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The Verizon IndyCar Series returned to Barber Motorsports Park today for Round Four of competition at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. With two practice sessions and qualifying, the day ended with series veteran Marco Andretti leading the way for Andretti Autosport. He'll start 13th tomorrow after missing qualifying round advancement by a mere one-tenth of a second. 

"We’re just struggling right now with understeer, but we had to sort of back off and gap," Andretti stated. "We only had one timed lap on the new tires, so the tires weren’t completely in on that lap because I couldn’t push on the out lap. I think that’s what cost us the one-tenth (of a second) we missed (advancing to the top 12) by. We’re all trying to find the sweet spot, and I don’t think we have yet. We always have decent race cars here, but we have to see… we’ve been on new  tires all day today so we have to see where the degradation goes.”

Following Andretti on the grid will be reigning two-time Barber race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay in 18th.

“We just caught slower traffic there, I gave (Francesco Dracone) a huge gap to begin with knowing he was off pace, and I just caught him over and over again every lap," Hunter-Reay added. "It’s our own fault for putting ourselves out there in that position though… We’re all I the same boat, we’re all trying really hard to make it better. I love this racetrack and it’s a shame we’re not getting around here quicker right now. But we’ll be working hard at it, that’s for sure.”

Colombian Carlos Muñoz will take the grid from the 22nd position.

“For sure it’s been a disappointing day," commented Cruz. "Unfortunately, we were not really competitive in any of the sessions. It’s really strange, because as a team, previously we’ve been really quick at this track… we just don’t have the balance right. For tomorrow’s race we’ll see what happens. We’re going to be really risky with our strategy, so we’ll see how it goes."

Live race coverage from the scenic 2.3-mile road course will begin at 3 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. If you can't make it to the television, listen along with the broadcast by the IMS Radio Network, on SiriusXM (XM Ch. 209, Sirius Ch. 213) and IndyCar.com.
Spencer Pigot was flawless in today's Legacy Indy Lights 100, Round Five of Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires. The 21-year-old from Orlando, Fla., started from the pole in just his fourth Indy Lights start, took the lead at the green flag and pulled away to a clear victory for Juncos Racing.

"I made a good jump at the start and I knew Jack wasn't beside me so I could take a good line into Turn One," stated Pigot. "It's a very difficult place to pass anyway, but especially when you're close to each other in speed. I knew that first lap would be really important to get out in front and stay in front. I worked at hitting my marks, using up all the road and not looking in my mirrors too much. This is a track I enjoy - I've had a lot of success here, as has the team. It's very satisfying to be up here with these other guys who have won championships all over the world. We're really competing against top-quality competition, which makes this all the more satisfying."
 
Last year's championship runner-up, Jack Harvey (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with Curb-Agajanian), from Lincoln, England, couldn't keep pace with the American and finished a full 6.7109 seconds in arrears after 30 laps around the challenging 2.3-mile, 17-turn Barber Motorsports Park. Teammate RC Enerson, from New Port Richey, Fla., the youngest driver in the field at just 18, made his first visit to the podium after holding off a race-long challenge from series points leader Ed Jones (Carlin), whose three-race win streak came to an end.
 
Pigot is a poster boy for the Mazda Road to Indy after twice finishing second in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda and then winning last year's Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. He has kept the progression going by claiming third in his first two Indy Lights starts at St. Petersburg, Fla., then mounting an impressive charge to second one week ago on the streets of Long Beach, Calif. This weekend it was his turn to shine. Fastest in practice and quickest again yesterday afternoon in qualifying, Pigot pulled farther away from Harvey with virtually every lap to claim a textbook victory.
 
A fine start by Enerson saw him make up two positions on the first lap, earning him the RePlay XD Move of the Race Award. The runner-up in last year's USF2000 title-chase then belied his relative lack of experience by driving a flawless race and never allowing a close-following Jones any opportunity to pounce. The result followed on the heels of a fourth-place finish at Long Beach.
 
Ex-F1 racer Max Chilton (Carlin), from Reigate, England, followed close behind in fifth at the finish with Felix Serralles (Belardi Auto Racing) in sixth. Juan Piedrahita (Schmidt Peterson) came out on top of a gripping battle for seventh with Kyle Kaiser (Juncos Racing), who lost three positions at the start after qualifying fourth, then surrendered another place with a quick spin at Turn 14 on Lap Five.
 
