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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. 

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Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ hosted the Formula DRIFT PRO Championship Round 4: Type S The Gauntlet presented by AutoZone and Round 2 of the Formula DRIFT Link ECU PROSPEC Championship. It was only the second time the series had visited the purpose-built drift arena; the first of its kind in the US.

After the tornado-ravaged round in Orlando, FL, the teams were relieved to qualify under blue skies. And with New Jersey representing the half-way point of both Championships, it was important for drivers to score well if they wanted a chance of claiming their respective title. 

 

PROSPEC QUALIFYING

After qualifying third at the opening round in Orlando, Tommy Lemaire (Canada) was disappointed by his 17th place finish after experience technical problems with his Mspek TLO Nissan S14.5. However, the car was repaired and ready for action in Englishtown, enabling the Canadian to set a 93-point run and take the top spot. As a further boost, Lemaire would get a bye run through the Top 32 competition heats after Lukas Torno (Brazil) was unable to complete a run in his FC AutoLabs BMW M3. 

Second place in FCP Euro Qualifying went to double and defending PROSPEC Champion, Dmitriy Brutskiy. He also had a disappointing opening round, qualifying 11th and finishing 12th. However, in New Jersey Brutskiy delivered a 91-point qualifying run in his DriftHQ / Link ECU / ISC Suspension / Enkei Wheels BMW M3 with Royal Purple. This placed him second thanks to an additional two style points over Alex Jagger (USA), who also received a 91-point score in his Forsberg Racing Nissan 370Z. 

In the case of a tie, drivers are separated by their respective scores in first style, then angle and finally line. It was Brutskiy’s superior style score that gave him the lead over Jagger.

The top Rookie qualifier was Robert Thorne (USA) who scored 81 points, placing his ASMotorsport / Kats Coin BMW M3 in 5th place.

As always, all FD PROSPEC teams must use Link ECU engine management as well as GT Radial tires supplied and fitted by TireStacks.com. Teams are also eligible for contingency programs from series sponsors Throdle, FCP Euro and Royal Purple, provided they meet defined criteria.

 

PROSPEC COMPETITION

Continuing its new 2022 schedule, Round 2 of the Link ECU PROSPEC Championship was split across two days, with the Top 32 taking place on Friday evening and the Top 16 heats through to the Final completed on Saturday morning. But unlike the turbulent weather at Round 1, the track was drenched in sunshine, providing consistent runs across both days.

Familiarity with the Englishtown course thanks to regular competition was undoubtedly a factor in Brutskiy’s change of fortunes. He was able to precisely place his BMW, consistently hitting the Outside and Inside Zones. However, his weekend wasn’t without drama.

In his Top 16 heats, Brutskiy spun on his chase run, quickly followed by Evan Bogovich (USA) spinning his Feal Suspension Nissan S14 in the next zone. Initially it appeared Brutskiy had collided with Bogovich, triggering the spins but the drone replay showed the Nissan driver off the power in Outside Zone 2 (OZ2), giving Brutskiy nowhere to go.

Progressing to the Top 8, Cory Talaska (USA) in the Blank Canvas / SLR Speed E36 BMW M3 was simply unable to match Brutskiy’s lines. A pattern that was repeated in the Top 4 against Jagger. It was an intense battle, and Jagger fought hard to reach the heat, but he couldn’t run as deep into each zone as the defending champion.

In the Final, Brutskiy’s opponent was Link ECU PROSPEC Rookie Robert Thorne (USA) who was guaranteed a podium at only his second FD event. The driver of the ASMotorsport / Kats Coin BMW M3 has successfully translated his GT racing experience to drift and is in the process of establishing an impressive reputation.

In the Final, Brutskiy again attacked the course, placing his rear wheels at the extremities of the outside zones. But Thorne wasn’t a passive spectator; he crowded the double Champion through OZ2 and OZ3 to put himself in a strong position for the second run. Unfortunately, in the heat of the moment, Thorne was untidy in OZ1, needing to correct his line, which unsettled him into OZ2 and resulted in heavy contact with the wall at OZ2. Thorne completed his lead run but not without numerous corrections. And as Brutskiy adjusted his line and speed to compensate for Thorne’s wobbles, he’d done enough to take the win.

Having started the day 12th in the Link ECU PROSPEC Championship standings, Brutskiy left New Jersey fourth and with his third title now a more realistic prospect.

“The weekend went as planned!” Brutskiy told us after stepping off the podium. “I was very nervous before each battle and I had a shoulder injury from a dirt bike accident last week that limited my movement. I was just glad to be here – this is one of the best wins I’ve had. I’m looking forward to winning another Championship and it feels like a miracle to be back on the podium.” 

Thorne’s second place puts the Rookie top of the Championship table, while Lemaire converted his top qualification position into a third place finish after battling mechanical issues throughout the competition. He jumped from 17th overall to seventh.

Andy Hateley (USA) was the championship points leader after the opening round. However, his Hateley Motorsports BMW E46 suffered engine problems, which meant he was unable to initiate a drift in his Top 16 battle against Lemaire. Hateley finished 14th, dropping him to third in the table. 

 

PRO QUALIFYING

Once again, the K&N Qualifying session for the FD PRO Championship couldn’t have been closer. Seven drivers scored more than 90 points and 18 were within ten points of the leader, Chelsea DeNofa (USA). 

DeNofa scored 94 points in his Pennzoil / BC Racing Ford Mustang RTR Spec 5-FD and was one of three drivers with the same overall score. He claimed the number one position from second place Michael Essa (USA) in the FCP Euro / Liqui Moly / GT Radial BMW M3 by a single style point.  

Similarly, Dylan Hughes (USA) scored 94 points in his DHR / Royal Purple / Falken Tire BMW. And while Essa had the same style score as Hughes, Essa got the nod thanks to two extra points for drift angle.

Defending Champion and 2022 FD PRO points leader, Fredric Aasbo (Norway), only scored 88 points in his Rockstar Energy Toyota GR Supra. It placed him in eighth position and gave him a challenging path to the Final, but nobody would be surprised to find him there on Saturday.

