Wednesday, Feb 01
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. 

Contact Adam: Email  



Autel Energy, a global manufacturer of electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment, has partnered with Legacy Clean Energy (LCE), a minority-owned business in Charlotte, NC, to provide EV charging solutions for businesses and underserved communities throughout the nation. 


LCE provides comprehensive EV charging solutions for vehicle dealers, public and commercial fleet managers, municipalities, rideshare operators, and a variety of parking applications where AC or High-Power DC charging infrastructure is required. LCE tailors its menu of services to meet individual customers' success criteria and financial objectives. These services include EV charging hardware and software procurement, infrastructure plan, design, and installation, hardware and software commissioning, and activation.


"As a member of the historically disadvantaged and underserved minority community, I want LCE to become a strong voice for my community regarding matters of clean energy," said Donny Smith, LCE's CEO.


Autel, which entered the EV charging solutions industry just this September, has already established itself as a leader in innovative AC and DC charging solutions by developing products with elegantly streamlined designs, industry-leading efficiency, and cutting-edge technologies.


Autel's offerings include:

  • World-class charging hardware for AC home and commercial applications.
  • V2X bi-directional charging.
  • Hi-Power DC Charging products with capacities from 40KW to 480KW.

Autel's commercial products include dynamic communication protocols and robust feature sets on a highly efficient and flexible network.


"As a key member of the EV market, Legacy Clean Energy's faith and trust in Autel Energy is a humbling endorsement of our products and technologies and a testament to our high standards for quality and after-sales customer experience. Autel's decision to partner with Legacy Clean Energy reflects our continued investment in building diversity within our strategic partnership space. We are beyond excited to welcome Legacy Clean Energy into the Autel Energy family of partners!" said Andrew Byrne, Autel's North American Sales Director.

NBC Sports will present more than 80 hours of IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship action in 2023 across NBC, Peacock and USA Network, including live comprehensive coverage of the historic 61st Rolex 24 At Daytona that opens the season Jan. 28-29 at Daytona International Speedway.


NBC Sports’ 2023 WeatherTech Championship schedule is highlighted by 12 hours of NBC broadcast network coverage, matching last year’s total, which was the most since NBC Sports acquired the rights in 2018. Races airing entirely or in part on NBC include the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the Motul Course de Monterey at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (May 14), the Chevrolet Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (July 9) and the Battle on the Bricks, which marks the return of the WeatherTech Championship to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time in nine years (Sept. 17).


Peacock will again serve as the streaming home of the WeatherTech Championship with flag-to-flag live coverage of all races as well as exclusive coverage for portions of all four Michelin Endurance Cup races: the Rolex 24, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts, the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen and the season-ending Motul Petit Le Mans. Peacock will stream Rolex 24 qualifying live on Jan. 22 and will also again exclusively present live coverage of all IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, VP Racing SportsCar Challenge and Lamborghini Super Trofeo races in 2023.


USA Network will present more than 35 hours of live WeatherTech Championship coverage throughout the year. CNBC will air encore presentations of all Michelin Pilot Challenge, VP Racing SportsCar Challenge and Lamborghini Super Trofeo races.


“We’re looking forward to showcasing the exciting, competitive racing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2023 and starting the engines in just a few short weeks with the iconic Rolex 24 At Daytona,” said Matthew Grassie, director, programming and rights management, NBC Sports. “IMSA fans won’t miss a minute of the action throughout the season with the return of comprehensive live race coverage on Peacock and extensive coverage on NBC and USA Network.”


“IMSA is embarking on a new era in 2023 with the introduction of our flagship Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) class, featuring the highest-technology and most sustainable race cars competing in North America,” said IMSA President John Doonan. “With NBC network coverage for the launch of this new platform combined with flag-to-flag availability on Peacock and many hours of programming on USA and CNBC, IMSA is poised to experience a substantial boost in interest and popularity beginning next season.”


BigR Racing is excited to announce it has signed Cole Zabala to contend for the Parts Unlimited AFT Singles presented by KICKER championship during the 2023 Progressive American Flat Track season aboard a Honda CRF450R.


Zabala returns to Parts Unlimited AFT Singles competition following a highly successful Mission Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines campaign in 2022. The Illinois native finished fifth in the category’s championship standings, boasting a pair of podium finishes among his seven top-five finishes.


Zabala’s performance last season continued his upward trajectory after previously demonstrating his front-running potential in the Parts Unlimited AFT Singles class. That was especially true in 2020 and 2021, which saw him score a combined three podiums and secure a top-ten championship ranking in ‘21.


