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Adam Sinclair

Adam Sinclair

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

Adam spent several years covering motorsports for, 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

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

Contact Adam: Email  



By Jeff Olson and John Oreovicz

IMSA Wire Service

Practice 1 Results


INDIANAPOLIS – Matt Campbell got the weekend off to an impressive start Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. That’s always a good thing when your boss owns the racetrack.


Campbell recorded the fastest lap in the No. 7 Porsche Penske Motorsport Porsche 963 during the first practice session as drivers began preparations for Sunday’s Battle on the Bricks.


Campbell’s team owner, Roger Penske, also owns Indianapolis Motor Speedway.


“It’s the boss’ racetrack, so there’s a high expectation this weekend to perform very well and try to get a good result here as well,” Campbell said. “Generally, the car was quite good. We struggled a bit at the start of the session, but then toward the end we were reasonably happy.”   


Campbell was clocked at 1 minute, 15.184 seconds (116.785 mph) in the No. 7 Porsche 963 he co-drives with Felipe Nasr. Campbell’s lap was fastest overall in the 48-car, five-class IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship field and best among the 10 cars in the Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) class.


Mikkel Jensen was fastest in the Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) class, recording a lap of 1:17.231 (113.689 mph) in the No. 11 TDS Racing ORECA LMP2 07 he co-drives with Steven Thomas. Garett Grist was fastest among Le Mans Prototype 3 (LMP3) drivers with a lap of 1:20.737 (108.752 mph) in the No. 30 Jr III Racing Ligier JS P320 he co-drives with Nolan Siegel.


Filipe Albuquerque, who shares the lead in the GTP championship standings with co-driver Ricky Taylor, had the second-fastest lap behind Campbell at 1:15.206 in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-06.

Albuquerque and Taylor lead the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac Racing Cadillac V-Series.R and its co-drivers, Pipo Derani and Alexander Sims, by 14 points in the GTP standings with just two races remaining in the 2023 season.


Hawksworth Is the Closer in GT Classes, Turning Best Laps Late

Jack Hawksworth powered the No. 14 Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3 to the two fastest practice laps in the WeatherTech Championship’s Grand Touring (GT) classes Friday afternoon at IMS.


Hawksworth, who leads the GT Daytona Pro (GTD PRO) standings with co-driver Ben Barnicoat, was the first GT driver to lap the IMS road course in less than 1 minute, 24 seconds, notching a 1:23.837 with fewer than three minutes remaining in the 90-minute session. He went even faster the next time around, lowering the benchmark to 1:23.636 (104.983 mph).


Klaus Bachler set the second-best GTD PRO time fourth overall in the GT classes in the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R (992) at 1:24.221 (104.254 mph).


“The track was a lot hotter when we tested here (in late July) and so was the ambient temperature,” Hawksworth commented. “But the actual balance of the car didn’t feel too different – just a little bit more grip today. Fortunately, what we rolled off with today was how we finished off the test and the car feels relatively similar.”


Hawksworth and Barnicoat have won twice in 2023 (Long Beach at Watkins Glen), and Hawksworth boasts a WeatherTech Championship Prototype Challenge (PC) class win at Indianapolis in 2014.


“It’s awesome to be back, and as a major sports car series in the U.S., IMSA needs to be here,” Hawksworth said. “Getting on the track today was a lot of fun and we got some good work done.”


Loris Spinelli was the GT session pacesetter for more than an hour, clocking a 1:24.142 (104.351 mph) in the No. 78 Forte Racing Powered by USRT Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO2 in the GT Daytona (GTD) class. That time held up for second place in GTD but was finally eclipsed by Patrick Gallagher’s 1:24.019 (104.504 mph) in the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M4 GT3.


The final WeatherTech Championship practice starts at 8:55 a.m. ET Saturday, ahead of qualifying at 1 p.m. Sunday’s Battle on the Bricks airs live on NBC beginning at 1 p.m.

For the second straight year, the NHRA and officials at Maple Grove Raceway announced a sellout crowd for Saturday’s qualifying action at the 38th annual Pep Boys NHRA Nationals.