The top Rookie was Nick Noback (USA) who reminded everybody of his 2021 PROSPEC form with a spectacular 93-point run in his KoruWorks E46 BMW. It placed him fourth overall and in a very strong position for the competition heats.

Thirty-six drivers attempted to qualify for the Top 32 competition heats, which meant four would be eliminated in the Knockout Qualifying Format (KQF), which sees the bottom eight drivers run a second time. Unfortunately, KQF saw the demise of Josh Reynolds (USA) and Kyle Mohan (USA) with technical issues, while Jhonnattan Castro (Domincan Republic) and Josh Love (USA) failed to score sufficient points to continue.

 

PRO COMPETITION

At the halfway stage in the 2022 Formula DRIFT PRO Championship, the leading drivers knew they had to make an impact at Round 4: Type S The Gauntlet presented by AutoZone. Everybody was happy to escape the tumultuous weather in Orlando but the warm, dry conditions in New Jersey presented their own challenge. The constant radius turns of the figure-8 Englishtown course allows the drivers to position their cars intimately close to one another at very high speeds. It results in spectacular action but mistakes can have savage consequences, as Matt Field (USA) and Ryan Tuerck (USA) would painfully discover.

While the established drivers were trying to mount a championship challenge, several of the newer names snuck in the back door and grabbed the silverware from under their noses. The Final was fought between two drivers who’d never been in a FD PRO Final or even stood on the podium. Interestingly, both use BMW M3 race cars with Chevrolet LS V8 engines; a combination that is becoming increasing popular throughout the FD series.

The well-deserved winner was Travis Reeder (USA) who pushed the Travis Reeder Motorsports / GT Radial BMW M3 to its limits and beyond. Having qualified in 29th and experienced the uncertainty of KQF, he lined up against Rookie Nick Noback (USA) in the Top 32. It was a great pairing, with the judges unable to separate them after two runs, requesting they go One More Time (OMT). Repeating the process didn’t make much difference; neither driver was prepared to yield but Reeder took the decision thanks to a better lead run.

In the Top 16 it was rinse and repeat as the judges again requested OMT in his conflict with Kazuya Taguchi (Japan) in the ISR UpGarage / GT Radial Scion FRS. Both men hit their marks in the lead and shadowed their opponent on the chase but again, Reeder emerged victorious by the narrowest of margins.

In the Top 8, Reeder received a bye run after his scheduled opponent, Tuerck, was unable to start the heat. In the Top 16, the driver of the Rain-X / Nitto Tire Toyota GR Corolla had been slammed into the barriers by a hard-charging Branden Sorensen (USA). The teenager knew he needed to pressurize Tuerck and surged into OZ2. Unfortunately, Sorensen’s momentum into a deceleration area punted the GR Corolla hard enough to damage all four corners. Unable to repair his car in the allotted time, Tuerck was sidelined and Reeder faced top qualifier and drifting demigod, DeNofa in the Top 4.

As expected, DeNofa’s lead run was at hyper-speed. He hit his lines and ran deep through each zone. And while the crowd was mesmerized by the Mustang RTR driver, the replay showed Reeder mimicked every move. As the two drivers lined up for the second run, the pressure was on DeNofa to somehow exceed Reeder’s performance or pressurize him into a mistake. However, DeNofa ran shallow in OZ1 and OZ2 before making a significant correction in OZ3. And Reeder was the shock winner. Or the shocked winner, to be precise, because he didn’t seem to believe the result against a driver he admired so much.

Reeder’s opponent in the Final was Rome Charpentier (USA) who qualified his Garagistic / Federal Tires / imaginegarage E36 BMW in 14th place and appeared equally bemused by his progress. 

His weekend started with a Top 32 contest against Dean Kearney (Ireland) in the Hyper NFT / Daily Driven Exotics (DDE) Dodge Viper. Their first run was intense, the Viper colliding with Reeder’s BMW after they crossed the finish line. The damage required a wheel change and suspension check but with the repairs done and his focus undoubtedly distracted, Charpentier fought back and won on a split decision. 

He then defeated the on-form Hughes in the Top 16 by another tight decision before eliminating Justin Pawlak (USA) in the Top 8; Pawlak over-rotating his 2022 Falken Tire Ford Mustang in OZ3 while chasing Charpentier. 

Charpentier fiercest combatant was Matt Field (USA), who had been shunted into the OZ2 barriers by Mike Power (USA) during their Top 32 heat. The collision did considerable damage to the Drift Cave / Falken Tire C6 Corvette but the team had pieced together a competitive car by the Top 4. 

With their first two runs resulting in OMT, Charpentier eventually received the judge’s decision by a tiny margin as both men fought for dominance. 

By the Final, Reeder and Charpentier had defeated determined opponents and were guaranteed their first FD PRO podium, but who would occupy the top step?

On the first run, with Charpentier setting a blistering pace, Reeder was on the ragged edge as he grappled for proximity, tapping his rival at Inside Clip 1 and rubbing front tires yards from the finish line. The second contact sent Charpentier spinning across the grass; the incident seemingly locking the engine, requiring a tow to the pits.

With several teams jumping in to diagnose and resolve the malfunction, and a maximum of 10min plus a 5min Competition Time Out available, repair seemed impossible. And then the LS miraculously sparked into life and Charpentier returned to the starting line for his chase run. 

It’s worth remembering that with Reeder at fault, Charpentier would have been declared the winner if he’d been unable to repair the car. And that by returning to the line without knowing if the engine would run properly, Charpentier put everything on the line. 

Wanting to win decisively, Charpentier harassed Reeder around the entire course but couldn’t find the proximity he’d shown in previous heats. We’ll never know if it was the result of the engine problems but Reeder was awarded the win on a split decision and a new name was added to the Formula DRIFT PRO Championship history book.

