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Adam Sinclair

Adam Sinclair

Adam has been a race fan since the first time he went through the tunnel under the Daytona International Speedway more than 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, 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

Be sure to tune in for his sports talk program, Thursday Night Thunder, where he discusses the latest in motorsports news with drivers, crew members, and fans. The show takes place (almost) every Thursday at 8:00 pm EST on the Speedway Digest Radio Network. 

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 Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, is returning to South Florida with its ultimate automotive lifestyle event, April 13-15, 2023, at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Celebrating 20 years in Palm Beach, the 2023 Palm Beach Auction will once again be the East Coast’s epicenter for collector car enthusiasts featuring a docket of coveted collectible vehicles, dozens of sponsor and exhibitor displays, and thrill rides in the latest performance vehicles from Dodge, Toyota, Ford, and Chevrolet.

2020 Ford GT from The Steve Todhunter Collection

2020 Ford GT from The Steve Todhunter Collection

“As one of our longest running events, the Palm Beach Auction has become a pinnacle event for enthusiasts to find an incredible selection of collectible vehicles in one of the country’s most popular destinations,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Unlike anything else, Barrett-Jackson’s ultimate automotive lifestyle event has something for everyone. From our diverse No Reserve docket featuring hundreds of desirable collectibles to exciting auction action in the arena and hot laps and thrill rides in the latest performance vehicles on the Barrett-Jackson Performance Track, it’s the perfect event for the entire family.”

Among several of the top vehicles crossing the auction block in Palm Beach with No Reserve is a 2020 Ford GT and a 2005 Ford GT, both from The Steve Todhunter Collection. The 2020 third generation Ford GT is finished in Triple Yellow Tri-Coat paint, accented by Shadow Black overtop stripes reminiscent of a 1967 GT40 racing livery and has less than 1,300 miles. The 2005 model, finished in Mark IV Red with white Le Mans stripes and a Code LB Ebony Black leather interior, has just 538 miles.

1966 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova SS "Novakill"

1966 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova SS “Novakill”

The diverse docket will also feature an impressive selection of custom one-off vehicles like the custom 1966 Chevrolet Chevy II Nova SS nicknamed “Novakill” and impeccably built Resto-Mods, including examples from the highly desirable SUV market such as a custom 1969 Ford Bronco powered by a Gen 3 Ford 5.0-liter Coyote crate engine.

Novakill is powered by its supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 crate engine mated to an 8-speed transmission and has been rotisserie-restored and upgraded with the latest technology. Riding on its Detroit Speed chassis, this one-off custom vehicle was finished in January of this year and features just 100 test miles.

This custom 1969 Ford Bronco’s Gen 3 Ford 5.0-liter Coyote crate engine produces more than 460 hp and is paired to its 6-speed automatic transmission. Built by OMF Car Craft, this tan Bronco rides on a Kincer chassis with a 2.5-inch lift and includes modern upgrades such as Vintage Air, a 7-inch Apple Car Play display, Bluetooth capability, Dakota Digital gauges and a color-matched Raptor-lined interior and engine compartment as well as a black Raptor-lined undercoating.

“On the heels of our record-breaking Scottsdale Auction in January, we’re eager to bring the hobby’s momentum and passion to the collector car community in Florida once again,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “With a diverse docket appealing to collectors at every level, we’re committed to growing this hobby by ensuring the first-time buyers, and veteran collectors alike, can find the crown jewel they’ve always dreamed of owning.”

2009 Ford Mustang Iacocca 45th Anniversary Edition

2009 Ford Mustang Iacocca 45th Anniversary Edition

Barrett-Jackson made history in January by surpassing the $150 million milestone in total dollars raised for charity. To date, the company has raised nearly $152 million and will continue to advance its charitable giving in Palm Beach with the sale of multiple charity vehicles. Among the charity vehicles crossing the block is a 2009 Ford Mustang Iacocca 45th Anniversary Edition benefiting Ellis Island Honors Society.

Number 15 of the 45 Iacocca Mustangs built, this 45th Anniversary Edition vehicle has less than 1,000 actual miles on the odometer. Rare and highly collectible, this iconic Mustang benefiting the Ellis Island Honors Society will help support their efforts in honoring the contributions made by immigrants and their descendants throughout American history, by creating scholarships, supporting cultural events and programs, and helping raises funds for disaster relief efforts worldwide.

Barrett-Jackson is currently accepting consignments for the 2023 Palm Beach Auction. Those interested in being a part of the auction may consign their collector vehicle here. Those interested in registering to bid for the 2023 Palm Beach Auction may do so here.

To purchase tickets and VIP packages to the event, click here. Join Barrett-Jackson’s online conversation on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube #BarrettJackson.

