Adam Sinclair

Adam Sinclair

Adam has been a race fan since the first time he went through the tunnel under the Daytona International Speedway almost 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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INDYCAR and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course have agreed to postpone The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio scheduled for Aug. 7-9 until a date to be determined in September or October. This decision was made through communication with local health officials given the current environment.
 
Our team continues to work with all of our partners and our local government to identify a date later this year when we can host The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. More information will be forthcoming as it becomes available. Visit midohio.com for ongoing updates.
 
We appreciate the patience and understanding of our fans as we navigate this postponement.
 IMSA today announced realignment to upcoming dates on its 2020 schedule, which includes shifting of the Labor Day Weekend six-hour race from Watkins Glen International to Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, and the GT-only event from Lime Rock Park to the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL.
Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta will host the six-hour IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race on Sunday, Sept. 6, with three other IMSA-sanctioned series that all were previously scheduled to compete at Watkins Glen also moving to Michelin Raceway that weekend. A four-hour IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race will be held on Saturday, Sept. 5, with doubleheader races for both the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama and Lamborghini Super Trofeo races also planned for the weekend.
 
The Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL will host the WeatherTech Championship GT Le Mans (GTLM) and GT Daytona (GTD) classes in a 100-minute race as part of the NASCAR event weekend, Oct. 9-10, at the facility. This event will replace the Lime Rock Park race previously scheduled for Sept. 11-12.
 
Michelin Pilot Challenge, which also was scheduled to race at Lime Rock Park, instead will have a doubleheader of two-hour races at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on the weekend of Sept. 25-27. The GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama will have three events per weekend at Mid-Ohio and the Motul Petit Le Mans weekend at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta on Oct. 14-17.
 
IMSA continues to monitor state and local COVID-19 guidelines which may make additional schedule revisions appropriate in the coming weeks. 
 A win is a win, and that’s exactly what Riley Dickinson got on Sunday morning at Road America.
 
In Round 2 for the 2020 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama season, Dickinson started from the pole position in the No. 53 Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup car. While he was overtaken on the first lap by Saturday’s race winner, Jeff Kingsley in the No. 16 Kelly-Moss Road and Race Porsche, Dickinson stayed within sight of the leader.
 
Following a restart with less than five minutes remaining in the race, Kingsley leapt ahead of the field and seemed to be on his way to a weekend sweep. On the penultimate lap, however, the No. 16 Porsche drove wide into Turn 5 and as Kingsley gathered the car, Dickinson sped past into the lead and on to the victory.
 
“The Moorespeed guys, they stayed up late last night making sure all the boxes were checked with everything on the car, making sure everything was all squared away,” said Dickinson, the 2020 Hurley Haywood GT3 Cup Scholarship recipient. “When the full-course yellow came out, I knew that was going to be my final opportunity. We definitely got lucky with Jeff making that mistake. I hate to win it like that but at the end of the day, it was the right place, right time.
 
“It’s like the season just started over again because now me and Jeff are even in points. We’re going to VIR and we’re still as you could call it, zero-zero. That was definitely big for us championship-wise, but again it’s the very first race (weekend) of the season so there’s a long way to go.”
 
While Kingsley jostled a bit trying to save the car, he held off the hard-charging No. 99 Porsche of Alan Metni and Kelly-Moss/AM Motorsports for the second spot.
Finishing third for the second consecutive race, Metni also swept the victories this weekend in the Platinum Masters class for drivers 45 and older.
 
“It went really well,” said Metni. “I didn’t have pace for Riley and Jeff early on. I did have a couple shots there at the end and it was super fun to be racing wheel-to-wheel and contesting basically every corner of the last few laps. It was huge fun, totally respectful and really enjoyable racing.”
 
In the Gold Cup class for Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars built between 2014 and 2016, there was drama even before the green flag was waved. Saturday’s winner, Efrin Castro in the No. 65 TPC Racing Porsche, was primed to start the race first-in-class. However, on the out lap, Castro’s Porsche whipped around and hit the wall in Turn 5. Castro limped the Porsche around but was forced to pit for service.
 
Taking his place in the lead and eventually on the top step of the podium was Curt Swearingin in the No. 17 Porsche for ACI Motorsports. It was his first career win in the series after Swearingin finished third in the 2019 GT3 Cup Challenge USA Gold Cup standings, scoring a best finish of third place six times.
 
