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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. 

Contact Adam: Email  

  

 
The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) has partnered with Minti Labs to launch IMSA Fastlane, a digital fan engagement platform. The platform is designed to connect fans with their favorite teams, race cars and drivers in an entirely new way. IMSA Fastlane will offer community members the opportunity to own digital assets, showcase collections, unlock VIP experiences, and engage in social events. It will also host the only officially licensed marketplace for members to collect and trade video NFT highlights™ from IMSA’s iconic history.
 
Hero cards, die-cast replicas and driver autographs have historically been considered high-value items treasured by race fans and memorabilia collectors. However, as everything in the world has evolved, so have collectibles. Digital assets such as NFTs have recently become popular, and incredibly valuable. The IMSA Fastlane Marketplace™ will allow users to buy, sell and trade the digital collectibles produced by Minti Labs. Leaderboards will track collector stats and rank collections based on points. Future plans also include digital games, challenges and community events.
 
“The popularity of motorsport has seen incredible growth over the last several years due, in part, to digital initiatives like eSports. We see collectables as another digital initiative that can be paired with real-world experiences and provide exciting opportunities for our fans,” commented John Doonan, President of IMSA. “Our partnership with Minti Labs also provides us with the technical foundation to deliver additional value and benefits to our OEMs and partners as well.”
 
“Motorsport has always been a showcase for cutting-edge technology. IMSA Fastlane takes the same approach and is applying it to the fan experience,” said Paul Dube, co-founder and CEO at Minti Labs. “Digital platforms are reshaping how we think about fan and consumer engagement. It presents a powerful shift whereby the fan has a seat at the table simply by leveraging the limitless meta-utility associated with digital collecting and gaming. By doing so, the fan and league experience evolves into a mutually benefiting and dynamic relationship."
 
Joining the IMSA Fastlane community is easy. First, sign up for the waitlist to reserve your place in line at www.imsafastlane.com. As we approach the launch date, waitlist subscribers will be invited to join the platform in the order they sign up. This means the sooner you apply to join, the sooner you can access the platform. The platform is expected to go live in the upcoming weeks. The first series of digital assets and experiences will be released midseason. Early community members will gain exclusive access, receive special promotions and qualify to win unique track-side experiences.
 
Visit www.imsafastlane.com to receive updates, news and product info.

The 61st Anniversary Rolex 24 At DAYTONA weekend is set for next January 26-29, 2023, and for fans who attend, they will see history in the making with the return of the iconic IMSA GTP class, which features new hybrid prototypes from a variety of different manufacturers.

 

In addition, garage access will now be included for all 2-day infield and single-day customers, enhancing the experience for guests by providing close access to the incredible cars and teams as they prepare for North America’s most prestigious sports car race. The iconic event, which is the ultimate test of endurance, speed and skill for world-class competition and at the World Center of Racing, will be held on Jan. 28-29 at Daytona International Speedway to open the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.

 

It will be the first race for the new GTP class, hearkening back to a highly successful era of IMSA prototype racing in the 1980s and 1990s. Four manufacturers – Acura, BMW, Cadillac and Porsche – have already confirmed plans to field new hybrid-powered prototypes in the GTP class next season, with Lamborghini joining the fray in 2024.

 

As part of a historic convergence agreement between IMSA and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) – which organizes the annual 24 Hours of Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championship – the new generation of prototypes will be eligible to compete for overall victories all over the world, from Daytona to Le Mans and beyond.

 

“The 2023 Rolex 24 At DAYTONA begins a new tradition with state-of-the-art new prototype race cars and brings back an old one with the GTP class,” said Daytona International Speedway President Frank Kelleher. “It will be a continuation of the rich legacy here at The World Center of Racing. We are also thrilled to offer the up-close, garage access that we know fans from around the globe will enjoy.”

 

The Rolex 24 At DAYTONA will also showcase pre-race grid access, the popular ferris wheel and fireworks, autograph sessions, live entertainment and displays from the top manufacturers.

