Saturday, Oct 01
Adam Sinclair

Adam Sinclair

Adam has been a race fan since the first time he went through the tunnel under the Daytona International Speedway more than 30 years ago. He has had the privilege of traveling to races all across the state of Florida (as well as one race in Ohio), watching nearly everything with a motor compete for fame and glory, as well as participating in various racing schools to get the feel of what racecar drivers go through every week.  

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

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

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 Fictiv, the leader in high-quality, on-demand manufacturing recently congratulated Formula Electric at Berkeley, the electric vehicle team at the University of California, Berkeley, for successfully participating in the Formula SAE (formerly the Society of Automotive Engineers) Electric Vehicle Competition, which is part of the largest student engineering competition in the world. Fictiv contributed $10,000 in essential machined parts to Formula Electric at Berkeley’s student-designed electric vehicle to complete the construction of the race car.

Fictiv, which produces parts for major U.S.-based electric car makers, manufactured multiple mechanical components including the front and rear uprights, brake rotors, motor shaft, and bearing retainers for the UC Berkeley race vehicle using CNC machining. Fictiv's artificial intelligence (AI) technology, which offers instant design for manufacturability feedback, paired with its highly vetted network of manufacturing partners, helped the students optimize their designs in order to meet the needs of their formula-style electric race car.

“Fictiv’s mission is to give engineers the freedom to focus on their creations instead of going back and forth with vendors, and wading through red tape just to get their parts into production,” said Michael Amico, business unit director - advanced manufacturing at Fictiv. “It’s been incredibly rewarding eliminating those logistical challenges for the next generation of engineers, and I know these elite engineering students participating in the Formula Electric at Berkeley project will achieve great things beyond this competition.”

The SAE event, which took place in Brooklyn, Michigan, June 15-18, featured university student competitors from around the world including teams representing not only UC Berkeley, but also Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, and Georgia Institute of Technology. 

“We couldn’t have participated in the event successfully without Fictiv,” said Christopher Leafstrand, a member of the Formula Electric at Berkeley Dynamics Subteam and a second-year student at UC Berkeley College of Engineering. “Fictiv made the most important parts of our electric vehicle, parts that require very tight tolerances, very tight machining, and very high precision. These are parts our team had never made before, and are a very difficult part of the inspection process to proceed in the event.”

Formula Electric at Berkeley formed in 2020. The project brings together a diverse community of individuals for the purpose of researching, designing, testing, and manufacturing efficient, sustainable technology at UC Berkeley.  

“Working with Fictiv made the process of getting critical, quality vehicle parts as easy as possible,” said Tijmen Sep, program manager for Formula Electric at Berkeley and a third-year student at UC Berkeley College of Engineering. “The Fictiv team gave a group of students with a relatively small order a lot of personalized attention and were happy to help – even meeting with us face to face. Beyond the smooth parts development process, we’re also grateful for Fictiv’s overall support. Students typically spend upwards of $20,000 constructing electric vehicles for Formula SAE, so Fictiv’s donation provided not only needed functional parts, but incredible savings.”

Formula SAE was founded in 1981 to provide teams of college undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to design and build formula-style vehicles. In 2013, Formula SAE expanded to include a separate electric vehicle competition. 

Myles Rowe was simply picture perfect this afternoon as the Atlanta, Ga., native romped to his fifth win of the year. Rowe extended his championship points lead with his seventh consecutive podium finish and brings his Pabst Racing team another step closer to its first driver’s title in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship. Crossing the finish line with a comfortable lead of 5.7 seconds over the field, Rowe had little pressure in an all-green flag race on the ultra-challenging 1.786-mile circuit held on the streets of Toronto.
 
Teammate Jace Denmark finished second to notch his seventh podium of the season with Jagger Jones of Cape Motorsports, a winner earlier in the season at Barber Motorsports Park, in third for Race One of the Cooper Tires Grand Prix of Toronto.
 
 
Rowe claimed his third Cooper Tires Pole Award of the year yesterday, but was subsequently issued a post-qualifying penalty of two grid spots for missing the entrance to pit lane and completing an additional lap after the checkered flag fell. That handed the prime starting spot to Denmark with Jones also moving up to slot in second.
 
Both Denmark and Jones held pace until Lap 3 when Rowe found his way to the front. He held off a brief challenge from Denmark but by Lap 5 had managed a gap of over a second which continued to grow as he settled in comfortably.
 