“It felt good out there,” said Swearingin. “We got going right off the bat. Efrin Castro was in first, he had a little mistake at the beginning of the race, and we were able to capitalize off that. Then we just got in a little bubble and just ran laps, just consistent laps. We were putting a little bit of a gap on the cars behind us and we just kept that gap.”
 
The Yokohama Hard Charger Award on Sunday was awarded to Bart Collins for gaining the most positions throughout the race in Gold Cup. His No. 22 MCR Racing Porsche finished third in class after capitalizing on Castro’s misfortune and the absence of Kurt Fazekas’ No. 52 Kelly-Moss Porsche from the grid after an incident on Saturday.
 
“It’s awesome, I love this place,” said Collins. “This is my favorite track because it’s the fastest track and the biggest track. It was good racing, there wasn’t any carnage or anything like that unlike last year. Everybody pretty much got out unscathed and it was a great weekend. I can’t wait for the next one.”
 
The next doubleheader for the 2020 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama season is scheduled for August 21-23 at VIRginia International Raceway in Danville, Va. Round 3 is set for 4:50 p.m. ET Saturday, August 22, with Round 4 set for Sunday, August 23 at 11:45 a.m.

The 2020 Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli West Coast Championship opened its competition season Sunday on Thunderhill Raceway Park’s three-mile, 15-turn circuit during a 33-lap race covering 99 miles. Those numbers -- 3, 15, 33 and 99 -- are all odd. But what wasn’t odd at all was to see Greg Pickett claim an overall and TA victory in the No. 6 Pickett Racing Ford Mustang.

It was XtremeGT (XGT) driver Simon Gregg, in the No. 59 Derhaag Motorsports Mercedes AMG GT3, who started the race on pole and led the opening laps of the race.  By the third lap, Pickett had moved past Gregg and extended his lead to upwards of 30 seconds on his way to the record-setting victory. With the win Sunday, Pickett has achieved the rarest of feats: collecting professional race wins in six consecutive decades.

“Trans Am is near and dear to my heart,” Pickett said. “To get one of these in each of six decades is a real accomplishment. I’m very proud of my team, and very proud of my family for letting me do this stuff for that long. And I’m proud to be competing at a high level and being very competitive.

“The weather, the heat, made it a little difficult today,” Pickett continued. “About 45 or 50 minutes into the race, the car started getting pretty loose. Thankfully, I had enough pace early to create a gap, and we fundamentally just cruised around later.” 

Though he finished second overall, defending West Coast Championship winner Gregg marked his XGT Class debut with a strong run to the class win. 

 “Qualifying was a highlight and it was thrilling to get the track record,” said Gregg. “But consistency wins the race.”

The TA2® powered by AEM class was led to the green flag Sunday by the No. 49 Western Grinding Chevrolet Camaro of Ethan Wilson. He stayed out front the entire time, ending up with a four-second lead on runner-up Tim Lynn in the No. 17 RoofOptionsRacing/TFBPerform Ford Mustang. And with that, Wilson earned his first Trans Am West Coast victory.

“We were really strong all weekend,” Wilson said. “We knew we had the pace, but we had to keep the car underneath us. I made a smart start to get into the lead, and put in some hot laps to build a gap. And then it was just managing the brakes and tires throughout.”

Rounding out the TA2® podium was Tom Klauer in the No. 25 Naake-Klauer Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro. Klauer moved to the third position after the No. 19 Butson Racing Chevrolet Camaro of Matthew Butson and the No. 76 Honeywell Competition & TFB Chevrolet Camaro of Anthony Honeywell tangled on course and fell out of contention for a podium appearance.

In SuperGT (SGT), Carl Rydquist led flag-to-flag driving the No. 4 MyRaceShop.com/Tel-Tac/Mendeola Factory Five Racing GTM. The victory couldn’t be called easy, however.

“Something happened with the left-rear tire. I was basically driving a three-wheeled car for the race,” Rydquist said afterwards. “So, today, we couldn’t quite show what we’ve got in the car.”

Beau Borders started on pole in the GT class driving the No. 7 APEX Race Parts Ford Mustang. But Joe Bogetich, driving the No. 65 Westover Corporation Chevrolet Camaro, had the lead by the end of lap one. On lap six, Borders popped into the pits to deal with an overheating motor. He came back out on track nearly a full minute behind Bogetich.

