Adam has been a race fan since the first time he went through the tunnel under the Daytona International Speedway almost 30 years ago. He has had the privilege of traveling to races all across the state of Florida (as well as one race in Ohio), watching nearly everything with a motor compete for fame and glory, as well as participating in various racing schools to get the feel of what racecar drivers go through every week.
Adam spent several years covering motorsports for Examiner.com., where he had the opportunity to see the racing world from behind the scenes as well as the grandstands. He invites everyone to follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus, and looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm for all things racing with the readers of SpeedwayDigest.com.
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In the spirit of celebrating Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta’s 50th anniversary year, one of the three original founders of the racetrack, Earl Walker, will serve as the Grand Marshal at the 23rd Annual Motul Petit Le Mans.
As the track celebrates five decades of some of the greatest racing in the world, we are honored to celebrate Mr. Walker as one of the reasons this world-renowned facility came into existence. He and his partners had an idea to build a ribbon of asphalt in the foothills of the north Georgia mountains and since it’s inception in 1970, this racetrack has seen some of the most acclaimed teams, series, drivers and cars in all of racing history try their hand at finding victory on it’s 12 turns.
Mr. Walker graduated from Georgia Tech and worked in the aerospace industry from 1961 through 1967. During this time, he met future business partner Dave Sloyer at Lockheed Martin in Marietta. Walker and Sloyer got involved in sports car racing and decided that motorsports fans from the Atlanta area needed a place to race, and the idea for Road Atlanta came to be. They enlisted a third partner, former Coca-Cola president Arthur Montgomery, to help build the racetrack and the rest is history.
Racing fans around the world owe much to Earl Walker and his partners and their vision to create this amazing facility and we are proud to pay tribute to his contributions by having Mr. Walker serve as Grand Marshal at Motul Petit Le Mans this year.
A BMW M8 and BMW M5 LCI will serve as the Official Safety and Pace Car at the 23rd Annual Motul Petit Le Mans, respectively.
This marks the third consecutive year that the BMW brand will fill these important roles, as the pace car will lead the field of IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams to the green flag and will pace the competitors throughout the race. BMW will also activate at the 10-hour event in the form of prominent trackside signage.
BMW currently sits second in the IMSA WeatherTech Championship manufacturer’s points standings, just eight points behind the leader. With two BMWs competing in the GTLM class at Motul Petit Le Mans, the manufacturer has the opportunity to take the lead as the series heads into the penultimate race of the season following Motul Petit Le Mans.
As a reminder – there will be a number of new policies and procedures that will be in effect for the safety and comfort of all fans at the 23rd Annual Motul Petit Le Mans, as outlined below. Although attendance will be limited, we have not yet reached capacity for the event and tickets are still on sale for one of the greatest fall traditions in the South!
Attendance Limitations: The 23rd Annual Motul Petit Le Mans crowd size will be limited to 50% of historical Motul Petit Le Mans attendance. This will create a possibility that tickets will not be available at the gate, but updates will be communicated frequently.
Camping Sales Closed: To ensure that campers maintain proper distance and all can be accommodated safely, camping sales have been discontinued. All previously purchased reserved and non-reserved camping will be honored. All non-reserved camping will be limited to the following areas:
- Family Camping area inside Turn 3
- Infield Camping A
- Infield Camping B
Camper Staging: Campers can start staging on Sunday, October 11th at 12 noon. Non-reserved campers will begin staging in the lanes next to the ticket booths. Reserved campers and Ultimate Fans who have an early entry ticket will stage behind the FOX Factory building.
Gates open to Reserved campers and Ultimate Fans who have an early entry ticket Tuesday morning at 8am. Gates open to non-reserved campers at 8am Wednesday morning.
Free Parking: In an effort to limit guest interaction, all infield parking will be free with admission to the event, with the exception of the designated car corral locations. Spectator shuttles will not be available. Previously purchased parking passes have been refunded. To maximize parking locations, fans will be permitted to turn left at the FOX Factory drive-over bridge upon entry into the facility. The following areas will be available for day parking:
- Turn 3 Parking
- Turn 9 Parking
- Spectator Hill Parking
- Turn 10 Parking
- Tower Paddock (Saturday only)
Fan Access: Fans will not be permitted into the Infield Paddock, which houses the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams. Fans will not be permitted into the Tower Paddock Wednesday through Friday but will be allowed to park in the Tower Paddock after teams vacate the area Friday night. Fans may not enter the facility through the industrial park gate. There will be no autograph sessions and the gridwalk will be closed to general admission spectators.