The passionate fanbase again packed the historic facility during the two rounds of qualifying, with the overflow crowd enjoying an action-packed day of racing to kick off the six-race NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs.


It was also another exciting moment for the Koretsky family, who purchased Maple Grove Raceway last year. They held their first national event as track owners last year, drawing a Saturday sellout. The family has continued to make upgrades and improvements to a track that has hosted NHRA drag racing for almost four decades, welcoming a sold-out crowd on Saturday to the “House of Chaos.”


“This is amazing and this is what it’s all about, seeing all these awesome race fans out here enjoying themselves, having a good time and watching all these cars go down the track,” Kyle Koretsky said. “This is great and what Maple Grove is about, and we’re going to keep making improvements, so all the racers and fans have a great time every time they come.”


It is the seventh sellout crowd for the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series during its 2023 season, previously announcing capacity crowds at Gainesville, Phoenix and Denver.


Eliminations for the 38th annual Pep Boys NHRA Nationals begin at 9:30 a.m. ET on Sunday at Maple Grove Raceway.



(Courtesy of NHRA Communications)

The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) and Extreme E have signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding setting out a framework to create the first-ever hydrogen off-road racing world championship.

This document is the first step in establishing a pathway for the hydrogen series, Extreme H, to become an FIA Championship from its inaugural season in 2025, with the intention that it will become an FIA World Championship from 2026, should the requisite criteria be met.  

In addition, the pathway outlines that in 2024 Extreme E, currently an FIA International Series, would be recognised as an FIA Championship.

Extreme H would join the company of just seven other official FIA World Championships, which includes ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. This planned pathway to FIA World Championship status demonstrates the series’ progression since its inception in 2021 and a strong statement of intent for its growth towards its hydrogen-powered future. Development of the Extreme H series is underway, with plans advanced to have a prototype launched later this year ahead of the first season in 2025.


Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Extreme E, said: “Establishing alongside the FIA a world-first hydrogen racing world championship will be a momentous milestone for Extreme E and the new Extreme H series. Eventual accreditation as an FIA Championship and then an FIA World Championship means we would be amongst the top tier of global motorsport categories, and Extreme H would be the first-ever world championship racing series of its kind.

“What started as a conversation many years ago about racing in extreme environments, showcasing the incredible performance and innovation of E-SUVs, has now demonstrated enormous growth and further pioneering technical advances as we move forward with the transition to hydrogen and Extreme H – a world-first.

“This announcement is a significant first step in the development of our championship and our ground-breaking transition to hydrogen-powered racing. Sport is the most powerful and effective platform to drive innovation and our commitment to delivering sustainable motorsport championships full of excitement and with a reduced carbon footprint are testament to that.

“Once it achieves FIA World Championship status, Extreme H will continue what Extreme E started as a pioneering motorsport series and we look forward to delivering another spectacular sporting product. I’d like to thank the President and the FIA for their continued support and recognition of our ambition to create a world-first for motor racing. Expect to see yet more exciting racing out on course, as well as further pushing the boundaries of new technologies in the race to tackle climate issues.”


Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile, said: “We are excited to continue working with Extreme E on their journey to becoming an FIA World Championship. Using sustainable power sources in motor sport is the key objective of the FIA and part of our long-term strategy, and this series is an ideal showcase for that. Hydrogen is an important part of that mix, and we have developed a set of safety regulations for hydrogen-powered vehicles which is part of the FIA’s International Sporting Code.

“It is encouraging that such a major motor sport entity as Extreme E with its renowned line-up of teams sees the same potential in hydrogen technology. Their approach to equality and diversity matches ours as we push to make motor sport accessible for all.

“Motor sport competition serves as an excellent research and development platform and this new series has great potential. Having the technology tested in the harsh environment of off-road racing in all types of conditions should benefit the whole industry, and in the longer term make mobility more environmentally friendly for everyday users of the road. We are looking forward to working with Extreme E, sharing our know-how and expertise.”