 

Practice sessions in all classes kick off the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA week on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 26-27. In addition, Friday’s slate will see the four-hour BMW M Endurance Challenge to open the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season. The storied “twice-around-the-clock” Rolex 24 At DAYTONA gets the green flag on Saturday, Jan. 28.

 

Fans who attended the 2022 Rolex 24 At DAYTONA can log into their account to renew their experience now. The ’23 event will go on-sale to the general public in August. For information, fans can click here or call 1-800-PITSHOP. For all other information on the Rolex 24, click here.

 

The track will host back-to-back racing weekends with the annual Roar Before the Rolex 24 test sessions on Jan. 20-22 (Friday-Sunday). Scout Days, a longtime tradition during the Roar Before the Rolex 24, is set during the weekend.

 

The NASCAR Foundation will host the 13th Annual ‘Taste of the 24’ in the Midway Suites at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, January 28th at 6 PM. Tickets for the exclusive food and beverage celebration, one of the premier kick-off activities of the 2023 motorsports season, will go on sale Wednesday, June 29.

 

The inaugural Rolex 24 was a three-hour event in 1962, initially known as the Daytona Continental, with Hall of Famer Dan Gurney taking the checkered flag. Held on Daytona’s world-famous 3.56-mile road course, the event is renowned for annually attracting many of the world’s finest race car drivers – from various racing disciplines – to make history against the world’s best sports car racers.

 

Historically, drivers from NASCAR, IndyCar, Formula 1 and the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) have joined forces for the chance to win the coveted Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona. Meyer Shank Racing’s No. 60 Acura quartet of Helio Castroneves, Tom Blomqvist, Oliver Jarvis and Simon Pagenaud are the reigning Rolex 24 At DAYTONA Overall Champions.

 

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on TwitterFacebook and Instagram, as well as the all-new NASCAR Tracks App, for the latest speedway news.

By Jeff Olson
IMSA Wire Service
 
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Oliver Jarvis really likes Watkins Glen International. Really likes it.
 
And with good reason. He won the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen in 2021, holds the current track record for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and is among the favorites to win the 2022 version of the race Sunday at WGI.
 
“Watkins is definitely one of my favorite tracks on the calendar,” Jarvis said. “It’s probably one of everybody’s favorite tracks. It’s just so enjoyable to drive. High speed, high commitment, plenty of grip. As a driver, you can really attack.”
 
He’s right about everybody’s favorite part. Ricky Taylor, who won the race in 2011, also holds the historic circuit in high esteem, even if the victories haven’t been there as often as he’d like.
 
“The Six Hours has always eluded us, despite the car being very strong and very fast there,” Taylor said. “It’s a hard race. It’s quite a grueling one for the drivers and cars.” 
 
Jarvis won the race last year with Mazda Motorsports, which discontinued its DPi program at the end of the season. He landed with the No. 60 Meyer Shank Racing Acura ARX-05 and co-driver Tom Blomqvist. Together, they’re leading the standings in the Daytona Prototype international (DPi) class over Taylor and his co-driver, Filipe Albuquerque.
 
Jarvis knows how good his current car can be at Watkins Glen. He and Mazda co-drivers Harry Tincknell and Jonathan Bomarito finished just 0.965 seconds ahead of the No. 60 MSR Acura, then driven by Dane Cameron and Olivier Pla, in last year’s Six Hours.
 
“I know they’ve got a good package, which fills us with confidence going into the weekend,” Jarvis said. “... I think we’re in good shape for the weekend ahead, but as we know, IMSA is so competitive this year. I think we’re going to have our hands full.”
 
He’ll likely have his hands full with Taylor and Albuquerque, whose No. 10 Konica Minolta Wayne Taylor Racing Acura has won at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course so far this season.
 
The six-hour format is unique in the WeatherTech Championship, which also features 10-, 12- and 24-hour races along with two-hour, 40-minute sprint races. As reliable as modern equipment is, a six-hour race is closer to a sprint race than the longer endurance races.
 