Gate Procedures and Infield Policies: All guests will be required to bring and wear face coverings when interacting with those outside of your group. Each guest will be screened prior to entering the event gates; initial screening will include questions regarding current health status and potential exposure, as well as a non-contact temperature check. Individual bottles of hand sanitizer will be provided to guests upon entry. Strict adherence to the CDC-recommended 6’ social distancing will be mandated onsite.
Podium Club: The Podium Club, which is an all-inclusive hospitality that encompasses the first floor of the Michelin Tower, will be capped at 50% capacity. There will be a number of additional social distancing and sanitation measures in place, but all the amenities will still be available. As of now, the Podium Club is nearing capacity.
After a mid-season break, the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli returns to action at VIRginia International Raceway September 25-27 for the Heacock Classic Gold Cup with a unique doubleheader (VIR Preview Video).
Unlike any weekend before in Trans Am history, Trans Am will hold separate races for the TA/XGT/SGT/GT and TA2® powered by AEM classes on Saturday (September 26), and then a combined event on Sunday (September 27) for all five classes.
Sunday’s 100-mile race will feature a three-way split start with TA taking the green first, followed by TA2®, then the XGT/SGT/GT classes. The grid for the 51-car field will be based on fastest lap time by class set in Saturday's races.
The two-day race event will be live streamed on the Trans Am by Pirelli Racing App.
The Tight Trans Am Points Battle
Six-time title winner Ernie Francis Jr. leads the Trans Am points championship by just 10 points ahead of Tomy Drissi (No. 8 Lucas Oil Chevrolet Camaro). While Francis Jr. is the lone four-time winner at VIR (winning in TA3 American Muscle in 2014-15; TA4 in 2016; and Trans Am in 2017), the Florida native has struggled in his past two visits to put the No. 98 One South Florida Wealth Advisors Ford Mustang on the point, finishing 14th in 2018 and second last year behind legendary TA driver Boris Said.
Drissi is also looking for redemption of sorts after a devastating last-lap spin at Road America took him out of first-place contention. Looking to use the double-points weekend as an opportunity to close the gap on Francis Jr., Drissi and his Burton Racing team are focused on taking the checkered at VIR.
“Going into the weekend with two races to run is an exhilarating challenge,” Drissi said. “I know we all had some extra time between races since Watkins Glen was canceled but everyone on the Burtin Racing team has been putting the effort into preparing for this opportunity.”
While Ernie Francis Jr. and Drissi have padded a small gap in points ahead of the weekend, they have heavy hitters sitting in third, fourth and fifth ready to pounce on the opportunity to take either of their places on top.
Long-time Trans Am driver Simon Gregg (No. 59 Derhaag Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro) will be aiming for a repeat of his 2013 VIR victory, driving from a pole-position start to a dominant first-place finish. Gregg is third in the championship with 90 points earned so far.
Chris Dyson has struggled with inconsistent results this season stemmed largely from mechanical issues. But the 2019 Trans Am Vice Champion’s luck turned around at Road America as he shook Drissi on the final lap to run away with his first win of the season. Riding that wave of success, Dyson could very well turn the tables on the championship at VIR with two chances at a victory.
Amy Ruman is fifth in the TA championship, only two points behind Dyson, even after suffering a significant blow to her championship campaign at Road America where she didn’t start due to a mechanical issue that flared up on the gird.
During her long multi-championship history with Trans Am, the top step at VIR has eluded Ruman, but this is the first time in her Trans Am career that she will get two chances in the same weekend to put the No. 23 McNichols Co Chevrolet Corvette in the winners circle.
“We have really taken advantage of the break in the schedule, the crew has gone through the car, made some changes, and we were able to get some testing in,” said Ruman. “The Road America race was a huge disappointment for us, our fans, and our sponsors, it killed me not to race after a strong fourth place showing in qualifying. This weekend is going to be busy and challenging, but we are looking to have two consistent top finishes and gain some valuable points.”