Turns out that wasn’t an insurmountable gap for Borders as he slowly reeled in Bogetich. At the end, Bogetich’s winning margin was only three seconds. 

“If this race had gone another lap or two, he would’ve gotten around me,” Bogetich acknowledged while holding his first-place trophy.

Next up for the 2020 Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli West Coast Championship is an August 21-23 visit to Sonoma Raceway about 45 minutes north of San Francisco. Fans can follow live timing and scoring on GoTransAm.com

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On the heels of its long-awaited season opener, American Flat Track makes the exciting announcement of its return to the legendary Indy Mile at The Indiana State Fairgrounds and Event Center for a doubleheader event on Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22 – the same weekend as one of the most anticipated events in all of motorsports: The Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
 
For the avid racing enthusiast, the opportunity to witness America's Original Extreme Sport race back-to-back just before the legendary Indy 500 presents an unprecedented opportunity for fans to enjoy a supreme weekend of American motorsports.
 
AFT officials continue to collaborate with public health experts to develop this comprehensive plan in accordance with all federal, state and local requirements. All race-day procedures have been thoroughly reviewed and will continue to be examined and updated to follow specific guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local authorities.
 
At all American Flat Track events new guidelines and protocols will include:
  • Reduction in ticket availability to conform with state and local guidelines for sporting events
  • Reserved seating areas to include buffer zones to provide ample space between fans
  • Everyone (including fans, competitors, staff, etc.) on-property will undergo a medical screening prior to admittance into the facility
  • Fans entering the venue will be required to wear facial coverings. Masks will be provided at no charge.
  • Enhanced sanitation and disinfection protocols with frequent cleaning throughout the facility
  • Enhancements to mobile ticketing and elimination of printed tickets
  • Regular medical screening of staff and competitors
 
As an additional precaution, there will be no public access to the paddock area and AFT officials have suspended Fan Walk, rider autograph sessions and paddock upgrades for the remainder of the season. Event-specific health & safety procedures will be updated to meet or exceed state and local requirements as they are updated over the coming months.
 
In most recent memory, Brad “The Bullet” Baker scored a commanding victory at this lauded venue aboard his Harley-Davidson XR750 in 2015. Plans to resurface the racetrack had seen this historic venue fall off of AFT’s schedule, but upon learning that the track’s original surface remains intact, AFT officials seized the opportunity to bring this fan and rider favorite back into the fold.
 
“We are very excited to be returning to race at the famous Indy Mile,” said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. “AFT fans have a real soft spot for this historic venue that evokes fond memories of Kenny Roberts and the Yamaha TZ750 and many, many fast and fierce races since. To be able to race during the weekend of the Indy 500 represents a real bonus, as we will be able to showcase our sport to a whole new audience in addition to AFT’s loyal Midwest fanbase.”
 
A staple within the memories of flat track historians, the Indy Mile was a part of the inaugural Grand National Championship season in 1954 and has been won by many legends of the sport. Names like Chris Carr, Scott Parker, Jay Springsteen, Bubba Shobert, Ricky Graham and Kenny Roberts are all etched into the list of victors at The Indiana State Fairgrounds.
 
The event also brings the return of Mile racing for the AFT Singles presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys class. Shayna Texter is the only active AFT Singles rider with a win at the facility. In the AFT SuperTwins presented by Vance & Hines class, Bryan Smith and Sammy Halbert are the only two active riders with premier class wins at Indy while JD Beach and Jarod Vanderkooi each have wins to their credit in the AFT Singles class.
 
In the wake of the mandatory Lima Half-Mile cancellation and last-minute track reconfiguration of the Laconia Short Track, AFT is thrilled to be able to add the Indy Mile I and Indy Mile II to its schedule in its effort to provide its fans with a full season of American Flat Track racing.
 
