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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  



After Montucky Cold Snacks reviewed hundreds of video submissions and dwindled selections down to 12 semi-finalists, today it gleefully announces Salt Lake City’s John Gutz as the winner of their debut 2023 Mascot competition. As the first-ever official Mascot for the company, Gutz will reap the benefits of bonafide minor celebrity D status, receiving an obscene amount of ridiculously unbelievable prizes, while his face is prepared to be plastered on 100,000s of Montucky beer cans dropping this Fall.


Montucky Cold Snacks embarked on its journey earlier this spring with the hopes of finding a worthy candidate to call their own. Contestants from all across the country were offered the chance to submit a short video submission telling Montucky why they should be the face of the brand. 


“I entered the competition because I am a happy outgoing person that loves to share excitement with others and make people laugh. I wanted to do a funny video and this was a good reason. Also, I LOVE Montucky Cold Snacks!!!” says John Gutz. “To be the Montucky Mascot means everything. Portraying the brand with full authenticity and excitement. The Mascot should be fun, outgoing, and personable, someone that people can absorb the excitement and joy that the mascot puts off.”


Gutz is now expected to bring that positive enthusiasm at his major local liquor-store signing tour, when he hosts his Race Day NASCAR party, the first pitch for Reno Aces’ opening game, and when he becomes the official emissary to the sovereign nation of The Republic of Molossia (wherever that is). 


“Winning the competition… It would make my friends and family extremely excited and happy to see my face on a cold snack. I would be able to represent at more events and bring the product to a wider audience from all of the eclectic things I do.”


By Fall of 2023, his friends and family will be proud to see Gutz's face on over 100K Montucky beer cans across the country, some random Billboard probably in the middle of nowhere, his face randomly on mouse pads and coffee cups, not to mention his face wrapped around a NASCAR truck for a track party. 


John Gutz is going to be L-I-V-I-N’ this year!

The official list of prizes below:

  • Appointed the official mascot as an emissary to their sovereign nation of The Republic of Molossia 
  • Face on Cans
  • Your face on a NASCAR Truck (one race)
  • A trip to the NASCAR Truck Race where your face is featured on the side of the truck
  • Your face on a MCS Billboard somewhere in America 
  • Your name on a Montucky Cold Snacks Adopt-A-Highway in Montana
  • Opening throw at Reno Aces game
  • Liquor store can-signing tour
  • Randomly found used mixtape 
  • Sample 50 Fried Foods at a State Fair in One Day 
  • A year’s worth of snacks
  • Face on mouse pad
  • Face on Coffee Cup


Speedway Digest Thursday Night Thunder welcomed Gutz to the Thunderdome to talk about his victory, his love of racing, and his affair with beer...pretty much in that order! 

The 72nd running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring will be March 16, 2024, and as always, the days leading up to the great race will feature multiple races, and a new series on track beginning March 13.


The GTP-winning Whelen Cadillac will return to defend its title as the first hybrid-electrified GTP car to win the 12-Hour classic. Pipo Derani, who drove the car to victory, will also return in pursuit of his fifth Sebring 12-Hour title, further establishing the Brazilian driver as one of Sebring’s all-time most successful.


His win earlier this year matched the four of Allan McNish and Frank Biela. He trails only Rinaldo Capella (5) and Tom Kristensen (6). At only 30 years old when the next Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring takes place, Derani will attempt to move one step closer to Kristensen’s once-seemingly untouchable record. Derani has won four of his first eight Sebring 12-Hour starts – 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2023. 


Joining the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (Mobil 1 Twelve Hours) will be the Alan Jay Automotive Network 120 for the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. That event will move back to its traditional Friday afternoon position, with three other sports car series joining the weekend schedule. As many as eight races will take place during the fabled four-day sports car weekend. The 2023 schedule featured five races.


The 2023 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring featured the debut of the IMSA GTP hybrid-powered prototype class with four manufacturers entering two cars each – Cadillac, Acura, BMW and Porsche. Lamborghini has confirmed its plan to enter the top class of prototypes in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship beginning in 2024, increasing the number of GTP entries at Sebring to at least 10, and possibly more. In addition, the LMP2, GTD Pro and GTD classes will return, bringing with them another huge field for one of the world’s greatest sports car races.


Live evening concerts, drink specials and an assortment of food options will again be featured in the fan zone, as will driver autograph sessions in the competitor paddock. As always, every ticket provides access to the competitor paddock for an up-close view of teams, drivers and cars throughout the week.


The schedule of events for Sebring will be announced in the fall, following the release of each series’ 2024 schedules.  

Earlier today, PETA supporters “joined” Lewis Hamilton’s panel during the 2023 Forbes Iconoclast Summit at Pier 60 and issued a heartfelt appeal to the vegan athlete and devoted dog dad to speak out against Formula 1’s ties to the Iditarod, a grueling 1,000-mile dog-sled race in Alaska in which more than 150 dogs have died, garnering a thumbs-up from Hamilton. Formula 1’s owner, Liberty Media, still supports this cruel race via its subsidiary GCI’s $250,000-per-year sponsorship—and protesters want Hamilton to use his platform to call for the sponsorship to be pulled.

