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Official Sergio Perez Grandstand Ticket Package offered by Circuit of The Americas for the 2014 F1 United States Grand Prix
- Automatic entry for a chance to meet Checo Perez in-person during the Grand Prix;
- a hand-autographed, special edition Sergio Perez cap;
- a commemorative photograph postcard; and
- a custom ticket lanyard and sleeve.
The Official Sergio Perez Grandstand Ticket Package features three-day, reserved seat tickets in a designated section in the best viewing areas of the Circuit so that fans can rally together and support their Mexican driver. The Turn 12 grandstand, a fan favorite due to its direct view of the Back Straight, which is the primary passing area of the track, is $549 for a three-day pass. The Turn 4 grandstand offers a view of the dynamic sweeping curves at $349 for a three-day pass.
“The power and presence of the fans at COTA is unbelievable; it almost feels like home,” said Mexican F1 driver Sergio Perez. “I am very happy to have a dedicated grandstand for my fans to come and show support during the race. I am looking forward to seeing everyone in Austin at one of my favorite circuits this November.”
This year’s 2014 USGP highlights include a robust schedule of support races, an F1 driver showcase with free autograph and interview sessions, enhanced fan hospitality areas throughout the venue, and a post-race track invasion and concert in the Austin360 Amphitheater. Fans who make their travel plans early will find more affordable hotel rooms available through COTA’s online hotel booking portal, http://circuitoftheamericas.com/bookaroom. Official Sergio Perez Grandstand Ticket Packages can be purchased at http://circuitoftheamericas.com/f1/checousgp through Sept. 30, 2014, or while supplies last.
Feld Motor Sports® announced today the 2015 AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross, schedule that will kick off on January 10 at the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati. For the first-time ever, the championship will culminate on Friday, May 1 at South Point Arena in Las Vegas, the same weekend as the Monster Energy Supercross Finals and the AMSOIL AMA Amateur National Arenacross Championships.
In addition to the first-ever AMSOIL Arenacross stops in Cincinnati and Las Vegas, the tour will make its debut at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., the Landers Center in Southaven, Miss., and the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.
In 2015, a new group of top riders will be chasing their Monster Energy Supercross endorsement through Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross, including FMF Orange Brigade KTM rider Alex Frye and Team Green Kawasaki’s Mark Worth, adding even more challenge to the series title contenders as these future stars of supercross develop their skills in preparation for their transition into Monster Energy Supercross.
Click the image below to watch the 2015 AMSOIL Arenacross trailer.
“The competition in AMSOIL Arenacross is on another level and the Road to Supercross riders proved they have what it takes to mix it up. From Cincinnati to Las Vegas this season is going to be incredible,” said 5-time Monster Energy Supercross champion Ricky Carmichael. “These are the best of the best riders in the world, showcasing their talents in an atmosphere that can only be seen at AMSOIL Arenacross.”
“The series is growing in 2015 as 15 rounds and 20 nights of racing highlight the 2015 AMSOIL Arenacross season. From the high intensity, two-lap sprints of head-to-head bracket racing to the fast-paced and unpredictable dual Arenacross Class Main Events, AMSOIL Arenacross is one of the world’s most intimate and aggressive forms of racing,” said Todd Jendro, vice president of two wheel operations, Feld Motor Sports. “Additionally, the 2015 Race to the Championship kicks off March 21 inside the Smoothie King Arena in New Orleans, La., where the top 10 riders in championship points will find themselves in an all-out battle for the coveted AMSOIL Arenacross title which will be crowned at the season finale at the South Point Arena in Las Vegas.”
On top of all the action on Friday and Saturday at AMSOIL Arenacross, Sundays will feature 29 race classes for amateurs of all ages and skill levels. Amateurs racing on Sunday will be competing for a chance to race in Las Vegas, where they could become an AMA National Champion.
Pre-sale tickets for the 2015 AMSOIL Arenacross season will begin September 9. The September 9 on-sale is exclusive to Cross Club members only. To become a Cross Club member for free and have access to the best tickets click on the following link: www.SupercrossOnline.com. The Ticketmaster.com pre-sale kicks off on Tuesday September 16.. The general public on-sale begins on Tuesday, September 9. For more information log onto Arenacross.com
Date(s) Venue City
Jan. 10-11 US Bank Arena Cincinnati
Jan. 16- 18 Van Andel Arena Grand Rapids, Mich.