Extreme E boasts legendary motorsport names across its championship, from team owners Sir Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Jenson Button to motorsport heavyweights McLaren, Andretti and Chip Ganassi – with world champions across multiple disciplines competing in the series since it launched just over two years ago.

The first sport to ever be built out of a social purpose, Extreme E – and Extreme H from 2025 – aims to minimise environmental impact while maximising awareness, racing in places that have already been damaged or affected by climate change or human interference, and taking fans deep into the heart of the most pressing issues facing our planet’s future.

To learn more about Extreme E, visit -

 Highlighted by a special 70th anniversary of the world’s biggest drag race, the Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, and the 55th annual NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville to open the season, as well as a return to Phoenix, NHRA officials announced today its 2024 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series schedule.


As previously announced, the NHRA will open its season at legendary Gainesville Raceway on March 7-10. NHRA is also set to return to Phoenix for the 39th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals on April 5-7 and the 2024 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series will include 21 races at standout facilities across the country.


As the NHRA looks to expand its track network across the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series, NHRA is in the closing stages of the selection process for two of the 21 events. Those locations and races – which will take place June 21-23 and July 12-14 – will be announced in the coming weeks.


Along with the return of the NHRA Arizona Nationals, the NHRA will again be back at Route 66 Raceway on May 17-19 for the 24th annual Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by PEAK Performance. The Chicago race hosted its first NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series race since 2019 this year and will return in 2024 as one of many exciting events taking place during the upcoming season.


“It is always a huge thrill to release our schedule for the upcoming year and I know the 2024 season will continue to build on all the excitement that’s already taken place in 2023,” NHRA President Glen Cromwell said. “Celebrating our 55th annual event to open the season in Gainesville and our 70th event at Indianapolis is a great tribute to the longstanding traditions that have been built at these iconic tracks over the past several decades. Those will be two special moments in a year that will again feature a lot of fantastic racing at spectacular facilities across the country, including a return to Phoenix. We’re excited for two future track announcements as well, and we appreciate all the fans, race teams, track partners and sponsors who all played a big role in helping put this exciting 2024 schedule together.”

The 55th annual NHRA Gatornationals at historic Gainesville Raceway will open the NHRA season for the second straight year, with the highly-anticipated Pep Boys NHRA Top Fuel All-Star Callout also taking place in Gainesville. NHRA heads to In-N-Out Burger Pomona Dragstrip for the 64th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals on March 21-24, the first of three straight West Coast races. The thrilling return to Phoenix follows on April 5-7, moving to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the 24th annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals on April 12-14.


Two weeks later, the second four-wide event takes place with the 14th annual Circle K NHRA Four-Wide Nationals on April 26-28 at state-of the-art zMAX Dragway. Route 66 Raceway, one of the most popular facilities on the NHRA tour, will welcome racers and fans on May 17-19, leading into a busy month.


Back-to-back races take place to open June, starting with the 11th annual New England Nationals at New England Dragway in Epping, N.H., and continuing with the 23rd annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at picturesque Bristol Dragway on June 7-9. Following the to-be-announced race on June 21-23, the 18th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals will take place from Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.


July will feature a trio of races, including the 35th annual Flav-R-Pac Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways in Seattle on July 19-21 and the 36th annual DENSO NHRA Sonoma Nationals at scenic Sonoma Raceway on July 26-28.


The penultimate race of the regular season is in its traditional spot at Brainerd International Raceway with the 42nd annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals on Aug. 15-18, leading into the world’s biggest drag race at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park. The 70th annual Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals takes place Aug. 28-Sept. 2 as racers will try to win a Wally on drag racing’s grandest stage. The Pep Boys NHRA Funny Car All-Star Callout will also take place during the Big Go.


The stakes only continue to increase during the Countdown to the Championship, which will feature six races in the same locations as the past two seasons. That includes starting with three straight race weekends, including the 39th annual Pep Boys NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway on Sept. 12-15, the 16th annual Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway on Sept. 20-22 and the annual stop in St. Louis at World Wide Technology Raceway for the 13th annual NHRA Midwest Nationals on Sept. 27-29.


