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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.

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 The all-new Shelby GT500 – the pinnacle of any pony car ever engineered by Ford Performance – delivers on its heritage with more than 700 horsepower for the quickest street-legal acceleration and most high-performance technology to date ever offered in a Ford Mustang. 

 

“Carroll was always working on the next faster Shelby, I think he would love this Mustang more than any other,” said Jim Farley, Ford president, global markets. “A takedown artist, the new Shelby GT500 will surprise supercar owners with its Ford Performance racing tech, supercharged engine and visceral swagger.”

 

Arriving this fall to join its Shelby GT350 stablemate, Shelby GT500 is engineered to attack on all fronts. At the drag strip, it’s set to produce a projected 700-plus horsepower via its first-in-class dual-clutch transmission. At the track, performance improves even more thanks to its race-bred chassis, custom Michelin tires and the largest front brake rotors ever available on an American sports coupe. On the street, its menacing aerodynamic design and Ford Performance driver control technologies make every moment behind the wheel even more exhilarating.

 

Most powerful Ford production car ever

In the process of making the all-new Shelby GT500 the quickest street-legal Mustang ever, Ford Performance created an exclusive powertrain to deliver new levels of power and torque.

 

“With its supercar-level powertrain, the all-new Shelby GT500 takes the sixth-generation Mustang to a performance level once reserved only for exotics,” said Hermann Salenbauch, global director, Ford Performance vehicle programs. “As a Mustang, it has to be attainable and punch above its weight. To that end, we’ve set a new standard among American performance cars with our most powerful street-legal V8 engine to date, plus the quickest-shifting transmission ever in a Mustang for all-out precision and speed.”

 

Shelby GT500 starts with a supercharged 5.2-liter aluminum alloy engine built by hand. To keep the intake air cooler and deliver a lower center of gravity, the team inverted a 2.65-liter roots-type supercharger with air-to-liquid intercooler tucked neatly in the V8 engine valley.

 

Like Shelby GT350, the aluminum alloy block features weight-saving wire-arc cylinder liners and high-flow aluminum cylinder heads, plus larger forged connecting rods, improved lubrication and cooling passages. Beneath that, a structural oil pan adds strength, reduces vibration, and features a patented active baffle system to keep oil where it’s needed.

 

To channel power and torque to the unique carbon fiber driveshaft, Ford Performance leveraged learnings from the tuning of its Ford GT supercar’s dual-clutch transmission. The team selected a TREMEC® 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, which is capable of shifts in under 100 milliseconds – markedly faster than any manual gearbox. This dual-clutch transmission is designed for a number of drive modes, including normal, weather, sport, drag and track, and activates features like line-lock and launch control through selectable Track Apps.

 

Next-evolution Mustang performance bred from Ford GT and Mustang GT4

To harness the power and torque of the most powerful Mustang ever made for the street  requires cutting-edge active chassis technology, track-bred Michelin tires and Brembo® brakes – all dialed in by Ford Performance.

 

Shelby GT500 takes advantage of revised suspension geometry, a new electronic power steering unit and lighter-weight coil springs front and rear. Next-generation active MagneRide suspension is baked-in, along with the latest in advanced drive mode technologies from Ford Performance. The payoff is the highest-ever lateral acceleration from a Mustang for greater track performance and driver control.

 

Putting all this chassis hardware to the pavement, custom Ford Performance-spec Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires and more aggressive Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires feature unique compounds and tread. To provide track-ready stopping power, massive 16-5-inch (420-millimeter) two-piece rotors are added – the largest of any domestic sports coupe – plus larger, stiffer Brembo six-piston calipers. With 20 percent more swept area than the Shelby GT350’s, these brakes have more than 30 percent additional thermal mass in the front corners. 

 

Two handling packages with increasing levels capability are offered for the all-new Shelby GT500. An available Handling Package includes adjustable strut top mounts and spoiler with Gurney flap. For the truly hardcore, an available Carbon Fiber Track Package features exposed 20-inch carbon fiber wheels with 0.5-inch-wider rear wheels (11.5-inch), custom Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, adjustable exposed carbon fiber GT4 track wing and splitter wickers with integrated dive plane. The rear seat is deleted to reduce weight.

 

A functional, menacing design tuned with Ford Performance know-how 

Thanks to a cross-functional team of designers, Ford Performance engineers and motorsports collaborators, the 2020 Shelby GT500 has functional track-hero looks to match its performance capabilities.

 

“With a double front grille opening and 50 percent more cooling pack airflow versus the Shelby GT350, along with the most advanced aero components and downforce we’ve ever offered, every millimeter of Shelby GT500’s fastback design is aimed at improving performance,” said Melvin Betancourt, Ford design manager.

 

Those large angular grille openings and muscular hood combine for a menacing, aerodynamic-led design inspired by modern fighter jet aircraft. The car’s wider front fenders and stance housing Shelby GT500-specific 20x11-inch wheels proportionally align to its rear fenders that hug up to 20x11.5-inch wheels. A standard new rear spoiler and updated composite materials in the rear diffuser result in added thermal management.

 

The team leveraged Ford’s motorsports technical center in North Carolina and its windshear rolling wind tunnel – where top-tier racing teams test – to perfect the design of the Shelby GT500. Front fascia openings are more than doubled versus the Shelby GT350, while six heat exchangers are stuffed in to increase cooling pack airflow by more than 50 percent. A massive 31x28-inch louvered hood vent features a removable aluminum rain tray for better air extraction and increased downforce.

