Sunday, Sep 24
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  



Toyota Racing Development (TRD) is honored to announce its latest official partnership with Endava, a global provider of digital transformation, agile development and intelligent automation services. This multi-year deal will see Endava endowed as the Official IT Consulting Partner of TRD and the Toyota GR Cup. With this relationship, Endava will receive primary branding on two GR Cup cars.  

“We are truly excited to become an official partner of Toyota Racing. TRD’s winning track record, creative innovation, and accelerated adoption of progressive technologies align seamlessly with Endava’s ethos and next-generation technology capabilities. Together, we will be able to deliver the best experiences possible to Toyota Racing teams, partners, and fans,” said Justin Marcucci, Endava’s Chief Digital Officer. 

Founded in 2000, Endava strives to help companies take advantage of new business models and market opportunities by ideating and delivering new products, enterprise platforms, and intelligent digital experiences. Endava, which is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: DAVA), is truly a world-wide company with nearly 12,000 employees around the globe. Endava joins Segra and Starkey as new TRD partnerships announced this year, joining an impressive list of official TRD partners that include ExxonMobil, HARMAN Automotive, Safelite AutoGlass, Apex Tool Group, Yahoo, Stratasys, GF Machining Solutions and Racing Force Group. 

“We are excited to announce the official relationship between Endava and Toyota Racing,” said Jonny Elliott, Chief Information Officer, TRD. “Endava’s industry leading expertise in information technology will help us achieve at the highest levels on and off the race track. We look forward to building this partnership with Endava and reaching our goals of success together.”  

The latest global brand to join the Formula DRIFT family is GoPro, maker of the world’s most versatile camera. This collaboration is the perfect synergy, bringing together the most extreme motorsports series with the best cameras to capture the action.

“We’re extremely happy to welcome GoPro to the Formula DRIFT family,” said Ryan Sage, Formula DRIFT President. “Almost since our inception, GoPro cameras have been used to capture some of the most exciting action in our sport. So, we’re delighted to make this collaboration official and be able to capture and share even more of what makes Formula DRIFT unique.”

Currently, the latest GoPro cameras, including HERO11 Black and the 360° GoPro MAX, are being used by the series to capture footage for its very popular and free-to-view event livestream. So, the next logical step was to create a dedicated new video series. Called GoPro Chase for the Championship, it commenced at the St Louis Round last month and will continue to the end of the season. Each episode will follow the top drivers chasing the championship title and will be filmed entirely on GoPro. The videos will air over the Formula DRIFT livestream on YouTube and appear on FD’s social media pages for each of the remaining rounds. The GoPro video series will explore how the leading drivers reached their position in the standings and the challenges they face. 

While GoPro Chase for the Championship will focus on the FD PRO teams, the partnership will also feature FD Experience Presented by GoPro. Hosted by a roaming reporter, the series will drop into FD PRO and PROSPEC competition to capture the action and personalities behind the scenes as well as the fan experience as both Championships ramp up to their Final Rounds.

As an additional opportunity for fans, GoPro will attend one of the final rounds to share the latest GoPro technology with attendees, including hands-on workshops with the industry-leading HERO11 Black, plus the mobile-friendly GoPro Quik app, and GoPro Subscription ecosystem. Information about the specific round will be available shortly.