Jan. 23-25 World Arena Colorado Springs, Colo.
Jan. 31- Feb. 1 Bridgestone Arena Nashville, Tenn.
Feb. 6-8 Mohegan Sun Arena Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Feb. 21-22 Tampa Bay Times Forum Arena Tampa, Fla.
Feb. 28- Mar.1 Sprint Center Kansas City, Mo.
Mar. 6-8 Mid-America Center Council Bluffs, Iowa
Mar. 13-15 Landers Center Southaven, Miss.
Mar. 21-22 Smoothie King Center New Orleans
Mar. 28-29 Frank Erwin Center Austin, Texas
April 11-12 Spokane Arena Spokane, Wash.
April 18-19 Tacoma Dome Tacoma, Wash.
April 25-26 Save Mart Center Fresno, Calif.
May 1-3 South Point Arena Las Vegas
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Performance Tech Motorsports will roll into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the No. 38 Dash Neighborhoods/ Phillips 66 Prototype Challenge car and a new face to accompany David Ostella behind the wheel.
James French, 22, will share driving duties with Ostella in the Brickyard Grand Prix on Friday, July 25 on the new, 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course that incorporates part of the famous IMS oval. French ran a partial schedule in the PC class in the American Le Mans Series from 2011-13. He primarily races in SCCA competition and also drives a 1997 Formula One car in vintage competition, including the SVRA event in early June at IMS. The Wisconsin native has landed on the podium two of the five PC races he's competed in and hopes to stand on the famed podium atop Victory Circle at IMS during the Brickyard Grand Prix.
"Coming in to a new team obviously has its challenges when they're five races into the season," French said. "There are a little nerves involved. But if there's no pressure, then it isn't fun. The goal is to win, but I'd really love to just not get third. I always seem to end up third. I'm looking forward to racing with David Ostella. He's my age, so I think we'll have similar determination to win."
Ostella, 22, is returning to IMS with hopes of creating a memory of a podium finish. He raced twice on the famed oval, in 2011-12, in the Firestone Freedom 100 during his open-wheel career in Indy Lights.
"I'll be excited to be back in Indy and be on the road course," Ostella said. "Last time I was there on the oval I didn't have such a great time, so I'm looking forward to being on the road course this time around. We'll still use the straightaways, so we'll get some good speed going down into Turn 1. I love Indianapolis; it's a great racing town. There should be good energy there with the fans."
This will be his first start on the infield road course, as he joins the small group of drivers who have raced on both circuits at the Brickyard.
"Back in Indy Lights two years ago I had tested on the road course; it's obviously changed since then," Ostella said. "I know we won't be on the same track that IndyCar ran this season for their Grand Prix - ours is a mix of the old and new. Either way, I don't think anyone will have much of an advantage when it comes to knowing the track."
After a fourth-place finish with a new teammate in late June at Watkins Glen International, Ostella is confident in Team Principal Brent O'Neill's ability to pair him with drivers that compliment his driving style.
"I think it's going to be great to have another guy in the car around the same age as me," Ostella said. "I'm sure he'll have corners where he's faster than me, and I'll have corners where I'm faster than him. It should be fun to compare data with each other to help the other improve. There's a lot of good competition, so we'll have to work hard."
O'Neill, with eyes set on the podium, is excited to see what this new duo will do in Indianapolis.
"James (French) is young and fits Performance Tech's style," O'Neill said. "He is very smooth in the car and does not make mistakes. I think his personality is a lot like David (Ostella), and they will fit really well together. He (French) only got a few laps testing with us, but I look for him to be up to speed right away."
The weekend starts for Performance Tech at 10:45 a.m. (ET) Thursday, July 24 with Practice 1. Later in the day, fans can catch the start of TUDOR United SportsCar Championship qualifying at 4 p.m. with PC qualifying at 4:45 p.m. The Brickyard Grand Prix - a two-hour, 45-minute race - begins at 5:45 p.m. Friday, July 25.