Sean Rayhall, making his debut for 8Star Motorsports, also was involved in a skirmish at Turn One on the opening lap, forcing him into the pits for repairs. He returned one lap in arrears and later took advantage of a fresh set of Cooper tires to shatter the existing race lap record with a best of 1:13.8312 on Lap 24.
 
The weekend's second race for the Legacy Indy Lights 100 will take the green flag tomorrow for a 60-minute contest at 12:10 p.m. Central Daylight Time. Live timing and commentary will be available on the new Mazda Road to Indy App with live streaming at racecontrol.indycar.com. The race will air on NBCSN later that evening at 11:00 pm CDT.


Tune in next Thursday, April 30 for an interview with race winner Spencer Pigot on Speedway Digest Thursday Night Thunder, http://www.blogtalkradio.com/speedwaydigestradio/2015/05/01/thursday-night-thunder-with-adam-sinclair.
Baton Rouge AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car Presented By Aeromotive winner Tim Boychuck failed to qualify for this weekend's event. On his first qualifying pass, the car shook its tires. On the second, his car oiled the track and his run was disallowed. The other DNQ was Jordan Pawlick of Alberta, Canada. Pawlick's gold Plymouth Duster failed to start during qualifying.

 

Dina Parise's new Cadillac Crower Pro Mod made its first full pass down the track during the third and final round of qualifying. Parise was sitting in sixth place and made a run of 6.44 sec./213.30 mph. After all cars completed qualifying, Parise is in fifth place after Ruben Tetsoshvili  and Bill Lutz bettered their times after her run.

 

After failing to qualify for the Bradenton Nitro Jam, Kevin Bealko broke into the top eight during the final round of U.S. Bounty Hunters Pro Stock qualifying. John Konigshofer, John Pluchino, John DeFlorian Jr. and Scott Hintz failed to qualify.

 

All No. 1 Qualifiers from Friday maintained their status today. Eliminations are set to begin at 5 p.m.

 

CROWER PRO MOD

1. Isaias Rojas (San Juan, Puerto Rico) 2006 Cobalt 5.983 sec./239.06 mph

2. Jimmy Keen (Parrish, Florida) 1963 Corvette 6.030 sec./236.01 mph

3. Ruben Tetsoshvili (Wesley Chapel, Florida) 6.177 sec./227.00 mph

4. Bill Lutz (Canal Winchester, Ohio) Camaro 6.285 sec./233.12 mph

5. Dina Parise (New Freedom, Pennsylvania) 6.442 sec./213.30 mph

6. Mike Pruss (West Palm Beach, Florida) 1951 Chevrolet 7.434 sec./132.31 mph

 

AMSOIL NITRO FUNNY CAR PRESENTED BY AEROMOTIVE

1. Jason Rupert (Yorba Linda, California) 1969 Camaro "Black Plague" 5.669 sec./258.42 mph

2. Mike Smith (Boynton Beach, Florida) 1975 Vega "Jungle Jim" (red car) 5.723 sec./249.58 mph

3. Paul Romine (Fishers, Indiana) 1979 Mustang "Man O' War" 5.741 sec./248.93 mph

4. Mike McIntire Jr. (Mentor, Ohio) 1970 Camaro "McAttack" 5.753 sec./252.99 mph

5. Steve Nichols (Newark, Delaware) 1970 Camaro 5.835 sec./241.93 mph

6. Mark Sanders (Maple Valley, Washington) 1970 Mustang "Mr. Explosive" 5.840 sec./246.71 mph

7. Bruce Litton (Indianapolis, Indiana) 1974 Vega "U.S. Male" 6.057 sec./220.94 mph

8. Rick Krafft (Chesterton, Indiana) Chesterton, Indiana) 1974 Vega "Jungle Jim" (blue car) 6.927 sec./132.70 mph

Did not qualify:

Tim Boychuk (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) 1977 Trans-Am "Hawaiian"

Jordan Pawlick (Alberta, Canada) Plymouth Duster

 