MoneyLion Inc. (“MoneyLion”) (NYSE: ML), a leader in financial technology powering the next generation of personalized products and content, announced today that it has teamed up with Bubba Wallace and his non-profit, The Live to Be Different Foundation, and 23XI Racing on a back-to-school initiative that includes a donation of backpacks and school supplies to the Boys & Girl Club of America in Statesville, North Carolina. In addition to the donation, MoneyLion will also be launching a back-to-school brand campaign between now and the end of September focused on helping teachers, parents, and students. 
As of the 2022-2023 school year, teachers spent an average of $820.14 out of pocket for the cost of classroom supplies (source). With inflation also severely affecting the prices of back-to-school necessities, these costs are becoming harder for teachers to front each year. To help teachers cope with the ever-increasing costs and financial stress around the back-to-school season, MoneyLion’s Financial Freedom campaign will run from August through the end of September, which will be promoted across its content and social media channels for easy accessibility to back-to-school tips and tricks. MoneyLion can help teachers, parents, and students find the best deals, savings, and financial assistance to liberate their wallets and ensure their finances are in shape around back-to-school.
As part of the joint campaign, MoneyLion is contributing a monetary donation of $6k to the Boys & Girls Club located in Statesville, North Carolina in coordination with a school supply drop off led by The Live to Be Different Foundation and 23XI Racing, where Bubba Wallace made a special appearance. The event kicked off a week of NASCAR-related activity for MoneyLion, including an interactive, social media driven cash giveaway to one lucky fan as part of MoneyLion’s HotPass program. The activities will culminate in Wallace driving the No. 23 MoneyLion Toyota Camry TRD at the Indianapolis Road Course on August 13.
“It’s important these kids have everything they need to start the year off on the right foot,” Wallace said. “I commend MoneyLion for stepping up and making these school supplies one less thing families have to worry about as they prepare for the new school year. This partnership is a great example of the impact we can have away from the track by working together and epitomizes what Forward Together means to me, the Live to Be Different Foundation and our team.”
“We are excited to partner with Bubba Wallace and 23XI Racing in the back-to-school giveaway to help our teachers, students, and parents prepare for the upcoming school year,” said Cynthia Kleinbaum, Chief Marketing Officer of MoneyLion. “Purchasing school supplies can be a very difficult and stressful time and we want to serve as an ally for teachers, students, and parents nationwide in providing reprieve from out-of-pocket costs in order for them to afford all of the supplies needed.”
The back-to-school giveaway strengthens the partnership between 23XI fans, NASCAR fans and MoneyLion, further solidifying the company's commitment to connect with, engage, and motivate hard-working Americans to build their financial power. For more information please visit or read more on the MoneyLion blog here

Silverstone Auctions has secured a hugely rare opportunity for customers to be able to bid on a piece of Hollywood and Nurburgring history. 


This outstanding Nissan GT-R race car is not only the star car of the motion picture ‘Gran Turismo’ (released in cinemas on August 11th) but is the most successful GT-R NISMO R35 GT3 still in private hands. The estimate for the sale of this special Nissan at the Silverstone Festival on August 25th is £225,000 - £275,000.


‘Gran Turismo’ the film is based on the global GT Academy franchise and focuses on the story of Jann Mardenborough. This car is not only central to the film and can be seen in all of the promotional material but also is an important part of the real GT Academy story. 


Traditionally cars showcased in big-budget movies do not become available for sale as the film company retains them for sequels or PR duties. However, when they do come to market, they are highly sought after, and recent sales of Fast and the Furious cars have proven the point, with a recent Paul Walker GT-R reaching $1.3M at auction.


This car has recently been owned by the creator of GT Academy, Darren Cox (played by Orlando Bloom in the Gran Turismo film), and therefore has increased provenance and links to the film. 


With an alleged combined production and promotion budget of $180M, the motion picture ‘Gran Turismo’ will have been seen and loved by millions by the time of the auction, so the new owner will possess a car that many race fans and gamers have fantasised about. 


As well as being prominent in all of the pre-promotion material the car features heavily in the film as central to Mardenborough’s journey. To add to the interest, Mardenborough was the stunt driver in the film and drove the GT3 several times as he did in real life when the car was active as a Nissan Europe works car.


Significantly, the car finished ninth in the Nurburgring 24 hours in 2015. Nissan’s best result in recent history. The unusual and unique black livery was run in remembrance of a spectator who passed away in an earlier VLN round accident involving Mardenbourgh and another GT-R GT3. 


So this example of the already iconic GT-R really has both on-track and on-screen history that cannot ever be rivaled. 


Lionel Abbott, Car Specialist at Silverstone Auctions, who secured the car for sale, said: “As announced by Orlando Bloom at the British Grand Prix, Columbia Pictures’ big screen production, ‘Gran Turismo’, will premier globally on August 11th and we are proud to be auctioning one of the film’s Nissan GT-R’s at our Silverstone Festival Sale on Friday 25th August.”