Michael d’Orlando of Cape Motorsports, who entered the weekend fresh off his third win of the season two weeks ago, finished fourth after a move on Jacob Douglas of Exclusive Autosport on the opening tour. The biggest mover of the race, however, was his brother, Nicholas d’Orlando, with a gain of three positions to finish ninth and claim the Tilton Hard Charger Award.
 
With a full bonus points hull for pole, laps led and fastest race lap and another PFC Award for team owner Augie Pabst, Rowe now holds a 26-point lead over d’Orlando.
 
Following a second qualifying session this morning, Denmark will start on pole for Race 2 of the Cooper Tires Grand Prix of Toronto at 9:45 am EDT tomorrow, followed by Jones, Rowe, d’Orlando and Billy Frazer of Exclusive Autosport.
 
Provisional championship points after 14 of 18 races:
1. Myles Rowe, 329
2. Michael d’Orlando, 303
3. Jace Denmark, 290
4. Jagger Jones, 250
5. Billy Frazer, 223
6. Bijoy Garg, 196
7. Thomas Nepveu, 196
8. Christian Weir, 168
9. Nicky Hays, 161
10. Spike Kohlbecker, 160.
 
Myles Rowe (#22 Penske Entertainment-Pabst Racing Tatuus USF-22): “The weekend is going really well right now – we’ve had good pace all weekend. We qualified first but unfortunately got a penalty for missing the pit lane but we made a good recovery. It’s awesome for the whole team to come back and recover to get the win. We qualified third for tomorrow’s race so the job is not done, but it’s a good start to this great weekend.”
 
Jace Denmark (#23 Radford Racing School Metal Works-Pabst Racing Tatuus USF-22): “It was great to lead the race for a few laps, but my teammate was able to get by. Small mistakes led up to losing the lead, but it’s a really good points day for Pabst Racing. I’m happy with the results but we’ll be going for one more step tomorrow.”
 
Jagger Jones (#3 Cape Motorsports Tatuus USF-22): “Solid finish in third. We didn’t get the great start we wanted so we were fighting from behind a bit. We need to work harder tonight and tomorrow to figure some things out – and hopefully we can have a bit more pace to run with the front guys. We’re starting second, so we’re all focused on getting the win tomorrow.”
 Louis Foster has taken another step forward in his quest for the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires title with a flag-to-flag win by a 5.2 second margin in this afternoon’s L&W Supply Grand Prix of Toronto for his Canadian-owned Exclusive Autosport team.
 
This is the fifth win of the year for the driver who hails from Basingstoke, England, and has now become the first driver this season to win on each type of circuit – road, oval and street – on the 2022 schedule.
 
Enaam Ahmed, who is chasing his first win of the season for Juncos Hollinger Racing, finished second with Josh Green of Turn 3 Motorsport, who rebounded impressively from a heavy crash in the morning qualifying session, third.
 
 
Foster continued his rich vein of form during qualifying on Friday afternoon when he posted the fastest time to clinch another Cooper Tires Pole Award, his third of the season. He held off Ahmed’s challenges at the start but that was short-lived when caution flags flew midway through the opening lap for a wing on the front straight from the #2 entry of Jonathan Browne of Exclusive Autosport.
 
The resulting single file restart was no problem for Foster as he continued to extend his gap while second through fifth battled nose to tail. Reece Gold (Juncos Hollinger Racing), Nolan Siegel (DEForce Racing) and Green were in the thick of the battle as Green managed to displace Siegel for fourth.
 
A second, brief caution on Lap 10 for Salvador De Alba (DEForce Racing), who found the tires in Turn Three, wiped clean the 4.9 second lead Foster had developed and the ensuing result gave Green the opportunity he needed to bump Gold from a podium finish.
 
With his victory today, Foster earns another PFC Award for team owner Michael Duncalfe and extra points for fastest race lap and most laps led bringing his tally to a 63-point lead over Gold in the standings.
 
Tomorrow’s L&W Supply Grand Prix of Toronto Race Two will see Foster again lead the field to the green flag following qualifying this morning with Siegel, Green, Gold and Jordan Missig (Pabst Racing) rounding out the top five. The action will get underway at 11:40 am EDT.
 