After graduating from PROSPEC and developing both his program and driving style for the past four years, a delighted Reeder spoke to us after receiving his carbon fiber trophy. “This was, by far, the longest drift event I’ve ever been in. It feels like I’ve driven more runs than the last three rounds combined. We had a hard Top 32 with One More Time and a hard-fought Top 16 with One More Time. We got to the Top 4 against Chelsea and knew it was going to be hard – I’ve looked up to him for the longest time and wouldn’t be here without him – and to put him back in his trailer gives me ultimate bragging rights for life. He’s the best ever, and RTR even gave us nitrous to put him away because we’d run out!” an emotional Reeder told us.

“Going into the Final we thought we’d lost. I drove a little too hard and ran Rome off the track. It was a difference in speed but I tried to remain calm and focus on a good lead run. I honestly didn’t think I’d get the decision but I can’t say enough about my team and sponsors – they’ve always supported me and I’m so grateful for that.

“It’s four years since we’ve been on the podium in PROSPEC and we’ll try to do it again. I was crying like a little girl out there. To get a PRO trophy is absolutely unbelievable. It’s totally been worth the wait, the stress and the hard work.”

Reeder’s win elevated him one place to seventh in the Championship, while Charpentier catapulted himself to ninth from 16th. Finishing third, DeNofa has risen from seventh to fifth in the 2022 Championship, and fourth place Field has taken the FD PRO Championship points lead by a narrow four-point margin over defending Champion, Aasbo. 

Top Rookie was Daniel Stuke (USA) who qualified tenth in the Stuke Racing / MspeK Performance Nissan S14.9 and finished 11th. The result moved him to tenth in the overall standings.

After Round 4, Toyota leads the 2022 Formula DRIFT PRO Auto Cup and Falken heads the Tire Cup.

For the final word, we again turn to Formula DRIFT President, Ryan Sage: “What an incredible outcome tonight with two independent drivers taking the top two places. We also saw Chelsea DeNofa climbing back up the table and Matt Field taking the PRO Championship lead, shaking everything up halfway through the season. Meanwhile, Dmitriy Brutskiy returned to winning ways in PROSPEC as he attempts to claim a record third Championship in a row. We can’t wait to see how these story lines develop at next month’s St Louis round!”

 

2022 FORMULA DRIFT CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

 

ROUND 4 FD PRO TOP 16 DRIVER POINTS

POSITION

DRIVER

POINTS

1

Travis Reeder

100

2

Rome Charpentier

91

3

Chelsea DeNofa

83

4

Matt Field

80

5

Ryan Tuerck

67

6

Justin Pawlak

67

7

Ken Gushi

67

8

Fredric Aasbo

67

9

Dylan Hughes

53

10

Aurimas Bakchis

52

11

Daniel Stuke

52

12

Branden Sorensen

52

13

Kazuya Taguchi

52

14

Wataru Masuyama

52

15

Chris Forsberg

52

16

Ryan Litteral

52

 

2022 FD PRO TOP 16 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

POSITION

DRIVER

POINTS

1

Matt Field

335

2

Fredric Aasbo

331

3

Chris Forsberg

301

4

Ryan Tuerck

289

5

Chelsea DeNofa

275

6

Dylan Hughes

255

7

Travis Reeder

255

8

Aurimas Bakchis

247

9

Rome Charpentier

228

10

Daniel Stuke 

206

11

Branden Sorensen

206

12

Justin Pawlak

189

13

Dan Burkett

189

14

Michael Essa

174

15

Wataru Masuyama

174

16

Taylor Hull

174

 

2022 AUTO CUP TOP FIVE STANDINGS

Toyota

620

Chevrolet

509

Ford

464

Nissan

423

BMW

174

 

2022 TIRE CUP STANDINGS

Falken Tire

662

Nitto Tire

653

GT Radial

588

Federal Tire

419

Nexen Tire

414

 

ROUND 2 FD PROSPEC TOP 16 DRIVER POINTS

POSITION

DRIVER

POINTS

1

Dmitriy Brutskiy

102

2

Robert Thorne

91

3

Tommy Lemaire

83

4

Alex Jagger

81

5

Ben Hobson

67

6

Austin Matta

67

7

Kasey Kohl

67

8

Cory Talaska

67

9

Brian Wadman

52

10

Derek Madison

52

11

Kelsey Rowlings

52

12

Rudy Hansen

52

13

Steve Misko

52

14

Andy Hateley

52

15

Evan Bogovich

52

16

Amanda Sorensen

52

 

FD PROSPEC TOP 16 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

POSITION

DRIVER

POINTS

1

Robert Thorne

171

2

Ben Hobson

158

3

Andy Hateley

155

4

Dmitriy Brutskiy

154

5

Alex Jagger

148

6

Evan Bogovich

132

7

Tommy Lemaire

119

8

Derek Madison

119

9

Kasey Kohl 

119

10

Brian Wadman

104

11

Steve Misko

104

12

Austin Matta

102

13

Nate Chen

102

14

Cory Talaska

102

15

Matthew Bystrak

102

16

Rich Whiteman

89

 

NEXT ROUND

World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, IL will host the Formula DRIFT PRO Championship Round 5: Crossroads on July 14-16 as well as the Round 3 of the Formula DRIFT Link ECU PROSPEC Championship. Please visit formulad.com for the competition schedule, ticket information, driver profiles, special content, and the event livestream

 

EDITOR’S NOTE

Please use this link for images from FD NJ: dropbox.com/sh/kn8qjqlogmnmuht/AAAuDs8jHVr6WbON5rnQnP2fa?dl=0

 

ABOUT FORMULA DRIFT

Formula DRIFT is recognized as the leading international drifting championship. Established on the streets of Japan, drifting has evolved into a worldwide competitive sport that challenges the driver's skill while demanding a great deal from their vehicle in terms of power and strength. Formula DRIFT provides a series for the best professional drifters from around the globe to compete for the coveted title of Formula DRIFT Champion. As the first official drifting series in North America, Formula DRIFT has taken competitive motorsports to the extreme, attracting drift fans and car enthusiasts from all walks of life, and established itself as the global leader for the sport. For a competition schedule, ticket information, special content and livestream, please visit formulad.com

 