Returning VIR champion Boris Said is the dark horse as a late entry to the weekend. Always a wild card, Said, whose first win at VIR with Trans Am was in a Ford Mustang in 2002, is looking to upset the championship, driving the No. 2 WeaverRcng/Techniques/SRIPerfor Dodge Challenger. (Video of Said's 2019 Win)
“VIR is a great track,” Said commented. “My first win was also the 100th for the Ford Mustang that was cool. Last year, we had a real good time. We ran off and hid - there's nothing wrong with that. We tested there two weeks ago, shook the new car down and everything ran good, so we're going back for the race. It's a new car. They sold the car that won last year to Adam Andretti, so he just finished a new one."
With the winner receiving 30 points, the fastest qualifier earning three points and a bonus point awarded for leading a lap and another additional point for leading the most laps, any of these five drivers could end up on top after Sunday’s double-header.
The Dynamic XGT/SGT/GT Creates on Sunday
On a few tracks this season, the new XtremeGT class has been faster than some Trans Am and TA2® cars. This will create an interesting dynamic on Sunday as the XGT cars will take the green with the SuperGT and GT classes in the third start group.
Leading the XGT championship is Ken Thwaits, who will be renewing his rivalry with Erich Joiner. It's an all German duopoly with Thwaits piloting the No. 5 Franklin Road Apparel Audi R8 LMS Ultra against the No. 10 Championship Coffees and Tool Porsche 911 GT3R of Joiner.
Another dozen cars make up the SGT and GT group. SGT frontrunner Lee Saunders returns to VIR in the No. 84 Landsearch LLC Dodge Viper to defend his lead against second-place Adrian Wlostowski in the No. 96 F.A.S.T. Auto Ford Mustang. Wlostowski, who is one of the newest full-time drivers in the SGT category in just his second year, is eager at the chance to score a possible pair of victories at VIR.
"Naturally, I was disappointed not to be racing at Watkins Glen this season, but I was fully behind Trans Am's decision to double up at Virginia,” said Wlostowski. “It makes perfect sense with everyone there and setup. I'm particularly excited to get behind the wheel again. VIR is a fun and fast track to drive our Mustang. It's going to be a fantastic weekend."
In GT, reigning champion and Virginia resident Steven Davison (No.22 Davinci Plastic Surgery Aston Martin Vantage) will make his first Trans Am return at VIR since Sebring. Davison won in the GT class last season at VIR, but will have to get past Billy Griffin (No. 14 GriffinAutoCare/Sheehan'sTowing Ford Mustang) and class leader Tim Horrell (No. 45 Breathless Racing Porsche GT4 Clubsport) to reclaim another class victory.
The official Heacock Classic Gold Cup weekend for Trans Am kicks off on Friday with back-to-back group practices starting at 11:20 a.m. Eastern, followed by 15-minutes qualifying sessions in the afternoon starting at 4:40 p.m. Eastern with the TA group, followed by XGT/SGT/GT, then TA2®. For Live Timing and Scoring, follow www.gotransam.com/livetiming
Saturday opens with the TA/XGT/SGT/GT 100-mile feature (or 75 minutes) at 11:20 a.m. Eastern. The TA2® powered by AEM class will take the green at 1:15 p.m. Eastern for its 100-mile feature (or 75 minutes).
On Sunday, all five classes will take the green in a three-way split at 11:05 p.m. Eastern.
The two-day race event will be live streamed on the Trans Am by Pirelli Racing App.
As a result of the ongoing travel restrictions and quarantine requirements surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic in Connecticut, the Trans Am SpeedTour Classic at Lime Rock Park scheduled for October 16-17 has been canceled for the 2020 season. The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli is slated to return to Lime Rock Park Memorial Day weekend with the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association in 2021.
The two 100-mile races scheduled for Lime Rock will now run as one combined feature at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta (November 19-22), creating a double-header and double-points scoring weekend for Trans Am competitors, mimicking the Virginia international Raceway schedule set for this weekend.
“We’ve worked diligently to address all health and safety requirements, but Connecticut’s travel restrictions and quarantine requirements made the event no longer feasible,” SVRA CEO and majority owner of The Trans Am Racing Company Tony Parella. “We are confident that the four remaining events on our national 2020 schedule at VIR, Circuit of The Americas, Road Atlanta and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, will go off as planned. We appreciate your support and understanding as we navigate through the unforeseen challenges this year has repeatedly presented. Please take every necessary precaution to ensure the continued good health of your family and yourself. We look forward to seeing you at a race soon.”