“Formula 1 athletes choose to compete, but no dog chooses to run four marathons a day for up to two weeks through snow, ice, and harsh winds, the ‘reward’ for many being death,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Lewis Hamilton can be a powerful advocate for these dogs, who desperately need his voice, and PETA is urging him to demand an end to GCI’s harmful sponsorship.”
Up to half the dogs who start the Iditarod don’t finish it. During this year’s race—which had the smallest field of mushers in the event’s history—approximately 175 dogs were pulled off the trail due to exhaustion, illness, injury, or other causes, leaving the remaining ones to work even harder. The race ended in controversy after the winner was caught on video dragging exhausted dogs toward a checkpoint.
The leading cause of death for dogs in the Iditarod is aspiration pneumonia—caused by inhaling their own vomit—and the race’s official death toll doesn’t include countless others who were killed simply because they weren’t fast enough or who died during the off-season while chained next to dilapidated boxes or plastic barrels in the bitter cold, a practice exposed in a PETA undercover investigation.
Alaska Airlines, Chrysler, Coca-Cola, Jack Daniel’s, Wells Fargo, ExxonMobil, and many other companies have cut ties with the Iditarod after learning from PETA how dogs suffer and die because of the race.
PETA opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview, and its motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment.” For more information about PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please visit, listen to The PETA Podcast, or follow the group on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram.


Hooters and NASCAR superstar Chase Elliott are offering fans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to win the race-worn Hooters fire suit from the inaugural Grant Park 220 Chicago Street Race on Sunday, July 2.


To participate in the sweepstakes, fans can place an order on Chase Elliott's Chicken Tenders now through July 3 at Each order automatically grants an entry for the opportunity to win Chase Elliott's fire suit and other exciting prizes, including Hooters gift cards, Chase Elliott merchandise, and a chance to win one of 10 autographed Chase Elliott’s Chicken Tenders caps. To enter, simply place an order and either open a new HootClub account or sign in using your existing HootClub credentials. Fans can use the promo code CHASE5 to enjoy $5 off any order of $30 or more until July 3.


"As the Official Home of Race Fans, we are excited to announce this one-of-a-kind promotion, offering fans the exclusive opportunity to win a highly coveted piece of sports memorabilia – a race-worn fire suit," said Hooters Chief Marketing Officer Bruce Skala. "This promotion exemplifies our unwavering dedication to delivering extraordinary experiences and showcases our ongoing commitment to leveraging our marketing assets and athlete partnerships in innovative ways. At Hooters, we take pride in creating dynamic opportunities that deeply resonate with our valued customers, further establishing us as the premier destination for passionate sports fans."


Chase Elliott's Chicken Tenders, the virtual restaurant inspired by the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Champion, is designed to satisfy the appetites of fans craving a dippable snack or savory meal at home or on the go. The menu offers a variety of options, including chicken tenders, boneless wings, chicken sandwiches, buffalo chicken salad, as well as fan-favorite starters like fried pickles and mozzarella cheese sticks. Popular sides such as curly fries, waffle fries, and tots are also available.


No purchase is necessary to participate in the sweepstakes. The sweepstakes is open to legal U.S. residents of fifty (50) U.S. states or the District of Columbia, aged 18 or older. Registration ends on July 3, 2023. See official rules at Void wherever prohibited.  


Lucas Oil Products, the world leader and distributor of high-performance automotive additives and lubricants, is thrilled to announce the addition of veteran motorsports reporter Jamie Little as its newest brand ambassador. As one of the most recognizable figures in motorsports television, Little joins an exclusive group of brand ambassadors and key partnerships across several different sports including NFL, NASCAR, NHRA, INDYCAR, Monster Jam, PBR and more.


In her role, she is helping the brand create rich multimedia content through interviews and experiences with current brand ambassadors and partners, as well creating social media posts by sharing how she uses Lucas Oil products in her daily life on social media. In one of her first segments, Jamie sat down with ECR Engines SVP Bob Fisher to discuss Lucas Oil’s partnership with Richard Childress Racing and ECR Engines, and shared her experiences  taking a few high-speed laps at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in an two-seat Arrow McLaren Indy Car. 


"For more than two decades, millions of fans around the world have been watching Jamie Little bring her unique style of reporting to several different racing series, especially INDYCAR and NASCAR, and it is a true honor to have her as part of the Lucas Oil family of brand ambassadors,” said Brandon Bernstein, Director of Partnership Marketing. “Jamie has been entrenched in motorsports her entire life and brings a unique perspective to the Lucas Oil brand. She understands our commitment to excellence and we know her dynamic personality and respect in the sports broadcasting world will help elevate the Lucas Oil brand to new audiences.”


Jamie’s career in broadcasting began in 1998 with ESPN as a reporter for both the Summer and Winter X-Games. She worked as a pit reporter for several years with ESPN/ABC covering the INDYCAR series, which included 11 Indianapolis 500s. In 2015, she joined Fox Sports and has worked as a pit reporter for all three of their national touring series. In 2021, she was tapped to be the lead announcer for the ARCA Menards Series, making history as the first woman to work as the lead television play-by-play announcer for a national motorsports series. In 2023, she added to her play-by-play duties with the addition of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck series, becoming the first woman lead announcer for NASCAR.  


“The Lucas Oil organization has built an iconic presence in the motorsports industry and I am absolutely thrilled to bring my passion for racing and experience in broadcasting to their family of brand ambassadors,” Little said. “This is my opportunity to share how Lucas Oil has used its success on the track to create incredible products that help everyday drivers get better fuel mileage, reduce wear and tear on their engines and save money. I am very proud to be working with such a great organization and I’m looking forward to creating some fun content.”