 

More craftsmanship, technology and driver comfort

Shelby GT500’s purpose-built cockpit boasts race-inspired premium materials and unique finishes worthy of its world-class power. Premium touchpoints include an available exposed carbon fiber instrument panel appliqué and new door panel inserts in Dark Slate Miko® suede with accent stitching. Available Recaro racing seats with firm side bolstering and pass-throughs for safety harnesses offer the highest level of performance. For those looking for even greater comfort, power-adjustable seating with Miko suede inserts is offered.

 

The all-new Shelby GT500 picks up a 12-inch full-color LCD instrument cluster, while a high-performance custom-tuned 12-speaker B&O® Play premium audio system is available. All of this is controlled via an 8-inch SYNC® 3 touch screen featuring SiriusXM and FordPass Connect.

 

New colors for 2020 include Red Hot, Twister Orange and Iconic Silver. Painted stripes are available for the all-new Shelby GT500 too.

 

Building on the legacy of Shelby performance

With a reputation for transforming Ford Mustang into dominant road racing machines, Carroll Shelby, American racer and entrepreneur, took his legendary Mustang GT350 model further in 1967 to craft the first-generation Shelby GT500 with a modified 428-cubic-inch V8 inspired by his team’s 1-2-3 finish at Le Mans.

 

Carroll Shelby called the original Shelby GT500 “the first real car I’m really proud of.” Today, that legacy continues with the third-generation 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 – the most powerful and most advanced Mustang ever.

 

It’s finally here.
 
Ten days from now, on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 2:30 p.m. ET, the green flag will fly over a 47-car field in the 57th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona. It marks both the start of the IMSA 50th Anniversary Celebration and the beginning of an exciting new era for the sanctioning body and its flagship IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
 
The field will include 47 cars spread across four classes of competition: Daytona Prototype international (DPi) – for factory-supported prototype sports cars, teams and drivers; Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) – a prototype class for Pro-Am driver lineups; GT Le Mans (GTLM) – the most competitive form of GT racing in the world with factory teams, drivers and race cars; and GT Daytona (GTD) – ultra-fast GT cars built to international GT3 technical specifications fielded by professional teams with Pro-Am driver lineups.
 
In those cars will be many of the world’s best sports car racers whose names have been etched on everything from the Bishop-France Trophy to the back of Rolex 24 At Daytona winners’ watches, and in record books from Le Mans to Sebring. Joining them will be Formula 1 World Champions, NASCAR race winners, Indy 500 winners, champions from various other forms of motorsport, and uber-successful business people.
 
It will be the first WeatherTech Championship race with the entire field riding on new Michelin tires as part of a new multi-year partnership between IMSA and the global tire brand, which also includes exclusive-supplier status for what now is known as the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge and the IMSA Prototype Challenge. It also kicks off the four-race IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup, encompassing the four endurance races on the WeatherTech Championship schedule.
 
Live race coverage will be provided for the first time by NBC Sports, which kicks off its multi-year partnership with 18 hours of coverage on NBCSN starting at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 26 and seven more live hours on the NBC Sports App. IMSA Radio continues its longtime coverage throughout race week on IMSA.com, RadioLeMans.com and SiriusXM Radio.
 
Here’s a closer look at the 47-car field on the entry list released today.
 
·      There are a total of 11 DPi cars, four LMP2 entries, nine GTLM entries and 23 entered in GTD. The field includes cars from 13 different manufacturers led by Cadillac (6 DPi) and Porsche (2 GTLM and 4 GTD) with six entries each. Lamborghini has five GTD entries, Acura (2 DPi, 2 GTD) and Ferrari (1 GTLM, 3 GTD) and Audi (4 GTD) have four entries each, with three BMWs (2 GTLM, 1 GTD) and two each from Mazda (2 DPi), Chevrolet (2 GTLM), Ford (2 GTLM), Lexus (2 GTD) and Mercedes-AMG (2 GTD). Nissan has one DPi entry.
 
·      No. 44 Magnus Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3 driver Andy Lally has the most Rolex 24 At Daytona wins of any driver in the field with five (all class wins – SRPII 2001; GT – 2009, 2011, 2012; GTD – 2016). He is tied for second on the all-time Daytona winners list with three other drivers: Peter Gregg, Hurley Haywood and Bob Wollek. Scott Pruett, the 2019 Rolex 24 At Daytona grand marshal, is the winningest driver in the Rolex 24 with 10 class victories.
 
·      Three drivers come into this year’s Rolex 24 with three career overall victories in the race: No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R co-drivers Joao Barbosa (2010, 2014, 2018) and Christian Fittipaldi (2004, 2014, 2018) and No. 6 Acura Team Penske Acura DPi driver Juan Pablo Montoya (2007, 2008, 2013). As participants in the DPi class, all three have an opportunity to pick up their fourth and move to within one of the record of five overall wins shared by Pruett and Haywood.
 
·      There are a total of 51 previous Rolex 24 winners on the entry list. Twenty-seven of the 47 cars have at least one former winner in its driver lineup, including 10 of the 11 DPi entries. Only the No. 50 Juncos Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R does not have a previous winner among co-drivers Will Owen, Rene Binder, Agustin Canapino and Kyle Kaiser. Owen is the team’s only driver with a previous Rolex 24 start, which came in 2018.
 
