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Rob Fuller Motorsports and 15-40 Connection Seek Stories to Expand Cancer Symptom Educational Program
With thousands of fans across the nation, Rob Fuller Motorsports knows the power of the NASCAR Home Tracks community and wants to bring that strength to a good cause.
This season in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT), Rob Fuller Motorsports and 15-40 Connection has teamed up to share the journey of diagnosis of four young adult cancer survivors. Now, the duo has set their sights on acquiring more stories of diagnosis to share in educational outreach efforts empowering the lifesaving advantage of earlier detection in young adults.
For those who may not have a personal story to share, but would still like to support the cause, RFM and 15-40 Connection will give away five No. 15 RFM race packages from now until the Thompson race weekend to individuals who sign up for the 15-40 Connection newsletter at http://15-40.org/become_an_ally/. The No. 15 race packages will include authentic race team items such as crew t-shirts and autographed items.
During this season, the No. 15 team featured Josh Bell, Dave McGrath, Brian Regan and Stephanie Corliss on the race car and hosted them at selected races. These young adult cancer survivors have combined forces with 15-40 Connection to regularly speak to student groups and share their experiences with early signs of cancer and the challenges they faced to receive a proper diagnosis.
“It takes a lot to open up and publicly share a personal health story,” said Rob Fuller, race team owner. “I’m grateful we have people like Josh, Dave, Brian and Stephanie, who know the value of sharing a story in order to save another life. The 15-40 Connection continues to make a difference in the lives of young adults and the importance of these stories of diagnosis cannot be measured. I’m urging our racing community to share this message and help us attain new journeys to share with young adults across the nation. We can make a difference and it starts with you and me.”
One of the key educational tools the group utilizes is the “Learn From Me” stories from those who were diagnosed with cancer. Their personal journeys to identify and diagnose cancer have been shared with thousands of young people to open the conversation of early cancer detection.
“We know that cancer symptoms do not fit neatly on a check list, but we do know that a cancer symptom is most often a subtle but persistent change in your normal health,” said Tricia Laursen, Executive Director at 15-40 Connection. “15-40 Connection’s mission is to empower teens and young adults with knowledge that helps them recognize cancer at its earliest possible stage.”
Cancer survival rates in teens and young adults (ages 15 to 40) have barely improved since 1975 in a large part because a delay in diagnosis allows time for cancer to progress to more advanced stages. 15-40 Connection is changing this by empowering individuals with knowledge that will save and improve lives through early cancer detection.
The cast, calling all 27 National Championship races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca live, features a host of familiar faces to SCCA stalwarts and the motorsports industry at large.
History was made this weekend as the world’s first ever fully-electric single-seater race took place in Beijing, marking the successful season opener of the FIA Formula E Championship. Some 40 million are believed to have watched the race worldwide on television with 75,000 attending on site and one billion social interactions recorded around the race.
The race, Beijing Evergrande Spring ePrix, was held on a spectacular temporary race track built around the city’s iconic Olympic ‘Bird’s Nest’ Stadium and was won by Audi Sport ABT’s Lucas di Grassi. Brazilian Di Grassi stole victory after race-leader Nicolas Prost (e.dams-Renault) and Venturi’s Nick Heidfeld touched on the final corner of the final lap in the battle for the lead, sending Heidfeld into a spectacular crash which he walked away from unharmed.
“Firstly, I’m happy Nick [Heidfeld] is ok and it shows how safe these cars are, said di Grassi. "I didn’t see what happened myself but it’s like a dream come true. I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time. The team did a great job all through practice and qualifying, yes we made a few mistakes but overall I’m extremely happy to be the first ever winner of a Formula E race.”
Andretti driver Franck Montagny finished runner-up nearly three seconds adrift of Di Grassi with team-mate Daniel Abt crossing the line third, only to later have it taken away from him after failing short of the required 28kw power consumption usage. Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird was promoted to claim the final place on the podium.
“Two years ago the FIA had a vision of creating a championship which has close racing, entertainment and sustainability at its heart. This weekend, that vision became a reality. To see 20 fully-electric cars racing towards the first corner was a very special moment for me and for everyone involved. We truly believe this weekend marks a new era of motorsport that embraces sustainable mobility and we are incredibly grateful to all our investors, teams, drivers, partners, event operators, personnel, and of course the FIA, for helping us make this such a success. Of course, I’d also like to congratulate Lucas di Grassi on being the first Formula E winner,” Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E said.