“Strategically it’s a bit of an odd distance,” Taylor said. “It’s not like a long endurance race where you just kind of settle in for the first bit and then preserve the car for the end. It’s essentially one of those that’s flat out the whole way through. Mentally and physically, it becomes quite grueling at the end.”
 
Just 10 points separate Jarvis and Blomqvist from Taylor and Albuquerque. The two Acuras are constantly in close proximity. 
 
“Whatever we seem to do with our car, we just can’t seem to get rid of the (No.) 10,” Jarvis said. “... You can set the best lap of your life and still be just two-hundredths quicker than the (No.) 10, or two-hundredths slower. It’s great. We’re really going head-to-head, but it’s amazing how close the two cars have been throughout the year.”
 
WeatherTech Championship practice begins Friday, with qualifying the following afternoon. Peacock’s live, flag-to-flag coverage of the race begins at 10:35 a.m. ET Sunday. USA Network picks up the live TV coverage at 2 p.m.
Defending Championship Off-Road Pro 2 champion Keegan Kincaid will look to surge back to the front of the field with a return to his hometown Crandon International Raceway this weekend for the return of the Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run. Kincaid, a past winner in numerous Crandon events across multiple classes, will do battle three times over the weekend: once each in Pro 2 on Saturday and Sunday, and again in the Pro 2 vs. Pro 4 Forest County Potawatomi Community Cup race that caps off the weekend on Sunday afternoon.
 
“We’ve been waiting impatiently to get back on the track this weekend at Crandon ever since we left Antigo,” said Kincaid. “Our results in the opening event didn’t reflect what this team is capable of, and I can’t think of a better place to prove it than getting back to my hometown track. We’re focused on getting ourselves into the championship hunt this weekend, and if everything goes as planned, we’re planning on adding some more trophies to the trophy case when all is said and done.”
 
After sweeping last year’s opening event at Antigo Lions Roaring Raceway, Kincaid entered the 2022 COR opener refreshed and looking for more of the same. Unfortunately, rotten luck plagued the #4 team throughout the weekend, keeping Kincaid off of the podium on both days and relegating him to 12th in the standings coming into the weekend.
 
Fortunately for Kincaid, his last visit to Crandon couldn’t have been more magical. In last September’s World Championship races, he snuck back into the Pro 2 points lead with a victory to claim the title by a single point, before holding off the Pro 4s in the premier World Cup race to cap off the season with another victory.
 
To purchase your tickets to the 29th Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run and watch Keegan race, click here. Pro 2s will compete at 5:55PM on Saturday and 11:15AM on Sunday, while the Community Cup will take place at 5:45PM on Sunday. The action will stream live all weekend long on FloRacing and air on TV on the CBS Sports Network in the coming months.
 
Keegan Kincaid is supported by Lucas Oil, Vision Wheel, Cooper Tire, Battle Approved Motors, Champion Power Equipment, Langlade Ford, Roush Performance Products, Fox Shocks, Impact, Ehren PSP, and VP Racing Fuels. For more information and to stay in the loop, follow Keegan on Facebook and Instagram.
 

Guy Cosmo takes on a new challenge this weekend, making his Trans Am presented by Pirelli debut in the competitive TA2 class at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.  The Jupiter, Florida driver will be at the wheel of the No. 89 3-Dimensional Services Group Ford Mustang, part of a 35-car TA2 class during the Mid-Ohio Speed Tour. 

He is filling in for Mike Skeen, a 2022 winner at Road Atlanta and Laguna Seca. Teammate Rafa Matos, driver of the No. 88 Ford, won at Sebring and enters the Mid-Ohio weekend as the points leader.

“I’m looking forward to the race, and I know it will be really competitive,” Cosmo said. “I’ve got a lot to learn about the car, but I’ll go out and give it my best. I’m sure I will have my hands full, but it’s a new challenge and will be a lot of fun.”

Cosmo was pleased with the car and his results after having a recent test with Peterson Motorsports at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, S.C.