The International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) and IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG) unveiled a brand-new website this week for the series' popular Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series.
With a fresh, modernized look, the new www.NitroJam.com features news, stats, photo galleries and more from IHRA's popular national drag racing series. In addition to a new, easy-to-use interface, the new Nitro Jam website is also smart phone and tablet compatible and includes a number of new features which makes following your favorite drag racing series easier than ever.
"As we continue to grow the IHRA and the Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series, we need a website and supporting media that represent that growth and excitement," said Scott Gardner, President of IHRA Motorsports. "The new Nitro Jam website is modern, it is exciting and it is easy to use. It is also a great tool in promoting and showcasing what the IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series is all about."
In addition to highlighting all of the latest news, results and upcoming events, the new Nitro Jam website also shines a spotlight on the drivers and cars of the IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series, as well as a glimpse into all of the great fan activities available at every IHRA Nitro Jam event.
The website was designed and engineered by the marketing team at IRG, under the leadership of Aidy Alonzo, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, and Art Director Manfred Eissner.
Visit the new site today to learn more about upcoming events, featured drivers, Fan Fest, past race results, news and much more at www.NitroJam.com.
WC Vision/Pirelli World Challenge President and CEO Teams Up with Austin Cindric To Run GTS Charity Entry as Part Of Mid-Ohio Cindric Quadruple Race Weekend
SuperBike fans in attendance at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and watching the Buckeye SuperBike Weekend live on FansChoice.tv were treated to a pair classic AMA Pro SuperBike showdowns on Sunday. With Saturday a wash due to uncooperative weather and the complete race program reconfigured to be contested the following day, Monster Energy Graves Yamaha teammates Josh Hayes and Cameron Beaubier squared off twice in the span of just hours on Sunday.
39-year-old three-time champion Hayes and 21-year-old class rookie Beaubier took both battles down to the wire. In each outing, Beaubier leveraged his compact size and light weight to assume the lead with a draft pass down the back straight and held the lead entering that decisive final circulation. And both times Hayes attempted an infrequently executed inside maneuver in the double-apex Turn 10-11 section.
In the morning contest, Beaubier immediately countered Hayes' attack and slashed right back to the inside to reclaim the position ahead of Hayes, who couldn't hold his line tight enough to solidify the spot. The reigning AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike king held on from there to win by 0.293 seconds.
"I wanted to win it if the opportunity presented itself but I can't be silly either," said Hayes. "I don't like thinking about championships, but you know... I was trying to be careful, but if he gave me a chance take it. I did on the last lap - took one shot at him on the last lap and I think if it had been anybody else, it would have been a little bit closer of a pass. I wanted to make sure I got all the way through to make sure we got through the corner clean. And I overshot it enough that he could zip past through."
The triumph was the third of Beaubier's young AMA Pro SuperBike career.
"It feels great to be able to beat Josh after a really good battle," said Beaubier. "I know he has the championship probably in the back of his head, but I was pushing hard. I was honestly a little nervous going into this race just because of the lack of track time.
"I had the intention to push the last three laps but I made a few mistakes and ran wide here and there. I knew I wasn't going to break him, obviously, so I was just kind of trying to ride protective - brake a little harder going into the corners, try and not use the whole track, and go up the inside of a lot of corners. I knew he was a little stronger than me in on the brakes in the hard-braking zones so I was trying to do my best right there.
"He did sneak up on me and caught me by surprise. I saw him run a little wide so I stayed out a little wide and cut pretty hard on the inside. It was a good clean race and it was fun."
The second time around, Hayes pressed the issue and came in a little harder in the same 10-11 section. Beaubier was forced into second place but he didn't give up despite a lack of prime passing opportunities from there to the checkered flag. Hayes worked hard to block Beaubier's attempts to come back by but he made a significant mistake in the Carousel just prior to the final short chute to the stripe while riding in that defensive manner. That prevented the Mississippian from getting an ideal launch to the flag, while the Californian - who drifted out wide to best power out of the corner - nailed his exit. The No. 2 YZF-R1 pulled right alongside the No. 4 YZF-R1 as the two took the flag.