The film tells the evocative and true story of a bedroom gamer to real-time GT racer and Le Mans 24 Hour driver Jann Mardenborough who wins the competition to climb the ‘stairway to heaven’ with Nissan’s Academy programme, ending the hopes of his contemporary gamer hopefuls.


Featuring an all-star cast, the film brilliantly captures the sometimes painful twists and turns of a racer’s story that will captivate everyone with even the slightest interest in motorsport.


Offered in race-ready condition and on the button for its next owner to compete in the GT Cup, Masters, and various GT events globally or, quite possibly, join a collection of famous film cars.


The Nissan GT-R has gained cult status over the last decade, and this Skyline is an authentic racer with hard links to the phenomenon that is Gran Turismo and what will inevitably be a blockbuster on its first big screen debut ... roll out the red carpet for our cameo Nissan GT-R.


By a happy coincidence, Silverstone Auctions recently sold a TVR Cerbera Speed 12 as used in the Gran Turismo Computer Game for £601,500. This unique 2000 TVR Cerbera Speed 12 was the only TVR-built road car of its kind, and it shot to fame when it was used as a model for the game.


A month ago, fresh off her 16th birthday, Katie Hettinger earned her Michigan driver’s license. Unbeknownst to the DMV official riding shotgun in her car, Hettinger was atop the CARS Pro Late Model Tour championship standings by leading the series in top-fives, top-10s, laps completed, average start and average finish.


If there ever was a teenager ready for the road, it was Hettinger. The Dryden native is the only CARS Pro Late Model Tour racer to have a lap completion rate of 100 percent in the eight races run this season, and she is the only driver to have finished among the top-10 in every race. As a result, Hettinger has an 11-point lead over Caden Kvapil in the title chase and a stout 71-point advantage in the rookie-of-the-year standings with five races remaining.


The only thing missing from Hettinger’s CARS Pro Late Model Tour resume is a win, but with the series slated to compete Saturday night at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway, that could very well change. Hettinger is the winningest female racer in Hickory’s 73-year history.


“I think it’s just from working with Matt Piercy the last three years,” said Hettinger about her success at Hickory. “That was his track. He won the championship there in 2015 and he knows it really well. I just have a ton of laps around there with him. Hickory is a fun place with a ton of history. It’s pretty rough, but it’s one of the things that makes the racing fun.”


In the span of two weeks in September 2021, Hettinger became the youngest female race winner at Hickory when she won the 50-lap Limited Late Model feature on Sept. 4 as part of the Bobby Isaac Memorial event. She then became Hickory’s youngest female Late Model race winner on Sept. 18 when she won the track’s 75-lap feature, further burnishing Hickory’s moniker as the Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars. Hettinger then won four more Late Model races at Hickory in 2022.


She committed to the full CARS Pro Late Model Tour in 2023 knowing that running up front in deep fields would yield a few more upward rungs on the racing ladder.


“We’ve had a really good season so far. We’ve had a lot of second places and third places, and I feel like we should’ve had a win already,” Hettinger said. “We’ve had decent qualifying efforts, but I need to get a pole here to advance that points lead and, of course, get that win.


“Everyone always says consistency wins championships, and I think that’s true, but winning is why we race. I think we’re super close, especially going to Hickory.”


Hettinger is racing for Anthony Campi Racing, driving the No. 81 Chevrolet. In preparation for her first full season on the CARS Pro Late Model Tour, Hettinger spent February in Florida with Campi competing in the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway. On Feb. 17 – night seven of the acclaimed event – Hettinger won with a late-race pass, becoming the first female to win a Pro Late Model feature during the World Series and the first driver from Michigan to win a Pro Late Model race.


“Driving for Anthony Campi has helped me a bunch since he was a driver himself,” Hettinger said. “He knows a lot of the tracks. And my teammates, Casey Roderick and William Byron, they’ve helped me a bunch this year. And Matt Piercy too.”


That collective guidance has proven incredibly valuable, as the competitiveness of the CARS Pro Late Model Tour is as high as it has ever been.


“The CARS Tour has upped its game this year,” Hettinger said. “We’re doing more races in conjunction with the Late Model Stock, just on different tracks, and there’s just more competition among drivers, some younger, some older, and it’s definitely helped me build. I feel that in every race we compete, I learn more and more, and each time out I’m a better driver than I was the last time.