“I’ve known Doug Peterson for just about my entire pro career,” Cosmo said. “I’ve raced against him and I’ve raced for him, but it’s been a really long time since either of those. It’s fantastic to reunite with Doug and his crew. This will certainly be a lot of fun.”

TA2 qualifying will be held on Saturday and will be run in two groups, beginning at 3:20 p.m. ET Sunday’s 45-lap TA2 feature race is set to start at 10:55 a.m. ET. The race will be televised on CBS on Saturday, July 2, at 7:30 p.m. ET.

After nearly two months away, Premier Racing is eager to get back racing in the Porsche Carrera Cup North America Presented by the Cayman Islands. With the championship’s last event taking place in early May, it has been a long break for Adam Adelson (Las Vegas, Nevada now living in Los Angeles) and the Kent Moore-led operation. However, testing in the No. 24 Premier Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car and competition in SRO GT4-competition has kept the Las Vegas-based race team sharp. The race series, exclusively for Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars, is widely recognized as the most competitive one-make race series on the continent. Rounds Seven and Eight of the 16-race championship will take place at Watkins Glen International, the iconic road course in the Finger Lakes region of New York state. Porsche Carrera Cup North America will run in support of the Six Hours of The Glen, June 23 – 25.

 

Testing two weeks ago at the 3.4-mile, 11-turn race course adds to the confidence of the team entering the season’s midpoint. The team used extensive input from both Adelson and SRO teammate and driving coach Elliott Skeer (San Diego, California) to fine-tune the 500 HP Porsche for this weekend’s race. Practice got underway on Thursday, June 23 with two 30-minute sessions. Adelson will have 30-minutes starting at 8:45 a.m. ET on Friday, June 24, to set his best time in qualifying for the Pro class of Race 1. The first of the two scheduled 40-minute rounds will take the green flag later that day at 1:25 p.m. ET/10:25 a.m. PT. The second race will be run at 11:05 a.m. ET/8:05 a.m. PT on Saturday, June 25.

 

Live timing and scoring of all sessions as well as streaming of both races can be found at www.PorscheCarreraCup.us . The races also air live on the Peacock Streaming App.

 

Adam Adelson, No. 24 Premier Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup |

“It’s hard to believe that we’re already halfway through the season; it feels like just yesterday we were rolling the 992 Cup car out of the trailer for the first time. It’s been an incredible experience so far, especially since we started bringing home wins and podiums in the SRO! The team has improved dramatically since the start of the season, and I feel the same way about my driving. Coming into rounds seven and eight of Porsche Carrera Cup, I’m feeling quite confident that we can move further up the field. The two day test we had here at The Glen a couple of weeks ago gave us invaluable data and information about the car. During that test I felt as if I was really figuring out how to drive the 992 Cup the way it wants to be driven. Now, it’s time to take everything we’ve learned so far this season and put it to the test. As always, the field in Carrera Cup is incredibly tight and packed with talent, but we’ve been on our A game and I’m excited to see what we can achieve here this weekend.”

 

Kent Moore, No. 24 Premier Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup |

“It has been a long break since Carrera Cup last ran but we have been anything but sitting still. We tested the Cup car here at The Glen a few weeks ago and we have raced several SRO GT4 races including capturing three wins with the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport. We are keeping the team sharp, and we are keeping Adam sharp. There is no replacement for seat time, especially for a young driver and young team. We have been making sure Adam has plenty of time behind the wheel. The test here went well. Adam turned a lot of laps and we also got great input from Elliott [Skeer]. We are confident we have a good setup, and we are ready but this series is tight. You don’t get a chance to make a mistake that someone else won’t take advantage of. But that is why we are here, to battle the best.”

 

By Mark Robinson
IMSA Wire Service
 
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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – The seams are bursting this weekend for Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America, with a record three dozen cars on hand for the doubleheader round at Watkins Glen International. The 36 entries eclipses by five the previous best fields in the opening two rounds this year.
 