The race was nearly too close to call. Initially, the transponder data indicated that Beaubier had won by 0.001 seconds but the photo finish proved that Hayes the victor by that same scant margin. The photo of the finish showed a barely visible gap between the two riders' front tires.
"I was pretty sloppy in the Carousel but I thought I had it because there are really no passing opportunities," Hayes said. "I was just trying to get back to the inside and I ended up losing the front and really botching the last two corners. I never upshifted, I just held second and hit the rev limiter at the line. When I glanced over I actually thought Cameron had got me, but it was too hard to tell right at the line. I was pretty relieved to get to the podium and find out I had won the race. I wanted to win it really bad and I had a lot of fun racing with Cam."
The win was the 47th of Hayes' SuperBike career and his eleventh regardless of class at Mid-Ohio, making him the all-time winningest rider in AMA Pro action at the venue.
While Beaubier came up just inches short of claiming the double, he did well to demonstrate he's back to full strength after suffering from a bout of lost confidence due to some mid-season crashes.
"Josh made a hard, clean pass on me," Beaubier said. "After that I was just looking for any way I could to get around him. He was braking pretty deep trying to not give it away. I tried to set him up coming off the last corner and I didn't know who won. Regardless who won today, it was a great race. It's kind of crazy not knowing who won until we came into pitlane."
Hayes came into Mid-Ohio with a 40-point advantage and his 2-1 means that advantage remains unchanged as a result of second-ranked Beaubier's 1-2. With just the New Jersey Motorsports Park doubleheader remaining, all Hayes needs to do is pick up a minimum of 20 points (which could come in a variety of fashions, from a single third to a pair of finishes just outside the top ten) and he'll join Mat Mladin as the only riders to ever win at least four AMA Pro SuperBike titles.
Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's Roger Hayden picked up a pair of podium finishes at Mid-Ohio but found it difficult to smile too much afterward. The Kentuckian had pushed Hayes for wins at the track in recent seasons and was not pleased to have finished more than ten seconds off the win in the first race, and more than 20 in the second.
"I hung on for a while but I started to make some mistakes," Hayden said after the first race. "I was having trouble getting my bike into the corner and was missing my apex in a couple spots. A little over half way they started pulling away and I didn't want to crash and lose my data for the next race so I kind of put it on cruise control so we could make the bike a little better for the second race. That race was really our first real practice being here on the new bike."
After the completion of the second race, Hayden wasn't as content with just a podium spot.
"Third place is not bad when you're battling for the win but when you're however many seconds back it's not very satisfying. I don't know..." Hayden said. "I'm having trouble keeping up off the corners and on the straights. I'm just riding so far above what I can do every lap and I just start making mistakes. We have some tests lined up and we need to make things a little better and hopefully at New Jersey make a race out of it. It's kind of embarrassing to finish that far back in two races in one day."
KTM/HMC Racing's Chris Fillmore was the next most successful racer on the weekend with a pair of lonely rides - one to fifth and the next to fourth. Hayden's works Suzuki teammate, Martin Cardenas, had the speed to claim to fourths at worst, however, he nearly crashed multiple times en route to fourth in the opening race and then did crash out in the second.
"The first race was not what I wanted," Cardenas said. "We were hoping to get on the podium. I was going good, but then I had a few moments with the bike and almost highsided three times in a lap and a half, I so slowed down and I ended up fourth. In Race 2, we made some changes, and the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 was working good for the first few laps. Then, when I was on the brakes, I hit a small bump and lost the front end and that was the end of my race. I'm pretty disappointed with that, but now we'll get ready for New Jersey and try to do better."
Cardenas' continued struggles see him facing rather long odds to even break into the championship top five at the NJMP finale. It's looking more and more likely that fourth and fifth will fall to ADR Motorsports/Sic/Motul Fly Racing's David Anthony and Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's Chris Clark, although in which order is still very much in doubt.
Clark made up some ground on Anthony in Ohio, taking sixth and fifth place finishes after being relegated to ninth at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Anthony, meanwhile, struggled with his electronics as a result of the limited track time. In the end, he simply turned them off and did the best he could, claiming two sevenths.