Zabala will be backed by a BigR Racing team that has enjoyed a similar rise in form. Founded by team owner Ron Belt in 2017, the Kansas-based outfit stepped up to the professional ranks in 2022 and immediately proved it belonged with a string top-ten finishes in its debut Progressive AFT season.


Eager to build on that strong start and fronted by a proven podium talent in Zabala, 2023 is poised to be yet another landmark season for rider and team.


“I couldn’t be more excited to join Ron and his team for the 2023 season back in the Parts Unlimited AFT Singles Class,” said Zabala. “Since moving to Mission Production Twins, I always felt that I had unfinished business in AFT Singles to take care of. On this team, there’s so much chemistry because every one of our sponsors has known one another for years. It feels great to be a part of it. I know we have the winning combination to get the job done.”


“I have always kept an eye on Cole and his talent,” said Belt. “After we were able to bring Cole in for two races last year the team knew the mission. Mission accomplished… It’s time to go racing!”


BigR Racing is supported by several of the sport’s leading sponsors. Mike Vinson of Vinson Construction, Mission Foods, ODI Grips, and Motion Pro are new to the effort in ‘23, joining returning sponsors Al Lamb’s Dallas Honda, Scherb Racing, L&R Racing, SPC Racing, VP Racing Fuel, and LBP.

Once PETA U.K.’s Person of the Year, Lewis Hamilton now finds himself in the doghouse for failing to speak out against Formula 1’s parent company, Liberty Media, for sponsoring the cruel Iditarod, the 1,000-mile race in Alaska in which over 150 dogs have died from being forced to pull heavy sleds through some of the most extreme weather conditions on the planet.
The dog guardian and ethical vegan has previously been spotted dining with Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei. In a letter, PETA President Ingrid Newkirk urges the racing icon to be true to his reputation for defending the underdog: “We know you do care about dogs, so please don’t continue to stand idly by as animals continue to suffer or your silence will be taken as complicity. A word from you could save dogs every bit as precious as your Roscoe.”
The 2022 Iditarod dog-sled race ended in a debacle over officials’ shameful decision to demote and impose fines on mushers who took dogs indoors to prevent them from dying in perilous storms. Nearly 250 dogs were pulled from the trail due to exhaustion, illness, or injury. The Iditarod’s official death toll doesn’t include countless dogs who were killed because they weren’t fast enough or who died during the off-season while chained to dilapidated boxes or plastic barrels in the bitter cold, a practice exposed by an undercover PETA investigation.
Just this year, Millennium Hotels and Resorts and Nutanix cut ties with the Iditarod, joining former sponsors ExxonMobil—once a major sponsor to the tune of $250,000 a year—Jack Daniel’s, Coca-Cola, Wells Fargo, Alaska Airlines, and 14 other companies.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram.

A wide variety of racing events are on the 2023 Sebring International Raceway schedule. 


While the March 18 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring will again headline the schedule, 35 days and 15 separate weekends of racing will bring exciting professional and top amateur events to Sebring. In addition to ticketed events, nearly 300 total days of on-track activity will welcome hundreds of thousands of drivers, crews, families and spectators to the Raceway in 2023, allowing it to proudly continue serving as Highlands County’s largest contributor to local tourism.


2023 Spectator Event Schedule

January 13-15 

Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour

Tickets now on sale at


  • General Admission Tickets Online – $25
  • General Admission Tickets at the Gate – $35
  • Car Parking Online and at the Gate – $10
  • Unreserved RV Parking Online – $50
  • Unreserved RV Parking at the Gate – $60


February 10-12

Central Florida SCCA Regional Road Race SARRC and Enduro

Tickets go on sale Jan. 11 at


  • General Admission Tickets Online – $25
  • General Admission Tickets at the Gate – $35
  • Car Parking Online and at the Gate – $10
  • Unreserved RV Parking Online – $50
  • Unreserved RV Parking at the Gate – $60


February 23-26

SVRA Trans Am SpeedTour

Tickets will be available at


March 15-18


Tickets now on sale at


  • Porsche Carrera Cup Race 1, March 16
  • Porsche Carrera Cup Race 2, March 16
  • Alan Jay Automotive Network 120 (IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge), March 16·        
  • FIA WEC 1000 Miles of Sebring, March 17
  • Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring (IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship), March 18


March 23

Porsche Sprint Challenge North America by Yokohama, HSR Sebring Spring Fling

Tickets go on sale Feb. 22 at


  • General Admission Tickets Online – $25
  • General Admission Tickets at the Gate – $35
  • Car Parking Online and at the Gate – $10
  • Unreserved RV Parking Online – $50
  • Unreserved RV Parking at the Gate – $60