The updated 2020 American Flat Track schedule follows:
 
1. July 17: Volusia Half-Mile I - Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, FL
2. July 18: Volusia Half-Mile II - Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, FL
3. August 21: Indy Mile I - Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, IN
4. August 22: Indy Mile II - Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, IN
5. September 5: Springfield Mile I - Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL
6. September 6: Springfield Mile II - Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL
7. September 11: Williams Grove Half-Mile I - Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA
8. September 12: Williams Grove Half-Mile II - Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA
9. September 25: Dallas Half-Mile I - Devil's Bowl Speedway, Dallas, TX
10. September 26: Dallas Half-Mile II - Devil's Bowl Speedway, Dallas, TX
11. October 2: Atlanta Short Track I - Dixie Speedway, Woodstock, GA
12. October 3: Atlanta Short Track II - Dixie Speedway, Woodstock, GA
13. October 9: Charlotte Half-Mile I - Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC
14. October 10: Charlotte Half-Mile II - Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC
15. October 15: AFT Season Finale I - TBA, Daytona Beach, FL
16. October 16: AFT Season Finale II - TBA, Daytona Beach, FL
 
Tickets for AFT's return to the historic Indy Mile for its first doubleheader event on Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22 will be available for purchase in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to www.americanflattrack.com and AFT's social media channels for ticketing news and the latest updates on AFT's upcoming 2020 season.
By David Phillips
IMSA Wire Service
 
 
 While it’s inconvenient, even downright uncomfortable, for fans in attendance, there’s nothing like a rain shower (mixed with thunder, lightning and a dash of hail!) to liven-up a road race.
 
A mid-race downpour is Mother Nature’s joker; reshuffling the proverbial deck, forcing drivers to instantaneously adapt to treacherous conditions, teams to swap calculated strategies for split second decisions based on instincts rather than spread sheets, and race officials to find that delicate balance between safety and the suddenly added entertainment factor. Inevitably there are winners and losers - often not the ones who appeared destined to win or lose before the advent of precipitation.
 
Winners
It goes without saying that Acura and Team Penske, DragonSpeed USA, Corvette Racing and AIM Vasser Sullivan and Lexus were winners at Road America. But the DPi win was particularly satisfying for Acura and Penske, given the announcement last month that their partnership would conclude at the end of the season. Apart from reinforcing Team Penske’s consummate professionalism, the victory (coupled with the front row “lock-out” in qualifying) can only strengthen Acura’s bargaining position when courting potential partners for 2021 and beyond. And speaking of bargaining positions, Team Penske drivers Helio Castroneves, Ricky Taylor, Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya all made strong statements about their future “employability.” 
 
As well, DragonSpeed USA nailed the change to wet tires even as the LMP2 class leading PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA slithered off course to turn what had appeared a rout (they trailed the leaders by 3/4 of a minute at one stage) into a victory for Ben Hanley and Henrik Hedman. Meanwhile, in contrast to their GTLM rivals, Antonio Garcia and Tommy Milner managed to stay on the (slippery) road to score a one-two finish and a third straight win for the Corvette C8.R even as AIM Vasser Sullivan’s Townsend Bell and Frankie Montecalvo secured Lexus’ fourth GTD win in as many tries in 2020. 
 
Losers
OK, losers is a harsh term but certainly Mazda’s decision to not call Oliver Jarvis in for rain tires before the red flag stoppage cost and the ensuing yellow cost them a legitimate chance at a second straight Mazda DPi win at Road America. And while no one can say what might have happened had they kept their noses clean under admittedly challenging conditions, Porsche’s Earl Bamber and Nick Tandy, John Edwards (BMW Team RLL), Simon Trummer (PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports) and Mario Farnbacher (Meyer Shank Racing Acura) are surely ruing their “offs” that may well have cost them class wins. 
 
More Winners
 
More Winners? The spectators on hand who checked the weather forecast and brought their rain gear and thus watched those final hectic laps in relative comfort; likewise the fans who watched from the dry comfort of home on NBC and were treated to a race that saw not one, not two, not three but four class winners decided in the final minutes of a thoroughly unpredictable 2 hour and 40 minute race. And for that they can thank Mother Nature, not to mention the IMSA competitors in DPi, LMP2, GTLM and GTD.
By Jeff Olson
IMSA Wire Service
 
 
 
If you studied Helio Castroneves’ race Sunday at Road America, with its daring passes, surgical precision and timely adustments to changing weather conditions, you probably came to the same conclusion reached throughout the pits:
 
Helio’s not going anywhere -- except fast -- anytime soon.
 
At 45 years old, Castroneves laid down one of the best performances of his career, teaming with Ricky Taylor to win the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race for Acura Team Penske. He did it with a nearly blind pass in pouring rain, a move Taylor called “magic.”
 
The questions afterward, as usual, revolved around Castroneves’ future. As he turns from the win in Wisconsin toward his quest for a record-tying fourth victory in the Indianapolis 500 later this month, Castroneves recalls a conversation with Mario Andretti during last year’s 500.  
 