Provisional championship points after 13 of 18 rounds:
1. Louis Foster, 315
2. Reece Gold, 252
3. Nolan Siegel, 244
4. Enaam Ahmed, 243
5. Josh Green, 231
6. Braden Eves, 218
7. Kiko Porto, 207
8. Salvador De Alba, 199
9. Jack William Miller, 179
10. Yuven Sundaramoorthy, 173.
 
Louis Foster (#90 Copart.com/Novara Technologies-Exclusive Autosport Tatuus PM-22): “Our pace on cold tires was better than everyone else’s so we were able to pull out a good lead early. The safety car bunched us up, but the car was great and we were able to stay out front. The team worked hard, as they always do, and I’m proud to bring them a win in their home country!
 
“It’s been a good stretch, these past five races. I think it just comes down to getting a feel for the tires and how to maximize them in qualifying – we’ve had strong race pace all year, but we didn’t get the results because of where we qualified. Once we’ve been in the lead, we’ve been able to drive away. But before this year, I’d never driven on an oval or on a street course. St. Pete was such a new experience but this weekend, I had so much more confidence coming in. You can’t make a mistake, it’s so unforgiving. The championship is obviously in my mind – we just have to make correct decisions in the races and be smart. But we’re starting on pole again tomorrow so we’ll be aiming for another win.”
 
Enaam Ahmed (#47 Clear Capital Market/The Support of Pakistan-Juncos Hollinger Racing Tatuus PM-22): “It seems as though these past two weekends – this one, and Mid-Ohio – Exclusive has really made a step forward and we haven’t quite had their pace. We’ve been good in qualifying, but I knew Louis would be fast and the only place I’d be able to get him would be on a restart. I pushed hard and was able to get alongside but it was just too difficult to pass. I tagged the wall in qualifying this morning so we’re starting seventh tomorrow, but I’m just going to focus on moving forward.”
 
Josh Green (#3 SessionGuardian/Zimperium-Turn 3 Motorsport Tatuus PM-22): “I have a wrap on my right hand so I don’t have a lot of grip in the middle of my hand, so the last sector – especially Turn 11, which is super high speed with a big load on the steering wheel – it was a bit difficult to get the car hooked up the whole way through. Those last five laps were a struggle, but I’m so proud of the Turn 3 guys. They made an awesome car, putting it back together quickly after this morning, so I know we’ll have something to fight with tomorrow. Bit of rest and some ice tonight!”
By John Oreovicz & Mark Robinson
IMSA Wire Service
 
LAKEVILLE, Conn. – Returning to a favorite racetrack proved to be just the tonic for Rebel Rock Racing.
 
Robin Liddell took the wheel of Rebel Rock’s No. 71 Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R from Frank DePew and stamped his authority on the second half of the Lime Rock Park 120, claiming the Grand Sport (GS) class victory Saturday in Round 7 of the 2022 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge.
 
Liddell moved from 10th to fourth place before making a green-flag pit stop with 57 minutes remaining in the two-hour contest. Just three minutes later, a full-course caution waved when Eric Foss (No. 56 Murillo Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4) tapped Matt Plumb (No. 46 Team TGM Porsche 718 GT4 RS Clubsport) into a traffic-induced crash.
 
After the leaders completed pit stops under yellow, Liddell found himself in third place, trailing Kyle Marcelli in the No. 877 JG Wentworth Racing by PF Racing Ford Mustang GT4 and Mike Skeen in the No. 55 FCP Euro by Ricca Autosport Mercedes when racing resumed with a little more than half an hour remaining. Liddell made quick work of Skeen, then set about cutting into a 5.4-second deficit to leader Marcelli.
 
Once clear of lapped traffic, Liddell closed quickly on Marcelli and the Camaro passed the Mustang exiting Big Bend with 12 minutes to go. Marcelli held tough through the subsequent Left Hander and Right Hander and regained the lead through the Uphill Bend.
 
Liddell repeated his pass at Big Bend the following lap, and this time, Marcelli was unable to respond. Marcelli and Billy Johnson (No. 59 Kohr Motorsports Ford Mustang GT4) waged an exciting scrap over the final 10 minutes, but both were ultimately passed by Trent Hindman in the No. 7 Volt Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT4 he shared with Alan Brynjolfsson.
 
Liddell crossed the line 2.951 seconds ahead of Hindman to earn his 14th career victory in Michelin Pilot Challenge competition. He also claimed a GS class victory at Lime Rock in 2018 when teamed with Matt Bell. The win was DePew’s fifth in Michelin Pilot Challenge.
 
