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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 almost 30 years ago. He has had the privilege of traveling to races all across the state of Florida (as well as one race in Ohio), watching nearly everything with a motor compete for fame and glory, as well as participating in various racing schools to get the feel of what racecar drivers go through every week.  

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

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

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The Florida-based National Jet Racing Association (NJRA) today announced details of its Festival of Fire Series, which will debut Jan. 25-26, 2019 at Palm Beach International Raceway with a pyrotechnic-themed program designed to both entertain and educate.

 

The brainchild of Melbourne resident and NJRA CEO Chris Larsen, 51, the Festival of Fire is designed to showcase a variety of vehicles powered by jet aircraft engines while providing unprecedented access to the drivers and team members responsible for their remarkable performance.

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The competitive portion of the program will feature the jet dragsters of Larsen Motorsports including those driven by two-time IHRA Jet Champion Elaine Larsen, 24-year-old mechanical engineer Kat Moller, 21-year-old Florida Tech student Kat Redner, and 35-year-old Dewayne Hill, an eight-year United States Marine Corp Veteran who spent combat tours in Iraq as a machine gunner and is now a safety and security coordinator. 

 

Jet funny car drivers include the sibling rivalry of United States Army veteran April Crownhart-Swan and her brother Danny Crownhart.  Paul Sieli, who served in the United States Army’s Halo Skydiving Team with over 1000 free falls, now pilots his jet powered Mustang. 

 

Last but never least, check out this triple engine jet truck “Home Wrecker” driven by Jerry McCart.  McCart started his racing career behind the wheel of go-karts at the age of 6 and continued with a successful career in motorsports finally fueling his passion in the jet racing category.

More than simply a competition among jet-powered vehicles, the Festival of Fire also will feature various displays, fire-breathing stilt walkers, pyro-acrobats and musical performers all operating under the supervision of a Master of Pyrotainment, a new-era version of the old circus ringmaster.

 

Before the shock-and-awe of jet-powered vehicles light up the night sky at the Palm Beach International Raceway, the NJRA, in association with Blazing Trails, its non-profit youth education initiative, will host a Friday morning field trip for students from Florida’s Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie Counties.

 

Among the topics covered will be the science of a jet dragster and how science and math are applied to create vehicles capable of reaching 280 miles per hour in only 5.5 seconds.  Among the visuals will be full size cutaways of jet aircraft engines, demonstrations by working engineers at Larsen Motorsports on how chassis structures are designed and how cars are aerodynamically engineered for stability and airflow.

 

Participating students will have access to actual jet dragster driver compartments and the custom-made fixtures from which they are fabricated. Finally, Human Factors, Human Centered Design and Bio-Medical Engineers will demonstrate how customization and ergonomic designs are applied to support the G-force affect to the drivers’ bodies as they accelerate.  With a focus on S.T.E.A.M. programs, the field trip will conclude with hands-on demonstrations in welding, propulsion and other skills that challenge students to “think outside the box.”

 

The pyrotechnics begin Friday night with specialty arts, interactive displays from corporations, vocational and technical institutes and a round of jet car racing at 7 p.m. Gates will open Friday at 5:00 p.m.  Saturday gates will open at 3:00 p.m. with full rounds of jet car racing at 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

 

Founded in 2010, the NJRA was formed to address the need for greater organization, safety, promotion, education and consistency among jet car owners and drivers.  With Larsen as CEO, Laura South as vice-president and Mike Mathes as CFO, the organization ultimately evolved into an entertainment and education platform.

 

NJRA is SFI, NHRA and IHRA accepted.  For more information, visit us on the internet at https://www.njraracing.com/, like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/njrajets/ or follow us on Twitter at @njraracing.com.

 

 

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Andersen Promotions today announced the 2019 Road To Indy Presented by Cooper Tires schedule which will feature 12 events in support of the Verizon IndyCar Series including a new venue with the addition of Circuit of The Americas and a return to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for the season finale of all three levels of the globally recognized driver development platform.

Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship calendars all will feature a mix of ovals, street circuits and road courses to properly train drivers to move up the ladder system with the ultimate goal of reaching IndyCar and the Indianapolis 500.

Following an August 1 announcement by INDYCAR and Andersen Promotions, the future of Indy Lights is bright, strengthened by a five-year plan to increase team and driver participation for the final stepping stone to the top level. In addition to an increased champion’s purse of $1.1 million built on a three-race IndyCar program including the 2020 Indianapolis 500, a reduction in entrant budgets was unveiled alongside revised INDYCAR driver licensing guidelines and an expansion of the IndyCar testing program.