“Hickory will be a pretty big race for the Late Model Stocks, and some guys who don’t have Late Model Stocks but have Pro Late Models that race in Florida or Alabama, they usually come over to race at Hickory. The car counts have been up pretty good this year, and I’d say at Hickory this weekend we’ll have over 20 Pro Late Models.


“It’s definitely going to be a big race, so winning it would mean even more. And Hickory is kind of my adopted home track.”


Since turning 14 in June 2021 and getting her NASCAR license, Hettinger began commuting from Michigan to race in the southeastern hotbed of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series, with the .363-mile Hickory oval being one of Hettinger’s more frequented tracks.


“I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish at Hickory, but I didn’t go there to become the winningest female racer. I went there to win races, just like all the other guys,” said Hettinger, who as a 13-year-old won the 2020 Champion Racing Association (CRA) Junior Late Model Series title, spurring her to scrap the “Junior” tag from her Late Model and race in and around the Carolinas.


No matter what happens Saturday night at Hickory, four races still remain on CARS Pro Late Model Tour – Aug. 19 at Tri-County Speedway in Granite Falls, North Carolina, Oct. 7 at South Boston (Va.) Speedway, Oct. 21 at Tri-County, and the season finale Nov. 4 at Caraway Speedway in Sophia, North Carolina.


“I’ve just got to keep staying smart and using my head,” Hettinger said. “The last race at Wake County got a little crazy and it did get aggravating a couple of times because we can’t afford to wreck a racecar or spin or have a bad finish. So we just have to be smart.


“Everyone respects each other out on the racetrack, but we race hard, too. I’m giving it my best every time we go out. I know I have a good racecar from Anthony Campi with a great team preparing it, and it’s up to me to make the most of it.”


The CARS Pro Late Model Tour race at Hickory begins with three practice sessions on Friday. Qualifying is at 4:15 p.m. EDT on Saturday and the 100-lap feature gets underway at 7 p.m. The race will be streamed live on FloRacing and sign up is HERE. FloRacing is also available on Roku, Fire TV, Chromecast and Apple TV.

With one of the most diverse careers in motorsports, spanning everything from INDYCAR/Indy 500, IMSA/SportsCar, NASCAR and testing at F1 car, Katherine Legge will return to the NASCAR Xfinity Series for four races this season, beginning with this weekend’s race at Road America. She will also be entered in races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Watkins Glen International, and Charlotte Motor Speedway, all with SS Greenlight in the #07 Chevrolet. 


“The Indy 500 made me realize that life and racing careers are too short not to go for it,” said Legge. “My interest and passion is to continue to break new ground in motorsports. I’ve been proactive over the last year in thinking about what I want to do in my career and how I can accomplish those things. I’m so thankful to Bobby Dotter for the opportunity and to Wayne Auton, Mike Helton, and Jim France, for welcoming me back to NASCAR especially at one of my favorite tracks, Road America.”


In May 2023, Legge made history with her Indy 500 qualifying run, turning the fastest single qualifying lap and four-lap qualifying average by a female driver in the 107-year history of the Indianapolis 500. Her four-lap average of 231.070 eclipsed the mark of 229.439 set in 2002. Legge became the ninth woman to ever compete in the Indy 500 in 2012, and in 2023, was the only woman in the race, generating 50 million media impressions for her third start in the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” 


“Female athletes are the rarest of birds because they are able to transcend audiences in a way that their male counterparts cannot, said Klint Briney, Legge’s Agent. “At Indy 500 this year, we saw unprecedented demand around Katherine from media outlets and major advertisers. It signals a sea change in our sport and highlights a new and emerging audience for figures like Katherine. We’re very optimistic about her future, as she’s racing now more than ever before and see great potential in maximizing her opportunities on and off the racetrack.”


Legge currently competes full-time in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series driving the #66 Gradient Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo22. She has scored four top-10 finishes this season, including finishing fourth in the 24 Hours of Daytona. She also brought NSX its first ever win worldwide in Detroit in 2017.