“I said, ‘Mario, why did you stop racing?’” Castroneves said. “I could see in his eyes that he never wanted to retire. He was 54 when he stopped. Age is just a number. He still had that sentimental feeling. If guys as incredible as Mario can do it, why can’t I? As long as you have the desire, the work ethic and the love for the sport, you can keep racing.”
 
After a show like Sunday’s, why not? After replacing Taylor for the second half of the 2-hour, 40-minute trek around Road America’s 14-turn, 4.048-mile circuit, Castroneves dived past Oliver Jarvis for the lead heading into Turn 5. He then battled spiritedly with Jarvis and Harry Tincknell for the lead until a downpour forced a red flag. 
 
Of all his race wins, Castroneves called Sunday’s victory his most unique.
 
“There hasn’t been one like this,” Castroneves said. “It was managing traffic, managing attacks from other competitors, and then dealing with such difficult conditions. All of this was in one race. In IndyCar, you have one or the other. You don’t have all three at once. For me, it ranks right up there, no question.”
 
Once the race resumed, Castroneves found himself chasing Renger van der Zande’s Cadillac. With 5:15 left and visibility gone, Castroneves shot his No. 7 Acura ARX-05 DPi past Van der Zande’s Cadillac DPi-V.R for the lead as Taylor watched on monitors in the pits.
 
“This drive was really something special,” Taylor said. “He dug down pretty deep for that one. He wanted it really badly. You could really see it just by how he was driving. I was thinking he was going to have to pull out some magic, and that was really some magic. That was a special performance, for sure.”
 
It happened under the most unusual of circumstances, too. Twelve days before the race, Acura and the team announced they would part ways at the end of the 2020 season. The team’s future is uncertain, and Taylor said its drivers have been allowed to pursue other rides for 2021.
 
Castroneves has said he expects this Indy 500 to be his last with Team Penske and that he’s seeking other opportunities for next season.
 
“Hopefully with the experience I have -- not only in IndyCar, but in sports cars -- I’ll be able to find myself in a good position and will be able to help a team, whether it’s an experienced team or a young team,” he said. “I’m open to a conversation. I’m ready to keep it going.” 
 
For now, at least, he’s keeping it going at Indy. He won the race in 2001, 2002 and 2009. In 19 Indy 500s, he’s finished on the podium seven times, won four poles, led 305 laps and completed 96 percent of the laps. He’ll prepare to add to that résumé when practice for the 104th running of the race begins Aug. 11.
 
The transition from sports cars to open-wheel racing is familiar to Castroneves, who moved from a fulltime IndyCar ride with Team Penske to its sports car team in 2018 while continuing to compete at Indy.
 
“You’ve got to reset the whole thing and start all over again,” he said. “When you have a group as good as we have, that’s a good thing. I’m excited. I can’t wait to be back.” 
 
He paused and began to laugh. “My bus is already there,” he said. “I’ll be there very soon.”
 
When he arrives, he’ll be the center of attention, as always. Castroneves relishes the spotlight at Indianapolis. Or any racetrack, for that matter.
 
“He’s a huge personality, but you can’t let that fool you into thinking he isn’t a fierce competitor and extremely focused,” Taylor explained. “At the same time, he’s always happy. There are times when we’ll go through a rough session and everybody is frustrated and down, but he’s always an optimistic and happy person. It’s always nice to be around someone who’s that positive.”
 
And so it continues. Twenty-three years and 422 races into a noteworthy career, a racer rediscovered his motivation in the rain. He’s still got it, still on top of things, still capable of triumph, still hoping to continue.
 
“This is exactly why I love racing so much,” Castroneves said. “You reinvent yourself. You learn. You prove to yourself that you’re still capable of doing things. I still have a lot of fire in me. There’s a lot of fuel to burn. It was great to be able to show what this group of people can do. There was a lot of risk, but with risk comes great reward.”
 
And a great career. One that, if he has his wish, won’t be ending anytime soon.

 

The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli has been a staple of competition at Road America since 1970. From the Golden Years to the present day, Trans Am continues to make history at the famed four-mile circuit.

 
Its list of winners is a “who’s who” of racing, from Mark Donohue and Peter Gregg to Tommy Kendall and Dorsey Schroeder, from Paul Gentilozzi and Scott Pruett all the way to Ernie Francis Jr. and Rafa Matos.
 