Indy Lights has become the backbone of IndyCar with 25 of the 33 starters in the 2018 Indianapolis 500 as graduates, including its last five champions. BN Racing recently announced its plans to expand to Indy Lights in 2019, and Team Pelfrey will relocate from its Florida base to Indianapolis to focus on returning with a full-season campaign next year. Interest in the series is high and additional announcements will be made in the coming weeks. In the interim, all eyes have been on series champion Patricio O’Ward and vice champion and Freedom 100 winner Colton Herta, who made their IndyCar Series debut recently at Sonoma Raceway and have been confirmed to the new Harding Steinbrenner Racing team for the full 2019 IndyCar season.

With the highly successful debut of the Tatuus PM-18 this season – finalizing the revitalization of all three levels with state-of-the-art equipment – both Pro Mazda and USF2000 look poised for strong fields in 2019. Reigning USF2000 team champions Pabst Racing has already announced its expansion into Pro Mazda with a two-car effort, and new teams Jay Howard Driver Development and Miller Vinatieri Motorsports will enter the USF2000 fray. ArmsUp Motorsports is also looking at the potential of an expansion to Pro Mazda or the potential for a third car in USF2000.

Details on the full prize packages for each series – including the champion’s scholarships to advance to Pro Mazda and Indy Lights – are currently being finalized and will be announced in the near future.

Prior to kicking off the 2019 season, two events remain on the current calendar. Following the conclusion of the eighth annual Chris Griffis Memorial Open Test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this past weekend, a second Open Test has been scheduled at the Homestead-Miami Speedway road course in Homestead, Fla., on December 3/4, receiving accolades throughout the paddock. The third annual Mazda Road to Indy USF2000 $200K Scholarship Shootout featuring 20 champions of junior open-wheel and karting series from North and South America as well as Europe, Asia, Australasia and Africa will take place in December with venue details and the judging panel to be announced this week.

The traditional Road to Indy annual Spring Training will see all levels return to Homestead-Miami Speedway, on March 2-4, 2019 for three days of on-track action on the 2.21-mile road course. The first two rungs – Pro Mazda and USF2000 –  will take to the track on Saturday and Sunday, March 2-3, with a total of four hours of testing time. Indy Lights will have its own dedicated day of action on Monday, March 4, comprising five hours of track time.

Spring Training will include the invaluable Road to Indy Driver Summit Program. Activities include a comprehensive competition presentation, media training – which most recently was hosted by prominent authorities and noted broadcasters Leigh Diffey and Kevin Lee – and unique presentations on the sixth annual Cooper Tires social media hashtag program and Road to Indy TV, which also returns for its sixth season.

The 2019 Indy Lights calendar will feature an 18-race, 10-event schedule comprised of six road course, two street circuit and two oval events highlighted by the crown jewel in the schedule – the Freedom 100 on Carb Day for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500. Coverage can be found on NBC Sports Gold as part of the INDYCAR package as well as Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku, Xbox One, Road To Indy TV and the Road To Indy TV App.

Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires 2019 Schedule
                         
March 9/10 Streets of St. Petersburg 1.8-mile street course*
March 23/24 Circuit of The Americas 3.427-mile road course*
May 10/11 Indianapolis Motor Speedway  2.439-mile road course*
May 24  Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2.5-mile oval
June 22/23 Road America 4.014-mile road course*
July 13/14 Streets of Toronto  1.786-mile street course*
July 27/28 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 2.258-mile road course*
August 24  Gateway Motorsports Park 1.25-mile oval
August 31/Sept. 1 Portland International Raceway  1.964-mile road course*
September 21/22  WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca  2.238-mile road course*

*Doubleheader events

Open tests are scheduled at Homestead-Miami Speedway on March 4 (road course), the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on May 9, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval on May 20 and an August date to be confirmed at Gateway Motorsports Park.

The Pro Mazda schedule will feature 16 races at nine venues consisting of five road course, two street circuit and two oval events. In support of the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500, both Pro Mazda and USF2000 will return for the Carb Night Classic on May 24 at Lucas Oil Raceway, which is undergoing a $10M-plus renovation. Pro Mazda will be featured on Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku and Xbox One as well as Road To Indy TV and on the Road To Indy TV App.

Pro Mazda Presented by Cooper Tires 2019 Schedule

March 9/10 Streets of St. Petersburg 1.8-mile street course*
May 10/11 Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2.439-mile road course*
May 24 Lucas Oil Raceway .686-mile oval
June 22/23 Road America 4.014-mile road course*
July 13/14 Streets of Toronto 1.786-mile street course*
July 27/28 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 2.258-mile road course*
August 24 Gateway Motorsports Park 1.25-mile oval
August 31/Sept. 1 Portland International Raceway 1.964-mile road course*
September 21/22 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca 2.238-mile road course*

*Doubleheader events

Pro Mazda test days are scheduled for the Homestead-Miami Speedway road course on March 2/3, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on May 9, Lucas Oil Raceway on May 13 and 23, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on June 26/27 (TBC) and an August date to be confirmed at Gateway Motorsports Park.

