Daytona presented by IMSA, November 8 - 11, will be run for the fourth time at the "World Center of Racing." At the heart of the four-day celebration of speed is the featured classic 24-hour race that takes place this year from 1 p.m. EST Saturday, November 10, straight through to the checkered flag at 1 p.m. EST on Sunday, November 11. Official Daytona Classic practice begins today and includes nighttime sessions for all run groups from 7 - 9:30 p.m. EST. The accompanying HSR Daytona Historics schedule also gets started today and features the first race of the event, the Sasco Sports International/American Challenge sprint, at 4 p.m. EST. The HSR Classic Daytona debuted in [...]

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 [...]

Anderson Seeks Positive Pomona Pro Stock Results

November 7, 2018 -- A consistent NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series regular season did not lead to Pro Stock Greg Anderson contending for a fifth world championship during the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship. But the longtime standout still has a chance to end his 2018 campaign on a good note at this weekend’s 54th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, where Anderson will look for his 13th win at the facility. That would give Anderson the most wins in Pro Stock history at the historic facility, breaking the current tie with the legendary Bob Glidden. It is something that is definitely on Anderson’s mind heading to the season-finale, as is finishing his 2018 season on the best note possible in his Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro. “It would mean a lot,” said Anderson, who has 91 career victories. “We’ve struggled in the [...]

$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 ( 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 [...]

Firestone Racing Tires –Way Beyond Round and Black

April 26, 2018 -- By Larry Mason, www, Copyright © 2018 Larry Mason   When you watch an Indy car hurtle down the track at speeds that defy logic whether it’s on a street course, road course, short oval or super speedway, the only thing keeping the car on the  track and off the wall is the driver’s ability to control it on four little contact patches created by Firestone Racing Tires. Yes, physics still apply and in some instances the accident that might occur are out of the driver’s control. At the same time, physics, chemistry and mechanical engineering are also the key ingredients in making a safe, reliable and performance-oriented race tire that can see wide extremes in temperature and loading. I recently sat down with Cara Adams the chief engineer for Bridgestone Americas Motorsports at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and asked a few questions. Adams [...]

Truex Jr. Looks Forward to Better Results at Martinsville

Oct. 23, 2018 – Martin Truex Jr. doesn’t sugarcoat his feelings about what the team needs to accomplish in the upcoming three-race Round of 8 playoffs at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth and ISM Raceway in Phoenix. “We just know we have to be better,” said Truex, who advanced to the Round of 8 with a nail-biting eight-point margin in the Round of 12. “Cole (crew chief, Cole Pearn) knows it and Jazzy (engineer Jeff Curtis) knows it. The playoffs haven’t been good to us this year and we’ve really battled a lot of adversity, especially in the second round.” Truex enjoyed a strong first round (Round of 16) finishing third and leading the most laps in the first two races at Las Vegas and Richmond. He was in position to win the third race in Charlotte, but got taken out while in the lead with [...]

Torrence Prepped Toward NHRA Top Fuel Championship

October 23, 2018 -- On the cusp of winning his first NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championship, Steve Torrence is keeping the status quo. It has worked perfectly through the first four races of the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship and the Top Fuel points leader is continuing to rely on that mindset heading to this weekend’s 18th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It marks the penultimate race of the 2018 NHRA season and Torrence is firmly in command in his 10,000-horsepower Capco Contractors/Torrence Motorsports dragster, currently holding a 169-point lead over Clay Millican. Torrence has won the first four races of the Countdown to the Championship – the first time in NHRA history that has happened in Top Fuel or Funny Car – and he can close out his first world title this weekend in Las Vegas. “To be [...]

Questor To Retire Following HSR Daytona Classic

October 20, 2018 - Legendary Austrian sports car driver Dieter Quester, who has competed in more than 1,000 races in an iron-man career that has spanned more than 50 years, will retire from endurance racing at the end of next month's HSR Classic Daytona presented by IMSA, November 7 - 11. "I will drop the checkered flag in Daytona," Quester said. "The decision fills me with sadness as I have built up over all the years a love relationship with this circuit. Returning to victory lane would be the measure of all things and a farewell to Daytona, as it could be not much better." Quester has raced a dozen different prototypes and GT cars in the Rolex 24 At Daytona the last few years, in addition to participating in every running of the HSR Classic Daytona since the classic 24-hour race at Daytona International Speedway was introduced in 2014. His most [...]