Anthony is still fourth in points, although Clark is now just eleven back in fifth.
"In the first race, I focused on putting in solid laps and was able to get up to sixth," Clark said. "I had a little better start in the second race and we had a pretty good pace. I was happy to bounce back from Laguna and finish in the top five. Now I'm looking forward to New Jersey and finishing in the top five for the year."
Home track favorite Larry Pegram and TOBC Racing's Taylor Knapp scrapped with Clark and Anthony in Ohio. Pegram was regularly able to make up ground in the twisty sections of the layout aboard his Foremost Insurance Pegram Racing EBR 1190RS but struggled to match the outright speed of the big fours on the critical long straight.
He ended up eighth in the first race and then suffered a mechanical issue in the second while caged up in a similar predicament. Knapp stepped forward and pushed Clark in the second contest, ultimately taking the flag in sixth.
"I couldn't get past Chris Clark or Dave Anthony," Pegram said. "I kind of caught them but couldn't pass them. In the second race I got a much better start but got stuck behind Clark again. His bike just has much better top speed than ours, and really, the only place to pass is at the end of the back straight. I actually passed Chris three times and he just came by me down the back straightaway. Then with a couple laps to go we just had a little problem with the thing so that was it."
GEICO Motorcycle Racing Honda's Chris Ulrich (8-9) and Babuska Racing's Frankie Babuska (10-10) both took a pair of top 10s at Mid-Ohio, while Team AMSOIL Hero EBR's Cory West broke in as well in the afternoon race, finishing ninth.
Following the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series' Indianapolis doubleheader Aug. 9-10, the AMA Pro Road Racing season will come to its conclusion and the 2014 champions will be decided at the Kawasaki Devil's Showdown at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey on September 13-14.
FansChoice.tv is the official home for live streaming coverage of AMA Pro Road Racing and AMA Pro Flat Track events in 2014. The site also provides coverage of IMSA's development and single-make series, and NASCAR's touring and weekly series.
Washougal Set to Honor America's Service Men and Women on Saturday as Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Returns West
The 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, is preparing to descend into its final month of competition this weekend as the world's fastest riders make their anticipated return out west and the annual visit to the scenic Pacific Northwest. The Motosport.com Washougal National, presented by Peterson CAT, will serve as the ninth round of the season this Saturday, July 26, and in an effort to add to the excitement of the series' anticipated return to Washougal MX Park, the Huffman family has introduced a "Celebrate Our Heroes" theme to the festivities, honoring all of our country's service men and women.
Live broadcast coverage from Washougal begins Saturday, July 26, at 4 p.m. ET with the first motos of the 450 and 250 Classes on MAVTV, followed by final moto coverage of both classes on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) at 6 p.m. ET.
Washougal will honor our military on Saturday with a "Celebrate Our Heroes" theme.
In the spirit of the afternoon, fans, riders and teams are all expected to be adorned in their patriotic best, whether it's camouflage or the iconic combination of red, white and blue. This atmosphere will only add to the excitement out on the track as the championship battles in both the 450 Class and 250 Class prepare to hit the home stretch. While both Red Bull KTM's Ken Roczen and Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha's Jeremy Martin both hold comfortable leads over their championship rivals in each respective title fight, with four rounds and eight motos still remaining, anything can still happen and neither championship is even close to being decided.
Last weekend at Spring Creek, Roczen knew he would have to fend off a significant challenge from his teammate Ryan Dungey who was returning to his home track with considerable momentum after a big win at Budds Creek the week prior. In the end Roczen weathered the storm and lost just two points to Dungey in the championship, but his unblemished record of finishing on the podium in every moto came to an end in his 16th attempt. Despite the addition of a season-worst result of fourth to Roczen's totals this summer, he still maintains an incredible 1.75 average and carries a 24-point advantage into Washougal.
Considering Roczen's worst outing of the season thus far swung just two points into Dungey's favor, the former two-time series champ still has a tremendous amount of work to do if he's to close in the deficit to his teammate. As a three time 450 Class winner at Washougal and winner in five of his last six attempts at the facility, Saturday could be another opportunity for Dungey to gain that ground he desperately needs.
