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 Examiner.com., where he had the opportunity to see the racing world from behind the scenes as well as the grandstands. He invites everyone to follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus, and looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm for all things racing with the readers of SpeedwayDigest.com.

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

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Ed Carpenter Racing announced today a new driver development program featuring Josh Pierson. The 16-year-old will continue his ascent through the Road to Indy ranks with the intent of competing in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES in 2025 with ECR. Pierson, an Oregon native, will have the guidance and support of ECR team members as he furthers his career and will be mentored by team owner Ed Carpenter. Additionally, Pierson will begin testing one of ECR’s Chevrolet-powered Indy cars in 2023.

 

Behind the wheel since he was just two years old, Pierson already has a long list of accomplishments and the young driver’s resume grows more today by becoming the first-ever development driver for Ed Carpenter Racing. “I’m honored by the confidence Ed Carpenter has placed in me and so incredibly grateful to have a path to INDYCAR with Ed Carpenter Racing,” stated Pierson. “I’ve been dreaming about racing in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES for as long as I can remember!”

 

Pierson has been re-writing the history books for several years, collecting accolades and victories as he progresses towards the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. After a decade of karting experience with numerous championships and national titles, he began racing open-wheel cars at 13. At ages 14 and 15, he was the youngest driver on the grid in the Road to Indy’s USF2000. In early 2022, he became the youngest driver to participate in IMSA’s Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. Just two months later, he earned the title of the youngest race winner in the FIA’s World Endurance Championship (WEC) with a victory at the 1000 Miles of Sebring. As of June of 2022, he is the youngest starter in the history of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and finished 10th overall. This past weekend in Bahrain, Pierson concluded his 2022 WEC season with a 2nd place in the race, 3rd place in the championship standings and was named WEC’s equivalent of Rookie of the Year.

 

Reaching the NTT INDYCAR SERIES is part of a five-year program for Pierson. For the next two years, he will focus on INDY NXT, formerly known as Indy Lights. INDY NXT is the final step in the Road to Indy before the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. With plans for a partial season in 2023, he will challenge for the INDY NXT championship in 2024 as he races the full calendar. Carpenter, the only active owner/driver in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, will mentor Pierson while working towards the goal of Pierson competing for ECR in 2025 and beyond.

 

Carpenter is excited for the long-term future of ECR and is confident in the addition of Pierson as a development driver. “I have truly enjoyed getting to know Josh Pierson and his family. For such a young man, he has already accomplished so much in his racing career. Along with that, he is such a well-spoken and professional person,” commented Carpenter. “I am confident with the plan that we have in place that he will develop into a complete racing driver. We very much look forward to working with him as we finalize his path to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES starting in 2025.”

 

The 2023 race season will see Pierson build upon his experience in multiple disciplines, competing in both U.S.-based and international series. Stateside, he will compete in a partial INDY NXT schedule with HMD Motorsports. He will also aim to continue his endurance racing success in LMP2 with United Autosports, competing across the globe in the FIA World Endurance Championship. As part of his development driver program with ECR, Pierson will begin testing in one of the team’s Chevrolet-powered NTT INDYCAR SERIES cars in 2023.

 

Pierson made his INDY NXT testing debut on October 21, 2022 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with HMD Motorsports. Both the 2023 INDY NXT and NTT INDYCAR SERIES seasons will begin the first weekend of March in the Streets of St. Petersburg, Fla. ECR will continue to campaign two full-time entries, the No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet driven by Conor Daly and the Rinus VeeKay’s No. 21 BitNile Chevrolet. Carpenter will join Daly and VeeKay for the four oval races, expanding ECR’s lineup to three cars for those events.

 

By John Oreovicz

IMSA Wire Service

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It’s no secret that the four participating manufacturers in the new Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship have been testing and developing their 2023 LMDh challengers, literally around the clock.

 

But there is another race unfolding behind the scenes as Acura, BMW, Cadillac and Porsche work with IMSA and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO, the organizers of the FIA World Endurance Championship and 24 Hours of Le Mans) to get their cars officially homologated for the upcoming season and beyond.

 

Matt Kurdock, IMSA Technical Director, is overseeing the comprehensive, time-consuming process for the WeatherTech Championship that will lock in the design of the competing cars for the next five seasons.

 

“Homologation is a process capturing the specification of a lot of detail in the car, the engine and other aspects of the vehicle,” Kurdock explained. “The idea behind it is that it’s a way of controlling costs and making sure that the specification of the car is frozen.