USF2000 will see 15 races at eight events consisting of five road course, two street circuit and one oval event. Like Pro Mazda, USF2000 coverage will be featured on Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku and Xbox One as well as Road To Indy TV and on the Road To Indy TV App.

Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship 2019 Schedule
 
March 9/10 Streets of St. Petersburg 1.8-mile street course*
May 10/11 Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2.439-mile road course*
May 24 Lucas Oil Raceway .686-mile oval
June 22/23 Road America  4.014-mile road course*
July 13/14  Streets of Toronto  1.786-mile street course*
July 27/28 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 2.258-mile road course*
August 31/Sept. 1 Portland International Raceway 1.964-mile road course*
September 21/22 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca 2.238-mile road course*

*Doubleheader events

2019 test days are scheduled for the Homestead-Miami Speedway road course on March 2/3, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on May 9, Lucas Oil Raceway on May 13 and 23 and the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on June 26/27 (TBC).

“Assembling next year’s schedule was the hardest it has been in recent years and that’s because we have too many options, which is a nice problem to have,” said Dan Andersen, Owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions. “We want to be cognizant of team budgets and also have a well-rounded platform for our drivers alongside key markets for series, team and driver sponsors and partners. I am happy with our final blend of events and want to thank all of the promoters for working with us. Portland was a great event this year, and we look forward to returning to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and adding what will be a tremendous outing at Circuit of The Americas.

“We have a great platform in place but we always want to be better, and we will be looking at ways to improve for 2019. Adding Jonny Baker as our new Series Development Director was a first step. We are also working hard on the sponsorship side for a new partner to entitle the Road to Indy. There really is no off-season in racing and this one will be busier than usual for everyone at Andersen Promotions, but we welcome and look forward to the challenge and the opportunities that lie ahead. We have the full support of Jay Frye and his team at INDYCAR, and I feel the Road to Indy will be back stronger than ever next year.”

The 2019 calendar year will mark the fifth anniversary for the CARS Tour, and its second season with tour title sponsor Response Energy Drink on board. Over the four previous seasons the CARS Tour has hosted 85 different races between both the Super Late Model and Late Model Stock divisions. Throughout those events, 353 different drivers have made a start in CARS Tour competition, with over $2.1 million dollars in purse money being paid out during that period. 

 

With the 2018 season championships still to be decided for both the Late Model Stock and the Super Late Model divisions at South Boston Speedway on November 3rd, the tour is proud to announce the 2019 season schedule.

 

The schedule consists of 11 points races and 1 non-points race for Late Model Stock Cars and 8 championship points races for Super Late Models. The CARS Response Energy Tour will once again host events in North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee. For the first time in series history the tour will not visit the Palmetto State, however, the series will make much anticipated returns to familiar tracks in Southern National, Motor Mile, and Dominion Raceway. Another stellar edition to the tour, will be the series debut at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia, to go along with the previously announced non-points Late Model Stock Car race on the Dominion Raceway two mile road course.

 

“We are proud of this schedule and we are happy to get it out early so our competitors, fans, and our partner tracks can plan appropriately for the 2019 season. While we are sad to see awesome events at tracks like Wake County and Myrtle Beach go away, there’s no doubt that they’ll be back with the CARS Tour in the future. We’ve always made it a priority to mix things up on our schedule to prevent it from becoming stale,” explained CARS Tour Series Director, Chris Ragle. “With that said I think we have great 2019 schedule at some phenomenal facilities. With the return of the Touring 12 program, the $500 bonus for running three races in a row, The Old North State Nationals for Late Model Stocks, 40% of the Super Late Model races paying $10,000 to win, two co-sanctioned Super Late Model events, and the 3rd Annual Mid Atlantic Classic we should have a great fifth anniversary season ahead of us.”

 

For additional information on the CARS Response Energy Late Model Stock Tour and the CARS Response Energy Super Late Model Tour visitwww.carsracingtour.com. Be sure to stay active and social with the tour by liking “CARS Tour” on Facebook, following @CARSTour on Twitter, and scrolling through photos on Instagram cars_tour. Additional series information can be obtained by calling the CARS Tour series office, located in Mooresville, NC, at 704.662.9212. 

 

2019 Late Model Stock Car Schedule Highlights

-2019 season opener at Southern National Motorsports Park increased overall purse and paying $10,000 to the winner

-Inaugural “Old North State Nationals” at Orange County Speedway April 6-7, 2019 will be the largest paying LMSC race in history with a minimum of $30,000 going to the winner and a minimum of $1,250 awarded to start the six tire feature event. An announcement of a “Stimulus Program” for competitors to pay for their race expense via supporters and grow the race purse leading up to the event will be announced in the coming weeks.

-CARS Late Model Stock Car Tour debut at the beautiful Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia on June 8.

-The third annual Throwback 276 at Hickory Motor Speedway continues on its traditional date of August 3rd.

-For the third consecutive season the 2019 LMSC champion will be crowned at South Boston Speedway.