·      Ford Chip Ganassi Racing has the most Rolex 24 wins in the field with eight, including each of the past two years in the GTLM class. The team’s other six – all overall victories – came in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013 and 2015. There are a total of 14 teams in the field with at least one Rolex 24 victory.
 
·      Porsche is far and away the winningest manufacturer in Rolex 24 history, with a total of 69 victories (22 overall, 47 class) since the race’s inception in 1962. Mazda is second on the list with 22 victories, all of them class victories. A Mazda overall victory in 2019 would be the manufacturer’s first overall win in the race.
 
·      The 2019 Rolex 24 field includes 40 drivers with one or more top-level IMSA championships, 33 drivers with at least one victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, five IndyCar/Champ Car Champions, four Indianapolis 500 winners, three drivers with Formula 1 Grand Prix race victories, two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race winners and one Formula 1 World Champion.
 
Previous Rolex 24 At Daytona Winners in 2019 Rolex 24 Field (51)
Andy Lally (5) – SRPII – 2001; GT – 2009, 2011, 2012; GTD – 2016
Joao Barbosa (4) – P/Overall – 2018, 2014; DP/Overall – 2010; GTS – 2003
Christian Fittipaldi (3) – P/Overall – 2018, 2014; DP/Overall – 2004
Scott Dixon (3) – DP/Overall – 2006; P/Overall – 2015; GTLM – 2018
Juan Pablo Montoya (3) – DP/Overall – 2007, 2008, 2013
Bill Auberlen (2) – GTS-3 – 1997; GT3 – 1998
Dirk Mueller (2) – GT1 – 1998; GTLM – 2017
Timo Bernhard (2) – GT/Overall – 2003; GT – 2002
Dominik Farnbacher (2) – GT – 2005; GTD – 2015
Spencer Pumpelly (2) – GT – 2006, 2011
Antonio Garcia (2) – DP/Overall – 2009; GTLM – 2015
Joey Hand (2) – DP/Overall – 2011; GTLM – 2017
Filipe Albuquerque (2) – P/Overall – 2018; GT – 2013
Rene Rast (2) – GT – 2012; GTD – 2016
John Potter (2) – GT – 2012; GTD – 2016
Sebastien Bourdais (2) – P/Overall – 2014; GTLM – 2017
Ryan Briscoe (2) – GTLM – 2015, 2018
Fabio Babini (1) – GTU – 2000
Patrick Long (1) – GT – 2009
Justin Marks (1) – GT – 2009
Mike Rockenfeller (1) – DP/Overall – 2010
Ryan Dalziel (1) – DP/Overall – 2010
Jonathan Bomarito (1) – GT – 2010
AJ Allmendinger (1) – DP/Overall – 2012
Oliver Jarvis (1) – GT – 2013
Jon Bennett (1) – PC – 2014
Colin Braun (1) – PC – 2014
Patrick Pilet (1) – GTLM – 2014
Nick Tandy (1) – GTLM – 2014
Alessandro Pier Guidi (1) – GTD – 2014
Townsend Bell (1) – GTD – 2014
Jeff Segal (1) – GTD – 2014
Jan Magnussen (1) – GTLM – 2015
Ben Keating (1) – GTD – 2015
Pipo Derani (1) – P/Overall – 2016
Stephen Simpson (1) – PC – 2016
Chris Miller (1) – PC – 2016
Misha Goikhberg (1) – PC – 2016
Oliver Gavin (1) – GTLM – 2016
Tommy Milner (1) – GTLM – 2016
Marcel Fassler (1) – GTLM – 2016
Marco Seefried (1) – GTD – 2016
Ricky Taylor (1) – P/Overall – 2017
Jordan Taylor (1) – P/Overall – 2017
Kyle Masson (1) – PC – 2017
Nicholas Boulle (1) – PC – 2017
Daniel Morad (1) – GTD – 2017
Richard Westbrook (1) – GTLM – 2018
Rolf Ineichen (1) – GTD – 2018
Mirko Bortolotti (1) – GTD – 2018
Rik Breukers (1) – GTD – 2018
 
IMSA Champions in 2019 Rolex 24 Field (40)
Oliver Gavin (7) – American Le Mans Series GT1 – 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009; American Le Mans Series GT – 2012; WeatherTech Championship GTLM – 2016; IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup GTLM – 2016
 
Joao Barbosa (6) – WeatherTech Championship Prototype – 2014, 2015; IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup Prototype – 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
 
Christian Fittipaldi (6) – WeatherTech Championship Prototype – 2014, 2015; IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup Prototype – 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
 
Jan Magnussen (5) – American Le Mans Series GT1 – 2008; American Le Mans Series GT – 2013; IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup GTLM – 2015; WeatherTech Championship GTLM – 2017, 2018
 
Andy Lally (4) – GRAND-AM SRPII – 2001; GRAND-AM SGS – 2004; GRAND-AM GT – 2006; GRAND-AM North American Endurance Cup GT – 2012
 
Patrick Long (4) – American Le Mans Series GT2 – 2005, 2009; American Le Mans Series GT – 2010; IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup GTLM – 2014
 