Reigning Hypercar World Champions Toyota Gazoo Racing got their 2023 season off to the best possible start with a one-two win at today’s 1000 Miles of Sebring.
Kamui Kobayashi steered the No.7 Toyota GR010 Hybrid Hypercar he shared with Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez to the checkered flag 2.168s ahead of the sister No. 8 car which was driven by Sebastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Ryo Hirakawa. The No. 7's victory in Sebring sees the Japanese manufacturer take its 40th win in the WEC.
The newly-named Hertz Team JOTA squad took the first LMP2 win of the year with its No.48 Oreca-Gibson.
Yifei Ye, Will Stevens and David Beckmann controlled the second half of the event and despite a late splash and dash pit-stop, that at one stage appeared to jeopardise their victory, the trio took the checkered flag by a slender 2.8s margin.
Corvette Racing took the victory on home turf as the No. 33 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R claimed the first LMGTE Am win of 2023 as Nicolas Varrone, Ben Keating and Nicky Catsburg put on a dominant display.
The American entered team dominated the final half of the race to ensure reigning category champion Keating begins title defense in style. His teammates Varrone and Catsburg each notched up their first WEC wins.
Read the full news reports from Hypercar, LMP2 and LMGTE Am on the FIA WEC website HERE.

By Holly Cain, Jeff Olson and Mark Robinson

IMSA Wire Service

Unofficial Race Results


SEBRING, Fla. – The pole-sitting No. 31 Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac V-Series.R won Saturday’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring at the historic Sebring International Raceway – the team’s first victory in IMSA’s new Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) class era.


But this win was hardly so straightforward.


An action-packed thrill show, the famed IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race featured intrigue and drama from the time Pipo Derani in the No. 31 Cadillac took the opening green flag to the time his teammate Jack Aitken took the closing checkered.


A dramatic three-car accident eliminated the top-three running cars with only 19 minutes remaining in the 12-hour race, but the No. 31 Cadillac was able to navigate through the wreck and go on to a 2.940-second win over Nick Yelloly in the No. 25 BMW M Team RLL BMW M Hybrid V8 following a final restart.


“Obviously it was quite tricky at the end,’’ said Aitken, who conceded he and his team – including co-drivers Derani and Alexander Sims – were essentially trying to count cars to see where they were in the race order after Aitken avoided the accident.


“There was a lot going on,’’ Aitken said smiling. “To be honest, we were struggling a lot with the tires at the end. It’s not really how you want to win the race, but we were there when we needed to be and kept it clean. It’s a great reward for the Whelen Engineering guys, they did a massive job this week. Thank you to them.’’


Victory lane at the 3.54-mile, 17-turn Sebring circuit was a mixture of joy and even surprise considering the dramatic ending. The BMW team had a rough start to the weekend – its two cars qualifying sixth and eighth in the eight-car GTP class – after a rough start to the season with finishes of sixth and ninth in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona.


Saturday’s Sebring runner-up effort marks the first podium for all three BMW drivers this year – Yelloly, Connor De Phillippi and Sheldon van der Linde.


The race-defining accident involved the three frontrunning cars. Filipe Albuquerque in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-06 fielded by Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti Autosport pulled up alongside Mathieu Jaminet in the leading No. 6 Porsche Penske Motorsport Porsche 963 hoping to overtake at Turn 3 as they came upon slower GT cars.


Instead, Albuquerque, went wide to avoid the Porsche that was trying to avoid another car and the No. 10 ran off course. When Albuquerque’s Acura came back across the track, it hit Jaminet’s race-leading Porsche. They also collected the third-place No. 7 Porsche Penske Motorsport Porsche 963 driven by Felipe Nasr in the melee. None of the drivers were injured, but the near miss still hurt.


“It’s kind of standard Sebring at the end of the race,” said Jaminet’s co-driver, Dane Cameron. “It gets pretty rowdy in the night, the restarts in the dark and you come up on GTs. Obviously, it’s disappointing to end this way, but I must say I’m very, very proud of Mathieu.


“He was flying and doing a fantastic job and put us in position to win. It’s unfortunate it ended the way that it did but I’m very proud of all the boys and girls on the team. It’s been very difficult and many, many, many hours preparing. It’s shame but I understand what Mathieu was doing there and it’s just unfortunate.”


For Derani, it marks a fourth Twelve Hours of Sebring victory and his 12th all-time win in the series. It was Sims’ sixth IMSA win and first at Sebring, and Aitken’s first IMSA victory.


“You have to be lucky in motorsport and we were still there at the end,’’ said Derani, who shared that this was his first victory as a father – his daughter born just three months ago.


Saturday’s endurance event often showed the heart and the beat of a sprint race.


Television cameras captured team owner Wayne Taylor’s face as he watched his car collected in the crash with only minutes remaining. As his team loaded the damaged car into his team trailer, Taylor was philosophic.


“All we can do is prepare for the next one,’’ Taylor said. “What can you do? It happens.


“This one was one of the craziest (races) I’ve seen, really,’’ he added. “And I’ve seen a lot.’’


The No. 6 Porsche Penske was officially scored third in GTP with Taylor’s No. 10 Acura fourth and the No. 7 Porsche Penske fifth. The season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona-winning No. 60 Meyer Shank Racing with Curb Agajanian Acura was scored sixth in the GTP class. And the No. 24 BMW M Team RLL car finished eighth in GTP and 51st overall after an early retirement.


Chip Ganassi Racing’s Cadillac Racing entry also suffered an early exit, having to suddenly pit from the lead – with smoke trailing from the car. Driver Sebastien Bourdais climbed out quickly and safely, and the No. 01 Cadillac was scored seventh in class.