The title fight between KTM teammates Roczen (right) and Dungey (left) is slowly getting more intense.
Photo: Simon Cudby / Racer X
While the focus on the title fight still remains, the emergence of a rising star not only stole the spotlight at Spring Creek, but will also me a major storyline coming into Washougal. GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac officially introduced himself as a future championship contender in the 450 Class after a convincing 1-1 outing in which he caught and passed Roczen, and also held off a hard-charging Dungey. Since making his debut following an injury four rounds ago, Tomac has been a staple up front and many felt it was only a matter of time before the world would witness the kind of performance he had at Spring Creek. Even more impressive is Tomac's ninth-place standing in the championship despite missing eight motos this season. He's finished on the overall podium in each of his starts thus far and will ultimately play a role in Roczen and Dungey's continued battle for the championship. Tomac has cemented himself in the role of spoiler and following his first win, he'll only become more of a factor as the season winds down.
Tomac has emerged as spoiler to Roczen and Dungey.
Photo: Simon Cudby / Racer X
Over in the 250 Class, Martin took care of a home track advantage last weekend at Spring Creek and made another huge step towards securing his first career title. His first career moto win and overall victory at his parents' track was memorable in its own right for the sophomore rider, but adding to his points lead in the championship battle capped off a near-perfect day for Martin. With a class-leading four overall wins and seven moto wins to his credit, Martin brings a 43-point lead over his teammate Cooper Webb into Washougal, nearly one entire round of competition.
Despite having never been in such a high-pressure position before in his young career, Martin has handled the weight of leading the championship and carrying the red number plate like a veteran. Having a training partner like Dungey can go a long way in handling the load, but Martin has gotten the job done when it matters most, on the track. While he's experienced some ups and downs along the way, his finishing average of 2.8 is as consistent as you'd expect from a title contender and his ability to come back from a midseason slump proves he's more than ready to be in the position he's in.
Martin has shown no issues in settling for second when a fellow competitor is riding exceptionally well and with a near two-moto advantage in the standings, don't be surprised to see his patience increase even more from here on out.
Martin has a stranglehold on the 250 Class following his win last weekend.
Photo: Simon Cudby / Racer X
With Martin's comfortable lead, the pressure now rests squarely on Webb and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Blake Baggett to step up and make the championship interesting. Both riders have amassed similar stats this season and have proven on multiple occasions that they have the speed to climb through the field and make a charge to the front no matter where they start. However, their shared inconsistencies out of the gate have ultimately hindered their chances at even better results and more points. Whenever Webb and Baggett have started up front they've stayed there, but when forced to do battle against the incredibly deep field of talent in the 250 Class, the opportunity to encounter misfortune and adversity increases dramatically. As a result, both riders possess a mixed bag of results that have now forced them into somewhat of a "win at all costs" scenario for the remainder of the season. With Baggett serving as a former winner at Washougal, you can expect he'll be looking to bounce back from a DNF suffered in the final moto last weekend, when he crashed out of the race while leading.
The pressure is on Webb (37) and Baggett (4) to try and track down Martin.
Photo: Simon Cudby / Racer X
Washougal MX Park has hosted a round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship since 1980 and features arguably the most picturesque setting of any track in the sport. Nestled within thousands of fir trees and a stone throw from the Washougal River, Washougal is a favorite for enthusiasts because of its incredible location and is a destination event for any motocross fan. Its truly unique track layout winds in and out of the trees that line the circuit, and also sends riders up and down what it affectionately known as "Horsepower Hill." The track surface is a mix of loam and hard pack, which results in a truly challenging task for riders to maintain control while also finding much needed speed.
Last year at Washougal, Ryan Villopoto won for the very first time at his home race in five attempts, outlasting Dungey in a thrilling battle for the win that ended up in a tie for the overall but weighed in Villopoto's favor by virtue of his second moto victory. In the 250 Class, Tomac was dominant en route to a 1-1 effort and his first career win at the track.
Action for the Motosport.com Washougal National on Saturday, July 19, begins at 11:30 a.m. ET with timed practice. Opening ceremonies get underway at 3:25 p.m. ET, with the first gate drop scheduled for 4:05 p.m. ET.