 

 

2019 Super Late Model Schedule Highlights

-2019 season opener at Southern National Motorsports Park paying $10,000 to the winner.

-The co-sanctioned race between the CARS Tour, Southern Super Series, and CRA at the Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tennessee moves to May 4th.

-The 3rd Annual Mid Atlantic Classic at Orange County Speedway, that will once again pay $10,000 to win and an overall increased purse, moves to August 24th.

-The third annual Throwback 276 at Hickory Motor Speedway continues on its traditional date of August 3rd.

-The return of Super Late Models to the ultra-fast and beautiful Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Virginia happens on May 18th. This will be the first time SLM have graced the track since the 2015 inaugural season.

-Nearly 40% of the Super Late Model scheduled races in 2019 will pay $10,000 to win.

 

 

2019 CARS Response Energy Tour Schedule

March 9       Southern National Motorsport Park – Kenly, NC                                                 SLM-$10,000/LMSC-$10,000

March 23     Hickory Motor Speedway – Hickory, NC                                                               SLM/LMSC

April 6-7      Orange County Speedway (Old North State Nationals) – Rougemont, NC     LMSC-$30,000

May 3          Ace Speedway – Elon, NC                                                                                        LMSC

May 4          Fairgrounds Speedway – Nashville, TN                                                                 SLM*

May 18        Motor Mile Speedway – Radford, VA                                                                    SLM/LMSC

June 1          TBA                                                                                                                              SLM*

June 8          Langley Speedway – Hampton, VA                                                                        LMSC

June 22        Dominion Raceway – Thornburg, VA                                                                    LMSC

July 13         Carteret County Speedway – Swansboro, NC                                                      LMSC

August 2-3   Hickory Motor Speedway (Throwback 276) – Hickory, NC                               SLM/LMSC

August 24    Orange County Speedway (Mid Atlantic Classic) – Rougemont, NC                SLM-$10,000/LMSC

Nov. 2          South Boston Speedway – South Boston, VA                                                       SLM/LMSC

Nov. 16        Dominion Raceway Road Course – Thornburg, VA                                             LMSC**

*Co-sanctioned race with CRA, SSS, and CARS Tour

**Non-points race

***Additional $10,000 to win SLM race at already schedule event TBD

Haas F1 Team will retain its driver lineup of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen for the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship.

 

Grosjean has been with Haas F1 Team since its 2016 inception and Magnussen joined the American outfit in 2017. The 2019 season will mark Grosjean’s ninth year in Formula One and Magnussen’s fifth.

 

“From the very beginning, we needed experienced drivers to hasten the development of our car and our team, and we have two very good and experienced drivers in Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen. We’ve improved drastically from last year to this year, so retaining both drivers was a pretty easy decision,” said Guenther Steiner, Team Principal, Haas F1 Team.

 

In only its third season, Haas F1 Team is currently fifth in the constructors’ standings with 76 points, 15 points behind fourth-place Renault with an 18-point advantage over sixth-place McLaren. Haas F1 Team finished eighth in the constructors’ standings in 2016 and 2017, but has dramatically increased its point tally each year, from 29 points in 2016 to 47 points in 2017 to a goal of breaking the 100-point barrier in 2018.

 

“I think the 100-point barrier should be and will be broken, and we’ll do it with Romain and Kevin,” said Steiner from the Sochi Autodrom, site of Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix. “Both drivers push each other to be better, and their collective feedback allows us to be better. It’s not a coincidence that in their second year as teammates, Haas F1 Team is having its best year. By keeping Romain and Kevin together, we aim to do even better next year.”

 

Grosjean came to Haas F1 Team in 2016 after spending five Formula One seasons with Lotus F1 Team. The 32-year-old Frenchman has competed in 137 Formula One races and earned 10 podium finishes and a total of 371 points. Grosjean scored all 29 points for Haas F1 Team in its inaugural season and is responsible for 55.3 percent of Haas F1 Team’s cumulative point tally since 2016.

 

“It’s impressive to see what this team has accomplished in such a relatively short time, and for someone who has been here since the very beginning, I take a lot of pride in the time, effort and sacrifice we’ve all put forth to make Haas F1 Team so competitive,” Grosjean said. “I’m very happy to continue with Haas F1 Team and represent Haas Automation and all of our partners. Gene Haas has built something very special – something we can make even better – and it’s an honor to be a part of it.”

 

Magnussen, the 25-year-old from Roskilde, Denmark, joined Haas F1 Team with two years of Formula One experience – one with McLaren in 2014 and another with Renault in 2016. Magnussen finished an impressive second in his Formula One debut at the 2014 Australian Grand Prix and has amassed 130 points in 75 grand prix starts.