After examining the car, Cadillac Racing issued a statement explaining the car “experienced a fuel distribution system issue,’’ noting it was the first time the team had encountered the problem at the track despite preseason and regular-season testing at Sebring.


“Cadillac Racing will figure out the root cause and prepare for the next race,’’ the statement read.


The car, which started on the outside of the front row, led a race-high 119 of the opening 240 laps and had finished on the podium – in third place – at the season-opening Rolex 24 in January.


“The guys did such a great job,’’ Bourdais said. “It’s heartbreaking.


“It was very competitive, obviously,’’ he added. “We definitely could keep up with the Acuras for sure. … We’ll just keep at it.’’


The Sebring victory was enough to propel the No. 31 Cadillac into the GTP championship lead, by 10 points over the No. 10 Acura and 70 ahead of the No. 01 Cadillac. The GTP class returns to action April 14-15 at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.


The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship resumes April 14-15 at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Tower Recovers to Capture LMP2 Victory


The key to Tower Motorsports’ victory in the Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) class was patience. Twelve hours of it, to be exact.


Scott McLaughlin took the class lead under caution late in the race in the team’s No. 8 ORECA LMP2 07, then held off a fierce challenge from Mikkel Jensen during the final four minutes to win the eight-car class in a wild finish.


McLaughlin, the IndyCar Series regular and three-time Australian Supercars champion, won for the first time in just his second WeatherTech Championship race. He shared the victory with teammates John Farano (the team owner) and Kyffin Simpson.


An incident midway through the race involving Simpson sent the car to the pits for repairs, but the trio rallied to get the No. 8 back in front for the finish. The victory made up for a disappointing fifth-place finish in the Rolex 24 At Daytona. 


“It’s not just me, it’s the bounce-back from the whole team,” McLaughlin said. “Daytona was a tough one, as we all know, but Kyffin drove well today, as well as John. They really put us on the right path.”


Simpson’s spin happened in Turn 1, but the crew was able to quickly repair the damage and get the Tower car back on pace without losing a lap.


“Pushed a little too hard there and got crossed up at T1,” Simpson tweeted after the incident. “Thankfully the damage was just cosmetic and the team did an incredible job fixing the car up. We literally lost a few seconds and 1 place. Insane.”


McLaughlin, who won three IndyCar races last season for Team Penske, joked with Simpson in Victory Lane.


“Our guys got the car back together after our little guy’s misdemeanor,” McLaughlin said. “We’ll let him off the hook now.”


McLaughlin had the lead on a restart with 32 minutes left, initially holding off a challenge from Paul-Loup Chatin in the No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA he shared with Ben Keating and Alex Quinn. On the final restart with four minutes remaining, though, McLaughlin faced a different challenger – Jensen in the No. 11 TDS Racing ORECA that he co-drive with Scott Huffaker and Steven Thomas.


McLaughlin crossed the line in third place overall in the 53-car field, 0.834 seconds ahead of Jensen.


“I’m really proud of everyone on the team,” McLaughlin said. “The strategy at the end was just incredible. Glad I could hold them off for them.”

Fraga Pushes No. 74 Riley Ligier to LMP3 Triumph


It was an earlier chaotic scene – and the luck of the bounce – that determined the outcome of the Le Mans Prototype 3 (LMP3) class, which saw the No. 74 Riley Ligier JS P320 trio of Gar Robinson, Josh Burdon and Felipe Fraga take the victory.


The No. 30 Jr III Racing Ligier built nearly a full-lap lead on the LMP3 field entering the final two hours, but a full-course caution allowed Fraga in the No. 74 to close up behind Garett Grist, the finishing driver of the No. 30, for a restart with 78 minutes to go. Encouraged by new tires put on the No. 74 during a pit stop under the yellow, the Brazilian made the pass for the lead on the first lap following the restart, then dodged a tire that came loose from the No. 51 Rick Ware Racing ORECA LMP2 07.


“The team made a good call before that restart,” Fraga said. “We decided to come in and put stickers on and not scrubs. I was like going crazy on the restart to try and win; you have like one chance. I tried to pass Garett and it worked out with the new tires.”


“Then we got so lucky as well. There was a wheel bouncing in Turn 1 (off the No. 51). The wheel was coming straight to me. It was unbelievable, and the wheel just bounced in front of me and hit him. I’m so sorry for Garett but very happy for us.”


Grist wasn’t as lucky. The tire smashed the left front of the Jr III Ligier, eliminating it from the race and allowing Fraga to cruise home a lap ahead of Matthew Bell in the No. 13 AWA Duqueine D08. Tijmen van der Helm brought the No. 85 JDC Miller MotorSports Duqueine home in third.


It marked the 10th WeatherTech Championship LMP3 victory for Robinson, the eighth for Fraga and second for Burdon. It is the first Twelve Hours of Sebring win for all three, though Robinson and Fraga have shared wins at the other three IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup events.


“This is one of the most taxing races in the world and anything can happen here,” Robinson said. “We definitely had to make sure we were in position if someone else had a failure or a problem or a mistake, that we were able to capitalize on it. Fortunately for us, that happened.”