“We had a difficult year in 2021, with a lot of incidents and just disappointment,” Liddell said. “This year, we have put solid races under our belt and are finishing the best we can – some top-10s, some top-fours and now a win, which is great. I’m super happy, the team did a great job, and the car always performs well here.
 
“We made a good call to get out of that traffic melee we were in, and when the yellow came out, we were in a great spot with the undercut,” he added. “But it was a blinking hard race – lots of contact, lots of battling, but we managed to bring the car home in one piece. We had better tires at the end, and that really made the difference. I just had more grip and they couldn’t hang with us.”
 
Behind Hindman, Marcelli and co-driver Sheena Monk took third place in the No. 877 Mustang.
 
The second-place finish was a big boost for Brynjolfsson and Hindman in the GS point standings. They extended their advantage over Foss to 265 points after Foss and Kenton Koch were credited with 19th place in the No. 56 Mercedes.
No. 17 Audi Takes a Beating and then Delivers One in TCR
 
Chris Miller and Mikey Taylor spent most of Saturday’s Touring Car (TCR) class race getting knocked around. But like the famous old timepiece commercial, the No. 17 Unitronic-JDC MotorSports Audi RS3 LMS SEQ took a licking and kept on ticking – all the way to victory lane.
 
The No. 17 Audi won by 1.148 seconds over the No. 15 Belgard & Techniseal Racing Audi RS3 LMS DSG shared by Preston Brown and Denis Dupont, but only after Miller and Taylor survived multiple skirmishes and several near catastrophes in the two-hour race at Lime Rock Park.
 
“It was a dogfight out there,” Taylor admitted after closing out the win. “They call it the bullring for a reason. Every single lap, I thought I was going to be hit from behind; all over the place. It all culminated in kind of two big incidents. I’m just happy we survived.”
 
Miller was running third in class 20 minutes into the race when he was knocked off course and fell to last place in the field. Undaunted, he stayed the course and turned the car over to Taylor a little more than 20 minutes later. A lightning-fast pit stop advanced Taylor to seventh in TCR and he charged forward from there. Another stop just before the second and final full-course caution of the race allowed the No. 17 to cycle into second place when racing resumed with 33 minutes to go.
 
“I was just making sure we stayed on the lead lap and thinking of taking care of the car,” Miller said. “I knew we had a quick race car. … I knew Mikey, if I gave him a chance, he’d do something good with it.”
 
Taylor bumped his way past Jon Morley in the No. 61 Road Shagger Racing Audi and into the TCR lead with 25 minutes left on the clock. But the mission was far from finished as the top five TCR cars jostled for position down the stretch, often clustered within a second.
 
Contact between the No. 17 Audi, No. 19 van der Steur Racing Hyundai Veloster N TCR and No. 65 Murillo Racing Mercedes-AMG GT GT4 from the GS class nearly disrupted the race for all three cars but they continued.
 
Tyler Gonzalez regrouped in the No. 19 Hyundai to make a final charge at Taylor with 90 seconds remaining. Gonzalez attempted an over-under pass for the lead in Turn 1, and the cars made side-to-side contact several times through Turns 2 and 3 before the No. 19 Hyundai sustained left-rear damage and limped back to the pits to finish 10th in class.
 
“I thought we were both going to not finish the race at that point,” Taylor said. “These cars are not that robust and you can only take so many hits. … I was radioing into the team, ‘Is bodywork flying off? Is my splitter even still on?’ It was crazy at the end. Just happy we finished and to be here is awesome.”
 
The win was the fourth for Taylor in the Michelin Pilot Challenge and third for Miller. It was their first since taking the TCR victory last October at VIRginia International Raceway.
 
The runner-up finish by the No. 15 Belgard and Techniseal Audi equaled the team’s best finish set earlier this year at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Michael Johnson and Stephen Simpson finished third in the No. 54 Michael Johnson Racing with Bryan Herta Autosport Hyundai Elantra N TCR, just 0.350 seconds behind the No. 15 Audi.
 
By finishing fifth Saturday, Michael Lewis and Taylor Hagler, co-drivers of the No. 1 Bryan Herta Autosport Hyundai Elantra, expanded their championship lead to 70 points over Roy Block, Tim Lewis and the No. 5 KMW Motorsports with TMR Engineering Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR.
 