 

“I’ve never been in a better situation than the one I’m in here at Haas F1 Team,” Magnussen said. “This is a team filled with racers and we’re all striving for the same thing. There’s no bureaucracy and everything is very straightforward. Gene Haas is all about efficiency, and he and Guenther Steiner have created a very efficient environment that gets the best from its people. We all believe in each other and that’s why we’ve achieved as much as we have.”

 A preseason open test at Circuit of the Americas and in-season open tests at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca highlight the 2018-19 IndyCar Series testing rules issued to teams by INDYCAR.

Circuit of the Americas, the popular permanent road course added to the 2019 schedule as the second race of the season on March 24, will play host to the only official gathering of all IndyCar Series full-season entries before the season starts. The track in Austin, Texas, will be the site of a two-day open test on Feb. 12-13 as teams prepare for the season opener on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, less than four weeks later.

Teams are scheduled to test on the iconic 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval on April 24, ahead of on-track activities in May leading to the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 26. WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca near Monterey, California, returns to the Indy car schedule in 2019 for the first time in 15 years, serving as the season finale on Sept. 22. An open test day is set for Sept. 19, just ahead of the official race weekend.

The private testing period runs from Oct. 1, 2018-Sept. 11, 2019, with blackout periods around Thanksgiving and Christmas and within seven days of all race weekends except prior to the St. Petersburg opener. Each team is permitted three preseason test days that must be completed by March 4, 2019.

Full-season IndyCar Series rookie drivers are permitted two additional test days to be used by Sept. 11, 2019. New IndyCar Series teams are also granted two additional test days.

Full-season IndyCar Series teams may take advantage of an extra day to test current Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires drivers. A team with at least one full-season entrant in both the IndyCar Series and Indy Lights is also accorded one extra test day.

Chevrolet and Honda each receive one engine manufacturer test day at any approved track other than the three where open tests will take place.

The 2019 IndyCar Series schedule consists of 17 races, opening with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 10. All races will be televised on NBC or NBCSN.  

In the first-ever season of Americas Rallycross (ARX), Scott Speed raced his way to a fourth-consecutive rallycross championship with Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross in his No. 41 Oberto Circle K Bettle Rallycross. Speed narrowly edged out his teammate, Tanner Foust (No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle Rallycross) in second, and Subaru's Patrick Sandell finished third. 

 

The two Beetles were neck and neck all season, with Foust winning the first race in the history of ARX at Silverstone in May. Speed didn't let his teammate stay out front for long, knocking off back-to-back wins at both Circuit of the Americas and Trois-Rivieres. However, Foust kept the gap small all-season long, with both VARX drivers finishing on the podium at every race. 

 

Despite a close battle, Speed scored enough points at the return to the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, and won his fourth-straight rallycross title.  

 

Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross fields two full-time entries in Americas Rallycross, with Scott Speed and Tanner Foust amassing four rallycross series titles (’15/Speed, ’16/Speed, ‘17/Speed, '18/Speed), 31 wins and 59 podiums in five seasons of competition.
Racecar driver Alex Tagliani did not realize the season finale he was hoping for in the Pinty's Fall Brawl, a 200-lap affair held at the one-kilometre paved oval Jukasa Motor Speedway located near Hamilton Ontario. Starting sixth, the Quebec driver suffered mechanical problems in the early part of the race and later on was assessed a pair of penalties that scuppered his quest for a championship drive. Tag crossed the finish line in 13th place, securing second place in the 2018 NASCAR Pinty's Series final driver standings.

"It was a tough race to manage and the results are hard to swallow," said Alex Tagliani. "We had a good car at the beginning, but unfortunately, the steering system got off line. The car was understeering badly, slowly destroying the right front tire. It was quite difficult inside the cockpit because of all the shaking. I had to slow down around lap 60 to try and save the right front tire until our first pit stop on lap 92 where the 22 Racing crew made some adjustments to stabilize the car."

In the first round of pit stops on lap 78 in the final race of the 2018 NASCAR Pinty's season, Tagliani stayed on track to lead the race and score a bonus point. From that moment on, it was a struggle to follow the leader's rhythm after receiving a pair of penalties, including one for pitting outside his pit box.

"Later in the race while trying to catch the leaders, my Chevrolet Camaro EpiPen/RONA/St Hubert hit car 04 in corner 2 (on lap 175)," continued Tagliani. "He was running high on the track, came down and we touched. Race officials said I was at fault and I was assessed a stop and go penalty of one lap. During the stop, the team made several changes on the car to stop the vibration that still persisted, but it was after they changed the left tires that the car came around. My lap times were then as good as the leaders, but it was too late being one lap down with only about 20 laps to go.

"It's unfortunate to end the season in such fashion, but overall we had a great year. We were competitive all season long and we fought until the end. Now, I am looking forward to 2019 where I hope to start on a better note so that I don't have to chase the point's leader all season long, but lead the championship. This is our goal for next year.