Jeroen Bleekemolen (4) – American Le Mans Series GTC – 2010, 2013; IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup GTD – 2017, 2018
 
Antonio Garcia (4) – American Le Mans Series GT – 2013; IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup GTLM – 2015; WeatherTech Championship GTLM – 2017, 2018
 
Bill Auberlen (3) – IMSA GTS-3 – 1997; GRAND-AM GT – 2002, 2004
 
Dirk Mueller (3) – American Le Mans Series GT – 2000, 2011; IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup GTLM – 2018
 
Timo Bernhard (3) – American Le Mans Series GT – 2004; American Le Mans Series P2 – 2007, 2008
 
Dirk Werner (3) – GRAND-AM GT – 2007, 2009; IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup GTLM – 2017
 
Tommy Milner (3) - American Le Mans Series GT – 2012; WeatherTech Championship GTLM – 2016; IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup GTLM – 2016
 
Jon Bennett (3) – WeatherTech Championship PC – 2014, 2015; IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup PC – 2014
 
Colin Braun (3) - WeatherTech Championship PC – 2014, 2015; IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup PC – 2014
 
Eric Curran (3) – WeatherTech Championship Prototype – 2016, 2018; IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup Prototype – 2018
 
Christina Nielsen (3) – WeatherTech Championship GTD – 2016, 2017; IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup GTD – 2016
 
Romain Dumas (2) – American Le Mans Series P2 – 2007, 2008
 
Jeff Segal (2) – GRAND-AM GT – 2010, 2012
 
Timothy Pappas (2) – American Le Mans Series GTC – 2010, 2011
 
Joey Hand (2) – American Le Mans Series GT – 2011; IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup GTLM – 2018
 
Cooper MacNeil (2) – American Le Mans Series GTC – 2012, 2013
 
Jordan Taylor (2) – GRAND-AM DP – 2013; WeatherTech Championship Prototype – 2017
 
Dane Cameron (2) – WeatherTech Championship GTD – 2014; WeatherTech Championship Prototype – 2016
 
Townsend Bell (2) – IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup GTD – 2014; WeatherTech Championship GTD – 2015
 
Patrick Pilet (2) – WeatherTech Championship GTLM – 2015; IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup GTLM – 2017
 
Ben Keating (2) – IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup GTD – 2017, 2018
 
Felipe Nasr (2) – WeatherTech Championship Prototype – 2018; IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup Prototype – 2018
 
Ian James (1) – American Le Mans Series P2
Andrew Davis (1) – GRAND-AM GT – 2011
John Edwards (1) – GRAND-AM North American Endurance Cup GT – 2013
Simon Pagenaud (1) – American Le Mans Series LMP – 2010
John Potter (1) – GRAND-AM North American Endurance Cup GT – 2012
Renger van der Zande (1) – WeatherTech Championship PC – 2016
Ricky Taylor (1) – WeatherTech Championship Prototype – 2017
Filipe Albuquerque (1) – IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup Prototype – 2017
Kyle Masson (1) – IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup PC – 2017
Mario Farnbacher (1) – IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup GTD – 2017
Bryan Sellers (1) – WeatherTech Championship GTD – 2018
Luca Stolz (1) – IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup GTD – 2018
 
Previous 24 Hours of Le Mans Winners in 2019 Rolex 24 Field (33)
Oliver Gavin (5) – GTE Pro – 2015; GT1 – 2006, 2005; GTS – 2004, 2002
Timo Bernhard (3) - LMP1/Overall – 2017, 2010; GT – 2002
Jan Magnussen (3) – GT1 – 2009, 2005; GTS - 2004
Marcel Fassler (3) – LMP1/Overall – 2014, 2012, 2011
Nicolas Lapierre (3) LMP2 – 2018, 2016, 2015
Dirk Mueller (2) – GTE Pro – 2016; GT – 2000
Patrick Long (2) – GT2 – 2007, GT1 – 2004
Mike Rockenfeller (2) – LMP1/Overall – 2010; GT2 - 2005
Romain Dumas (2) - LMP1/Overall – 2010, 2016
Tommy Milner (2) – GTE Pro – 2015, 2011
Toni Vilander (2) – GTE Pro – 2014, 2012
Earl Bamber (2) – LMP1/Overall – 2017, 2015
Fabio Babini (1) – GT – 2001
Jeroen Bleekemolen (1) – LMP2 – 2008
Antonio Garcia (1) – GTE Pro - 2011
Ryan Dalziel (1) – LMP2 – 2012
Pedro Lamy (1) – GTE Am – 2012
Loic Duval (1) - LMP1/Overall – 2013
Olivier Pla (1) - LMP2 – 2013
Harry Tincknell (1) – LMP2 – 2014
Nick Tandy (1) – LMP1/Overall – 2015
Jordan Taylor (1) - GTE Pro – 2015
Andrea Bertolini (1) – GTE Am – 2015
Joey Hand (1) – GTE Pro – 2016
Sebastien Bourdais (1) – GTE Pro – 2016
Townsend Bell (1) – GTE Am – 2016
Jeff Segal (1) – GTE Am – 2016
Oliver Jarvis (1) – LMP2 – 2017
Daniel Serra (1) – GTE Pro – 2017
Dries Vanthoor (1) – GTE Am – 2017
Fernando Alonso (1) - LMP1/Overall – 2018
Laurens Vanthoor (1) – GTE Pro – 2018
Matt Campbell (1) – GTE Am – 2018
 