For more information about Lucas Oil’s brand ambassador program or to schedule an interview, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


NASCAR today announced plans to bring Bubba’s Block Party, a nationwide community initiative hosted by 23XI Racing driver Bubba Wallace, to The DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center on Wednesday, June 28 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The community event, presented in partnership with Xfinity, will precede the first-ever Chicago Street Race Weekend, featuring the NASCAR Cup Series’ Grant Park 220 and NASCAR Xfinity Series’ The Loop 121.

“We look forward to hosting Bubba’s Block Party on the South Side of Chicago before NASCAR drivers compete in the first-ever Chicago Street Race,” said Pete Jung, NASCAR Chief Marketing Officer. “We are proud to partner with The DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center, the nation’s first independent museum celebrating Black culture.”

To download Bubba’s Block Party and Chicago Street Race logos and/or Lupe Fiasco assets, click here.

The DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center, a Smithsonian affiliate, is the nation’s first independent museum dedicated to the collection, preservation and study of the history and culture of Africans Americans and people of African descent.

“The DuSable is thrilled to partner with NASCAR and racing great Bubba Wallace to present this exciting community event. We are dedicated to teaching stories of Black excellence and so happy that Bubba and NASCAR are committed to expanding their reach to connect directly with our communities. We’re looking forward to a growing and impactful partnership with NASCAR in Chicago,” said Perri Irmer, President and CEO of The DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center

Bubba’s Block Party is a national community-focused NASCAR initiative that aims to drive awareness, access and engagement to the sport among the Black community while generating excitement around the race weekend.

“I can’t wait to kick off our second Block Party of 2023 in Chicago, at The DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center,” said Bubba Wallace, NASCAR Driver for 23XI Racing. “As we continue to make gains in expanding and diversifying our fan base, it’s a privilege that we’re able to enter an already exciting week and showcase all that NASCAR has to offer. As I’ve said before, fans, both new and current, are the wheels of our sport. I love that we can put on events that shows our appreciation, while simultaneously inviting others to learn more about what NASCAR has to offer.”

The free ticketed event will offer guest performances by Chicago-born, Grammy Award-winning rapper Lupe Fiasco who gained national attention with his 2006 album Food & Liquor, which helped cement a new wave of Chicago rappers in the national conversation.  

Attendees will enjoy a Kids Zone, free haircuts, and health & wellness activities. Guests will also take laps on racing simulators and enjoy live pit stop demonstrations by Wallace’s No. 23 pit crew. Wallace will visit with the audience as part of a fireside chat which will focus on his career journey and NASCAR’s efforts to promote diversity and inclusion across the sport.  

In keeping with the local connection, NASCAR will join forces with House of RaimYah Consulting, based in the Chicagoland area, for a food truck village at the event serving up local bites from Black-owned businesses to drive awareness, support and economic impact. Featured businesses Charmz Kitchen, Culture Food & Entertainment, One Plate at a Time, Reggie’s Ribs, Chicken/Beef Sausage, Ribs, Jerk Chicken Quesadilla, Can’t Believe It’s Not Meat, Mike’s Lemonade & Cheesesteaks, and Taste-E Cookies and Co.

“We are excited to be able to support Bubba as well as our partners at NASCAR and 23XI Racing for this event. The party will not only have a positive impact on the Chicago community, but it will also help bring more people into the sport,” said Matt Lederer, Vice President, Xfinity Brand Partnerships.

Bubba’s Block Party is open to the public and is a family friendly event suited for children ages 4 and up. For more information and to RSVP visit

Chicago Street Race

As part of NASCAR’s 75th anniversary season, the first-ever Chicago Street Race Weekend will feature the NASCAR Cup Series’ Grant Park 220 and NASCAR Xfinity Series’ The Loop 121 competing on a 12-turn, 2.2-mile street course that will take competitors past and through many of Chicago’s most renowned downtown landmarks, along with full-length concerts by The Chainsmokers and Miranda Lambert with the support of The Black Crowes and Charley Crockett over Fourth of July Weekend on July 1-2.

General admission and reserved tickets are on sale for the Chicago Street Race. Two-day general admission ticket start at $269 and reserved tickets that offer an array of opportunities including reserved seating and a wide variety of premium experiences start at $465. To purchase tickets, fans can log onto or call 1-888-629-7223.

The Grant Park 220 will be nationally broadcast on NBC on Sunday, July 2 at 5:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. CT and The Loop 121 will be broadcast nationally on USA Network at 5:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. CT.

To stay up to date with the Chicago Street Race, fans can subscribe to receive exclusive Chicago Street Race emails, follow @NASCARChicago on Twitter and Facebook and download the NASCAR Tracks App for the latest real-time updates on all aspects of the event.

NASCAR announced that it will host NASCAR Night at Navy Pier, a unique esports event presented by Logitech, iRacing & Coca-Cola, on Tuesday, June 27 in the Aon Grand Ballroom. The free event – open to the public – will give Chicagoans and visitors a chance to virtually drive the Chicago Street Course on the same official iRacing simulators that NASCAR drivers are using to prepare for the first-of-its-kind event.