Since Sebring is the first points-paying race of 2023 for the LMP3 class, the No. 74 leads with 380 points, followed by the No. 13 AWA Duqueine with 344.

The Heart of Racing (HOR) was back in IMSA WeatherTech action this weekend, returning to another legendary circuit to take on the Sebring 12 Hour with the two-car squad looking to build on its strong start to the 2023 season. 

HOR drivers Roman De Angelis, Marco Sorensen, and Ian James teamed in the  No. 27 Heart of Racing Aston Martin Vantage GTD, while the No. 23 Heart of Racing Aston Martin GTD PRO machine once again had Alex Riberas, Ross Gunn, and David Pittard sharing the driving duties. 

Starting from the seventh row, James powered through the opening three hours of the race and moved forward as the track temperatures rose in the warm Florida conditions. Racing forward and into podium contention within the first hour, James then turned the car over to Sorensen. De Angelis was next up in the car, driving it up to third before turning the Aston Martin back to Sorensen, who drove the car into the lead on lap 185. 

After a driver change under a caution, De Angelis was hit from behind on the restart, forcing him back to thirteenth. Over the course of 24 laps and two caution periods, De Angelis made his way back to sit second in GTD competition with three and half hours remaining. Sorensen took the Aston Martin to the lead on lap 284 before a caution returned just three laps later. 

Unfortunately, the promising run to a Sebring podium ended when Sorenson was forced off track as he raced through traffic late in the race. The World Champion was able to get the car off to a safe location, but the race was run for the team. 

The GTD Pro effort saw Riberas place the Aston Martin Vantage third on the starting grid. A pair of procedural penalties slowed the effort briefly before Gunn took over the controls in seventh. But the bad luck didn’t stop there, as three and half hours into the race Gunn encountered an electrical issue exiting turn seven forcing the car to the paddock. The HOR team was able to diagnose and fix this issue in just 18 minutes and get the Aston Martin back on track. Restarting 10 laps down, the No. 23 team continued to push forward as the team continued to deliver quick pit stops and well-executed strategy to take an eighth place finish. 

The Heart of Racing’s next IMSA WeatherTech event will be the Grand Prix of Long Beach April 14th and 15th. The WeatherTech teams will be joined by HOR’s Formula Drift squad at the California event. 


Heart of Racing Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Quoteboard 

Roman De Angelis — "The race was pretty chaotic, we went from the front to the back a couple of times. I thought we had a really good change at the end leading the last few hours, but some pretty stupid driving from somebody else put us in a bad position and the car couldn't finish due to a broken suspension. That was not the way we wanted to end, at least we could have grabbed some good points at the end with the way our strategy turned out, but that's racing. Hopefully we can come back and get some points in Long Beach."


Marco Sorensen — “To end the weekend like we did just now was definitely not the plan. There isn’t a whole lot that I could have done differently when a car just cuts across the track. It shows a little bit of lack of perspective in general in the paddock, but it is what it is now. We can’t change it. We just have to come back at Long Beach. The team did a really really good job and the car was actually better than what we expected to have here at Sebring. It’s been a pleasure all weekend and we have a good car, it was just unfortunate.”  


Ian James — "I think the team performed really well, it was a pleasure to drive with Roman and Marco here at Sebring. I had three pretty good stints to start there and I really thought we were on for a good result, but unfortunately somebody else's stupidity took us out. That is all part of racing, you have the highs and the lows. Our high was Daytona and now we are seeing a low. The most frustrating part is we had a car that could have won, but that's okay because we will bounce back. 


Alex Riberas — "In the beginning of the race everything was going very well and according to plan. It is tough to process the fact that we had a car to fight to the victory today, but due to mechanical failure we were unable to stay on the lead lap. On the other side the team stayed positive and we know we are executing well, everything that is in our control is really well. I remain positive for the future and I can not wait for Long Beach."


Ross Gunn — "Super disappointing to have an issue early on when we had a very strong base. It's a very similar story to Daytona, very unfortunate because all the guys worked super hard for this weekend to give us a great car. Really, really disappointing, but we will fight back in Long Beach."


David Pittard — "This was the first Sebring Twelve Hours for me, it was actually good to finish because that was an experience on its own for me. I have always loved watching IMSA racing because the races are always so close in the final minutes. It was awesome racing, I am ashamed we were a few laps down, but it happens. Big huge thank you to the Heart of Racing guys for their hard efforts."

After an intense late-race restart Era Motorsport landed on the podium for the LMP2 class at the 2023 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, despite spending the majority of the race attempting to recover from the back of the field.


With less than 10 minutes left on the clock, Christian Rasmussen, in his third ever LMP2 start, passed two cars to take the team from a successful comeback to the lead lap even further into an unexpected, and much-welcomed podium finish shared with team mates Ryan Dalziel and Dwight Merriman.


The race week started off strong for Era Motorsport with three practice sessions, two of which were led by the team, with the third putting the team second fastest in class. While the No. 18 qualified at the back of the field, the pace was very close and the outlook was promising that the team would continue the trend of podium-after-podium at the historic 12 hour race.


