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Monster Energy Supercross Kicks Off 2021 Partnership with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Houston at Round 3
Feld Entertainment is excited to continue its partnership with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in their continual effort to raise awareness and combat childhood cancer. This year will mark the fourth year of partnership between Supercross and St. Jude. Over the past three seasons, Supercross fans have raised more than $600,000 for St. Jude and we are eager to continue our support of St. Jude’s mission - Finding Cures. Saving Children.
This year, our Supercross "text to donate" campaign will have a new and exciting look. The We Won't Stop campaign will once again be a part of St. Jude's national outreach, joining the likes of major country artists and celebrity ambassadors. Supercross will kick off the 2021 text to donate campaign at Round 3 in Houston on Saturday, January 23 that will run throughout the remainder of the season. Fans can join the cause and support the We Won’t Stop campaign by texting SUPER to 785-833.
We Won’t Stop Messaging:
- Because of your support, St. Jude won’t stop. The doctors and researchers won’t stop and together with St. Jude, Supercross won’t stop fighting until no child dies from cancer. The only way to get the new We Won’t Stop shirt is by becoming a monthly donor now! Text “SUPER” to 785-833 or visitwww.stjude.org/supercross
- I just wanted to say thank you to all of you who have stepped up to ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude so they can focus on their child during this tough time. It’s only 19 dollars a month to become a Partner in Hope and when you sign up, you’ll get the exclusive We Won’t Stop t-shirt.
- When you support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, you’re helping an organization that has helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent. But together with St. Jude, Supercross won’t stop fighting until NO child dies from cancer.
- If you haven’t seen the We Won’t Stop shirt, text “SUPER” to 785-833 or visitwww.stjude.org/supercross.
- You can see how many folks have already joined the movement when you check out the hashtag #StJudeWontStop. We’ve got to keep it going! Join the St. Jude family now and post your picture in your shirt.
St. Jude Messaging:
- St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Our mission is clear: Finding Cures. Saving children.
- Families NEVER RECEIVE A BILL from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, or food - because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
- Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened 50 years ago. We Won’t Stop until no child dies from cancer.
- St. Jude FREELY SHARES discoveries, so every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.
- St. Jude conducts more clinical trials for childhood cancer than anyone else.
- St. Jude is where doctors often send their toughest cases, because St. Jude has the world’s best survival rates for some of the most aggressive forms of childhood cancer.
- St. Jude treats children from ALL 50 STATES and all AROUND THE WORLD.
On Friday, January 22, under a foreboding sky, the 2021 IMSA season got off to a less than rousing start at the World Center of Racing - Daytona International Speedway. Dozens of high tech, high speed racing machines took to the high banks in front of what, at times, seemed like only dozens of fans to knock a few months of offseason rust off, and prepare for what has been argued as the most grueling 24 hours of motorsports in North America - the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
This round the clock extravaganza that pits man and machine against the most unfriendly of obstacles - time - takes on an even bigger challenge in 2021; Covid19! With extra protocols in place, including limited capacity, temperature checks, and more, the teams started their practice rounds knowing that this year was unlike any other.
Fans were not allowed into the garage area. The traditional cub and boy scouts were no where to be seen. In fact, all tent camping was eliminated for the event. It was a virtual ghost town in the UNOH FanZone, normally a hub of activity at the track.
All was not doom and gloom, however. Racers such as 7-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, Two-time defending Rolex 24 At Daytona winner Kamui Kobayashi, and even a member of a legendary racing family, Jarrett Andretti, each took their cars to the limit, and beyond.
The Algarve International Circuit in Portimão, Portugal, will replace the 1000 Miles of Sebring as the season-opener for this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship. Round 1 of FIA WEC Season 9, the 8 Hours of Portimão, will take place from 2-4 April 2021.
Due to the rapid evolution of coronavirus, as well as various changing directives from Governments in different countries including travel restrictions, the WEC did not want to take any unnecessary risks. With freight due to be sent to the USA imminently, a decision needed to be made early to help teams prepare for the 2021 season.
With this in mind and the majority of the championship’s teams being based in Europe, after consulting IMSA, Sebring International Raceway and the FIA, a decision was made to hold the first race of the year on the continent.
Located in the south of Portugal, the Algarve International Circuit will also host the Prologue, the WEC’s official pre-season test from 30-31 March. Constructed in 2008, Portimão has been used to host a round of the European Le Mans Series [ELMS] since 2017 and provides a mix of fast and slow-speed corners, as well as dramatic gradient changes.
Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest: “Unfortunately the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause issues worldwide and the decision to cancel Sebring and replace it with a race in Portimão was made following consultation with the FIA, IMSA and management at Sebring. We are saddened not to see our American friends and can’t wait for the day when we can return to the USA to race alongside IMSA for Super Sebring. We remain focused on continuing to build our long-term relationship with both IMSA and the Sebring International Raceway and the intention will be to return to Sebring in the future.”
Richard Mille, FIA Endurance Commission President: “While calendar changes are certainly not ideal, going into 2021 we all understood that they can occur at some point over the course of the season. For many reasons 2021 is an important year for endurance racing and the priority is to safeguard not only this season but also the longer-term future of the FIA World Endurance Championship, with the best interest of all parties involved in mind. I’m looking forward to April’s curtain-raiser and beyond, and I hope 2021 will be a good year for the sport.”
Frédéric Lequien, CEO of the FIA World Endurance Championship: “Over the past few months we have seen that the pandemic is extremely unpredictable and after several discussions with key parties, the decision was made for the beginning of the season to remain in Europe where most of our teams are based. The consequences of a last-minute cancellation would have economic implications for the entire WEC family, so we took a responsible decision. Portimão has provided some extremely close racing in ELMS and has excellent facilities, we are very much looking forward to getting our new season underway with an 8 hour race there in April.”