The springboard to her professional career was winning the Toyota Atlantic series season opener in Long Beach in 2005, in her first career start to become the first woman to win a developmental open-wheel race in North America. She also won that season at Edmonton and San Jose, finishing the season 3rd in the points championship and subsequently turning pro and moving up to Champ Car, which later became INDYCAR. She spent three seasons in Europe driving for Audi in their premier series DTM and was a key part of the dames DeltaWing project. Formula One offered her a test in 2005 at Vallelunga Circuit in Italy after she beat former F1 driver Kimi Räikkönen's lap record.


In 2018, Legge competed in four NASCAR Xfinity Series races: Mid-Ohio SportsCar Course, Richmond Raceway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, and Road America, where she had her best finish of 14th out of 40 entries. For her return, her 

#07 machine will carry sponsorship from ref-ology + Blast Equality Collab (BEQ), Team Schuler of Compass Real Estate and the Women’s Premier Basketball Association (WPBA). 


Blast Equality Collab, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded by Shelley Russi is a leadership collaboration taught through the lens of diverse sports experiences. Blast Equality Collab aims to help members and partners learn how to put people first while making decisions with a higher degree of integrity and accuracy by having to do it in real-world game/event situations. We partner with, and receive donations from, entities where our members are provided opportunities to put into practice Embodied Leadership at the intersection of Sports + Officiating, and beyond.

“Katherine Legge and SS Greenlight Racing embody the Blast Equality Collab (BEQ) Mission,” said Russi. “This opportunity to collaborate with Katherine, who trail blazes throughout the world, makes her the perfect fit to drive the SS Greenlight 07 at Road America. Katherine is a powerful sports figure who aligns with the BEQ Embodied Leadership vision. Alongside Team Schuler, we are supporting the first Black Woman-owned, FIBA certified league in California where the WPBA is generating opportunity for WPBA players to land contracts internationally/domestically, in a playing capacity or in leadership roles impacting corporate culture.”

Following this weekend’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Road America 180 on July 22 (NBC, 3:00 PM ET), she will also enter:


  • Road America IMSA SportsCar Weekend August 6 (USA Network, 11:00 AM ET).

  • NASCAR Xfinity Pennzoil 150 presented by Advance Auto Sports on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course on August 12 (USA Network, 5:30 PM ET).

  • NASCAR Xfinity Shriners Children’s 200 at Watkins Glen International on August 19 (USA Network, 3:30 PM ET).

  • IMSA SportsCar Michelin GT Challenge at VIRginia International Raceway on August 27 (USA Network, 2:00 PM ET).

  • IMSA SportsCar Battle on The Bricks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course on September 17 (NBC, 1:00 PM ET).

  • NASCAR Xfinity Drive for the Cure 250 presented by BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina on October 7 (NBC, 3:00 PM ET).

  • IMSA SportsCar Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta on October 14 (USA Network, 6:30 PM ET).

Practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Road America 180 will begin on Friday, July 28 at 5:05 PM, with qualifications following at 6:05 PM, and the race on Saturday, July 29 at 3:00 PM ET. All on-track action can be seen on NBC or NBC’s Peacock Premium streaming service.


For more on Katherine Legge, please visit, and for more on ref-ology + Blast Equality Collab, please visit Join the Blast Quality Collab Team in our campaign with HundredX and give without spending. Every piece of feedback you share supports our mission to support embodied leadership education through diverse sports experiences. Text ‘Blast’ to 90412, join the NASCAR affiliation and have your voice heard! 


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David Beckham and Shaquille O’Neal join Sports Illustrated (SI) and Authentic Brands Group (Authentic) as hosts of the Saturday night celebration for Las Vegas Grand Prix at Club SIIn addition to hosting, Authentic shareholders Beckham and O’Neal will take part in a candid conversation about their renowned careers. They will also be on hand to mix and mingle with Club SI guests prior to the race kick-off.
Sports Illustrated, the ultimate arbiter in the celebration of sports, together with Authentic Brands Group (Authentic), will host Club SI at Las Vegas Grand Prix. 
The exclusive experience and three-day (Thursday, November 16 - Saturday, November 18) hospitality suite at the Las Vegas Grand Prix will be set on the iconic Las Vegas Strip, on Las Vegas Boulevard next to Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. SI’s luxe fete will afford fans unparalleled views of the race, along with an exceptional slate of programming and hospitality ranging from parties and celebrity appearances to DJs and premium food and beverage offerings. 
The celebration on Saturday, November 18 will be hosted by Beckham and O’Neal with Club SI’s additional programming to be announced. 
Tickets for Club SI are now on sale. The ticket is all-inclusive, providing three days’ access to the venue, food, beverage, parties, activations, and stellar views of the race. Purchase tickets here.

