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First presented in 1954 by then President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the President's Cup is awarded to the SCCA® driver demonstrating ability, competitiveness and success at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs®. The winner is selected by the Stewards of the Meeting and the Chief Steward of the National Championship Runoffs. The 2017 recipient is Formula F driver Matthew Cowley, of the Central Florida Region.
IMSA Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama Gold Cup class champion Roman De Angelis has signed on to drive with Kelly-Moss Road and Race (KMR) in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series for the 2018 season.
DHL Express will be the Official Logistics Provider at the first Race Of Champions in the Middle East – to be held on February 2-3, 2018 in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at Riyadh’s King Fahad International Stadium.
The international shipping and courier delivery company will support the logistical demands of putting together the world’s fastest stadium race, including shipping the event’s competition cars and the time keeping system. DHL Express will also use its fast international shipments to transport the famous ROC Winners Trophy, which will be awarded to the overall Champion of Champions.
That illustrious trophy will be battled over between a ROC Riyadh field that includes some of the greatest names in the history of motorsport – such as Formula 1 stars, Indianapolis 500 winners and Le Mans legends. All the racing takes place on ROC’s unique parallel track in a stunning range of superfast cars, a perfect blend of speed and precision already familiar to DHL Express.
ROC President Fredrik Johnsson said: “We are very happy to renew our partnership with DHL Express as our Official Logistics Provider for the Race Of Champions after our successful start last year in Miami. Now they will again provide logistics support for vital parts of the ROC Riyadh event – including the shipping of race cars, the time keeping system and of course our famous trophies. We are confident DHL will help us ensure that the first ever ROC in the Middle East will be a resounding success.”
Faysal El Hajjami, Country Manager, DHL Saudi Arabia added: “It’s great to further continue the existing partnership we have with the Race Of Champions, especially with this being the first time it has taken place in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The partnership further reinforces our core brand values of Speed and Team Work and it’s great to be a part of what I’m sure will be a fantastic and thrilling event for the Riyadh audience.
“DHL has an existing partnership with Ryan Hunter-Reay, who will be one of the key drivers in ROC Riyadh and we are all really excited to see him race for the first time in the Middle East.”
The Race Of Champions is an annual contest which is now in its 30th year. It brings together some of the world’s greatest drivers from motor sport’s major disciplines – including Formula 1, IndyCar, Le Mans, World Rally and the X Games – and sets them free to battle head-to-head in identical machinery.
In recent years ROC has visited some of the world’s best stadiums: the Stade de France in Paris (2004-2006), London’s Wembley Stadium (2007-2008), the ‘Bird’s Nest’ Olympic Stadium in Beijing (2009), Düsseldorf’s Esprit Arena (2010-2011), the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok (2012), Bushy Park Barbados (2014), London’s Olympic Stadium (2015) and Miami’s Marlins Park (2017).
Now the event is heading to the Middle East for the first time to soak up the heat of Riyadh. Saudi motorsport fans – including women for the first time at an international event – have a chance to watch the speediest action the city has ever seen as many of the world’s greatest drivers push to the absolute limit on a brand new parallel track winding its way around the confines of the King Fahad International Stadium.
The Race Of Champions is run over two days: first comes the ROC Nations Cup (on Friday February 2) when drivers pair up in teams based on nationality – including the hosts Saudi Arabia – to bid for the title of ‘World’s Fastest Nation’. Then on Saturday February 3 it’s time for the Race Of Champions itself, when teamwork goes out of the window and it’s a flat-out battle for individual glory.
The competitors will take to the track in a stunning range of supercars that have been specially prepared for the event to test them to the absolute limit. Vehicles in action include the Vuhl 05 ROC Edition, Ariel Atom Cup, Xtreme Pickup, Whelen NASCAR, KTM X-Bow Comp R and the ROC Car. To prevail, drivers will have to master this mix of machinery that will put all their hard-earned skills to the test, forcing them to adapt their driving style as they make regular switches between cars.
But that’s not all. The Race Of Champions is a non-stop show from start to finish and also features stunt shows on four wheels and two plus plenty of other entertainment to keep the race fans on the edge of their seats
For access to rights-free high-resolution imagery and to keep up with all the latest news ahead of this year’s event please visit www.raceofchampions.com, Race Of Champions on Facebook plus @raceofchampions and #ROCRiyadh on Twitter.
Red Bull Global Rallycross has officially announced the terms of its new GRC Lites stakeholder program, commencing with the 2018 Red Bull GRC season and lasting through 2020. The GRC Lites stakeholder program will provide 12 full-time competitors in the class with extensive benefits for participating in each Lites championship event over the next three years.