He added: “What is more important to us is that Formula E is the biggest digital race in the world with real racing. We’re proud to announce that during this ePrix we’ve had a live worldwide television audience of 40 million, 75,000 people on site and more than one billion social interactions.”
Formula E is the FIA’s new fully-electric single-seater championship designed to appeal to a new generation of motorsport fans. Competing entirely on city-centre circuits all over the world, it uses cars capable of speeds in excess of 150mph (225kph). Its 10 teams feature some of the leading international names in motorsport including Alain Prost and Michael Andretti, along with high-profile environmental supporters including Sir Richard Branson. Meanwhile, it’s driver-line up boasts an array of former Formula One stars such as Jarno Trulli, Jaime Alguersuari, Sebastien Buemi, Lucas di Grassi and Bruno Senna – nephew of the great Aryton. Organisers hope the new series will help increase the interest in electric vehicles and promote sustainability, as well as accelerate the technology available which, over time, will filter into the road-going electric vehicle market.
Round two of the new Formula E series takes place in Putrajaya, Malaysia, on November 22 2014.
For more information on Formula E visit www.fiaformulae.com.
NewBlood by Morand Racing won the 4 Hours of Paul Ricard and gave the European Le Mans Series its fourth winner from four races! Signatech Alpine climbed onto the second step of the podium ahead of the ORECA 03R of Murphy Prototypes!
In the last two hours of the 2014 4 Hours of Paul Ricard all the main competitors from LMP2 were involved in the action offering thrills, spills and high emotion and giving spectators and competitors alike a spectacle worthy of the greatest European endurances racing series.
Almost all on new tyres for the start of the second half of the race, there was a tough battle among the prototypes for each of the three steps of the overall podium.
At the end of the second hour, Gary Hirsch (No.43 NewBlood by Morand Racing Morgan Judd) definitely had no intention of ceding his first place to another prototype, but Nelson Panciatici at the wheel of the Signatech Alpine A450b was able to put him under pressure, thanks to the team's strategy and the power and balance of his car. The No 48 ORECA 03 of Murphy Prototypes was also lying in wait and used the advantage of traffic to get into the mix and steal second place from the French team, thanks to the superb driving of Rodolfo Gonzalez. With gaps between the cars of just a few seconds, everyone present was on tenterhooks.
Some 43 minutes from the end of the race, the final round of pit stops took place with the driver-change-dance allowing names at the top of the time sheets to once again waltz their way towards victory. In the end it was a drive- through penalty for refuelling with the engine running which held back Nathanael Berthon, who had been in second place and only a few seconds from Christian Klien in the lead, to the benefit of Signatech Alpine.
Starting from the front row of the grid (2nd), the No.38 JOTA Sport Zytek Nissan Z11SN driven by Harry Tincknell put on a great show in the battle for the lead during the first two hours of the race, although it dropped back a little in the third hour. Simon Dolan and Filipe Albuquerque did their best to get back into the fight in the final hour but couldn't manage better than 4th in the final standings.
There was great disappointment for the Thiriet by TDS Racing team who came to Paul Ricard with the aim of winning again but the Ligier JS P2 of Ludovic Badey, Pierre Thiriet and Tristan Gommendy was forced to retire after technical problems encountered on the 91st lap of the race (broken gearbox housing). Also disappointed was Pegasus Racing who retired with a transmission problem in the second hour.
Matt McMurry (No.41) fell prey to a mishap in the first few metres of the race, losing control of the No.41 Greaves Motorsport Zytek Z11SN which resulted in the car being forced to retire before having a chance to shine on the Varois track. The team's second car finished in 5th place in LMP2 following a great performance from Luciano Bacheta who even managed to lead the race on the 50th lap. Mark Shulzhitskiy was holding 4th on the final lap but slowed as he was running out of fuel which gave the place to JOTA Sport.
On its return to the European Le Mans Series, Sebastien Loeb Racing fielded a new trio of drivers with two youngsters alongside Vincent Capillaire who has been with the team since the beginning of the season in the No.24 ORECA 03R. Arthur Pic and Andrea Roda thus took their first steps in the world of endurance racing at the 4 Hours of Paul Ricard and it was a rewarding and interesting debut in LMP2 which ended with a 6th place finish. The No.34 Race Performance ORECA 03 Judd started the fourth round of the season well but suffered technical problems and was forced into the pits several times. Franck Mailleux and Michel Frey were also penalized for having been the cause of an accident with the No.57 Ferrari GTC of SMP Racing. The Swiss team finished 7th in class.