U.S. BOUNTY HUNTERS PRO STOCK

1. John Montecalvo (Speonk, New York) 2013 Camaro 6.252 sec./223.99 mph

2. Cary Goforth (Holdenville, Oklahoma) 2013 Camaro 6.3008 sec./222.29 mph

3. Dean Goforth (Holdenville, Oklahoma) 2014 Camaro 6.342 sec./212.56 mph

4. Trevor Eman (Pos Chiquito, Aruba) 2011 Mustang 6.343 sec.//221.27 mph

5. J.R. Carr (Pasco, Washington) 2015 Camaro 6.352 sec./219.04 mph

6. Cale Aronson (Chillicothe, Missouri) 2010 Mustang 6.356 sec./221.20 mph

7. Matt Bertsch (Tecumseh, Michigan) 2007 Mustang 6.388 sec./219.90 mph

8. Kevin Bealko (Bridgeport, West Virginia) 2013 Camaro  6.395 sec./221.23 mph.

Did not qualify:

John Konigshofer (Otterville, Ontario, Canada) 2013 Mustang 6.399 sec./220.73 mph

John Pluchino (Commack, New York) 2006 Escort 6.401 sec./219.12 mph

John DeFlorian Jr. (Arnold, Missouri) 2015 Camaro 6.404 sec./214.01 mph

Scott Hintz (Odessa, Texas) 2013 Mustang 10.118 sec./110.80 mph

 

NITRO HARLEY

1. Rickey House (Humble, Texas) 6.334 sec./217.77 mph

2. Tii Tharpe (East Bend, North Carolina) 6.409 sec./215.48 mph

3. Tracy Kile (Asheville, North Carolina) 6.434 sec./211.43 mph

4. Jay Turner (Julian, North Carolina) 6.464 sec./211.46 mph

5. Randal Andras (Amelia, Louisiana) 6.505 sec./216.76 mph

6. Jim Fagan (Valley City, Ohio) 6.731 sec./199.40 mph

7. Larry "Drums" Brancaccio (Nutley, New Jersey) 6.781 sec./206.80 mph

8. Alvin Kobernusz (Manly, Iowa) 6.782 sec./203.12 mph

Did not qualifiy:

Lyle Newton (Naniamo, British Columbia, Canada) 7.339 sec./00.00 mph

Chris Streeter (Cleveland, Ohio) 9.041 sec./108.55 mph

 

JET DRAGSTER

1. Katarina Moller (Osprey, Florida) 5.719 sec./280.49 mph

2. Elaine Larsen (West Melbourne, Florida) 5.842 sec./271.30 mph

3. Allison West (Coral Springs, Florida) 5.877 sec./272.94 mph

4. Marisha Falk (Port Orange, Florida) 5.991 sec./271.46 mph

Did not qualify:

Shea Holbrook (Groveland, Florida) 6.065 sec./264.23 mph

 

IHRA Nitro Jam Palm Beach Nationals Presented By Sunoco Race Fuels - Palm Beach International Raceway

Saturday, April 25

Pre-race ceremonies - 4:45 p.m.

First round of Nitro Jam eliminations - 5 p.m.

Second round of Nitro Jam eliminations - 7 p.m.

Final round of Nitro Jam eliminations - 8:30 p.m.

Schedule subject to change.

 

Palm Beach International Raceway is located at 17133 Beeline Highway in Jupiter, Florida. For more information, please call (561) 622-1400 or visit www.racepbir.com.

Larsen Motorsports Announces New Driver

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Saturday, 25 April 2015 16:28
Palm Bay, Florida based Larsen Motorsports Jet racing teams announced today a new driver in their driver development program. Justin Elliott from Byron, Georgia earned his jet dragster license and has received a position on the Larsen Motorsports teams.

"I am very excited to have this opportunity to expand my role with Larsen Motorsports and continue to gain experience," stated Elliot. "Just like anything in life, there is always something new to learn in the racing industry.  I am anxious to get back in the seat in the upcoming weeks so that I can continue with my training and absorb as much knowledge from Chris and Elaine as possible.  Over the years I have been fortunate enough to see what it takes to get a car down the track as a spectator, fabricator, and currently a Crew Chief for the Florida Institute of Technology team.  Piloting one of these cars down the track gives me a completely different point of view as well as a whole new appreciation for our drivers.  Driving jet dragsters is a task that demands a clear mind and precise actions each and every time.  With speeds approaching 300 MPH in less than 6 seconds and knowing that it is all under my control is such an exhilarating experience that will be very hard to top. I want to thank everyone who has helped me reach this milestone in my life. I can't wait to see where it will drive my future from here!"