Progressive American Flat Track is excited to announce that the City of Sturgis, South Dakota, and Black Hills Harley-Davidson will serve as the title sponsor and presenting sponsor, respectively, for The City of Sturgis Black Hills Half-Mile presented by Black Hills Harley-Davidson at Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, South Dakota, on Sunday, August 6.


Despite a population of around 7,000 residents, the City of Sturgis is known worldwide for hosting and staging the largest motorcycle rally in the world on an annual basis. The 83rd City of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which will take place from August 4-13, is expected to draw some 600,000 motorcycle enthusiasts, and inject approximately $800 million into the state’s economy.


Black Hills Harley-Davidson is home to the largest selection of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, parts, accessories, and apparel in the Midwest. Black Hills Harley-Davidson is also a long-time supporter of Progressive AFT and has fielded its own race-winning teams in recent seasons. Every year during the City of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Black Hills Harley-Davidson plays host to over 100 of the industry’s top brands on its 40-acre layout in what it known as “The Rally at Exit 55.”


General Admission Grandstand tickets for the The City of Sturgis Black Hills Half-Mile presented by Black Hills Harley-Davidson are just $25 (kids 12 and under $5), with Premium General Admission Grandstand tickets only $10 more. VIP tickets, which offer access to an exclusive indoor viewing area and include food and beverage, are $125.


Pit Pass Upgrades are also available for purchase, which provide all-day access to the pits where fans can scope out the world’s fastest dirt track motorcycles and get up close and personal with the stars of the sport.


Visit to reserve your seats today.


For those that can’t catch the live action from the circuit, is the live streaming home of Progressive AFT. Sign up now and catch every second of on-track action starting with Practice & Qualifying and ending with the Victory Podium at the end of the night at


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Jim Beaver eSports driver Garrett Lowe delivered the team its first-ever eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series victory on Tuesday night, scoring a statement win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in overtime in the #15 Big Green Egg Ford Mustang. Two weeks after being denied a win at Nashville Superspeedway while a driver on older tires put him into the wall, Lowe led 32 laps and survived multiple late-race restarts for wrecks in the back of the pack to lock himself into the 2023 playoffs.


Upset by the level of aggression in the finish at Nashville, both Lowe and teammate Malik Ray carried protest paint schemes in the race that harkened back to a moment in the 1996 NASCAR Cup Series. After driver Kyle Petty received a five-lap penalty for rough driving for an accident in Charlotte, SABCO Racing owner Felix Sabates, who felt that Dale Earnhardt wouldn’t have been penalized for the same move, reskinned Petty’s car for the next race at Dover to match Earnhardt’s colors. He also added the message “TODO ES JUSTO EN AMOR Y CARRERAS” (roughly, “all is fair in love and racing”) to the car.


Sabates’ refusal to feel pushed around sent a message throughout the sport, and the new look was just as impactful for JBE for the same reasons. Lowe was a factor all race long, finally taking the lead on Lap 74. While a flurry of late cautions kept the field bunched up, Lowe was masterful on restarts, always pulling out to a clear lead and leaving the field behind him. That was no more apparent than on the final restart, when the driver starting directly behind him had fresher tires—just as Lowe had in Nashville—but couldn’t come close to challenging for the victory.


“Congratulations to Garrett for earning the win that he deserved two weeks earlier and getting us into the playoffs for the first time,” said team owner Jim Beaver. “We made our statement to the eNASCAR community: it’s possible to get people talking a lot about a big win without having to put somebody in the wall to do it. It’s great to finally have an eNASCAR win under our belt after four years of trying, but I’m happiest that we did it by racing in a way that we as a team can be proud of. Now, we’re looking forward to trying to put Malik into the playoffs too at Pocono.”