Three races remain. The next is the Road America 240, a four-hour race at the track in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
Nick Cassidy (Envision Racing) took a maiden Formula E race win in the New York City E-Prix, heading home ahead of Lucas di Grassi (ROKiT Venturi Racing) and teammate Robin Frijns as torrential rain deluged the track late in the race, creating the most dramatic finish of the season so far..

In the final 10 minutes of the scheduled 45-minute plus on lap race, a storm swept in with heavy rain buffeting the Brooklyn Street Circuit leaving pools of standing water in the braking zone to Turn 6. 

A Full Course Yellow was called but Cassidy, di Grassi and Vandoorne - as well as Edoardo Mortara (ROKiT Venturi Racing) - couldn't help but aquaplane straight on and into the wall. More drivers fell foul in impossible conditions as the race was brought to an early conclusion with a Red Flag.

Before the rain came, Nick Cassidy had started from Julius Bär Pole Position for the first time and led from the front through both ATTACK MODE activations. Di Grassi and Frijns applied pressure from behind as the race headed towards its conclusion with the pair having deposed Vandoorne from second on Lap 27 as the points race twisted and turned. 

Drivers’ World Championship leader Mortara had also worked his way up to fifth with a late second ATTACK MODE, the Venturi driver having missed out on the Duels in qualifying, starting ninth.
The Red Flag meant the race result was decided on countback with finishing positions defined based on the lap prior to the one in which the stoppage was called, as per article 41.9 of the FIA sporting regulations. The ruling meant the race win went the way of an elated Cassidy, with di Grassi and Frijns rounding out the podium.

Vandoorne wasn't able to capitalise on his starting grid advantage over Mortara, with the ROKiT Venturi Racing driver coming home in fifth but extending his Drivers' World Championship lead to 13 points over Vandoorne. Mitch Evans (Jaguar TCS Racing) managed just 11th and Jean-Eric Vergne (DS TECHEETAH) finished 18th, both outside the points.

That leaves ROKiT Venturi Racing at the top of the Teams’ World Championship standings, 23 points up on Mercedes-EQ which climbs above DS TECHEETAH.

It’s a busy night ahead for engineers in most of the team garages to prepare for Round 12 and the second race in the New York City E-Prix double header tomorrow. 

The iconic Empire State Building was lit up in Formula E’s distinctive electric blue to mark the fifth year of the New York City E-Prix in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. 
NICK CASSIDY, ENVISION RACING, #37 said “It is such a rollercoaster of emotions, I was pretty calm after everything happened (but) obviously very disappointed initially. It felt like I did everything right today, felt like it was in the bag with ten to go, then it started raining. I was initially very disappointed considering that, but - and I know I'm biased - I think it is the right decision.
 
"[When finding out he won] I said in the garage 'are you sure, are you sure?!' It is difficult for me to say too much, but I am super happy with the win and I don't want to talk about the decision making process and all that. But in terms of the race the team did a fantastic job, I had a fantastic car today and I am really pleased especially after last weekend that we could come here and take the win.
 
LUCAS DI GRASSi, ROKiT VENTURI RACING, #11 said  “The crash today was the strongest Formula E crash of my career, one of the strongest crashes I have had in motorsport - it was well over 15g. I am fully bruised, my neck, my hands, my legs - but I'm okay. It just shows when you're not complaining there is nothing you can really do.
 
"I am happy they gave a Red Flag and reversed the result of the race, that was the first thing to do. I am happy with the points, but unhappy the car is in complete pieces and that the mechanics will have to work hard to put the car together tomorrow.” 
 
ROBIN FRIJNS, ENVISION RACING, #4 said “"I am okay, I didn't touch the wall. The two guys in front, Nick and Lucas, they went straight in turn 6, they spun basically - I don't know what happened behind me but I was the only one who survived the carnage.
 
"It was very tricky [avoiding the crash]. We are using the tyres for three-quarters of the race, the tread is going down and then the rain comes - you're basically driving with slicks. I braked a bit early, but I didn't see anything because of the spray from Lucas, and then when the spray disappeared I saw Lucas sideways, 45 degrees in front of me. Luckily I braked a bit early and just made the corner."

Continued global shipping issues have forced the cancellation of the 2022 Hankook 24H Sebring, originally scheduled for Nov. 18-20.