This weekend marks the 49th Trans Am feature race at Wisconsin’s picturesque Kettle Moraine.
 
The Trans Am Series debuted in 1966, and first visited Road America during its classic 1970 Campaign. Donohue took his first of back-to-back triumphs in Roger Penske’s red, white and blue AMC Javelin, as the inaugural event saw Donohue and Parnelli Jones tie for fastest race lap, with Bud Moore Ford Mustang driver George Follmer winning the pole.
 
John Greenwood was the 1973 winner in one of his famed Corvettes. The following year, Gregg took his first of three Road America victories, in different Brumos Racing 911-based Porsches. He won in a Carrera in 1974; a 934 in 1977; and a turbocharged 935 in 1979. The series held two feature races in 1977, with Ludwig Heimrath winning the Saturday event in a Porsche 934.
 
The mid-1980s saw David Hobbs win the 1983 event in a Camaro. Jack Roush fielded five consecutive winners beginning with Willy T. Ribbs in 1985; Pete Halsmer in 1986-87; Scott Pruett in 1988; and Dorsey Schroeder in 1989. Tommy Kendall ended Roush’s reign by winning in a Chevrolet Beretta in 1990, but the tall Californian put Roush back on top in 1996-97, taking back-to-back races in a Ford Mustang.
 
Schroeder also won in a Tom Gloy Mustang in 1994, with Buz McCall Camaro driver Scott Sharp winning in 1991 and 1993. Also winning in Gloy Mustangs were Ron Fellows (1992) and Boris Said (1995).
 
“Road America was my favorite track, because it was the closest to where I grew up in St. Louis,” Schroeder said. “It was a four-mile track, and coming from a background with Formula Atlantic, H Production and Sports Renault, I’ll never forget the speed the Trans Am car carried down the straightaways, the kink and the carrousel. To be able to win against those guys my first time around was fantastic – one of my career highlights, for sure. My second win was memorable, because it was raining and I was following my teammate, Ronnie Fellows, in Canada Corner. He had just taken the lead from me, and when he locked up his brakes, he spun into the gravel. Seeing that, I had enough distance to save the car, avoid spinning and go on to win the race.”
 
The end of the Nineties saw the emergence of Paul Gentilozzi’s Rocketsports as the dominant team at Road America. The team owner won in 1999 in a Mustang and in 2000 in a Jaguar. Gentilozzi also fielded winning Jaguar XKRs for Pruett (2003), Kendall (2004) and Klaus Graf (2005). Another double winner was Said, who triumphed in 2002 in a Panoz Experante.
 
Graf’s victory was the last Trans Am appearance for four years, ending 36 consecutive years at Road America. The relaunched series returned in 2009, with Cliff Ebben winning in a Mustang in 2009, 2011 and 2016, and Tony Ave’s Corvettes winning in 2010 and 2012. Doug Peterson was the 2013 and 2014 winner in a Corvette.
 
The Francis era begin in 2014, with the young Floridan winning his first of back-to-back TA3 Am victories. Francis took the Breathless Mustang to victory in TA4 in 2016, and then to the TA class the following year, winning overall in 2017 and 2019. Said won his third race in three decades in 2018 in a Dodge Challenger.
 
TA2® debuted in 2011 as a separate class on the four-mile circuit, with Scott Tucker winning in a Porsche 997. Cameron Lawrence won the class in 2013 and 2014, with Ave adding another victory in 2015. For 2016, Tony Buffomante won the first stand-along TA2®, with other winners Sheldon Creed (2017), Ty Majeski (2018) and Matos (2019).
 
Schroeder continues to remain active with the series, now serving as Race Director at each event. He shared a few ideas about his keys to winning two races at Elkhart Lake.
 
“Probably the biggest secret to racing at Road America is you really have to set up the car good enough so that you will still have something to race at the finish,” Schroeder said. “You run the car really hard there, you lean on the tires and brakes really hard. You have to leave enough for the end to do combat. Trans Am often gets down to a caution with a few laps to go, and you better have a lot left, because you’re going to work hard during those final laps.”
 
Trans Am will make a huge return in 2020, featuring a robust 51-car field among the five classes, TA, TA2® powered by AEM, Xtreme GT, SuperGT and GT.  