Lowe is locked into the playoffs with his victory and a certain top-20 spot in points at the end of the regular season, while Ray and the #7 Jim Beaver’s Misadventure IPA Ford Mustang are fighting for one of the final remaining playoff spots. After a wreck late in the running at NHMS, Ray is ninth in the current standings with five top-fives and seven top-10s, but ranks third among drivers who have yet to win, and with eight winners so far, is currently the first driver on the outside of the playoffs looking in. Always a threat on big, fast tracks, he’ll look to make the most of the fixed-setup regular season finale at the wide-open Pocono Raceway next week. That race will air on Tuesday, August 1 at 9PM ET on


Image via Nate Stewart/Apex Action Photography

A revolutionary Formula E electric race car, the GENBETA, has smashed the indoor landspeed world record by more than 33 mph reaching a top speed of more than 135.9 mph inside a building in London.
The official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title was achieved by driver Jake Hughes of NEOM McLaren Formula E Team who competed with a rival in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, Mahindra Racing team driver Lucas di Grassi, to set the world record for the fastest speed achieved by a vehicle indoors.
The pair went head-to-head in the ‘Duels’ format used in qualifying for Formula E races to see who could set the fastest speed indoors, on just .176 miles – less than a quarter mile – of straight race track, using the same GENBETA car. 
Neither driver had ever been behind the wheel of the GENBETA before, but both beat the previous world record of 102.7 mph set in February 2021 on all three of their practice runs before their official world record attempts.
Britain’s Jake Hughes was the first to go with three practice drives, instantly becoming the unofficial world record holder with his first run of 133.5 mph. He then pushed that unofficial world record even further in his next two practice runs with recorded speeds of 133.6 mph and 135.2 mph.
Hughes, in his first season of racing in Formula E, set off on his fourth and official run. He achieved a top speed of 135.9 mph earning him the world record title before the onlooking Lucas di Grassi entered the competition.
The Brazilian started strongly with a first run of 134.8 mph, faster than Hughes’ initial practice, and looked to be on course to snatch the world record from his championship rival when his next practice clocked 135.4 mph before the third and final practice hit 135.6 mph, a fraction off Hughes’ official world record.
Alas, it was not to be for the former Formula E champion who won the first-ever Formula E race in Beijing in 2014 and is the most successful driver in the history of the championship. His fourth and official run achieved a top speed of 135.2 mph meaning Hughes had won this unique Duel and was officially declared the holder of the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title as driver of the fastest-ever vehicle indoors.
The GENBETA car driven by both drivers to set the new world record featured a range of modifications to effectively ‘unlock’ the specifications of the GEN3 race car. Introduced this season in Formula E, the GEN3 is the fastest, lightest, most powerful and efficient electric race car ever built. With a top speed of more than 200 mph, the GEN3 is used by the 11 teams and 22 drivers in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. 
The modifications to the GEN3 as part of the GENBETA project include:
  • Enhanced battery power output of 400kW, up from 350kW in the GEN3, through the activation of the front powertrain kit in traction, delivering all-wheel drive for the first time in a Formula E car. The battery was charged by ABB, the title partner and official charging partner of the Championship.
  • New, softer iON Race tire compound allowing faster warm-up and better peak grip, developed by Hankook Tire, official tire supplier of Formula E.
  • 3D printed front wing endplates, wheel fins and a wind deflector with circular, more sustainable thermoplastic solutions developed by SABIC, principal partner of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, to optimize aerodynamics for enhanced straight line speed of the GENBETA.
In addition to technology innovations on the GENBETA car, Google Cloud provided generative artificial intelligence (AI) for analysis of the drivers’ runs. Using their leading platform, Vertex AI, Hughes and Di Grassi were able to interpret real-time telemetry data to generate speed, power and grip recommendations. This gave them the ability to interact and converse with an interface to help fine tune their approach across their three attempts.
Experts from McKinsey & Company, led by its AI arm, QuantumBlack, built data and analytics components to create the driver interface that analyzed and queried data in real time through generative AI for the record attempt.
An adjudicator from Guinness World Records monitored the attempts to ensure the drivers met strict criteria. To set the official indoor landspeed record, the GENBETA car had to set off from a static start and come to a complete halt inside one continuous building structure. 