 

Last November, Sebring International Raceway hosted the Netherlands-based Creventic organization for only its fifth North American 24-hour race.  Despite a tremendous event won by Rutronik Racing in an Audi R8 GTS, both Creventic and its European-based teams experienced significant shipping delays with cars and equipment arriving after the original starting time of the race. 

 

That experience, and the fact that the many of the same shipping concerns continue, led to Creventic officials to make the difficult decision.  Given that shipping delays are temporary, Creventic and Sebring International Raceway officials will continue to work toward the return of the global series to Sebring, the birthplace of American endurance racing. 

 

Creventic is exploring options in Europe to replace the Sebring event.  The remainder of the 2022-23 Creventic schedule remains unchanged with Portimao, Portugal scheduled for July 8-10, Barcelona, Spain Sept. 9-11, Dubai Jan. 13-15 and Abu Dhabi Jan. 21-22.

 

Upcoming events scheduled for Sebring International Raceway include:

 

  • US Drift Circuit, August 27-28
  • SRO Fanatec GT World Challenge America, September 21-25
  • US Drift Circuit, October 15
  • World Racing League, October 28-30
  • Historic SportsCar Racing Pistons & Props, December 1-4
  • Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA)/TransAm, February 23-26
  • World Endurance Championship (WEC) Testing, March 11-12
  • Alan Jay Automotive Network 120, March 16
  • 1000 Miles of Sebring (WEC), March 17
  • Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, March 18

 

For more information about Creventic and the Hankook 24H Series, visit www.24HSeries.com.  For information about Sebring International Raceway visit www.SebringRaceway.com.

 

 MAVTV Motorsports Network and FloSports announced today, that effective immediatelyall-new live MAVTV Plus programming will be available exclusively on FloRacing, FloSports’ dedicated motorsports platform. The MAVTV Plus app and website will no longer stream new or on-demand content as of today.

MAVTV and FloSports previously announced MAVTV Plus programming would be available on both the MAVTV Plus app and website, and FloRacing through July 27. However, to ensure maximum customer satisfaction, that transition has been moved up to today. Fans looking for new, live MAVTV Plus programming must now subscribe to FloRacing.

As part of the move to FloRacing, all MAVTV Plus subscriptions will be canceled, and starting today, all live streaming and Video On Demand (VOD) content can be seen through MAVTV on FloRacing. All MAVTV Plus monthly and yearly subscribers will be refunded a portion of the subscription amount. An email will be sent to each subscriber with information regarding the refunds.

Important Information For Current MAVTV Plus Subscribers

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  • As of today, a FloRacing subscription is required to continue watching live MAVTV Plus programming

All live programming that previously aired on the MAVTV Plus app, including the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, finals of the Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, 500 Sprint Car Tour, and more, is now available with a single subscription to FloRacing.

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Fans can subscribe via FloRacing gaining access to over 2,000 races annually.  The subscription also unlocks premium FloRacing content including exclusive interviews, behind-the-scenes access with drivers, news, analysis as well as archived races and event highlights. Watch the races across all screens by downloading the FloSports app on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire and Chromecast.

By Mark Robinson
IMSA Wire Service
 
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The uniqueness of Lime Rock Park, combined with the incredibly close competition among the Grand Touring (GT) classes of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2022, could provide a rare but not unanticipated result in Saturday’s FCP Euro Northeast Grand Prix: an overall winner coming from the GT Daytona (GTD) class.
 
The GTD PRO class introduced this year runs with the same homologated GT3-spec cars that GTD uses. The primary difference is that most GTD PRO teams boast strong manufacturer support and put Pro level drivers (rated Platinum or Gold by annual FIA standards) at the wheel, while GTD teams are typically manufacturer customers and must run at least one Silver- or Bronze-rated driver.
 
Still, the competition among teams and drivers has been intense, with followers awaiting the time that a GTD car would take the “overall” GT win. It did happen – officially – in June at the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, but under unusual circumstances.
 
The No. 25 BMW M Team RLL BMW M4 GT3 – from the GTD PRO class – crossed the finish line first among the GT classes, followed by the No. 57 Winward Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 of the GTD class, but those cars were among nine moved to the rear of their respective classes for drivers failing to meet the revised minimum drive time standard set for the race shortened by a lightning delay.
 
That elevated the No. 27 Heart of Racing Team Aston Martin Vantage GT3 from GTD to the top spot among all GT entries, with GTD cars making it a 1-2-3 sweep. Roman De Angelis, co-driver of that No. 27 Aston Martin with Maxime Martin, thinks it could happen again at Lime Rock under more traditional racing conditions. Especially since this race features only the GT cars.
 