Unfortunately, on one of the opening laps of the race, a spin put the No. 18 further on the back foot, and various drive-through penalties brought their deficit to the leading car to over two laps.


With memories of a similar situation at the Rolex 24 at Daytona just months earlier starting to come back, the team went into action and started pushing as hard as they could to make sure Sebring would still bring redemption over the tragic retirement that started the season.


While hard work and determination payed off by finally getting back onto the lead lap and taking fifth place by the closing hours of the race, the final restart would see Christian Rasmussen finishing a triple stint by overtaking two more cars in the space of about one lap with under ten minutes left in the race, taking a class podium, and fifth overall.


Dalziel, who watched the final portion of the race intently from the team pit box said, “Oh man, what a crazy last hour. Nine hours of trying to get ourselves out of a hole, and then it just suddenly started to make sense. 


“The car was fast, the team did a great job, and then Christian just brought it home for us there in the last couple laps, and we got some good points for the championship!.”


Rasmussen said of the race, “I mean, we spent the whole race basically in last place trying to get those laps back that we lost, and then it literally came down to the last hour.


“On the last restart I found myself in a good position, and ready to send it. I had good tires, I had good fuel, and I was ready to go. I just took all the opportunities that came my way, and then we ended up in third.


“It’s my first time finishing an endurance race, and I finished on the podium! So hopefully there'll be many more of these to come in the future. 


“I’d like to thank everyone at Era Motorsports and Kyle Tilley, Sarah Tilly, and everyone involved for giving me this opportunity, and without them I wouldn't be here.”


Team mate Dwight Merriman was also impressed by the late-race success, not only because of Rasmussen’s abilities, but because of the strength of field.


“It was a tough race,” said Merriman, “and I think the team did a great job finishing where we did. I was kind of impressed that there were five LMP2 cars on the lead lap after 12 hours, and just seconds apart.”


“It was one of the best races of the day as far as the classes go. So I think it's really cool that the LMP2 class was that competitive in terms of the race.”


Team-owner Kyle Tilley who has podiumed four times at the Twelve Hours of Sebring is equally as impressed with, and proud of the race the team put together.


“Honestly, I think we were all super proud of our efforts when we reached fifth place on the lead lap,” he said.


“For Christian to take a triple stint to finish the race, and then put us on the podium after trying to claw back time all day was unbelievable, especially in his third race in the car!


“At Daytona we had probably the fastest car, but weren’t able to make our comeback due to motor issues, here we were able to make good on that effort. If this race doesn’t show the threat we are in LMP2 this year, I don’t know what will.”

As the 2023 season of Formula One continued in Jeddah over the weekend, avid fans have been eager to see their favourite drivers back in the driving seat. Finnish casino review site Bonusetu has tracked the growth of Instagram followers of each Formula One driver over the past two weeks to discover their increased popularity. Within the two-week timeframe tracked, the first and second races of the 2023 Formula One season had been aired.  



1. Fernando Alonso – 243,583 followers  

Alonso wowed Formula One fans once again this weekend with his second podium of the season, coming in third place at the Saudi Arabian GP. Soon after the celebrations had begun on the podium, his ranking was relegated to fourth place due to a ten-second time penalty not being served correctly. After three hours, and a quick appeal by Aston Martin, his third-place ranking was restored. The Aston Martin driver has clearly made an impression with viewers as an enormous 243,583 new fans of his have flocked to his Instagram following his amazing drives in both the Bahrain and Saudi Arabia races.



2. Lewis Hamilton – 178,533 followers 

Lewis Hamilton comes in second place as the most popular Formula One driver, gaining an enormous 178,533 Instagram followers over the past two weeks. Despite coming in fifth place in the season's first and second races, Lewis still has a great pull with viewers and fans.


3. Charles Leclerc - 130,905 followers

Charles Leclerc is the third most popular Formula One driver following his races in Bahrain and Jeddah. The Ferrari driver gained a massive 130,905 Instagram followers over the past two weeks, despite his unfortunate retirement from the first race of the season and his seventh-place ranking in the Saudi Arabian race.


4. Sergio Perez – 81,415 followers

The Red Bull driver wowed fans this weekend with his first-place win in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, beating his teammate and current world champ Max Verstappen. Perez has gained a respectable 81,415 followers since the first two races of the season, making him the fourth most popular driver.


5. Carlos Sainz - 78,559 followers

Carlos Sainz comes in fifth place as the most popular driver after gaining an impressive 78,559 Instagram followers over the past two weeks.


6. Max Verstappen- 64,469

7. Lance Stroll – 42,953

8. Pierre Gasly – 38,961

9. George Russell – 37,116

10. Lando Norris - 25,952



A spokesperson from Bonusetu commented on the findings: 


“The massive increase in Instagram followers for these Formula One drivers in partly due to the release of the latest series of Drive to Survive. Drive to Survive not only generates new fans and viewers of Formula One as a sport, but it also fleshes out the personalities and vulnerability of the drivers themselves. This leads to more fans ultimately seeing the person behind the car and flocking to their favourite driver's social media pages to follow their journeys. This being said, the dramatic increase in followers for Fernando Alonso is mainly due to his amazing performance in Bahrain and the Saudi Arabian races. As the oldest driver on the grid, Alonso's experience, along with his fantastic Aston Martin car, may just make him a top contender for this year's Formula One Championship. Alonso has further reason to celebrate, as he has earned his 100th podium in Formula One due to his P3 ranking this weekend."