The intense, can’t-miss Countdown will then finish with the 39th annual Texas NHRA FallNationals on Oct. 10-13 at Texas Motorplex in Dallas, the second race of the season at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the 24th annual NHRA Nevada Nationals on Oct. 31-Nov. 3 and the history-making 59th annual In-N-Out Burger NHRA Finals at In-N-Out Burger Pomona Dragstrip on Nov. 14-17, where champions will be crowned in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle.


For more ticket information, visit Details on class schedules for Pro Stock, Pro Stock Motorcycle, as well as specialty series like the FuelTech NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by Type A Motorsports and Flexjet Factory Stock Showdown will be announced soon.


All races during the 2024 NHRA will be aired exclusively on FOX Sports, with select events on the FOX broadcast network. To view the 2024 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series schedule, please visit



2024 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Season Schedule


March 7-10: 55th annual NHRA Gatornationals, Gainesville Raceway, Gainesville, Fla. The race will also include the Pep Boys NHRA Top Fuel All-Star Callout.


March 21-24: 64th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals, In-N-Out Burger Pomona Dragstrip, Pomona, Calif.


April 5-7: 39th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals, Phoenix


April 12-14: 24th annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas


April 26-28: 14th annual Circle K NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, zMAX Dragway, Charlotte


May 17-19: 24th annual Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by PEAK Performance, Route 66 Raceway, Chicago


May 31-June 2: 11th annual NHRA New England Nationals, New England Dragway, Epping, N.H.


June 7-9: 23rd annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, Bristol Dragway, Bristol, Tenn.


June 21-23: TBA


June 27-30: 18th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, Summit Motorsports Park, Norwalk, Ohio


July 12-14: TBA


July 19-21: 35th annual Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals, Pacific Raceways, Seattle


July 26-28: 36th annual DENSO NHRA Sonoma Nationals, Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, Calif.


Aug. 15-18: 42nd annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Brainerd International Raceway, Brainerd, Minn.


Aug. 28-Sept. 2: 70th annual Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals, Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park, Indianapolis. The race will also include the Pep Boys NHRA Funny Car All-Star Callout.




Sept. 12-15: 39th annual Pep Boys NHRA Nationals, Maple Grove Raceway, Reading, Pa.


Sept. 20-22: 16th annual Betway NHRA Carolina Nationals, zMAX Dragway, Charlotte.


Sept. 27-29: 13th annual NHRA Midwest Nationals, World Wide Technology Raceway, St. Louis


Oct. 10-13: 39th annual Texas NHRA FallNationals, Texas Motorplex, Dallas


Oct. 31-Nov. 3: 24th annual NHRA Nevada Nationals, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas


Nov. 14-17: 59th annual In-N-Out Burger NHRA Finals, In-N-Out Burger Pomona Dragstrip, Pomona, Calif.


For more ticket information, please visit



(Courtesy of NHRA Communications)

Jasmine Salinas has earned her NHRA Top Fuel license after various test sessions throughout the 2023 season. The 31-year-old daughter of NHRA Drag Racing Top Fuel driver, Mike Salinas, will officially make her first start in the Top Fuel ranks racing for her family’s race team, Scrappers Racing when the 2024 season kicks off in Gainesville, Florida in March.


Salinas tested at various facilities beginning with her first pass in a Top Fuel car in March at Wildhorse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona. Her license was signed off on in June at Indianapolis Raceway Park by fellow racers Blake Alexander, Antron Brown, Tripp Tatum and her father, Mike Salinas.


“It’s really hard to put into words what it means to say that I’m now officially a Top Fuel dragster driver,” said Jasmine Salinas. “From my first pass in Arizona where it was all about getting the feel of the launch and the power to my first ‘full pull’ and passes over 313 mph, it’s really been a unique experience. Now it’s time to spend as much time as possible the rest of the 2023 season getting runs and continued testing where possible and ensuring I’m in the best physical and mental condition possible when the 2024 season kicks off.”


Now that Salinas is officially licensed to compete in Top Fuel in 2024, the Scrappers Racing team is focused on obtaining sponsorship for the full season and ultimately contend to make the Countdown in her first full season.