“It was done before a bit by fluke,” De Angelis said of the GTD win at Watkins Glen, “but it’s possible (this weekend) with all the GTs together and no prototype or traffic intervention. It could be really interesting.”
 
Lime Rock is a fast, short, tight circuit. Overtaking can be difficult in evenly matched cars, so drivers will need to attempt bold passes when the opportunities arise. Timing of pit stops and being on the fortuitous end of when a yellow flag waves will be key.
 
“A lot of these tight tracks where it’s difficult to pass, there’s a lot of fuel saving and a lot of undercut, overcut,” De Angelis said in reference to making a pit stop before (undercut) or after (overcut) the leader to gain track position. “A lot of things that go into it can make a bigger difference sometimes than on-track battles. I think it will be an interesting one to watch from a strategy aspect as well.”
 
Regardless what happens, the Silver-rated De Angelis enjoys going wheel to wheel with the Golds and Platinums of the GTD PRO class, knowing he and Martin can compete on equal footing – and maybe come away with bragging rights.
 
“That’s probably the greatest thing about them making the cars equal,” he said, “it’s the ability for everybody to have a chance.”
 
A pair of WeatherTech Championship practice sessions take place Friday at Lime Rock ahead of qualifying at 5:40 p.m. ET that afternoon (livestream on IMSA.com/TVLive). The two-hour, 40-minute race is available live at 3 p.m. Saturday on Peacock and IMSA Radio. The USA Network telecast starts at 5 p.m. Saturday.
 The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship will expand in Season 9 and the debut of the Gen3 race car to include more E-Prix races in more world cities with more race teams on the Formula E grid than ever before.
 
The Season 9 provisional calendar was published today by Formula E and the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) following ratification by the FIA World Motor Sport Council and with the support of local ASNs (National Automobile Clubs) for each city.
 
The planned schedule for next season currently features 18 races between January and July 2023 on street circuits in 13 world cities, beating the previous record of 16 races in 10 different cities this season.
 
Deafening cheers from the Foro Sol grandstand will greet the new Gen3 race car, the fastest, lightest, most powerful and efficient electric race car ever built, when it debuts at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodriguez track in Mexico City on 14 January for Round 1 of the 2022/23 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
 
Two major motorsport fanbases will welcome E-Prix for the first time. Round 4 of the championship will be held in Hyderabad, India, on 11 February, while fans in Brazil will see the São Paulo E-Prix on 25 March for Round 7.
 
Berlin remains the only city to host an E-Prix in all nine seasons of the championship, while Seoul and Jakarta will see Formula E return following inaugural races this season. The record-breaking TV audience and sold-out grandstands in Jakarta means the city will now host an expanded double-header of races next season.
 
Diriyah in Saudi Arabia will host the popular double-header of night races on 27 and 28 January. Monaco, Rome and London complete the schedule of named races.
 
Alberto Longo, Co-Founder and Chief Championship Officer, Formula E said:
 
“The Season 9 calendar of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship is our most expansive and dynamic racing schedule yet and I cannot wait to get started. We will continue to push the international boundaries of all-electric street racing with E-Prix in Hyderabad and São Paulo, while maintaining the hugely-popular races in Diriyah, Mexico City, Berlin, Monaco, Rome and London with Jakarta and Seoul now established on the calendar. We are also working hard to include Cape Town and a race in the USA when the provisional calendar is updated later this year.”
 
As well as the arrival of the much-anticipated Gen3 race car - the world’s first net zero carbon race car in the world’s first net zero carbon sport – the Formula E grid will be formed from 12 teams and 24 drivers.
 
From next season the only place to see new arrivals McLaren Racing, Maserati and ABT go head-to-head with historic motorsport names including Porsche, Jaguar and Nissan is on the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship grid.
 
Jamie Reigle, Chief Executive Officer, Formula E said:
 
“From Round 1 in Mexico City to the climax of Season 9 in London, the stage is set for the most successful Formula E season yet. Engineers and sustainability experts at the FIA and Formula E have worked together to build the Gen3, a race car that proves how high performance and sustainablity can powerfully co-exist without compromise. We welcome Maserati back to motorsport for the first time in decades alongside McLaren Racing and the incredible roster of teams and manufacturers that makes Formula E unique. We expect Season 9 to continue our momentum of growing the global fanbase for the sport.”
 