Top 10 most popular Formula One drivers according to Instagram follower increase 

Driver 6th March 20th March Increase in followers between first and second race
Fernando Alonso 5,170,798 5,414,381 243,583
Lewis Hamilton 31,755,480 31,934,013 178,533
Charles Leclerc 10,134,320 10,265,225 130,905
Sergio Perez 5,450,625 5,532,040 81,415
Carlos Sainz 6,376,646 6,455,205 78,559
Max Verstappen 9,568,596 9,633,065 64,469
Lance Stroll 899,418 942,371 42,953
Pierre Gasly 3,869,915 3,908,876 38,961
George Russell 4,133,712 4,170,828 37,116
Lando Norris 6,031,786 6,057,738 25,952

As the Formula DRIFT team planned for the 20th Anniversary year, everybody involved wanted to mark the milestone in a special way. We listed a few of the changes last year and some have already started to take shape. For example, the first episodes of Outerzone: The Official Formula DRIFT Podcast are now available at or Early episodes include interviews with FD President Ryan Sage, Judge and Commentator Ryan Lanteigne, three-time FD PRO Champion Fredric Aasbo, and Championship contender Matt Field. The Outerzone was introduced to give fans a better insight into the sport and a deeper dive into some of the big storylines. 

The 2023 event schedule is relatively unchanged, apart from the opening round of the PROSPEC Championship. It now takes place at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, giving the teams a high-speed challenge to kick-start their season. This has also allowed FD to remove the vehicle count cap, which was introduced in 2022 when smaller tracks were in use. 

Behind the scenes, Formula DRIFT has been busy signing new multi-year contracts with many of the tracks to help ensure stability for the series moving forward. It helps with continuity and allows the teams to plan travel budgets into the future. Seven of the eight venues are now under multi-year agreements.

In addition to signing contracts, FD also requested a number of changes from the track owners, including new layouts where possible, new pavement and drainage at St Louis, as well as permanent zone markings to assist with driver precision and judging. These changes will help to provide more consistent conditions for the teams as they travel the country.

As previously revealed, Formula DRIFT will also be increasing the prize money available to the successful teams. Essentially, all the driver registration fees will be invested back into the drivers, resulting in almost $300,000 available to PRO and PROSPEC Championship contenders. The increase is a reflection of the value the series places on the competitors and is significantly more than most motorsports series offer on a relative basis. 

After reviewing the 2022 season, Formula DRIFT also elected to return to the previous Championship schedule. This means PROSPEC teams will qualify on Thursday and competition will take place on Friday. The PRO Championship is unchanged and will continue to qualify on Friday and compete on Saturday. The change was made in response to the very long days that resulted from having both series qualify and compete together on the same days.


With the departure of Falken Tire, Formula DRIFT worked hard to find a replacement and actually come up with two. For the 2023 season, FD PRO drivers will be able to work with the following brands:

  • GT Radial 
  • Kenda Tire
  • Nexen Tire 
  • Nitto Tire 
  • Vitour Tires 


Nitto has won the Formula DRIFT PRO Tire Cup numerous times, while GT Radial was runner-up last year and will continue to be the spec tire for the PROSPEC teams. Nexen was also able to record a win at the Utah round last year, so teams certainly have competitive options.


A brand-new, intuitive Qualifying format will debut this year, mixing the old and new. A deductive system without sector scores but with judges quantifying mistakes is a nod to the old-school but with a new school twist. That, along with reverting to reverse-order qualifying is bound to keep driver and spectator tension high. 

One major addition poised to be a game-changer in terms of the competition heats is the debut of the brand-new Formula DRIFT “Decel Light.” It measures g-force during both acceleration and deceleration, helping the judges see what is going on inside the car. The light is now brighter and is fitted to both A-pillars on each car. Furthermore, live telemetry will debut this year and will be featured not only on the free-to-view livestream broadcasts but is planned to be implemented on a new phone app called FD Unlocked. It is hoped that fans will be able to see live telemetry from each competition car with in-car camera views available on-demand in one slick application. 

The Formula DRIFT drones have been a huge success since their livestream introduction several years ago. For 2023, two drones will be active on every run to ensure the fans and judges have the best view of a driver’s line and any indiscretions. It should help to attribute points or blame for a collision more accurately. It’s also hoped that the new technology will help to contain the FD competition livestream to approximately three-hour broadcasts, which is the equivalent of an NFL or MLB game. However, pro football rarely has a car in the barriers or oil on the field, so there will always be an element of the unknown with FD events.

For the 2023 season, Formula DRIFT is introducing a rotating panel of judges. Regulars Ryan Lanteigne, Brian Eggert and Chris Uhl will be joined ex-driver and FD Japan judge, Robbie Nishida. Three of them will judge each round while the fourth becomes a driver’s steward. They will trade places each round to keep everything fresh. 