The drivers started from a standstill inside the ExCeL London events arena and navigated a 130-degree turn at around 24.9 mph before quickly accelerating along the .176 mile straight of the race track. 
The indoor straight is part of the 1.299 mile track which is unique in world motorsport for extending inside and outside the 1,076,391 sq/f ExCeL London events arena in the Docklands area of east London which will host the final two races in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday.
Their speed was measured by a sophisticated speed trap system at a fixed point just 16.4 feet before the drivers entered the braking zone - the length of track needed to come to a complete stop and remain inside the building. 
The world record was set late night on July 25 after construction work to install the track and grandstands at the venue was completed for the day.
Former World’s Strongest Man, Eddie Hall, who has broken multiple weightlifting world records, was part of the driver support team sharing his personal insights and advice on mental preparation for a world record attempt. 
The most dramatic ABB FIA Formula E World Championship season yet will conclude this Saturday and Sunday with the final two races in the 2023 Hankook London E-Prix. Avalanche Andretti Formula E team driver Jake Dennis, from the UK, has a 24-point advantage over Nick Cassidy (Envision Racing) in second. 
However, as the last race weekend in Rome proved when three of the top contenders unexpectedly lost points following crashes that Dennis managed to avoid, anything can happen in Formula E. Following a record-breaking week, Formula E will make history again when a new champion is crowned this weekend.
The GEN3 race car developed by Formula E and the FIA and used by all 11 teams in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship is the fastest, lightest most powerful and efficient electric race competing in elite competition.
As part of the GENBETA project, several technical and material modifications were made to the GEN3 to create the GENBETA car to take on the world-record attempt.
  • Battery: The 350kW power output of the current GEN3 has been enhanced to 400kW. The combined power output of 400kW with all-wheel drive is the result of the dynamic power balance of 50kW available in the front motor and 350kW in the rear-axle motor. The GEN3 and GENBETA batteries are charged by ABB, the title partner and official charging partner of the Championship.
  • Tires: Hankook, together with Formula E and the FIA, created a new specification to maximize the GENBETA’s power output to maximize grip in the bid to set the new world record. The iON Race Formula E Development tire incorporates a new compound which is relatively much softer than the specification tires used by a GEN3 in races. This allows for a faster warm-up time and as a result gives better peak grip to the driver to maximise the performance and hit the speed target.
  • Bodywork: enhancing the aerodynamics of the GENBETA focused on maximizing the straight line speed of the car to achieve the maximum possible speed in the record-breaking test zone. To achieve this, Formula E Principal Partner SABIC contributed circular, more sustainable thermoplastics for three key innovations in the bodywork: new front wing endplates, wheel fins and a wind deflector. The advanced thermoplastics from SABIC come from its TRUCIRCLE™ portfolio, designed to accelerate the change towards a circular economy with solutions targeted at preventing valuable plastics from becoming waste and helping reduce carbon emissions.
    • Front wing endplates: these components, mounted on the outboard extremities of the vehicle’s front wing, are integral to redirection of airflow around the front wheels to help reduce drag, while contributing to the car’s downforce and stability. The front wing endplates on the GENBETA were produced by additive manufacturing or 3D printing process known as fused deposition modelling. The SABIC thermoplastic material employed makes possible the construction of endplates with high stiffness and strength combined with a low weight. 3D printing of the parts also contributes to less material waste, energy use and emissions.
    • Wheel fins: these components, mounted onto the wheel rims in a radial, spoke-like pattern, are intended to help optimize airflow and reduce aerodynamic drag for higher acceleration and speed performance. As an additional benefit, the fins can increase the car’s overall efficiency and aid in cooling the brakes to improve stopping power. The fins are manufactured through injection moulding with a mechanically-recycled thermoplastic from SABIC.
    • Wind deflector: This clear transparent part is attached to the front of the cockpit ahead of the driver and supports optimization of airflow for decreased drag, contributing to improved speed performance. The deflector is thermoplastic sheet product, which is manufactured through an extrusion process using a certified renewable low-carbon thermoplastic from SABIC.



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