Previous Round Results
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
La Crescent Wine & Spirit Spring Creek National
Spring Creek MX Park - Millville, Minnesota
July 19, 2014
Round 8 of 12
450 Class (Moto Finish)
450 Class Championship Standings
250 Class (Moto Finish)
250 Class Championship Standings
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he Extreme Speed Motorsports (ESM) makes its Indianapolis debut this week as the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship heads to the hallowed ground of Midwest motorsports – Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). More than 100 years of motorsports history echoes through the track at 16th and Georgetown, and ESM looks to make its mark during Friday’s Brickyard Grand Prix.
Scott Sharp, ESM owner/driver, has 14 Indianapolis 500 starts on his résumé including a pole position in 2001 and five top-10 finishes. In his last four appearances (2005-2007, 2009), Sharp ran a Honda-powered machine. The 2007 season was the first time Sharp drove a Tequila Patrón-sponsored Honda race car.
“There is no track that has the heritage and atmosphere as Indianapolis! I’ve been fortunate to have great memories from the many Mays that I have spent at the track," stated Sharp.
Sharp now leads the Extreme Speed Motorsports Tequila Patrón-sponsored Honda Performance Development ARX-03b (HPD) team into another chapter of IMS history. This weekend marks the first time Sharp, Ed Brown, Ryan Dalziel and Johannes van Overbeek will race as a team at IMS.
Sharp and Dalziel, co-drivers of the No. 1 Tequila Patrón HPD, have turned plenty of laps at IMS. Sharp made his IMS debut in 1994 and competed in the 2002-2003 International Race of Champions (IROC) events. At the 2003 IROC race, Sharp qualified on the outside pole. Dalziel has two previous starts at the Indianapolis Grand Prix under the GRAND AM Rolex Sports Car Series banner. In 2013, Dalziel and Starworks DP co-driver Alex Popow won the Indianapolis Grand Prix on the former 2.534-mile circuit.
Shortly after Dalziel’s win, the IMS road course was reconfigured to a 2.439-mile, 14-turn circuit. The only race on the road course in the new configuration this year was the IndyCar road race in May. ESM’s Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup driver Simon Pagenaud was the race winner.
“We need both cars to have a solid, trouble free weekend," commented Dalziel. "If we do that I think we can see both Tequila Patrón cars on the podium.”
The only other speedway/road course circuit on the TUDOR Championship calendar was the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January. This marks the second time this season for ESM to compete on the combined speedway/road course circuit.
Brown and van Overbeek, co-drivers of the No. 2 Tequila Patrón HPD, finished eighth at the season-opening race at Daytona. The combination of confidence from that race along with the mid-June test at IMS, should bode well for the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca race winners.
“We tested the new Indy road course circuit earlier this year, and it’s impressive," added Brown. "This is Indianapolis – the true American racing venue, and definitely one on the ‘must win’ list for any driver. Few tracks in the world have the history and mystique Indianapolis does, and we’re ready to set our place in IMS history."
Following the last two rounds of competition and seeking a balance of power within the premier racing class, officials from the TUDOR Championship’s sanctioning body – International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) – announced last week that ESM’s Honda HPDs will receive a 0.3mm larger air restrictor. The change results in a greater airflow to the HPD engine for more horsepower.
The two-hour, 45-minute TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Brickyard Grand Prix on July 24-25 is the eighth race of 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Qualifying for prototype cars takes place at 5:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 24. Green flag is 5:45 p.m. ET on Friday, July 25.
Television coverage of the Brickyard Grand Prix starts at 5:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.
It's safe to say the previous pair of TUDOR United SportsCar Championship races have been difficult for the no. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia and drivers Alessandro Balzan and Jeff Westphal. However, both of them are entering this weekend's Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway upbeat and aiming for a second win of the year.
Balzan finished fourth in the Rolex Series race at IMS in the GT class driving the no. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia. After narrowly missing the podium then, he is hoping for a clean race and a chance to compete for the podium this time.