Trans Am first visited Lime Rock during its second season, with Peter Revson winning in a Bud Moore Mercury Cougar. Mark Donohue won the following year in a Roger Penske Camaro, with Sam Posey – who grew up only five miles from the track – took the 1969 victory, while Parnelli Jones and Bud Moore teamed up for victory in 1970, at the height of the Golden Years.
Trans Am raced at the circuit through 1974, returned for one year in 1981, and then became a regular beginning in 1985. Among the key winners were Paul Newman – who won in 1986 in a Nissan – Al Holbert, Greg Pickett, Scott Pruett and Ron Fellows. Dorsey Schroeder became the first three-time winner – winning in 1989, 1995 and 1996.
The series continued on nearly an annual basis through 2003. Then, after a nearly a decade hiatus, Trans Am resumed racing at Lime Rock in 2013 with Paul Fix taking victories three years in a row. Following a three-year break, Trans Am once again returned to the Connecticut circuit with Chris Dyson taking the overall win in the TA/SGT/GT feature and Thomas Merrill was victorious in the TA2® class.
Earlier this year, Trans Am made history hosting the series’ first esports race at Lime Rock Park. The doubleheader featured current, former and future Trans Am Series drivers from all five Trans Am classes with two-time TA2® powered by AEM champion Cameron Lawrence sweeping the virtual event.
“We deeply regret not hosting the Trans Am SpeedTour Classic this year, but we readily acknowledge the challenges associated with bringing race teams and staff from around the country together under the current challenging circumstances,” said Lime Rock Park President Skip Barber. “We know that Tony Parella and his team have exhausted every opportunity to conduct the Lime Rock event this year. Trans Am racing has been an integral part of Lime Rock’s heritage, and we look forward to the return of this tradition over Memorial Day weekend in 2021 and for many years to come.”
After a mid-season break, Trans Am returns to action this weekend (September 25-27) at Virginia International Raceway for the Heacock Classic Gold Cup. The SpeedTour event will feature two individual races for the TA/XGT/SGT/GT and TA2® classes, and then one combined race on Sunday. All three races will be lived streamed on the Trans Am by Pirelli Racing App.
This. Is. Monster Jam! The most action-packed motorsports experience for families in the world today returns after a pandemic pause, roaring into Arlington for a high-octane weekend at AT&T Stadium on October 24th and 25th. Monster Jam®, one of the first family events to open its doors to fans since the global pandemic began earlier this year, features the ultimate mix of high-flying action and four-wheel excitement. Tickets start at $30 and Monster Jam Preferred Customers can purchase advance tickets starting today, September 22nd, to get the best seats available before tickets go on-sale to the general public on September 29th. Fans can still sign up to become a Monster Jam Preferred Customer and get exclusive access to the pre-sale offer code.
Monster Jam is enthusiastic that fans are eager to attend a live event with family and friends and feel confident about their safety and well-being, as shown in multiple surveys. In order to meet and exceed those expectations, Monster Jam has implemented enhanced health measures to ensure the highest standards of wellness when it comes to today’s live experience. Seating capacity will be reduced at AT&T Stadium to a Pod Seating structure, which will allow family and friends to safely enjoy all the action while social distancing from other groups in attendance. More information about AT&T Stadium’s Safe Stadium Policy can be found here. As an additional precaution for fans, a face covering is required for those age 2 and older. More information about Monster Jam’s Ultimate Lineup for Fan Wellness can be found here.
Monster Jam has reimagined the live event guest experience and created contactless shopping for fans to order merchandise in advance or onsite from the comfort of their seat. Once ordered, guests can pick up their items at a convenient, contactless pickup station during the live event. Additional information can be found here.
Arlington fans will witness a fierce battle for the event championship with each skilled Monster Jam athlete tearing up the dirt with gravity-defying feats in 12,000-pound Monster Jam trucks going head-to-head for points in Freestyle, the Skills Challenge and Racing competitions. Plus, fans can become part of the action by voting for the winner in the Skills Challenge and Freestyle competitions via real-time, in-stadium fan voting on their smartphones.