“Putting fans close to the action is what NASCAR is all about, so thanks to our tremendous partners at Navy Pier, we will get people behind the wheel at NASCAR Night for the perfect kick-off to race week,” said Julie Giese, Chicago Street Race President. “Esports is such a critical component of providing access to those who may not have grown up around the sport, so we want to give everyone a chance to experience what NASCAR’s first-ever street race will be like from the driver’s vantage point.”

To download the Navy Pier, eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series, iRacing, Logitech, and Chicago Street Race logos, click here.

In addition, NASCAR will host a livestream of the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series race on the Chicago Street Course with special guest Matt Bussa, eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series driver for William Byron eSports.​ The event – complete with a live DJ set – is open from 5-9:30 p.m. CT. iRacing, the Official Simulation Partner of NASCAR, was instrumental in the development of the Chicago Street Course. The eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series is in its 14th season.

“When we think about the growth of our sport among new and more diverse communities, gaming and esports are really at the heart of NASCAR’s future,” said Ray Smith, Director of Gaming and Esports at NASCAR. “We already have full-time NASCAR drivers like Rajah Caruth who got their start in eNASCAR, so our hope is that the next great NASCAR champion will be here in the room at Navy Pier.”

Fans will also have a chance to take a photo with the official Grant Park 220 and The Loop 121 trophies​, have a first-look at Chicago Street Race merchandise, get a snapshot with the NASCAR Next Gen show car, and jump in the 360-degree photo booth. Registration is not required.

Chicago Street Race

As part of NASCAR’s 75th anniversary season, the first-ever Chicago Street Race Weekend will feature the NASCAR Cup Series’ Grant Park 220 and NASCAR Xfinity Series’ The Loop 121 competing on a 12-turn, 2.2-mile street course, along with full-length concerts by The Chainsmokers and Miranda Lambert with the support of The Black Crowes and Charley Crockett over Fourth of July Weekend on July 1-2.

General admission and reserved tickets are on sale for the Chicago Street Race. Two-day general admission tickets start at $269 and reserved tickets that offer an array of opportunities including reserved seating and a wide variety of premium experiences start at $465. To purchase tickets, fans can log onto or call 1-888-629-7223.

The Grant Park 220 will be nationally broadcast on NBC on Sunday, July 2 at 5:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. CT and The Loop 121 will be broadcast nationally on USA Network at 5:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. CT.

To stay up to date with the Chicago Street Race, fans can subscribe to receive exclusive Chicago Street Race emails, follow @NASCARChicago on Twitter and Facebook and download the NASCAR Tracks App for the latest real-time updates on all aspects of the event.

Always excited to test its products at the highest level, ENEOS will again join brand ambassadors Dai Yoshihara and Evasive Motorsports at the annual Race To The Clouds. The legendary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) takes the team to the 14,115ft summit, tackling 156 challenging turns over the 12.42-mile course.

Previous attempts saw the team claim the 2020 Unlimited Class win with its 900hp ENEOS Racing / Evasive Motorsports Toyota 86. It then set the fastest time for an EV in 2022 with the Turn 14 Distribution / Yokohama Tire / ENEOS / Evasive Motorsports Tesla Model 3 Pikes Peak. 

Constantly seeking new challenges, the team is returning to Colorado this year with the Evasive Motorsports / ENEOS Oil Honda S2000RS. It’s the racing sibling of the team’s recently announced Honda S2000R resto-mod and is based on a 2004 S2000. It was selected because the company has extensive experience racing and tuning the sports car, becoming very familiar with its attributes and strengths.

As part of the team's development program, the S2000RS was campaigned in Time Attack races during the 2022 season, where it showed impressive potential. Among its key attributes are nimble handling, thanks to the combination of a lightweight chassis, premium suspension components and high-speed downforce. The Honda also has a healthy power to weight ratio, thanks to its heavily modified Honda F20 four-cylinder motor developing 650hp in a vehicle weighing 2400 lb.



To catapult the Evasive Motorsports / ENEOS Oil Honda S2000RS up Pikes Peak, the F20 engine capacity has been increased from 2.0 to 2.4 liters with a 12.5:1 high-compression Toda Racing bore and stroke kit utilizing 87.5mm pistons, I-beam chrome moly fully floating connecting rods, and a 99mm dynamically balanced crankshaft. To help the enlarged engine breathe at altitude, it has a big-valve Toda cylinder head with sports camshafts, Bosch throttle body and RZCrew billet intake manifold ingesting pressurized air from the HKS GT6290 ball-bearing turbocharger.

Just like all its previous Pikes Peak attempts, Evasive Motorsports is again using ENEOS Racing 0W-50 synthetic lubricants, which provide superior performance at higher temperatures while protecting critical engine components. And although the previous Tesla Model 3 racer didn’t require engine oil, the car did help to develop the new line of advanced ENEOS EV Fluids that contributed to lower friction and superior cooling.

With the engine developing 650hp, the team wanted to evolve the two-seat sports car’s handling by widening the track and improving the aerodynamic downforce. These goals were achieved with a Voltex Circuit Version 3 aero body kit from Japan, which was supplemented by a high-downforce front splitter and rear wing. A carbon fiber Mugen hardtop was also installed to smooth the airflow over the cockpit.

In addition to the aero properties, the body modifications improved engine cooling and allowed the team to widen the Honda’s footprint, squeezing 280/650 R18 Yokohama A005 racing slicks under the wider fenders on 18x11” Titan 7 T-P5 forged racing wheels. The team also spent months dialing-in the handling with KW suspension, StopTech brakes and a new Bosch ABS system.