Fans will also have rotating announcers during the weekend alongside regular Jarod DeAnda. The second seat will be filled by either Ryan Sage, Ryan Lanteigne or Robbie Nishida. Additionally, Matt Soppa will announce all PROSPEC sessions to bring his unique perspective. 


Plans for the previously announced Formula DRIFT Hall of Fame are well underway. The City of Long Beach has generously donated a plot near its Convention Center for the series monument, which will bear the names of Hall of Fame inductees as they’re announced. The process will begin at the opening round in Long Beach where the first two inductees will be introduced to the fans. 

Each Hall of Famer will receive a commemorative ring designed by Jostens, the company that produces MLB World Series and NFL Super Bowl rings. Each ring is valued at $10,000 encrusted with diamonds and valuable gemstones. The rings play an important role in cementing Formula DRIFT as a genuine force in the global motorsports community. It also allows the series to recognize individuals who have been instrumental in catapulting the sport to its current position of strength.

“Everybody at Formula DRIFT has been looking forward to our 20th Anniversary with a mixed feeling of excitement and disbelief,” said Ryan Sage, Formula DRIFT President. “We’ve come so far in what feels like a very short time but we’ve outlasted many of our competitors and risen to become one of the preeminent motorsports series in the world. To celebrate our success, we wanted to make significant changes that would be recognized by the fans and teams, such as helping to streamline the judging process in both qualifying and competition. We’re also giving back even more to the sport, increasing the prize purse for competitors and recognizing the impact people have had through the Formula DRIFT Hall of Fame. 

“We’re also excited to have a number of drivers rejoin the series, such as three-time Champion James Deane and fan favorite Forrest Wang adding to the tremendous talent pool we already have. And while it’s been sad to see a number of top drivers leave, we’re confident our 20th Anniversary season will be the best yet. We’re looking forward to seeing the teams and fans at the opening rounds in Long Beach and Atlanta.”


The opening round of the 2023 formula DRIFT PRO Championship takes place at Streets of Long Beach on April 7-8. The first round of the PROSPEC Championship takes place at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta on May 11-13 and will also host Round 2 for the FD PRO teams. 

Please visit for the competition schedule, ticket information, driver profiles, special content, and the event livestream.



Formula DRIFT is recognized as the leading international drifting championship. Established on the streets of Japan, drifting has evolved into a worldwide competitive sport that challenges the driver's skill while demanding a great deal from their vehicle in terms of power and strength. Formula DRIFT provides a series for the best professional drifters from around the globe to compete for the coveted title of Formula DRIFT Champion. As the first official drifting series in North America, Formula DRIFT has taken competitive motorsports to the extreme, attracting drift fans and car enthusiasts from all walks of life, and established itself as the global leader for the sport. For a competition schedule, ticket information, special content and livestream, please visit





Major Sponsor, Official Vehicle Lighting, Dash Cam & Jump Starter – TYPE S 

Major Sponsor, Official Energy Drink – Rockstar Energy Drink 

Major Sponsor, Official Military Branch – United States Air Force

Major Sponsor, Official Engine Oil – Royal Purple 

Major Sponsor, Official Blockchain Game – Torque Drift 

Major Sponsors – GT Radial, Kenda Tire, Nitto Tire 

Official Sponsors – Ford Performance, Toyota Racing, BC Racing (Official Suspension), K&N (Official Air Filter & Air Intake, Official Sponsor of Qualifying) NGK & NTK (Official Spark Plug & Sensors), SIMAGIC (Official SIM Racing Hardware) 

Official ECU & PROSPEC Title Sponsor – Link Engine Management

PRO Championship Tire Suppliers – Nexen Tire, Vitour Tire 

Associated Sponsors – Enkei Wheels, Pedal Commander, RAYS Wheels, Throdle

Official PROSPEC Tire – GT Radial 

Official PROSPEC Tire Service Partner – Tire Stacks

Official Education Partner ­– University of Northwestern Ohio

Official Community Outreach Program – Acceler8

Technical Partners – PCI Race Radios, Proform

Nitro Rallycross (Nitro RX), a disruptive next generation motorsport created by global icon Travis Pastrana and action sports authority Nitro Circus, has partnered with Insta360, the industry-leading dual 360° action camera brand, as Nitro RX hits the home stretch of its 2022/23 calendar.


The brands first teamed up last month at Calgary, Alberta’s frigid Stampede Park. In front of more than 20,000 passionate fans, Insta360 cameras mounted on the 1,070 hp equivalent all-electric FC1-X driven by Nitro RX’s elite competitors - including Pastrana (USA) as well as European champions Robin Larsson (SWE) and Andreas Bakkerud (NOR) - captured every pulse-pounding moment as they tackled a daunting track complete with a nearly 100-foot table top jump, a steep banked turn, and a narrow ice tunnel.


Insta360 cameras got fans closer to every high-G launch, hairpin turn and tight pass than ever before, providing viewers - already accustomed to Nitro RX’s innovative, video-game influenced content - an even more visceral experience.   


“With championship weekend fast approaching and the battle for the series title heating up, we are thrilled to partner with Insta360 to showcase all the high-adrenaline action of Nitro Rallycross,” said Brett Clarke, Nitro RX President. “Their forward-thinking technology captures the intense racing in an entirely new way.”