 

“A homologation formula allows the manufacturers some freedom on what they want to do, but it allows us to make sure that all examples of the car are presented the same way if there are multiple teams among the same manufacturer.”

 

The goal of LMDh homologation is for the participating manufacturers to receive final technical approval soon for the cars they will field when sports car racing’s worldwide 2023 calendar kicks off at Daytona International Speedway with IMSA’s Roar Before the Rolex 24 testing from Jan. 20-22, followed by the Rolex 24 At Daytona from Jan. 26-29.

 

Ideally, all four manufacturers will receive certification in the next few weeks, prior to an IMSA-sanctioned test at Daytona on Dec. 6-7 that will serve as a final dress rehearsal for manufacturers, teams and IMSA itself before competition starts in anger in January.

 

“We are in the process to homologate the Porsche 963 for IMSA but also for the FIA WEC championship,” said Urs Kualte, Director, Factory Racing LMDh for Porsche Motorsport. “As this is a complex process, it takes some time, but we are very confident to finish it in time.”

 

Communication Has Been Key

 

Indeed, homologation is a lengthy process. It started with manufacturers presenting to IMSA and the ACO proposals for the powertrain and styling of their cars, along with CAD (computer-aided design) models. As the cars were developed, both conceptually and physically, there was frequent communication between the manufacturers and sanctioning organizations to clarify questions about potential legality.

 

“There’s a lot of back and forth,” remarked Mark Crawford, Large Project Leader for California-based Honda Performance Development (HPD) in charge of the Acura ARX-06 program.

 

“We work with IMSA to get the car where they’re happy for us to go racing with it, and then we go back to the teams and make sure that they understand the form of the car they are supposed to bring to race in January. It's a bit freeform in the process, but we understand what it takes to communicate back and forth and get on the same page if we have to change a part for any reason, whether it’s to make it more durable or make it cheaper.”

 

The final step in the homologation process will unfold over the next few weeks. Each manufacturer will deliver an actual car to IMSA and the ACO, which will be tested at the full-scale, rolling road Windshear wind tunnel in North Carolina to see if it meets the LMDh formula’s strict aerodynamic guidelines. Inspectors will then fully disassemble the cars at the nearby NASCAR R&D Center to ensure compliance with homologation documentation previously submitted.

 

“Certainly, IMSA and the ACO’s target is to have cars as much in the final specification as possible for the upcoming Dec. 6-7 test at Daytona,” Kurdock said. “I’m sure the development has been very taxing for all involved, our suppliers, manufacturers and constructors.

 

“We want the opportunity to have the cars in their final form before we enter the Roar,” he continued. “It not only allows us to work on our scrutineering processes with tech inspection, but also make sure that all our electronic systems are compatible with the electronics that each of the manufacturers is running, as well as the spec hybrid components that are in the car. There may be items that need to be finessed or looked at, and it’s better to do that in December versus facing that at the Roar, where we have very short turnaround time before the Rolex (race).”

 

Sharing Information Is Good ... to a Point

 

During the two years that the LMDh cars have been in development, manufacturers were encouraged to communicate with the sanctioning bodies in an effort to keep the homologation process moving smoothly. There was also an unprecedented level of information sharing among the manufacturers when Porsche handled initial testing of the common hybrid system components supplied by Xtrac, Bosch and Williams that will be used by all the manufacturers.

 

However, that spirit of cooperation quickly fades when it comes to homologation and final approval from IMSA and the ACO.

 

“Homologation, that gets quite a bit more ‘personal’ because you start to get into the intellectual property of the car and the details of what’s going on,” HPD’s Crawford said. “For homologation – even the schedule – if I were to go up to Cadillac and ask, ‘Are you one week away or six weeks away from getting a signature on your document?’ I wouldn’t expect an answer.

 

“It’s our top priority in the company right now to get this wrapped up,” he added. “We’re all pulling our weight on it and cooperating, and between HPD and (chassis constructor) ORECA, I would say homologation is being worked on 24 hours a day. It’s feverishly moving toward the next step, and we’ll be ready for it. Definitely, by the December test, we expect to have clarity on the homologation. I’d be really disappointed if we don’t have a signed document.”

 Nitro Rallycross, a disruptive new motorsport property created by moto icon Travis Pastrana and action sports authority Nitro Circus, is coming to Stampede Park on February 4-5, 2023. The news was revealed today by Nitro RX driver Fraser McConnell (JAM) at a press conference, alongside executives from the series, the venue and Tourism Calgary. 