The GRC Lites stakeholders program is the best value in in motorsports and serves as a perfect developmental class for future Supercar drivers. This new program includes:
- Entrant fees for each year of the agreement
- Defined tire allotment for every round of racing
- Trackside signage, activation space, and commercial inventory for team sponsors
- GA tickets for every event weekend
Beginning with the 2018 season, all GRC Lites finals will air on the series' main NBC broadcast that averaged over half a million viewers per event in 2017. In addition to the NBC shows, GRC is excited to announce a partnership with Turner Broadcasting to become a launch partner for their new platform, with a fully interactive digital broadcast that can viewed through their app in the U.S. and internationally via web browser in select markets. There will be approximately 50 hours of live programming this year covering all three classes (Supercar, Lites, and Polaris).
On Tuesday, GRC also announced a partnership with Continental Tire to become the series' exclusive tire supplier beginning with the 2018 season. Click here for more information.
The 2018 Red Bull Global Rallycross championship schedule is as follows:
Round 1: Louisville, KY (May 19-20)
Rounds 2-3: To be announced (June 9-10)*
Round 4: New Orleans, LA (June 23-24)
Round 5: Los Angeles, CA (July 7-8)
Rounds 6-7: Indianapolis, IN (August 11-12)*
Rounds 8-9: Atlantic City, NJ (August 25-26)*
Round 10: Seattle, WA (September 15-16)
Rounds 11-12: Europe (October 27-28)*
New Livery released for the No. 26 Group One Thousand One Honda entry in 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series championship for Andretti Autosport25 Jan 2018 Written by Adam Sinclair
Group One Thousand One and Andretti Autosport have unveiled the new livery for Zach Veach’s No. 26 Group One Thousand One Honda Indy car competing in the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series championship. Veach has raced in every step of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder with Andretti Autosport, including a career-best Indy Lights championship finish of third in 2014.
The U.S.-based insurance holding company Group One Thousand One will serve as Veach’s primary sponsor. “We’re very excited to unveil Zach’s bold new livery to all fans of IndyCar and the U.S. racing community,” said Dan Towriss, CEO, Group One Thousand One.
“We believe sports have the power to transform lives and we’re thrilled to enable Zach to rise to the next level in his racing career with Andretti Autosport. On-and-off the track, Zach personifies the values that we hold true as a company: hard work, perseverance and making the most of your skills. Like him, we believe in our duty to empower people to chase their dreams and to support the communities in most need of empowerment through education and sports.”
The 22-year-old American driver made his Verizon IndyCar Series debut on April 23, 2017, at Barber Motorsport Park and his Indy 500 debut at last year’s 101st Running which Mr. Towriss helped sponsor.
“A new cycle is beginning for me. To be back driving with Andretti in the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series is a dream come true, and I'm so excited to share this dream with Group One Thousand One," Veach added. "I want to thank Dan Towriss, Group One Thousand One, Michael Andretti and the whole team at Andretti Autosport for this opportunity.”
Veach is part of an all-American, four-car Verizon IndyCar Series field for Andretti, joining Ryan Hunter-Reay (No. 28 DHL Honda), Alexander Rossi (No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda) and Marco Andretti (No. 98 Andretti Herta Autosport Honda). The 2018 season goes green on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, March 11.
Brazilian Lucas Kohl recently announced his decision to return to Pabst Racing and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda for a third season – his second with the Oconomowoc, Wis.-based team that won the Team Championship in 2017.
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A total of 50 cars and a star-studded lineup of drivers that includes champions and race winners from Formula 1, open-wheel, NASCAR and international sports car competition will take to the track for the 56th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 27-28.
The Sports Car Club of America® has officially announced the 2019 SCCA® National Championship Runoffs® will be held October 8-13 at beautiful VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) in Alton, Virginia. This will be the very first time the Runoffs has been held at the sprawling venue located near the border of Virginia and North Carolina.
As opening practice gets under way for the 56th Rolex 24 At Daytona, officials from the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) today confirmed that the homologation period for the Daytona Prototype international (DPi) and LMP2 race cars that race in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Prototype (P) class, and homologation for GT Le Mans (GTLM) class race cars has been extended.
Alexander Rossi, the 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner and driver of the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda Indy car for Andretti Autosport in the Verizon IndyCar Series, will be a special guest of Honda and the NHL during the All-Star Game weekend in Tampa, Jan. 26-28.