“We’re stoked to partner with Nitro Rallycross and have our cameras on the frontlines of rallycross racing. Together, we see amazing opportunities to revolutionize how motorsport can be captured,” said Michael Shabun, Vice President at Insta360.


Insta360 cameras like the Insta360 X3 capture 360-degree views where the selfie stick or mount is rendered invisible in the video, enabling creators of all skill levels to capture dramatic moments from a variety of perspectives. The cameras can be placed almost anywhere, from on a dashboard or inside a cockpit to on the back of a car to capture jaw-dropping footage from incredible perspectives.
In addition to teaming up with Nitro RX, the company has worked with top athletes like motocross legend Robbie Maddison as well as leading brands such as Harley-Davidson.


Industry analysts have projected the global action camera market to exceed $5 billion by 2026, with live events and in particular live sport seen as a major driver of this expansion. The action camera is also handier – and heartier - than a DSLR (digital single-lens reflex camera) due to its fixed point-and-shoot model. Insta360 action cameras make capturing even easier with a “shoot first, point later” workflow that ensures athletes never miss a moment of the action. After shooting, creators can use the camera’s accompanying app to pick their favorite angle out of the 360-degree video to share as a traditional flat video.



As a further extension of the new partnership between Andersen Promotions and Discount Tire, USF Pro Championships TV is proud to announce “The Climb Presented by Discount Tire” - an exciting new show that will take viewers behind-the-scenes of the USF Pro Championships Presented by Cooper Tires.


The mini-documentary series will allow viewers to witness the intense and passionate competition between the future stars of racing as they take part in the world’s most successful driver development program.


"The Climb" will provide an inside look into the next generation of drivers as they compete on some of the most iconic tracks in open-wheel racing, with the debut episode highlighting the thrilling season-opener in St. Petersburg, Fla.


The first episode of “The Climb” premieres at 5:00 p.m. EDT today, and is only available on the free USF Pro Championships App, which also provides live streaming, Timing & Scoring, driver bios and more covering USF Pro 2000, USF2000 and USF Juniors – all Presented by Cooper Tires.


Discount Tire was recently announced as the Official Tire Retailer of USF Pro Championships, including entitlement of the series’ scholarship program – the Discount Tire Driver Advancement Scholarship – which will continue to provide an unprecedented scholarship-funded path up the motorsport ladder with over $1.3 million in prize money and awards on offer.


Pro Racing Group – creators of USF Pro Championships TV – enters its 10th season as the broadcast production arm of all three series, including worldwide live streaming, the USF Pro Championships App and exclusive, behind-the-scenes content such as the “In The Making with Emilee Smarr” show, which showcases the topic of making it as a professional athlete.


All three levels of USF Pro Championships will return to action in Florida on March 23-26 for the Cooper Tires Grand Prix of Sebring at Sebring International Raceway. The double-header opening rounds at St. Petersburg saw four different race winners with Myles Rowe of Pabst Racing with Force Indy leading the USF Pro 2000 standings and Lochie Hughes of Jay Howard Driver Development on point in USF2000.

WeMoke is excited to announce a new, multi-year deal with South Florida MotorsportsLLC, the organizer and promoter of the Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix. From May 5th through 7th, a fleet of electric Mokes will provide VIP transportation throughout the Miami International Autodrome, the location of the race.


In 2022, during the inaugural Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix, 20 electric Mokes were provided around the Miami International Autodrome campus.  


WeMoke was created by Todd Rome in 2020 to provide electric Mokes for rent across the United States. The company solely uses Mokes produced by its sister company Moke America for its fleet of rentals. 


“We were thrilled to be part of the inaugural big race weekend last year,” Rome said. “And we’re even more excited to be back for future years. South Florida Motorsports, LLC has brought a first-class, luxury racing experience to South Florida and the attention of the world. Our open-air Mokes make people happy as they are driven around the campus, and we love putting smiles on people’s faces.”


WeMoke rents Mokes, which are colorful, open-air, electric cruisers, in resort destinations. Meant for local driving, each vehicle seats 4 people, and features a Bluetooth radio, backup camera and headlights. Classified as a low-speed vehicle (LSV), the Moke reaches a top speed of 25 mph, allowing for use on streets with a posted speed limit of 35 mph or less. Drivers must be 21 years old and possess a valid U.S. driver’s license.


Renters reserve and pay for the Moke through the company’s website, Insurance and other forms are also easily filled out. On the day of the rental, renters receive a code via SMS text to unlock the lockbox with the key to start their Moke. Rentals are available by the hour, day, week or month. 


WeMoke can be rented in Honolulu, Hawaii (Wayfinder Waikiki); Nashville, Tennessee (Thompson Hotel Nashville); Savannah, Georgia (Alida Hotel); and multiple destinations in Florida: The Hilton West Palm BeachThe Square in West Palm Beach, The Boca Raton and the Miami Beach Marina. In the summer, WeMoke has rental locations throughout the Hamptons, on the eastern end of Long Island.


Please visit or follow along at @wemokerentals on social media. 

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