It’s the latest sign of continuing interest and growth in the single-make series sanctioned by IMSA and featuring the new Evo2 version of the popular Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo raced by every competitor.
 
“The introduction of Evo2 and the improvements in the car are a large contributing factor,” Chris Ward, senior manager of motorsports for Automobili Lamborghini America, said of the surging growth. “Platform stability is a key as well. The fact that all current cars can be updated from (the original) Huracán Super Trofeo, then to Evo, then to Evo2 – we’ve had 10 years of the same platform, which is unprecedented in single-mount racing.
 
“And then there’s the schedule,” Ward added. “We’re racing at some tremendous circuits this year, not the least of which is this weekend at Watkins Glen. It should be a tremendous event.”
 
As usual, a pair of 50-minute races are on tap this weekend – one each on Saturday and Sunday. When completed, the 2022 North American season will be halfway finished.
 
Three of the four classes are hotly contested heading into the Watkins Glen round. In the Pro class, Kyle Marcelli and Danny Formal, who share the No. 1 Prestige Performance with Wayne Taylor Racing, Lamborghini Paramus Huracán, hold just a two-point advantage on Edoardo Piscopo and Patrick Kujala in the No. 50 O’Gara Motorsport/Change Racing/US RaceTronics, Lamborghini Beverly Hills Huracán.
 
In ProAm, Ashton Harrison and Tom Long (No. 25 Harrison Contracting with Wayne Taylor Racing, Lamborghini Paramus Huracán) are four points ahead of Bryson Lew and John Dubets (No. 46 Precision Performance Motorsports, Lamborghini Palm Beach Huracán). A new ProAm entry to watch this weekend is the No. 42 NTE Sport, Lamborghini Dallas Huracán driven by Don Yount and IMSA Diverse Driver Development Scholarship winner Jaden Conwright.
 
The Am class is loaded with 15 entries. Class leaders David Staab and Nikko Reger (No. 48 Precision Performance Motorsports, Lamborghini Palm Beach Huracán) have a three-point edge on Cam Aliabadi (No. 17 Dream Racing Motorsport, Lamborghini Walnut Creek Huracán). In LB Cup, Slade Stewart (No. 14 Flying Lizard Motorsports, Lamborghini Newport Beach Huracán) has the most comfortable points lead, nine ahead of Ofir Levy and Jon Hirshberg (No. 13 O’Gara Motorsport/Change Racing/US RaceTronics, Lamborghini Rancho Mirage Huracán).
 
Following a pair of practice sessions on Thursday, Lamborghini Super Trofeo qualifying is set for 9:30 a.m. ET Friday. Race 1 starts at 2:25 p.m. Friday, with Race 2 at 12:10 p.m. Saturday. Both races stream live on IMSA.com/TVLive and Peacock, along with IMSA Radio.

TeamSLR is packing quite the one-two punch as it heads to the heart of the Buckeye State for Sunday’s seventh round of the 2022 Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli, looking to continue the championship bid of its second-year fulltime driver Connor Mosack while also launching the series’ newest partnership featuring driver Eric Norris, the 57-year-old son of karate, Hollywood film and folklore legend Chuck Norris.

 

Mosack, the 23-year-old from Charlotte, North Carolina, finds himself in the thick of the TA2-class title chase after the season’s first six of 12 events as he heads to the 2.258-mile, 13-turn Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington for Sunday’s 45-lap, 70-minute race. While he looks to improve upon the first career Trans Am podium finish he earned in his first-ever visit to Mid-Ohio a year ago this weekend, Norris, the 2002 NASCAR K&N Series West champion, looks to keep the flame burning on a decades-long racing career that’s been sprinkled throughout his life as an acclaimed stunt coordinator in the film and television industries since the mid-1980s. He’ll be making his debut in the series while representing a family business, CForce Naturally Alkaline Water, which earlier this month was named the “Official Water Company of Trans Am.”