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2022 FORMULA DRIFT OFFICIAL SPONSORS

Major Sponsor, Official Vehicle Lighting, Dash Cam & Jump Starter – TYPE S 

Major Sponsor, Official Energy Drink – Rockstar Energy Drink 

Major Sponsor, Official Military Branch – United States Air Force

Major Sponsor, Official Engine Oil – Royal Purple 

Major Sponsor, Official ECU, PROSPEC Title Sponsor – Link Engine Management

Major Sponsor, Official Blockchain Game – Torque Drift 

Major Sponsors – Falken Tires, GT Radial, Nitto Tire 

Official Sponsors – Ford Performance, BC Racing (Official Suspension), Toyota Racing, K&N (Official Air Filter & Air Intake, Official Sponsor of Qualifying)

PRO Championship Tire Supplier – Nexen Tire, Federal Tire 

Associated Sponsors – Enkei Wheels, NGK Spark Plugs, Pedal Commander, RAYS Wheels, Throdle

Official PROSPEC Tire – GT Radial 

Official PROSPEC Tire Service Partner – Tire Stacks

Official PROSPEC Sponsor – FCP Euro 

Official Education Partner ­– University of Northwestern Ohio

Official Community Outreach Program – Acceler8 

Official Apparel Supplier ­– Marwin Sports

Technical Partner – PCI Race Radios, Proform

 

Defending Championship Off-Road Pro 2 class champion and the #4 Lucas Oil/Vision Wheel/Cooper Tire team got back in action over the weekend, kicking off their title defense at Antigo Lions Roaring Raceway with three days of action. Kincaid and the Pro 2 field led off the weekend with the inaugural Duel of Champions on Friday, before taking on the first two rounds of the championship season on Saturday and Sunday.
 
With a similarly refreshed field to go up against, luck wasn’t quite on Kincaid’s side the same way it was when he regained the championship lead in last year’s finale from Crandon, or even in last year’s sweep of the Antigo races. Finishes of ninth and 12th across the two race days have the team looking ahead to the second event of the month, a return to Kincaid’s home track of Crandon International Raceway for the return of the Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run.
“It wasn’t the weekend we had planned on, but nonetheless, I’m grateful for the support of all of our fans and sponsors,” said Kincaid. “The results sheet from Antigo doesn’t reflect the kind of backing we have, or the finishes that we deserve. Fortunately, there’s a lot of racing left this season, and we’ll be sure to make the most of it from here on out. I’m excited to head back to Crandon and put us back on top of the box!”
 
The 29th Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run at Crandon International Raceway will run on the weekend of June 25-26. The action will feature Rounds 3 and 4 of COR’s 2022 Pro 2 championship, as well as the Community Cup race that pits Pro 2s and Pro 4s against one another for big money and bragging rights. Tickets are on sale now, and the action will be live streamed on FloSports and aired on TV later this year on the CBS Sports Network.
 
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.

Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship drivers Christian Weir and Spike Kohlbecker showed strong race runs at this weekend’s Road America race event with both drivers racing their way into the top 10 and passing a combined 29 cars over the double-header event.
 
Rookie Christian Weir qualified 15th and 18th for Race 1 and Race 2 following a disappointing qualifying session that didn’t reflect the capability of the #32 car program. With the work cut out for him, Weir climbed his way up to a seventh place finish in Race 1 and an 11th place finish in Race 2, showing his racing capability and improving a total of 15 positions.

Christian Weir drives the #32 USF2000 at Road America

#32 Christian Weir // USF2000 Championship
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“This was a rough weekend but we still came out unscathed,” said Weir. “We were struggling on pace all weekend and didn’t know where to find it. Through our frustrations, we still ended up being competitive during the races. With not very many opportunities, we ended up lower than where we wanted, but there is always another time where we can show our true potential. I just want to thank the whole team for helping persevere through these hard times. These are the weekends that we can learn a lot from.”
 
Teammate Spike Kohlbecker also started deeper in the field for both races, but like Weir, knew he had the package to be racing at the front. Kohlbecker rose to the challenge, passing a total of seven cars in Race 1, finishing P9, and setting himself up for another solid run in the #33 car in Race 2. In Race 2, Kohlbecker had a great start and gained five positions up from P17 on the opening lap alone. Following an impressive drive in the 12-lap contest, Kohlbecker crossed the start/finish line in P10 to round out the weekend.

Spike Kohlbecker drives the #33 USF2000 at Road America

#33 Spike Kohlbecker // USF2000 Championship
Ignite Autosport / Margay Racing / TierPoint / PSL / RSolution / TrueTitle / Ruckus Racing / Messmer Cares / Alvear / Cfx 

“Road America was definitely a learning weekend for me,” said Kohlbecker. “As a team, we struggled, but we all kept our heads up and tried to learn as much as we could through the weekend. I’m looking forward to the next event at Mid-Ohio in a couple of weeks!”
 
“We headed in the weekend with high expectations after a very good test here last year, but unfortunately the weekend proved quite challenging to give the drivers the balance they needed,” said Team Owner Peter Dempsey. “They both struggled in each qualifying session which left them on the back foot for the races, but I’m proud of the efforts they put in to drive the cars forward, and we gained a lot of positions in both races. We will regroup as a team and make sure we go to Mid-Ohio with a stronger program to allow the drivers to show their true potential.”
 
Next up for USF2000 is Rounds 11/12/13 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course June 30 - July 3.

The long-awaited debut of SKI Autosports in the SRO Americas series is finally here.  The team will campaign a Ferrari 458 GT with famed sports car driver Andy Pilgrim in the GT America category.

VIRginia International Raceway will host the series at the historic 3.27 miles, 17-turn course.  The team will take part in the test days on Wednesday and Thursday before the official SRO event schedule begins on Friday, June 17th.

The GT America category is one of the most diverse in the SRO series.  SKI will compete against other Ferraris, in addition to Mercedes AMG, Audi, Corvette and Lamborghini.  With the weather forecast this weekend at VIR being between high 80’s and low 90’s the 40 minute races will be tough on both cars and drivers.