"I am very proud of my crew and everyone who worked at 22 Racing. I would like to thank all the sponsors who supported me this year: EpiPen, RONA, Spectra Premium, Chevrolet 440 and Chevrolet Repentigny. With St-Hubert, we had a great time making those funny videos with the delivery personnel when I gave them driving lessons. Thanks also to Fast Wheels who has been with me for several years and to La Petite Bretonne with their Tag on the Go Oatmeal Cookies,"
 concluded Tagliani.

DJ Kennington, a former Series champion, ended a five-year winless streak by crossing the finish line first with a one-and-a-half second lead on Donald Theetge. Kevin Lacroix came home third ahead of Peter Shepherd III and Andrew Ranger. To celebrate his 20th NASCAR Pinty's win, DJ led a race high 93 laps.

In the final drivers standings, Tagliani finished second, seven points behind 2018 champion LP Dumoulin. Kennington is third, 12 points back.

Twenty-one drivers made the start with 19 running at the finish. Twelve cars finished on the lead lap. The race was under full course caution six times for a total of 39 laps. There were 11 lead changes among six drivers; one of the leaders was Tagliani.

For more information on Alex Tagliani, please visit
 www.tagliani.com, follow him on Twitter at@TAGLIANI, @tagliani18 on Instagram and like him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Tagliani
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MX Sports Pro Racing and NBC Sports have announced the 12-round schedule for the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. The 48th season of the world's most prestigious off-road motorcycle racing series is highlighted by the addition of a new venue, WW Ranch Motocross Park in Jacksonville, Florida, which will host the inaugural Florida National on June 22.

A total of 24 motos will provide plenty of drama and excitement in the 450 Class and 250 Class, where the world's most prominent and up-and-coming stars will push their physical and mental limits in an all-out battle to win the most coveted title in motocross.  The action will kick off as it has for 12 of the past 15 seasons, with the Hangtown Motocross Classic on May 18, before traveling across the country and to every corner of the U.S. on a championship journey that will visit 11 states. 

After emerging on the global motocross scene as the host venue of the final round of the 2017 FIM MXGP season, WW Ranch Motocross Park will bring the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship back to the state of Florida for the first time since the 1997 season. The Florida National will serve as the fifth round of the season.

"The southeast has long been a hotbed for the sport of motocross, with a significant number of competitors calling the Sunshine State home, and we are committed to ensuring the region has a presence in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship," said Davey Coombs, President of MX Sports Pro Racing. "WW Ranch was a terrific venue for the USGP last year and received rave reviews from both the U.S. and European riders. It's always been our hope to eventually make a return to Florida, and this track will surely become an immediate favorite amongst racers and fans alike."

The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship has served as the preeminent motocross competition since 1972, and over the span of five decades it has maintained its distinction as the most difficult championship to win in all of motorsports.

Reigning back-to-back 450 Class Champion Eli Tomac will look to join elite company in his quest to win the Edison Dye Cup for the third straight season, while newly crowned 250 Class Champion Aaron Plessinger will make his premier class debut, where he'll join the likes of Marvin Musquin, Ken Roczen, Justin Barcia, and more in unseating Tomac. Plessinger's departure from the 250 Class means that the Gary Jones Cup will be up for grabs, opening the door for the sport's next star of the future to emerge. 

2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Schedule

 
May 18 Hangtown Motocross Classic Prairie City SVRA Rancho Cordova, California
May 25 Glen Helen National Glen Helen Raceway San Bernardino, California
June 1 Thunder Valley National Thunder Valley Motocross Park Lakewood, Colorado
June 15 High Point National High Point Raceway Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania
June 22 Florida National WW Ranch Motocross Park Jacksonville, Florida
June 29 Soutwick National The Wick 338 Southwick, Massachusetts
July 6 RedBud National RedBud MX Buchanan, Michigan
July 20 Spring Creek National Spring Creek MX Park Millville, Minnesota
July 27 Washougal National Washougal MX Park Washougal, Washington
August 10 Unadilla National Unadilla MX Ner Berlin, New York
August 17 Budds Creek National Budds Creek Motocross Park Mechanicsville, Maryland
August 24 Ironman National Ironman Raceway Crawfordsville, Indiana

 

For information about the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, please visit ProMotocross.com and be sure to follow all of the Pro Motocross social media channels for exclusive content and additional information on the latest news:

Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship

The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, features the world's fastest outdoor motocross racers, racing aboard the best bikes each factory offers, on the roughest, toughest tracks in the world. The 12-rounds series begins at Hangtown in May and ends at Indiana's Ironman Raceway in August. It includes stops at the premier motocross racing facilities in America, with events in California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Florida, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Washington, New York and Indiana. The pro riders race on Saturday afternoon, with competition divided into two classes: one for 250cc machines, and one for 450cc machines. The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship is managed by MX Sports Pro Racing, the industry leader in off-road power sports event production. The series is televised on NBC, NBCSN and MAVTV and streamed live on NBC Sports Gold. More information can be found at www.ProMotocross.com.