“It’s really an exciting time for Scrappers Racing to be expanding to two Top Fuel dragsters for the 2024 season and especially having Jasmine behind the wheel of one of them,” said Mike Salinas, team owner. “Now that we’ve got Jasmine officially licensed, our focus is sponsorship on the cars for 2024. I know she will make an incredible ambassador for the right partner and I want to make sure she has the best opportunities possible to not only compete at the top level every weekend, but also enhance the sport through her work with the right partners.”


Salinas has competed in the Top Alcohol Dragster ranks since 2019 and has earned five victories in her career. She spent the 2023 season competing in select Top Alcohol events, but primarily kept her focus on preparations for the 2024 season by spending time with the Top Fuel team and getting quality test sessions completed whenever possible.


Salinas began racing at the age of 15 in the Junior Dragster division. After college, Salinas began working for her family’s Top Fuel team, Scrappers Racing, as a Floater and Supercharger Assistant. She currently serves as the teams’ General Manager and handles all day-to-day operations of the team.


Announcements pertaining to crew chief and other members of the second Scrappers Racing Top Fuel car will be made at a later date prior to the kickoff to the 2024 season, which is slated to take place March 7 to 10 at Gainesville Raceway.


Championship chases across multiple series will be decided at Portland International Raceway (PIR) this weekend at the BITNILE.COM Grand Prix of Portland, Sept. 1-3. The NTT INDYCAR SERIES title is likely one of them as points leader Alex Palou brings a 74-point lead into the season’s penultimate race in the Rose City. 


With two races remaining, only two NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers are still eligible to win the Astor Cup awarded to the season champion - Palou and his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon. Palou, the pilot of the No. 10 Honda, has won at Portland before, taking the checkered flag at the 2021 Grand Prix of Portland, a victory that propelled him to claim the 2021 INDYCAR title. On Sunday, the 26-year old Spaniard can clinch his second series championship if he holds at least a 55-point advantage in the standings at the conclusion of the 110-lap BITNILE.COM Grand Prix of Portland. 


"We’ve won at Portland before and I also got my first INDYCAR pole there, so it is a special place,” said Palou. “The team is looking good for the championship, and we know that it will stay within the team, which is the most important thing. We have a chance to win it and seal the title there, so hopefully we can bring it home early.”


Even though Palou holds a sizable points lead heading into the weekend, Dixon, a six-time series champion, is making a late-season charge. The legendary veteran, second on the all-time INDYCAR wins list (55 wins), has won two races in a row at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then at World Wide Technology Raceway outside of St. Louis to keep his championship hopes alive. 


“I think the 10 car (Palou) has had an almost perfect season and kudos to everybody on the 10-car side. They’ve done everything right,” said Dixon. “On the days they may have struggled for pace, they were able to sort that out with strategy in the race. They’ve really just had no bad days. When people have those years, it can be a bit hard to watch for other competitors in the field, but I’ve been in that place where anything you kind of touch just turns to gold or goes in the direction you want it to. I think what is very special is, going into the last two races, to only have a Ganassi driver able to win the championship. It’s very cool and very, very good for this team.”


Though eliminated from title contention, Team Penske teammates Josef Newgarden and Scott McLaughlin will also jockey for position in the standings as the season heads to the finish line. Newgarden, a four-time winner in 2023 including the Indianapolis 500, sits third in the standings, and McLaughlin, the defending Portland race winner, comes in at fifth. Arrow McLaren’s Pato O’Ward, currently in fourth position, is looking for his first victory of the year. 


“I would like to have some of the luck he (Palou) has had. If he could rub some of that off on me, that would be fantastic,” said McLaughlin. “He gets the opportunities, and he takes them. You can’t be angry about that. You’ve just got to work harder and be better.”