 
Season 9 Provisional Calendar:
 
Event
Round
Location
Date
1
1
Mexico, Mexico City
14 January 2023
2
2 & 3
Saudi Arabia, Diriyah
27 & 28 January 2023
3
4
India, Hyderabad
11 February 2023
4
5
TBD
25 February 2023
5
6
TBD
11 March 2023
6
7
Brazil, São Paulo
25 March 2023
7
8
Germany, Berlin
22 April 2023
8
9
Monaco, Monaco
6 May 2023
9
10 & 11
South Korea, Seoul
20 & 21 May 2023
10
12 & 13
Indonesia, Jakarta
3 & 4 June 2023
11
14
TBD
24 June 2023
12
15 & 16
Italy, Rome
15 & 16 July 2023
13
17 & 18
United Kingdom, London
29 & 30 July 2023
 
 

Candy Digital, the next generation digital collectible company, in partnership with Hall of Fame Digital, today announced the upcoming launch of the first-ever digital collectibles featuring Richard Petty. Coinciding with the celebration of Petty’s upcoming 85th birthday, the Track Titans: Richard Petty Collection will showcase iconic imagery of the seven-time NASCAR racing champion across a range of limited-edition digital collectibles, some of which grant owners access to physical Richard Petty memorabilia items and in-person experiences, including a tour of the Richard Petty Museum by none other than The King himself.

 

“One of the greatest parts of my racing career is being able to find ways to interact with race fans, new and old,” said Richard Petty. “These digital collectibles that we worked on with the team at Candy Digital highlight important moments in my career and I am excited to the reaction from race fans when they see what we created.”

 

“Richard Petty is known as ‘The King’ for good reason: he’s one of the best to have ever raced. We’re humbled and thrilled that this living legend has entrusted us to create digital collectibles commemorating his storied career,” said Candy Digital’s CEO, Scott Lawin. “Racing fans have a deep reverence for the history of their sport and those who paved the way for the current generation of drivers, and we’re excited to give fans a new way to deepen their connection to one of the all-time greats.”

 

The Richard Petty Collection will feature multiple products beginning on Tuesday, July 19th, 2022, through Tuesday, August 16, 2022.

 

  • The King | Petty Blue Bust

A 1-of-1 digital collectible bust of Richard Petty sporting his signature hat and sunglasses, as well as an exclusive curated video showcasing key moments over the course of his career.

 

The winner of this digital collectible auction will also be granted one-of-a-kind experiences that will bring them face-to-face with The King himself, including a Richard Petty-guided tour of his museum; a drive with Richard Petty through his hometown; and a race day with Richard Petty at a to-be-determined track.

 

The auction will begin on July 19th, 2022 at 12pm ET and close on Tuesday, July 26th, 2022 at 7pm ET.

 

  • The King | Asphalt Bust

A limited edition of 85 digital busts of Richard Petty in his signature hat and sunglasses accompanied by a 1/64th scale 1992 Richard Petty Appreciation Tour Diecast.

 

They will be available for $200 each, as long as supplies last, from July 19th, 2022 at 12pm ET until on Tuesday, July 26th, 2022 at 7pm ET.

 

 

  • Richard Petty Collection Digital Cinemagraphs

Three (3) different limited-edition Richard Petty digital cinemagraphs featuring never-before-seen imagery from Richard Petty’s career. 200 of each edition will be available for $43 each. These three editions are:

  • Richard Petty | Rising Son
  • Richard Petty | Birth of a King
  • Richard Petty | A Legacy is Born

 

Each limited edition will be available for seven (7) days, with the first, second and third editions becoming available on Tuesday, July 26, Tuesday, August 2 and Tuesday, August 9, respectively, beginning at 12:00 PM ET. Any fan who collects all three cinemagraphs will be eligible to receive an additional free, fourth cinemagraph, delivered to their Candy account via airdrop. Details of what this cinemagraph will feature will be revealed at a later date.

 

The Richard Petty Collection will be minted on the Palm blockchain, an environmentally friendly Ethereum-compatible side-chain with a nearly 0% carbon footprint, and will trade on the Candy Racing secondary marketplace.

 

Candy Digital and Hall of Fame Digital will continue to work together to bring additional racing legends to life through digital collectibles in the future.

 

Additional information and updates can be found at www.candy.com/racing.

 

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