British born – American racing driver, Andy Pilgrim’s career has included stints as a factory Corvette and Cadillac driver.  Pilgrim is a multi-time podium finisher at Le Mans 24 Hour and a Rolex 24 at Daytona winner.  He’s not new to the SRO/World Challenge series and sprint race format.  Pilgrim raced in the Cadillac’s in the Series top category for many seasons, winning the championship in 2005. The Cadillac factory program was one of the most successful in SRO/World Challenge series history.

We've been waiting and preparing for this week for a long time”, said SKI Autosport team owner Kent Hussey.  “Melissa and I have been involved in motorsports for decades in various roles and series but this is one of our most exciting ventures.  We’re proud to have Andy Pilgrim at the wheel and veteran team manager Phil Creighton behind our efforts.  

As a team, we are very familiar with the Ferrari 458 GT and feel we will be competitive from the start.  We had great success at VIR last year with Andy driving the same Ferrari 458 GT at the International GT event.  We finished first overall in all three races on the weekend.

The weather forecast is for high heat and humidity which will put all the teams to the test but we’re all up against the same elements, we will be prepared. We’ve put together a great team, with a very talented driver and we’re really looking forward to hitting the track.”

SCHEDULE:
Friday, June 17

8:30 AM: Practice                            
1:45 PM: Practice
Saturday, June 18     
8 AM: Qualifying
12:10PM: Race #1 - 40 minute race
Sunday, June 19
8:45AM: Race #2 - 40 minute race

Live on-track action is available at https://www.gtamerica.us/

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 Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) will be back at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) this weekend for the first time since 2019 to mark the return of the ever-popular Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational. The Father's Day Weekend event will welcome spectators Saturday and Sunday, June 18-19. Tickets start at just $30, and children ages 15 and under are free with a paid adult ticket.

With over 250 cars slated to compete, some of the most anticipated vehicles include a group of Pre-War cars. Entries in that class include racecars that participated in the early years of the Indianapolis 500, as well as several produced by Indianapolis-based National Motor Vehicle Company. The group was assembled, in part, by Ragtime Racers, who are known for dressing in period garb while working to educate spectators about motorsports history before World War I, and keeping these historical cars in motion rather than sitting idle in a museum. 

Keeping with the rich open-wheel history at IMS, over 75 Formula Ford, Formula Bs and Formula Vees are set to take the green flag this weekend. In addition to a collection of beautiful cars, spectators may also recognize a few drivers’ names from their successes on the racetrack. Jimmy Vasser, the 1996 CART IndyCar Champion and the last American to win the CART championship, will race a 1978 Crossle 32F with the Formula Fords—marking a full-circle moment for the driver that won the 1986 Formula Ford National Championship in SCCA competition. Meanwhile, Geoff Brabham, a four-time IMSA GTP champion, one-time Can-Am champion and winner of the 1993 24 Hours of Le Mans, will drive a 1971 Brabham BT35-31—a car designed by his late father, three-time Formula One World Champion, Sir Jack Brabham. 

With 13 decades of racing history on the track, spectators will have a host of other opportunities to take in unique and exotic cars at the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, starting with the Hagerty Cars & Caffeine Car Show, which is scheduled for Saturday, June 18. In addition, the Shelby American Automobile Club will return to IMS for their 47th annual National Convention, which will cumulate with a Popular Vote Car Show available to spectators on Saturday. Another group participating in the weekend is the Vintage Ten Thousand Road Rally. Racing their way to IMS as part of their 2022 rally, the group will arrive midday Saturday and will close out the event with touring laps on the IMS course.

Spectator tickets for the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational and entry into the Hagerty Cars and Caffeine Car Show are both available for advanced purchase at SpeedTour.net, or available at the gate at IMS. 

By Mark Robinson
IMSA Wire Service
 
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The largest field for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen since 2014 is set to take to the Watkins Glen International road course next week for the next stop of the 2022 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
 
Forty-nine cars are entered for the six-hour race on June 26 that serves as the seventh event of the 2022 WeatherTech Championship season and third round of the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup. All five classes will be in competition together for the first time since the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts in March.
 
Here’s what you need to know heading into the pivotal race weekend at the historic natural terrain circuit:
 
Watkins Glen International – Watkins Glen, New York
June 23-26, 2022
 
Fast Facts
Race Day/Time: Sunday, June 26 – 10:40 a.m. ET
USA Network Coverage: LIVE – 2-5 p.m.
Streaming Coverage: LIVE – Flag-to-flag beginning at 10:40 a.m. on Peacock (in the U.S.) and IMSA.com/TVLive (outside the U.S.)
IMSA.com/TVLive Live Qualifying Stream: Saturday, June 25 – 1:15 p.m.
IMSA Radio: All sessions live on IMSA.com and RadioLeMans.com; SiriusXM live race coverage begins Sunday, June 26 at 10:30 a.m. (XM 207, SiriusXM Web/App 992)
Circuit Type: 3.4-mile, 11-turn road course
Classes Competing: Daytona Prototype international (DPi), Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2), Le Mans Prototype 3 (LMP3), Grand Touring Daytona Pro (GTD PRO), Grand Touring Daytona (GTD)
Race Length: 6 hours
Track Social Media: 
Event Hashtags: #IMSA, #Sahlens6HRS
 
WeatherTech Championship Track Records
Qualifying:
DPi: Oliver Jarvis, Mazda DPi, 1:29.639 / 136.547 mph, June 2019
LMP2: Gabriel Aubry, ORECA LMP2 07, 1:31.735 / 133.427 mph, June 2019
LMP3: Austin McCusker, Ligier JS P320, 1:40.404 / 121.907 mph, June 2021
GTD PRO: new class in 2022
GTD: Jack Hawksworth, Lexus RC F GT3, 1:44.499 / 117.130 mph, July 2018
 