 

This adrenaline-charged event will showcase elite drivers, including Pastrana, who is defending his 2021 championship, with the most explosive electric vehicle in racing. The event will be a part of Nitro RX’s inaugural global season, which has already encompassed the United Kingdom, Sweden and the United States. Its worldwide broadcast footprint will spotlight Calgary as a global sports leader and bring a new kind of horsepower to the city.

 

At Calgary, cars will battle on snow and ice, creating dramatic moments and compelling visuals that will resonate both in the stands and on screen. This will bring an entirely new dimension to Nitro RX’s intense, door-to-door action and will be sure to have fans on the edge of their seats.

 

Pastrana said: “We are so excited to bring Nitro Rallycross to Calgary for the first time. Nitro Circus has had some incredible moments in this city. Now with Nitro Rallycross, we are bringing that same no limits attitude and passion for progression to four-wheel action.” Pastrana added, “I can’t wait to put these insane new cars on snow and ice. They said it couldn’t get any crazier, but we found a way. I’m definitely looking forward to it.”  

 

Brett Clarke, President of Nitro Rallycross, said: “Since the creation of Nitro Rallycross, we’ve always looked to push the boundaries around creating the most exciting motorsports events on the planet. From the drivers, the format, to the tracks and the locations, we’ve built the brand as the next generation of motorsports - Calgary will take that thesis to the next level with an ice track inside the iconic stadium that is Stampede Park. 

 

Clarke added: “We are thrilled to be working with great partners at Tourism Calgary to bring this exciting event to Calgary and Alberta. The enthusiasm and hospitality of the Calgary team is exactly what we look for in our host city partnerships and we look forward to bringing fans from around the world for what we believe will be the biggest motorsports event to come to Calgary.” 

 

“Calgary is the winter sport capital of Canada, and this event is another fantastic reason to visit our city,” said Carson Ackroyd, Senior Vice President of Sales with Tourism Calgary. “We’re excited to have Calgary be part of this international race series that will see Nitro Rallycross bring even more energy to the city’s Chinook Blast winter festival. It’s an excellent addition to the schedule of winter events creating vibrancy in our city, activating one of our most iconic venues, and making Calgary an eventful city year-round.”

 

Tickets to Nitro RX Calgary go on sale to the general public this Friday, November 18 at 10am and will be available at nitrorallycross.com. General admission tickets will be available in both single-day ($25 for Saturday; $30 for Sunday) as well as weekend ($30) options. VIP Club Nitro RX passes will also be available ($125 single-day for Saturday; $130 single-day for Sunday; $250 for weekend). All prices plus additional taxes and fees. More information on Club Nitro RX’s premium amenities is detailed below.

 

Nitro Circus DNA:

Combining the intense competition of rallycross with the big air excitement of Nitro Circus, Nitro RX is truly where cars fly and tracks thrill. Claiming the coveted series championship not only requires beating the stacked driver field, but also tackling Nitro RX’s massive purpose-built courses. Inspired by motocross, these feature huge jumps, steep sand berms and high banked corners.   

 

Nitro RX has been held in a wide variety of environments during the 2022/23 season, ranging from the legendary tarmac of the UK’s Lydden Hill Race Circuit, and the rolling rollercoaster of Minneapolis’ ERX Motor Park to the iconic all-dirt surface of Los Angeles’ Glen Helen Raceway. At venerable Stampede Park, Nitro RX will add snow and ice to the mix.  

 

Electrifying Performance:

In its revolutionary all-electric FC1-X, Nitro RX has a car that is up to the challenge. Racing in Nitro RX’s new top class, Group E, the FC1-X is the most powerful vehicle in rallycross. Capable of producing the electric equivalent of 1,070 peak horsepower (800 kW), it can accelerate from 0-60 in just 1.4 seconds and launch faster off the line than an F1 car.

 

Immersive Fan Experience, Off-Track Fun:

With its unique open paddock layout, located inside the adjacent Nutrien Western Event Centre, Nitro Rallycross will offer fans an immersive atmosphere where they can get a behind-the-scenes look at the teams, drivers and cars.

 

It includes the all-new Nitro RX fan experience, which includes an entertainment stage featuring music, as well as a gaming zone, a concession area with local food trucks and an electric RC activation. 