May 20

US Drift Circuit Season Opener

Tickets will be available at


July 22

US Drift Circuit

Tickets will be available at


August 26-27

US Drift Circuit

Tickets will be available at


September 2-3

Central Florida SCCA Regional Road Race and Enduro

Tickets go on sale August 2 at


  • General Admission Tickets Online – $25
  • General Admission Tickets at the Gate – $35
  • Car Parking Online and at the Gate – $10
  • Unreserved RV Parking Online – $50
  • Unreserved RV Parking at the Gate – $60


September 22-24

Fanatec GT World Challenge America Powered By AWS

Tickets will be available at


October 28

US Drift Circuit

Tickets will be available at


November 10-12

World Racing League Eastern Championship

Tickets go on sale October 11 at


  • General Admission Tickets Online – $25
  • General Admission Tickets at the Gate – $35
  • Car Parking Online and at the Gate – $10
  • Unreserved RV Parking Online – $50
  • Unreserved RV Parking at the Gate – $60


November 11

US Drift Circuit

Tickets will be available at


November 24-26

Central Florida Region SCCA Road Race and Test Day

Tickets go on sale October 25 at


  • General Admission Tickets Online – $25
  • General Admission Tickets at the Gate – $35
  • Car Parking Online and at the Gate – $10
  • Unreserved RV Parking Online – $50
  • Unreserved RV Parking at the Gate – $60


November 29-December 3

HSR Classic Sebring 12 Hour, Pistons and Props Presented by the Alan Jay Automotive Network

Tickets go on sale November 1 at

John Oreovicz

IMSA Wire Service

ZIONSVILLE, Ind. – Bobby Rahal is justifiably proud as he surveys Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s brand-new race shop from his upper-level corner office. The expansive facility in the northern Indianapolis suburb houses Rahal’s IndyCar effort along with BMW M Team RLL, the German marque’s works partner, fielding a pair of BMW M Hybrid V8 prototypes in the Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) class of the 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.


The step up to the new-for-2023 top GTP category represents the culmination of Rahal’s 15-year relationship with BMW, during which his organization has orchestrated 29 poles, 21 race wins and nearly 100 podium finishes in IMSA competition.


“We just signed a long-term agreement with BMW last year, and now we actually get to do what I’ve been wanting to do for a number of years and that’s run for overall victories, not just class victories,” Rahal said. “These are sophisticated race cars that are going to be fast, they’re interesting looking, and they’re all a little bit different.


“The races are going to be pretty intense, and fans are going to respond to these cars – they look good and they sound good,” he added. “I think IMSA is about to embark on a very, very exciting time for racing and the sport.”


Though best known for his success in Indy cars, where he won three CART-sanctioned championships and the 1986 Indianapolis 500, Rahal dovetailed the most accomplished phase of his open-wheel driving career with a successful side hustle in sports cars.


In 1987, he finished fifth in the IMSA Camel GT standings despite entering only six of 16 races. He earned podium finishes in every one of those starts, including three wins in Bruce Leven’s Porsche 962.


Rahal counts his 1987 victories in the Twelve Hours of Sebring and a 500-kilometer “sprint” on a Columbus, Ohio, temporary course among his most memorable race wins.


“Winning Sebring in ’87 was very important to me because of my experiences as a teenager when my father raced there, going down there and crewing for him while watching the Porsche 917s and the 512 Ferraris and the Matras and the Ford GT40s,” he recalled. “Those were great days for me.


“Columbus was a 500-kilometer, single-driver street race, and I tell people the only car you could have done that in was a Porsche,” he added. “The 962 was one of my favorite cars, a very comfortable car to drive. You could drive that car hard for a long time.


“I really liked sports car racing and that was a pretty good time in history to drive sports cars.”


But following a big crash at Sebring in a 1985 March prototype, Rahal’s Indy car owner Jim Trueman and team manager Steve Horne increasingly discouraged him from moonlighting in sports cars. Rahal turned down the opportunity to drive for Jaguar in IMSA in 1988, when the XJR-9 prototype broke Porsche’s 11-year win streak in the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

“In ’89, I decided I would just focus on Indy car, and when I look back, I think that was a mistake,” Rahal said. ‘After saying yes to Jaguar, I had to say no. That was a tough call to make.”


Rahal’s return to sports cars would not come until 2008, at the start of the Rahal Letterman Lanigan organization’s association with BMW. By then, he had already been an IndyCar team owner for more than 15 years, but the new BMW partnership was especially timely, because RLL lost a key IndyCar sponsor at the end of 2008 that put the team’s existence in jeopardy.