A major addition for 2023 is the OS Giken OS-7 sequential transmission with Hollinger pneumatic shifter kit. It provides paddle shifts, allowing Dai to keep his hands on the wheel in the 156 turns. An IP 8.8 differential kit with OS Giken limited-slip internals helps to maximize cornering traction.

“We’re extremely optimistic about our chances this year,” said Mike Chang, CEO at Evasive Motorsports. “With years of experience working on the S2000 chassis and the intensive development we put into both our S2000R project and now the S2000RS for Pikes Peak, we’ve set our sights on the Open Class. We’d love to be the first Japanese tuner car to finish under 10min because it’s never been done before. Of course, there are so many things that can go wrong under the pressure of competition, but we feel the 2023 race presents another opportunity to bring home the silverware!”



Best known for his highly successful Formula DRIFT career, during which he claimed the 2011 PRO Championship title, the Japanese driver is remarkably adaptable behind the wheel. Currently participating in the TC America racing series in a Honda Civic Type R, Dai also has extensive experience in Time Attack, GT racing, driver training and more.

The 101st running of the PPIHC will mark Dai’s fifth Race To The Clouds. His first was in 2019 at the wheel of the ENEOS Racing / Evasive Motorsports Toyota 86. A differential problem ended his aspirations, but he returned to claim the Unlimited Class win the following year. In 2021, the team switched to the Turn 14 Distribution / Yokohama Tire / ENEOS / Evasive Motorsports Tesla Model 3 Pikes Peak. The electric power delivery and handling balance demanded a new driving style, and while electrical gremlins scuppered his 2021 ambitions, the team’s efforts were rewarded last year with the fastest climb set by an EV, helped by a wet track.

“We’ve had mixed fortunes at Pikes Peak but I feel we have a real chance for a good result this year,” Dai told us. “We’re competing against a lot of fast cars in the Open Class with a 2004 Honda four-cylinder, but I feel really comfortable in the Evasive Motorsports / ENEOS Oil Honda S2000RS. It’s faster than our previous cars and the handling is excellent. The stock S2000 is one of the best handling Japanese sports cars and Evasive has enhanced it with top components, so we’re hoping for a sub-10min time this year – ideally close to 9:50. However, you never know what the weather will do, so it's always a lottery. We’re taking Yokohama slicks and rain tires to ensure we’re prepared, as long as it doesn’t snow!”

The 101st running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb takes place on June 25. The Evasive Motorsports / ENEOS Oil Honda S2000RS will also participate in the Pikes Peak Fan Fest, which takes place in downtown Colorado Springs on June 23 from 5-9PM. The team will be meeting fans and handing out swag.




Engine: F20 four-cylinder, bored and stroked to 2.4-liters with 12.5:1 high-compression Toda Racing bore and stroke kit utilizing 87.5mm pistons, I-beam chrome moly, fully floating connecting rods and bearings, 99mm dynamically balanced crankshaft, big-valve Toda cylinder head with uprated springs, Beryllium seats and Toda camshafts, HKS GT6290 ball-bearing turbocharger, MoTeC M150 engine management, Origin Fab exhaust manifold, EVS Tuning side-exit exhaust, Bosch throttle body, RZCrew billet intake manifold, ENEOS Racing 0W-50 high-performance synthetic motor oil 

Transmission: OS Giken OS-7 sequential unit, Hollinger pneumatic shifter kit, IP 8.8 differential kit with OS Giken limited-slip diff internals

Chassis: KW three-way dampers, Wisefab spherical arms, subframe reinforcement, AST air jack system

Brakes: StopTech six-piston front calipers and 14” rotors, four-piston rear calipers and 12.9” rotors, CSG brake pads, Bosch Motorsports ABS

Wheels & Tires: 18x11” Titan 7 T-P5 forged racing wheels, 280/650 R18 Yokohama A005 racing slicks

Exterior: Voltex Circuit Version 3 aero body kit with high-downforce front splitter and rear wing, Mugen carbon fiber hardtop

Interior: MoTeC C127 dashboard display and Power Distribution Module, Bride seats, Sparco harnesses

 Following three straight Miles, Progressive American Flat Track, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, now shifts its gears to race four consecutive Half-Miles starting with this weekend’s Mission Lima Half-Mile presented by Indian Motorcycle and Drag Specialties at the Allen County Fairgrounds in Lima, Ohio, on Saturday, June 24.


Reigning Mission SuperTwins presented by S&S Cycle Jared Mees (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle/Rogers Racing/SDI Racing FTR750) comes in with all the momentum after sweeping the aforementioned Miles. He’s also fully at home at the venue with its trademark pea-gravel cushion, considering he’s not just a five-time winner of the race but also its promoter with wife Nichole.


Even with all that considered, Mees isn’t necessarily the overwhelming favorite to win this weekend; several others have a legitimate claim as well.


Even as a rookie, Mission SuperTwins points leader Dallas Daniels (No. 32 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT) looked like the rider to beat pretty much all day here a year ago. In the Main Event, he fought his way up from a bad start to battle for the lead before coming home in second place.


And the rider who ultimately beat Daniels was not Mees, but rather Brandon Robinson (No. 44 Mission Roof Systems Indian FTR750). Robinson, who comes in fresh off an ultra-close runner-up result at the DuQuoin Mile, is a two-time winner of the Lima Half-Mile and driven to score his first victory of ‘23.