 

Calgary fans can enjoy special amenities with the all-new Club Nitro RX VIP Experience. Highlighted by an elevated private trackside viewing location and exclusive Club Nitro RX area, this new premium package gets fans closer to Nitro RX than ever before.

 

The event will also feature a fan autograph session, open to all attendees, that allows fans to meet the world’s leading drivers in person.

 

Nitro RX Heads North:

Nitro RX Calgary is part of the series’ Canadian debut. Over the past decade, Canada has hosted some of Nitro Circus’ biggest live moments, including a 2017 Calgary stop at McMahon Stadium. Now Nitro RX is fueling four-wheel competition with that same boundary-breaking passion as it takes thrilling spectacle to the next level. 

 

Global Broadcast:

Enthusiasts outside of Calgary can experience the excitement too. Nitro RX’s global broadcast will reach over 180 countries worldwide. In the U.S., where NBC is Nitro RX’s exclusive broadcast partner, Peacock livestreams every round of the 2022/23 season with additional highlight programming airing on CNBC.

 

Nitro RX Calgary is the penultimate round of Nitro RX’s 2022/23 calendar, setting the stage for Nitro RX’s highly-anticipated March season finale. It is the culmination of Nitro RX’s first global calendar, which kicked off in Europe, beginning in June with the U.K. series launch then a Sweden round in July. A return to America followed, starting in October with stops in Minneapolis and Los Angeles before hitting Phoenix last weekend. Next, after a holiday break, Nitro RX will resume in January at Quebec’s Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières prior to charging into Stampede Park.

 

Tourism Calgary is the presenting partner of Nitro RX Calgary. Tourism Calgary is the official destination marketing and development organization for Calgary's tourism industry. Calgary is renowned for its vibrant energy and community spirit, and sport and cultural events are at the heart of it all. A long history of hosting excellence combined with deep-rooted partnerships and a continued focus on health and safety uniquely position Calgary to be the Ultimate Host City.

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Other Nitro RX Calgary event partners include A SHOC Energy, Yokohama Tire, and myenergi

 

 Extreme E has today announced its calendar for the upcoming 2023 season, with the series heading to new locations for the first time and revisiting some of the championship’s 2022 favourites.

The sport for purpose championship takes place in off-road locations as part of its mission to drive awareness of climate change issues, such as global warming, melting ice caps, rising sea levels, wildfires and extreme weather, whilst promoting sustainability and the adoption of electric vehicles to help protect the planet.

Extreme E’s third season kicks off once again in Saudi Arabia with the Desert X Prix on March 11-12. If the racing in Saudi Arabia is anything like as exciting as last year’s round in NEOM then Extreme E fans should be in for a treat – as Johan Kristoffersson scored a dramatic victory in the closing stages for Rosberg X Racing (RXR) with a late overtake on ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team’s Laia Sanz.

In May the championship will head back to the UK for its first X Prix in Scotland. At the midway point of the season, Extreme E will return to Sardinia – where it has raced in each of its past two campaigns. The Italian island has been the setting for some incredible on-track actions and some of the series’ most dramatic moments, and more of the same is expected in 2023.

The fourth X Prix of Season 3 will see Extreme race in another new setting, with the championship heading to either the USA for its inaugural round in North America or to the remote parts of Brazil.

Despite being unable to compete in Brazil so far due to Covid restrictions, Extreme E has continued its vital legacy work in the Amazon. Extreme E has partnered with TNC to develop its Amazon-based Legacy Programmes, which funds native forest restoration and a well-established cacao-based agroforestry programme.

With agreements currently being finalised, updates on the fourth slot in the Extreme E race calendar are coming soon.

The final round of Season 3 will take place in a familiar setting, with Extreme E returning to Chile for what is sure to be a thrilling finale on December 2-3.

Alejandro Agag, CEO and Founder of Extreme E, said: “We have had two spectacular seasons of Extreme E so far and the third promises to be even more thrilling.

“All of us here at Extreme E are looking forward to revisiting some of the amazing race locations we have visited so far, and to build on the impacts we have made in those areas and further develop our vital legacy programmes as we continue to raise awareness of the climate crisis.

“I am proud to see the positive impact our electric series has had and to see what more we can bring to the communities there.

“It is also extremely exciting to potentially add a race in the USA or Brazil to our global championship, while returning to the UK, the birthplace of top level motor racing, is fitting. We cannot wait for the 2023 campaign to begin as the race for the planet continues.”