Drivers from the three top open-wheel development series that feed into the NTT INDYCAR SERIES will also be battling for championships at PIR on Labor Day weekend. With three races left, INDY NXT by Firestone points leader Christian Rasmussen takes a 50-point advantage over Andretti Autosport’s Hunter McElrea. Champions will be crowned and scholarship funds awarded in USF Pro 2000 Presented by Cooper Tires and USF2000 Presented by Cooper Tires as both series conclude their seasons with tripleheader races across the weekend. The U.S. Touring Car Championship will also add exciting sports car action to the weekend lineup.


Prior to the race weekend, fans are welcome to attend the BITNILE.COM Grand Prix of Portland Kickoff Party on Thursday, Aug. 31 from 5-7:30 p.m. PT at Kenton Station Restaurant & Pub (8303 N. Denver Ave., Portland 97217). The Portland sports talk radio show “Primetime with Isaac & Suke” from 1080 AM The Fan will broadcast live from the party until 7 p.m., and INDYCAR drivers Agustin Canapino, Callum Ilott, Benjamin Pedersen, Felix Rosenqvist, Alexander Rossi, plus additional drivers from support series will be on site at select times to sign autographs and mingle with fans.


Ticket prices start as low as $25 for Single Day General Admission and $70 for Single Day Grandstand seats. Three-day tickets remain available for purchase and offer the best fan value. General Admission for the entire weekend is just $70, and a 3-Day Grandstand reserved seat starts at $85 which includes gate admission.


Children 12 and under receive free general admission to the event. This also includes complimentary access to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES Paddock throughout the weekend when accompanied by a ticketed adult. To enhance their experience further, the youngest fans can participate in the BITNILE.COM Grand Prix of Portland Rookie Racers. This immersive program, offering unique experiences throughout the race weekend, is on sale at for a nominal fee.   


For all ticket pricing, grandstand locations and additional festival information, visit Stay up to speed on the BITNILE.COM Grand Prix of Portland on social media all year long by following #PortlandGP.

 Jordan Wiseley, the American reality TV star and social media personality who has conquered physical challenges to excel in reality TV and the demanding world of professional car racing, is a powerful testament to the indomitable human spirit, proving that obstacles don't define one's potential. From reality TV stardom to the racetracks, he's risen to the top and showcased his unwavering determination. Beyond his reality TV triumphs, Wiseley's dedication extends to triathlons, demonstrating his passion for pushing boundaries and inspiring others to embrace their challenges.

Wiseley has been expanding his horizons by establishing his production company, Strapped Media. Plus, he's making waves in the racing film "Helmet," which is set to premiere at the prestigious Dances with Films Hollywood.

Recently, Wiseley took a few moments out of his busy schedule to sit down with us and discuss his path to success.


Can you tell us more about your racing journey? Where did it begin?  Growing up, I loved dirt bikes. I couldn’t wait to get home from school, ditch my homework, and ride till dark. I raced Motorcross till I was sixteen, and then my father said I have to concentrate on sports that give scholarships, so I’ve played just about every sport out there, but my heart has always stayed with racing. I’m grateful that my path has brought me back here.

Is there a decent assortment of “local short tracks” in your area?  There are a few short tracks in Oklahoma that have been there since before me, that’s for sure. We used to go to Ardmore and watch the dirt track guys slang it every year at Southern Oklahoma Speedway.

What is your greatest racing memory?  Honestly, my dad wasn’t too thrilled about me racing and potentially getting hurt for sports. So when I was racing, it was all me loading and unloading and working on my bikes. I think the overarching thing I learned was how to sweat my butt off and get myself to the line. I always remember just staring at the massive coaches with trailers full of bikes and spare parts and air conditioning! Now, I get to roll up to the most iconic tracks in the US in an awesome rig of our own, but I’ll never forget how bad I wanted to be in one!

Growing up, who was your racing idol? Growing up, I loved to watch James Stewart do things on a bike we had never seen before. That guy had some of the most mind-boggling speeds ever! But the guys who showed me how to live and breathe were Paul Newman and Steve McQueen. For me, wanting to be in movies and race cars was the epitome of the “best life ever.” I grew up watching old films and shows, and these guys stuck out so brilliantly as THE road map for how to be an icon. The thing was, it was so effortless for them, and I wanted that too. 