Paul Ricard Race classification HERE
The next round of the European Le Mans Series will take place in a month's time, the 4 Hours of Estoril bring a fabulous 2014 season to a close. There is still all to play for in LMP2, just as in GTE and GTC, and the Championship winners will only be known at the end of the final round.
This past weekend marked another time this season in which Scuderia Corsa was in two very different parts of the country competing in both the TUDOR United Sportscar Championship as well as the Ferrari Challenge. While the weekend would bring a number of challenges for both sides of the team, things would finish on a very high note for the team in the Ferrari Challenge.
At the Circuit of The Americas near Austin, Texas, drivers Alessandro Balzan and Jeff Westphal would face one of the more difficult weekends they have encountered this season. Starting the race, Westphal would make up several positions in the first hour of the race before pitting from ninth position to hand the cover over to Balzan.
With fast work in the pits by the Scuderia Corsa team and speed on the track, Balzan would pass three additional cars to move the Ferrari to sixth position. However, a punctured tire and a failure of the A/C system meant additional pit stops and one extra driver change which caused the car to lose several positions. At the end of the race, Westphal saw the checkered flag with the Ferrari in 11th position.
At the Ferrari Challenge race at Watkins Glen International, in Watkins Glen, New York, Scuderia Corsa fielded a pair of Ferrari 458 Challenge Evoluziones. John Horejsii would compete in the Trofeo Pirelli class, while Chris Ruud entered the weekend as the championship leader in the Coppa Shell class.
Both drivers would deliver their strongest race on Sunday. Horejsi qualified in third position in Trofeo Pirelli class, his best qualifying performance of the season, and would ultimately finish in sixth position. Ruud qualified fifth in the Coppa Shell class, and finish in third position.
Ruud's third place finish means he has nearly clinched the season championship in the Coppa Shell class.
"I am glad to be at Watkins Glen for the first time this weekend with Ferrari on such a historic track," said Ruud. "I am also glad I was able to continue my streak of a podium finish at every circuit so far this season thanks to a last lap pass of my friend Robert Herjavec. The weather today was tricky with rain making the surface very slippery for some parts of the track. I am looking forward to our last US race as part of the Formula One weekend at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin in the beginning of November."
Scuderia Corsa team owner Giacomo Mattioli had mixed feelings about the weekend but was pleased to see things end well at Watkins Glen.
"While our team faced a number of challenges this weekend, everybody at Scuderia Corsa pushed hard to deliver the best results possible for our team and our drivers," said Giacomo Mattioli, owner of Scuderia Corsa. "We definitely had a rough day in Austin, but everybody pulled together to make the best of the situation. And in Watkins Glen, both John and Chris also had some difficulty on the first day but did an exceptional job of driving on Sunday especially when you consider the weather that came into play. Chris is also on the verge of securing the Coppa Shell championship and we can't wait to see him do that!"
The final race of the TUDOR Championship will be the 10 hour / 1000-mile Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia on October 4. The Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli will hold its North American finale at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas on October 31-November 2 as part of the Formula 1 World Championship weekend.
The International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) and IRG Sports + Entertainment™ are excited to announce the 2015 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series (NJDRS) schedule. The 12-race, 2015 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series North American Tour will include a number of traditional favorites, plus two new stops in Ohio and Washington as the series travels to nine states and Canada, making the IHRA one of the only truly international motorsports series.
Highlighting the 2015 schedule will be a return to IHRA's home state of Ohio for the first time since 2006 as the series travels to Dragway 42 in West Salem the weekend of September 11-12. The Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series will also travel to the great state of Washington for the first time ever the weekend of July 10-11 at Spokane County Raceway and will host an additional international event to be announced later this year.
Both of the facilities in Ohio and Washington have undergone massive renovation projects and will provide fans and racers with an unmatched event experience. Spokane County Raceway boasts a sprawling, multipurpose motorsports facility highlighted by its new Nitro Jam date, while Dragway 42 is currently undergoing a ground-up renovation that will bring it into the upper echelon of drag racing facilities in the United States.