Extreme E Season 3 calendar (2023):

March 11-12: 
Saudi Arabia
May 13-14: Scotland
July 8-9: Sardinia, Italy*
September 16-17: Brazil or USA
December 2-3: Chile (tbc)

The St. Helena – the former Royal Mail Ship – provides the championship’s floating centrepiece – carrying the series’ vehicles, logistics equipment and paddock infrastructure as well as playing host to scientific research with its on-board laboratory, all in a bid to lower the impact of the travel logistics compared to air travel.

The on-course action for Season 2 has not concluded yet, however, with a thrilling finale set to take place in Punta del Este, Uruguay, for a four-way title showdown on November 26-27 as the title fight once again goes down to the wire.

To learn more about Extreme E, visit - www.Extreme-E.com

Danny Schneider, the man behind Hardnine Choppers, revealed his latest custom build at EICMA, Milan alongside the new 2023 models from Indian Motorcycle. With its distinctive paint scheme inspired by the factory’s King of the Baggers racers, stripped back front end and performance parts, Danny’s Scout Rogue was an eye-catching addition to the Indian Scout lineup on the booth, drawing in visitors to take photos and discover the finer details.

 

As a former FMX star and award-winning vintage custom builder, Danny Schneider has a reputation for exciting, performance orientated customs and is no stranger to working with Indian Motorcycle. In fact, the build he credits as his best ever was his 1931 Indian Scout, the bike that started his love of Indian Motorcycle, a love that was cemented with the launch of the FTR, “ever since then, I’ve been hooked,” says Danny.

 

“My idea when I first saw the Scout Rogue, I actually liked it a lot, was performance racing - this is where I’m coming from - I really wanted to craft it to suit my hard riding style and we’ve done everything we can with performance parts. We started out with the Öhlins front forks and Öhlins rear shock, suspension is the most important thing for me coming from a motocross background."

 

Modifying the triple trees to accept the Öhlins front forks, the handlebar has been replaced with a 22mm higher ProTaper unit fitted with ProTaper soft grips and the Scout Rogue’s mini-fairing adapted to work with the new bar placement. The stripped back, racing feel is also enhanced by miniature turn signals and the removal of the front fender.

 

The racing look and spec continues with performance tracker wheels from Roland Sands Design allowing the use of twin OEM discs grabbed by dual Beringer calipers operated by a Beringer master cylinder/lever with Danny creating bespoke adapters and mounts for the wheels and the braking system. For performance gains during starts and gear changes, the clutch lever is also by Beringer with a Dynojet quickshifter ensuring the slickest of shifts and a one-off 2-into-1 exhaust by Jekill and Hyde ramping up the soundtrack.

 

“I’ve added some custom touches, by cutting down the primary cover to the minimum that’s still safe but making it lighter and giving it a more performance look and I’ve also added wider footpegs to suit my riding style. But, look closer and you’ll see the gold leaf applied to the iconic insignias on the engine and the gas cap, the gold stitching in the seat which all complement the awesome paint by Vince Customs.”

 

“I've been building bikes for about 10 or 12 years now. But I stopped for a while as I'd lost a bit of the passion. When it came to the Rogue, it just came back, the light just fired up again. Indian Motorcycle engineering is amazing, they think further than other brands. If you need to do something, it’s done super quick. This is what I love.”

 

“Now it’s just a case of setting up the bike, dialling in the suspension and going for a ride. Riding to me is everything. It's absolute freedom.”

 

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For more on Danny Schneider and his 1931 Scout, see the press release HERE.

For more on Danny’s Indian FTR, see the press release HERE.

 

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By John Oreovicz

IMSA Wire Service

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Introduced in 2020, the Toyota Supra GT4 that competes in the Grand Sport (GS) class of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge is still rather new in racing car terms.

 

But Toyota has been aggressive in developing a race-winning package for existing and future customers. Therefore, after just three years in which the Supra earned more than 50 race wins, 100 podium finishes and 11 GT4-based sports car championships in Japan, Europe and America, Toyota Gazoo Racing has developed an EVO upgrade designed to make the performance baked into the Supra GT4 more accessible to all drivers.

 

“We’re looking to reduce the time delta between driver pairings,” explained Steve Hallam, manager of vehicle support and team development for Toyota Racing Development (TRD). “The Supra is small, with a very short wheelbase, so it’s very responsive to the driver. Professional drivers love it - Aaron Telitz (Lexus driver in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship), for example. For them, the car is fun to drive and very quick.