Can you tell us more about your reality TV career? I got discovered in a bar and did The Real World. That immediately turned into a long-term spot on The Challenge as a top competitor. In 8 seasons of the main franchise, I've won 4 times. Now, as I navigate other opportunities, I bounce in and out of the Challenge sphere when my schedule allows me to pull away and go compete. 

Was the movie “Helmet” a film Strapped Media had a part in filming? In HELMET, I was the lead actor and stunt driver, just like myself, Jordan Wiseley. 

Which racing series do you follow the most?  Lately, I’ve really invested in the Indy Car series, NASCAR, Pro Moto/Supercross series’ and keeping up with F1. Being at the races so much this year has allowed me to meet a lot of these drivers I’ve been watching, and now that I know them, I'm super invested in the racing! 

What is your passion for most, production or driving fast? I am a sucker for problem-solving issues, and both Racing and Production are games of solving the problems really fast. Every day on set, something happens that has to be remedied, and in racing, the conditions and the car are constantly changing. I love it! But I think the best of all is adrenaline, and that comes in the biggest doses from racing.


Are you a Race Car driver? Crew Chief? Pit Member? Track Owner? Or maybe you’re just a huge fan of the sport! Contact us to get your spot on Speedway Digest Thursday Night Thunder! After all, you deserve your 15 minutes of fame, and we would love to hear from you!  

NAPA isn't only Chase Elliott's sponsor. They are also one of the best automotive supply stores out there. This Labor Day, they have a sale you have to see to believe. No matter your end of summer plans, NAPA has you covered with special deals and discounts.  