The all-star truck lineup marks the first time in regular competition that the three Anderson siblings will battle against each other in the same Monster Jam event: the legendary Grave Digger® will be driven by Krysten; fan-favorite Adam trades his black and green wrecking machine for Megalodon®, the truck that redefined the phrase “jumping the shark” and set the GUINNESS WORLD RECORD™ title for the most monster trucks jumped by a monster truck; and in a limited-time, special appearance, Ryan gets behind the wheel of Bakugan Dragonoid™.
12-time Monster Jam World Finals® champion Tom Meents will be competing in Max-D™ Fire, while Todd LeDuc aims to crush the competition in Monster Energy®. Linsey Weenk will compete in Lucas Oil Crusader®. Rounding out this world-class roster are GUINNESS WORLD RECORD title holders Bryce Kenny in Great Clips Mohawk Warrior® and Bari Musawwir in Zombie™, both featured in the August Discovery Channel TV special Monster Jam: Breaking World Records. Cory Rummell vies for the championship in Rage, while father and son duo Matt Pagliarulo and Nick Pagliarulo take to the track in Jester and Kraken, respectively. Axe, driven by Chris Koehler, claims the last spot in the epic 12-truck lineup.
Monster Jam drivers are trained, world-class male and female athletes who have mastered not only the physical strength and mental stamina needed to compete, but the vital dexterity to control 12,000-pound machines capable of doing backflips, vertical two-wheel skills and racing at speeds up to 70 miles-per-hour to produce jaw-dropping, live motorsports action seen around the world.
WHEN: Saturday, October 24, 2020 7:00pm
Sunday, October 25, 2020 3:00pm
WHERE: AT&T Stadium, One AT&T Way, Arlington, TX 76011
TRUCK LINEUP: Megalodon® driven by Adam Anderson; Bakugan Dragonoid™ driven by Ryan Anderson; Grave Digger® driven by Krysten Anderson; Max-D™ Fire driven by Tom Meents; Monster Energy® driven by Todd LeDuc; Great Clips Mohawk Warrior® driven by Bryce Kenny; Zombie™ driven by Bari Musawwir; Lucas Oil Crusader® driven by Linsey Weenk; Axe driven by Chris Koehler; Jester driven by Matt Pagliarulo; Kraken driven by Nick Pagliarulo and Rage driven by Cory Rummell.
**Truck and driver line-up subject to change
TICKETS: Tickets start at $30 each*
Tickets will be available for purchase online at SeatGeek.com.
*Ticket prices subject to change – venue/ticketing fees may apply.
For more info about a Monster Jam event near you, follow Monster Jam on our social media channels: Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. Subscribe to the Monster Jam YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/MonsterJam
CrowdStrike Racing came away with another weekend of strong performances as SRO Motorsports America made its second visit of the season to Circuit of The Americas. With momentum clearly in-hand, the program turns its focus to closing out the season in championship form at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
CrowdStrike Racing drivers Kevin Boehm and CJ Moses turned heads with their performances in the TC America category at COTA with each establishing significant momentum ahead of the Indianapolis finale.
The duo of George Kurtz and Colin Braun will look to make their return to GT World Challenge America powered by AWS competition in the No. 04 CrowdStrike/AWS/DXDT Mercedes-AMG GT3. The car was withdrawn from the COTA weekend Saturday due to an unforeseen family emergency but will return for the Oct. 2-4 Indianapolis weekend, which will run in conjunction with the Intercontinental GT Challenge’s eight-hour race.
TOURING CAR AMERICA
One of the biggest stories of the weekend was the performance of CrowdStrike’s Boehm, who surged into the TCA Drivers Championship lead with a stellar showing at COTA.
Piloting the No. 9 CrowdStrike/AWS/DXDT Honda Performance Development (HPD) Civic Si, Boehm won twice at COTA to go along with a three-race sweep at Road America. He arrived in Austin three points out of the championship lead but unofficially is 32 points in front headed to Indianapolis.
Boehm had the dominant TCA car all weekend. He set the fastest time in Friday’s qualifying session and began out front in each 40-minute Touring Car race. Boehm led by more than seven seconds after the first eight minutes, won by 12.705 seconds and set the fastest lap in class.
It was more of the same Saturday as he raced out to another lead in the opening 20 minutes and again set the fastest lap of the race. He ended the weekend with a hard-fought, fourth-place finish.