 

Mosack’s breakout campaign in 2021 included numerous on-track and off-track milestones. In only his ninth career TA2 start, he secured his first podium finish with a third-place run June 26 at Mid-Ohio, just a month-and-a-half after graduating with a degree in business entrepreneurship from High Point (N.C.) University. Then on Aug. 7 on the streets of Nashville, Tennessee, Mosack earned a second podium finish, which set the stage for his breakthrough win Sept. 12 at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. The triumph also boosted Mosack to third in the TA2 standings, a position he held through the season finale Nov. 7 at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas, where he finished second to championship winner Rafa Matos.

 

Since this season’s previous TA2 round on Memorial Day weekend at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut, Mosack made his presence known during his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut in the Pacific Office Automation 147 on June 4 at Portland (Ore.) International Raceway behind the wheel of the 18 OpenEyes.net Toyota GR Supra for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR). In wet and oftentimes treacherous conditions, he put his TeamSLR and Trans Am road-racing experience to good use in driving from his eighth-place starting spot to as high as second place until a costly penalty dropped him to midpack. He was collected in a multicar accident 12 laps from the finish that prematurely ended a promising run. Unfazed, the determined young driver went on to post an impressive pair of top-three runs in ARCA Menards Series competition.

 

In the ARCA Menards Series West race later that day on the Portland circuit, Mosack qualified third, led nine laps and drove to a runner-up finish in the No. 17 Steve McGowan Motorsports Chevrolet. The following weekend, on June 11, Mosack drove the No. 23 Brett Holmes Racing Chevrolet to a third-place finish from the sixth starting spot in an ARCA national tour race on the oval at Iowa Speedway in Newton.

 

Norris, who began racing motorcycles at a young age in and around his native Southern California, then stepped up his passion when he began racing Formula Fords at Willow Springs (Calif.) Raceway shortly after graduating high school in the early 1980s, rose to the ranks of NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity Series while also pursuing his career in television and film over the next three-plus decades. His most notable on-screen credits occurred during his father’s starring role in the hit television series Walker, Texas Ranger from 1991 to 2003, when he directed or served as stunt coordinator for some 200 episodes.

 

Norris competed in a mix of NASCAR Truck Series, ARCA Menards Series and K&N Series West events from 1997 to 2012 with his greatest success coming in the latter tour. In 2002, he drove to top-10 finishes in all 10 K&N Series West races run that year, a run that included a pair of pole positions, victories at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington, and eight top-fives. He won the championship by a 119-point margin.

 

This weekend, Norris makes his competitive return to the racetrack for the first time since running Super Late Models at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, California, in 2019. While it marks his first time behind the wheel of a TA2-class racecar, he has enjoyed success at Mid-Ohio, driving a Panoz GT to a victory and a second-place finish during a doubleheader weekend in the mid-2000s.

 

He’ll be sporting the colors of CForce Naturally Alkaline Water and the CForce Bottling Company, which is a certified woman-owned business founded in 2015 by the husband-wife team of Gena and Chuck Norris. CForce water comes from a sustainable source under Chuck Norris’s Lone Wolf Ranch in Navasota, Texas, and is bottled on site. CForce has what every major water tries to add in using salts or chemicals, but has it naturally. This artesian water is filtered through volcanic rock before being deposited into a deep, sustainable aquifer. The water emerges rich in natural electrolytes, which raise its alkalinity, and from a source so deep, it is void of any biological factors. The aquifer cultivates clear, clean water with a high pH and deliciously smooth taste due to its natural silica content.

 

Under CEO Gena Norris’s leadership, CForce water is now available in all 48 domestic states through thousands of retail locations. CForce is a full-service bottling facility that offers co-packing, raw bottle sales and branded product. More information is available by visiting www.cforce.com.

 

In addition to its role as “Official Water Company of Trans Am,” CForce will also contribute a cash prize for a CForce-sponsored award to be given at the year-end Trans Am championship banquet at COTA in November.