27 year old Elliott is a Welding Engineer and District Manager for Miller Electric Mfg. Co. headquartered in Appleton, WI. Justin has worked with the LMS teams for the past 5 years in roles including design, development, fabrication and engineering. Justin leads the fabrication lab efforts at the LMS facility and is currently the chief engineer and fabricator on the all new generation 6 series of LMS jet dragsters. Justin is also the crew chief for Shea Holbrook who drives for new LMS affiliate Florida Institute of Technology.

"Justin did a great job getting his license, with every pass he gained that ever important seat time and earned the right to his International National Hot Rod Association (IHRA) jet dragster license." said Elaine Larsen. "I have trained a lot of women to drive jets so this time was different. From a human factors standpoint men learn differently than women and it was fun to see the differences in the training."                

Larsen Motorsports is a multi-team national professional racing organization specializing in turbine powered high performance vehicles. A key goal of the company is to help introduce motorsports career opportunities to talented young individuals within the motorsports industry. For more information about Larsen Motorsports schedules and their teams please go to LMSJets.com

Tickle, RCH, Looking for Big Things in the Big Apple

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Saturday, 25 April 2015 16:23
With just two races remaining on the 2015 calendar, Broc Tickle, rider of the No. 20 RM-Z450 for RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing, looks to break into the top three and finally earn a coveted podium finish when Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship, drops the gate tomorrow night at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
 
With the exception of a couple of hiccups along the way, Tickle has been the model of consistency throughout the year, finishing outside the top 10 just three times.   
 
Tickle’s run of consecutive top-10 finishes stalled last weekend, at nine, after an incident with two laps to go left him 11th in the final rundown at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. In 14 starts this season, Tickle has amassed 11 top 10s and tied his career-best result with a fourth-place effort in Round 9 at the Georgia Dome.
 
Despite being sidelined with an injury for Round 5 in Anaheim, Tickle currently sits eighth in the standings and trails seventh-place Jason Anderson by 20 points and sixth-place Blake Baggett by only 22.
 
“The bike has been fast all season but we’re still trying to close the deal and get a podium,” explained Tickle. “We worked on outdoor stuff on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday so I’m hoping when we get to New Jersey that changing things up will have helped.”
 
While Tickle’s teammate Ken Roczen remains sidelined for the rest of the 2015 season, the 20-year-old German rider was on hand for the series press event at Grand Central Terminal inside New York City’s Vanderbilt Hall. Roczen will also be in attendance at Metlife Stadium this weekend to support Tickle, meet fans and fulfill sponsor commitments.
 
With a 3 p.m. gate drop, Roczen pointed out some of the nuances riders would face with an earlier-than-usual start time.
 
“The schedule is going to be brand new and everything is a lot earlier,” commented Roczen. “I’ve never raced (indoors) during the daylight, especially not that early, so I think it’s going to be something cool and something special. It’s going to be tough for the people who came from California. There’s a three hour time difference and that’s going to mix things up, for sure. The racing is going to be early in the day so I think it’s going to be cool.”  
 
RCH co-owner Ricky Carmichael returns to the FOX television broadcast booth this weekend and is eager to provide viewers with the insight from a five-time Supercross Champion.
 
“To be able to participate in the first live network television broadcast of a Supercross is an awesome opportunity, not only personally but for the sport as a whole,” offered Carmichael. “We’ve been racing in the New York market for several years, but to be able to have the race broadcast live on FOX takes it to an entirely different level. It’s awesome to see our sport come full circle like this. The popularity of the sport is at an all-time high and I have no doubt that Saturday’s race will continue to raise the bar.”   
 
Round 16 headlines the 2015 Supercross television package with the first-ever live FOX network broadcast from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Sat., April 25 beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, noon Pacific.
Monster Energy Supercross Behind the Dream, the acclaimed eight-episode documentary series, will premiere its seventh installment this Sunday, April 26, at 11:30 a.m. EDT/ 8:30 a.m. PDT on FOX Sports 1. The latest episode will profile the breakout 2015 season of GEICO Honda rider Eli Tomac.