"We are very much looking forward to traveling to our new venues in Washington and Ohio, as well as visiting our longtime partners in several great markets throughout North America," said Scott Gardner, President of IHRA Motorsports. "The 2015 Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series schedule is a diverse schedule that will provide a great stage for what I believe will be one of the biggest and best seasons in the history of the IHRA."
The IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series will kick off its 2015 season at Southwestern International Raceway in Tucson for the Southwestern Nationals the weekend of February 6-7.
Following the season opener, the NJDRS will travel to one of its biggest events of the year the weekend of March 13-15 at the San Antonio Nationals at San Antonio Raceway in Texas. Florida will serve as host of the next two events on the schedule with the Southern Nationals at Bradenton Motorsports Park (April 17-18) followed by the Palm Beach Nationals at Palm Beach International Raceway (April 24-25).
Cordova Dragway Park will host the revitalized Summer Nationals, May 29-20, followed by back-to-back races during a busy month of June. The series returns to Maryland International Raceway for the President's Cup Nationals (June 19-20) followed by a trip north of the border for the MOPAR Nationals at the Grand Bend Motorplex (June 26-28).
After a week off, the IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series will contest its own Western Swing beginning with a trip to Spokane County Raceway in northern Washington the weekend of July 10-11, followed by IHRA's biggest and most prestigious event of the year, the MOPAR Rocky Mountain Nationals at Castrol Raceway, the weekend of July 17-19.
US 131 Motorsports Park will host the annual Northern Nationals the weekend of August 7-8, followed by IHRA's much-anticipated return to the state of Ohio the weekend of September 11-12 at Dragway 42.
Memphis International Raceway will once again host the NJDRS season finale with the Summit Racing Equipment World Finals the weekend of October 9-10.
Each event on the 2015 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series schedule will continue to provide an exciting mix of professional and sportsman competition in an entertainment-driven format. The complete lineup of professional and sportsman classes will be announced soon, along with the announcement of a brand-new international event to be added to the schedule later this year.
For more information on the 2015 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series schedule and lineup, please visit www.nitrojam.com for complete details.
Scott Speed won his third race of the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross season and Rhys Millen became the second multiple winner in the Supercar class this year at Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angeles, held at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, CA. The only doubleheader of the series’ 2014 season, the race served as the seventh and eighth rounds of the championship and a return to the sport’s home base.
The first points-paying round took place on Friday and Saturday, with the remaining racing taking place in Sunday’s show. Speed dominated the first round in the #77 Volkswagen Polo R, posting the second-fastest time in qualifying before winning both heats on the way to the final. Behind him, Joni Wiman earned the second position for his best run of the year, while Ken Block completed the podium.
“So far this Polo has been quite reliable,” said Speed after Saturday’s win, who used teammate Tanner Foust’s former car as Foust debuted the Beetle in the event. “Hopefully that continues for the rest of the races, and for sure that will give us a shot at the championship.”
Saturday’s result put all three drivers, plus Nelson Piquet Jr., within 10 points of one another heading into Sunday. From there, Millen was the star of the show, qualifying third, winning his semifinal and taking a dominant victory over Block and Wiman in the main event.
“To sum it up, it’s been testing,” Millen said of his recent success. “We’ve had time to go to the events, not only to compete, but to go a week early and actually develop the car. We found the right combination in Charlotte, got it right in Daytona, and followed it up this weekend. So really it’s just hard work and sweat that’s got the car running fast.”
In GRC Lites, Olsbergs MSE teammates Kevin Eriksson and Mitchell DeJong split the weekend’s finals. Eriksson won on Saturday, while DeJong used the joker on the last lap to win Sunday’s final by .04 seconds.
When all was said and done, Block seized the championship lead outright by 18 points over the rookie Wiman, with Speed and Piquet both within striking distance as the series heads to DirtFish Rally School in Snoqualmie, WA for Red Bull Global Rallycross Seattle on September 26-27.