 

Connor Mosack, Driver, No. 28 High Point University/Nic Tailor Custom Fit Underwear/Interstate Foam & Supply/TeamSLR/M1 Racecars Ford Mustang:

 

You scored your milestone first Trans Am podium finish at Mid-Ohio a year ago this weekend. What are your thoughts about that race, and how does it bode for your chances there this weekend?

“It was a pretty good race for us at Mid-Ohio last year. I feel like we really should’ve finished second but I just gave up the spot right there at the end after we worked really hard to get it. But I feel like our cars are definitely going to be better this year going into it, and now I know the track better. So I feel like if we had a good run last year, this will be my first time back and we can be that much better this year. We’ve been more competitive at every track we’ve been to this year relative to last year. It’s a good track for our cars, and we’ve gotten them better, so we should have a good shot.”

 

How does the tight, twisty layout at Mid-Ohio suit your driving style, and what would it take to put you over the top this time around?

“I like Mid-Ohio. Scott (Lagasse) Sr., showed me some tricks around there that I feel will pay off, and hopefully we can put those to good use because it’s probably one of the more technical tracks we go to. Like turns four through seven, there are about 10 different ways you can go through there, and that’s where some of Scott’s experience there has helped us out a lot, just knowing where to give up speed and where to be aggressive and what makes overall the best total time through there.”

 

You made a big splash, so to speak, on a wet and rainy weekend in Portland three weeks ago when you made your NASCAR Xfinity Series debut. How was that experience for you?

“Portland was very special – making my (NASCAR) Xfinity Series debut was obviously a big deal, especially with a high-profile team like Joe Gibbs Racing. It was a great experience. The car was great. Even though there was a little more rain than we would’ve liked, we were still able to run up front for most of the race. Unfortunately, we got a penalty for something I felt was not fair, but that happens sometimes, and then we just ended up getting caught up in a wreck after having to restart toward the back. But as far as things that were in our control, we had a pretty good day going. The ARCA race right after the Xfinity race was also good. I felt like we had the best car – probably about half a second better than everybody when we were by ourselves or in clean air. But it was so wet in that one that we really couldn’t race each other. We also had to pit for some engine issues, and when I came back out, you really couldn’t see anything and you really had no opportunity to fight for the lead.”

 

What do you know about your new teammate who’s making his TA2 debut with TeamSLR this weekend?

“In know that my teammate this weekend is Chuck Norris’s son, and Chuck is a pretty cool guy. It’s cool to have new people around. Everybody has different levels of experience and everybody brings different things to the table that can help everybody else. Hopefully, we can learn something together and make our program better.”

 

Eric Norris, Driver, No. 27 CForce Water/TeamSLR/M1 Racecars Chevrolet Camaro:

 

You’re no stranger to Mid-Ohio, or racing in high-profile national series in general. How do you feel about getting back into a racecar, albeit for the first time in a TA2 car, this weekend?

“I love Mid-Ohio. I think it’s a fast and technical track. I just love the layout, and I had a good weekend there with a win and a second-place finish not long after my championship year. Hey, any racetrack you’ve won at, you’ve got to love. This weekend will be my first time in a TA2 car, but I’m excited, especially having Scott Sr., and Scott Jr., taking care of me. I know I’m going to be in first-class equipment. And with all their road-racing experience, they’ll really be a big help, so I’m excited to be part of their program.”

 

What have you done to prepare?

“I’ve been working out really hard in preparation for this, and sitting in the sauna a lot because it’s supposed to be really hot. This first race, I want to run all the laps, keep all four fenders on and get to the end and hopefully have a decent finish. But, this race is just to get my feet wet and get experience for the next time, and then the next time we’ll run really hard."

 

How special is it to be representing a family business, CForce Naturally Alkaline Water, on the racetrack?

“Our family is thrilled to kick off this partnership that brings America’s best water to America’s Road Racing Series. My dad and I have spent many years behind the wheel of a racecar, so we know that teaming CForce Bottling Company with the Trans Am Series is a perfect fit. We’re excited to merge our amazing product with an amazing group of people.”