“I’m really trying to take things one race at a time, and that’s what we’ve been doing all year,” said Boehm. “We’re still new to this series and the car is still new to us. I’m amazed at how much we’ve learned since we were here in March. To come back here and to get the results we did is pretty memorable. Everything has come together really well. We have the CrowdStrike/AWS/DXDT HPD Civic Si in a great spot heading into Indianapolis. It may have looked easy this weekend, but believe me, it wasn’t!”
In TCR, Moses made huge strides throughout the weekend in his second visit to COTA of the season with the No. 04 CrowdStrike/AWS/DXDT HPD Civic Type R TCR. The familiarity paid dividends throughout the event with one of his most competitive showings to close out the weekend.
Moses did well to finish seventh Friday as the Touring Car field made an early jump on the start and was quickly among the TCR pack despite separate class starts. Moses fell back to 15th but made his way back through the TC cars by the halfway point and finished seventh.
Saturday was a little more routine, but Moses hit on something with his driving in looking ahead to Sunday. That premonition came to reality in the weekend finale. Moses picked up a spot at the start to fifth and proceeded to set his best lap times of the weekend. In fact, he went toe-to-toe with provisional class champion Tyler Maxson late in the race and finished ahead in fourth place to close out the weekend.
“I feel like we came a long way since Friday,” Moses said. “Taking things lap by lap was the key early in the weekend, especially with what happened Friday at the start. I kept feeling more and more comfortable with each lap. By Sunday, I had a level of confidence that I hadn’t felt so far this season. It’s a very satisfying way to close the weekend as we look ahead to Indianapolis.”
BEYOND THE TRACK
As was the case at Sonoma Raceway and Road America – the most recent events in GT World Challenge America powered by AWS – crowdstrikeracing.com offered fans exclusive live streams of both 90-minute races at Circuit of The Americas.
Specialized play-by-play commentary with insight from Boehm’s and Moses’ perspectives as a racer and engineer combined with advanced data display using P1Software and tools from Amazon gave viewers the most complete analysis of GT World Challenge competition.
In addition, CrowdStrike continued its support of SRO America and its competitors in awarding the CrowdStrike Fastest Lap honors at the end of each race for GT World Challenge America, Pirelli GT4 America Sprint and SprintX, and TC America. At season’s end, the driver with the greatest number of fastest race laps will receive a year-end reward package from CrowdStrike.
Boehm also shared more of his winning success at COTA with his teammates at Operation Motorsport. The organization seeks to place retired or injured service members within teams during the weekend. It is one of many ways CrowdStrike supports and lifts up those who have sacrificed by their military service.
At Circuit of the Americas, Staff Sgt. William Babineau (Ret.) - an Operation Motorsport team member - was part of Boehm’s victorious effort and will be with the Boehm Racing team again at Indianapolis.
He is one of the many veterans whom Operation Motorsport has helped transition into new careers following their military service. Operation Motorsport is a veteran-led and operated, not-for-profit (US 501(c)(3)) that serves American & Canadian service members and veterans, and was founded on the basis of three simple words: Excite, Engage and Empower.
The premise is to engage ill and injured service members and veterans affected by military service, through motorsport activities and opportunities to aid in their recovery and rehabilitation. Operation Motorsport provides a chance for veterans to use their skill sets in a variety of areas including paddock operations, car and tire prep, marketing, social media and other key areas that are part of a racing program.
The GT World Challenge Powered by AWS and TC America will wrap up their seasons at Indianapolis Motor Speedway along with the Intercontinental GT Challenge from October 1-4. For more information on the series and for the livestreamed races, visit the new crowdstrikeracing.com.
The biggest paying and most prestigious Late Model Stock race of 2020, the Heritage Transportation Risk Management “Old North State Nationals” presented by GXS Wraps, will move south to Greenville-Pickens Speedway and the $86,875 total purse will travel with it on October 24th-25th.
The move comes on the heels of North Carolina governor’s decision to continue to restrict fan attendance at race tracks to just 50 total people.
The 200 lap race will pay $30,000 to win and $1,250 to take the green flag with additional purse money up for grabs. The event format will remain the same as a season ago, with qualifying and qualifying races determining the starting field. The main event will once again be just a six (6) tire race with controlled cautions utilized to change tires and add fuel. Tire changes and fuel additions cannot take place on the same controlled caution, creating a multi pit stop race for teams.