2021 Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen Winners
DPi: Jonathan Bomarito/Harry Tincknell/Oliver Jarvis, No. 55 Mazda Motorsports Mazda DPi
LMP2: Steven Thomas/Tristan Nunez/Thomas Merrill, No. 11 WIN Autosport ORECA LMP2 07
LMP3: Gar Robinson/Felipe Fraga/Scott Andrews, No. 74 Riley Motorsports Ligier JS P320
GTD PRO: new class in 2022
GTD: Bill Auberlen/Robby Foley/Aidan Read, No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3
 
Storylines
  • Band’s Back Together: The five classes of the WeatherTech Championship – DPi, LMP2, LMP3, GTD PRO and GTD – will race together for the first time in more than three months. With the largest car count at Watkins Glen in eight years, it will make for exciting racing and traffic management throughout the field.
  • Tight Points Battles Throughout: All five classes feature close competition at the top of their respective standings. The largest margin for any leader is just 50 points (the difference between a first- and third-place race finish) and the narrowest margin is but nine points. It means that all the class championships remain wide open and puts a premium on qualifying and finishing well at The Glen and succeeding races.
  • Michelin Endurance Cup Resumes: The Sahlen’s Six Hours marks the third of four events making up the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup, where drivers and teams rack up points at designated junctures of each endurance race separate from the season championship. Points at Watkins Glen (five for being in first place in class, four points for second place, three points for third and two points for all others) will be awarded at the halfway mark and conclusion of the six-hour race. The competition in the Michelin Endurance Cup is extremely close in all classes, with no team or driver leading by more than four points.
  • Return of the Prancing Horse: Ferrari is back on the grid as the famed Italian marque continues its Michelin Endurance Cup quest in both the GTD PRO and GTD classes. The No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GT3 that finished second in the Rolex 24 At Daytona to open the season in January returns in GTD PRO, while the No. 47 Cetilar Racing Ferrari that won the GTD class at Sebring in March is back as well.
 
Who’s Hot?
  • No. 60 Meyer Shank Racing Acura: While they haven’t won a race since the season-opening Rolex 24, Oliver Jarvis, Tom Blomqvist and the No. 60 Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Acura ARX-05 have been the most consistent of late, with second-place finishes in the last three races. It’s allowed them to retake the DPi season points lead, 10 better than Filipe Albuquerque, Ricky Taylor and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura.
  • Ben Keating: The versatile Texan is fresh off winning at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the GTE Am class on June 12. Keating also won the last WeatherTech Championship race he was in, at Sebring in March. He and co-drivers Mikkel Jensen and Scott Huffaker are piloting the No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA LMP2 07 in just the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup races this season and are a threat to come out on top again at The Glen.
 
Who’s Good Here?
  • Auberlen, Barbosa and Lally: Three veteran drivers – Bill Auberlen, Joao Barbosa and Andy Lally – have each won the Sahlen’s Six Hours four times. Auberlen’s first win at The Glen came two decades ago and he won in GTD last year. Barbosa’s four wins have all come in the past decade in the top prototype class; he’ll be driving the No. 33 Sean Creech Motorsport LMP3 this year. The most recent of Lally’s four victories came five years ago in the same GTD class in which he’ll drive this year.
  • Bomarito Aims for Threepeat: Jonathan Bomarito is riding a two-race win streak in the six-hour race heading into the 2022 edition. He was a member of the Mazda DPi team that won in 2019 and ’21, and he will go for a third straight triumph this year in the No. 11 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports LMP2.
 
Previous Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen Winners in 2022 Field (25)
Bill Auberlen (4): GT – 2002, 2004; GTLM – 2017; GTD – 2021
Joao Barbosa (4): DP – 2012, 2013; P – 2016, 2017
Andy Lally (4): SGS – 2004; GT – 2007, 2010; GTD – 2017
Richard Westbrook (3): P – 2014, 2015; GTLM – 2016
Jonathan Bomarito (2): DPi – 2019, 2021
John Edwards (2): GT – 2012, 2013
Antonio Garcia (2): GTLM – 2014, 2021
Spencer Pumpelly (2): GT – 2007, 2010
Renger van der Zande (2): PC – 2015, 2016
Filipe Albuquerque (1): P – 2017
Jonathan Bennett (1): PC – 2014
Colin Braun (1): PC – 2014
Mario Farnbacher (1): GTD – 2019
Robby Foley (1): GTD – 2021
Felipe Fraga (1): LMP3 – 2021
Oliver Jarvis (1): DPi – 2021
Katherine Legge (1): GTD – 2017
Dirk Mueller (1): GTLM – 2018
Olivier Pla (1): DPi – 2019
Gar Robinson (1): LMP3 – 2021
Bryan Sellers (1): GTLM – 2015
Jordan Taylor (1): GTLM – 2021
Ricky Taylor (1): DP – 2011
Steven Thomas (1): LMP2 – 2021
Don Yount (1): GTD – 2018
 
Previous Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen Pole Winners in 2022 Field (16)
Bill Auberlen (3): GTS-3 – 1997; GT3 – 1998; GT – 2004
Colin Braun (2): PC – 2014; P – 2018
Antonio Garcia (2): GTLM – 2019, 2021
Andy Lally (2): GT – 2005; GTD – 2017
Jordan Taylor (2): GT – 2011, 2012
Ricky Taylor (2): DP – 2011; DPi – 2021
Richard Westbrook (2): GTLM – 2016, 2018
Joao Barbosa (1): GT – 2002
Pipo Derani (1): P – 2017
Mario Farnbacher (1): GTD – 2016
Jack Hawksworth (1): GTD – 2018
Trent Hindman (1): GTD – 2019
Oliver Jarvis (1): DPi – 2019
Kyle Kirkwood (1): GTD – 2021
Steven Thomas (1): LMP2 – 2021
Renger van der Zande (1): PC – 2016
 
Previous Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen Winning Teams in 2022 Field (12)
Chip Ganassi Racing (6): DP – 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010; GTLM – 2016, 2018
Action Express Racing (4): DP – 2012, 2013; P – 2016, 2017
Turner Motorsport (3): GTD – 2014, 2018, 2021
Corvette Racing (2): GTLM – 2014, 2021
Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian (2): GTD – 2017, 2019
Riley Motorsports (2): GTD – 2015; LMP3 – 2021
BMW Team RLL (1): GTLM – 2017
CORE autosport (1): PC – 2014
JDC Miller MotorSports (1): P – 2018
Performance Tech Motorsports (1): PC – 2017
PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports (1): LMP2 – 2019
Wayne Taylor Racing (1): DP – 2011
 
Previous Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen Winning Manufacturers in 2022 Field (7)
Porsche – 53
Chevrolet – 18
BMW – 9
Ferrari – 8
Lexus – 3
Acura – 2
Cadillac – 1
Angelle Sampey will always be the first rider in Pro Stock Motorcycle history to win the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, something she accomplished last fall in the category’s first-ever appearance at Thunder Valley.
 