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Toyota Motor Europe has launched Toyota Open Labs, a new open innovation platform bringing together startups with business units across the Toyota ecosystem to scale innovation and lead the market into the next phase of mobility. The program will power Toyota’s transformation to a mobility company by deepening its expertise across energy, circular economy, carbon-neutral technologies, smart communities, and mobility for all initiatives.
Toyota Open Labs opens with a call for startups working across five key categories:
  • Energy: Technologies and systems to facilitate the energy transition, hydrogen economy, grid balancing, energy management, smart charging, and vehicle-to-grid energy transfers
  • Circular Economy: Technologies and systems to enable the recovery, recycling, and reuse of vehicles and batteries
  • Carbon Neutrality: Technologies and systems helping companies and society reduce carbon emissions, and digitalisation to enable transparent life cycle assessment
  • Smart Communities: New business models and solutions to develop and support smart communities through vehicle sharing, subscriptions, and mobility hubs
  • Mobility for All: Fair-value solutions to overcome mobility barriers, strengthen mobility systems and mobilize low-carbon communities, addressing the needs of an aging society and devising universal designs for all users
Toyota Open Labs partners include Toyota Tsusho Europe, the trading and supply-chain arm of the Toyota group, KINTO Europe, the Toyota group’s mobility brand, Woven Capital, Toyota’s growth-stage venture fund, and Toyota Mobility Foundation, a non-profit foundation by Toyota.
Startups selected during the open call will have an opportunity to engage with a diverse network of advisors and mentors, open new avenues of growth, enhance their business strategy and investment opportunities, make informed product enhancements, and build relationships to help make a global impact.
Participants will have the possibility to develop a Proof of Concept with Toyota, explore routes to go to market, and partner up with the Toyota ecosystem. Each participant will receive development support and the opportunity to showcase their technology at a Demo Day during the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.
“If you are a startup focused on solving tomorrow's sustainability and mobility challenges, Toyota Open Labs is the right place for you. Toyota is developing mobility systems that will sustainably reinvent how we live, work, and play on a global scale. Toyota Open Labs represents a unique opportunity to turn bold startup visions into reality through unparalleled support from our innovation ecosystem.” Kylie Jimenez, SVP People, Tech & Corporate Affairs at Toyota Motor Europe
“Solving mobility and sustainability challenges are critical issues that deserve to be on the world’s biggest stages. Europe's vibrant innovation ecosystem in these areas presents immense potential, and we are excited to partner with startups to help transform their exciting early-stage ventures into scalable solutions.” George Kellerman, VP of Investments & Acquisitions at Woven by Toyota and Managing Director of Woven Capital
“KINTO’s mission to accelerate Toyota’s transition to become a mobility company cannot be achieved without the contribution of external partners, aligned with its transformative mission and strategy. The brand-new Toyota Open Labs platform is the perfect place for startups to engage with us in this fundamental transition.” Miguel Fonseca, CEO KINTO Europe
“Pursuing Toyota Tsusho group's corporate philosophy - living and prospering together with people, society and the planet – we aim to “Be the Right ONE”. In our fast-changing environment where sustainability and circularity embody the new normal, we strongly support initiatives such as Toyota Open Labs to bring new ideas, strengths and momentum to cultivate our group’s uniqueness.” Laurent Gallois, Head of Business Development at Toyota Tsusho Europe
“Toyota Mobility Foundation has a core vision, “To Create an Ever Better Mobility Society,” and carries out projects together with municipalities, non-profits, local communities, universities, and innovators in Japan, Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Africa. To bring this vision to life, we support startups with innovative ideas that help us build the future that is inclusive, sustainable, and carbon free. The Toyota Open Labs platform is a great way to grasp new ideas and future visions of mobility from startups all around Europe.” Monica Perez Lobo, Director Toyota Mobility Foundation Europe
Toyota Motor Europe NV/SA (TME) oversees the wholesale sales and marketing of Toyota, GR (Gazoo Racing) and Lexus vehicles and parts and accessories, as well as Toyota’s European manufacturing and engineering operations. Toyota directly employs over 25,000 people and has invested over EUR 11 billion in Europe since 1990. Its eight European manufacturing plants are located in Portugal, the UK, France, Poland, Czech Republic and Turkey. Today, there are approximately 16.5 million Toyota, GR and Lexus vehicles on European roads, whose drivers are supported by a network of 28 National Marketing and Sales Companies and around 2,800 retail sales outlets in 53 countries (EU, UK, EFTA countries + Russia, Israel, Turkey and other Eastern European countries). In 2022, TME sold 1,080,975 vehicles in Europe for a 6.4% market share. For more information, visit Facts & Figures ( and
Toyota believes that when people are free to move, anything is possible. In the pursuit of "Mobility for All", Toyota aims to create safer, more connected, inclusive, and sustainable mobility to achieve its mission of producing “Happiness for All”. In Europe, TME launched the KINTO mobility brand which offers a range of mobility services in 14 countries and is growing its business-to-business sales of zero-emission fuel cell products and engineering support. Contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Toyota is working to achieve carbon neutrality in its entire business across Europe. A historic leader in CO2 reduction in Europe, TME aims to achieve 100% CO2 reduction in all new vehicles in Western Europe by 2035 and will continue to offer a full range of electrified powertrains to customers across the region with its hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery and fuel cell electric vehicles. When it comes to sustainability, Toyota is committed to going Beyond Zero.
Toyota Open Labs is an open innovation platform that unites startups with business units across the Toyota ecosystem to scale innovation and lead the market into the next phase of mobility. The program will power Toyota’s transformation to a mobility company by deepening its expertise across energy, the circular economy, carbon-neutral technologies, smart communities and mobility for all initiatives. Partner companies include Toyota Motor Europe, Toyota Tsusho Europe, KINTO EuropeToyota Mobility Foundation and Woven Capital. Learn more at

At 74 years old, John is still a contender for the NHRA title. He’s raced for over 50 years. He’s won 16 NHRA Funny Car championships in 23 seasons, including 11 straight victories between 1993 and 2004. That is one of those sports records that will probably never be broken. And he has no plans on slowing down.

Automoblog was able to sit down with John and talk about his thoughts on his career, how racing has changed over the years, and where he thinks the sport is headed. Currently, all members of John Force Racing are still in contention in their respective divisions.

Be sure to follow John Force and all the other NHRA competitors as they compete this weekend at the US Nationals. 


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