That’s also the case for Briar Bauman (No. 3 Parts Plus/Jacob Companies KTM 790 Duke), another two-time winner of the prestigious event. Bauman was as strong as he’s been all season this past weekend and is now primed to capitalize as the season shifts to some tracks well aligned with his strengths.


JD Beach (No. 95 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT), Davis Fisher (No. 67 Rackley Racing/Bob Lanphere’s BMC Racing Indian FTR750), and Jarod Vanderkooi (No. 20 JMC Motorsports/Fairway Ford Indian FTR750) have all had their moments this season and look to add some more this weekend as the trio headline an extended list of additional podium contenders.


Another rider to keep tabs on is the returning Johnny Lewis (No. 10 Moto Anatomy X Powered by Royal Enfield 650), who won the Mission Production Twins race aboard the Royal Enfield here in 2021.


Parts Unlimited AFT Singles presented by KICKER


The hard-won points advantage of defending Parts Unlimited AFT Singles presented by KICKER champ Kody Kopp (No. 1 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-F) took something of a battering during the recent run of Miles. This didn’t come entirely unexpectedly, and despite the dip, he still managed to weather the storm and continues to stand atop the championship standings.


Now he’s poised to strike back. A year ago, the foundations of Kopp’s championship campaign were built on his Half-Mile prowess, reeling in five HM victories in eight attempts. Included in that list of wins was a blowout performance at the Lima Half-Mile, in which he shook free from the pack on the race’s opening lap and never looked back.


The riders who joined him on the podium that night will look to make it more of a contest this time around, as both come into the weekend considerably more experienced and in stellar form.


Chase Saathoff (No. 88 American Honda/Mission Foods CRF450R) is just nine points behind Kopp on the strength of five consecutive podiums, four of which runner-ups. And he’s the opposite of satisfied by that impressive stat considering he’s still seeking his first Progressive AFT victory after multiple near-misses.


Even with Kopp’s one-sided victory, the rider who turned the most heads at Lima a year ago was arguably Tom Drane (No. 59 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F), who finished in second while making his series’ debut. The Aussie is a class full-timer now and quickly making his presence felt, notching up a pair of race wins already in ‘23.


The rest of the usual suspects should factor up front again this weekend, including the likes of Dalton Gauthier (No. 79 D&D Racing/Certified KTM 450 SX-F), Max Whale (No. 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-F), Trevor Brunner (No. 21 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F), Trent Lowe (No. 48 American Honda/Mission Foods CRF450R), and Morgen Mischler (No. 13 American Honda/Mission Foods CRF450R).


While a bit quiet at the last two rounds, 1st Impressions Husqvarna teammates Chad Cose (No. 49 1st Impressions Race Team/Husqvarna Racing FC450) and James Ott (No. 19 1st Impressions Race Team/Husqvarna Racing FC450) might just make more noise this weekend. Cose managed to win a Mission Production Twins race and podium in Parts Unlimited AFT Singles at Lima on a single evening back in ‘19, while Ott finished inside the top five here just last year.


And don’t rule out a huge night for Shayna Texter-Bauman (No. 52 Parts Plus/Jacob Companies KTM 450 SX-F), who was victorious at Lima in both 2018 and 2019.


There will be plenty to keep fans entertained at the track on Saturday as well, including numerous vendors, expansive food and beverage options, and extensive motorcycle parking.


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Gates will open for fans at 2:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. PT) with Opening Ceremonies scheduled to begin at 6:40 p.m. ET (3:40 p.m. PT).


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FOX Sports coverage of the Mission Lima Half-Mile presented by Indian Motorcycle and Drag Specialties, featuring in-depth features and thrilling onboard cameras, will premiere on FS1 on Sunday, July 2, at 2:00 p.m. ET (11:00 p.m. PT).


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 Six races into his rookie season on the Big Machine Vodka Spiked Coolers TA2 Series tour, Thad Moffitt scored his first podium finish three weekends ago on the downtown streets of Detroit. The driver of the No. 43 Safety-Kleen/Victory Impact Chevrolet Camaro for TeamSLR and his fulltime teammate Dillon Machavern, who scored his first top-five of the season in the Motor City, hope to keep the momentum going in Sunday’s round seven of the 2023 campaign, the 3-Dimensional Services Group Classic at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington.


Moffitt is hoping his second-place finish in the second race of the Saturday-Sunday TA2 doubleheader at Detroit is the launching point for a solid second half of his inaugural season competing in the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli.


He and Machavern will be joined for the first time by 20-year-old Carson Kvapil in the three-car TeamSLR entry for Sunday’s 45-lap, 70-minute race on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn Mid-Ohio circuit, set for a 12:40 p.m. EDT start.


For the first time in his rookie TA2 season, Moffitt will be competing at a track where he’s raced before. In June 2021, he qualified ninth and finished third in the ARCA Menards Series race at Mid-Ohio, driving a David Gilliland Racing entry. The 22-year-old grandson of racing legend Richard Petty is hoping to benefit from the lessons learned that weekend to keep his steady progress in TeamSLR TA2 M1 Racecars equipment progressing at an accelerated rate. He arrives at Mid-Ohio 11th in the driver standings.