The three-time world champion would also love to continue to be the only Pro Stock Motorcycle competitor to win in Bristol, something she’ll try to achieve weekend on her Vance & Hines/Mission Foods Suzuki at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. In a thrilling final round a year ago, Sampey knocked off Karen Stoffer in an all-female final round on a memorable holeshot.
 
It kept Sampey in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series championship mix a year ago and she’s after her first win of the 2022 season heading into Father’s Day Weekend.
 
“The facility is phenomenal, and I loved being there,” Sampey said. “It’s so beautiful and the fans are fantastic. You really have to be focused when you’re racing there, but I’m really looking forward to being there this year and defending my title and keeping my fingers crossed that we can do it again.”
 
Mike Salinas (Top Fuel), Alexis DeJoria (Funny Car) and Sampey (Pro Stock Motorcycle) all picked up wins last year in Bristol, while this year’s race will be broadcast on FOX broadcast network and Fox Sports 1 (FS1). The Father’s Day weekend race is the fifth race of the 2022 Pro Stock Motorcycle season and Sampey hopes the return to Bristol gets her year on track.
 
Sampey, who has 45 career victories, has shown glimpses this season, picking up a No. 1 qualifier in Charlotte and two No. 2 qualifiers. But things haven’t quite clicked on raceday, as Sampey hasn’t been out of the second round. She’s placed the brunt of the blame on herself, but it’s impossible to argue with her career track record.
 
Sampey knows a win is coming if the bike continues to perform like it has, though in Bristol she’ll also have to contend with the likes of points leader Steve Johnson, who has two wins this year, defending world champ Matt Smith, Stoffer, who won in Gainesville, Angie Smith, Eddie Krawiec, Joey Gladstone, and Jimmy Underdahl.
 
“It’s definitely a confidence boost going into a race that you’ve previously won,” Sampey said. “I haven’t done that well this year thus far, so I need to take my mind off racing and just focus on getting the bike down the track. That’s exactly what needs to happen. My motorcycle is super-fast and super strong, and where I need it to win. People are figuring out how to make these four-valve Suzuki bikes work, and I just need to get my head in the right place.”
 
In Pro Stock, Erica Enders is off to the best start in her remarkable career, as the four-time world champ has four wins in the first six events in the class in her Melling Performance/Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro. That includes three straight victories – something she’s done only one other time in her career – with the last coming a couple of weeks ago in Epping.
 
To get four consecutive wins for the first time ever in her Pro Stock career, Enders will have to come through in Bristol, which would be fitting since she considers it one of her favorite tracks on the NHRA tour. But it certainly won’t be easy, as Enders has had to be perfect this year against a talented field that includes the likes of teammate Aaron Stanfield, Gainesville winner Dallas Glenn, defending world champion Greg Anderson, who is a win away from 100 career victories, Kyle Koretsky, and rookie Camrie Caruso.
 
“We’ve definitely started this 2022 season out on the right foot,” Enders said. “If you ask me an any interview, Bristol is always at the top of my favorite track list, and we’ve had a lot of success there. It’s near and dear to my heart, and it’s a beautiful facility. It can definitely be challenging at times, but we’re definitely up for it. The level of competition in Pro Stock is definitely immense right now. It keeps me hungry, and it keeps me wanting to win more races. We’re definitely excited to head back to Bristol and we’re hopeful for another successful weekend.”
 
Salinas will look for his third straight win at Bristol Dragway and the Top Fuel standout heads to Thunder Valley with plenty of momentum, picking up his third win of 2022 at the most recent race in Epping. He’s chasing points leader Brittany Force, who also has three wins this year, four-time defending world champ Steve Torrence, Tony Schumacher, Antron Brown, Justin Ashley, and Leah Pruett.
 
In Funny Car, DeJoria will look for a repeat victory to grab her first win of the season, but it won’t be easy in a loaded field. Matt Hagan has led the way in 2022 with three wins and he currently has the points lead, but others to watch include Robert Hight, who also has three wins, defending world champ Ron Capps, 16-time world champ John Force, J.R. Todd, Bob Tasca III and Cruz Pedregon.
 
The event also will feature thrilling competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, which features some of the sport’s top drivers, as well as the Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown category. After nitro qualifying on Friday, fans will also be treated to a spectacular fireworks show. On Saturday, a special autograph session featuring NHRA stars will take place at 6 p.m. ET at the Guest Welcome Village, while fans can also attend Nitro School on Saturday prior to the second round of qualifying to learn more about how the cars operate and reach their thrilling speeds.
 
Bristol Dragway will host the special pre-race ceremonies that introduce and celebrate each of the drivers racing for the prestigious Wally on Sunday and includes the SealMaster Track Walk at 11 a.m. The final can’t-miss experience of any NHRA event is the winner’s circle celebration on Sunday after racing concludes, where fans are invited to congratulate the event winners of the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.
 
As always, fans also get an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet in Bristol. This unique opportunity gives fans a unique chance to see teams in action and service their hot rods between rounds, get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers and more. Fans can also visit NHRA’s popular Nitro Alley and Manufacturers Midway, where sponsors and race vendors create an exciting atmosphere that includes interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise, food and fun for the entire family. The new Pep Boys midway display will include tire change challenges, oil change challenges, a slot car track and much more, adding even more excitement to the midway.
 
NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series qualifying will feature one round at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, June 17 and the final two rounds of qualifying on Saturday, June 18 at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 12 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 19. Television coverage includes live qualifying action on FS1 at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, 11 p.m. on Saturday, and then live eliminations action at 3 p.m. ET on FOX on Sunday.
 
To purchase tickets to the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, call 866-415-4158 or visit www.bristoldragway.comhttp:///. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. For more information about NHRA, visit www.nhra.com.
 
(Courtesy of NHRA Communications)
NHRA officials announced today that Pro Stock has been added to the upcoming Pep Boys NHRA Nationals on Sept. 15-18 at Maple Grove Raceway. The track was purchased in April by veteran NHRA racer Kenny Koretsky and his family, including current Pro Stock driver Kyle Koretsky.
 
The annual stop at Maple Grove Raceway is the kickoff event to the six-race NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship playoffs. With the addition of Pro Stock to the fan-favorite race, all four professional categories (Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle) will be in action at the playoff opener.
Pro Stock will now compete at all six Countdown to the Championship races, including in front of the huge legion of drag racing and Pro Stock fans at Maple Grove Raceway.
 
“It’s very exciting to have Pro Stock at Maple Grove. Pro Stock is a staple for fans in this area and it’s just a great fit having that class at this race,” Kenny Koretsky Jr. said. “I think the Pro Stock fans are really going to come out in full force. There’s a big Pro Stock following in this area, and you add in the support from Pep Boys being on board for this race, and it’s going to be a great event.”
 
After breaking his own world record in Virginia earlier this month, Top Fuel Motorcycle rider Larry “Spiderman” McBride will return to action in Reading as part of the Pep Boys NHRA Nationals. McBride went an incredible 268.38-mph in Virginia to make the fastest motorcycle pass in drag racing history and will attempt to go even faster at a track where several record-breaking performances have taken place over the years.
 
The race will also serve as the NFL adjacent broadcast on FOX, putting the NHRA on a huge platform to open its 2022 playoffs. Last season, NHRA on FOX television coverage that ran adjacent to FOX’s NFL singleheader delivered nearly 1.5 million viewers, the most-viewed NHRA telecast on FOX.
 
The broadcast will showcase all the stars of the NHRA at a track that has played host to incredible racing for nearly four decades. Located in the heart of Amish country, the track is known as one of the fastest on the NHRA circuit and is surrounded by trees and boasts a wonderful, scenic backdrop for the massive fanbase.
 
“It’s great to see the interest and excitement the Pro Stock teams and our fans have after adding the class to the race at Maple Grove Raceway,” NHRA Vice President of Racing Administration Josh Peterson said. “The Koretsky family’s passion for Pro Stock racing is second-to-none and we’re thrilled to have them as track owners at such a historic track. Having this race on FOX, and adding Larry and his record-breaking motorcycle and Pro Stock to the mix will give everyone a terrific opportunity to showcase the work they’ve already done at the facility, as well the amazing racing that’s been a trademark at Maple Grove for so many years.”
 
The Koretsky family has been hard at work since purchasing the legendary facility last month. At the Pep Boys NHRA Nationals in September, fans will notice several changes and renovations to a facility that has yielded a number of record runs, including updates to signage, facility maintenance, suites, lighting and much more.
 
The facility is also the hometown track for the family, so adding Pro Stock simply made sense. Kyle Koretsky is a standout in the Pro Stock ranks, winning his first career race in the category last year and starting 2022 in strong fashion. He raced in Pro Stock at Maple Grove Raceway for the first time last year in his Lucas Oil Chevrolet Camaro and being able to do so again in 2022 – this time with the family as the track owners – will make the moment even more special.
 
“We’re super excited and to own our home track that we’ve been racing at forever, it’s just an incredible opportunity,” Kenny Koretsky Jr. said. “Again, for this to be our first national event and have Pro Stock be a part of it and have Pep Boys on board, it’s the perfect recipe all the way around. We’re working hard to make a lot of improvements and we’re trying to do as much as we can to give the race teams and fans the best possible experience at our track.”
 
To purchase tickets to the Pep Boys NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway, visit www.NHRA.com. All children 12 and under will be admitted free in the general admission area with a paid adult.

 

(Courtesy of NHRA Communications)

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Keegan Kincaid will look to build off the momentum of another championship season in 2021 by returning to the Pro 2 class for the 2022 Championship Off-Road season. This year’s campaign kicks off once again at Antigo Lions Roaring Raceway in Antigo, Wisconsin, where Kincaid scored both race victories to open last year’s championship campaign.
 
“It’s been a long offseason, and I’m thrilled to finally get back to racing this weekend in Antigo!” said Kincaid. “We couldn’t have ended last season in any better way, with both the COR Pro 2 title and Crandon World Cup win. Now, we’re focused on defending two things: last year’s wins in Antigo, and the overall class title throughout the summer.”
 
Kincaid drew first blood against a deep Pro 2 field in Antigo last June, taking both race wins on a track that hadn’t hosted professional off-road racers in more than a decade. If that wasn’t enough to establish him as this weekend’s favorite, he also enters the 2022 season coming off of a nearly perfect weekend in the World Championship Off-Road Races at Crandon International Raceway last September. The Crandon native stole the championship by a single point with a maximum points race in the COR Pro 2 points finale, finished third in the Pro 2 World Championship race, and held off the Pro 4s in the World Cup race with a nine-second victory.
With more than 15 entries to go up against this season, Kincaid will once again rely on the support of one of the strongest teams on the grid to try and top the six wins that he took across the COR season and World Cup. Flannery Racing will return to support Kincaid’s race efforts once again, while top partners like Lucas Oil, Vision Wheel, and Cooper Tire will also return to help chase another championship.
 
Tickets for the Championship Off-Road season opener at Antigo Lions Roaring Raceway can be purchased here. Single-day adult tickets are $30, while weekend passes are $50. For those who are unable to attend, the entire event will be streamed live on FloRacing, and air on television 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.
 
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