Results from Saturday’s final are as follows:
1. Scott Speed, #77 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Polo R
2. Joni Wiman, #31 Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST
3. Ken Block, #43 Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta ST
4. Rhys Millen, #67 Hyundai/Rhys Millen Racing Veloster Turbo
- Patrik Sandell, #18 Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST
Results from Sunday’s final are as follows:
1. Rhys Millen, #67 Hyundai/Rhys Millen Racing Veloster Turbo
2. Ken Block, #43 Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta ST
3. Joni Wiman, #31 Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST
4. Sverre Isachsen, #11 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
5. Bucky Lasek, #81 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
Red Bull Global Rallycross Supercar points through 8 of 10 races are as follows:
- Ken Block, 299 points
- Joni Wiman, 281
- Scott Speed, 275
- Nelson Piquet Jr., 265
- Patrik Sandell, 216
Caleb Holman picked up his fourth win of the 2014 X-1R Pro Cup season Sunday afternoon at Coastal Plains Raceway, after rain forced the running of the Coastal Carolina 200 back a day at the Jacksonville, North Carolina race track. The Abingdon, Virginia driver won the pole in MAHLE Pole Award in qualifying and then led flag-to-flag en route to the victory.
“This Coastal Plains track is one of the weirdest places I’ve ever driven that’s for sure, but we still had a good race car all day long. Usually the weirder the place the more I like it,” explained a jubilant Holman in Edelbrock Victory Lane. “It was frustrating to have to stay another day, but the Pro Cup officials made the right call and it worked out pretty good for us as you can see. We’re trying to win this championship and so far we are two for two. I’d say if we can keep this up we’ll be ok. Next up we go to Coeburn (Lonesome Pine Raceway) which is my home track and usually your home track is the place you have your worst luck at; or at least I do it seems.”
While Holman was celebrating another team was just as happy with their trip to Coastal Plains. AFR Rookie of the Year leader Codie Rohrbaugh made it a career day finishing just behind Holman in the runner up position. Rohrbaugh, who has shown tremendous growth this season, challenged Holman on several occasions but never quite had what it took to get around Holman’s #75 Food Country USA Chevrolet. Despite that he and his Grant County Mulch racing team were satisfied with their results.
“I was doing all I could to keep up with Caleb, he just had a little better car than I did; maybe his veteran experience was a factor too. Overall we actually had one of the better cars we’ve had all year,” noted Rohrbaugh after the race. “Hopefully this gives us a little momentum to close out the year and seal up this rookie title. That was our goal this year and we seem to be getting better as the season winds down.”
Veteran Jeff Oakley rounded out the podium with his third place finish. The veteran driver, led by former NASCAR regular Stacy Compton, matched his season best finish from earlier this year at Memphis.
Next up for the X-1R Pro Cup Series is the Morgan-McClure 200 at Lonesome Pine Raceway in Coeburn, Virginia on Saturday October 4th. For more information on this event and the entire X-1R Pro Cup Series visit www.carsprocup.com or contact the series directly at 704-662-9212.
The International Hot Rod Association™ and MAV TV announced this week that the new Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series television show will debut on the popular automotive network on Thursday, November 6 in the first in a 13-week series.
MAV TV, with its unparalleled line-up of motorsports events and exclusive automotive reality shows, will air all 12 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series (NJDRS) events and a special season in review episode in a unique, character-driven show that will focus on equal parts behind the scenes stories, car and driver profiles and on-track racing.
|IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series on MAV TV debuts November 6|
Following the series premier on November 6, each episode will be available for download one week following its air date on iTunes, Hulu, Netflix and Amazon.
"The Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series on MAV TV is an exciting step for the IHRA. We very much look forward to once again sharing the incredible racing and amazing personalities that make up the IHRA's professional touring series with a national television audience," said Jason Rittenberry, President and Chief Executive Office of IRG Sports + Entertainment, parent company of IHRA Motorsports. "The 2014 racing season has been filled with excitement and drama and with the new reality-driven format, I think this series will showcase what the new IHRA is all about."
All season long the IHRA Productions film crews have followed the drama and excitement of the NJDRS with special behind-the-scenes footage combined with thrilling on-track action. Hosted by six-time IHRA Top Fuel World Champion Clay Millican and rising Nashville star Carissa Biele, fans will get up-close-and-personal with the stars of the IHRA's professional drag racing series and witness all of the drama that is associated with championship motorsports.
Beginning with the debut episode on Thursday, November 6, each week will take a look at a different Nitro Jam event spanning nine states and two trips to Canada in a coast-to-coast adventure with some of the biggest stars in IHRA drag racing. From funny car driver "Mr. Explosive" Mark Sanders, Nitro Harley rider Jay Turner and former IHRA pro stock champion Pete Berner, to the all-female Jet Dragster team at Larsen Motorsports, the NJDRS television series will follow the championship battles in all of IHRA's professional classes.
For more information on the 2014 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series on MAV TV, visit www.ihra.com.