"To race at such a famous circuit in a Ferrari is an honor," said Balzan. "We have had some bad luck recently, and everyone at Scuderia Corsa is motivated to get another really good result not only for our team, but for Ferrari. Right now we have a car that maybe isn't the fastest in a straight line, but has good balance and that will be important this weekend. And as we saw in Detroit, we can count on a good strategy from the team!"
Westphal will be competing at the world-famous Brickyard for the first time this weekend, and is excited to race at the historic venue for the first time.
"The last couple of races have been difficult, but everyone at Scuderia Corsa is very motivated," said Westphal. "Considering our position in the championship, our goal is to be aggressive and win races and to also help secure the manufacturer championship for Ferrari. I think we have a car that will be good on long runs and will be good in the infield, and the team will do everything it can to maximize the performance."
While Scuderia Corsa competed at IMS last season, this year will present a new challenge as the road course layout has changed substantially creating a world of unknowns for the drivers and the engineers. The TUDOR Championship will be also sharing the weekend with the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series, putting the track time for the TUDOR Championship at a premium.
Keeping the challenges of the schedule and the new layout in mind, Scuderia Corsa engineer Joe La Joie will be tasked with getting the most out of the no. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia.
"In previous years, the Indianapolis road course presented a couple challenges - long straights, a big brake zone, and the rather abrupt transition onto the short shoot between the oval turns one and two," said La Joie. "This has changed this year since we will run the new IndyCar circuit. It appears that we could have two significant brake zones and it is unclear as to how severe the transitions will be, if at all. The track has also been resurfaced. One of the challenges of running Indy is the logistics - NASCAR and IMSA run the oval and the road course on the same day which does not leave us much track time."
The Brickyard Grand Prix will be shown live on Friday, July 25th 5:30 ET on FOX Sports 1. Qualifying will be streamed live on Thursday, July 24th beginning at 4:00 PM ET on IMSA.com.
On Tuesday, July 22, Dragon Racing, the Los Angeles based professional motorsports team owned by media and publishing entrepreneur Jay Penske, announced the signing of Jérôme d'Ambrosio to compete in the new all-electric FIA Formula E Championship.
“It is with great excitement that I will be at the wheel of the Dragon Racing entry in this historic first season of the FIA Formula E Championship,” said d'Ambrosio. “I have watched the Dragon Racing organisation closely over the last few months and feel that together we can achieve great results during this first season.”
The 28-year-old Belgian began go-karting aged eight before quickly rising through the single-seater ranks on his way to his Formula One debut with the Virgin F1 Team (now Marussia). In doing so he became only the third Belgian in the history of the sport to complete a full season in F1, after well-known racing drivers Jacky Ickx and Thierry Boutsen. Following this, d'Ambrosio moved to the Lotus F1 Team as a reserve driver for 2012-2013, taking part in the 2012 Italian Grand Prix. More recently, he signed with Bentley for their return to endurance racing and is now looking forward to beginning the Formula E season with Dragon Racing.
Jay Penske, owner of Dragon Racing, said: “I am so pleased to have Jérôme pilot one of our two Dragon Racing entries. After watching Jérôme’s performances in F1, as well as the most recent Formula E test, I feel that the combination of Jérôme and our other drivers should prove to be a formidable force.”
Dragon Racing, which is currently preparing for the first race of the inaugural Formula E series in Beijing, China, on September 13 2014, first began in 2006 under the original banner of Luczo Dragon Racing founded by Penske and Steve Luczo, Chairman and CEO of Seagate Technologies. In May of 2007, Dragon Racing made their debut at the Indianapolis 500 finishing an impressive fifth with Ryan Briscoe. Two years later they completed their first full IndyCar season claiming Rookie of the Year with Raphael Matos. In 2013 Dragon Racing fielded two cars in the IndyCar Series, with drivers Sebastian Saavedra and four-time Champ Car champion Sébastien Bourdais.
The signing of d'Ambrosio leaves just three driver places remaining for the 2014/2015 Formula E season with China Racing yet to reveal their line-up, along with the second seat at Andretti Autosport.
Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, added: “Jérôme is a talented driver and we’re delighted to welcome yet another top name to the inaugural Formula E grid and excited to see who will fill the last three places.”
For more information on Formula E, including a full driver list, visit www.fiaformulae.com.