Machavern, driver of the No. 17 Heritage Automotive/Unifirst SLR-M1 Racecars entry, returns to the Mid-Ohio circuit he’s visited on numerous occasions with the TA2 series, as well as IMSA competition. He finished fourth and fifth in the 2015 and 2016 TA2 races, respectively, and posted a sixth-place finish in IMSA’s GTD class with co-driver Bill Auberlen in 2018. The 27-year-old from Charlotte, Vermont, arrives at Mid-Ohio eighth in the driver standings.


Kvapil, the son of 2003 NASCAR Truck Series champion Travis Kvapil, will be making his first career TA2 start in the No. 8 SLR-M1 Racecars Chevrolet Camaro looking to begin developing his road-course racecraft in earnest. He cut his racing teeth on dirt short tracks and most recently has become a frontrunner on the CARS Tour for Pro Late Models and Late Model Stocks. The current driver of the No. 8 Chevrolet for Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s JR Motorsports team has won three of the seven Late Model Stock races so far this season and sits atop the driver standings. After this weekend, he’s set to return to TeamSLR for round eight July 9 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.


As with all races this season, Sunday’s event at Mid-Ohio will be streamed live on the Trans Am and SpeedTour channels on YouTube. And Trans Am’s new TV partner this year, MAVTV, will rebroadcast it in a one-hour package Thursday, June 29, at 8 p.m. EDT.


Dillon Machavern, Driver, No. 17 Heritage Automotive/Unifirst/SLR-M1 Racecars Entry:


You showed consistent top-five speed during the Detroit doubleheader. Do you feel like you and the team are headed in the right direction as you turn the corner toward the second half of the season this weekend at Mid-Ohio?

“I’m pretty optimistic, actually. I think we learned a lot at Detroit just about how to communicate setup on the car. We were taking baby steps and we finally decided to take a big swing at it and that was pretty successful for us. I think at Detroit we were closer to the pace we wanted to be than anywhere else, so I think moving forward we’re going to be in a pretty good spot to be really competitive and make the right changes quickly because, of course, we don’t have a lot of time to execute and pick a direction on these race weekends. So, yeah, I’d say ‘optimistic’ is the word for the weekend.”


How do you feel what you learned at Detroit can translate to success at Mid-Ohio?

“I think the main thing going to a known track like Mid-Ohio is we already have a pretty good idea of what the baseline is going to be, so we don’t have to spend as much time figuring out gear ratios and just establishing the base spring package we have to be on, etc. I think we’ll roll off the trailer closer than Detroit just because we have that history at Mid-Ohio, so it’s going to be more fine-tuning compared to Detroit, where we were trying to figure it out for the first time just like everybody else.”


What do you feel are some of the key points on the track that are important to making good lap times?

“Turn one is a difficult corner. It’s really inviting to turn early, and then you’re not able to get the power down. It’s interesting, too, because you’re just using a curb, you don’t have a very defined apex there because the other side’s also pavement, but if you hit that curb wrong, you’re all out of whack. And that’s a super important corner to fire down into one of the few passing zones in the Keyhole, which is also very inviting. And depending on the day and the temperature and other variables, the grip can be in different places there, so you can make some outside passes at times, it’s a place that’s always exciting. The technical part of the track, it’s just survival more than anything else, especially in these cars because they’re so big, so you kind of just want to get through them. You’re not really going to be passing anybody unless the speed is way off or somebody makes a mistake, so just getting through that stuff is the most important thing. Overall, it’s a super difficult track to pass on. Long-run setup is going to be important because you have to get off the corners well. I’ve had cars that didn’t turn very well but got off the corners well there and was really successful with it. And there’s always the X factor of rain there because it’s the most slippery place we go to when it’s wet.”


Thad Moffitt, Driver, No. 43 Safety-Kleen/Victory Impact Chevrolet Camaro:

Your general thoughts about heading to Mid-Ohio coming off your first podium of the season at Detroit?

“This is a track we’re going to with TA2 where I’ve actually run a race. I finished third in an ARCA car two years ago for David Gilliland Racing – Ty Gibbs won and Austin Hill finished second. The biggest thing for me, like it is at a lot of these places, even though I’d gotten some laps at certain tracks – like at Lime Rock, I ran a Miata, so I knew where the corners were but I didn’t really know how aggressive you could be with a TA2 car – it’s been baby steps. For me at Mid-Ohio, I drove something heavier with more horsepower, so that gives me kind of a good baseline to start for how aggressive you can be on certain parts of the racetrack. I know we’ll be a lot faster in the TA2 car because we weigh about 600 or 700 pounds less.”


What do you remember about the track from your ARCA race there in 2021?

“I enjoyed Mid-Ohio a lot because it has a little bit of everything. It has the high-speed stuff – turn one was a really high-speed corner, you shift down from fourth to third and then you’re right back in the gas. And then the braking zones are really good, a lot of good ones for passing. Up the hill into turn two and then back down the hill into turn four was a good place. (Turns) five, six and seven where you go up the hill and then back down to the right is really on edge, slow, technical – you have to put your car in the right place because if you don’t, you’re going to be way out.”


With everything Mid-Ohio throws at you, would you consider it one of the more demanding tracks you’ve visited?