When it comes to racing safety, drivers, sanctioning bodies, safety organizations, clubs, series, track owners, circuit designers, safety personnel, equipment manufacturers, coaches/HPDE groups, insurance companies, journalists and every other motorsport constituent play an important role. Stakeholders may perform different jobs, but they all converge on a race course.  That’s why a diverse group of safety advocates has united to form a cohesive, collective and more impactful voice for the greater good of everyone in motorsports.

 

Racing’s history is studded with shining moments, but is also fraught with terrible tragedies.  There have always been heroes on the track, yet there have also been many others behind the scenes.  Over the years, a handful of brave souls have championed for safety improvements and saved many lives, but progress has been painfully slow.

Because the industry is so diverse and siloed, safety changes don’t easily proliferate. Thus, the necessity for an all-inclusive platform comprised of influencers from an array of motorsport segments.

 

The idea to form an industry-wide advocacy group was originally spearheaded by RJ Valentine, a racer with over 400 pro starts, multiple podiums, top 10 finishes, and a 24 Hours at Daytona championship, who personally witnessed much devastation on tracks.  The final straw waslosing Jim Fitzgerald to basilar skull fracture and, since then, Valentine has been on a quest to evoke track safety improvements. He envisions afuture where serious racing casualties are rare if not a thing of the past.

 

The working title for this unofficial alliance is Racing Safety United (RSU). Motorsports has many participants, but RSU has only one mission—To make racing as safe as possible, protecting lives and vehicles by reducing damage, injuries, concussions and casualties for drivers at all levels, and paving the way for the next generation

 

RSU is currently made up of 29 members, but the list is growing by the day.  Independently, each advocate is outstanding in their respective field, and many are safety leaders in their own right.  Together, they form a dynamic force campaigning toward a unified safety goal.

  • Jerry Nadeau – Monster Energy Cup Series Winner, 5-Time Barber Dodge Pro Series Winner, $100,000 Big Scholarship Winner, Former Teammate to Jeff Gordon & Jimmie Johnson
  • Don Schumacher – NHRA Team Owner, Former Champion Funny Car Driver, Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Inductee, Concussion Legacy Foundation Brain Research Donor
  • John Mills – SCCA GT3 Pro Racer, Race Car Fabricator, TBI Advocate & Survivor, Public Speaker promoting Brain Injury Awareness, Motivation and Inspiration
  • Larry Dixon - 3-Time NHRA Top Fuel World Champion, Team Owner, Spokesperson
  • Randy Pobst – Motor Trend Track Test Driver, SCCA Columnist & Champion Pro Racer
  • Ian James – Champion Pro Racer & Ambassador for The Heart of Racing
  • Darren Law – Flying Lizard Motorsports Championship Sportscar Racing Team Owner & Former Pro Racer
  • Randy Lajoie – Safer Racer Founder, Former NASCAR Champion Driver & The Joie of Seating President
  • Andrew Pilgrim - Traffic Safety Advocate/Public Speaker (www.tsef.org), Pro Race Driver, Contributing Writer to Automobile Magazine
  • Dr. Preston C. Calvert – Pirelli World Challenge Medical Advisor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Assistant Professor, Neuro-ophthalmology Consultant, Champion Pro Racer, Published Author and former U.S. Army Medical Corps Major
  • Chuck Lessick – IndyCar Ministry Chaplain, Former Belardi Auto Racing Team Manager & Indy Lights Crew Chief, Owner & Driver in USF2000 Series
  • Kevin Butterfield, D.C. – BrainForest Center Founder/CEO, Wellness Racing Corporation Founder/CEO & Creator of AvOID System and ReTINA system, Cortical Impact Solutions Founder/CEO, Motorsports Safety Blogger
  • Dr. Julia Daly, PT, DPT, ATC – Athletic Trainer, Physical Therapist, Motorsports Performance Specialty, Public Speaker & Creator of Return to Competitive Race Car Driving after Concussion
  • Thomas Woods – Veteran, Warriors on Track Founder, The Brain Treatment Center Military Care Coordinator for MeRT (Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy) & Racer
  • Mike Semel –U.S. Grand Prix Retired Fire Chief, Watkins Glen International Safety Director & CART IndyCar Safety Team Member
  • James Penrose – Former FIA Driver Safety Environment Consultant, Initiated FIA 8860 Helmet & Hans introduction to F1 & FIA Series, Drivers/Teams Consultancy through Penrose Safety for Audi WEC, Level 5 & many others
  • Charlie Frank – The Activation Group (TAG) Partner, Motorsports Event Marketing for BMW, NASCAR, Indy Car and Many Others, Former racecar driver
  • John Gorsline – The Gorsline Company CEO, Driver Protection Insurance, Family Assistance, Scholarships & Logistics Support
  • Bobby Seymour –Seymour Performance Products CEO, Former USAC Champion Driver & Racer’s Expo Co-Founder
  • Kip Zeiter – International Motor Racing Research Center (IMRRC) Outreach Coordinator
  • Mike Brockman – Previous Motor Trend Road Test Editor for 13 Years, Former Pro Racer & GT Class Winner at 24 Hours of Daytona, & Connecticut’s Own Volvo Dealer Owner
  • Tom Baker – Race Chaser Media Founder / CEO, Race Chaser Radio Host
  • Dick Berggren – Journalist/Writer of groundbreaking Racing Safety Articles in multiple Motorsports Magazines, On-Camera TV Pit Road Reporter for 32 years, North East Motor Sports Museum President, Champion Sprint & Stock Car Driver.
  • Joe Chisholm – Race Time Radio Owner/Host & Eastbound International Speedway Race Director
  • Michael Cummings – Port Imperial Racing Associates CFO - Grand Prix of America Formula One Race Promoter, Motorsports Capital LLC Founder - Motorsports Financial Advisory & Capital Placement, SCCA National Competition License Holder
  • Jay Heid – Summit Midwest Drag Founder & Promoter, ProQ Motorsports Management Software Founder for Events such as Sturgis Camaro Rally, etc., MotorsportsDirectory.com Founder (A Motorsports Safety Foundation Partner)
  • Eric Bagdikian – Array Sports Motorsports Operations, Former CODE 3 Animal Disaster Response President, Retired Boulder County Sheriffs Reserve Lieutenant
  • Eric Curran – Pro Racer for 20 Years, West Coast Exotic Cars Corp Principal & Race Track Owner
  • RJ Valentine – Champion Pro Racer, Race Track Owner & Founder of Impact Safety Systems