The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli field will participate in a test day on Thursday. Friday kicks off with a pair of practice sessions in the morning, followed by split back-to-back qualifying sessions in the afternoon. 
 
The weekend ends with the TA/XGT/SGT/GT 100-mile feature starting at 8:00 a.m. Central, followed by TA2® powered by AEM Muscle Car Challenge starting at 2:15 p.m. Central. For live timing and scoring, event photos and post-race recap videos visit GoTransAm.com. For live race updates follow @GoTransAm on Twitter.
 

CrowdStrike Racing is gearing up for its biggest weekend of competition in SRO America – its home event at Sonoma Raceway just north of San Francisco. A new-look way of hosting guests in a virtual environment, exclusive online content and other special features will be part of the CrowdStrike experience from August 7–9.

 

All this will be available, virtually, to CrowdStrike and AWS staff, guests, supporters, fans and executive conference attendees throughout the GT World Challenge America Sonoma 2020 Powered by AWS and Sponsored by CrowdStrike. It’s the most advanced experiential program by CrowdStrike at any motorsports event since it became active in SRO America in 2017.

 

“This is the most unique weekend for CrowdStrike that we have ever had,” said CrowdStrike CEO and co-founder George Kurtz, who also drives for CrowdStrike Racing in the premier GT World Challenge series. “Shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic forced a break in our racing, we quickly began planning how best we can educate and entertain our clients and supporters in new and interactive ways. I think it’s safe to say that what we have planned sets a new standard in exclusive, interactive content anywhere in SRO’s global platform. We are excited and proud to be associated with this historic weekend at our home track in Sonoma.”

 

This all is in addition to CrowdStrike Racing coming off its biggest on-track achievement as part of GT World Challenge Powered by AWS with the No. 04 CrowdStrike/AWS/DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3: an overall victory at Virginia International Raceway for Kurtz and Colin Braun.

 

A NEW ONLINE EXPERIENCE

At the center of CrowdStrike’s virtual experience surrounding Sonoma is an event-specific page on the new crowdstrikeracing.com that will offer a number of opportunities for visitors to go behind the scenes of the CrowdStrike Racing and DXDT Racing operation.

 

The highlight of the online experience will be an exclusive live stream of both 90-minute, two-driver races: 1:45 p.m. PT on Saturday, Aug. 8, and 1:15 p.m. PT on Sunday, Aug. 9. The stream goes beyond GT World Challenge’s standard race broadcast. The CrowdStrike production will have its own special commentary with additional on-board footage of the No. 04 CrowdStrike/AWS/DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3.

 

Additional online content will include a tech talk with CJ Moses and Kevin Boehm, CrowdStrike drivers in the TC America series, CrowdStrike Racing racecar walk-arounds, driver and team Q&A sessions, plus a downloadable coloring book for the youngest racing fans. 

 

There also is business to tend to during the weekend. The latest of CrowdStrike’s CXO Summits will be a virtual offering on Friday, Aug. 7. Appropriately, discussion with CrowdStrike leadership will focus on how businesses can continue to remain secure both physically and digitally in a dynamic environment that is increasingly remote for many businesses.

 

GT WORLD CHALLENGE POWERED BY AWS

Teammates Kurtz and Braun will arrive at Sonoma with aspirations to break their tie in the GT World Challenge America Drivers Championship lead, with valuable points earned thanks to their thrilling victory at Virginia International Raceway in the most recent SRO America event.

 

Kurtz took the checkered flag by 0.226 seconds in a close, exciting finish. Braun had started the race second and held the position for the first 50 minutes before the No. 04 CrowdStrike Mercedes-AMG took the lead for good after the race’s mandatory pit stop for fuel, tires and driver change to Kurtz.

 

Proving that “Every Second Counts”, the DXDT Racing crew performed the fastest pit stop of the weekend to install Kurtz into the lead for good despite a late-race caution period that erased an 11-second lead.

 

“We’re all looking forward to getting back to the racetrack, especially at a place like Sonoma Raceway,” Braun said. “It’s been an amazing start to our season with George and our Mercedes-AMG Evo package. I’m confident that we are hitting our peak at the right time. It couldn’t come at a better time with all the things that CrowdStrike has planned around this weekend. There will be many eyes on us at Sonoma, and we plan to give all our fans a great show for their support. I know George and I will continue to focus on improving and executing our plan even under that extra pressure & excitement!”