“I would say it’s a pretty demanding track, mentally. You really don’t have time to take a break. I know we have the long straightaway, but you’ve really got to be on your game, hitting your marks every lap. I remember that place being really line-sensitive, and if you’re off just a little bit, it made a big difference on the stopwatch. So I think it’s going to be big to hit all your marks and know where you’re at the whole time. I think it’s back to the traditional road courses we were at in the early part of the year. You’ve got your slow, technical stuff where you need to be turning well, and you’ve got your fast, high-speed stuff, and you’ve got to be good in the braking zones. Another thing about the track is all the runoff area –

there are not a whole lot of things you’re going to hit. So if you do have an off, it’s not like the whole weekend’s done like it would be at a place like Detroit if you have an off.”


What areas of your road-course racecraft do you feel you need to work on as you approach the halfway point of the season?

“I think that, for me, some key points that I need to work on is our short-run speed. The fire-off qualifying stuff, it seems like every week we have a better car than we qualify and then, once we start racing, we pass four or five cars and the leaders have opened up a gap. So if I can work on getting a little bit more in those first two or three laps and working on that short-run speed, it’ll put us in a better position at the end of the race.”


Do you feel like the runner-up finish at Detroit signals something of a turning point to your rookie TA2 season?

“Our most well-executed race was the Sunday race at Detroit. On my part and everyone’s part, I felt like we were just solid all weekend. Really, we weren’t a second-place car or a driver that day, but we ended up just staying out of trouble, which is like 90 percent of these races. So for me to be able to put the whole weekend together – I think the confidence is there, I know I can run up front in these deals, but I just need to get more out of the car in the short-run speed and stay out of trouble. Saturday at Detroit, I felt like we were going to have a really, really good day, too. I was passing cars and moving forward, but then I got into the wall a little bit and cut that left-front tire.”


Carson Kvapil, Driver, No. 8 SLR-M1 Racecars Chevrolet Camaro:


What led you to TeamSLR for your first high-level road-course racing experience this weekend at Mid-Ohio?

“Josh Wise and the guys at Chevrolet got me hooked up with TeamSLR to run Mid-Ohio and Road America to basically expand my horizons. In their eyes, I’m obviously running well in the asphalt Late Model stuff, and I’ve run dirt in the past – that’s what I grew up doing, honestly, running dirt cars. The road-course stuff, I’ve only done Bandaleros when I was 11 years old on a road course, and Legend cars when I was 13. It’s one of the main things I’m lacking in experience and skill, but they want to have you prepared as you look to move up to the higher series.”


What have you been doing to prepare for this weekend and beyond on the road courses?

“Chevrolet got me good amount of laps and time on the simulator before I tested last week with Scott (Lagasse Jr.) at Mid-Ohio, so I feel pretty prepared. We did a day and a half of testing and I was running some pretty good lap times. I feel like I’m ready. The only thing I’m a little worried about is racing around other people. It’s different from the circle track, Late Model stuff, so that’ll be something that I’ll have to figure out. But, track-wise, I feel pretty good about it.”


How was your introduction to TeamSLR at the Mid-Ohio test?

“I’m really pleased to be working with Scott and his father, just all the guys on the team, they’re all super helpful. And all the knowledge and data they’ve got makes it a lot easier than what I’ve been doing weekly on the circle tracks. Being able to look at all the data, looking at video of last year’s laps, that’s been a huge help for me. Those guys definitely have their stuff together. Scott and I really worked well together and I think he understands what I’m saying about what I’m feeling in the car. I’m super happy and I’m super excited for these two races.”


Can you compare the TA2 car to anything you’ve raced in the past?

“The TA2 car didn’t feel super different. Obviously there’s a difference in setups for the road course than what I’m driving on the ovals. It’s kind of a mix of the chassis that I’ve run in the past in the Late Models, the Super Late Models. The actual mechanics of the car, it’s not something that I’m not used to. The radial tire, that’s a little different than what I’m used to. I’ve only run three ARCA races on radials, otherwise I’m racing on bias ply tires. The radials seem to hold up a lot better. Otherwise, nothing too crazy, nothing out of the ordinary, I just need the time to get used to it.”


What did you think of the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course during the test?

“I honestly like Mid-Ohio as a rookie road-course guy. It’s difficult – obviously they all are. It’s challenging but not to the point where it’s so hard that it’s not fun. As far as road courses, I’ve only tested at Carolina Motorsports Park and VIR other than Mid-Ohio. All the sim time I got before testing at Mid-Ohio definitely made it a better experience. It’s a really fun track. There are definitely places I need to get better at. Compared to (Connor) Mosack’s laps (for TeamSLR) last year, and the data, for the most part on the back half of the track I feel like I’m up to speed pretty good. It feels like turns one through five or so, if I remember correctly, those were the places I was losing time, the long straightaways and stuff like that. So I’ve got to figure out how to get more speed heading down the long backstretch and then I’ll be a whole lot better. Just having other cars around me that I can follow will definitely help once we get there for the weekend.”


You’re having a successful season on the CARS Tour so far, winning three of the seven races you’ve run. Do you feel that will give you confidence as you delve into road racing in the Trans Am Series?

“Obviously, when you win races, you boost confidence in the team you’re driving for and you’re boosting confidence in yourself. It kind of reassures you that you’re doing well against who you’re racing against. It helps, for sure. We’ve had a really good season so far with JR Motorsports. We’ve won three of the seven races and should’ve won the last race. But this road-course stuff is going to be way different for me. My expectations are pretty realistic for how I’m going to do. Hopefully I do better than I think I’m going to do. It’s a racecar and a racetrack and I just have to figure it out.”


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