 

“We needed to help the gentleman driver,” Hallam continued. “They will be able to feel the car a bit more and get to grips with the car with more confidence. The car will still be quick because the fundamentals haven’t changed, but we’ve added tools to help the other drivers.”

 

Based in Cologne, Germany, Toyota Gazoo Racing Europe is Toyota’s competition skunkworks, designing and building cars ranging from the World Rally Championship Yaris to the GR010 Hypercar that won this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans and recently clinched the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship. More than 50 Supra GT4 racing cars were produced since 2020.

 

Chassis modifications to the Supra GT4 EVO include revised dampers, a modified rear anti-roll bar and upgraded brakes, including recalibrated anti-lock braking system (ABS) software.

The body gains front dive planes to improve aerodynamic stability, as well as a modified rear wing that will allow teams to make midrace adjustments if needed.

 

While the 3.0-liter, turbocharged straight six remains essentially unchanged, the overall cooling of the car – engine, intercooler, gearbox and final drive – has been improved.

 

“We race in some hot venues around the world, and the needle has been at the wrong end of the gauge,” Hallam said. “We've addressed it, and that kind of stress won’t be happening again this year (in 2023).”

 

The Supra GT4 showed plenty of potential in Michelin Pilot Challenge competition, especially the No. 14 car fielded by Riley Motorsports. Alfredo Najiri co-drove the entry to third-place finishes in 2022 at Sebring International Raceway and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

 

The car’s basic speed has never been questioned, but customer feedback indicated the Supra needed to be made more “user-friendly” to accommodate the kind of less experienced drivers that often make up the majority of GT4 fields.

 

“GT4, like any Balance of Performance category, is not about outright performance,” Hallam said. “You don’t spend huge amounts of money trying to improve the performance of your car unless you’re outside the target window.

 

“So, what you’re doing with an EVO package is respecting the needs of the customer – making it easier for them to drive or exploit the performance that’s already there, for them to enjoy their racing.”

 

Hallam, whose long motorsport career includes stints in Formula 1 (he served as a race engineer for Nigel Mansell, Ayrton Senna and Mika Hakkinen, among others), NASCAR and Australian Supercars, said TRD was actively involved in the development of the Supra GT4. TRD’s lead track engineer, John Morgan, attended the final test sessions in the run-up to the car’s homologation.

 

The Riley Motorsports entry was often the only Supra on the Michelin Pilot Challenge grid in 2022, so Toyota is hoping the introduction of the EVO package will increase its presence in the coming season. The opening round is the BMW M Endurance Challenge, a four-hour contest set to run Friday, Jan. 27 at Daytona International Speedway.

 

(Images courtesy of Toyota)

DCG Acquisitions, a Dave Cantin Group company, one of the largest financial advisory services firms for mergers and acquisitions specializing in automotive buy/sell transactions, and the Rossmeyer family announced the sale of Bruce Rossmeyer's Daytona Harley-Davidson and Destination Daytona after being in business for 28 years, to Teddy Morse of the Ed Morse Automotive Group.

 

President Brian Brown and Managing Director Robert Turbyfill of DCG Acquisitions facilitated the transaction. The dealership will operate under the name Teddy Morse's Daytona Harley-Davidson, along with the Main Street location. Destination Daytona will continue to operate with its existing tenants, the Clarion Inn Ormond Beach, the Pavilion, and Saints & Sinners Pub.

 

“This is one of the most historic and influential acquisitions in Florida’s history,” said Executive Chairman and CEO Dave Cantin. “A Harley-Davidson is more than just a motorcycle. It’s a lifestyle. It was an honor to work with the Rossmeyer family and Teddy Morse on this landmark transaction, helping ensure the legacy of Bruce continues for generations to come.”

 

"Our kids continued Bruce's dream after his death and I am very proud of them," said principal owner Sandy Rossmeyer. “I am also extremely pleased that we are selling to a buyer who knew Bruce and that Mr. Morse is thrilled to carry on the Daytona Harley­ Davidson legacy. The time to sell is when you are on top, and my children and our loyal team of associates have certainly kept us there and will work hard to help Teddy build his own Harley- Davidson legacy."

 

Ed Morse Automotive Group currently owns 32 locations that house 63 automotive franchises and recently purchased three Harley-Davidson dealerships in Texas. The New Smyrna Harley-Davidson dealership will be closing permanently on November 30, 2022.