Heritage Transportation Risk Management will be the new title sponsor of the “South Carolina” edition of the Old North State Nationals, with annual supporter GXS Wraps presenting qualifying races on Saturday night October 24th. In addition, Busy Beaver Tree Service of Greenville, South Carolina will award $2,000 to the leader of lap 50, 100, and 150 on Sunday’s main event; while Peformancecenter Racing Warehouse will also award $500 to the driver who leads the most laps. Each qualifying race winner and the last chance race winner will add an additional $250 to their winnings check. Over the four weeks leading up the event Greenville-Pickens Speedway will host a Facebook Live drawing for two (2) free tires every Wednesday for teams that have filed their entry form online to encourage early entry by competitors.
“It has been a challenging year with everything that has been going on. We’ve had to move dates, relocate to different race tracks, and faced numerous other challenges behind the scenes to get this season completed in its entirety,” explained CARS Tour owner, Jack McNelly. “I think with today’s announcement that we are moving the Old North State Nationals to Greenville-Pickens, people will see that while many big races have canceled, the CARS Tour is doing what it takes to make things happen the way we said we were going to. I think teams, drivers, and fans will get the biggest and best weekend of Late Model Stock Car racing in the country on October 24th and 25th.”
The weekend will kick off with an optional test day on Friday October 23rd that is free to attend for fans.
Saturday’s qualifying night presented by GXS Wraps will set the 28 car starting field. Single car qualifying will lock in the top five starters and pay $250 for the Hedgecock pole position. Positions 6th through 21st will be determined by 25 lap qualifying heat races, with positions 22nd through 26th set by a 25 lap last chance race. The final two positions in the field will be awarded to the highest non-qualified driver in CARS Late Model Stock Tour championship owner points. Following the night’s racing action, the Tyler Hatley Band will kick off a post-race concert and party to cap off the night.
The biggest payday of the year for Late Model Stocks will take place on Sunday afternoon, October 25th and feature 200 green flag laps of racing. Fans are encouraged to arrive early and attend the Windshield Deep (short) Trackside Live pre-race show on the speedway concourse prior to the field taking the green flag at 3pm.
“Even though we are having to move the Old North State Nationals out of state, I think Greenville-Pickens will be a great facility to host such a big event. A big thanks goes to Heritage Risk Management, GXS Wraps, and Anthony Anders for helping make this all happen,” noted Series Director, Chris Ragle. “This race will be the biggest Late Model Stock race in the country this year without question. If you’re a competitor you have to be here to race against the best, if you’re a race fan then this is the ticket you need to buy. You will see one guy win $30,000 and on the same afternoon we will crown a 2020 Late Model Stock champion. It will be an awesome way to close out such a difficult season.”
Tickets for the Old North State Nationals are on sale now only at www.carsracingtour.com, and reflect heavy savings for those purchasing in advance.
General admission tickets to Saturday’s qualifying race day and concert are $15.00 in advance and $22.00 the day of the event for adults thirteen years of age and older. Kids twelve and under are free with a paid adult. Trackside parking spots are $13 in advance and $20 the day of the event.
Sunday afternoon’s 200 lap main event, general admission ticket will be $23 in advance and $30 the day of the event for adults thirteen years of age and older. Kids twelve and under are free with a paid adult. Trackside parking spots are $13 in advance and $20 the day of the event.
Camping for the event weekend is free and heavily encouraged by both CARS and Greenville-Pickens Speedway.
For additional information on the CARS Late Model Stock Tour and the CARS Super Late Model Tour visit www.carsracingtour.com. Be sure to stay active and social with the tour by liking “CARS Tour” on Facebook, following @CARSTour on Twitter, and scrolling through photos on Instagram cars_tour. Additional series information can be obtained by calling the CARS Tour series office, located in Mooresville, NC, at 704.662.9212.
Andretti Autosport has confirmed today that Zach Veach will relinquish his role as driver of the No. 26 Gainbridge Honda for the remainder of the 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season. A replacement driver for the No. 26 will be named in the coming days.
STATEMENT FROM ZACH VEACH:
"The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car. This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 INDYCAR season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.
"This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step.
"I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.
"My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021."
STATEMENT FROM MICHAEL ANDRETTI:
"We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character. Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend."
(Courtesy of Andretti Autosport)