 

With its unparalleled access to the stars of the sport, Monster Energy Supercross Behind the Dream goes behind the scenes both on and off the track with these highly talented athletes, earning tremendous notoriety as a result. This season, viewers have been treated to one-of-a-kind behind the scenes features on newly crowned 450SX Class Champion Ryan Dungey, Ken Roczen, Trey Canard and more.

 

Episode 7 of Behind the Dream will dive into the 2015 season of Tomac, one of Monster Energy Supercross' rising stars. The Colorado native missed the majority of his rookie 450SX Class season in 2014 due to injuries, but has bounced back in a big way this year to earn a pair of Main Event victories and a likely runner-up finish in the final championship standings. Tomac's strong work ethic and relentless pursuit of success is in his blood. His father, John Tomac, is one of the most successful mountain bike riders of all time. The competitive spirit his father possesses has no doubt carried into the next generation with Eli. Their father-son rivalry has worked to Eli's advantage when it comes to training off the motorcycle, as they often challenge one another on the mountain bike trails around Colorado.

 

"It was a really cool opportunity to work with Behind the Dream and allow the cameras to get a look into my life both on and off the track," said Tomac. "My dad has been a huge influence on my career and I think our relationship is something really special and unique. I'm glad we had the chance to share that and I'm looking forward to see how the episode it turns out."

 

This weekend, Monster Energy Supercross will host its first-ever live broadcast on FOX from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Saturday, April 25 at 3:00 p.m. EDT.

 

As a precursor to the historic live network television broadcast on FOX, don't forget to catch all of the pre-race coverage with Supercross Race Day Live presented by AMSOIL, which will stream on SupercrossLive.com from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EDT Saturday. Practice, qualifying, behind the scenes features, and key rider interviews will all be highlighted on the Supercross Race Day Live presented by AMSOIL webcast.

 

For more information on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, please log on to www.SupercrossLive.com, the official website of Monster Energy Supercross. To follow Monster Energy Supercross on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, log on to www.facebook.com/supercrossLive www.Twitter.com/supercrossliveand www.instagram.com/supercrosslive.

Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, will reach a historic milestone on Saturday with the first-ever live network television broadcast on FOX, beginning at 3 p.m. EDT / Noon PST from East Rutherford, New Jersey's MetLife Stadium. The championship's second visit to the home of the NFL's New York Giants and New York Jets has been one of the most anticipated races on the 2015 schedule ever since the groundbreaking announcement with FOX was made. With its mid-afternoon start time, the world's best riders will face a unique challenge, which should make for one of the most exciting races of the season.

 

Newly crowned 450SX Class Champion Ryan Dungey raced to his seventh victory of the season last weekend at Monster Energy Supercross' inaugural visit to Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The Red Bull KTM rider will be in search of his first win in the New York area on Saturday.

 

The return to MetLife also signifies the final race of the Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship. Currently, Red Bull KTM's Marvin Musquin holds a comfortable 20-point lead in the championship standings thanks to five wins in seven races, and he appears to be headed to his first career title on U.S. soil.

 

The KTM tandem of Dungey and Musquin have been perfect complements to one another in the seven races that the 450SX Class and Eastern Regional 250SX Class have coincided. The dominant duo has posted identical results to one another, with five wins and a pair of runner-up finishes. They'll look to continue this unique and historic trend, hopefully celebrating Musquin's championship along with it.

Tickets are available at the MetLife Stadium Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone (800) 745-3000(800) 745-3000 FREE, or online at SupercrossLive.com  or www.ticketmaster.com. Practice and qualifying begin at 9 a.m. and the Main Event starts at 3:00 p.m. Premium Club tickets are $125 Adult/Child; Premium Field $100 Adult/Child; Endzone Lower $75 Adult/Child; Endzone Upper $55 Adult/Child. Restrictions, exclusions and additional charges may apply. Fans can also get in to the Pits for FREE from 9:00 a.m-2:00 p.m. Race Day when they recycle a MONSTER Energy Can at the stadium's pit entrance (valid only with event ticket).

 

This weekend, Monster Energy Supercross will host its first-ever live broadcast on FOX from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Saturday, April 25 at 3 p.m. EDT. In addition, the authenticated FOX Sports Go app will live stream each race.