“We had our first meeting in ’07, and the reason I pursued BMW was we were a one-trick pony in IndyCar,” said Rahal. “I felt it was important that we had more than one program going. When we lost the Ethanol sponsorship in IndyCar, if we didn’t have the BMW program, we would have probably shut down.


“Having both programs is very important, and it’s equally important to have a partner relationship with a company like BMW with a great tradition in motorsports,” he added. “And maybe this is our ticket to go to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, too. We’ll see.”


Like so many others, Rahal is excited about the new GTP class, which is open to prototypes built to IMSA’s LMDh specifications, as well as for the Hypercar class that competes at Le Mans and other FIA World Endurance Championship events.


“I think it’s going to be great; there’s already a lot of interest,” he said. “IMSA is amazing when you think about how many manufacturers are involved, in all the different categories of racing. I don’t think there’s a series out there that can claim the number of manufacturers that IMSA can.


“Jim France has really committed himself to sports car racing over the years and continued to build it, and now with having a car that can race not just here but internationally – and vice-versa with people coming here from Europe to race like they did back in the ‘60s and ‘70s – that’s just fantastic for racing.


“There’s no doubt that there will be ups and downs this year with these new cars and new systems,” Rahal concluded. “But you’ve got Porsche with Penske, Cadillac with Ganassi (and Action Express), BMW with us, and Honda/Acura with Wayne Taylor and Mike Shank. Lamborghini is coming in 2024. You’ve got Dallara vs. ORECA vs. Multimatic (vs. Ligier in 2024). These are the works efforts, the factory teams. Having that connection and relationship between the series and the manufacturers is going to be fantastic for IMSA in terms of promotion and marketing.”

David Phillips

IMSA Wire Service

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Good things come to those who wait. At least John Church and his colleagues at JDC-Miller MotorSports hope so.


For while the likes of the factory teams for Acura, BMW, Cadillac and Porsche – the manufacturers competing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s new top prototype class, Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) – are pounding around racetracks preparing for a new era of IMSA competition, JDC-Miller MotorSports is playing a waiting game.


As Porsche’s first and – to date – sole confirmed GTP customer, Church & Company have long known they will not have their new car in time for the 2023 season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona. And while they hope to debut their Porsche 963 in March at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts – a race JDC-Miller won in 2021 – that is looking unlikely. Earlier this month, Urs Kuratle, Porsche Motorsport’s LMDh director, pegged late April as the more likely delivery date.


Still, it’s not as if the Savage, Minnesota-based squad is sitting idly this “offseason.” The team’s engineers and mechanics have attended three tests of the new Porsche 963, including a 36-hour endurance run at Sebring in October. Nor is it as if the JDC-Miller squad was sitting in the cheap seats taking notes. Rather, as much as possible for tests where the hands-on personnel wear Penske or Porsche garb, Church’s representatives were integrated in the proceedings.


“It’s been very positive,” says Church, the organization’s CEO and managing partner. “Our engineering group and mechanics have gotten to see everything that’s been going on, ask any questions we might have and get straightforward answers. Everything has been open book.”

Of course, at this nascent stage of the GTP game, there really aren’t many secrets between two teams destined to battle one another during the 2023 WeatherTech Championship campaign, even though both will be carrying the Porsche standard.


“It’s all big-picture stuff,” Church says, “familiarizing ourselves with the car and the systems, understanding why things work the way they do. It’s all about getting miles rather than going fast at this point. The 36-hour test was very encouraging; relatively flawless. The car just kept running and pounding out the laps.


“It is a little frustrating having to wait, but we’re making the most of it and Porsche and Penske have been very supportive. We don’t have a firm delivery date for a car. We definitely won’t have the car for the Rolex 24 Hours. It’s possible we’ll be at Sebring, but at this point we’re not planning on it. All I can say for sure is that we’ll run it just as soon as we get it.”


Lest you get the wrong impression, JDC-Miller MotorSports will be very much in action in the opening rounds of the 2023 IMSA campaign at Daytona and Sebring, regardless of when delivery of the Porsche 963 takes place. The team plans to compete in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge with a new Audi RS3 LMS TCR, renewing the relationship with Unitronic and drivers Chris Miller and Mikey Taylor, winners at Lime Rock last year as well as at Daytona and VIRginia International Raceway en route to sixth place in the 2021 Touring Car (TCR) standings. 


“Michelin Pilot is a fun series,” says Church. “We’ve enjoyed our relationship with Unitronic and our success with Chris and Mike. Last year’s win at Lime Rock was especially rewarding given that, at the time, that generation of the Audi was the oldest homologated car in the series. So we’re really excited about the new car.”  