IndyCar/Champ Car Champions in 2019 Rolex 24 Field (5)
Scott Dixon (5) – 2003, 2008, 2013, 2015, 2018
Sebastien Bourdais (4) – 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
Alex Zanardi (2) – 1997, 1998
Juan Pablo Montoya (1) – 1999
Simon Pagenaud (1) 2016
 
Indianapolis 500 Winners in Rolex 24 Field (4)
Helio Castroneves (3) – 2001, 2002, 2009
Juan Pablo Montoya (2) – 2000, 2015
Scott Dixon (1) – 2008
Alexander Rossi (1) – 2016
 
Formula 1 Grand Prix Winners in 2019 Rolex 24 Field (3)
Fernando Alonso – 32
Rubens Barrichello – 11
Juan Pablo Montoya – 7
 
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race Winners in Rolex 24 Field (2)
Juan Pablo Montoya – 2
AJ Allmendinger – 1
 
Formula 1 World Champions in 2019 Rolex 24 Field (1)
Fernando Alonso (2) – 2005, 2006
Eight of the most beloved figures in the sport of NHRA drag racing will come together to compete in NHRA’s “Unfinished Business” event during the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. 
 
Each of the eight NHRA Legends competing in the event will be revealed via social media in the weeks leading up to the Gatornationals. A new driver will be released twice a week, each week from now until January 31. 
 
When the drivers are revealed, NHRA will post images of each driver’s custom Toyota Camry which will be distinctly wrapped to emulate looks inspired by some of the drivers’ favorite rides. Then fans will have the opportunity to vote for the first-round pairs they would like to see compete.
 
“We are all excited to see the legends of NHRA go head-to-head in heated competition,” said NHRA president Glen Cromwell. “We’ve been celebrating these icons of the sport for the last year leading up to the Gatornationals and this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see them on the track.” 
 
Follow the hashtag #UnfinishedBusiness on NHRA’s social media pages and NHRA.com for updates on NHRA Unfinished Business. Tickets for the 50th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals are on sale now and to purchase general-admission or reserved seats, call (800) 884-NHRA (6472) or visit www.NHRA.com/tickets. Kids 12 and under are free in general admission areas with a paid adult.
 
For more information, visit www.gainesvilleraceway.com or call 352-377-0046.
INDYCAR’s expanded presence on network television in 2019 through its new partnership with NBC Sports Group will not only include the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500, along with other action at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May, but also the IndyCar Series’ new season finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

Eight of this year’s 17 IndyCar Series races will air on NBC, including the INDYCAR Grand Prix of Monterey on Sunday, September 22. All INDYCAR on-track action will be available through NBC Sports, with nearly 350 hours available between linear television and digital streaming coverage. NBC Sports Gold, NBC Sports’ direct-to-consumer streaming product, will offer a package – INDYCAR Pass – that will feature live IndyCar Series practice and qualifying sessions, same-day race airings and Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires events.

“This will be the most complete and robust season of INDYCAR viewing for our fans,” said Mark Miles, president and CEO of Hulman & Company, which owns INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “Fans can not only see everything that happens on the track, they can see races at their convenience via INDYCAR Pass on the same day, which until now had not been available.”

“As the exclusive home for INDYCAR, NBC Sports will provide fans with more INDYCAR coverage than ever before in 2019,” said Jon Miller, president of programming for NBC Sports and NBCSN. “From centralized, seamless coverage on NBC and NBCSN to unparalleled support surrounding the 103rd Indianapolis 500, one of the most prestigious events in all of sports, NBC Sports will super-serve INDYCAR Nation through its best-in-class television, digital, production and marketing assets.”  

Indy cars return to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca after a 15-year absence. The action starts and ends in Monterey with INDYCAR Spring Testing taking place on Friday, February 8, and the season-ending INDYCAR Grand Prix of Monterey scheduled on September 20-22.

INDYCAR Spring Testing will reacquaint teams to the 11-turn, 2.238-mile road course that hosted Indy car racing from 1983 to 2004 with memorable moments that including Alex Zanardi executing “The Pass” on Bryan Herta on the final lap of the 1996 finale, Mario Andretti’s emotional retirement in 1994 and Bobby Rahal winning four consecutive events from 1984 to 1987.

A total of 23 cars are currently expected to take part in INDYCAR Spring Testing with drivers from Team Penske, Andretti Autosport, Chip Ganassi Racing, Ed Carpenter Racing, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, A.J. Foyt Enterprises, Carlin Motorsport, Dale Coyne Racing, Juncos Racing and Michael Shank Racing. The day full of on-track action will begin at 8:30 a.m.

The public is able to attend INDYCAR Spring Testing for $20 at the admissions checkpoint or $10 if they have purchased tickets for the INDYCAR Grand Prix of Monterey. Admission is free for WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Season Ticket holders and children 15 years old and under. “Monterey Speed Week” combination packages for IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on September 13-15 and INDYCAR Grand Prix of Monterey on September 20-22. Tickets for both events can be purchased by visiting www.WeatherTechRaceway.com or by calling 831-242-8200.

Following is the complete 2019 IndyCar Series television race schedule with air times (all Eastern). Times are subject to change.