 

RSU initially plans to focus on track safety, particularly the need for improvements at race courses and speedways nationwide.  The first order of business is to raise awareness about antiquated walls as the root cause of many injuries or fatalities.  As expenses can be a sticking point, RSU has already begun working on financial aid options for underfunded tracks in need of safety upgrades.  Another immediate priority is to identify ways of minimizing racing-related Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs).  Additional RSU initiatives include research surveys, educational outreach, seminars, track safety analyses, creating guides and resources like comparisons or buffering strategies, consulting on safety product development, and other programs. RSU’s scope of services is expected to evolve as the group continues to expand. 

 

The depth of member involvement will vary based on availability and expertise, but could include disseminating information, social media messaging, spreading the word via broadcast interviews or articles, presenting safety solutions to drivers or tracks, collaborating on proposed safety projects, public speaking engagements, medical advisement roles, etc. In turn for supporting the group’s racing safety cause, RSU will assist its advocates in furthering parallel safety initiatives, resulting in a cooperative ecosystem universally geared toward increasing driver protection.

 

Valentine recently created an RSU micro site, which also highlights its Medical Advisors, as well as advocates who are making inroads into preventing, diagnosing and treating motorsports concussions and TBIs.  For now, this will be home to RSU details and developments. http://www.impactsafetybarriers.com/racing-safety-united-alliance.php

 

Though altruistic, the RSU alliance isn’t unrealistic about the industry’s adversity to change.  Racing will continue to be inherently dangerous despite safety advancements.  But every participant has an obligation to do what they can to eliminate unnecessary risk and preventable harm.  RSU represents an outlet for safety activists, and all are welcome to join. The greater the number of voices, the better the industry will hear, and the more drivers will survive. 

 

NHRA Championship Drag Racing, the world’s fastest motorsport, announced that the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Awards Ceremony will once again return to Hollywood’s Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland on Monday, Nov. 12.
 
This invitation-only black-tie affair, where NHRA will honor its 2018 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world champions in all four professional categories, will begin with a pre-event cocktail reception at 5 p.m. A formal sit-down dinner will follow with cuisine provided by renowned Wolfgang Puck Catering. In addition to recognizing the new world champions, the ceremony will feature the recipient of the Auto Club Road To The Future Award and the winner of the NHRA Manufacturer’s Cup. The official after party at the nearby Ohm Nightclub will end the evening’s festivities.
 
This year, NHRA will also present a special Lifetime Achievement Award to legendary driver, “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, a pioneer in the sport of drag racing. Not only was Garlits the first drag racer to break through a myriad of speed barriers, he’s also known for his innovations in safety. Most notably, he perfected the rear-engine Top Fuel dragster design to create a safer driving experience and revolutionizing the class. 
 
NHRA also announced that the entire NHRA Mello Yello Awards Ceremony will be available for viewing via nhra.com/mydrs-awards on Wednesday, Nov. 21. It marks the 10th year that the full event will be available to fans via the internet. 
 
Champions in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series will be honored earlier in the day at OHM Nightclub, located on the fourth level of the Hollywood & Highland Center, before joining the activities at the Mello Yello Awards Ceremony where they will also be recognized.