 

As a precursor to the historic live network television broadcast on FOX, don't forget to catch all of the pre-race coverage with Supercross Race Day Live presented by AMSOIL, which will stream on SupercrossLive.com from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EDT Saturday. Practice, qualifying, behind the scenes features, and key rider interviews will all be highlighted on the Supercross Race Day Live presented by AMSOIL webcast.

 

For more information on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, please log on to www.SupercrossLive.com, the official website of Monster Energy Supercross. To follow Monster Energy Supercross on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, log on to www.facebook.com/supercrossLivewww.Twitter.com/supercrossliveand www.instagram.com/supercrosslive.

Friday Night Lights at the Runoffs® presented by Mazda highlights the 2015 event schedule for the SCCA National Championship Runoffs Presented by Garmin VIRB® at Daytona International Speedway, where each of the 28 classes will race alone for the first time since 2008. The event begins with four days of qualifying and concludes with 10 races on Friday and nine each on Saturday and Sunday, September 21-27.
 
"With its lighting options, Daytona International Speedway provides a unique opportunity for us and we thank Mazda for its support in helping make Friday Night Lights at the Runoffs a reality," SCCA Vice President and COO Eric Prill said. "Spec Miata regularly delivers some of the very best racing of any weekend, and running its National Championship race under the lights ratchets that excitement up, providing a can't-miss moment for everyone."
 
The Spec Miata class will crown a National Champion under the lights on Friday night at 7:30 p.m., with the 3.56-mile road course at the "World Center of Racing" lit to the same level as the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Tuesday's qualifying session will also be under the lights as a preview for Friday's race.
 
"Two years ago we set the all-time record for class size at the runoffs with 63 Spec Miatas," John Doonan, Director, Mazda Motorsports said. "In 2014, we brought the Runoffs to Mazda Raceway for the first time ever.  Each year we work with the SCCA to raise the bar.  This will be amazing to make history once again, by having the first ever night race at the Runoffs with Spec Miata.  This will be an epic drafting battle."
 
The nighttime race also allows enough room in the schedule to fit each class in individually.
 
"With Mazda's help, this allows us to ensure that each of our 28 classes will have its own race," SCCA Senior Manager of Club Racing Deanna Flanagan said. "At the last two venues, we held some multi-class races out of necessity. We thank the Runoffs volunteer chief team for creatively finding ways to make this happen for our participants."
 
Official qualifying sessions will be held from Monday through Thursday, with each class getting two 30-minute morning sessions and two 25-minute afternoon sessions throughout the week. The best time through the week will set the grids for the weekend's 14-lap, 49.84-mile races, with each race winner crowned National Champion.
 
The SCCA Runoffs Presented by Garmin VIRB has crowned Club Racing National Champions since 1964. Through 28 separate races over three days, the 2015 edition will crown champions in a winner-take-all, single race format.
 
Preceding the event, the Central Florida Region SCCA will host test days from September 17 – 20. Unlike recent Runoffs events, parking, registration, and pre-event tech inspections will be good from test days through the length of the event. Test day registration will be available as an option when registering for the Runoffs.
 
The entirety of the 2015 SCCA Runoffs races, including Friday Night Lights at the Runoffs presented by Mazda, will be broadcast live on SpeedcastTV.com.
 
Runoffs registration opens July 22nd on SCCA.com. Additional information about the event, including the parking and garage reservation process, as well as promotional event activities, will be available soon.
 
The full schedule and supplemental regulations are posted at SCCA.com/Runoffs.
 
After 40 minutes of almost constant shuffling of positions at the top of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires pack, Spencer Pigot and Juncos Racing claimed the pole position for the first of two races that will comprise this weekend's Legacy Indy Lights 100 at Barber Motorsports Park.
 
The honor came as some kind of redemption for Pigot, who won last year's Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, along with a MAZDASPEED scholarship to graduate into Indy Lights, and seemed to have the pole within his grasp one week ago on the streets of Long Beach, only to be edged in the dying moments by Jack Harvey.
 
This time his team made sure that Pigot ventured out onto the challenging and undulating 2.3-mile, 17-turn Barber Motorsports Park ahead of his main rival, and Pigot responded with a lap at 1:12.3865. Pigot's effort showed the effectiveness of the new Mazda MZR-R-powered Dallara IL-15 by circulating a full 1.5 seconds inside the previous Indy Lights lap record.
 