After a 2021 campaign beset by bad luck, No. 99 GMC HUMMER EV Chip Ganassi Racing made an assured start to Season 2 by finishing fourth in NEOM, Saudi Arabia. 

We caught up with Sara Price ahead of the upcoming rounds in Sardinia, as well as what has kept the American driver occupied since the season opener in February.

Extreme E: The break since the opening event in NEOM will have ensured plenty of time for reflection. How did you feel the first round of the season went?

Sara Price, No. 99 GMC HUMMER EV Chip Ganassi Racing: "The first round of the season was a consistent way to start the campaign, both for myself and Kyle (LeDuc) and the entire team. We are definitely feeling like we are in a good position heading into the next event in Sardinia."

XE: We have had an extended gap since the opening round of the season. What have you been up to during the break?


SP: "I've definitely been focused and busy throughout the break. I've also stepped up my training programme to be as ready as possible for this next round. I'm really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel!

"I also went to the Amazon with Extreme E as part of a legacy programme visit. It was an incredible experience."

XE: What were your thoughts on the legacy programme in Brazil and actually visiting the Amazon?

SP: “The trip to the Amazon was a life-changing experience and I am not even sure whether that does it justice. To see what is happening in the rainforest and what we can do to change it, and the actions of the farmers that Extreme E supports to make a difference, was pretty incredible.

XE: What was your main takeaway from the trip to the Amazon?

SP: "When we visit Extreme E´s supported projects, we are taken out of the racing bubble and learning about things we probably never would have learned about before – and I love it! I enjoy learning about it and I take a lot from it.

"Even though the visit to the Amazon was only for a few days, it has given me memories that will last a lifetime. It is has been incredible to see different cultures and a different way of life, which I feel makes me a better person as a result."

XE: Let's return to the racing - you competed in Sardinia last year, but how will conditions differ this time around?


SP: "Although a different time of year, I'm assuming it will be very equivalent to last year condition-wise. The format and course will be new to us, but I loved Sardinia's terrain. It reminds me of home."

XE: And lastly, what's the overriding objective for the upcoming races in Sardinia?

SP: "Consistency most definitely will be key. We need to let our hard work show and do what we do and love!”

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MANN-FILTER Team LANDGRAF announces that Mamba pilot Jonathan Aberdein will no longer drive for the team as of the ADAC GT Masters race in Zandvoort. Both sides will make a new sporting line-up for the remainder of the 2022 season. In his place, young talent Lorenzo Ferrari (19, Italy) will start alongside Raffaele Marciello at the Zandvoort round. The Italian Silver Driver Ferrari won both the Endurance and Sprint classifications in last year's Italian GT Championship and celebrated no fewer than seven race victories. So far this year, his racing has included the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup, where he finished second in Q2 at Circuit Paul Ricard in France. "We remain strongly focused and will not let the championship out of our sight," affirms Klaus Landgraf.

 

Mamba double act

One becomes two: In addition to the current Mamba, MANN-FILTER Team LANDGRAF will send a second yellow and green Mercedes-AMG GT3 into the race starting in Zandvoort. Behind the wheel will be the talented young drivers Frank Bird (22, UK) and Elias Seppänen (17, Finland). Seppänen has already gained experience driving the virtual Mamba as a sim racer in the digital Nürburgring Endurance Series and has completed an intensive testing program in preparation for his GT3 debut season. Bird has already shown his talent with two class victories in the 2021 Silver Cup and has experience driving GT3 cars.

 

“Four pilotes in two yellow and green Mambas means MANN-FILTER Beast Mode ON! in a double pack that promises to deliver twice as much racing action,” says Dr. Uwe Hartmann, Director Brand Management MANN-FILTER.

 

The ADAC GT Masters race in Zandvoort will be broadcast live on NITRO and streamed on RTL+ on Saturday, June 25, from 12:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 26, 2022 from 1 p.m.

As usual, MANN-FILTER will be reporting on its social media channels about the events on and alongside the track, giving fans exclusive looks behind the scenes.

 

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