Date: Race/Track, Network, Time (ET)
Sunday, March 10: Streets of St. Petersburg, NBCSN, 1 p.m.
Sunday, March 24: Circuit of the Americas, NBCSN, 1 p.m.
Sunday, April 7: Barber Motorsports Park, NBCSN, 4 p.m.
Sunday, April 14: Streets of Long Beach, NBCSN, 4 p.m.
Saturday, May 11: Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, NBC, 3 p.m.
Sunday, May 26: Indianapolis 500, NBC, 11 a.m.
Saturday, June 1: Raceway at Belle Isle Park/Detroit, NBC, 3 p.m.
Sunday, June 2: Raceway at Belle Isle Park/Detroit, NBC, 3 p.m.
Saturday, June 8: Texas Motor Speedway, NBCSN, 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 23: Road America, NBC, noon
Sunday, July 14: Streets of Toronto, NBCSN, 3 p.m.
Saturday, July 20: Iowa Speedway, NBCSN, 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 28: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, NBC, 3 p.m.
Sunday, August 18: Pocono Raceway, NBCSN, 2 p.m.
Saturday, August 24: Gateway Motorsports Park, NBCSN, 8 p.m.
Sunday, September 1: Portland International Raceway, NBC, 3 p.m.
Sunday, September 22: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, NBC, 2:30 p.m.

One of Rallycross’ most renowned teams, Hansen Motorsport, will participate in the brand-new GRC Europe Series. Run by 14-time European Rallycross Champion Kenneth Hansen, the team will be fielding his sons Timmy, World Championship runner-up in 2015, and Kevin, FIA European Rallycross Champion 2016 and FIA Rookie of the Year.

 

The Swedes have been in Rallycross since the late 1980ies, competing in the FIA European Championship with Ford and Citroen. From 2014 onward, Hansen was Peugeot Sport’s official partner in the World Championship as Team Peugeot Hansen, winning the FIA World Rallycross Championship for Teams in 2015.

 

Timmy said: "I am very happy and excited about joining GRC Europe in 2019. The cars will be fast and the calendar features iconic circuits. I can't wait for the season to begin. I want to thank Max (Pucher, Series CEO) for taking the initiative to launch GRC Europe, a high profile championship with a vision to take Rallycross back to its roots. It is exactly, what our sport needs right now.”

 

His younger brother Kevin is also ready to fight for Silverware saying: “I am young, I am fast and I am hungry for success. I am eager to show my true potential and get back to the Victory Lane. Big thanks to Max for giving me this amazing opportunity in GRC Europe!"

 

Team principal Kenneth Hansen commented: "One can only be impressed by the passion and commitment with which Max (Pucher) has embraced the big challenge of pushing GRC Europe through to reality. Having both Timmy and Kevin compete for the full season feels right and motivating, because Rallycross is where we belong. The vibe GRC Europe has approaching its premiere, is the kind of spirit we like. Rallycross is excitement, thrill, and nerves, extreme and never ever boring – these values we have found in GRC Europe. We think that Kevin and Timmy will love racing there!"

 

Naturally, GRC Europe CEO Max J. Pucher was all smiles. “Hansen Motorsport has been fighting at the top of our sport for nearly three decades now. We have a great driver line-up in the works, but it’s an honour and a highly positive omen that Hansen Motorsport with Timmy and Kevin are the first team to sign up for our 2019 championship.”

 

The 2019 GRC Europe season will take off at the Dreux Circuit, France, on June 29/30. All events will be televised live on Eurosport and streamed live on Eurosport Player.

 

Jerome D’Ambrosio sprinted to victory in a dramatic last lap dash to the finish in Marrakesh, after a late safety car bunched-up the pack following a collision between BMW i Andretti Motorsport pairing Antonio Felix da Costa and Alexander Sims.
 
Despite picking-up his third victory in Formula E, it’s the first time D’Ambrosio has actually stood on the top step of the podium - having benefitted from a post-race disqualification on both previous occasions.
 
The win marks his first win since the Mexico City E-Prix in 2016 - and his first in MAHINDRA RACING colours. D’Ambrosio started down the field in 10th, but steadily progressed up the ranks to find himself sat behind the leading BMW duo.
 
With less than 10-minutes left on the countdown clock, Da Costa and Sims looked set to bring home a one-two for the team - topping off a perfect start to the season after a win last time out in Ad Diriyah.
 
However, it wasn’t to be - as a moment of madness cost the team a large points haul. Sims - who was on the tail of his team-mate for the duration of the race - pulled alongside Da Costa into the braking zone of Turn 7 in an attempt to snatch the lead.
 
Both drivers locked-up and touched with neither making the corner. The coming together and slow recovery back to the racing line dropped Sims to fourth. But Da Costa came off worse with his race ending parked-up in the run-off area after contact with the barrier.
 
With the cars lined-up in close formation, the safety car pulled in as the clock hit zero - leaving one lap to the chequered flag. Running wide over the kerb in the final corner - D’Ambrosio gave the fans a grandstand finish with Robin Frijns chasing him to the line.
 
Frijns was joined on the podium by Envision Virgin Racing team-mate Sam Bird, who started on Julius Baer pole position and tangled with reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne on the run down to Turn 1.
 