Harvey, driving for seven-time Indy Lights championship-winning team Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with Curb-Agajanian, also improved his time in the closing minutes but ended up 0.2505 seconds shy in second place. Championship leader Ed Jones (Carlin) will share Row Two of the grid with Pigot's teammate, Kyle Kaiser, followed by Schmidt Peterson's RC Enerson, who led the way for a healthy portion of another thrilling 40-minute session, and the second Carlin Dallara-Mazda of ex-Formula 1 racer Max Chilton.
 
The first of two Indy Lights Legacy 100 races this weekend will start tomorrow afternoon at 2:50 p.m., and the one-hour Race Two "feature" event on Sunday, April 26, at 12:10 p.m., immediately before the Verizon IndyCar Series headline event.  All times are local. Live timing and commentary for all sessions will be available on the new Mazda Road to Indy App with live streaming at racecontrol.indycar.com.
 
Spencer Pigot #12 Mazda/Doug Mockett & Company/Rising Star Racing/The Stutz/BAD/OMP-Juncos Racing): "My team really wanted me to get out in front of Jack. We didn't want anyone in front of us. We wanted clean air because that's where we get the optimum downforce. The guys worked really hard today in the changing conditions.  There wasn't much rubber on the track for our first practice this morning, then in the afternoon it got quite hot, which made the track much greasier and changed the balance of the car. It cooled down again for qualifying, so it was a real mix of conditions and setup changes. It was a lot of work throughout qualifying to make that last run as good as it could be. The plan tomorrow will be to stay in front of Jack. This is not an easy place to pass, but you can get around on the outside in Turn One so I have to try to stay ahead of him."
 
Jack Harvey #42 Racing Steps Foundation/Curb Records- Schmidt Peterson Motorsports w/ Curb-Agajanian: "There are some things I would do differently if I could do it again; maybe the strategy of how we played the session or the feedback I gave the team would have been a little different. But on the whole, we're pretty happy in the end. I'm not here to be second, but starting second is better than starting third. I know Spencer will be tough, but we're ready for the challenge. We'll give it everything we've got, like we always do. The whole race will be at the start, and in Turns Five and Eight. There are a few opportunities to take the lead, we just have to make sure we do. But wherever we are, we have to do consistent laps and either try to pull away or get around the guy in front."
TRG-Aston Martin Racing and Team Driver Kris Wilson have secured their second win of the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge season of competition with a dominant victory in the first GTS race of the weekend at Barber Motorsports Park. Securing the second win of the season for the team was no small feat, with Wilson also earning the coveted Move of the Race award for his impressive driving behind the wheel of his No. 07 Royal Purple/ORION/LaSalle Solutions/PassTime USA Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4.

After qualifying in P4 earlier today, Wilson started quickly and moved up a spot before settling into his race pace. The top four starting positions consisting of the Aston Martin, the Porsche, and the pair of Kia racing machines all fought a great battle early on, running nose to tail and changing positions several times before Wilson was able to make his move. He eventually slipped into P2 past longtime series competitor Jack Baldwin and his typically dominant Cayman. It was only a matter of time before Wilson would overtake Ben Clucas for P1, as the gap was sliced down considerably every single lap that went by. After moving into P1 Wilson showed his typical clean, quick driving style by bringing the gap to over 15 seconds between himself and P2 while the cars behind him were battling it out. After that it was smooth sailing with Wilson taking the victory on the trot.

Wilson took the checkered flag in place of longtime teammate and co-driver Max Riddle, who was out of the driver’s seat this weekend while recovering from illness. Riddle is scheduled to be back at the next event.

"I got under the leader in the hairpin to finally make my pass and after that I kept my eyes behind me and saw that Ben and Jack were battling it out and Mark was coming on," stated Wilson. 'It was just a matter of taking care of the Pirelli P-Zero tires after I got in the lead. We did a long run this morning in the V8 Vantage GT4 to simulate race conditions and the times we were running this morning were pretty true to what we ran in the race this afternoon, so that really helped - great strategy by Kevin and the team. Great win for TRG and Aston Martin Racing!"


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