 

Genesys Andretti United Extreme E have announced multi-year contract extensions with its drivers Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen.

The race-winning pair will continue to drive for Genesys Andretti United XE into Season 3 and beyond.

 

One of the most experienced driver pairings in Extreme E, the duo have been team-mates since the championship’s inception back in April 2021 when the series made its debut in the deserts of AlUla, Saudi Arabia.

The long-standing partnership has produced several successful and unforgettable moments, including three podiums and most notably victory at the 2021 Extreme E Arctic X Prix – which was also the very first race event ever to take place in Greenland. 

 

 

Munnings and Hansen are currently sixth in the Extreme E standings this term with 33 points – including a podium finish at NEOM Island X Prix II.

Catie Munnings, Genesys Andretti United Extreme E, said: “I’m so excited to continue my journey with Genesys Andretti United Extreme E. As a team, we have been able to continue to challenge the front of the field over the past few seasons.

“We have a great set of people around us that strive for the best, a focus of Extreme E not only in racing but in protecting and supporting our environment. I’m looking forward to continuing my time with the team. Roll on next year.”

 

 

Timmy Hansen, Genesys Andretti United Extreme E, added: “I look forward to continuing my time with Genesys Andretti United Extreme E. Catie and I continue to perfect and polish our driving styles to push ourselves to the top of the series.

Ultimately, our aim is to win the championship and being with Genesys Andretti United Extreme E, I truly believe that we have all the tools we need for success.”

 

 

Michael Andretti, Chairman and CEO, Andretti Autosport, said: “Extreme E is a crucial contribution to our sustainability mission at Andretti Autosport. Catie and Timmy are one of the top driver combinations in the Extreme E paddock and we are thrilled to have them leading our team for Season 3 and beyond.

“Their experience and commitment to the series only helps us to continue to develop our sustainability journey through the series and continue to push to the front of the field.”

Find out if Munnings and Hansen can take Genesys Andretti United Extreme E further up the series leaderboard at the Season 2 finale in Punta del Este, Uruguay, on November 26-27.

 

 

To learn more about Extreme E, visit - www.Extreme-E.com

As the only competitor to have ever won the event four times over its 20-year history, Brandon Semenuk is the king of Red Bull Rampage. And to top it off, last year Semenuk won the event riding a bike with a single crown fork – an unthinkable act and bike build more akin to slopestyle events than a massive downhill event with steeps, drops and cliffs like Rampage.

 

 

In parallel, Semenuk has been racing in the American Rally Association series alongside names like Ken Block, Travis Pastrana and more for a couple seasons now. This year, Semenuk has been in the championship fight and is currently sitting in second-place just behind Ken Block. The problem is the final race of the year that will determine the championship takes place right in the middle of the Red Bull Rampage window when riders are supposed to be building, digging and practicing their lines for the mountain bike competition. 

 

After much personal debate, Semenuk has decided to compete in both, just days apart from one another, in what is akin to the “Double Duty” in motorsports racing. Granted, this feat doesn’t occur on the exact same day, but it’s no less physically and mentally demanding to both compete for the rally championship in a grueling off-road rally race in Michigan, then fly cross-country to quickly build, practice and compete in what is well regarded as the most challenging event in all of freeride mountain biking.

 

To juggle both, Brandon arrived in Utah on Monday to register and walk the Rampage course. He flew to Michigan the next day to practice and race in the ARA series, leaving behind his 2-person dig crew at Rampage to build his line without his help or oversight. Once the rally race finishes on the 15th he will immediately fly back to Utah where he picks up his shovel and resumes digging his line, begins practice for that event, then competes and attempts to become the first-ever 5-time champion in Red Bull Rampage history on October 21st live on ESPN+. It will truly be an athletic feat of physical and mental prowess. We’ve never had an athlete ask to do something like this in Rampage history so that will be a first as well.

 

 

The inaugural Red Bull Rampage was held in 2001, and last year we celebrated 20 years of Red Bull Rampage. Since then, 15 different events and 9 different winners have earmarked their place in the history books. This year we’ll look to spotlight the future of freeriding - from the new crop of athletes grabbing the baton and continuing to innovate the sport, to the changemakers that drive the scene, to the mind-blowing action itself.