Vergne lined-up on the front row alongside Bird and made an ambitious dive up the inside through the long left-hander. The pair made contact and Vergne was sent spinning ahead of a flurry of oncoming traffic. From last, Vergne valiantly fought back to fifth.
 
Adrenaline still flowing after an exhilarating race, there’s not long to wait for another episode of electric street racing with the Antofagasta Minerals Santiago E-Prix on January 26 - round three of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
 
For more analysis and to read the full race report, visit -www.FIAFormulaE.com
With sunny skies, temperatures in the low 80s, and seven group races stretching 14 laps around the 17-turn, 3.74-mile Sebring International Raceway, the Central Florida Region proved gracious hosts of Sunday's Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour.
 
The day opened with a barn burner of a race between a former National Champion, Mark Boden, and a driver who is returning to the Summit Racing Equipment Road Racing program with the goal of adding that elusive Runoffs championship in Cooper MacNeil.
 
MacNeil won going away on Saturday in his No. 96 WeatherTech.com BMW M3, and started Sunday's Touring 2 race on the pole. This time, however, Boden was ready for the duel, hunting MacNeil from the start.
 
"Today was a little bit of a different story," MacNeil said. "Mark Boden definitely gave me a run for my money. I had to sweat today."
 
Boden spent a few corners in front, but following a lap nine restart, MacNeil was able to get the win. The Hoosier Super Tour weekend is the first step in a blank space on MacNeil's resume, which includes numerous pro racing wins, and podium finishes – but no wins – at the Runoffs.
 
"I haven't driven in SCCA since 2015," MacNeil said. "This is like a homecoming to me, especially since this is where I started racing when I was 15 years old. I'm happy to be back here."
 
Though the Spec Racer Ford Gen 3 race ended the same way as Saturday, with Brian Schofield defending his home turf, it was a battle to the checkered flag. Schofield started his No. 61 PM Racing Spec Racer Ford on the pole, and dealt first with a charge from Russell Turner. Veteran Denny Stripling took his turn at dethroning the king next, but Schofield held on to earn the victory lap.
 
"This was a little different than yesterday," Schofield said. "I knew those guys would make some changes to stay with me today. I started really pushing with five to go and ran the rears off. With two to go I knew where I was stronger, and I just put my head down and tried to pull a gap."
 
Keith Grant's No. 40 Mazda/Hoosier/Polestar Swift 016/Mazda was the fastest Formula Atlantic in the field, starting on pole and taking a caution-shortened race on Saturday. Sunday's biggest challenge came in surviving attacks by Dario Cangialosi's K-Hill prepared Swift both at the start and following a lap seven restart.
 
Hounded on the opening lap of both stanzas, Grant was able to break clear in clean air and sweep the weekend with overall and class wins – finishing 3.706 in front of his brother, David Grant, on Sunday.
 
Just a bit further back in the same group, Formula Enterprises 2 driver Scott Rettich and Liam Snyder were putting on a show. Rettich led in the No. 17 Alliance Auto Sport/Red Line Oil machine until the restart, when Snyder's Mazda-powered car wheeled around Rettich.
 
Rettich reversed positions on lap 10 briefly, but spun in Turn 1 trying to overtake slower traffic. That left him too far behind Snyder, who scored the victory.
 
The small-bore formula cars ended the day with yet another thrilling show. Joe Colasacco had the sleek Formula F machines of David Livingston and Ayrton Ori all over him coming to the white flag, and everything changed immediately after. First Livingston and then Ori took the point, and Colasacco moved back into second when the pair caught the Formula 500 leaders.
 
Still nose to tail, Colasacco used the draft and the long run into the Turn 17 hairpin to pick up a draft and get a run, moving side by side in the final corner and winning the drag race with Ori to put his No. 5 Rive Bistro/Auriana Racing Van Diemen FF on top by just 0.337-second, with Livingston only 0.525-second behind the winner.
 
"On the last lap we got balked, and it made us all lose our momentum," Colasacco said. "I didn't think I'd catch (Ori) down the back but I caught his draft. I was just behind going into Turn 17 and he went a little wide. I just tucked in and held on."
 
The Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour season continues at yet another iconic track, Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, February 8-10 with three days of racing. More information can be found at SCCA.com.

Estenson Racing is pleased to welcome Tommy Hayden as its Director of Racing Operations. Hayden brings with him a wealth of experience in the motorcycle racing world, and he is a key addition to the rapidly-growing team. In his new position, Hayden will oversee the team’s race operations, including everything from the nuts and bolts of the team, to the marketing efforts with sponsor relations and sponsorship development.

 

"I have become more and more excited about this project every day that has passed since making the decision to join Estenson Racing,” said Hayden. “To think back over the years on everything I have been involved with in the motorcycle racing industry and now for it to come full circle back to flat track where it all started, it puts a smile on my face. With a five-rider team, it is going to be a big project to get the infrastructure built and everything put together in the short amount of time before the first race in Daytona, but I am confident that we will show up there ready to compete at a high level."

 

The eldest brother of the well-known Hayden family, Tommy has been involved in racing his entire life. In addition to two AMA Supersport Championships (2004-2005), Hayden amassed 34 wins in the U.S. National road racing championship (now MotoAmerica), eight of which were in the Superbike series. More recently, Hayden was the Global Road Racing Manager for Monster Energy.