 

Braun and Kurtz also posted second-place finishes during the season-opening weekend at Circuit of The Americas to start their championship challenge.

 

TOURING CAR AMERICA

Moses and Boehm are eager to return to competition at Sonoma in TC America. Both are looking to build on the experience gained in the first two event weekends in their Honda Performance Development racecars. The Sonoma weekend will again include three TC America races – one each on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

 

Moses showed promise at both Circuit of The Americas and VIR in the No. 04 CrowdStrike/AWS/DXDT HPD Civic Type R TCR on the heels of a very strong and successful SRO Winter Series.

 

The VIR weekend shaped up to be Moses’ best of 2020 with impressive pace early in the event. However, a series of mechanical issues prevented Moses from showing the true potential of the No. 04 HPD Type R TCR. With those issues resolved, he is confident of climbing up the class standings at Sonoma.

 

“It was good to get a taste of what the CrowdStrike/AWS HPD Type R TCR is capable of in the early-going at VIR,” Moses said. “Now as we head to Sonoma, confidence is growing. This is a very technical track that requires total focus. I’m very excited for what this event sponsored by CrowdStrike offers. It will be great for us all to race and interact with our supporters from all over.”

 

Boehm is coming off three consecutive fourth-place TCA finishes at VIR in his No. 9 CrowdStrike/AWS HPD Civic Si. In his first season of racing at the SRO level, Boehm has shown impressive speed and performance early with a podium finish at COTA among his highlights.

 

The four-time SCCA National Champion is eager to take the next step at Sonoma, a track he has visited just once but came away from with his third SCCA National Championship.

 

“I think we’re setting up for a good event at Sonoma,” Boehm said. “Sonoma is a track that rewards both patience and aggressiveness. I’m confident we have our issues from VIR resolved and can challenge for race wins at Sonoma. To get our first win would be a bonus with all the support from CrowdStrike and all it is putting into this event. I’m excited to be part of it.”

 

CrowdStrike Racing will be part of SRO America’s event weekend at Sonoma Raceway from Aug. 6-9. For more information on the series, visit the new crowdstrikeracing.com.

 

For years, Jean and Aaron Wilson watched races at Road America from their favorite spot in Turn Six. They got to know the fans around them, forming a “racing family” that met every year. Even after Jean was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, she and Aaron still found joy in the community and excitement of racing. Jean passed away in November, and this weekend will be Aaron’s first race without his beloved wife by his side. Jean will be celebrated and remembered by her racing family and by Racing to Alzheimer’s, who has added her name to the #80 BimmerWorld BMW M4 GT4.

 

Jean’s name joins over 120 others that are emblazoned on the #80 BMW, which is driven by Nick Galante and Dillon Machavern in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Series. Racing to End Alzheimer’s is a non-profit, and supporters can contribute $250 for the opportunity to put the name and hometown of a loved one affected by Alzheimer’s on the car. Aaron’s fraternity brothers at Alpha Phi Alpha decided that was the perfect way to honor Jean and to help fight Alzheimer’s. 

 

100% of proceeds goes to organizations working to find a cure and to provide improved care. A matching donation from corporate sponsor Legistics doubles the amount of money to make an even bigger impact. 

 

To Racing to End Alzheimer’s, everyone fighting the disease is a champion in their own right. “Every time you see a name on our car honoring someone, it represents not just that person affected by Alzheimer’s, but also their family who literally stops just about everything to provide love and care,” says Racing to End Alzheimer’s founder Phil Frengs. “So I salute the families’ champions — the person named on the car and each one of the family members who show their love and respect to their loved one. I send nothing but my best wishes and my love to them, as well.” 

 

During the hiatus in racing during the first half of the year, Frengs decided to honor the Racing to End Alzheimer’s champions in another way. He created On the Road Again: The Ultimate Tour for the Cure. This two-week road trip from Daytona Beach, Fla., to Monterey, Calif., raised awareness and funds in a BMW M4 that looked just like the race car, including all of the names. Along the way, Frengs presented checks to both the Nantz National Alzheimer Center at Houston Methodist Hospital and UCLA’s Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program.

 

Now that racing is underway again, fans can look for Jean’s name on the #80 BimmerWorld BMW when the race starts on Saturday, August 1 at 2:45pm ET. It will be broadcast live on IMSA.tv and again on Sunday, August 2 at 12:05pm on Trackpass on NBC Sports Gold.

 

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