 

The competition format will remain the same, with an elite group of riders carving their ultimate lines into the side of near-vertical sandstone ridges with the help of their two-person build crews. In advance of the competition, riders and their support crew will spend four days building their lines, followed by a rest day, and then four practice days. All the preparation will end in an epic showdown in the desert, where only one will ride away as the champion of the 2022 Red Bull Rampage.

 

To stay up to date on the latest Red Bull Rampage information, including confirmation of the official rider list, venue details, ESPN+ and Red Bull TV tune-in times, and spectator and ticketing info, follow @RedBullBike and visit the event website here.

 

Red Bull Rampage is proudly supported by T-Mobile, BFGoodrich, KMC Wheels, Michelin, Polaris, Utah Sports Commission, Backcountry.com, and adidas Five Ten.

By Jeff Olson

IMSA Wire Service

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Selling cars.

 

It’s an underlying theme of all motorsports, especially sports car racing. Competing against other manufacturers in front of potential buyers of production vehicles is as old as the automobile itself.

 

How, then, is that race-to-sell dynamic expected to work with the new Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) class that will debut in January in the Rolex 24 At Daytona?

 

Just fine, if you ask the four manufacturers preparing to compete in the new top class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The crowd that gathered to see the new cars earlier this month before the start of Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta spoke loudly. 

 

"Racing must be relevant for the brand – that´s really important,” said Thomas Laudenbach, Porsche’s vice president of motorsport. “The presentation of the GTP cars from BMW, Cadillac, Acura and Porsche at Road Atlanta gave us an impression of how the fans love the brand new prototypes. There was a huge crowd taking pictures, filming and talking to drivers and senior team management. It was a perfect showcase of what’s to come in 2023.”

 

That showcase works in terms of the buzz surrounding the GTP class, which – the theory goes – will be a positive force in showrooms.

 

“Part of the reason why we participate in IMSA is the audience we’re able to reach,” said Meagan Quinn, Cadillac’s product marketing manager. “... When we’re wearing Cadillac Racing gear and we’re somewhere in public, people are like, ‘Cadillac races? I didn’t know that.’ It’s something we’re always trying to create awareness around. This platform has been so good for us.”

 

 

That sentiment is echoed by the other three manufacturers, as well. Since 2018, Acura competed in the Daytona Prototype international (DPi) class in the WeatherTech Championship alongside its popular Grand Touring Daytona (GTD) program, which won at Petit with the No. 66 Gradient Racing Acura NSX GT3 co-driven by Mario Farnbacher, Kyffin Simpson and Till Bechtolsheimer.

 

As that was happening, Meyer Shank Racing claimed the DPi championship with the No. 60 MSR Acura ARX-05 co-driven by Tom Blomqvist, Oliver Jarvis and Helio Castroneves. The following Monday, Acura had a pair of new GTP race cars turning laps at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta to prepare for the 2023 season.

 

The GTP and GTD programs fit Acura's North American marketing strategy.

 

“They’re both being used really well by Acura marketing to showcase the brand,” said Kelvin Fu, vice president of Honda Performance Development. “It was impressive when we were at Monterey Car Week (in August) to see the Acura brand along with all the other ones we’re going to be racing against. There was BMW, Cadillac and Porsche. Being able to compete against those in both GTD and GTP definitely helps and aligns with what Acura is trying to do from a marketing perspective.”

 

GTP checks a number of boxes for the four manufacturers that have begun the busy and complicated process of testing and refining the new hybrid-based GTP. Acura, BMW, Cadillac and Porsche are laser-focused on the U.S. market, and they want to compete against the same manufacturers they face in the marketplace.

 

“That’s definitely the case,” Porsche’s Laudenbach said. “North America is one of the most important markets for our brand. Especially in IMSA, the Porsche fans at the racetracks are often owners of a Porsche sports car. We race in front of our customers. The well-known claim ‘win on Sunday, sell on Monday’ still works for us in the U.S."

Case in point from a competitor’s perspective: Cadillac is offering three IMSA-related versions of its 2023 CT4-V Blackwing featuring Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, Sebring International Raceway and Watkins Glen International. The special editions make the connection between IMSA, the three tracks and the Cadillac GTP car, which features design cues familiar to the CT4-V Blackwing.

 

And the Blackwing buyers have stories to tell.

 

“The people who are buying these cars are telling us the stories about how these tracks resonate with them,” Quinn said. “They have this long history with the track – of going to the track with their dad when they were a kid and getting into that emotional side of connecting this race experience with a production car. That’s really what we’re bringing to life.”  

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