 

“I’m so excited to have Tommy on board,” said Tim Estenson, team owner of Estenson Racing. “After working together for a couple of weeks, I’ve already elevated his role to Director of Race Operations. It all came together for me from the understanding of his history as a successful racer and his background with marketing and sales, it made sense to make him the manager of the whole program.”

 

For 2019, Estenson Racing has more than doubled in size with five riders and plans to compete in all three classes of American Flat Track. With its partnership with Attack Performance, Estenson Racing will make its first foray into MotoAmerica with JD Beach in Superbike.

 The 2019 Dakar quest of David Bensadoun and his co-driver Patrick Beaulé of the ALDO Racing Team, is over. The difficult terrain and multiple traps set for the 41st edition of the rally-raid were some of the most brutal ever seen. Adding to this was the fact that ALDO Racing was breaking in their new car, which was twice afflicted by mechanical woes. These afflictions are no fault of South African car manufacturer Century Racing, as the car spent too much time on the ocean blue travelling from South Africa to America, then a return trip from America to Asia for participation in the Silk Way Rally, that did not materialize. Finally, a trip to France before the last ocean cruise to Peru. The moist ocean air will have done most of the work to corrode the ignition distributor. The corrosion eventually caused the team's retirement on Day 3.


"Unfortunately, we had major electrical/fuelling problems starting at race kilometre 50 of Special Stage 3 and when we entered the dunes at kilometre 60, it just got worse," said David Bensadoun. "Engine power kept cutting out. We tore the car apart looking for the problem but could not immediately find the source".


30th in the car class prior to their retirement
Starting from Lima in 66th position in the car class, ALDO Racing lost six spots when they reached Pisco at the end of the first Special Stage. On day 2, the Canadian team made a giant leap, jumping to 38th position in class after checking in correctly at the eight Way Points on its way to San Juan de Marcona. After clocking in on Way Point 2 on Day 3, Bensadoun and Beaulé were 30th in class before encountering the problem that led to their retirement.


Because this Dakar is so tough on the cars, event organizers allowed participants who had retired from the rally in the first week, to re-enter the race after rest day on Saturday, January 12. Well rested, David and Patrick were back on the road on Sunday for a semi-marathon race with its own standings.


Dakar, Take 2
The ALDO Racing CR6 was back on the sandy trails of Peru to compete in the second half of the Dakar.


"We entered Special Sector 6 at 1 p.m. on Sunday and had a clutch failure in the Tanaka desert around 2 p.m.," continued Bensadoun. "With the help of our team, we removed the transmission and replaced the broken clutch pressure plate. We then had to navigate our way out of the desert in pitch black around 9:30 p.m.! Because of the crazy dunes and soft sand, it took us two hours to drive four kilometres in the dark before reaching a highway. Since we received help from our crew, we knew we would be excluded.


"We wanted adventure and we got it. It's always sad to be out but we have new stories to tell and we feel we tried everything to stay in. The Dakar is always tough, but this year's edition is just brutal."


The 2019 Dakar continues until Thursday, January 17 when a festive crowd in the Capital City of Lima will acclaim the grand winners. Until then, fans can still follow the Dakar Rally live on
https://gaps.dakar.com/2019/dakar/aso/ukie
.


The participation of ALDO Racing in the Dakar 2019 is the result of a partnership with the ALDO Group, E.F. Walters, Stingray, SAJO, Vitesse Transport Corporation, the OEC Group and Fesh-Fesh Investments.

Daytona International Speedway and Wayne Taylor Racing, which will field a star-studded driver lineup for the 2019 Rolex 24 At DAYTONA, have created an exciting new limited ticket offer for fans attending the 57th anniversary of North America’s most prestigious sports car race on Jan. 26-27.

 

The 2019 Rolex 24 At DAYTONA with Wayne Taylor Racing ticket package, available for $150 per ticket, includes:

·         A four-day wristband that provides access to the infield and frontstretch seating (Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 24-27) as well as garage and UNOH Fanzone access.

·         Question-and-answer session with all four No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R. drivers (Jordan Taylor, Renger van der Zande, Fernando Alonso and Kamui Kobayashi) on Friday, Jan. 25 at 1:30 p.m.

·         An autographed Wayne Taylor Racing hero card signed by all four of the team’s drivers.

 

For fans that have already purchased their four-day Rolex 24 wristband and want to add to their experience, a limited amount of upgrades are available for $40 per person.

 

To purchase this limited 2019 Rolex 24 At DAYTONA with Wayne Taylor Racing ticket package, fans can visitwww.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/wtr or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

 

Wayne Taylor Racing was formed in 2007 by endurance racing legend and two-time Rolex 24 champion Wayne Taylor and captured the overall Rolex 24 title in 2017. The team annually brings a championship-contending driving lineup to DIS and the 2019 edition of the Rolex 24 is no different. Behind the wheel of the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R. will be 2017 Rolex 24 champion Jordan Taylor, two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso, two-time 24 Hours of Le Mans podium finisher Kamui Kobayashi, and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship veteran Renger van der Zande.

 

Tickets for the 57th Rolex 24 and other Daytona International Speedway events can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on TwitterFacebookInstagramPinterestYouTube andSnapchat, and by downloading Daytona International Speedway’s mobile app, for the latest Speedway news throughout the season.