The intention of the promoter and organisers is to retain the remainder of the calendar unchanged, with Spa-Francorchamps set to host round two at the beginning of May followed by the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June. Monza will host an inaugural WEC race in July while the championship is set to return to Fuji in Japan in September. WEC Season 9 will conclude in Bahrain in November.
The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) and Central Illinois Dragway have entered into a multi-year sanctioning agreement.
Central Illinois Dragway is in rural Havana Illinois. The 1/8-mile dragway is situated on 64 acres among rolling farmland and the Illinois river opening on August 17, 1969. New Central Illinois Dragway promoters Gary Landgrebe and Don Scott secured a 3-year lease to run the track as well as an option to purchase it after the lease expires.
Planned improvements heading into the 2021 season include updating the timing equipment, increasing the flow of participants into the facility and several upgrades to track cleanup and preparation equipment.
“In a time when more dragstrips are closing than opening, it’s refreshing to see someone step up to the plate at a track like Central Illinois Dragway,” said IHRA Division Director Jon O’Neal. “There’s a core group of dedicated racers and a strong IHRA Summit SuperSeries presence due to the hard work of the previous owner and management team. Don and Gary bring a strong reputation and business acumen to the table along with a persevering spirit. We look forward to working through the new endeavor with them.”
Central Illinois Dragway plans to have around 23 events in 2021 with the anticipated schedule coming out in less than a month.
For more information about Central Illinois Dragway click here.
Combine a child racer's dream with 5,500 cubic tons of dirt spread across the playing field at Houston's NRG Stadium and sometimes you get magic. That’s what happened at the inaugural SuperTuesday Monster Energy Supercross race on January 19, 2021.
Go back a day and a year, and Jett Lawrence was a sixteen-year-old rookie in his third American Supercross. He and his older brother were both chasing the American Supercross dream – though as Australians the journey had cost the family more in time, money, and sacrifice. In that third round of the 2020 season Jett worked his way into the lead, but a late mistake allowed the defending class champion to catch, then pass Jett just three corners from his first victory. The wild Aussie rider let it all hang out…those stories are supposed to turn out great.
Jett got bucked in the section of consecutive small jumps appropriately called "whoops," rode the front wheel at the balancing point of disaster, then fate and momentum tipped him the wrong way and he fell over the handlebars into the steep face of a jump. A broken collarbone meant the young, exuberant, and playful rider was out for most of that season.
But this is 2021. And in Jett's eighth Monster Energy Supercross everything seemed to be on replay a year plus one day later. This time, he didn't falter, didn't allow his bike to buck, in fact, the young rider made it look easy as he stretched a fourteen second lead on the rest of the field and then notched his first Supercross win.
That win was made possible by his brother Hunter who challenged him, the brothers' parents who uprooted their lives to chase the dream, and the Honda HRC team that took the brothers under their wing when the brothers' 2020 support team folded without warning at the end of last year’s racing season. Was Jett excited? You bet, and he wasn't hiding it a bit.
Might this be the young racer's first title season? He stands in good company; anyone who knows the sport will recognize these past champions who each won their first race in their sophomore season: Ricky Carmichael, James Stewart, Travis Pastrana, Ryan Villopoto, Eli Tomac, Cooper Webb, Kevin Windham, Justin Barcia, and Chase Sexton.
Jett Lawrence lines up again inside Houston's NRG Stadium this Saturday for Round 3 of the 2021 Monster Energy Supercross season. It will be exciting to see how young Jett Lawrence follows up his breakthrough ride. The answer will be revealed on January 23 at 8 p.m. Eastern, LIVE on Peacock and NBCSN.
450SX Class Results
1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki
2. Dylan Ferrandis, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Yamaha
3. Justin Brayton, Charlotte, N.C., Honda
4. Cooper Webb, Newport N.C., KTM
5. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda
6. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM
7. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha
8. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.Mex., Husqvarna
9. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., GASGAS
10. Zach Osborne, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna
450SX Class Championship Standings
1. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., GASGAS (40)
2. Dylan Ferrandis, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Yamaha (39)
3. Justin Brayton, Charlotte, N.C., Honda (38)
4. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM (38)
5. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (37)
6. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (36)
7. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha (34)
8. Cooper Webb, Newport N.C., KTM (33)
9. Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Kawasaki (30)
10. Zach Osborne, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna (26)
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results
1. Jett Lawrence, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Honda
2. Colt Nichols, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha
3. Christian Craig, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha
4. Michael Mosiman, Menifee, Calif., GASGAS
5. Jo Shimoda, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki
6. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki
7. Mitchell Oldenburg, Aledo, Tex., Honda
8. Max Vohland, Granite Bay, Calif., KTM
9. RJ Hampshire, Minneola, Fla., Husqvarna
10. Joshua Osby, Valparaiso, Ind., Honda
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings
1. Christian Craig, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha (47)
2. Colt Nichols, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha (44)
3. Jett Lawrence, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Honda (43)
4. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki (40)
5. Jo Shimoda, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki (37)
6. Michael Mosiman, Menifee, Calif., GASGAS (35)
7. RJ Hampshire, Minneola, Fla., Husqvarna (32)
8. Mitchell Oldenburg, Aledo, Tex., Honda (31)
9. Max Vohland, Granite Bay, Calif., KTM (29)
10. Joshua Osby, Valparaiso, Ind., Honda (26)