And while the driver lineup has yet to be announced – much like the GTP program – JDC-Miller plans to run a Le Mans Prototype 3 (LMP3) Duqueine at Daytona, Sebring and the full WeatherTech Championship LMP3 schedule – and perhaps the new VP Racing SportsCar Challenge. Memo Gidley and Alexander Koreiba finished second this season in the IMSA Prototype Challenge, the predecessor to the VP Racing Challenge.


“We got a win and three podiums with Memo and Alex last year and would like to keep them involved along with a new driver or two. But that depends on the budget scenario. It’s all one big puzzle – Michelin Pilot, LMP3, GTP – and each program represents one piece.”


Regardless of the particular pieces of the other programs, JDC-Miller MotorSports will be a keen observer of the GTP debut at the Rolex 24.


“Even though we won’t have a car, we’ll be there,” says Church. “Keeping a close eye on the GTP class, understanding what’s happening and why, and putting it all to good use with our own program when the time comes.”

It’s been almost two years since KIA introduced its new logo, and people are still confused over it. Apparently, people can’t identify “KIA's” brand name when they look at the logo. More and more people are reportedly googling “KN'', as they think that's what the logo says.

To understand whether the logo confusion still lingers, Rerev carried out a survey of 1,062 respondents: the results of the survey are summed up here.

This is what our survey revealed: 

  • A staggering 44% of the participants answered something other than KIA.

  • Only 56% of 1,062 participants could correctly identify KIA as the car brand.

  • The most common guess was KN at 26%, followed by KM, K, and KV.

These results confirm that the redesign has confused a lot of potential customers.

What do you think? Was the redesign a fail or a success?

It's not everyday you can purchase a race car directly from a factory race team. Honda Performance Development has listed this 2022 Acura ARX-05 DPi race car on Bring a Trailer, truly pushing the boundaries for variety on the auction platform. 

Assembled by Wayne Taylor Racing and driven by Ricky Taylor and Filipe Albuquerque for IMSA’s 2022 season, it went on to win its qualifying race for the Rolex 24 at Daytona upon its debut. It also won races held at Laguna Seca, Mid Ohio, Watkins Glen, and Road America, before ultimately finishing second in the Rolex 24-hour classic.

Features of this ARX-05 include:
  • Twin-turbocharged 600 hp 3.5-liter AR35TT V6 paired with a paddle-shifted Xtrac six-speed sequential gearbox
  • Double-wishbone pushrod suspension
  • ORECA-built carbon-fiber monocoque
  • Air-jack system
  • Brembo six-piston brake calipers over AP Racing carbon rotors
  • Staggered-width 18″ Rotiform forged aluminum wheels
  • Cosworth electronics and a McLaren ECU
  • ORECA steering wheel with an inset MoTeC display unit
  • Schroth Racing six-point harness
  • Lifeline fire-suppression system
This ARX-05 is chassis #7, and was driven approximately 11k miles during the 2022 IMSA season, with engine replacements every 3,500 miles.

Bidding is currently at $350k with six days left.

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip Biker Belles® is partnering with Harley-Davidson to bring The Morning Ride to Daytona to celebrate women riders and raise funds for worthy charities. On March 8, 2023, visitors to the 82nd annual Daytona Bike Week can join a guided ride led by Ride Captain Maggie Hicks (@themaggiehicks) and other influential women in the motorcycle industry. Reservations and donation opportunities are available at

“Partnering alongside our friends at Harley-Davidson helps the Biker Belles mission of supporting women in motorcycling to flourish and grow,” said Toni Woodruff, Biker Belles Program Director. “It’s such a wonderful time to gather and ride together, however, last year sadly got rained out. We are thrilled to have another go at it on Wednesday, March 8, 2023.”

The Morning Ride takes a scenic route that begins and ends at Harley-Davidson headquarters at Daytona International Speedway. This celebration of women in motorcycling is open to all riders. Registration is now open online or available the morning of the ride onsite starting at 7:30 a.m. Kickstands will go up at 9:00 a.m. for a ride led by Maggie Hicks and influential industry women to be announced. A ride-in bike show presented by Renegade Babes will follow The Morning Ride.

One hundred percent of rider contributions from The Morning Ride Daytona go to Biker Belles charities that support women and youth.

Later this year, Tuesday, Aug. 8 during the Sturgis Rally, the annual Biker Belles Women’s Day will celebrate its 15th year at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. Activities include a Morning Ride, Coffee Clutch brunch and speakers, Comfort Zone by Team Diva, Biker Belles Women’s Bike Show, and more.

Through charitable events like Biker Belles, the Sturgis Buffalo Chip has raised over $2.1 million for worthwhile causes.

More information can be found at Follow on Instagram at @bikerbelles@harleydavidson@themaggiehicks


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